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fooNick Hall has been tagged as an international voice in the cause of  evangelism. In October of 2017, Nick was named the new President and CEO of the Mission America Coalition. As a voice to the next generation, Nick has shared the Gospel in person to nearly three million students and is regularly featured as a speaker for pastors gatherings, student conferences, training events, and festivals around the world. Nick is the author of Reset: Jesus Changes Everything (Multnomah, 2016). He has been featured on major media outlets including the US News & World Report, Fox News, Christianity Today, Moody Radio, Christian Broadcasting Network, Trinity Broadcast Network, The Christian Post, Decision Magazine, and Baptist Press. Nick sits on the leadership teams for the National Association of Evangelicals, and the student advisory team for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Nick is married to his best friend, Tiffany, and they are proud parents of Truett and Ruby. They live in Minneapolis, MN. Nick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from NDSU and a Master’s in Leadership and Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Nick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from NDSU and a Master’s in Leadership and Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, where in 2016 he was honored as Alumni of the Year.

foo Rev. Ebony S. Small is the Director of Movement Day Expressions at (formerly The New York City Leadership Center). Movement Day is a catalytic gathering of Christian leaders seeking to transform their city through gospel movements. With gathering across five continents, over 18,000 city leaders have been trained by this annual gathering since its inception in 2010. Ebony has journeyed with since 2011 playing an integral role in the growth and development of Movement Day Expressions in New York City and globally. Today she provides consulting and coaching to global leadership teams across five continents in launching an expression of Movement Day for citywide transformation. Ebony was named Co-Catalyst for Cities with The Lausanne Movement in 2016, and is a member of’s Global Cities Leadership Community. Ebony is working to build engagement by millennials in city gospel movements and to that end serves as a mentor for the Lausanne Movement’s Young Leaders Gathering, serves on the Advisory Board of Cru NYC Millennials and on the board of the Mission America Coalition. Ebony is an elder at Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc. in New York City. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Master Professional Studies degree with a concentration in pastoral counseling from Nyack College’s Alliance Theological Seminary. She resides in the Bronx, NY.

foo Ravi Zacharias is Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). Dr. Zacharias has spoken all over the world for more than 40 years in scores of universities, notably Harvard, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Cambridge. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique. Mr. Zacharias has direct contact with key leaders, senators, congressmen, and governors who consult him on an ongoing basis. He has addressed the Florida Legislature and the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Texas and Louisiana, and has twice spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York, which marks the beginning of the UN General Assembly each year. As the 2008 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, he gave addresses at the White House, the Pentagon, and The Cannon House. He has had the privilege of addressing the National Prayer Breakfasts in the seats of government in Ottawa, Canada, and London, England, and speaking at the CIA in Washington, DC.  Born in India in 1946, Ravi immigrated to Canada with his family twenty years later. While pursuing a career in business management, his interest in theology grew; subsequently, he pursued this study during his undergraduate education. He received his Master of Divinity from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Well-versed in the disciplines of comparative religions, cults, and philosophy, he held the chair of Evangelism and Contemporary Thought at Alliance Theological Seminary for three and a half years. Dr. Zacharias has been a visiting scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge (then affiliated with Cambridge University, now more recently allied with Cambridge and affiliated with Durham University) where he studied moralist philosophers and literature of the Romantic era. He has been honored with the conferring of six doctoral degrees, including a Doctor of Laws and a Doctor of Sacred Theology. Mr. Zacharias has authored or edited well over twenty books. His weekly radio program, "Let My People Think," airs on 2152 outlets worldwide, his weekday program, "Just Thinking," on 721, and his one-minute "Just a Thought," on 488. Various broadcasts are also translated into Romanian and Turkish, and "Let My People Think" airs as the Spanish-language program "Pensemos" on over 250 outlets in sixteen countries. Additionally, his television program, "Let My People Think," is broadcast internationally in several countries including Indonesia. RZIM is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Romania, Turkey, Austria, Spain, and South Africa. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta.

foo Dr. Paul A. Cedar serves as Honorary Chairman of The Mission America Coalition. The MA Coalition is a partnership of hundreds of Christian leaders, denominations, ministries and local churches collaborating together to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Cedar is deeply committed to the ministry of evangelism in the United States and around the world.  Dr. Cedar served as President of the Evangelical Free Churches of America for six years from 1990 to 1996. He pastored both large and smaller churches including Senior Pastor of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California, as Pastor of Evangelism and Executive pastor at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, as well as pastored a Naperville, Illinois and a Yorba Linda California church. Paul also ministered with the Billy Graham Association and with Youth for Christ. He served as Chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization from 1998 – 2004 and continues to be a part of The Lausanne International Committee as a Senior Advisor. (The Mission America Coalition is the US Lausanne Committee.) Paul is a member of the National Prayer Committee and on the Boards of Global Media Outreach and Every Home for Christ. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Boards of a number of strategic ministries.

fooKathy Branzell grew up in a military family that moved frequently and taught her to embrace a variety of people and places. This translated in her Christian life to better understanding how God calls us to love Him and love our neighbors ͞who are like ourselves, made in the image of God. Living in dozens of places gave Kathy the heart and mindset of world-wide neighbors and appreciating the likeness and differences that God designed in each of us. Kathy loves to encourage people in their daily lives, prayer, and personal relationship with Jesus. Kathy is the National Coordinator of LOVE2020 and is a longtime member of the LOVE2020 Education Affinity Sphere. Kathy began her ministry journey as the Founder and President of Fellowship And Christian Encouragement (FACE) for Educators, and now partnering with Christian Educator’s Association International (CEAI) she continues to write weekly devotionals to equip and encourage educators in public and private schools as they meet and pray for their schools each week. Kathy is on the Board of Directors for the National Prayer Committee and The National Day of Prayer. Over the past four years she has traveled across America with the National Day of Prayer on their ͞Pray for America bus tours. Kathy is the author of the books ͞Prayer Warrior: The Battle Plan to Victory, An Apple a Day: 365 Devotionals for Educators, 40 Days of Love: a Prayer-Care-Share Devotional, and contributing author for the book, ͞The Front Line. Kathy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Georgia and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary. She is the wife to her childhood sweetheart Russ and mom to Chandler & Emily. Kathy resides in the Atlanta area.

fooGary Leslie Frost was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, the second of 4 children of Hugh and Lillian Frost. As a youth Gary was an Eagle Scout and was quite involved in scouting serving in a variety of leadership posts.He distinguished himself as president of his senior class at East High School in 1972 as well as vice president of the Student Council and was voted by his peers as Most Likely To Succeed. He was also a champion speller and two-year member of the National Honor Society. He played basketball and football at East High and was selected as an All-City quarterback and Northeast Ohio standout. In his hometown of Youngstown Ohio Gary was quite active in community affairs having served as co-chairman of the Spiritual Board of Overseers of the Greater Youngstown Coalition of Christians, president of the board of Eagle Heights Academy and president of the board of Warriors Incorporated. He also served on the board of directors for the Southside Community Development Corporation. Gary attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio where he majored in Psychology. At Mount Union he was president of the Black Student Union and frequented the Dean’s List. As a quarterback for the Mount Union Purple Raiders he was captain of the team and was selected as All-Conference quarterback as well as Most Valuable Player for the Ohio Athletic Conference in 1975. Gary is a member of both the East High School and Mount Union College Hall of Fames. A graduate of Mount Union College, Central Bible College, and Ashland Theological Seminary, Gary has pastored in both Youngstown, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York for a total of 23 years. He has been actively engaged in the work of the Southern Baptist Convention for many years, having served as president of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, as second vice president of the national Southern Baptist Convention, as well as the first African American to serve on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville Tennessee serving as chairman of the cooperative program sub-committee.

foo Steve Douglass is president of both Campus Crusade for Christ International and Cru, as the ministry is known in the United States. Douglass came to the ministry after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School. Through more than 45 years of service, he has held a variety of positions, including vice president and for administration director of U.S. ministries. In July 2001, Douglass took over as the president of Campus Crusade for Christ International from founder Bill Bright. Douglass is the author or co-author of several books, including Managing Yourself, How to Achieve Your Potential and Enjoy Life, How to Get Better Grades and Have More Fun and Enjoying Your Walk with God. His radio program, Making Your Life Count, airs daily on 900 stations. Along with his wife, Judy, Steve resides in Orlando, Florida. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.

Musical Artist Lindy Conant and the Circuit Riders

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