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Vision for the Scholars in Residence Program:

It is SLU’s desire to give our audience of student ministry practitioners and educators space to wrestle with worldview type questions that relate to the fast-changing landscape of their student ministries and communities.  The vision for this space is that the discussions are crafted and cultivated under the wisdom and guidance of a thought leader.  In our inaugural year, we can think of no better person than Dr. Bill Brown.

Not only do we believe these discussions will be rich with content and encouraging for those that walk alongside students, but we also believe that the blogs  will serve as resources for students, parents, and student pastors alike throughout the year. Our goal is to continue to equip you with resources that help you get some questions answered.

Dr. Bill Brown

For over twenty years Dr. William E. (Bill) Brown led two Christian universities as President - Bryan College (1993-2003) and Cedarville University (2003-2013). Currently, he divides his time among a number of initiatives. He is the Senior Fellow of Worldview and Culture at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and Dean of the Colson Fellows Program.Until 2020, He served as the Senior Executive of WorldAPP, an international technology firm with offices in Kiev, London, and Boston. Through Radical Leadership, he mentors leadership and helps universities, schools, and businesses with difficult management and personnel issues.A nationally recognized speaker and expert in culture and worldview, Dr.  Brown has written several books and more than a hundred articles for journals, magazines, encyclopedias, and newspapers.  He is the author of Making Sense of Your Faith, Where Have All the Dreamers Gone?, Observations from a Biblical Worldview, and Making Sense of Your World (with Gary Phillips and John Stonestreet), a book used by many colleges and universities as an introductory text to worldview/philosophical thinking.  He is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Popular Culture Association. He has spoken in over 30 countries on issues related to worldviews, culture, and ethics.Dr. Brown is the Executive Producer and speaker for the multiple award-winning DVD series, re:View worldview study. re:View equips Christians to discern and engage contemporary culture from a Christ-centered perspective.Dr. Brown and his wife, Lynne, have been married since 1976.  They have two children – April and Alex, and four grandchildren.

Way to interact with the SLU Scholar in Residence:

Youth Pastors Summit Breakout Session (occurring the 2nd morning of each Summit).  Attendees will submit questions on night one of all cities  with questions for Dr. Brown to answer in his breakout.   Additionally, as part of YPS registration, we will ask attendees in advance of key topics they would like our Scholar in Residence Program to tackle in 2024.

o   Southern California: March 18-19, 2024

o   Dallas: April 8-9, 2024

o   Orlando: April 15-16, 2024

o   Nashville: April 22-23, 2024

o   Chicago: April 29-30, 2024

Monthly Blog Articles: visit our blog to read and interact with articles tackling questions like:

  • how to foster an environment of questions and answers in your youth ministry

Webinars/ Podcasts: the scholar in residence will interact with SLU Vice President, Dr. Brent Crowe in an interview style on our YouTube. These videos and guest appearances on the Chasing Elephants podcast will be available throughout the year.

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