Belinda Bauman seeks to bring hope to women in crisis. She is a wife and mother, speaker and writer, teacher and advocate. Belinda is founder of One Million Thumbprints, and the co-founder and executive director of Together International, a nonprofit focused on community development. She is an active advocate for Wage Peace in partnership with World Relief, as well as an advisor to The Justice Conference. As the newest board member of the abolitionist organization Love 146, she seeks a day when slavery is ended. Belinda holds a master’s degree in education and is an ordained minister. She is married to her high school sweetheart and soul mate Stephan, president and CEO of World Relief. Together they are working to make beautiful lives near Washington, DC, with their sons, Joshua and Caleb.
Stephan Bauman lives to see people everywhere rise to the call of justice in ways that empower the poor towards real change. Stephan is the President of World Relief, a global relief and development organization partnering with the Church to serve more five million vulnerable people each year. Stephan transitioned from a career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he directed programs for nearly a decade before returning to the United States to lead World Relief. Stephan holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Wheaton College and the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Possible: A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World and Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis.
Levi Benkert is passionate about building, funding, and advancing sustainable companies in the developing world. Since 2000, he has founded businesses in various industries in the U.S. and Ethiopia, including a real estate development company, a chain of coffee shops, and ventures in agriculture, construction, and tourism. Verdant Frontiers was founded in 2013 by two life-long entrepreneurs with the vision to provide investors with project-specific opportunities to invest in start-up and early stage businesses led by proven international management teams with massive scale potential. The funding terms vary for each deal and range from $1M to $10M in capital depending on the opportunity and stage of growth. Levi and his wife have four children and live in Austin. Together they founded Bring Love In, a nonprofit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that pairs widows and orphans to create new families.
Dave is the CEO & Co-Founder of Praxis, where he works to equip a generation of entrepreneurs motivated by their faith to create cultural and social impact. Prior to co-founding Praxis, he was a Principal Business Designer at IDEO, an innovation consultancy, where he focused on venture design, startups, and social innovation. Earlier in his career, he co-founded DiscLive, a company working at the intersection of music and technology. He graduated from Babson College with a concentration on entrepreneurship, and also completed graduate work at Northwestern University, earning an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MEM in Design from the McCormick School. Dave’s social enterprise experience also includes four years on the Board of Governors of Opportunity International as well as a stint on the One Acre Fund Governing Board. He lives in Manhattan and is part of the Trinity Grace Church community.
Mike founded Chatham Financial in 1991 and continues to serve as the company’s board Chairman and CEO. As an independent advisory services and technology firm, Chatham specializes in interest rate, foreign currency and commodity risk management. With offices around the world, Chatham’s team of capital markets experts, risk management advisors, CPAs, lawyers, quantitative analysts and technology developers serve more than 1,600 clients annually with a principal amount of over $400 billion. Chatham approaches its business with a multiple bottom line, purpose driven philosophy and is committed to making a positive impact for its clients, associates, communities and the capital markets at large. He holds a BA in Economics from Wheaton College, Illinois and received an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Arthur C. Brooks
Arthur C. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. He is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. At age 19, Brooks left college to become a professional musician and spent several seasons with the City Orchestra of Barcelona, Spain. After a decade he returned to college and studied economics, mathematics, and languages, ultimately earning BA and MA degrees in economics and MPhil and PhD degrees in public policy. Brooks is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including the New York Times best-sellers “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Happier, Fairer, and More Prosperous America” and “The Road to Freedom.” He is a native of Seattle, Washington, and has been married for 23 years to his wife, Ester. They have three children: Joaquim, Carlos, and Marina and live in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Kutter Callaway is assistant professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and co-director of Reel Spirituality. His research and writing focuses on contemporary culture and its theological significance. Scoring Transcendence is an exploration of the music in film as a site of spiritual experience. Watching TV Religiously considers the theological questions raised by TV and TV-viewing. And Sex, Saints, and Singleness (forthcoming) analyzes the ways in which contemporary cultural visions of marriage and singleness have shaped the church’s vision. Prior to teaching at Fuller, Dr. Callaway served in pastoral ministry for nearly a decade, focusing primarily on young and emerging adults. In his spare time, he tries to keep up with his three(!) daughters.
Carter Crockett is the director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Gordon College. As a marketer among technology companies in Seattle, he worked with some of the most innovative organizations and products in the world. Crockett left Microsoft to serve as cofounder of Dealer Trade Group, a wholesale online marketplace for trading vehicles. More recently, he was co-founder of Karisimbi Business Partners, working to build businesses in the African nation of Rwanda. He earned a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial Ethics from Robert Gordon University, Scotland. His practical experience has informed his teaching and publications in the areas of social entrepreneurship and business ethics.
Michael Cromartie is vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. A senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum, he is also an advisory editor of Christianity Today magazine. In 2004, he was appointed to a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he was twice elected chairman. Michael holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University in Washington, D.C.
Bob Doll is chief equity strategist and senior portfolio manager at Nuveen Asset Management. Bob manages the Large Cap Equity Series, consisting of nine strategies. Prior to joining Nuveen Asset Management in 2012, Bob held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including serving as Chief Equity Strategist at Blackrock, President and Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) and Chief Investment Officer of OppenheimerFunds, Inc. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Bob and his wife Leslie live in Princeton, New Jersey and have three children. Bob serves on a number of boards including New Canaan Society, National Christian Foundation and the Wharton Graduate Executive Board.
Leslie has a heart and passion for global ministry, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. She and her husband Bob are actively engaged in stewarding the resources God has entrusted to them wisely to the glory of God. Leslie is a resource partner of Strategic Resource Group committed to mobilizing resources into the Greater Middle East. She and Bob are also leaders in the New York City Movement Project committed to planting churches in NYC and throughout the world. Leslie serves on the Board of Trustees for The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and the Committee for Religious Ministries at the University Medical Center at Princeton. Previously, she was employed as an OTC trader in New York City and holds a BA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Leslie is mother to Emily, Bobby and Caroline.
Dr. Brian Fikkert is the founder and president of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development. Brian received a Ph.D. in Economics with highest honors from Yale University and a B.A. in Mathematics from Dordt College. Specializing in Economic Development and International Economics, Brian has numerous publications and is the co-author of several books, including: When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself and From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty Through Church-Centered Microfinance. He has also been a professor at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.
Driven by an interest in social justice, entrepreneurship, and micro-finance, Alex co-founded Rising Tide Capital in May 2004 with his fellow Harvard classmate, Alfa Demmellash. Headquartered in Jersey City, NJ Rising Tide Capital provides high-quality business education and consulting to entrepreneurs in distressed inner city communities. Rising Tide Capital has achieved national recognition for its approach to economic empowerment of low-income individuals and communities through entrepreneurship. As Chief Operations Officer, Alex is driven by an interest in the characteristics of high-performing social enterprises. He seeks to develop Rising Tide Capital into an organization that is not only efficient and effective, but sustainable, scalable, and replicable in other communities. He is deeply interested in the concept of “Social Return on Investment” (SROI) and in the use of strategic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to address systemic social problems such as global poverty, ex-offender recidivism, and modern-day slavery. Alex graduated from Harvard University with an accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Postmodern Philosophy and Theology and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from New Jersey City University.
Dr. Steven Garber is a teacher of many people in many places. In his work with The Washington Institute he focuses on the meaning of vocation for the common good. For many years on the faculty of the American Studies Program in Washington, DC, and for several years the scholar-in-residence for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, he has studied the relationship of belief to behavior for much of his life. A consultant to businesses, foundations and educational institutions, including the Murdock Trust, the Praxis Labs, the Wedgwood Circle, the Blood:Water Mission, the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, the Made to Flourish Network, the Demdaco Corporation, and Mars, Incorporated, his most recent book is Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good. A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, he is married to Meg, and they live in Virginia.
Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post and in nearly 100 other newspapers. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism and coauthor of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era. He appears regularly on the PBS NewsHour, Face the Nation and other programs. Gerson serves as Senior Advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President, Director of Presidential Speechwriting, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting and Policy Advisor.
Chris and Alisa Grace
Chris Grace is the director of Biola University’s Center for Marriage and Relationships, with a Ph.D. in social psychology from Colorado State. He teaches courses in psychology at Biola/Rosemead, including a relationships class with his wife Alisa, who holds a degree in communications from Biola and serves as an adjunct and consultant to the Center. Chris and Alisa speak and counsel with thousands of people, as they explore God’s design for relationships, integrating biblical principles with scholarly insights from psychology and theology to equip people to build and sustain healthy marriages and relationships. They work with singles, premarital and married couples of all ages. They live in Southern California with their daughter Caroline, son Drew and his wife Julia, and daughter Natalie and her husband Neil.
Peter Greer is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Before beginning his role at HOPE, Peter worked as a microfinance practitioner in Cambodia, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University. He has co-authored eight books, including The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, Mission Drift, 40/40 Vision, and The Giver and the Gift. Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, PA, with their three children.
Steve Haas serves as “Catalyst” for World Vision, a position he has held over the last seven years after joining WV 15 years ago. With earned degrees from the University of Kansas, Fuller Seminary and coursework at the University of Edinburgh, Steve held a variety of positions prior to joining WV staff in 2001. From Asia refugee work in Thailand to serving on the staff of Willow Creek Church, serving as a US voice for the persecuted Church to facilitating Socratic forums for the Trinity Forum, it’s clear he loves change and variety. Steve has finally figured out he has the spiritual gift of “showing up.” An ordained pastor, Steve uses his varied experiences, research and leadership networks to raise awareness of some of the world’s most pressing issues. Steve has three grown children and lives in Tacoma, WA.
Singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb grew up in Memphis and now calls Nashville his home, along with wife (and musician) Ellie, and their children. Holcomb writes earnest songs about love, joy, pain and tragedy. “My mom, when I was a kid, told me that I was an old soul. Part of what that means is that I always take a long view. I think that so many bands and so many artists have success when they are young and get burned out and make a lot of dumb choices on the road. From the very beginning, I’ve been on the road with people that have a similar point of view, in the sense that we’ve all been looking to find somebody particular to spend our lives with. Ten years later, we’re all married and some of us have kids. We’ve all been able to maintain the perspective, that home, where our wives and our kids and our friends and our families are, is where we belong. What we do on the road allows us to go back home and be the kind of fathers and husbands that we want to be; that we aspire to be.”
Whether she was spinning confessional tales of romantic heartache during her college years, collaborating with her husband Drew as part of his band, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors or penning her personal reflections of God’s faithfulness as a solo artist, singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb has always viewed music as the ultimate bridge-builder. Inspired by God’s Word, Ellie recorded and released two EPs full of songs based on the Psalms and other scriptures, Magnolia EP and With You Now. After releasing both, Ellie says that she “cried joy tears for about a week just dreaming about how God would encourage people through His word in the songs.” Holcomb’s first solo effort is As Sure As the Sun, and scripture is intentionally at the forefront. Written before—and while—Ellie was pregnant with her daughter, Ellie says her hope is to refresh and encourage weary and wounded hearts — and give a reminder of who God is and how He loves them.
Driven by her hatred for injustice and love for the underdog, Catherine founded Defy Ventures in 2010 after being given her own second chance to lead. Defy Ventures is a nonprofit that “transforms the hustle” of people with criminal histories by providing entrepreneurship, employment and character training as well as executive mentorship, startup funding and business incubation. For her work, Catherine was recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. At age 27, Catherine left a career in venture capital and private equity to pursue founding the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), a nonprofit organization that serves men in the Texas prison system. PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results. Defy Ventures is her 2.0 version as she has built a nationally scalable model for transforming lives and creating new legacies of success.
Writer and director Henry Hughes grew up as an army brat who spent his childhood both in the US and Europe. He studied film and literature at and received his BS in Communications from Boston University. He spent the following five years as a paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne, conducting two combat tours in Afghanistan. His unit was featured in The Outpost by Jake Tapper. Henry was featured in ABC News’ Standing Up For Heroes with Bob Woodruff where he was paired with George Lucas as a part of American Corporate Partner’s National Mentoring Program. Henry earned a MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute, where he received the Gary Winick Scholarship. His work has played at Telluride, AFI Fest, Mill Valley, Seattle, and Cannes among others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
Jay serves Catalyst in multiple capacities. He is the “COO”, assisting the managing director in all facets of management and planning. In his external research capacity, he manages those charged with leading Catalyst’s quantitative and qualitative research programs, and he oversees the recruitment and management of the unit’s large and growing stable of multidisciplinary external partners from academia, international organizations, NGOs, other think tanks. Jay also co-manages Catalyst’s Mutuality Lab and line manages the director of the Culture Lab. His doctorate is from Oxford University, St. John’s College, and prior to joining Mars Catalyst in 2007, he spent nearly two decades in various government positions in the US executive and legislative branches. He is married to Eleni and has two children and they live in McLean, Virginia.
R. Todd Johnson
For 28 years, Todd has practiced law at Jones Day, a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices working with renewable energy, sustainable growth and energy efficiency companies, as well as companies using the internet and “for-benefit” models to ensure global, long-term, social, environmental and human flourishing. Todd’s social entrepreneurship and impact investing leadership dates back to 2000, and since that time he has counseled, advised and represented hundreds of organizations, entrepreneurs and funders (including family offices and funds) seeking to address some of the world’s most challenging problems (extreme poverty, human trafficking, infant mortality, and technology innovation for education, philanthropy, health and development), in some of the world’s hardest places.
Josh is co-founder, partner and nonprofit portfolio lead for Praxis. He finds joy in building high-impact organizations that create enduring value. Josh was the Director of International Giving for the David Weekley Family Foundation, where he divided his time between conducting due diligence on innovative social enterprises and helping portfolio organizations scale their impact on reducing poverty; he continues to advise DWFF on grantmaking and impact investing. Josh is a founding board member of Village Schools International. He also served on the founding executive committee of the Big Bang Philanthropy Group, whose members focus on social entrepreneurs tackling global poverty. Josh also co-founded and serves on the board of Carpenters Code, a startup that’s creating a mobile app to encourage and enliven the practice of prayer. He graduated from Harvard and earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Josh lives with his family near San Francisco.
D. Michael Lindsay
D. Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College, and an expert on religion, culture and leadership. Lindsay’s Pulitzer-nominated Faith in the Halls of Power was listed in Publishers Weekly’s “Best Books of 2007.” His work has been profiled in hundreds of media outlets worldwide, and his research has been funded through fellowships awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Education and the National Science Foundation. Since 2011, Lindsay has served as president of Gordon College in Massachusetts. He also serves on the boards of Christianity Today and the Veritas Forum. From 2006 until 2011 Lindsay was a member of the faculty at Rice University. Lindsay graduated from Baylor University and holds graduate degrees in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and Wycliffe Hall at Oxford. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University.
Jennifer Maggio is one of the nation’s leading authorities on single mother’s issues. She is author of four books, including “The Church and the Single Mom.” She was named one of the Top 10 Most Influential People in America by Dr. John Maxwell in 2015, and she has been featured in The New York Times, Dr. James Dobson, The 700 Club, and others. Once a homeless, severely abused, single mother of two, Maggio has a God-given passion to see every single mother know her worth in Christ. Maggio’s own story led her to found The Life of a Single Mom Ministries (TLSM), where she is currently CEO. Since 2011, TLSM has reached more than 50,000 single mothers and served more than 1,500 churches to establish an effective single parent ministry & outreach plan.
Jon McCormack is a technology executive (Google Advanced Technologies & Projects) with extensive experience in media and consumer electronic devices. Over the last 20 years he has held leadership positions at Oracle, Amazon, Google and Dell, as well as doing two successful technology startups. Jon is also an active conservationist and philanthropist. He is a member of the leadership council at Conservation International and along with his wife, Caren, he founded the The Kilgoris Project – a network of seven schools in western Kenya.
Mike McHargue is a Christian turned atheist turned follower of Jesus, and these days people call him “Science Mike.” Mike found God again, but not through apologetics or theology. Instead, it was cosmology and neurology that opened Mike’s eyes to the reality of a Creator. Mike is writer, speaker and podcaster. He’s written for RELEVANT and sojo.net, and is a frequently called on voice for science in the world of faith. He co-founded The Liturgists with Michael Gungor, and co-hosts The Liturgists Podcast. Mike also hosts Ask Science Mike, a weekly podcast addressing the tough questions that bubble out of the intersection of science and faith and writes weekly on his blog at mikemchargue.com.
Russell Moore serves as the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. A widely sought cultural commentator, Dr. Moore has been recognized by a number of influential organizations. The Wall Street Journal has called him “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate” while The Gospel Coalition has referred to him “one of the most astute ethicists in contemporary evangelicalism.” Dr. Moore is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and the author of several books including Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel. He blogs frequently at his website, russellmoore.com, and hosts a program called Signposts. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.
An entrepreneur since she was six and a marketer by trade, Melody Murray desires to eradicate the word “unemployable.” Mel is married to David, the owner of Dehradun Guitar Company, and they have two boys. After 10 years in marketing with Procter & Gamble, Walmart and Coca-Cola, Mel and her family joined a venture to create jobs in Tibet for 7 years. This took the Murrays to a small village at the base of the Himalayas in 2010, where they began creating holistic jobs, building a new culture, and bringing family to as many of the marginalized as possible.
Joel Newton is a Co-Founder of The Virtual Reality Company, producing content for the emerging platform of virtual reality. Along with VRC co-founders Robert Stromberg and Chris Edwards, and a collective of other major Hollywood artists, Joel was part of the team creating the Hydra Process, a 10-phase reinvention of how movies are developed and produced. Before launching Hydra, Newton was an artist manager for seven years representing writers and directors. During that time, he was also a producer on two award-winning films. He attended the University of Southern California’s film school and is married with three kids.
Jonathan is World Vision’s Executive Advisor on Fragile States. In this role, he provides leadership on World Vision’s policy and programming in fragile states, building close, collaborative relationships with leaders in the United States government, multilateral organizations, foundations, academic institutions and corporations. Before joining World Vision U.S., Jonathan was Senior Advisor on Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Affairs at World Vision Canada. Jonathan previously served with the United Nations, including as UN Special Advisor and Coordinator for Aceh and Nias. He was advisor to the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Liberia, and senior UN OCHA representative in Turkey, preparing for the Iraq humanitarian response. Prior to these postings, Jonathan worked at UN headquarters in New York. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.
A successful entrepreneur, Peabody award winning and Emmy nominated film producer, John Priddy is a leader in the creation and expansion of entrepreneurial companies and development of private and non-profit enterprises. He is the CEO and co-founder of Windrider Institute and is a Member of the U.S. Department of State’s International Council on Business Leadership Subcommittee on Access to Markets, serves on the Advisory Board for the Fuller Brehm Center, the John Templeton Foundation Communications and Public Engagement department and the Christian Media Corporation. He is also the co-founder of Full Circle Exchange, an innovative social enterprise dedicated to empowering women by focusing on poverty reduction through job creation. John lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife Terri, and the couple has four grown children. John has a MA in Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary where he was awarded the Brehm Center Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 and has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.
Allison Shigo received an Emmy Award for her work on A Walk to Beautiful, winner of the International Documentary Association award for Best Feature Documentary 2007. In 2009, Allison cofounded Healing Hands of Joy (HHOJ), a non-profit working in Ethiopia to empower former fistula patients and eliminate fistula. She developed the innovative Safe Motherhood Ambassador (SMA) training program to provide reintegration and rehabilitation services to fistula survivors. To date over 500 fistula survivors have graduated as SMAs, serving as advocates for safe delivery in their communities to prevent fistula. HHOJ is a member of the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health’s Fistula Task Force. In partnership with USAID and World Vision HHOJ has expanded nationwide in Ethiopia.
David Spickard is the president and CEO of Jobs for Life (JfL), a global non-profit organization based in Raleigh, NC that engages and equips the local Church to address the impact of joblessness through the dignity of work. David started at JfL in 1999 as its Director of Operations and then became CEO in 2006. Under his leadership, JfL has grown from a local work in Raleigh to a global network of churches, ministries, and businesses in over 375 cities and 10 countries. David graduated with his MBA from Indiana University and BA from the University of North Carolina. Along with serving on multiple local and national boards, he is an elder at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. He and his wife, Alice, have four children.
Rich Stearns is president of World Vision U.S., a humanitarian aid organization motivated by Christ’s love to serve alongside the poor in nearly 100 countries. After a successful 25-year corporate career, Stearns joined World Vision in 1998, leading the agency to unprecedented growth and calling the American Church to respond to the global AIDS pandemic. Stearns earned a BS degree from Cornell University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Driven by his passion to raise awareness and support for poverty and justice issues, Stearns speaks regularly at conferences and churches. He has authored several books, including The Hole in Our Gospel, named the 2010 Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He and his wife Reneé live in the Seattle area.
Cary Summers serves as the president of The Museum of the Bible and has been involved with The Museum of the Bible since its not-for-profit formation in 2010. Museum of the Bible exists to invite all people to engage with the Bible through four pillars: research, traveling exhibits, education, and a museum currently under construction in Washington, DC. In late 2017, Museum of the Bible will open its 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum in DC, located two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol. Before coming to Museum of the Bible, Cary was President and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment/Silver Dollar City Corporation. Cary and his wife Jacque reside near Springfield, Missouri, and have been married for 45 years.
Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling 10 million copies, including the Boundaries series; Leadership Beyond Reason; and his newest book, The Entitlement Cure. For more than 20 years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their problems. Dr. Townsend works with families, businesses, leaders and organizations by providing team and executive coaching, corporate consulting, and by giving conference presentations. A resident of Newport Beach, California, Dr. Townsend and his wife Barbi have two sons.
Jon will be our Bible Teacher this week. Founding Pastor of Trinity Grace Church and the Director of City Collective, a network of disciple-making churches committed to seeing the person of Jesus transform the lives of individuals, families, neighborhoods and industries in the urban centers of the world. Jon is also the Co-Founder of the Center for City Renewal, working for the common good and flourishing of the city through the lens of civility. Originally from Australia, Jon lives in Manhattan with his wife Christy and their two children where they are planting Trinity Grace Midtown.
J.C. Watts Jr.
With a diverse portfolio ranging from athletics to ministry, to business and nonprofit, J.C. Watts has guided many teams to victory. Watts is president and CEO of Feed the Children, a charitable organization headquartered in Oklahoma City with global reach. At Feed the Children, he develops key initiatives and partnerships, and strengthens existing programs’ reach. Watts first rose to national prominence as a gridiron football star, playing quarterback for the University of Oklahoma Sooners. He led his team to consecutive conference championships and victories in the Orange Bowl in 1980 and 1981 and was named the Orange Bowl’s Most Valuable Player both times. Watts also served as a Congressman from Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995-2003.
Jenny Yang provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief. She has worked in the Resettlement section of World Relief as the senior case manager and East Asia program officer, where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief. Prior to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, serves as Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, and was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.
Karl Zinsmeister has authored 11 books, including two works of embedded reporting on the Iraq war, a study of charter schools, a storytelling cookbook, even a graphic novel published by Marvel Comics. He made a PBS feature film and has written hundreds of articles for publications like the Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal. His latest is The Almanac of American Philanthropy—the definitive work on America’s fascinating tradition of solving public problems with private resources. Earlier in his career Karl was a Senate aide to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, J. B. Fuqua Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and editor in chief of The American Enterprise magazine. From 2006 to 2009 he served in the West Wing as the President’s chief domestic policy adviser. He’s a graduate of Yale University.