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College Students From Around the Nation to Gather at Taylor

  • By: Caroline Shapley
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College students across the country are expected to travel to Taylor University for the annual National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC), hosted by Taylor Student Outreach (TSO).

The conference will be February 15, 16. Check-in will being at 2 pm events will continue into late afternoon Saturday.

The theme for the 2019 conference is Gather.

“This idea came about by our desire to create a space where people could come gather and hear different ideas,” said Drew Lasley, President of Taylor Student Organization. “We want people to have the opportunity to engage around ideas that come from a range of backgrounds.”

The conference will feature a number of different speakers who will cover a variety of topics—all encompassed within the idea of “gather.” The featured speakers are:

  1. Skye Jethani:
    Award-winning consultant, ordained pastor, speaker, co-host of “Holy Post Podcast,” president of non-profit organization “Measure of the Clouds,” leads SkyPilot Media, had served in editorial and executive boards at Christianity Today
  2. Mandy Smith:
    Lead pastor of University Christian Church, contributor to Christianity Today, contributor to Missio Alliance, author of The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower our Ministry, director of SheLeads summit as part of Missio Alliance, creator of citywide trash-to-art project called “The Collect”
  3. Nina Barnes:
    Vice President of Student Life at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, former Dean of Spiritual Foundation at UNWSP, has training in the enneagram and spiritual formation, certified spiritual direction, senior professional in Human Resources
  4. Drew Moser:
    Consultant, speaker, author, pastor, currently college professor and dean at Taylor University
  5. Sarah Arthur:
    Speaker, author of a dozen books on the topics of intersection of faith and great literature, including but not limited to: A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, graduate of Wheaton College and Duke University Divinity School, has served in youth ministry
  6. Michael Wear:
    Founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, expert and strategists with the interaction of faith, politics, and American public life, former “ambassador to America’s believers” during the Obama administration and directed faith outreach for the Obama administration during the 2012 re-election campaign, led and evangelic outreach, helped manage engagement religious and values issues such as adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts as employed by The White House, author of Reclaiming Hope; lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America, writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, USA Today, and more.
  7. Dr. O. Alan Noble:
    Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University; editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture, author of various articles; earned his degree in English at California State Bakersfield satellite campus at AVC, and earned his Master’s in English at CSUB-AV; has tutored felons at a probation campus, taught composition and literature at Antelope Valley College; and has had involvement in creating and producing musical albums
  8. Dr. Eugene Habecker
    President Emeritus of Taylor University, served as President from 2005-2016, has also served as president at American Bible Society and Huntington University, holds extensive degrees from various universities, author of various professional articles and five books.

The price to attend the concert, registration and details can be found on the NSCL 2019 website: