Carlos Whittaker is bringing hope to humans all over the world. And he’s pretty good at it: he’s an author, podcaster, and global speaker backed by the power of a massive Instafamilia, his enthusiastic social followers who tune in daily to join forces with Carlos to create connection, do good and be in community
When Carlos enters a room, he makes people feel seen. His superpower is creating spaces—online and in-person—where people are safe to engage in conversation about the topics that matter most but are often avoided. His motto: don’t stand on issues, walk with people.
Carlos and his wife Heather live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their three amazing children, where you can find them working on the family farm, planning trips around the world and dancing to Single Ladies (seriously, Google it).
Katherine is a communicator and advocate. She married her husband Jay in 2004 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Their son, James was born in 2007, and six months later Katherine’s life nearly ended with a catastrophic stroke. Miraculously, she survived and continues her recovery to this day, including having a miracle baby, John in 2015. Katherine and Jay have shared their journey of steadfast hope through their books, Hope Heals and Suffer Strong, and at speaking events both live and online before millions. Together, they founded Hope Heals camp, a community for families with disabilities like them. Katherine, Jay and their two sons live in the Atlanta area.
Glenn Packiam is the Lead Pastor of Rockharbor Church in Costa Mesa, California. Glenn is the author of several books including, “The Resilient Pastor”, “Blessed Broken Given”, and a new book, co-authored with his wife, Holly, “The Intentional Years”. He earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University and is a senior fellow at the Brarna Group as well as a visiting fellow at St. John’s College at Durham University. Glenn has written over 65 worship songs published with Integrity Music including “Your Name,” co-written with Paul Balcohe. Glenn and Holly have four children and live in Orange Country, California.
Trey McKnight is a visionary leader, communicator and coach with an intense passion for life, people and inspiring life change in people to move toward what matters. He is the president at BigStuf Ministries, and an Executive Coach at Novus Global, working with ministry leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, athletes and teams to help them explore what they are truly capable of, both professionally and personally.
His work with highly influential organizations like the Global Leadership Network, Chick-fil-a, North Point Ministries, Sherwin Williams, the reThink Group and others challenges him daily in the constant pursuit of growth and transformation, and he is a life-learner sharing his experience. Trey lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Jamie, and their three young children.
Rich Baker returns as our conference Emcee. For those who attended TOGETHER '22, you'll remember Rich as a high-energy host with a passion for camping and for live events. He is the Pastor of Communities at Arbor Road church in Long Beach, California. His job consists of connecting people to the Lord as well as to one another. Prior to his current role at Arbor Road, Rich worked at Hume Lake Christian camps as the high school camp director for 14 years and received his master’s degree at Liberty University. Rich and his wife Allyson have been married for over 15 years and have two children, August and Eisley.
Dee Wilson is a Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, worship leader, husband and father. Dee is a member of Common Hymnal, a connecting point for believers whose voices are not being heard because they don't fit into the mainstream Christian culture. He and his wife Jennifer are also worship pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO and have a daughter, Adelle and a son, Kendrick.
Dee and Jen believe deeply in worship with a social conscience, writing honest songs with both message and heart, and being a whole person deeply loved by the Father.