Lecrae to kick off Jubilee 2017

News | February 13, 2017

(Pittsburgh) February 13, 2017 —Thousands of college students will gather in downtown Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center during the weekend of February 17-19 for Jubilee 2017, the annual conference hosted by the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach). We anticipate the largest crowd ever to gather for Jubilee in its more than 40-year history!

Since 1977, the CCO has hosted Jubilee, offering college students an opportunity to learn about what it means to serve Jesus Christ with their entire lives. Jubilee is the largest, longest consecutive running conference in Pittsburgh.

The Jubilee 2017 theme is “every square inch,” referencing the claim made by Dutch theologian Abraham Kuper that “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’”

More than 70 speakers, authors, artists, and musicians will engage college students, challenging them to make a positive difference in the world by studying, working, playing, and living to God’s glory. 

This year’s main stage speakers include hip-hop artist, songwriter, and actor, Lecrae; Jon Tyson, Founding Pastor of Trinity Grace Church in Manhattan; theologian and writer Ekemini Uwan; recording artist and activist, Sho Baraka and poet, academic, and emcee Propaganda; Léonce Crump, Jr., Senior Pastor of Renovation Church in Atlanta; Sarah Thebarge, speaker and author of The Invisible Girls; Anthony Bradley, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at The King’s College; and the CCO’s President and CEO, Vince Burens

Visit to find out more about these and the rest of the speakers and artists who will be on hand for the weekend. The weekend schedule and workshop descriptions are available on the Jubilee 2017 app, which can be browsed or downloaded by visiting  

“There’s just nowhere else you can go where you can talk about justice and beauty, architecture and sports, medicine and hip-hop in the way you can at Jubilee, all soaked in the good news of the Gospel,” says Andy Crouch, Executive Editor of Christianity Today and frequent Jubilee speaker. “I’ve loved Jubilee for its energy, enthusiasm, and incredible depth—the world in all its beauty and brokenness treated as seriously as it deserves, while not taking ourselves too seriously to be able to laugh and worship.”

The following sponsors committed extra resources to make Jubilee 2017 possible: 

Acton Institute is a think-tank whose mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles. 

Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Creation Festival is the nation’s largest Christian music festival presented twice a summer in Pennsylvania and Washington state. 

Crossworld is made up of disciple-makers from all professions bringing God’s love to life in the world’s least-reached marketplaces. 

Eastern University is a co-educational, comprehensive Christian university that integrates faith, reason, and justice for its 4,300 students. Located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this university strives to provide the very best undergraduate and graduate programs. Eastern is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and has an interdenominational Christian student body, faculty, and administration.

Lamar Advertising is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in North America, with more than 315,000 displays across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Values & Capitalism is an initiative at the American Enterprise Institute that engages Christian higher education to advance a moral case for free enterprise and cultivate an understanding of the conditions necessary for human flourishing.

And these sponsors have also joined us to make this year’s Jubilee conference possible:

  • ELIC
  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Plough Publishing
  • Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child
  • Trinity School for Ministry
  • WorldVenture

The CCO is an organization committed to transforming college students to transform the world. The CCO calls college students to serve Jesus Christ with their entire lives. Currently, 280 CCO staff members are reaching out to students on 122 college campuses. 

Contact: CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach)
Vince Burens, President and Chief Executive Officer