has been there. As a former police officer, he knows what it’s like to face volatile situations at every turn. Now his mission is to offer help and hope, through his speaking engagements and inspirational books, to those who walk the thin blue line.
His forthcoming book, Behind the Badge: 365 Daily Devotions for Law Enforcement, is set for release this May. In it, Adam provides spiritual nourishment and encouragement for law enforcement officers through personal stories, scripture and prayers.
Some frequently requested topics for Adam to present on include: “Arming Sheepdogs with the Truth of God’s Word”, “5 Declarations for Law Enforcement Officers and Their Families” and “Foundations in Communication: Establishing the Groundwork for A Successful Warrior Marriage”
Adam is truly poised to become the “go to” voice of encouragement for officers seeking reassurance from someone who understands what they live every day. The uncertainty they face can also take its toll at home with family, and most importantly, in marriage relationships. In 2000 Adam married his high school sweetheart, but it wasn’t a love story without challenges and heartache.
If you ask his friends and family, most will tell you Adam is passionate about his faith, family, and his divine purpose. His most prized role is that of husband to Amber, and father to three precious children.
Tara is the president of Titus II Woman Ministry, a ministry designed to encourage women right where they are through the Word of God and personal relationship. She is a graduate of Crown College and the author of A Journey in Faith; Embracing the Unknown.
Tara enjoys speaking at multiple women's events every year as well as small gatherings to encourage women across the globe. Her topics may include, but are not limited to: forgiveness, motherhood, mothering teenage daughters, marriage, Christian military family life, surviving a spouses PTSD, and many Bible topics. She is the mother to four children from teen to tween and all boy and has been married to her husband, David, for seventeen years. With her family, Tara lives in Brandon, South Dakota.
Tara's goals as an author/speaker can be summed up by a simple phrase - glorify God with the words that she speaks. In that, Tara wants to encourage women no matter where they are in their walk with Christ. "We all live a “normal” life and sometimes one kind gesture makes the difference between life and death. I aim to be a woman of encouragement to others."
Michelle Discavage is the author of Unnamed Women of the Bible: Lessons of Value, Belonging, and Worth. She is a speaker and a Certified Life Purpose Coach.
Now, doesn’t she sound amazing? Michelle's response: "Let’s be honest, most days I am the captain of the hot mess express. I lose my temper, and my keys. I doubt my abilities, no, I doubt everything. And, I question how God can and will use a mess like me."
Through her book, speaking, and as a life purpose coach, Michelle is able to encourage and equip women to discover their God given purpose. For many years, she did not feel like she measured up. While she walked around with a smile on my face and was often found laughing, in truth, she believed she was a failure. Negative words spoken to her when she was younger planted lies in her mind.
However, the day came when those lies no longer served Michelle, and she was exhausted from striving and trying to be deemed worthy by everyone she met. Michelle began to renew her mind (Romans 12:2), and stopped hiding the gifts and strengths God has given her.
Now, she embraces her mess, and praises God for his grace and mercy. And, she invites other women to do the same. Michelle desires to come alongside women as they seek truth in their own lives, and build a community of women who can admit they do not have it altogether.
"Life does not have to be perfect, and neither do we. God has a plan and a purpose for us all."
Your whole life matters. But if you’re like Matt, you’re so busy that you’ve forgotten what that really means.
Unintentionally, we lose sight of what truly matters in life and buy in to the lie that professional success will yield personal fulfillment. In short, we do more as a way to be more. But that’s a vicious cycle that leaves us exhausted.
For years, Matt thought a six-figure income would help validate who he was, so he masked his pursuit within the nobility of providing for his family and living a good life. Beneath it all, he was afraid—afraid of poverty and the opinions of others.
It took a family member’s suicide, going broke, nearly losing his marriage, and a cancer diagnosis for God to finally get his attention. The truth is, the busyness of life had drowned out His (God's) voice.
Over the past few years, Matt has dedicated himself to living this reality in the trenches and writing about what he's learning. As a husband, father to four, small-business owner, author, and speaker, there are constant demands on his time and energy. The struggle is real, but living whole is not impossible. A whole, healthy life begins with perspective.
Jill founded Christian Work at Home Ministries (CWAHM) in 2000 to assist other Christians who desire to work from home. She is the author of the devotional book, Do Life Different, co-author of So You Want to Be a Work-at-Home Mom, and contributed to eight other publications.
Jill completed her master’s degree in Professional Counseling and serves as a substance use and mental health therapist in the Omaha area. She has articles published in In Touch Magazine, P31 Woman magazine, and Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, as well as across the web on sites like DrLaura.com
Ed was once best known for his spot on the 1986, World Series Champions, New York Mets roster. Today, Ed is a dedicated father, author, and motivational speaker. He believes in, and has experienced, the power of courage, faith, and determination in the face of life’s most difficult challenges.
Ed played 13 years of Professional Baseball before his promising career came to a sudden end as the result of a severe shoulder injury. Three months after starting a new career, Ed was diagnosed with three potentially life threatening illnesses. He fought these conditions with strength and determination surviving three kidney transplants and a battle with cancer.
Ed has become one of this nation’s most highly sought after motivational speakers. In 2001, he became the first professional Major League sports athlete from the United States to receive the prestigious Certified Speaking Profession designation from the National Speakers Association. As the author of “Conquering Life’s Curves: Baseball, Battles, & Beyond”, Ed has appeared on hundreds of national radio and television programs including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The 700 Club, and MSNBC.
Involved with many charitable and non-profit organizations, Brian actively supports The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Character that Counts, and Keepers of the Sandlot. He’s also involved in Young Life, Pro Athletes Outreach, Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and The National Christian Foundation.
Brian is a highly respected and sought after motivational speaker.
From the tragic loss of his daughter Kassidy to leukemia, to his son David’s heroic battle with a brain tumor and subsequent journey into professional baseball, he and his family know the pain of personal loss and have overcome great adversity. Brian uses his life experiences to encourage and inspire a host of audiences. His inspirational messages combined with stories from his professional playing days have had a tremendous impact when shared at churches, youth-family and men’s outreach conferences, sports awards banquets, and corporate events across the United States and Canada.
Brian enjoys public speaking, coaching baseball, upland bird hunting, fishing, weight lifting, and collecting vintage baseball memorabilia. He is a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and in 2007 was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame along with Joe Carter, Bill James, and Phil Stephenson. He and his wife, Jami, live in Spring Hill, KS, and have four children Scott, David, Jennifer, and Kassidy.
Parker Hudson and his wife live in Atlanta with the joys and challenges of a large family. His day job is in the investment real estate business but on the side he has been researching and writing about faith, government and business for over twenty years, including two novels and one anthology of short stories.
After attending London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar (1968-70), Parker served for three years as the Communications and Intelligence Officer on the USS Wainwright (CG-28), based in Charleston, S.C. Since then he’s logged a lot of years in all aspects of commercial and investment real estate, in both the U.S. and Russia. Parenting, grandparenting, and writing are his passions.
Parker likes the power of good fiction, particularly Christian fiction, because it engages the whole person–intellect, emotion, spirit. The reader becomes caught up in the characters and the events, and is forced to consider issues and outcomes that go beyond everyday facts and figures. Fiction based on real truth can be transformational.
Carmen Fowler LaBerge
Carmen LaBerge is an author, speaker and host of the daily Christian worldview radio show The Reconnect. The purpose of the show is to mobilize every Christian to get off the sidelines and into the cultural conversations of the day in ways that honor Jesus. In less than one year, Carmen has conducted over 200 interviews with widely respected influencers, reporters, authors and leaders. She is in her eleventh year serving as president of the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a ministry that’s been working to equip Christians for faithful witness for more than 50 years.
Carmen is a graduate of the University of Florida with an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She now lives outside of Nashville, TN with her husband Jim and family.
Dennis is a business and executive coach for a billion dollar company in the Pacific Northwest. He's been interviewed on Focus on The Family, Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News. Hosted Balance Point Radio for years and was embedded nightly with CBS affiliate news Point 2 Point as the conservative commentator for many years, as well.
From the storied halls of West Point class of 1978 to a bid for US Congress in 2000 to author and consultant; Dennis’ journey has taken him where few men are blessed to go. His unique clarity on life comes from being a lifelong learner and living each adventure to its fullest potential. Dennis has an inborn love for history and, due to his path in life, has a deep seeded drive to see honor lived out. Dennis has a deep love of creation and of the Creator.
Dennis is an award winning author of Cocoa: The Blind Dog, Beautiful Nate, Finding Malone, Benghazi and Beyond, as well as co-author of other books and written three motion picture screenplays. Dennis is a sought after conference speaker and business coach.
John Mason is a national best-selling author, noted speaker and executive author coach. He is the founder and president of Insight International and Insight Publishing Group.
He’s authored twenty books including An Enemy Called Average, You’re Born An Original-Don’t Die A Copy, and Know Your Limits—Then Ignore Themwhich have sold two million copies and are translated into thirty-eight languages throughout the world. His books are widely known as a source of real-world wisdom, hopeful inspiration, and practical principles.
His writings have twice been published in Reader’s Digest along with numerous other national publications. Seven of his books have reached the #1 spot on an Amazon best-seller list.
Known for his quick wit, powerful thoughts and memorable humor, he’s spoken to audiences of 50 to 15,000 for more than twenty-five years.
At one point in my life…
I woke up to reality that I was bored, stuck, and unimpressed with my life. This was not what was promised to me in college. I was supposed to change the world. I was supposed to live an adventurous life. I was supposed to be doing what I love and loving what I was doing. Oh and I was supposed to be healthy and happy too.
Well there was one problem…
I was given promises without preparation. I had a magnificent and terrifying mountain to climb with no clue how to actually summit a mountain like that. There was an incredible vertical distance between what could be and what actually was. I had passion and desire for all of those things but no clue how to attain them. To go further up the mountain I had to go on a journey and I had to ask for help A LOT along the way. I have not arrived, but I am not stuck anymore. I am happier, healthier, and more effective at doing my work in the world than I have ever been.
David Nico, PHD
David Nico PhD is America's Peak Performance Strategist, a keynote speaker, and certified coach. His passion is to help leaders live well so they can model vitality, inspire vision, and create a healthy legacy—He's like a one-stop-doc for well-being.
He is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller “Diet Diagnosis” and has shared health tips on national television networks reaching millions of viewers. He is a featured expert in Forbes, The Street, Fox News, MSN, Yahoo, Men's Health, Woman's World, Prevention, Reader's Digest, USA Today, and more. His company, Dr. Healthnut, has a mission to help people make healthier choices in all aspects of their lives.
Mike is the founder and CEO of DecisionPoint Wellness Center. In addition to being the Center’s chief executive and administrator, Mike is a published author, an inspirational keynote speaker, certified alcohol and drug counselor, and a master-level executive life coach. After winning his 35-year battle against alcoholism, Mike felt called to help individuals and families battling addiction. His personal and professional experience makes him uniquely qualified to understand and serve the special needs of the Center’s clients which is why he decided to open a different kind of outpatient treatment center in 2015. His vision for an innovative program featuring flexible schedules, and clinical excellence at an exceptional value is known as The DecisionPoint Difference.
Prior to dedicating his life to fighting the disease of addiction, Mike enjoyed a hugely successful career as an executive with some of the world’s largest companies and best known brands like Hallmark Cards, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group, PepsiCo, and ConAgra Foods. Mike graduated with honors from Georgia State University with a B.A. in liberal arts and business. Mike is clinically trained as an addiction counselor with a CADC II certification as well as being a certified as an anger management specialist. He is a member of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA), the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA), the Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Carey's goal is to reach right to the heart of an audience, reminding women that no matter what they’ve been through – or what they’re currently struggling with – our God is bigger. Even more, His plans are to restore His children regardless of the chaos and pain of their journey.
No matter where they are in life or in their walk with Jesus, Carey's desire is for every woman in your group to easily relate to what she shares and teaches. Carey connects with women right where they are in life, making them feel seen and heard. Because we all need hope and encouragement, that is exactly what she infuses into your group.
Carey purposes to strike the perfect balance between Biblical examples and scripture, personal testimonies, and challenging questions for the audience… all sprinkled with humor and honesty. She never speaks from a place of perfection, sounding like she has it all figured out. Instead, Carey links arms with women and walks onto the battlefield together.
Bill Severns is a former professional baseball player having played in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system for 6 years. Prior to his professional career, he was a Sporting News and AACBC (American Association of College Baseball Coaches) All-American and Second Team Academic All-American from the University of Oklahoma. During his time at OU, he had the unique privilege of participating in the College World Series four years in a row. He was also a staff member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes throughout college.
After his own 22-year career playing the game, he began a 28-year marathon of coaching his son’s little league teams. He has recently written a book, “Keepers of the Sandlot.” The purpose of the book is to encourage parents and coaches and help them enjoy their kids in the developmental years of little league. It is a book about life lessons based on his experience at every level of the game. While playing the game was his passion, coaching his kids proved to be even more rewarding and challenging. The book is dedicated to the parents, players, coaches and teachers who work hard every day to shape children’s lives and play the game of life the way it is supposed to be played. Bill’s second book is called “Sandlot Strategy”; it is a parents’ manual for coaching kids.
Bill lives in Prairie Village, Kansas, with his wife of 40 years, Suzanne. They are the proud parents of Matthew, Sarah, Drew and Will. With great joy, Bill and Suzanne have the wonderful role of being grandparents to 8 grandchildren. Bill works for HDR Engineering, a civil engineering firm out of Kansas City, Missouri.
Will wants his time on earth marked by a push for something greater; to be a man of faith, serving as an example of how God uses the lowly to advance His Kingdom.
"God does not owe me anything in regards to my family, business or future as an author/orator but He, through I believe to be a vocational calling, continues to bring me back to opportunities within my gifting," shares Will. "And I do not want to ignore these calls. To aid as many people as possible in the area of hiding God's Word in their heart is the 'why' behind Membands and always will be."
And if that message can live and breathe while being spoken in front of others, then Will desires to pursue it with his whole heart--even as a man broken and imperfect
"Will Severns is a dynamic, creative, passionate and hilarious speaker. Will has a unique gift set. He can be as insightful as a writer and as funny as a stand-up comedian. He has faithfully devoted himself to the less fortunate and, at the same time, forged an entrepreneurial vision. I have personally witnessed Severns' gifts in action with teenagers and young adults in multiple settings. This is a young man who has accomplished so much and is only getting started. Book him for your event today!" -Shay Robbins | K1 Director
From his humble upbringing in a small Midwestern town to portraying an invincible demigod on TV, to fighting for his life in a traumatic health incident, Kevin Sorbo takes audiences on a journey through his incredible and harrowing experiences and offers an inspiring message of resilience, hope and faith.
Kevin Sorbo captured hearts and thrilled audiences around the globe in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. What most people don’t know is how close he came to death after suffering a series of strokes toward the end of filming this television series. Through the grace of God, friends and family, Sorbo triumphed through a long and arduous healing process, which he shares in his best-selling book True Strength. Since then, Sorbo has continued to excel as an actor, producer and director in many outstanding and critically acclaimed film and television projects, including his role as an atheist philosophy professor challenged by one of his students in the wildly successful film God’s Not Dead. A devoted husband and father, Sorbo is the national spokesperson for the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality after-school programs, and a national spokesperson for A World Fit For Kids!, a nonprofit group that gives young people the training, tools and support they need to achieve their goals and lead fit and fulfilling lives. Sorbo touches the spirit of each audience member by providing real-life takeaways they can apply to their own lives as a better future is never out of reach.
Sam holds many titles including filmmaker, radio host, actress, international model, author, wife, mother, and home education advocate.
After high school in Pittsburg, PA, Sam studied biomedical engineering at Duke University before pursuing a career in modeling. Modeling offered her the chance to travel and learn languages; she is fluent in five. Sam moved to Los Angeles for acting, where dedication and perseverance gained her roles in several films (Bonfire of the Vanities and Twenty Bucks) and TV shows, including Chicago Hopeand Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Hercules introduced her to Kevin Sorbo, who swept her off her feet. They married in 1998 and she moved to New Zealand. While living in Auckland, Sam created and published a humorous and educational photo-book, Gizmoe: The Legendary Journeys, Auckland. Sam’s most recent book, with co-author Marius Forté, is The Answer: Proof of God in Heaven. She is radio host of nationally syndicated The Sam Sorbo Show, speaks publically around the country and recently appeared in the movies Hope Bridge, with Kevin Sorbo and Boo Boo Stewart, and Just Let Go with Ian Cusick, for which she won "Best Supporting Actress" at the Utah Film Festival.
In 1999, Lori switched gears from radio to film, working with Cloud Ten Pictures on the original Left Behind. As part of her work, she created and managed national marketing and promotional campaigns for the movie. Though she started as a volunteer, her performance soon moved her into a full time staff position at Cloud Ten Pictures, ultimately replacing the publicity firm originally hired for the job. Working from home, Lori managed publicity at over 2500 radio stations across the U.S. Left Behind: The Movie went on to sell over three million copies and won the VSDA’s award for “Best Selling Title from an Independent Studio.” Lori’s ideas and efforts cultivated engagement and passion that created grass roots marketing before anyone had ever heard of social media campaigns.
In 2005, the writing side of Lori’s career began to flourish. She was brought on staff with CBH Ministries (formerly the Children’s Bible Hour) where she became head writer for their popular radio drama, Down Gilead Lane. Airing on thousands of radio stations around the world, Gilead was an ongoing weekly adventure that was enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Over the next six seasons, Lori partnered with writers from Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey to create this faith-based family entertainment.
The past few years has held a flurry of creativity as Lori helped with the development, writing and marketing of INSP’s first original television series, Brush of Honor. She went from Brush of Honor’s freshman season to working with Cachet Entertainment and Sony Pictures on publicity and marketing of their theatrical release, War Room. Since then, she went on to work the theatrical release of several more films and she currently has a television series, a feature film and several made for TV film projects in various levels of development.
Dennis, author of The Rancher’s Gift, a motivated, visionary leader, is known for his ability to encourage Christians of all ages to discover their life purpose.
As a keynote speaker Dennis uses his 40 years of leadership experience and down home, rancher delivery, to inspire the audience with life experiences that produce relevant and meaningful change.
His unique style of delivery is captivating and inspiring.
The Rancher’s Gift, is his message, in story form of discovering how to find life purpose. Whether for a men’s group, women’s group, home schoolers convention, etc. his message is impactful, memorable, effective and life changing. His positive attitude, ease of connecting with any audience, passion and energy are infectious and inspirational.
Dennis and his wife, Gayle, live in Johns Creek, GA, along with their three married daughters, son-in-laws and ten grand-kids. All are active members of North Point Community Church.