Fighting for the Soul of America
Dean Shawn Akers, J.D., Esq.
Shawn Akers serves as Dean of the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. Dr. Akers previously served as Director of Academic Support at Liberty University School of Law. He designed and launched the law school’s first public policy courses which cover all aspects of public policy, including running political campaigns, and election law, lobbying, grassroots activism, nonprofit and political organizational structures, political action committees, and proposing and drafting public policy.
Dr. Akers regularly works with national conservative faith-based and public policy leaders and organizations on matters of public policy, lobbying and elections. He serves on the advisory counsel of National Public Policy Strategy Coalition and regularly participates in the Military Culture Coalition, a coalition of national experts and leaders on national defense and military readiness. Dr. Akers has served as a policy analyst with Liberty Counsel, where he drafted a variety of scholarly and popular articles and policy analyses. He has frequently been a guest or co-host on national radio programs discussing political and public policy issues.
Dr. Akers earned his Juris Doctorate and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Regent University where he served on the Regent University Law Review. He has been published in Canada Free Press, WorldNetDaily, TownHall, and others. Prior to joining Liberty University, Dr. Akers practiced law as a litigation attorney in Louisiana for eight years, representing clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the Louisiana Supreme Court. Dr. Akers resides in Lynchburg, VA with his wife, Shanna, and their three children.
Dean Matt Barber, J.D., Esq.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war.
Matt also serves as Associate Dean for Online Programs at Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va. Previously, Matt served as Policy Director for Cultural Issues with Concerned Women for America. He also served as press secretary for an Illinois gubernatorial candidate, a law enforcement officer for three years, and a corporate fraud investigator for five years.
Matt’s freelance column appears in numerous newspapers and online publications, including the Washington Examiner, Washington Times, Insight magazine, WorldNetDaily.com, TownHall.com, and others. He has appeared as a guest on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNN, and has been a regular guest on dozens of talk radio programs and networks, including the programs of Michael Savage, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Medved, Janet Parshall, Michael Reagan, and Dennis Prager.
Matt served twelve years in the Army National Guard, and was an undefeated professional boxer, retiring in 2004. Several times prior to turning pro, he was a state and regional Golden Gloves champion, competing in the 1992 Western Olympic Trials and winning a Gold Medal in the 1993 Police and Fire World Games.
The Benham brothers (David and Jason)
In 2014 identical twins, David and Jason Benham, received national attention because of their stand for biblical righteousness. At that time, the Benham brothers, already successful real estate entrepreneurs, were scheduled to be the subject of a new Home and Garden Television (HGTV) program called “Flip It Forward.” However, the radical leftist website, Right Wing Watch, denounced the brothers, describing David Benham as an “anti-gay, anti-choice extremist” (for his participation in a prayer rally outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina) and lambasted both brothers because they spoke out against the homosexual agenda.
HGTV caved in to political correctness pressure and cancelled the program before the first, already recorded, episode even aired. Yet, because of the brothers’ decision to take a stand for their values, God has provided a national platform for David and Jason and rewarded them in ways they could not have imagined. Today, the Benham brothers are crossing the nation warning of the dangers the immoral, radical, anti-Christian agenda and the price of taking a stand against it. In their just released book, Whatever the Cost: Facing Your Fears, Dying to Your Dreams, and Living Powerfully, David and Jason share their story and lay out the principles that they have implemented that are useful for anyone needing practical guidance in work, family and daily life.
David and Jason are both graduates of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where they were standout baseball players. Because of their talent, they were both drafted to play professional baseball after graduation. Several years later, the brothers joined forces to found the Benham Real Estate Group. Its astounding growth and the achievements of both Benhams as leading real estate entrepeneurs garnered widespread recognition. Jason was ranked third nationally by Wall Street Journal/REAL-Trend’s 2012 Top Real Estate Professionals. In 2010 both Benhams were noted in “Entrepreneur” magazine’s Top New Franchises and Business Leader Media’s Top 50 Entrepreneur’s List.
David and Jason have recently launched a new missioneering concept, combining the aspects of pioneering and engineering and built upon the foundation of traditional missions. It is the vision of the brothers to establish 1,000 global missioneering venues in the next five years.
David and his wife, Lori, have five children. Jason and his wife, Tori, have four children.
Hon. Ken Blackwell
Ambassador Ken Blackwell is a best-selling author, visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law and a contributing editor for Townhall.com. He also serves on the Board of Directors of various high-profile organizations including the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the United States Air Force Academy Foundation, the Club for Growth, the National Rifle Association and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Ambassador Blackwell serves as Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Civil Rights Union.
Ambassador Blackwell has served as mayor of Cincinnati, Treasurer and Secretary of State for Ohio, undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. He has received many awards and honors for his work in the public sector. These accolades include the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his work in the field of human rights, which he received from both the administrations of President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. In 2004, the American Conservative Union and the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs honored Ambassador Blackwell with the John M. Ashbrook Award for his steadfast conservative leadership. He was a founding partner of the highly successful Blue Chip Broadcasting Company, a network of 20 urban format radio stations. At the time of its sale in 2001, Blue Chip Broadcasting had become the second largest African-American owned radio company in the nation.
Ambassador Blackwell holds bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Xavier University in Ohio, where he later served as a vice president and member of its faculty. He has also received honorary doctoral degrees from ten institutions of higher education. Ambassador Blackwell is a contributing editor for Townhall.com. His commentaries have been carried in major newspapers and websites across the United States, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and FoxNews.com. His latest book is RESURGENT: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America.
Ken and his wife, Rosa, have been married for 45 years.
Janet Boynes grew up in an abusive home outside of Philadelphia. When Janet was thirteen, she was sexually abused. Despite a life of drugs, smoking, and drinking alcohol, nothing took away the empty feelings.
Janet was able to attend college and, though she loved basketball, was unable to play due to her drug addiction. She later attended a Christian college in Minneapolis. There she attended Bible classes, became involved in a local church and even met her fiancé. Things didn't go the way she had planned, however. Janet soon began to slip away from God. Even though she was engaged, Janet spent an inordinate amount of time with a female friend, so much time in fact that her fiancé noticed. Soon, the wedding was off and Janet spent the next fourteen years in the lesbian lifestyle, moving from one relationship to the next.
Other old habits returned as well. Janet struggled in and out of treatment, even getting in trouble with the law. One day Janet met a woman at a grocery store who invited her to church. There she recommitted her life to Jesus Christ. Soon all of her bad habits began falling away. With the Holy Spirit’s help and the support of friends, Janet gave up drugs, alcohol and smoking. She began to feel God calling her out of the homosexual lifestyle.
Janet knew that she had to sever all ties with her old lifestyle in order to make a clean break. She moved in with a family from her church for a year. During this time Janet began to observe how a family should function. Childhood wounds began to heal. Janet turned from homosexuality many years ago. God has bound up her broken heart and made her a new creation. Janet knows that He has a wonderful plan for her life including a future husband.
Phil Burress serves as President of Citizens for Community Values (CCV) in Cincinnati, Ohio, a grassroots organization of citizens concerned for the well being of the community, strength of its families and the future of its children. Specifically CCV has taken a stand for traditional Judeo-Christian values and against sexually oriented businesses, pornography, obscenity, promiscuity and sexual abuse that threatens the moral fabric of American society. CCV also focuses its efforts on protecting and loving individuals trapped and deceived by destructive lifestyles. As a result of vigorous citizen involvement coupled with strong law enforcement, Cincinnati is free from much of the pornography and obscenity that plagues other cities and even small towns of America.
Phil has been involved with CCV since its founding in 1983 by Dr. Jerry Kirk, pastor of College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. Phil’s management, administrative and people skills were developed as an independent owner of several small businesses. For five years Phil was a union negotiator in the trucking industry. An avid golfer, Phil also has found time to design and construct golf courses and for 25 years has been rating golf courses for Golf Digest magazine.
Vickie Burress survived a victim relationship of pornography and has now dedicated her talents to preventing others from being victimized and assisting those already victimized.
Vickie is an active board member of American Heritage Girls. She is also founder and chairman of the American Family Association of Indiana where she served as its executive director for 10 years. Since 1993 Vickie has served on the board of numerous other pro-family and pro-life boards and has been a guest on numerous television and radio shows. She has been a featured speaker on the issue of pornography at events across the nation on the issue of pornography. Vickie currently serves on the staff of Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values.
The mother of two, both now grown, Vickie also has two grandchildren and ten step-grandchildren. She was named Indiana Mother of Young Children of the Year in 1992 by the American Mothers Association International. Vickie currently resides in Cincinnati with her husband, Phil, who serves as President of Citizens for Community Values. They are members of Princeton Pike Church of God.
Owen C. Cardwell Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Owen C. Cardwell Jr. is founder and pastor of the New Canaan International Church in Richmond, Va. He also serves as Executive Director for New Jubilee Educational and Family Life Center, Inc. and is co-founder of the Family Restoration Network (FRN). Dr. Cardwell has been serving in ministry for 44 years.
Dr. Cardwell has long fought for civil rights, bravely beginning in his teenage years. On January 29, 1962 then 14-year-old Owen Cardwell Jr., along with Linda Woodruff made history by becoming the first two African-American students to desegregate E. C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va. Two months later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Lynchburg and spoke of the need to achieve desegregation and civil rights for all Americans. At the home of a Lynchburg dentist, young Cardwell joined in singing freedom songs and was able to speak with Dr. King.
Working with the Virginia Department of Corrections, in 2006 New Canaan became a pilot site to host a video-conferencing visitation program the church for families of incarcerated offenders in Virginia. Since then more than 650 inmates and nearly 2000 family members have been assisted.
In 1994, Dr. Cardwell was selected to serve as a delegate for Opportunities Industrialization Centers International at the African Leadership Summit in Dakar, Senegal. Additionally, Dr. Cardwell conducted Fatherhood Initiative training for Henrico County Department of Social Services, as well as conducted marriage workshops throughout Virginia.
Under a grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services, Strengthening Families Initiative, Dr. Cardwell directed the Heroes and Dreams Academy at Armstrong High School and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. The program is designed to reduce the drop rate and increase the on-time graduation rate of African American male students.
Dr. Cardwell holds a bachelor’s degree Virginia Seminary and College in Lynchburg, VA, a Masters of Theology from Boston University, a Masters of Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from Union Institute and University in Ohio. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in Sacred Literature from the Spirit of Truth Institute, Richmond Virginia Seminary and has completed course requirements for the Ph.D. in Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Chad Connelly serves as the Director of Faith Engagement for the Republican National Committee (RNC). He was twice elected Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party where he set new fundraising records and hosted two nationally televised presidential debates. Following his re-election, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus asked Chad to serve as the director of the newly created faith engagement office. Chad is also founder and president of the political consulting organization, Foundation for American Restoration. He has appeared on numerous national television shows and has been a featured commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and other networks.
Chad holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. He previously worked for a national engineering firm for 8 years, managing over 100 employees and more than $4 million in revenues. Chad started his own speaking business, appearing before audiences across the world. He is the author of Freedom Tide, which has sold over 55,000 copies.
Chad is active in his community and church where he serves as a Sunday school teacher and deacon. He and his wife, Dana, live in South Carolina with their four children.
Rev. Rafael Cruz
Rev. Rafael Cruz is a powerful example of the American Dream. Born in Cuba, Rev. Cruz lived and suffered under a cruel, oppressive dictator. He began fighting Batista’s regime as a teenager and was imprisoned and tortured simply because he wanted to be free. Rev. Cruz arrived in Texas in 1957 on a student visa. There he got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour. He worked his way through the University of Texas while learning English. Later, Rev. Cruz built a small business in further pursuit of the American Dream. In early 1980, Rev. Cruz joined the State Board of the Religious Roundtable, a Judeo-Christian organization that mobilized millions of people of faith during the 1980 presidential campaign.
Rev. Cruz is an ordained minister and the director of Grace for America, sharing the Word of God in churches and pastors conferences throughout the United States. His son, Ted Cruz, is a constitutional conservative U.S. Senator from Texas. When Ted was a child
growing up in Houston, his father would tell him, “When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?” This is why Rev. Cruz is passionate about returning America to the biblical and historical foundations that made this country exceptional.
Maj. Gen. Robert F. (“Bob”) Dees
Major Gen. Robert F. “Bob” Dees (U.S. Army, Ret.) serves as Associate Vice President for Military Outreach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. With numerous honors, awards and recognition, Gen. Dees retired in 2003 and went to work for Homeland Security for Electronic Warfare Associates and Microsoft Corporation before going on to serve in military ministry. He also serves as Director of the Institute for Military Resilience (IMR) at Liberty University. IMR which was established to impact the lives of service members and families enrolled in the Liberty University Online program through establishment of relevant, faith-based curriculum; addressing issues, causes, treatments and prevention pertaining to military combat and encouraging spouses and families in dealing with the reality of military life.
During his military career, Gen. Dees served in a wide variety of command and staff positions including Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Commander of the Second Infantry Division of the United States Forces Korea and as Deputy Commanding General of V (US/GE) Corps in Europe, concurrently serving as Commander of the US-Israel Combined Task Force for Missile Defense.
Gen. Dees speaks at numerous seminars and conferences as well as at churches and military bases across the nation. He has appeared as a guest commentator on a number of television and radio programs, including “Huckabee” on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, Christian Broadcasting Network, American Family Radio, and many others.
Gen. Dees holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and has furthered his education at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the British Royal College of Defence Studies.
Gen. Dees is author of the Resilience Trilogy, which includes Resilient Warriors (2011), Resilient Leaders (2013) and Resilient Nations (2014). Major Gen. Dees and his wife, Kathleen live in Texas. They have two children and five grandchildren. They share a passion to see healing in the lives of service members, veterans and their families.
Frank De Varona
Frank de Varona is an educator, historian, journalist, and internationally known expert on politics, economics, foreign affairs and national security issues. He was born in Cuba and, at the age of 17, participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion in an effort to eradicate communism in Cuba. After spending two years in prison, he returned to the United States, where he earned three college degrees.
Professor de Varona had a 37-year career in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a social studies teacher, principal, regional superintendent, associate superintendent of instruction and interim deputy superintendent of schools. He also was an associate professor of social studies in the College of Education at Florida International Education for seven years. Currently, he is a part-time Adult Education Coordinator in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Professor de Varona has appeared on numerous local, national, international television, and radio programs. He has conducted workshops at various colleges and universities and at national conferences. He has been active in state, regional and national organizations and has been appointed to state commissions by governors.
U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander appointed Professor de Varona to the U.S. Department of Education National Council on Educational Statistics Advisory Committee under the administration of George H.W. Bush. He was invited to the White House on three occasions during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
Professor de Varona has written 21 books and over 100 articles in newspapers and magazines. Among his books are Hispanics in U.S. History Volume 1 and Volume 2 (1989), Hispanic Presence in the United States (1993), Latino Literacy: The Complete Guide to Our Hispanic History and Culture (1996) and Presencia hispana en los Estados Unidos: Quinto Centenario (2013). Mr. de Varona is the only Hispanic in the nation who has written three books in Spanish about Barack Obama: ¿Obama o McCain? (2008), El Verdadero Obama (2010) and ¿Obama o Romney? (2012). His most recent work is America in Decline.
Frank is married and has a daughter and a grandson.
John Eidsmoe, J.D., Esq.
Col. John Eidsmoe is a frequent lecturer and debater at colleges, universities, churches and civic groups. As a constitutional attorney, he has successfully litigated court cases involving First Amendment religious freedom. Col. Eidsmoe has defended home education and Christian schools, championed the right of students and teachers to study the Bible in public schools, debated ACLU attorneys on radio and television, and served on the Ten Commandments Legal Defense Team. He is an ordained pastor in the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations.
Col. Eidsmoe currently serves as a professor of constitutional law and related subjects for the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Birmingham Theological Seminary. A constitutional attorney and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Col. Eidsmoe has also taught church history and other subjects in various seminaries.
The author of 12 books, including Christianity & the Constitution and Columbus & Cortez, Col. Eidsmoe also produced the video series titled “The Institute on the Constitution.” Col. Eidsmoe is a Second Degree Black Belt with the American Taekwondo Foundation and serves as Regional Representative for the Gospel Martial Arts Union.
Col. Eidsmoe holds five degrees in law, theology, and political science. These include two doctorates, one in law from the University of Iowa, and one in ministry from Oral Roberts University. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Brethren Seminary and his Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Olaf College and is a graduate of the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War College.
John and his wife live in rural Pike Road, Ala. They have three children.
Deacon Keith Fournier, J.D., Esq.
Deacon Keith Fournier is Founder and Chairman of the Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance, which are dedicated to the conversion of culture through four pillars of participation; life, family, freedom and solidarity. He is the Editor-in-Chief at Catholic Online. Deacon Fournier is a constitutional lawyer who appeared in four cases
before the United States Supreme Court on pro-life, religious freedom and pro-family issues. He is the author of eight books on Christian living, Christian family and public policy issues. Deacon Fournier is a member of the Clergy of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Theology from the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (MTS) and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Deacon Fournier is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University.
Yaroslaba Garcia is the clinical director at Abuse Counseling and Treatment and also serves as president of the Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition. She has also assisted the coalition and other agencies in founding, creating and starting programs to improve and increase awareness and identification of human trafficking among law enforcement, agencies, and the community.
Yaroslaba is a Certified Advocate of Victims of Domestic Violence with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is also Certified Advocate of Victims of Sexual Abuse with the Florida Council Against Sexual Assault. In 2012, she was awarded the Purple Heart Advocacy Award by the Florida Network of Victim Services for her work with human trafficking victims.
In 2012, Yaroslaba assisted in founding and starting Point of Contact/Point of Rescue, a collaborative effort among Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships and Abuse Counseling Treatment to help recognize and identify human trafficking victims in the Southwest Florida community. In 2014, Yaroslaba assisted in creating Slave Free SWFL, formed to promote community awareness of sex trafficking and educate the public as to risk factors as well as promote prevention and awareness among communities and populations that may be at risk.
In 2014, Yaroslaba was awarded the "2014 Human Trafficking Awareness Partner Award" for her work as Clinical Director of the Abuse Counseling and Treatment and her service as President of the SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition in helping to identify, advocate for, and treat victims of human trafficking. That same year, she founded and launched the Human Trafficking Hotel Outreach Project created to educate, and provide reporting protocols to the hotel and hospitality industry to increase identification and rescue of human trafficking victims.
In 2014, Yaroslaba spoke at the Annual Human Trafficking and Prostitution Conference, Toledo, Ohio. Yaroslaba’s work with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Operation Human Freedom led to the arrest of 15 who were operating a sex trafficking ring in Florida.
Mrs. Garcia has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology.
Rev. Franklin Graham
Rev. William Franklin Graham III serves as President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and also of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief and evangelism organization. As a speaker and author, Rev. Graham regularly addresses current moral and social issues, challenging Christians to make a difference in the world and offering biblical context and application to current national and world events. Through the organizations he leads Rev. Graham has been instrumental in helping people impacted by crises including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, civil war in Sudan and natural disasters ranging from the tsunami in South Asia to the massive earthquakes in Haiti, China and Japan.
Rev. Graham is the fourth of five children of evangelist Billy Graham and the late Ruth Bell Graham. Though he was raised in a log home in the Appalachian Mountains outside Asheville, N.C., Rev. Graham now calls in Boone, N.C. his home. He is the author of 11 books, including, Rebel With a Cause, his 1995 autobiography in which he explained that “just being the son of Billy Graham won’t get me into heaven.” He knew that he was being called to do more with his life and to make a real commitment to God. So at age 22, after a period of rebellion and traveling the world, Rev. Graham committed his life to Jesus Christ while alone in a hotel room in Jerusalem. Rev. Graham conducted his first evangelistic event in 1989 and now conducts Franklin Graham Festivals around the world for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He has preached to more than 8.4 million people in cities from Johannesburg, South Africa to Tupelo, Miss.
Rev. Graham is a graduate of Montreat College and Appalachian State University. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctorates, he is a frequent guest on national radio and television talk show programs. He has met privately with five U.S. presidents as well as world leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Franklin and his wife, Jane, have four children and ten grandchildren.
Ken Graves is the senior and founding pastor of Calvary Chapel in Bangor, Maine. He was born in Bangor in 1962, grew up in the area, and left at the age of sixteen to pursue training in the ministry. At twenty-two, he returned to Bangor with a call from God to present the Gospel and build a church in his own hometown. In 1991, a core of about twelve people began meeting in Ken's apartment for Bible study, prayer and fellowship. Today there are between 900 and 1,200 regular attendees who call Calvary Chapel Bangor their home.
Ken is also the host of the radio program, “GodsWord.” In 1996, with the financial support of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, California, Calvary Chapel Bangor established a full power radio station: WJCX / 99.5 FM, and Ken Graves radio program "GodsWord" went on the air. Listeners from all around central Maine started tuning in to the Calvary Satellite Network to hear Ken and a host of other pastors offering up a feast of God's Word.
Ken travels throughout the United States and internationally much of the year speaking at numerous conferences. Ken is part of the team for The American Renewal Project, where he has the opportunity to encourage pastors across the United States to preach the Word of God and not be intimated when it comes to encouraging them to express to their congregations to vote according to biblical values.
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Gov. Mike Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007, becoming one of the longest serving Governors in his state’s history. He was only the fourth Republican elected to any statewide office since Reconstruction, serving longer than the other three combined. Gov. Huckabee left a legacy of tax cuts, job creation, the reconstruction of his state’s road system, K-16 education reform, and a nationally heralded and duplicated health initiative that focused on the less expensive approach of prevention than the costly big-government approach of intervention. His administration fought long-standing corruption in the state’s political machine, resulting in numerous indictments and convictions of powerful legislators and other elected officials.
In his campaign for the Republican nomination for President in 2008, he finished second to John McCain. Governor Huckabee was the host of the number one rated weekend show “Huckabee,” on the Fox News Channel, from 2008 until 2015. He also hosts The Huckabee Report, which is heard three times daily across the nation on almost 600 radio stations and is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 books.
Governing magazine named him as one of its “Public Officials of the Year” for 2005, and Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America. Gov. Huckabee has been honored by numerous organizations for his commitment to music education. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States, the Southern Governors’ Association, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission.
Gov. Huckabee has been an avid musician since age 11 and is a bass guitar player. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and music. He was named one of the “25 Most Influential People” for Conservation by Outdoor Life Magazine, and was named “Man of the Year” by the American Sportfishing Association in 1997.
Gov. Huckabee and his wife, Janet, live in Florida and still spend part of their time in Arkansas. They have three grown children –and four grandchildren.
Governor Bobby Jindal
Since 2008, Bobby Jindal, now in his second term, has served as the 55th governor of the state of Louisiana. Gov. Jindal has worked to greatly strengthen Louisiana’s ethics laws, eliminate burdensome taxes and secure new projects that have resulted in the addition of more than 83,000 new direct and indirect jobs along with $54 billion in capital investment across the state. During his tenure Louisiana has set an all-time record for total employment and private sector employment.
An outspoken opponent of Obamacare, Gov. Jindal has shown a better way by tackling health care reform and transforming Louisiana’s health care system through a new approach that focuses on outcomes, streamlines delivery, saves taxpayer dollars, contains costs, dramatically improves access to care, and puts patients in charge of their health decisions.
In 1996, Jindal was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. In 1998, he was appointed Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. The next year, at age 28, he became the youngest ever President of the University of Louisiana System.
President George W. Bush appointed Jindal to serve as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2001. In that position, he served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
In 2004, Jindal was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the House Committee on Resources. He also served as Assistant Majority Whip. Jindal was reelected to a second congressional term in 2006.
Gov. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, La., on June 10, 1971. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1988 and attended Brown University, graduating with honors in biology and public policy. He then attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar, having turned down admissions to medical and law schools at both Harvard and Yale.
Gov. Jindal is the author of Leadership and Crisis (2010) He and his wife Supriya have three young children.
Pastor Rick Joyner
Rick Joyner is Founder and Executive Director of MorningStar Ministries, a multi-faceted mission organization which includes Heritage International Ministries, MorningStar University, The MorningStar Fellowship of Churches and Ministries, and CMM/MorningStar Missions—an umbrella organization serving over 500 missionaries in the field and over 10,000 churches, schools, and ministries around the world. Rick has authored more than fifty books, including The Final Quest Trilogy, There Were Two Trees in the Garden, and The Path.
Karl Lindevaldsen has been performing on stage since he was four years old. He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He began his professional career with The Light Opera of Manhattan and later pursued his passion in musical theater. Some of Karl's favorite roles have included John Adams in 1776, The King in The King & I, the Baker in Into the Woods, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, Cornelius in Hello Dolly, and various roles in the Virginia Christmas Spectacular, the annual Christmas production of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va. Karl served as the worship leader for Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan where he met his wife Rena. He is active in youth theater programs and loves performing on stage with his wife and children. Karl has home schooled all three of their teenage children.
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