Speakers


Convention Speakers

Bill Blount

President | Blount Communications Group

Bill Blount is President of Blount Communications Group, a Christian radio network of seven stations located throughout New England, which he and his wife, Debbie, founded more than 37 years ago. He currently serves as Chairman of the NRB Board. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the International, Membership, Ethics, Nominating, Awards, Public Policy, and Resolutions Committees, as well as a member of the NRB Music Licensing Committee. He has traveled extensively, partnering with international ministries such as TWR, HCJB, FEBC, The Bible League, and Compassion International. For recreation, Bill enjoys motorcycles, snowmobiles, scuba diving, and hunting. He and Debbie live by a lake in a small New Hampshire town.


Mac Brunson

Senior Pastor | First Baptist Church, Jacksonville

Pastor Mac Brunson has served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, since 2006. He holds degrees from Furman University (B.A.) and Southwestern Seminary (M.Div., D.Min.), and has pastored churches in South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas.

Pastor Brunson is a gifted and faithful teacher whose messages combine sound, Biblical preaching and practical, candid application. His extensive historical knowledge provides context, insight, and understanding as he encourages his listeners to join him in becoming a student of God’s Word.

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.

Lindy Conant

Missionary, Songwriter, & Worship Leader

Missionary, songwriter, worship leader, Lindy Conant is all three with one passion: to see every nation and every soul radically experience the love of Jesus. Her debut album “Every Nation” is available everywhere music is sold or streamed.

Lindy leads and serves with YWAM Circuit Riders, a missions ministry focused on leading a generation to Christ. For the past several years their main focus has been college campuses. Their music reaches hundreds of campuses each year with seven bands comprised of over 60 musicians touring the United States, playing songs written by Lindy Conant and the Circuit Riders. The result? Hundreds of salvations and countless lives forever impacted by the gospel.

Every Nation is released in partnership with RMA, produced by Gabriel Wilson, Marketed by David Staley & mixed by Sam Gibson.

James Dobson

Founder & President | Family Talk

Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.  Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years in the divisions of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 18 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame.  Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and they have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobsons reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Larry Elder

Talk Show Host | Salem Radio Network

For nearly 20 years, “The Sage from South Central” aired his afternoon drive radio program on KABC in Los Angeles. He was previously syndicated nationally on the ABC Radio Network from 2002 to 2007. Last year Larry moved to Salem’s AM 870 The Answer in Los Angeles.
Larry says his philosophy is to entertain, inform, provoke and “to hopefully uplift.” His calling card is “we have a country to save,” and to him this means returning to the bedrock Constitutional principles of limited government and maximum personal responsibility. Larry added, “I see the Constitution as a contract that restrains the federal government, leaving everything else to the states and to the people.” As for those who need help, Larry says, “It’s the moral responsibility of the people, not the federal government, to assist. Compassion is our job, not the Feds.”
Larry is a New York Times best-selling author of four books, including his latest “Dear Father, Dear Son.” His national TV show “Moral Court” was syndicated across the country and was at one time top rated in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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.

Sean Hannity

Host | FOX News Channel’s Hannity

Sean Hannity currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Hannity (weekdays 10-11PM/ET). He joined the network in 1996 and is based in New York.

As one of the most prominent and influential conservative voices in the country, Hannity’s program offers a mix of news, commentary, guest interviews and branded segments such as #AskSean, where views have the opportunity to send in questions via Twitter or Facebook for him to answer.

Throughout his career, Hannity has secured interviews with numerous key newsmakers and political figures. Previously, he co-hosted Hannity & Colmes with Alan Colmes for 12 years which was ranked as the second-highest rated program in cable news.

Known for his provocative style and free-wheeling, passionate commentary on politics and the American agenda, Hannity has become one of the most popular radio personalities nationwide. As host of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Sean Hannity Show, syndicated to more than 500 stations and heard in all of the top 50 markets, he has a loyal listenership of 13.5 million.

Hugh Hewitt

Nationally Syndicated Radio Host | Salem Media , News Analyst | NBC , Professor of Law  | Chapman University, Partner | Larson O’Brien LLP

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.

Alveda C. King

Evangelist, Director | Civil Rights of the Unborn

Alveda King is a noted civil rights activist and a “Guardian of the King Family Legacy.” She is often in demand for her knowledge and firsthand experience of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, which was headed by her uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and supported by her father, Rev. A. D. Williams King. Alveda is a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a grateful mother and grandmother. She is a respected lecturer and former college professor, as well as an author, mentor, stage and screen actress, Fox News Contributor, Georgia State Legislator, and presidential appointee. Through Alveda King Ministries and many other ministries, Dr. King devotes her God-given gifts and talents of writing, singing, song writing, producing and directing media projects “to glorify God in the earth.”

P. Satish Kumar

Founder and Senior Pastor | Calvary Temple, Hyderabad, India

Dr. P. Satish Kumar is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Hyderabad, India, which is the fastest growing and third largest church in the world with more than 130,000 members in just ten years. Over the course of 25 years, he has preached the Gospel to more than 15 million people face-to-face through his Gospel festivals. Every month, he preaches on more than 300 television programs. Dr. Kumar has received the National Integrity Award and Mother Teresa Award. In addition to being the youngest pastor of one of the world’s largest churches, he is the author of 18 books.

Bob Lepine

Senior Vice President of Content Development and Chief Creative Officer | FamilyLife | FamilyLife Today®

Bob Lepine is Senior Vice President of Content Development and Chief Creative Officer of FamilyLife | 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.

David Limbaugh

Lawyer, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Political Commentator, & Author

David Limbaugh is a lawyer, a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, a political commentator, and the author of six New York Times bestsellers including Jesus on Trial and the #1 bestseller Crimes Against Liberty. The brother of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, he lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, with his wife and children.

Eric Metaxas

Author and Nationally Syndicated Radio Host | Salem Network

The Eric Metaxas Show offers compelling perspective on American culture, political life, and stories making news around the corner and across the globe.

Heard on leading radio stations from coast-to-coast, The Eric Metaxas Show taps the unique talent of one of America’s best known authors, commentators, TV personalities and public speakers for radio unlike anything ever heard before: compelling, compassionate and interactive as Eric and his listeners seek answers to life’s toughest questions together.

Lord Malcolm Pearson

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch

Lord Pearson of Rannoch is the only member of British Parliament to call for national debate about Islam and Islamism. He met Alexander Solzhenitsyn in 1983 and started to help Christian and Jewish dissidents to escape from the Soviet Union. From 1992 – 2015, Lord Pearson was the leading voice in the House of Lords for the UK to leave the EU. He also worked with Margaret Thatcher to fight Marxist penetration of British Teacher Training. In 1990, Malcolm Pearson was raised to the Peerage, by Prime Minister Thatcher.

Alan Sears

Founder | 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.

Selah

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.

Kevin Sorbo

Actor, Author and Filmmaker

The star of Hercules, the Legendary Journey’s, and Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda returns to the NRB! Actor, author, and filmmaker Kevin Sorbo, star of the acclaimed Pure Flix film God’s Not Dead, which was dollar-for-dollar the most successful film of 2014, presents his most recent starring role, Let There Be Light, which he directed and co-produced with executive producer Sean Hannity. For more information about Kevin’s illustrious career, please visit to www.kevinsorbo.net/news.html.

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.

Laura Story

Singer, Songwriter

After years of being a bass player for the band Silers Bald, Laura perused a solo career and released her first album Indescribable. The title track for the record was later recorded by Chris Tomlin- and is now sung in churches across the nation. From there, Laura released the albums There Is Nothing, Great God Who Saves- featuring the song “Mighty To Save”- and the powerful record Blessings.

After almost losing her husband to a brain tumor in 2006, Laura’s song “Blessings” was written as a reminder that God remains faithful even when things don’t turn out the way we expect them to.
The song ended up earning her a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song in 2012 and in addition to touching millions of lives musically, Laura went on to write a 30-day devotional book based on the song.
Besides making music and writing books, Laura is Senior Worship Leader at Perimeter Church, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cary L. 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.


Affiliate Events Speakers

Ryan T. Anderson

Director, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, ThD

Founder & President | Proclaiming Justice to The Nations

Laurie Cardoza-Moore is a successful leader, businesswoman, wife, mother of five, founder and President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations. She has devoted her life to educate Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and the State of Israel. Laurie Cardoza-Moore is an Emmy nominated and Telly Award-winning producer whose film projects and TV series have now reached more than 200 nations globally with an estimated audience reach of more than 950 million viewers.

Mike Gallagher

The Mike Gallagher Show | Salem Radio

Mike Gallagher is one of America’s most entertaining conservatives, displaying a sense of humor and timing honed over three decades in the cauldron of local and national radio talk show experience. His interviews with people like U.S. Senator John McCain, Vice- President Dick Cheney, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and other leading conservatives consistently generate national headlines. Now in his 11th year of national syndication, Mike is also second to none in bringing a radio audience live reports from the scenes of major events, wherever and whenever they happen. Mike continues to be a leading contributor to the top-rated FOX News Channel as well as a columnist at Townhall.com. Despite his successes in the field of broadcasting, Mike’s proudest achievement is his family – to include his late wife, Denise, and their four boys.

AnaRina Heymann

Outreach Coordinator | City of David

AnaRina was raised in South Africa, and was Head of Marketing for Aliyah in her home country for two years before fulfilling a personal mission to make Aliyah to Israel six years ago. After Aliyah, she worked on special projects for the Jewish Agency Aliyah Department. Three years ago, AnaRina joined the City of David and started the Jerusalem Watch project that creates awareness for the most important place in the world – Ancient biblical Jerusalem. Jerusalem Watch endeavors to connect those passionate about Jerusalem to her true location, her glorious past, and her promised future.

Gordon Robertson

Chief Executive Officer |The Christian Broadcasting Network

Gordon Robertson is the Chief Executive Officer of CBN, Executive Producer of The 700 Club, and a member of CBN’s Board of Directors. He previously served as Vice President of CBN International. Gordon founded CBN Asia and the Asian Center for Missions and created CBN Asia’s television show, The 700 Club Asia. He co-hosts CBN’s The 700 Club and 700 Club Interactive and is Executive Producer of the Superbook animation series.

Roger Severino

Director, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity

Uri Steinberg

Commissioner | Israel Tourism , North America

Uri Steinberg has a bachelor’s from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s from Tel Aviv University. He served three years in a special reconnaissance unit in the IDF. Before joining the Israel Ministry of Tourism in 2005, Uri served four years as Senior Assistant to the Spokesperson of the Israel Ministry of Justice and Attorney General. From 2007 to 2011, Uri headed the Ministry of Tourism Chicago Office for the Midwest Region. He returned to Israel to lead the North American Marketing Department before his promotion to New York as Tourism Commissioner. Uri and his wife, Osnat, have two daughters.


Church Media Summit Speakers

Dennis Choy

Communications, Technology and Production Pastor | North Coast Church

After joining the staff at North Coast Church in 1995, Dennis Choy created and developed the church’s Technical Production Department. North Coast Church, located in Vista, CA currently offers 46 worship services with over 13,000 attendees every weekend across five campuses. Dennis also oversees the Communications, Graphics, Web, Creative Video, Social Media, Staging and IT Department. He has taught training classes at Infocomm, NAB, WFX, TFWM, NAMM and other conferences around the country and currently serves on the Board for the Church Technical Leaders Network. He focuses on “Real Church” understanding and practical tips to making your ministry better. He resides in Oceanside California with his wife Michelle and their three children.

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.

Jonathan 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

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.

Justin Firesheets

Production Manager | Church of the Highlands

Justin Firesheets has been the Production Manager at Church of the Highlands since Feb. 2009, after having spent six years in the sports broadcasting industry. He is responsible for the systems, volunteer teams, staff, and equipment at all 16 campuses of Highlands, which currently averages over 48,000 people attending in-person weekly. He enjoys teaching leadership development, systems management, and personal growth to church leaders. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife and two children.

Susan Fontaine Godwin

Founder, CVO | Christian Copyright Solutions

Susan Fontaine Godwin is a highly respected educator and innovator in Christian media and copyright compliance, and has been a featured speaker at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) conference, Administrators of Gospel Music, Willow Creek Arts conference, Saddleback Worship conference, and Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA). Mrs. Fontaine Godwin is founder/CVO of Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS), whose mission is to help churches and ministries “do music right” and become fully copyright compliant through education and simple online licensing solutions. She is on Worship Leader Magazine’s editorial board and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Mobile.

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.

David Leuschner

Associate Senior Director of Technical Arts / Technology | Gateway Church

David Leuschner serves as the Associate Senior Director of Technical Arts / Technology at Gateway Church, providing oversight for all of the Technology and Live Production Areas. He has been in the Tech industry for over 20 years and has a passion for presenting God’s Word, Worship, and Teaching in a way that changes lives. Currently David guides and directs over 500 volunteers in a mission to facilitate hundreds of events a month at Gateway’s 7 venues. David started volunteering in a local church at age 11 and progressed to working higher level events that included working with George H. W. Bush, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, ABC News, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys and many other major artists. David and his wife Nicole have been married for 11 years and have an adorable 9-year-old son, Justin.

Angie McGregor

Executive Director of Communications | Abba’s House

Angie McGregor is the Executive Director of Communications at Abba’s House in Chattanooga, TN. Under her leadership, Ron Phillips Ministries has grown to have a global impact through television, radio, publications, and social media. In addition to her behind the scenes leadership, Angie is Co-Host of the television program Ron Phillips from Abba’s House. An accomplished singer/songwriter, ordained minister, and conference speaker, Angie is also the Chairwoman of the Church Media Standing Committee. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she began her career at ABC affiliate, WTVC. Angie and her husband, Terry, have three children.


Digital Media Summit Speakers

Todd Adkins

Director of Leadership Development | LifeWay Christian Resources

Todd is the Director of Leadership at LifeWay and the co-host of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast. He served for several years in various pastoral roles before coming to LifeWay to develop Ministry Grid and head up the Leadership team. Todd earned his M.A. in Leadership from the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Lisa Anderson

Director of Young Adults | Focus on the Family

Lisa Anderson is director of young adults for Focus on the Family, where she manages Boundless.org and hosts The Boundless Show, a national radio program and weekly podcast for 20- and 30-somethings. She is the author of The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose. Lisa’s background is in journalism and media relations. When not challenging the next generation on relationships, faith, career and culture, she enjoys traveling, hiking, playing tennis and quoting her mother, who is known to say outrageous things. She loves Jesus, people, ideas and guacamole – in that order.

Jefferson Bethke

Author

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.

Flint McGlaughlin

Founder | MECLABS

Dr. Flint McGlaughlin is the founder of MECLABS, the world’s largest independent research institution focused on offer response optimization.
His personal work has focused on the philosophy of human choice, experimental design, and the cognitive psychology of conversion. McGlaughlin has patented ten conversion-related heuristics and he has conducted large-scale research projects in partnership with companies such as The New York Times, Google, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Royal Bank of Canada.

He has lectured at major conferences and universities around the world including New York University, Columbia University, Oxford University, Harvard University, and he has delivered keynote addresses for companies such as Cisco Systems Inc., Microsoft, and Google.

McGlaughlin is also the author of the forthcoming The Marketer as a Philosopher: 40 brief Reflections on the Power of Your Value Proposition. The book unveils a new way to look at marketing through the philosophical lens. The student edition has been made required reading for a new course at Harvard University.

Candace Payne

“Chewbacca Mom”

Candace Payne is a viral sensation whose Facebook Live video of trying on a Chewbacca Mask became the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date (165+ million views). She has been featured in more than 3,000 media outlets and has interviewed with major media such as “Good Morning America,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” The New York Times, PEOPLE and Cosmopolitan. Candace recently launched a video series with TLCme and her first book will release in the fall of 2017. Candace lives in Texas with her husband, two children, and ornery pug. Connect with Candace online at CandacePayne.me.

Barnabas Piper

Leadership Development Team | Lifeway Christian Resources

Barnabas Piper works for Lifeway Christian Resources for the Leadership Development team and is an author of Christian books including, “The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity” and “Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith”. He writes for HeReadsTruth.com and TheBlazingCenter.com. Piper also co-hosts two podcasts – The Happy Rant and 5 Leadership Questions.

Don Seymour

U.S. Politics and Government Outreach Manager |Facebook

Don Seymour is the U.S. Politics and Government Outreach Manager at Facebook where he helps governments, political campaigns, and elected officials use the platform to better connect with voters. Before joining Facebook in 2013, Don spent 10 years on Capitol Hill as a spokesman, writer, and Deputy Communications Director for former House Speaker John Boehner.

Alli Worthington

Executive Director | Propel Women

Alli Worthington is the author of Breaking Busy: Finding Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy. She also serves as the Executive Director of Propel Women.

Alli served on the Intel Social Media advisory board, has co-founded multiple companies and has helped individuals, small business owners, and Fortune 500 companies to become more successful. Her no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family and balance has led to appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and more.

She and her husband, Mark, live with their five sons outside of Nashville, TN.

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.


FCC Session Speakers

Joe Chautin

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

Joe and his firm provide comprehensive legal representation to broadcasters nationwide before the Federal Communications Commission, providing prompt assistance with acquisitions, regulatory compliance, operations, music licensing, and tower ownership/leases. The firm also assists NRB with FCC related matters, and has had the privilege of representing NRB before the U.S. Supreme Court. Joe earned a J.D. degree in 1997 from Loyola Law School, New Orleans, and served our country for 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 2008.

David Oxenford

Partner | Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

David Oxenford is a partner in the Washington DC law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. He has represented broadcasters, broadcast associations and others involved in the broadcast industry for over 30 years, assisting on FCC, transactional and copyright issues. He is a frequent speaker at state and national broadcast and digital media conferences. He also is the editor and principal writer of the Broadcast Law Blog, www.broadcastlawblog.com, which has been covering legal issues of interest to broadcasters for almost a decade.

Paul Virts

Paul H. Virts, Ph. D., Senior Consultant for Research | Advocace

Dr. Paul Virts is a Senior Consultant for research with Advocace, a company specializing in major donor consulting and coaching in Dallas, TX. Previously he served as Senior Vice President for Media at University of Northwestern, overseeing Northwestern’s 15 radio stations and one satellite radio network. Before that, Paul was the Chief Operating Officer at Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef’s radio and TV ministry in Atlanta, Georgia for four years. He also served as the Director of Media at the KMA agency in Dallas, Texas. In the 1980s he taught broadcasting and broadcast regulation courses Regent University (VA).


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®, 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.

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

Actor, President & Founder | Home Theater Films

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 | Clinch Digital Media

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

DeVon Franklin is using the power of entertainment to bring inspiration and motivation to the masses. “Ebony Magazine” named him one of the “Top 100 Influential African-Americans in America” and Beliefnet named him one of the “Most Influential Christians Under 40.”
DeVon Franklin, a producer, New York Times Best-Selling author, preacher and media personality, serves as the President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment, and recently announced a new multi-year first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Franklin Entertainment released the film MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah.

As former Senior Vice President of Columbia Pictures, he was one of the highest ranking African-American creative executives in the industry. During his 10 year tenure at the studio, he championed box-office hits like THE PURSUIT of HAPPYNESS, THE KARATE KID, and JUMPING THE BROOM , resulting in almost $700 million in total worldwide box office sales. And he wrote the best-selling book “Produced By Faith”, a how-to guide about finding success without compromising your faith. Projects with Sony Pictures Animation include THE STAR and the reboot of HE-MAN and the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE franchise. In development is the highly-anticipated remake of the 1975 classic film COOLEY HIGH at MGM, the inspirational biopic 44, and faith-based film MJB GOT FAITH with TriStar Pictures.

Franklin began his career as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California.

Greg Gudorf

CEO | Pure Flix Digital

Greg Gudorf is a proven team leader and serial intrapreneur with 30 years of experience in the technology and consumer electronics fields with an emphasis on the convergence of cable, satellite, and Internet services with new hardware products and business models.

Before joining Pure Flix Digital, Gudorf served as COO of MGO.com , a premium digital streaming service and joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation; CEO at Digeo, a Paul Allen-owned company that introduced the Moxi® High Definition Digital Video Recorder; and Sony Electronics, where Gudorf and his team launched SonyStyle.com.

Sam Haskell, III

Best-selling Author, Film Producer | Magnolia Hill Productions (WB)

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 Alan Johnson

Director Director, Showrunner| 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.

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.



Great Commission (International) Summit Speakers

Erskin Anavitarte

Singer-Songwriter

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.

Steve Douglass

President | Campus Crusade for Christ International or Cru

Steve Douglass is President of Campus Crusade for Christ International, or Cru, as the ministry is known in the United States. Steve came to the ministry after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School. Through more than four decades of service, he has held a variety of positions, including Executive Vice President and Director of U.S. Ministries. In July 2001, Steve took over as President of Campus Crusade for Christ International from founder Bill Bright. Steve is the author or co-author of several books, including Managing Yourself, How to Achieve Your Potential and Enjoy Life, and Enjoying Your Walk with God. His radio program, Making Your Life Count, is heard nationally and internationally on more the 900 stations.

Rita El Mounayer

Chief Channel Officer and Deputy CEO | SAT-7 Media Services Ltd.

Rita holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Practice from the University of Wales, UK and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies. In her capacity as CCO, Rita oversees all the strategic and operational work of the five SAT-7 channels broadcasting in 3 different languages across the Middle East and North Africa. Rita has over 20 years of experience in media and was recently appointed the Deputy CEO of SAT-7.

Hannah Kerr

Singer-Songwriter

Hannah Kerr has been singing in public since the age of 5, when her father, himself a worship leader, brought her to the front of the church to sing. True to the title of her debut album, “Overflow” (4/14/17), Hannah found she couldn’t hold back the progression that led her from shy youngster to breakthrough Christian singer and flagship artist on Black River Entertainment’s new imprint, Black River Christian. She found each step on her journey came naturally–from praise to music, from worship to ministry, from living room songs to church services to major arena tours. “I think God is using me,” she says, “because I said yes and I’m willing to be used. I’m just following the call that Christ has placed on my life.”


iNRB Speakers

Dr. E. David Cook

Distinguished Scholar, iNRB Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Term

Dr. E. David Cook teaches at Loyola University in Chicago and is the Distinguished Scholar for iNRB’s Oxford Distinguished Scholar’s Term in Oxford, England. He holds the Ph.D. from New College, Edinburgh, and the MA degree from Oxford University, where he served as Fellow and Chaplain of Green Templeton College. Cook was the first Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College and has published numerous books, including The Moral Maze, Blind alley Beliefs, and Thinking about Faith. He has broadcasted extensively on BBC radio and television, as well as American media outlets.

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.

Chelsea Engle

Producer, Marketing Manager | Kim Brattain Media

Chelsea Bailey Engle works as a producer and marketing manager at Kim Brattain Media. With a background in film production, live production, and marketing, Chelsea has a great love of storytelling, and has to date been a part of two nationally released documentaries. Chelsea graduated from North Greenville University with a degree in Broadcast Media, actively participating in iNRB all four years. Chelsea recently started her own web design and branding company,The Yellow Umbrella.

Shur Gopal

Professor, Media Technologies | North Greenville University

Shur Gopal has been teaching media technologies, film and video production at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina for over 15 years where he developed the video and film program of the Mass Communication department (almost from the ground up.) Shur brings with him over three decades of in-the-field media experience. As a Principal Consultant, Shur has launched five satellite television stations, from concept to launch – four in India and one in Malaysia. He has been a Fulbright Fellow in Communication Technology during 1988-89. He is the Director of the South Carolina chapter of the Hollywood Prayer Network in Greenville, SC. Shur is a strong believer of networking and building contacts.

Lauren Green

Chief Religion Correspondent, (NY)| Fox News Channel

Lauren Green currently serves as Fox News Channel’s (FNC) chief religion correspondent based in the New York bureau. She is also an author, speaker, and concert pianist. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she joined FNC in 1996. She writes and voices Fox on Faith, a weekly series on Fox Radio, and is the host and anchor of Fox News Dotcom’s Spirited Debate segments covering all things concerning religion, faith, and beliefs. Green’s first book, Lighthouse Faith: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog (W Publishing), will be released March 14, 2017; in 2004, she released her debut album as a concert pianist, “Classic Beauty.” Green resides in New York City with her husband, Ted Nikolis, an attorney.

Susan Pahlau

Assistant Professor of Communication | Colorado Christian University

Susan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Communication from CU Denver. She has worked for 9NEWS and NEWS4 in Denver and the Colorado Broadcaster’s Association. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Colorado Christian University and also speaks on a regular basis. Susan has been married to Clay for 23 years and they have three kids: Luke, and Kendall, and Kira.

Nick Runyon

Executive Director | Christian Vision North America

Nick began his career as part of a tech startup, working to become the Marketing Director for PFL.com. In 2008, Nick moved from business to ministry, applying online metrics and analysis to online missions with Global Media Outreach. As Director of Outreach, and later COO, Nick led the organization to reach over 1 billion people with the Gospel. Today Nick, his wife, and their five children live in Dallas, where Nick is the Executive Director for Christian Vision North America. He participates in coaching, consulting, and speaking engagements globally, sharing learned experience and best practices to improve the ministries and businesses of others.


Pastors Track Speakers

Erskin Anavitarte

Singer-Songwriter

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.

Dr. Barry K. Creamer

President | Criswell College

Barry K. Creamer, President, Criswell College Dr. Barry K. Creamer has served at Criswell College for over 10 years. Beginning as full-time faculty in 2004, he has also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Operations Officer, before becoming President. He earned a PhD from The University of Texas at Arlington and an M.Div. from Criswell College.
Prior to his work in higher education he served in various roles as a minister. Upon completion of his bachelor degree at Baylor University he began two mission churches, one in Waco and one in Arlington and also served Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington as their minister of evangelism. He was then called to pastor Woodland West Baptist Church and led there for 17 years. Since that time he has served as interim at ten churches in the area, a role he greatly enjoys.

P. Satish Kumar

Founder and Senior Pastor | Calvary Temple, Hyderabad, India

Dr. P. Satish Kumar is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Hyderabad, India, which is the fastest growing and third largest church in the world with more than 130,000 members in just ten years. Over the course of 25 years, he has preached the Gospel to more than 15 million people face-to-face through his Gospel festivals. Every month, he preaches on more than 300 television programs. Dr. Kumar has received the National Integrity Award and Mother Teresa Award. In addition to being the youngest pastor of one of the world’s largest churches, he is the author of 18 books.

Erwin Lutzer

Pastor Emeritus | The Moody Church

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years. He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law.

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world: Running to Win, Moody Church Hour, and Songs in the Night.

Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books and he and his wife Rebecca have co-written several books. His speaks domestically and internationally and leads tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Eric Metaxas

Author and Nationally Syndicated Radio Host | Salem Network

The Eric Metaxas Show offers compelling perspective on American culture, political life, and stories making news around the corner and across the globe.
Heard on leading radio stations from coast-to-coast, The Eric Metaxas Show taps the unique talent of one of America’s best known authors, commentators, TV personalities and public speakers for radio unlike anything ever heard before: compelling, compassionate and interactive as Eric and his listeners seek answers to life’s toughest questions together.

Lee Strobel

Author, Christian Apologist | Huston Baptist University

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.

Calvin Wittman

Senior Pastor | Applewood Baptist Church

Calvin Wittman is the Senior Pastor of Applewood Baptist Church in the Denver area and is the speaker on Faith Walk Today, a daily and weekly radio broadcast. He is a former television and radio news reporter and anchor having worked in both the Waco and Dallas, TX markets. He has lived in Spain and traveled most of the globe preaching. He and His wife Diane have three children and three grandchildren.


Professional Development Track Speakers

Lauren Green

Chief Religion Correspondent, (NY)| Fox News Channel

Lauren Green currently serves as Fox News Channel’s (FNC) chief religion correspondent based in the New York bureau. She is also an author, speaker, and concert pianist. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she joined FNC in 1996. She writes and voices Fox on Faith, a weekly series on Fox Radio, and is the host and anchor of Fox News Dotcom’s Spirited Debate segments covering all things concerning religion, faith, and beliefs. Green’s first book, Lighthouse Faith: God as a Living Reality in a World Immersed in Fog (W Publishing), will be released March 14, 2017; in 2004, she released her debut album as a concert pianist, “Classic Beauty.” Green resides in New York City with her husband, Ted Nikolis, an attorney.

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”.

Kevin Sorbo

Actor, Author and Filmmaker

The star of Hercules, the Legendary Journey’s, and Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda returns to the NRB! Actor, author, and filmmaker Kevin Sorbo, star of the acclaimed Pure Flix film God’s Not Dead, which was dollar-for-dollar the most successful film of 2014, presents his most recent starring role, Let There Be Light, which he directed and co-produced with executive producer Sean Hannity. For more information about Kevin’s illustrious career, please visit to www.kevinsorbo.net/news.html.

Sam Sorbo

Actress, Filmmaker and Home School Advocate

Until recently, Sam Sorbo hosted nationally syndicated The Sam Sorbo Show. An accomplished actress, author, and international model, in 2015 Sam performed in Just Let Go, winning “Best Supporting Actress” from the Utah Film Awards. Her third book is They’re YOUR Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate. Sam co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in the feature, Let There Be Light, due out Christmas, 2017, with executive producer, Sean Hannity, and director, Kevin Sorbo.

Roy H. Williams

Roy H. Williams Marketing

Nicknamed “the Wizard of Ads” by an early client, Roy H. Williams and his staff have often been the unseen, pivotal force in amazing come-from-behind victories in the worlds of business, politics, and finance. With over forty branch offices, Wizard of Ads, Inc., is now serving the advertising and marketing needs of business owners around the globe.

Williams’ books have often reached bestseller status and include The Wizard of Ads, Magical Worlds of the Wizard of Ads, Accidental Magic, Destinae, and Secret Formulas of the Wizard of Ads, which was named the Wall Street Journal‘s number one Business Book in America in 1999.

Williams teaches creative thinking, strategic planning, and human persuasion in a 3-day academy that has attracted as students many of the world’s most forward-thinking and successful CEOs, educators, journalists, inventors, and consultants.


Public Policy Session Speakers

David and Jason Benham

Co-Founders | Benham Companies

Twin brothers David and Jason Benham are former professional baseball players and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs. Their recent accomplishments include: Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists, Franchise 500’s Top New Franchise, Wall Street Journal’s Top Real Estate Professionals, and Business Leader Media’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs.
Their business success earned them a reality show with HGTV that was set to air in the fall of 2014. The show was abruptly cancelled, however, because of their commitment to traditional/biblical values. The Benhams immediately found themselves in the midst of a cultural firestorm, but they decided not to back down. Appearing on CNN, Fox News, and ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, among others, the Benhams continue to stand up for what they believe. Since their show was cancelled, the Benhams have trended nationally on social media and more than 51 million tweets about the Benham brands have been delivered to Twitter streams.



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.

James Dobson

Founder & President | Family Talk

Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.  Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years in the divisions of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 18 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame.  Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and they have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobsons reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Annette Kiehne

Director | Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center

Annette Kiehne is the Director of the Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center, a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri. The Church is the Petitioner in the only religious freedom case pending before the United States Supreme Court this term. In January 2012, Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center applied for a grant to use a recycled tire material to surface children’s playgrounds. The Church’s application scored 5th out of 44 applications, and the Department awarded 14 grants in 2012. However, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources denied the church’s application, saying the school could not participate in the program because it was a church and the state constitution prohibits any “aid” to religion.

In January 2013, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of Trinity Lutheran Church against the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Both a district court and an appellate court sided with the state. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the case.

Carl and Angel Larsen

Owners & Founders | Telescope Media Group (“TMG”)

As owners of Telescope Media Group (“TMG”), a video and film production company that exists to tell great stories that honor God, the Larsens know the power of film — of great story-telling — to change hearts and minds. They want to use their wedding cinematography to reanimate the hearts and minds of people about the goodness of marriage between a man and a woman.

But the Larsens’ desire to enter the wedding cinematography field has hit a huge obstacle — a speech coercing state law. According to Minnesota officials, the State’s Human Rights Act mandates that if the Larsens make films celebrating marriage between one man and one woman, then they must make films celebrating same-sex marriages as well. State officials have repeatedly threatened to prosecute expressive business owners who decline to create speech promoting same-sex marriages. And there are steep penalties for violating the law, including payment of a civil penalty to the state, triple compensatory damages, punitive damages up to $25,000, and even up to 90 days in jail.

David Limbaugh

Lawyer, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Political Commentator, & Author

David Limbaugh is a lawyer, a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, a political commentator, and the author of six New York Times bestsellers including Jesus on Trial and the #1 bestseller Crimes Against Liberty. The brother of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, he lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, with his wife and children.

Kevin Sorbo

Actor, Author and Filmmaker

The star of Hercules, the Legendary Journey’s, and Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda returns to the NRB! Actor, author, and filmmaker Kevin Sorbo, star of the acclaimed Pure Flix film God’s Not Dead, which was dollar-for-dollar the most successful film of 2014, presents his most recent starring role, Let There Be Light, which he directed and co-produced with executive producer Sean Hannity. For more information about Kevin’s illustrious career, please visit to www.kevinsorbo.net/news.html.

Sam Sorbo

Actress, Filmmaker and Home School Advocate

Until recently, Sam Sorbo hosted nationally syndicated The Sam Sorbo Show. An accomplished actress, author, and international model, in 2015 Sam performed in Just Let Go, winning “Best Supporting Actress” from the Utah Film Awards. Her third book is They’re YOUR Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate. Sam co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in the feature, Let There Be Light, due out Christmas, 2017, with executive producer, Sean Hannity, and director, Kevin Sorbo.

Todd Starnes

Host of Fox News & Commentary

Todd Starnes is heard daily on hundreds of radio stations around the nation as host of Fox News & Commentary. He also writes a column and hosts a digital show for FoxNews.com. In addition, he makes regular appearances on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. He is the author of four books and is a frequent speaker. Todd’s journalism has been honored by the Associated Press, the Radio, Television News Director’s Association, and the National Religious Broadcasters.
His latest book is The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again. Follow Todd on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.


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.

Rich Hooper

Co-host | Hope In The Night

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

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

Brett holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Liberty University and a Master’s in Theology from Liberty’s Rawlings School of Divinity. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Religious Broadcasters association and as an Elder at Grace Church in Buffalo. Brett and his wife, Kim, have 3 wonderful boys.

Michael Shelley

Executive Assistant to the President | NewLife FM and Life Radio Ministries, Inc.

Michael Shelley has been in Christian radio for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as Executive Assistant to the President, NewLife FM and Life Radio Ministries, Inc. He is a long time member of NRB and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. He has served on the NRB Radio Committee and as First Vice Chairman of the NRB Southeast Chapter. He has served as Station Manager for WJYO-FM in Ft. Myers, FL., Director of Media Services for Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, and as Assistant Station Manager at WRAF, Toccoa Falls, GA. He recently earned fellows positions with The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and The C.S. Lewis Institute in Atlanta, GA.

Ron Walters

Senior VP of Ministry Relations | 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.


TV Summit Speakers

Greg Bogdan

Chief Operating Officer | Total Living International (TLI)

Greg Bogdan is Chief Operating Officer of Total Living International (TLI), a Christian media communications group with several divisions, including Total Living Network and Four:2 Media. Greg has been in Christian media for over 15 years and has a passion to impact society with the message of the gospel. Prior to his position with TLI, Greg was Founder and President of Christian Alliance Media Group, Inc., a Christian station representation agency. As part of his passion to reach the lost, Greg also has invested considerable time in West Africa, preaching in prisons and providing pastoral training.

Andrew Burchfield

Pastor, Producer | Young Believers Broadcast

Andrew is an authentic voice for his generation who has earned the right to be heard as a producer of purpose. Thousands of Discovery Campers admire him for his anointed speaking and worship leading, yet even more have been inspired globally through Young Believer’s Broadcast airing in 196 countries weekly, of which he is the Executive Producer. He is seasoned, yet savvy, using his innovative ideas to assist his parents and pastors, Tommy and Rachel Burchfield, through all of BMI’s multiple ministry outreaches.

Debra Fraser

President & CEO | Total Living Network

Debra Fraser is President/CEO of Total Living International (TLI), a Christian media communications group. She also serves as General Manager of KTLN-TV, a full power San Francisco market station. Debra has been in Christian broadcast for 30+ years beginning in 1982 when she assisted in the launch of a station with Family Christian Broadcasting. She finds fulfillment in helping individuals realize the potential they have for a vibrant life in Christ.

Craig Harper

National Accounts Manager, National Manager of Faith | Sony Electronics Professional Solutions of America

Craig leads the Faith Solutions organization of Sony’s Professional Solutions of Americas’ (PSA) business group. As such, he serves Churches and is responsible for establishing and building relationships in the Faith Based Market, identifying and working with key partners who provide broadcast, production and content management solutions for their customers.

Sony Electronics’ PSA group develops and manufactures video and audio technologies for a range of professional applications. These include high-definition broadcast television and motion picture production, event videography, ENG/EFP, digital cinematography, digital cinema, videoconferencing, medical, visual imaging, digital signage, and remote system diagnostics and monitoring, as well as IP surveillance and security. These technologies are also used by professionals in a range of market segments including houses of worship, government, healthcare, education, and hospitality, among others.

Jamey Schmitz

Founder & President/CEO | WLMB-TV 40 and YES-FM Radio Network

Jamey Schmitz is Founder & President/CEO of WLMB-TV 40 and the YES-FM Radio Network. These local broadcasting ministries are both headquartered in Toledo, OH. For 22 years, Jamey has been an active member of the NRB. He is a Founding Member of the NRB President’s Council, has served four terms on the NRB Television Committee, and has been a member of the NRB Resolutions Committee for several years. For the past year, Jamey has served the association as a Board Member of the NRB Network. WLMB-TV 40 has received the NRB Full Power TV Station of the Year Award on four occasions. His responsibilities often take him to Washington, DC, where he works diligently to preserve and expand Christian radio and television. Along with Rachel, his wife of 25 years, Jamey resides in Toledo, OH. They have four daughters – Sophia, Chloe, Lilly, and Rebekah – who are the joy of their lives.

Dorothy Spaulding

Co-Founder, President, CEO |Watchmen Broadcasting

Dorothy Spaulding began her television career in 1972 with 15 years on ABC, hosting two shows a week and many special telecasts. She has written articles for the New York Times and a number of craft magazines and is a published author. Dorothy has attended every NRB Convention since 1985. Over the years, she has volunteered to help many stations across the U.S. and twenty years ago founded Watchmen Broadcasting. Dorothy has hosted the award winning “By the Book” program and currently hosts a live two-hour program called “Club 36.” She continues to be an active supporter of Israel.

Tore Stautland

General Manager |Vision TV and Zoomer Media

Tore Stautland is a seasoned executive and innovator with over 25 years of experience in Christian market strategy in over 30 countries. Founder and CEO of The Trillennium Media Group Inc., which operates a full production studio and manages Christian programming on three national television networks, Stautland currently serves on the NRB Television Committee.

John Turver

President |INFORM Media & Analytics

John Turver is President of INFORM Media & Analytics, a media agency that helps clients link programming to fundraising by supplying them with ongoing audience analysis and program content analysis. Previously, John served for 13 years as CBN’s VP of Marketing and spent 26 years in secular broadcasting management, working for NBC, CBS, and Fox affiliates in New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Norfolk. He also served as a vice president for The New York Times Broadcast Group.

Dan Wathen

Executive Producer |Cooke Pictures

With more than two decades of experience in media, Dan Wathen has worked with many of today’s largest churches, ministries, nonprofits, and production companies, with a particular expertise in large, multi-camera television events. Dan specializes in working with a wide range of teams, helping them connect better with their audience. Every organization and company has a story to tell, and making that story clear is essential. Dan speaks to groups, challenging them to be uniquely creative when producing content.


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