2021 Speakers

Plenary Leader: Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger

Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger is the Associate Professor of Leadership Formation and Senior Fellow at the De Press Institute for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Bolsinger has served as a leader in his denomination, as well as the pastor and head of staff in churches, in addition to authoring books including Canoeing the Mountains, and Tempered Resilience.

In two plenary sessions Dr. Bolsinger will speak to us about the opportunity and necessity for adaptive change in the church, and how change can reflect our role as stewards in God’s kingdom.


Worship Leader Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II

Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., the largest reformed denomination in the US, Rev. Dr. Nelson is the son, grandson, and nephew of Presbyterian pastors. Nelson is the first African American to lead the denomination with duties that include interpreting assembly actions, representing the church on various denominational and ecumenical councils, witnessing on behalf of the church to social justice issues, and making statements as directed by an assembly.

Prior to becoming Stated Clerk, Nelson served as director of the PC(USA)’s Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. His service to the denomination also includes calls as pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, and organizing pastor of Liberation Community Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Check back soon for updates on additional plenary leaders.