Former President of Capitol Publishing
Throughout his more than 50 years in music, Eddie DeGarmo has had a storied career with success as an artist, songwriter, producer, and businessman. He was one of the leading pioneers of contemporary Christian music as part of the rock duo DeGarmo & Key, which was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. During his 17 years with DeGarmo & Key and a successful solo endeavor, DeGarmo sold millions of albums and garnered 9 Grammy nominations and dozens of Dove Award nominations. He went on to co-found ForeFront Records, where he developed multi-platinum selling and Grammy-winning artists such as dc Talk, Stacie Orrico, Audio Adrenaline, Geoff Moore and the Distance, and Rebecca St. James. He was then recruited to lead the largest faith-based music publisher, Capitol CMG Publishing. Under his supervision that company went on to change the face of “Modern Worship” music. Eddie and Susan enjoy their daughters, son in laws, and grandkids in Nashville.
DR. TONY EVANS
Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff
Dr. Tony Evans is a pastor, best-selling author, and frequent speaker at Bible conferences and seminars. Dr. Evans has served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for more than 40 years, witnessing its growth from ten people in 1976 to now more than 10,000 congregants and 100 ministries. Dr. Evans also serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, “The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans,” is heard on more than 1,400 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. Dr. Evans was married to Lois for more than 50 years until Lois transitioned to glory in late 2019. They are the proud parents of four, grandparents of thirteen, and great-grandparents of three.
REV. JONATHAN FALWELL
Senior Pastor, Thomas Road
Rev. Jonathan Falwell is the senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church. He has served as senior pastor since June of 2007. Rev. Falwell has been in full-time ministry since 1994. He has been married to Shari since 1992 and they have four children; Jonathan Jr. (born 1996), Jessica (born 1997), Natalie, and Nicholas (twins born in 2000).
GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE
Former Governor of Arkansas,
TV Host, Author, and Speaker
Mike Huckabee is the host of the weekly TV show “Huckabee” on TBN, as well as a Fox News contributor, New York Times bestselling author of 14 books, and a frequent speaker for corporate, civic, and non-profit groups all over the world. He was the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007, becoming one of the longest-serving Governors in his state’s history. He left a legacy of tax cuts, job creation, reconstruction of the state road system, K-16 education reform, and a nationally heralded and duplicated health initiative that focused on prevention. His administration fought long-standing corruption in the state’s political machine. In 2008 and 2016, he ran for President of the United States, finishing second in the Republican primary in 2008. An avid musician since age 11, Mike is a bass player and often joins guest artists on his weekly television show. He and his wife Janet live in Arkansas and have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
DR. JOHNNY HUNT
Pastor, Evangelist, and Author
Others. That singular focus summarizes the 33 years of contagious passion that Pastor Johnny imparted to First Baptist Church Woodstock and the countless lives across the globe his preaching and shepherding have touched. While the church experienced significant growth under his leadership, the growth of the person, not the platform, energizes a ministry that sees its best days ahead. Pastor Johnny now serves as the Senior Vice President of Evangelism and Leadership at the North American Mission Board. He also served at three churches in his native North Carolina: Lavonia Baptist Church in Mooresboro, Falls Baptist Church in Wake Forest, and Longleaf Baptist Church in Wilmington. Pastor Johnny’s educational credits include a Bachelors of Arts in Religion from Gardner-Webb College and a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Foremost among the “others” he lives for are his wife of 50 years, Janet; his two daughters, Deanna and Hollie; and his four grandchildren: Katie, Carson, Hope, and Addie.
DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
Pastor, Evangelist, and Author
Dr. Robert Jeffress is Senior Pastor of the 14,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas and a Fox News Contributor. He is also an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Jeffress hosts a daily radio program, “Pathway to Victory,” that is heard nationwide on more than 1,000 stations. He also hosts a daily television program, “Pathway to Victory,” that can be seen on the Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN). Dr. Jeffress is the author of 27 books including, Not All Roads Lead to Heaven, A Place Called Heaven, Choosing the Extraordinary Life, Courageous, and his newest book, Invincible, releasing in September 2021. Dr. Jeffress graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a D.Min.; he has a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary; and a B.S. degree from Baylor University. In May 2010, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University. Dr. Jeffress and his wife Amy have two daughters and three grandchildren.
DR. AL MOHLER
President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary–the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.” Dr. Mohler also serves as president of the Evangelical Theological Society, and 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 is a regular commentator on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Dr. Mohler’s mission is to address contemporary issues from a consistent and explicit Christian worldview. He is the author of several books, including We Cannot Be Silent, Conviction to Lead, Culture Shift, and Words From the Fire. He and Mary have two children, Katie and Christopher, and are the proud grandparents of Benjamin, Henry, and Margaret.
President of Arizona Christian University
Len Munsil, the sixth President of Arizona Christian University, has an accomplished record as an attorney, public policy expert, a conservative organizational entrepreneur, journalist, educator, and author. Under his presidential leadership, which began September 27, 2010, the school has changed its name, raised visibility, expanded course offerings and majors, dramatically increased fundraising, clarified its conservative theological and cultural mission, experienced large enrollment gains and more than tripled its campus footprint by moving to a beautiful new campus in Glendale. He is author of Transforming Culture With Truth—which shares how ACU’s Core Commitments reflect the biblical principles and values that built Western Civilization, and how young people committed to biblical truth are needed in leadership today. Beginning in 1994, he served as an Adjunct Professor and member of the Board of Trustees at ACU, then known as Southwestern College. He earned his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and has been admitted to practice in state and federal courts since 1988.
David Nasser Outreach
For more than 30 years, David Nasser Outreach has proclaimed the redemptive message of the gospel through relevant, biblically grounded methods of teaching, writing. and consulting. David and Jennifer have been married for 25 years. Together they have raised their daughter, Grace and their son, Rudy, who happily married Rachel in the summer of 2018. David served as Campus Pastor and Senior Vice President of Spiritual Development at Liberty University for seven years, before recently relocating with his family to Franklin, Tenn., where he is now serving as President of For Others Collective, a non-profit that serves at-risk children in America’s foster care system.
Director of Community Outreach
Southern Baptist Convention
Trillia Newbell is the author of the kids’ books Creative God, Colorful Us, and God’s Very Good Idea; a Bible study on Hebrews 11, A Great Cloud of Witnesses; and a Bible study on Romans 8, If God Is For Us. She has also authored the books Sacred Endurance, Enjoy, Fear and Faith, and United. Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in numerous publications. She was also a commentator for World Radio. She has spoken at numerous conferences, churches, women’s retreats, and colleges and seminaries. She spent seven years serving as the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. She is currently an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers. Trillia’s greatest love besides God is her family. She is married to her best friend and love, Thern. They reside with their two children near Nashville.
DR. ED NEWTON
Pastor of Community Bible Church
Dr. Ed Newton is the lead pastor of Community Bible Church, in San Antonio—a 27,000-member congregation; a multiple-campus, missional community of multigenerational, multicultural disciple makers who seek to initiate and celebrate life-change in Jesus’ name. Pastor Ed and his wife Stephanie have four children: London, Lola, Liv, and Lawson. Together they seek to lead a generation of people to hear God’s voice and respond in extreme faith in obedience. Dr. Newton is an author, speaker, and a leader with an intentional burden to speak into the capital “C” Church towards revival, leadership, evangelism, discipleship, leadership, missional living, and especially for the “next” generation to become a “now” generation. He received his formal training from several institutions: a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries from Clearwater Christian College, Masters in Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Masters in Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry in Pulpit Communication from Trinity Theological Seminary.
Host of the Ramsey Show,
Author, and Speaker
Dave Ramsey is a No. 1 national bestselling author, personal finance expert, and host of The Ramsey Show, heard by more than 18 million listeners each week. He has authored seven national bestselling books including The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership, and Smart Money Smart Kids. Since 1992, Dave has helped people regain control of their money, build wealth, and enhance their lives. He also serves as CEO for Ramsey Solutions.
PASTOR ADRIAN ROGERS
Pastor, Teacher, and Author
Pastor, teacher, and author Adrian Rogers has introduced people all over the world to the love of Jesus Christ and has impacted untold numbers of lives by presenting profound biblical truth with such simplicity that “a 5-year-old can understand it, and yet, it still speaks to the heart of the 50-year-old.” Love Worth Finding was started in 1987 as the broadcast ministry of Adrian Rogers and remains the exclusive provider of his comprehensive teachings today. By connecting others with his plainspoken and timeless biblical wisdom through resources like books, video, and audio recordings, digital content, and other media, we seek to not only reach non-Christians with the hope of Jesus, but strengthen and encourage everyday Christians in their faith as well. Adrian Rogers’ unique ability to apply biblical truth to everyday life is yet unparalleled by other modern teachers. And Love Worth Finding is dedicated to glorifying God by honoring that legacy and expanding his impact.
For Jennifer Rothschild, “It is well with my soul” are much more than the lyrics from a familiar hymn; they represent a foundation upon which life lessons have been learned … in the dark. At fifteen, Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight. Her dreams of becoming a commercial artist and cartoonist faded. Words and music have replaced her canvas and palette for more than 30 years. Through her signature wit and poignant storytelling, audiences are prompted to look beyond their circumstances to find unique gifts in unusual packaging. Jennifer has taken her message of encouragement across the country speaking at national and regional gatherings of busy professionals, dedicated volunteers, and overwhelmed moms and dads. She is the author of 17 books She resides in Springfield, Missouri with her husband of 31 years, Dr. Philip Rothschild, a professor. They have two sons, Clayton, married to Caroline, and Connor. Her favorite title is Gigi to her three grandsons.
JONAH SORRENTINO (KJ-52)
Artist, Author, Speaker
Jonah Sorrentino, better known by his stage name KJ-52, is a Christian rapper originally from Tampa. KJ-52 has won six Dove Awards, four in the Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year category and two in the Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year. He also holds a Guinness Book of World Records in freestyling. Jonah and his wife have three kids. After 20 years of doing music full time, Jonah now serves on the pastoral staff of Christian Life Fellowship in Cape Coral, Florida.
Author, Apologist, and Evangelist
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a bestselling author of more than 40 books and curricula that have sold 14 million copies. He currently serves as Founding Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University. He was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree). After probing the evidence for Jesus for nearly two years, Lee became a Christian in 1981. He subsequently became a teaching pastor at three of America’s largest churches and hosted the network TV program Faith Under Fire. He has taught First Amendment law at Roosevelt University and Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. In 2017, Lee’s spiritual journey was depicted in an award-winning motion picture The Case for Christ, based on his classic book. His other books include The Case for Faith, The Case for Grace, and his latest, The Case for Heaven.
Founder of Groundworks Ministries
Steve Wiggins is a five-time Grammy Award nominee. For his band Big Tent Revival, Steve penned 10 No. 1 radio singles, including “Two Set of Joneses,” “Choose Life,” and “WWJD.” Following his time as a recording artist, Steve became a pastor and has served on the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, Greg Laurie’s Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, and most recently at Bellevue Baptist Church in Tennessee. Steve is the founder of Living Room Study and Groundworks Ministries, both discipleship ministries that focus on Biblical literacy. Having written a chapter-by-chapter devotional of the entire Bible, Steve is the daily content provider and weekly teacher for various Bible studies, including the Bible Museum on The Square’s Bible Study on the Square and Bellevue Baptist Church’s Bible Challenge. The goal of Steve’s ministry is to elevate the faith of program participants by leading them to a comprehensive knowledge of the entire Bible. Steve, his wife Misti, and their family live in Memphis.
PASTOR KEN WHITTEN
Pastor of Idelwild Baptist Church
Dr. Ken Whitten is Ginny’s husband of 44 years; Dad to four adult children: Tara, Andy, Kimberly, and Philip, who all serve and follow Jesus; Poppy to 13 grandkids; and Senior Pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Florida. Key highlights of his ministry include serving as President of the Florida Baptist Convention, President of the SBC Pastors’ Conference, IMB Trustee, FCA National Board Member, Guidestone Board Member, Member of the Great Commission Task Force, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain, and many other SBC initiatives. As Pastor Adrian Rogers mentored Pastor Ken, he enjoys mentoring up-and-coming pastors. The strength of Pastor Ken’s ministry is Jesus and Ginny, in that order. His 32 years of ministry at Idlewild have included two campus build outs, five church plants, and a current membership of nearly 14,000. Pastor Ken is an expository Bible preacher with a busy global speaking schedule, but he is rarely out of the pulpit at Idlewild.