Plenary Speakers

 

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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.

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 is a senior advisor and Presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of State.  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.  

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.  


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Peter Greer

Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International. 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.


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Kent Annan

Kent Annan is author of You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us (forthcoming, November 2018), Slow Kingdom Coming (2016), After Shock (2011), and Following Jesus through the Eye of the Needle (2009).

He is director of humanitarian and disaster leadership at Wheaton College, where he leads an M.A. program as part of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute. He’s on the board of directors of Equitas Group, a philanthropic foundation focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He cofounded Haiti Partners. And he’s a senior consultant for Development Associates International, which trains Christian leaders around the world.

He’s a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Palm Beach Atlantic University (B.A.). He teaches adult education at his local church. He speaks regularly to groups around the country. He is married to Shelly, and they live in Florida with their daughter and son.


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Micah Payton

Micah Payton served as Assistant General Counsel for Compassion International from 2014-2018.  In his role, Micah focused 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.


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Steve McFarland

In 30 years of law practice and public service, Mr. McFarland has specialized in the defense of religious liberty. He directed the Center For Law and Religious Freedom of the Christian Legal Society from 1991 through 1999. He also spearheaded the President’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative in the U.S. Department of Justice; was the first executive director of the U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom; developed programs for prisoners abroad as a vice-president of Prison Fellowship International, and now serves as Chief Legal Officer of World Vision, Inc., a Christian international relief and development ministry serving vulnerable children worldwide.


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Virginia Creasy

Virginia Creasy serves as the Program Coordinator for Sacred Sector, an initiative of the Center for Public Justice. Virginia facilitates a learning community for faith-based organizations and emerging leaders within the faith-based nonprofit sector that seek to integrate their sacred missions in public policy engagement, organizational practices, and public positioning. Her passion is to illuminate the philosophical underpinnings that cause faith-based nonprofits, and the people they serve, to flourish.

Before coming to CPJ, Virginia served as Development Operations Coordinator for the Family Research Council, where she organized the strategic efforts of her team and documented organizational knowledge. Prior to that, Virginia was a Marketing Assistant for Avant Real Estate Group in San Francisco, CA, which had nearly 40 million in annual property sales. Virginia also has long-time involvement with the special needs community, in both volunteer and official capacities. Virginia is married to Jon, and they live in the heart of Washington, D.C. with their cat Alley.