OUTLAWS & FRIENDS
A Friendless Man is “an outlaw” according to old English law; so called because he was denied all help of friends. Throughout each of our lives we have had friends, those with whom we shared life and walked beside, whom we’ve supported and who supported us – some friends only for a season and some for a lifetime. But demands that are affixed to the goals of this world are often in opposition to the investment in friendships and can lead to a life of solitude or that of “an outlaw.” But in the midst of our own darkness, how many have stumbled only to be pulled from the fire by those who stayed at our side in steadfast friendship?
New Canaan Society is a community of men committed to companionship and friendship and to the fulfillment of the two Great Biblical Commandments: Love God and Love Your Neighbor, we gather together to encourage each other in friendship and faith in Jesus Christ and to support each other to be better husbands, fathers – and better men – in the marketplace and in our communities.
Jack Deere – Speaker
On December 18, 1965, at 17, I heard the gospel for the first time through my friend Bruce. Bruce quoted John 10:28, the first verse of Scripture I ever heard, and I was instantly born-again. For the next 10 years, I worked in the ministry of Young Life and learned a relational, disciple-making version of Christianity. I graduated from TCU with a BA in philosophy. I majored in Greek and Hebrew at Dallas seminary. And 1976, at 27, I became a professor of Old Testament Exegesis and Semitic Languages at Dallas Seminary. In 1979, I started a church, Christ Chapel, in Fort Worth Texas. My Th. D is in Old Testament from Dallas Seminary. In December 1987, I was fired by the seminary for believing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I spent four years with John Wimber at the Vineyard Christian fellowship in Anaheim California. I’ve pastored other churches and written some books. I currently live in St. Louis with my wife Leesa. We have been married since June 1974. Our son Stephen and his family also live in St. Louis as does our daughter Alese. Our son Scott waits for us in heaven. Presently, I take care of Leesa as she recovers from two massive strokes. I devote the rest of my time to writing projects and to speaking at churches and conferences.
Dudley Hall – Speaker
Dudley Hall is a recognized teacher who has been blessed with extraordinary gifts for equipping the body of Christ. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelors degree from Samford University. Dudley’s formal ministry began in college leading youth evangelism crusades. Sensing a need for discipleship training beyond the initial “sinner’s prayer” experience, he developed a follow-up program to citywide evangelistic crusades that touched thousands. He has helped plant churches throughout the United States and Africa.
Dudley is passionate about the centrality of Jesus Christ and the proclamation and practice of the New Testament gospel. He mentors young men, business leaders, pastors and ministry leaders, connecting the generations in a single-minded pursuit of knowing the Father as only a son can. Dudley is gifted in empowering men to embrace their masculine spirituality and leadership roles. His teaching and discipleship materials are used around the world. Dudley has authored several books including Grace Works, Incense & Thunder, Glad to be Left Behind, Men In Their Own Skin, Orphans No More, When Hard Times Come, Follow Me and his latest a children’s book laced with gospel truth: Shorty the Substitute Ram. He is a sought- after speaker, an engaging preacher, an effective consultant, and a trusted spiritual father. As the founder and President of Kerygma Ventures, Dudley is most at home on the beautiful 350 acre Tesoro Escondido Ranch discipling and training leaders in all spheres of life.
Dudley and his wife, Betsy, live in Grapevine, Texas. They have two grown children and six grandkids.