CHIC is known for bringing together a fantastic line-up of gifted communicators – and 2012 is no exception. In fact, this might be our best line-up yet!


Harvey Carey is the founder and senior pastor of the Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan. He is a dynamic speaker whose global ministry continues to change lives with the transforming truth of God’s word. Carey has developed a nationally emulated youth ministry model that has reached thousands of teens in inner cities across the nation. His inspiring leadership and vision for urban renewal unites people across boundaries of race, age, class, and culture.


Francis Chan is the best-selling author of books, Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell and the host of the BASIC.series (Who is God & We Are Church). He has also written the children’s books Halfway Herbert, The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village and Ronnie Wilson’s Gift. Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Eternity Bible College. He also sits on the board of directors of Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact.


Louie Giglio is a pastor at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the speaker and founder of the Passion Movement. Louie is the author of The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life and I Am Not But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story Of God.


Bianca Juarez Olthoff is a writer and speaker who spends most of her time as chief storyteller for the A21 Campaign, an organization committed to abolishing human trafficking. She enjoys blogging about life, love, and the pursuit of Jesus. When given the opportunity to teach God’s word, disciple youth, or discuss theology with a group of women, she relishes those paths by which she helps people to know God’s love.


Judy Peterson is the campus pastor at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. She comes to this role after previously serving congregations in Madison, Wisconsin and Elgin, Illinois. Judy is passionate about communicating good news in everyday language and travels across the United States speaking to audiences about how to put feet to their faith. Her passion for walking it out took the form of walking across the United States for her internship toward her master of divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. While the walk across the United States is how Judy first received the name “€œwalking pastor”€ it is her day to day desire to walk into the lives of others that continues to make the title well deserved.


Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development for churches, educational institutions, and other organizations. Efrem has held positions with church and para-church organizations as well as community foundations. He has also served as founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church and president of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, Efrem is the superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Efrem is also an itinerant speaker with Kingdom Building Ministries. He is the author of the books, Raising-up Young Heroes and The Hip Hop Church.

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