We are excited to host Alex Chediak, author, speaker, and professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA.


College students
Campus ministry workers
High school juniors and seniors
Parents who want to prepare their teens for college.


The Thriving at College workshop will cover the core concepts of Alex's book by the same name.  It will present a practical roadmap for launching into fruitful, God-honoring adulthood against the backdrop of a young adult culture that values delayed adolescence.

It will cover the ten most common mistakes that college students make—and how to avoid them! It explores topics such as 

  • growing spiritually
  • embracing responsibility
  • loving God with all your mind
  • growing in character and maturity
  • striving for academic excellence
  • balancing work and recreation 
  • finding your calling
  • establishing godly friendships
  • dating
  • handling the transition from high school to college
  • time management
  • financial discipline
  • and honoring parents while pursuing independence

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Alex Chediak earned a B.S. Degree at Alfred University in Ceramic Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Material Science & Engineering from U.C. Berkeley. He worked as an engineer for IBM for three years (1996-1999). From 2005-2007 he was an apprentice at The Bethlehem Institute (now Bethlehem College and Seminary), a masters-level theological training program overseen by Pastors John Piper and Tom Steller. During those years, Alex got his start in Christian higher education at Northwestern College. As of 2007, he’s been a professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA.

He has enjoyed writing young adult audiences (mid-teens through twenties) for the past, having written many articles for Boundless (Focus on the Family) since 2006 and now regularly contributing to Trak (God’s World News). As a professor, he wants to help students and young adults develop their God-given potential so that in all things Jesus Christ might be magnified in them. That passion gave rise to his two most recent books, Preparing Your Teens for College (Tyndale House, 2014) and Thriving at College (Tyndale House, 2011). He has also written to parents and pastors in magazines such as Christian College Guide (Christianity Today), Tabletalk (Ligonier Ministries), and Modern Reformation, and been featured on Christian radio programs such as Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, and Moody Radio’s Midday Connection (samples here). He occasionally speaks at conferences and churches about issues that impact young adults as they grow up, leave the home, and take on the mantle of adulthood.

Alex and his wife Marni have three children, Karis, Jonathan, and Abigail. He enjoys reading, tennis, swimming, and spending time with his family.

What Others Are Saying  About Thriving at College

“There is no better guide to college than this.”

Alex and Brett Harris, best-selling authors of Do Hard Things

“Most Christian young people go to college without specific goals and are unprepared for the challenges that await them. While some prosper spiritually, most get derailed, and an alarming number abandon their faith. Alex has written an insightful and useful book to help college-bound people know what to expect, how to prepare for it, and what to do to avoid the pitfalls.”

Randy Alcorn, best-selling author of Heaven and If God is Good

“Written by an ‘insider’—a former student, now a professor, this book addresses all the issues a student might face. It will be an excellent gift for all high school seniors.”

Dr. Jerry Bridges, best-selling author of The Pursuit of Holiness

Advance Tickets: $15, $5 for students.

$30 at the door.

5:30 - 6:00 - Registration

6:00 - 7:00 - Session 1

7:15 - 8:00 - Session 2

8:15 - 9:00 - Q&A


Matt Heerema