Speakers


Main Session Speakers

David and Jason Benham

Best Selling Authors, Speakers, & Entrepreneurs

David and Jason Benham are former professional baseball players, nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, and bestselling authors. Their rise to success earned them a reality show with HGTV that was set to air in the fall of 2014 – yet the show was abruptly cancelled because of their commitment to Biblical values. Appearing on CNN, Fox News, ESPN, ABC’s Nightline & Good Morning America, the Benhams continue to stand up for what they believe and encourage others to do the same.

HB Charles

Pastor-Teacher | Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida

Rev. H.B. Charles, Jr. is the pastor-teacher of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. H.B. has served in this role since 2008. At the June 2017 Southern Baptist Convention, H.B. was historically and unanimously elected as the SBC Pastors’ Conference’s first African-American president. Prior to joining his present church, H.B. led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost 18 years. Succeeding his late father, he began on his pastorate at Mt. Sinai at the age of 17 – a senior in high school. Outside of his ministry to and with his congregation, H.B. regularly speaks at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country, and he is also the author of several books. H.B. is married to Crystal, and they have three children: H.B. III, Natalie, and Hailey.

Tony Evans

President | The Urban Alternative & Senior Pastor | Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1,300 US outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. He also launched the Tony Evans Training Center in 2017.

Mike Huckabee

Host | Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is the host of the TV show “Huckabee” on TBN each weekend and is a Fox News contributor, NY Times best-selling author of 12 books, and a frequent speaker for corporate, civic, and non-profit groups all over the world.   He was the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007, becoming one of the longest serving Governors in his state’s history.   He left a legacy of tax cuts, job creation, the reconstruction of his state’s road system, K-16 education reform, and a nationally heralded and duplicated health initiative that focused on prevention.  His administration fought long-standing corruption in the state’s political machine, resulting in numerous indictments and convictions of powerful legislators and other elected officials.  He ran in 2008 and 2016 for President, finishing 2nd in the Republican primary in 2008.

Michael Klausman

President | Television City Studios

Graduate of California State University, Northridge.  Started with CBS in 1971 as a page on All In The Family at Television City.  Also worked in Production Scheduling, Broadcast Operations, and Production Operations.  In 1991 Michael was promoted to President of CBS Studio Center in Studio City.  In 2001 he was promoted to Senior VP, West Coast Operations and Engineering, and President CBS Studio Center.  In 2016 CBS promoted him to Executive VP COE West Coast and President CBS Studio Center.  With the sale of TV City to Hackman Capital Partners February 1st, 2019 Michael was made President of Television City Studios.

Greg Laurie

Senior Pastor | Harvest Christian Fellowship

Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. Harvest is one of the largest churches in America. In 1990, Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. He also has a daily nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning. Laurie has authored over 70 books including Jesus Revolution, Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, Live Love Fight, and his autobiography, Lost Boy.

Rick Warren

Pastor | Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California with campuses in major cities around the world. He is the author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has been translated into 74 languages and sold more than 50 million copies in all formats. You can listen to his daily radio broadcast at www.PastorRick.com.


Super Session Speakers

Stacie de Armas

VP of Strategic Initiatives and Consumer Engagement | The Nielsen Company

Stacie de Armas is Vice President Strategic Initiatives and a Public Affairs Leader within Nielsen’s Diversity & Inclusion practice. She is a consumer behavior researcher, thought leader and a subject matter expert on the U.S. Hispanic market. She is responsible for working with major brands, multicultural marketing organizations, media companies, advocacy groups, policy makers and more to research and share the Hispanic market and marketing trends, as well as, how to tap into the power of the market.

The Honorable Sam Brownback

Ambassador-at-Large | International Religious Freedom | United States of America

The Honorable Sam Brownback is U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. Before he was sworn in as Ambassador last February, Brownback served as Governor of Kansas from 2011 to 2018. Previously, he served as U.S. Senator (1996-2011) and Congressman (1995-1996), as well as Kansas Secretary of Agriculture (1986-1993). Throughout his years in public service, Ambassador Brownback has been a champion for life and liberty in the United States and abroad. Among numerous other achievements, he was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

Brad W. Dacus

President and Founder | Pacific Justice Institute

Brad Dacus served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas, School of Law. He founded Pacific Justice Institute in 1997. Dacus can be heard weekly on The Dacus Report on more than 170 radio stations. Additionally, he has appeared on America Live, CBS Evening News, CNN, Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, MSNBC, NBC News, News Talk TV, and The Today Show and FOX News.

Kevin Downes

Kingdom

Kevin most recently produced the hit film I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. Downes is part of the leadership team of Kingdom Studios.

Andy Erwin

Kingdom

Part of the producing/directing team of the Erwin Brothers, Andy is a co-founder of Kingdom Studios.

Jon Erwin

Kingdom

An acclaimed director known for films such as I CAN ONLY IMAGINE.

Joe Kennedy

Coach

Joe “Coach” Kennedy made national headlines as the Washington State high school football coach who lost his job in 2015 by taking a knee in a private and silent prayer on the 50-yard line. Kennedy continues to capture headlines with his law firm, First Liberty Institute, as their lawsuit makes its way back to the United States Supreme Court. Prior to coaching, Kennedy spent 20 years serving his country as a United States Marine.

Michael LeMay

General Manager | Q90 FM Christian Radio

Michael LeMay has served as General Manager of Q90 FM Christian Radio since 2002, and has hosted Stand Up For the Truth Radio since 2010.  Stand Up For the Truth looks at world events and trends, how dangerous human philosophy is infiltrating some churches, and how the Word of God prepares Christians to stand strong against the growing deception of these perilous times.

Larry Rosin

President | Edison Research

Larry Rosin is President of Edison Research, which he co-founded in 1994.  He has been a primary force in building the company into one of the world’s most respected survey research companies, specializing in media and election polling. Edison is best known as the company that performs Exit Polls for all U.S. Elections for the National Election Pool, as well as, for its groundbreaking media research series “The Infinite Dial,” and “Share of Ear,” among others.

Kelly Shackelford

President & CEO | First Liberty Institute

Kelly Shackelford, Esq., has argued before the United States Supreme Court and testified before the U.S. House and Senate, and has won three state landmark First Amendment and religious liberty cases, including Penley v. Westbrook and HEB Ministries, Inc., et al v. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, et al. He is the author of Supreme Irony, and recipient of the prestigious William Bentley Ball Award for Life and Religious Freedom Defense.

Michael Shelley

General Manager | NewLife FM

Michael Shelley has been in Christian radio for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as General Manager of 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.

Todd Starnes

Fox News

Todd Starnes is the host of “Starnes Country” on Fox Nation (a streaming service by Fox News Channel) and “The Todd Starnes Radio Show.” His three-hour daily radio program is nationally-syndicated to more than 100 radio stations and can be heard Monday-Friday.  He also hosts a daily short-form radio commentary, heard on more than 500 radio stations, and is the author of four books including The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.

Mike Lindell

Inventor & CEO, MyPillow

Mike Lindell is the Inventor and CEO of MyPillow Inc. As an entrepreneur at heart, he created MyPillow in 2004 and knew it was God-inspired. MyPillow has grown exponentially, and although Lindell has profound gratitude for what God has enabled him to do through the business, he sees it mainly as a platform to a higher calling. His greatest desire is to bring hope to the addict who is still in the chains of addiction. Lindell beat a 30-year drug addiction through the power of prayer.

Mark Ramsey

Mark Ramsey Media LLC

Mark Ramsey heads his own media consulting firm, Mark Ramsey Media, in San Diego, California. Ramsey has worked with television and radio broadcasters over his career, including all the biggest names in United States and Canada, including iHeartMedia, CBS, Bonneville, Sirius XM, and more. Clients from outside broadcasting have included EA Sports and Apple. Ramsey has authored two bestsellers, Making Waves: Radio on the Verge and Fresh Air. His blog at Mark Ramsey Media is among the most popular in the industry. He also serves as podcast co-host of Media Unplugged.

Ben Stroup

Director of Strategic Development | Christian Broadcasting Network

Ben Stroup is a natural disruptor, content activist, digital native, idea and data visualization junkie, and completely geeky about marketing, fundraising, and technology. He is committed to data-driven growth strategies that result in leads, donors, revenue, and engagement. Stroup serves as Director of Strategic Development at The Christian Broadcasting Network. You can find him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook. When not working, Stroup loves spending time with his wife and two boys.


Digital Media Summit Speakers

Lisa Anderson

Director of Young Adults | Focus on the Family

Lisa Anderson is director of young adults for Focus on the Family and manages the ministry Boundless with the goal of helping 20- and 30-somethings navigate adulthood, own their faith, date with purpose and prepare for marriage and family. She is the author of The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage With Purpose and hosts The Boundless Show, a national radio program and weekly podcast. Her previous career was in media and public relations.

Kenny Jahng

Founder & CEO | Big Click Syndicate

Kenny Jahng is the founder and CEO of Big Click Syndicate, a strategic communications agency that works with nonprofit, cause-related, and Christian ministries.  Jahng’s team has worked with brands such as American Bible Society, California Baptist University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and The United Methodist Church. Jahng recently launched www.Butler.Church to provide social graphics and content for churches. Connect with him at www.KennyJahng.com or follow his #DailyKJTV vlog on LinkedIn.

Nona Jones

Leads, Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook

Nona Jones leads Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook and is recognized as a leading expert on digital discipleship. She has been profiled by Essence Magazine as one of “Under 40 Woman to Watch” and Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “30-Something All Stars.” She is a graduate of Leadership Florida and the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, led by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. She and her husband pastor Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, Florida.

Rob Kirkpatrick

Executive Producer | Focus on the Family Broadcast

Rob Kirkpatrick, executive producer of the Focus on the Family broadcast, joined Focus in 1987. He has been instrumental in setting the standard of excellence in Focus’ audio programming, which is heard by over six million people, weekly. In 2008, Focus on the Family was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. Focus on the Family has been podcasting since 2006 featuring custom and repurposed programming that has been well received by an ever-growing digital audience.

Greg Outlaw

Co-founder | AllAboutGOD.com

Greg Outlaw co-founded allaboutgod.com in 2002. The website has become the most cost-effective online evangelistic outreach in the world. Historically, at least one person has indicated a decision for Jesus and the gospel has been presented over 100 times for every dollar spent. Outlaw has been a practitioner SEO expert since 1995 and has spoken at NRB, CLA, Internet Evangelism Coalition and Liberty University. Additionally, Outlaw has consulted for compassion.com, focusonthefamily.com, biblica.com, gotquestions.org, and more.

Nick Runyon

Executive Director | CV North America

Nick Runyon, executive director of CV North America, is a nonprofit leader and entrepreneur. He leads a team that is using social media and marketing technology to connect people to the local church through CV Outreach. Runyon is also the owner and President of Media Tractor and the co-host of Social Media Church Podcast, which was recently listed as the No. 1 Religious Podcast by iTunes. Follow him on Twitter @runyonski and on Instagram @nicholasrunyon.

Rob Walch

VP of Podcaster Relations | Libsyn

Rob Walch was inducted into the Podcasting Hall of Fame in 2016 and is vice president of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn (LSYN) He is co-author of the book Tricks of the Podcasting Masters (Que 2006), which was an editor’s pick Top 10 Reference Book for 2006 by Amazon. Rob started podcasting in 2004 as host of the podCast411. He has done podcast consulting for Jack Welch, eBay, and Dr. Mark Hyman, to name a few.


Great Commission Summit Speakers (International)

Arnold-Enns

President | COICOM

Arnold Enns is the President of COICOM – Iberoamerican Confederation of Communicators, Pastors and Christian Leaders. He holds degrees in Theology and Business Administration and a master’s in communications. COICOM is a movement that represents thousands of Christian communicators and leaders, networking with over 10,000 active leaders throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Additionally, COICOM represents more than 3,000 Evangelical radio stations, approximately 1,500 TV stations and over 1,000 periodicals.

Ron Harris

Founder & President | MEDIAlliance

Dr. Ron Harris is a broadcast veteran with over five decades in the media world, which includes radio, television, church media, Christian radio, writing, and media consulting. Harris was the vice president and general manager of KCBI Radio in Dallas for 15 years.  Harris has been involved in National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) for over 35 years. In 2013, Harris founded MEDIAlliance International, a nonprofit ministry that trains, mentors, and encourages Christians in broadcasting around the world.

Johnny Hunt

Senior Vice President Evangelism & Leadership | North American Mission Board

Johnny Hunt is a pastor, author and Senior Vice President of Evangelism and Leadership for the North American Mission Board. He previously served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2008-2010.  In his role at the North American Mission Board, he leads a team focused on championing the cause of evangelism among Southern Baptist churches and pastors. The team also equips pastors with tools and leadership skills that will allow them to lead churches.

Seung Kook Paik

Chief Strategy Officer | CTS Korea

Seung Kook Paik has worked in Christian media since 1995, including broadcasting, production, media training and church media. As a chief strategy officer of CTS Korea, which is the largest Christian TV network in Korea, he looks forward to working together with global Christian media for accomplishing the Great Commission.

Lee Sonius

Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa | Reach Beyond, Ghana

Lee Sonius is the Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa for Reach Beyond (formerly known as HCJB Global). Lee was born in Sierra Leone to missionary parents and grew up at Radio Station ELWA in Monrovia, Liberia. Lee and his wife Michelle have served for 30 years in radio ministry in Liberia, Ivory Coast, and currently, Ghana. Their passion is to share the Gospel in Africa through media, healthcare, and development.

Soner Tufan

General Manager | Shema Media Group

Soner Tufan was born to a Muslim family in Ankara, Turkey. At age 17, he gave his life to Christ. He has faithfully served the Lord through media, first as a Christian children’s publisher, and now at Shema Media Group.  Being with Shema since 2003, Tufan has seen the ministry grow and expand to reach 15 percent of the population through FM radio, and millions more through internet ministries. Shema’s prayer is to see 20 million Turkish Christians by 2030.


Radio Summit Speakers

Derric Bakker

President | Dickerson, Bakker & Associates LLC

Derric G. Bakker  has worked with dozens of organizations across the United States, Canada, and overseas, helping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for ministry. A recognized expert in fundraising, Bakker has successfully solicited countless major gifts, including some in excess of $10 million. Serving since 2000 as a fundraising consultant— Bakker now serves as president of Dickerson, Bakker & Associates, a 30-member consulting team with offices in Dallas, Texas and Asheville, North Carolina.

Yvonne Carlson

Director of Digital Strategy and UX | Moody Radio

Yvonne Carlson has held leadership positions in multiple industries: advertising, digital media, higher education and global manufacturing. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and serves on the National Religious Broadcasters Internet Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado Christian University and completed graduate work in Information Communications Technology. Carlson is married to Steve, a pastor, and has two children.

Chuck Finney

President | Finney Media

Chuck Finney, president, Finney Media in Dallas, Texas, worked in AC, News/Talk, Sports, Country, and even classical radio prior to joining Salem’s KLTY in Dallas. As program director, he led a successful team that resulted in record audience levels, engaging listeners with a message of hope. For the past 10 years, Finney has led a research and consulting team that works with Christian formatted stations, teaching ministries, hosts and talent. Connect with him at finneymedia.com.

Jon Hull

Senior Director of Education | KSBJ Radio

Having been in Christian music radio since 1974, Jon Hull is a frequent seminar speaker serving on the board of directors for the Gospel Music Association, Christian Music Broadcasters, and National Religious Broadcasters. Jon trains broadcasters in the U.S. and abroad through KSBJ Mentoring and has coached and hosted radio station fundraisers for more than 40 years. He and his wife Karen, have two daughters and four grandchildren. Jon is an Ordained Deacon at Founders Baptist Church in Spring, Texas.

Fred Jacobs

President | Jacobs Media

Founded by Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media provides research and consulting guidance to brands throughout North America, including commercial, public and digital media. Jacobs, a National Radio Hall of Famer, has been credited with the creation and popularization of the Classic Rock format, launched in the early 1980’s. Jacobs Media’s annual Techsurveys continue to provide relevant data to the industry. Additionally, Jacobs’ mobile app company, jācapps (JAKE-apps) is a leader in the mobile media space.

Mark levy

Co-Founder | Revenue Development Resources

Mark Levy  has more than 35 years of experience and expertise in growing organizations’ teams, profits and impact. Levy has been a frequent speaker for organizations such as NAB, RAB, SMTE, International IDEABANK, NABOB and BEA conferences, both in the United States and abroad. Additionally, he trains National Guard Battalions and is a member of the National Speakers Association. He and his wife of 34 years, attorney Holly Levy, co-founded Revenue Development Resources (RDR) in 2011.

Matt McNeilly

Station Manager | WMBI-90.1 FM
Matt McNeilly got his start in Christian radio in 1996 at KYIX in Paradise, California. He did not dream of being on the radio as a child like many of his friends did, but God had this path planned for him. Throughout his career, holding a variety of roles in radio, McNeilly has been blessed to work for amazing organizations like the Calvary Satellite Network, Horizon Broadcast Network, WAY Media (WAY-FM), ReachFM, and Moody Radio.

Paul Virts

Senior Consultant | Advocace Media, LLC

Dr. Paul Virts, Ph.D., is a senior consultant for research with Advocace, a company specializing in major donor consulting and coaching in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he served as senior vice president for media at University of Northwestern as well as the chief operating officer at Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef. Virts has also served as a fundraising consultant and director of media at KMA and as a broadcasting professor at Regent University.


TV / Film Summit Speakers

Evy Baehr Carroll

Host & Director of Creative Content | Movieguide

Evy Baehr Carroll serves as the on-camera host of the Movieguide® television program and acts as Movieguide®’s director of creative content. As the host of the show, she asks probing questions about faith and values to actors, directors and crews of upcoming movies, along with writing articles, reviews, and print interviews for Movieguide.org. Baehr Carroll  has spoken in Moscow, Russia, and has been interviewed by CNN, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, among other media outlets.

Ted Baehr

Founder, Chairman & Publisher | Movieguide

Ted Baehr is the founder and Chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission™ and Publisher of Movieguide, (www.movieguide.org). As an award-winning media authority 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 entertainment. His books include Reel to Real: 45 Movie Devotions for Families and How To Succeed In Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul), among others.

Brian Bird

Screenwriter, Producer

Brian Bird is executive producer and co-creator of the Hallmark Channel original series When Calls the Heart, now in its sixth season, and co-author of the new book, When God Calls the Heart: Devotions from Hope Valley.  In his three decades in Hollywood, he has written or produced two dozen films, including The Case for Christ, Captive and Not Easily Broken, and nearly 300 episodes of such shows as Touched by an Angel, Step by Step, and Evening Shade. He is currently developing three new films, Northern Lights, Bridge to Heaven  and Life After Heaven, The Case for Miracles, along with the television series, Big Sky. His most important productions to date are his 38-year marriage to wife Patty and their five children. He makes his permanent home in Castle Rock, CO.

Greg Bogdan

Chief Operating Officer | Total Living International

Greg Bogdan is the Chief Operating Officer of Total Living International (TLI), a Christian media communications group with several divisions, including Total Living Network and Four:2 Media. Bogdan serves as the Chairman of the NRB TV Standing Committee. Prior to his position with TLI, he was founder and president of Christian Alliance Media Group, Inc., a Christian station representation agency.

Cindy Bond

CEO, Founder | Mission Pictures International

Cindy Bond is a globally recognized leader and pioneer in the faith and family marketplace, working in the distribution, production, sales, marketing and/or finance of over 200 films. As a producer, Bond’s most recent projects include Enchanted Christmas for Hallmark Channel and the feature film I Can Only Imagine starring Dennis Quaid, which released through Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions on March 16, 2018. I Can Only Imagine shattered industry box office predictions to open #3 at the U.S. box office, and the film grossed $83 million in U.S. ticket sales.

Madeline Carroll

Actress/Writer/ Producer & Speaker

Madeline Carroll is an actress, writer, producer, speaker and California native. Carroll began acting when she was “discovered” by talent agent, Wendy Green, when she was three-years-old. She has starred in films such as, Kevin Costner’s Swing Vote, Jim Carrey’s Mr. Poppers Penguins, Gerard Butler’s Machine Gun Preacher, Rob Reiner’s Flipped, and most recently the Erwin Brothers smash hit I Can Only Imagine. Carroll also serves with the Los Angeles Dream Center, feeding LA’s homeless.

Phil Cooke

Founder and CEO | Cooke Media Group

Founder and CEO of Cooke Media Group, Phil Cooke has produced media programming in more than 60 countries. He’s produced many of the most influential Christian television programs in history, and his book The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get it Back challenges Christians to confront the real reasons our faith is losing influence in the culture. He’s been called “one of the most innovative communicators of our generation.”

Matt Crouch

Chairman and President | Trinity Broadcasting Network

Matt Crouch has been involved in nearly every facet of video production since his parents, Paul and Jan Crouch, launched Christian television’s Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 1973. Since 2015, Crouch has served as TBN’s Chairman and President, leading a successful strategy that has expanded TBN’s family of networks to over thirty members worldwide. As a visionary and innovator for creative content, he has also introduced cutting-edge technology and broadcast platforms to extend the impact of faith-and-family television.

DeVon Franklin

President & CEO | Franklin Entertainment

Devon Franklin is an award-winning film and TV producer, best-selling author, renowned preacher, and spiritual success coach. Franklin serves as President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment. He produced the inspirational true story Breakthrough (Easter 2019) starring Chrissy Metz, along with The Star and Miracles from Heaven. Franklin is the author of The Truth About Men (February 2019), The Hollywood Commandments, New York Times best-seller The Wait (co-written with his wife, actress Meagan Good) and Produced By Faith.

Jerilyn Esquibel

Executive Vice President of Creative Development | Kingdom

Jerilyn Esquibel began her career as a production coordinator and production manager on commercials, music videos and hit feature films like I Can Only Imagine and Woodlawn. She has since produced television movies and theatrical documentaries like Coffee Shop and Steve McQueen: American Icon. Currently, she serves as a feature film producer and executive vice president of creative development at Kingdom, a new production company whose goal is to produce high-quality, faith-based films and television series in partnership with Lionsgate.

Issac Hernandez

Vice President, Parables TV

Isaac Hernandez has over 40 years of experience in the industry, which includes directing and producing hundreds of television shows for the Trinity Broadcasting Network, where he served as a programming executive. As vice president of Parables TV, Hernandez is responsible for the acquisition and scheduling of Christian movies. Additionally, he is launching his own show Faith On Film, which is sponsored by Parables, and it will be seen on various platforms and networks, worldwide.

Beverly Holloway

Casting Director and Producer | Beverly Holloway Casting

A proud member of The Casting Society of America, Beverly Holloway, CSA, has been a casting director for almost 25 years. Recent credits include the hit indie film of 2018, I Can Only Imagine, starring Dennis Quaid. Throughout her career, Holloway has cast many talented actors including Jim Caviezel, Matt Dillon, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Brian Dennehy, Tim Conway and Don Knotts.

Alex Kendrick

Writer, Director, Actor | Kendrick Brothers Productions

Alex Kendrick has dedicated his life to following Jesus Christ and making His truth and love known among the nations. After serving in church ministry for 20 years, he now writes, speaks, and produces Christian films with his brothers, Stephen and Shannon. Alex directed the movies Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants and co-wrote the NY Times Bestselling books: The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battle Plan for Prayer. He has been interviewed by FOX and FRIENDS, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and serves on the boards of the Fatherhood CoMission and the Christian Film foundation. He and his wife, Christina, live in Albany, Georgia with their six children and are active members at Sherwood church.

Erwin McManus

Lead Pastor | Mosaic

Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast, artist, and cultural thought leader known for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is the founder of Mosiac, a church movement started in the heart of Hollywood with campuses across Los Angeles, Orange County, and Mexico City and a global community that spans the across the world. Selling more than a million copies worldwide, McManus is the acclaimed author of The Way of the Warrior, The Last Arrow, The Artisan Soul, Soul Cravings, and The Barbarian Way.

Tom Newman

Head of Content and Development | TBN

Tom Newman, currently the Head of Content and Development for TBN, is launching a comprehensive rebranding strategy, including new programming with the Hillsong Channel, Mike Huckabee, and Mike Rowe. As an award-winning producer, Newman’s work has been featured around the world in movie theaters, live stages, and on numerous television networks such as ABC Family, TBN, and LifeTime. His feature film credits include End of the Spear, Home Run, and The Christmas Candle.

Ray Nutt

Chief Executive Officer | Fathom Events

Ray Nutt is Chief Executive Officer of Fathom Events, the recognized leader in the event cinema industry and one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. He brings more than three decades of experience in the entertainment business at Regal Entertainment Group and United Artists Entertainment to his role as CEO of Fathom Events.

Shari Rigby

Actress & Director | The Women In My World

Actress, director, writer, and speaker, Shari Rigby’s projects include The Church That Never Sleeps, Dream Center, and Pursuing the Passion, for the re-released Passion of the Christ. Roles include October Baby, Wildflower, The Least of These, Extraordinary and 2019’s Overcomer. Rigby founded “The Women In My World,” focusing on identity, purpose and mentoring.

Suzy Sammons

Chief Executive Officer | Dove.org

Suzy Sammons is the Chief Marketing Officer for Giving Company, leading the portfolio of brands including iDisciple, Family Christian, Christian Cinema and dove.org. Her background is in major agency strategic and creative brand management, serving over 20 years at TBWA&92;Chiat&92;Day, 180LA and BBDO. In 2017, she accepted the role of CEO at The Dove Foundation, invigorating the brand. Dove merged to help form Giving Company, A Global Faith and Family Media Network in 2018.

Jamey Schmitz

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

Dr. Jamey Schmitz is the Founder of RadiantTV, an uplifting program that combines Bible verses, 4K footage from U.S. National Parks, and inspiring Christian hymns. Since launching on Easter Sunday of 2017 on WLMB-TV 40 Toledo – where Dr. Schmitz is also the President & CEO – RadiantTV episodes are now viewed on 170 U.S. TV stations. RadiantTV’s mission is to help people worship the Lord through Scripture, Scenery, and Song.

Priscilla Shirer

Bible Teacher & Author | Going Beyond Ministries

Priscilla Shirer is a wife and mom first, but put a Bible in her hand and a message in her heart, and you’ll see why thousands meet God in powerful, personal ways at her conferences and through her books and Bible studies. She and her husband, Jerry, lead Going Beyond Ministries. Between writing and studying, you’ll find Priscilla at home cleaning up after (and trying to satisfy the appetites of) her three rapidly growing boys.

Jackelyn Viera Iloff

Author, Speaker, Senior Advisor | Joel Osteen Ministries

Jackelyn Viera Iloff is a senior advisor at Joel Osteen Ministries and Lakewood Church. She is a speaker and the author of What If You Could…Find Faith in the Face of Fear.  Viera Iloff, an ordained minister, has worked as a consultant and producer on numerous projects in the entertainment industry, including the 2018 film Walking With Herb, the History Channel’s The Jesus I Knew, and the 2016 Houston Ben-Hur film premiere event.


Church Media 101 Industry Session Speakers

John Carley

President | Trinet Internet Solutions

John Carley serves as President and Technical Director of Trinet Internet Solutions, Inc., a state-of-the-art company that develops websites, audio/video streaming and Internet broadcasts, and offers strategic Internet consulting services. He is personally committed to providing strategic Internet solutions for businesses and ministries, helping them use the various functions to communicate the gospel.

Dave Kalahar

Director of Media & Broadcasting | Valley Baptist Church – Today’s Walk

Dave Kalahar is blessed to lead a team of creative and technical folks who take care of Valley Baptist media needs. Originally from Chicago, he enjoys his family and many interests including baseball. Go Dodgers – Go Cubs. Kalahar has been a radio personality, music director, and a program director. He’s a certified broadcast engineer. He also serves as commander for the local squadron of the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

Chad Williams

CEO | Five Q

Chad Williams, CEO of Five Q, has been involved in with the Internet since 1995. His passion is to deliver results. His company provides a full suite of web development and interactive marketing services for dozens of ministry and non-profit organizations, including Revive Our Hearts, Voice of the Martyrs, Ligonier Ministries, Joni & Friends, Awana, My Fathers World, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Got Questions Ministries, Life Action Ministries, and The Bowery Mission, among many others.

Josh Weiss

Head of Technology | Valley Baptist Church

Joshua D. Weiss (@joshuadweiss) has nearly 20 years of experience in broadcast television, production, and church ministries. He serves as chief marketing officer for ARK Mediacom, and is general manager of IBN Television. He is producer of CrossTalk International, Today With God and Wize Flix. He serves as associate pastor at Abundant Life AG in Grand Prairie, Texas, where he and his wife, Nancy, lead worship and are responsible for media. Weiss also teaches Church Media at Southwestern Assemblies of God University.


Film 101 Industry Session Speakers

Ted Baehr

Founder, Chairman & Publisher | Movieguide

Ted Baehr is the founder and Chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission™ and Publisher of Movieguide, (www.movieguide.org). As an award-winning media authority 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 entertainment. His books include Reel to Real: 45 Movie Devotions for Families and How To Succeed In Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul), among others.

Greg Bogdan

Chief Operating Officer | Total Living International

Greg Bogdan is the Chief Operating Officer of Total Living International (TLI), a Christian media communications group with several divisions, including Total Living Network and Four:2 Media. Bogdan serves as the Chairman of the NRB TV Standing Committee. Prior to his position with TLI, he was founder and president of Christian Alliance Media Group, Inc., a Christian station representation agency.

Joel Breton

Vice President of Virtual Reality Content & General Manager of Vive Studios | HTC VIVE

Joel Breton is vice president of virtual reality content and GM of Vive Studios at HTC Vive. He and his team are working with worldwide content creators to develop a robust portfolio across all categories of VR, including games, education, cinematic, live-events, v-sports, music, shopping, and entertainment. Breton has produced more than twenty platinum-selling videogames and has launched games on thirty commercial platforms from the Sega Genesis to HTC Vive. Recently, he wrapped production on 7 Miracles, which is the world’s first feature length VR film.

Catherine Clinch

Writer/Producer | 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 flextime “placeholder job” was Associate Publisher of Creative Screenwriting Magazine and the Co-Organizer of Screenwriting Expo 1-5. She has been awarded three US Patents for inventing a new mobile entertainment platform for professionally created content. Recently, Clinch wrote a comic book [with a completely new Intellectual Property concept] for Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.

Jared Geesey

Vice President | ChristianCinema.com

Jared Geesey is the general manager of Christian Cinema. Leading at the intersection of technology, entertainment, and ministry has been his mission for 20 years.  He recently led the company to develop and launch the first digital streaming platform exclusively for the Christian market with an app ecosystem spanning from mobile to OTT streaming devices to powering major online retailers, as well as launching a white labeled streaming platform in South Africa in 2018.

Ash Greyson

Founder & CEO | Ribbow Media Group

Ash Greyson, Founder and CEO, Ribbow Media Group, is a leader in digital technology and media. With more than 20 years of multimedia experience, Greyson is an innovator, a change-maker and expert in helping companies transition to the digital universe. His clients include Kingdom Films, TBN, UP Faith and Family, PureFlix, major studios in Hollywood, and countless others. Greyson resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Mindy, and their seven children.

Rob Hudnut

Founder | Rob Hudnut Productions

Rob Hudnut is one of the most prolific and successful storytellers in children’s entertainment.  His movies, series and specials have inspired billions of hours of viewing and over $15 billion in entertainment and consumer product sales.  Before starting Rob Hudnut Productions a year ago to create faith-based content, Rob served for nineteen years as Executive Producer for Mattel’s entertainment division.  During that time, Rob created award-winning entertainment for Barbie, Hot Wheels, American Girl, Fisher-Price, DC Superhero Girls and many other brands.

Paul Lauer

Founder & CEO, Motive Entertainment

Paul Lauer is the founder of Motive Entertainment, a marketing agency that led the campaign for Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, for which Lauer was named a “Top 50 Marketer of the Year” by Ad Age Magazine. Lauer has also led successful campaigns for Narnia, Polar Express, The Bible, Heaven is for Real, Son of God, The Shack and many other moviesas well as three books that have reached No. 1 best-seller status.

DJ Soto

Lead Pastor | Virtual Reality Church

D.J. Soto began preaching in the world of virtual reality in 2016. He is now the lead pastor of Virtual Reality Church, the first church to exist entirely in virtual reality. VR Church is intended to be radically inclusive and consistent with Christianity’s long history of adapting to new forms of technology. Soto is also the founder of Sonata 7 Studios, a film and virtual reality company that creates video products and performs production work

Gary Zelasko

Producer | American Icon Films,Director of Marketing Development | Harvest: Greg Laurie

Gary Zelasko has extensive experience in advertising agency client research, television sales management, entrepreneurship and strategic partnerships in ministry. He serves as the director of marketing development at Greg Laurie’s Harvest Ministries and teaches film marketing as an Adjunct Professor at California Baptist University. Steve McQueen: American Icon, his most recent effort as a film producer, was produced with the Erwin Brothers (I Can Only Imagine) and debuted as a thousand-screen Fathom Event in 2017.



Radio 101 Industry Session Speakers

Jennifer Epperson

Director of Research and Learning | Moody Radio

Helping others in Christian media reach their potential is Jennifer Hayden Epperson’s passion. Currently, she serves on NRB’s Radio Committee and is Moody Radio’s Director of Research and Learning. Previously, she was a Station Manager with Moody Radio and Blount Communications. Jennifer has worked and taught in international contexts with Moody Radio’s Global Partners Training program and spent five years as the Executive Producer of TWR’s Women of Hope. In 2012, she completed a doctorate in organizational leadership with a minor in human resource development. She has taught leadership and radio courses on both undergraduate and graduate levels. Jennifer enjoys her pugs, playing the flute, and speaking French.

Chuck Finney

President | Finney Media

Chuck Finney, president, Finney Media in Dallas, Texas, worked in AC, News/Talk, Sports, Country, and even classical radio prior to joining Salem’s KLTY in Dallas. As program director, he led a successful team that resulted in record audience levels, engaging listeners with a message of hope. For the past 10 years, Finney has led a research and consulting team that works with Christian formatted stations, teaching ministries, hosts and talent. Connect with him at finneymedia.com.

Jon Hull

Senior Director of Education | KSBJ Radio

Having been in Christian music radio since 1974, Jon Hull is a frequent seminar speaker serving on the board of directors for the Gospel Music Association, Christian Music Broadcasters, and National Religious Broadcasters. Jon trains broadcasters in the U.S. and abroad through KSBJ Mentoring and has coached and hosted radio station fundraisers for more than 40 years. He and his wife Karen, have two daughters and four grandchildren. Jon is an Ordained Deacon at Founders Baptist Church in Spring, Texas.

Michael Shelley

General Manager | NewLife FM

Michael Shelley has been in Christian radio for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as General Manager of 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.


TV 101 Industry Session Speakers

Greg Bogdan

Chief Operating Officer | Total Living International

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 serves as the Chairman of the NRB TV Standing Committee. 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.

Warren Marcus

Vice President of TV Media, Messianic Vision, Inc. | & It’s Supernatural

Warren M. Marcus, a Messianic Jewish believer, serves as vice president of TV media and fundraising at Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural TV & Messianic Vision, Inc. Marcus has worked on Madison Avenue as an award-winning writer, producer, film director/cinematographer and motion picture editor. Previously, he worked for The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), where he produced and directed the highest-rated religious television special of all time with over 16 million viewers, Don’t Ask Me, Ask God.

Steve Newton

President & CEO | Newton Media

Steve Newton has over 30 years’ experience in media planning and buying, direct response television and faith-based media. He is an entrepreneurial leader and creator of many successful media ventures. Prior to starting Newton Media in 1995, he served as director of syndication at the Christian Broadcasting Network; account executive and senior media buyer at Goldberg-Marchesano advertising agency in Washington, DC; COO/Partner of Features International, and on-air news reporter at KTSM TV, an NBC station.

Tore Stautland

Founder and CEO | The Trillennium Media Group Inc

Wiley Stinnett

Senior Vice President for Strategic Insights | Douglas Shaw and Associates

Wiley Stinnett’s 35 years of successful direct-response fundraising experience provides the clients of Douglas Shaw and Associates with a wealth of proven strategic insights. Now in his 12th year with Douglas Shaw & Associates, Stinnett previously served as director of marketing with RBC Ministries, and also served as director of marketing at Coral Ridge Ministries with Dr. D. James Kennedy.

Aubry Winfrey

Media buyer | Newton Media

For more than 20 years, Aubry Winfrey has purchased and planned media for a wide variety of companies and organizations, including Universal Studios, Atlas Van Lines and Disney. Winfrey holds an MBA, and has written for and consulted on several corporate history books and DRTV industry newsletters. She specializes in working with clients and their key vendors to plan and execute national, international and Spanish campaigns.

David Wollen

Vice President, Client Service, Host, ANCHOR Today | Douglas Shaw & Associates

With more than 13 years of experience in fundraising and broadcast media, David Wollen has a proven track record for helping ministries grow. He is passionate about coming alongside leaders to help their organizations reach their full potential. Wollen also writes and hosts the short radio feature ANCHOR Today, which is widely syndicated through Haven Ministries in the United States and Canada.


FCC Session Speakers

Karyn Ablin

Member | Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C.

Karyn Ablin, a member of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C., focuses in music licensing and intellectual property matters.  She has over 20 years of experience litigating music licensing and other copyright issues before Copyright Royalty Judges, ASCAP Rate Court, and the federal courts. Ablin represented the National Association of Broadcasters and National Religious Broadcasters Noncommercial Music License Committee in the webcasting proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Judges to set sound recording performance rates for 2016-2020.

Joe Chautin

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

Joseph Chautin is managing partner of Hardy, Carey, Chautin & Balkin, LLP, a law firm advising hundreds of commercial and non-commercial broadcasters located in 43 states on all aspects of station operations, including FCC regulatory compliance, tower 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 serving as co-counsel.

David Oxenford

Partner | Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

David Oxenford is a partner at the law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. He has represented broadcasters for more than 35 years on regulatory, transactional, and copyright issues. He also represents a number of state broadcast associations and the National Association of Media Brokers. Oxenford is a regular speaker at industry conferences and the principal writer of the Broadcast Law Blog, which covers legal issues of importance to media companies.



Musical Artists

For All Seasons

Artists, Musicians

Joni Eareckson Tada

Author, radio host, founder & CEO | Joni & Friends International Disability Center

Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community. Eareckson Tada is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story and When God Weeps. Eareckson Tada and her husband, Ken, reside in Calabasas, California.

Anthony Evans

CEO | Anthony Evans Entertainment

Anthony Evans has emerged as one of Christian music’s premiere male vocalists, songwriters, and worship leaders. His time in Los Angeles with NBC’s hit show The Voice led him to think more progressively about his music–without compromising his faith and message. Evans has released eight solo projects, multiple music videos, and authored his first book, Unexpected Places, along with inspirational literary collaborations with beloved pastor and international speaker Dr. Tony Evans and author and speaker Priscilla Shirer.

Parable

Artists, Musicians

“An earthly story with a heavenly meaning” is a parable. In 1974, the band Parable were pioneers, inspiring Christians of all ages. Today, they are still walking with the Lord. Chuck Butler and John and Lisa Wickham passed on their musical passion to their children. Chad Butler, the drummer of Switchfoot, and Phil and Evan Wickham continue the gospel message in their songs. The spirit of legacy is launched opening night with Parable performing live.