May 19-21, 2022

Originally slated for 2020, dates have been rescheduled due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions.


One-day pass: $60
Two-day pass: $100 (full event)

Hosted at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois (a northern suburb of Chicago about 20 minutes from Chicago O’Hare Airport).

Read the Call For Papers here.

Read the Call For Stories here.

Want to bring your art and/or music? Get in touch!

TBA: Information on featured lectures, music, films, panels, gaming, trivia & art contests, vendors.


LaQuinta Inn & Suites
Walking distance from event — Special rates available*
2000 Lakeside Dr.
Bannockburn, IL 60015-1237
*Call 847-317-7300 then dial 5 for front desk and then request the special rate for the Christ and Tolkien Conference

2022 Conference Speakers


Bradley BirzerBRADLEY J. BIRZER, PH.D., is Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and Professor of History, Hillsdale College. He is co-founder and a senior contributor of The Imaginative Conservative and author of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth; Russell Kirk: American Conservative; American Cicero: Charles Carroll of Carrollton; and Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson. He and his wife, Dedra, have seven children.

Lisa CoutrasLISA COUTRAS, PH.D., is a theology scholar, author, and speaker. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies from King’s College London and an M.Th. in Applied Theology from the University of Oxford. Lisa’s research interests lie in the realm of theological aesthetics and the narrative theology of J.R.R. Tolkien. Her book, Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle-earth, was published in 2016 by Palgrave MacMillan.

Gary JenkinsGARY W. JENKINS, PH.D., is Director of the St. Basil Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture, editor of Amid Weeping There is Joy: Orthodox Perspectives on Tolkien’s Fantastic Realm, and the John H. Van Gorden Professor in History and former History Department Chair at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He is author of Calvin’s Tormentors: Understanding the Conflicts That Shaped the Reformer; and John Jewel and the English National Church: The Dilemmas Of An Erastian Reformer. He lives in Allentown with his wife and daughter and is a member of St. Paul Orthodox Church in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.