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Portland, Oregon, June 7 - 9, 2019


Exploring God's Heart for Humanity

The Open Table is a unique conference that provides space for authentic dialogue as we explore questions about God, life, and spirituality. It is part of a relational movement, a growing awareness, that bows at wonder and mystery and delights in love and freedom. Hidden agendas do not fuel our conversation, rather it is the relentless love of God, like living waters filling the deepest spaces of our stories, that we seek to engage.

In this unique forum, nationally recognized speakers like Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack), Dr. Baxter Kruger (author of The Shack Revisited), John MacMurray (founder of Open Table Conferences), and other distinguished guests “set the table” and invite us into a conversation that brings clarity of mind and heart and wholeness in our person. We offer an unparalleled opportunity to personally meet and speak with these men and women both in break-out Q&A fashion, as well as times together on stage. To this end, we intentionally limit space and attendance creating margin for intimate dialogue.

 Remaining true to its original inspiration, the Open Table remains a welcoming space to learn and be refreshed as we journey together in a different narrative – that God revealed in Jesus is better than we ever imagined.

Unbelievable Speakers

Paul Young, Dr. Baxter Kruger, & John MacMurray attend each Conference, as well as a myriad of Guest Speakers.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions are kept exceptionally small and provide a forum for asking questions, digging deeper, and creating relationships.

Q & A Session

The Question & Answer Session with Wm. Paul Young, John MacMurray and Dr. Baxter Kruger is the most talked-about aspect of the OTC.

Featured Speakers

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Dr. C. Baxter Kruger

Director of Perichoresis

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger is the Director of Perichoresis, an international ministry sharing the truth of our adoption in Christ with the world. Baxter has a degree in Political Science from the University of…

John MacMurray

Founder of Open Table Conferences

John MacMurray is the founder and director of the Northwest School of Theology and the Open Table Conferences. Formerly an adjunct professor in Bible Literature at Multnomah University in Portland, OR for over a decade, he…

Brad Jersak

Author, Teacher, and Speaker

Brad Jersak an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, Canada. Happily married to Eden for 30 years, they have recently become 'empty-nesters'. Their heart is to share the good news that God is Love…

Kenneth Tanner

Pastor, Church of the Holy Redeemer in Rochester Hills, MI

The Rev. Kenneth Tanner is pastor of Church of the Holy Redeemer in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he lives with his wife and seven children. His writing has appeared in Books & Culture, Huffington Post, Sojourners, National Review, Christianity…

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Wm. Paul Young

Author and Speaker

Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack, Eve, Cross Roads, and The Shack Reflections, was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was…

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