CMCA 2023 Summit Speakers
We are excited to introduce the CMCA 2023 Summit speakers!
Secretary of Corrections, State of FL (ret)
15th Provost Marshal General of the Army
Mark S. Inch served as Florida’s 12th Secretary of Corrections from January 2019 till his retirement in December 2021, following over 40 years of public service.
Major General (Ret) Inch previously served as the 15th Provost Marshal General of the Army, Commanding General (CG) of the Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and Army Corrections Command, and Executive Manager of the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency. Following his military career and prior to joining the Florida DOC, Inch served as the 9th Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2017-2018. Director Inch oversaw the operation of 122 Bureau of Prisons’ facilities with oversight of 39,000 staff and 186,000 incarcerated persons.
Keynote Speaker, Plenary II, Saturday May 20 at 8:45am
Co-Founder, Co-Director, Tierra Nueva
Author, Teacher, Director of The People’s Seminary
Bob Ekblad and his wife, Gracie, are founders and co-directors of Tierra Nueva (New Earth) in Burlington, Washington. Bob holds a ThD in Old Testament and is known internationally for his courses and workshops on reading the Bible. Bob has written Reading the Bible with the Damned, (Westminster John Knox Press; Louisville, 2005), and A New Christian Manifesto: Pledging Allegiance to the Kingdom of God (Westminster John Knox: Louisville, 2008). Training current pastoral workers and future leaders to minister to people on the margins of society is one of the Ekblads’ highest priorities. One of the Ekblads’ core values is that theological reflection and teaching be rooted in hands-on ministry to the poor and marginalized. Tierra Nueva has a day-to-day ministry to inmates in the local jail, advocacy and accompaniment alongside immigrants and ex-offenders.
Bob will be leading a seminar on Thursday, May 18 from 6-8pm on Reading Scripture with individuals currently or formerly incarcerated.
Chaplain, Wheaton College, Former Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries
Dr. Angulus Wilson has labored in national and international ministry for 30 years, compelled to work with students in need of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He also served as the Director of the Institute of Prison Ministries for the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center from 2000 to 2004.As a university pastor and church planter he has started congregations across North America and matriculated through several universities of higher learning. Because of his passion for making disciples and equipping students for the work of ministry, he has developed international Bible schools, conferences, and seminars to train leaders for Christian service.
Keynote Speaker Opening Plenary Session, Friday May 19 at 10:30am
Founder, President Reentry Consultants of America
Former Head Female Chaplain, Harris County Sheriffs Office
Vanessa Gardner has the innate ability to take a vision and make it a reality through sound strategic development, program planning, and as a curriculum developer. She is an inspirational leader and motivational public speaker who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in practical applications that promote change. Vanessa has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Correctional Ministry and specializes as a Community Liaison.
Keynote Speaker, Closing Plenary Session, Sat. May 20 at 2:45pm
Pianist, Composer, Inspirational Speaker
Eric Genuis’ music has brought him all over the world. From Hollywood to Slovakia, from Dallas to Toronto, he has wowed and inspired audiences large and small with his lively performances and moving compositions. His live shows always consist of stories, lots of humor, and audience interaction. Audience members can expect to feel a range of emotions when taking in a show. It is an immersive experience not to be missed! Eric has performed in every kind of venue and performs nearly 100 concerts worldwide every year with a group of world class violinists, cellists, and vocalists. His concerts are a musical tour de force and his concerts are a proven thrill to music lovers of both classical and contemporary music. Click below to learn about Eric’s Concerts of Hope inside prison walls.
Eric will host a special concert Friday, May 19th at 6:30pm.