2019 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church

Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years. He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law.

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world:

  • Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast;
  • Moody Church Hour—The Moody Church’s Sunday morning worship service;
  • Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943.

Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including: The Church In BabylonRescuing The GospelHe Will Be The PreacherThe Cross In The Shadow Of The Crescent, One Minute After You DieWhen A Nation Forgets God, and Christian Bookseller’s Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross.

He and his wife Rebecca have co-written the books: Life-Changing Bible Verses You Should Know and Jesus, Lover Of A Woman’s Soul.

His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including: Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He also leads tours to Israel and the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Dr. Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Rev. Dyrie Francis

Living Word Open Bible Church


Foremost for Rev. Dyrie Francis is her unwavering passion for God, followed by her relationship as life partner of forty-two (42) years and eight (8) months with her husband, Karl. A mother to Jonathan and Bryan, and grandmother to Christine Noelle, she is well acquainted with Women and Family issues. As a woman of prayer, she leads a dynamic weekly prayer group, and mentors many single and married women.

Dyrie is an ordained minister with the Open Bible Churches (USA). She is Prayer Coordinator for the Southeast Region in her denomination; and Ministry Director of Youth and Women. She speaks locally and internationally at conferences, seminars, and retreats. Dyrie also writes professionally and her articles are published in Open Bible’s Message Magazine.

Dyrie has a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) in Nursing from the University of Florida, Miami; and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Christian Leadership from New Hope Christian College, Eugene, Oregon.