2018 Overview

2018 Annual Meeting

February 21-23, 2018 | Orlando, Florida

These … bear witness about me. (John 5:39) 

It is well known that some of Jesus Christ’s most chilling indictments are addressed to zealous advocates of the Bible and scrupulous practitioners of personal piety. John’s Gospel testifies the animus was so acute that the religious elite were seeking to assassinate the long-awaited but misapprehended Christ of biblical promise (John 5).

How could this be? If it happened then, could it happen today? Could the Bible’s most ardent advocates become indifferent or even opposed to the very One the Bible seeks to reveal? In what ways might this be evident?

Those of us who are zealous to place the Bible at the center of biblical higher education and weave its faithful instruction into the fabric of every student encounter need reminding that it is Christ, not the Bible itself, concerning whom we study and to whom we submit. “Nothing could be more vital for Christian higher education,” writes Duane Litfin, “than that we continue to revel in our allegiance to Jesus Christ, and in the fact that the education we offer is both Christ-centered and Christ-centered. … We must insist on keeping Jesus Christ at the core of all we do.” [Conceiving the Christian College, 2004, p. 83].

Plenary speakers Crawford Loritts and Bob Russell are distinguished alumni, senior statesmen, advocates of our Bible college movement. We are confident these anointed servant-spokesmen will expound the glory of Christ with exceptional eloquence and thereby help re-center our imagination and affection upon Christ, about whom the Scriptures “bear witness about me”.

Crawford Loritts

Crawford was ordained to the ministry in March 1972. He attended Cairn University in Philadelphia, PA graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible with an emphasis on pastoral studies.  He and his wife, Karen, married on May 22, 1971.

Crawford has traveled throughout the US, Caribbean, Asia, Canada, South America, Africa and parts of Europe preaching in churches, evangelistic outreaches, conferences, in colleges and seminaries. He has also been the featured speaker at Super Bowls, NCAA Final Four Chapel, and the Pentagon with senior military officers. Crawford and his wife Karen are featured speakers at Family Life marriage conferences. They are co-authors of Developing Character in Your Child. They have 4 married children. Bryan, Heather, Bryndan and Holly, and have 10 grandchildren.

Bob Russell

God has blessed Bob Russell with a life much different than one he could have ever imagined. As a young man growing up in northern Pennsylvania, Bob had intended on becoming a high school basketball coach in his hometown. During his senior year of high school, however, Bob realized a desire in his heart to enter the ministry. Soon thereafter, he enrolled in Cincinnati Bible Seminary where he graduated in 1965.

At just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church.  That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired.   Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches and conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership,  mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups.  An accomplished author, Bob has written over one-dozen books.  His latest book, “After 50 Years of Ministry: 7 Things I Would Do the Same and 7 Things I Would Do Differently,” was release summer 2016 from Moody Publishers .Bob and his wife Judy of 51 years have two married sons, Rusty and Phil.


Location: Rosen Plaza Hotel
Winner of the prestigious Pinnacle, Award of Excellence and Medical Meetings Awards.

9700 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 996-9700

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  • 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport
  • 3 restaurants, Smooth Java/Starbuck Coffee Cafe’ and 24 hour deli featuring fresh sandwiches, salads and pizza
  • Heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi
  • Fitness center
  • Gift shop
  • Business Center
  • Valet parking available
  • 800 deluxe guest rooms
  • 32 suites
  • Direct-dial telephone and voice mail
  • In-room safe
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • 37″ flat screen TVs
  • Mini refrigerators
  • RFID key locking system with automatic deadbolt
  • Computerized card-key lock
  • Video account review and check-out
  • Coffee maker
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi with upgraded services available at a fee