DR. VERN PALMISANO is a board certified physician in Covington, Louisiana specializing in the practice of Family Medicine for the past 27 years. He speaks around the country to churches, schools, and organizations over 40 times each year. He is a graduate of Millsaps College and Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Class of 1986. He is a member of the American Medical Society, American Academy of Family Physicians, and Christian Medical Society. Dr. Vern is an avid student and sought after speaker on the historical and scientific evidences for Christian faith. His website www.thechristquestionconfirmed.com shares his research from over 15 years studying the biblical, historical, scientific, and medical evidence in answer to many important apologetic issues. He will take us through his personal journey and challenge us from a new perspective.
CONGRESSMAN STEVE SCALISE proudly represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana. He was elected to Congress in May of 2008 after serving in the Louisiana State Legislature from 1996-2008. He currently serves his colleagues as the House Majority Whip, the third highest position for House Republicans. A native of Jefferson Parish, Scalise is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School and Louisiana State University, where he earned a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Political Science. Scalise is married to the former Jennifer Letulle, and they have two children, Madison and Harrison. T We look forward to hearing a great message of faith, courage, and dedication from Congressman Steve Scalise.
CONGRESSMAN RALPH ABRAHAM, MD has served Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District since 2015 and is in his second term. Dr. Abraham is a member of the House Armed Services Committee where he prioritizes Louisiana's military instillations, including Fort Polk, Barksdale Air Force Base and the Naval base in Belle Chasse. He was a First Lieutenant with the Army National Guard, and he flies for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol. Dr. Abraham also serves on the Agriculture Committee and represents one of the largest row crop districts in the nation. Dr. Abraham has previously served on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Dr. Abraham and Dianne have been married for 43 years. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.
JOHN KENNEDY was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. He has built a distinguished career as a conservative champion for the people of Louisiana and a dedicated watchdog of taxpayer money. Kennedy serves on the Appropriations, Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, Budget, Judiciary and Small Business & Entrepreneurship committees in the U.S. Senate. Mr. Kennedy graduated magna cum laude in political science, philosophy and economics from Vanderbilt, was president of his senior class, and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his B.C.L. degree from Oxford University in England where he was a First Class Honors graduate. Mr. Kennedy has been an adjunct professor at LSU Law School and a volunteer substitute teacher for public schools. He resides in
SULA KIM is an award winning journalist at WDSU (NBC-TV) in New Orleans Louisiana. She currently anchors the evening newscasts at 5,6 and 10pm. Kim joined WDSU in 2012 as morning anchor, reporting on many political and educational issues of the city. In 2014, Kim covered the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia for all 30 Hearst owned TV stations across the country. In 2015 Kim went to work for KING-TV, the NBC affiliate in Seattle Washington, but two years later, returned to her adopted home of New Orleans and back to WDSU as the main anchor. Over the years, Kim has received numerous journalism and community awards including a team Emmy for the Virginia Tech shooting, a regional Edward R. Murrow award and the Walter Cronkite award for Political Journalism. Kim is a native of Los Angeles and studied Communications at the University of California San Diego.
AMEER BARAKA had an early life that was as gloomy and as ill fated as a young life could have been. In and out of the "system" as a kid for transgressions ranging from youthful indiscretions to major crimes, he was seemingly on a one-way trip to oblivion. Perhaps more than any other influence, Baraka attributes his personal transformation and metamorphosis to the spirituality and self-love he developed from reading the Bible behind bars. Baraka began his professional acting career by appearing in music videos and making minor appearances in national and international television commercials. This early work, along with his dedication to the study of the acting craft with some of Hollywood's leading acting coaches and instructors, led to increasingly prominent roles and an Emmy Nomination. He also authored a book, The Life I Chose, the Streets Lied to me.
JEFF KEMP is a Dartmouth-educated MBA from a widely-respected political family. His leadership, compassion and inspiration are a part of his legacy. He and his father Jack Kemp (former Vice- Presidential candidate and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development) were the first of only six sets of father/son NFL quarterbacks. Jeff entered the league as a free agent and quarterbacked for the Rams, Forty-Niners, Seahawks, and Eagles. Kemp is a quarterback for the family. Persevering through the highs and lows of his years in the NFL gave Jeff valuable insights on servant leadership, committed teamwork, and overcoming adversity. Today, he passes on those lessons as he illuminates God’s blueprints for manhood, marriage, and family. Jeff and his wife Stacy have been married for over 30 years and have four sons.
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DR. BILL CASSIDY,United States Senator for Louisiana was was elected to the United States Senate in December 2014. He serves on the Energy and Natural Resources, Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP), Finance, Veterans’ Affairs and Joint Economic Committees. IPrior to Bill Cassidy taking public office, he provided care for uninsured and underinsured patients in LA’s charity hospital system for nearly 3 decades. Bill also created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 Greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitus B at no cost to schools or parents. Bill is married to Dr. Laura Cassidy and has three children. He is a graduate of LSU for undergraduate and LSU Medical School.
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BEN JONES is from Ruston, Louisiana. He grew up an outdoorsman, cowboy, and multi-sport athlete. He played football at LSU, married his high school sweetheart, went to Dallas Theological Seminary, worked as an oil & gas explorationist, and recently wrote, produced, and co-starred in the movie “Peace River”, a modern, faith-based/Western/military/romance story. Ben and Meg have been married 45 years and have 3 children and 14 grandchildren. Ben is a hopeless romantic and optimist. He claims to have read the Book Of Life and skipped to the end and found out God wins in the end.
WILLIAM FAY was the president and CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation, and enjoyed a lavish lifestyle. But, he was driven to stray into darker areas of life, pursuing more and more power and wealth. He was involved with organized crime, gambling, racketeering and book making. He at one time ran the largest house of prostitution in the country. But God called him and Bill surrendered. He is now an internationally known author, speaker, teacher.
BOB WILLIAMSONis a renowned businessman and serial entrepreneur. He has achieved national acclaim for his business acumen and philanthropic efforts. All told, Williamson has founded over 20 successful businesses. What makes Williamson’s accomplishments all the more inspiring is to understand the tremendous personal challenges that he overcame in his early life which he details in his autobiography, Miracle on Luckie Street. He has spent nearly all of his free time over the last few decades sharing his inspirational true life story in an effort to provide hope to anyone who might happen to need it. Bob is married to his wife of 47 years, Teresa, and he has three sons and six grandchildren