2018 Conference Recap

Faculty, InterVarsity staff, and their families from around the Southeast gathered June 28-July 1, 2018, in Brevard, North Carolina, to explore how Christians can live faithfully amidst deep differences on campus and in society. Dr. Francis Su led our large group time speaking on the topic of Engaging the University with the Hope of the Gospel. Here are a few highlights from this year's faculty conference:

  • We were able to hear other Christian scholars share about their experiences as Christians in academia.

  • We engaged in insightful conversation with our keynote, Dr. Francis Su about how to be salt and light in the academy in culturally appropriate ways

  • We listened and learned during small group times and sharing meals together, networking and enjoying fellowship with Christ-followers in academia.

  • We were refreshed by having time to step away from the busyness of campus life and enjoy time in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with family and meet new friends in the academy.


This year's conference included morning prayer, small group time, a welcome from InterVarsity President Tom Lin, keynote presentations by Dr. Francis Su, free time with family and friends, delicious meals spent in fellowship with one another and intentional time set apart for God and with God. Planning is in progress for next year, but the schedule below provides an idea of what you can expect at the 2019 Blue Ridge Faculty Conference.

2018 Schedule 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Francis Su, Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, was the keynote speaker at the 2018 conference. Francis is past President of the Mathematical Association of America and has a PhD from Harvard, where he was part of InterVarsity’s ministry to graduate students. Dr. Francis Su is an engaging speaker who takes seriously what it means for Christian academics to offer the hope of the Gospel in his own collegial relationships, to his students, and through his research. He also enjoys hanging out with people, being outdoors, and having fun.


See You There!

The 2019 conference will take place June 27-June 30, at Ridge Haven Conference and Retreat Center located outside of Asheville, North Carolina, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We hope to offer a day-ahead option on June 26, 2018, where you can come early and enjoy unstructured time before the conference officially begins. We look forward to seeing you there!

Share with Others

Please share about the conference with your colleagues who may be interested in attending in the future. Your personal invitation is one of the most effective ways to grow the network of faculty who hear and attend. Thanks for helping us get the word out!


The Blue Ridge Faculty Conference is hosted by InterVarsity’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries (GFM).