Faith

CJ Stewart

Afghanistan War Veteran

CJ Stewart left behind the “normal” route to life after his second year of college to pursue the calling placed on his life. In 2007, CJ graduated high school with honors in Madison, Mississippi and like most kids from his community, college was the next step to a happy life. It wouldn’t take him long to realize that there was more for him to do.

In June 2009, CJ joined the United States Army and left for Basic Training with the goal of becoming a Combat Medic. CJ went on to graduate top of his class and received awards for Marksmanship, Physical Training and was named the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his class. He attributes these accomplishments to his dedication and focus on God throughout the tough process.  Read More…

Braxton Brady

Faith | Education | Ethics

Braxton Brady is the Chaplain and Director of the “Building Boys, Making Men” Program at Presbyterian Day School, an independent school serving over 630 boys in grades PK-6 in Memphis. He also serves as the Chaplain for the University of Memphis football team. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and his Masters of Arts in Theology from Covenant Theological Seminary. Brady has served on the boards of various inner city ministries in Memphis. He is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program, a program that helps disciple and develop spiritual leaders in the city of Memphis. Serving and living in the inner city of Memphis has given Brady a unique perspective on the challenges all young men face in their journeys to manhood, no matter their social or economic status.Read More…

Sister Schubert Barnes

Business | Faith | Motivational

Sister often sets the pace at her bakeries in Luverne, Alabama, Saraland, Alabama and Horse Cave, Kentucky and rolls, over 9 million each day, bake in the revolving ovens at Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls. Almost every phase of production is state of the art, from “the line,” where each roll is hand-formed and placed into Sister’s signature round pans, to the proofing room, with it’s precisely controlled temperature and humidity, to the icy blast freezers. But not so long ago, in 1989, Sister Schubert baked these famous rolls in the kitchen of her home in Troy, Alabama, only for her family and friends.Read More…

Ora Reed

Motivational | Women’s Issues | Faith | Health | Wellness

Ora Reed is a singular musical talent. She is acclaimed as an exceptional singer and musician and recognized as a true Mississippi natural resource. So much so, she was appointed by then-Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour “Cultural Ambassador for the State of Mississippi,” a title she has proudly carried to four continents and more than a dozen countries.Read More…

Marilyn Hemphill Tinnin

Author & Speaker

Marilyn Tinnin is the founder and publisher of Jackson Christian Family. She left that publication in 2006 to launch Metro Christian Living which became Mississippi Christian Living Magazine in 2014. A life-long Mississippian, Marilyn attended the University of Mississippi and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Mississippi College before following in her mother’s journalistic steps to her lifelong dream of writing. Her mother, Marie Hemphill, was an award-winning journalist and the author of Fevers, Floods, and Faith, a comprehensive history of Sunflower County, Mississippi.   Read More…

Dave Jesiolowski

Keynote

Uncover the secret of how to Attract the Right People to build a winning culture!
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An Experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
In the past two decades Dave Jesiolowski has held roles as a professional athlete, an advisor to business owners, a corporate executive in two fortune 500 companies, and now the founder and CEO of I think, I am, a leading authority on the psychology of performance and driving results.Read More…

Tricia Raymond

Author & Speaker

Tricia Raymond’s unique perspective on patriotism, faith, and religious freedom has inspired audiences since 2007, when she published her first book, America’s Story: A History of the Pledge of Allegiance, written for children grades 6 – 8. Her journey began when Tricia wanted to develop a series of homeschool history lessons based on the Little House on the Prairie book series.  Researching various topics on American history, she came upon a footnote in a reference book about the Pledge of Allegiance.  Intrigued, she decided to dig for more information and to her surprise, uncovered a treasure trove of American history that no one had ever before uncovered.  Read More…

Lauren Kitchens

Motivational Keynote  |  Faith-Based Keynote for Women

Lauren’s twenty years in media include hosting an entertainment show on TBN with good friend, John Tesh, as well as a Family Channel morning show, on-air radio shows for Salem Radio Network, Clear Channel Communications, Sony Worldwide and American Family Radio. A college professor at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN and Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, Lauren holds a masters degree in radio, television, and film. Since retiring from her morning show, Lauren speaks nationwide and has received the Arvella Schuller Award from the Crystal Catherdral in Garden Grove for her ministry. Currently, she is in the process of adopting a baby girl in Nepal. She resides in Los Angeles and Nashville.  Read More…

Roger Parrott

Leadership Keynote

At age 34, Roger Parrott became one of America’s youngest college presidents. He received his PhD in higher education administration from the University of Maryland and currently serves as president of Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. The author of The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders, Parrott offers a fresh approach to leadership that will transform how readers make decisions and address problems. “The best leaders understand they should always be held accountable for the long-term before they are rewarded for their immediate results,” says Parrott. “The Longview will give leaders nittygritty practical applications to break free from the pattern of aiming for nearsighted remedies instead of long-term solutions.”  Read More…

Cornelius & Heather Lindsay

Keynotes for All Ages

Cornelius and Heather Lindsey are present leaders of an evangelistic ministry called The Gathering Oasis. The primary vision is to create places for people to gather to have the Word of God taught to them. Both Cornelius and Heather have been devout followers of Jesus Christ for some time. Now, they focus their lives to equipping God’s people for works of service so that the Body of Christ may be built up until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Cornelius and Heather preach twice a week with the purpose of spreading the Gospel to those who will hear and believe. They are a husband and wife team who, together, have more than 14 years of experience in running ministries and growing ministries and strengthening the people in the church body. Cornelius and Heather’s ministry is based out of Jackson, MS, but it has spread out from Atlanta, GA to Dubai. For more information about their ministry, go to www.thegonow.com.  Read More…

William Owens

Redemption

The architect of the healthcare fraud at HealthSouth Corporation, Owens was one of the first to blow the whistle on CEO Richard Scrushy; his plan to fake earnings to the tune of 2.7 billion dollars earned him 43 months in a federal prison. Owens accepts full responsiblity for his crimes and travels the country teaching companies how to be proactive in their fight against fraud. “I paid my debt to society and I paid a very dear price,” he said. “I faith realize I had my priorities wrong for a lot of years.”  Read More…

Heather Lindsey

Abstinence Education

Founder of The Pinky Promise, an organization that promotes abstinence and purity, Heather challenges teens and college girls to get the abstinence advantage by rising above cultural pressures. Facing consequences teens in previous generations couldn’t imagine, young women receive straight talk from Heather on how to say no in a yes society.  Read More…

Lemzell Johnson

Inspirational Speaker

Lemzell Johnson has spent over 20 years touching the lives of families in inner cities. Embracing the slogan, “Nurture the poor to independence”, he daily pushed for others to improve and do better. He served as the senior youth director for the Neighborhood Christian center in Memphis, Tennessee, executive director for the Community of Hope in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and the executive site director for the Neighborhood Christian center of Alabama in Decatur. Then, in 2008, an undiagnosed brain tumor ruptured and left him in critical condition. Suddenly, his family was in need. As he struggled to overcome his greatest challenge, he realized that he still had value; he could use his life struggles as steps to change the world around him. Lemzell uses his story as he guides others in finding purpose, hope, and meaning for living. His two books, Building Good Character Starts With You and Adding Value to Your Greatest Tool provide character lessons for youth and young adults. Read More…

Nick Walters

Business, Leadership, Faith

A 7th generation Misissippian, Nick Walters was bitten by the “politics bug” when he became president of his high school Beta Club and then national Beta club president.  While attending Mississippi College, Nick went to work as an intern for Congressman Trent Lott. He served on Lott’s 1988 Senate campaign staff and in 1991 he was on the core team that elected Kirk Fordice as the first GOP governor since Reconstruction.  After running several campaigns and doing consulting work, he ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State in 1999. In March of 2001, he was recommended by Senators Cochran and Lott to President George W. Bush to serve as State Director of USDA Rural Development in Mississippi. Nick served as State Director from March 2001 until August of 2006. Today he heads up  his own financial consulting firm Stone-Adams Financial Partners headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. Nick serves on the Board of Trustees for Blue Mountain College and teaches Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Jackson.  Read More…

Katie Anderson

Author, Kiss and Make Up

Katie D. Anderson was a stay-at-home mother who out-of-the-blue decided to indulge her inner creativity and write a book. Her faith and determination propelled her dream into a reality not to mention a six-figure book deal, a Warner Brothers movie deal, a video game app, and a potential cosmetics deal.  Her first novel for teens, Kiss and Make Up, is a tale about sisterhood, the bond of family and finding one’s inner beauty. The book is a perfect teen read and like a favorite nail shade, it can be shared by moms, daughters, sisters and friends.

Sherye Simmons Green

Author of Abandon Not My Soul, Sherye Simmons Green is a former Miss Mississippi who continues not only to entertain audiences with her vocal talent but also with compelling messages on the power of faith. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Sherye enjoyed an award-winning career in marketing and public relations before returning to school to obtain her teaching certification.  Today she is a  faculty member at Jackson Preparatory School and an adjunct instructor at Mississippi College.  Read More…