Speakers' Bios

Main Session Speakers

Dr. Chip Henderson is the senior leader and primary teacher at Pinelake. Well known for his commitment to biblical, life-application preaching, Chip has seen God do immeasurably more during his tenure as Senior Pastor. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 800 to over 6,000 weekly attendees and moved to a multi-site church model with two campuses. In 2005 and 2007, Pinelake was listed as one of the 100 fastest growing church in America by Outreach magazine. Chip's passion is to help people discover and fulfill their God-given purpose for living. Chip is a graduate of Mississippi State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is married to Christy, and they have three children, Rachel, McKenzie and Regan.

Dr. W. Gary Phillips has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University (1971), a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (1975), and a Doctorate in Systematic Theology from Indiana's Grace Theological Seminary (1985).  In 2001, Gary left his position as Professor of Bible and Philosophy at Bryan College to become the full-time pastor at his founding church, Signal Mountain Bible Church. He has been a guest on Moody Radio Network's Open Line and was the keynote speaker at Charles Colson's Prison Fellowship President's Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.  Gary's book Making Sense of Your World (1991), co-authored with William E. Brown, was nominated for Christianity Today's Readers' Choice Book Award. In 2008, an edited and revised version was completed with John Stonestreet. Other publications include More Than One Way? and Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World.  Gary and Betsy, his wife of 36 years, have three grown children and one granddaughter.

Rev. Scotty Smith graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill (1972) and from Westminster Theological Seminary (1977). He served as youth pastor 1977-1981. In 1981, Scotty helped Cortez Cooper plant Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville.  In 1986, Scotty was sent out as the planting pastor for Christ Community Church (CCC) in Franklin, Tennessee, where he served as Senior Pastor for 20 years and has seen its membership grow to over 3,000. Scotty is now CCC's Pastor for Preaching, Teaching and Worship. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary and at Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando.  He has written five books: Unveiled Hope, with Michael Card; Speechless, Objects of His Affection; The Reign of Grace and Restoring Broken Things with Steven Curtis Chapman. Scotty and Darlene, his wife of 32 years, have two married children. He enjoys fly-fishing, cross training, classic rock and roll and cooking.

Breakout Session Speakers

Dr. Paul Boling is professor of Christian Thought and Philosophy and chairman of the Christian Studies division at Bryan. In addition, he teaches regularly in Bryan's adult degree completion and MBA programs. Dr Boling has published book reviews in scholarly and popular journals, is active in and has presented numerous papers at several professional societies, and is a medical ethics consultant at a local hospital. Dr. Boling is active in discipling and counseling ministry; and he speaks at churches, conferences, and retreats. He is also a published musician. He holds a B.A. degree in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley, a Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in philosophy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He and Lauralee, his wife of 37 years, have five children and one grandchild and live in Dayton, Tennessee.

Rev. David Delmotte has been serving as the pastor of Birchwood Baptist Church, Birchwood, TN, since May 2005. He served the previous three years as the youth minister at Birchwood Baptist Church. David is originally from Shelby Twp., Michigan; and his wife Katie is from Columbus, Ohio. David and Katie have four children Jake (6), Sydney (3), Graham (2), and Mitchell (9 mo). He has an Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies from Tennessee Temple University, and an M.A.B.S. from Temple Baptist Seminary.

Dr. Doug Russell is the senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Dayton, TN. Doug is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, John Brown University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary. He served as youth pastor in Normal, IL, for 6 years, senior pastor in St. Louis, MO, for 14 years, and has been in Dayton for the past 13 years. Doug has ministered on numerous occasions overseas in India, Thailand, France, Ukraine, Trinidad, Grenada, St. Vincent, and Brazil. Doug has two married daughters and five grandchildren. Kathy, Doug's wife, is a professional counselor with a practice in Dayton. If you want to talk baseball, Doug is more than pleased to tell you of his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals.