Speakers

Michelle Aguilar
Speaker and Author

America’s first glimpse of Michelle Aguilar and her story was in the fall of 2008 as a contestant on season 6 of NBC’s hit reality weight-loss show, The Biggest Loser – Families Edition. As her story unfolded, the pain and burden she carried from her parents’ divorce became more apparent. The viewing audience at home instantly felt a deep and powerful connection with Michelle. She credits her faith for her ability to emerge a stronger woman, forever changed by the circumstances of her life, but not defined by them.

Michelle has been featured in numerous magazines and TV shows including Ellen, Larry King Live and Today. As a sought-after speaker and author, Michelle travels the country sharing her story with others. She also lends her voice to advocate on behalf of charities, notably grassroots advocacy for the American Heart Association. When she is not traveling, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Micah, and their two young girls, Roxy and Ruby.

Tim Clinton
President of the American Association of Christian Counselors

Tim Clinton is the President of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. Dr. Clinton also serves as the Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute and recurring cohost of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, heard on nearly 1,300 radio outlets daily. He is the author or editor of nearly 30 books, and founder of Light University. Tim has been married 39 years to his wife, Julie, and they have two children, Megan and Zach.

Phil Cooke
Filmmaker, Writer and Media Consultant

Phil Cooke, founder of Cooke Media Group, has produced media programming in more than 60 countries around the world. He has created and produced many successful Christian and inspirational TV programs and changed the way church and ministry leaders engage today’s culture with the Gospel. His most recent project is Unique: The Ultimate Planner for Creative Professionals, a powerful print notebook that brings today’s priorities, tasks and events together to help release a person’s creative thinking. Phil, who has been called “one of the most innovative communicators of our generation,” blogs at philcooke.com and has been a contributor to Fast Company, Forbes.com, Wired.com, and FoxNews.com.

Jon Erwin
Film Producer, Director & Screenwriter

Jon Erwin, along with his brother, Andrew, are a Christian filmmaking team developing and producing unique stories of redemption, faith and triumph of the human spirit. Beginning as camera operators for ESPN, they later formed their own company, producing commercials, documentaries and music videos. In 2010, they shifted their focus to feature films, and are known for such films as October Baby, Woodlawn, I Can Only Imagine, and I Still Believe.

Craig Groeschel
Founder & Senior Pastor of Life.Church and Author

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative multi-site church that started in a two-car garage in Edmond, Oklahoma in January 1996. While Life.Church has grown over the years, its mission remains the same: to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Under Craig’s leadership, the church has become known for its innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel, launching the first fully digital church experience and the most downloaded mobile Bible app in history, YouVersion. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author of books such as Dangerous Prayers, Hope in the Dark, and Divine Direction. Craig and his wife, Amy, live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area and have six children. To learn more about Craig, visit www.craiggroeschel.com.

O.S. Hawkins
President and Chief Executive Officer GuideStone Financial Resources

Fort Worth native Dr. O.S. Hawkins came to GuideStone Financial Resources in 1997 as president and chief executive officer. Prior to his tenure at GuideStone, he served as pastor of several churches, including two of the Southern Baptist Convention’s most noted churches: First Baptist of Dallas, where he succeeded the legendary Dr. W.A. Criswell, and First Baptist of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In addition, Hawkins is a noted author, having published more than 25 books throughout his ministry. He has been married to his wife, Susie, since 1970, and they have two married daughters, Wendy and Holly; two sons-in-law, Brian and David; and six grandchildren.

Leanne Jamieson
Executive Director of Prestonwood Pregnancy Center

As Executive Director of Prestonwood Pregnancy Center, Leanne Jamieson oversees programs that provide thousands of women medical services, practical support and resources necessary to move them beyond crisis pregnancies to make life-affirming choices. Leanne’s career path includes corporate roles in marketing, human resources and leadership development as God slowly redirected her path to utilize her gifts to help women. She served as Women’s Ministry Director at both Second Baptist Church in Katy, Texas, and Prestonwood Baptist Church. Leanne has been married to her husband, Rob, for 30 years and they have two sons: Neal, who is a U.S. Army veteran now attending college, and Trevor, a pastor who is married to Siera.

Karol Ladd
Speaker and Author

Karol Ladd is known as “The Positive Lady.” As the author of more than 35 inspirational books, Karol communicates a message of growth, wisdom and teamwork in facing obstacles in both life and work. Karol is the founder of Positive Life Principles, Inc., and currently serves as the executive director of Engage Positive Parenting Initiative, which reaches men and women in communities affected by poverty and adversity. Her most valued role is that of wife to Curt and mother to two grown daughters, Grace and Joy.

Greg Laurie
Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship and Author

Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii, a church of some 15,000 people. Laurie has seen more than a half million make professions of faith during Harvest America, a nationwide, live Internet crusade that ranks among the largest presentations of the Gospel in U.S. history. His nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, is broadcast on more than 800 radio outlets around the world; he has a weekly television program on TBN, and he has published more than 70 books. Greg and his wife, Cathe, have two sons and five grandchildren.

Cissie Graham Lynch
Speaker and Podcaster

Cissie Graham Lynch, daughter of Franklin Graham and granddaughter of the late Rev. Billy Graham, is “a voice and advocate for women, children, the weak and the hurting,” and through her podcast, Fearless, she brings “awareness to their conditions” and seeks to “reach them to provide education of basic skills, necessities and inspiration for furthering their knowledge to grow and better themselves.” She and her husband, Corey, have two children.

Johnnie Moore
Author and Foremost Spokesperson for Persecuted Christians

Author, speaker and public intellectual Johnnie Moore is best known for his extensive humanitarian work in the most difficult places in the world. His services include Senior Fellow at the Liberty University Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, Fellow of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, Senior Editorial Advisory to The Christian Post, and regular contributor to Fox News. Among many honors, in April 2017, he was awarded the coveted medal of valor by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., for his work on behalf of persecuted Christians. The additional honoree that same evening was the late Prime Minister of Israel, Simon Peres.

Robert Morgan
Teaching Pastor of The Donelson Fellowship and Author

Robert J. Morgan is the teaching pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for 38 years. He is a best-selling author, with more than 35 books in print and speaks widely at churches, conferences, schools, and corporate events. He was caregiver to his wife, Katrina, who died in November after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. He has three daughters and fourteen grandchildren.

Carey Nieuwhof
Founding Pastor of Connexus Church

Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church. He has written several best-selling books, hosts the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, blogs at CareyNieuwhof.com, and speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth. His content is accessed more than a million times a month by leaders.

Ralph Reed
Political Consultant & Author

Ralph Reed is Founder and Chairman of Faith and Freedom Coalition, a public policy organization with more than 1.8 million members and supporters. He is also Chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, a public relations and public affairs firm. Reed serves on the Faith Advisory Board for President Donald Trump and is the author or editor of eight best-selling books. He earned his B.A. from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in history from Emory University. He and his wife, Jo Anne, have four children and one grandchild and reside in Atlanta, Ga.

William Vanderbloemen
CEO and Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group

William Vanderbloemen is CEO and founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group, helping churches and ministries connect with the right key people. He is a key speaker in church services and leadership conferences across the country. He is an avid social networker, and his latest book is Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace. William and his wife, Adrienne, and their seven children live in Houston, Texas.

Sheila Walsh
Speaker and Author

Best-selling author, Bible teacher, television host, wife and mom Sheila Walsh has spoken to more than 6 million women worldwide. A native of Scotland, Sheila reaches a potential of 100 million people with her Life Today television program. Her books have sold more than 5 million copies, and her latest is Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say. Sheila and her family are longtime members of Prestonwood Baptist Church.