Annual Conference

Austin, Texas, USA downtown skyline.


Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

701 E 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Make your hotel reservations at our group discount rate by June 4.


Early Bird Annual Conference until May 31 (Member): $400
Early Bird Annual Conference until May 31 on-Member): $450
Annual Conference (Member): $450
Annual Conference (Non-Member): $500
One Day Pass: $175

Note: After June 24th a  $50 cancellation fee will be issued with no refund. 


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Plenary Speakers

Ryan Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey.

He is the author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment and Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and he is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.

Anderson’s research has been cited by two U.S. Supreme Court justices, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas, in two Supreme Court cases.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and he received his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation was titled: “Neither Liberal Nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.”

Anderson has made appearances on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard Health Policy Review, the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Weekly Standard, and National Review.

He is a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, a Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America, and a Visiting Fellow at the Veritas Center at Franciscan University.


D. Michael Lindsay

Award-winning sociologist and educator D. Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College, and an expert on religion, culture and leadership.

View from the Top, Dr. Lindsay’s most recent book, was released in May 2014. It reports the findings of his 10-year PLATINUM Study, the largest-ever interview-based study of senior organizational leaders—including former Presidents Carter and Bush, and hundreds of CEOs at the nation’s largest corporations and nonprofits.

Lindsay’s Pulitzer-nominated Faith in the Halls of Power was listed in Publishers Weekly’s “Best Books of 2007.” His work has been profiled in hundreds of media outlets worldwide, and his research has been funded through fellowships awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Education and the National Science Foundation.

Since his appointment to president of Gordon College in Massachusetts in 2011, Gordon has experienced banner years in terms of fundraising, campus diversity, sponsored research, athletic success and faith expression on campus. President Lindsay is gratified to be working alongside talented colleagues and regards the College’s gains during his tenure as evidence of a winning team. He also serves on the boards of Christianity Today and the Veritas Forum. From 2006 until 2011 Lindsay was a member of the faculty at Rice University.

He has been married for over twenty years to Rebecca, a writer and speaker who serves as Gordon’s Ambassador for the College. They are the proud parents of three daughters: Elizabeth (15), Caroline (8) and Emily (8). The Lindsays live on the Gordon campus, which allows them to regularly cheer on the Fighting Scots.

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Greg Thornbury

Gregory Alan Thornbury, Ph.D., has been a college professor, dean, president and chancellor of The King’s College in New York City. He is the author of Why Should The Devil Have All the Good Music: Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock (Random House/Convergent 2018) — winner of the Christianity Today Best Book Award for arts and culture, and reviewed by The New York Times as a “summer must read. Thornbury’s biography on Larry Norman also was widely covered by numerous mainstream outlets, including The New Yorker, NPR, The A/V Club, and The Weekly Standard.

Thornbury’s writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Christianity Today, among others. A popular writer and speaker on philosophy, religion, and contemporary culture, he currently works on various projects in the film industry and art world in New York City.

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Davies Owens

W. Davies Owens is the Head of Vision and Advancement at the Ambrose School in Boise, Idaho, where he also served as the Dean of the Upper School. Prior to moving west five years ago, he served for 10 years as a Board Member, and later, as Head of School at Heritage Preparatory School, an ACCS member school in Atlanta, Georgia. Five years prior, he was the Executive Director of BlueSky Ministries, an innovation lab and consulting organization launched after his work for Christianity.com during the dot-com days of Silicon Valley. He is also an ordained Presbyterian minister who served as a local church pastor for 12 years in both suburban and urban congregations.

Davies has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Furman University, a master’s degree in divinity from Duke Divinity School and a doctorate from Gordon Conwell Seminary in Boston. He has studied on a number of occasions at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and England. He has a heart for international missions and has been leading teams from Ambrose to work with schools in Rwanda for the past four years.

He is the host of the BaseCamp Live podcast, which is dedicated to helping promote Classical Christian education nationally and equip parents and leaders involved in raising up the next generation. He and his wife, Holly, see the consistent fruit of Classical Christian education in the lives of their three children, Hannah, Liam, and Bennett.