Joel Osteen / Lakewood Church
Joel Osteen is the Pastor of Lakewood Church in Texas, America's largest and fastest growing church. Osteen's message reaches 47,000 weekly church attendees and millions watch his weekly TV program which airs in over 100 nations around the globe. Osteen has written multiple New York Times Bestsellers and since 2004, his over 100 "Night of Hope" events have routinely drawn near sellout crowds to venues across America and the globe including both Yankee and Dodger Stadium.
Rick Warren is the founder and head Pastor of the Saddleback Church in California, reaching over 20,000 individuals every week. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller A Purpose Driven Life, selling over 30 million copies. Warren is the founder of Pastors.com through which his bi-weekly newsletter reaches a network of over 100,000 pastors and ministry leaders in the US. Saddleback's P.E.A.C.E. Plan helps millions in need worldwide by promoting spiritual, social, medical and educational development in area of need. In 2009, Barak Obama asked Pastor Warren to give the invocation at his Presidential Inauguration.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez/National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Rev. Rodriguez is head of both the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (America's largest Hispanic Christian organization with over 30,000 member churches) and the Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals. CNN named Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement". The Wall St. Journal has identified him as one of America’s 7 most influential Hispanic Leaders, and the only religious leader on the list.
Donald William Wuerl/ Archdiocese of Washington D.C.
Cardinal Wuerl is the sixth and current Archbishop of Washington, serving since 2006. He previously served as Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle (1986-87) and Bishop of Pittsburgh (1988-2006). He was created a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Cardinal Wuerl attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was a Basselin Scholar at Theological College. He there earned a Bachelor's degree (1962) and Master's degree (1963) in philosophy. He continued his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He earned a master's degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1967. After ordination, he studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, obtaining his doctorate in theology in 1974.
Bishop T.D. Jakes / The Potter’s House
Bishop T.D. Jakes is the Founder and Senior Pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, a global humanitarian organization and church with over 30,000 members and 50 outreach ministries. Television coverage of his weekly church services and sermons can be seen nationwide on, "The Potter's Touch," airing weekly on Trinity Broadcasting Network, Black Entertainment Television and the Daystar Television Network. Jakes' annual ministry event titled "MegaFest" boasts more than 100,000 attendees. On top of having authored more than 30 books, Jakes was named "America's Best Preacher" by Time Magazine and was honored with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award.
Dr. Cynthia Hale/Ray of Hope
Dr. Cynthia Hale is the Senior Pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church and one of the nation's leading ministers. Selected by, then Senator, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, Dr. Hale gave the opening invocation at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Dr. Hale was inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame and the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. She also served as Co-Chair for “Women in Ministry for Obama.” In July 2009, Dr. Hale was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Richard Mouw/Fuller Theological Seminary
Richard Mouw is the President and Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the largest multidenominational seminaries in the world. Mouw also serves as the President of the Association of Theological Schools. A philosopher with a PhD from the University of Chicago, he is the author of 17 books and a panelist for the Washington Post/Newsweek online forum “On Faith.”
Dr. Miroslav Volf/Yale University
Dr. Miroslav Volf is a Professor at the Yale Divinity School and founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Volf studied at Fuller Theological Seminary. His book ‘Exclusion and Embrace’ was selected as among the 100 Books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today. He regularly teaches and lectures in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and across North America. Professor Volf is a fellow of Berkeley College, Yale.
Anthony Basil Taylor/ Diocese of Little Rock
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor was appointed Roman Catholic Bishop of Little Rock in the USA by Pope Benedict XVI on 10 April 2008. He was ordained a priest on 2 August 1980 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in biblical theology in 1989 from Fordham University.