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HIM 2017 Program



Unending. Unfathomable. Limitless.
Discover the compassion and mercy of our God.


General Session Speakers


David is currently the lead pastor of Church of the Beloved, with the vision to see the gospel transform people into Spirit filled disciples who know they are the beloved of God because of Christ alone. It was planted in 2012 and has grown to four church plants in Chicago, Seattle, and Washington D.C., with thirty nations represented. You can find more information at

Co-founder of Hawaiian Islands Ministries, Dan has been senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu (FPC) since 1994. Prior to that he was associate pastor with singles at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and previously served at FPC as associate pastor. Born and raised in Hawai’i, Dan had an early career in television broadcast journalism with the Hawai’i CBS-affliliate KGMB-TV. He holds an MDiv and Dmin from Fuller Seminary, where he serves on the board of trustees. He also holds an MA in cinema production from the University of Southern California. Dan’s book How to Pick a Spouse boldly aims to eradicate divorce by helping people choose wisely. | 


A self-described "hot mess," Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy, and creator of best-selling coloring books for grown ups—Live Loved: An Adult Coloring Book and Live Free: An Adult Coloring Book. Her books, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, Wonderstruck, Fight Back With Joy, and their corresponding Bible studies, have sold nearly one million copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more.

She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of 40 who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine. Margaret lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, Leif, and their superpup, Hershey. She believes some of the best days are spent in jammies, laughing, and being silly.



Paul Earl Sheppard has been preaching since his teens and has been in pastoral ministry since 1982. He is the founding pastor of Destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. Paul serves as speaker for the radio and online broadcast “Destined for Victory.” His books include Why God Created Dads and Build a Bridge and Get Over It! He and his wife, Meredith, have been married since 1982 and have two adult children.



A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, and worked there for ten years as editor and then publisher.

Philip became a full-time writer, initially working as a journalist for such varied publications as Reader’s Digest, National Wildlife, Christian Century and The Reformed Journal. For many years he wrote a monthly column for Christianity Today magazine, which he still serves as editor-at-large.

He has written over twenty-five books, including Where Is God When It Hurts, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? and Disappointment with God. The books have won thirteen Gold Medallion Awards from the Christian Publishers Association and have sold more than fifteen million copies in English, as well as being translated into thirty-five languages. Christian bookstore managers selected The Jesus I Never Knew as the 1996 Book of the Year, and What’s So Amazing About Grace? received the same award in 1998. Among his most recent books are The Question That Never Goes Away and Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?.

The Yanceys lived in downtown Chicago before moving to a very different environment in Colorado. They enjoy mountain climbing, skiing, wildlife, and all the other delights of the Rocky Mountains.


Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India and Somalia. Bob is a sought after speaker for leadership, church and university events, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner.                        

Bob has pioneered the vision of Restore International to fight for freedom and human rights, working to improve educational opportunities and to be helpful to those in need of a voice and a friend. Restore has worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing over 200 cases to trial, as well as pursuing justice, intervention and education for at risk women and children in Uganda, India and Somalia. Restore Leadership Academy in Northern Uganda educates over 300 students with a focus on character and leadership development. Because of Bob’s vision and the work of Restore International, he serves as the Hon. Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States.  

Bob has been a practicing attorney for over 25 years. He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School where he teaches Nonprofit Law, and Point Loma Nazarene University, where he teaches Business Law.


Jeff Vanderstelt is one of the founding leaders of Soma Tacoma, a multi-expression, church-planting church. He is the Apostolic Movement Leader of Soma, a family of churches, and the lead teaching pastor of Doxa Church in Bellevue, WA. He is the author of Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life and Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life. Jeff is married to Jayne and together they love and shepherd their three children in gospel, life, and mission. |

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Karelin James
Dan Lovaglia
Nick Love
Pat McFall
Carl Moore
Ralph Moore
Michelle Narhi
Danielle Navarrete
Sher Pai
David Peck
Steve & Dyne Peich
Christy Pierce
Kiha Pimental
George Rhoades
Sumo Sato
Jeff Schulte
Jordan Seng
Nate Stratman
Waxer Tipton
Michelle Tolentino
Josh Urich
Charletta Wilson
And more!

Brandon Ahu
Elwin Ahu
Anuhea Akamine
Jeff Bethke
Tod Bolsinger
Paul Brown
Rick Bundschuh
Jon & Cyndi Burgess
Jim Burns
Philip Chircop
Bryan & Sarah Clay
Phil Cohen
Aaron Cordeiro
Don Cousins
Andrew Doan
Nate Dorman
Aaron Gold
Robin Gunn
Ross Gunn
Brian Holland
Christian Huang
Kristen Ivy


General Conference Worship Leader

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Tom smith

Tom heads up everything worship at Soul Survivor Church & Festivals where 30,000 youth gather to party and lift up the name of Jesus every summer in England. He is the worship pastor at HTB Church in London, UK and part of the Worship Central team, and recently released his first EP, 'Sound Of Heaven’. He is married to Susi, supports Spurs and loves salted caramel ice cream!

80+ Seminars to Choose from for Adults and Youth

General Program

Seminar tracks include:

  • Mental Health
  • Wellness
  • Youth

Youth Program

  • Dedicated youth-only general sessions
  • Youth worship
  • Seminars for middle school youth
  • Seminars for senior school youth
  • Seminars for anyone who wants to go deeper

Preconference Sessions

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration/check-in BEGINS at 8:30 am. 

PASTORS AND LEADERS PRECONFERENCE | The Life and Times of a Leader led by Don Cousins
In this session for pastors, church leaders and ministry staff, Don will help us understand faith and leadership in the face of challenges and amid success. We all have personal and professional crises, we all have moments of triumph, and we are changed by both. We will talk about the path, the journey, the obstacles — and practices, perspectives and God's presence as we not just navigate life but live it.

PRAYER PRECONFERENCE | Practicing Mercy: Kissed by Mercy. Embraced by Love. led by Philip Chircop, S.J.
It has been said that mercy is the capacity to enter the chaos of another, facilitating healing, wellness and wholeness in the process.  In this mini-retreat we will explore what it means to believe in a God whose mercy is fresh every morning, a surprise with each new dawn, and our call as artists of the Good News to practice mercy in all our encounters, on a daily basis. 


Worship Concert


FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017 | 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

  • General admission tickets: $15 pp thru March 5, 2017. After March 5, $25 pp.
  • Limited seating available.


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