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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.

Arthur D. Ally launched the Timothy Plan in 1994, is founder and president of the company, the nation’s leading Biblically based, pro-life, pro-family mutual fund group. The Timothy Plan utilizes stringent moral screening criteria designed to avoid investing shareholders’ money in any company that has a pattern of contributing to the cultural pollution of society. He also is general partner of Timothy Partners Ltd. (the fund’s sponsor/advisor) and past president of Covenant Financial Management Inc. (CFM), a financial planning firm he founded in 1990 prior to establishing The Timothy Plan.

Dean Matt Barber, J.D., Esq.

Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of 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,,, 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.

Rifqa Bary

Rifqa Bary

Rifqa Bary converted from Islam to Christianity as a minor in America. She had experienced being blinded by her brother, battling uterine cancer, sexual assault by a family member to only to face shame from her parents, and escaping death threats from her father for her conversion. She spent her teenage years hiding from her parents in Central Florida, spending time in jail, fighting for her justice in court, enduring chemotherapy, and going from foster home to foster home in an attempt to keep her whereabouts hidden. Rifqa Bary told a judge that she feared her conversion to Christianity would cause her "honor killing." Hear her griping life story about how she risked everything for a relationship with Jesus Christ, and how God protected her. Now she is a 23-year-old. A symbol of religious freedom, Rifqa inspires others with her commitment to her faith in Jesus Christ and her willingness to sacrifice everything to follow him.

David and Jason Benham

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 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 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 His latest book is RESURGENT: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America. Ken and his wife, Rosa, have been married for 45 years.

Pastor Paul Blair

Paul Blair was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and was a three year starter at offensive tackle for Oklahoma State University. After college, he was a Fourth Round Draft Pick of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears in 1986; he was one of only three rookies to make the team of the defending World Champion Bears. He spent five years in the NFL, and retired after the 1990 season due to a fourth and final knee injury.

At the age of 26, he made absolutely sure of his eternal salvation, and committed his life to Jesus Christ. His passion is for souls and the restoration of Godly morality and decency in America. As Founder and Chairman of Reclaiming Oklahoma For Christ, and current Chairman of Reclaiming America For Christ, this Patriot Pastor’s desire is for Americans to understand their Christian heritage. Dr. Rick Scarborough and Vision America recently named Paul Blair as their 2011 “Pastor of The Year”. In recognition of this honor, Pastor Blair received Vision America’s Annual “Daniel Award” at the 2011 Vision America Banquet recently held in Houston, TX. Since 2001, Paul Blair has served as Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Jerry BoykinLt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin serves as Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President, with responsibility for overseeing day-to-day operations including policy, church ministries, finance, development, communications, human resources, facilities, information technology, constituent communications and customer service. He was one of the original members of the US Army’s Delta Force. He was privileged to command these elite warriors in combat operations. Later, Jerry Boykin commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School. Lt. Gen. Boykin spent 36 years in the army, serving his last four years as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. He is an ordained minister with a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to become warriors in God’s Kingdom. Boykin and his wife Ashley enjoy spending time with their five children and growing number of grandchildren.

Janet Boynes

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.

Pastor Mario Bramnick, J.D., Esq.

Pastor Mario Bramnick is the Senior Pastor of New Wine Ministries Church in Cooper City, Florida. He is the President of the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC) and is Regional Vice President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC). As the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Justice Division Director, Pastor Bramnick helped coordinate a Justice Summit for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Washington, DC and hosted a bipartisan Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill with 14 Senators and Congressmen.

The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition, the largest Hispanic "Pro Israel, Pro Jewish" organization in America, is an organization building a firewall against anti-Semitism and activating Hispanic Evangelicals. Pastor Bramnick hosted two historic Latino-Jewish Roundtable events with key Hispanic Evangelical and Jewish leadership. The purpose of the Roundtable is to establish a Latino-Jewish Task Force to strengthen relationships and advance pro-Israel activism. Pastor Bramnick has hosted numerous other Summits and events promoting understanding of Israel, including a partnership with Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin to establish a Theological Institute of Christian and Jewish Understanding in the United States.

Pastor Bramnick addressed the United Nations as the keynote speaker on Global Anti-Semitism: A Threat to International Peace and Security. HILC has co-sponsored an event at the UN on the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East, where Pastor Bramnick was a featured speaker. He recently launched a show on TBN Salsa Channel – Israel God’s Glory.

Pastor Bramnick has received the Tikvah L’Olam Award from Bnai Zion Foundation. He graduated with honors from the University of Miami in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Degree and with a Juris Doctorate Degree of Law in 1982. He has practiced law in the field of Commercial Law and Civil Litigation from 1983 until 2008.

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.

Mario Díaz, J.D., Esq.

Mario Díaz, Esq., serves as Concerned Women for America's (CWA) Legal Counsel and leads CWA's Legal Studies Department. Mr. Diaz is a Constitutional Law expert who focuses on cases and legislation dealing with CWA's core issues: religious liberty, sanctity of human life, defense of the family, sexual exploitation, education, national sovereignty, and support for Israel. He directs CWA's amicus briefs and our work on judicial nominations and against judicial activism.

Mr. Diaz is a published author and commentator. His book Be Spent: Winning the Fight for Freedom's Survival is now available and receiving a good audience among Christian conservative thinkers. His columns are regularly featured in several media outlets, including The Washington Times, Human Events, First Things, TheBlaze, American Thinker, CNS NewsBarbwire, WorldNetDaily, Townhall and other outlets, as requested.

Mr. Diaz is also a regular guest commentator on numerous radio and television shows, including CNN, FOX, Univision and Voice of America, both in English and Spanish. As a public speaker with experience at numerous conferences, including the well-known Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), he engages audiences to think through the way a Biblical worldview affects policy matters. Mario speaks regularly in churches and schools about legal matters and America's founding principles.

Ezies Ebrahim

Ezies Ebrahim was born and raised in Egypt, then moved to the Arabian Gulf States for 22 years. Her degree of Cross Cultural Studies and Masters Degree in Mental Health and Art of counseling are from Reformed Theological Seminary. Ezies has written biblical devotions and has written on other topics dealing with Mental health issues for the Arabic speaking society. Ezies has worked for the U.S government in the Gulf Region for 8 years as a Cultural and Relation Specialist. This experience has enabled her to build bridges and understand the dynamic of the various cultures in America. One of her main points of focus is bringing the Gospel to life by teaching about God’s sovereignty and love and the plan of salvation to Arabic speaking people in the U.S. She has a passion for working with women and adolescents, and uses a relational model of counseling with an existential and object-relations focus. Ezies is a mother of two boys.

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.

Gary Frazier

Gary D. Frazier, Ph.D.

Gary D. Frazier, Ph.D. is Founder and President of Discovery Missions International located in the Dallas Ft. Worth metro area. Gary has served as Teaching Associate at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas as well as an adjunct professor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He is the Executive Vice President of United in Purpose. Gary is a respected and recognized speaker and writer on the subject of Bible prophecy and current events, and speaks in approximately 40 churches annually. He is a former pastor and has traveled to Israel 187 times since 1971 and has personally met with every Israeli Prime Minister since Menachem Begin with the exception of Netanyahu.

Gary attended Criswell College, Southwestern Seminary and Louisiana Baptist University. He holds several graduate degrees and has also been honored with a Doctor of Humanities degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA as well as a Doctor of Divinity degree from International Seminary in Plymouth, FL.

He has appeared on numerous documentaries and television programs such as the History Channel’s “God vs. Satan” and The Apocalypse Code as well as speaking nationally on various radio programs and being featured in a Vanity Fair article. Gary has authored a number of books and video series including America at the Tipping Point, It Could Happen Tomorrow, Signs of the Coming of Christ, What Really Happens When Jesus Returns and The Arab Israeli Conflict. His newest project is a video series based on his latest book entitled It Could Happen Tomorrow. This 8 part series was produced and is available as a curriculum from Sampson and Associates. Gary is also a contributor to the LaHaye Prophecy Bible, the Prophecy Encyclopedia and along with Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson travels nationally speaking in the “Global Warning Conference on Bible Prophecy” hosted by many of America’s largest churches.

Auther Goldberg

Arthur A. Goldberg

Arthur A. Goldberg is co-founder and co-director of the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness (JIFGA) an organization that seeks to inspire those who follow the Abrahamic religions (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) to implement within their daily lives a set of Divinely-ordained moral imperatives and universal ethics known as the Seven Noahide Laws.  Rooted in biblical principles provided to Noah and his family, the survivors of the great flood recounted in Genesis, the seven laws of Noah represent a “Judeo-Christian” world-view because it incorporates the moral values initially set forth in the Hebrew Bible and subsequently shared by Christian traditions that historically shaped much of the western world.

Prior to JIFGA, Goldberg served as co-director of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), a non-profit international organization dedicating to educating the world-wide Jewish community about the social, cultural, and emotional factors which led to same-sex attractions (SSA). Through psychological and spiritual counseling, peer support, and self-empowerment, JONAH’s mission was to help reunify families, heal the wounds surrounding sexual confusion and provide hope.  Unfortunately, in a first of its kind lawsuit that involved a mockery of justice, JONAH and Goldberg became the first victims of a litigation campaign by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and other extremist politically correct bullies to stop people from getting help for unwanted same-sex attractions.

Although Goldberg’s widely acclaimed book, Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality and the Power to Change addressed these issues by uniquely and compassionately synthesizing Biblical Torah principles with transformational healing processes, the Court chose to ignore it as well as a host of other evidence. Shockingly, the Court prohibited JONAH’s attorneys from arguing its freedom of religion First Amendment rights and made a number of pre-trial rulings that ended any real chance of a fair trial and verdict.

While some may perceive this tragic miscarriage of justice as a near triumph of political correctness, Goldberg and his fellow warriors chose to serve as a “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 49:6) by telling their story and by continuing their fight to transform the culture by creating JIFGA.

Franklin GrahamRev. 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.

John Graves

John Graves, J.D., Esq.

John Graves is the Lead Counsel at Vision America. God saved John in 1986 during his sophomore year in college and he has served local churches and para-church ministries for 30 years. He married Nicole in 1997 and they have five children.  John and Nicole serve in their local church. 

John is a full time businessman.  He also serves leaders of a growing coalition of organizations who work together to serve Pastors.  His belief that Jesus is the only hope for any nation and Jesus gave leaders as gifts to the church - led him to develop the 20:28 Pastors outreach at

John received his law degree at Texas Tech University School of Law in 1993 and was selected to the National Order of Barristers.  He received his B.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Texas at Tyler in 1990.

Ellen Grigsby

Ellen Grigsby represents Open Doors USA to foundations and strategic partners, meeting with them to better understand their philanthropic passions, then connecting them to ways they can serve persecuted Christians worldwide through Open Doors’ strategic Field projects.

Ellen is thankful for believers’ identity as loved and forgiven by God through his son Jesus’ death for us. She feels privileged to work with/for his followers in over 60 countries. Quoting her pastor, she agrees that “the persecuted church is the glaring human example which shows the lie of any human teaching denying the reality of suffering, hardship, persecution in this broken, sinful world.”

As they stand for Christ and refuse to deny him, even with the torture and emotional pain they often experience, believers receive his promised strength, presence, joy, peace. Her hope is that we can join together in standing with these Christians who face so much for the sake of Jesus.

Christian persecution continues unabated in many areas in 2016, according to the Open Doors “World Watch List released annually to draw attention to the world’s 50 worst persecutors. The reclusive communist nation of North Korea tops the list again this year, with the others in the top five being Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria.

Ellen resides in Dallas, Texas, lived in Scotland for three years, Southern California for 22 years, has a B.A. from Converse College (Spartanburg, SC).  She is a member of CNP (Council for National Policy); Eagle Forum; leads a women’s Bible study at her church; has worked in non-profit Development for 26 years.  She is the mother of two adult children; has two precious granddaughters; loves her family, friends, traveling and freedom in the USA.

Debbie Hart

Debbie Hart

Debbie Hart has performed for churches, conventions and conferences across the United States as well as overseas.  She has a new CD release “Still Praising Him” which came out in 2011. Debbie is a gifted singer. Her love for Jesus shines through her music ministry.  In 2010 she traveled to the Holy Land with a tour hosted by Gov. Mike Huckabee and was honored to be asked to sing on the trip along with Pat Boone. Debbie is currently the Vice-President of Investor Relations for the Timothy Plan, a Biblically based mutual fund, located in Maitland, Florida.

Walt Heyer

At 42-years-old, Walt Heyer was, by all accounts, a happily married man with two children. Having felt trapped in the wrong body since he was five years old, he decided to undergo gender reassignment surgery to become a woman - a decision he would later say had a 'tremendous, destructive process' on his life. He reverted back to being a man just eight years later. Walt has since dedicated his life to actively work to save hundreds of others from making the same mistake, and lifting the spiritually oppressed.

Bishop E. W. Jackson

Earl Walker "E. W." Jackson the founder and president of S.T.A.N.D. (Staying True To America's National Destiny), a conservative non-profit national organization dedicated to preserving life, the traditional family and our Judeo-Christian history and values as the Foundation of our Constitution and culture. He is head pastor at Exodus Faith Ministries, located in Chesapeake, Virginia. Jackson has appeared as a commentator on national news networks such as C-SPAN, Fox News and MSNBC. He was the Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in the 2013 election, and the Republican primary candidate for the United States Senate in Virginia in the 2012 election.

Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Jackson is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, a 3,000-member congregation just outside the nation’s capital. With a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard University, Bishop Jackson has written for media such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Associated Press, Charisma and the Christian Post. Bishop Jackson has appeared on CBS Evening News, MSNBC, BET, The O’Reilly Factor on FOX, and CBN.

He is also the founder and president of High Impact Leadership Coalition and the International Communion of Evangelical Churches. Bishop Jackson is also host of the nationally syndicated Harry Jackson Show on American Family Radio. He and his wife have two daughters and live in College Park, Maryland.

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