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Sponsored by Harvest House Publishers

Monday evening’s keynote speaker will be mentor, author and former

NFL fullback, Jonathan Evans. Jonathan serves with his pastor, friend and father,

Dr. Tony Evans, both in the local church and the national ministry. Jonathan is committed to developing the next generation of devoted Christian leaders. His upcoming book, Stories from the Storyteller, is based on the animated series that features modern retellings of Jesus’ parables for children.  Jonathan Evans is a mentor, author, speaker, and former NFL player. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Today, he serves as the chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys and co-chaplain of the Dallas Mavericks. Jonathan lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Kanika, and their five children.


Dawn Barton

Sponsored by HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Join us for CPE Winter 2023 to hear from our Sunday morning speaker Dawn Barton, author of Laughing Through the Ugly Cry and the upcoming Midlife Battle Cry.  Dawn speaks at conferences, churches, elevators and just about anywhere anyone will listen to her thoughts on finding joy and humor in even the most difficult of circumstances.


Tim Timberlake

Sponsored by HarperCollins Christian Publishing

The Monday morning devotional speaker will be Tim Timerblake, lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL and Creedmoor, NC.  Tim's sense of humor, combined with his in-depth Bible teaching, gives the listener the tools to transform their lives from the inside out.


Sponsored by Hachette Book Group

Join us for CPE Winter 2023 to hear CPE’s Sunday evening speaker, the Reverend Russell Jones Levenson, Jr. Dr. Levenson served as the priest, pastor and friend to former President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where they were active members for more than 50 years. His upcoming book, Witness to Dignity, tells the eyewitness account of the character, service, faith and dignity of the Bushes.



Sponsored by InterVarsity Press

Alan Noble (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, cofounder and editor in chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and an advisor for the AND Campaign. He has written for the Atlantic, Vox, BuzzFeed, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, and First Things. He is also the author of Disruptive Witness and You Are Not Your Own.

Alan will be speaking at Tuesday's mornings devotions.


Edouard Ndecky

 Sponsored by Samaritan's Purse | Operation Christmas Child 

Edouard grew up in a happy home in West Africa, though his family didn’t have a lot of material possessions. His father, a pastor, would encourage Edouard to find hope in God’s love. When Edouard received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift at age 14, he saw it as a gift from God. Hear how the gift contained much-needed items, along with a fun gift that brought joy for years to come.


For the Fatherless

Musicians Brian & Christa Yakaboski 

There’s healing in sharing our stories. Each one may be different, but it takes all of them to tell the story of perfect love - the love of a Father who sent His only Son to die a death He didn’t deserve and who raised Him to life again. This perfect love has made a way for us to be adopted and to be called sons and daughters of God. 

Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  - John 17:23

Jesus prayed those words for all who would ever believe in Him before He went to the cross. His heart burned for us to know the love of His Father as He knew it Himself. We lead worship and share our stories and original songs to continue to seek an answer for Jesus’ prayer: that somehow in His grace He would reveal the fullness of His love to each one of us and we would know the joy of First John 3:1, See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

We are fatherless no more, and it’s the reason we sing.

Hear For the Father Sunday morning and again in the evening at CPE!

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