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Dr. Jim Belcher and Drew & Ellie Holcomb at Neal Conference

Dr. Jim Belcher is the speaker for the 2013 Neal Conference on True Spirituality at Covenant College. The annual conference runs from September 16-20, 2013. Drew & Ellie Holcomb are musical guests for this year’s conference.

Dr. Jim BelcherDr. Belcher
Dr. Belcher serves as the associate professor of practical theology at Knox Theological Seminary. He is the founding and former lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Newport Beach, CA, where he served from 2000-2010. He co-founded the Restoring Community Conference: Integrating Social Interaction, Sacred Space, and Beauty in the 21st Century. Dr. Belcher is best known for his award-winning book, Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, and he is currently completing its sequel, In Search of Deep Faith. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children.

Monday, September 16
11:00 a.m. Student-led Chapel

Tuesday, September 17
11:00 a.m. Drew & Ellie Holcomb in Chapel
11:45 a.m. Student Luncheon with Drew & Ellie Holcomb
8:00 p.m. Drew & Ellie Concert in Chapel


Wednesday, September 18
11:00 a.m. Dr. Jim Belcher in Chapel: “C.S. Lewis and the Power of Stories”
11:45 a.m. Student Luncheon with Dr. Jim Belcher

Thursday, September 19
11:00 a.m. Dr. Jim Belcher in Chapel: “Goodness Happened There: The Amazing Story of Le Chambon and the Rescue of 5,000 Jews”
11:45 a.m. Student Luncheon with Dr. Jim Belcher
7:00 p.m. Dr. Jim Belcher in Mills Hall 270-280: “Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Hope in the Midst of Trials”

Friday, September 20
11:00 a.m. Dr. Jim Belcher in Chapel: “God’s Goodness in the Midst of Suffering: The Case of Corrie Ten Boom”

Drew & Ellie HolcombMusical Guest: Drew & Ellie Holcomb
Hailing from Nashville, TN, Drew and Ellie are part of the band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. The Holcomb’s music has been featured in multiple TV shows and they have enjoyed commercial success, opening for bands such as NEEDTOBREATHE and the Avett Brothers. They are also active supporters of Young Life, an outreach ministry to high school students. They serve on their local Young Life committee and are frequently guest musicians at Young Life camps. Drew Holcomb has also been contributing to the book, "It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God.” This book will be available in November.




The Neal Conference is free and open to the public. The views expressed by Covenant-sponsored speakers and other College guests do not necessarily represent the views of Covenant College or its constituencies.