Christian Leadership Summit

February 16-17, 2018
Civic Engagement

The Christian Leadership Summit is an annual event hosted by the Gary Cook School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University for the purpose of equipping, training, and developing leaders for their distinctive, God-given Callings. The purpose of the Christian Leadership Summit parallels with the overall mission of the School of Leadership to develop Christian servant leaders, scholars, and global thinkers for the glory of God alone. During this two day Summit, participants will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of engaging Christian leaders, network with fellow attendees, and learn about the Cook School of Leadership’s expansive offerings for those interested in the study of leadership.

We welcome you to join us for this special event!


Overview of Events

Christian Leadership Summit Speaker Thelma Wells
Christian Leadership Summit Speaker Adam Wright
Christian Leadership Summit Speaker Jack Goodyear


  • Enjoy fellowship and dinner with CSL faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Hear academic testimonies from alumni and current students.
  • Join in recognizing the recipients of the Jim and Sally Nation and Outstanding Dissertation Awards.


  • Enjoy a light breakfast, worship, and time of devotion.
  • Partake in sessions on leadership and tools for success in the academic programs.

The Summit at a Glance

Friday, February 16

5:30-6:00 p.m. | Registration
Pilgrim Chapel, Sadler Hall

6:00-8:00 p.m. | Dinner and Program
Pilgrim Chapel, Sadler Hall

Saturday, February 17

7:45-8:15 a.m. | Registration and Light Breakfast
Grand Entry, Nation Hall

8:15-8:50 a.m. | Worship and Devotional
Dome Room, Nation Hall

9:00-9:50 a.m. | Breakout Session 1
Various Rooms, Nation Hall

10:00-10:45 a.m. | Breakout Session 2
Various Rooms, Nation Hall

10:45-11:15 a.m. | Poster Presentations and Refreshments
Grand Entry, Nation Hall

11:15-12:00 p.m. | Breakout Session 3
Various Rooms, Nation Hall


Jeff Williams, the guest speaker for the Summit.

Special Guest Speaker

Mayor Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Arlington in May 2015 after decades of public service in Arlington.

Mayor Williams is president of Arlington based Graham Associates, Inc., an award-winning engineering and planning firm. He has worked on a shost of Arlington-based projects, including: AT&T Stadium, the I.H. 30 Three Bridges Project, Globe Life Park, River Legacy Living Science Center, the Parks Mall, the Viridian development and the Richard Greene Linear Park. In 2009, Williams was presented with the State of Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award.

During his 30 years in Arlington, Williams has been heavily involved in the community. His approach to leadership is inclusive and built on a foundation of finding consensus. That can be seen in many of Williams' projects including the 2008 Arlington City Bond Election Committee and the 2014 AISD School Bond Election Committee. He chaired both committees and both bonds passed by wide margins. In 2014, Williams served on the City of Arlington's Comprehensive Planning Committee. Mayor Williams has held leadership and volunteer roles in a variety of Arlington organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, PTA, Salvation Army, Mission Arlington and River Legacy Foundation. His community service has been recognized with the Vandergriff Community Leadership Award.

A graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in civil engineering, Williams was inducted into the university's Civil Engineering Academy for Engineering Excellence.

More than three decades ago, Williams and his wife, Karen, picked Arlington over other North Texas communities to raise their family, in part because of the quality of education in the Arlington Independent School District. All three of his children went to AISD schools throughout their public education, graduateing from martin High School. Their oldest daughter taught first grade at AISD's Roquemore Elementary for three years. The Williams are active members of First Baptist Church of Arlington, where he has served in numerous leadership roles including chairman of the Board of Deacons and chairman of the Building, masterplanning, and Property Acquisition Committee.


Frequently Asked Questions

The cost for attendance at the Christian Leadership Summit is $20 per ticket.
Yes! In the registration portal, there is a place for you to enter any guests you plan to bring with you. At checkout, you will be able to purchase each of your tickets for the event.
Yes. If for any reason you are not able to attend the entirety of the Summit, please do join us as your schedule permits.
Business professional (coat and tie) for the dinner Friday night, and business casual (slacks and collared shirt) for the Saturday sessions.