The Event
Celebrating Sixteen Years
Artists and Speakers

With an iconic lineup representing each era of the GRAMMY®-nominated, Platinum-selling Christian band’s storied history, Newsboys United is comprised of Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein and Jody Davis, along with founding member and former drummer/lead vocalist Peter Furler and former bassist/vocalist Phil Joel. Taking the stage together for the first time in 2018, the mega-group played to capacity audiences around the country during their blockbuster “Newsboys United Tour,” which has been extended through the end of the year. One of the most influential bands in the genre, Newsboys have sold more than 10 million units and amassed eight Gold® certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four GRAMMY® nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards. Their signature songs include “Shine,” “We Believe,” “He Reigns,” “Miracles,” “Born Again” and the Platinum®-certified mega hit, “God’s Not Dead.” The latter inspired one of the most popular Christian film franchises of all time. NEWSBOYS.COM

The current social and political atmosphere, even on a prefatory level, can give rise to a ruinous reduction in your sense of well being. Watching the news, or reading editorials, or op-editorials, or listening to the people at the table next to yours at Denny’s, brings on a sadness no amount of bacon can service. I’ve tried. But I think that we are all a lot more the same than we are different. We’re all just dirt and water and the breath of God. It’s just a painted line. Or, some railroad tracks. Either way, it’s a thing someone put there without asking. Maybe, what I’m supposed to be doing, having been lavished upon, is pointing out that a person can stand right there in the divide, brave and free, and not feel a thing. I know what it means to have the divide spanned on my behalf.
Grace works on us all just the same. Love works on us all just the same. Freedom works on us all just the same. There’s only one definitive line and that’s the one between death and life. These songs are about that divide spanned on our behalf and I pray they are subversive and healing in their insistence of that reality.

Mandisa is back with a renewed passion for her music and a willingness to be totally transparent and vulnerable about her journey. She’s reconnecting with people, losing the weight she regained during her depression, and writing and recording such potent songs as “Prove Me Wrong” where she lays bare her soul and voices her questions, “I’m Still Here (The Best is Yet to Come),” a comeback song that proclaims that she’s still here and not giving up and “Unfinished,” saying… “Not scared to say it; I used to be the one; Preaching it to you; That you could overcome; I still believe it; But it ain’t easy; Cause that world I painted; Where things just all work out; It started changing; And I started having doubts; And it got me so down” “The Lord started lifting me out of this pit as I started this album,” she says. “My hope is that people will be on this journey with me. When I began, I was in a really dark place, but where I am today is so much better and so much lighter. He pulled me out of the dark! I’m hoping that the same way that God is restoring me, that He will restore those who listen to it.” Mandisa

Mac Powell and the Family Reunion

MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION officially started in early 2018 as the next chapter of Mac’s musical journey. The Family Reunion is a band that has developed over the past several years from the musical “brothers” that have been recording and playing live with Mac in support of his first 2 independent solo projects. The Southern roots – American rock collections are foot-stompin’, hand clappin’ tunes clearly pay tribute to the early musical inspirations from his childhood. The live show is a blend of classic and sing along Gospel, Country, and American Rock songs, combined with some Mac’s favorite THIRD DAY numbers that he has written, and his latest original country tunes.

Big Daddy Weave

As one of Christian music’s biggest headlining acts, ministry is at the forefront of every Big Daddy Weave recording and concert. In fact, the band hosts a unique time of dedicated dialog and prayer with fans following each performance. It’s been a transformational experience for the group as they’ve seen God work in powerful ways in the lives of people across the country. In addition, even as headliners, the band is intentional about collaborating with other artists on tour, often asking the other tour artists to join them on stage to collectively lead worship each night. In 2018, the group will mark their 20th anniversary as a group with their debut at Carnegie Hall, followed by a full year of touring the country. The award-winning band’s latest album, Beautiful Offerings (Fervent Records/Word Entertainment), has proven to be a natural overflow of each member’s hands-on ministry as they live out their faith on and off the road. “Every day is an opportunity to bless the heart of God through how we live—how we encounter our families, people we see in the grocery store, and everybody we meet,” says Mike. “Because we are children of God, we can bless the heart of God by being subject to and directed by Him in every moment of our lives. Our lives then become something that is pleasing to Him. We become a beautiful offering.”In story and song, the members of Big Daddy Weave simply want their legacy to be one characterized by loving people and telling of the Love that’s left an indelible mark on their hearts. “My story is really the story of what God has done, and the goodness of that is that it awakens things in other people,” Mike adds. “Our story is really just part of His story.”

Building 429

Since the release of their debut album in 2000, Jason Roy (vocals), Michael Anderson (drums), Jesse Garcia (guitars), and Aaron Branch (bass) have tirelessly and passionately exhorted the faith community with popular battle cries such as“ Where I Belong” and “We Won’t Be Shaken.” In fact, their songs have also reached the peak of the radio charts. Building 429 held the No. 1 spot with “We Won’t Be Shaken” on Billboard’s Hot AC/CHR chart and AC Indicator for multiple weeks, eventually resulting in a nomination for the band at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (Top Christian Song). Previous to that, “Where I Belong” (from 2011’s Listen To The Sound) became one of the longest No. 1 singles in Billboard history of Billboard’s Christian charts with a whopping 15 weeks at the top. “Where I Belong” went on to be named 2012 Christian Song of the Year and recognized as BMI’s 2013 Song of the Year. Building 429 also received recognition with a GRAMMY nomination in 2013 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (We Won’t Be Shaken), a KLOVE Fan Awards nomination in 2014 for Best Group or Duo of the Year, Billboard’s 2012 Christian Songs Artist of the Year and Christian AC Songs Artist of the Year.

Zach Williams

Zach Williams wears many hats from husband and father to church staff and worship leader. Most recently he can add recording artist to the list. Zach is no novice to the music industry. He had spent a majority of his life traveling with various bands. It was while on the road that the Lord grabbed a hold of him and he decided to leave the rock star life behind. After that, Zach transitioned in to a position at the Refuge Campus of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas in which he still serves. It came as a shock when the opportunity to sign with Provident Label Group as a new Christian artist arose. Never in his wildest dreams did Zach Williams think that he would be in this place of writing and recording music in the Christian music industry, especially from years of hard living on the road while in a rock & roll band. His personal testimony of receiving freedom in the Lord is so beautifully reflected in his debut single “Chain Breaker”. The song came from a place of wanting to reach people who had been struggling and it undoubtedly has. Over the course of it’s release in the summer of 2016, an influx of stories have been shared on his various social media pages by people who have experienced the life changing power of broken chains.

Tauren Wells

Four-time Grammy® award-nominated Tauren Wells debuted his solo music in 2017 with the dance-able pop hit, “Love Is Action”, which held the no. 1 spot at Christian radio for eight weeks and the hard-hitting “Undefeated” featuring rapper KB. Those hits were then followed by the now Grammy-nominated “Hills and Valleys”, the piano and cello-driven thought-provoking track that quickly climbed the radio and sales charts and jumped to the top 10 at the Christian airplay radio chart for multiple weeks. The following single, “When We Pray” also hit the top 10 at Christian radio. Tauren Wells is the former frontman of Grammy® award-nominated band Royal Tailor, father, songwriter, worship academy founder, multi-instrumentalist, and performer, and his deep desire to draw people closer to their identity in the Lord is apparent in all he pursues. Tauren Wells recently finished a tour with Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey and Chris Tomlin’s Worship Night in America tour, and is currently touring with some of largest bands in Christian music. Despite all of the accolades, Tauren Wells isn’t making music to gain notoriety – “I feel called to call greatness out of people,” Wells shares. His focus of speaking the love of God to others through his many talents is apparent on his most recent release, “Hills and Valleys”, which came out June 23, 2017 and was nominated for a Grammy award for best contemporary Christian music album. He also currently leads worship regularly at Elevation Church and Lakewood Church.


GOD IS ON THE MOVE is a rallying cry. It’s encouraging, empowering,” says lead vocalist Mikey Howard. I hope it’s a reminder that we’re all in this together and He is doing things in spite of all the negativity you see on the news, Facebook, Instagram and different media outlets. There’s a whole other story to be told.” With their third album, the members of 7eventh Time Down continue to tell the story of God’s mercy and grace with a potent collection of songs that explore what it means to live a life of faith and to celebrate God’s promises. The lead single, aptly titled Promises,” does exactly that. God keeps His promises and He’s faithful,” says Howard. God is good. He’s just, and He’s taking care of His people.” Howard along with bandmates guitarist Eric Van Zant, drummer Austin Miller and bassist Cliff Williams wrote or co-wrote every song on the new album, sometimes collaborating with noted tunesmiths such as Ian Eskelin, Tony Wood, Brian White and Jason Ingram. “This whole album is full of these really big concepts, but it’s also about very simplistic things that every Christian should know and remember,” Miller says. We’ve been blessed to have several songs throughout our career that are very simple, but straight Gospel. All these songs connect that way.”

Peter Furler

After 22 years as the main creative force behind Newsboys, followed by his 2011 solo success On Fire, Peter Furler could be excused if he’d decided to mellow out a bit or rest on his laurels. Instead, the writer behind 27 #1 radio singles has come back with one of the strongest albums of his career, Sun and Shield.

Re-teaming with longtime producer/lyricist Steve Taylor for the first time since Newsboys gold-certified Adoration album, Sun and Shield finds Furler combining an ambitious collection of new songs with a more muscular, band-driven sound that harkens back to the glory days of Take Me To Your Leader. Sun and Shield is the sound of an artist at the peak of his creative powers.

Micah Tyler

Outside of the notable radio hits found on his newest 12-track LP, including the multi-chart No. 1 hit “Never Been A Moment” and current title track, Different includes “Soul Song,” “Directions,” “Comeback Song” and more. Tyler will continue his nearly constant trek on the road joining Big Daddy Weave and We Are Messengers for the west coast-focused “Set Free Tour” throughout the majority of the fall.

Different seems appropriate for Tyler since life looks a lot different than it did five years ago. But the passion and drive of that original step he took to serve the Lord remains very much the same and we hope that never changes.

Nicole C. Mullen

I believe we have a great opportunity to affect the future of our nation and the future of our world. Mullen has long been known as an undeniably talented artist who is unafraid to be vulnerable and transparent with her audience. That sincerity and artistic integrity have been recognized with two Grammy® Award nominations and seven Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including two Female Vocalist of the Year honors, Song of Year for Redeemer, and On My Knees”, Songwriter of the Year and the Urban Album of the Year for Everyday People , Contemporary Song of the year (Call on Jesus), and the first African American to win Songwriter of the Year. She has toured all over the globe, becoming a highly sought after speaker and singer, and has frequently graced the stage at Billy Graham and Women of Faith events. A Greater plan has taken Nicole C. Mullen down many interesting roads and encompassed a variety of roles. She’s a mother, singer, songwriter, speaker, and a successful business woman as well as a mentor. I really feel like God set his love upon me at an early age and it was something that I could not have earned. I didn’t deserve it. I was not talented enough to merit His gaze, but He gave it to me. By this I am reminded of his love towards all of us. Like the Bible says, while we were yet sinners, He died for us.’ I love and worship Him because He loved me first.”


The journey to Zealand has been a wild and adventurous one that no one anticipated. Led by Phil Joel, best known for his long-standing role as bass player and vocalist for the multi platinum-selling band Newsboys, the band has been faithfully traversing a road that has been as unscripted and unexpected as it has been ordained.

Without even realizing it, Phil’s perspective began to shift, opening his eyes to a new understanding about worship and his role in it. “It was like the lights came on for me,” he explains. “I realized that leading worship is all about leading people’s hearts to a place far beyond a stage or a melody. True worship isn’t just about a moment; it’s about a lasting movement in people’s lives.”

And for the past few years, Phil and fellow musicians, all who have been part of successful bands, have been operating “off the grid,” going where they have felt led, ministering where they have been invited, under the radar and outside of the spotlight. It’s been a season of growth and preparation for the next chapter, which is aptly entitled Zealand Worship.

Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes has been an on-air talent at Fox News Channel for more than a decade. His three-hour daily radio program is nationally-syndicated to more than 100 radio stations.

He also hosts a daily short-form radio commentary are heard on more than 500 radio stations around the nation.

Todd writes a syndicated newspaper column that also appears on a number of conservative websites including and

Todd is the author of four books – the most recent being “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again” – a handbook on how Christians can engage the culture.

Todd is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Storytelling. In 2014 he was awarded the National Religious Broadcaster’s Board of Directors Award.

He is a frequent speaker at churches, Christian conferences and Christian universities. He has also spoken at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California and the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In his spare time, Todd is active in his church, plays golf, follows SEC football, and eats barbecue. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Brock Gill

Brock has for many years set the pace for a new generation of edgy, daring illusionists as he amazes audiences with his unique stage show, dry wit, and mindblowing escapes. While working at a sawmill as a young man, Brock felt that God wanted him to use illusions, escapes, and stunts to bring a message of hope to people. “Brock admits, “I just felt like it was what God was calling me to do.”  With a passion for reaching people with the Truth that had changed his own life as the catalyst, Brock went back to college and began performing at church outreach events. News of his creative method of evangelism spread through the area quickly and he began to receive invitations almost immediately. “I finished my first show and had three invitations  to perform,”

Brock explains. “People just heard about it and wanted me to come to their town.” Since those first outreaches, God has taken Brock’s ministry across the United States and the globe, while  his  heart  for  the  lost  has  grown.  Understanding  that people today have short attention spans and a desire  to be entertained visually, he has  learned how to grab an audience  quickly and keep them on the edge of their seats. Brock’s message for Christ is clear and effective. He has seen  God touch thousands upon thousands of lives through his ministry. One thing is for certain—a Brock Gill show will be a memorable experience through his grand illusions, death-defying stunts, subtle comedy, and unique presentation of the Gospel.

Jared Emerson

Born in Michigan and now living in Greenville, South Carolina, Jared’s passion was the result of being raised in a loving Christian home as he incorporates his values into every aspect of his life and work. His values have led him to perform and create art for a large number of churches and charities around the world, with his performance piece “Face of God” being the most requested. In 2014, Jared performed live in front of over 500,000 people, including 31,000 fans at the Georgia Dome, as a part of the Winter Jam concert tour. His artwork has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities around the world.

Heath Arthur

Always looking for the funny side of things, Heath brings his unique, snarky perspective to every event.  He uses his charming, storytelling style to point out the humor of everyday life.  His wit and genuine likeability have made him a favorite at venues all over the country.

In addition to being an award winning comedian, Heath is an actor who has starred in movies and numerous commercials.  Some of Heath’s favorite national TV “appearances” include a magical one-liner on TLC’s Extreme Couponing (gumbo + couponing = TV gold) and an up-close of him applauding on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (his mom was very proud).  Heath is no stranger to cruising, having worked as the emcee on both Duck Commander Cruises with the Robertsons of A&E’s Duck Dynasty; the Property Brothers Cruise with Jonathan, Drew, and JD Scott of HGTV; the Jesus Freak Cruise with DC Talk; and the last two KLOVE Cruises (Crowder is a huge fan…at least, that’s what Heath tells people)!

Born a Cajun, growing up in the company of rednecks, and finally finding a home with hippies, Heath is currently being raised by his wife and three kids in Colorado.

Steve Wiggins

Steve Wiggins is a five-time Grammy award nominee with his band, Big Tent Revival, and has penned ten #1 radio singles including “Two Sets Of Joneses,” “Choose Life,” and “W.W.J.D.”. Steve has served on the staffs of Willow Creek, South Barrington IL; Harvest Christian Fellowship, Riverside CA; and most recently, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis TN. He is the founder of Living Room Study and Groundworks Ministries, discipleship ministries focusing on Biblical literacy. Having written a chapter-by-chapter devotional of the entire Bible, Steve is also the content provider for The Bible Challenge. More info.  Steve resides in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife Misti and children.

Chris Wheeler

Chris Wheeler passionately communicates the truths of God’s kingdom in fresh, simple and creative ways. His zest for life, and passion for the Gospel makes the Bible come to life. As a preacher’s kid, Chris grew up in the Church and became enslaved in a system of legalistic efforts to please God. Now as a communicator, Chris invites people to experience the joy of knowing Jesus and the freedom that grace brings. As a speaker, Chris has served at many Girls of Grace Conferences, the Brio Conference, Pine Cove Christian Camps, Kanakuk Kamps, Deer Run and Soul Stock, to name a few. He has lead short term trips to Peru, Guatemala, Haiti, and China. Currently Chris serves as the Pastor of Missional Engagement at Church of the City in Franklin, TN. As pastor Chris’ guides people through transformative discipleship processes. Chris lives in Franklin,Tennessee, with his wife Lindsey and their daughter Eliana.

615 Funk

615 Funk is a Nashville-based band led by Tim Akers and comprised of studio musicians whose resumes total literally THOUSANDS of artists, from Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Wonder, to Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, 4HIM, and Pat Boone! 12 pieces strong, with a full horn section, their tightly-woven concoction of funk and pop music will have you dancing in no time!

Please note, all artists and speakers are subject to change.