We are excited about this year’s Band of Bloggers. Each panelist has played a pivotal role with Band of Bloggers and the Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement. At our first Band of Bloggers (April 2006), we were thrilled to have Tim Challies, Justin Taylor, Albert Mohler, and Russell Moore as panel speakers, and six years later we are even more happy to see that Justin and Tim will be joining us again. Collin Hansen who coined the phrase “young, restless, and reformed” and wrote a journalistic book about it will also be joining us. And for the first time, Kevin DeYoung, perhaps the most prominent Reformed blogger online has agreed to contribute his thoughts as well. And I’m grateful for my good friend and fellow moderator, Owen Strachan, will be helping me lead the discussion at this year’s gathering.
You can get a more detailed description of each panel speaker below. Needless to say, I can’t wait to get together and enjoy an hour of fellowship and great conversation about what God has been doing in our lives, churches, and broader evangelical culture to draw us into His passion for His name!
Tim is a leading evangelical blogger, pastor, and author of two books, The Discipline of Discernment, Sexual Detox and The Next Story. Co-founder of Cruciform Press, Tim lives in the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario with his wife and three children.
Justin has been blogging at Between Two Worlds since 2004. He works at Crossway Publishers after working at Desiring God in Minneapolis, MN. Currently, he is an elder at New Covenant Bible Church in St Charles, IL. Justin and his wife live in Chicagoland with their three kids.
Kevin is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, right across the street from Michigan State University. He has been the pastor there since 2004. Kevin was born in Chicagoland, but grew up mostly in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. He is the author of Just Do Something, Don’t Call it a Comeback: The Old Faith For a New Day, Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, and more. Kevin is married to Trisha. They live in Lansing and have five young children.
Collin is perhaps best know through his work for Christianity Today and especially his first book, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists. He is the editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He has appeared as a commentator on Fox News, and his work has been featured in Time magazine.
Tim is the Director of PLNTD Network and also serves as a Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida. He is the founder and coordinator of the various Band of Bloggers fellowships. He also organizes the Roots Reading Initiative, which focuses on providing church planters targeted self-feeding opportunities through an informal structure and accountability. Tim is married to Dusti and they are the parents of three growing children.
Owen is the Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. He has published six books on Jonathan Edwards and has written for publications like The Atlantic, First Things, and Christianity Today. He is married to Bethany, and they have two children.