NCS Bergen County has been blessed by many extraordinary speakers over the years. Check out some of the brothers who have spoken at Retreats or other events or come to visit our chapter.
Here are our listed Authors/Speakers
Andrew Bennett is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker, offering workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching. He aids personal and professional growth through study and practical application of Maxwell’s proven leadership methods. Working collaboratively, he moves clients in the direction to reach desired goals.
Having spent the last 30 years teaching, training, coaching and leading in spheres of the business, government, faith-base and educational communities, Andrew has earned the respect of clients, peers, marketplace leaders and government officials as a competent, committed and consummate professional. He is president and founder of BridgeHope Community Development Corporation and Andrew Bennett Consulting, LLC; he also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Pillar College in Newark, New Jersey. In March 2015 Andrew was awarded the Passaic County Business Leadership Award.
A well-rounded professional, Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree from Jamaica Theological Seminary (1992), and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Andrew is passionate about training and coaching the next generation of transformational leaders. His goal is to empower clients through a proven process to aim, aspire and achieve.
Andy Aran is a former President of the NCS Bergen County Chapter and a partner in Regency Wealth Management. A visible and respected professional with 18 years in Alliance Bernstein’s Fixed Income Division, as well as experience at PaineWebber, Citibank, Standard & Poors and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Andy has been published in Institutional Investors and quoted or interviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and CNBC. He has spoken at numerous financial conferences around the world and served on Markit iBoxx’s Oversight Committee. He is a member of the CFA Institute, FIASI, and NYSSA (bond and stock analysts associations).
In addition to his role at NCS Bergen County, Andy is a member of the Advisory Board of Street 2 Street, and a Trustee for Star of Hope Ministries in Paterson, NJ. He is a member of Grace Church of Ridgewood where he has served on the Elder Board and their finance committee. He is blessed by his marriage to Cindy and with their three children.
Dan is the President and founder of Pause Ministries.
The goal of Pause Ministries is to help men hit the 'Pause' button on their lives, taking the time to reflect on God and Life; causing then to consider faith, family, work and relationships with the intention of bringing it all into spiritual alignment. Since it's inception just over five years ago, Pause has been active in introducing multiple individual, group and residential programs that have helped hundreds of men grow in their faith walk. Pause has a particular focus on men that are struggling with temptation, completion and unwanted behaviors.
Prior to PAUSE, Dan had a successful business career spanning 30 plus years in the Telecommunications and Employer Services industries, serving as a Sales, Marketing and Business Development executive at several Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, ADP and ITT.
Dan resides in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with his wife Debby. He has three children: Amy, Susan and Todd.
Greg Brenneman is the Chairman of CCMP Capital, a private equity firm. Most recently, Brenneman had served as president and CEO of CCMP-owned Quiznos Sub, a fast-food sandwich chain. Brenneman also serves on the board of directors of The Home Depot, Inc. and Automatic Data Processing. From August 2004 through April 2006, Brenneman was CEO of the Burger King corporation, directing that company’s turnaround efforts.
In business circles, Greg is most known for his role as President and COO of Continental Airlines under Gordon Bethune in the mid- to late-1990s; there he spearheaded many changes in the strategic and financial direction of the airline that lead the transition from “worst to first”. A Harvard Case study was written on his success story. He is a brilliant thinker, a committed Christian, and an inspiring speaker. Greg recently joined the NCS Advisory board.
James Anderson joined the New Canaan Society as President in 2015. Prior to this he worked in the Office of the President at Focus on the Family in Public Affairs and Donor Relations, handling the West Coast.
James comes from an entrepreneur background after a career selling high-end real estate in Los Angeles for 10 years. James spent 5 years with Coldwell Banker before leaving to found the Pacific Luxury Group with Keller Williams. While there he earned the Quadruple Platinum Sales Award in four consecutive years as well as national awards from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing for his innovations in sales marketing. Anderson then became a founding partner in the Malibu/Pacific Palisades office.
As the Director of Operations for Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film production company based at Paramount Pictures, James was involved in many films, including Runaway Bride, Arlington Road and Million Dollar Baby. James left Lakeshore after having scripts optioned by Paramount and New Line Cinema before going on to direct Hometown Legend, a $2 million dollar film sold to Warner Brothers.
Anderson’s life changed in 2010. “I crashed my life with some terrible personal choices. I had an out of control ego, was materialistic and narcissistic, and nothing was ever enough. I was empty.I am a man who has seen his own life radically transformed by Grace . . . I was rescued by a Jesus I did not know before, and He is redeeming my story.”
James attended Biola University and USC in Los Angeles, California, studying Screenwriting, Film Directing, and Marketing. He and his wife Carrie have been married for 17 years and have 2 daughters, Charlie Mae and Lucy.
James is especially obsessive about golf and fly-fishing right now. He also loves to oil paint and is a voracious reader.
Prior to forming Renaissance Communications in 1992, Joe Battaglia was vice-president of Communicom Corp. of America, parent company of WWDJ/New York, WZZD/Philadelphia and KSLT/San Antonio. He was with Communicom for over 18 years, eight as General Manager of WWDJ, the company’s flagship station.
Highly active in the religious broadcasting and Christian music industries, Joe was on the board of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) for 19 years, the Eastern Chapter of the National Religious Broadcasters for 10 years, and served 14 years as the chairman of the National Christian Radio Seminar (NCRS). Also, Joe served 5 years on the Christian Music Trade Association Board and continues to serve on the board of the Walter Hoving Home.
Joe attended Boston University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1972. He put his background to quick use by starting Alternatives, the first Christian publication for the New York metro market, in 1973. Additionally, Joe is the author of A New Suit for Lazarus, published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN.
Whenever he alights from his frequent travels, Joe lives in Wyckoff, NJ, with his wife LuAnn and their daughter, Alanna.
Born in Hong Kong in 1939, John Bechtel is the son of missionaries who served 51 years in China. As a toddler, he escaped with his mother on the last ship departing Hong Kong before the Japanese occupation of World War II. His father was interned by the Japanese in a concentration camp while John spent the war years with his mother in the United States.
Upon graduation from Houghton College in New York in 1962, John travelled to Hong Kong where he felt the call to serve Christ among the Chinese people. He returned to the United States and studied at Nyack College and Jaffray School of Missions in preparation.
During his time as a missionary with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Hong Kong, he and wife Donna purchased Suen Douh Camp for the miraculous sum of $1 and established a camping program with an evangelistic emphasis. Since its inception in 1971, over 1.7 million people have experienced the evangelistic program and over 160,000 of them have indicated a decision to accept Christ. He spearheaded a church planting project in China which has blossomed to over 130 churches today.
John served as Field Chairman of the Hong Kong Christian and Missionary Alliance from 1973 to 1980 and was, for periods during those years, Chairman of the Board of the Alliance Bible Seminary and the Alliance Press. John served on the Board of Managers of the Christian and Missionary Alliance from 1976 to 1981 and on the Board of Camp-of-the-Woods for over 30 years.
In 1981, Mr. Bechtel joined the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation as Project Director for Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Between 1983 and his retirement in 2004, John served as Project Director Coordinator and for 10 years as Director of International Ministries.
John is a real estate executive, most recently with Madison Harbor Capital, a real estate Fund of Funds. He previously spent 23 years at CNL Institutional Advisors, a real estate investment company, where for many years he served as SVP of Institutional Sales. John is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps, having served with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam and later in Okinawa. His current focus is directed towards helping men gain a better understanding of the relationship they are intended to have with their work.
Raul Baez didn’t feel loved as a child. He held in the bitterness he felt as a victim of sexual and physical abuse. But when he couldn’t contain his anger any longer, he hit the streets, self-medicating with drugs as a teenager. That run lasted almost 25 years, a life he lived under pure madness and chaos.
Raul married young, and his oldest son fell into the trap of drugs as well. In 1993, his 17-year-old was killed selling drugs in the Bronx. “I saw all the signs and I totally ignored it,” says Raul. “I had a lot of guilt from that.” His name was Wito and today there is a legacy attached to his name every time Raul walks into a prison as the Executive Director of WITO Inc. to teach financial literacy and the character development principles he used to transform his life.
Before founding WITO, however, Raul’s journey took another turn. Six years after Wito’s death, Raul’s daughter got into a domestic violence situation, and Raul shot the attacker. Thinking he had killed a man, he went on the run and spent the next seven months living on the streets and shelling out about a thousand dollars a day to buy drugs. To fund his addiction, he started committing robberies daily.
But soon Raul would find himself in a situation he couldn’t run from, and he would learn that God was his only source of true freedom from his crime, his guilt, and his anger.
While escaping from his last robbery, Raul fired three shots at responding police officers, hoping to provoke them to shoot him. They returned 32 shots, but not one hit Raul. He fled to an alley where, with a SWAT team surrounding him, he sat pointing his gun to his own head for the next five hours. He was too scared to shoot himself. He hoped someone would do it for him.
When the cold New York weather got the best of him, his finger slipped and he accidentally pulled the trigger. He heard a ringing in his ear and his head ached intensely, but there was no blood. He had missed. “I heard a little voice that gave me peace and comfort that told me to put the gun down,” he recalls. “God was definitely in control. I just didn’t know it at the time.”
Raul learned that the man he had shot seven months earlier had survived. However, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for armed robbery.
One cold night, Raul and other prisoners were walking the yard. They heard music coming from the chapel, and one prisoner suggested they go in for warmth, coffee, and doughnuts. As they entered, a Prison Fellowship volunteer read Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
He spent the next two years torn between old habits and following Jesus, and he feared what his fellow prisoners would do if he changed. But then, one day, he found himself forced to choose his master. After a falling-out with another prisoner that promised a major, violent confrontation the next day, Raul – exhausted by this pattern – asked God to get him out of the mess. When Raul peacefully confronted the man, he apologized to Raul.
After seeing God’s power, Raul surrendered to Jesus. He got baptized and started attending Prison Fellowship programs. Even though other prisoners ridiculed him for his faith, he stayed strong and slowly gained their respect. God laid it on his heart to start a program for the young men in the prison. He saw many return after being released because they didn’t have the tangible skills to support themselves on the outside without turning to drugs and violence. Raul taught them entrepreneurship and money management skills mixed with character development and included the Gospel whenever he could.
Raul was released from prison two years early. Other prisoners still teach the program based on a manual and curriculum that Raul created. In September 2013, We Innovatively Transform Ourselves (WITO) was launched to teach his program to incarcerated men and women. August 2014 marked Raul’s 4th year outside prison. In addition to WITO he created two businesses that teach financial literacy to minorities and drug prevention to nonprofit organizations. He has an associate’s degree in real estate appraisal and is finishing his bachelor’s degree in personal finance while working as a medical case manager and sharing his faith with his coworkers. Raul’s children have seen him become a new man and have come to know Christ through him.
The Rev. Dr. Hillary R. Bercovici is an Episcopal priest and pastoral psychotherapist currently serving as Scholar-in-Residence at Trinity Institute, the teaching arm of Trinity Church, Greenwich, CT, an interdenominational congregation in lower Fairfield County.
Hillary is a native New Yorker and former NYC-EMS Paramedic who worked in Harlem and the South Bronx before entering seminary and graduate school. He holds degrees in philosophy and divinity, as well as an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Psychology & Theology.
Hillary’s passion is helping people find and deepen a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through bringing the Bible alive and applying its wisdom in Biblical teaching, depth psychotherapy, and spiritual direction. His work at Trinity Institute focuses on teaching Biblical theology and developing contemporary approaches to practical apologetics.
Ryan Baitzel is a disciple of Jesus, husband and father of four. He serves as the lead pastor of Emergence Church in Totowa NJ, which was launched in May of 2006 with a core group of 40. Emergence quickly grew, adding services every year for 3 straight years, and just recently moved into a 600 seat warehouse that they renovated. Quickly the church has grown again to the place where there are six Sunday services in two locations (Totowa and Ridgewood), with a third location coming soon in Rockaway. Emergence is also committed to planting churches in North Jersey, and currently is training two church planters to plant gospel centered, missional, multiplying churches. Ryan also is part of the future travelers learning community, and leadership networks next-gen pastors learning community.
Sanford Ashley is an author, speaker and consultant. He coaches men with relationship issues. He has been published in a wide range of magazines including Men of Integrity, Sales and Marketing Management Magazine,Working Mother Magazine, and Gospel Today. Sanford’s book Sex..The Seductive Addiction talks about the perils of infidelity through real life examples,and practical solutions for dating and marriage. His workbook “Man to Man…How to Be An Effective Father” has been used by the NJ Parents Caucus and municipalities for instruction in fatherhood.
Sanford speaks frequently to various associations,companies and other organizations,as well as retreats for men and couples. He is married with two sons.
Steve Brown was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from High Point College, High Point, North Carolina and an S.T.B. degree from Boston University School of Theology.
Steve is the Founder and President of Key Life Network, Inc. and Bible teacher on the national radio program Key Life. The weekday 15-minute broadcast and the 1-minute feature You Think About That are currently heard on over 600 outlets. Key Life Network sends out over 350,000 CDs, magazines and printed literature annually at no charge. Key Life Network also has a ministry dedicated specifically to pastors.
Steve is the host on the talk show, Steve Brown, Etc., which is streamed live on the internet on Fridays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST and aired on the Salem Radio Network on weekends. He is Professor Emeritus of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry at Reformed Theological Seminary and is the former pastor of Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church, Key Biscayne, FL; First Presbyterian Church, Quincy, MA and East Dennis Community Church, East Dennis, MA.
Steve has authored two books with Flemming H. Revell, Where the Action Isand So Now You Are A Christian (republished under the revised title Welcome To The Family). He has also authored several other books: If Jesus Has Come;How To Talk So People Will Listen; Born Free; Living Free; If God Is In Charge; When Your Rope Breaks; Jumping Hurdles; When Being Good Isn’t Good Enough; Follow the Wind; Approaching God; A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel; What Was I Thinking?; and Three Free Sins…God’s Not Mad at You.
Steve is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters and Harvest, USA. He has authored numerous articles in such publications asLeadership, Decision, InterVarsity, Plain Truth, Today’s Christian Woman, Preaching and Table-Talk.
Steve is a former disk jockey and newsman at radio stations in Boston, MA; Greensboro and Winston-Salem, NC. He is a much-in-demand Bible teacher and keynote speaker, a role he filled at the 2011 NCS Washington Weekend..
Steve is married to Anne and is the father of two daughters and grandfather of three granddaughters.
Tony Browne is the volunteer director of Street 2 Street Paterson, a division of Street 2 Street, a ministry reaching underprivileged and neglected youth through unique sporting events and programming. Tony will share “tales from the hood”, stories of ordinary people inspired to do extraordinary things in the gang and drug infested streets of Paterson, NJ. Tony will also share his personal story of struggle, faith, hope and resurrection, inspired over the years from his greatest teachers…his wife and children.
Tony’s “paying job” is with Merrill Lynch in Paramus, NJ. He is a senior vice president and institutional consultant with the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consulting Group.
Tony received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland's College of Business & Management in 1979, and his MBA degree in Finance from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. In 2008, Tony completed the Endowment Institute program at the Yale University School of Management.
Tony is a Ridgewood, NJ resident and has been married to Margaret Bell from County Down, Northern Ireland since 1984. They have two children, Conor and Mary. Tony is an active member of various nonprofit boards and church ministries that focus on providing educational opportunities and affordable housing for inner city children and their families. Tony continues to draw inspiration from his involvement in the men’s ministry group at Church of The Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Willie Alfonso serves as Chaplain to the New Jersey Nets, Staten Island Yankees and Hispanic players of the New York Yankees, as well as New York City’s EMS. He is also the Program Director for Urban Impact, a ministry that shares Jesus’ heart of compassion and shows young boys on the streets of our inner cities the real hope found in Jesus Christ.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Willie speaks to these boys from experience. Forced to leave home at age 11, Willie spent his teenage years living with relatives, friends and on the streets. Years of drug use and destructive behavior followed, until he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on Palm Sunday 1981.
In 1996 Willie and his wife felt called into full-time, inner city ministry. They began working with teenagers in a sports ministry that has led hundreds of young people to Christ.
Willie continues to reside on Staten Island with his wife Nancy. They have three daughters, Venus, Yvette and Krista.
Andrew DeCurtis was born in the Bronx, studied finance at Iona College, and in 1991 entered the financial services industry. He worked for Oppenheimer Capital and then Société Générale, where he helped The SoGen Funds grow from managing $2 billion in assets to over $25 billion in five years. After an illustrious 16 year career, he retired in 2005 at the age of 37.
His success over that time was attributed to his propensity to create and maintain quality relationships with Advisers, Brokers and Consultants, while being a voice of reason for several highly acclaimed investment managers. Throughout his career, he was a featured speaker at regional meetings and national conferences due his unique ability to influence, persuade and move the masses into action.
Andrew returned to work in the non-profit arena in 2013. He is currently on staff at the NYC Rescue Mission, where he is responsible for building bridges and cultivating strategic partnerships with churches, corporations and government agencies interested in community engagement and making meaningful contributions in NYC.
He is also in involved as an adviser, supporter and volunteer with several other charitable organizations, including ElevateNY and charity: water.
A five-time marathoner, current Ironman, and world traveler, Andrew is single, lives in Greenwich Village and is major believer in the power of prayer!
Bob Doll is Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nuveen Asset Management. Bob manages the Large Cap Equity Series, consisting of nine strategies.
Prior to joining Nuveen Asset Management in 2012, Bob held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including serving as Chief Equity Strategist at Blackrock, President and Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) and Chief Investment Officer of OppenheimerFunds, Inc. He has 35 years of portfolio management experience, received a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Bob appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News discussing the economy and markets.
Bob and his wife Leslie live in Princeton, New Jersey and have three children. He is also choir director at his local church. Bob serves on a number of boards including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society, Kingdom Advisors, National Christian Foundation, The Lausanne Movement, The New York City Leadership Center, Cairn University, the Wharton Graduate Executive Board, and the Princeton HealthCare System.
The Lord has blessed David Struss in many ways giving him a wonderful wife, two daughters and four grandchildren. He also made it possible for David to start and run a precision sheet metal fabrication business, SonRise Metal Inc., for twenty-one years. Through this company, God provided beyond David and his family’s needs enabling him to bless many others, especially the less fortunate in other countries.
David has attended Bethany Church, now in Wyckoff, his entire life and has served there as deacon for five terms and currently as a Senior Elder. He also served from 2001 to 2004 on the World Missions Board of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri, and on the Builders International Advisory Board. David is currently the Director of Missions at his church.
As a result of the Lord giving David a deep passion for missions, he has served in many countries around the world. Along with this passion God has also given David an inspiring and challenging message on the power of giving. His words are simple, but their truths are penetrating and life changing.
Dennis has more than 30 years of full-time church employment. He holds a BA in Religious Studies from Caldwell College and a MA in Pastoral Ministry/Church Leadership from Boston College.
Dennis is currently the Pastoral Associate for Christ the King Church in New Vernon, NJ. He was previously the Director of Parish Operations for Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River from 1995-2005. Dennis is a consultant for organizational leadership to churches throughout the country and is a member of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management where he is on the faculty for the Pastor’s Toolbox.
Dennis lives in Randolph with his wife, Laura, and 4 children.
Dr. Arnie Cole is a former successful marketplace executive in the health care space, who now leads an impactful ministry. He has an amazing testimony of how at the age of 47 his life was radically transformed when he first entered into a relationship with Jesus. His message will mimic the title of the book he authored: Unstuck: Your Life, God’s Design, Real Change.
For 18 years, Dr. Cole was founder and president of First Step & Cole Vocational in Redland, CA where he revolutionized the treatment of severely disturbed patients in mental health institutions. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1998, he sold his business, planning to tour the world in his 60 foot yacht while he still had the capacity to do so. During a storm that threatened his life, Dr. Cole made a genuine profession of faith and a plea for his life. What happened next was astounding. He was not only saved from being shipwrecked, but when he returned from his trip his doctors discovered that he no longer had Alzheimer’s.
He subsequently gave his remaining years to serving in ministry leadership positions. For the last nine years he has served as the CEO of Back to the Bible and Director of Research and Development for the Center for Bible Engagement. Dr. Cole is dedicated to the mission of leading people into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ through daily Bible engagement.
Dr. Cole has a BA and MA in Psychology, as well as an EdD in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University. He is married and father of now adult children.
Jack Deere has been a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, started and pastored numerous churches, and authored several books. He is a highly sought after speaker, and has been the headlined speaker at several NCS chapters and NCS retreats.
Jack is currently the senior pastor of Wellspring Church in Ft. Worth, Texas, a church he started in the spring of 2004. The mission of the church is threefold: to help people cultivate an intimate friendship with Jesus; to help people discover and effectively use their spiritual gifts in significant ways in the church; and having learned how to use these gifts effectively in the church, then to use their gifts in the market place where they spend the majority of their time. He has also pastored churches in California and Montana.
Jack was a professor in the Department of Old Testament Exegesis and Semitic Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary from 1976 – 1988. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. in Philosophy, and Dallas Theological Seminary where he received a Th.M. and Th.D. He has written several books including The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit and Surprised by the Voice of God. Currently, Jack and his wife, Leesa, live in Colleyville, Texas.
Jim Daly assumed his current position as President of Focus on the Family in 2005, after 16 years with the ministry. It is the culmination of a personal journey that began with a series of personal tragedies that landed him in an orphanage at the age of 9. After several tough years in foster care Daly found meaning, purpose and a sense of belonging when he gave his life to Christ in high school.
“I am living proof,” he wrote in his 2007 autobiography, Finding Home, “that no matter how torn up the road has already been, or how pothole-infested it may look ahead, nothing – nothing – is impossible for God.” All attendees will receive a copy of Jim’s book. Jim is willing to sign books after the meeting.
Jim earned a Business Administration degree from California State University/San Bernardino and worked in the corporate world before joining Focus on the Family. He later completed his MBA in International Business at Regis University in Denver. In 2009, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Colorado Christian University in Denver.
Daly has received the 2008 World Children’s Center Humanitarian Award and the 2009 Children’s Hunger Fund Children’s Champion Award. He is a regular panelist for The Washington Post/Newsweek blog “On Faith”, and has appeared as a commentator on several cable news programs.
Daly’s next book, tentatively titled Stronger, will discuss in depth the ways God works through tragedy in the lives of His people. It is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2010.
Daly and his wife, Jean, have two sons and reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
John has been a highly successful executive in the strategic business development arena for the last 30 years. He currently serves as President and CEO for D’Alessandro, Inc., a consulting firm that raises performance for their not-for-profit clients. With an expertise in strategy implementation and business consulting, John has successfully led many organizations to reach their goals. John spent 13 years with Pascack Valley Hospital, over five of which included leading the Foundation through an organizational transition and a successful capital campaign. Before leaving the hospital when it closed in 2007, John held the positions at the hospital of Sr. Vice President of External Relations, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer, as well as President of the NJ Hospital Association Fund Raising Executives. John serves on several not-for-profit boards, and as a consultant has achieved success with many sizes and types of organizations. Having worked in healthcare, consumer products and consulting services, John has a unique understanding of the business landscape. He is a graduate of William Paterson University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of NJ. John is a frequent conference speaker in the not-for-profit, as well as the for-profit arena. In addition, as a panel moderator, John uniquely keeps the event pace on target, while inserting humor and a smooth transition between panelists and topics.
Len Deo is the Founder and President of the New Jersey Family Policy Council (NJFPC) a public policy education and research group committed to the ideals of the nation’s founding fathers: the primacy of marriage, the family, free expression of faith, religious freedom, and the free enterprise system.
The Council promotes integrity and character in the leadership of New Jersey’s government, businesses, churches and families through 3 focus areas: Education (Preparing Leaders), Legislation (Promoting Values), Accountability (Keeping Elected Leaders Accountable). NJFPC is associated with Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, and the Alliance Defense Fund. A strong desire and dedication to pursue justice and righteousness energizes the Council.
In pursuit of the Council’s mission, Len has appeared on many local news programs, as well as Fox News Channel. His op-ed pieces have been carried in many New Jersey newspapers, including the Star-Ledger and Record of Bergen County.
Born in Newark and virtually a lifelong resident of Parsippany, Len has been active in business, community and church organizations over the past 35 years. He and wife Andrea have been happily married for 34 years and have three children, two married and three grandchildren.
Leroy Cannady grew up in Philadelphia, PA and worked his way up from a butcher shop at the age of 16 to District Supervisor for Wal-Mart. Along the way, Leroy served as Meat Manager for Philadelphia A&P stores, cattle buyer for the American Cattleman Association and Kroger Store Manager in St Louis, MO. He retired from Wal-Mart in 2007 after serving on the management team a Co-Manager, Store Manager, and District Supervisor.
Leroy recently published a book based on my life story: Let Us Reason Together. In addition, he works as a Behavior Health Counselor, dealing with men, women, boys, and girls with behavior, drug, and alcohol additions.
In the early 1980s, Leroy and his wife joined the Gideon’s International in Edwardsville, IL. He subsequently served as Camp President’s Chaplin, Church Ministry Chairman, and a Regional Program Leader for the State of North Carolina. Currently he is a Testimony, Banquet, and Church Speaker for the Gideon’s International. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Leroy lived in India working with missionaries from Germany and the United Kingdom planting churches in villages and rural areas of South India, Sri Lanka and Pakistani.
Currently Leroy lives in Winston Salem, NC. He has eight children, 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His hobbies includes boating, golfing and traveling.
Michael is Vice President at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Religion & the Media programs. He is also a senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum.
In addition, Michael is an adjunct professor at the Reformed Theological Seminary, an advisory editor of Christianity Today, and served as an advisor to the PBS documentary series With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Christian Right in America. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Michael has edited numerous books, including Piety and Politics: Evangelicals and Fundamentalists Confront the World (co-edited with Richard John Neuhaus), which was selected as one of the twenty-five best books of 1988 byEternity magazine.
For his perspective on religion and politics, Michael has been appeared on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, NBC’s Evening News with Brian Williams, ABCWorld News Tonight, CNN and BBC Radio among others. He has been quoted in the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The New Republic, the New York Times,Christianity Today, U.S. News & World Report,The Weekly Standard, the Boston Globe, Associated Press, and numerous other newspapers and magazines in America and Europe.
Michael is a graduate of Covenant College (GA), and holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University in Washington, D.C.
Col. Thomas M. (Mike) Durham serves as head Chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Chaplain Mike will be sharing a message entitled “Consider the Call of God!: from Micah 6:1-8.
The son of a Marine, Mike was born in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. He joined the Army Reserve in 1974 and achieved active duty status in 1978. He subsequently served for six years as an officer in the Adjutant General Corps. In 1984 he left active duty to attend seminary. He returned to active duty as Chaplain in 1989 after pastoring Shannondorah Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Among Mike’s many service awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.
Mike holds a bachelors degree from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Janice, have two children and one grandchild.
Paul has served as a Managing Director and Head of Global Sales for BNY Mellon Capital Markets (BNYMCM). He was responsible for developing BNYMCM’s Institutional Taxable trading capabilities and developing their trading capabilities in Asia (Hong Kong). Paul was selected as a Chairman Circle Award recipient in 2007.
Prior to joining BNYMCM in 1998, he completed an intensive Fixed Income training program at Lehman Brothers, where he held various positions in Fixed Income trading and sales. He holds a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Scranton.
Paul lives in Mahwah, NJ with his wife of 16 years, Kelly, and their three young children.
In 2005, God called Pete’s family to serve with ENLACE ministries to impoverished communities in El Salvador. On January 18, 2007 a caravan of vehicles he was part of was attacked by a masked gunman. One bullet struck Pete in the neck, missing his jugular vein and trachea by 1 cm, and lodged in my esophagus. Pete’s life was spared; the only permanent damage was to his vocal chords, leaving his voice sounding like “I’ve been smoking for years… or I’m related to Al Pacino in The Godfather.” Pete went on to pastor the Union Church of San Salvador in El Salvador.
Pete and his family moved back to the U.S. in 2010 and landed in Seal Beach, California where he serves as a campus pastor for SeaCoast Grace Church and continues his work abroad through ENLACE, and with Three Angels Children’s Relief in Haiti. Pete’s heart is to serve ministries that seek to have lasting impact for God’s kingdom and for the people they serve.
Pete and his wife Dara have four children: PJ, Isaac, Hannah, and Kaya.
Phil is Managing Director at Cathedral Consulting Group, LLC. Cathedral provides consulting to small- to mid-sized private companies on key business matters to help them grow.
Phil’s experience gives him unique qualifications to aid companies and their owners in these important transitions: he was Vice President of Standard & Poor’s Corporate Value Consulting (CVC) division after leading CVC through the process of acquisition by S&P. Phil previously ran Coopers & Lybrand’s Corporate Finance Practice for the U.S. He has served on the boards of both Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Phil also has a passion for developing future generations. He is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business at The King’s College in New York City, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, teaching Business Valuation. Phil is a frequent lecturer and writer on business and economics.
Phil holds a LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, a M.T.S. from the Reformed Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound. Phil also holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner.
Obviously some people stay in school longer than others. By some counts, Rick has been in high school for over 40 years!
Rick also serves on the Board of Directors for Atlantic Stewardship Bank.
Rob has a heart for men and is a very effective communicator. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Zarephath Christian Church. He served as President of Somerset Christian College (now Pillar College) from 1992-2004. He can be heard on his radio spots “Go For It” on STAR 99.1 and on-air live with Johnny Stone on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, churches and retreats. Rob also has a heart for young people, and is the overseer of Autumn Blaze and Co-Founder of Victory Sports Camps. Rob also serves as the Director of Urban Impact, the newest Pillar of Fire ministry, that shares the love of Jesus with teen and pre-teen, urban boys through academic and athletic development, mentoring, and spiritual nurture. He and his wife, Debbie, have two children.
Scott Coppola has been married to Kristen for 20 years and they have 4 children. Their family motto is “Defenders of the Defenseless” and this is manifested in their passion to help special needs children find forever families.
Initially God called them to adopt two children that are Down syndrome. Joshua and Taylor joined their family in 2004 and 2007 and have been little brother and sister to Lauren and Justin since then. After the sale of a family business in 2007 the “C6 Fund” was set up to offset the cost of adoption for families that want to bring home their special needs child.
Since 2010 Scott has been employed at Bethany Christian Services as a regional development manager focusing on raising money to help fund special needs adoptions. In 2013 Scott partnered with a gentlemen in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and founded Good Stuff Thrift. To date the thrift stores have generated over 150K for charities mainly that deal with vulnerable children and employ a few adults that have some intellectual challenges.
Stuart and Jody Chadban moved from Newcastle, Australia in August 2013 with their two children. They arrived in NYC with two suitcases each and an immoveable belief that God was about to do a new thing in this city and The Salvation Army. Having ministered in The Salvation Army for the previous thirteen years in Australia, God whispered a calling over their lives on New Years Eve 2009, drawing them into destiny days for “such a time as this.” A new chapter is about to begin for ministry within The Salvation Army in NYC – a city and a denomination that influences the world.
God has spoken clearly and promised much. The Chadban’s have taken God at His word and given their lives for the vision before them. They have laid down their everything in order to pick up all that God needs them to carry. They are motivated for the sake of His kingdom and His will being done in NYC as it is in heaven.
Both Stuart and Jody are lovers of God, people, and life. Ministry for them is not a position, but rather it is who they are and the way they do life. They are fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit and walk in the paths God marks out for their feet.
Stuart is a powerful man of God with an apostolic gifting over his life. He is passionate about creating a culture and an arena whereby all people can experience the very real presence and miracles of God in the midst of the everyday. Stuart is an incredible leader, preacher, and worshiper, and is an amazing father and husband.
Tom Cole joined Citigroup in July, 2010 as Co-Head of US Leveraged Finance, Citigroup Global Markets. He is responsible for the non-investment grade loan and bond financings for US Corporate Clients and leveraged buyouts.
He joined Citigroup from HSBC where he was Co-Head of Global Banking, Americas. His responsibilities included Client Coverage for Corporate and Investment Banking, Leveraged Finance, Equity Capital Markets, Private Equity, M &A, and Project Finance for the region.
Prior to joining HSBC, Tom was the head of Deutsche Bank’s North American leveraged finance practice, which he started in 2001. IFR Magazine recognized the group as U.S. Leveraged Finance house of the year in 2006. Prior to 2001, he ran the chemical industry group practice within Investment Banking. He joined the firm in 1987 in Corporate Finance in the Chicago office, and moved to London in 1992 where he oversaw the risk management associated with the firm’s distressed debt trading, derivatives, and corporate finance activities. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he spent three years at Continental Bank, and two years at General Electric.
Tom Cole is on the Management Committee for The New Canaan Society nationally and is a leader of NCS Manhattan.
Tom received a BS in Finance from Indiana University, where he currently serves on the Dean’s Council, and a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
He is married to Kim, and they have three children, Jenna, Tara, and Jonathon.
Tom Dykhouse is the Executive Director and Head of School for Eastern Christian School Association, where he has been involved for many years including serving on its Board of Directors and in other volunteer capacities. Prior to joining Eastern Christian, Tom was a Managing Director at Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC in New York. Tom serves as a trustee of the pension funds of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and Christian Schools International, on the Board of Governors of the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management at Calvin College, and as a trustee of the Christian Health Care Center. Tom and his wife Linda are the parents of three adult children and attend Faith Community Church in Wyckoff.
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Chris Godfrey is the President and Founder of Life Athletes, Inc. and a member of the Indiana Bar. Prior to graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School, Chris played nine years of professional football. As the starting right guard for the Super Bowl XXI champion New York Giants, he earned honors as All-Pro NFL Films, and All-NFC (AP, UPI). He also played on three University of Michigan Rose Bowl teams. Chris is the author of the popular curriculums That’s Where I Live® – A Guide to Good Relationship, Mike and Will’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure, As in a Mirror, and the See I Make All Things New series.
Chris speaks at schools and forums across the nation and has appeared in various media. A frequent contributor to the NCEA, he is president of the St. Joseph’s High School Board of Education, and resides in South Bend, Indiana with his wife and six children.
Chuck Eapen comes to his role as C12’s Northern New Jersey Area Chair with over 20 years of experience that integrates his faith and his profession. After completing his engineering studies in Long Island NY, he moved to San Diego CA. In the midst of his early career, Chuck and his wife, Betty, encountered the person of Jesus Christ through the work of International Discipleship Ministries Inc. He served IDM as its Executive Director and taught others about Jesus in corporate and church settings while pursuing his corporate interests.
Chuck began his corporate career with a fledgling start-up. As the company grew, he rose the corporate ladder refining his skills in sales, marketing and operations, he found opportunities to share his faith in Christ with his co-workers and saw his managers and colleagues come to Christ. He eventually became the company’s COO and general manager. Over the years, Chuck experienced the booms and busts of the telecom sector and worked with Fortune companies including Motorola, Siemens, Ericsson and many others in the highly competitive world of telecom component sales & manufacturing. In time, the Lord brought yet another start-up opportunity to Chuck and he entered the telecom equipment sector. Here, he honed his skills at managing people and programs across international markets with CLECs, ISPs and various cellular/data operators across the Asia-Pacific Rim. He became the company’s president and served as a mentor to a number of individuals who enjoy success today. But the Lord had even more in store! Eventually, the Lord led Chuck and his family back to the east coast to begin his own start-up and to be with their extended family while pursuing graduate theological studies.
Chuck and Betty have been married 20+ years and have one son, Zachariah, and make their home in Bergen County. Chuck is an alumnus of SUNY Stony Brook and Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack College) where he received his BE and MA degrees, respectively. Chuck has a heart to see others grow in their walk with Jesus Christ through active discipleship and mentoring in the marketplace.
Dave Gustavsen is the Senior Pastor at Jacksonville Chapel in Lincoln Park, NJ. He is committed to grace-oriented, gospel-centered ministry that resonates with skeptical, educated people in the New York City area. He blogs atdavegustavsen.com, tweets at @pastordavegus, and is excited about the recent launch of Acts 17, an organization that offers the hope of Christ in the public square by promoting intelligent conversations about key cultural issues. - See more at: http://biologos.org/author/dave-gustavsen#sthash.ghv9FIeS.dpuf
Doug Fike serves leaders and organizations in the non-profit, government, business, education, family, technology, and arts sectors. He specializes in executive coaching and organizational transitions, working in dozens of countries on five continents. Doug and his team provide sabbatical and transitions coaching for Kingdom leaders and their families at critical life-junctures. He is a trusted advisor and executive coach to an array of national and international leaders.
Doug serves as the Executive Director of Growth Dynamics International (GDI). In collaboration with GDI, Doug and his team recently launched the LifeLong Learning Community, an interactive virtual community enabling Jesus-followers worldwide to connect and pursue a proactive, intentional journey of transformation 24X7.
Doug is a founding board member of the Trac5 peacemaking organization. He was a founding partner and member of the executive team of New Africa Initiative. He was also a founding partner of the Transformational Leadership Coaching coach-training organization.
George Flores has been one of the most prominent voices of Christian radio in the Metro New York region for the last 25 years. A New Jersey native, he has worked with WFMU 91.1FM, WWDJ 970AM, WMCA 570AM & as afternoon drive host on STAR 99.1FM. In 2015, George began building a new internet-based radio station – The GATE – for the International House of Prayer/Eastern Gate, with a vision for the power of internet radio to propagate the Gospel and encourage the international body of Christ.
“I believe the House of Prayer is so important in this region. It’s all about our prayers, it’s all about His praise. My vision for The GATE is to broadcast an invitation to people of all nations, to enter the Narrow Gate and reach for God, who hears our prayers and cares about each one of us on a personal, intimate level.”
Initially a voice and guitar music major in junior college, George went on to gain an undergraduate degree in Organizational Management at Nyack College. He grew up in inner-city apartments but after becoming a Christian, God let him see new places and new people. It is his heart to share the love of Jesus every opportunity he gets.
George and his wife, Maryanne, have 3 daughters and 3 sons.
Gian Paul Gonzalez, a high school teacher in Union City NJ, was asked to lead a chapel service for members of the NY Giants football team the night before their Christmas Eve 2011 game against the NY Jets. Playoff hopes were slim. To illustrate the concept of commitment, Gian Paul handed each football player a poker chip, instructing them to write their number on one side and what they wanted to be committed to on the other. He then shared the meaning behind the poker phrase “All In” and challenged them to fully commit to anything they take on, as a father, husband, son or even football player.
The next day the Giants beat the Jets 29-14. In a post game interview, Giant’s DE Justin Tuck credited Gian-Paul’s “All In” message as the reason. The team went on to run the table that season, winning every game, up to and including Super Bowl XLVI, where they beat the New England Patriots 21-17.
Gian Paul’s life mirrors his message. A former NCAA First Team All-American forward from Montclair State University, he scored nearly 1,400 points in his 3 year career. After playing in the NBA Summer League in 2007 he was offered professional basketball contracts, but turned them down in order to continue his work with at-risk youth. He is a gifted motivational speaker and founder of 4-One, an organization dedicated to using basketball to share a message of hope and striving for excellence in inner-city public schools and juvenile jails.
Joe Farrell is Chairman and CEO of Brooklawn Consulting, CEO of eWater America and Chairman of Impact of Hope International. During his varied career, he has served as Chaplain for the San Antonio Spurs, led Tsunami Relief in ASIA and participated in the “President’s Council of Faith Based Initiatives” under George Bush.
An entrepreneur, with expertise in tech-enabled business startups, consulting, operations, project management, and international business development. Joe’s platform for business is “Business as a Mission.” He has a passion and long track record for serving those in need, with a focus in the U.S., Africa and Asia. His efforts include organizing and funding projects for children’s health, lower and higher education, economic development, micro loans and self-sustaining business strategies in rural areas.
Joe is a Bridgeport, Connecticut native and the last of 8 children. He served in the United States Air Force where he met his wife Stephanie. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Joe and his family currently reside in Raleigh, NC.
As a major league catcher from 1989 to 2004, Joe Girardi played with the Cubs, Rockies and Cardinals. He found his greatest success, however, with the Yankees, helping lead the club to three World Series titles in the 1990s.
Following his days as a player, Joe went on to a highly successful managerial career. He was named the 2006 National League Manager of the Year in his first year as skipper of the Florida Marlins. In 2007, Joe returned to the Yankees as the 17th manager in club history (and 4th former Yankee catcher to do so). Just two seasons later he led the team to their 27th World Series title. This past June, Joe won his 500th career game as a manager.
Joe and his wife Kim have 3 children.
Juan Galloway and his wife Tracy served as youth pastors for ten years before joining New York City Relief and founding CityTribe Church for the homeless, as well as The Noise Hip Hop Church.
NYCR reaches out to the poor and the oppressed by taking converted school buses armed with soup, bread and volunteers to poor neighborhoods throughout the NYC area. Juan serves as President of NYCR.
Juan and Tracy were listed in the August 2005 issue of Charisma magazine as two of the 30 leaders under the age of 40 shaping the emerging church of the future. Juan is an ordained minister with the Foursquare denomination. He has authored 28, The Street Bible as well as God’s Beggars – My Adventures Discovering God In The Inner City. He speaks regularly at churches throughout the NYC metro area. He is an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter and worship leader.
Juan and Tracy have four children together: River, Hailey, Corban and Connor.
Juan Garcia holds a B.A. in Human Services from Almeda University and a B.S. in Psychology/Christian Counseling. Juan is also a Certified Professional Coach as wells as a Certified Motivational Core Coach. He has earned a Certified as a Fatherhood Practitioner. Juan launched Juan Garcia Enterprises to bring awareness, but not limited to, young men and men in general regarding their Identity, Authority & Maturity. He speaks all over the country regarding this concept known to listeners as the, "I.A.M. Concept". As he has worked with NBA and NFL players, both current and retired, there has been an overwhelming sense of loss when it comes to manhood. Not lack of manhood just poor clarity which does not help maximize the opportunity given as men to lead a generation.
Out of this awareness, the Empowerment Movement was launched. This movement serves as an international campaign to bring awareness to all that we must go beyond our obstacles and have a sense of self to know we can be all we have been created to be. It is a sense of realizing that although guys are all born male, a process of maturity makes you a real man. Therefore, you can be empowered to make a difference based on your experience of maturity and growth and not on your failures or mistakes. We empower you to achieve your goals and overcome obstacles in life. Juan Garcia is also part of a group called Legacy Minded Men. These men - Joe Pellegrino, Juan Garcia and Lee Rouson - are working hard to build up and equip men of God. They recently where interviewed by Kelly Wright for a Fox News Channel segment called "Beyond the Dream" that aired in January. The topic was Legacy Minded Men's "Father's Say" campaign.
Keith Elias played professional football for six years with the N.Y. Giants and Indianapolis Colts of the NFL and the Hitmen of the XFL. Prior to his professional career, he was a college football standout at Princeton University, where he twice earned All-American and Ivy League Player of the Year honors. He retired with 21 school football records and several Ivy League records (and was and second only to Ed Marinaro of Laverne & Shirley and Hill Street Blues fame in several others).
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Giants in 1994, Keith made the roster out of training camp. He spent 3 seasons as a running back and special teams player with the Giants, earning the 1995 Giants Unsung Hero Award from the NFL Players Association.
After retiring from the NFL, Keith accepted a position as Vice President of Investments for First Ivy Capital, where he helped raise $29 million for their Healthcare Fund. Today he is Vice President of Business Development for Hemo-Concepts, helping them raise capital and aiding in the international launch of the Integrated Blood Conservation Company. He also writes with his brother Brian; they have written 16 screenplays and are currently working on a pilot for a TV show.
Keith’s popularity as a player launched his public speaking career while he was still with the Giants. Today, as a youth speaker, Keith works with Heroes and Cool Kids, a mentoring program, as well as South Jersey Youth Alliance (SJYA), speaking to youth about making positive life choices.
Keith Getty and his wife Kristyn are among the preeminent modern hymn composers of this generation. Best known for “In Christ Alone” (by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend), they are writers of an acclaimed repertoire of 21st century hymns revered both for their theologically astute lyrics and universally beloved melodies. They have shared their music at Franklin Graham crusades and the GMA Dove Awards, as well as feature performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the legendary Grand Ole Opry.
Keith & Kristyn’s latest work is Hymns for the Christian Life, a thematically-focused original collection showcasing Irish melodies as well as American bluegrass and country music influences. It is their most personal album to date, exploring themes of work, family, money and social action. The collections features noteworthy collaborations with Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Moya Brennan and fiddle virtuoso Ross Holmes.
Hailing from Northern Ireland and now residing in Nashville, the couple welcomed their first child, Eliza Joy, last year.
Michael Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious Underboss of New York’s violent and feared Colombo crime family. At his most affluent, he generated an estimated $5 to $8 million per week from legal and illegal businesses. He masterminded brilliant scams on the edge of the legitimate business world and quickly became the target of Manhattan’s famed federal prosecutor, Rudy Guiliani who promised Michael 100 years behind bars after indicting him on racketeering charges. Michael Franzese truly seemed invincible, escaping Guiliani and four more idictments.
While producing Knights of the City, a break dance movie filmed in Florida, Michael met a beautiful dancer from Anaheim, California, named Camille Garcia, whose innocent beauty turned his world upside down. He fell in love, married Cammy and at her urging pled guilty to racketeering charges. Michael accepted a 10 year prison sentence and vowed to do the unthinkable – walk away from the mob. He is the only high ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away, without protective custodies, and survive.
He is now a man on a mission. Determined to use the compelling experiences of his former life for the benefit of corporate executives, professional and student athletes, at-risk youth, church audiences, and for anyone seeking the inspiration to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives, he has become a highly regarded motivator and a source of invaluable information. He has written 3 books about his life: Blood Covenant; The Good, the Bad and the Forgiven; and I’ll Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse.
Michael’s compelling story has been featured on high profile media outlets including Fox News, Fortune magazine, GQ, The Today Show, Nightline, NBC Nightly News, ESPN and more.
Perry Fewell is the Defensive Coordinator of the New York Giants. His defense was at its best in the Giant’s 2011 postseason run that was capped by a 21-17 victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI.
Perry is a 27-year coaching veteran who is in his 15th season as an NFL coach. He joined the Giants after serving as interim head coach of the Buffalo Bills in January 2012, a position he assumed with 7 regular season games left in 2009. Previously, Perry served as the Bill’s defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009, as defensive back coach with Chicago from 2004-2005 and as secondary coach with the St. Louis Rams in 2003 and 2004. He entered the NFL as the defensive backs coach for Coach Tom Coughlin and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998, following a 13-year collegiate coaching career at the University of North Carolina, Army, Kent State and Vanderbilt.
Richard Galloway is the co-founder of New York City Relief (NYCR). NYCR reaches out to the poor and the oppressed by taking converted school buses armed with soup, bread and volunteers to poor neighborhoods throughout the NYC area. Richard is a former business guy – his background includes owning and operating a chain of convenience stores, banking, building a Christian TV station, starting a computer company and a commercial real estate business.
Dr. David D. Ireland is senior pastor of Christ Church, a multisite, multiracial congregation in northern New Jersey. Founded in 1986 with six members, today the congregation numbers 6,000 representing over 40 nationalities. Through their community development corporation, they offer a home for domestic violence victims, a youth leadership institute, and a statewide abstinence-based program in partnership with New Jersey schools.
Diversity is at the heart of everything David does, including his service as diversity consultant to the National Basketball Association (NBA) and leading chapel services for the N.Y. Giants and Jets, or the U.S. Pentagon. He has written over 20 books and appeared on The Dr. Phil Show, The CBS Evening News, and The 700 Club.
David began his career in civil engineering and later earned a master’s degree in theology from Alliance Theological Seminary and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Regent University with post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. He was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Faith-Based Initiatives, and serves on the boards of Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, the Advisory Board of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, Advisory Board to New Jersey Governor’s Safe Streets and Neighborhoods Oversight Committee, and as an adjunct professor at Drew University training doctoral students in the area of leadership.
Dudley Hall is the president of Successful Christian Living Ministries in Euless, Texas. Dudley has worked with youth, pastured churches, and been an active conference speaker. Particularly relevant to BCS, for more than 25 years Dudley has focused on empowering men to arise and take their masculine spirituality seriously. He is known for the father and son “rites of passage” dynamic that he continues with his son David. His emphasis on generational transfer has led to mentoring relationships with hundreds of young men, many of whom are today making a vital difference for the kingdom of God. He is intensely focused on the centrality of Christ in preaching, teaching, and living.
A graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dudley has authored several books including: Grace Works, Incense and Thunder,Glad to be Left Behind, and Men in Their Own Skin. He develops teaching and discipleship material for churches which look to him for guidance.
Dudley is a member of the NCS Advisory board. He is also on the leadership council for The Fellowship of Connected Churches and Ministries giving care to numerous churches and ministries in the U.S. and abroad. He and his wife Betsy live in Grapevine, Texas.
Jay Helvey serves as the Managing Partner of the New Canaan Society (NCS) Management Committee, which NCS’ national governing board. He co-founded and leads NCS Winston Salem, which has over 900 men on the roster and attendance of over 200 men across three weekly meetings.
Jay is a Managing Partner with CMT Asset Management based in Chicago, Illinois. He is a former Managing Director with J.P. Morgan & Co., having served as Vice-Chairman of the firm’s Risk Management Committee and Global Head of Counterparty and Hedge Fund Risk Management during a 17 year career with the firm. Jay has a Masters degree from Columbia University, specializing in international finance and banking, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne, Germany, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wake Forest University where he serves as Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee.
Jay is also a Director of Pike Electric Corporation (PEC) which is listed on the NYSE. In 2004, he was a candidate for the United States Congress in the 5th District of North Carolina. Jay lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife Jane and five children, including twins adopted from Ethiopia in March of 2008. He is a member of River Oaks Community Church, and of interest to NJ guys, Baltusrol Golf Club.
Marten Hoekstra is Chief Executive Officer of Emerging Global Advisors(EG/A). Prior to joining EG/A in 2011 he was CEO of UBS Wealth Management Americas and a member of the Group Executive Board. He worked a total of 26 years at UBS and predecessor PaineWebber. After 2001, Marten held various management roles in Zurich and the United States on the executive committee of the firm’s Global Wealth Management & Business Banking unit. He became a member of UBS’ Group Managing Board in July 2002. He previously served as a Director of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Marten is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Marten serves on the board of Prison Fellowship Ministries. He and his wife, Val, live in New York City. They have four children.
Nick Hall is the founder and chief communicator of PULSE, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit organization at the center of the largest student-led prayer and outreach efforts in America today. He is married to his best friend Tiffany. When they are not on the road, they make their home in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St Paul.
Launched through an English paper Nick wrote as a junior at North Dakota State University, the PULSE movement has grown to impact over 30 university campuses and more than 250,000 people each year through PULSE events, festivals and conferences. PULSE exists to awaken culture to the reality of Jesus.
Traveling as a youth communicator for more than a decade, Nick has played a role in equipping tens of thousands of students while impacting over a million people with the life giving message of Jesus. As an emerging national leader in the areas of evangelism, prayer and youth movements, Nick serves on the executive board for the US Lausanne Committee and the student advisory team for the Billy Graham Association.
Ron Hutchcraft is a 40-plus-year veteran of youth and family ministries.Ron presents the Gospel across North America and around the world, through city-wide evangelistic “Community Impact Weeks,” parenting seminars, singles’ events, youth outreaches and business/professional dinners.
He is the author of several ground-breaking books, including his most recent -Living Peacefully in a Stressful World. Ron hosts three radio programs, including the popular daily short feature “A Word With You.” Ron is s also the founder of “On Eagles’ Wings,” a Native American leadership program.
Ron’s closest ministry partner is his wife, Karen. They are grateful to God that their three children and spouses all serve in full-time evangelism ministry. Ron and Karen also have seven grandchildren.
Steve Hawthorne is Executive Pastor of Emergence Church. Because “not much else matters,” Steve’s three most important goals are to honor Jesus with his life; be a good husband and father; and lead the church well. He leads Emergence Band, teaches, builds teams, plans, designs, writes copy and provides executive leadership at Emergence, the church he co-founded along with Ryan Baitzel.
Tom Henion is a lifelong resident of Paterson and had a distinguished career in public safety before retiring to join the staff of Madison Avenue Christian Reformed Church where he serves as the Executive Director of Crossroads Community Ministries, Inc., the service arm of the Church. Tom and his wife, Ruth, have two adult sons.
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Dan Knapke Jr. serves as Director of Undergraduate Student Ministry forChristian Union at Princeton University.
Dan and his wife, Laurie, are developing students at one of our Nation’s most influential – and secular – universities into Christian leaders to transform culture. Under Dan’s leadership, Christian Union’s Christian Leadership Development Program at Princeton offers intense, in-depth, semester-long Bible Courses taught by ministry staff of exceptional caliber. The courses are complemented by weekly group Bible studies and one-on-one mentoring by ministry staff, as well as a weekly Christian Leadership Development Lecture Series.
Unbelieving students hear the Gospel in culturally relevant ways. Each year the ministry hands out 2,000 free Bibles or Christian books. Every spring the ministry runs a series of 10 full page evangelistic advertisements, thoughtfully proclaiming the Good News, in the student newspapers. And, ministry staff and students personally share the Gospel with interested students.
During the week, Dave Lyman works as an engineer and owns his own business. But a few years ago he sensed a call from God that culminated in his ordination as part-time Associate Preaching Pastor at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in North Haledon. Perhaps this call grew out of Dave's 35 years of involvement in leadership of various men’s ministries including a weekly men’s Bible study in Midland Park and NCS Bergen County. Today, Dave preaches regularly at local churches and men's ministries; his website has reached over 60,000 people from over 110 countries around the world!
Gerard Long is the Executive Director of Alpha USA. Following a dramatic encounter with God in 1980, Gerard has lived with one burning ambition: to please the Lord Jesus and to obey His will. He had been planning to build on his success as a runner and businessman but, after his encounter with God, he felt a calling to serve in a church in North London. He was at this church for 22 years, including 17 as a pastor, while also working in the banking and finance industry.
Gerard has a BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance degree and worked for HSBC (one of the largest banks in the world) for 30 years, retiring at the end of 2006 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing. His banking career took him around the world and included some fascinating roles, including Director of the Year 2000 Program (Millennium Bug) for the UK and Europe. In 2001 he moved to New York to launch a global product and then moved to Chicago to direct the integration of HSBC and Household International, following the latter’s $13.8 billion purchase in 2003.
He has appeared on TV and in major newspapers both as an advisor on the Millennium Bug (Y2K) and as a Christian living for Jesus Christ in the City of London. All through his banking career, Gerard sought to introduce his colleagues to Christ and led many Alpha courses in the workplace. Prior to moving to the US, he was also Chairman of Christians in Finance (founded in 1875).
As well as experiencing wonderful joy in knowing and serving the Lord Jesus, Gerard has known the deepest grief and suffering in the loss of his youngest son. This, and a number of other painful trials, has served to heighten Gerard’s desire to complete the work that God has for him and, in particular, to see as many people as possible come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
In 2006, Gerard decided to leave behind a highly paid banking career and join Alpha USA. He now leads the organization whose mission is to serve local churches in presenting the Gospel through the Alpha course. He has witnessed many incredible conversions to Christ while leading over 50 Alpha courses in his home, church, clubs, the workplace and a jail. (Alpha is now being run in over 169 countries and more than 15 million people have gone through the course).
Gerard lives with his wife Jeannie in Chicago, IL. His daughter Rebecca also works for Alpha USA, and his son Ben works in the City of London, UK. To relax, Gerard enjoys spending time with family and friends, his two golden retrievers, golf, skiing, tennis and gardening.
Jeff Kemp is Vice President and HomeBuilder Catalyst for Family Life, a national ministry leader in marriage conferences, radio outreach and empowering resources to heal and strengthen families.
The son of former Vice-Presidential candidate and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp, Jeff followed his father’s footsteps into the NFL. He played 11 seasons as quarterbak with the Rams, 49ers, Seahawks and Eagles.
Upon leaving the football, Jeff founded and led Stronger Families in the Pacific Northwest from 1993 to 2010. Stronger Families united communities around strengthening marriages and today assists military and high-stress couples in protecting their marriages. Jeff and his wife Stacy frequently spend time with newly married couples as encouragers and mentors. They are an effective speaking team at marriage and family events.
Previously a Senior Fellow for the Marriage and Family Foundation and a member of the national Steering Committee of the Marriage CoMission Today, Jeff is committed to honor God with his leadership and speaking opportunities to strengthen men, women and young people in the crucial area of family relationships and teamwork.
Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA with honors from Pepperdine University. He and his family make their home in Little Rock, AR. They have four sons (Kyle, Kory, Kolby and Keegan) and two daughters in law. Jeff has coached various youth sports, especially football, for nearly 20 years.
Jeremy Jerschina has served on staff of New City Kids since 2011. A New Jersey native, valedictorian of Bayonne High School, and Calvin College honors graduate in Greek and International Development, Jeremy brings a passion for academic and organizational excellence and a commitment to holistic community-based transformation. Before moving to Paterson to launch New City Kids: Paterson in September 2015, he served for four years as the After School Center Director of the Fairmount Avenue site in Jersey City.
Jesse Kroeze is a passionate innovator, a lover of culture, and a coffee connoisseur. He is known for being a deep-thinker, a peace-making leader, an avid entrepreneur, and an eternal student.
A New Jersey native, Jesse traveled around Central America after graduating from Taylor University seeking adventure, mastery of the Spanish language and God’s leading on his life. After five years exploring the intricacies of community development as the Country Director of Touch The World in Uganda, Jesse returned to lead the future path of TTW as Executive Director.
Along with his wife and three children, their oldest adopted from Uganda, Jesse seeks to partake in sharing the global perspectives of missions we have been called to as Christ’s ambassadors.
Jim Lane is Chairman of the New Canaan Society, a non-profit organization which he founded in 1995. He is a Principal of Devonwood Capital Partners and currently serves on the corporate Boards of Acacia Capital Management, LLC and Payoff.com. Previously, Jim was Chairman and CEO of SG Capital Partners, the private equity business affiliated with Societe Generale and SG Cowen Securities. Prior to establishing SG Capital Partners, Jim spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs & Co. where he was a General Partner and a founding member of the Firm’s global private equity business.
Jim has a BA from Wheaton College and an MBA from Columbia University. He has served on several charitable boards including the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, The Trinity Forum, Wilberforce Forum (Prison Fellowship Ministries), and the New Canaan Society.
Jim and his wife, Susie, live in Dorset, Vermont, have three daughters, and two dogs, also female. Jim is a member of NCS Manhattan and NCS Manchester, Vermont (Green Mountain Boys).
Jim Lloyd is the Metro Director for Young Life, leading the development of the ministry in and around Bergen County. He moved to Midland Park with his wife and five kids to start this new work after spending the last 5 years as Area Director of Young Life Central Jersey in Scotch Plains and Westfield (Union County).
A graduate of Tulane Law School, Jim was an attorney for 12 years before hearing his call from the Lord to go into full-time ministry with Young Life. He grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ. Jim came to follow Jesus as a high school kid who had a Young Life leader that “earned the right to be heard” and introduced Jim to Jesus.
Jim has been the speaker at weekend camps at Lake Champion before hundreds of kids and leads weekly Young Life clubs, Campaigners and Wyldlife. He believes strongly with Young Life’s founder, Jim Rayburn, that it’s a sin to bore a kid with the gospel. So, if you’re ever at a football game or sports event at Ridgewood High School, you won’t find Jim in the adults section where its respectable and controlled, but right in the heart of the student section where sometimes arrogant and reckless facades hide wounded hearts filled with insecurity and fear. Jim wants to be found right in the middle of those kids – where God has positioned him to shine forth His Grace, His Hope, His Love and His Truth.
Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches Western Civilization and American Foreign Policy.
Loconte previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, and as a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. From 1999-2006 he held the first chair in religion as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
Loconte is the author of everal books, most recently The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt (Thomas Nelson, 2012). His commentary on religion and democracy, human rights, and international religious freedom appears in the nation’s leading media outlets, including The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal,The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, and National Public Radio.
Loconte has testified before Congress on international human rights and served as a human rights expert on the 2005 Congressional Task Force on the United Nations, contributing to its final report, “American Interests and U.N. Reform.” He was an informal advisor/speechwriter for British MP Andrew Mitchell, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. From 2001-2003, he was an informal advisor to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He now serves as a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum and as an affiliated scholar at the John Jay Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Loconte divides his time between New York City and the Washington, D.C. area.
Robert Levy joined Jamaica Broilers at age 19 in 1959, one year after the official formation of the company. During his first year at Jamaica Broilers, he fast-tracked his knowledge of the operation by working in three key areas: the Field Department, the Hatchery and the Processing Plant. By 1978, he had assumed the critical post of Director of Development, putting him in charge of directing the company towards becoming a model, vertically-integrated entity that would take its place as one of the Caribbean’s leading agro-industrial organizations.
After being appointed to the post of joint CEO in 1994, Robert Levy assumed the position of President and CEO of the Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies in 2001. During his tenure, the Group realized significant increase in profits and, in the more recent past when the Group expanded into the production of ethanol, Jamaica Broilers Group Ltd. also saw substantial growth in its operations.
The new Jamaica Broilers Group Chairman is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he completed the Owner/President Management Programme. He received his earlier education at DeCarteret College and Jamaica College.
Robert Levy, an excellent communicator, is able to speak as effectively with farmers, who are pivotal to the success of his business, as he can with leaders in both the private and public sectors. This ability comes from an innate love of people – a love that is rooted in his strong belief in God. Known for his philanthropy, Robert Levy believes his organization is blessed and this serves as the driving force behind his desire to give back to society.
He serves in several capacities, including working as Chairman of the Board of the Sugar Company of Jamaica, Director of the Board of Kings House Foundation, Director of Regent University – Virginia, Director of the Caribbean Poultry Association, Chairman of the National Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology and Director of Back to the Bible Broadcast (Jamaica). A longstanding member of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, he is also a Past President of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), former Chairman of Jamaica Exotic Flavours and Essences Co. Ltd. and of Moorlands Camps Limited and has served in the past as a Director of the Board of the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf, as well as a Director of the Rotary Club.
In October 2002, Robert Levy was awarded the National Honour of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for his contribution to the development of the livestock industry in Jamaica. On March 29, 2008, he received the honorary degree of Master of Arts Honoris Causa from the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in recognition of his exemplary life as a family man, in business, in church and in the society at large. In August 2009, Robert Levy was conferred with an Honorary Degree – Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the Northern Caribbean University for his significant contribution to nation building.
Robert Levy has been married to Judy since 1964 and they have four children – Christopher, Wendy, Amanda and Stephen.
Steve Lillis is a championship billiards player who shares the Gospel through Gospel Trick Shot Ministries, performing more than 50 billiard shows annually in colleges, universities, campgrounds, pool rooms, professional pool tournaments, Boys and Girls Clubs, churches, and anywhere that has a pool table. He now has a portable pool table that travels anywhere locally and has done shows in Central Park and Jones Beach in New York City and the Asbury Park Boardwalk along with other New Jersey parks and outdoor venues.
Steve has been a columnist for the National Billiard News and a freelance writer for "Inside Pool Magazine" and "Professor Q Balls" Monthly. From 2000-2004, he served as the Chairman of the World Pool and Billiard Association (WPA) Artistic Pool Division (APD) and he currently serves as chaplain for the Men's Pro Tour.
Steve taught for 23 years primarily as an Adjunct Professor of English at William Paterson University among other teaching assignments in the North Jersey area and served on the Passaic County Community College (PCCC) Board of Trustees and now serves on the PCCC Alumni Board of Directors.
In addition, Steve is a commissioned missionary with the Hawthorne Gospel Church, with a four year Bible School Diploma from the Hawthorne Evening Bible School in Hawthorne, NJ (2000). Visit our website for more of Steve's testimony.
Tim Lucas is Founder and Lead Pastor of Liquid Church, one of NJ’s fastest growing churches. Liquid started in a humble fashion – Tim began leading a Bible study with a small group in the basement of a church in Basking Ridge. The group began to grow when they started meeting in a local tavern nearby. Now headquartered in Morristown, Liquid was officially launched in 2007 and has four metro locations plus an online global community through LiquidChurch.com
Liquid has similar DNA to the New Canaan Society. It is Bible based, edgy, fun, and very involved in community outreach.Tim is an engaging speaker and leader.
Tim graduated from the esteemed institution of higher learning, Wheaton College. He met his wife Colleen there, and they have two children, Chase and Del.
The Bergen County Chapter of the New Canaan Society (NCS) will meet on Friday, May 5, 2017. We welcome Yeathus Johnson as our guest speaker. Please join us at the Brick House restaurant in Wyckoff (179 Godwin Ave, directions link below) at 6:30 a.m. for a buffet breakfast. We'll have you on your way by approximately 8 a.m.
Pastor Yeathus Johnson is an ordained minister of the C&MA denomination, served on the C&MA Board of Directors, and is currently serving as the Urban Region Superintendent of the Metropolitan District overseeing 40 urban churches in the Greater NYC area. Yeathus is primarily responsible for recruiting, equipping, coaching, and serving church planters, pastors and ministry leaders from West Africa, Ethiopia, the Caribbean Islands, Haiti, Latin America, Guyana, Russia, Armenia, the Middle East, India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Europe, and North America. Some he supports affectionately call him “Bishop.”
Yeathus received much of his organizational management training and skills while working as a product manager in Information Technology with United Parcel Service for 10 years. He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from South Carolina State University, a Master’s in Urban Ministry from Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS), and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Global Leadership at ATS.
After serving 4 years in the U.S. Army, Yeathus served as a lay leader and on staff with independent churches in South Carolina, New Jersey, and the Bronx. For 6 years Yeathus served as a bi-vocational youth pastor and elder with another independent church. He served 2 years on the executive board of Touch The World Ministries, and served as an elder on the Governing Board at Cornerstone Chapel of the C&MA in Pompton Plains. These experiences were instrumental and formative in providing the ministerial skills Yeathus would later hone for greater ministry impact.
Yeathus is a certified cultural intelligence trainer and coach with The Cultural Intelligence Center where he facilitates CQ for organizations and churches, and a certified Strengths Deployment Inventory trainer and coach through Personal Strengths Publishing helping leaders develop EQ—emotional intelligence.
Yeathus’ greatest gift is his family; he is wonderfully married to Katherine, his soul mate of 24 years, and has two sons, Isaiah and Jeremiah. Today, Yeathus can say that God has used his family to help shape him into a man that hungers and pursues the heart of Christ!
Dr. Andy Mills is the former CEO of the Thomson Financial and Professional Publishing unit of The Thomson Corporation, where he was also a member of the Board. Andy was responsible for all of Thomson’s financial, legal and tax businesses, a large grouping of industry leading businesses including First Call (which he helped co-found) and West Publishing. Under his leadership the revenue for the group grew to exceed $3.5 Billion generated by over 20,000 people worldwide.
In addition to being on the board of Verisk Analytics Inc., Andy devotes most of his time to Christian ministry, in particular as an Elder of Hope Christian Church in Winchester MA, Chairman of the Board and Interim President ofThe King’s College in New York City, Co-Chairman of the Theology of Work Project and a Board Member of the Salvation Army for Massachusetts, Lexington Christian Academy and Camp-of-The-Woods in upstate New York. He is a regular traveler to Africa where he is involved in economic development activities in the West Nile region of Uganda with Business Vision Arua.
Andy lives in Winchester, Massachusetts with his wife Gail of 27 years. They have three children: Victoria, Christopher and Herbert. In addition, Andy and Gail are active foster parents.
Barry Milazzo is a father of three. The passion of his life and ministry is to lift up Jesus Christ to be seen as the magnificent God and King He truly is, knowing that He is the Answer for every human problem, every broken dream, and every “impossible” situation.
With a happy family and millions in assets, Barry seemed to have it all. Like that fairytale egg, his second child, Bryson, was suddenly shattered by catastrophic brain-injury. It was predicted that he would never walk or speak, and he would be virtually uneducable. An unwanted divorce resulted in his raising his children alone. Financial ruin came and he lost his family home. Shocking episodes of bullying and abuse caused his impaired son to threaten suicide. Finally, physical disease and collapse nearly ended this single father’s life. Tempted to curse God and die in the face of unbearable pain, he chose to rely fully upon God, discovering timeless Scriptural truths which Barry shares in his book All the King’s Horses: Finding Purpose and Hope in Brokenness and Impossibility.
Former head football coach of the University of Colorado, Coach Bill McCartney is the Founder, and Chairman of the Board of Promise Keepers.
Coach Mac led the University of Colorado to a share of the national championship in 1990. He is a member of the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, and was honored as Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year in 1985, 1989, and 1990. He won National Coach of the Year honors in 1989. He received the Honorary Dr. of Ministries from Azusa Pacific University for extraordinary work in the field of racial reconciliation.
Coach Mac is also the founder of The Road to Jerusalem ministry and the author of five books: Ashes to Glory, Sold Out, Sold Out Two-gether with Lyndi McCartney, Blind Spots and Two Minute Warning.
Coach Mac lives with his wife, Lyndi, in Westminster, CO. The McCartneys have four grown children: Mike, Tom, Kristyn, and Marc, and ten grandchildren.
After four years of volunteering at the New York City Rescue Mission, America’s first shelter founded in 1872, Craig was appointed in 2012 as the Executive Director.
Craig has been in ministry for over 35 years, starting with the Detroit Rescue Mission after graduating from Talbot Theological seminary. While at the Detroit Mission, Craig continued his graduate studies, eventually completing a masters in counseling from Oakland University and a Ph.D. in counseling from Wayne State University. He served for 10 years in higher education as a Professor of Counseling Psychology. He has served as a pastor at two churches in the Detroit area.
His compassion for the poor has grown over the years, leading to the founding in 2003 of Impact India 360, an organization which has built schools, orphanages and a hospital in India. In 2008 Craig and Chris moved to NYC to start and co-lead a new church, Communitas, where he still serves as a pastor.
Craig has been married to Chris for 28 years are they are the parents of three grown children.
Eric Metaxas in an author, comic and co-founder of the New Canaan Society. His latest book is the acclaimed BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which illuminates for a new generation the moral courage of pastor and author Dietrich Bonhoeffer as he opposed the evil of Hitler’s Third Reich.
The best-selling author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask) and Amazing Grace, a biography of William Wilberforce and his fight to end slavery in England, Eric is also well known for his work with Chuck Colson, Veggie Tales and other children’s books and videos.
Eric is also one of three men that co-founded the New Canaan Society when they began meeting in Jim Lane’s family room in the early 1990’s. Today he serves as the Emcee for the NCS Annual Retreat, bringing his own unique flavor of humor and wit to that role.
Eric grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. He attended Yale University, where he edited the Yale Record (the nation’s oldest college humor magazine) and delivered the Class History, a satirical address that is a Yale graduation tradition. Eric is also the director and host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, an “entertaining and thought-provoking” discussion on life, God, and other topics that meets monthly in NYC. You can learn more about Eric, his work and the inner workings of his mind at his aptly-named website, www.ericmetaxas.com.
George Martin played his entire NFL career for the New York Giants, missing only six games in 14 years (1975-1988). He was a part of the 1986 Giants team that won a franchise record 14 games, and was a team captain for Super Bowl XXI, recording a sack of Denver QB John Elway in the end zone for a safety on the way to the championship.
Martin once held the NFL record for career touchdowns scored by a defensive lineman with 6. In addition, he amassed over 90 sacks in his Giants career, during which time he was generally regarded as one of the league’s most feared pass rushers. Martin won the NFL Man of the Year Award in 1986, honoring his “work in the community as the NFL player who best served his team, community and country.” He went on to serve as President of the NFL Players Association in 1988-89. In 2004, Martin was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey, and to the Giants’ Ring of Honor in 2010.
On September 16, 2007, Martin began walking from New York City’s George Washington Bridge to San Diego in order to raise money for medical care for the first responders to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. He arrived in San Diego, California on June 21, 2008, having walked a total of 3,020 miles and raising about $2 million for this cause.
George is on the staff of Athletes in Action, the sports ministry division of Campus Crusade for Christ. George serves as the chapel coordinator for the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. His responsibilities include leading the team Bible studies, serving as personal chaplain for some of the players and their families, overseeing the in-season chapel services, and helping to organize sports outreaches around the New York metropolitan area. He also gives leadership to four other AIA couples who serve in the New York metropolitan area.
George received an undergraduate degree in business administration from American University in 1976 and a masters degree in Biblical studies in 1990 from the International School of Theology. George met his wife, Cyndy, at a Bible conference during the summer of 1974. While in college and through their involvement with Campus Crusade, they both sensed God’s call to missions. They were married in June of 1977.
Prior to his current responsibilities, George fulfilled similar duties for six years with the New York Mets and Jets teams. George and Cyndy began vocational Christian work with Campus Crusade for Christ after graduation from college. They served in the campus ministry (of Campus Crusade) for 14 years before switching over to the Athletes in Action effort. George and Cyndy have two married daughters (Kelly and Emily), a senior in college (Mary), a freshman in college (Allison) and reside in Oradell, New Jersey. George and Cyndy are the proud grandparents of Grace Noel, Miguel, Mya, and Robbie.
Joseph Mattera has been in full-time ministry since 1980 and is currently the Presiding Bishop of Christ Covenant Coalition, one of the largest and most influential clergy groups in the greater New York region, working for citywide, national and global transformation. He is also Overseeing Bishop of Resurrection Church in New York, a multiethnic congregation of 40 nationalities that has successfully developed numerous leaders and holistic ministry in the New York region and beyond.
Joseph’s passion to see the Lordship of Christ revealed in every realm of society has resulted in extensive ministry nationally and internationally.
He has hosted his own radio and cable TV shows and is a regular contributor to Christian newspapers. Through the years has given numerous radio and television interviews, including guest appearances on nationally-known Christian networks such as TBN, Daystar Television Network, and Cornerstone Television Network. He is also the author of four theological books on the Kingdom of God, entitled Ruling in the Gates (2003), Kingdom Revolution (2009), Kingdom Awakening (2010), andWalk in Generational Blessings (2012). Numerous articles, position papers, seminars, sermons, podcasts and videos are presently posted on his website,www.josephmattera.org.
Joseph has also served on the board of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York, the Advisory Board of Worldvision New York, CURE (Community Understanding for Racial Equality), New York Billy Graham Crusade, and New York Clergy Coalition for Racial Reconciliation. He also serves as a consultant and mentor to numerous political, business and church leaders and has worked extensively with the NYPD, the local community board and numerous other service agencies.
Joseph has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Worldview from Bakke Graduate University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Theology in Culture from the Antioch School. Joseph, his wife and their five children live in Brooklyn, New York.
Pastor Orlando Moncrieffe was born in Jamaica. He received his Bachelor of Theology degree from West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University), a Masters in Religion from Andrews University and a Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies from Duke University.
During his 45 years of ministry Pastor Moncrieffe has served as an executive of over 50 churches, companies, schools and denominational offices, as well as a college/university teacher and administrator. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Central Jamaica Conference (1974-1977) and the Allegheny East Conference (2006-2012). He has held seminars on religious topics and conducted evangelistic crusades throughout the United States and Caribbean.
Twenty-five years of his ministry was in Adventist higher education. Currently, he is an award-winning Visiting Professor with Andrews University, and has taught at the graduate level for that institution in Jamaica, Trinidad, the United States, and Zimbabwe.
Dr. Moncrieffe has received recognition for services rendered to the wider community. He served for four years as President of the United Nations Association of Jamaica. He was head of Jamaica’s delegation to the World Federation of United Nations Associations Plenary Sessions in Ottawa in 1987 and Moscow in 1989. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the United Nations Association of Jamaica; was appointed by the Jamaican Government to the National Council for the International Year of Peace (1986).
Paul Michalski became involved with the New Canaan Society in October 2003 when his marriage hit a wall (and nearly ended in divorce).
Paul has been leading NCS New Canaan (the founding Chapter of NCS) since September 2007, and serves as a Director and the Vice President and Corporate Secretary of NCS. He also serves as Chairman of the Benjamin Franklin House Foundation, as a Director of the New England Prayer Center and the New York Law Institute and as a member of the Young Life Committee for Darien/Rowayton.
Paul graduated from Harvard College in 1983 and Harvard Law School in 1986. He was an attorney in the corporate department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP for over 22 years, joining Cravath in 1986 and becoming a partner in 1994. From 1996 through 2000, Paul was resident in the firm’s London office.
Paul took a leave of absence from October 2008 to June 2009 to help NCS in its transition from a regional to a national organization and realized that he was meant to begin a new chapter in his life. While continuing to work with NCS and other non-profits, Paul tries daily to “show up”, be “faithfully present”, love Lisa and the kids, and listen.
Purely through the grace of God, he and his wife Lisa are together in Darien, CT with their children, James and Annie.
Richard J. Mouw returned to teaching in the position of Professor of Faith and Public Life after 20 years as president of Fuller Theological Seminary (1993–2013). A philosopher, scholar, and author, prior to his two decades as president, he served as provost and senior vice president for four years, and as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics beginning in 1985. Before coming to Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.
A graduate of Houghton College, Mouw studied at Western Theological Seminary and earned a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His PhD in philosophy is from the University of Chicago.
Mouw has a broad record of publication. He has been an editor of the Reformed Journal and has served on many editorial boards, including currently Books and Culture. He is the author of 19 books, including The God Who Commands, The Smell of Sawdust, He Shines in All That’s Fair, Culture and Common Grace, Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport, Praying at Burger King, an expanded and revised edition of Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, and most recently, Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship, and Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals.
Mouw serves as a panelist in the online forum “On Faith” offered by the Washington Post. In 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded Mouw the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. Mouw has also participated on many councils and boards, recently serving as president of the Association of Theological Schools. He served for six years as co-chair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue, and is a leader in interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups.
Mouw’s wife, Phyllis, is an art historian who is involved in seminary and community programs. Their son, Dirk, daughter-in-law, Christine, and grandsons, Willem and Peter, live in Arkansas.
Dr. Richard Marks, or "Rick," is Vice President of Live the Life Ministries.
He and Louella have been married for over 30 years and have three wonderful adult children. Rick and Louella come from broken and divorced homes and this experience shaped their lives and adults and sadly, negatively affected their marriage in the early years. However, because of the strong love and commitment to each other and their faith in Christ, they sought to overturn a generational curse of brokenness and divorce and pass on a different legacy to their children. Much of what they teach comes not from academics but also their journey in life. Louella was a homemaker and homeschool mom.
Dr. Marks earned a PhD in Psychology and Counseling, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, he is also an ordained minister. Dr. Marks is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a 12 year U.S. Navy veteran. Dr. Marks has served in various capacities from senior manager at private psychiatric hospitals, graduate school professor, pastor of the family ministries of a 28,000 member church, and most recently, a Special Assistant of Healthy Marriage and Fatherhood Initiatives for the Governor of the State of Kansas.
Dr. Marks is the author of Relationships for Life. In addition he is the co-author of a 22 hour intensive marriage education program for distressed marriages. Dr. Marks is also a certified trainer for the relationship skills program, Adventures in Marriage and the premarital program titled; Start Smart.
Dr. Marks served as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives from 2003-2007. Dr. Marks has been a keynote and conference speaker in conferences such as Smartmarriages, AACC, North American Conference for Divorced and Separated Catholics, and Association of Marriage and Family Ministries. He conducts marriage and single adult retreats, men's retreats, family seminars around the country as well as seminars on leadership and relationship skills in the workplace. He wrote articles for local publications in the Jacksonville, Florida area and has been on national and local radio and television shows such as the 700 Club.
Ron Nikkel served as President and CEO of Prison Fellowship International for more than 30 years before stepping down in June 2013 to assume the role of President Emeritus.
When Nikkel joined the PFI team in 1982, there were only five national Prison Fellowship ministries. Now, the movement includes more than 50,000 staff and volunteers in 127 countries.
Born in Alberta, Canada, Nikkel was taught by his father to love the unlovable because everybody matters. Before starting at PFI, he worked with juvenile offenders in Canada and the United States through Youth for Christ, an international, non-denominational ministry. He became a father figure to many teenagers who didn’t have a father in their homes. Working with children and young people affected by crime inspired his passion for justice and the treatment of prisoners.
In his time at PFI, Nikkel has visited more than 1,000 prisons in more than 100 countries. He has seen horrendous injustice during his visits but has established strong relationships with prison officials who grant PFI the access to launch innovative programs, which bring dignity and hope to prisoners and opportunities for them to prepare for a brighter future.
In addition to more than 30 years with PFI, Nikkel has served as chairperson of the United Nations Alliance of Non Governmental Organisations in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and Vice President of the International Association of Volunteers in Criminal Justice.
He serves on the board of directors for Advocates International, The Jericho Road Foundation and Love in Action. He is on the Advisory Council of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy and is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
He is the author of several books, including “Your Journey with Jesus,” and “Radical Love in a Broken World.”
“Like our founder, the late Chuck Colson, I view my work with PFI as a life sentence,” Nikkel said.
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Andrew Palau is one of four sons of world evangelist and author Luis Palau. Andrew, however, would choose his own way and did not make an early commitment to Jesus Christ. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in English literature, Andrew moved to Boston and worked in retail for five years at the May Company.
In 1993, however, Andrew took vacation time to join his parents for Luis’ evangelistic outreach in Kingston, Jamaica. He heard his father preach the same Gospel message he had heard hundreds of times, but something was different. Having witnessed God’s presence in the lives of some Jamaicans he met, including Wendy Levy whom he later married, Andrew gave his heart to the Lord after 27 years living apart from Him.
Soon after, Andrew returned to Oregon to serve as his father’s personal assistant and thrived when involved with his father’s outreach events. He was instrumental in crafting the content of the first Palau festivals that shifted away from the crusade model for evangelism. Before moving across the country to direct Washington DC’s event on the National Mall in 2005, Andrew directed festivals in Boise, Idaho, and South Florida.
Now Andrew preaches at his own festivals and has shared the Gospel with millions of people around the world, from the United States to Rwanda, Romania, Egypt, Mexico, India, Poland, and Jamaica. In 2009, he joined Luis on his radio feature, Reaching Your World with Luis Palau. Andrew’s two-minute messages are broadcast on 855 radio outlets every Friday.
He and Wendy have three children, Christopher, Jonathan, and Sadie Anne. They live in Portland, Oregon, close to the world headquarters of the Palau ministry.
For twenty years, Bill Paige was a policeman and detective in and around New York City. He served fourteen years as the associate chaplain at Children’s Village, where he worked with emotionally disturbed boys in the city. He has also served 10 years in senior leadership ofYoung Life. He is a certified trainer for “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention” involved in areas of emotional and behavioral issues among young people. Paige now serves as Special Assistant to the President of Young Life.
An ordained minister, Paige speaks frequently at chapel services for National Football League (NFL) teams, including two opportunities to speak at the NFL Pro Bowl.
Bill is the Executive Director of Impact Paterson, a faith-based not for profit that launched in April 2015. It’s downtown Paterson, NJ location makes it the ideal nexus for being a neutral convening agent in its fight to arrest poverty through job creation and economic development. At it’s core, Impact Paterson is helping launch, grow and support businesses and nonprofits through a unique platform that leverages social enterprise investments for the Kingdom of God which in turn are re-invested into the community through leadership development, capacity building, collaborative partnerships, and programs & services designed to restore men and women.
In addition to his work in Paterson, Bill Roesch currently serves as the President of the Elementary Group, a boutique management consulting firm he founded in 2013. The firm specializes in strategic planning, execution and leadership coaching for a variety of organizations, including for-profit businesses ($500k - $50m in top-line), nonprofits and local church’s. His expertise is facilitating and engaging teams in activating strategy, developing operating plans and helping individual leaders identify their unique purpose in life.
Prior to launching Elementary Group and Impact Paterson, Bill was the CEO of Standards Solution, an educational support services company servicing public schools systems primarily in New Jersey. Before acquiring Standards Solution, Bill was the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Prism Capital Partners, a private equity backed, real estate investment and development company. Bill obtained his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.
Bill is married to his dearest friend and business partner Kelley. They have a daughter, Saylor who is in kindergarten. At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Bill and his family have committed their careers towards becoming urban missionaries for Christ in the City of Paterson making kingdom impact.
Bill serves as the President of Impact Paterson Ministries CDC, the non-profit arm of Impact Paterson harnessing his skills to serve many and impact the community of Paterson for Jesus Christ, one life at a time.
Prior to his current role, Brad was Chief Executive Officer of The Brad Rex Group, LLC, a management consulting company focused on creating outstanding guest service, high operational efficiency and successful growth strategies.
Brad previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer for Hilton Grand Vacations, the vacation ownership division of Hilton Hotels Corporation. He led Disney’s Epcot theme park for five years prior to joining Hilton Grand Vacations. Brad took over at Epcot on September 10, 2001 and led the park through the aftermath of 9/11. He spent 12 years at Disney, including leading the strategic and financial planning for Disney Parks and Resorts.
His professional history is also highlighted by a series of pivotal Marketing, Sales and Financial roles with The British Petroleum Company, PLC, throughout the United States and in London, England.
Brad is a public speaker and the author of The Surpassing! Life: 52 Practical Ways to Achieve Personal Excellence.
Education and Professional Recognition
Brad is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, with distinction. He served as a Nuclear Submarine Engineering Officer onboard USS ANDREW JACKSON, a ballistic missile submarine, during his five years of service with the United States Navy.
He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Brad has served in a number of volunteer organizations, including former Chairman, Greater Orlando Leadership Foundation/Lifework Leadership; Treasurer, Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Board; Elder, Discovery Church and Board Member, K-Life Orlando and Orlando Regional Director, Men at the Cross.
Brad has been married to his wife, Nancy, for over 33 years. Their son is a graduate of Wake Forest University and works for Barclays Bank in NYC. Their twin daughters are juniors at Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University. Brad’s hometown is Gladwyne, PA.
Fun Fact about Brad
Prior to the popularity of the television program, Undercover Boss, Brad completed over 400 hours of in-costume, hourly frontline training in fifty different roles and locations across Walt Disney World. He hauled trash at the Magic Kingdom, cleaned the broiler at quick service restaurants, sold tickets as a Vacation Planner, made beds at the Grand Floridian and worked on top of the Tower of Terror elevator to do night-time maintenance.
Dan is currently the youth pastor at Bethany Church in Wyckoff, NJ. He has been on staff there for over six years. He is passionate about building a community of young people who disrupt common culture with the love of Jesus.
Dan went to bible school at Hillsong Leadership College in Sydney, Australia. He was was recently ordained into the Assemblies of God.
Dan is married to his high school sweetheart, Bridget and together they have a 2 year old daughter, Ava. When he is not working, he enjoys doing odd jobs for his wife around the house. Just kidding, no he doesn't.
Fred Provencher has been the Senior Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Christian Church since February 1996. Before coming to Cornerstone, he was the Youth Pastor at Hawthorne Gospel Church, where he was ordained in 1994. He has also served with churches in Colorado Springs and Somerset, NJ.
Fred has a B.A. in history from Rutgers University, an M.Div. from Denver Seminary and a D.Min. in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Debbie, have been married since 1986. They live in Hawthorne with their four children.
Placed in an orphanage at the age of six, and sentenced to the Texas State Penitentiary at the age of nineteen, James Ryle’s life is a powerful and uplifting story of how God’s grace can work all things together for good. His ability to connect with people of all ages, combined with a keen sense of humor and sensitivity to the moment, make James one of the most engaging speakers in today’s world. His is a seasoned voice that brings moral clarity and refreshing insights for people of all walks of life.
James is the President and Founder of TruthWorks, a teaching and resourcing ministry helping you experience God’s presence. James is one of the founding Board members of Promise Keepers, and has spoken at multiple PK stadium events. On October 4, 1997 in the Nation’s Capitol, James delivered the Gospel message at Stand in the Gap ~ an event attended by over 1.4 million men, and broadcast to over 20 different nations around the world. He has served as pastor of two churches, chaplain for the University of Colorado football team, and is a best-selling author. The topic for his message will be “How to Win Without Being Wicked — Taking the High Road in a Low-Down, No Good, Dirty Situation”.
Jason Pankau is the president of Life Spring Network, an organization that trains and coaches people to realize life’s potential. He is a sought after author, speaker, organizational consultant and life coach. Jason is the author of the Omega Seminar as well as several seminars that he teaches throughout North America.
Jason is also a leading authority on leadership and teams as they relate to employee and customer engagement. He is a cofounder and partner at E Pluribus Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in helping leaders create “Connection Cultures” to form strong bonds among the management, employees and customers of an organization. Connection Cultures increase employee and customer engagement as well as productivity, profitability, innovation, employee retention and customer loyalty. In the past year, clients have included Wachovia, UBS, General Re and several hedge funds.
Jason is a co-author of the book Fired Up or Burned Out and a chapter in the book What Managers Say, What Employees Hear: Connecting With Your Front Line (So They’ll Connect with Customers).
Previously, Jason was an associate pastor at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT where he focused on mentoring and leadership development. He serves as a consultant and life coach to many corporate executives and ministers. Jason earned a Masters of Divinity from Southern Theological Seminary and has completed the course work for his Doctorate in Christian Leadership at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jason is married and has two daughters and two sons.
Jim is a former world record holder in the mile and a former US Representative from the state of Kansas. The title of his talk will be “The Courage to Run”.
Jim Ryun achieved national acclaim as a track and field star while a high school student in Wichita, Kansas. In 1965 Jim set the male High School Mile Record of 3:55.3 – a record that stood for 36 years. Jim participated in three summer Olympic Games: 1964, 1968, and 1972, winning a silver medal in the 1500 meter run in 1968. Jim Ryun also held the World Record in the mile, 1500 meters and 880 yards. Recently he was voted as the ESPN Best High School Athlete Ever (ahead of Tiger Woods and Lew Alcindor).
Congressman Ryun served five terms in the U.S. Congress, representing the Second Congressional District of Kansas. He was a member of the Armed Services, Budget and Financial Services Committees. Jim served as a citizen-statesman, with a commitment to honesty and integrity.
Jim Ryun is the founder and president of Jim Ryun Sports, Inc., a public relations company. He has also partnered with the ReSound Hearing Aid Co., creating his own program “Sounds of Success,” aimed at helping hearing impaired children fulfill their potential.
Married in January of 1969, Jim and Anne Ryun live in Lawrence, Kansas. They have four adult children, and ten grandchildren.
World-renowned evangelist Luis Palau has preached to scores of millions around the world, and to most folks outside the U.S. he is as well known as Billy Graham.
More than four decades after arriving in America from his native Argentina, Luis Palau is more intent than ever to follow his calling: to spread the powerful word of God throughout the world. Whether on stage speaking to crowds of a quarter million people; through his radio messages heard daily in over 40 countries; or in counsel and prayer with leaders from the local church to the White House, Palau consistently remains one of the world’s most effective and compelling spiritual communicators.
For more on Luis Palau and his worldwide ministry, visit his website.
Luis Robles is the goalkeeper for Major League Soccer’s (MLS) NY Red Bulls. He was drafted by MLS’s D.C. United with the 50th overall selection in the 2007 SuperDraft; however, he passed and signed with Germany’s FC Kaiserslautern where he worked his way to starting goalkeeper. Robles also played on the United States 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad.
After five seasons in Germany as a starter and backup, Robles was acquired by the Red Bulls. He made his debut on September 29, 2012 and served as starter for the Red Bulls during the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. Robles cemented his position as the club’s starting goalkeeper during the 2013 season as he started all 34 league matches, helping New York to its first title, the MLS Supporters’ Shield.
Robles was named Red Bulls 2013 Humanitarian of the Year. He finished the year tied for the MLS lead with 17 wins, third in saves (103), fourth in shutouts (11), tied for sixth in goals-against-average (1.21), sixth in save percentage (70.1%), and fourth in the voting for MLS 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year. He was 1 of only 7 MLS players to play all 3,060 minutes of the regular season and set or tied 6 Red Bulls club records.
Mark joined Regency Wealth Management as a Partner in 2010 after a five-year affiliation with LPL Financial and five years with Waddell & Reed as a Financial Advisor.
He received his B.A. from Calvin College with a double major in Business and Psychology in 1995, then graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Financial Planning Certificate Program in 2003. Mark completed the requirements for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) designations in 2004. He is a current member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and The Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council.
Mark has held active roles as Trustee with various Non-Profit Boards throughout the years including past service with The Foundation for Eastern Christian Schools and the NJ/NY Chapter of the Calvin College Alumni Committee. His current Board appointments include the Christian Health Care Center, Eastern Christian School Association, the Bergen County Chapter of the New Canaan Society, and New York City Relief. He is also an accomplished musician and performer with several church-related groups, and is a member and former Deacon of Covenant Christian Reformed Church in North Haledon where he currently serves as a Worship Leader. When not working or volunteering, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Pamela and their five children.
Matt Parker has spent years in the trenches of humanitarian work. Living on four different continents in his career, he has led global efforts in poverty reduction, economic development, and child services. Most recently, he spent three years in Thailand where he served as Chairman of a charitable foundation, Joy to the World. He spent one year directing a Children’s Home which provided education for nearly 50 at-risk girls.
While still in SE Asia, he later became deputized in 2011 with the Thai Royal Police as a sanctioned informant into the underage sex industry and human trafficking. Working with local police, he investigated over 300 brothels. During his time spent undercover, he began a coalition of investigators called The Exodus Road. He saw the need for collaboration and spent two years networking with those active in the field, including quality after-care facilities, NGO’s, and government partners. In July of 2012, he moved back to the United States to spearhead efforts for the coalition.
In the past year, the coalition has grown to include 124 undercover investigators, most of whom serve as volunteers. The Exodus Road has field directors, whom Matt manages, in the United States, India, and Thailand. Matt’s organization has supported the rescue of 191 victims of human trafficking in the last 12 months. He is an innovator and has personally delivered over 114 pieces of cutting-edge covert gear to field teams. He serves as the chief fundraising officer for the organization and in this fiscal year, they have raised over $315,000 alone.
Matt still works undercover when he travels and visits field teams several times a year, providing oversight and leadership.
Phil is a consultant for Dalessandro, Inc., a national fundraising and management consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience. Phil helps lead client organization efforts to grow revenue. A compassionate leader who understand business development and how to create project and brand awareness, Phil is dedicated to fostering an environment that encourages an organization’s expansion while optimizing team collaboration. He is committed to delivering exceptional experiences through implementation of strategic fundraising plans.
A graduate from Fordham University with his MBA from Pace University, Phil supports multiple board non-profits with his time, treasure and talent.
Skip Ryan is the founding Pastor of the 5000-member Park Cities Presbyterian Church and a former Moderator of Presbyterian Church in America’s General Assembly. An author and popular speaker, he received his B.A. from Harvard and his M.Div. from Westminster Seminary. Dr. Ryan currently serves as Redeemer Seminary’s Chancellor and Professor of Practical Theology. A speaker at the recent NCS National Retreat, Skip has a compelling personal story of how he overcame a substance addiction that led him to step down from his position as Pastor. With the successful founding of Redeemer Seminary, it is clear that God had other plans for him. A warm and personable servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, you’ll be encouraged and inspired by his message.
Aaron Syvertsen serves as the Small Group coordinator and Young Adult ministry leader at Grace Church in Ridgewood, NJ. He has worked as a Financial Analyst for Sidoti & Company, a financial research firm, in NYC since January 2011.
Raised in a Pastor’s home in Northern Jersey, Aaron went to Midland Park High School and then attended The College of New Jersey where he studied Finance and played basketball, graduating in 2010.
Aaron’s passion and burden, which God has increasingly stirred in his heart over the past five years, has revolved around the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed and applied in the lives of young men and women through the context of the local church.
Aaron and his wife, Rochelle, were married in May 2012 and they welcomed their first child, Kaden Luke, in August 2014.
BCS is pleased to welcome Bob Shank as our speaker on Friday, January 7, 2011.
Bob is a sought after speaker who brings a unique blend of marketplace and ministry experiences. A native and lifetime resident of Southern California, Bob Shank spent 14 years as a businessman/entrepreneur in the construction industry. At 31, he transitioned from business to ministry and founded Priority Living, a faith-based organization serving business men and women in the marketplace. In 1997, he launched The Master’s Program, a leadership mentoring program that has helped thousands of leaders across North America to expose and exploit their unique Kingdom calling. He is currently leading a group from BCS and other NY-area NCS chapters. While the CEO of Priority Living since 1984, Bob was also the senior pastor of an Orange County megachurch for four years in the early 90’s. He is a frequent speaker for churches, conferences, retreats and leadership training events across the country.
Bob serves on numerous church, ministry and company boards of directors. Among them are Samaritan’s Purse, the Foundation for Christian Stewardship, Harvest Christian Fellowship, The Barnabas Group, Reasons to Believe and Priority Living/dba The Master’s Program.
Bob and Cheri have been married since 1971 and have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
Bret Schundler has had a successful career in politics, education, and business. Most recently he served the State of New Jersey as the Commissioner of Education and The King’s College as the Chief Operating Officer.
In 1992 Bret became the mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, one of the biggest cities in America. Under his management the city saw unprecedented growth and prosperity. According to a Harvard University study, during Bret’s tenure Jersey City was first among the nation’s 100 biggest cities for job growth and poverty reduction. His success prompted him to run for New Jersey governor and he received his party’s nomination in 2001. The campaigns provided him with a national platform to discuss important policy issues, and he became one of the leading voices for charter school legislation.
Before entering politics Bret accrued extensive experience in the financial sector. In the late 1980s he built a successful career on Wall Street working for Salomon Brothers and C.J. Lawrence, now a part of Deutsche Bank. At Salomon he dealt with institutional fixed income sales and worked in institutional equity research sales at C.J. Lawrence.
Bret graduated Cum Laude from Harvard in 1981. He and his wife Lynn live in Jersey City. Bret and Lyn have two children a daughter, Shaylin, and a son, Hans Otto III.
Craig Sider enjoys helping leaders and organizations live with purpose. As President of The New York City Leadership Center he motivates leaders to impact their cities for Christ.
Craig’s lifelong desire has been to reach people for Christ. In 1985, he served as founding pastor of The Meeting House in Oakville, Ontario. He and his wife, Laura, worked to build a vibrant community committed to sharing Christ’s message.
Beginning in 1996, Craig served as bishop in the Brethren in Christ Church U.S., a responsibility he held until early 2009. He also served as a Team Leader in Brethren in Christ / Canada, where he was responsible for church development.
In 2013, Craig joined The New York City Leadership Center as President, where Craig focuses on identifying, developing and maximizing leadership skills in others.
Following a degree in Business Administration/Economics from Brock University, Craig completed a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctorate in leadership development from Denver Seminary.
He and his wife, Laura, have three adult and reside in Stamford, CT.
Dave Swanson is a co-founder of the New Canaan Society (NCS) Fairfield chapter, the first split-off group in Connecticut from the original, founding NCS New Canaan. Dave has a passion for prayer and helping guys do life. He is committed to reaching the next generation for Christ through Christian Service Brigade for Boys.
Dave will be speaking about forgiveness, and sharing an incredible story he revealed in a recent interview on Moody National Radio. Here’s a video clip of why Dave’s involved with the NCS movement today (open the webpage and click “Dave S” in the lefthand column). The clip is part of a new Global Media Outreach project with NCS, and many decisions for Christ have been made because of Dave’s bold testimony in this clip.
Dave lives in Westport with his wife of 26 years, Rebecca. They have been active at Black Rock Church for more than 18 years, and have two sons, Peter (21), a senior at Biola University, and David (25), who’s attending medical school at Wright State University. Dave is a graduate of the Ithaca College School of Business and serves as CEO of Optimus Companies, a marketing and development services firm located in Bridgeport, CT.
Dave Szott is beginning his eighth season as the Jets director of player development, his 10th season with the Jets overall and his 24rd season in the NFL. Originally selected in the seventh round (180th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft, the Penn State grad played 14 seasons in the league with the Chiefs (1990-2000), Redskins (2001) and Jets (2002-03). He appeared in 162 games (156 starts) and 12 postseason starts, and was a consensus All-Pro and All-Madden choice in 1997.
After retiring from football, Szott coached the offensive line for the Jets for two seasons and served as team chaplain for two seasons before being named the director of player development in April 2008.
Szott oversees a number of NFL-mandated programs including Players Assistance, Continuing Education, Financial Education, and Career Development. With the Jets relocation to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Summer 2008, Szott was a key figure in the smooth transition and relocation of the entire Jets organization. Szott’s efforts were recognized as he was awarded the player development award in the area of Player Assistance in 2008, the first rookie player development director to be so honored. He was also awarded the 2009 Player Assistance Award for this past season for his work in this area regarding the players.
Szott has served the community by receiving the Ed Block Coverage Award twice, once while playing for Kansas City and the other while playing for the Jets. He is on the Board of Directors for the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, which is a school and medical center for special needs children and adults located in Peapack, NJ. He also serves as special advisor and coach of the Morristown Wildcats Football Club, where he is consulted on coach and player code of conduct guidelines, helped establish a playbook, practice plans, coaching clinics for the coaches, etc.
Szott and his wife, Andrea, started Szott for Tots, a foundation whose mission is to bring awareness to the special needs community. The annual Szott for Tots Golf Outing is held every fall to raise money for the Matheny Medical and Educational Center.
Szott, a native of Clifton, NJ, Andrea, and their sons Shane, 20, and Joshua, 16, and a 1 year old foster daughter. The Szotts reside in Morristown, NJ.
Church, missions and Christian higher education have been the arenas of Dr. David E. Schroeder’s ministry since the mid 70’s. In August of 2007, he was appointed to be president of Pillar College (formerly Somerset Christian College).
A graduate of Nyack College, Manhattanville College, New York Theological Seminary and New York University, Dr. Schroeder served churches in New York, New Jersey, and England. On the missional front, he has served overseas and at home with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Trans World Radio and International Teams, and continues preaching ministries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
In Christ-centered higher education, David’s first passion, he has served as director for Higher Education for the C&MA, and has been president of Philadelphia Theological Seminary, Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, and Pillar College. During his twelve years at Nyack, the college and seminary grew from 700 to 3100 students, expanded to six extension sites and developed ten new graduate programs. But more importantly, thousands of students were trained to be “worshipping warriors.”
Through a ministry he began in 1986 known as MasterWorks, David enjoys speaking at retreats and seminars for men, using some of the ten books he has written. Betzi and David have been married for more than four decades, have raised three children and are spoiling eight grandchildren.
Fred Sievert started his career as a teacher, later entered the insurance business, and retired early—in 2007—as president of New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 corporation. Feeling he had neglected his spiritual education and development, Fred enrolled in Yale Divinity School where he earned a master’s degree in religion in May 2011. His passion is to impact other lives, and to that end he writes, teaches business school courses on strategy and leadership, and serves on the boards of five nonprofit organizations and two for-profit corporations. He also mentors young executives and speaks frequently to church and corporate leaders on the topic of business and spirituality.
Though Fred was not raised in an overtly Christian family, he found God through various life experiences that started in adolescence. This foundation guided and often moderated his aggressive pursuit of business success and the American dream. The power of the stories in God Revealed—and the extent to which God was with Fred throughout his young life and business career—only became fully apparent to him after retirement, as he reflected on his life, his family, and his successes. His stories of encounters with God have been published in numerous printed and electronic periodicals, attracting a large audience of believers, many of whom in turn have shared their own realizations triggered by the work.
Gary is an academic pioneer who helped start two colleges and one graduate school. He is also a part of an ongoing team of culture-shaping academics working on five continents. Gary has degrees in psychology, theology, and a PhD from Southern Cal in Communications. He has been a professor and academic dean, as well as a best-selling author, storyteller, and world traveler.
Gary and his wife Luci have been married for 30 years, and make their home near Boulder, Colorado. If you spend a little time with him you will soon discover a man who has no intention of leaving his music unsung, his stories untold, or his heart unhealed.
Jeffrey Sica serves as the president and chief investment officer of Circle Squared Alternative Investments, as well as Sica Wealth Management. Throughout his career Jeff has advised clients and businesses with financial planning, asset management, and private equity services. As he found more and more clients were looking to diversify their portfolios and reduce volatility, he created Circle Squared to create unique opportunities in the alternative investment space. With more than 20 years in the financial industry, Jeff has also held positions at AG Edwards and Wachovia/Wells Fargo Advisors. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes.
Ken Sande is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries and president of a new ministry, Relational Wisdom 360. Trained as a mechanical engineer and lawyer, Ken is passionate about bringing the life-changing power of the gospel into the lives of Christians and their churches. He has used biblical peacemaking principles to minister to parties in hundreds of conflicts ranging from simple personal disputes to complex legal conflicts.
Ken is the author of The Peacemaker, which has been translated into 15 languages, and has written numerous books, articles, and training resources on biblical conflict resolution and relational wisdom. He is a Certified Christian Conciliator, an Editorial Advisor for Christianity Today International’s Church Management Team, and a Certified Emotional Intelligence Instructor.
He and his wife, Corlette, are delighted to be grandparents and love to hike with their family in the mountains near their home in Billings, Montana.
In 1983, Mel Shultz along with David Eaton and Jerry Colangelo, formed JDM Properties, Inc., a full-service real estate firm engaged in the development and management of quality real estate properties in Arizona and Colorado. The Group has owned and developed 16 business parks in Arizona and is a partner in developing the 36,800 acre Douglas Ranch/Trillium Community, which is the largest master planned community in the greater Phoenix area.
Shultz is also a managing partner of the 5,000 seat Comerica Theatre and was a general partner in the Phoenix Suns basketball team until its sale in 2004. Additionally, Shultz was one of the original general partners of the 2001 World Championship Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team.
Paul Stanley is Managing Director of the Leadership Development Network at The Navigators. He gave leadership to large portions of the Navigator’s global movement, and spent most of his time coaching, mentoring and developing leaders throughout the Navigator world. Paul is a speaker, writer and sought after consultant and coach to many senior leaders and organizations in developing strategy and leadership, and bringing about change. He has co-authored the book,Connecting, which focuses on mentoring relationships.
Paul graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1963 having won distinction in leadership, football and lacrosse. He served seven years as an officer in US Army and was highly decorated for bravery while serving in Vietnam.
Paul married his wife Phyllis upon graduation from West Point in 1963; they joined The Navigators in 1970 and worked with students and military officers in the Washington, D.C. area. In 1973, they moved their family to Europe to pioneer a Navigator discipling and leadership training ministry in the East European Bloc and the former Soviet Union. Paul later assumed responsibility for the rapidly expanding Navigator European ministries.
After eleven years, the Stanley family returned to the United States, where Paul helped bring about major changes in ministry approaches and a new emphasis of leader development. In 1990, Paul joined the International Executive Team, which gives overall leadership and direction to Navigator ministries in 112 countries with over 4000 missionary staff of 87 nationalities.
Paul and Phyllis have four married children and eleven grandchildren, and make their home in Colorado.
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William J. Weber is one of the founding members of the New Canaan SSociety. He has lived and served in New York City since 1979. Upon first coming to Manhattan, B.J. started a street ministry, where for five years he served in rescue and recovery efforts with addicts, prostitutes, teenage runaways and the homeless while co-pastoring a mission church in Times Square.
In 1984, B.J. founded the New York Fellowship, an interdenominational ministry, which provides spiritual direction, counseling and pastoral care to leaders in the business and professional communities of the New York City area.
For twenty years, B.J. served as Chaplain for the World Series Champion New York Yankees. He is the co-founder of more than 25 inner-city ministries, including the East Harlem Little League, Youth Impact, Pregnancy Help, Brooklyn Little League, Kids to Camp Program. He also was co-founder of the Amistad Mission Clinic and Orphanage in Bolivia, and has been the catalyst for launching other endeavors that reflect Christ’s love for those in need.
B.J. Weber is an ordained minister, attended the Presbyterian Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated with a B.S. in psychology at Iowa State University in 1971. During seminary, he lived for six years as a non-vowed monk, attached to the New Melleray Trappist Monastery in Iowa, where upon a casual visit to buy their homemade bread, he first came to faith in Christ. He worked and lived for those seminary years in relationship with their sister Trappistine convent, Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, whose chaplain, as well as the abbess, provided spiritual direction and mentoring during B.J.’s early years in faith.
Since 1980, B.J. has been married to his wife Sheila, a journalist and public relations consultant, who has also been vitally instrumental in the founding and managing of the New York Fellowship. They run a hospitality house in midtown Manhattan, which serves visitors from all over the world and hosts ongoing dinners and outreach events. Their two children, Max and Rachel, attend Vanderbilt University.
B.J. preaches regularly at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan and in his sermons very frequently pronounces New Testament names and places correctly.
Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and founder of Being Known, which develops teaching programs, seminars and resource materials to help people explore the connection between interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spirituality which lead to genuine change and transformation.
Dr. Thompson is the author of Anatomy of the Soul (Tyndale, June 2010) which demonstrates how insights from interpersonal neurobiology resonate with biblical truths about God and creation—validating the deep human need for meaningful relationships as a key to a life of hope and fulfillment. He has also produced a video series entitled Knowing and Being Known: The Transforming Power of Relationships which provides a detailed journey through Dr. Thompson’s discoveries on these themes.
Thompson graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His clinical focus has been the treatment of adults, adolescents, and families. He is actively engaged in learning and teaching as he supervises clinical employees and facilitates ongoing education groups for patients and colleagues. Throughout his career, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality. He is a frequent speaker on the topic at workshops, conferences, and retreats.
For the past several years that interest has taken a more specific turn as he has gained expertise in the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology. Thompson believes that the findings of interpersonal neurobiology point to important tenets of Christian faith that enable us to reflect on, understand, and experience that same faith in fresh, trustworthy ways. Through Being Known, Dr. Thompson is now creating a platform for educating clinicians, individuals and groups through the development of training materials, seminars and other resources.
He and his wife, Phyllis, are the parents of two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia. He serves as an elder at Washington Community Fellowship in Washington, D.C. His duties there have included preaching, teaching, and participation in the fellowship’s healing prayer ministry. He and his wife (a licensed clinical social worker) frequently provide premarital counseling services for couples in their congregation.
They say there are two things you should never discuss in polite company: religion and politics. Holding a BA is Political Science from Calvin College, therefore, makes Dave Zuidema particularly unpopular at parties. As a tradeoff, however, he has the distinction of being one of the vaunted 1% that actually used a political science degree for something related to politics. He served for 7 years on the staff of U.S. Congresswomen Marge Roukema, and for 6 of those years as her District Administrator. He also managed 2 successful re-election campaigns. Dave later served a Communications Manager for the N.J. Conservation Foundation, one of the state’s leading, private, statewide land conservation trusts.
All that changed with the decision Dave and his wife Yvonne reached to add more Zuidemas to the global population. Dave went freelance in order to structure his time around being home with their children. He worked with several small not-for-profits – including NCS Bergen County! – during the following years, offering organizational, administrative, communications and marketing services.
Most recently Dave returned to the “traditional” workforce and his roots in public administration, accepting a position as North Jersey Regional Administrator for PathStone Corporation. In that role, Dave manages a federal employment program for low-income seniors in Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties.
Dave has also served as a catechism teacher, deacon chairman and outreach ministry team leader at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in North Haledon. He has been married to Yvonne for 23 years; their 3 kids – John (age 13), Matthew (11) and Sylvia (6) are increasingly sassy. He has slowly been robbed of most of his hobbies by the expense of raising 3 children and living in Northern NJ.
George Verwer is the Founder and former International Director of Operation Mobilization (OM), which is a ministry of evangelism, discipleship training and church planting. George led Operation Mobilization for over 40 years before stepping down in August 2003. Saved at the age of 16, George returned to his school in northern New Jersey and within a year about 200 of his classmates had found a relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ. He also started with distribution of Gospels of John in Mexico in 1957, which continued during summer vacations.
Attending Maryville College after high school, he transferred to Moody Bible Institute where he met, Drena, who would later became his wife. They went to Spain in 1961, and the work of OM was born: to get to know God together in discipling young Christians while concurrently carrying out a rigorous program of world evangelism.
Today OM reaches across the world through over 6,100 people working in over 110 nations to make Christ known in the lives of all they meet. For many years George served as International Director of OM and helped raise up dedicated leadership to pursue this task across the world, freeing him to travel and speak, helping many find their role in extending the Kingdom of God.
George and his wife are now involved in Special Projects Ministries (still part of OM) full-time. They have three adult children;five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and make their home in England.
Gregory Alan Thornbury was installed as the sixth president of The King’s College on August 1, 2013. A writer and speaker on philosophy, theology, education, spirituality, and public thought, Greg was formerly a Professor of Philosophy, Dean of the School of Theology and Vice President for Spiritual Life at Union University in Tennessee.
The son of an American Baptist pastor, Greg initially intended to pursue a career in media at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, but his interests turned toward philosophy and theological studies during his undergraduate years. After graduating from Messiah Greg moved to the campus of Southern Seminary where he served on the staff of seminary president Albert Mohler and as a minister at the First Baptist Church of Clarksville, Indiana. After graduating with a Master of Divinity with biblical languages in 1996, Thornbury continued in Southern’s Ph.D. program, where Mohler served as his doctoral supervisor.
In 1998, David Dockery, president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, recruited Greg as a philosophy professor in the Department of Christian Studies. In addition to the many roles he filled there, Greg oversaw the startup of Union’s first fully online Master’s degree program.
Greg and his wife Kimberly have been married for more than 20 years. They have two daughters and live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Hector became Executive Director of the Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark on March 1, 2015. Since 2009, he has served as pastor for East Harlem Fellowship where he was influential in transforming the organization from operating with an annual deficit to sustaining a budget surplus. He also expanded the ministry’s outreach to the community through programs, activities and collaborations that uplift the lives of marginalized children and families.
His professional experience includes nearly 20 years in the health care field—most recently as Director, Medical Claims for Emblem Health—where he was responsible for managing a team of more than 100 associates and promoting efficiency and performance for all aspects of the medical claims operations. Under his leadership the organization increased productivity and realized significant labor cost savings in claims processing.
Hector lives with this wife, Michelle, and their three children in Robbinsville, NJ.
Jerry White serves with The Navigators as President Emeritus and Chairman of the U.S. Board of Directors.
Jerry earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, and received a commission in the U.S. Air Force where he served in many capacities, including an assignment as a mission controller at Cape Kennedy during the height of the American space program. He received a master’s degree in Astronautics from The Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Astronautics from Purdue University. After 13-½ years of active duty, Jerry retired in 1973 with the rank of general; he spent another 24 years in the Air Force Reserves, retiring in 1997 as a major general. Jerry was twice awarded the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation, as well as the Legion of Merit Medal and Defense Service Medal.
Jerry was introduced to The Navigators as a student at the University of Washington and he maintained close contact with the organization throughout his military career. He began the organization’s ministries at the Air Force Academy and Purdue University, and subsequently served in several Regional Director roles. He accepted the position of Executive Director in 1983 and International President in 1986, where he served until 2005.
In addition to co-authoring a nationally recognized textbook on astrodynamics, Jerry has co-authored with his wife, Mary, a number of books on practical (but no less complex!) topics such as work, ethics, and relationships. His most recent books include Rules to Live By (NavPress, 2010), The Joseph Road(2009), Making Peace with Reality: Ordering Your Life In A Chaotic World(2002) and Dangers Men Face (1997).
Jerry is also a nationally competitive handball player, licensed commercial pilot and an active member of his local church. Jerry and Mary White live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Jim White is the Executive Director of Covenant House New York. He has been a part of the Covenant House family for thirty years, joining 1982 as a full-time volunteer and working as counselor at the New York crisis shelter.
In 1985, Jim helped develop Rights of Passage (ROP), Covenant House’s transitional program in which homeless young people live at Covenant House while going to school and training for jobs. He was hired as Executive Director of Covenant House New Jersey (CHNJ) in 1994. During his 12 years at CHNJ, Jim grew the budget to close to $8,000,000, expanded residential services to 120 young people each night and added a comprehensive array of services through Crisis, ROP and Mothers and Babies programs. Jim has also been a successful advocate, leading the charge for Covenant House to change laws in New Jersey that mandate better care of homeless young people.
From 2006 through 2011, Jim served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Development and Marketing at Covenant House International, where he served as the force behind the first annual “CEO Solidarity Sleep Out” that saw fifty CEO’s and business leaders spend the night outside of Covenant House New York to raise awareness and funds for organization.
Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, business consultant and leadership coach. He has written or co-written 25 books, selling 5 million copies, including the 2 million best-seller Boundaries; Leadership Beyond Reason; andHandling Difficult People. For more than twenty years John has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their problems. He is co-host of the nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live” which is heard in 180 markets with 3 million listeners. He has been interviewed on venues such as Fox News television, and published in magazines such as Personal Excellence and Leadership Journal.
John works with leaders and organizations by providing team and executive coaching, corporate consulting, and by giving conference presentations. He conducts his own Leadership Coaching Program for executives, managers and small business owners with settings in Newport Beach, CA, Dallas, TX, and Indianapolis, IN. John co-founded and directed a healthcare company for ten years, with operations in 35 cities in the western U.S. It was here that he learned the strategies for change and success which he now employs in his coaching and consulting.
John recently joined the New Canaan Society (NCS) Advisory Board. He is also active on the board of Mustard Seed Ranch, a residential program for abused children. A resident of Newport Beach, California, Dr. Townsend and his wife Barbi have two sons. One of John’s passions is playing in a band which performs at southern California lounges and venues!
John Wagner serves as the Senior Vice President for the Greater New York Division of Young Life. He first began with Young Life in 1982 by working with kids in the Shaw community of Washington DC. He later became the ‘Metro Director’, overseeing all of the city’s urban work. Following that, John served as a Regional Director of the DC Metro Region overseeing Young Life ministry in both the city and the surrounding metropolitan suburbs. Prior to becoming the SVP of Greater New York, John was the Eastern Division Vice President.
John grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, and his Masters in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the PC-USA in 2003.
John and his wife Gae currently live in New York City with their 15 year old son David. They have two other children, Jessi who attends Wake Forest and Michael who lives and works in Brooklyn.
Mike Timmis is Chairman of Prison Fellowship, succeeding Chuck Colson.
Born in Detroit, Mike was senior partner of the law firm of Timmis & Inman LLP and vice-chairman of a privately-owned manufacturing company with extensive real estate holdings. A member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, Mike is President of the Archdiocese of Detroit Endowment Foundation, Inc. and Trustee of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. He helped found the National Fellowship of Catholic Men.
Mike’ autobiography Between Two Worlds: The Journey of an Evangelical Catholic, published in 2008, is a fascinating, vulnerable account of his life before and after he found faith in Christ. He writes openly of his preoccupation with legal and business matters at the expense of marriage and family.
Miguel has been a core member of BCS since its early days. He is a second generation Puerto Rican from Paterson, NJ. He is currently Senior Pastor at Cranford Alliance Church in Cranford, NJ. Miguel has a passion for reaching, training and leading Christ-followers of all nationalities. The title of his message is “Momentum: Releasing an Unstoppable Force in Christ”. Miguel holds a BA from Moody Bible and a Master of Divinity from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Church Leadership. Miguel is married and has 3 children.
Robert Tenney is licensed realtor with Terrie O’Connor real estate, after a long focused career as an analytical research chemist for a major sunscreen manufacturer. As a member of Hawthorne Gospel Church, Robert is the Deacon of visitation ; providing comfort and assistance to the heavy hearted. He is a faithful volunteer at Preakness Healthcare Center . He is a board member of Gospel Trick Shots and on the advisory board at Star of Hope Ministries.
Robert is married to his wife Alice for nearly 13 years. He enjoys kayaking, fishing and finding new travel adventures.
Steve Wolf is an inspirational business builder and leader known for creating, nurturing, and retaining exceptionally talented and powerful teams within the marketing research and consulting space. These sophisticated marketers, branding experts, advertising gurus and other specialists have helped 92 of the Fortune 100 Companies improve revenue, market share, profitability and long-term asset value.
One of the most powerful examples of the Lord working through Steve was when he simultaneously held three roles for the world’s fifth largest marketing research firm. As Commercial Director for the global business and one of four who comprised the Executive Board, that particular division became the largest business of its kind in the world, spanning 61 countries, and nearly tripling in size to $155 million, within six years. Simultaneously, the North American unit created and run by Steve, became the second largest in North America.
Steve recently functioned as a Faculty and Client Advisor for Michigan State University’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management. He guest lectured for 5 of MSU’s graduate and undergrad courses, as well as Rutgers Business School.
A believer for 31 years, Steve has visited 47 countries, on mission and business trips. For the past 18 years on Saturday mornings, Steve has co-led and mentored an ever-growing group of men in the areas of character enhancement, integrity, and accountability.
For 31 years he and his wife Lynda have worked with young people to demonstrate foundational principles upon which to base their lives, and to help them to discover their life purpose. They run Kids Church Services and teach Sunday School, having more fun than the kids and maintaining life-long relationships with many students (including 9 Bavignoli’s!!!) Steve also volunteers time to several local initiatives. He and Lynda have collectively donated nearly 2,000 hours within the past 12 months.
Tom is founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Society and a professor at Trinity College in Tampa Bay, FL. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and university campuses across the U.S., hosts a weekly radio program and has appeared on CNBC. He has written several books including Doubts about Darwin (2003), and most recently, Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design (2006). The title of his message is “The God Hypothesis Returns to Science”. Tom is a graduate of Princeton University, a Dallas Seminary, and holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Florida. Tom is a bright and effective speaker who will engage us in issues related to defending our faith.
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is a Florida native, the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham.
A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Tullian is the author of Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship (Multnomah),Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different(Multnomah) and Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels(Crossway). Tullian is also a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. He speaks at conferences throughout the U.S. and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program “Godward Living.”
When he is not reading, studying, preaching, or writing, he enjoys being with people and relaxing with his wife Kim and their three kids Gabe, Nate, and Genna. Tullian loves the beach, loves to exercise, and when he has time, he loves to surf.
Some of Tullian’s favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, J.I. Packer, Francis Schaeffer, Jonathan Edwards.
Walt Wilson is the founder and chairman of the Internet ministry Global Media Outreach (GMO). He was previously co-founder, chairman and CEO of Exclaim Technologies, Inc., an applications service provider in the business-to-business Internet market. Before that, he served as senior vice president and corporate officer of the consulting group Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), a $16 billion, U.S. global corporation with 600 offices worldwide, employing over 100,000 people.
With over 40 years’ experience as an operating executive, Walt has served in a variety of management positions with three Fortune 50 companies. Prior to CSC, he was an early employee of Apple Computer, serving as managing director of U.S. operations as the company grew from just a start-up to a globally-recognized corporation with $5 billion in revenues. He has spent most of his career with Silicon Valley-based companies.
In addition, Walt is an international speaker at corporate management meetings, government conferences, universities and executive seminars. A past and present board member of many Silicon Valley corporations, he has also served on the board of Bob Buford’s Leadership Network in Dallas. Walt was chairman of the National Advisory Board for Christianity.com and authored the book, Internet Church. He is a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Christian Computing Magazine and is a member of the technology council of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA.
Prior to his business career, Walt served three years active duty with the United States Marine Corps.