NRB 2020 - Convention Registration
NRB 2020 Sponsors / Speakers / Musicians
*Christian Healthcare Ministries
Media Leadership Dinner
Bronze Level Convention Sponsor
*Galcom International
Media Awards Lunch
*Lifeway Worship
Morning Devotional
*Mercy Ships
Opening Session
*Revival Outside the Walls
Bronze Level Convention Sponsor
*The John Ankerberg Show
Great Commission Forum
Karyn Ablin
Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC 
Karyn Ablin, a member of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC, focuses on music licensing and intellectual property matters. She has nearly 25 years of experience litigating music licensing and other copyright and intellectual property issues before the Copyright Royalty Judges, ASCAP Rate Court, and the federal courts. Ablin has represented numerous industry participants in proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Judges to set sound recording performance rates. She represents the National Religious Broadcasters Noncommercial Music License Committee in the most recent such proceeding to set rates for 2021-2025.
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
Carl Barnhill
Creative Director/Owner
Twelve:Thirty Media
Carl Barnhill is a creative entrepreneur, motion designer and author. He is the Owner and Creative Director of [twelve:thirty]media, a company that serves churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching. He is the host of The Making Sunday Happen Podcast and author of The Ultimate Production Team Handbook. You can find him in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, Katie and two sons, Jacob and Wesley.
Jonathan Bock
Founder & President
Grace Hill Media
For more than 20 years, Grace Hill Media has been at the forefront of marketing entertainment to the Christian community. Projects include The Blind Side, The Lord of the Rings, Unbroken, Richard Jewell, Harriet, Waves, Lady Bird, Les Mis, Walk The Line and The Bible series. Jonathan Bock, has been called “Hollywood's go-to marketing executive for faith-infused projects” by the Los Angeles Times and “the man who helps Hollywood get religion” by Time magazine.
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.
Ashley Bratcher
Actress, Producer
Ashley Bratcher is most recognized for her breakout role as the star of the box office hit, Unplanned, the inspiring true story that chronicles the transformation of a Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life advocate. Bratcher's commitment to stories of hope has garnered her recognition as a name talent in uplifting and redemptive films.
Andrew Brunson
Andrew Brunson and his wife Norine were involved in starting churches, training, aid to refugees, and a house of prayer in Turkey for 23 years until being falsely accused of terrorism in October 2016. After this Andrew was held for two years in Turkish prisons. Due to a worldwide prayer movement and significant political pressure from the US government, he was finally sentenced to time served and dramatically released in October 2018.
Evelyn Carroll
Host of Movieguide TV
Evy Baehr Carroll plays a key role at Movieguide® as the Assistant Vice President of Movieguide®, and is the on-camera host of the Movieguide® TV program. As the host of the TV program, Evy asks probing questions about faith and values to actors, directors and filmmakers of upcoming movies, along with writing articles, reviews, and print interviews for Evy has interviewed over 300 Celebrities and Directors, including: Oprah, Angelina Jolie, Amy Adams, Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Downey Jr., Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Chris Hemsworth, Christopher Nolan, Sandra Bullock, and many more. Studios have flown her across the country and the world to do interviews and articles. Evy has been interviewed about her work by CNN News, Home & Family, The Blaze, Family Talk, and weekly contributor for CBN. She also does weekly Radio Programs, including the The Bob Dutko show and The Bill Bunkley Show.
Paul Castro
Co-founder/Chief Creative Officer
Paul Castro is a leading entertainment industry expert with a masters degree in Film & Television from UCLA where for over a decade he served as a celebrated Professor in UCLA's legendary School of Theater, Film, and Television. He is the highly acclaimed author of "Inspirational Screenwriting," the #1 online screenwriting program in the world. As a United States Navy Public Affairs Officer, Paul served the Navy SEAL Teams. Paul won a Movie Guide Award for writing the hit Warner Bros feature film, "AUGUST RUSH," now going to Broadway. Paul speaks to global audiences on Value-Based Storytelling. He is a Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer of Torchlyte.
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.”
Jennifer Epperson EdD
Director of Research
Christian Healthcare Ministries
Helping others in Christian media reach their potential is Jennifer Hayden Epperson’s passion. Currently, she serves as the Director of Research at Christian Healthcare Ministry in Barberton, Ohio, and is involved with its affiliated radio station, WKJA, Heartfelt Radio. Previously, she served Moody Radio as its Director of Research and Learning after nearly a decade as the station manager of Moody Radio South Florida, WRMB 89.3 FM. Jennifer has worked and taught in international contexts with Moody Radio’s Global Partners Training program and spent five years as the Executive Producer of TWR’s Women of Hope. In 2012, she completed a doctorate in organizational leadership with a minor in human resource development. She has taught leadership and radio courses on both undergraduate and graduate levels. Jennifer enjoys her pugs, playing the flute, and speaking French.
Stuart Epperson Jr.
Truth Network
Derral Eves
YouTube & Video Marketing Consultant
Derral Eves is a highly sought after video marketing strategist. He is the executive producer and CEO of “The Chosen” a TV series about the Life of Christ. "The Chosen” marketing campaign became the most crowdfunded Television / Movie project of all time. Derral was a Lay Minister for 18 years. Eves is also the CEO of Creatus and founder of the annual “VidSummit” video conference". Eves' devotion to creating an enduring legacy that will impact the world for good is exceeded only by his passion and love for his family as a dedicated father of 5 children and a loving husband to his wife, Carolyn Eves who are the motivating source of his success.
Mark Fincannon
Casting Director/Executive Producer
Fincannon & Associates/Luminarium Pictures
Mark Fincannon is a 40 year veteran Emmy-Award winning Casting Director working in the world of Film and Television. Mark's company has worked with legend directors such as Steven Spielberg, Taylor Hackford, William Friedkin, David Lynch, and George Lucas to name a few. They have been responsible for casting over 200 feature films, 100 television movie of the weeks, 15 television mini - series and thousands of hours of television series. He is currently casting the 4th season of the CBS series, “MACGYVER” and the 3rd season of the FOX series, “THE RESIDENT”. A few of his other most notable films are “MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN” and “THE BLINDSIDE.”
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
President & CEO
Franklin Entertainment
DeVon Franklin is an award-winning Film & TV producer, best-selling author, renowned preacher and motivational speaker. Through entertainment and media, DeVon uses his passion and voice to inspire the masses. He’s produced hit films such as Breakthrough, The Star and Miracles from Heaven as well as writing numerous best-selling books including the most recent The Truth About Men. His company, Franklin Entertainment, has a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Meagan.
Jared Geesey
The Geesey Group
Jared Geesey leads at the intersection of technology, media, and ministry. He led to launch the first digital streaming platform exclusively for the faith market, as well as powering an SVOD platform in South Africa. In 2020, he founded The Geesey Group, to advise producers, distributors, and ministries on digital strategies for content and organizations. Jared and his wife Sarah reside in San Antonio, Texas with their three boys.
Keith & Kristyn Getty
Getty Music
Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, they are creating and cultivating a catalog of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition, which are sung the world over. In 2017, Keith Getty was made an “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to "music and modern hymn writing," marking the first time the award had been given to an individual involved in the world of contemporary church music. Keith and Kristyn Getty are the authors of “Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church,” published in 2017 by B&H Publishing Group. Bringing their world-famous and unique blend of Irish/American bluegrass and modern approach to traditional hymns, Getty Music has given us timeless treasures for the church and the Christian life. From classics like "In Christ Alone" and "The Power of the Cross" to several albums recorded especially for children and the family, all ages are sure to enjoy their inclusive feel to their musical performance and world-class professional tour. For more information on Getty Music and the Sing! initiative, visit
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
Ribbow Media Group
Ash Greyson founded Ribbow Media Group, a digital media and data services firm that combines science, art and empathy to deliver results for the entertainment industry. Known as Hollywood's secret weapon Ribbow has redefined digital success for many premier studios. With over 100 films managed in the last 6 years Ribbow has helped deliver more than $1Billion in box office revenue. Understanding how algorithms interact with real human behavior gives Ribbow a true edge that redefines success at the box office.
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!
Dr. Ron Harris
Founder & President
MEDIAlliance Internatinal
Dr. Ron Harris is a broadcast veteran with over five decades in the media world, which includes radio, television, church media, Christian radio, writing, and media consulting. Harris was the vice president and general manager of KCBI Radio in Dallas for 15 years. Harris has been involved in National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) for over 35 years. In 2013, Harris founded MEDIAlliance International, a nonprofit ministry that trains, mentors, and encourages Christians in broadcasting around the world.
Russ Hauth
Senior Vice President
Salem Media Group
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
Kenny Jahng
Founder & CEO
Big Click Syndicate
Kenny Jahng is the founder and CEO of  Big Click Syndicate, a strategic communications agency that works with nonprofit, cause-related, and Christian ministries.  The Company's work includes campaigns for American Bible Society, California Baptist University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and The United Methodist Church. Jahng also launched daily social media content subscription service for churches. Connect with him at or follow his #DailyKJTV vlog on LinkedIn.
Dave Alan Johnson
Partner - Writer / Producer / Director
Blue Canopy Media
“This is the kind of show we might get if Norman Rockwell were alive and could write scripts as well as he painted.” That’s what one national critic said of Dave Alan Johnson’s work. Dave has written, produced, or directed nearly a half billion dollars’ worth of entertainment while receiving accolades from every corner of the globe. He has created quality content with virtually every major Hollywood studio and network. Dave is currently a partner in Blue Canopy Media.
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 Kriechbaum
President & CEO
Encouragement Media Group
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 MBA
Digital Communications Specialist
The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)
Dayna Lovelady is CBN’s first full-time internal Digital Transformation leader, concentrating on employee communications and collaboration for the 1,400+ team member organization with a global reach of millions per day throughout all seven continents. Dayna is also a minister, writer, and Master of Divinity student at Regent University, recently studying abroad in Israel. She is a Tennessee State University graduate with a BBA and an MBA and previously worked with Christian Post and Dave Ramsey. She is a member of the Christian Women in Media Association, serves as an advisory member for a school in Africa, and as a selection committee member for the federal Emergency Services Grant program benefiting Nashville homeless outreach agencies.
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
Luke McElroy
Orange Thread Media, LLC
Visionary of SALT Conferences and founder of Orange Thread Media, the parent company to Orange Thread Live Events and TripleWide Media. Author of several books including most recently released Creative Potential: Principles for Unleashing Your God-Given Calling, Luke was hailed as one of the “top innovators for worship” by Worship Leader Magazine. Luke’s leadership has helped create powerful live environments for thousands around the world. He is proud to call Nashville, TN home and regularly writes about creativity, leadership and faith at
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
Good Company Consulting
Fueled by chronic curiosity and a fearless faith in God guiding us to do the weird little things we do, Tim has been helping organizations and their humans communicate more powerfully for a quarter-century. He’s a bestselling author, dynamic speaker, father, husband, and son who’s taken everything that made him weird as a kid and gotten people to pay him money for it as an adult.
Valerie Neff Hogan J.D., CFP®
Relationship Manager
National Christian Foundation - Chicago
Valerie joined the NCF Chicago office as a Relationship Manager in 2019. She is the Executive Director at Orchard Ministry Development “OMD” where she assists donors with non-cash and legacy gifts. Valerie and her mother, Miriam Neff, founder of Widow Connection, can be heard on their radio feature “Starting Over Financially” nation-wide on Christian stations where they assist widows in preventing fraud and learning valuable budgeting and financial management skills. Previously an Attorney with the Christian Law Association, she holds a law license, a patent law registration, and her Certified Financial Planner certification. Since 2000, Valerie has served at her church leading groups and individuals toward good stewardship with Christian Financial Concepts, Crown Financial, then Financial Peace University. She loves to assist people in overcoming financial obstacles so they gain greater personal freedom and a deeper walk of generosity. She is the daughter of Bob and Miriam Neff, is married to Mark Hogan and has three sons: Edward, Albert and Edmond. Mark and Valerie attend the Orchard Evangelical Free Church and are foster and adoptive parents. Areas they are passionate about include the local church, excellence in stewardship, foster and adoption related ministries, and justice related to widows and orphans. To contact Valerie, email her at
Pavlina Osta
Executive Director and Producer of National Podcasts / Media Personality
Salem Media Group
Pavlina Osta is the Executive Director & Producer of National Podcasts at the Salem Media Group in NYC. This 22-year-old is also the video producer for "The Mike Gallagher Show" and producer for investment guru Hilary Kramer's national show "Kramer's Millionaire Maker." Osta however is probably best known for being the creator, host, and producer of “Pavlina’s Kidz Place,” a 5 time Gracie award-winning show Osta created when she was 11-years-old and continued until she began college at the age of 18. Over those seven years, Osta interviewed over 600 celebrities on location and holds a Guinness World Record for "Most Live Radio Interviews in 24 hours.” Osta graduated with a bachelor's degree in Media, Culture and The Arts from The King's College in 3 years while climbing the corporate ladder at Salem Media. In 2019, she began her podcast “If God had a Podcast” interviewing the latest newsmakers on wellbeing which focuses on the Millennials and Gen Zs. Her mission with the podcast is “a better you for a better us.” Osta is a regular on Newsmax as a Millennial Commentator as well as other media networks.
Greg Outlaw
President & CEO
All About GOD Ministries, Inc.
Greg Outlaw co-founded in 2002. Their 50+ websites have become the most cost-effective evangelistic outreach in the world. Historically, at least one person has indicated a decision for Jesus and the gospel has been presented over 100 times for every dollar spent. Outlaw has been a practitioner SEO expert since 1995 and has spoken at NRB, CLA, Internet Evangelism Coalition and Liberty University. Additionally, Outlaw has consulted for,,, and more.
Craig Parshall
General Counsel
Craig Parshall is General Counsel for the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) and founding Director of its John Milton Project for Digital Free Speech, the pioneering effort to hold Silicon Valley communication platforms accountable to traditional standards of freedom of expression. Mr. Parshall also serves as Special Counsel to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). As a civil liberties attorney he has represented clients before most of the U.S. Courts of Appeal across the nation, several state supreme courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court, and has testified frequently before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on constitutional issues as well as before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on media and communications issues. Mr. Parshall is also a best-selling fiction writer of 13 suspense novels with story lines that highlight the intersections of law, faith, culture and technology. He is married to nationally syndicated talk show host Janet Parshall, who serves as NRB’s Chairman of the Board.
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
EVP/Head of AFFIRM Films
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
Dr. Chuck Thomas Pollak
Sharing International
For over fifty years in the industries of broadcasting, journalism and higher education, Dr. Chuck Pollak has helped establish and mentor Christian leadership in twenty-two nations, primarily in North/Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As President/Founder of Sharing Ministries International, Chuck and other volunteers organize and conduct media seminars for industry professionals and neophytes alike teaching courses in broadcasting, media research and public relations.
Dr. Fazale Rana
Vice President of Research and Apologetics
Reasons to Believe
Music Missionaries "Musicianaries"
REBORN Music Group - Non-Profit
Dove nominated Super Bowl Champ Ben Utecht, Grammy nominated Canadian Mark Masri, and multi-platinum selling South African André Venter are 3 men, 3 countries, 3 stories, but 1 voice. Together they are REBORN, "musicianaries" with one purpose, to introduce people to Jesus through powerful music messaging and vocal Harmonizing. REBORN has surrendered to living out The Great Commission through music by using their unique non-profit model that establishes Christ as the 4th member of the band. “These are the kind of men and voices that when brought together can start a revival and speak to the heart of a nation!” - Bill Gaither
Sean Ross
VP of Music & Research
Edison Research
Sean Ross works through Edison Research directly on radio research projects, consults stations directly on music and positioning, and publishes a newsletter for the business called Ross On Radio (follow him on Twitter @RossOnRadio and subscribe to the free newsletter through his bio). Professionally, he is happiest speaking to you at gatherings like this one, or, even better, sleeves rolled up at your station helping you make great radio.
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.
Seth & Nirva
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.
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
Mike has been in Christian broadcasting for over 30 years and is currently General Manager with NewLife Radio in Atlanta. He began his radio career with WAYJ-FM in Fort Myers, FL. He graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and Regent University with Master’s degrees in communications and management. Mike served in several media organizations, including InTouch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley. He has been a faculty member with Truett-McConnell College, Georgia Perimeter College and Toccoa Falls College. Mike has earned fellows positions with The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and The C.S. Lewis Institute in Atlanta
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
Lead - Key Account Services
Timothy Smith attended college at SUNY Oneonta with a Music Industry degree before beginning his tenure at ASCAP in 2011. Starting in TV Distribution Services, he then transferred to the Broadcast Licensing department in 2014. In 2016, Tim relocated from New York City to the Nashville area with his wife and two dogs. Since then, he has taken on the role of Team Leader for Key Account services, which oversees Radio, TV, Cable & General 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
President and Founder
INFORM Media & Analytics
John is President and Founder of INFORM Media & Analytics. INFORM is a media agency that uses state-of-the-art media tools and broadcast television’s best practices in media placement, and program analysis. INFORM supplies clients with ongoing audience analysis, and program content analysis that links programming to fundraising. John served as VP of Marketing for CBN for 13-years responsible for—CBN program placement, CBN Audience Research, CBN Program Analysis, CBN Program Promotion, CBN Advertising Sales, and oversaw CBN Donor Research, and CBN Creative Services. John spent 26 years in secular broadcasting management working for NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates in New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Norfolk VA. Positions held were, LSM, NSM, GSM – VP for The New York Times Broadcast Group.
Asma Uddin
Aspen Institute
Asma Uddin is a Fellow at the Aspen Institute, where is leading a project on peace-building in the US culture war. She was formerly Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and has held fellowships at Georgetown, UCLA, and Brigham Young University. Ms. Uddin is also an expert advisor on religious freedom to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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.
Steve Waldman
Author & Commentator
Co-Founder, Beliefnet
Steven Waldman is the national bestselling author of Founding Faith and co-founder of Report for America, a national service program that places talented journalists into local newsrooms. He was National Editor of US News & World Report, National Correspondent for Newsweek, and co-founder of Beliefnet. His writings have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, National Review, Christianity Today, The Atlantic, First Things, The Washington Monthly, Slate, The New Republic and others. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Amy Cunningham.
Detective J. Warner Wallace
Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective and Christian Apologist
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, Inc.
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 Ph.D. ABD
Co Founder & CMO
ARK Multicasting, Inc.
Joshua D. Weiss (@joshuadweiss) has 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
Executive Director
Christian Music Broadcasters
Michelle Younkman has been with Christian Music Broadcasters since 2011. Her experience with both radio and records prepared her for the role of Executive Director where she serves the Christian music radio community. She is passionate about CMB's mission, "to encourage, engage, and equip our members to impact their communities for Christ."
Ravi Zacharias
Chairman of the Board
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)
Ravi 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. Zacharias has authored or edited over 25 books in the fields of theology, apologetics, comparative religion, and philosophy, including his latest, The Logic of God. He is Founder and Chairman of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, a global team of over 250 employees in sixteen countries, which he founded in 1984 with the goal of “Helping Thinkers Believe and Helping Believers Think.” He and his wife, Margie, have been married for 46 years and have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta.