Good For All Conference Speakers

Bob Goff

Bob Goff

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.

Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel

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.

Garry Poole

Garry Poole

Evangelism Innovator And Author

Garry Poole is an outreach specialist, a training facilitator, and strategic planning consultant for churches and organizations around the world. He is also an Assistant Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. Garry is the author of the award-winning Seeker Small Groups, plus The Tough Questions series, and numerous study guides with Lee Strobel.

Kimberly Stuart

Kimberly Stuart

Author And National Speaker

Kimberly Stuart is the author of eight published novels, including the Heidi Elliott series, Act Two, Stretch Marks, Operation Bonnet, Sugar, and Heart Land. She is a frequent public speaker and is passionate about helping others live great stories.

Craig Springer

Craig Springer

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.

Kristen Schell

Kristen Schell

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.

 

Alejandro Mandes

Alejandro Mandes

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.

Dave Runyon

Dave Runyon

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. 

Catherine Gates

Catherine Gates

Director Of Partnerships For Workmatters

Catherine Gates is Senior Director of Content & Partnerships for Workmatters, a nonprofit marketplace ministry helping people pursue God’s purpose for their work. Catherine was president of a software consulting company for 8 years before deciding to make the career transition from technology to training and development. She has worked for large corporations to small entrepreneurial endeavors. When it comes down to it, Catherine is passionate about helping people achieve more of their God-given potential. 

Fazale Rana

Fazale Rana

VP Of Apologetics Reason To Believe

Biochemist 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.
Phillip Abode

Phillip Abode

Founder Of Crossover Community Impact

Philip Abode is the lead pastor of Crossover Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the co-creator of Crossover Community Impact. Crossover is causing positive impact in North Tulsa through education, after-school programming, health services, and housing development. Philip and his team understand that we can do more together than we can apart and is excited to share about innovative community partnerships.
Clint Grider

Clint Grider

Church Strategist And Vision Coach

Clint 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.
Quitin Stieff

Quitin Stieff

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.

Erika Harold

Erika Harold

Miss America 2003, Non-Profit Leader

Erika Harold was born and raised in Urbana, Illinois and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the
University of Illinois. She was crowned Miss America 2003 and promoted the community
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 award winning teen series In The Mix.

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 and trust administration. She also advises nonprofit clients regarding Constitutional issues and risk management. The Leading Lawyer Network has recognized Erika as an Emerging Lawyer in the categories of commercial litigation and civil rights/constitutional law, and she was part of the teaching faculty for Harvard Law School’s 2017 and 2018 Trial Advocacy Workshops.

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.

Erika was the 2018 Republican nominee for Illinois Attorney General and earned nearly 200,000 more votes in the general election than any other Illinois Republican running for office in 2018.