About our Event!

This two-day Zoom conference is designed to explore the intersection of faith and academia. The event is sponsored by InterVarsity’s GFM Pacific and Cru's Faculty Commons, and organized and run by local faculty and staff.  The conference aims to be a source of lasting relationships that will not only provide support and fellowship, but will also spur us on towards greater involvement in the work of God’s Kingdom in the Academic World.

Due to the virtual format this year, we are pleased to welcome brothers and sisters from throughout the Western states and Hawai'i to join us. 

Participants will receive a free copy of Dr. Tim Muehlhoff's book, "Winsome Persuasion." In order to receive your copy in time, please register by Sunday, February 28th. Registration will be closed on Wednesday, March 10th.


Dr. Timothy Muehlhoff Professor of Communications at Biola University

While teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tim Muehlhoff received his department's highest award for teaching and has been recognized by the International Communication Association for outstanding teaching. In his M.A. thesis, Muehlhoff developed a method of encouraging civil dialogue and perspective-taking between groups who perceive themselves as morally opposed with no room for, or interest in, connection. Extending his thesis research, his dissertation focused on a performative approach to enriching marital communication. His research interests also include social justice, gender, family communication, interpersonal communication and persuasion. Outside the classroom Muehlhoff and wife Noreen are frequent speakers at marriage conferences and seminars. His current project involves understanding the narratives of oppressed women in rural parts of New Delhi, India.

Brad Dacus President and Founder of the Pacific Justice Institute

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. PJI works diligently, without charge, to provide its clients with all the legal support they need.

Greg Jao Senior Assistant to the President for InterVarsity/USA

Greg leads InterVarsity’s response to campus access challenges – situations where universities refuse InterVarsity chapters recognition because of our requirement that student leaders affirm our Doctrinal Basis. He also coordinates InterVarsity’s litigation and legislative initiatives around First Amendment issues.

Lori Kepner Legal Counsel for the Office of the General Counsel, Cru

Lori Kepner serves as in-house counsel for the nonprofit ministry of Cru. Lori attended law school at Berkeley Law, UC Berkeley, graduating in 2003. She clerked for Judge Roger Wollman of the 8th Circuit for two years prior to joining staff with Cru. She has worked for Cru since 2005, serving both in the Campus Ministry and with the General Counsel's Office. As an attorney for Cru, she focuses primarily on Constitutional Law, including free speech, religious freedom, and campus access issues. She lives with her husband and five children in Davis, California.


6:30-8:30pm PSTFriday Session

Worship & Learning with Dr. Tim Muehlhoff

9am-12pm PSTSaturday Session

Worship & Learning with Dr. Tim Muehlhoff and the Religious Liberty Panel featuring Brad Dacus, Greg Jao, and Lori Kepner


  • Fee will be transferred internally.

  • Fee will be transferred internally.

Limited scholarships are available. Please contact Michele Turek at michele.turek@intervarsity.org to inquire.

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