Alec Hill | InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Alec Hill is President Emeritus of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. After serving as president for 14 years, he underwent a successful bone marrow transplant (with his brother, Grant, as donor) in 2015. His current role includes mentoring, advising, teaching and external representation.

Prior positions include serving as Dean of the School of Business and Economics and the Joe Hope Professor of Law and Ethics at Seattle Pacific University (SPU). He also served as Regional Director at World Relief and volunteer staff with Young Life.

He has a B.A. (history) from SPU as well as graduate degrees from the University of Washington (J.D.) and SPU (M.A. Biblical Studies).   

Alec a trustee of Christianity Today, a member of Aspen Institute’s Religious Pluralism Project and a visiting faculty member at Regent College (Canada). He is author of Just Business: Christian Ethics for the Marketplace (IVP, with nearly 50,000 copies published in Russian, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian and English.     

Honors include alumnus of the year awards from Young Life, SPU and Northwest University. He has also been SPU’s professor of the year.

Passions include his wife (Mary), two daughters (Laura and Carolyn), walking, reading history, travel and the ill-fated Seattle Mariners.  

Tripp Parker | Technical Program Manager, Amazon

Tripp Parker is a 2007 graduate of Duke University with a BSE in Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Philosophy. His undergraduate work focused on Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy of Mind. For the past 10 years he’s been at Microsoft and Amazon developing these technologies for everyday use in a variety of contexts. He holds five patents from his work there, and presently oversees strategic initiatives as manager of a Machine Learning team.

Tripp lives in Kirkland with his wife and two-year-old son, where they attend Doxa Church in Bellevue.

Paco Amador | Pastor, New Life Community Church Little Village/Lawndale

Pastor Francisco "Paco" Amador was born in Mexico City. At the age of fourteen he gave his life to the King. Following a desire to serve Him for the rest of his life, Paco came to Chicago for training at the Moody Bible Institute. In 1990 he visited the Little Village neighborhood for the very first time and immediately fell in love with the community. A few years later he moved into the neighborhood. Prior to serving at New Life, Pastor Paco was a missionary in Spain, worked at Lawndale Christian Health Center and taught elementary school for nine years. In 2005 he was called into full time ministry as the pastor at New Life Little Village. Paco loves running with his wife, dancing with his daughters and wrestling with his boys. Pastor Paco & Sylvia have 7 children.

Kent Lau | Office Manager & Chief of Staff, Chicago Principals & Administrators Association

Kent is a lifelong Chicagoan and attended Chicago Public Schools and the University of Chicago (Political Science). Currently, he manages member services and the operations of the Chicago Principals & Administrators Association. He has attended Chinese Christian Union Church in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood since childhood and now serves as in their youth ministries and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also serves on the boards of the Pui Tak Center and the Pui Tak Christian School. As of 2018, he has completed 10 marathons.

Peter Greer | President and CEO, Hope International; Author

Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia and Zimbabwe, and served as managing director of Urwego Bank in Rwanda. He is a graduate of Messiah College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Peter is an award-winning author and speaker, and has a passion to see the Church engage in effective missions and economic development. He has written The Poor Will Be Glad (with Phil Smith, 2009), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard, 2013), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, 2014 and selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing (with Chris Horst, 2014), Watching Seeds Grow (with his son, Keith, 2014), The Giver and the Gift (with David Weekley, 2015), 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty, 2015) Created to Flourish (with Phil Smith, 2016), and The Board and the CEO (with David Weekley, 2017).

Currently, Peter serves as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis Venture Partner. More important than his occupation is his role as husband to Laurel and dad to Keith, Lilianna, and Myles.

Jessica Chin | Founder, WomenRise China

Jessica is a marketing leader driven by her dual passions of consumer-driven insight and social impact. Jessica previously led Apple’s retail expansion efforts in China, where she designed and implemented platforms seamless interactions. Now at Nike, she recently had a blast driving the World Cup 2018 campaign and global consumer activation.

Jessica has a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with expertise in branding and strategy. While there, Jessica launched 51Grow, a design-driven company focused on personalized marketing growth strategies for individuals and organizations with clients such as Peninsula Hotel, Social Venture Group, and Kimpton IHG. She is now the co-founder of WomenRise China, an organization where barriers are broken for rising female talent in the workplace.

Kevin Palau | President and CEO, Luis Palau Association

KEVIN PALAU is the son of international evangelist Luis Palau. He joined the Luis Palau Association, in 1985 and began directing the day-to-day operation of the ministry in the late 1990s. Under his leadership, LPA has produced some of the largest Christian events ever staged, created a worldwide network of hundreds of partner evangelists, and developed new models for citywide outreach that integrate major community service initiatives with open-air evangelistic gatherings. Kevin’s first book, “Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live out the Gospel,” was released in June 2015. He holds a degree in religious studies from Wheaton College and lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with his wife, Michelle and their three children.

Trillia Newbell | Director of Community Outreach, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Trillia Newbell is the author of Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts (2016), Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015), United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (2014) and a children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family (September, 2017). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She is currently Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN. You can find her at and follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell