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August 17, 2013

Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa was reverberating with nearly 2000 Summit goers. Speakers from Stephen Baldwin, to Dr. Del Tackett, to Rick Santorum, to Senator Ted Cruz, to Donald Trump and many other prominent national and regional leaders took to the stage and energized the Social Conservative Base.

As a visual review, pictures of all the speakers have been posted on our FaceBook page. Here are direct links to each of the three albums. Segment 1, Segment 2, Segment 3.

Otherwise, visit our FaceBook page to see all our posts and catch up on the latest… TFL FaceBook >>

Look for video clips and more pictures to be posted in the days and weeks ahead. There is a mountain of excellent leadership examples from The Family Leadership Summit 2013 currently being harvested for you!


August 12, 2013

All the staff here at The FAMiLY LEADER are catching our breath from another very successful Summit. As we sift through all the great comments and stories coming into the office, a few will be shared as well as pictures, video and quotes. We will be posting those in the days and weeks ahead.

In the meantime, here are a few media reports that do a good job capturing some of the happenings at the Family Leadership Summit 2013. Look for more of these in the future too.


Steve Deace
Steve’s Take on the Summit

The Iowa Republican
Donald Trump Chats with The Iowa Republican

Cruz Garnering Excitement Across Republican Factions

Summit Fires up Conservatives

Caffeinated Thoughts
Ted-Cruz, Rick Santorum and Iowa Evangelicals

Des Moines Register’s Jennifer Jacobs…

on Ted Cruz:

on Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds:

on Dr. Del Tackett:

on Senator Grassley:

on Steve King:



August 10, 2013 (updated)


Watch the Summit re-broadcast on-line ANYTIME!



>> It’s here!

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August 9, 2013

>> Final preparations have begun for the Summit!



>> The Youth Leadership Academy is well underway, and kids are having a great time learning!

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>> Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough had a great interview on Great Day 23

jpegWatch the show! (14 min)



August 6, 2013

>> Downloadable form is removed.  All ticket purchases must go through TicketMaster.   For all Summit mail-in ticket forms Stephens Auditorium receives after Sunday, August 4, the tickets will be held in the Stephens Auditorium “will call” area.  Attendees can pick the tickets up the day of the event at the north entrance to the venue.


>>CRUZ ADDS IOWA TRIP - ”U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will headline the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Ronald Reagan Dinner this fall. … Cruz will be in Iowa this weekend to speak to evangelical conservative Christians at a Family Leader summit in Ames. And he was here last month to speak to conservative pastors at an event in Des Moines organized by Christian activist David Lane.”



August 5, 2013

>>  Downloadable form for ticket orders will be removed tonight.

>>  Trump mentioned Bob on Greta tonight…subtitle gave the title of our event at about 4:44.




>>  Insiders interview  Dave Price of WHO13 interviewed Bob about the Summit.



>>    Jennifer Jacobs at the Des Moines Register: If Iowa Straw Poll folds, Family Leader ready to fill in gap



August 1, 2013

It’s been a busy morning!

donaldtrumpwhoradio>> Donald Trump talked with Van and Bonnie on 1040 WHO radio on Thursday morning.

Donald talked about what he thinks needs to happen in our country, and what went wrong with previous presidential campaigns.

audio iconTrump on Van and Bonnie (13 minutes duration un-cut interview)

Donald Trump and Van & Bonnie Discuss:
-Trump coming to the Summit
-Local connections and experiences
-What is Trump known for & the success of NBC’s ‘The Apprentice’
-The assessment of the past election
-The next election’s dynamics in play
-What will make this country great again


>> ‘Great Day’ interviews Bob Vander Plaats about The Family Leadership Summit 2013

(In HD, duration 8 mins)

Topics discussed:
-The Youth Leadership Academy & Stephen Baldwin
-Who is attending the Summit
-Why is Trump coming out to Iowa?
-How much press and media is planning to attend
-What is the prominence of Iowa and the Presidential Election Process
-The dynamics of the political views of Iowans
-Were is the breakdown of the country?
-What does The FAMiLY LEADER stand for?
-A special coupon code for discounted tickets for watchers of ‘Great Day’



July 31, 2013

>> Announced speaker schedule, also on the Schedule tab.

NOTE: Schedule Subject to Change

Session I
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Bob Vander Plaats (President & CEO, The FAMiLY LEADER)
  • Senator Charles Grassley
  • Stephen Baldwin
  • Congressman Steve King
  • Senator Rick Santorum
  • Dr. Del Tackett
  • Governor Terry Branstad

Lunch Break
12:30 PM – 1:40 PM

  •  Citizens United “City on a Hill” movie in auditorium

Session II
1:40 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Joe Miller
  • Doug Napier (Alliance Defending Freedom)
  • Dr. David Noebel (Summit Ministries)
  • Media Panel:  Steve Deace, Jan Mickelson, Alice Stewart, Kevin McCullough
  • Pastor Rafael Cruz
  • Senator Ted Cruz

4:20 PM – 5:00 PM

Session III
5:00 – 7:00 PM

  • Penny Young Nance (CEO, Concerned Women for America)
  • Brian Brown (National Organization for Marriage)
  • John Paulton (CitizenLink)
  • Melody Scalley (Heritage Action)
  • David Bossie (Citizens United)
  • Bob Vander Plaats (The FAMiLY LEADER)
  • Donald Trump


>> Added lots of important information for attendees on the Event Details tab including Understanding the Venue, Food and Water, Restrooms, Interaction with Speakers, and more!


July 30, 2013

Last year’s meeting was a blessing and inspiring!
- Ray and Betty

Get to know…
Senator Ted Cruz




July 26, 2013

I was there last year and it was nothing but AWESOME!!!!
- Ellen

Get to know…
Stephen Baldwin


 van_bonnieDonald Trump will talk with Van and Bonnie on 1040 WHO Radio on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 a.m.  Tune in!



greatday   Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough will be on the Great Day show, KCWI Channel 23 on Friday morning, August 9, at 7:30 a.m.



July 24, 2013

IMG950683In a most interesting interview, Simon Conway of WHO Radio had Bob Vander Plaats as a guest to talk about The Family Leadership Summit.   Simon was curious why The Family Leader was hosting certain speakers at the Summit, and Bob explained why.

Simon also challenged Bob about marriage, and if government should be in the marriage business.

audio iconListen to the exchange here (15 min).



MEDIA ADVISORY: Media wanting to attend the Summit need to request credentials by August 2.



July 23, 2013


Donald Trump will talk with Van and Bonnie on 1040 WHO Radio on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 a.m.  Tune in!

Get to know…
Donald Trump





July 19, 2013

Get to know…
Dr. David Noebel



John Paulton   John Paulton from CitizenLink bio added.



July 18, 2013


The Early Bird coupon code will “fly away” this Saturday at 12:00 noon.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, get them now, while the coupon code still lasts!

Want a more in-depth look at our speakers?  We will be highlighting some of our speakers in a “Get to know…” series, starting off with our keynote speaker, Dr. Del Tackett!




July 17, 2013

Just posted bio of Joe Miller.  Joe is a very articulate voice for conservative ideals.  Joe graduated from West Point in the top 1% of his class.  He then served as an armor officer with the 1st Infantry Division, seeing combat in Desert Storm. During his exceptional service, he was decorated with the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and other awards. After active duty, Joe attended Yale Law School where he earned his juris doctorate. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Alaska.  Read more in his bio below…

joemillerthm   Joe Miller – US Senate Candidate in Alaska



July 16, 2013

Exciting things are coming together at the Summit.  We just posted these bios of some of our speakers:

   Alison Howard – Concerned Women for America

   Penny Young Nance – Concerned Women for America

   Doug Napier – Alliance Defending Freedom

   Stephen Baldwin – Actor, conservative radio host


“The Family Leader is sounding a clear call for God’s people to engage in spiritual warfare for our culture and our families (I Cor.14:8).  Mark this event on your calendars today!”

~Pastor Jech, Marshalltown



July 15, 2013

Academy2013flier_thmbDownloadable poster for Academy is now available.






FLS13COLORposterlogoJuly 11, 2013

Downloadable poster for Summit is now available.




July 10, 013

FLS13COLORdownloadlogoDownloadable fliers are available.

We are one month away!  Tickets are selling fast, get yours today!



baldwinmcculloughJuly 9, 2013
Newly Confirmed Speakers:
Actor Stephen Baldwin and conservative talk show host Kevin McCullough have confirmed they will speak at FLS2013.


July 1, 2013

New Anchor Sponsors and Additional Speakers for The Family Leadership Summit

Tickets go on sale today, purchase yours here!

June 24, 2013

Newly Confirmed Speakers:

Father-Son Team of Senator Ted Cruz and Pastor Rafael Cruz Added To  Featured Speaker Line Up at The Family Leadership Summit


June 22, 2013

Newly Confirmed Speaker:

The FAMiLY LEADER Announces Businessman Donald Trump as Featured Speaker at The Family Leadership Summit


June 19, 2013

Newly Confirmed Speaker:

Former Senator Rick Santorum to Join Speaker Line Up at The Family Leadership Summit


 June 17, 2013

Del-Tackett_webThe FAMiLY LEADER Announces The Family Leadership Summit

“Leading With Principle Over Politics” Theme of This Year’s Summit, with Del Tackett as keynote speaker, architect of Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project