Design Conference 2019 Special Guests


Main Speaker: Jake Abraham

 A self-proclaimed cultural mutt, Jake was born in India and raised in the Philippines. Jesus called Jake to serve as a missionary in India leading to a lifetime with Cru, a global missions organization. Jake and his wife Julie have served in the Lord’s work in Australia, South and Southeast Asia and the US. He currently serves as an executive director for Cru’s City division, living out his passion to see God and the Gospel transform lives and communities. Jake and his wife Julie currently live with their four children in Washington DC.

Worship Band: Matt & The Patriarchs

Matt George with (Michelle) Abraham, (James) Issac, Jacob (Townsend), and Rachel (Fernandes)

 Michigan-based students, staff, and volunteers will lead us this year in coming before God in worship. We are eager to interact with the Lord together.

Seminar Leaders:

Robin Philip

Robin has lived around the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago for most of his life. He accepted Christ at a youth conference during his high school years, and God has been showing him who He is ever since. Robin graduated Northern Illinois University in 2012 and is currently finishing up seminary at Moody Theological Seminary.
My simplified testimony is: Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. I desire to live this truth out in my life.
 Robin will be leading a seminar about marriage in the South Asian context (and maybe something else – TBD).

Jimi Vilson

Jesus saved me when I was 18. Two things I’m passionate about, making my wife laugh every day, and trying to glorify God in all I do.

Jimi graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in business administration. He joined staff with Cru for 5 years. And now he’s a pastor at Living Hope Church in the Chicago suburbs. Husband to Kezia, father to Olivia.
 Jimi will be leading a seminar about honoring your parents (and maybe something else – TBD).

Dany and Rachel

Emcees: Dany Varghese and Rachel Kurian

They’re back! Last year’s emcees had us dress others in saris, had a pickle-eating contest for the non-South Asians, and helped lead us through our time at Design Conference 2018. We’re excited to journey through the conference with them as our guides.