Christa is a popular blogger, speaker, and multi-platinum selling songwriters whose songs have been recorded by artists such as Jordin Sparks, Passion, Kari Jobe, Kim Walker-Smith, and Michael W. Smith.
She had her first number 1 hit as a songwriter when Passion's version of One Thing Remains topped the charts in both 2012 and 2013. She has also toured as a musician with The Jonas Brothers, Michael W. Smith, and Jordin Sparks, was a keynote speaker on Women of Faith's Revolve Tour, and her blogs have been featured on Best Of Huffington Post.
While touring as a band member with The Jonas Brothers in 2009, Christa began writing on the tour bus every night, blogging in hopes of helping others find freedom from depression, addiction, eating disorders, and the self-hatred she endured for years on end. Giving practical steps to making freedom a daily reality, testimonials from her blog began pouring in from all parts of the world. She released her first book and corresponding CD God Loves Ugly to help further the message, and spends most of her time traveling and speaking about freedom and wholeness of the heart.
Her popular book, Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos, has been published in several languages receiving recognition from numerous sources including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and The Dallas Morning News. She’s also been featured on The Today Show, and other national broadcasts.
In 2012, she was selected as a mentor and instructor for the George W. Bush Presidential Center Women’s Initiative, focused on empowering women in the Middle East.
Her professional accomplishments and relatable style bring her to audiences ranging from corporate boards to arenas of thousands, on topics including, “Between Now and Your Dreams”, “Visionary Leadership” and many more. Lynette is one of John Maxwell’s Maximum Impact Speakers.
Lynette believes in dreaming big, but faces day-to-day realities of life head-on. She offers strategies on how to get to your dreams, and what it takes to get from the vision through the journey to actual fulfillment. This applies to the quest for professional fulfillment, as well as personal and relational fulfillment.
Sarah Lewis is a rising intellectual star. Her book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and The Search for Mastery, has been hailed by a who's who of creative thinkers. Lewis Hyde calls it a “welcome departure from standard accounts of artistry and innovation.” The New York Times calls it "strikingly original": "Lewis’s voice is so lyrical and engaging that her book, The Rise, can be read in one sitting, which is so much the better since its argument is multilayered and needs to be taken whole.” Kirkus Reviews writes: "Creativity, like genius, is inexplicable, but Lewis’ synthesis of history, biography and psychological research offers a thoughtful response to the question of how new ideas happen."
Lewis appears on Oprah's “Power List,” served on President Obama's Arts Policy Committee, has been profiled inVogue, and is currently the Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University. She has held positions at Yale's School of Art, the Tate Modern, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and her essays have been published in Artforum and The Smithsonian. Her second book, Black Sea, Black Atlantic: Frederick Douglass, The Circassian Beauties, and American Racial Formation in the Wake of the Civil War, will be published by Harvard University Press in 2015. She received her B.A. from Harvard, M. Phil from Oxford, and Ph.D. from Yale. She was a speaker at TED2014 in Vancouver, BC.
She is currently a professor at Harvard in the History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies Departments.
Kathy Hayes started in ministry at a young age, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad singing and evangelizing. Her family group, The Singing Parkers, recorded several albums during this time. In 1973 Kathy married Mike Hayes and joined him in establishing a wide-spread evangelistic ministry.
In 1976, after the birth of their first child, Mike and Kathy settled in Carrollton, Texas, and founded what is now Covenant Church. Covenant Church now has five campus locations with a congregation of more than 10,000 in weekend worship. Kathy has continued to serve as co-founder and Senior Pastor of Covenant Church for over thirty-five years. Kathy is frequently invited to speak at conferences, both locally and nationally, and is a true spiritual mentor to women in the Body of Christ.
Amie is a wife, mom, speaker, author, pastor, and breast cancer survivor. The oldest child and only daughter of pioneering visionaries, Pastors Mike & Kathy Hayes, Amie’s entire life has been invested in Christian Ministry.
Amie's strategic foresight, creative revelation and prophetic edge give her unique insight into the Word of God and how it shapes the modern Believer. Her ability to connect the heroes of our past to our current lives, while also giving us a hope for the future, sets her apart as a speaker and writer. With wisdom beyond her years, Amie is not afraid to address the most relevant and challenging issues facing Christians today.
For Mary Alessi, simply put, it's all about worship. The gifted and anointed worship leader from Miami, FL is focused on one thing and one thing only; giving all glory and honor due to the King of Kings. For the Dove and Stellar Award Nominee, it's a privilege to be chosen as a vessel to lead others to God.
As much as Mary enjoys traveling across the country singing, her heart is never far from home. Mary and her husband Steve pastor Metro Life Church in Miami, FL.
Founded and directed by Michelle Brogan in 2000, Dance Revolution ministries is made up of performing artists who take the gospel through all forms of dance to people across the United States and around the world. Each team member's desire is to live out their passion thru ministering the truths of the gospel through artistic expression. They are known for powerful presentations and illustrated sermons that leave audiences in a deeper place of revelation of the power of His love!