Plenary and Worship Leaders

Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass (Ph.D. Duke University) is an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics.

She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, and FOX, has been interviewed on numerous radio programs, including shows on NPR, CBC, and Sirius XM, and has work featured in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines including Time, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column for the New York Times Syndicate. She was a founding blogger for both Beliefnet and Huffington Post religion. Her bylines include the Washington Post and She has preached and taught in hundreds of church, college, and conference venues in North America and beyond.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Diana Butler Bass was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, and loves Santa Barbara, California as her “soul” hometown. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Richard Bass, and their dog, Rowan. These days, she balances travel (which she loves) with her concerns for Virginia politics, a passion for environmental issues, supporting local farms, reading poetry, cooking, gardening, Washington Nationals baseball, and Duke basketball.

You can follow her online at, her public author page on Facebook, and on Twitter @dianabutlerbass.

Chick Lane
Pastor and Author

Pastor Chick Lane serves as Pastor for Stewardship and Generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Previously he worked as a consultant with Kairos and Associates, and served as Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders at Luther Seminary, Director for Stewardship Key Leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Assistant to the Bishop in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, and pastor of three congregations, one in Pennsylvania and two in Minnesota.

He is the co-author with Grace Duddy Pomroy of Embracing Stewardship: How to put stewardship at the heart of your congregation’s life, the author of Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation, and the author of two annual stewardship programs, Because of God’s Great Mercy and Walk with Jesus.

Larissa Kwong Abazia

Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Rutgers University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her ministry has taken her to Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City, and throughout New Jersey. While serving as the Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, she traveled across the denomination to serve as an ambassador, listen to the joys and challenges facing the larger church, and share the diversity of denominational perspectives with all those she encountered. Her interests include racial and gender justice, stewardship and philanthropy, and church leadership. She has published a chapter in “Streams Running Uphill: Conversations with Young Clergy Women of Color.”