SPEAKERS & ARTISTS
Founder of Brag Ministry
Rapper—5 albums, both solo and Clique 116
Pastor—Cornerstone Church in Atlanta
Author—Rise, The Good Life
Dallas-born, Trip’s passion for music began when he started rapping around age 12 about “random stuff,” like girls and how hot he was. When he gave his life to Christ at 14, he realized he could use his talents for Christ. His first album released days after his high school graduation.
He became a founding member of Christian hip hop collective 116 Clique in 2005, and is famous for his solo performances. Trip Lee has released five full-length albums and has penned two books, The Good Life and Rise.
Trip preached his first sermon at the age of 17 to his youth group, and since has become the founder of Brag Ministry. He is a teaching pastor at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children.
Beth is the author of seven books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.
Graduate from Talbot School of Theology with an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics in 2004, Mike Erre has a long history of Godly work behind him. He is a five-time author, pastor, teacher, and was once an adjunct professor at Biola University.
Today, he helps lead OC United, a nonprofit in California that is focused on uniting the church and unleashing passion. He also heads VOX Podcast, a weekly podcast tackling deeper spiritual topics. He has spoken at many colleges, conferences, and retreats throughout the United States.
National Director of Cru High School
Darryl Lamar Smith was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from Kirkman High School in 1983 and served in the US Army for three years. God saved him in 1991; he was licensed to preach in 1992 and ordained in 1994. He has been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ since 1996, working with high school students at Howard High School in Chattanooga. For six years, he served as Chattanooga’s City Director, and the Southeast Regional Director for three years. In the summer of 2006, Campus Crusade chose Darryl as the new Executive Director for Student Venture. They moved to Campus Crusade’s headquarters in Orlando in May, 2007. In 2013 he joined the Executive Team where he provides leadership and direction to the U.S. Campus Ministry. During the summer of 2015 he came on the VP Team where he gives leadership and direction to all of Cru’s U.S. Ministry.
Darryl speaks to high school students, college students, adults and churches across the country, including professional and college football teams. Darryl is married to Gwen and has three children.
Vivian Mabuni joined staff with Cru 27 years ago and has served on the UC Berkeley and UCLA campuses and currently serves on the Epic National Executive Team (Epic is the Asian American ministry of Cru). An international conference and retreat speaker, Vivian also enjoys writing for SheReadsTruth, an online devotional read by 500,000 women around the world. Her first book, “Warrior In Pink: A Story of Cancer, Community and the God Who Comforts” (Discovery House Publishers) released in April 2014. Married 25 years
to her husband, Darrin, and mom to three wonderful kids, Jonathan (23), Michael (19), and Julia (14). They live in Mission Viejo, California along with their German Shepherd, Koa.
Connect with Vivian on Instagram/Twitter: @vivmabuni or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/VivianMabuniWriter
CROSS 2016 Speaker
Dr. David Platt, President of the IMB and founder of Radical, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world.
He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. David has written several books, Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and most recently Counter Culture. He also has a radio program on Moody Radio, Radical with David Platt, that can be heard around the world and features past sermons and teaching from David’s ministry.
David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.
CROSS 2016 Speaker
J.D. Greear is the Pastor at The Summit Church of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Before coming to work at the Summit he had worked with the International Mission Board. He entered the Ph.D. program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999, graduating in 2003 with a doctorate in Philosophy, concentrating primarily on Christian and Islamic theology. Having lived and served with the SBC’s International Mission Board among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ.
J.D. now pastors more than 9,000 weekend attenders at The Summit Church and is dedicated to planting churches both within the United States and abroad. He has authored a number of publications and curriculums. He and his wife Veronica live in Raleigh and are raising four ridiculously cute kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.
Chuck Dennie founded and is the lead singer of “By the Tree”, a two time dove award winning Christian band. Their recording of Beautiful One stayed at #1 on Christian Radio for 21 weeks. Chuck loves the local church and has been a pastor for 10 years. Today he is giving his life to pioneer Franklin Collective, an initiative to help young creatives transition from amateurs to becoming professionals.. He and his wife Joanne live in Franklin TN, have been married for 10 years and have three beautiful kids – Kate, Kingston and Finley.
Chris McClarney grew up in the church as the son of a youth pastor and met Jesus at a very young age. When he was 14 he began leading worship for a small group, which then led to full-time ministry in local churches and inner-city ministry across Nashville, TN. Chris’ powerful worship anthem “Your Love Never Fails” has become one of the most popular songs in America’s churches as reported in the TOP 25 of CCLI and a #1 song on the Billboard Christian chart. Chris recently partnered with Jesus Culture music recording his debut live album “Everything and Nothing Less”, which was released in June 2015. This powerful live album features 9 brand new songs recorded live at the 2015 Jesus Culture Sacramento conference.
Rochelle Burlock -Worship Band/Vocals
Rochelle Burlock is a woman of faith who desires to be used by God in many different ways through her music and message. She is passionate about seeing lives changed by the gospel because the gospel changed everything for her. Rochelle was born and raised in Chicago, IL and is the third oldest of 10 children. Growing up she learned the importance of having an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and gave her life to Christ at 8 years old. Her heart’s desire is to glorify God by worshiping him with her voice and her life. Rochelle has a passion and a desire to mentor and pour into the next generation of young female worship leaders. Rochelle has called Harvest Bible Chapel her home for over 10 years.
Tara Rios -Worship Band/Vocals
Tara Rios is a member of Vertical Church Band and has been serving as a worship leader at Harvest Bible Chapel in the Chicagoland area for ten years. She currently resides in Chicago with her two beautiful daughters.
Natalie LaRue -Solo Artist
As a vocalist, Natalie LaRue’s performance has been described by critics as “amazingly passionate,” “beautiful,” “soaring” and “mature.” Likewise her albums as part of the brother/sister duo LaRue have sold over half a million copies and been praised for their compelling, profound and worshipful integrity.
A popular CCM writer/performer since her early teens, Natalie has stuck to her musical convictions. “I’m always going to be true to who I am,” she says. “I’m always going to write my own songs and always speak out about those things that are on my heart.”
After ten years since her last album, self-taught pianist, wife and mother of four is excited to release her newest EP Even Now chronicling the lessons of faith, family and love that are on her heart from the past decade.
Having navigated a transition from very young pop stardom to a very normal domestic life, the last ten years of Natalie’s life have yielded a beautiful family, and some golden reflections on her place within that family. Even Now producer Don Chaffer (Waterdeep) says. “They’re also full of real prayers, and a sense of deep surrender to God. It’s been a beautiful thing to watch her pull these songs up and out of herself and offer them to the world.”