Speakers and Schedule

Note - for the current year's Wilberforce Weekend information, please go to WilberforceWeekend.org. Wilberforce Weekend is held annually in early Spring by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. The public is invited.

Wilberforce Weekend speakers and presenters represent over 25 churches and organizations living out Kingdom principles every day in their communities. They put their faith into action, serving the homeless, poor, prisoner, single mom, disabled, abused and others in ways that respect their dignity, offer them a chance at a better life, and remind them that God loves them. Get inside their stories and learn how you can make a difference in your own backyard.

Featured Speakers:


From top left:

  • Christopher Brooks – Senior Pastor, Evangel Ministries, Detroit
  • His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan – Archbishop of New York
  • Sajan George – Founder, CEO, Matchbook Learning
  • Philip Jenkins – Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University
  • Skye Jethani – Pastor, senior editor Leadership Journal, senior producer This is Our City
  • Eric Metaxas – Founder, Socrates in the City, author, speaker
  • Darrow Miller – Co-founder, Disciple Nations Alliance, author, speaker
  • T. M. Moore – Theologian, author, Colson Center Fellow
  • John Stonestreet – Speaker, author, cultural commentator
  • Glenn Sunshine – Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University, Acton Institute Fellow, Colson Center Fellow

  • Special Presentations:


    From top left:
  • Joe Baker - Founder, Save the Storks
  • Emily Colson - Speaker, author
  • Craig DeRoche - Vice-President, Justice Fellowship
  • Cameron Doolittle - Executive Director, Jill's House, McLean, Virginia
  • Timothy George - Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
  • Kip Jacob - Southlake Church/ Roosevelt High, "Undivided"
  • Wes Lane - Salt and Light Leadership Training, Oklahoma City
  • Jimmy Lin - Founder, Rare Genomics Institute
  • Anders Lindwall and Ricky Staub - Co-founders, Neighborhood Film Company
  • Jim Liske - CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries
  • Leigh Littrell - Founder, Refuge of Grace, Decatur, Alabama
  • Mike Shoaf - Cityteam International
  • Bethany Woodcock - Founder, Not in My Backyard (NiMBY)
  • and more

  • Schedule Overview
    Friday, April 26th
    3:00pm - Registration and check-in
    Dinner on your own
    7:30pm - Plenary Session stamp_ambassador_k

    Saturday, April 27th
    8:00am - Morning Devotional
    9:00am - Plenary Sessions
    12:30pm - Lunch on your own
    2:00pm - Innovation Stations
    7:30pm - Wilberforce Award Banquet

    Sunday, April 28th
    9:00am - Plenary Session
    11:00am - Worship Service
    * Catholic Mass will be offered Sunday morning at a time TBD

    Making the Invisible Kingdom Visible
    Seeking the Shalom of the City
    The Gospel in Life
    How Christianity Disciples Nations
    Meditations on Renewal
    The Rise / Role of Christianity in World History
    Christian Who Changed Their World
    Modern Day Wilberforce Who Are Changing Today's World
    Think Kingdomly: Act Locally - Innovation Stations
    The Wilberforce You May Not Know
    Partnering Together to Make the Invisible Kingdom Visible

    Attendees are encouraged to arrive Friday afternoon and schedule flights departing after 2:00 pm on Sunday to attend all sessions.

    Click here for information on hotels, transportation and other logistics.

    Click here to register for the conference.