Sgt. Benjamin Anthony (IDF. Res.), is a combat veteran and reservist in the Israel Defense Forces. Specializing as a heavy machine gunner, Sgt. Anthony has taken a full and front line role in several of Israel's most recent campaigns to defend its citizens in the face of new age terrorist activity. He has served in large operations both within and beyond Israel's borders. Since his release from full time service, Sgt. Anthony has established an organization - Our Soldiers Speak a non-for-profit - non-governmental body that has one aim, clear and singular - to bring the proud truth of Israel's soldiers from the front lines of combat to the English speaking world, wherever and whenever audience is granted. A graduate of the University of Manchester, UK, and a believer in the importance of clear verbal communication, Sgt. Anthony specializes in bringing his message to the campuses of North America where he convenes lectures for both the pro. and anti-Israel elements of those student communities.To date, Benjamin Anthony has spoken at more than 220 campuses including some of the most prestigious seats of learning anywhere in the world. Previous platforms include Harvard university, Yale College, Cornell University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Emory, Duke and many others. His work has been undertaken in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, South Africa and Israel. He has addressed several hundred public high schools as well as scores of Jewish communities of all denominations.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. In 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann became the first Republican
woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of
Representatives. Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee
on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. She has taken the
opportunity of serving on the Intelligence Committee to regularly
advocate for peace through strength to ensure America’s national
security. As she vowed in her Oath of Office, Bachmann continues to
“support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all
enemies, foreign and domestic.” Bachmann is devoted to doing her part to
ensure America’s safety. Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress,
Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006. As a
Minnesota State Senator, she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights.
Before holding elected office, Bachmann worked on hundreds of civil and
criminal cases as a federal tax litigation attorney. Bachmann is a
graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. After
receiving her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts
University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary,
she along with her husband, Marcus moved their young family to
Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care
practice that employs nearly fifty people. The Bachmanns, who have been
married over thirty years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa,
Caroline and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster
children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of
America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her
Pastor Jay Bailey currently serves as the Lead pastor of Solid Rock Church a fast growing and dynamic church in Midland, Georgia where he has been since July 2003. Jay was born in Kingston, Jamaica where he grew up in the Church of England. At the age of fourteen, his family moved back to Toronto, Canada. As a teenager, Jay committed his life to becoming a professional tennis player. It was for this reason that he moved to the United States to play tennis for the University of Georgia. In his freshman year (1982) he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. Shortly after his conversion, he began feeling the call of God into full time ministry. This call became abundantly clear to him on May 5, 1984 when the Lord spoke to his heart in an undeniable way confirming the will of God for him to go into full-time pastoral ministry. This was the start of an exciting adventure as he began following the Lord. Early in his ministry, Pastor Bailey served two and half years as youth pastor. He then pastored Victory Christian Center in Macon, Georgia for twelve and half years. Pastor Bailey received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia and a master of divinity degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has been integrally involved in his community by serving as a police chaplain as well as serving on other Boards and committees within the community. For the past four years, he has been the team pastor for the Columbus Cottonmouths, a professional ice hockey team in Columbus. GA. He is currently serving as a Presbyter for the Georgia District Council of the Assemblies of God as well as serving on the Board of John Kilpatrick Ministries. Pastor Jay is an international speaker having spoken in Canada, India, Eastern Europe, Albania, Greece, Africa, Latin America, the Kingdom of Tonga and the Caribbean Islands over the last several years. His greatest passion is for his life to count for the glory of God and to see the fullness of Pentecost released among the people of God and for the Kingdom of God to be advanced in this world through the ministries of a strong and dynamic local church.
Congressman John Barrow is currently serving his fifth term as Congressman from Georgia's 12th Congressional District. John Barrow's Georgia roots run deep. For over 7 generations, his family has farmed, taught, preached, and practiced law all across eastern and southeastern Georgia. He grew up learning the importance of serving his community and standing up for what's right. John's father, James Barrow, was a decorated World War II veteran, and his mother, Phyllis Barrow, also served in the armed service during World War II, attaining the rank of Captain. Both were courageous and outspoken leaders in the effort to desegregate the University of Georgia. Congressman Barrow earned degrees in political science and history from the University of Georgia. Later, at only 20 years old, he became one of the youngest members of his class at Harvard Law School. In 1990, after having built and run a successful law practice, John was elected as a charter member of the Athens-Clarke County Commission. He served on the Commission for 14 years, voting against every tax increase, working for economic development, fighting for property tax relief for homeowners, and developing innovative programs to improve the quality of life of the people he represents.In the House of Representatives, John currently serves on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. John is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and currently serves as the group's Co-Chair for Administration.
Gary Bauer is the President of American Values. Bauer is a leading Christian advocate for a strong and secure Israel. Since the atrocities of September 11th, Bauer has devoted considerable time and energy to strengthening the shared values of the Israeli/American alliance. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor. While serving at the Education Department, Bauer was named Chairman of President Reagan's Special Working Group on the Family. His report, "The Family: Preserving America's Future," was presented to the President in December 1986. Completing his service in the Reagan White House in late 1988, Gary Bauer became President of the Family Research Council and a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family.
Glenn Beck is one of America’s leading radio and television personalities. His quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and Glenn Beck, one of the most successful new shows on the Fox News Channel. His unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to achieve the extraordinary feat of having #1 New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction. Beck also stars in a live stage show and is the publisher of Fusion magazine. Online, he is the editor of GlennBeck.com and the publisher of TheBlaze.com. Beck’s radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks and is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54. Beck was the recipient of the 2008 Marconi Award for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year from the National Association of Broadcasters. Beck’s self-titled topical talk show on the FOX News Channel debuted on January 19th, 2009 to over 2.4 million viewers. This incredible launch built off the success of Beck’s nightly TV show on CNN Headline News, which he hosted from 2006-2008. During those two years, the show grew by more than 200% in viewership in both the 7pm and 9pm timeslots. Beck is the author of six consecutive #1 New York Times Bestsellers including his latest book, the thriller The Overton Window. When The Christmas Sweater, his first novel, debuted at #1 on the fiction list, Beck became one of a handful of authors to write books that reached #1 on both the fiction and non-fiction NYT lists. Beck often travels across the country on a live stage tour and has attracted over 250,000 fans in nearly 40 different markets. His web site, GlennBeck.com, receives millions of visitors a month.
Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. is serving his eleventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Georgia's Second Congressional District. Congressman Bishop is a leader among the fiscally responsible Democrats in Congress. He believes that the number one way the nation can reduce the federal budget deficit and grow the economy is to get Americans back to work. He endorsed legislation to increase small business lending, extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to provide tax relief to Americans at all income levels while the economy recovers, eliminate the burdensome estate tax, and close tax loopholes that send American jobs overseas. Since 2003, Congressman Bishop has served on the House Committee on Appropriations. At the start of the 112th Congress, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the top Democrat on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. Congressman Bishop promotes the values and morals of Southwest Georgians – "God, country, work, family, and guns. He has co-sponsored amendments to the U.S. Constitution protecting the U.S. flag against acts of desecration, preserving the institution of marriage, ensuring a balanced federal budget, and allowing voluntary, non-denominational prayer in schools and other public places. He also supports the Second Amendment, receiving the grade of “A+” from the National Rifle Association. Bishop holds a number of leadership positions. He was a Senior Democratic Whip in the 112th Congress. He earlier served as Chairman of a Democratic House Task Force on Homeland Security and the Working Group on Defense of Physical Infrastructure and Natural Resources.
Rev. Billye Brim is CUFI's Region Five Director and CEO of Billye Brim's Ministry. Her life has been blessed and enriched by close association with people wholly given to God, particularly in prayer, who were a part of the move of the Holy Spirit in the twentieth century. After a twenty-year "knowing" that she is to work with and help people of prayer, she found direction in the developing of Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks—a 200+ acre-site near Branson, Missouri (including log cabins nestled in the woods for people to stay for times of individual prayer). In 1986, after her husband, Kent, moved to Heaven, she went to Israel to study Hebrew. In 2000, the ministry purchased property in Migdal, Israel (the home of Mary Magdalene). The purpose: a Hebrew Study Center with Jews and Christians working together. Billye Brim's ministry has traversed the globe through thousands of audio and video teaching materials. She is the author of two books: The Blood and the Glory and The Road to Prayer Mountain.
David Brog is the Executive Director of Christians United for Israel. He worked in the United States Senate for seven years, rising to be chief of staff to a senior United States senator and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Brog served as an executive at America Online and practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv, Israel and Philadelphia, PA. Brog is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to “the uttermost parts of the earth.” Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively. Keith Butler has established several ministry works outside the United States. Currently, there are churches in Toronto, Canada with a new one opening soon in Ottawa, Canada. Churches have also been established in London and Luten, England. Keith also supports churches in Sophia and Varna, Bulgaria. Keith has established PISTIS School of Ministry in each of the locations above as well as in Pretoria, South Africa. In the fall of 2013, PISTIS will open in Accra, Ghana and Kraków, Poland. He is also planning to open new ministry schools or churches in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Marseille, France. Through KBM, Keith Butler is teaching the Word, doing the work, and touching the world! In addition, Keith continues to travel around the United States and the world as an itinerant teacher, preaching and teaching from God’s holy Word. Though the Word of Faith Ministerial Alliance, Keith Butler serves as the pastor and overseer to other pastors and ministers in and outside of the United States. For more information about The Alliance, visit faithleaders.com.
Pastor Happy Caldwell is the founder and Pastor of Agape Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is also the founder and president of VTN (Victory Television Network). Pastor Caldwell travels worldwide preaching the Word of God with a simplicity that brings a revelation of the character of God to those who hear. He is also a successful author, and together with his wife, Jeanne, has recorded several Gospel music albums. Pastor Caldwell has an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University and is a recipient of the Peter J. Daniel's Achievement Award.
Elliot Chodoff is a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. Elliot is a major in the IDF reserves and is a graduate of the Home Front Command Senior Commanders Course. He presently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Population for the Northern Region of Israel in Home Front Command. In that capacity, he served on active duty in the North for five weeks during the Lebanon War of 2006. He also served in Gush Katif during the Gaza Disengagement in the summer of 2005 and in 2004 he was a member of the rescue team in the aftermath of the bombing of the Taba Hilton. In addition, he is an expert in infantry weapons and tactics, and teaches courses in field craft and small unit tactics to infantry and paratroop officers. He was selected for the IDF Home Front Command Outstanding Officer Award in 2006.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor is a results-oriented leader in Congress who is committed to helping solve problems for America's families. He has developed a broad range of innovative solutions to promote free markets, economic growth, job creation and national security. Representing Virginia's 7th District, Eric has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. Eric was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as the Majority Leader for the 112th and 113th Congresses. In Congress, Eric has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker and ideas-driven conservative. The Weekly Standard featured him as an emerging leader among an impressive group of "Young Guns of the House GOP." Congressional Quarterly has described him as "the GOP's communicator, rainmaker and consensus builder."
Senator Ted Cruz. In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. Propelled by tens of thousands of grassroots activists across Texas, Ted’s election has been described by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012 . . . a true grassroots victory against very long odds.” Ted’s calling to public service is inspired largely by his first-hand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America. Ted’s mother was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family; she became the first in her family to go to college, graduated from Rice University with a degree in mathematics, and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950s. Ted’s father was born in Cuba, fought in the revolution, and was imprisoned and tortured. He fled to Texas in 1957, penniless and not speaking a word of English. He washed dishes for 50 cents an hour, paid his way through the University of Texas, and started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Ted’s father is a pastor in Dallas. In the Senate, Ted serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on the Judiciary; the Special Committee on Aging; and the Committee on Rules and Administration.Before being elected, Ted received national acclaim as the Solicitor General of Texas, the State's chief lawyer before the U.S. Supreme Court. Serving under Attorney General Greg Abbott, Ted was the nation’s youngest Solicitor General, the longest serving Solicitor General in Texas, and the first Hispanic Solicitor General of Texas. In private practice in Houston, Ted spent five years as a partner at one of the nation’s largest law firms, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. Ted has authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court Ted graduated with honors from Princeton University and with high honors from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for the Chief Justice of the United States. Ted and his wife Heidi live in his hometown of Houston, Texas, with their two young daughters Caroline and Catherine.
Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gaffney contributes actively to the security policy debate in his capacity as a weekly columnist for the Washington Times and JewishWorldReview.com and he appears often on national and international television and radio news programs. In April 1987, Mr. Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving nuclear forces, arms control and U.S.-European defense relations. He acted in that capacity for seven months during which time, he was the Chairman of the prestigious High Level Group, NATO's senior politico-military committee. He also represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations and ministerial meetings. From August 1983 until November 1987, Mr. Gaffney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle. From February 1981 to August 1983, Mr. Gaffney was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John Tower (R-Texas). In the latter 1970's, Mr. Gaffney served as an aide to the late Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson (D-Washington) in the areas of defense and foreign policy.
Lela Gilbert has authored or co-authored more than sixty books including her latest release Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner (Encounter Books, December 2012) and the award-winning Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion(Oxford University Press, 2008) with Paul Marshall and Roberta Green Ahmanson. Along with Hudson Institute colleagues Paul Marshall and Nina Shea, she recently co-authored Persecuted: the Global Assault on Christians (Thomas Nelson, 2013) As a writer, journalist and author, Lela Gilbert is available for public speaking and interviews. She has traveled to Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and throughout North America. She is a contributor toJerusalem Post, National Review Online, Weekly Standard Online. She serves as an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute, Washington, DC. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel and Southern California.
Senator Lindsey O. Graham is an American politician who serves as the senior United States Senator from South Carolina, serving in office since 2003. Graham is widely viewed as one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense and considered a loyal friend to our men and women serving in uniform. A frequent visitor to the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq for on-the-ground assessments, Graham has consistently pushed for outcomes in the War on Terror which defend our own long-term national security interests. Closer to home, Graham has been a leader in balancing the federal budget and reforming entitlements to get our nation's fiscal house in order. For his work, a prominent national conservative organization labeled him a 'Taxpayer Hero' who puts, "the interests of the taxpayer ahead of politics by consistently voting to cut wasteful spending, reduce the tax burden, and make government more accountable to taxpayers."
Graham was elected to the Senate in 2002 and reelected in 2008, garnering over one million votes and becoming the top vote-getter in South Carolina history. In the Senate, he serves on the chamber's most important committees: Appropriations, which oversees the expenditure of every dollar from the Federal Treasury; Armed Services, which is responsible for all areas of our national defense; Budget, which establishes the blueprint for total government revenues and spending, and Judiciary, which has a broad mandate covering multiple issues ranging from the Constitution to criminal justice to intellectual property law.
Pastor John Hagee is the Founder and National Chairman, Christians United for Israel, Founder and Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church, and President and CEO, John Hagee Ministries. Pastor John C. Hagee has built a ministry on straightforward Bible teaching and preaching, and unwavering support for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. John Hagee Ministries occupies a 50,000 square-foot production center which houses both radio and television studios, 100 telephone prayer partners, and a vast distribution center. Currently, Hagee telecasts on eight major networks, 162 independent television stations, and 51 radio stations throughout the globe broadcasting in over 190 nations. In addition to founding the global media ministry Pastor Hagee is the author of 21 major books the latest being Jerusalem Countdown which made the USA Today's best seller list. Many of his books have been best sellers with one, The Beginning of the End, reaching the New York Times best sellers list.
Pastor Matthew Hagee is the sixth generation to carry the mantel of Gospel ministry in the Hagee family. He began preaching at 17 years of age and is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. He serves as the Executive Pastor of the 20,000 member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas where he partners with his father, founder Pastor John Hagee to minister to the needs of the church body. On October 4, 2003, Matthew married Kendal Elizabeth Young together they minister to equip the church of tomorrow how to live the victorious life of the believer. They have been blessed with two children, Hannah Rose Hagee born April 16, 2005 and John William Hagee born January 31, 2007.
Pastor Lynne Hammond is CUFI's Daughters for Zion Director. She travels internationally as a teacher and author on the subject of prayer. She regularly writes articles in Winner's Way magazine and publishes a newsletter called PrayerNotes for people of prayer. Her books include Whispers From the Secret Place, Heaven's Power for the Harvest, Staying Faith, When It's Time for a Miracle, Living in God's Presence, Dare to Be Free, and The Master Is Calling workbook. In addition, Lynne's other books, The Master Is Calling, Renewed in His Presence, Secrets to Powerful Prayer, and When Healing Doesn't Come Easily, have been translated into several different languages. Lynne's husband, Mac is the pastor of Living Word Christian Center and CUFI Region 8 Director.
Pastor Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a large and growing body of Christian believers in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. He is the host of the Winner’s Way broadcast and author of several internationally distributed books. Mac is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer’s commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. He received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business merger brought the Hammonds to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980 with 12 people in attendance. After almost 25 years, that group of twelve people has grown into an active church body of 9,000 members. Today some of the outreaches that spring from Living Word include Maranatha Christian Academy, a fully-accredited, pre-K through 12th grade Christian school; Maranatha College, an evening and weekend college with an uncompromising Christian environment; Living Free Recovery Services, a state licensed outpatient treatment facility for chemical dependency; Club 3 Degrees, a cutting-edge Christian music club which is smoke/alcohol free; The Compassion Center, a multi-faceted outreach to inner-city residents; CFAITH, an online cooperative missionary outreach of hundreds of national and international organizations providing faith-based content and a nonprofit family oriented ISP; and a national and international media outreach that includes hundreds of audio/video teaching series, Winner’s Way broadcast, Prayer Notes publication, and Winner’s Way magazine. Out of a desire to bless Israel, and in accordance with the Word of God, Mac Hammond initiated “Israel Feed the Hungry” as a means to help feed the families in Israel that have been devastated by suicide bombers. To that end, the congregation of Living Word has generously donated in excess of $350,000 since the program’s inception in 2004.
Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body on international Jewish concerns for 50 national Jewish organizations. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, the central coordinating agency for Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. Prior to that, he was the founding Executive Director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. Mr. Hoenlein has traveled throughout the world meeting with world leaders and Jewish communities. He has written and lectured across the US and abroad on international relations, Israel and Middle East affairs, Soviet and World Jewry, terrorism, the American Jewish community, and intergroup relations. Mr. Hoenlein serves as an advisor to many public officials and is frequently consulted on public policy issues. He appears regularly in the media. Mr. Hoenlein meets regularly with world leaders and has visited with them across the globe.
Governor Mike Huckabee is the host of the number one rated weekend hit HUCKABEE on the Fox News Channel and Cumulus Media Networks' syndicated radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show, heard on more than 175 stations. He's also heard three times daily across the nation on The Huckabee Report syndicated on almost 600 stations, and has been the fastest growing new program on the Cumulus Media Network in recent years. He is the author of 9 books, the most recent being "A Simple Government." This is his fourth book that has been on the New York Times Best Seller list joining "Do the Right Thing," "A Simple Christmas" and "Can't Wait Till Christmas." After his campaign for the Republican nomination for President in 2008, in which he finished second to John McCain, he formed HuckPac to assist Conservative Republicans running for office nationwide and has amassed a volunteer team with thousands of activists in all 50 states. From 1996-2007, Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas and was recognized nationally for his leadership, having been honored by several renowned publications and organizations for his numerous accomplishments. Governing magazine named him as one of its 'Public Officials of the Year' for 2005, Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America, and later in the same year, Huckabee received the American Association of Retired Person's Impact Award. In 2007, he was presented with the Music for Life Award by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), for his commitment to music education. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission. Huckabee became governor in July 1996 when his predecessor resigned. He was one of the youngest governors in the country at the time. Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term as governor in 1998, attracting the largest percentage of the vote ever received by a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas, and was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2002. Huckabee first was elected lieutenant governor in a 1993 special election and was elected to a full four-year term in 1994. He was only the fourth Republican to be elected to statewide office since Reconstruction. After an early career in broadcasting and advertising, he spent 12 years as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Southern Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas. Huckabee led rapidly growing congregations in Pine Bluff and Texarkana. He said those experiences gave him a deep sense of the problems faced by individuals and families. Huckabee's efforts to improve his own health have received national attention. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2003, he lost 110 pounds. Barely two years later, he completed four marathons: The 2005 and 2006 Little Rock Marathons, the Marine Corps Marathon and the ING New York City Marathon. As a result of his accomplishments, The Road Runners Club of America named him its 'Southern Region Runner of the Year' and USA Track & Field has named him their 'Athlete of the Week' for the country. Huckabee, 56, is an avid musician and is bass player in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has opened for artists such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band, and has played the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO, for two presidential inauguration balls and at two Republican National Conventions. He is featured each week in the musical segment of his Fox show with the Fox house band, The Little Rockers. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, running, and music. He was named one of the 25 Most Influential People for Conservation by Outdoor Life magazine, and was named Man of the Year by the American Sportfishing Association in 1997. The former governor and his wife, Janet, live in Florida and still spend part of their time in Arkansas. They have three grown children: John Mark, David and Sarah, as well as two grandchildren, Chandler and Scarlett, for whom his most recently released book, "Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett" is named.
Colonel Richard Justin Kemp, CBE (born 14 April 1959) served in the British Army from 1977 to 2005. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, an infantry battalion Commanding Officer, worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBR and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe. After retiring from the army, Kemp turned to writing. His first book, Attack State Red is an account of the 2007 campaign undertaken by the Royal Anglian Regiment, documenting their initial deployment and trials in Afghanistan. Attack State Red was listed as a bestseller in the Sunday Times, two weeks after initial release.
Pastor Steven Khoury is the Vice President of Holy Land Missions. Which has been reaching out to the lost in Israel for the past 30yrs. Today, Six locations around the country are actively preaching the Gospel to a hurting nation, including Calvary Church in Jerusalem and First Baptist in Bethlehem. Pastor Steven has attended Bible College in Springfield MO, and received his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry and Theology. He is an affiliate with the BBFI, the National Christian Foundation, and the Voice of the Martyrs Organization. He is the youngest ordained Israeli Arab pastor in Israel and the surrounding Arab countries. Pastor Steven has recently published, “Diplomatic Christianity” and has been discussed in several books and interview by organizations such as CBN and ICEJ. He currently writes religious articles for Al-Quds, the largest Arabic newspaper in the Holy Land.
Congressman Doug Lamborn was first elected to represent Colorado's 5th district in 2006. Lamborn serves as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Additionally, Representative Lamborn serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Throughout his career in public service, Representative Lamborn has been a leader on pro-family and small business issues, a strong advocate for our men and women defending our nation in the military, and a supporter of lower taxes, immigration reform, less government spending, and protection of the Second Amendment. Prior to Representative Lamborn's election to the U.S. House, he served in the Colorado state legislature in the House and Senate from 1995 through 2006. Representative Lamborn received both his bachelor's degree in journalism and his law degree from the University of Kansas, where he attended as a National Merit Scholar. He has been an attorney in private general practice in Colorado Springs for 20 years, emphasizing business and real estate.
Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau, Ph.D. A senior leader of Israeli politics and a previously high ranking member of the Likud party, now with "Israel beytenu" party, Dr. Uzi Landau held central positions as a member of the Israeli Knesset and Government from 1984. Amongst his many political roles he served as the Minister of Homeland Security, a member of the Security Cabinet during the peak of the war on terror, a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office responsible for overseeing Israeli intelligence, secret services and the U.S-Israel strategic dialogue, and as Chairman of the Foreign Relations and Defense Committee of the Knesset. Additionally, he served as Chairman and member of several defense, economic, and government operations oversight committees of the Knesset. From 2006 through 2008 he was a Senior Research Fellow in The Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya. From 2009 through 2013 Dr. Landau served as the Minister of Energy and Water Resources. From March 2013 to the present day, Dr. Landau is serving as Israel's Minister of Tourism and a member of the social-economic Cabinet. Prior to his political career, Dr. Landau was a leading engineer at RAFAEL Armament Development Authority, a lecturer at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and the Director General of the Ministry of Transport. He also served on the boards of EL AL Israel Airlines, the Israel Ports Authority, the Israel Airports Authority, Society for the Protection of Nature, "Si'ah Vasig" Israel debating society, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Landau received his Ph.D. in 1976 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and both his M.Sc. and B.Sc. at the Technion in Haifa.
Michael Little is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. (CBN). He is the Board Chairman of The Christian Broadcasting Associates (CBA) in Canada and the Vice Chairman of Operation Blessing International. A 33-year veteran of CBN, Michael has worked in over 85 countries overseeing our TV production and global distribution. His previous responsibilities for CBN have included service as Group Vice President for CBN International, Vice President of CBN Programming, Executive Producer of The 700 Club, President of Middle East Television, and News Director for WYAH-TV. Before coming to CBN, Michael served as a U.S. Army officer in Germany. Michael received an Emmy Award as Executive Producer of the CBS television movie, Never Say Goodbye. He has also received TV production awards from Religion in Media, National Religious Broadcasters and the New York International Film Festival. In addition to his work for CBN, Michael serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Regent University, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. Michael enjoys leading study groups to the Holy Land having made over 45 visits to Israel and other Middle East countries. Michael is a graduate of St. Leo University in Florida, and holds the Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. St. Leo University recently honored Mr. Little with the Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Michael and his wife Becky are active members of First Baptist Church Norfolk. They have two sons and a grandson-Caleb.
Clare M. Lopez a senior fellow at the Clarion Fund, writes regularly for RadicalIslam.org, and is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, and counterterrorism issues.
Clifford D. May is the President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, created immediately following the 9/11 attacks on the United States. In the decade during which he has lead the organization, FDD has become one of the nation’s most highly regarded policy institutes and a sought-after voice on a wide range of national security issues. Under Cliff’s direction, FDD has assembled a staff and advisory board of the most compelling scholars and experts whose ideas and research have helped shape important policies on terrorism, radical Islamism and democratization
Pastor Cheryl Morrison is the director of Women's Ministries and Israel Outreach at Faith Bible Chapel, a 4,000 member non-denominational church in Arvada, Colorado. She is the director of The International Singers and Dancers, a performing group from FBC that travels annually to Israel to show support and unconditional love to the nation of Israel and the Jewish People. Cheryl has been to Israel over 40 times. She taught a course on Judeo-Christian Perspectives at Rocky Mountain Bible Institute, and teaches Israel related courses at Faith Bible Chapel's lay college, Faith Bible Institute.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv and grew up in Jerusalem. In 1993 Mr. Netanyahu was elected Likud party chairman and served as leader of the opposition until being elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1996. After the completion of his term as Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu served as a business consultant to Israeli hi-tech companies and was a popular speaker on the global lecture circuit. In 2002 Mr. Netanyahu returned to politics, first as Minister of Foreign Affairs and then, in the course of 2003, as Minister of Finance. In 2009, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the second time.
Pastor George Morrison is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Chapel, a 4500 member, non-denominational church in Arvada; a city located northwest of Denver, Colorado. The church has two different campuses which host two traditional Sunday morning services, a Spanish-only speaking Sunday service, a traditional Wednesday night service, and multiple Gen-X services. Five other sister churches have been planted and are also located in Colorado. The church organization includes Faith Christian Academy, a kindergarten through 12th grade school with over 1100 students; and a Bible school for part-time students. In addition, Faith Bible Chapel serves the community through the Sonshine Center, which is a day care and pre-school. Together with his wife Cheryl, Pastor Morrison is a leader in the Denver-metro area for supporting Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Together they support and lead numerous interfaith Pro-Israel rallies as well as host an annual Israel Awareness Day an educational, inspirational, and motivational series of performances, programs, and music designed to bring community awareness to Israel related issues. For more than two decades, Faith Bible Chapel has been sending The International Singers and Dancers, a performing group that travels to Israel to demonstrate unconditional love to military and civilian Israelis. Pastor Morrison was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After graduating high school in 1965, he attended Thaddeus Stevens Technical College. In 1968 Pastor Morrison joined the Marines and was sent to South Vietnam in 1969. While there he was stationed at Quang-tri were he served as crew chief for a OV-10A Bronco Aircraft as well as a door gunner in a UH1E helicopter and earned his combat air crew wings. He returned from his tour of duty at the end of 1969 and moved to Colorado in 1972. After trying many things in search for life's meaning, Pastor Morrison had a dramatic conversion experience with Jesus Christ in 1971. This change gave him a new direction, and from that time forward, he became actively involved in pursuing God's will for his life. After meeting and marrying his wife, Cheryl, in 1972, he graduated from FBC's Bible College in 1974, later becoming a teacher and director of the college. In his earlier years of ministry, he and his wife Cheryl served as house parents for a youth home of 32 young people who desired discipleship. Pastor Morrison was ordained in 1975 and served as an associate pastor at Faith Bible Chapel until 1984 when he assumed the responsibility of Senior Pastor. In 1990, Pastor Morrison returned to South Vietnam with an organization called "Vets With A Mission." The men took much needed medical supplies into various villages and also worked in some of the orphanages while they were there. Over the years God has used Pastor Morrison to minister to pastors and church leaders. He has spoken at numerous leadership conferences both in the United States and overseas, including Promise Keepers events, and is the author of the book entitled, If It's Not Broken, Break It! He also serves as Chairman on the Board of Directors for Promise Keepers. Pastor Morrison currently resides in Arvada with his wife, Cheryl.
Congressman Tom Price was first elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in November 2004. Prior to going to Washington, Price served four terms in the Georgia State Senate – two as Minority Whip. In 2002, he was a leader in the Republican renaissance in Georgia as the party took control of the State Senate, with Price rising to become the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia. In Congress, Rep. Price has proven to be a vibrant leader, tireless problem solver and the go-to Republican on quality health care policy. He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In the 113th Congress, Price was named Vice Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. In previous Congresses, he has served as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Committed to advancing positive solutions under principled leadership, Price has been a fierce opponent of government waste and devoted to limited government and lower spending. For nearly twenty years, Rep. Price worked in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon. Before coming to Washington he returned to Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, teaching resident doctors in training. He received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency at Emory University. Congressman Price and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Roswell, GA. They have one son.
Ambassador Ron Prosor became Israel’s 16th Permanent
Representative to the United Nations in June 2011. He currently serves as Vice
President of the UN’s 67th General Assembly, presiding over the hall during
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech last September. With over two decades of experience at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Mr. Prosor has carved out an international reputation as one
of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats. Previously, he served for nearly four
years as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, where he earned plaudits
for his articulate and forthright defense of Israel’s position, publishing
numerous articles throughout the British press and addressing the widest
possible range of audiences throughout the country. Between 2004 and 2007, Mr. Prosor served as the Director
General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, overseeing the work of the Foreign
Ministry during the disengagement from Gaza in 2005. His previous overseas service has included roles in
Washington, London and Bonn. Mr. Prosor was instrumental in establishing
diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin
Wall in 1989. He was also a member of Israel’s delegation to the Wye River
Summit talks in 1998. Mr. Prosor served in Washington between 1998 and 2002 as
the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the Israeli Embassy, throughout
the transition from the Clinton to Bush administrations after the presidential
elections of 2000. As an officer in the Artillery Division of the IDF, Mr.
Prosor attained the rank of Major and is a graduate of the IDF Battalion
Commanders. He also holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, graduating with distinction. A prolific writer and commentator, Mr. Prosor's op-eds
have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Foreign
Policy, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Telegraph, The
Guardian, Ha'aretz, and The Jerusalem Post. He is married to Hadas with whom he has three children, Lior,
Tomer, and Oren.
Congressman Peter Roskam, born and raised in the district he serves, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam is now in his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives. According to the Washington Post, Roskam "serves as a calming, drama-free influence" on Capitol Hill, and is regularly praised for his ability to distill complex national issues to their core. Roskam graduated from the University of Illinois before spending his early career in the office of his mentor, legendary Congressman Henry Hyde. He later earned his J.D. from Kent College of Law. Roskam has represented Chicago's western suburbs in both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate, where he served alongside then State-Senator Barack Obama. Often referred to as the House Republicans' "listener-in-Chief," Roskam uses his roles in leadership and on the Ways and Means committee to fight for fiscal responsibility and common sense tax initiatives; he is a co-author of the Pledge to America and played an active role in securing a landslide House majority in 2010. Roskam currently lives in Wheaton with his wife of 24 years, Elizabeth. They have four children, Gracey, Frankie, Steve and A.J.
Jordan Sekulow is the Executive Director for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). He is the host of the Jordan Sekulow Show, a syndicated radio program that provides cutting analysis of today's political and legal landscape and regularly features elected officials and conservative leaders from across the U.S. and around the globe. He also serves as co-host, along with ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, of the Jay Sekulow Live! radio broadcast and the ACLJ This Week television broadcast. Jordan Sekulow oversees much of the ACLJ’s international work, engaging with government officials and international leaders on human rights issues around the world.
Dan Senor is an author and investor. He has also served in a range of national security positions in the senior levels of the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Senate, and on national presidential campaigns.
Dan's analytical pieces are frequently published by the Wall Street Journal; he has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Weekly Standard, Time and Newsweek. He is a regular guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, and appears frequently on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News and on the Sunday public affairs shows “This Week” on ABC and “Meet the Press” on NBC. He recently co-authored Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, a New York Times Bestseller, which has been ranked repeatedly on the bestseller lists of the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Meg Whitman has called Start-Up Nation “a timely book filled with inspiring insights into what’s behind Israel’s dynamic economy.” Dan is an MBA graduate from Harvard Business School, and lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.
Erick Stakelbeck is a sought after authority on terrorism and national security issues with extensive experience in television, radio, print and digital media. Stakelbeck is a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News. He covers the global war on terror, U.S. national security, the Middle East and the growth of radical Islam at home and abroad for the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau. He’s host of the weekly CBN program, Stakelbeck on Terror—the only show on American television devoted solely to the Islamic terrorist threat and the Middle East. He has interviewed numerous lawmakers and world leaders as well as Islamic terrorists. Stakelbeck is also a regular contributor to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV, guest hosting the Glenn Beck Program and providing in-studio analysis and investigative reports. Stakelbeck’s book, The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat was released in 2011 by Regnery Publishing to wide acclaim. Fox News host and Ret. Lt Col. Oliver North said, “Every American who cares about tomorrow needs to read The Terrorist Next Door now.” Stakelbeck’s follow-up is called The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy. It warns about the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and will be released by Regnery on July 16, 2013. Stakelbeck has made hundreds of appearances as a commentator on leading national television and radio programs. His appearances include: The O’Reilly Factor, The Sean Hannity Show, The Glenn Beck Program Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox and Friends, America’s Newsroom, America Live with Megyn Kelly, CNN, BBC, Al Hurra and many others. Stakelbeck also appears for a weekly segment on The Savage Nation, the third highest-rated radio talk show in America. Stakelbeck has worked as a senior writer and analyst at the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a counterterrorism think tank founded by terrorism expert Steven Emerson. His articles on Islamic extremism, global terrorism and national security have appeared in the Wall Street Journal Europe, Weekly Standard, Washington Times, New York Post, Jerusalem Post, and National Review Online, among other publications. Stakelbeck is a graduate of Holy Family University in Philadelphia. His popular blog, “Stakelbeck on Terror,” can be found at CBN News.com
Dr. Kenneth W. Stein is the William E. Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Since coming to Emory in 1977, he founded and developed the International Studies Center, was the first director of the Carter Center (1983-1986), and established in 1988, the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI). In Spring 2006, he was a visiting professor of Political Science at Brown University. Dr. Stein is the author of numerous books and publications. Among them are Hebrew and English editions of Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace (Routledge:1999); Making Peace Among Arabs and Israelis: Lessons from Fifty Years of Negotiating Experience (United States Institute for Peace:1991), and The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939 (North Carolina Press: 1984, 1985, and 2003). His almost three dozen journal articles and book chapters have focused on the origins of modern Israel, American foreign policy toward the Middle East, history of the yishuv (1880s-1940s), Palestinian politics, inter-Arab relations, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Stein serves on the Editorial Board of Middle East Quarterly.
Pastor Victor Styrsky, assumed CUFI's Eastern Regional Coordinator position after serving several years as CUFI's California Director. A Christian Zionist for over 30 years, Victor has been a frequent speaker at AIPAC, on college campuses, Zionist Organization of America, Eagles Wings, the Israel-Christian Nexus and other pro- Israel organizations across the nation. In 2007, Pastor Styrsky addressed the 25,000- person rally outside the United Nations in protest of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's appearance.
Pastor Scott Thomas was born in Middletown, OH with a very traditional Christian upbringing. With more than two decades of full-time ministry behind them, Lead Pastors Scott is no stranger to service and leadership. With a deeply rooted desire to maintain their creative style, passion for ministry, love for God’s people and the freedom it brings, he launched ,with wife Cindy, Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, Florida on the promises of a bright and glorious future. Scott and Cindy are also passionately involved in pro-Israel advocacy. From guiding their own Educational Tours in Israel to hosting pro-Israel events in Lakeland, their hearts are knitted with Israel and the Jewish people. In April 2008, Scott and Cindy were honored by the Jewish National Fund in Tampa, Florida with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" or their ongoing efforts of support for Israel and the Jewish people. Then, in October or 2008, Scott was chosen, and accepted, the position of Florida State Director for "Christians United for Israel." Today, Scott serves on the Board for Operation Life Shield - an Israeli organization that builds and places bomb shelters in the terrorist-striken communities of Israel.