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Richard Foster to Speak at OU’s 3rd Annual Conference for Pastors and Laity

Celebration of Discipline author Dr. Richard Foster will be the featured presenter during Ottawa University’s 3rd Annual Conference for Pastors and Laity, which is set for March 14 and 15 in the Fredrikson Chapel, 1001 South Cedar Street, Ottawa, Kansas. The conference is free of charge, however, registration is required via
This year’s conference will focus on “The Grace of God in the Whole of Life.” Beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, the conference will include a combination of presentations, praise and worship, small group sessions, and a panel discussion. Joining Dr. Foster as presenter will be his son, Nathan Foster (Wisdom Chaser), as well as Rev. Dr. Roger Fredrikson and his son, Rev. Joel Fredrikson.
Richard Foster is a renowned Christian author (Celebration of Discipline, Freedom of Simplicity, Streams of Living Water) and founder of Renovaré, a nonprofit organization that centers on Christian spiritual formation and discipleship. He has also been a professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and pastor of Evangelical Friends churches. His conference presentations will include “Transforming Grace” and “Grace and the Violence of the Kingdom,” followed by dialogue and small group sessions.
Foster’s son, Nathan, is also a Christian author (Wisdom Chaser) and serves as director of teaching ministries at Renovaré. He is a professor of social work and 2012 teacher of the year at Spring Arbor University. His presentations will focus on “How to Become Twice a Child of Hell in the Name of God” and “Grace in Our Relationships.”
On Friday, the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. with worship led by Rev. Joel Fredrikson and a presentation by both Fredriksons on “The Congregation Becoming a Community of Grace.” The conference will conclude with a panel discussion featuring all four presenters, a final small group session, and observance of the Lord’s Supper.
The Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality at Ottawa University was named in honor of the Reverend Dr. Roger L. 42’ and Ruth ’45 Fredrikson. The Fredrikson Center supports all student ministries on campus and acts as a gathering place in which theologians, church leaders, faculty members, pastors, and laypeople can come together to dialogue, study, conduct research, provide and receive consultation, and collaborate to advance the life and vitality of the church.