August 6 – Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez, an NFL Quarterback for the Chicago Bears, was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Mark started playing football at an early age, and rose to prominence winning the 2009 Rose Bowl his Junior year at The University of Southern California. Mark was drafted 5th overall and lead The Jets to back to back AFC Championship Games. During Mark’s professional career he has experienced many highs and lows, but through it all Mark has kept his focus on God.
August 13 – Gary Haugen
Gary Haugen is CEO and founder of International Justice Mission. Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. Gary received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets. He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press). Gary was invited to share the themes of The Locust Effect at the annual TED Conference in a talk entitled: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now.
August 20 – Jill Briscoe
Jill is a sought after speaker and author. She was born in Liverpool England, educated at Cambridge then went on to teach for a number of years before marrying Stuart and raising their three children. In addition to sharing with her husband in ministry with Torchbearers and in pastoring a church in the United States for 30 years, Jill has written more than 40 books, travelled on every continent teaching and encouraging, served on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief, and now acts as Executive Editor of a magazine for women called Just Between Us. Jill can be heard regularly on the worldwide media ministry called Telling the Truth, and is proud to be called “Nana” by 13 grandchildren.
August 27 – Amena Brown
Amena Brown’s words excite, ignite and inspire. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation as well as toured with Gungor. She and her husband, Matt, travel and perform a presentation of poetry, monologue and deejaying. Amena is both regal and dramatic in her creative interpretation on the stage, and in her candid and expressive conversation one on one. This nonconformist lends her voice to finding inspiration, truth, and purpose and encourages those she encounters to do the same. Amena’s debut book release, Breaking Old Rhythms: Answering the Call of a Creative God, teach us about our life’s rhythm and how we can better tune our ears and lives to the rhythm of God.