National Gathering

The Fellowship Community warmly invites you to join us at our 2020 National Gathering!

The culture is changing at a breathtaking pace; there is more information than we can handle and national church experts have an inexhaustible supply of new programs and events. Where can we take a deep breath, worship God and talk with real leaders who are in ministry every day with real people navigating a complicated world? Come to Durham 2020. Join the conversation.



Jeremy BegbieDr. Jeremy Begbie teaches systematic theology and specializes in the interface between theology and the arts at Duke Divinity School. A professionally trained musician, he has extensive experience as a pianist, oboist and conductor. He is an ordained minister of the Church of England, and has written a number of books. Jeremy will lead our Gathering in an outstanding multimedia performance-lecture that he has shared across the world.

Jo SaxtonJo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcast host and leadership coach currently living in Minneapolis. Born in London to Nigerian parents, Jo has helped grow teams of leaders around the world. She has been especially influential in helping women find purpose in both life and leadership. Her exhilarating message of identity, influence and authenticity points all listeners to practical implementation. The author of several books, Jo will be a great encouragement for revitalizing churches and leaders.

Duffy RobbinsDr. David William “Duffy” Robbins is Professor of Youth Ministry at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania. He also teaches at Faithbridge Church in Spring, TX, and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Duffy has equipped churches, parents and leaders all over the world in caring for teens and families, and written a number of books. Duffy will share on how good leadership for teens and families helps focus the Church on making disciples.

Maggie RobbinsMaggie Robbins is a certified and practicing spiritual director who also has served on faculty with Kairos School of Spiritual Formation and (currently) Renovare. She has provided spiritual direction and led retreats around the globe, and co-authored Enjoy the Silence with her husband Duffy. Maggie will be available on a limited basis to meet for direction with National Gathering participants.

Mark TidsworthDr. Mark Tidsworth has experience as a pastor, counselor, new church developer and educator. He is currently the president of Pinnacle Leadership Associates in Lexington, SC, where he coaches, consults and trains leaders. His track will challenge us to develop as leaders, and the importance of developing leadership in our churches.

Adam NederDr. Adam Neder is the Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology at Whitworth University. He is the author of Participation in Christ: An Entry Into Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics and Theology As a Way of Life: On Teaching and Learning the Christian Faith. Adam teaches a wide range of popular courses and has been voted Most Influential Professor at Whitworth by four senior classes. Adam’s track will pursue the importance of theology for everyday leadership in Christian community.

E. DanielsE.Daniels (Ernest Daniels Jr.) has been leading worship for over 15 years with an enthusiastic and infectious personality. A gifted songwriter and vocalist, he has produced two albums with another to be released shortly. He has been serving in full-time ministry, as well as performing in many concert venues. Based out of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, E.Daniels & Band will lead us in times of worship as well as bring live artistry to our venue.

Scott SmithScott Smith is a spoken word artist, speaker and event emcee. He is also the founder and director of Ripe Creatives, a Christian non-profit organization under the umbrella of Artists in Christian Testimony Intl, that seeks to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ through arts & creativity. Based in Philadelphia, Scott will lead us in paying attention to God’s Word in fresh and original ways.


The Location

Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian ChurchTracing its roots back to the 1890s, Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church is recognized as a distinctly evangelical congregation that welcomes students into their midst from all the local universities. Blacknall’s mission is to glorify the Triune God, to make known the crucified and risen Christ, and to advance the Kingdom that God is building in its members, in Durham, and around the world.


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