Thriving Churches, Flourishing Communities

Thriving Churches Conference Speakers

Vincent Bacote

Dr. Vincent Bacote 

Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College

Dr. Vincent Bacote is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.  He is the author of the The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker Academic: 2005), and has contributed to books such as Keep Your Head Up (2012) and Prophetic Evangelicals (2012) and is a regular columnist for Comment. He has also had articles appear in magazines such as Books & Culture, Christianity Today and re:generation quarterly and journals such as Christian Scholar's Review, Urban Mission and the Journal for Christian Theological Research.  

Vincent Bacote

Pastor Christopher Brooks

Senior Pastor, Evangel Ministries

Pastor Christopher Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600 member church in the heart of Detroit.  He is also the daily host of Equipped for Life, aired daily on the Salem Network, 1500 AM.  He was recently appointed the Campus Dean of Moody Theological Seminary’s Michigan Campus. Pastor Brooks is the founder of the Detroit Bible Institute, a seminary preparatory institution targeting inner city Christians. He is the author of Urban Apologetics (2014) and Kingdom Dreaming (2009).

Rudy Carrasco

Mr. Rudy Carrasco

Managing Director, Two Forty Group

Rudy Carrasco served for two decades in an incarnational urban youth ministry in the Los Angeles metro. His work in applying private charity principles among the urban poor has been covered by Christianity Today (Where Faith and Culture Meet DVD series) and the Heritage Foundation (Seek Social Justice DVD series). Articles by and about Carrasco have appeared in Forbes, Discipleship Journal, Pasadena Star-News and Outreach Magazine. He’s a board member of the Christian Community Development Association and U.S. Regional Facilitator for Partners Worldwide. He lives in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Rev. Robert Sirico

President, Acton Institute 

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute. Fr. Sirico serves on the staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Fr. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others. In his new book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Fr. Sirico shows how a free economy is the best way to meet society’s material needs.