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With insights from world-renowned ministry innovators, pastors, and authors, NCF givers like you will join the conversation by sharing their unique perspectives. New speakers are being added weekly. 


Keynote speakers

 


Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.

Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books, including Courageous, Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home.

Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading. Learn more at epm.org.

 

 

David Platt

David Platt, President of the International Mission Board and founder of Radical, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around  the world.

A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL.

David has written several books, Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and most recently Counter Culture. He also has a radio program on Moody Radio, Radical with David Platt, that can be heard around the world and features past sermons and teaching from David’s ministry. David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah. Learn more at radical.net.

 
 

 

Chuck Swindoll

Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the accurate, practical teaching and application of God’s Word and His grace. A pastor at heart, Chuck has served as senior pastor to congregations in Texas, Massachusetts, and California. Since 1998, he has served as the founder and senior pastor-teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, but Chuck’s listening audience extends far beyond a local church body.

As a leading program in Christian broadcasting since 1979, Insight for Living airs in major Christian radio markets around the world, reaching people groups in languages they can understand. Chuck’s extensive writing ministry has also served the body of Christ worldwide and his leadership as president and now chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary has helped prepare and equip a new generation for ministry. Chuck and Cynthia, his partner in life and ministry, have four grown children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Learn more at insight.org.

 

Additional speakers and guests


 

Katherine Barnhart

Katherine Barnhart, the daughter of the Most High, wife of Alan, the mother of Nicholas, Nathan, Janie, Kepler, Marah and Noah is a servant catalyst who loves God and lives intentionally. She received a B.A. in Finance and an M.A. in English from Memphis State University. Katherine co –founded and gives leadership to The GROVE Group, a Kingdom resource.

She has given board leadership to several local and international boards and movements including The GROVE Group, Memphis Leadership Foundation, ETEN, Issachar, The Jesus Film, IVCF and World Relief. Her interest in missions and the fulfillment of the Great Commission has taken her all over the world for creative partnerships in this urgent endeavor. Katherine knows how to pack light ... for trips and for life.



 

Stephan Bauman

Stephan is the President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization that serves more five million vulnerable people each year through more than 100,000 church-based volunteers. Stephan’s pursuit of justice led him to transition from a successful career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he directed relief and development programs for nearly a decade before returning to the United States to lead World Relief’s global operations. He lives to see people everywhere rise to the call of justice and give their lives in ways that empower the poor towards real change, a journey he continues to pursue.

Stephan holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Wheaton College and the University of Wisconsin. He is a poet, an author, an ordained minister and a Certified Public Accountant. He considers his African friends his most important teachers, and his wife, Belinda, his most important mentor. Stephan, Belinda, and their two sons, Joshua and Caleb, live near Washington, D.C., and together enjoy the woods, the arts, and late night conversations with friends. Learn more at worldrelief.org.



 

David Benware

David is an expert in Middle East Christian ministry, with a special focus on the majority Muslim population. He serves as the Senior Portfolio Consultant for Strategic Resource Group, which provides resources to over 100 ministries serving the 22 Middle Eastern countries including Iran, Turkey and Syria. David is also the founder of Media Impact International (MII), a 501c3 that equips ministries with social and traditional media strategies, research, media creation and training. MII serves international, media ministries that minister to some of the world’s largest unreached people groups.

Prior to dedicating his time to full time ministry, David invested 30 years owning and operating a media company that included broadcast ownership, research, studio consulting, as well as the production of commercials, television programming and retail videos. He has produced hundreds of hours of television and home video programming. David was also a senior executive and consultant at HIT Entertainment, the producers of Thomas the Tank Engine, Barney, and Bob the Builder.

David has earned numerous awards including: 4 Platinum videos, 15 Gold videos, Dove Award, Telly Award and Addy’s. Additionally, he has been published in Billboard, Record World and Contemporary Christian Music magazines. David and his wife live in north Texas and have been blessed with 4 children and 15 grandchildren.

 



 

Ron Blue

Following his graduation from Indiana University with a Masters of Business Administration degree in 1967, Ron joined the management group of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and worked with the firm in New York City, Dallas, and San Francisco. In 1970, Ron founded an Indianapolis-based CPA firm that has grown to be one of the 50 largest CPA firms in the United States.

Leaving the CPA firm in 1977, Ron became Administrative Vice President of Leadership Dynamics International. While with Leadership Dynamics, he was involved in developing and teaching Biblically-based leadership and management seminars in the United States and Africa.

Since 1979 Ron has held a God given passion to help Christians plan and manage their finances in order to be able to maximize their giving to Kingdom purposes. God has allowed him to work this out over the last almost 35 years in several ways. Dr. Howard Hendricks influenced him to begin what later became a financial planning firm. He has written several books on this topic and in 2003 he helped to found a ministry training Christian financial advisors to integrate God’s financial wisdom in their advice and counsel.

In 1982 Ron and Larry Burkett helped Terry Parker found the National Christian Foundation, which over the years has assisted Christians in giving over $5 billion to Christian and charitable causes worldwide. In January, 2012 Indiana Wesleyan University, a leading Christian university established The Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning which is dedicated to multiplying the over 40 years of professional experience and intellectual property of Ron through curriculum development and other products in multiple outlets worldwide. Ron and Judy, his wife of 48 years, live in Atlanta, Georgia. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren. Learn more at kingdomadvisors.org.



 

Noel Castellanos

Noel has worked in full-time ministry in Latino, urban communities since 1982. He has served in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy and community development in San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. After serving on the Board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he established the CCDA Institute, which equips emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian Community Development, and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of CCDA.

Noel was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Council for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships, and is a speaker, motivator, and mentor to young leaders throughout the USA, and has a deep passion to serve and invest in the lives of leaders committed to serving the poor.

Noel is the author of Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center, which blends the art of story with firmly rooted theology and time tested praxis. He is also the co-author of A Heart for the Community, New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry, and has contributed to various other books and publications, including Deep Justice in a Broken World, A Heart for the City, and Crazy Enough to Care. Noel and his wife of 30 years, Marianne make their home in the barrio of La Villita in Chicago, and have three grown children; Noel Luis, Stefan, and Anna. Learn more at ccda.org.



 

Jess and Angela Correll

Jess is founder and chairman of the board for First Southern Bancorp and is Chairman of the board for UTG, an insurance company. He serves on the boards of the Friends of the Good Samaritans for a slum school in India, the National Christian Foundation, and Centre College. Angela is a novelist and serves on the Kentucky Heritage Council. She is the concept designer for the Wilderness Road Guesthouses and founder of Kentucky Soaps & Such.

Jess and Angela are co-owners of the Bluebird café with Chef William Hawkins and have won several awards for historic preservation in Kentucky’s second oldest city, Stanford, Kentucky. They live on a farm in the southern Bluegrass where they practice sustainable farming.

Jess and Angela are passionate about giving and have been through Compass Financial classes and love to attend Generous Giving, along with as many friends as they can bring with them.



 

Andy Crouch

Andy is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, published in October 2013. His book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling was named one of the best books of 2008 by CT, Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership, and it received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction." In December 2012, Andy became the Executive Editor of Christianity Today.

He was also Executive Producer of CT's This Is Our City, a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting, and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute.

From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years, he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. His writing has appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Learn more at andy-crouch.com.



 

Jim Daly

Jim Daly is President of Focus on the Family and host of the daily broadcast, heard by more than 2.9 million listeners a week on more than 1,000 radio stations across the U.S. The show was honored as 2012 Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).

He was named President of Focus on the Family in 2005 after 16 years with the ministry. Under his leadership, the organization has taken on a major role nationally in encouraging and helping facilitate foster-care adoptions, earning recognition from the White House and Congress for its efforts. The ministry also has reinvigorated its traditional focus on helping couples build strong marriages and raise healthy, resilient kids. In just the last 12 months, with the help of Focus on the Family, research indicates that 830,000 couples have built stronger marriages and more than 660,000 families built stonger, healthier and more God-honoring families.

Daly started his career at Focus in 1989 as an assistant to the president, fostering relationships with the ministry’s supporters. He was appointed international field director for Asia, Africa and Australia in 1992, and in 1997 was promoted to vice president of the International Division. In 2004, Daly was appointed chief operating officer, the role he held until he was handpicked by Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson to be the group’s president. Daly graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, in 1984 with a B.S. in Business Administration. During his senior year, he attended Waseda University in Tokyo, and after graduating worked for a Fortune 500 company. In 1997, he completed his MBA in International Business at Regis University in Denver. In 2009, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Colorado Christian University in Denver.

He has received the 2008 World Children’s Center Humanitarian Award, the 2009 Children’s Hunger Fund Children’s Champion Award, and the 2010 HomeWord Family Ministry Award. He has appeared on such television programs, and he's been featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and Newsweek, which named him one of the Top 10 next-generation evangelical leaders of influence. He was the subject of a July 2011 cover story in Christianity Today and is a regular panelist for The Washington Post blog “On Faith” alongside leading academics and theologians. Learn more at focusonthefamily.com.



 

Jim Denison

James C. Denison, Ph.D., is a subject matter expert on cultural and contemporary issues. In 2009, he founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, a nonsectarian "think tank" designed to equip Christians spiritually and intellectually to change their culture for the Kingdom. Each weekday, Dr. Denison's Cultural Commentary provides biblical perspective on the day's news for over 115,000 subscribers in 203 countries.

Prior to founding DFTC, Dr. Denison was pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, a 10,000-member congregation in Dallas, Texas. He also pastored churches in Midland and Mansfield, Texas, and in Atlanta, Georgia. He taught philosophy and theology for 25 years with four seminaries and currently teaches Ph.D. seminars for Dallas Baptist University. Learn more at denisonforum.org.

 



 

Bob and Leslie Doll

Bob and Leslie are actively engaged in stewarding the resources God has entrusted to them wisely, for maximum Kingdom impact, and to the glory of God. Bob is Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nuveen Asset Management. Bob manages the Large Cap Equity Series, consisting of nine strategies. Prior to joining Nuveen Asset Management in 2012, Bob held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including serving as Chief Equity Strategist at Blackrock, President and Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) and Chief Investment Officer of OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

He has 35 years of portfolio management experience, received a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Bob appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News discussing the economy and markets.

Leslie Doll, daughter of the King, is Resource Partner of Strategic Resource Group committed to mobilizing resources: prayer, people, and finances into the Greater Middle East, traveling throughout the region and serving on the Board as well as the Egypt and Near East Fund Advisory Teams. Leslie is the Deacon of Missions Outreach at Stone Hill Church in Princeton serving in that capacity to assist the Missions Director in caring for over 40 missionary families and is active in ministry efforts to build up, train, and equip men and women in the Middle East as well as serving the poor and disabled. Leslie is also co-founder of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative which was launched as a result of the Lausanne Conference in Cape Town in 2010.

Leslie serves on the Board of Trustees for The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and the Committee for Religious Ministries at the University Medical Center at Princeton. Previously, she was employed as an OTC trader in New York City and holds a BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

She and Bob are leaders in the New York City Movement Project committed to planting churches in NYC and throughout the world. They live in Princeton, New Jersey and have three children. Learn more at nuveen.com.



 

Paul Eshleman

Dr. Paul Eshleman is Vice President of Networks and Partnerships for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ International). Paul founded the JESUS Film Project and served as its Director for 25 years. He led the nationwide “I Found it Campaign”, EXPLO 72, and recently headed the Strategy Working Committee for the Lausanne Movement. Paul currently serves as the Executive Director of the Finishing the Task Network, and as President of the Issachar Initiative. Paul is also the author of two books: I Just Saw JESUS and The Touch of Jesus. He and his wife Kathy have 2 adult children and live in Orange County, CA. Learn more at nuveen.com.



 

Mart Green

Mart began his retail career in the home of his parents as a youth. With $600, his family started Hobby Lobby in their living room, now a chain of over 600 arts and crafts stores. He is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Green Family Businesses and is actively involved with Hobby Lobby, where he serves as Board Chair. In 1981, he founded Mardel, a chain of Christian Education stores, and was the producer of the films End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor.

In 2010, Mart began a journey to help build a Digital Bible Library through an alliance called Every Tribe Every Nation. Its goal is to centralize, digitize, standardize, and finalize the Bible texts of the world, making it easier for audio, video, mobile, and print-on-demand ministries to get the Bible texts they need.

Mart and his wife, Diana, have enjoyed over thirty years of marriage. They have four adult children and four grandchildren. They make their home in Oklahoma. Learn more at everytribeeverynation.org.



 

Steve Green

Steve Green serves as chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible and is the visionary leader in establishing one of the world's largest private collections of rare biblical artifacts, known as the Green Collection. In his role as chairman, Green has assembled a team of academics, designers, technology professionals and other experts to create the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible, dedicated to a scholarly and engaging presentation of the Bible's impact, history and narrative. It is scheduled to open in 2017 in Washington, D.C., three blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

The museum will host ongoing scholarly research through the Green Scholars Initiative, which brings established and young scholars together to pioneer groundbreaking research on items in the Green Collection. The museum is also developing an elective high school Bible curriculum for international and domestic use. "The Bible is the best-selling, most-translated book of all time and is arguably history's most significant piece of literature," said Green. "It has had an unquestionable influence on science, education, democracy, arts and society. This book has also profoundly impacted lives across the ages, including my own." Learn more at museumofthebible.org.



 

Bobby Gruenewald

Bobby Gruenewald (@bobbygwald) is passionate about exploring new ideas and finding practical ways to leverage them for the global Church. He serves on the Leadership Team at LifeChurch.tv as the Pastor, Innovation Leader and founder of the YouVersion Bible App. Working with lead pastor Craig Groeschel, LifeChurch.tv has shaped a missional approach to technology, reaching people in every country on the planet through initiatives like Church Online and the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids from YouVersion.

Adhering to a strong belief that churches can accomplish more working together, LifeChurch.tv has created a suite of free tools for church leaders including Open resources, Church Metrics, the Church Online Platform, and Develop.Me.

Gruenewald is one of the leading voices in the Church on innovation and the use of technology to reach people for Christ. He frequently writes and speaks on the topic, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, TechCrunch, CNN, CBS, Stanford Business Magazine, and more. He was also named to Fast Company’s list of the Most Creative People in Business.

Prior to joining the LifeChurch.tv team in 2001, Bobby started and sold two technology companies and consulted with startups and venture capital funds. Bobby and his wife, Melissa, have four children and live in Edmond, Oklahoma. Learn more at lifechurch.tv.



 

Bob Horner

Bob has been coming alongside university students for more than 40 years, ever since graduating from the University of Colorado in Mechanical Engineering. His contribution has been a different kind of bridge building, however. He has been helping college graduates cross over into the world beyond their campus with a divorce-proofed marriage and an ethical marketplace lifestyle.

Bob and Jan have a deep commitment to the family, certainly their own family of three daughters, along with families they encourage through national Weekend to Remember marriage conferences. Bob is somewhat of a communications specialist in training Cru staff and Family Life speakers. Bob co-authored three study series for Promise Keepers, entitled Promise Builders. Bob also co-authored CrossTalk, a small group study for the marketplace. Promise Keepers stadium events, a variety of conference settings, and student gatherings have benefited from having Bob as their master of ceremonies.



 

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca serves as Vice President of Content for The Veritas Forum, where she works with world-class Christian academics to help them develop as public intellectuals and advocates for Christ. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and first-class theology degree from Oak Hill Theological College in London. She has won awards for poetry and public speaking, and addressed audiences in the US and Europe on topics ranging from relativism to new atheism, and from science to sexuality.

Rebecca met Jesus when she was 9 years old and her world was unraveling. Since then, she has been passionate about reaching others for Christ, and engaging the hardest questions of her secular peers. She is currently working on a book exploring the seven most compelling objections to the Christian faith. Rebecca lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, Bryan, and their two little girls – who ask the hardest theological questions she has ever encountered. Learn more at veritas.org.



 

Max McLean

Max is the founder and artistic director of Fellowship for Performing Arts, a New York City-based theatrical production company whose mission is to produce theatre from a Christian worldview that is engaging to a diverse audience. FPA productions – staged in leading theatrical venues across the United States – include the nationwide hit The Screwtape Letters, playing in Dallas this fall, C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, and the award-winning Mark’s Gospel.

In a theatre career spanning more than 30 years, McLean is also known as the narrator of The Listener’s Bible – twice nominated for Best Inspirational Audio by the Audio Publisher's Association.

Max is married to Sharon, and they have two married daughters, Rachel and Julia, and four grandchildren. Max and Sharon are active members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. Learn more at greatdivorceonstage.com.



 

Heather Mercer

Heather Mercer has served in the Middle East and Central Asia since 1998. In 2001, while serving in Afghanistan, Heather and seven of her teammates were captured by the Taliban for sharing the Gospel, tried for the capital crime during the post-9/11 war on terror, and miraculously released after 105 days of captivity through the prayers of the saints and the bravery of the United States Special Forces. Her story can be read in the books Prisoners of Hope and Kabul 24 or seen in the documentary Kabul 24.

Over the last fifteen years, Heather has continued to serve in the Middle East sharing God’s love and ministering to women in crisis. Heather is the Founder and President of Global Hope, a missions organization focused on advancing the worship of Jesus throughout the Muslim world. Global Hope is currently focusing its attention on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq which has caused immense suffering to millions. Hope4Iraq, a campaign of Global Hope, is calling the global community to respond with aid and the Gospel to the urgent needs of refugees and victims of militant brutality in the region.

Heather received her BA from Baylor University and is currently studying a dual Master’s degree in Business Administration and Global Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. Learn more at hope4iraq.org.



 

Todd Peterson

Mr. Peterson hails from Valdosta, GA and graduated the University of Georgia with a BBA in Banking & Finance in 1993 after attending the U.S. Naval Academy from 1988-90. In his senior football season, he was honored as UGA’s first GTE Academic All-America in a decade. He was also initiated into Sphinx, the University of Georgia’s highest honor.

Mr. Peterson was selected in the 7th round, of the 1993 NFL Draft, by the NY Giants and this led to 13 years of pro football with stops in cities such as Seattle, Kansas City, San Francisco and Atlanta. Along the way, Todd set a number of team records and two NFL records – one of which is since broken (most 40+ yd FGs in a season). Over the course of his NFL career he was named the NFL’s True Value Man of the Year for the Seahawks in 1996, and twice received the NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award for excellence in character and leadership on his respective teams.

Additionally, he was twice nominated for the NFL’s Bart Starr Award awarded annually the week of the Super Bowl. Peterson retired in 2006 as one of only 34 players ever to score over 1000 points. He holds the NFL record for being the only player in NFL history to make game winning field goals for five or more different teams. During his career he served three different terms on the NFLPA’s Board.

The Petersons believe to whom much is given much is required and spend much of their time now in efforts to help affluent families, especially athletes and entertainers, to steward most effectively all God has entrusted them. They very much enjoy traveling with other families to see missional opportunities and especially desire to see others experience the joy of giving.

In 2003, he and his wife, Susan, capitalized a growing company, Cabell’s Designs (www.cabellsdesigns.com), which Susan leads. The company, through its distribution partner, Magnolia Lane, has licensing agreements with over 60 major universities. Peterson also serves on the respective boards of Passion Conferences, the Young Life Foundation, Pro Athletes Outreach as Chairman, and the Rose Rock Companies, a healthcare real estate group out of Texas. The Petersons make their home in North Atlanta and have two children.



 

Mark Rodgers

Mark is the Principal of The Clapham Group, which is a company that seeks to influence culture upstream of the political arena. Mark served as the third-ranking Republican leadership staffer in the U.S. Senate for six years overseeing strategic planning and strategic communications. He also served as a high profile chief of staff to Senator Rick Santorum, working on Capitol Hill for a total of 16 years. He was known on the Hill for his work on such issues as poverty alleviation and global AIDS, as well as protecting life at its most vulnerable stages.

Mark's work over the past 10 years has focus heavily on culture creation and engagement. He was a founder and manager of Wedgwood Circle, which invests financial and relational capital into Christians and their ventures in mainstream entertainment that are pursuing the "true, good and beautiful for the common good."

He has been involved in the production of graphic novels, young adult fiction, computer games, concerts, documentaries and films. Through his endeavors he has worked closely with artists as diverse as Michael W. Smith, Bono, and The Fray. Mark has worked with entertainment companies such as Walden Media, Electronic Arts, Disney, and Roadside Attractions, addressing issues including human trafficking, animal cruelty, global poverty, and restorative justice. He recently launched a joint venture called Cave Capital, through which he is serving as an executive or associate producer on several films, including Martin Scorsese's Silence, based on a Japanese novel of the persecution of Christians in the early 17th century. Through another startup he oversees, More Partnerships, he serves as an executive producer of Waiting for the Miracle to Come, which stars Willie Nelson and is executively produced by Bono and Wim Wenders He also serves as a producing partner of the only concert held annually in Central Park, this year with headliners Pearl Jam and Coldplay.

His consulting firm, The Clapham Group, named after the community which included William Wilberforce and Hannah More, works with a number of large foundations and NGOs, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Humane Society and the College Board. Mark is a social entrepreneur, and he enjoys finding ways to help people “do good while doing well.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Penn State, and attended Trinity Episcopal School for ministry. Mark is married to Leanne, and the proud father of four children. Learn more at claphamgroup.com.



 

Kelly Shackelford

Kelly Shackelford, Esq., has been president and CEO of Liberty Institute since 1997. Mr. Shackelford is a constitutional scholar who has argued before the United States Supreme Court, testified numerous times before the U.S. House and Senate on constitutional issues, and has won three state landmark First Amendment and religious liberty cases in the past six years alone.

Mr. Shackelford was recently named one of the “25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter century” by Texas Lawyer, and is the recipient of the prestigious national William Bentley Ball Award for Life and Religious Freedom Defense for his leadership and pioneering work protecting religious freedom.

Shackelford has written voluminous articles and papers on First Amendment rights, law and litigation. He served as adjunct Professor of Law at University of Texas Law School, from 1994-2004, teaching “Religious Liberties.” Shackelford graduated cum laude from Baylor University (1985) and graduated Baylor Law School (1988) with the highest unadjusted GPA in his graduating class.

Mr. Shackelford is a highly sought after speaker and frequent guest on national TV news and talk show programs including The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC, Fox and Friends, Hannity, Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, and CNN. He also has been featured in the National Law Journal, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, and The L.A. Times among many others.

Mr. Shackelford is on the Board of Trustees of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. He is married to his wife Karen and has three children. Learn more at libertyinstitute.org.



 

John Stonestreet

John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools, and other various gatherings each year. He is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of BreakPoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues.

He also serves as a Senior Content Advisor for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois) and Bryan College (Tennessee), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (Sheffield Press). He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Learn more at breakpoint.org.



 

David Wills

David’s passions are centered on generosity and eternity, so he invests his time helping others lay up treasure in heaven and take hold of life that is truly life. Since 1998, he has served as president of the National Christian Foundation. David is the co-author of two books, Investing in God’s Business and Family.Money., and numerous articles. In February, 2013, David testified on behalf of the Alliance for Charitable Reform before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on the effects of tax reform to charitable contributions.

David serves on several boards, including Generous Giving (of which he is also a co-founder), Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), ProVision Foundation, International Christian Foundation, the Chick-fil-a Foundation and Global Generosity. He earned his B.B.A from Baylor University, his J.D. from Baylor Law School and completed postgraduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary. Texas natives, David and his wife, Chris, live on a farm north of Atlanta with their seven children. Learn more at ncfgiving.com.



 

David Yeghnazar

David has served with Elam Ministries for over 17 years, and was appointed the Executive Director in 2014. Native to Iran, David’s family has been serving the Iranian church for three generations. As a member of Elam’s leadership team, David has been at the heart of Elam’s efforts in training thousands of leaders for the church in Iran, printing and deploying more than one million Scriptures in Persian, planting churches in over 100 cities in the region, serving thousands of poor and persecuted, and producing TV programs that are broadcast weekly into Iran.

David co-wrote Iran 30, an informational prayer guide translated into seven languages. David is a national and international speaker, and has appeared on Christian radio and television programs advocating for the persecuted church. He also currently serves on the boards of Bombay Teen Challenge and LeaderSource. David is based in the U.K., where he resides with his wife, Louise and their four children, Grace, Theo, Hope, and Beata. Learn more at elam.com.


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Nichole Nordeman 

A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, Nichole has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including one recently as the lyricist on the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story. 

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