Speakers

Dr. Louis Barbieri

Lou has been involved in ministry his whole life, in local churches and in educational institutions. He served six years as Associate Pastor in the Scofield Memorial Church in Dallas, Texas, and was the senior pastor of the Des Plaines Bible Church (now known as The Bridge) in Des Plaines, Illinois. He taught for ten years in the Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, and for twenty-five years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He has been married to Carol for 57 years. They have three children, nine grandchildren and one great grandson.


Rev. Stephen Farish

Rev. Stephen Farish was a practicing attorney in Atlanta before obeying God's call to enter full-time vocational ministry in 1990. He served as senior pastor of a church in he northern suburbs of Chicago for 19 years, and since 2014 he has taught Bible and U.S. and European History in the Upper School at Christian Heritage Academy in Northfield, Illinois. Steve's seminary degree is from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has been married to his wife Robin since 1987, and they have four children.


Dr. David Finkbeiner

Dave serves as Professor of Theology at Moody Bible Institute, where he has taught theology since 1998. He and his wife Kathy have been married since 1988 and they have three children.


Rock M. LaGioia

Professor of Pastoral Studies
Director, Doctor of Ministry Program

B.A. in Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute; M.Div., Trinity International University; Th.M. Practical Theology, Trinity International University; D.Min. Preaching, Trinity International University.

Dr. Rock LaGioia serves as Professor of Pastoral Studies and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Grace Theological Seminary. Dr. LaGioia has taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate courses in bible, pastoral studies, preaching, and theology at Moody Bible Institute, Taylor University, Grace College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Huntington University Graduate School and Grace Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and the Evangelical Theological Society and has written a variety of articles and book reviews. Dr. Rock has been involved in pastoral work since 1987 and he frequently preaches and teaches at a variety of venues.


Phil McKown

By interest, experience, and passion Dr. McKown is an evangelical pastor and teacher of the teacher of Scriptures. He pastored churches in TX, UT, and IL. Besides pastoring, he also taught 15 years at Judson University; in addition, he has taught seminary courses in Chicago, Scandinavia, and Croatia. His passion for church planting, discipleship training, and working with young people has taken him many different places.

Before retiring from the mission field in Europe, he took advanced training and certification in leadership and life coaching. These acquired special tools continue to open doors of Christian service.

Dr. McKown has been married to his wife, Maria, for 51 years; they have often ministered together in the local church as well as on the mission field. Maria is also an educator and fine musician. They have three children and seven grandchildren.


Dan Strull

Dan Strull was born in New York City and grew up in a Reformed Jewish home. He attended Hebrew school and became a Bar Mitzvah at 13 and was confirmed at 16. In 1975 Dan came to faith in Messiah Yeshua while living in Aspen Colorado. Shortly after marrying in 1977, Dan and his wife Cynthia moved from Aspen to a suburb of Philadelphia where they served in the headquarters of the North Africa Mission, a mission agency working among Arabic-speaking Muslims of North Africa and France. Dan served on the support team, ministering to missionaries as they returned to and from the field. In 1980 Dan enrolled in Columbia International University in Columbia South Carolina, from which he graduated summa cum laude in December of 1983 with a B.A. in Bible with a missions emphasis.

Following graduation from CIU Dan was called to serve with Jews for Jesus in the Chicago branch, where he served as a front-line evangelist for three and a half years. In the summer of 1987, Dan was called to serve as pastor of the Olive Tree Congregation of Suburban Chicago. Dan continues to serve Olive Tree, a Messianic Congregation of Jews and Gentiles sharing new life in Messiah. Dan currently serves on the board of directors of Life In Messiah Ministries, and has served on the boards of Light of Messiah Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Biblical Counseling Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Dan and Cynthia live in Prospect Heights Illinois, have three grown children and four grandchildren.