Speakers and Topics



Steve Cloer, Preaching from Ezekiel

Steve Cloer has been the preaching minister at Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, TX since 2006. Before that, he worked in youth and campus ministry. He and his wife, Lindsay, have three children, Joshua, Bethany, and Lydia. Steve graduated from Harding University with two B.A. degrees in Bible and Math.  He received his M.Div. in New Testament from Harding School of Theology and graduated with his D.Min. in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary.



Rick Marrs,
Preaching from Job


Rick R. Marrs is the Provost of Pepperdine University and a professor of religion at Seaver College. He has taught at Pepperdine since 1987 in the areas of Old Testament studies and ancient languages. His primary research areas are the Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature of ancient Israel. Before joining the Pepperdine community, he taught at Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University) and the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary (1979-84) in Baltimore and the Institute for Christian Studies associate with the University of Texas (1984-87) (now the Austin Graduate School of Theology). Dr. Marrs has a BA with summa cum laude honors in New Testament Greek (1973) and Master of Divinity (1976) from Abilene Christian University. He completed his PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University (1982). Prior to becoming Provost of the University he served as Chair of the Religion Division, Associate Dean and Dean of Seaver College. His wife Paula teaches kindergarten and recently traveled to Kenya to help a group of local teachers become more effective classroom instructors. He has two children, Staci (a second-grade teacher) and Jeremy (a manager of finance systems), and five grandchildren, Wyatt, Raquel, Reid, Lyzette, and Brynn.


  John Weaver, Christian Ministry in Digital Culture

Dr. John B. Weaver is the Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology at Abilene Christian University, where he also teaches in the College of Biblical Studies.  A preacher, technologist, and New Testament scholar, Dr. Weaver has ministered to churches in five states and three countries.  His current research focuses on Christian practices of Biblical interpretation and moral formation in an increasingly technological and digital culture.



Stan Reid, Preaching from 2 Timothy

Stan Reid has served as President of Austin Graduate School of Theology since 2003. He is also an associate professor teaching practical theology courses. Before assuming his role at Austin Grad, Stan preached for twenty years serving churches in Austin, Abilene and Granbury. Earlier in his ministry he was a campus minister at New Mexico State University and Abilene Christian University. He holds BA and MA degrees from the later and a doctorate from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. Stan and his wife, Laynne, dated in high school and married in 1975 while in college. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.  Stan enjoys sports and likes to read history in general and American colonial and revolutionary history in particular.