SPEAKERS & ARTISTS

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Carlos Whittaker is a People’s Choice Award winner, a former recording artist, and a social media maven. He currently spends the majority of his time writing books and speaking around the world. In his current book, Kill the Spider, Carlos helps people identify, locate, corner, and kill the spiders that are plaguing their lives. 

D.A. Horton serves as the program director for intercultural studies and assistant professor at California Baptist University. D.A. is working on his PhD dissertation in applied theology, earned his B.S. in biblical studies, and earned his master’s degree in Christian studies. He has authored several books, and his most recent is called Intensional: Kingdom Ethnicity in a Divided World.

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Megan Fate Marshman is an international speaker at churches, conferences, and university chapels and is a leading voice for this generation. She has devoted her life to loving God and overflowing His awesome love to others. Megan is currently finishing up a doctorate in ministry as she serves as the teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church and the director of women’s ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps. She enjoys adventuring all over the globe with her two sons to share the love of Jesus.

Dr. Heather Thompson Day is an interdenominational speaker and has been a contributor for Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Newsweek, and the Barna Group. In addition, she is the author of seven books. She is also the host of “Viral Jesus,” a podcast with Christianity Today. She believes her calling is to stand in the gaps of our churches for young people. 

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Dr. John Stumbo is the president of the U.S. Alliance. He loves being with the Alliance family—from teams on the field, to church leaders and congregations here in the States, to the great staff at the National Office.

Rich Villodas is the Brooklyn-born lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large multiracial church with more than seventy-five countries represented in Queens. Rich holds a master of divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading widely and preaching and writing on contemplative spirituality, justice-related matters, and the art of preaching. His first book, The Deeply Formed Life, is now available wherever books are sold.

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Tim Meier currently serves as the vice president for Development at the Alliance National Office. He previously served in youth and worship ministry and as the director of Envision.

John Michael Hinton performs close-up magic on the CW’s hit show Penn & Teller: Fool Us and for audiences of 10-10,000. His unique style of magic involves doing extraordinary things with ordinary objects, making people doubt their senses, question their reality, and search for answers. This creates an excellent platform to then share love, hope, and truth. Ultimately, he fakes the supernatural to cause people to desire the real supernatural!

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Heather Flies is in her 25th year as the junior high pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. She LOVES students and people in general! During the school year, she is also invited into local schools to speak on abstinence, self-esteem, and other current issues. She also encourages women in all seasons of life, trains youth workers, and helps parents understand how to love their teenagers well.

Brian Episcopo loves retelling the true story of Jesus to people around the world and to anyone who will listen. Brian is currently the senior pastor of Alliance Church in Appleton, WI. He previously served as a youth pastor, executive pastor, and lead pastor of a multisite location. He holds a master of divinity from Wesley Seminary.

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