DeVon Franklin is an award-winning film and TV producer, New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, and spiritual success coach. AND will be Joining us at #BeTheSALTLA
A recognized authority on spirituality, faith, and the entertainment business, DeVon is one of the youngest executives in Hollywood history. BeliefNet named DeVon one of the “Most Influential Christians Under 40.” Variety Magazine called him one of the “Top 10 Producers to Watch.” Ebony Magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Influential African-Americans in America.” He’s been interviewed by Oprah, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, Dr. Phil, CNN, and featured in numerous radio, print, and online appearances.
DeVon is dedicated to using media as a powerful tool to encourage millions of lives around the world. He uses his platform to empower people with faith-filled, inspirational messages through his movies and TV shows, public speaking, books, media interviews, and social media channels with over 1 million followers. He is married to award-winning actress, Meagan Good, and they reside in Los Angeles, California.
Shawn is an author, a TV host (see him on season four of Dreams & Mysteries on Daystar!) spiritual adviser, producer, and minister. He is passionate about seeing individuals and groups learn how to be the most connected, best version of themselves through their relationship with God.
Shawn has been a pioneer in ministry, including the prophetic movement, since he was in his teens. His focus on having a genuine relationship with God, creativity through entertainment & social justice have brought him around the world to meet with churches, CEO's, entertainers, and world leaders.
Shawn's style of speaking & coaching, accompanied with his unique expert perspective on the issues of love, creativity and justice, have kept his calendar full. Shawn lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Cherie and daughters, Harper and Hartley. He is an author of several books including best selling Translating God & Keys to Heaven's Economy.
Shawn Bolz is also the founding pastor of Expression58 Christian Ministries, a ministry focused on the entertainment industry and the poor in Los Angeles California where he lives with his wife, Cherie and their two daughters.
Sy’s unique life and 3 decades of ministry have inspired and encouraged audiences from London’s Royal Albert Hall to many of the world’s most influential pulpits. Regarded as a gifted communicator, award-winning talk show host, recording artist, and pastoral care specialist, Sy is a leading voice regarding sexuality, cultural themes and God’s character. Married since 1982, Sy and his family have lived in Singapore, the USA and New Zealand. Currently based in New Zealand, much of Sy’s ministry continues around the world.
A bit about Sy in his own words:
I’m not going to share with you a list of achievements. Having been around a while, I’ve done many things, so I won’t bore you with the blah blah of details. Besides, what part of it matters in 50 years from now, or 5000?
I’d say my greatest achievement would be my ongoing submission to God made possible because of Messiah Jesus. Centuries after this civilization is dust, that’s the only personal achievement that will still have merit. Everything else I’ve done that matters–my marriage, my family life, my personal restoration and subsequent ministry service–all resulted from the one thing that matters most.
Pastor Miles McPherson played four years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers from 1982-1985. It was during this time that he developed a cocaine addiction that found the NFL star reduced to regularly visiting the seedy neighborhoods of San Diego to feed his habit. In his second season in the NFL and after a weekend-long drug binge, he called out to Jesus Christ, accepted Him and stopped doing drugs in one day.
Miles worked as a Youth Pastor for Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego and enrolled in Azusa Pacific University’s School of Theology receiving his Master’s of Divinity degree in 1991. In 2000, he felt called by God to start the Rock Church in San Diego. According to Outreach Magazine, the Rock has consistently been one of the nation’s largest churches with over 20,000 people attending one of the Rock’s twenty-one Sunday services or experiencing the services through online streaming, and microsites around San Diego. 5 years ago, Pastor Miles initiated Do Something Church; dedicated to equipping churches to transform the world by successfully meeting their community’s needs through innovative outreach strategies. His book, “Do Something: Make Your Life Count” is designed to equip people to take Christ’s love to the streets and make a difference in their community.
In 2015, his team discovered an opportunity to reach thousands of people through online gospel presentations. As of 2018, they have had 53 million people view a gospel presentation from the Rock online, resulting in over 1 million people responding that they prayed to receive Christ! Recently, God has uniquely positioned Pastor Miles to address a topic that has been heavy on his heart throughout his life. Racial tension and division have made a resurgence in this country and through his new book, “The Third Option,” Hope for a Racially Divided Nation,” he desires to bring God’s healing to this issue with a powerful message and practical next steps to begin the conversation with “someone not like you.”
April Tam Smith is devoted philanthropist, finance professional, and socially-conscious entrepreneur living in New York City. She is currently a Managing Director in a top tier investment bank’s equity derivatives team, covering hedgefunds. At age 30, April founded P.S. Kitchen, a social enterprise vegan restaurant in Times Square that donates 100% of its net profits to philanthropic endeavors, while providing gainful employment to those who need a second chance in the local community, including the formerly incarcerated, victims of domestic violence, and those struggled with homelessness. April was the recipient of the 2018 Columbia Tamer Center Social Enterprise Award, the 2018 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business Award, and the 2015 John Mack Leadership Award. Her experiences from serving at orphanages and social businesses overseas have planted a deep seed in her to be a voice for the poor and fight for justice while leveraging her 14 year career on Wall Street. She currently serves as the chair of the board for Sharehope, a charitable organization that serves garment workers in Haiti, and also serves on the board for Justice Rising, Defy Ventures Tri-state, Movement Day and Generosity NY. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Engineering from MIT in 2005 and her MBA from Columbia Business School in 2009.
Benjamin Richard is a gifted communicator with a passion for all things relating to creativity, culture and leadership. He serves as the senior leader of Gatekeepers Church in Dubai, which is one of the fastest growing Churches in the United Arab Emirates. His calling is to build bridges between ministry and the marketplace in order to see culture transformed for the glory of God.