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 holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tennessee Temple University.
Former journalist Roy Beck is CEO and founder of NumbersUSA, the nation’s largest grassroots immigration-reduction organization with over 1.5 million registered online activists and almost 3 million unique fans on Facebook. As the leader of NumbersUSA for the past 19 years, Beck has been one of the most visible spokesmen on the effects of mass immigration in the United States. Author of four public policy books including The Case Against Immigration, Beck regularly briefs members of Congress on immigration issues, has been featured in The New York Times and has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, NPR and numerous national radio programs.
Lecturer, syndicated columnist, television commentator, debater, marketer, businessman, author, publisher and activist, L. Brent Bozell III is one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.
Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Mr. Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Since its launch in 1987, the MRC has developed the largest video archive in the world; the popular NewsBusters.org blog site; the CNSNews.com internet news service; MRC Business; MRC Culture; and in April of 2014 launched MRC Latino. The MRC has over 800,000 members nationwide, with over 9 million fans on Facebook.
H.B. Charles, Jr.
H.B. Charles, Jr., was a 17-year-old senior at Los Angeles High School when Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church (MSMBC) ended a yearlong pastoral search by selecting him to succeed his father, Dr. H.B. Charles, Sr., whom the Lord called from labor to refreshment in June of 1989.
Over the course of Pastor Charles’ pastorate, his love for God’s Word, the Church, and lost people has been obvious to both the membership of MSMBC and the larger church community. This has resulted in Pastor Charles balancing his pastoral responsibilities with speaking engagements in revivals, conferences, and other church events around the Greater Los Angeles area and across the country.
Today, he is Pastor at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL, where he has served since the fall of 2008.
Steve Deace is one of the youngest nationally syndicated radio hosts in the county, and a growing force in the movement. Described as a “rising star” that represents the next generation in conservative media, listeners know they can count on Deace to bring a refreshing dose of truth, honesty, and humor to today’s news and political conversations.
Deace is not only an influential voice in the “first in the nation” state of Iowa, but has been featured in numerous media outlets like Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
In addition to radio, Deace is also a celebrated conservative author and contributor. His writings have been featured in USA Today, Politico, Business Insider, Breitbart, World Net Daily, Townhall and The Washington Times. He is also a contributor at Conservative Review.
Steve’s 2014 book, Rules for Patriots, has been heralded as the playbook for conservatives. According to David Limbaugh, this book has a “real chance of making a difference in changing America’s political class for the better.” His fourth book A Nefarious Plot was released in 2015 and is first attempt at fiction. According to Mark Levin: “This book will make you squirm, think, and laugh. Until you realize the joke is on us and future generations.”
The Steve Deace Show, currently on stations across the country from 9pm-Midnight ET every weeknight on the Salem Radio Network, is a unique take on the American political landscape. Broadcasting directly from the heartland, the show gets to the heart of the issues Main Street really cares about.
John DeDakis is a former editor on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and a former White House Correspondent for CBN News.
DeDakis is the author of three mystery-suspense novels: Fast Track, Bluff, and Troubled Water – all featuring young journalist Lark Chadwick.
During his nearly 45-year, award-winning career in journalism (25 years at CNN), DeDakis interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.
DeDakis leads novel-writing workshops throughout the country and abroad. He has taught journalism at Regent University, The University of Maryland-College Park, and American University in Washington, DC.
DeDakis is currently at work on Bullet in the Chamber, the fourth novel in the Lark Chadwick series. It deals with the death of his 22-year-old son, Stephen, in 2011.
Ron Dermer was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He earned a degree in Finance and Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University. For three years, he was a columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
In 2004, Ron co-authored with Natan Sharansky the best-selling book, The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, which has been translated into ten languages. From 2005-2008, Ron served as Israel’s Minister of Economic Affairs in the United States. From 2009-2013, he served as Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A celebrated, Emmy® nominated actress and producer, Roma Downey is best known for her nine seasons as the tender-hearted angel on the hit CBS television show Touched by an Angel, for which Downey earned multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® best actress nominations.
Today, Downey is President of LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of MGM Television and also serves as the Chief Content Officer for the planned OTT channel. She and her husband, Mark Burnett, produced the Emmy®-nominated miniseries The Bible and the feature film Son of God.
Together, Downey and Burnett have recently produced The Women of the Bible for LIFETIME, The Dovekeepers for CBS, A.D. The Bible Continues for NBC, Answered Prayers for TLC, and the feature films Little Boy for Open Road Films and Woodlawn for Pure Flix. The couple is currently producing the epic feature film Ben-Hur, a reimagining of the classic story. It is set to release summer 2016.
Todd Friel is the Host of Wretched TV & Radio. He is the author of Jesus Unmasked, Judge Not, Drive By Church History, Drive By Theology, and On the Shoulders of Giants. Friel is also the Producer of Life is Best.
Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC, a nonprofit, non-partisan educational corporation established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney’s leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters.
Mr. Gaffney is the host of Secure Freedom Radio, a nationally-syndicated radio program heard weeknights throughout the country. The program addresses threats to national security, sovereignty, and our way of life. Featured guests have included Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, and Donald Rumsfeld.
Mr. Gaffney holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. It employs approximately 30,000 people and operates more than 600 stores in 47 states. Hobby Lobby sales for 2014 totaled more than $3.65 billion.
In 1981, Steve Green began working full time as the Store Operations Supervisor for Hobby Lobby. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2000 and named President in December of 2004.
In 2009, the Green Family purchased its first biblical artifact. Today, Green devotes half his time to what has become known as The Green Collection, which is among the world’s newest and largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts. The collection of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities will become the core of the international, non-sectarian Museum of the Bible.
Ken Ham is the President and Co-Founder of Answers in Genesis. The visionary behind the Ark Encounter (a life-size Noah’s Ark and other attractions) and the popular, high-tech Creation Museum near Cincinnati (more than 2.5 million visitors in eight years), Ken is a best-selling author (The Lie and Already Gone), popular conference speaker, and host of a daily radio feature on 880 outlets. AnswersInGenesis.org has twice received the NRB award for Best Website. Ham, a native of Australia, holds four honorary doctorates and has been a guest on several national TV news and talk show programs, including Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, CBS News Sunday Morning, The NBC Nightly News, and CNN’s Situation Room.
Jerry A. Johnson
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). Located in the Washington, DC metro area, 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, TX. 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, CO, and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Johnson also studied at Oxford University in England.
Bob Lepine is Sr. Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of FamilyLife and Co-Host of FamilyLife Today®, FamilyLife’s nationally syndicated radio program. A veteran of Christian radio, Bob has a degree in communications from the University of Tulsa. Prior to joining FamilyLife in 1992, Bob worked for local radio stations in Tulsa, Phoenix, Sacramento and San Antonio. He is the author of The Christian Husband and the on-air voice for Truth for Life with Alistair Begg. Bob also serves on the Executive Committee for NRB. He and his wife Mary Ann live in Little Rock, AR, where he also serves as an elder and teaching pastor at Redeemer Community Church.
Anne Graham Lotz
Anne Graham Lotz, Founder and President of AnGeL Ministries, has proclaimed God’s Word around the world for more than 30 years. In 2000, Lotz launched “Just Give Me Jesus” revivals, which have been held in more than 30 venues in the U.S. and internationally. She is also a prolific writer and award-winning author of 15 books. In all aspects of her ministry, Lotz’s aim is clear – it is to bring revival to the hearts of God’s people. And her message is consistent – she calls people to a personal relationship with God through His Word.
Eric Metaxas is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, Seven Women, Seven Men, Amazing Grace, and If You Can Keep It (June 2016). He has written more than thirty children’s books, including the bestsellers Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving and It’s Time to Sleep, My Love. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.
He is the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard in more than 120 cities around the U.S. He is the founder and host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, an interview series of “entertaining and thought-provoking discussions on ‘life, God, and other small topics’” featuring such guests as Malcolm Gladwell, Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel, Francis Collins, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, and Dick Cavett. Metaxas is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Large for the King’s College in New York City.
Jeanine Pirro joined the Fox News Channel in 2006 and currently serves as a legal analyst as well as the host of “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” a weekend prime-time program (Saturday, 9 p.m. ET) that presents her legal insights on the news of the week, current high profile cases, as well as recent issues and trends in the world of crime and justice.
Formerly Westchester District Attorney, Judge Pirro was also the host of a syndicated weekday court show distributed by Warner Brothers — for which she won an Emmy. Her notable legal career spans over 30 years.
Pirro earned a BA from the University of Buffalo, magna cum laude, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from Albany Law School, where she was on law review. She is a native of New York.
Dr. Richard Warren is a global strategist, philanthropist, pastor, and author. His most recent 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 World 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.
Canon Andrew White, known as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” is the pastor of St. George’s Baghdad, one of the largest churches in Iraq and the only remaining Anglican church in Iraq. In the face of significant threats to him personally and repeated bombings of the church, St George’s Baghdad ministers to over 4000 Iraqis and operates well outside the safety of the International Green Zone. Most of the members of the congregation are women and children – widows and orphans – since many of the men have been killed in the decades of violence in Iraq. In addition, many of his staff have been kidnapped or killed, with up to 11 killings of his staff in a single year.
Canon White has also been heavily involved in conflict mediation and reconciliation efforts in Israel and Palestine, including negotiating the end of the Bethlehem siege in 2002, and has been the recipient of numerous peace prizes for his reconciliation efforts.
St. George’s Baghdad also operates a medical and dental clinic which delivers humanitarian relief to neighbors of the church, regardless of the patients’ religious or ethnic background. The clinic provides free medical and dental care to around 150 Iraqi patients every day.
Church Media Summit Speakers
Greg Bacus serves as the Central Team Leader of Technology for Life.Church in Edmond, OK. His team is responsible for the integration, support, and maintenance of the audio, video, and lighting technology at Life.Church’s 24 locations in seven states throughout the country. Before joining the team at Life.Church, Bacus served on the staff at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX, for nearly 12 years.
Bryan Bailey is the Minister of Media at First Baptist Church Dallas in the heart of downtown Dallas, TX, where God brought him in 2011 to assist with the implementation of technology on the new $135 million campus. The media ministry at First Baptist is driven by a volunteer team of more than 30 members each week, and Bailey has developed a training program that enables them to operate the extremely sophisticated system with excellence. Bailey’s passion is training volunteers and pushing technology limits in worship (as well as fishing).
Since November 1997, Greg Baker has been with Saddleback Church, where he has held many positions, including Front of House Engineer and Audio Team. Today, he is the Global Technical Director for Saddleback, and is responsible for teams and equipment that include audio, lighting, video, and media graphics as they serve Saddleback Church through campuses around Southern California. As of 2012, Saddleback Church began its global outreach, expanding to four international church locations. Baker’s additional responsibilities include adding and supporting technology in these new cities.
Darrel Girardier is the Digital Strategy Director for Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN, where he currently oversees social media, web, design, and the mobile presence for the church. Previously, Girardier was a Creative Director at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN, where he served for 12 years. He blogs at www.darrelgirardier.com.
Alex Kendrick has dedicated his life to serving Jesus Christ and making His truth and love known 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 senior pastor Michael Catt, and began production on their first movie, Flywheel, with his brother Stephen. 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 his brother Stephen. The film was released theatrically in August of 2015 and became the #1 movie at the box office. Alex and Stephen have also co-authored multiple bestselling books. Their latest book, titled The Battle Plan for Prayer, made the New York Times best-sellers list.
Stephen Kendrick has dedicated his life to serving Jesus Christ and making His truth and love known among the nations through movies, books, speaking, and prayer. Stephen and his brothers, Alex and Shannon, operate Kendrick Bros. Productions. While serving as an associate pastor at Sherwood Church in Albany, GA, Stephen and Alex helped establish Sherwood Pictures in 2002. Today, Stephen co-writes and produces feature films and works with Provident Films and LifeWay to develop Bible study resources for each movie. The Kendricks’ latest production, War Room, was released theatrically in August of 2015, garnered an A+ Cinemascore and became the #1 movie at the U.S. box office. Stephen and Alex have also co-authored the bestselling books The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battleplan for Prayer.
Noah Sidhom serves as the Online Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Memphis and Master of Christian Studies from Union University. Noah desires to see churches use technology to connect people with the story that God has given us. He has been married to his wife, Rose, for two years.
Digital Media Summit Speakers
Jon Acuff is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including his most recent, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck.
For 17 years he’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he’s addressed hundreds of thousands of people across the country at events for companies such as Microsoft, Whirlpool, and Comedy Central. In addition, Acuff is a big proponent of social media, with blogs that have been read by 4 million people, and with a Twitter account followed by more than 265,000.
Jeff Bethke is the author of the books Jesus > Religion and It’s Not What You Think.
Besides writing, he makes YouTube videos, which have been seen collectively more than 62 million times. He also hosts a podcast with his wife, Alyssa, which can be found on iTunes.
Bethke’s passion is to see people follow Jesus and come to a true life-giving understanding of the free grace of God for us all.
David DeMambro is a Principal Inbound Marketing Specialist at HubSpot, where he specializes in helping nonprofits, associations, and organizations improve their marketing and sales strategy. As a founding member of the nonprofit team, he has worked with hundreds of organizations to implement inbound marketing. His focus is on helping organizations transform their digital strategies by implementing tools and strategies geared toward improving their online presence to attract, engage, and delight audiences. This includes, but is not limited to, SEO, content marketing, blogging, email, marketing automation, and marketing analytics.
Katie Harbath is the Global Politics and Government Outreach Director at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Harbath was the Chief Digital Strategist at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She previously led digital strategy in positions at DCI Group, the Rudy Giuliani for President Campaign, and the Republican National Committee. Harbath holds a B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For nearly 16 years, Walter Hegel has functioned as an Account Executive at Christianity Today. Altogether, his career in sales and marketing spans 30 years. Hegel prides himself on an intensive work ethic and commitment to the needs of his clients. He understands the necessity of understanding the customer’s marketing objectives and situational factors, and only then presenting creative and targeted product solutions to satisfy their need(s).
Tom Perrault has been involved in Christian media and marketing for 25 years, with extensive experience in traditional and digital media. His lengthy tenure with Salem Communications included his work for the east coast office of the company’s national radio rep firm, followed by 11 years with the Salem Web Network, which Perrault helped to build – and eventually operate, as Senior Vice President and General Manager – into the world’s largest Christian digital media platform. After leaving Salem, Perrault remained at the forefront of the growth and success of Christian online platforms, via his consulting work with numerous other digital media brands. He joined Dunham + Company in early 2015.
As a technology entrepreneur, Jake Press’s primary focus is on digital innovation with publishers, ministries, and training organizations. He has been responsible for implementing strategy and deployment for top companies; experienced success producing the #1 book app, Jesus Calling; and most recently launched Disciplr.com as a co-founding member of the new tech brand. Press resides in Orlando, FL, and enjoys coffee dates with his wife, mentoring his son, and connecting with people who love Jesus!
For more than a decade, Brian Russell was active in cross-cultural work and Kingdom business ventures in North Africa. Now Russell is the Director of YouVersion, maker of the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids, installed on more than 190 million devices around the world.
YouVersion is a ministry of LifeChurch.tv, one of the largest churches in the United States, with approximately 75,000 people attending 24 physical locations each weekend. In addition, more than 100,000 attend its online campus every week.
Nate Smoyer currently serves as New Products Marketing Manager at Faithlife, makers of Logos Bible Software. He’s also the product manager of BeaconAds.com. Previously he managed social media, developed a thriving partnership program, and led the partnerships and advertising team.
During his spare time, Nate is a reader of blogs that cover news, politics, social media, nonprofits, Christianity, and people doing awesome things. He is known for his ability to promote events, ride BMX, give talks in front of crowds (big and small), and perform via social media.
Steve Werkmeister’s career spans 16 years and multiple sectors, including work for the national brands SunTrust Bank, Circuit City, and since 2009, Salem Web Network. As the Director of Marketing, he has led the growth of one of the world’s largest faith-based, online communities, reaching millions of Christians through a rapidly evolving digital landscape. In addition to digital marketing, Werkmeister’s team manages the network advertising revenue, email acquisition, search engine optimization, and social media growth for some of the most recognizable online brands in Christian media. Werkmeister holds a B.S. in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and lives with his wife and two children in the Richmond, Virginia area.
Justin Wise helps people share what matters most. As the Founder & CEO of Think Digital, Wise and his team help clients through online coaching programs and done-for-you digital marketing. He speaks on the topic of digital marketing strategy at national conferences such as the NRB International Christian Media Convention, the CLA Internet & Ministry Technology Summit, and the Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Wise lives in Des Moines, IA, (by choice) with his wife and three children. Connect with him at www.Justin.am.
Donor Development Summit Speakers
For more than 30 years, Roger Kemp has devoted his career to helping non-profit organizations achieve their ministry goals. Located north of Los Angeles, Roger Kemp and Company is a media agency specializing in fundraising strategies, marketing, production, and distribution of Christian programming. Clients include Insight for Living, Truth For Life, Walk in the Word, Focal Point Ministries, Our Daily Bread Ministries, Know The Truth, Thru the Bible, Pathway to Victory, Life Without Limbs, Hope Out Loud, All Things New, and Parenting Today’s Teens.
Tim Smith has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit administration, management, and fund-development. Having served as a Development Officer in nonprofit organizations and Executive Pastor for two mega churches, Smith provides a wide range of expertise and resources in nonprofit leadership and management. Currently, Smith serves as the Chief Development Officer at the Museum of the Bible. In this role, he provides the executive global management of all fundraising activities. Smith has also authored Donors Are People Too, a book on the art of personal relationship with major donors.
In 1965, Richard Viguerie, with 12,500 Goldwater for President $50+ donors, founded the world’s first ideological/political, direct marketing advertising agency. Today, the 12,500 conservative donors have grown to 10 million.
For 51 years, Viguerie and the world-class American Target Advertising marketers have raised $7 billion and mailed 4 billion letters for traditional Judeo/Christian charities, colleges, cause organizations, and candidates using their 10 million donor names. In 2015, the agency’s 75 employees mailed 100 million postal letters.
David Wills is President of National Christian Foundation (NCF), a position he has held since 1998. NCF is the world’s largest Christian grant-making foundation, serving more than 13,000 families. Historically, NCF has distributed more than $6 billion in grants to more than 40,000 charitable organizations all over the world.
Wills has co-authored two books, Investing in God’s Business and Family.Money, as well as numerous articles. Wills serves on multiple boards, including The River Foundation, ProVision Foundation, Global Generosity Foundation, Issachar Initiative, Chick-fil-A Foundation, and Generous Giving, of which he is Co-Founder.
Film & Entertainment Speakers
Dr. Ted Baehr has written, edited, and contributed to numerous books, including How To Succeed In Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul) and The Culture-Wise Family.
Dr. Baehr was President of the organization that produced The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe for CBS-TV in 1980, boasting 37 million viewers and winning an Emmy Award. He also produced programs for PBS television.
Today, Dr. Baehr is the Publisher of Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org), which is dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”
His Annual Movieguide® Awards include two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program, the $50,000 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by Beginning Screenwriters, and the $50,000 Chronos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by Established Screenwriters.
Joe Battaglia is the Founder and President of Renaissance Communications, a media company specializing in strategic planning for organizations and gifted communicators of the faith and values message. Current clients include Dr. Steve Brown and his nationally syndicated Key Life Radio Network, Affirm Films/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Provident Films, PureFlix Entertainment, Evangelist Nick Hall, actress Shari Rigby, and Feed The Children.
For more than 10 years, Renaissance has been actively involved in the promotion of successful hit movies to the faith-based marketplace. Recent movies include War Room and 90 Minutes in Heaven and Risen.
Battaglia is also an Executive Producer and General Manager of the nationally syndicated radio program Keep the Faith, which is heard nationally in more than 200 markets and numerous countries overseas with a weekly audience of more than two million.
Catherine Clinch has 18 produced writing credits for network television series including Hunter, Jake & the Fatman, Knight Rider, Love Boat, Hart to Hart, Foul Play, True Confessions, Search for Tomorrow and, most recently, Rescue Bots. She was Associate Publisher of Creative Screenwriting magazine and served a two-year term on the Board of Directors at the Writers Guild of America, West. She has been awarded three U.S. Patents for inventing a new form of mobile entertainment.
Oscar® nominated and prolific film composer John Debney has a unique ability to create memorable work across a variety of genres. Debney has proven his versatility with films ranging from blockbuster comedies such as Elf, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty, to action adventures like Iron Man 2 and Spy Kids (1 & 2), to dark thrillers including I Know What You Did Last Summer. Debney’s emotional score for the film The Passion of The Christ debuted on Billboard’s charts at #1 on the Soundtrack and Christian Album charts and #19 on the Billboard Top 200. The record was certified gold by the RIAA and won the Dove award for Best Instrumental Album, as well as garnering Debney an Oscar® nomination.
Debney recently scored HISTORY’s Texas Rising, which garnered an Emmy nomination for Main Title Theme Music, as well as NBC’s most recent series American Odyssey. Debney’s upcoming projects include the reimagining of The Jungle Book and The Young Messiah. Debney has conducted some of the world’s greatest orchestras performing his original works, and he is the youngest recipient of ASCAP’s prestigious Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award.
Micheal Flaherty is the President of Inkling Entertainment, a new production company he co-founded with his big brother, Chip. Inkling’s initial projects are The Great Gilly Hopkins (starring Glen Close, Octavia Spencer, and Kathy Bates) and Happy Mother’s Day (starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate Hudson). Before starting Inkling, Flaherty worked with his brother for 15 years at Walden Media, a company they co-founded with Philip Anschutz and Cary Granat. During their time there, Walden produced a number of critically and commercially successful film adaptations including The Chronicles of Narnia, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bridge to Teribithea, Holes, Charlotte’s Web, The Giver, and Because of Winn Dixie. Walden also produced the William Wilberforce biopic Amazing Grace, and the education reform documentary Waiting for Superman.
In the nearly two decades that Dave Alan Johnson has worked in Hollywood, he has created, produced, written, and directed nearly a half billion dollars worth of entertainment. His work has received accolades from critics in every corner of the country and won innumerable awards. He has also collaborated with some of Hollywood’s top names (including Steven Spielberg, with whom he teamed up to co-create and executive produce DreamWorks’ premier production, the ABC hit drama High Incident), and he’s worked with virtually every major entertainment company in the business. Johnson recently formed a new entertainment company, Salt Entertainment Group, with former top Disney executive Steve McBeth. Salt is currently involved with writing, producing, directing, and marketing various feature film and television projects, including Vanished: Left Behind – Next Generation, The Star, Woodlawn, and Coffee Shop.
Paul Lauer is the Founder of Motive Entertainment, which designed and managed the highly successful grass-roots marketing campaigns for The Bible miniseries, Son of God, The Passion of the Christ, The Polar Express, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many unexpected successes like Rocky Balboa, United 93, Secret Life of Bees, Expelled, Heaven Is For Real, and many other films. Films that Motive has worked on have grossed more than $2.4 billion worldwide. Motive has also marketed three books that have reached No. 1 bestseller status. Lauer has appeared on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Robert Norton has worked for more than 25 years in the production and financing of feature films. For six years, he was Chief Operating Officer of Scott Free, the film production company helmed by directors Ridley and Tony Scott, during the production of Crimson Tide, G.I. Jane, and Gladiator. He began his career at Lucasfilm, Ltd. In 2013, he was a producer of the feature film Grace Unplugged, released by Lionsgate Entertainment and starring A.J. Michalka and James Denton. Norton is a member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Credited as a writer, producer, and director, Cyrus Nowrasteh has worked in the motion picture and television business for more than 25 years. He has won two PEN awards, a Golden Satellite Award, Orson Welles Award, a Freedom of Expression award, an NAACP award, and a MovieGuide Award.
In 2006, Nowrasteh wrote and produced the acclaimed and controversial ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11, which aired to incredible ratings, attracting nearly 28 million viewers.
He co-wrote and directed the feature film The Stoning of Soraya M. (Lions Gate Entertainment), released theatrically in 2009 to strong reviews and much acclaim.
Most recently, Nowrasteh completed The Young Messiah, slated for release on March 11, 2016, via Focus Features. It is a dramatization of young Jesus as a seven-year-old boy. Nowrasteh co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Betsy, and directed the film.
Rich Peluso is the Sr. Vice President of AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) focused on the development, production, acquisition, and marketing of faith-based and inspirational films.
Peluso works with writers and independent producers at various stages of production –from concept and script through production and completion – to produce and distribute quality entertainment that inspires, uplifts, challenges, and captivates.
Recent films he has worked on include the No. 1 box-office hit War Room, Heaven Is For Real, Soul Surfer, Courageous, When The Game Stands Tall, Moms’ Night Out, and The Remaining. Upcoming releases include Risen (2/19/16) and Miracles From Heaven (3/18/16).
Prior to joining AFFIRM, Peluso served 15 years at EMI Christian Music Group/EMI Music as the President of EMI CMG Distribution.
Kevin Sorbo received international stardom when he landed the lead role in Hercules, the Legendary Journeys (1993-1999), the most watched TV show in the world, airing in 176 countries.
Following that success, Sorbo had the lead role in Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, which debuted as the No. 1 hour-long show in first run syndication and remained at No. 1 for its entire run from 2000 to 2005.
Other notable movies include Kull, the Conqueror, Walking Tall, the Payback, Avenging Angel, Meet the Spartans, and the independent film What If, for which Sorbo received Movie Guide’s Most Inspirational Performance of the Year Award.
2014 saw the release of God’s Not Dead, which became the most successful independent faith-based movie ever.
Today, aside from acting, Sorbo leads A World Fit for Kids, a successful mentoring model that trains inner-city teens to use school, fitness, sports, and positive role models for themselves. World Fit is the No. 1 afterschool program in California.
In 1990, Phil Vischer created VeggieTales, an animated video series crafted to teach Christian values to kids in a delightfully different way. More than 60 million VeggieTales videos have been sold around the world. These days, Vischer continues to pursue innovative new ways to integrate faith and storytelling through his creative company, Jellyfish Labs. His latest projects include a 13-DVD series called Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible?, which walks families all the way through the Bible, and JellyTelly, an interactive, online network that provides faith-based daily programming for families. In addition, Vischer hosts a lighthearted weekly podcast called The Phil Vischer Show, in which he discusses pop culture, media, theology, and Christian life.
International Summit Speakers
Paul Eshleman is Vice President of Networks and Partnerships for Campus Crusade for Christ International. Eshleman founded the JESUS Film Project and was its Director for 25 years. He headed the nationwide “I Found it” campaign, EXPLO 72, and the Strategy Working Committee for the Lausanne Movement. Eshleman currently serves as the Executive Director of the Finishing the Task Network, and as President of the Issachar Initiative.
P. Satish Kumar
Dr. P. Satish Kumar is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Hyderabad, India, which is the fastest growing and third largest church in the world with more than 130,000 members in just ten years. Over the course of 25 years, he has preached the Gospel to more than 15 million people face-to-face through his Gospel festivals. Every month, he preaches on more than 300 television programs. Dr. Kumar has received the National Integrity Award and Mother Teresa Award. In addition to being the youngest pastor of one of the world’s largest churches, he is the author of 18 books.
Pastors Track 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.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., is the President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues and has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals.
In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview, and Thinking in Public, a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues.
Johnnie Moore is an author, speaker, commentator, media personality, and public intellectual who is best known for extensive humanitarian work in the most difficult places in the world. In addition to serving as the Founder and President of The KAIROS Company (www.theKcompany.co), which serves many of the best-known Christian organizations in the world, Moore is a host of Canada’s longest running daily television show, 100 Huntley Street; a spokesperson for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC; the Co-Founder of The Cradle Fund; and the Executive Director of the Persecution Intervention Fund and The Nazarene Fund. Prior to founding The KAIROS Company, Moore served as Chief of Staff and Vice President of Faith Content for Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media.
Radio Summit Speakers
Sandi Brown helped found and launch JOY FM in St. Louis 15 years ago. She serves as General Manager & President, as well as morning show co-host for JOY FM, which is a Top 5 radio station in St. Louis, and newly formed Boost, which targets teens and young adults. Brown was also a producer for Focus on the Family. She serves on the Christian Music Broadcasters’ board.
Helping others in Christian media reach their potential is Dr. Jennifer Hayden Epperson’s passion. Currently, she serves on NRB’s Radio Standing Committee, and is Moody Radio’s Director of Research and Learning. Previously, she was a station manager with Moody Radio and Blount Communications. Dr. Epperson 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 at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Eben Fowler joined Bott Radio Network in August of 2000 and serves as the Director of Operations. Prior to joining BRN, Eben held various positions including Director of Communications for the Kansas City Sesquicentennial Commission (KC150), Director of Research and Communications for the Missouri-based Family Policy Center, and Manager of Corporate Communications for Marion Laboratories. Eben holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also served as an adjunct instructor in the broadcasting department of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary. Eben and his wife, Annie, live in Kansas City.
Jack Hibbard is President and CEO of The Hibbard Group, an agency he founded in 2009 out of his passion to strengthen ministries through media. He has more than 40 years of experience in radio, television, and media. He has previously served on the NRB’s Executive Committee and is past Chairman of the ENRB.
Tracy Johnson has a long and decorated career as a broadcast executive, specializing in programming, marketing, talent coaching, and management. He has been recognized as “Best Programmer in America” by Radio Ink magazine and won numerous industry awards.
Johnson has written three books about developing on-air superstars that have been described as “The Bible of Personality Radio.” The books have been a guide for tens of thousands of personalities and programmers in more than 40 countries.
Johnson’s career has been built on creating dynamic brands (both on and off the air) through personality and promotion. Since 2007, he has helped more than 700 brands increase their influence through engaging audiences and building direct one-to-one relationships with existing and new listeners, viewers, readers, visitors, and customers.
Dolores King-St. George
Dolores has worked in media, marketing, and business management for over 35 years. She has led or consulted for a weekly newspaper, local television programs, radio stations, churches, ministries, and live events. Moving from secular media to Christian radio, she developed the GraceFM Radio Network from the flagship station WAFG-FM, founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy. Dolores is humbled by how the Lord continues using her for His glory as she serves at Moody Radio South Florida.
Robb Hansen is president and founder of Next Level Insights, Inc., a full service agency supporting Christian ministries in media development, production, and placement. The firm’s expertise is in the cost-effective execution of strategic communication efforts to expand the donor support and impact of ministry-oriented nonprofits. Prior to founding Next Level Insights (2003), Robb provided senior leadership in missions (International Teams), higher education (Trinity International University), and media (Walk in the Word).
Chris Lemke is in his 31st year at Cornerstone University’s market leading station, WCSG-FM in Grand Rapids, MI. He serves as Executive Director for the station and its sister ministry, Mission Network News, an internationally distributed news release. From fall 2011 to fall 2013, Lemke also filled the role of interim Executive Director and Board Chairman for Christian Music Broadcasters. He now serves as the CMB Board Secretary.
Lori Lewis’ radio career spans 25 years, starting out as an on-air talent with the nationally syndicated show Bubba the Love Sponge. In 2008, Lewis left day-to-day programming and created a new position at Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications: Director of Digital and Social Strategies. In 2011, Jacobs Media tapped Lewis to help their clients’ digital and social needs. Most recently, in 2015, Lewis joined Lew Dickey and Cumulus/Westwood One in another newly created position for the industry: Vice President, Social Media.
Marianne Milano’s broadcast career spans 30 years, starting out as a TV news producer, anchor, and reporter at a few television stations on the East Coast and then moving on to host a nightly entertainment program, PM Magazine, in Providence, RI. Through this role, Milano had opportunities to host various TV specials in Boston and Rhode Island as well as LIVE community events for various non-profits.
After her move to Minnesota, Milano became an executive producer and host for video promotions at Internet Broadcasting in Minneapolis, where she produced and hosted TV and online promotions and programs for more than 50 TV stations across the country.
Three years ago, after being a long-time major donor to 98.5 KTIS, Milano joined the radio station, where she now directs the Audience Engagement department.
Michael Shelley has been in Christian radio for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as Executive Assistant to the President, NewLife FM and Life Radio Ministries, Inc. He is a long time member of National Religious Broadcasters and currently serves as a member of the board of directors. He has served on the NRB Radio Committee and as First Vice Chairman of the NRB Southeast Chapter. He has served as station manager for WJYO-FM in Ft. Myers, FL., Director of Media Services for Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, and as Assistant Station Manager at WRAF, Toccoa Falls, GA. He recently earned fellows positions with The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and The C.S. Lewis Institute in Atlanta, GA.
Wayne Shepherd is a veteran radio broadcaster with 45 years of experience as a voice talent, interviewer, radio host, and producer.
Shepherd is the host of several nationally syndicated radio programs, including First Person, a weekly interview program.
His volunteer work includes serving on the boards of The Far East Broadcasting Company, Mission Eurasia, and the National Religious Broadcasters.
Shepherd and his wife, Rebecca, live near Chicago and are the parents of two adult children.
Widely recognized as one of the most visionary leaders in the radio industry, Jeffrey H. Smulyan serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis–based radio and magazine publishing company with operations in nine U.S. markets.
Smulyan formed and became principal shareholder of Emmis in 1980. A public company since 1994, Emmis owns and operates 19 FM and four AM radio stations in the nation’s largest markets and city/regional magazines, including national titles Texas Monthly and Los Angeles. Emmis owns the two top hip-hop brands in the world, KPWR Power 106 in Los Angeles and HOT 97 in New York City.
Radio industry newspaper R & R voted Smulyan one of the 10 most influential radio executives of the past two decades. He has been inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the Indiana Business Hall of Fame.
Matt Thomas serves as the Executive Director of Know The Truth Ministries, the Bible teaching ministry of Pastor Philip De Courcy. For over 20 years, Matt has served within Pastoral and Educational ministries in the church and Christian college arena. Motivated by the joy God allows people to experience when they eternally invest in the life of another, he desires to assist gospel-centered ministries in accomplishing the beautiful work of reaching people with the truth of God’s Word.
Matt and his wife, Beth, have been married for 21 years and have three daughters, Emma, Eliana, and Abby. He is currently a doctoral candidate, researching mentoring and leadership at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Paul H. Virts
Dr. Paul Virts recently opened his own media consulting business. 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 Summit Speakers
Greg Bogdan is Chief Operating Officer of Total Living International (TLI), a Christian media communications group with several divisions, including Total Living Network and Four:2 Media. Greg has been in Christian media for over 15 years and has a passion to impact society with the message of the gospel. Prior to his position with TLI, Greg was Founder and President of Christian Alliance Media Group, Inc., a Christian station representation agency. As part of his passion to reach the lost, Greg also has invested considerable time in West Africa, preaching in prisons and providing pastoral training.
Brod Boyd serves as a consultant to media, non-profit, and governmental agencies. He’s among an elite list of professionals having experience working directly for ministries, running a TV station and a media buying/planning company, and providing operational guidance for portfolio companies through an Atlanta-based venture capital firm. He has a passion for ministries and speaks frequently at churches and ministries on the importance of “raising the standard.”
Todd Cantelon is the creative lead at TMG STUDIOS, Canada’s #1 independent producer of Christian programming. TMG STUDIOS also produces mainstream biography and documentary content for worldwide distribution. Having overseen the production of more than 2,500 television episodes, along with numerous music videos, commercials, and even a narrative project or two since getting his start in the business at 19, Todd is a grizzled vet by any standard (beard notwithstanding).
Philip Kwiatkowski started working at Pacific Garden Mission as a counsellor while he was a student at Moody Bible Institute more than 25 years ago. On August 13, 2013, Kwiatkowski was elected the ninth President of Pacific Garden Mission.
In the first six months of Kwiatkowski’s appointment, he addressed and reformed the entire staff and the chain of command for leadership. He responded to the record numbers of more than 1,100 people in the facility in 2015 by successfully implementing a new mission and vision statement.
In addition to overseeing America’s oldest continuously operating Gospel rescue mission, Pastor Phil is actively involved in the UNSHACKLED! radio drama and the Pacific Garden Mission television program.
Two decades ago, Steve Newton founded Newton Media with a desire to do better for his clients. Since then, Newton Media has generated more than $500 million in donations and product sales for their clients. Newton provides media planning, buying, and ROI tracking to faith-based ministries, humanitarian organizations, and direct response programmers across the globe. Newton had previously served as Director of Media at the Christian Broadcasting Network and as COO/Partner of Features International. Newton Media is headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, with offices in Dallas, TX, and Cave Creek, AZ.
Tore Stautland is a seasoned executive and innovator with over 25 years of experience in Christian market strategy in over 30 countries. Founder and CEO of The Trillennium Media Group Inc., which operates a full production studio and manages Christian programming on three national television networks. Stautland currently serves on the NRB Television Committee.
John is President of INFORM Media & Analytics, a media agency that uses state-of-the-art media tools and broadcast television’s best practices in media placement. INFORM supplies clients with ongoing audience analysis, and program content analysis that links programming to fundraising.
John served as VP of Marketing for CBN for 13-years responsible for—CBN program placement, CBN Audience Research, CBN Program Analysis, CBN Program Promotion, CBN Advertising Sales, and oversaw CBN Donor Research, and CBN Creative Services.
John spent 26 years in secular broadcasting management working for NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates in New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Norfolk VA. Positions held were, LSM, NSM, GSM – VP for The New York Times Broadcast Group.
Robin has over 25 years of experience in advertising with a specialization in radio, TV, and print. She has worked extensively with non-profit organizations as well as commercial groups; however, her heart is in ministry. Robin’s expertise in the industry provides her clients with an ideal foundation for any successful media campaign. Robin has represented hundreds of organizations in all forms of media from one station start-ups to national and international campaigns. With experience as a radio station GM, broadcast broker, nationally syndicated radio personality, and now an agency owner, she truly offers a full service, hands-on approach to her clients.
FCC Session Speakers
Hardy, Carey, Chautin & Balkin, LLP, is a law firm that advises broadcasters across the United States on all aspects of station operations, including FCC regulatory compliance, tower and studio leases, asset sales, and intellectual property.
As an original and continuing member of NRB’s President’s Council, Chautin frequently assists NRB on FCC broadcast regulatory matters, including preparing and filing comments in FCC regulatory proceedings and in presentations on current FCC matters. He has been co-counsel on two amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court on FCC indecency enforcement.
Parul P. Desai is currently an attorney adviser with the Audio Division in the Media Bureau. Prior to rejoining the Audio Division, Parul served as Assistant Bureau Chief and Director of Consumer Engagement in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Parul also served as the first Open Internet ombudsperson, the public’s primary point of contact within the agency for formal and informal questions and complaints related to the Open Internet rules. Prior to joining the FCC, she was Policy Counsel for media, telecommunications and technology policy at Consumers Union and Vice President at Media Access Project. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and New York Law School.
Kathleen A. Kirby is a Partner with Wiley Rein, LLP in Washington, DC, and Chair of the firm’s Media Group. Ms. Kirby’s practice involves advising some of the country’s largest media groups on regulatory and policy matters, representing radio and television stations in connection with the full realm of FCC compliance, and counseling clients on the sale and acquisition of broadcast properties. She regularly advocates on behalf of media clients before Congress and the FCC. In addition, Ms. Kirby assists television, radio, and news media clients on any number of business matters. Ms. Kirby was chosen by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s 75 Outstanding Women Lawyers, and she is regularly rated by Chambers USA as one of Washington, DC’s “Leading Lawyers” in her field.
Before attending law school, Ms. Kirby worked for almost a decade as a radio broadcaster in New York and Connecticut.
Davina S. Sashkin
Davina Sashkin is a Member of the boutique media and telecommunications firm Fletcher, Heald, & Hildreth, PLC. She specializes in broadcast media regulation and compliance, telecommunications policy matters, and media and telecommunications transactions. Ms. Sashkin has significant expertise in all matters of FCC regulation, licensing, and compliance of broadcast television and radio stations, and she frequently represents client interests in legal and policy proceedings before the FCC. Prior to joining Fletcher, Heald, & Hildreth in 2008, Ms. Sashkin was an associate with the communications firm Irwin, Campbell & Tannenwald, P.C., and completed legal clerkships with the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to law school, Ms. Sashkin worked in the field of corporate communications.
Ms. Sashkin is a graduate of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, where she earned a certificate in Communications Law Studies and served as editor-in-chief of the Commlaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Policy. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University. Ms. Sashkin is a frequent speaker to industry groups and trade associations.
Pat Boone is the ORIGINAL American Idol with his trademark white buck shoes, perfectly combed hair and gleaming smile. Pat is a best-selling author, successful entrepreneur, chart-topping recording star, family man, and legendary humanitarian. With more than 45 million units sold and 38 Top-40 hits, Pat was recognized by Billboard Magazine as one of Rock’s Top 10 recording artist in history. In 2003, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. Pat first appeared on the record charts in 1955 when he was 20, and soon after became the youngest person to host a weekly musical variety show on ABC. His film credits include State Fair, Journey to the Center Of The Earth, April Love, The Cross And The Switchblade, and The Greatest Story Ever Told.
Keith and Kristyn Getty
Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. They have created a distinguished catalogue of songs, reinventing the traditional hymn form by writing songs that teach Christian doctrine while crossing musical genres, connecting the world of traditional and classical composition with contemporary and globally accessible melodies.
The repertoire of Getty hymns (many penned with long-time writing partner, Stuart Townend) includes “In Christ Alone,” “The Power of the Cross,” “Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed,” “By Faith,” and scores of others. Their hymns top CCLI rankings, national “most-loved” and “most-sung” lists, and are estimated to be sung by 100 million people in churches around the world each year.
The 22-year-old from Whitley County, Kentucky, Jordan Smith stands out as the highest-selling artist to ever emerge from NBC’s EMMY AWARD®-winning The Voice. In less than six months, he sold over 1 million singles and made Voice history by landing 4 songs in the Top 10—the most of any artist from the show. Meanwhile, eight of his songs went Top 10, 6 hit Top 3, and 3 captured #1 on all of iTunes. He is one of only two artists, alongside Cassadee Pope, to notch three #1’s during the show’s season. Smith released a full-length album, Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection, on iTunes one day after his win. Overnight, the album skyrocketed to the Top 5 on the iTunes Overall Album Chart and debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #11. His take on Queen’s “Somebody To Love” unseated Adele’s “Hello” from #1 on iTunes Overall Top Songs chart in a matter of hours, moving 164 thousand-plus copies first week and clinching #1 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart. The following week his performance of “Mary Did You Know” also shot up to the #1 spot on iTunes and topped SoundScan’s Digital Songs Chart at #1, selling 161 thousand copies in the first week. “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “Hallelujah” went #1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart, and he became “the first artist to replace himself at #1 on the chart.” Jordan also holds the record on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart for “the first act to own both the #1 and #2 titles concurrently” with “Mary Did You Know” and “Hallelujah.”
Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician who 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 ASCAP’s 100th anniversary, Smith, along with Amy Grant, was honored as “a cornerstone of Christian music” for his groundbreaking career and significant influence on the genre.
He actively supports the teen club Rocketown, Compassion International, and Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by Franklin Graham..