Since The JUSTICE Conference was birthed in 2010, we have had the opportunity to gather with thousands of individuals around the world who share a concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. We have learned from each other, made changes in our communities, and most importantly—become better reconcilers, restorers, and redeemers in Christ. We are determined to keep chasing justice, together. Will you join us?
In 2010, Ken Wytsma (of Antioch Church in Bend, Oregon) and Stephan Bauman (of World Relief) founded The JUSTICE Conference with a group of like-minded friends in Bend, Oregon. With the belief that “true life is found when we give our lives away on behalf of others,” they began dreaming of hosting an event that would impact a generation for justice. The driving force of the conference has always been what Ken calls a “theology of justice,” which is the belief that an understanding of God should compel love for others and engagement in social justice issues.
The JUSTICE CONFERENCE has since been an annual event, encouraging thousands of Christ-followers to live out the message of Jesus, and thus transform their communities by making justice a way of life.
In 2017, the conference will be held in Chicago for its third consecutive year. We have deliberately chosen Chicago because it is the center point on the map of America’s history, with an eye on the future that’s informed by a deep respect and understanding of the past.
Since 2010, The JUSTICE Conference has also been hosted in Hong Kong (China), Melbourne (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand), and Amsterdam (the Netherlands). It is one of the largest biblical and social justice conferences in the world, bringing a diverse mix of Christian leaders together to wrestle with issues, learn from one another, and leave with a better understanding of how to personally engage in justice issues at home and across continents.
Meet the Team
MARK REDDY @markreddy1
Mark is a strategic thinker and cultural innovator with nearly two decades spent honing his craft of storytelling, casting vision and leading highly capable teams within 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. Mark also serves as the Executive Director of The Justice Conference; is the Founder of SPARC, a community of artists & creatives at the intersection of art, faith & culture; and is also the current SVP of Brand at World Relief USA. He lives in Chicago with his wife Vickie and daughters, Jada & Mischa.
VICKIE REDDY @vickiereddy
Vickie has a strong passion for connecting people and ideas, driving creative & entrepreneurial endeavours from TV programs, to events & conferences, gathering community & endeavouring to be catalysts in whatever sphere she lands. Vickie is Executive Producer of The JUSTICE Conference; founder of Australian based arts, faith & culture community SPARC and recently spearheaded a movement to mobilise the faith community in the west in response to the current global refugee crisis www.wewelcomerefugees.c
ADAM THOMASON @redrev
Adam is the movement director of The Justice Conference. Adam has 7 years of business experience running Collision Records and overseeing all branding and marketing, 17 years of local and global communication experience which features countries of Palestine to Southern Sudan (over 15 countries of travel total) speaking history, justice, peace and Jesus’ kingdom and peace. Adam is married to Dawntoya and has two children Zipporah and Zayne-Baltimore.