2017 National Conference

Living the Fullness of Christ-Centered Leadership in Turbulent Times

September 29 – October 1, 2017 at the Loews Chicago Hotel

A short interview with new National Board member, Cindy Marks

A short invitation from Guy Rodgers, President and CEO

About the Conference…

American culture is in desperate need of mature, wise, Christ-Centered leadership.  What does that look like?  How do we walk in it?  How does the Pinnacle Forum strategy help us better realize it?  How is “Christ-Centered” leadership unique, and what are the ramifications of this leadership?

Join us at the 2017 National Conference where these and many more questions like them will be answered!

We’ve Reduced the Registration Cost and the Hotel Room Cost for This Year’s Conference!

That’s right!  No matter how you register (Partner, Non-Partner, Single, Couple), or when (Early Bird vs. standard registration), we’ve reduced the registration cost compared to last year!

And you’ll still get everything we offered at last year’s fantastic conference in Scottsdale, Arizona — including two meals.

We’ve also reduced the standard hotel room rate by 14% over last year’s rate. Scroll down to the bottom to find out information about hotel rates and reserving your room.

Confirmed Speakers


Dr. Os Guinness

Os Guinness is an author, social critic, and member of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries speaking team. He is the founding Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum, whose motto is “Contributing to the Transformation and Renewal of Society Through the Transformation and Renewal of Leaders.” Os is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, A Free People’s Suicide, and Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times. 

Guy Rodgers, Pinnacle Forum CEO, regards Os as one of the world’s leading voices on the intersection of biblical truth, history and culture.

Os will be joining us at the conference via video. You can see his full bio here.

Tom Holladay

Tom Holladay is Senior Teaching Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Tom’s passion in ministry is to help people discover a love for the Bible and an understanding of God’s truth that changes the way they live. In addition to his pastoral leadership and weekend teaching ministries at Saddleback, he assists Rick Warren in teaching Purpose-Driven Church conferencesto Christian leaders around the world. Drivetime Devotions is his 10 minute a day podcast through the Bible, phone app or online. His books include The Relationship Principles of JesusLove Powered Parenting (with Chaundel) and Putting It Together Again (spring 2018). He and his wife, Chaundel, have three children and six grand-children.

Here’s what Rick Warren, Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church, had to say about Tom Holladay in his foreword for Tom’s book The Relationship Principles of Jesus:  “For over thirty-five years, I’ve closely watched how Tom Holladay lives and leads by showing Christ-like love to everyone…”   Warren further wrote,
“…you were never meant to live your life in a vacuum. In fact, you cannot fulfill your life’s purposes by yourself.”

This understanding is central to our mission, and why we have a NationalConference.


Dr. Beverly Upton

Beverly serves as Chief Executive Officer of Haggai Institute International. She is responsible for leading the ministry, and ensuring that the world’s highest-qualified, credentialed, Christian leaders are equipped to powerfully impact their world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Haggai allows her to combine her passion for sharing the Gospel and her skills of organizational development to make an impact for the Kingdom. From an organizational perspective, this ministry has an extensive infrastructure, built over 48 years and encompassing 188 nations, that enables their leaders to reach the world with the Gospel. Haggai truly is a missions force unlike any other!

She joined Haggai Institute in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Haggai, she was CEO of Upton & Associates, an organizational development consulting and executive coaching firm based in North Carolina. Her work focused on helping leaders, teams, and organizations increase their effectiveness to achieve desired results. She also worked for the Covey Leadership Center as a senior consultant. Her clientele included leading companies such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Companies, and Westinghouse. Full bio can be viewed here.  

Regi Campbell

Regi has an extensive history in the founding of new companies, helping to start fifteen companies and serving as CEO four times.  As President & CEO of Async Corporation, he was recognized as Georgia’s high technology Entrepreneur of the Year.

This experience in company start-ups, coupled with his energy for mentoring leaders, led to Regi’s role in the formative stages of several ministry organizations in the Atlanta area.  One of those was North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, whereRegi has twice served as an Elder.

Regi’s passion and calling is the mentoring of younger men to help them grow to be “all-in” followers of Christ.  He has led sixteen mentoring groups over the years.

Regi is the author of three books:

  • About My Father’s Business
  • What Radical Husbands Do
  • Mentor Like Jesus

He is the Founder and Chairman of Radical Mentoring, a ministry whose mission is to develop the next generation of Christian leaders through intentional men’s small group mentoring.


Dr. Albert Mohler

Dr. Mohler is the President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

Influential publications such asChristianity Today have described Dr. Mohler as a leader among evangelicals; Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”; and The Chicago Tribunecalled him “an articulate voice for conservative Christianity at large.”

An author and widely sought-after speaker and commentator, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview, and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers.  He has been quoted in newspapers ranging from The Wall Street Journalto The New York Times, and has appeared on numerous national news programs.

He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues, and has written several books, including:

  • Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth
  • Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists
  • He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Post-Modern World
  • The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters

Dr. Mohler’s extensive bio can be viewed here.

John Stonestreet

A well-known speaker, writer and cultural commentator, John Stonestreet is the President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.  He is co-host with Eric Metaxas of Breakpoint Radio, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson.  He’s also co-host of BreakPoint This Week with Ed Stetzer, and the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues.

John previously worked extensively with Summit Ministries, including in the capacity of Executive Director, and served on the teaching faculty of Bryan College, where he helped develop a Christian worldview sequence for the core curriculum.

He is the co-author of three books including Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. His full bio can be viewed here.


Kelvin Cochran

“My name is Kelvin Cochran, former Fire Chief of the City of Atlanta. I was terminated for living out my faith in Jesus Christ.”

This is how Kelvin opened his testimony last year at the First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Kelvin, one of six children, grew up very poor in Shreveport, Louisiana – so poor that the family frequently ran out of food.  His alcoholic father left the family when he was quite young.  He had a dream to be a firefighter, and he achieved that dream, rising to the position of the Fire Chief of Shreveport in 1999.  Kelvin was the first African-American to serve in this position in Shreveport. Continue to read Kelvin’s story.  You may also read Kelvin’s bio here.

Conference Schedule


Friday, September 29, 2017

3:00 PM to 6:30 PM – General Sessions
Tom Holladay, Dr. Albert Mohler, and Bob Smiley

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Dinner (on your own) for those not attending the optional cruise

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM – Optional private cruise

8:00 PM to 9:30 PM – General session for those not attending the optional cruise
John Stonestreet

Saturday, September 30, 2017

8:30 AM to 11:15 AM – General Sessions
Kelvin Cochran, Regi Campbell, and Dr. Beverly Upton

11:15 AM to 12:10 PM – Breakout Sessions

12:20 PM to 1:50 PM – Luncheon
Dr. Os Guinness and John Stonestreet

2:00 PM to 3:55 PM – Breakout Sessions

3:55 PM to 6:45 PM – Optional meetings and/or time on your own

7:00 PM to 9:45 PM – Gala Dinner Banquet
John Stonestreet

Sunday, October 1, 2017

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Optional Worship Service

We’ve added an optional Friday night cruise – SOLD OUT

On Friday night, September 29th, we’ll embark on a private, customized Chicago River Architectural AND Lake Michigan Chicago Skyline cruise.

We’ll be sailing on the Anita Dee I, a 90-foot charter yacht moored at the mouth of the Chicago River.  We’ll sail through the heart of beautiful downtown Chicago, past some of Chicago’s finest architecture, through the Chicago River locks, and then on Lake Michigan along Chicago’s scenic night-time skyline.

Friday Night CruiseAll while you’re treated to a wide variety of heavy hors d’ouevres and time with one of our conference speakers.

Even if you’ve been on a Lake Michigan cruise before, this promises to be a unique, memorable evening of wonderful food, fellowship, sights and sounds.

Space on this private charter is strictly limited.  (We know, this phrase is used a lot, but in this case the space is actually strictly limited!  Once we reach capacity there won’t be any more room.)
So if you’d like to attend the cruise, please don’t delay.  Register for the conference and then choose the additional option to register for the cruise.

(If you have trouble registering, you may also do so over the phone by calling Candace McGovern at 480.609.7000)

Registration Options

This year, we also have additional registration opportunities to be either a Conference Ambassador or Conference Host. Please scroll down to read more about these options.

If you are a Partner, in order for you to receive our Partner discount, you need to register directly through the email you have received from Pinnacle Forum rather than through this webpage. If you are not a Partner and you received an email from us, please also register through the email you received. Our sophisticated system will recognize your account and take you through the shortened version of our registration form. Partner status will also be authenticated through this process.

Main Conference Registration Pricing
Partner Rates Non-Partner Rates
Individual: $435 Individual: $480
Couple: $745 Couple: $845

Click here if you want to learn more about becoming a Partner.

Conference Ambassadors & Conference Hosts

We are offering two additional registration opportunities for this year’s conference…

A Conference Ambassador: Designed for those who want to invite Non-Partners or Partners who might not otherwise attend. You agree to sponsor an Individual or Couple of your recommendation or at Pinnacle Forum’s discretion. At the Ambassador pricing levels, you will receive recognition in our program and a meeting with one of our speakers. In addition, you and your sponsored guest or couple will receive conference registrations and cruise tickets. Ambassador pricing varies based on Individual vs. Couple Ambassadors and whether an Individual or Couple is being sponsored.

A Conference Host: At the Host pricing levels, you will receive recognition in our program and a meeting with one of our speakers. In addition, you (or you and your spouse) will receive conference registration(s) and cruise ticket(s). Host pricing varies based on Individual vs. Couple Hosts.

If either of these registration opportunities interest you, please contact Candace McGovern at 480.609.7000 or Candace@pinnacleforum.com. She will provide pricing information and also handle the registration for you over the phone.

Reserve Your Hotel Stay


(Choice of House King or House Double-Double)

Single Rate


Double Rate


Triple Rate


Quad Rate


Desire to extend your stay?

If you desire to extend your stay, our discounted rate is available for the 3 days prior and 3 days following our conference dates of September 29 – October 1 — subject to availability. To reserve your extended stay, please contact the main reservation desk at 1-844-204-5639 and mention that you are with the Pinnacle Forum 2017 Group.

If you are not extending your stay, you may reserve your room through the Loews Chicago Hotel reservation portal setup for our group. Just click the button to the upper left.


More information about your stay

You will receive complimentary Wi-Fi in your guest room, as well as complimentary access to the fitness center. For parking, keep in mind that Valet is currently $29 per day up to 8 hours and $67 overnight — pricing subject to change by the hotel without notice.


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