Speakers / Keynote
Harold B. Smith, President and CEO of Christianity Today
Harold Smith serves as President and CEO of Christianity Today. He leads a dynamic global media ministry envisioned in 1956 by world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham and that today serves the church through digital and print publications, as well as practical and accessible web resources that together reach more than 2.5 million people every month. Harold travels extensively on behalf of the ministry, both nationally and internationally, casting a 21st-century vision that is finding a growing number of individual and organizational partners and supporters. He is the author of numerous articles and one very funny book on family travel, Hey Dad, Are We There Yet?
Dr. Carlos Campo
Dr. Carlos Campo is the former president of Regent University, where he served for five years. During his tenure at Regent, the university experienced record enrollment, and was the first institution in Virginia to receive an “A” rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Dr. Campo helps lead the NHCLC’s Alliance for Hispanic Christian Education, and was the recently recognized by the NHCLC with their “Excellence in Leadership Award.” Dr. Campo is a blogger for the Huffington Post, and a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Arthur Miller Society, the International Shakespeare Association, E3 Elevate Early Education, World Affairs Council and the Urban League of Hampton Roads.
Alex Camacho, M.S., Ph.D. (ABD)
Alex Camacho serves as Associate Professor of Marketing in the Cedarville University School of Business Administration. He joined the faculty in 2012 after years of extensive experience designing, implementing, and managing general and multicultural marketing and market research programs, as well as implementing sales management. He has worked for Coca-Cola International, Maritz, America Online, and SPSS. He started his own marketing consultant agency, HSM, in 2003 and has conducted consumer marketing work all over the world for some of the top 100 Forbes companies. Alex taught undergraduate business courses while in graduate school and has published several marketing-related articles.
As Program Director for Focus on the Family’s Raising Highly Capable Kids, Mike Haley works in communities across the country helping parents raise healthy, caring, and responsible children. In addition to being a co-founder of Focus’ longest-running conference, he speaks frequently to churches, colleges and universities, public schools, and youth groups and has appeared at national conventions, including the 2004 Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference. He has a B.A. in Christian education from Biola University and an M.A. in counseling from Liberty University. Mike and his wife, Angie, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their two sons.
Dr. Jesse Miranda
Dr. Jesse Miranda is an international Christian leader with a firm commitment to Latino civic engagement. A noted community leader and religious educator for more than 40 years, his expertise in the areas of leadership, social ethics, reconciliation, and theological education led to him consulting with U.S. presidents on issues dealing with church, society and immigration. He is the founder and President of the Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales (AMEN), consisting of 27 denominations and 77 ministries. He is the founder of the largest Latino seminary in the nation, the Latin American Theological Seminary. He serves as an Executive Presbyter with the General Council of the Assemblies of God and is the Commissioner on Ethnicity for that Fellowship. He is the founder and director of the Jesse Miranda Center for Latino Leadership at Vanguard University.
Juan Pena was born in Bogotá, Columbia, and immigrated to the United States when he was 14 years old. Juan has a M.Div. from Baptist Bible Seminary and has planted two multiethnic churches. Juan is deeply engaged in serving the Northeast Community in downtown Denver, Colorado. He is the founding member of University Preparatory School and is the Executive Director of the Providence Center for Urban Leadership Development. He enjoys rooting for the Patriots and Red Sox, reading World War II books, having cookouts with his neighbors at Nairobi Park, and playing soccer with his four sons.
Dr. Gus Reyes
Dr. Gus Reyes serves as the Director of the Hispanic Education Initiative/Affinity Ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He moved to this position after serving as the Director of the Service Center. He served as ethnic consultant for the Center of Strategic Evangelism, overseeing record attendance of over 3,700 at the 2004 Hispanic Youth and Singles Congreso, and over 3,000 in attendance at the 2004 Hispanic Evangelism Conference. A 25-year youth ministry veteran, Reyes also serves as bi-vocational Pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista, Dallas, Texas. He is the co-author with Dr. Richard Ross of "30 Days, Turning the Hearts of Parents and Teens Toward Each Other."
Pastor Jesse Rincones has served as Pastor of Alliance Church in Lubbock, Texas, for 11 years. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.A. in mathematics and earned a J.D. from Texas Tech School of Law. He practiced law with Sprouse, Smith, and Rowley and is still licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas. Jesse serves as Executive Director of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas and serves as a pastor’s coach for Texas Baptist Coaching. He serves on the boards of Baptist University of the Americas and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. He previously served on the boards of Hereford Regional Medical Center, Pray Lubbock, and Mission Lubbock. Jesse and his wife, Brenda, have four children.
A Dallas native, Esmeralda Sánchez is a Master of Science student in Applied Sociology at the University of Texas at Dallas and a research associate for the Center for Child and Community Development at Southern Methodist University (SMU). At the Center, Esmeralda manages research and evaluation efforts for two federally funded projects designed to connect research, pedagogy and curriculum in school settings. An advocate for underrepresented students, she served as the director for the Hispanic College Fund’s largest Hispanic Youth Institute, a college empowerment program for underserved youth, overseeing all programmatic efforts for the state of Texas. Esmeralda earned her bachelor’s degree from SMU and currently serves as an education specialist with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC).
Romal Tune has dedicated his life to generating connectivity between faith communities, corporate and public entities, social-change advocates, and underserved young people. He is the founder and executive administrator of the national nonprofit Faith For Change, which solicits community involvement with high-needs schools to keep kids in school and promote lasting academic achievement, and FFC Consulting, which engages and connects principals, companies, and organizations with the faith-based community at large. With education at the forefront of his mission, Romal is empowered by lessons learned from his own at-risk youth, advancing the notion that impoverished children can have bright futures when prepared for learning. He is fast becoming one of our nation’s leading speakers and reformers on education for at-risk students. His book God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens released in June 2013. Romal graduated magna cum laude from Howard University and Duke Divinity School.