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New York Times Best-Selling author of Love Does and Everybody Always
Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia. Bob is a sought after speaker for leadership, church and university events, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner. Love Does has now been translated into ten languages!
Bob has pioneered the vision of Love Does(formerly Restore International) to fight for freedom and human rights, working to improve educational opportunities and to be helpful to those in need of a voice and a friend. Love Does has worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing over 200 cases to trial, as well as pursuing justice, intervention and education for at risk women and children in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia. Restore Leadership Academy in Northern Uganda educates over 300 students with a focus on character and leadership development. Because of Bob’s vision and the work of Love Does, he serves as the Hon. Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States.
Bob continues to be inspired by friendships he’s developed with others around the world who live their lives pursuing strategic ways to help others. As an attorney, Bob shares leadership in a Washington law firm, Goff & DeWalt. He is also a professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University.
New York Times Best-Selling author of over twenty books including The Case For Christ
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books. He serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University and as a Teaching Pastor at Woodlands Church in Texas.
Lee was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree). He was a journalist for fourteen years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois’ highest honor for public service journalism from United Press International. He also led a team that won UPI’s top award for investigative reporting in Illinois.
After investigating the evidence for Jesus, Lee became a Christian in 1981. He subsequently became a teaching pastor at two of America’s most influential churches and hosted the national network TV program Faith Under Fire. In addition, he taught First Amendment law at Roosevelt University.
In 2017, Lee’s spiritual journey was depicted in a major motion picture, The Case for Christ, which ranks among the top twenty faith-based films. Lee has won national awards for his books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace.
Lee and Leslie have been married for forty-five years and live in Texas. Their daughter, Alison, is the author of five novels. Their son, Kyle, is a professor of spiritual theology at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.
Evangelism Innovator And Author
Author And National Speaker
Executive Director Of Alpha USA
Craig Springer is the Executive Director of Alpha USA. Alpha’s program provides a judgment-free space where over 350,000 annual participants discuss meaningful topics of faith and life. Alpha USA is helping to transform the culture of churches to invite in those with questions, frustrations or serious doubts about spirituality, the church, the direction of their lives or anything in-between.
The Turquoise Table, Front Yard People
Kristin Schell is on a mission to love her neighbors. She put a picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting neighbors, friends, and even strangers, to hang out and do life together at The Turquoise Table®.
A new concept of hospitality unfolded in her neighborhood, and before long The Turquoise Table® led to a movement of Front Yard People—ordinary people who long to create community right where they live.
Today, there are Turquoise Tables all across America from California to Maine. In all fifty states and in eleven countries, Turquoise Tables have become a symbol of hospitality, a safe place to sit down and connect over a cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea.
As founder of The Turquoise Table® and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children.
Kristin’s book, The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard (HarperCollins Christian Publishing), is available wherever books are sold.
While her favorite color may be turquoise, Kristin bleeds burnt orange for The University of Texas and believes the answer to world peace might involve a bowl of queso and salty tortilla chips.
Director Of All Peoples Ministries
Dr. Alejandro Mandes is the Director of All Peoples Ministries and the founder of Immigrant Hope and GATEWAY Theological Institute. In these roles and others, Alex has created innovative programs aimed to bring greater compassion, justice and community transformation. A recognized expert and sought-after speaker, he advises leaders across the US on issues related to ethnic and immigrant communities.
The Art Of Neighboring, CityUnite
Dave Runyon serves as the Executive Director of CityUnite and as a consultant for businesses who have a desire to make a positive impact in their communities. Dave helped to start a neighboring movement in 2010 that has now spread to over 3,000 churches around the country. This experience prompted him to co-author The Art of Neighboring, published by Baker Books. He speaks locally and nationally encouraging leaders to collaborate for the good of their cities.
Director Of Partnerships For Workmatters
Catherine Gates is Senior Director of Content & Partnerships for
VP Of Apologetics Reason To BelieveBiochemist Fazale (Fuz) Rana, the son of a Muslim scientist, writes and speaks extensively about evidence for creation emerging from biochemistry, genetics, human origins, and synthetic biology. As Vice President of research and apologetics at Reasons To Believe, he is dedicated to communicating to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific case for God’s existence and the Bible’s reliability.
Founder Of Crossover Community ImpactPhilip Abode is the lead pastor of Crossover Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the co-creator of Crossover Community Impact. Crossover is causing
Church Strategist And Vision CoachClint Grider is a respected vision optimizer who has been guiding leaders through vision clarity processes for over 25 years. He has served successful generosity campaigns ranging from $2 million to more than $600 million. Clint excels in facilitating partnerships, process improvements, and improving organizational capacity, with the goal of leading to meaningful results and sustained momentum.
Lead Pastor Of Valley Church
Quintin Stieff is the Lead Pastor of Valley Church, located in Des Moines, Iowa. He’s a conference and retreat speaker, in both the US and internationally, on leadership, strategic vision, church-community engagement, evangelism, and outreach.
Miss America 2003, Non-Profit Leader
Erika Harold was born and raised in Urbana, Illinois and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the
service platform preventing Youth Violence and Bullying. Erika spoke to more than 100,000 students about the consequences of bullying and discussed peer to peer harassment on numerous television shows, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN Headline News, and PBS’s Emmy
During her year of service, Erika also championed the Children’s Miracle Network and the USO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving men and women in the military. In recognition of her advocacy, Erika was named one of Fight Crime, Invest in Kids’ “Champions for Children” and received a leadership award from the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Erika used the scholarship money she won as Miss America to pay for her legal education at Harvard Law School, where she graduated in 2007. She also won a Boykin C. Wright Memorial Award for appellate advocacy in Harvard’s Ames Moot Court Competition.
Erika is a litigator at Meyer Capel in Champaign, Illinois, and represents clients in disputes involving commercial contracts, shareholder agreements
The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Erika to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and she currently serves on both of those entities.
Erika also serves on the national board of directors of Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to inmates and their families, where she advocates for criminal justice reform and engages in prison ministry.
Additionally, Erika is a member of Trinity International University’s Board of Regents.