SPEAKERS

George Barna has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media development, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group in 1984 (now Barna Group) and helped it become a leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture before selling it in 2009. His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. Barna has been hailed as “the most quoted person in the Christian Church today” and has been named by various media as one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders.

 

 


David and Jason Benham are former professional baseball players, nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, and best selling authors. Their rise to success earned them a reality show with HGTV that was set to air in the fall of 2014 – yet the show was abruptly cancelled because of their commitment to Biblical values. Appearing on CNN, Fox News, ESPN, ABC’s Nightline & Good Morning America, the Benham’s continue to stand up for what they believe and encourage others to do the same. David and Jason have a combined 9 children and live on the same street in Charlotte, NC.

 

 


U.S. Senator Joni Ernst represents Iowa elected in the November 2014 election. She previously served as a Republican member of the Iowa Senate from 2011 to 2014 and as a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard prior to retiring from the military in 2015. Senator Ernst is the first woman to represent Iowa in the United States Congress and the first female veteran from any state to serve in the United States Senate.

 

 


Dr. Jim Garlow is the Senior Pastor at Skyline Church in San Diego, California and is heard daily on over 800 radio outlets in his one-minute commentary, “The Garlow Perspective.”  Jim Garlow came to national attention in 2008 for his leadership role in organizing religious groups to support California Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.  He has done over 900 radio, TV and print interviews, national and local, covering a wide-range of historical, theological, and political topics.

 

 


Bob Vander Plaats is President and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. His leadership and voice for the family is frequently noted and his comments are widely requested by a vast array of national and international media outlets. The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and many others have referenced Bob as, “Kingmaker,” while Bob prefers the designation of “Standard Bearer.” His passion to make a difference is contagious and his insight intriguing as he weaves lessons from his various experiences and leadership successes in education, in health care and human services, in politics, in business and in ministry.

Bob’s most recent book, If 7:14…An Urgent Call for Revival…It’s Time, is an urgent and compelling call to revival based upon 2 Chronicles 7:14, a passage that gives God’s people a glimpse of His heart and a template for revival. Visit www.if714.com.

 

 


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