2020: Josh McDowell
Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for more than 58 years. He shares the essentials of the Christian faith in everyday language so that people of all ages and stages can know Christ, understand what they believe and why it is true, and learn how to live, share and defend their faith.
Well-known as an articulate speaker, Josh has spoken to approximately 25.2 million people in 126 countries. Josh has written or co-authored 151 books with some translated in 128 languages. These include More Than a Carpenter with over 27 million copies distributed. He also authored Evidence That Demands a Verdict, named by World Magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books and one of the thirteen most influential books on a Christian thought of the last 50 years. Evidence That Demands a Verdict also won the 2018 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association award in the Bible Reference Book category.
2019: Michael Franzese
Michael Franzese is a former New York mobster and caporegime of the Colombo crime family who was heavily involved in the gasoline tax rackets within the Colombo crime family in the 1980s. After serving roughly 10 years in prison from the mid 1980s to mid 1990s, he publicly renounced organized crime, became a devoted Christian, created a foundation for helping youth, and became a motivational speaker.
2018: Rev Samuel Rodriguez
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization serving as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,118 U.S. churches and over 450,000 churches spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.
Rodriguez worked with and advised President George W. Bush, President Obama and President Trump. He served on Obama’s White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families, and he frequently meets and consults with members of both parties in Congress advancing the Lamb’s agenda.
2017: Joshua Charles
Joshua Charles is a bestselling author, historian, researcher, and international speaker, he is a passionate defender of America’s Founding Principles, Judeo-Christian civilization, and the Catholic faith, to which he converted in 2018. He loves telling, and helping others tell, great stories that communicate great truths.
Joshua’s first book, The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. His second book, Liberty’s Secrets: The Lost Wisdom of America’s Founders, was a #1 Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories. He also co-authored the book God, Israel, and You: The Scandalous Story of a Faithful God, and served as the Concept Developer and Senior Editor for The Global Impact Bible, published by the Museum of the Bible.
2016: Christian Thomas Lee
In 1996 Christian Thomas Lee established the Arts In Schools program to directly benefit and inspire children in rural and inner city schools. Through this unique and one-of-a-kind program, Christian has reached thousands of children across the United States by bringing original works of art into the classroom for children to see, study, and even hold in their hands. These original works of art include pieces by Pablo Picasso, Peter Carl Faberge, Giovanni Battista Pasqualini, and many others, acquired by Christian.
To date, it is estimated over 100,000 school aged children across America have experienced the joy and the reward of the fine arts through Art In Schools. Art In Schools is not a 'show-and-tell' approach to art. Rather, it is an intensive effort with the art collection visiting a single school for up to one week. During that time, Christian teaches upwards to 25 art master classes to groups of no more than 25 children. These small size groups allow the children to be close to the works of art and even handle and touch certain pieces.
2015: Kevin Sorbo
Hailing from Norwegian ancestry, Kevin was born in Mound, Minnesota, USA. His mother worked as a nurse and his father taught junior high school resulting in a down to earth upbringing that forged the outstanding work ethic Kevin holds to this day. In 1993, Kevin emerged as a full-fledged international TV star when he was cast as the lead role of Hercules in a series of TV films that would lay the groundwork for the immensely popular series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Kevin also guest-starred as Hercules in episodes of the successful spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess as well as providing his voice to the animated Hercules films.
Besides his successful career in entertainment, Kevin has always devoted a hearty portion of his time to causes he believes in. In 2005 he was named successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger as the national spokesperson for The Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit working to ensure that all children have access to quality after school programs, and since ‘97 Kevin has donated his time as the spokesperson for the non-profit organization, A World Fit For Kids. Please visit WorldFitForKids.org to learn more.
2014: Joe Ehrmann
Joe Ehrmann, an All-American football player, was named to Syracuse University’s All-Century Team and received the Arents Award, SU’s Most Distinguished Alumni honor for his contributions to society. Joe played professional football for 13 years and was named Baltimore Colt’s Man of the Year. He was the NFL’s first Ed Block Courage Award Recipient, and named “The Most Important Coach in America” by Parade Magazine. His revolutionary concepts of transformational coaching are the subject of his book, InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives.
Joe was also the subject of New York Times Best-Seller, Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, A Journey to Manhood. Among many other awards, the Baltimore Business Journal selected him as the Renaissance Person of the Decade for his dedication and commitment to Baltimore City’s betterment. He was the National Fatherhood Initiative’s Man of the Year and the Frederick Douglass National Man of the Year award recipient for empowering youth to prevent rape and other forms of male violence. Joe is co-founder of the NFL Foundation-funded InSideOut Initiative aimed at implementing education-based athletics that are co-curricular, character-based and led by transformational coaching.
2013: Steve Scheibner
American Airlines Pilot, First Officer Steve Scheibner was scheduled to fly Flight 11 on September 11th. Scheibner was bumped for the flight by a more senior pilot. What he did not know at that time is that Flight 11 would be the first plane to fly into the World Trade Center on that serene, sunny, almost cloudless 9/11 morning. You will hear first-hand Steve's close call and how his seat ended up in the inferno of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
After graduating from West Chester University with a B.S. in Economics, Steve Scheibner joined the U.S. Navy and was commissioned and trained as a pilot. Steve was deployed three times in four years flying the P3 Orion. Steve left active duty in 1991 and was hired by American Airlines the same year. Scheibner currently flies the Boeing 757 and 767 out of Boston's Logan Airport normally flying routes that take him to the west coast. His total flight time is well over 12,000 hours. Steve is currently a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a First Officer for American Airlines. He recently retired as Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Topsham, ME to become the President of Characterhealth Corporation; a non-profit conference ministry aimed at equipping parents to train the next generation of character-healthy leaders.
It is our prayer that this event and the messages delivered by our speakers, ordinary men and women who serve an extra-ordinary God, be received as a clarion call to reaffirm your faith in the overcoming power of Christ in all aspects of our lives, to serve as a reminder of the blessings HE has bestowed on ourselves, our families, and on this Great Nation. It is through this event and the spirit in which it was conceived that we would endeavor to inspire other communities to seek God’s wisdom and direction for their future as well.