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Stephen Kendrick has dedicated his life to serving Jesus Christ and to making Him known around the world. He is a co-writer for the screenplays and books and the producer for the Kendrick Brothers' films.
Stephen has spoken to churches, conferences, and seminars around the nation, and has been interviewed by FOX and Friends, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Washington Post, and other media outlets. He is a co-founder and board member of the Fatherhood Commission. He graduated from Kennesaw State University and attended seminary before being ordained into ministry.
Stephen and his wife, Jill, live in Albany, Georgia, where they homeschool their six children. They are active members of Sherwood Church in Albany.
HEALTH & FITNESS EXPERT
Kim Dolan Leto helps women around the world to reach and maintain their health, happiness and fitness potential. Dedicated to inspiring, motivating, and educating women to find lasting health, Kim's own transformation story and message of achieving health and happiness in Christ sets her apart from others in the field.
Kim is a well-known published fitness expert, speaker and author with a passion for leading women to experience faith-inspired transformations that affect their physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.
She is the director of family health and wellness for the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), holds a degree in business, is a certified fitness trainer and nutrition specialist, and has completed Dale Carnegie's High-Impact Presentations speaker training course.
Kim is devoted to God and desires to make His name famous in the world of fitness. She resides in Arizona and enjoys spending time with her loving husband and their three beautiful children.
Chaplain (Major General) Cecil R. Richardson, USAF retired as the 16th Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force, effective June 1, 2012, with an official retirement ceremony on May 30, 2012. He was appointed to that assignment on May 28, 2008.
Richardson, a member of the Assemblies of God, was the first Pentecostal minister to be promoted to flag officer rank in the U.S. Air Force. He has said that his role was to be "a pastor to Christians, and a chaplain to all."
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Rob Dempsey topic: "Stop: No More Excuses" 7 lessons learned by two former fat DJs. As Operation/Program Director and Morning Show Host, Rob saw an opportunity to create something bigger than one man's quest to be smaller, so he reached out to the YMCA. The result was the Y's wellness Works program and the birth of Rob's Big Losers. When Rob embarked on his journey, in 2005, he weighed in at 308 pounds with 38 percent body fat. Sixteen months later, he shed nearly 140 pounds, his body fat percentage is down to a slim 11 percent, he had a half and full marathon under his belt, and found a passion for endurance sports. Since then Rob has participated in 8 marathons, 7 triathlons, and has cycled half way across the nation twice. He participates in numerous 100 mile cycling events that has help raised over $2 million in for charities. Rob's Big Losers has helped two hundred and fifty six people and their families gain the tools they need to have a healthy lifestyle.
Brian Sumner is afternoon drive host and promotions director at His Radio. Brian says: Inspired topic is "Stop: No More Excuses" 7 lessons learned by two former fat DJs. 3 years ago I walked into the local YMCA, well over 300 pounds, embarrassed, but knowing I needed to do something or I might die. My dad had battled various health issues over the year, eventually passing away from a stroke at just 67. I knew I was headed down the same path if I did not make changes. The encouragement of Rob Dempsey along with the incredible staff of the Y and with my sweet wife, Lorren, I started my health journey. To date I've lost 115 pounds and now I enjoy working out. My friend said: "Exercise must become a habit - a sacred appointment you keep with yourself." I feel better than I've felt in MANY years and have adopted a new motto: "Sweat is fat crying!" Be inspired and make that first step today!!!
"The Struggle Is Real" may be a silly phrase that we use in talking about problems that are not really problems. However, that phrase can easily sum up Chalmer Harper's continuing journey in health and fitness. Chalmer is the General Manager for 88.3 The Wind/89.1 KWFC in Springfield, Missouri, and understands that being healthy physically and spiritually is a daily decision. His roller coaster ride began when he was almost 300 pounds, and through diet and exercise lost 97 pounds. Just a few short years later, Chalmer found himself re-gaining over 80 of the pounds that he had once lost. Chalmer had to do it all over again, and has recently focused his lifestyle on making better food choices, making time to exercise, and finding what his image looks like in Christ's eyes. These steps have allowed him to lose 60 pounds, run 2 half-marathons, a 25k Trail run, and play in a men's soccer league. Chalmer understands "The Struggle Is Real," but wants to encourage you to make a transformational decision EVERY DAY, because God is greater than the struggle.
For over a decade, Chris Tomlin has been providing the soundtrack for Sunday morning worship services around the world. His latest song, "Jesus Loves Me" continues to show Tomlin's humble heart as one in awe of the love that God has for him.
More people have heard singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin's songs than Adele's, Katy Perry's, and Kelly Clarkson's combined. Chris Tomlin is undoubtedly one of the most successful songwriters of our generation, as well as the most humble.
A Texas native, Chris' music of choice while growing up was country. But when Chris' father gave him his first guitar when he was sick with mono, it soon wasn't just honky-tonk he was playing. By age 14, Chris had written his first worship song.
Toby McKeehan (born Kevin Michael McKeehan; October 22, 1964), better known by his stage name TobyMac (styled tobyMac or TOBYMAC), is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, hip-hop and pop artist, songwriter and author.
TobyMac is one of the first and best-known Christian rappers. He has charted 20 solo singles on Billboard's Christian Songs list. He was first known for being a member of the Christian vocal trio DC Talk, staying with them from 1987 until their announced hiatus in 2000.
David Crowder was a student at Baylor University when his musical career began. With Baylor being a Christian college, David was surprised to find out that many of the students didn't attend church. His remedy? He started one with a friend named Chris Seay! University Baptist Church was born in 1995 to make church (and Jesus) something the 20-something students would not just come to and enjoy, but relate to. Signed to Sixsteps/Sparrow records in 2002, the band had a 10-year run, winning 14 Dove Awards, before retiring in 2012. While David knew that the David Crowder*Band was over, he knew that God still had musical plans for his future. The idea for Crowder and for Neon Steeple was birthed in the jump seat on the tour bus during their last tour as David Crowder*Band. Crowder released his debut solo studio album on May 27, 2014 entitled Neon Steeple.
Armed with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit, Chonda Pierce has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast for more than a decade. An in-demand stand up comic, television hostess and author, Pierce has parlayed her gift for storytelling into a multi-faceted career.
Pierce has authored eight books with most recent being, Laughing In the Dark (Simon&Schuster/Howard) and has ranked among Pollstar's top-selling live performers. Her tenth comedy DVD, "I'm Kind of a Big Deal," released September, 2011 highlights her USO tour to Afghanistan. Pierce's DVDs are consistently strong sellers both on tour and in retail with EIGHT titles having been certified RAIA gold and FOUR titles certified RAIA platinum.
Phil is at his core a humble and sincere artist who writes songs and worships God using the medium of music. It is with that brush that he paints images of a loving and creative God across the canvases of listeners' hearts and minds. His music shimmers with pop/rock sensibility, innovative melodies and a heart for worship, the very place where it all began. And that captivating voice expresses a wide spectrum of emotions on all of his albums.
Even though Phil grew up in a Christian home, there came a point early in his life when his faith needed to become his own...not his parents'. He wanted a real, personal friendship with Jesus.And that crucial realization, combined with moving to a new city, paved the way for Phil to pick up a guitar and start writing songs about his growing faith.
Life experience often serves to sharpen a songwriter's edge and provide them with a more colorful palette to draw from when creating images with their music. Though she's young, Lauren Daigle has lived a lot of life and those experiences-some challenging and others exhilarating-enrich her perspective and create her heartfelt worship music.
Blessed with a voice that is both smoky and sweet, Daigle has forged a unique sound that combines the soulful, heart-in-throat vulnerability of Adele, with the passionate fire to serve God that Daigle admires in Brooke Fraser. Her Centricity Music debut, How Can It Be, is ripe with the kind of compelling lyrics and engaging melodies that invite listeners to draw closer to their creator, and that's just what Daigle had in mind.
Dr. Alvin VanderGriend is the Prayer Evangelism Associate for Harvest Prayer Ministries. Alvin was born and raised near Lynden, WA in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated from Calvin College in 1958 and from Calvin Seminary in 1961. He later attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1982.
Alvin began his ministry as a pastor serving three different Christian Reformed churches from 1963 to 1982. He then stepped into an executive role with the Christian Reformed church and served as Minister of Evangelism Resources for 14 years. He is the principle architect of his denominations effective Bible study evangelism program called Coffee Break, wrote Discover Your Gifts, developed a men's Bible study program called Men's Life and developed a small groups strategy.
Claude V. King serves as Discipleship & Church Health Specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is author or coauthor of numerous books and discipleship courses including Experiencing God, Fresh Encounter, The Mind of Christ, The Call to Follow Christ, Growing Disciples: Pray in Faith, Come to the Lord's Table, Concentric Circles of Concern, and others. Claude serves as President of the Board of Directors for Final Command Ministries. He is a graduate of Belmont College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Reta live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Kay has served in a variety of ministry roles including Executive Director of New Hope Pregnancy Care Center, Associate and Interim Pastor of Peerless Road Church, Administrator for Voice of Salvation Ministries, and Christian Education Minister providing insight segments for the World Impact television program. She was blessed to serve as ministry projects coordinator for the International Center for Spiritual Renewal, the spearhead organization for the Azusa Street Centennial. Currently, Kay is serving as Executive Director for the Center for Spiritual Renewal and Awakening America Alliance and has a newly released book, entitled The Christmas Dance. Kay is also the National Coordinator for the Cry Out America prayer initiative with the Alliance and has been chosen as a member of the National Prayer Committee and Mission America Coalition/U.S. Lausanne Committee.
Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders, an organization whose purpose is to help men and women discover and fulfill God's complete purposes through their work and to view their work as ministry.
Formally Os owned an advertising agency but is now an internationally recognized speaker on the subject of faith at work. He is the author of 14 books and a daily email devotional called TGIF Today God Is First which has several hundred thousand readers in 105 nations. Os has been featured on CNBC, NBC, LA Times, New York Times, and many other national media as a spokesperson on faith at work. He is a regular contributor to TenTen magazine, ChristianPost.com, CharismaNews.com, and Crosswalk.com.
P. Douglas Small is President and Founder of Doulos Enterprises and Alive Ministries, an organization he has led for more than 25 years. He served as pastor for sixteen years and in various education roles for fourteen years. He is a published author and conference speaker, as well as a consultant to local church and citywide prayer initiatives. He is an Ordained Bishop with and the International Coordinator for Prayer Ministries for the Church of God denomination. He also serves as a member of the National Prayer Committee and on the leadership team of the Denominational Prayer Committee. He is the prayer consultant to the Billion Souls Campaign initiative.
Linda Morrison serves as the Chaplain for RTN Radio network, is a weekly guest on His Radio morning show with Rob Dempsey. Linda is the President and founder of the Prayer and Crisis Referral Network since 2008 , and is a Member of Americas National Prayer Committee. Linda has served as the Aglow president 1995-1997. She was the founder of the National Prayer Hot Line in 1997. Linda and her husband Dave along with a ministry team of hundreds of incredible prayer line volunteers lovingly take over 100,000 calls for prayer every year.
David is a much sought after conference speaker both nationally and internationally. He serves on several Boards of Directors and committees focused on prayer, revival and evangelism.
Dave received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln Christian College (1975), and Bachelors (1978) and Masters (1982) from Indiana State University. In 2014 he received the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (PhD) from Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary. From 1974-1992, Dave served in various pastoral roles in local churches. In 1993 Dave and his wife, Kim, launched Harvest Prayer Ministries.