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.

Greg Laurie

Senior Pastor | Harvest Christian Fellowship

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.

Rick Warren

Pastor | Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

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.

Mike Lindell

Inventor, CEO| MyPillow

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.


Musical Artists

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

Manager of Interactive Media | Northwestern Media

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

President | Family Research Council

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

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.


TV / Film Super Session Speakers

Alex Kendrick

Writer, Director, Actor, Author | Kendrick Brothers

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

Carl Bliss

Manager of Interactive Media | Northwestern Media

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.



Great Commission Summit Speakers (International)

Arnold-Enns

Chief Executive Director | COICOM

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

Paul Virts

Consultant | Advocace Media, LLC

Dr. Paul Virts is a consultant for Advocace Media, LLC. From 2002 to 2015, he was the Senior Vice President for Media at the University of Northwestern, overseeing Northwestern’s 15 radio stations and one satellite radio network, with a staff of 90 employees and an annual budget of $18 million. Prior to joining Northwestern’s radio network, Virts served for four years as the Chief Operating Officer of Leading the Way with Dr. Michael Youssef. Before that, he was the Director of Media at the KMA agency in Dallas, TX. Virts served as a Vice President for Development at The King’s College (New York), Director of Client Services and Manager of Corporate Research at Christian Broadcasting Network (Virginia), and Professor of Broadcasting at Regent University (Virginia). He also spent two years as a researcher, administrator, and consultant with Daystar Communications, Nairobi, Kenya.


TV / Film Summit Speakers

Phil Cooke

Co-Founder & President | 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.



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