This event is now over – thank you to all who attended! The International Christian Educator Conference at Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany, hosted 330 delegates from international Christian schools around the world for four days of professional development, training, and spiritual encouragement March 23–26, 2013. Contact the Conference Coordinator with any questions.
The ICEC Europe Schedule is now available. Contact the ICEC Coordinator with any questions.
John Dickson, PhD
John specializes in the big ideas that have shaped our world and inspired men and women to live beyond themselves. His journey has been an eclectic one: from full-time musician to professional speaker, author, biblical historian, TV presenter and director of a multimedia think tank.
He began his career as singer/songwriter for the Australian rock band In The Silence, touring and recording for seven years before temporarily giving music away to focus on academic studies and a wide-ranging career as a speaker and author.
With an honors degree in theology and a PhD in ancient history, John is also an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University. He is committed to delivering creative, engaging content grounded in careful thought.
John’s first book appeared in 1993, and he has since produced more than a dozen titles, including the award-winning A Spectator’s Guide to World Religions, the recent Investigating Jesus, and a number more academic works.
His book, The Christ Files: How Historians Know what they Know about Jesus, was made into a major television documentary which aired nationally on Channel 7 in March 2008. Now a best-selling DVD, it won the 2008 Pilgrim Media award (see www.thechristfiles.com.au). His more recent Life of Jesus also aired on Channel 7 in April 2009 (see www.lifeofjesus.tv).
John is also Co-Director (with Simon Smart) of the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX), an independent research and media company promoting informed discussion about social, ethical, and religious issues in modern life.
A busy public speaker, John delivers over 100 talks a year in a range of contexts, including corporations, conferences, churches, pubs, and universities. In addition to his passion for promoting the public understanding of the Christian faith, John is also fascinated by the paradoxical connection between high-level achievement and the historical virtues of compassion and humility, themes explored his latest book, Humilitas: a Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership.
John lost his father in a plane crash when he was 9, an event which he freely admits has shaped his passion for life’s big questions and still motivates him to be the best father, husband, and man he can be. He values his family role above all others and lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and three children.
Mark Pike, PhD
Mark is currently a Reader (Associate Professor) in Educational Values and Pedagogy in the School of Education at the University of Leeds in England where he leads the ‘Learning, Leadership and Policy’ team. He met his Schwabian wife Barbara when she was an exchange student from Tubingen visiting Leeds where he was an undergraduate. They met at a Christian Union cream tea, have been married for twenty years and have three children: Luke Matthias, Lydia Hannelore and Jeremy Johannes. After training to be a teacher at Nottingham University, Mark taught for over ten years and was Head of English, Communications, and Drama, with responsibility for whole-school literacy in a large high school in the South of England, before completing his Ph.D in Education at Southampton University for which he won an ESRC Studentship.
For the last twelve years Mark has worked in teacher education and supervised numerous postgraduate students (usually teachers) on their Masters and Doctoral degrees in the School of Education at the University of Leeds (which was ranked 5th out of 80 universities in the UK’s last Research Assessment Exercise). Mark has led ESRC- and AHRC-funded research projects on school culture and ethos, core values, moral and character education, and Christian schooling. His work tends to concentrate on pedagogy and the spiritual, moral, ethical, aesthetic, and literary aspects of education, teaching, and learning in English and the Humanities, Citizenship, and Religious Education. He generally speaks at conferences in Europe and the USA.
Mark’s books include Citizenship and Moral Education (Routledge, 2006, with Professor Mark Halstead) and Teaching Secondary English (Paul Chapman Publishing, 2004). Mark’s papers are published in journals such as the Oxford Review of Education (2009, 2010, 2011), Journal of Curriculum Studies (2003, 2008, 2012), Changing English – studies in culture and education (2011, 2012), English in Education (2000, 2011), Journal of Beliefs and Values (2002, 2006, 2010), British Journal of Religious Education (2008), Journal of Research in Character Education (2009), Journal of Research in Christian Education (2005, 2011), and Journal of Education and Christian Belief (2005, 2007). Mark is currently finishing two books, one on ethical teaching and one on C.S. Lewis and education.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
Conference Registration fees will be refunded, less the following fees:
- Registrations containing housing needs that are cancelled after February 15 will be charged for one night of stay at the assigned housing option, in addition to conference cancellation fees.
- Cancellations through March 1 will be charged $25.
- Cancellations after March 1 will be charged $110.
- There will be no registration reimbursement after March 8, 2013.