Keynote Speakers

Banning Liebscher

Founder & Pastor of Jesus Culture

Banning Liebscher is the founder of pastor of Jesus Culture, a ministry of worship, events, and leadership development. In 2014, Banning and the Jesus Culture team planted Jesus Culture Sacramento, church committed to seeing believers encounter God, be empowered as world changers, and engage their city as leaders. Banning is the author of three books, the latest one being, “Rooted: the Hidden Places Where God Develops You”. Banning and his wife SeaJay, have three children.

Where are you from?
Redding, CA.
Here's $20, what do spend it on?
Four cartons of Phish Food Ice Cream.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Sports broadcaster.

Jentezen Franklin

Senior Pastor of Free Chapel Church

Jentezen Franklin is the Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, a multi-campus church with a global ministry. Free Chapel is known for helping people encounter God in a relevant way. Jentezen is also a New York Times best selling author and he speaks at conferences worldwide. He and his wife Cherise have five children

Where are you from?
I'm from the state of North Carolina originally.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
To be a professional skateboarder - I did have that dream when I was 15. But, I used to ride in skateparks, believe it or not.
What is your favorite cereal?
If I’m eating healthy, Honey Nut Cheerios. If I’m not eating health, Lucky Charms.

Rebekah Lyons

Author & Speaker

Rebekah is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. She is a mother of three, wife of one, and dog-walker of two living in Franklin, TN. She's an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new face on the struggles people face as they seek to live a life of meaning. Through emotive writing and speaking, Rebekah reveals her own healing journey from anxiety into freedom, encouraging others to boldly pursue the purpose God has planned for them. As a self-confessed mess, Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike. Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah serves as co-founder of Q Ideas, a nonprofit organization that helps Christian leaders winsomely engage in culture. Her favorite pastime is spent with her nose in a book and a discriminating cup of coffee in hand. You can find Rebekah on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

What makes you happiest?
Sunset family walks at Watersound Beach, FL - especially when kites and a football are involved.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What is your favorite cereal?
No cereal! :) Just blueberry crisp and greek yogurt!

Dave Gibbons

Founder & CEO of XEALOTS

Dave Gibbons is passionate about catalyzing dreams to reality! He serves as the Founder and CEO of XEALOTS, a creative global human development collective focused on Misfit Leaders (XEALOTS.ORG). He is the founder of NEWSONG Community. He serves as an advisor and spiritual guide to domain leaders from a diversity of organizations for profit and social profit. Author of The Monkey and the Fish, XEALOTS and his newest book SMALL CLOUD RISING.

Where are you from?
The homeland of Seoul, Korea.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
First Asian American NFL football player of course.
What makes you happiest?
Mouth-watering food, cruising on the motorcycle, chill’ with friends and family, diverse cultural immersions, and raucous laughter.

John Gray

Associate Pastor of Lakewood Church

As an in demand speaker, John Gray has traveled the world sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom in his unique and uncompromising way. John currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen. John serves with passion, humility and power.

John says nothing compares to the joys of his life, his wife of three years Aventer, their son John W. Gray IV, and their daughter, Theory Aspyn-Sky Gray.


Kim Walker-Smith

Kim Walker-Smith is a passionate worship leader with an anointing to bring an entire generation into an encounter with God. Kim has been a part of Jesus Culture since the beginning of the ministry and is an integral part of the team. Her heart is to see people transformed by experiencing God’s love and for this generation to see themselves the way God does.

Kim and her husband Skyler Smith have two sons, Wyatt and Bear.

Where are you from?
God's Country (Oregon)
What did you want to be when you grew up?
President of the United States
What's your favorite cereal?
I don’t eat cereal. I eat eggs with chives, tarragon, lots of butter, spinach, avocado, and lots of Cholula!

Chris Quilala

Chris Quilala, a Jesus Culture Music label artist and worship pastor for Jesus Culture Church Sacramento, has been involved with Jesus Culture from the very beginning. Chris has a love for the presence and power of God and a heart to write songs that bring freedom and strength to the local church.

Chris and his wife Alyssa have 4 beautiful children, Ella, Aria, Jethro (born December 3, 2014 and living in heaven) and their newest addition, Liv.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Navy seal... for real. My "body type" didn't agree
What is your favorite cereal?
Chocolate love crunch

Chris McClarney

As the son of a youth pastor, Chris McClarney met Jesus at a very young age. He began his worship ministry when he was just 14 eventually releasing the song “Your Love Never Fails”. This song grew in popularity and hit number one on the Billboard Christian chart.

In 2015, Chris partnered with Jesus Culture music to record his debut live album “Everything and Nothing Less” featuring 9 songs recorded live at the 2015 Jesus Culture Sacramento conference.

Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson, singer-songwriter and worship leader with Jesus Culture, served as a worship leader at Bethel Church in Redding before joining the Jesus Culture team. His heart is to see people experience the power of God’s extravagant love through music that carries His presence and anointing.

Derek’s solo album, “Real Love” was released in 2015 and charted to number 1 on the Christian iTunes charts. He’s featured on the latest Jesus Culture album, “Let it Echo”.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in INDIANA.
Here's $20, what do you spend it on?
A bag of freshly roasted coffee.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a musician or a Pro Wrestler. Glad that wrestler thing didn't work out.

Darwin Hobbs

Recording artist and Worship Pastor Darwin Hobbs began his career in the mid 90’s working with artists like Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Amy Grant, Natalie Grant, Donna Summer and many others. He signed his first recording contract in 1998 and, since then, he’s released 7 solo albums including his latest album "Champion.”

Darwin and his wife, Traci, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio with their daughter Bethany Lennox Grace. They also dearly love and spoil their 13 year-old Yorkie, Kemper.

Bethel Music with Brian & Jenn Johnson

Brian & Jenn Johnson are co-founders of Bethel Music, WorshipU, and have been integral in the production of over fifteen albums that have influenced the culture of worship across the global church. They are committed to raising healthy family, cultivating community, and fostering unity among worship leaders from around the world. Brian & Jenn's newest solo album, "After All These Years" will release in January 2017. Brian facilitates an atmosphere of faith in worship and has written anthems such as "Have it All", "We Will Not Be Shaken" and "One Thing Remains," which was awarded #1 song for ASCAP Christian Music and #1 Radio Single in 2013. Known for her powerful vocals and unique prophetic sound, Jenn has authored songs such as, "In Over My Head", "Come To Me", "God I Look to You" and "O Taste and See". Together they are passionate about raising up worshippers who take hold of their true identity and pursue intimacy with God above all else. Brian and Jenn reside in Redding, California, with their three wonderful children.

Where are you from?
Weaverville, CA.
Here's $20, what do you spend it on?
Two bags of corn to feed the deer at my house.
What is your favorite cereal?
Golden Graham's.
Where are you from?
Humboldt, CA.
Here's $20, what do you spend it on?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Preschool Teacher.

Ruthie Ridley

Ruthie Ridley is a worship leader who joined Jesus Culture in 2013 as part of the Sacramento Church plant team. Before relocating with her husband and three children, Ruthie was a worship leader in West Haven, Connecticut. She is passionate about seeing this generation impacted by the power of Christ and believes that she will see revival in her lifetime.

Aside from leading worship, Ruthie is a Fashion Blogger and Registered Nurse.

Where are you from?
I was born in Jamaica, but raised in Connecticut.
Here's $20, what do you spend it on?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A talk show host or a teacher.

Molly Williams

Molly Williams is a vocalist and worship leader at Jesus Culture Sacramento and serves the team as a Project Manager for the Jesus Culture music label. She’s also a talented songwriter whose passionate songs bring hope to the body of Christ while encouraging them to find their unique God-given expressions. Molly has traveled all over the world leading and teaching at churches, conferences and worship schools, while also touring as a background vocalist for American recording artist, Wynnona Judd.

Equipping Sessions

These intimate sessions, happening each afternoon during the conference, will empower you to grow in the areas that you are passionate about. Whether you lead in church, culture or attend youth group, these sessions are for you!

  • Culture

    For those influencing outside of the church walls, come hear creative visionaries give strength to what you're doing.

  • Church

    If you're a full-time paid staff member of a church, this session if for you.

  • Youth

    For 12-18 year olds only, ditch the adults and come have fun with us!


Cameron Strang

Founder & CEO Relevant

Cameron Strang is the founder of RELEVANT magazine. Cameron grew up in a publishing family and graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1998. Eight years after writing the first business plan, he launched RELEVANT in 2003, which now reaches more than 10 million Christian college-to-thirtysomethings each month. He lives in Orlando and has a 5-year-old son, Cohen.

Where are you from?
What makes you happiest?
Spending the day with my son ... And seeing the Orlando Magic actually win a game (it’s rare)...
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to start a media company. Honestly. Well, a media company that also had theme parks.
Here's $20, what do yo spend it on?
I feel like this is a trick question. Is the correct answer $2 for tithe and $18 for charity?

Gabe Lyons

Founder of Q

Gabe Lyons is the author of The Next Christians and the founder of Q—a global learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Additionally, he is the co-author of UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters, a bestselling book based on original research that reveals the pervasiveness of pop culture's negative perceptions of Christians. Prior to launching Q, Gabe co-founded Catalyst, a national gathering of young leaders. His work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, Fox News and USA Today. Gabe, his wife Rebekah, and their three children reside in Nashville, TN.

Youth (12-18's)

Becky Johnson

Youth Pastor of Jesus Culture Sacramento

Becky Johnson is the Youth Pastor of Jesus Culture Sacramento, where she lives to see students encounter the raw power and extreme love of God that changed her own life as a teenager. Hailing from the Midwest she moved to California to attend Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry before she began working with Jesus Culture in 2008. She and her husband, Derek Johnson, have one daughter who’s the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.

Where are you from?
Wheatfield, Indiana.
Here's $20, what do you spend it on?
What did you want to be when you grew up?

Banning Liebscher

and JC Sacramento Church Team

Banning Liebscher, Pastor and Founder of Jesus Culture Sacramento, and some of his team will lead a lively discussion on church planting. They’ll tackle common questions surrounding how to grow a volunteer culture, what an effective church strategy looks like, how to raise up leaders, build community, and so much more.