SPEAKERS


Julie Aleman

Julie is the Executive Director of the Younger Family Fund, where she applies her passion for finding meaningful opportunities to be generous. A development and philanthropy professional, she leads her extended family’s expression of generosity through developing and executing a bold giving strategy. Julie’s former experience includes research and design thinking at Stanford’s Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative, philanthropy portfolio strategy, capital campaign management, major gifts fundraising, and annual campaign management. Julie graduated from Duke University and lives in San Francisco with her husband Nathan and two young daughters.Read more...

David Bailey

David M. Bailey is the Founder and Executive Director of Arrabon, an organization that builds reconciling communities in the midst of a digital, diverse, and divided world. He is a public theologian and culture maker who believes the church should lead by example in effective cross-cultural engagement and practices in reconciliation. David is an active speaker, consultant and strategist for many national organizations about cultural intelligence and culture-making. He is the co-author of the Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God Study Series. David is the executive producer of the documentary “11am: Hope for America’s Most Segregated Hour” and the Urban Doxology Project. He’s rooted at East End Fellowship in Virginia and serves on the preaching team. David’s greatest honor in life is to be married to his wife, Joy.Read more...

Katelyn Beaty

Katelyn is a book author and journalist with 13 years of experience in Christian publishing, currently working as an acquisitions editor for Brazos Press, a division of Baker Books. She is the author of A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World. For four years, Katelyn led Christianity Today’s print magazine as the managing editor, the magazine’s youngest and first female managing editor. She also co-founded the women’s website Her.meneutics and served as editorial director of This Is Our City, a documentary article and film series hosted by CT. She has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Vox, and other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn and is writing a second book about the power of celebrity in the church. Follow Katelyn on Twitter @KatelynBeaty and learn more at KatelynBeaty.com.Read more...

Dave Blanchard

Dave is Co-Founder and CEO of Praxis, which works to build ventures, community, and content to support Christians in pursuing redemptive entrepreneurship. Since 2011, Praxis has supported over 200 ventures in 43 countries while facilitating over $85 million in grants and investments to these early-stage organizations. Previously, Dave was a Principal Designer at IDEO and founded two companies in music and technology. He has a BA from Babson College, an MBA & MEM from Northwestern, and lives in Manhattan.Read more...

Mike Bontrager

Mike Bontrager has spent his career starting and operating both for-profit and nonprofit organizations which are purpose-driven with multiple bottom lines. In 1991 he founded Chatham Financial and built it into the largest independent financial derivatives advisory services and technology firm, specializing in interest rate, foreign currency, and commodity risk management. During his 28 years at Chatham he also started numerous organizations in response to needs that he saw in the community. In 2019 he retired from Chatham and founded Square Roots Collective (SRC) which brought these non-Chatham ventures under one umbrella to contribute to a community where everyone can thrive and meet their potential. Mike and his wife Dot have four daughters and one grandson and live in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.Read more...

Bob Caldwell, Jr.

Bob Caldwell, Jr. is President of Grace Management Group, a family-owned business founded in 1975. Grace Management Group operates a portfolio of brands and vertically integrated businesses within the fragrance industry, including Greenleaf, Votivo, Bridgewater Candle Company, The WillowBrook Company, BMC Manufacturing, and Aroma Creations. Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in 1994. He currently serves on the Board of the Greenleaf Foundation, Grace Cares Foundation, and The Gathering. Bob and his wife, Sarah, have six children and live in Spartanburg, South Carolina.Read more...

Mary Beth Chapman

Mary Beth is the Co-Founder and Board Chair of Show Hope, a leading organization in the movement to care for orphans that she and her husband Steven Curtis Chapman started. She is a speaker and a New York Times best-selling author. Touched and forever transformed by the miracle of adoption in their own family, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis began the nonprofit ministry of Show Hope in 2003 with a mission to care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing the barriers to adoption. To date, Show Hope has helped welcome home children through “Adoption Aid” grants for more than 6,700 orphans from more than 60 countries, including the U.S. In addition, more than 2,700 waiting children with acute medical and special needs have received care through Show Hope’s Care Centers in China.
Steven and Mary Beth Chapman, college sweethearts, will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary this coming fall and have six children — three biological: Emily married to Tanner, Caleb married to Julia, Will Franklin married to Jillian, and three adopted daughters, Shaohannah Hope, Stevey Joy, and Maria Sue, who is now with Jesus. Their most treasured title is being called “Grammy” and “PopPops” to their six beautiful grandbabies, whom they love spoiling.
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Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven is the most awarded artist in Christian music history with 59 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs, an American Music Award, 49 No. 1 singles, selling more than eleven million albums and with ten RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. Steven also became a best-selling author in 2017 with his memoir Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story.
Steven’s newest record “Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums chart, spent months as the No. 1 Billboard Bluegrass Album, and earned him his 49th No. 1 single with the bluegrass version of his song “Dive” featuring Ricky Skaggs.
A vocal supporter of adoption, Steven, along with his wife Mary Beth, founded Show Hope in 2003, a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans.
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Anne Crossman

Anne is the Founder and CEO of HomeschoolExpert.com. She is also the author of Homeschool Like an Expert, Getting the Best out of College, Study Smart, Study Less, and Trying to Remember. Anne is a Stanford and Duke alum, has taught for twenty years, and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Joshua and four kids.Read more...

Joshua Crossman

Joshua is a founding board member of the Pinetops Foundation and serves on the boards of several nonprofits. Notably, Pinetops recently published “The Great Opportunity,” a report exploring the future of the American church. Joshua has been a senior executive at several successful venture-backed technology enterprises that have resulted in IPO and acquisitions. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Anne and four kids.Read more...

Timothy Dalrymple

Tim is the CEO of Christianity Today. He was raised in nondenominational evangelical churches in California. A national champion gymnast, he went to Stanford University where he suffered a broken neck his sophomore year. After graduating from Stanford with a double major in philosophy and religious studies, Tim earned an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in modern western religious thought at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Along the way he also served in youth ministry, prison chaplaincy, and graduate and faculty ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He made suffering a key theme of his research and teaching in modern western religious thought.
Tim helped to launch Patheos.com. First he was managing editor of Patheos’s evangelical channel, then director of content and vice-president of business development. In 2013 he founded Polymath, a creative agency that helps clients with branding, design, web, video, marketing and communications, and content development.
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David Eaton

David is Co-Founder and President of Axis. Every year, Axis speaks to 10,000+ students face-to-face and every month Axis’ digital products, like The Culture Translator, equip 210,000+ parents, grandparents, pastors, and teachers. In 2019 Axis helped caring adults start over two million conversations, that they would not have started without Axis, with their 8- to 18-year-olds.
David is the coauthor of Smartphone Sanity and Engaging Your Teens World and he has led partnerships between Axis and: Family Life Today, MOPS, Young Life, Youth for Christ, Focus on the Family, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, the Association of Christian Schools International, Compassion International, Word of Life, Moody Radio, The Colson Center, Care-Net, and many many others. David is married with three children; their family lives in Colorado.
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Matthew Elliott

Matthew has led Oasis International for over two decades and works to empower authentic discipleship by African voices. Trained in economics and biblical studies at Wheaton College, he went on to earn a PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen studying emotion in the Bible. He is the publisher of the ground-breaking Africa Study Bible and author of Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament and Feel: The Power of Listening to Your Heart. Matthew, his wife, and their three children reside in the Chicago area.Read more...

K.A. Ellis

K.A. Ellis is the Director of the Edmiston Center for the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. She is passionate about theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. Since 2006, K.A. has collaborated with the Swiss-based organization International Christian Response meeting around the concerns of the persecuted Church. She is a PhD candidate in World Christianity and Ethics at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England.Read more...

Jon Fortt

Jon is Co-Anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was an on-air editor at CNBC’s headquarters and technology correspondent from Silicon Valley, where he covered the companies, start-ups, and trends that are driving innovation in the industry.
He came to CNBC from Fortune magazine, where as a senior writer he covered both large technology companies— such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft—and trends, including cloud computing and the smartphone revolution.
Jon wrote and edited at Business 2.0 magazine and the San Jose Mercury News, covering business and technology, and also served in roles outside the business department, covering education, editing local news and developing technology strategy. Jon graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow, with a B.A. in English.
Follow Jon Fortt on Twitter @jonfortt. Listen to his podcast, Fortt Knox.
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Makoto Fujimura

Mako is a leading contemporary artist whose process-driven, refractive “slow art” has been described by David Brooks of New York Times as “a small rebellion against the quickening of time.” An arts advocate, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer, Mako founded the International Arts Movement in 1992 and the Fujimura Institute in 2011. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009. His books Refractions and Culture Care have won numerous awards. In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, Crossway Publishing commissioned and published The Four Holy Gospels, featuring Mako’s illuminations of the sacred texts which was featured at the inaugural exhibit at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.
Mako’s art has been featured widely in galleries and museums around the world, and is collected by notable collections including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, The Huntington Library, and the Tikotin Museum in Israel, and has been exhibited at venues including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, Shusaku Endo Museum in Nagasaki. Mako divides his time between a studio in Princeton, N.J., and one in Pasadena, Calif. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Bucknell University.
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Bulus Galadima

Bulus recently served as Dean of the Cook School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University. He is a contributor to the Africa Study Bible, a collective effort organized by Oasis International to publish a book written from African perspectives. He has been involved in Christian higher education for over 20 years. He has taught undergraduate and graduate studies in Nigeria and the U.S. and served in various higher education leadership roles in Nigeria. He has also served as a pastor in Nigeria and the U.S. In 2003, Bulus co-founded More Than a Mile Deep, an indigenous African theological education program committed to training Christian leaders in Africa.
From 2013–2015, Bulus was Vice Chairman for the Association of Christian Theological Education in Africa, where he is currently on the advisory board. He also serves on the doctoral committee of the International Council of Evangelical Theological Education. He is an ordained minister with Evangelical Church Winning All. Bulus has two M.A.s, from Wheaton College Graduate School and Northeastern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. from Trinity International University. He is married to Rose and they are passionate about mentoring young Christian leaders. In 1994, they started Almanah Rescue Mission, a ministry to widows and orphans. They are blessed with four children, and three grandchildren.
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Rose Galadima

Rose is an educator and spiritual life counselor with experience in Christian ministry, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. She is a contributor to the Africa Study Bible, a collective effort organized by Oasis International to publish a book written from African perspectives. She specializes in trauma counseling in cross-cultural settings and has worked in the U.S. and countries around Africa. Rose has over 15 years of experience as a seminary professor and 10 years of missionary experience. She co-founded Almanah Rescue Mission, a ministry to widows and orphans in Northern Nigeria. Over the last 25 years, Rose has served as a member of four organizational boards. She is a trained chaplain and often serves in hospital settings. She is married to Bulus and they are blessed with four children and three grandchildren.Read more...

Lindye Galloway

Lindye is the Founder + Creative Director of The Lindye Galloway Studio. As an interior design tastemaker, the California style that her Studio and team create serves an exclusive list of clientele across the US each year. This year, Lindye joined forces with her husband, Winn, to launch The Lindye Galloway Shop. The shop features Lindye’s signature style of home furniture and decor that also gives back with a greater purpose with their partner, HOPE International.Read more...

Winn Galloway

Winn is the Founder of The Lindye Galloway Shop. This curated online destination of home furniture and decor was launched with the vision to “Create Beauty. Give Beauty.” A portion of every sale is donated to HOPE International to provide micro-loans to innovative people around the world. These loans provide people the opportunity to build a better future for their families and in turn create sustainable change for their communities.Read more...

Justin Giboney

Justin is the Co-Founder and President of the AND Campaign, which is a coalition of urban Christians who are determined to address the sociopolitical arena with the compassion and conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Justin is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta who has managed successful campaigns for elected officials in Georgia and referendums relating to the city’s transportation and water infrastructure.
In 2012 and 2016, Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention and he served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative. A former Vanderbilt University football player and law student, Justin served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors. He’s written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today and The Hill.
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Josh Good

Josh directs Faith Angle Forum, a program that since 1999 has strengthened reporting and commentary on how religious believers and their diverse faith convictions affect American politics and public life. Faith Angle convenes two-day forums away from the power centers of Washington and New York, inviting top journalists to go deep with religion scholars on contemporary issues.
Josh previously worked in consulting, in philanthropy, and as a program manager in two other think tanks.
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Mart Green

Mart is the Ministry Investment Officer for Hobby Lobby and the founder of Mardel Christian and Education Supply stores. His retail career began with his parents, who founded Hobby Lobby in their home. They now have over 900 stores in 47 states. He is a leading champion of illumiNations, a collective impact alliance of Bible translation partners and resource partners working together to eradicate Bible poverty by 2033. Mart and his wife, Diana, live in Oklahoma. They have four married children and eleven grandchildren.Read more...

Peter Greer

Peter is CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally in Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. He has co-authored 12 books, including Mission Drift and Rooting for Rivals. More important than his occupation is the joy of being married to Laurel and dad to Keith, Liliana, Myles, and London.Read more...

Shadi Hamid

Shadi is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, contributing writer at The Atlantic, and co-host of the Wisdom of Crowds podcast.   He is the author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize for best book on foreign affairs, and co-editor of Rethinking Political Islam. His first book Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East was named a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2014. Shadi was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine in 2019. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his Ph.D. in political science from Oxford University.Read more...

Donna Harris

Donna is the CEO of Builders + Backers, a national initiative to unleash a wave of ideation and experimentation to solve our communities’ challenges.   She is also General Partner of 1776 Ventures, a venture capital fund with investments on five continents, and a Venture Partner at Praxis. She was formerly Managing Director of the Startup America Partnership and is currently on the Board of the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the Policy Council of the Economic Innovation Group.Read more...

Dan Haseltine

Dan is the frontman of the bands Jars of Clay and The Hawk In Paris, and he is a three-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer, and writer. In 2004, Dan co-founded Blood:Water Mission, a nonprofit organization that partners with grassroots African organizations for enduring health and dignity, focusing on the HIV/AIDS and water crises.
Dan composed the music for the hit television series about the life of Jesus, The Chosen. He also authored two children’s books: The One, The Only Magnificent Me and Lulu and the Long Walk. Dan lives near Nashville with his wife and two boys.
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Gary Haugen

Gary is the Founder and CEO of International Justice Mission. Before starting IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice.
Gary received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership.
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Drew and Ellie Holcomb

Drew and Ellie Holcomb are a husband and wife Americana duo from Nashville. Shortly after their marriage in 2006, the couple began touring together with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. The band has supported many national touring acts including The Avett Brothers, Don Henley, and Willie Nelson.
Ellie is no longer a touring member of “The Neighbors,” and has found success in a solo career as a Christian singer/songwriter. Her albums As Sure As The Sun and Red Sea Road have both topped the iTunes Christian chart.
Drew Holcomb still tours nationally with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors and their most recent album, Dragons, is their most critically acclaimed release yet.
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Greg Holder

Greg is the author of Never Settle, The Genius of One, co-creator of Advent Conspiracy and a contributing writer for The Voice Bible. He serves as lead pastor at The Crossing, reaching nearly 10,000 people in person and online, calling people from an unlikely mix of spiritual backgrounds to consider what it means to follow Jesus in today’s world. Read more...

Walter Kim

Walter is the president of the National Association of Evangelicals and also serves as Pastor for Leadership at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has spent nearly three decades preaching, engaging in collaborative leadership, and seeking to connect the Bible to the significant intellectual, cultural, and social issues of the day. Walter has previously served as lead minister at the historic Park Street Church in Boston. His ministry also included a chaplaincy with Cru at Yale University and a pastorate at a Korean-Canadian church in Vancouver, Canada. He has a B.A. from Northwestern University in history and philosophy. After receiving his M.Div. from Regent College (Vancouver), he earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations from Harvard University.Read more...

Greg Lernihan

Greg is the Co-Founder of Convergint Technologies. Started in the basement of a home in 2001, Convergint is now the world’s largest private electronic security company in the world, employing 5,000 colleagues globally. He just completed his service on the Board of The Gathering. After leaving day to day responsibilities in 2012, Greg repurposed his life through investing in impact companies, mentoring entrepreneurs and funding ministries in Chicago and other parts of the world. Greg and his family are committed to bringing light to the systemic racism that exists in the United States and working with ministries and social enterprises to change the narrative for people of color. Married for 37 years to his wife Marybeth, they have been blessed with three married children, five grandchildren and one on the way.Read more...

Marybeth Lernihan

Marybeth has been active in philanthropy since 2009 when she co-founded Impact 100 Chicago, a women’s collective grantmaking organization. This experience taught her the fundamentals of “how” to award large grants to local nonprofits and influenced her family’s due diligence for their charitable giving. Gratefully, the Holy Spirit shifted the family’s focus to the “why” of philanthropy and moved Christ to the center of their philanthropic work.
The MIGMIR fund financially supports Christ-centered ministries serving the spiritual and physical needs of individuals in under-resourced communities in Chicago and internationally. Marybeth has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College. She has been married for 37 years to her husband Greg. They have three married children and five grandchildren, with another grandchild due in November.
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Rich McClure

Rich is the former President and CEO of UniGroup, the parent company of United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit and other specialized logistics companies. Rich co-chaired the Ferguson Commission, appointed by the governor of Missouri in November 2014 to study and recommend actions to address the underlying causes of the social unrest in the St. Louis region following the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer. The Commission issued their report “Forward through Ferguson: A Path to Racial Equity” in September 2015.
Early in his career, Rich held public policy positions as chief of staff for then-Governor of Missouri John Ashcroft and in the administration of Governor Jim Thompson of Illinois. He serves as lead director on the board of World Wide Technology, a $11.5 billion privately-held leading provider of technology services, and is on the boards of several other privately-held, founder-led companies. He also serves on the St. Louis boards for Teach for America, Boy Scouts of America, and the United Way. Rich and his wife Sharon have two married children and four grandchildren. In 2011, they were the first husband-and-wife on the CBS show, Undercover Boss, featuring United Van Lines.
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Levina Mulandi

Levina is a transformational leadership practitioner with over 20 years experience working with women. Levina does this through being a Director in a limited company, Ovaa International, and as a Supervisor, PhD in Leadership Studies at the International Leadership University in Nairobi. She has a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate School, and has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in education. Levina is inspired daily by her husband and their two sons.Read more...

Erin O’Keefe

Erin spent eight years in corporate life prior to becoming the Executive Director for the MIGMIR Fund. Recently, she decided to stay at home with her children and is no longer active day to day, but serves as MIGMIR’s Board Chair. MIGMIR financially supports Christ-centered ministries serving the spiritual and physical needs of individuals in under-resourced communities in Chicago and internationally. In addition, MIGMIR invests capital in businesses and social enterprises focused on producing triple bottom line returns: spiritual, social and financial returns.
Erin enjoys learning about innovative ways to interrupt the cycles of poverty and inequality. She is particularly interested in discussing ideas on how to use philanthropy as a tool to fight systemic racism. Erin is married with two sons, Brayden and Cody.
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Andrew Peterson

Andrew is a singer-songwriter, an author, and the founder of the Rabbit Room, a ministry dedicated to fostering spiritual formation and Christ-centered community through story, art, and music. He lives in Nashville with his wife and about 80,000 honey bees.

Todd Peterson

Todd serves as the Chairman of Pro Athletes Outreach and the Young Life Foundation, and he is a director on the boards of Passion/Passion City Church, The Gathering, and three private companies. Previously, he was the CEO and Chairman of the Seed Company, a ministry focused on Scripture translation. Todd is a former placekicker in the National Football League, where he played for 13 seasons and held two NFL records and served three terms as a board member of the NFL Players Association. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1993 as an Academic All-American, Todd was drafted by the New York Giants. He was the Seattle Seahawks’ NFL True Value Man of the Year in 1996 and retired as one of only 34 players who’d scored 1000 points. In 2015 he was inducted into the AIA Hall of Faith, joining the likes of Bart Starr, Anthony Munoz, and Clark Hunt. Todd and his wife Susan make their home in Atlanta and have two children.Read more...

Rosalind Picard

Rosalind is an inventor, engineer, and scientist. She wrote the book Affective Computing that outlines how to give machines the skills of emotional intelligence, which inspired the growing field of Affective Computing. She co-founded two companies that commercialized inventions by her and her team at MIT: Empatica, providing the first AI-smartwatch recognized by the FDA for monitoring seizures, and Affectiva, providing emotion AI software. At MIT, she is a full professor teaching and directing research at the Media Lab, and serves as founding faculty chair for MindHandHeart, MIT’s campus-wide wellbeing initiative. She serves as chief scientist and Chairman for Empatica, where today they are working together with many medical partners to create technology to detect a viral infection before you feel sick. Follow Rosalind on Twitter @RosalindPicard and her MIT website.Read more...

Ramesh Ponnuru

Ramesh is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a contributor to CBS News. He has written about public policy and national politics for 25 years. His work has appeared in The New York Times and Washington Post.Read more...

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah runs The Washington Post’s religion vertical. She covers how faith intersects with everything, including politics, culture, education, abortion and immigration. Before joining The Post, she was a national correspondent for Religion News Service. She was also online editor of Christianity Today magazine.Read more...

Christy Singleton

Christy is CEO of Mercy Multiplied, a global nonprofit that equips people to live free and stay free through counseling programs, training, and other resources. At the request of the Mercy Board, Christy rejoined the organization in February of 2020 after two years of running her own leadership consulting business, Leadership Sanity. She previously served for 14 years at Mercy as Executive Director and as Director of Development, during which time Mercy grew exponentially and successfully transitioned from a founder-driven framework into a scalable organization.
Before Mercy, Christy worked in healthcare sales and administration. She has an MA from the University. of South Florida and a BA from Davidson College. She is active on several nonprofit boards including Mercy Multiplied International, AnGeL Ministries, and the Charis Foundation, and she is a mentor for the Praxis Nonprofit Accelerator. Christy resides in Nashville with her husband, Steve, and she has three children.
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Ryan Skoog

Ryan is an entrepreneur who started the travel-related companies Fly for Good, Volunteer Card, Yonder Travel Insurance, and the nonprofit Venture.org, which leads church planting movements along with community development in unreached countries. He married Rachel, and they love adventuring together with their two ginger-headed kids, Colin and Sydney, whom you’ve probably seen running through the hotel halls in the GenNext program.Read more...

Jemar Tisby

Jemar is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. His writings have been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Mississippi and the founder and president of The Witness: a Black Christian Collective. Follow Jemar on Twitter @JemarTisby.Read more...

John Townsend

John is a New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written over 30 books, selling 10 million copies, including the Boundaries series, People Fuel and Leading From Your Gut. John engages with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their challenges. He and his organization provide team and executive coaching, corporate consulting, and give conference presentations. John also personally coaches leaders, families and family businesses.
John founded the online Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling at Concordia University Irvine, and the Townsend Leadership Program. He conducts “Dr. Townsend Live,” (crowdcast.io/drjohntownsend), an online live video call-in program. He is also a co-host of the nationally syndicated talk show “New Life Live” with 3 million listeners. John is active with several service organizations and boards. He and his wife Barbi have two adult sons, Ricky and Benny. One of John’s hobbies is playing in he and his sons’ band, “The Bandits,” for parties and venues.
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Lisa Trevino Cummins

Lisa is the Founder of Urban Strategies. Out of a sense of God’s calling, Lisa left a 12 year career at Bank of America to support churches and other faith-based organizations who were committed to sharing the whole gospel in distressed neighborhoods. This calling led her to the White House where she helped launch the Office for Faith-based Initiatives. After her service in the White House, Lisa started Urban Strategies where today she works with some 200+ teammates who share her commitment to serving the least, last, and lost.Read more...

Jon Tyson

Jon is the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Rumors of God, Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, and The Burden is Light. His newest book is Beautiful Resistance. For the last 15 years Jon has lived in Manhattan with his family as a church planter.
Follow Jon on Twitter @jontyson and Instagram jontyson and his church’s website
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Rich Villodas

Rich is the Lead Pastor at New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he graduated from Nyack College and earned a Masters of Divinity degree at Alliance Theological Seminary and later, in 2013, he succeeded Pete Scazzero as lead pastor at New Life, whose multi-ethnic congregation includes people from more than 70 countries. Rich is also part of the writing team for Missio Alliance, exploring issues such as contemplative spirituality, race, emotional health, preaching and the cultural issues that impact the Church. When Rich is not reading, he is cheering on his beloved Mets, Knicks, NY Rangers and Jets teams. Rich is married to Rosie and they have two children. He has a book due for release in Fall of 2020 entitled, The Deeply Formed Life: Five Transformative Values to Root Us in the Way of Jesus. Follow Rich on Twitter @richvillodas and Instagram richvillodas and his church’s website

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Darren Whitehead

Darren and his wife Brandy are co-founders of Church of the City. In 2013, they had a vision to plant a family of churches that live in the way of Jesus for the renewal of global cities. Every weekend more than 7000 people attend one of six church congregations across Nashville and New York City. Originally from Australia, Darren has lived in the United States for over 20 years. He holds both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Ministry, with his dissertation focus on millennials and the future of the Western church. He recently released his second book, Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change The Way You Worship, co-authored with worship leader Chris Tomlin. Darren and Brandy have three daughters and live in Nashville.Read more...

Esther Wang

Esther is a Founding Partner of IDinsight, an international nonprofit that is transforming how governments and top nonprofits in countries in Africa and Asia use data and evidence to improve lives. IDinsight seeks to bring the best timely information to bear on optimizing critical programs and strategies seeking to address poverty-related issues.
Esther leads external partnerships for IDinsight. Prior to this role, she was the first Chief Operating Officer from 2014-2019, leading operational growth from 30 to 150 colleagues around the world in over a dozen countries. Prior, Esther was a management consultant with Bain & Company, a co-founder of a social enterprise in the Tibetan Plateau, and co-led several nonprofit organizations. Esther earned joint bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. Esther was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and an Echoing Green Fellow. Esther spent the last 8 years in Zambia, after opening IDinsight’s first office there. She and her husband, Paul, and their two children have just relocated to the Washington D.C. area.
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Paul Wang

Paul is a Founding Partner at IDinsight, an international nonprofit that is transforming how governments and top nonprofits in countries in Africa and Asia use data and evidence to improve lives. IDinsight seeks to bring the best timely information to bear on optimizing critical programs and strategies seeking to address poverty-related issues.
Paul is a strategic advisor with more than a decade of Africa-based experience, including seven years as IDinsight’s Africa lead. He has led projects in 15 African countries, India, and Southeast Asia. Clients span governments, foundations, NGOs, and social businesses in many sectors including agriculture, health, education, livelihoods, and financial inclusion. Paul previously worked at McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, TechnoServe, TAMTAM – Together Against Malaria, and MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Paul holds an MPAID, MBA and BA (economics) from Harvard University. He and his wife, Esther, and their two kids lived in Zambia for the past 8 years and are now based near Washington, D.C.
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Michael Wear

Michael is the Chief Strategist and a member of the executive team for the AND Campaign. He is a leading strategist, speaker and practitioner at the intersection of faith, politics and public life. Michael is also founder of Public Square Strategies, a consulting firm that helps Christian leaders and organizations navigate public life and advance their mission. He writes regularly for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and other major outlets.Read more...