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About The JUSTICE CONFERENCE

A global platform

Hosted in Chicago (USA), Hong Kong (China) and Melbourne (Australia), we are one of the largest Biblical and Social Justice Conferences that brings together world-class Speakers and artists into gatherings designed to catalyze emerging works of justice around the world.

living justice together

Our conference is designed to scale the idea of “Living Justice” as a lifestyle for a broad and influential audience. We aspire to frame the biblical and social justice dialogue in the 21st century.

a diverse community

The JUSTICE CONFERENCE has emerged as a premier gathering for Christian leaders, justice practitioners, students, and learners from all over the world. We want to leverage the power of community and catalyze the work of justice globally, nationally, locally and personally.

Presented by

World Relief

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Executive Producers

Mark and Vickie reddy

Mark and Vickie originally hail from Sydney, Australia and come to The JUSTICE CONFERENCE with a wealth of experience developing organizations, hosting world-class events and building movements.

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Mark is a strategic thinker & cultural innovator with nearly two decades spent honing his craft of storytelling, implementing vision and leading highly capable teams.

Vickie has a strong passion for connecting people and ideas with a desire to help others and motivate people into action.

The complimentary ideas of Justice and the Arts have long been the focus for Mark and Vickie, and they have had key strategic involvement with various organizations, including; Christian Media Australia, SPARC (Founders), Karbon (Founders), The Australian Christian Channel, Hillsong, Parachute Music, Easterfest, Compassion (Australia), CBM, Open Doors, Opportunity International, Hope Rwanda, Bible Society, Samaritans Purse, and others.

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Executive Director

Stephan Baumann

Stephan Baumann is the President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization that serves more than five million vulnerable people each year through more than 100,000 church-based volunteers.

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Stephan’s pursuit of justice led him to transition from a successful career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he directed relief and development programs for nearly a decade before returning to the United States to lead World Relief’s global operations. Stephan holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Wheaton College and the University of Wisconsin. He is a poet, an author, an ordained minister and a Certified Public Accountant. He considers his African friends his most important teachers, and his wife, Belinda, his most important mentor. Stephan, Belinda, and their two sons, Joshua and Caleb, live near Washington, D.C.

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Our story

A simple idea

The JUSTICE CONFERENCE was birthed out of a simple idea and a compelling paradox - true life is found when we give our lives away on behalf of others. What if Christians truly lived out the message of Jesus and transformed their communities through their love and the practice of authentic justice?

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A theology of justice

This idea was put into action by Ken Wytsma (Antioch Church, Bend) and Stephan Bauman (World Relief). Together they founded The JUSTICE CONFERENCE in 2010 with a group of like-minded friends in Bend, Oregon, who dreamed of impacting a generation for justice. The driving value of the conference has always been what Ken calls a theology of justice, that an understanding of God should compel love for others and engagement in justice.

Let’s live justice together!

The conference was taken on a new season of life, with the appointment of Mark and Vickie Reddy as the Executive Producers in mid-2014, and also with the move to Chicago (IL- USA) as the new home of The JUSTICE CONFERENCE. Mark and Vickie’s vision will continue to build the movement, and their desire is to bring more voices into the conversation in order to empower people to pursue biblical justice and to affect change on behalf of the vulnerable.

Since it’s birth in 2010, momentum continues to build and the vision for The JUSTICE CONFERENCE continues to reach thousands of people around the world and connects a generation of men and women around a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed.

Our Commitments

1. A Theology of Justice

The heart of the conference, and the driving force behind the plenary sessions, is to speak to the broad idea of God’s heart for justice. While ample time is given to speaking on specific topics and instances of injustice, it is our goal to frame the conversation by highlighting the broad concept of justice from philosophical, ethical, historical and religious perspectives.

2. Practical Engagement

We are committed to finding practical ways to involve people in justice issues—both in their day-to-day lives at home and around the world—by providing first rate exhibitors, literature (the Conference Bookstore), pre-conference sessions and spotlight organizations.

3. Collaborative Relationships

We are committed to pursuing creative and collaborative relationships with non-profit and for profit justice organizations with the conviction we accomplish more when we work together than when we work alone.

4. Leading Voices

We are committed to finding and spotlighting the highest quality national and international voices from a broad spectrum of leaders, authors, advocates and teachers from around the world.

5. Fiscal Responsibility

The JUSTICE CONFERENCE is a non-profit organization and operates on a slim budget. Any excess funds above overhead costs get distributed to the organizing institutions.

6. To Practice Justice

While promoting justice, we are committed, as best as possible, to not commit injustices in our pursuit of justice. the vulnerable and oppressed.
An understanding of God should compel love for others and engagement in justice. Ken Wytsma