CONFIRMED 2019 SPEAKERS:

KEVIN DEVRIES. After climbing five of the seven continental summits, skiing to the North Pole, and searching for Noah’s Ark as a Lead Mountaineer in the award-winning documentary FINDING NOAH, Kevin endured divorce, bankruptcy, and loss of home to reach the naked soul of man. Kevin’s story of riches, to rags, to redemption is heart-breaking and life-transforming. Only through understanding God’s grace, “God’s best and brightest idea,” did Kevin find true healing. Today, as an Inspirational Speaker, Kevin ministers to thousands of men, women and students each year at national faith conferences, church services, school chapels, corporate and community events in West Michigan and across the world.

CLIMB YOUR MOUNTAIN: We’re all exiles in a foreign country who must climb our own Mt. Ararat – “The Painful Mountain” as prophets, priests and kings to discover our true names and powerful purpose. Elevation is revelation. Summit is halftime. True summit is Base Camp. Success is halftime. Significance is final. We’re climbers not criminals. Descents are redemptive not punitive – nothing heals in thin air. Up is down. Inspired by Kevin’s historic attempt to complete The Explorers Challenge, this session reveals mountains exist to be climbed not cursed. We do not conquer the mountain, only ourselves. Love is the mountain that conquers us as we climb towards God.

TRUE NORTH: We seek an unknown point until we know the point: Life Is A Journey Not A Destination. Time means nothing and the moment means everything where all time zones converge at the North Pole. Often we travel to the ends of the earth to reach the end of ourselves to find a new beginning in God that never ends. Kevin’s North Pole Expedition reveals life is like skiing to the Pole on a giant sheet of shifting ice – the moment you arrive, the destination departs. In the extreme Arctic, self-rescue is impossible. We journey together or we die alone. This session cures destination disease with a healthy respect for our spiritual journey inside community in a surreal story of time outside time.

BRUCE KUIPER. Rev. Bruce R. Kuiper was in youth ministry for ten years before becoming a senior pastor for twenty more. Bruce is currently the President of Grace Legacy Builders in downtown Grand Rapids, at The Dale Visser Men’s Ministry Complex. He is also a pastor of a new church start for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. Grace Legacy Builders equips men as spiritual leaders by evangelizing, exhorting, and encouraging men to follow Jesus Christ as a: Prophet who regularly reads the Bible to his family; Priest who prays with and for his family; and King who provides, protects, and promotes his family. Bruce has traveled to the Netherlands, India, and Nigeria multiple times and is nearing his goal of training leaders so that one million men are challenged to lead regular family worship and bring their kids to church. Bruce is a seminary graduate and has also studied with the prolific author and Puritan scholar, Dr. Joel Beeke. Bruce and his wife, Michelle, are both Hope College graduates and have four adult, grace-filled daughters who are influencing people for Jesus Christ through their local churches and the Young Life ministry.

MATURE MANHOOD IN CHRIST: Following Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, Bruce will bring you on a tour of biblical masculinity from Genesis to Revelation. He will unfold how Christians have not only understood male and female as image bearers, but also how God has called men to live out manhood in the profound yet simple practice of father-led family worship. Bruce gives you a tried and true model to apply in your life right away. He will demonstrate how to lead family worship and explain its manifold benefits to men, women, children, pastors, churches, and communities.

JOHN RECORDS holds a Bachelors of Theology from Grace Bible College, 1973; a Masters in Ministry from Moody Graduate School, 1996; was licensed in 1973 and ordained in 1975 by the Grace Gospel Fellowship. He met his wife, Donna, at Grace Bible College, and they were married on January 1, 1970. John and Donna have three children: two sons and a daughter, and six grandchildren: two living in Germany, three in New Jersey, and one Grandville. John has pastored three churches over his 43 years of ministry: 8.5 years in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; 17 years in Olney, Illinois; and 17 years in Midland, Michigan before he and his wife retired to the Grand Rapids area in 2016 to be near one of their grandchildren. He is the Adult Bible Hour Director for Frontline Bible Church in Byron Center, and has a passion for the seniors and grandparents in the church, with a desire to begin a Grandparenting Ministry.

LEAVING A LEGACY: Intentional Retirement and Grandparenting: An intentional Christian is not just someone young. What does intentional mean as we reach retirement? As we look at the grandchildren? We will consider the biblical applications to these questions and more, with some guidelines to help us keep being intentional.

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