2021 Speakers


Norm Wakefield

The calling of God in Norm's life has given him a heart for men and their families. His calling as a child of God has birthed an emphasis on the gospel and relationship with Jesus Christ. It forms the basis for wisdom in all aspects of life and is the strength of Elijah Ministries. As a husband, Norm longs to see marriages that glorify God. His calling as a father of four, has given him a heart for family. When God called Norm into the pastoral ministry, God led him to disciple and encourage men. Leading people into the presence of God has come from his calling as a worship leader. The desire of his heart is to see God glorified in His people as they apply God's Word to their lives.


Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson, author of Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family.

His articles have appeared in various magazines. Christianity Today also posts his weekly column (The Familyman Weekly) on their website.

Familyman Ministries started with this mission: “To remind dads of what’s most important.” How to accomplish this mission has grown, along with the ministry. The ministry's original weekly email is sent out to thousands of dads across the country. 

Todd and his family spend several months of the year traveling the country encouraging moms and dads. His humor, realness, and straight talk to men & women have become his trademark.


J Leman

Twitter and Instagram: @jleman47

J Leman is a former Consensus All-American Linebacker at the University of Illinois. He led the Illini to a berth in the 2008 Rose Bowl. He was also an Academic All-American during his time at Illinois, earning his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees 4 and a half years. He went on to spend 4 years in the NFL with 5 different teams including the Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Oakland


After his NFL career J, has jumped head first into multiple careers. He built a successful health and wellness business, joined Big Ten Network as expert analyst for CollegeFootball, and started investing in real estate.
J is currently an active real estate investor focusing on Multi-Family Apartments and a licensed real estate agent helping people find their perfect home or investment property.

He resides in the Champaign area with his wife Katy, a former Illinois Volleyball player, and their three kids, Colt, Anna and Genevieve.


Darren Bailey

Darren was born and raised in Southeastern Illinois and is a proud third-generation farmer. Growing up on Bailey Family Farm, Darren learned what it means to work hard and earn an honest living at a young age. Today, Darren and his sons own and operate Bailey Family Farm. He grows corn, wheat, and soybeans while carrying on the traditions of one of America's oldest occupations.


Darren is grounded in the values of hard work, individual liberty, and social responsibility. Darren and his wife Cindy have always lived by the motto of faith, family, and farming. In 2016, along with running the family farm, they founded Full Armor Christian Academy, a preschool through grade 12 school that gives parents the option of a Christ-centered education for their children. 


In 2018, Darren was called to serve in government and elected to the Illinois House of Representatives and then the State Senate. He has stood up for freedoms while fighting against tax hikes, reckless spending, and corruption in Springfield. Darren lives on Bailey Family Farm near Louisville with his wife of 34 years, Cindy. They are the proud parents of four married children and grandparents of ten grandchildren. Darren and Cindy attend Crossroots Church in Effingham.

Past Speakers


Producer/Director of 8 Days film. Founder of SHAREtogether, a non-profit organization fighting the global crisis of Sex Trafficking.


Veteran Navy SEAL. Founder of Veterans for Child Rescue.


Founder of Sermon on the "Mount"- Lessons of Leadership from the Language of the Horse


Buddy Davis is a popular speaker, singer, songwriter, author, adventurer, and paleo-artist with Answers in Genesis.


Six-time NFL Super Bowl player. Founder of "House of Speed" sports franchise.


World War II Veteran and survivor of the worst U.S. Navy disaster: USS Indianapolis.


Leading actor in the movies "Fireproof" and "Courageous".


Former NFL Player -Minister - Author - Speaker


A decorated member of the U.S. Army's most elite fighting corps, Jeff Struecker was prominently featured in the national best-seller 'Black Hawk Down'.


Founder of Life Without Limbs Ministry


Team Chaplain for the Chicago Bears. Former NFL player. Founder of A Ray of Hope on Earth.


Joe Wiegand is entertaining audiences nationwide with his reprisal of President Theodore Roosevelt. As a one man theater show, Joe's T.R. shares stories full of adventure, laughter and inspiration.