NRB 2020 - Convention Registration
NRB 2020 Speakers / Musicians
Keith & Kristyn Getty
Getty Music
Karyn Ablin
Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC 
Erskin Anavitarte
Nashville-based singer/songwriter Erskin Anavitarte has garnered a diverse fanbase around the world with his unique infusion of pop, jazz, R&B and hip-hop styles. Following his 2014 EP, Let's Ride, Anavitarte released Look Up in 2015, which featured the watershed single “Black & White,” a thought-provoking, action-inspiring narrative on race and religion in America. His latest recording, Love Moves, released in early 2019. An advocate for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children, Anavitarte serves as an artist representative for Holt International. He is also a diversity spokesperson, with a focus on strengthening ministries, engaging the culture and creating impactful art. A Texas-born high school basketball standout, Erskin Anavitarte received an athletic scholarship to East Tennessee State University and earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Dr. Theodore "Ted" Baehr
Chairman / Publisher
The Christian Film & Television Commission™ / MOVIEGUIDE®
Ted Baehr is Chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission™ and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE. An award-winning media authority, his purpose is to be used by God to redeem the mass media and help families to use wisdom in selecting their entertainment. For more information, please visit
Jonathan Bock
Grace Hill Media
Gordon Philip Borrell
Borrell Associates Inc.
Gordon Borrell is a sought-after speaker for conferences and company meetings and is the local media industry’s leading analyst. He is ranked in the top 2% among Gerson Lehrman Group’s 150,000 consultants worldwide and is quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Ad Age, Forbes and other publications. He has appeared on CNN and other TV and radio programs discussing trends and forecasts for local media. Prior to starting Borrell Associates in 2001, Gordon was vice president for new media for Landmark Communications, where he worked for 22 years.
Evelyn Carroll
Paul Castro
Catherine Clinch
Content Creator / Social Media Specialist
Clinch Digital Media / California State University Dominguez Hills
Catherine Clinch began her career writing 18 produced episodes of network television for hit series. While her three sons were young, her flextime “placeholder job” was Associate Publisher of Creative Screenwriting Magazine and the Co-Organizer of Screenwriting Expo 1-5. She has been awarded three US Patents for inventing a new mobile entertainment platform for professionally created content. Recently, Clinch wrote a comic book [with a completely new Intellectual Property concept] for Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.
Phil Cooke Ph.D.
Cooke Media Group
Founder and CEO of Cooke Media Group, Phil Cooke has produced media programming in more than 60 countries. He’s produced many of the most influential Christian TV programs in history, and his book “The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get it Back” challenges Christians to confront the real reasons our faith is losing influence in the culture. He's been called “one of the most innovative communicators of our generation.”
Derral Eves
YouTube & Video Marketing Consultant
Mark Fincannon
Chuck Finney
Finney Media
Chuck Finney’s love for radio began in his teens, and stayed with him as he moved around the country working in various formats. Today, Chuck is the President and owner of Finney Media, where he leads a team that serves ministries, networks and stations using research, programming assistance and help with story—all aimed at heart connection with life changing impact. He’s also an author and speaker, and loves to spend time with his wife and two grown daughters. Find more about Chuck at
DeVon Franklin
Franklin Entertainment
Jared Geesey
General Manager
Christian Cinema & iDisciple
Jared Geesey is the general manager of Christian Cinema. Leading at the intersection of technology, entertainment, and ministry has been his mission for 20 years.  He recently led the company to develop and launch the first digital streaming platform exclusively for the Christian market with an app ecosystem spanning from mobile to OTT streaming devices to powering major online retailers, as well as launching a white labeled streaming platform in South Africa in 2018.
Dr. Shur Gopal
iNRB Chair & Professor
North Greenville University
Shur Gopal has been teaching media technologies, film and video production at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina for over 16 years where he developed the video and film program of the Mass Communication department (almost from the ground up.) Shur brings with him over three decades of in-the-field media experience. As a Principal Consultant, Shur has launched five satellite television stations, from concept to launch – four in India and one in Malaysia. He has been a Fulbright Fellow in Communication Technology during 1988-89. He is the Director of the South Carolina chapter of the Hollywood Prayer Network in Greenville, SC. Shur is a strong believer in networking and building contacts.
Ash Greyson
Founder & CEO
Ribbow Media Group
Mike Harland
Director of Worship
Lifeway Christian Resources
Mike Harland grew up in Mississippi, graduated from Delta State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and has led churches in worship leadership roles for most of his life. Since 2005, Mike has served as the Director of Worship at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a published author, Dove Award winning songwriter, and a worship leader who sings and speaks nationally and internationally. His blog and podcast, “WorshipLife” is followed by pastors, worship leaders, and church musicians around the world. His new book, Worship Essentials- Growing a Healthy Worship Ministry Without Starting a War is written from a pastor’s view with the hope to call out values in healthy worship ministries that transcend music styles. You can find more at Mike and his wife Teresa serve in the discipleship and worship ministries of Brentwood Baptist Church and live in Franklin, Tennessee. They have three grown children – Lee and wife Jenna, Elizabeth and husband Thomas, and John. They have also just welcomed two granddaughters, Madeleine and Caroline!
Nathan Hill
Marketing Director 
Nathan is the marketing director at NextAfter and is singularly focused on equipping nonprofit marketers and fundraisers with tested and proven strategies to increase their reach, revenue, and impact. Prior to joining NextAfter, Nathan worked on the digital marketing and fundraising teams for Moody Radio including coordinating and executing online fundraising and marketing initiatives for multi-million dollar giving campaigns.
Scott Hunter
Vice President & Senior Counsel
Salem Communications Corporation
Chuck Konzelman
Writer Director Producer
Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman are a writing/directing/producing team. After a fifteen year career in mainstream media, they responded to a call from the Lord and dedicated themselves to faith & values driven entertainment. Their films since then include GOD'S NOT DEAD, GOD'S NOT DEAD 2, DO YOU BELIEVE and UNPLANNED.
Troy Kreichbaum
President & CEO
KVNE 89.5 FM
Since 2008, Troy has served as President/CEO of Encouragement Media Group in Tyler, Texas with stations KVNE (CCM), KGLY (Worship), The Well (Teaching) and Fusión (Spanish). Under his leadership, God has blessed the ministry with a 275% increase in active donors. The Lord has provided tremendous audience ratings growth, earning KVNE the most listeners in East Texas with Persons 12+, and achieving an 8.2 Share (Nielsen). Troy is a 32-year Christian broadcast veteran who was Director of Marketing and Promotions at KCBI for 17 years. He has served on the CMB Board of Directors and the NRB Radio Advisory Committee. His passion for Christian music shaped his formative years, leading him to complete a Radio/TV degree at Baylor University. Troy married Teresa, his college sweetheart, 28 years ago and they have four children, and are looking forward to meeting their first grandbaby in March!
Paul Lauer
CEO / President
Paul Lauer is the founder of Motive Entertainment, one of the leading grass roots and community engagement marketing agencies in Hollywood. Motive’s campaigns have helped generate billions of dollars of box office and ancillary revenues. Most notably, Motive led the ground-breaking marketing campaign for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, for which Paul Lauer was named a Top 50 Marketer of the Year by Ad Age Magazine. Motive also led highly successful campaigns for The Chronicles of Narnia, The Bible miniseries, Polar Express, Rocky Balboa, United 93, Secret Life of Bees, Expelled, Heaven is for Real, Son of God, The Shack, 1517 to Paris and many others. In addition, Motive has marketed three books that have reached #1 best-seller status. Paul Lauer was previously the founder and CEO or Veritas Communications, which published YOU! Magazine worldwide in six languages, produced award-winning documentaries and books, and produced the World Youth Day music festival with 250,000 attendees. Lauer has appeared on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and in New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Wall St. Journal.
Natchi Lazarus
Author, Speaker and Consultant
The Connected Church
Natchi Lazarus is the author of The Connected Church. He is a social media and digital marketing consultant. With more than 18 years of experience in marketing & advertising, he specialises in helping Nonprofits, NGOs, Churches and Faith-based Social Ventures. He is a keynote speaker who has addressed audiences worldwide. He is the cofounder & chief consultant of a digital agency.
Dayna Lovelady
Digital Communications and Collaboration Leader
Jonathan & Emily Martin
Worship Leaders
Jonathan & Emily Martin ("The Word in Worship")
Jonathan & Emily Martin are singer-songwriters and worship leaders that met and started their ministry “The Word in Worship” in Nashville, TN. Believing that the Word is true, but also beautiful, powerful, life-giving, and helpful, their primary ministry is to write Word-saturated songs. They recently launched a branch to their ministry called “Word in Worship Families,” and are passionate about creating Word-saturated music and resources to help families worship God together in their homes. You can find out more by visiting
Janet E. McHugh
Executive Director
Television Music License Committee LLC
Janet E. McHugh is an attorney and corporate executive with experience in the finance, energy and broadcast industries. Prior to TVMLC, she managed operational legal matters for Sinclair Broadcast Group and served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Constellation Energy, now Exelon. Janet is a graduate of Clemson University and Duke University School of Law. She also chairs the Maryland State Ethics Commission by appointment of Governor Hogan.
Elizabeth Meyer
Music Licensing Manager
Elizabeth Meyer has spent the last five years immersed in music licensing. She handles licensing, payment, and compliance for Salem Media Group and provides support for NRBMLC’s list of over 1,000 radio stations. She graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Tim Miles
Founder & Head Custodian
Tim Miles & Company
Valerie Neff Hogan
Relationship Manager
National Christian Foundation - Chicago
Pavlina Osta
Executive Producer and Host of “The Pavlina Show”
Salem Media Group
Greg Outlaw
President & CEO
All About GOD Ministries, Inc.
Craig Parshall
General Counsel
Janet Parshall
Syndicated Radio Host
In the Market
Janet Parshall is the host of In the Market with Janet Parshall, a daily two-hour broadcast, nationally syndicated on the Moody Radio Network and carried on hundreds of stations across the country. She also hosts a three-minute weekly commentary. Janet was the recipient of the NRB On-Air Personality of the Year Award in 2008 and in 2011. She was selected by President George W. Bush to represent the White House in the capacity of public delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Janet speaks regularly across the country on family values and biblical truths.
Rich Peluso
Senior Vice President
Affirm Films / Sony Pictures 
Rich Peluso is the EVP and head of AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Peluso works with writers and directors at various stages of production from concept and script, through production and release. Key releases include the #1 box-office hit WAR ROOM, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, SOUL SURFER, RISEN, and most recently OVERCOMER and A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. AFFIRM Films has exceeded $550M in box-office making it the most successful faith-based film studio.
Travis Ploeger
Director, License Management
SoundExchange, Inc.
Travis Ploeger has been with SoundExchange for more than a decade. As Director for the License Management Department, he oversees the submission and processing of all payments, statements of account and reports of use from digital music service providers before their distribution to artists and rights owners. SoundExchange provides royalty solutions for sound recordings and publishing, serving as a critical backbone to today’s digital music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 199,000 recording artists’ and master rights owners’ accounts. Its technology solutions help turn massive amounts of data into accurate revenue for creators and include: Music Data Exchange (MDX), International Standard Recording Codes (ISRC) Search, and the Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) LOOKUP. To date, SoundExchange has paid out more than $6 billion in royalties. For more information, visit
Seth & Nirva Ready
Seth & Nirva
Music Artists
Individually, they are two of Christian music’s most distinctive vocalists. He has shared the stage with many of the biggest names in Gospel music, including Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans. She was an integral part of DiverseCity, the showstopping touring band for Grammy-winning superstar tobyMac, for more than a decade. Together, as husband and wife, Seth & Nirva combine world-class talent with a passion for their audience. Their acclaimed 2016 Integrity Music debut, Never Alone, featured contributions from tobyMac, DJ Maj and Shonlock. Their long-awaited follow-up, One Voice, is slated to release in March and features appearances from Michael Tait (Newsboys) and Mr. Talkbox.
Sean Ross
Vice President of Music and Programming 
Edison Research
Brian Sanders
Executive Vice President
Positive Alternative Radio
Brian Sanders is passionate about leadership. Serving as the Executive Vice-President of Positive Alternative Radio, he leads the team that runs five of the most award-winning and fastest growing Christian radio stations in America. Brian is a prolific writer, and his recent book, Leadership Endurance, hit #1 on Amazon’s Christian Leadership Best Seller List and is now in its third printing. The book draws inspiration from God’s Word, as well as some of the greatest leaders of all time, including Lincoln, Grant, Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Brian lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with his wife, Kayla. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University in Louisiana and has 59 hours toward a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Amy Sewell
Vice President of Digital Solutions
Douglas Shaw & Associates
Amy Sewell works with dozens of Christian ministries and broadcast organizations to overcome technological hurdles; ensuring they can grow and monetize the online channel. Driven by results, Amy goes beyond engagement, utilizing the online channel to inspire donors and drive revenue. Amy has been working in the digital space for 22 years, and has been recruited globally to consult on topics like website optimization, email marketing, social media, digital donor acquisition, SMS, SEO, and SEM.
Michael Shelley
General Manager
New Life Radio
Jan Shober
Vice President Strategy
Finney Media
Jan Shober has been focused on communication since she started a neighborhood newspaper at age ten. Since then she’s worked in communication for non-profits in media creation and distribution. She’s a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Colorado Christian University. Today, she works with Finney Media as Vice President of Strategy and as a writer and strengths coach. She’s married and has three adult children with growing families. There’s more about her at
Timothy Smith
Accounts Coordinator, Broadcast Licensing
Cary Solomon
Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman are a writing/directing/producing team. After a fifteen year career in mainstream media, they responded to a call from the Lord and dedicated themselves to faith & values driven entertainment. Their films since then include GOD'S NOT DEAD, GOD'S NOT DEAD 2, DO YOU BELIEVE and UNPLANNED.
Allie Stuckey
Podcast Host
The Conservative Millennial, Conservative Review TV 
Greg Sukert
Executive Director
Anchored North
Greg is the founder of Anchored North, an evangelistic ministry reaching millions with powerful stories of Christ's redemption. By God’s grace, Anchored North is making a cultural impact and has gained the attention of massive news sources such as Huffington Post, The Guardian, and Teen Vogue as well as Christian leaders such as Todd Friel, Ray Comfort, Matt Walsh, Eric Metaxas, and John MacArthur. For more, visit
Dr. Carol Miller Swain
Former University Professor and Host of Be the People Podcast and Radio Show
Carol Swain Enterprises, LLC
Dr. Carol M. Swain is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. She is an author, podcast host, political commentator, and editor of Be the People News. She has had Op-eds published in The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and USA Today.
John Turver
INFORM Media & Analytics
Dan Vallie
National Radio Talent System, Vallie Richards Donovan Consulting
Michael Van Dyck
Inspired Entertainment
Industry veteran TV/ literary agent Michael Van Dyck has left Paradigm after 13 years to fulfill his vision of building unique, high quality inspirational brands with broad mainstream appeal through the launch of his management/ production shingle Inspired Entertainment. Van Dyck takes his extensive mainstream entertainment experience and work in and outside of the faith and family market to launch the new company. Pure Flix is backing the new entity. Inspired Entertainment, a management and production company will develop, package, and broker original mainstream and inspirational content to broadcast, cable, and streaming networks, building a presence in the entertainment market not currently filled. Van Dyck will also continue to staff writer and director clients on current network series. Van Dyck brings to Inspired Entertainment an impressive resume as a TV/Feature Literary agent since the early 90’s. Van Dyck will manage and direct Inspired Entertainment’s operations identifying and representing top accredited writers/ content creators, actors, and directors through long standing relationships with the artists, TV and feature lit agents, managers, and studio/network executives. Throughout his highly esteemed career, Van Dyck has had a tremendous influence in the entertainment industry by packaging and selling scripted and non-scripted series, movies for television that have branded networks, and features. Van Dyck’s passion, in addition to his mainstream work, is representing faith brands. His successes in mainstream entertainment and this growing inspirational genre include: James Mano’s Dexter (Showtime), Peter Barsocchini’s High School Musical (Disney Channel), Martha Williamson’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Hallmark), Karen Kingsbury’s The Baxter Series (MGM), A Time to Dance, and The Bridge (Hallmark) Kirk Franklin’s Sunday Best (BET), and John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart’s Unveiled (NBC), amongst others. Inspired Entertainment has the financial capability to option, buy, and finance development and production. Inspired also controls significant intellectual properties for broadcast, cable, and streaming development in TV and features.
Bill Velez
Executive Director
Radio Music License Committee
Bill Velez is a music licensing veteran of 47 years. He holds the distinction of having previously worked at music licensing agencies ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. For the past decade, he has been on the other side of the table with regard to music licensing issues, as Executive Director of the Radio Music License Committee (or RMLC). The RMLC is a non-profit that represents the majority of commercial radio stations in the U.S. with regard to music licensing matters. Bill is a lawyer by training and has also taught as an adjunct at NYU and Belmont University.
J. Warner Wallace
Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Biola, Author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, Forensic Faith and Creator of the Case Makers Academy for Kids
Cold Case Christianity
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective and a Christian case maker. J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured repeatedly on NBC’s Dateline, Court TV and Fox News and he’s been awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award. J. Warner received an MA in Architecture from UCLA and an MA in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. For more information about J. Warner, visit
Ron Weber
Chief Operating Officer
Trinet Internet Solutions
Mr. Weber is the Chief Operating Officer at Trinet Internet Solutions, Inc., a digital marketing firm based in Irvine, California. Trinet helps America’s best-known ministries, such as Trinity Broadcasting Network, World Vision, and Focus on the Family reach new people and new donors with innovative digital fundraising techniques and digital media experiences including websites, web applications, social media digital advertising, emails, mobile apps, and advanced web applications. Ron speaks regularly on digital media related topics at national conferences events such as the National Religious Broadcasters conference, CLA, and Outreach conferences.
Josh Weiss
Chief Marketing Officer
ARK Multicasting & General Manager, IBN Television
Joshua D. Weiss (@joshuadweiss) has nearly 20 years experience in broadcast television, production, and church ministries. He serves as chief marketing officer for ARK Multicasting, and is general manager of IBN Television. He is producer of CrossTalk International, Today With God and Wize Fix. He serves as associate pastor at Abundant Life AG in Grand Prairie, Texas, where he and his wife, Nancy, lead worship and are responsible for media. Weiss also teaches Church Media at Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
Chad Williams
Five Q
Chad Williams, CEO of Five Q, has been involved in the Internet since 1995. His passion is to deliver results. His company provides a full suite of Web Development and Interactive Marketing services for dozens of ministry and non-profit organizations, including Revive Our Hearts, Voice of the Martyrs, Ligonier Ministries, Joni & Friends, Awana, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Got Questions Ministries, Life Action Ministries, and The Bowery Mission, among many others.
David Wollen
Vice President, Client Services
Douglas Shaw & Associates
With more than 15 years of experience in multi-channel fundraising and broadcast media, David has a proven track record of innovative problem-solving and helping ministries reach their full potential. Before joining Douglas Shaw & Associates, David served as the Executive Vice President of Haven Ministries, running a fundraising program that doubled the annual donor file and donation revenue.
Michelle Younkman
Ravi Zacharias
Chairman of the Board
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)
When former skeptic and seventeen-year-old Ravi Zacharias heard the words of Jesus in John 14:19, “Because I live, you also will live,” the trajectory of his life changed forever. In a time of helplessness and unbelief—when he was on a bed of suicide—the truth of Scripture brought hope to Zacharias, and he committed his life to Christ, promising, “I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of truth.” Earlier in John 14, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” This verse has become the cornerstone of Zacharias’s ultimate mission as a Christian apologist and evangelist: to present and defend the truth of Jesus Christ that others may find life in Him. Zacharias’s calling to preach was first confirmed when he was awarded the Asian Youth Preacher Award at the international Youth Congress in Hyderabad at the age of nineteen. Years later, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association invited Zacharias to be a plenary speaker at the inaugural International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists (“Amsterdam ‘83”) to address a gathering of 4,000 other speakers. It would be another turning point for him, as he began to seriously consider the critical need of apologetics to remove the intellectual and existential barriers that kept many skeptics from considering the truth claims of Christ. A year later, in 1984, he founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). At age 73 he remains committed to his calling to represent the gospel of Jesus Christ through historical, philosophical, and moral foundations and to defend it against objectors with grace, clarity, and coherency. He has laid the framework of the truth of the gospel to millions of people in more than 70 countries, including on the campuses of some of the world’s leading universities. RZIM exists to reach and challenge those who shape culture with the credibility of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 2017, Zacharias’s vision to establish an apologetics training center in the United States with global reach was realized with the launch of the Zacharias Institute in Atlanta. RZIM has sixteen offices throughout the world in the United States, Canada, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Romania, Macedonia, Turkey, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, and the Middle East. Through its global team of speakers and more than 200 employees worldwide, RZIM seeks to impact the heart and intellect of society’s thinkers and influencers through: Evangelism: RZIM shares the gospel through its global team of over 80 speakers and experts as well as its radio and television programs, podcasts, and publications that reach listeners and readers around the world. Apologetics: A team of evangelists and trained RZIM speakers participate in open forums, speaking engagements, panels, and debates to answer objections to Christianity with gentleness and respect. Spiritual Disciplines: RZIM strives to model and build Christ-like character through our books, group studies, and biblical resources. Training: RZIM hosts a range of programs and courses in the US, UK, India, Singapore, and online, which are designed to instruct and equip all who desire to effectively contend for the Christian worldview. Humanitarian Support: RZIM’s humanitarian arm, Wellspring International, identifies and financially equips existing organizations aiding women and children at risk and provides individual scholarships to support education, healthcare, and basic living needs. Zacharias has spent the past 46 years commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s great existential questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny with eloquence and grace. He fully believes the truth of Jesus Christ can endure the toughest critiques and philosophical attacks. He has authored or edited over 25 books in the fields of theology, apologetics, comparative religion, and philosophy. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have been married for 46 years and have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta.