Lead>Defend is a one-day conference designed to help high school and college students transition effectively from one of phase of their journey with Christ to another. This is accomplished through three main sessions and a variety of breakout sessions offered twice during the course of the day. The primary topics of these sessions are: leadership, engaging culture in defense of the Gospel & being missional in life transitions.
Walter Strickland: He serves as Special Advisor to the President for Diversity & Instructor of Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he leads the Kingdom Diversity Initiative. Born in Chicago and raised in Southern California, Walter’s passion is for people from every culture to fully embody the gospel of Jesus Christ in their context. READ MORE
Rhyne Putman: He serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he leads the Defend the Faith conference. He is a husband, a father, a pastor, and a nerdy pop culture enthusiast. Rhyne is also the author of In Defense of Doctrine (Fortress, 2015) and When Doctrine Divides (Fortress, 2017).
Bob Stewart: Robert (Bob) Stewart serves as Professor of Philosophy and Theology and occupies the Greer-Heard Chair of Faith and Culture at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). He has authored or edited ten books, and has published articles in numerous books and journals. He also has spoken in university settings in North America and Europe. He is the director of NOBTS’ Institute of Christian Apologetics as well as the director the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture. He and his wife, Marilyn, have 3 adult children, 2 sons-in-law, 1 dog, and reside in New Orleans.
9am registration opens
10am – Plenary Session I
– Worship- Kasey Earl
– Speaker: Walter Strickland- Cultural Collision
11:15 – Plenary Session II
– Worship- Kasey Earl
– Speaker: Rhyne Putman- Christ in the Classroom
12:15 – Break for Lunch
1:30pm – Breakout Session I
2:30pm – Breakout Session ll
3:30pm – Breakout Session lll
4:30pm – Closing Session
5:00pm – Dismiss