Convention Speakers

Joe Chautin

Managing Partner | Hardy, Carey, Chautin & Balkin, LLP

Hardy, Carey, Chautin & Balkin, LLP, is a law firm that advises broadcasters across the United States on all aspects of station operations, including FCC regulatory compliance, tower and studio leases, asset sales, and intellectual property.

As an original and continuing member of NRB’s President’s Council, Chautin frequently assists NRB on FCC broadcast regulatory matters, including preparing and filing comments in FCC regulatory proceedings and in presentations on current FCC matters. He has been co-counsel on two amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court on FCC indecency enforcement.

Kelvin Cochran

Former Atlanta GA Fire Chief

As a child, Kelvin J. Cochran was spellbound by Shreveport, LA Firefighters fighting a fire across the street from his house and dreamed that one day he would be a firefighter too. In 1981, his employment as a firefighter began with the Shreveport Fire Department, where he was later promoted to Fire Training Officer (1985 – 1990) and then to Assistant Chief Training Officer. His service in this position concluded when he was appointed Fire Chief of the Shreveport Fire Department in 1999. In 2008, Kelvin was appointed Fire Chief of the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, and on August 17, 2009 he was appointed as the United States Fire Administrator by President Barack Obama. He was re-appointed and in June 2010 by Mayor Kasim Reed as Fire Chief of the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

Kelvin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Wiley College (1999); a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University (2004); an Honorary Doctorate in Christian Leadership at Ohio Christian University; and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. He has served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon at Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport and, currently, as an ordained minister and the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Strategic Officer of Elizabeth Baptist Church. He is married to Carolyn Marshall Cochran and has three children and one granddaughter.

David Cortman

Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation | Alliance Defending Freedom

David A. Cortman, Esq., serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom. He joined ADF in 2005 and currently supervises a team of nearly 40 attorneys and legal staff who specialize in constitutional law, focusing on religious freedom, sanctity of life, and marriage and family.

Cortman has successfully litigated over 200 constitutional law cases in both federal and state courts. He has also litigated several U.S. Supreme Court cases, including cases about government discrimination against religious speech, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ abortion pill mandate, the freedom of Americans to pray at public meetings, and the state of Arizona’s school choice tuition tax credit program.

Cortman earned his J.D. from Regent University School of Law in 1996, graduating magna cum laude. He is a member of multiple state bars and is admitted to practice in over two dozen federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He also teaches legal courses on the First Amendment and civil rights litigation.

Tony Evans

Founder and Senior Pastor | Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

Dr. Tony Evans is Founder and Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Founder and President of The Urban Alternative, former Chaplain of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, and present Chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on nearly 1,000 U.S. radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries.

Nick Hall

Founder and Chief Communicator for PULSE

Nick Hall is the visionary of Together 2016, author of the book Reset, and the Founder and Chief Communicator for PULSE. His passion is to “awaken culture to the reality of Jesus.” Since 2006 Nick has shared the Gospel with nearly three million students at PULSE and partnership events around the world. Nick is married to his best friend, Tiffany; they live in Minneapolis, MN. They are proud parents of Truett and Ruby.

Hugh Hewitt

Author and Nationally Syndicated Salem Radio Host

Hugh Hewitt is a broadcast pro who has informed and entertained on radio and television for over a decade. Hewitt is co-host of the weeknight television program Life & Times Tonight, a three-time Emmy award winner on KCET-TV, Los Angeles.

Author of five books, Hewitt writes on diverse topics from politics to religion to culture for magazines and newspapers. He is a frequent contributor on CNN, Fox News, Nightline, The Today Show, and Larry King Live.

A 1978 honors graduate of Harvard University and a 1983 honors graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Hewitt served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House.

The Hugh Hewitt Show-opinion and information with a unique twist- heard in daily syndication on leading talk stations across the United States.

Jerry A. Johnson

President & CEO | National Religious Broadcasters

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). Located in Washington, D.C., NRB is an international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of viewers, listeners and readers worldwide. The mission of the NRB is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. This is accomplished by expanding opportunities for the Gospel in electronic media; providing educational and networking opportunities for its members; and protecting the rights and interests of Christian broadcasters in legislative and regulatory arenas.

Dr. Johnson previously served as President of Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Criswell College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. He received a Master of Arts in Historical and Theological Studies from Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Johnson also studied at Oxford University in England,  and is the Founder and Director of the Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Program for gifted students, which he directs each summer at the venerable institution.

Bob Lepine

Senior Vice President of Content Development and Chief Creative Officer | FamilyLife, Co-Host | FamilyLife Today®

Bob Lepine is Senior Vice President of Content Development and Chief Creative Officer of FamilyLife, and Co-Host of FamilyLife Today®, FamilyLife’s nationally syndicated radio program. A veteran of Christian radio, Bob received a communications degree from the University of Tulsa. Prior to joining FamilyLife in 1992, he hosted his own live radio talk show and held various positions from News Anchor to Sales Manager and Station General Manager. He is the author of The Christian Husband, and is the on-air voice for Truth for Life with Alistair Begg. Bob also serves on the NRB Board of Directors. Bob and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Little Rock, AR, where Bob also serves as an Elder and Teaching Pastor at Redeemer Community Church.

Anand Pillai

Managing Director | Leadership Matters, Inc.

Leadership Matters, Inc. focuses on building an Intrapreneural culture in organizations. Intrapreneurs take hands-on responsibility for creating innovation of any kind within a business and for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking. As a Leadership Coach and Organization Transformation expert he focuses on ensuring clients lift their performance, skills and behaviours, applying the world’s best management practices including “Design Thinking” & “Boundary Management.”
With more than 35 years in management and operations in Fortune 500 companies he is a sought after speaker in national and international forums and guest lecturer. Anand has been featured in the book “Leading with Wisdom” along with 30 other leaders including Steven Covey and Abdul Kalam, and in the top 10 Social Media influencers for HR and Business in India for the last three years.
His burden is to share the gospel in the market place with a motto: “Let your career be the carrier of the Gospel, lest it become a barrier”.

Alan Sears

President, CEO, and General Counsel | Alliance Defending Freedom

Since the launch of ADF in 1994, Alan Sears has provided strategic leadership in the training of 1,889 lawyers from 45 nations through the ADF Legal Academy. These attorneys have provided more than $198 million in pro- bono/dedicated time. His visionary efforts have also resulted in the graduation of more than 1,800 outstanding law students, representing more than 225 law schools from 20 nations through the Blackstone Legal Fellowship leadership training program. In 2010, Alan’s leadership led to the launch of ADF International which obtained more than 100 victories affirming religions freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family across the globe.

He has co-authored several books, including The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today and The ACLU vs. America, both with Craig Osten. His most recent books are In Justice and Trial and Error.

R.C. Sproul

Founder & Chairman of Ligonier Ministries

Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education and discipleship organization located near Orlando. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida; chancellor of Reformation Bible College; and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He is heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast in the United States and around the world. He has written more than 100 books, including The Holiness of God and Everyone’s a Theologian. He also serves as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

Cary Summers

President | Museum of the Bible

Cary Summers began his involvement with Museum of the Bible in 2010 and was promoted to president after serving as chief operating officer from 2012 to 2015. Summers’ duties include overseeing a team of architects, design firms, and other contractors building the 430,000-square-foot international Bible museum set to open in Washington in 2017. He also provides oversight to Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative, its worldwide traveling exhibits, and its high school Bible curriculum currently under development.
Before coming to Museum of the Bible, Summers served as President and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment /Silver Dollar City Corporation; Vice President for Retail, Catalog, and Wholesale for Bass Pro Shops; and General Manager of Abercrombie & Fitch. Summers has also founded a number of consulting ventures, serves as CEO of Nazareth Village in Israel, and sits on several nonprofit boards. He is a founding board member of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, an Israeli human rights group.

Church Media Summit Speakers

Phil Cooke

Co-Founder | Cooke Pictures

An experienced filmmaker and media consultant, Phil Cooke has advised some of the largest churches and nonprofits on crisis communications issues. He’s one of the most respected media voices helping to influence the culture’s perception of Christianity in today’s changing, disrupted culture. He’s appeared on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and Fox News. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He wrote the book Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media, and in addition to writing his blog at philcooke.com, he’s also been a contributor to Fast Company, Wired, Forbes.com, and FoxNews.com.

Philip Gauthier

Director of Account Management | Haivision

Philip Gauthier is the Director of Account Management for Haivision. He has worked in media and ministry for over 16 years. Philip served as media director at two churches in the metro Atlanta area, and spent the most recent part of his career in online media. In 2013, Phillip joined Haivision where he currently supports video distribution for more than 200 houses of worship. When not on an Apple device, he enjoys travel, photography, and spending time cooking for his family.

Jonathan and Shari Falwell

Jonathan Falwell | Senior Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church

Rev. Jonathan Falwell is the senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has served in this role since June of 2007, after his father, Rev. Jerry Falwell (founding pastor of TRBC in 1956) passed away in May of that year. Rev. Falwell has been in full-time ministry since 1994. He and his wife, Shari, have been married since 1992 and have four children: Jonathan Jr. (born 1996), Jessica (born 1997), and Natalie and Nicholas (twins born in 2000).

Shari Falwell | Singer and Author

Shari Falwell has been serving in ministry for over 30 years. A native Californian, she grew up in church and found as many opportunities as she could to share her gifts with others. Shari attended Azusa Pacific University and afterward was able to sing and tour for nearly 3 years with the Contemporary Christian group, TRUTH. In 1987, she joined the staff of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA, and it was during this time that she met her husband, Jonathan. Shari and Jonathan married in 1992 and have been blessed with 4 wonderful children: two Liberty University students, Jonathan Jr. (20) and Jessica (19), and twins Natalie and Nicholas (16), who attend Liberty Christian Academy. Both schools that their children attend were founded by Shari’s father-in-law, the late Jerry Falwell, Sr. Shari is heavily involved in the music ministry and the women’s ministry at TRBC and has also been a contributing author in several devotionals.

Digital Media Summit Speakers

Jeff Bethke


Jeff and his wife Alyssa currently live in Maui with their two year old daughter, Kinsley and 6 month old boy, Kannon. Jeff and Alyssa are the authors of the books, Jesus > Religion, It’s Not What You Think, and Spoken For. Besides writing books, Jeff and Alyssa create YouTube videos and host a podcast that can be found on iTunes. They also have a yellow lab named Aslan, and in their down time, they enjoy reading good books and drinking good coffee.

Gary Zelasko

Director of Marketing Development |Harvest Ministries, Executive Producer |Harvest Films

Gary Zelasko is both the Director of Marketing Development for Greg Laurie’s Harvest Ministries and an Executive Producer with Harvest Films. Harvest Ministries include one of America’s largest churches, a large media division, and Harvest Crusades, evangelistic outreaches cumulatively attended by nearly five million people over twenty-seven years. Gary received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has broadcast television sales and management experience at Blair Television, Cox Communications, Hearst Broadcasting, and CBS Owned and Operated Stations. He was also the founder and CEO of Luminescence Catalog, which grew from an idea into a ten million dollar a year company.

Film & Entertainment Speakers

Ted Baehr

Founder and Chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission™ and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®

Dr. Ted Baehr is the Founder and Chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission™ and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, aka www.movieguide.org, a family guide to entertainment. An award-winning media authority often on television, radio, and print, his purpose is to be used by God to redeem the mass media and to encourage families to use wisdom in selecting their entertainment. His books include How To Succeed In Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul), The Media-Wise Family, Narnia Beckons, Faith In God & Generals, The Amazing Grace Of Freedom, and The Culture-Wise Family, among many others. Dr. Baehr serves as the NRB Film Standing Committee Chairman.

Robert Baehr

Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Operating Officer | Movieguide®

In his role at Movieguide® Robert’s achievements to date include: releasing a top 50 iPhone app; build-ing the website to be a top faith and family destination and the number one in its market; taking the radio program from under a million to over 21 million monthly listeners; and serving as executive pro-ducer for the nationally broadcast Movieguide® Awards. As senior partner for Worth Awareness Marketing he does regular film consultations with top studios and film production companies such as Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and the Weinstein Company.

He previously worked for Motive Marketing (The Passion of the Christ and Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) as a liaison to the religious community, and with Disney National Promotions Group marketing Pirates of the Caribbean and Enchanted.

Robert is a gifted speaker and has spoken around the world on the impact media has on culture. A few of his recent speaking engagements include the Rhodes Forum in Greece, Summit Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the oldest film university in the world in Russia, and Indigitous Talks (a Ted style talk in Asia) in Hong Kong, China.

Robert received his BA in History from Wheaton College in 2008. He did additional studies at the Chi-nese University in Hong Kong, and Oxford University in England.

Corbin Bernsen


Corbin Bernsen most recently starred as Henry Spencer on USA Network’s hit original series Psych. First catapulted to stardom during the 1980s by the hit NBC TV series, L.A. Law, he was nominated twice for both an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe Award®. Along the way he hosted Saturday Night Live, and guest starred on Seinfeld and Star Trek to name a few notable television appearances. In the feature film arena, he starred in the comedy Hello Again, followed by other critically-acclaimed roles in Disorganized Crime, Wolfgang Peterson’s Shattered, The Great White Hype, and as the Cleveland Indians’ third baseman-turned-owner Roger Dorn in the extremely popular Major League series of films. With the film Rust, Bernsen shifted his focus to family-friendly movies and formed the production company Home Theater Films. Projects produced through his company include 25 Hill, Beyond the Heavens, 3 Day Test, Christian Mingle, and their newest release In-Lawfully Yours. Bernsen lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 28 years, actress Amanda Pays, and their four sons.

Lionel Chetwynd

Screenwriter, Motion Picture & TV Film Director, Producer.

Lionel Chetwynd has over 40 feature and long-form television credits and has written, produced, and directed over 21 documentaries. He has received both Oscar and Emmy nominations, an ACTRA Award, two Genie Nominations, six Writers Guild of America nominations (including one award), the New York Film Festival Gold Medal, two Christophers, two George Washington Freedom Medals, and six Telly Awards. He has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane letters from Columbia College (Hollywood), is a recipient of the Caucus of Writers, Directors and Producers Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Smithsonian John Singleton Copley Medal. The trade paper Variety’s 100 anniversary edition named him one of Hollywood’s 100 icons of the 21st century. From 2001 to 2009, he served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Lionel is married to actress Gloria Carlin and has two sons.

Catherine Clinch

Content Creator & Social Media Strategy Consultant

Catherine Clinch began her career writing 18 produced episodes of network television for hit series. While her three sons were young, her “placeholder job” was Associate Publisher of Creative Screenwriting Magazine and the Co-Organizer of Screenwriting Expo 1-5. Over the past six years, Catherine has been awarded three US Patents for inventing a new mobile entertainment platform. Catherine loves every aspect of writing and storytelling. She plans to die with a pencil in her hand.

DeVon Franklin

President | Franklin Entertainment

Greg Gudorf

CEO | Pure Flix Digital

Sam Haskell, III

Former Worldwide Head of Television for WMA, Author, Philanthropist

In 2007 Television Week Magazine named Sam Haskell, III “One of the 25 Most Innovative and Influential People in Television of the Last 25 Years,” an honor he shared with Ted Turner, Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Walter Cronkite and other television legends. Haskell earned his ranking among the industry’s best through his 27-year career at the renowned William Morris Agency where he was one of the most powerful agents and dealmakers in the business.

At William Morris Haskell oversaw the “packaging” of all agency-represented network projects, including such mega-hits as ” Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Mad About You,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Lost,” “Murphy Brown,” “Sisters,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “King of Queens,” “Las Vegas” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” among many others.

He serves as Executive Chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization and Executive Producer of the past nine Miss America Pageant telecasts on ABC. Over the last 15 years Sam and his wife, Mary, have helped to raise over 55 million dollars for charitable causes.

Since 2013, Sam has run Magnolia Hill Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles, CA, where he is producing four television movies for NBC, the first of which was Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.

In his nationally-bestselling memoir, Promises I Made My Mother he attributes his success to the lessons he learned from his mother at an early age – lessons such as faith, hope and character.

Dave Johnson

Director & Producer | Salt Entertainment Group

“This is the kind of show we might get if Norman Rockwell were alive and could write scripts as well as he painted.” 

That’s what one national critic said about the work of Dave Alan Johnson. In the three decades Dave has worked in Hollywood, he has created, produced, written, and directed nearly a half billion dollars worth of entertainment. His work has received accolades from critics in every corner of the country and won innumerable awards.  He has also collaborated with some of Hollywood’s top names and worked with virtually every major entertainment company in the business.  Dave recently formed a new entertainment company (Salt Entertainment Group) with former top Disney executive, Steve McBeth.  Dave is currently involved with writing, producing, directing and marketing various feature film and television projects for Salt Entertainment – including the award winning script THE STAR, VANISHED | Left Behind: Next Generation, and COFFEE SHOP.

Gerald R. Molen

Film Producer

Michael Scott

CEO & Founding Partner | Pure Flix Entertainment

Michael Scott, CEO & Founding Partner | Pure Flix Entertainment

Michael Scott is an experienced and successful film production veteran, whose work has earned him multiple awards, including the KLOVE Impact Award and the Movieguide® Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2014 for “God’s Not Dead” which made $60 million at the box office.

Michael’s faith and passion to create high quality, culture impacting films and television programs to influence future generations led to launching Pure Flix Entertainment. Pure Flix produces and distributes faith-based films from several different genres that deliver powerful, cultural relevant messages of hope, inspiration, and traditional champion family values. Pure Flix is the world’s leading faith based film production studio and film distributor, where Michael has served as producer on over 25 motion pictures.

Pure Flix is also an expert in acquiring and marketing faith and family friendly films, and serves churches, schools, community outreach organizations and other ministries as their trusted partner in effective outreach and faith based ministry.

Pure Flix has theatrically released “Do You Believe” and “Woodlawn” in 2015, and “God’s Not Dead 2,” “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” and “I’m Not Ashamed” in 2016.

Thomas H. Vidal Esq.

Partner | Pryor Cashman’s Litigation, Media + Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Technology Groups

Thomas represents a diverse roster of clients including media companies, software developers, entrepreneurs, film distributors, VOD platforms, recording artists, motion picture production companies and retailers, among many others. An experienced and trusted trial attorney, he handles a range of civil matters on the state and federal level.

Pastors Track Speakers

Lee Strobel

Author, Professor, Teaching Pastor

Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books. Described in the Washington Post as “one of the evangelical community’s most popular apologists,” Lee shared the Christian Book of the Year award in 2005. His latest book, The Case for Grace, received the 2016 Christian Book Award for Non-Fiction. A film based on his worldwide bestseller The Case for Christ hits theaters in Spring, 2017. Lee serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University and Teaching Pastor at Woodlands Church in Texas.

Radio Summit Speakers

Carol Ellingson

Promotions Director and Social Media Director | Z88.3

Carol has been the Promotions Director at Z88.3 in Orlando since 2005. One magical day, when Facebook opened its doors to the public and people no longer had to be a college student to have an account, Z88.3 quickly added Social Media Director to her title. She says it’s because she was the only one at the Z with a Facebook account and already knew how to use it. Fast forward a few years, she has used her marketing and promotions background to figure out strategies that help social work cohesively alongside the promotions, programming and donor departments. She’s a fanatic about brands when they have good marketing. She doesn’t claim to be an expert, but loves helping our industry be the best it can be when it comes to social by sharing the successes she’s seen while building Z’s social presence.

Shaunti Feldhahn

Social Researcher, Author, Speaker

Shaunti Feldhahn received her graduate degree from Harvard University and was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher, best-selling author, and popular speaker. Today, she applies her analytical skills to investigating eye-opening, life-changing truths about relationships, both at home and in the workplace. Her groundbreaking research-based books, such as For Women Only, have sold more than 2 million copies in 23 languages; her books and DVD studies are popular in homes, counseling centers, and corporations worldwide.

Chuck Finney

President, Finney Media

Chuck Finney has spent a lot of time in AC, News/Talk, Sports, Country and even classical radio—but came to Christian radio with Salem’s KLTY in Dallas. As Program Director he led a team that brought the station to record audience levels. He also served as National Program Director for Salem’s Fish CCM stations, winning awards including NRB Music Station of the Year, the CMB Major Market Station of the Year and the NAB Marconi Award for Religious Station of the Year.

Chuck has also served as Chairman of Christian Music Broadcasters and is currently on the Radio Committee of the NRB. Last year, he received the Scott Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from Christian Music Broadcasters.

Finney Media and Finney Media Research have been impacting Christian radio for eight years, helping clients obtain deeper impact and broader Gospel reach. The group is increasingly working within multiple formats, including the Christian Teaching and Spoken Word format. See more at finneymedia.com.

Fred Jacobs

President of Jacobs Media

Jacobs Media celebrates its 34th anniversary this fall, providing research and consulting to media outlets throughout North America.

The company’s annual Techsurveys in both commercial and public radio have been widely quoted, serving as the template for strategies and tactics. For the last three years, Jacobs Media has custom created a version of this survey for Christian music stations.

Fred’s mobile app company, jacapps (JAKE-apps) has been at the forefront of connecting radio with the mobile revolution. In eight years, the company has developed more than 1,000 apps that have generated more than 28 million downloads.

Brett Larson

General Manager | WDCX-FM

While attending Liberty University, Brett Larson was hired to sing with a vocal/ministry group that traveled doing concerts and promoting Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist Church. He had the opportunity to sing and serve through mission work in the Philippines, Hong-Kong, China, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Brett began in Christian radio as a board-operator in 1992 and in 1999, he began a full-time career with Crawford Broadcasting and WDCX Radio. Since then, he has managed stations in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. Currently, Brett works as General Manager of the WDCX Radio group, with stations covering Buffalo-Toronto and Rochester.

Brett graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Communications/Media Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is currently completing a Master’s in Theology. He is active in his local church where he serves as an Elder, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Religious Broadcasters.

Ron Walters

Senior VP National Ministries | Salem Media Group, Inc.

Ron Walters serves as Senior VP Ministry Relations for Salem Media Group. During his 25 years with Salem, he’s managed radio stations in San Diego and San Francisco, and served as VP of National Programming at Salem’s southern California Headquarters. Ron oversees Salem’s 62 Pastors Events, hosting over 20,000 pastors annually, as well the 35 Women in Ministry events. He writes a monthly Pastors Letters and is a regular contributor for Preaching Magazine. He’s authored the book, Letters to Pastors. Ron is currently listed in Who’s Who in Religion, Men of Achievement, and Personalities of America.

FCC Session

Joe Chautin

Managing Partner | Hardy, Carey, Chautin & Balkin, LLP

Hardy, Carey, Chautin & Balkin, LLP, is a law firm that advises broadcasters across the United States on all aspects of station operations, including FCC regulatory compliance, tower and studio leases, asset sales, and intellectual property.

As an original and continuing member of NRB’s President’s Council, Chautin frequently assists NRB on FCC broadcast regulatory matters, including preparing and filing comments in FCC regulatory proceedings and in presentations on current FCC matters. He has been co-counsel on two amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court on FCC indecency enforcement.

Musical Artists

Erskin Anavitarte


The Nashville-based and Texas-born talent known as Erskin Anavitarte is an artist of many passions. Singer-Songwriter. Diversity Spokesman. Adoption Advocate…are just a few of the hats Erskin wears. He can captivate an audience through his energetic personality, musical artistry and lyrical truth. Whether across the country or around the world, Erskin’s focus is to strengthen ministries, engage the culture and create impactful art.

His latest single “Black and White” is doing just that. By addressing “the most segregated time in our country”, Erskin tackles long-standing issues of race and religion. The single is on the EP, Look Up, which can be found on Spotify, ReverbNation and iTunes along with previous works Let’s Ride and Worship Now.

Erskin currently resides in Nashville, TN, with his wife Kelli and their two children. Their heart for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children led Erskin to become an advocate for the non-profit organization Holt International.


Comprised of Todd Smith, Allan Hall, and Amy Perry, Selah is one of Christian music’s most beloved groups. Nearing two decades in ministry, their mission has remained unchanged. “If we can lighten someone’s burden or help them walk through something even for a moment, I think that’s what God would have us do with our music,” says founding member Hall.

In a career boasting total sales surpassing four million album and single units combined, Selah has garnered eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards—including five Inspirational Album of the Year trophies—and eight #1 singles. Their signature hits include “You Raise Me Up,” “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” and “Press On,” among numerous others.

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