Phil and Rici Skei (January 17)
Phil Skei is Executive Director of the Fresno Institute for Urban Leadership, a ministry for youth and youth leaders from under-resourced churches in Fresno. Rici Skei holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in education – both from Fresno Pacific University, where she formerly served as Director of Student Ministries and Gospel Choir Director. Phil and Rici, along with their two daughters, live in one of the most impoverished areas of Fresno in order to model a ministry of personal and community transformation.
Franklin Graham (January 18)
Franklin Graham has devoted his life to meeting the needs of people around the world and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, he serves as President and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Under his leadership, Samaritan's Purse has met the needs of poor, sick, and suffering people in more than 100 countries. As an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he has led crusades around the world.
Jill Briscoe, Spiritual Renewal Week, Staley Guest
Jill Briscoe comes to JBU through funding from the Staley Foundation. She is an international Bible teacher and author who has been in ministry for over 50 years. She began with a vigorous street ministry to the kids of Liverpool and now travels around the world, often alongside her husband, Stuart, ministering to under-resourced churches. Jill has authored more than 40 books including devotionals, study guides, poetry, and children's books.
Robert Cupp (February 15)
Robert Cupp is founding pastor and has been Directional Leader of Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas for over 26 years. He attended both Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (M.A.B.S. and S.T.M.). Cupp also received his doctoral degree from Western Baptist Seminary (D.Min.) and was honored with his Doctor of Divinity (Honorary) from Hindustan Bible College (Chennai, India). Currently he serves as Chairman of the Board at JBU and is on the board of Samaritan Community Center in Rogers, Arkansas.
Tyler Merrick, Soderquist Center Leadership Week
Tyler Merrick is a 2000 graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Agricultural Development. In 2008, he founded Project 7, a consumer goods company passionate about social change. Through the sales of everyday products made by Project 7, money and awareness are raised for the seven most critical areas of need in our world.
Blake Mycoskie, Soderquist Center Leadership Week
Blake Mycoskie is Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes. Blake has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, creating five businesses since college. He put this same tenacity for success into starting TOMS in 2006. When he witnessed the hardships facing children growing up barefoot in Argentina, he felt a need to help, and the One for One movement was born. TOMS just celebrated its one millionth pair of new shoes to a child in need in Argentina where it all began four years ago.
Hunter Baker (March 3)
Hunter Baker is Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Political Science at Union University. He received his Ph.D. in Religion, Politics, and Society from Baylor University, and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, and is the author of the recently published book, The End of Secularism.
David Johnson (March 10)
David Johnson is an international photojournalist and the president and founder of Silent Images. His passion is taking his camera around the world to document persecuted and oppressed people and then using his work to raise awareness and money for indigenous people. David’s focus is to always find hope in the midst of injustice. The author of two books, David has documented the people of Darfur, Sudan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Haiti, and Peru.
Nancy Guthrie (March 31)
Nancy Guthrie, a 1984 graduate of JBU, speaks at conferences around the country and internationally, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Covenant Theological Seminary. She and her husband, David, live in Nashville Tennessee, with their son, Matt, who is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee. Nancy and David are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in over 6,000 churches around the country and host Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of a child. She is the author of fourteen books including Holding on to Hope, The One Year Book of Hope, Hearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow, and The One Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament.
Albert Reyes (April 7)
Albert Reyes has served as President of Buckner Children and Family Services since January 2007. As a noted visionary, Reyes leads Buckner in expanding its ministry to needy children and families throughout the United States and around the world. Prior to Buckner, Reyes served as president of Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas (formerly known as the Hispanic Baptist Theological School) for more than seven years. Reyes and his wife Belinda have three children.
Daniel Taylor, Celebration of Academic Excellence
Daniel Taylor is a professor of literature and writing at Bethel University and the author of six books, including The Myth of Certainty, Letters to My Children, and Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories. He is co-founder of The Legacy Center, which is devoted to helping individuals and organizations identify and preserve the values and stories that have shaped their lives. He speaks frequently at conferences, colleges, retreats, and churches, and is a contributing editor for Books and Culture. Taylor is married and the father of four children.