Featured speakers Francis Collins and Bishop Claude Alexander

ONLINE: 2020 Christmas Leadership Breakfast: A Special Invitation from Leighton Ford

Date and Time:December 12, 2020 — 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM EST
Organizer:Leighton Ford Ministries

BioLogos Founder Francis Collins is presenting at the “2020 Christmas Leadership Breakfast: A Special Invitation from Leighton Ford” on Saturday, December 12 from 8:00-9:00 AM (EST).

“Bishop Claude Alexander and [Leighton Ford] will have a conversation with [Francis Collins] about his faith, how that relates to his scientific work, and where he and we find hope in Emmanuel – God with us – this Advent time. Perhaps there will also be time for some questions to him.”

This event is hosted by Leighton Ford Ministries. 

Featured speakers

BioLogos - Francis Collins

Francis Collins

Francis Collins is one of the world’s leading scientists and geneticists, and the founder of BioLogos, where he is now a Senior Fellow. In his early scientific career, he discovered the gene for cystic fibrosis. Then he led an international collaboration that first mapped the entire human genome. For that work he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science. In 2009 he was appointed as Director of the National Institutes of Health, where he served three presidents until 2021, including oversight of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022 he was asked to serve for 8 months as Acting Science Advisor to the President, and he continues service today in the White House as a Special Projects Advisor. In 2006, Collins wrote the best-selling book The Language of God. It tells the story of his journey from atheism to Christian belief, showing that science actually enhances faith. The tremendous response to the book prompted Collins to found BioLogos. He envisioned it as a forum to discuss issues at the intersection of faith and science and to celebrate the harmony found there. His reputation quickly attracted a large network of faith leaders, including Tim Keller, Philip Yancey, and NT Wright. These and others joined the BioLogos conversation and affirmed the value of engaging science as believers. BioLogos is now an organization that reaches millions around the world. In celebration of his world-class scientific accomplishments and deep Christian faith, Collins was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2020. It honors individuals who are “harnessing the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it.” He joined a prestigious group of previous winners, including Mother Teresa, Francis Ayala, Charles Townes, Desmond Tutu, and Billy Graham.
Bishop Claude Alexander

Bishop Claude Alexander

Bishop Claude Richard Alexander Jr. serves as senior pastor for The Park Church in Charlotte, NC. He is past president of the Hampton University Ministers Conference, and currently serves on the governing boards of Christianity Today, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Wycliffe Bible Translators. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College (1985), a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1988), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2004). He and his wife Kimberly have two daughters, Camryn and Carsyn.