Speakers for Converge 2019 will be announced

Fall 2018

Below are the speakers from Converge 2018

Chad Williams

Navy Seal

Days before Chad Williams was to report to military duty in Great Lakes, Illinois, he turned on a television and was greeted with the horrifying images of his mentor, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the roads of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad followed in Scott’s footsteps and completed the US military’s most difficult and grueling training to become a Navy SEAL. One of only 13 from a class of 173 to make it straight through to graduation, Chad served his country on SEAL Teams One and Seven for five years, completing tours of duty in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iraq.

Author of his new book SEAL of God, Chad shares his journey through the grueling Naval Ops training and onto the streets of Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. Chad shares his own radical conversion story and talks about how he draws on his own experiences as a SEAL to help others better understand the depths of Christ’s sacrifice and love.

Chip Dean

Youth Ministry Speaker

Chip has been involved in youth ministry since 1997 by volunteering, teaching, preaching, traveling, counseling and pastoring. After graduating from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chip served for nine years as a youth pastor at Crenshaw Baptist Church in Hunstville, Alabama, and then FBC Woodstock in Woodstock, Georgia. In 2015, he became the Global Student Pastor over three campuses and Liberty Baptist Church in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. His passion is to travel the country and the world to impact and influence the student ministry culture to think, lead, and live gospel-centeredly.