Andrew Bartlett is the author of Men and Women in Christ: Fresh Light from the Biblical Texts (IVP, 2019). After studying law at Oxford, he practiced as a barrister for more than 40 years and has served in part-time judicial positions in the UK. His main work is international arbitration, deciding multinational commercial disputes in various countries around the world. He has a BA in Theology (University of Gloucestershire, first class honors and Bible Society prize). He has served in several churches as elder or church warden.
Keynote: "How to Understand 1 Timothy 2? Context, Context, Context
Workshop: “1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Silent Women? Silence Added?”
Kate Coleman is the founding director of Next Leadership and has over 30 years of leadership experience in the church, charity, and business sectors. Kate completed a term as Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council (2012-2014), is a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (2006-2007), and a Baptist Minister. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and recognized as one of the 20 most influential black Christian women leaders in the UK. Kate is the author of 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership
Keynote: "The Futures of Women in Leadership"
Workshop: "Men, Women and Leadership: The Next Part of the Journey”
Natalie Collins is a gender justice specialist and a speaker and trainer on issues of male violence against women and wider gender injustice. She trains individuals and organizations to respond to male violence against women through her consultancy, Spark, and The DAY Program. She is the author of Out of Control: Couples, Conflict and the Capacity for Change.
Keynote: "Rebranding Complementarianism?"
Workshop: “(Im)purity Culture”
Steve Holmes is a Baptist minister, presently serving as Principal of St Mary's College and Head of the School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews. He has published widely in systematic and historical theology.
Keynote: “Wesley, Calvin, and Other Biblical Feminists”
Workshop: "Shadows and Broken Images: Theologizing Gender Well"
Boaz Johnson (PhD, Trinity International University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University in Chicago, IL. His writing has appeared in publications such as Christianity Today and The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Keynote: “Pandita Ramabai and the Link Between Bible Translation and Abuse of Women"
Panel Discussion: “Bias in Bible Translation and Its Impact”
Emily Nielsen Jones
Emily Nielsen Jones is president and co-founder of the Imago Dei Fund, part of a movement of women-led philanthropies mobilizing resources to create a more just world for girls and women. Emily enjoys being an ally to inspired women change agents around the world working within their cultural and religious contexts to create a more balanced, just world.
Keynote: “Change Agents: Challenges and Victories”
Reverend Domnic Misolo is the director of the Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment (IFAGE), formerly EFOGE, in Kenya. IFAGE works on gender justice and equality in sub-Saharan Africa through advocacy and empowerment programs targeting women and girls, religious and faith groups, community leadership, and youth organizations.
Keynote: “Change Agents: Challenges and Victories”
Lucy Peppiatt is principal of Westminister Theological Centre, which has sites throughout the United Kingdom. She holds an MA in systematic theology from King's College, London, and a PhD from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has authored several books. Lucy and her husband, Nick Crawley, lead Crossnet Anglican Church in Bristol.
Keynote: “Marriage, Headship, and Scripture: Redressing the Balance”
Workshop: “Rediscovering Scripture's Vision for Women”
Amy Reynolds is an associate professor of sociology at Wheaton College (IL), where she directs the Wheaton Network Initiative for Gender, Development and Christianity. Her research and writing engages issues of international development/economics, gender inequality, and Christianity and public life.
Panel Discussion: “Exploring the Humanitarian Consequences of Theological Patriarchy”
Elaine Storkey is a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian, having held posts at the Open University, King's College, London, and the University of Oxford. In 1997 she became president of Tearfund, and has since been involved in monitoring aid, relief, and advocacy work in countries of the Global South. In 2010 she and her husband Alan became founding members of Restored, an organization committed to advocating against violence to women.
Keynote: “Stories from the Field: Ideas and Effects from Tearfund”
Workshop: “Beyond Essentialist Rhetoric: Elevating Jesus and Paul Over Plato.”
“Bias in Bible Translation and Its Impact”
Throughout history, more than 100 biblical texts related to women’s dignity and agency have been translated through a patriarchal lens. This panel of noted Bible translators will expand on persistent challenges and paths forward in producing more gender-accurate translations of these texts.
Diphus Chemorion, Havilah Dharamraj, Boaz Johnson, Eunny Lee, Jeff Miller, Phil Payne, Caryn Reeder, Cynthia Westfall, Alice Yafeh-Deigh, moderated by Katie McEachern
“Exploring the Humanitarian Consequences of Theological Patriarchy”
According to the World Bank, the UN, and the Gates Foundation, the most important lever for advancing humanitarian goals is women’s equality. Yet Christian NGOs are often reluctant to advance women’s leadership because of male-headship teachings, poor biblical translations, and a tradition of theological patriarchy. This panel will explore the humanitarian impact of faith, gender equality, and humanitarian efforts worldwide.
Katherine Marshall, Mimi Haddad, Sean Callaghan, and Nikki Toyama-Szeto, moderated by Amy Reynolds.