Convention Speakers

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.

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.

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.

Church Media Summit Speakers

Philip Gauthier

Project Manager at 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.

Film & Entertainment Speakers

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

Writer, Producer & Consultant

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

Radio Summit Speakers

Chuck Finney

President, Finney Media

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

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

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

Fred Jacobs

President of Jacobs Media

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

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

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

Musical Artists


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

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

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