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Keynote Speakers

Tuesday | June 5

Mr. Bart Millard

is a founding member and lead singer of multi-platinum selling band MercyMe.  With one of the most powerful voices in Christian music, Bart has been inspiring a generation of music lovers—through his work with MercyMe—with soul-stirring hits like, “I Can Only Imagine,” “Dear Younger Me,” and “Flawless.” Even more so, his riveting personal story, dramatized in the new film, I Can Only Imagine, tells of finding hope in the face of the insurmountable.

Born and raised in Greenville, TX, Bart Millard discovered music after a high school football injury landed him in the school choir. Just a semester into college his father passed away, and Millard, feeling a change was needed, followed his youth pastor's praise band to Lakeland, FL. It was during this time that he formed the ultra-successful Christian rock group MercyMe and relocated to Oklahoma. His first solo album, Hymned No. 1, fuses traditional gospel, Texas blues, and the Southern hymns of his youth.

Together, Millard and his wife Shannon have five children.

Wednesday | June 6

Pastor Robert Gelinas

serves as the lead pastor of Colorado Community Churcha multicultural mission of 3,000 followers of Christ committed to washing the feet of the Mile High City. This fits Robert's deep desire to see the body of Christ empowered to serve the poor, the down and out, the disabled, those deemed unimportant by society.

In addition, he's the author of several books, including "A Jazz Theologian" and "The Mercy Prayer". Robert is the founder of Project 127; a national ministry dedicated to seeing the day when there are no children waiting for homes in the foster care system.

Robert and his wife, Barbara, live in Denver with their six children, (five adopted—three from foster care, two from Ethiopia). He holds degrees in Biblical Studies and Missiology.




Thursday | June 7

Dr. Martina Scholtens, MD

is a Canadian family physician who has spent the last dozen years working in refugee health in Vancouver. Dr. Scholtens received her BSc from Trinity Western University, MD from the University of British Columbia, and residency training in family medicine from UBC at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver. She also just completed her Master of Public Health degree at UBC.

Dr. Scholtens is interested in narrative medicineproviding clinical care that is informed by the ability to elicit, interpret and act on patients' stories of illness. She has been published in medical journals (always the humanities section), newspapers, and online. Her book "Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist" is about the decade she spent working at Vancouver's refugee clinic.

Martina lives in Deep Cove, North Vancouver with her husband Pete and four kidsages six, 11, 13 and 16.


Friday | June 8

Dr. Christina Edmondson, PhD

is authentic and accessible has a track record of bringing diverse people together to promote personal and team flourishing. Blessed by an array of academic, professional and lived experiences, Christina holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology and a MS degree in Family Therapy.
Currently, Christina serves as the Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin College. The Intercultural Student Development Center (ISDC) is committed to inspiring, challenging, and equipping domestic and international students to engage in intentional and renewing intercultural interactions within a global society. Outside of academia, within the faith-based, corporate and non-profit sector, Christina works with organizations to bring about values-driven measurable outcomes.
Finally, a Qualified Assessor for the Intercultural Development Inventory, Certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator, public speaker, and mental health therapist, Christina is often contacted by churches and organizations to consult about both diversity and inclusion and mental health issues. Her writing has been seen and referenced in a variety of outlets including, Reformed African American Network (RAAN), The Twelve/Perspectives Journal, and Gospel Today magazine. Christina is a native of Baltimore, Maryland but resides in Grand Rapids with her husband, Pastor Mika Edmondson, and their two daughters.


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