Plenary Speakers



Rich Stearns

As president of World Vision U.S., Rich Stearns calls Christians to action on the greatest needs of our day. His award-winning, best-selling book, The Hole in Our Gospel, has encouraged hundreds of thousands of readers to open their hearts to those who are hurting in our world.

Driven by his passion to raise awareness and support for poverty and justice issues, Rich appears regularly as a commentator on some of the top issues of our day in outlets ranging from Christianity Today, to Relevant magazine, FOX News, and Huffington Post. He speaks in churches regularly and in recent years has spoken at the Luasanne Conference, Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit, the Christian Leadership Alliance, Movement Day, Worship Together, and dozens of other conferences.

The former CEO for Parker Brothers Games and Lenox, Rich Stearns holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a calling from God, he resigned from Lenox in 1998, leaving behind more than 25 years of experience in corporate America to become World Vision’s U.S. president.

Rich and his wife, Reneé, live in Bellevue, Washington, and have supported World Vision since 1984. They have five children of their own — plus millions more around the world.

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Pam Pryor

Pam Pryor has taught speech communication on the university level and been a television news anchor and reporter. After having her own radio talk show in Oklahoma City, she moved to Washington, DC where she served as Representative J.C. Watts' chief of staff in his leadership office of the U.S. House.  Named as one of the hundred most powerful women in Washington, Pam has held a number of appointments.  Pam is now a Presidential appointee in the State Department.

After Watts' retirement, Ms. Pryor put her communication skills to work in corporate communications as well as teaching organizational skills and team building such as Strengths Finders.  She spent many years in the faith and community-based public affairs world and built capacity for several organizations including We Care America.  

She has worked coalitions and collaborations for the last 6 years in the issue campaign space.  During the 2012 election cycle, she ran the largest non-candidate, non-party grassroots field team made up of more than 9 coalition groups in 16 states.   During that time, she also helped to stand up the training organization that taught all of the field directors.  Pam has also worked in coalitions for Philanthropy Roundtable and the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education.  She loves to cook and entertain and talk about people’s strengths every chance she gets. 


Peter Greer

Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia and Zimbabwe, and served as managing director of Urwego Bank in Rwanda.  He is a graduate of Messiah College and Harvard Kennedy School.

Peter is an award-winning author and speaker, and has a passion to see the Church engage in effective missions and economic development. His latest book, Rooting for Rivals, focuses on how organizations can become more effective by serving each other.

Currently, Peter serves as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis Venture Partner.  More important than his occupation is his role as husband to Laurel and dad to Keith, Lilianna, and Myles.


Micah Payton

Micah Payton has served as Assistant General Counsel for Compassion International since 2014.  Compassion is a child-advocacy non-profit ministry with a global outreach to 25 countries that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty.

In his role, Micah focuses on domestic legal counsel.  He advises on HR matters and personnel investigations, contracts, intellectual property, marketing, litigation, policy/legislation, and religious freedom issues.

Prior to his role with Compassion, Micah served as Assistant Attorney General at the Colorado Department of Law in the Civil Litigation & Employment Law Section.  In that role, Micah served on a team representing all state government agencies and institutions of higher education at personnel hearings and matters before the State Personnel Board.

He is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and James Madison University.  He lives and plays in Monument, Colorado with his wife and two children.