2017 Nexus Speakers

April 7-9, 2017, Stamford, Connecticut

Nexus: The Christian Union Conference on Faith and Action 2017 gathered together 300 undergraduates from select universities for a weekend of inspiring speakers, thought-provoking panels, in-depth seminars, and powerful worship. The following are the plenary messages that amplified the theme, drawn from Hebrews 4:16: "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."


Matt Bennett: Draw Near (27:43)

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.






D. Michael Lindsay Interview (11:21)

Award-winning sociologist and educator D. Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College and an expert on religion, culture, and leadership. Lindsay graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University, and holds graduate degrees in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and Wycliffe Hall at Oxford. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University.






Jon Nielson: To the Throne of Grace (31:10)

Jon Nielson is the Ministry Director for Christian Union at Princeton. He has served as a pastor at College Church in Wheaton, at Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, and as the Director of Training for the Charles Simeon Trust. A graduate of Wheaton College, Jon earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he is also currently completing his Doctor of Ministry degree. Jon is ordained in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) and has authored four books.






Eugene Rivers: Draw Near with Confidence (33:18)

Reverend Eugene F. Rivers III, a former gang member from Philadelphia, is a widely published writer, community activist, and worldwide speaker. As an activist for over 35 years, Reverend Rivers has worked on community development, faith-based initiatives, and domestic and foreign policy issues. He also advised both Bush Administrations and the Clinton Administration on their faith-based initiatives and in the foreign policy arena regarding the AIDS crisis in Africa.






Carol Kaminski: The God of Mercy and Grace (34:58) 

Dr. Carol M. Kaminski is a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Language at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. She is a member of the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature. Originally from Australia, Dr. Kaminski holds an MA in Old Testament and an MA in Religion from Gordon-Conwell. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.





Nexus Professionals


D. Michael Lindsay: Legacy of Influence (49:37)

How can I ensure that my work has lasting significance? This presentation by award-winning sociologist and educator D. Michael Lindsay draws from hundreds of face-to-face interviews with America's most senior leaders in government, nonprofit life, and business to explore how we can be intentional, mindful, and meaningful with our work in such a way that it will have lasting influence for Christ and the common good.


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By God's Grace, Christian Union develops Christian leaders to transform culture. We resource student organizations at nine of the most strategic university campuses in America, and work in key cities to build networks of Christian leaders.

240 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ 08542
t. 609 688-1700 f. 609 688-1795