Plenary Speakers 


Matt Bennett

Founder/CEO of Christian Union

Matt Bennett is founder and CEO of Christian Union. A native of Houston, Texas, Matt earned BS and MBA degrees from Cornell University and holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He worked for Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Princeton University for 12 years, and developed that ministry into one of the largest in the history of the Ivy League. In 2002, he founded Christian Union. The ministry has been featured in The New York Times, PBS, NPR, Christianity Today, and World Magazine. Matt resides in New York City.

Jimmy Lin, MD, phd, mhs

Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Oncology at Natera

Dr. Lin has devoted his life to beating cancer. His work in clinical research include Johns Hopkins, Washington University in St. Louis, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In addition, he has leveraged the technological advances in cancer to fight rare diseases as the Founder and President of the Rare Genomics Institute.

Dr. Lin has published over 100+ papers, abstracts, and book chapters, in top academic journals, such as Science, Nature, Cell, Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Genome Research, and PNAS. He has presented at top scientific conferences and institutions including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, NCI/NIH, Vanderbilt, and Johns Hopkins.

Eric Metaxas

Bestselling Author, Speaker, & Syndicated Radio Host

Eric Metaxas is the author of four New York Times Bestsellers, including the #1 Bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. He is host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally-syndicated daily radio program in 120 cities.

Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. His Dec. 25th, 2014 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, titled "Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God," is unofficially the most popular and shared piece in the history of the Journal, garnering over 450,000 Facebook Likes and 8,000 comments.

Metaxas is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Large for the King's College in New York City.

Baroness CAroline Cox

Founder and President of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)

Baroness (Caroline) Cox became a Life Peer in 1982 for her contributions to education and has served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. Lady Cox now sits in the Lords as a crossbencher and is a frequent contributor to Lords debates on Sudan, India, Nigeria, Uganda, and Burma. In addition to the areas above, she has also visited North Korea helping to promote Parliamentary initiatives and medical programs.

Baroness Cox’s humanitarian aid work has taken her on many missions to conflict zones, allowing her to obtain first-hand evidence of the human rights violations and humanitarian needs.