Plenary Speakers


Dr. Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson is a faculty member in the Bible and Theology department at Emmaus Bible College. He holds degrees from Emmaus and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and has recently completed his Ph.D. at Spurgeon’s College, University of Wales. Mark and his wife Tonya have four children and are in fellowship at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa.


David Anderson

David Anderson is a full-time worker and elder who is honored to serve the precious flock of Littleton Bible Chapel in Colorado, where he teaches the Bible. He is also privileged to serve as a member of BER (Biblical Eldership Resources) which is a ministry devoted to cultivating healthy church leadership all around the world. He is married to the lovely Lonnalee, and has three kids: Mollie, Ryle Ironside, and Georgia “Peach.”


Dr. Jack Fish

As a result of listening to Billy Graham, Jack placed his trust in Christ during his junior year of high school. He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Linguistics and went on to receive Th.M and Th.D degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. For the past 43 years, Jack has taught at Emmaus Bible College. He currently serves as Editor of The Emmaus Journal and as an elder emeritus at Asbury Community Chapel in Asbury, Iowa. Nancy and Jack have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.

Seminar Speakers


Dr. Lisa Beatty

Dr. Lisa Beatty is a native of Dubuque, Iowa. Her early passion was for music, and she earned degrees in vocal performance from Clarke University (B.A.) and the University of Iowa (M.A.). In 1992 she began teaching music at Emmaus Bible College, and a decade later added academic administration to her responsibilities. Now in her 23rd year at Emmaus, Lisa serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Dr. Beatty serves on the board of trustees for the Association for Biblical Higher  Education. She has an active speaking ministry and has authored a series of articles on church music for Journey magazine. Lisa has been married to her husband Kevin for 32 years, and they have two adult daughters. When she has a few spare moments, Lisa enjoys reading history, playing the piano and cello, decorating her home, and traveling. 

Frank Carmical

For over 25 years Frank Carmical has served as an itinerant missionary in 50 countries where he has trained national leaders in evangelism, discipleship and church planting. Frank has a special heart and passion to see the next generation won, trained and equipped to love and serve Christ. He received his B.A. at Houston Baptist University and his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. For 5 years, Frank worked on the Executive Translation Team for the Holman Christian Standard Bible. He currently serves as teaching minister at Lafayette Bible Chapel in Lafayette, LA. This church is committed long term to mentoring students and grads from Emmaus Bible College.

Bob Deffinbaugh

Bob Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. in 1971. While in seminary Bob and his family attended Believers Chapel where New Testament church principles were introduced to them for the first time.  Since then Bob has been committed to following these principles and communicating them to others.  For 35 years Bob has served as a teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas.  In years past Bob served as a national speaker for Prison Fellowship.  He has traveled and taught abroad, primarily in Asia.  Bob has served on several boards, including two mission boards.  Bob and his wife Jeannette have been happily married for 51 years.  They have five married daughters and thirteen grandchildren. Bob has written extensively and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use on bible.org.


Dr. Larry Dixon

Larry Dixon, Professor of Theology at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions, is a 1971 graduate of Emmaus. He received his Bachelor's degree from Northeastern Bible College, his M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Drew University. His dissertation was entitled "The Pneumatology of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882)."  Larry has written seven books: The Other Side of the Good News (2003), DocDEVOS (2002), Heaven: Thinking Now about Forever (2002), DocTALK (2002), DocWALK (2005), When Temptation Strikes: Gaining Victory Over Sin (2008) and his newest book, Farewell Rob Bell (2010). He and his wife Linda have served with International Teams in Germany. His blog is found at larrydixon.wordpress.com. He enjoys playing tennis and table tennis.

Linda Dixon

A former missionary to Germany, Linda was born in New Jersey and has taught in Junior High and High Schools in the States and Canada.  She formerly  served as the Director of Guidance Counseling at Ben Lippen Schools in Columbia, SC.  She now oversees accomodations for learning-disabled students.  She has been married to Larry for 44 years and is the proud parent of two grown children and enjoys her four (soon to be six) grandchildren.  She has extensive experience in working with teenagers and enjoys discipling young women in the faith.


Chuck Gianotti

Chuck Gianotti, Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary, from Rochester, NY, has been serving the Lord fulltime since 1983, serving in both the US and Canada. He is founder and past editor of Elders' ShopNotes (an international bi-monthly ministry letter to elders) and part of the Biblical Eldership Resources core team. His books include: “A Cosmic Drama: Men Women & The Church,” “The Formation of the New Testament,” “Elders’ ShopNotes: A Collection of Essays, 5 Volumes,” “The New Testament and the Mishnah,” two daily devotional books and numerous pamphlets and blogs. He’s married with two grown children and one granddaughter.


Dave Glock

Dave is a graduate of Emmaus, Philadelphia College of Bible, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has taught at Emmaus since 1968 and has served as Dean of Education for most of that period. He serves as an elder emeritus at Asbury Community Chapel. Dave has four children, all of whom serve in Assembly ministries, fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Jon Glock

Jon Glock received his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies from Emmaus Bible College in 1991. He studied at Dallas Theological Seminary and received an M.A. in Biblical Studies in 1994. Since that time, Jon served in the youth and adult ministries at College Heights Chapel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee before moving back “home” to Dubuque, IA. Jon has served Emmaus since 1994 as the Director of Admissions, adjunct faculty, and also Dean of Students; he currently holds the position of Vice President for Advancement. He maintains a dynamic itinerant preaching ministry as he frequents camps and conferences across North America. Jon and his wife, Kati, are the proud parents of Anna Kate and Jonathan. The family attends Asbury Community Chapel where Jon is an elder.

Susie Henderson

Susie lives in Dubuque, Iowa, where she is the Elementary Education Program Director at Emmaus Bible College, training young people to serve the Lord through teaching. She fellowships at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel. Prior to teaching at Emmaus, she taught second and third grade for nine years.  Susie spends her vacations in Pennsylvania with family and continues to be in fellowship at her home assembly, North York Gospel Chapel.  In her free time, Susie likes to read and enjoys cooking, especially the fun challenge of duplicating favorite restaurant meals at home. Her current favorite verses are Psalm 105:3-5, “Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done!”


Ben Mathew

Ben is a native of Southern Ontario, Canada and was involved in a number of ministries in his home church.  Ben received his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Emmaus Bible College and continued his graduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary, earning his M.A. in Biblical Counseling.  Ben worked in the Dallas area for a number of years in private practice and at the nationally known Minirth Clinic specializing in adolescent rehab and conflict resolution.  Ben is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa and now ministers at Emmaus Bible College as Chair and professor in the Counseling Psychology department and also works in the Student Services department as the Director of Counseling Services.  Ben & his wife Jenna live in Dubuque, IA with their children Elias, Zachary, Ainsley and Olivia. They stay involved with various ministries while he is a favorite speaker at numerous churches, camps and conferences across North America.


Viji Roberts

Viji is a fulltime worker and serves as an Elder at New Life Bible Chapel (www.NewLifeBibleChapel.com). He is part of the Biblical Eldership Resources Team (www.biblicaleldershipresources.com) and an Ambassador with the Voice of the Martyrs, Canada (www.persecution.net). He also sits on the board of MSC Canada, a mission organization; and FBH International, a global radio ministry. Prior to his involvement in the ministry he worked as a Corporate Trainer in different countries. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Joyce, and son, Daniel.


Jonathan J. Routley

JJ received a B.A. in Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies from Wheaton College and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as both the Director of Spiritual Life and an Adjunct Faculty member at Emmaus Bible College. JJ enjoys an itinerant speaking ministry at churches and Christian camps across the country as well as serving in a variety of capacities at his own local church. JJ, his wife Janelle, and son Asher live in Dubuque, IA.

Ruth SchwertfegerB&W.jpg

Ruth Schwertfeger

Ruth comes to this conference primarily as a woman who loves to reflect on and share God's Word with other women. At home, she is a wife, mother and grandmother who enjoys the basic activities of everyday life, including cooking and even cleaning. She has known modest success teaching in the Humanities and writing about German-Jewish history.  She retains deep ties with her native turf--Northern Ireland.

Seth Scott

Seth Scott graduated from Emmaus Bible College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies as well as a wife, Jen. Seth completed a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach with focused training on clinical college counseling. Moving to Maine in 2007, Seth worked for Counseling Services, Inc. for four years providing intensive in-home clinical care to adolescents and their families as well as individual and couples' counseling. He also began part-time work using his certification in Hope-Focused Marital Therapy at Higher Ground Christian Counseling Ministries where he took over as director in 2011. During these years Seth also received additional certification in Modular Approach to Treatment with Children for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Conduct as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Seth completed licensure in Maine as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In 2012, Seth moved from Maine to fulfill his dream teaching and counseling at Emmaus Bible College in the Counseling Psychology department where he continues to teach and counsel as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor was commended to missionary work in Colombia in 1968 by three assemblies in Sydney Australia, where he grew up. During his twenty years on the field he was involved in planting four churches and organizing a fully operational print shop. He authored six books in Spanish and later one in English and has been the president of Good Tidings Publishers, a Spanish publication ministry, since 1986. After his first wife went to be with the Lord in Colombia, he remarried and lived in Florida for eight years where he was involved in planting an assembly of Spanish speaking believers. When his second wife was called Home in 1997, he moved to Kenosha, WI as a commended worker in the assembly there. In 2004, he was invited to join the EBC board of trustees and then to serve on the executive committee; and several years later was invited to join the Board of ECS Ministries where he now serves as Vice-Chairman. Together, with his wife Barbara, he continues to speak, teach and write in various assemblies and publications.