Schedule


Come learn from speakers who will help strengthen your faith and prepare you to live lives that make a difference.

Schedule

March 7-10, 2019 | Manitou Springs, CO

Thursday

3:00 – 5:30 PM

Check-in & Welcome Reception

5:30 – 8:30 PM

Dinner

Worship with Josh Bales

Welcome & Purpose of the Conference – Dr. Jeff Myers

True for You, But Not True for Me – Sean McDowell

Break

What’s the Big Deal About Pornography? – Sean McDowell

Question & Answers – Sean McDowell

Friday

8:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Thought of the Day

How We Got Here – Dr. Jeff Myers

Break

Transgenderism: How We Got to Where We Are – Andrew Walker

Break

Transgenderism: Beauty and Brokenness – Andrew Walker

12:00 PM

Lunch (Summit Hotel Dining Room)

1:15 PM

Bioethics: Getting The Big Picture Right – Megan Almon

2:30 PM

Group Activities & Free Time

Dinner on your own

6:30 – 9:00 PM

Worship – Josh Bales

Transgenderism: Biblical Foundations

Break

Homosexuality: Biblical Foundations

Questions & Answers

Saturday

8:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Thought of the Day

Messy Grace – Caleb Kaltenbach

How Churches Can Leverage Grace & Truth To Love LGBTQ Individuals – Caleb Kaltenbach

Session 11

12:00 PM

Lunch (Summit Hotel Dining Room)

1:15 PM

Porn: The Big Picture – Dustin Jizmejian

2:30 PM

Group Activities & Free Time

5:30 PM

Dinner (Summit Hotel Dining Room)

6:20 – 8:30 PM

Worship

Truth Changes Everything – Dr. Jeff Myers

Break

The Story of the World – Dr. Jeff Myers

Sunday

8:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Thought of the Day

Defending Human Dignity, pt. 1 – Haley Halverson

Break

Defending Human Dignity, pt. 2 – Haley Halverson

Where do We Go from Here? – Dr. Jeff Myers

Speakers

We’re excited to have the following speakers joining us during this year’s Be Conference. They will help strengthen your faith and prepare you to live lives that make a difference in your sphere of influence for the glory of God. Check out a sample of the past talks.

Almon

Megan Almon, a former University of Georgia gymnast, was a part of the 2002 SEC Championship team. She worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008, joined Life Training Institute in 2009, and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011. Megan and her husband, Tripp, who serves as a pastor and a gymnastics coach, have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at their log cabin in Newnan, Ga., and is still known to practice handstands in her living room and occasionally coach the sport she still loves. She has served as faculty at Summit Ministries and Impact 360. She has spoken to high school-and-college assemblies and classrooms, conferences, youth organizations, women’s groups, and congregations across the nation

Josh Bales is equal parts singer/songwriter, pastor, and private practice mental health therapist. He holds an M.Div. and M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary, as well as a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Originally from Chattanooga, TN Josh now resides in Orlando, FL. Josh’s music has gained a following of fans from all walks of life after recording four diverse albums and touring for more than 15 years. In 2006 Josh released “Underneath The Armor” (Only The Sinner, A Hymn For All The World, Ten Thousand Places). In 2012 Josh’s fans funded “Count The Stars,” an album recorded with multi-award winning producer, Ed Cash. In 2014 Josh released a Christmas album, “The Holly & The Ivy.” And in 2015, in addition to “Somehow I Knew,” Josh issued a collection of hymns and sacred songs called “The Birds Their Carols Raise.” Josh currently serves as Canon Priest at the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke in Orlando and is working on a second collection of hymns.

Haley Halverson is the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she develops and executes national campaigns to change policies and raise awareness. Most notably, she promotes corporate social responsibility by constructing annual activism campaigns like the Dirty Dozen List, which names 12 mainstream private companies that facilitate sexual exploitation. Her advocacy work has contributed to instigating policy improvements in the native online advertising, retail, and hotel industries.

Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She has provided training to Arlington County Child & Family Services on the social media grooming, recruitment, and advertising for sex trafficking. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internships in the DC area.

Caleb Kaltenbach is a pastor, founder of The Messy Grace Group, and author of God of Tomorrow: How to Overcome the Fears of Today and Renew Your Hope for the Future (releasing May 2018). His first book was Messy Grace: How a Pastor With Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction. In Messy Grace Caleb discusses his experience of being raised in the LGBT community, trusting Christ, and helping others to understand that loving others doesn’t require a shift in our biblical beliefs. He’s a graduate of Ozark Christian College, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), and received his doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. Besides speaking at conferences and churches, Caleb has also contributed to or been a guest with the New York Times, Fox and Friends, The Glenn Beck Show, The Eric Metaxas Show, Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, Church Leaders Podcast, The 700 Club, Moody Radio Show, Q Podcast, Dallas Seminary Podcast, & more. Caleb and his wife Amy reside in Southern California with their two children.
Sean McDowell

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University.

Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California.  The Association of Christian Schools International awarded Exemplary Status to his apologetics training. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences.  He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Cru, Youth Specialties, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over seventeen books including Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage, with John Stonestreet, Is God Just a Human Invention? with Jonathan Morrow, and Understanding Intelligent Design along with William A. Dembski. Sean has also written multiple books with his father, Josh McDowell, including The Beauty of Intolerance, The Unshakable Truth, and More Than A Carpenter. Sean is the General Editor for Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He has also written for YouthWorker Journal, Decision Magazine, and the Christian Research Journal.  Follow the dialogue with Sean as he blogs regularly at seanmcdowell.org.

In April, 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Sean played college basketball at Biola University and was the captain his senior year on a team that went 30-7.

Dr. Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.”

Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through Lumerit and Belhaven University, Jeff and his family live in Colorado.

Andrew T. Walker serves as the Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination’s entity tasked with equipping Christians and local churches to address ethical issues facing society and the church. In his role, he researches, speaks, and writes about Christian ethics, public policy, and the church’s social witness.

He is also an author, with his most recent book being “”God and the Transgender Debate: What the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity?””

Andrew received a Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation focused on religious liberty in evangelical social ethics. Andrew has academic interests in Christian sexual ethics, human dignity, family stability, gender, anthropology, natural law, public theology, and church-state studies. Married with two daughters, he’s an avid distance runner and enjoys music and movies.

Jizmejian

Dustin Jizmejian is the Director of Programs. Starting in 2003, Dustin has been working on Summit’s Summer Staff while pursuing an undergraduate degree from Biola University and a graduate degree from Denver Seminary. After graduation from Seminary, Dustin took a position at Philadelphia Biblical University as a Resident Director, only to be called back by Summit Ministries to direct the Semester program in 2011. In 2017, Dustin accepted a change in position at Summit to Director of Programs. While Dustin directs programs he also speaks on topics ranging from God’s Will, The Christian Worldview, Christian Community, and Pornography. He is currently seeking an additional Masters in Leadership, Theology, and Society from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Dustin and his wife Ruthann have been married for nine years and have four children, Rafferty, Cosette, Briar, and Trask and they call Manitou Springs their home.