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TGC Adds 9 New Council Members, Preps to Host 2023 National Conference

The Gospel Coalition (TGC) is pleased to announce the addition of nine new members to its Council, the group of pastors who provide direction and leadership to TGC. These are the newly appointed Council members (in alphabetical order):

  • Michael Aitcheson: senior pastor of Christ United Fellowship (Orlando, Florida)
  • Jim Davis: teaching pastor at Orlando Grace Church (Orlando, Florida)
  • Ryan Kwon: lead pastor of Resonate Church (Fremont, California)
  • Doug Logan: president of Grimké Seminary (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Hanibal Rodríguez: senior pastor at Wheaton Bible Church and Iglesia del Pueblo (Wheaton, Illinois)
  • Bobby Scott: pastor at Community of Faith Bible Church (Los Angeles, California)
  • Walter Strickland: pastor at Imago Dei Church (Raleigh, North Carolina) and assistant professor of systematic and contextual theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • T. J. Tims: lead pastor of Immanuel Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Stephen Witmer: lead pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship (Pepperell, Massachusetts)

Nominated by the TGC Board and elected by the Council, these newest additions bring the total number of active Council members to 48. See the full list of current Council members as well as Council Emeritus members.

“I know these additions will enrich our Council significantly,” said Sandy Willson, TGC’s interim president. “Each of them brings valuable perspectives, decades of ministry experience, and wisdom we’ll need to remain a strong Coalition in these complex times.”

The TGC Council convened for the first time in 2005, at the invitation of Don Carson and Tim Keller. Out of that first gathering, TGC was formally organized, adopting foundation documents in 2007. Ever since, the Council has gathered annually to encourage one another and provide guidance to the staff team leading the many fronts of TGC’s global ministry. The Council will hold its next private gathering in Indianapolis on Monday, September 25, immediately preceding TGC’s 2023 National Conference.

TGC23 National Conference: September 25 to 27, 2023

The Gospel Coalition has hosted a national conference every two years since 2007—first in Chicago (2007, 2009, 2011), then in Orlando (2013, 2015), and in Indianapolis since 2017 (2017, 2019, 2021, 2023).

This year’s conference at the Indiana Convention Center will feature more than 90 speakers, including John Piper, Jen Wilkin, David Platt, Ligon Duncan, J. D. Greear, and Ruth Chou Simons. The three-day event will convene attendees from 47 states and 41 countries. Nearly 3,500 people will be attending their first TGC conference, and more than 1,050 are younger than 30.

As a way to reflect the thriving gospel-centered movement across the world, TGC23 will feature main-stage worship music led by CityAlight from Sydney, Australia, as well as three keynote speakers based outside North America: Andrew Wilson (London, U.K.), Miguel Núñez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), and Kenneth Mbugua (Nairobi, Kenya).

Debuting a new conference format this year, TGC23 will feature 42 microevents hosted by more than 20 partnering organizations. This “conference of conferences” format will give attendees more options to go deeper on topics including preaching, parenting, and church planting, all the way to sexuality, deconstruction, and spiritual abuse.

This will be the first TGC national conference not to include cofounder Tim Keller, who died on May 19. But Keller’s legacy will be remembered at a microevent (“Tim Keller’s Legacy and Thought Process”), sponsored by Zondervan Reflective and The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics, as well as through a video and brief remarks from TGC vice president of content Collin Hansen during the evening session on Tuesday, September 26.

For those unable to attend TGC23 in person, keynote sessions and microevents on the main stage will be live streamed on TGC’s website. Some conference bookstore discounts will be available in TGC’s online store for a limited time.

About TGC

TGC seeks to advance gospel-centered ministry for the next generation by creating content (including articles, podcasts, videos, courses, and books) and convening leaders (including conferences, virtual events, training, and regional chapters).

As a network of churches in the Reformed tradition, TGC helps Christians around the world better grasp the gospel of Jesus Christ and apply it to all of life. In an era of great confusion, TGC seeks to offer biblical truth and gospel-centered hope for the searching.

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