Compassion Symposium - Evangel University


Compassion Symposium

Compassion Symposium

Date: September 19-20, 2019     Location: Evangel University

Price: Absolutely Free!

Compassion in the Margins

To inspire all Christ-followers to engage with a theology of compassion and equip them with knowledge, values, and skills to live Christ’s mission as they navigate contemporary compassion-related issues such as poverty, relief and development, trauma, and justice.

Symposium Schedule

September 19-20, 2019

Thursday, September 19th

10:00am- Hal Donaldson (Plenary)

1:00pm-  Round Table event

7:00pm- Courageous Conversation

Friday, September 20th

9:00am- Break-out Sessions

10:00am- Brian Fikkert (Plenary)

11:00am- Break-out Sessions

12:00pm- Break-out Sessions

1:00pm- Break-out Sessions

2:00pm- Brian Fikkert (Plenary)


Meet our Plenary Speakers

Hal Donaldson

President of Convoy of Hope

Donaldson served as editor-in-chief of the Evangel magazine for 13 years. He is an award-winning journalist and speaker. He has authored more than 30 books, including his latest two: Disruptive Compassion: Becoming the Revolutionary You Were Born to Be and Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything.

His awards include the National Distinguished Service Award in Social Welfare, Alumnus of the Year at Bethany University, and 2017 inductee into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame.

Donaldson is an alumnus of Evangel University and has a bachelor’s in journalism from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s in biblical studies from Bethany University.

He and his wife, Doree, have four daughters: Lindsay, Erin-Rae, Lauren and Haly.

Dr. Brian Fikkert


Dr. Brian Fikkert is the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development.

He is coauthor of the best-selling book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself and has authored 6 other books.

Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to coming to Covenant College in 1997, he was a professor at the University of Maryland—College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.


He and his wife Jill have 3 adult children and live in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Meet our Breakout Session Speakers

Rev. Heath Adamson, PhD


Chief of Staff at Convoy of Hope, Global Chairman World Assemblies of God Next-Gen Commission


Slowing Down Long Enough to Notice

Our pursuit in life serves as the primary evidence of what we believe. Sometimes, all it takes is a glance, to watch the vulnerable and marginalized encounter transformative and sustainable change.


Melody Palm, PhD

Steve Pulis, PhD

Lisa Street, PhD, LCSW

Jason Streubel, PhD

Kelly Ward, M.S, LPC

Donna Washburn, PhD, LCSW

Rev. George Paul Wood

Event Location

Evangel University

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Absolute free! Just register so we know you are coming!