David and Jason Benham
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.
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in California and Hawaii. Laurie has authored over 70 books, including Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, Tell Someone, Hope for Hurting Hearts, and his autobiography, Lost Boy. Host of the nationally syndicated radio program A New Beginning and television program GregLaurie.tv, Laurie is also the founder and featured speaker for Harvest Crusades and Harvest America—large-scale evangelistic outreaches. The 2018 Harvest America event will take place on June 10, emanating nationwide from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Dr. Richard Warren is a global strategist, philanthropist, pastor, and author. His influential book, The Purpose Driven Life has sold more than 35 million copies, and is published in more than 50 languages.
In 1980, Dr. Warren founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Today, it may be America’s most influential congregation with more than 100,000 names on the church roll, a 120-acre campus, and more than 500 ministries.
He has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Wood Economic Forum in Davos, the United Nations, the Global Health Summit, the Aspen Ideas Institute, TED, and numerous world congresses. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell is a successful entrepreneur. After being fired from his job at a grocery store, Lindell pursued an entrepreneurial path by starting his own carpet cleaning company, which he expanded into a larger business. After that, he went on to run lunch wagons, nightclubs, and small-town bars. In 2004, Lindell had a dream about a pillow, which prompted him to invest all his time and resources into developing the world’s most comfortable pillow.
As Lindell struggled to grow his burgeoning pillow enterprise, he also battled with drug addictions. But those addictions came to an end in January 2009 after he prayed and asked God to take away his desire for drugs, promising in return that he would do whatever He wanted him to do. Lindell has been sober ever since that day.
And since then, Lindell has seen amazing success. MyPillow is now a thriving near-billion-dollar company that manufactures and sells more than 75,000 MyPillow products every day, has a workforce of 1,500, and has sold more than 25 million pillows worldwide. More importantly, Lindell made good on his promise to God, donating to several groups, including Teen Challenge, The Wounded Warriors, and the Salvation Army. He also formed The Lindell Foundation, which provides worldwide aid to the poor through a unique approach to loving and giving.
In addition, Lindell has turned his attentions to producing Christian-themed films, co-founding LIGHTBEAMedia with actor Stephen Baldwin. Lindell and Baldwin are currently working on a movie called Youth Group, which will soon be released.
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.
Digital Media Super Session Speakers
Carl Bliss serves as Manager of Interactive Media for Northwestern Media. Carl has worked with Northwestern since 1998, and has helped guide the radio network through digital media growth. Carl and his wife, Katie, are raising three girls near Stillwater, MN. Carl and his family are actively involved at Hope Church in Oakdale, MN, where he has served on the Elder board, and leads a highly energetic group of K-5th graders on Wednesday nights. Carl holds a Master of Organizational Leadership degree from the University of Northwestern.
Public Policy Super Session Speakers
Tony Perkins is president of Family Research Council, Washington D.C.’s largest Christian organization fighting for life, religious liberty, and economic freedom for families.
Radio Super Session Speakers
Jennifer Hayden Epperson
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.
TV / Film Super Session Speakers
Alex Kendrick has dedicated his life to serving Jesus Christ and making His truth and love know among the nations through movies, books, speaking, and prayer. Alex and his brothers, Stephen and Shannon, operate Kendrick Brothers Productions. In 2002, Alex founded Sherwood Pictures with the blessing of his church’s senior pastor, Michael Catt, and with his brother Stephen began production on their first movie, Flywheel. After an overwhelming response, he partnered with his brother once again to write and produce Facing The Giants. Most recently, in 2014, Alex co-wrote the screenplay for War Room with Stephen. The film was released theatrically in August of 2015 and became the #1 movie at the box office. It was subsequently released in 20 other countries in theaters. To date, Alex has received over 30 awards for his work. His other acting credits include the films The Lost Medallion (2013) and Mom’s Night Out (2014). Alex and Stephen are serving as Executive Producer of the new 2018 FamilyLife project, Like Arrows. Alex and Stephen have also co-authored multiple bestselling books. Their latest book titled The Battle Plan for Prayer, made the New York Times bestsellers list.
Digital Media Summit Speakers
Lisa Anderson is Focus on the Family’s Director of Young Adults, and the manager of Boundless, Focus’ ministry for helping 20- and 30-somethings, own their faith, date with purpose and prepare for marriage. She hosts The Boundless Show, a national radio program and weekly podcast, where she leads discussions on timely issues and interviews authors, artists, and other newsmakers.
Nona Jones leads Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook and is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on digital discipleship. She has held executive roles across sectors and was licensed into the gospel ministry at the age of 17. She has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “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, a unique leadership development initiative led by President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. She and her husband pastor Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, Florida.
Rob Kirkpatrick is the Executive Producer of the “Focus on the Family Broadcast.” Since joining Focus in 1987, Rob has been instrumental in helping set the standard of excellence in Focus’ audio programming which is now heard by over 6 million people each week.
In 2008, “Focus on the Family” was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. Focus on the Family has been in the podcast realm since 2006 featuring custom and repurposed programming that has been well-received by an ever-growing digital audience.
Greg Outlaw co-founded AllAboutGOD.com in 2002. It has become the most cost-effective online evangelistic outreach in the world. Historically, at least 1 person has indicated a decision for Jesus and the gospel has been presented over 100 times for every $1 they spent. Greg has been a practitioner SEO expert since 199S and spoken at NRB, CLA, Internet Evangelism Coalition, and Liberty University. Greg has consulted for Compassion.com, FocusOnTheFamily.com, Biblica.com, GotQuestions.org and many others.
Nick is a nonprofit leader and entrepreneur who has enjoyed a career leveraging marketing technology to advance the organizations of which he has been a part. Currently Nick is the Executive Director for CV North America, leading a team that is using social media and marketing technology to connect people to the local church through CV Outreach. Nick is also the owner and President of Media Tractor, a digital agency serving businesses building models for growth. Nick is the co-host of Social Media Church Podcast which was recently listed as the #1 Religious Podcast by iTunes. Follow Nick on Twitter @runyonski or on Instagram @nicholasrunyon
Rob Walch was inducted into the Podcasting Hall of Fame in 2016 and is the VP of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn (LSYN) He is Co-Author of the book “Tricks of the Podcasting Masters” – Que 2006, an editors pick Top10 Reference book for 2006 by Amazon. Rob started podcasting in 2004 as host of the podCast411 podcast. He has consulted on podcasting for Jack Welch, eBay and Dr. Mark Hyman to name just a few.
Great Commission Summit Speakers (International)
Arnold Enns is executive director of COICOM, Confederation of Communicators, Pastors and Christian Leaders, which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary. He has a couple of degrees in Theology and Business Administration and a Masters in Communication. COICOM is a movement that represents thousands of Christian communicators and leaders, networking with over 10,000 active leaders throughout the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to the busy annual congress, Arnold Enns is married with two children and currently lives in Paraguay.
Radio Summit Speakers
Chuck Finney can’t remember a time in his life when radio wasn’t playing either in his head or on a nearby device. His dad was in radio in Cincinnati, so he began loving the whole enterprise as a little kid. Right out of college, he led a station team that began doing radio research.
He 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 where, as Program Director, he led a team that brought the station to record audience levels where listeners were engaged with a message of hope. More recently, the last ten years, Chuck has been leading a team that works with Christian formatted stations, teaching ministries, hosts and talent—all directed to helping ministries deepen relationships with viewers and listeners via research and consulting.
For Chuck, media is not a job—it’s part of who he is. See more about Chuck at finneymedia.com.
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.
Jacobs Media celebrated its 36th anniversary this year, providing research and consulting guidance to brands throughout North America, including commercial, public, and digital media.
Fred has been credited with the creation and popularization of the Classic Rock format, launched in the early ‘80s, and going strong today.
Jacobs Media’s annual Techsurveys have been widely quoted inside radio – and out – providing fresh data about the “connected car,” smart speakers, podcasting, and other key challenges and opportunities facing radio.
Fred’s mobile app company, jācapps (JAKE-apps), has been at the forefront of connecting radio with the mobile revolution. Since 2008, the company has developed more than 1,200 apps that have generated more than 25 million downloads.
Fred was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005. He received the prestigious Rockwell award from the Conclave in 2012, Radio Ink’s Luminary Award in 2011, and an Outstanding Alumni Award from Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts that same year. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2018.
Mark Levy has 35+ years of experience and expertise in growing organizations’ teams, profits and impact. Mark has been a frequent speaker for the NAB, RAB, SMTE, International IDEABANK, NABOB, BEA conferences, dozens of state broadcast organizations, and internationally in Barbados, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Guatemala, South Africa, and Trinidad. In addition, Mark trains National Guard Battalions looking to multiply their recruitment numbers and is a member of the National Speakers Association.
Mark and his wife of 34 years, Atty. Holly Levy, co-founded and have operated RDR since 2011. An avid musician, he has also been a percussionist in the Gateway Church Worship Team in Dallas since 2003.
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 broadcast ministry in Atlanta, Georgia for four years. Earlier, he also served as a fundraising consultant and Director of Media at the KMA agency in Dallas, Texas and a broadcasting professor at Regent University.
TV / Film Summit Speakers
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.