Speakers


Convention Speakers

David and Jason Benham     

Benham Companies

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.

Joel C. Rosenberg

New York Times Best Selling Author

Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 3 million copies sold. He has been interviewed on top national and religious radio and TV shows. Joel has spoken to many audiences and met with religious and government leaders all across North America and around the world. He has addressed audiences at the White House, Pentagon, Congress, Canadian Parliament and the European Union Parliament. He is the Founder and Chairman of The Joshua Fund, a charitable organization to bless Israel and her neighbors.

Kay Arthur

Co-Founder | Precept Ministries International

Kay Arthur and her husband, Jack, founded Precept Ministries International in 1970. It has become a worldwide outreach to men, women, and children with Inductive Bible Study training and classes in nearly 185 countries and 70 languages. Kay has written 100+ books and Bible studies, four of which received the Gold Medallion Award. More than 90 million people have been touched through Kay’s teaching programs, “Precepts for Life” and “Precepts from God’s Word,” which have been aired on nearly 1,000 radio and television stations worldwide. Kay received the National Religious Broadcasters Best Television Teaching Program award in 2004 and 2009 for the half-hour program “Precepts For Life.”She was inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2011. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tennessee Temple University.

Hugh Hewitt

Author, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host | Salem Radio

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 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.

Dr. David Jeremiah

Senior Pastor | Shadow Mountain Community Church, El Cajon, CA, Founder, CEO | Turning Point Ministries

Dr. David Jeremiah is the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. Messages preached in the pulpit at Shadow Mountain form the basis of Turning Point, his international radio and television ministries. Dr. Jeremiah has authored many books and is a sought-after speaker because of his commitment to the truth of the Bible and his special ability to help people understand how to apply biblical principles to everyday living.

Eric Metaxas

Author, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host | Salem Radio

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.

Luis Palau

Evangelist

Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with tens of millions of people through evangelistic events and media over the past five decades. He has spoken in 75 countries with more than one million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world.

This year, Palau celebrates 65 years of Christian broadcasting, having started in 1952 at the age of 18 with a seven-minute daily radio program at a local radio station in Argentina. Today, in addition to Palau’s radio outreach, his evangelistic festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His ministry also includes an alliance of evangelists called Next Generation Alliance (NGA) that allows partner evangelists to collaborate, draw guidance and resources from Palau’s vast experience, and become equipped to reach the world for Christ. More than 650 evangelists are currently involved in NGA.

Dennis Prager

Radio Talk Show Host | Salem Radio

Dennis Prager is one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts. He has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon PT from his home station, KRLA. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he’s appeared on Fox and Friends, Red Eye, Hardball, Hannity, CBS Evening News, The Today Show, and many others.

In 2011, Prager co-founded with Allen Estrin, Prager University, an institution of higher learning on the internet with a unique difference: all the courses are five minutes long. The courses distill the best ideas of the best minds in the world and cover the disciplines of Political Science, History, Philosophy/Religion, Economics, and Psychology.

Dr. Billy Kim

Chairman | Far East Broadcasting Company, Korea

Dr. Billy (Jang Hwan) Kim is a pastor, evangelist, and broadcaster who has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world to thousands of people in all walks of life.

He currently serves as Pastor Emeritus of the 15,000-member Central Baptist Church in Suwon, South Korea, where he has served 45 years as pastor. He is also the Chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea, directing this network of 11 radio stations, of which two are high-powered AM transmitters sending the Gospel to China, Russia, Japan, and throughout Korea. In addition, he is the author of several books on Christian living, which are all published in Korean.

In 1992, Dr. Kim received South Korea’s highest civilian award for radio broadcasting and media ministries from former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo. The citation recognized his efforts for improving Korea’s relationship with China and Russia.

In 2000, Dr. Kim was elected to serve a five-year term as President of the Baptist World Alliance.


Musical Artists

Mercy Me

Artists, Singers, Songwriters

Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY®-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 28 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits.

Their radio success has continued with recent singles “Flawless” (No. 1 for 15 weeks) and “Greater” (No. 1 for 16 weeks), landing them the Top Christian Airplay Artist spot on Billboard’s 2015 Year End charts.

Fernando Ortega

Artist, Singer, Songwriter

One of Christian music’s most respected composers, Fernando Ortega has three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and a Billboard Latin Music Award to his credit, while Ortega’s Christian radio hits include “This Good Day,” “Jesus, King of Angels,” and “Sleepless Night.” Renowned for his stirring arrangements of beloved hymns — “Give Me Jesus” and “Be Thou My Vision,” among others — Ortega’s solo discography features 18 projects in a heralded career spanning more than 25 years. Last month, Ortega released The Crucifixion of Jesus, his first project in six years, which brings together 11 contemplative songs and six readings. His works encompass modern hymns, liturgical songs, and inspirational and praise/worship favorites.

Michael W. Smith

Singer, Songwriter

An acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician, Michael W. Smith has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 32 No. 1 songs, and earned three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and more than 40 Dove Awards. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), Smith, along with Amy Grant, was honored as “a cornerstone of Christian music” for his groundbreaking career and significant influence on the genre.

Korea Children’s Choir

The Children’s Choir was organized as a ministry of the Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea. The Choir members are selected through a rigorous audition process. The children, ranging in ages from seven to thirteen, receive training from a voice trainer, choreographer and conductor. A variety of concerts are performed throughout the year at churches, cultural centers, theme parks, schools, and universities both in Korea and the United States. Cheerful adaptations, warm smiles and thorough professionalism characterize the performances. Colorful costumes and traditional Korean dance add to the excitement and pageantry of the concerts.

FEBC-Korea is pleased to offer concerts free from required fees or honorariums. All love offerings support the ministry of FEBC in Korea. The children’s families provide for their international air travel expenses. However, assistance with the children’s housing and local transportation is always appreciated. Choir members often stay in the homes of host church families, which add to the cross-cultural ministry impact.


Special Israel Session Speakers

Kay Arthur

Co-Founder | Precept Ministries International

Kay Arthur and her husband, Jack, founded Precept Ministries International in 1970. It has become a worldwide outreach to men, women, and children with Inductive Bible Study training and classes in nearly 185 countries and 70 languages. Kay has written 100+ books and Bible studies, four of which received the Gold Medallion Award. More than 90 million people have been touched through Kay’s teaching programs, “Precepts for Life” and “Precepts from God’s Word,” which have been aired on nearly 1,000 radio and television stations worldwide. Kay received the National Religious Broadcasters Best Television Teaching Program award in 2004 and 2009 for the half-hour program “Precepts For Life.”She was inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2011. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tennessee Temple University.

Dr. David Jeremiah

Senior Pastor | Shadow Mountain Community Church, El Cajon, CA, Founder, CEO | Turning Point Ministries

Dr. David Jeremiah is the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. Messages preached in the pulpit at Shadow Mountain form the basis of Turning Point, his international radio and television ministries. Dr. Jeremiah has authored many books and is a sought-after speaker because of his commitment to the truth of the Bible and his special ability to help people understand how to apply biblical principles to everyday living.

Susanna Kokkonen

Director, Christian Friends of Yad Vashem

Bio Here

Luna Fuss-Kaufman

Holocaust Survivor

Bio Here

Michael W. Smith

Singer, Songwriter

An acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician, Michael W. Smith has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 32 No. 1 songs, and earned three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and more than 40 Dove Awards. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), Smith, along with Amy Grant, was honored as “a cornerstone of Christian music” for his groundbreaking career and significant influence on the genre.









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