Don Liebich is a native of New York and a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Harvard Business School PMD program. He spent his work career with the US Navy Nuclear Submarine service and Sysco Corp. After retiring from Sysco Corp, he engaged in numerous consulting projects in various countries including Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Indonesia and Venezuela. He has traveled to the Middle East numerous times in the past ten years. They have been involved with economic development, citizen diplomacy and human rights projects in Jordan, Israel/Palestine including the West Bank, UAE and Iran. Mr. Liebich has conducted seminars and taught courses on Islam, Christian Fundamentalisms, US Middle East foreign policy and Iran. Don & Marcia live in Hailey, ID.
Elizabeth Knox holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University. She currently works in the Defense field in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband and their son. Elizabeth is a partner with 4wordwomen.org; an organization dedicated to connecting, leading and supporting professional Christian women to reach their God-given potential.
Laurie D. Russell
Laurie D. Russell is a conference speaker and writer. Laurie is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. She has lived and worked in Russia, Chile and Germany as a missionary and has traveled to forty countries. She lives with her husband, Mark, their two children, Noah and Anastasia, their two dogs, and a cat, in Boise, Idaho.laurierussell.com
A globally recognized entrepreneur, Aaron Hurst is the CEO of Imperative, a technology platform that enables people to discover, connect and act on what gives them purpose in their work. Aaron is a close advisor to many global brands and frequent speaker and writer on the development of the Purpose Economy.
He is the founder and an active advisor to the Taproot Foundation where he was the catalyst and lead architect of the $15 billion pro bono service market. He was the creative force behind the conception of the national Billion + Change campaign. Previously he worked in Silicon Valley developing the precursors to social media.
Widely known for his thought-leadership and a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review and LinkedIn, Aaron is a member of the Nonprofit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50, and has been recognized as a top social entrepreneur by Fast Company,Ashoka, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Manhattan Institute and the CommonWealth Club. In 2009, he received the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus of the University of Michigan.
Following a twenty-year career in corporate America, Jim Dotson started his own consulting firm in 2003, Upside-Down Leadership, helping corporate, non-profit, ministry and church clients apply biblical leadership principles and truths within their organization. Jim serves on a number of boards and is involved in a wide-variety of ministry and non-profit organizations.
Drs. Jeremy and Amanda Hess
Drs. Jeremy and Amanda Hess own and operate the busiest chiropractic practice in the state of Georgia and one of the busiest in the world. Dr. Amanda Hess is a practicing chiropractor in the state of Georgia since 2003. She is a graduate of Life University. Her husband, Dr. Jeremy Hess, is a practicing chiropractor in Georgia since 2000. He is a graduate of Life University, a member of the Georgia Council of Chiropractic since 1998, a board member since 2007, and served as Vice President from 2010-2013.
The Drs. Hess live in Lake Spivey, GA, with their two children, Alyssa and Gabriel.
Dr. Richard Blackaby
Dr. Richard Blackaby has served as the president of Blackaby Ministries International since July 2006. Richard is the oldest child of Henry and Marilynn Blackaby. He has been married to Lisa since 1983, and they reside in Greenville, South Carolina. Together, they have three children: Mike, Daniel, and Carrie.
Daniel Blackaby is the emerging voice in the Blackaby family’s publishing tradition. As a child, when not crafting elaborate fantasy tales, he could be found with his nose buried in a great book. He returns to his first love of imaginative fiction with his debut trilogy: The Lost City Chronicles. He currently resides in San Francisco, California with his wife, Sarah, where he eats shameful amounts of fish and chips and sourdough bread.
Dr. Brent Russell
Dr. Brent Russell is a board-certified emergency room doctor, living and working in Sun Valley, Idaho. He trained in Portland, Oregon and spent his first decade of private practice there. He has been happily married for 17 years to Missy Maier Russell and together they have one child, Jake.
Jeff Russell is the Founder and CEO of Jitasa, a copmany that provides accounting services to non-profits. He is a Georgia Tech Industrial Engineer and holds an MBA from Yale University. Jeff, his beautiful wife, and two wonderful children live in Boise, Idaho, where they enjoy biking, skiing, running, and the finest potatoes in the world.
Mark L. Russell
Mark L. Russell is CEO of Elevate. He has a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Auburn University. His PhD thesis was on the topic of Business as Mission (BAM).
Aaron Coleman is a sales and marketing professional with a background in finance, technology, and dining services. He has worked with c-level executives throughout the United States. He specializes in helping companies operate more efficiently and profitably. Aaron received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Idaho. He and his wife currently live in Boise, ID.
Thomas Jay Oord
Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is the author or editor of about twenty books and professor at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Thomas is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational thought (including relational theism), science and religion, Wesleyan/Holiness/Church of the Nazarene thought, Evangelical theology, and postmodernism.
Bob Luhn is an ordained minister and pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Othello, Washington. As of 2013, he has served 33 years as senior pastor in Othello, Washington. Bob is a graduate from Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Caleb Anderson is a speaker, writer, coach, consultant, and catalyst for change. A Business Communication stand-out at the University of Southern California, Caleb is a unique thinker and a relatable speaker. He is a change expert and has inspired countless people to make swift and effective changes that improve their lives in meaningful ways.
Jim Keller has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo and two graduate degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. He has worked in college ministry, primarily in the northeastern United States, for more than 25 years before he founded Charis Counseling Center in Orlando, FL. Jim was a nationally known speaker with Family Life, which is an international organization that addresses the topics of marriage, parenting, and remarriage.
Jeff Christopherson has a passion to see a Kingdom-centered church planting movement happen in North America. He has seen firsthand what can happen when a church 'gives itself away' through rapid multiplication. Jeff founded The Sanctuary network in Toronto and currently serves as Vice President of the North American Mission Board for the Northeast and Canada. Jeff and his wife Laura live in Toronto, Canada. They have two children.
Lisa Sharon Harper
Lisa Sharon Harper is Director of Mobilizing at Sojourners. Ms. Harper was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice, an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. Her writing has been featured in The National Civic Review, God’s Politics blog, The Huffington Post, Urban Faith, Prism, and Slant33 where she has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial justice, and transformational.
D.C. Innes is Associate Professor of Politics at The King’s College, New York City. He been published in Interpretation, Worldmag.com, The Washington Times, Piety and Humanity, and Civil Religion in Political Thought. He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and on the Board of Directors for Evangelical Political Scholars Association.
Dion Forster is a consultant and chaplain to the Power Group of Companies as well as the Global Day of Prayer and Unashamedly Ethical movements. Dion is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church of South Africa and has a doctorate of theology from the University of South Africa. The author of numerous books, Dion preaches regularly in churches around the world.
Graham Power is the founder and Board Chairman of the Power Group, one of Southern Africa's leaders in the fields of civil engineering, development, and construction. He is also the founder of the Global Day of Prayer, a worldwide movement involving millions of people from over 220 different countries.
Darrin Grinder is Chair of the English Department at Northwest Nazarene University and Associate Professor of American Literature. He has a Doctorate of Arts in English from Idaho State University. He and his wife attend Cathedral of the Rockies United Methodist Church in Boise, Idaho.
Steve Shaw is Professor of Political Science and Director of the University Honors Program at Northwest Nazarene University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. He has taught at NNU since 1979. He and his wife attend Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian, Idaho.