Speakers

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Valerie Bell

CEO, Awana Clubs International
Valerie Bell

CEO, Awana Clubs International

Valerie Bell is an award-winning author, speaker and ministry leader. She is the author many books including A Well-Tended Soul, Real Survivors: Finding Hope in Times of Crisis, Enjoying Spiritual Intimacy with God and Your Spouse, Faith Shaped Kids: Helping Your Child Grow Spiritually and Nobody’s Children: Getting Out of Your Kids’ Faces and Into Their Hearts. Her most recent publication is An African Awakening: My Journey into AIDS Activism, a collaborative project with World Vision. For seven years, she served on the Board of Directors of MOPS International, including three years as board chair. Since 2016, she has served as the CEO of Awana, the global leader of child discipleship reaching more than 3.1 million children every week in 115 countries. Valerie is married to Steve Bell, an executive vice president of the Global Leadership Foundation. The Bells live in Kildeer, Illinois and are the parents of two grown sons and five grandchildren. Her website can be found at valeriebell.org

Scott Wesley Brown

Musician and Recording Artist
Scott Wesley Brown

Musician and Recording Artist

Scott Wesley Brown is a veteran Christian artist, composer and worship leader whose career has spanned over three decades with 25 albums recorded, 9 number one songs on Christian radio and concert ministry in over 50 countries worldwide. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Aaron Shust, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Bill Gaither, Petra and opera star Placido Domingo. Scott’s song “He Will Carry You” has been translated into many languages around the world. He is the producer and one of the artists appearing on the album “Legacy: The Joy of Intentional Grandparenting” which is available from the Legacy Coalition.

Ken Canfield

Founder, The National Association for Grandparenting
Ken Canfield

Founder, The National Association for Grandparenting

Dr. Ken Canfield is the founder of several organizations dedicated to improving family well-being, most notably the National Center for Fathering, where he served as President for 16 years. He is currently founder and president of the National Association for Grandparenting (GrandkidsMatter.org), which he founded in 2016. He is a sought-after speaker and media consultant, having appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, Focus on the Family, and numerous radio programs. He had his own radio program called Today’s Father which was aired on more than 400 stations across the country. He is the author of numerous articles, both popular and scientific. His books include the award-winning 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers , The Heart of a Father, The Adventures of Fatherhood Series and They Call Me Dad. Ken and his wife Dee have five children, three daughters, two sons and ten grandchildren. They live in Overland Park, Kansas.

Terence Chatmon

Businessman, Entrepreneur, Author
Terence Chatmon

Businessman, Entrepreneur, Author

Terence is a speaker and author who has held senior executive positions in such Fortune 500 companies as Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, and The Coca Cola Company. He has been an entrepreneur and has also served as President & CEO of non-profits such as The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation and EQUIP Leadership. A Chicago native, he is the author of Do Your Children Believe? (Thomas Nelson) and serves as an elder in his home church. You can visit Terence’s website at doyourchildrenbelieve.com.

John Coulombe

Director of Development
The Legacy Coalition
John Coulombe

Director of Development
The Legacy Coalition

Until his recent retirement, John Coulombe served for more than thirty years as the InterGen pastor at the Fullerton Evangelical Free Church where he worked with “experienced” adults and other age groups as well. A graduate of Judson Baptist College, BIOLA University and Talbot School of Theology, he is also the founder of CASA (The Christian Association of Senior Adults), He is also the organizer of “Desert Fathers” and “Music City Fathers,” annual encouragement retreats for Christian artists and music industry professionals. John has been featured on Focus on the Family, TBN, TLN, and CBN television networks and Christian radio talk shows.  As a gifted communicator and relationship-builder, he now serves as the Director of Development for The Legacy Coalition. He and his wife Jacque have two sons and eight grandchildren.

Ken Davis

Speaker and Author, Lighten Up Ministries
Ken Davis

Speaker and Author, Lighten Up Ministries

Ken Davis is one of the country’s most sought-after inspirational and motivational speakers. He is a best-selling author and recording artist with a Dove Award, Book of the Year Award and Gold Medallion Award to his credit. His book Fully Alive was recently made into a feature length film that is now available on Netflix. As president of Dynamic Communicators International, he developed conferences that for 30 years have taught the art and business of public speaking to ministry professionals and corporate executives. Ken’s daily radio show, Lighten Up!, is heard on over 1,500 stations in the United States and around the world. He and his wife Diane live in Franklin, Tennessee near their two daughters and six grandchildren. Visit KenDavis.com for more information.

Larry Fowler

Founder and CEO
Legacy Coalition
Larry Fowler

Founder and CEO
Legacy Coalition

Larry Fowler’s vision for a national ministry to encourage and equip Christian grandparents brought together a gifted team of leaders in the summer of 2015 and the Legacy Coalition was born.  His 40 years plus of ministry include experience as youth pastor and Awana missionary. He also served Awana as a staff trainer and Executive Director of Global Networking. In 2012, he was recognized for his lifetime of contribution to children's ministry in America by the International Network of Children's Ministry, with their national Legacy Award. He is the author of several books including Raising a Modern-Day Joseph (Awana) and Overcoming Grandparenting Barriers: How to Navigate Painful Problems with Grace and Truth (Bethany House). Larry and his wife Diane have two grown children, seven grandchildren and live in Riverside, California.

Denise George

Author and Speaker
Denise George

Author and Speaker

Denise George is the author of 31 non-fiction books (Penguin, Random House, Tyndale House, Zondervan, LifeWay) including Called to Forgive (Bethany House, 2019, with Anthony Thompson). She speaks frequently at seminaries, colleges, churches, and retreats. Her husband, Dr. Timothy George, is founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. They live in Birmingham, have two grown children and one precious grandson.

David Green

Founder and CEO, Hobby Lobby
David Green

Founder and CEO, Hobby Lobby

David Green is the Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world with over 850 stores and more the $5 billion in annual sales. He is the author of three books. More Than a Hobby, Giving it All Away… And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously and A Generous Life: 10 Steps to Living a Life Money Can’t Buy. David & his wife Barbara are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter. They have ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. They are actively involved at their church as well as many other Christian ministries and charities.

Cavin Harper

Founder, The Christian Grandparenting Network
Cavin Harper

Founder, The Christian Grandparenting Network

A graduate of Baylor University and Denver Seminary, Cavin Harper served as an associate pastor for 17 years before founding ElderQuest Ministries which later became known as the Christian Grandparenting Network. He writes a weekly blog on grandparenting and has authored several books including Courageous Grandparenting: Building a Legacy Worth Outliving You. He and his wife Diane created GrandCamps® for grandparents and grandchildren, which is being reproduced and operated by Christian camps and churches across the USA. Cavin’s latest book is Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Bethany House). Cavin and Diane have two daughters and nine grandchildren. They have been married 50 years and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Bill High

Founder and CEO of The Signatry
Bill High

Founder and CEO of The Signatry

Bill High is Founder and CEO of The Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. His mission is to empower families in building multigenerational legacies of generosity. He is a published author and a sought-after conference speaker on topics relating to family legacy, philanthropy and the transforming power of biblical generosity. His recent books include Giving It All Away…And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously, coauthored with David Green. Bill and his wife Brooke have four children and three grandchildren.  Learn more about Bill at billhigh.com.

Tina Houser

Speaker and Author, Kidmin Academy
Tina Houser

Speaker and Author, Kidmin Academy

After 33 years in children’s ministry in the local church, Tina has thrived as a mentor and trainer of those who share her passion for reaching kids for the Kingdom. She is a member of the Kidmin Academy faculty (focusing on early childhood ministry), a freelance editor, and has authored 19 books, the latest being Heirlooms: Passing Faith Stories to Your Grandchildren. She loves spending time with her three grandkids who give her tons of ideas to use in her Kidmin world. Her grands refer to her as Silly Grandma. She blogs at tinahouser.net.

The Isaacs

Recording Artists, Gaither Music
The Isaacs

Recording Artists, Gaither Music

The Isaacs are a multi-award winning family group featuring mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. They are widely known for their incredible vocal prowess but they are also amazing musicians. They and their band accompany themselves on a variety of acoustic instruments and perform in such styles as bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, country, contemporary and southern gospel. They are frequent guests on the Grand Ole Opry as well as the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series. You will be blessed by the amazing music of the Isaacs.

David Jeremiah

Senior Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
CEO, Turning Point Ministries
David Jeremiah

Senior Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
CEO, Turning Point Ministries

Dr. David Jeremiah is the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California.  Messages preached in the pulpit at Shadow Mountain form the basis of Turning Point, his international radio and television ministries. Dr. Jeremiah has authored dozens of books and provided editorial oversight and commentary for the best-selling Jeremiah Study Bible (Thomas Nelson). He is a sought-after speaker because of his commitment to the truth of the Bible and his special ability to help people understand how to apply biblical principles to everyday living. He and his wife Donna live in El Cajon, California. They have 12 grandchildren.

Tim and Darcy Kimmel

Founders and Authors, Family Matters
Tim and Darcy Kimmel

Founders and Authors, Family Matters

Dr. Tim Kimmel loves when churches and families are healthy and strong. He loves it even more when they work as a team. Tim is the founder and Executive Director of Family Matters. Tim develops resources for families and churches and conducts conferences across the country on the unique pressures that confront today's families. Not only is Tim a well-known speaker, he has authored many books including Grace Based Parenting, Connecting Church and Home and Grace Filled Marriage. Tim and his wife Darcy co-authored the book and video series Extreme Grandparenting and count their role as grandparents one of their greatest joys.

Elaine McAllister

Author, Speaker, Blogger
Elaine McAllister

Author, Speaker, Blogger

Elaine McAllister is an award-winning writer, author, blogger and columnist who lives in Central Kansas with her husband, near their grown children and five amazing grandchildren. She passionately embraces her role as a grandma and encourages others to intentionally celebrate grandparenting every day. She writes a grandparenting column for her local newspaper and is a freelance writer of magazine articles and a recently-published book Celebrate Grandparenting: 101 Ideas to Intentionally Connect with your Grands. You can learn more about Elaine from her website ElaineMcAllister.com.

Josh Mulvihill

Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry, Renewanation
Josh Mulvihill

Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry, Renewanation

Dr. Josh Mulvihill earned his PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Family Ministry with a focus on the biblical role of grandparents.  For 20 years, he served as the Pastor to Children and Families at Grace Church of Eden Prairie in Minnesota. More recently, he has been serving as Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry for Renewanation, a ministry whose mission is to provide every child in America with a Biblical Worldview. Josh is the author of several books including Biblical Grandparenting (Bethany House), Preparing Children for Marriage, and Rooted Kids Curriculum and Worship. Josh and his wife Jen live in Victoria, Minnesota and have five children. Josh blogs at GospelShapedFamily.com.

Fernando Ortega

Musical Guest
Fernando Ortega

Musical Guest

In the early 1990s, young composer and pianist Fernando Ortega, classically trained and musically complex, entered the Christian music scene. His distinctively earthy sound perplexed and even defied the pop status quo. Descended from eight generations of Mexican weavers, this son of the Rio Grande entwined thoughtful melodies with Celtic, bluegrass, classical and Latin American influences to create something unique and rare. Today, Fernando is one of Christian music’s most respected artists, his works encompassing modern hymns, liturgical songs, and Inspirational and praise & worship favorites. With three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and a Billboard Latin Music Award to his credit, Fernando’s Christian radio hits include “This Good Day,” “Jesus, King of Angels” “Sing to the Living God” and “Sleepless Night.” Renowned for his stirring arrangements of beloved hymns— “Give Me Jesus” and “Be Thou My Vision,” among others— his solo discography features 18 projects in a heralded career spanning more than 25 years.

Dave Pendleton

Ventriloquist and Comedian
Dave Pendleton

Ventriloquist and Comedian

As one of the nation's premier ventriloquists, David Pendleton will make you believe anything can talk! A 30-year veteran entertainer, David's humor and stellar technique has audiences laughing from start to finish. He brings to his show a wide range of comedic characters including lovable, but blunt Aunt Tilly, a 94-year-old spinster; quick-witted trouble-maker Mack Elroy with his sidekick Buford the Beagle; and rounding out the cast, Vern, a slightly misguided albino vulture. David has performed in a wide variety of venues for an array of hosts — both Christian and general marketplace — across the country and around the world. Visit David on the web at anythingcantalk.com.

Kara Powell

Executive Director, Fuller Youth Institute
Kara Powell

Executive Director, Fuller Youth Institute

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and she is the author or co-author of a such books as Growing With, Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.

Wayne Rice

Conference Director, The Legacy Coalition
Wayne Rice

Conference Director, The Legacy Coalition

Wayne Rice has been active in youth ministry, family ministry and grandparenting ministry for over 50 years. He is the co-founder of Youth Specialties, the nation’s leading provider of resources and training for youth ministry professionals. He is also creator of Understanding Your Teenager seminars, former Pastor to Generations at College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego, and currently Conference Director for the Legacy Coalition. Wayne has authored or co-authored dozens of books including his most recent, Long Distance Grandparenting: Nurturing the Faith of Your Grandchildren When You Can’t Be There in Person (Bethany House). Wayne and his wife Marci live in Alpine, California. They have three children and five grandchildren. He also plays the banjo and has a bluegrass music radio program. Visit his website at waynerice.com.

Rob Rienow

Founder, Visionary Family Ministries
Rob Rienow

Founder, Visionary Family Ministries

Rob is the founder of Visionary Family Ministries, an organization with a mission to inspire parents and grandparents to disciple their children and grandchildren, to help couples create mission driven-marriages, and equip churches to build Bible-driven ministries. He also serves as a pastor at Gospel Fellowship Church in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of Grand Vision for the Home (Awana), Visionary Parenting, (Randall House) and Never Too Late: Drawing Your Adult Child Back to Christ (Kregel).

John Stonestreet

President, The Colson Center
John Stonestreet

President, The Colson Center

John serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a popular speaker on such topics as faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. He is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated radio feature founded by the late Chuck Colson. Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served in various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries and was on the biblical studies faculty at Bryan College. John has co-authored four books including A Practical Guide to Culture, Restoring All Things, Same-Sex Marriage, and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. He and his wife, Sarah, have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.