Come and explore God’s heart for humanity.

 

Since 2013, Open Table has been a unique conference that provides space for authentic dialogue as we explore questions about God, life, and spirituality. It is part of a relational movement, a growing awareness, that bows at wonder and mystery and delights in love and freedom. Hidden agendas do not fuel our conversation, rather it is the relentless love of God, like living waters filling the deepest spaces of our stories, that we seek to engage.

Remaining true to its original inspiration, the Open Table remains a welcoming space to learn and be refreshed as we journey together in a different narrative – that God revealed in Jesus is better than we ever imagined.

 
 

 

Past Speakers

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Dr. C. Baxter Kruger

Baxter is the Director of Perichoresis. He has a degree in Political Science, a Doctorate in Philosophy and is the author of eight books including “The Great Dance”, “Across All Worlds” and “The Shack Revisited”. He resides in Mississippi with his wife Beth. They have four children and recently became proud grandparents.

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Gaby Viesca

Gaby was born in Mexico and lives in Portland. She has degree in International Business and a M.A. in Biblical Studies. She currently serves as a chair of the Evangelical Studies Unit at the American Academy of Religion and is a member of the Advisory Council for The Institute for Cultural Engagement.

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John MacMurray

John is the founder and director of the Northwest School of Theology and the Open Table Conferences. Formerly an adjunct professor in Bible Literature, he now speaks internationally, and writes. His books include “A Spiritual Evolution” and “Father Fiction” (co-written with Donald Miller). He is also a landscape nature photographer, published in National Geographic, Sierra Club, and Audubon.

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Paul J. Pastor

Paul is a writer living in Oregon. He has an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and serves as editor-at-large for Outreach magazine. He is also a member of the Cascade Writers collective. He and his wife Emily serve on the leadership team of Theophilus Church in Portland, Oregon. They have three children and constant adventures.

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Dr. Brad Jersak

Brad is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, Canada. He is editor-in-chief of “Christianity Without the Religion” magazine and teaches at Westminster Theological Centre. He is also the author of over a dozen books, including “Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God Who Speaks” and “A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel.”

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Eden Jersak

Eden Jersak is the author of “Rivers from Eden: 40 Days of Intimate Conversation with God” and runs Fresh Wind Press. She was in the leadership team of Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship from its inception 15 years ago and was the lead pastor for 5 years. She is currently a lay teacher at The Bridge in Abbotsford, Canada.

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Katie Skurja

Katie founded Imago Dei Ministries and is the author of “Paradox Lost: Uncovering Your True Identity in Christ”, which peels away misconceptions of the nature and character of the triune God. She holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Masters of Spiritual Formation. She and her husband, Jim, have two sons.

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Wm. Paul Young

Paul is the author of “The Shack”, “Eve”, “Cross Roads”, and “The Shack Reflections. He was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was Netherlands New Guinea (now West Papua). He suffered great loss as a child and young adult, and now enjoys the “wastefulness of grace” with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Brian Zahnd

Brian is the lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, which he and his wife Peri founded in 1981. He is the author of several books including “Water to Wine”, “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God”, and “Postcards from Babylon.” His favorite activity is spending time with their three sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren.

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Dr. Geordie Ziegler

Geordie earned a doctorate in theology from the University of Aberdeen and is the author of “Trinitarian Grace and Participation – an entry into the theology of T. F. Torrance”. He now serves as pastor of Adult Discipleship and Formation at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington.

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Kenneth Tanner

Kenneth is pastor of Church of the Holy Redeemer in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he lives with his wife and seven children. His writing has appeared in “Books & Culture”, “Huffington Post”, “Sojourners”, “National Review”, “Christianity Today”, “Behemoth”, and “Real Clear Religion.”