Alive is more than music. Hear from incredible teachers, pastors, authors, and others throughout the three days at Alive. There will be seminars geared towards students, men, women, and a variety of other topics. Most importantly, we’ll have the Gospel of Jesus presented each night at the Main Stage by our evening speaker. Stay tuned, as we’ll be updating our lineup with more speakers as we get closer to the festival.
David Nasser was born in Iran but left the country with his family at age 9 during the Iranian Revolution. After almost a year in exile, his family moved to America. At age 18, he rejected his Muslim heritage and became a Christian. He founded his ministry D. Nasser Outreach (DNO) in his early twenties and it quickly grew as it partnered with other influential organizations such as the Billy Graham Association, Youth Specialities, and Student Life. In 2010, David planted Christ City Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where he would serve as the Lead Pastor for the next four years.
In 2014, God introduced a new chapter into David’s life – overseeing Liberty University’s Office of Spiritual Development. He now oversees a team that strengthens the theological foundation of the student body and its leaders through gatherings such as Convocation (the world’s largest weekly gathering of young people) and Campus Community. He also steers the discipleship process—seeing students coming to Christ, growing in their faith, and mobilizing to reach the world for Christ.
David continues to be one of the nation’s forefront speakers, speaking to over 700,000 people each year using his God-given ability to reach the high tech, attention-lacking culture of Generation Next. The heart-cry of David’s ministry is to effectively present the same message, the Gospel of Christ, using fresh, post-modern methods.
David currently resides in Lynchburg, Virginia, with his wife Jennifer and their daughter, Grace. Their son, Rudy, and his wife, Rachel, reside in Memphis, Tennessee.
In late 2014, Sadie Robertson arrived at a crossroads. Fresh off a runner-up finish on Season 19 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the then-17-year-old saw her life swirling into a bubble of fame and glitz and paparazzi; it was fun, yes, but also she recalls, a decidedly non-normal and uncomfortable existence. “People looked at me differently,” the Louisiana native first introduced to the world as a star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, says. “I wasn’t sure I liked the fame. I don’t see myself like that.” A devoted woman of strong Christian faith, Robertson wanted to use this opportunity to make an impact on the world.
“My passion is to speak, to write, to encourage,” Robertson says proudly. And with more than 5 million followers on her various social platforms, the young woman saw she had a direct line of communication to her peers. Specifically, she recognized she could be positive voice to those in dire need of an inspiring, non-judgmental presence in their lives. Now, in only a few years, she’s become one of the most prominent voices of her generation. Whether as an author or motivational speaker, the 21-year-old speaks with profound grace and clarity. Last year, the author of the New York Times best-seller Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values embarked on a 16-city “Live Original Tour,” where she met thousands of teens and their families and spread her message of self-confidence and positivity.
Trip Lee is an author, teacher, hip-hop artist, and thought leader. A pastor in Atlanta, he regularly preaches and teaches at Christian conferences and events, and has performed his music for thousands of listeners around the world.
In his first book, The Good Life, Lee points to the abundant life available only in Christ – a life beyond anything the world can offer. His second book, Rise, calls a younger generation not to wait to follow God, but to get up and live now.
As a hip-hop artist, Lee’s music has received critical acclaim, while reaching a large and growing audience. He’s won a Stellar award and been nominated for several Dove Awards. His last three albums have debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel charts, and his most recent album, Rise, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Rap charts and #16 on the Billboard 200.
Trip’s deepest desire in his writing, teaching, and performing is to declare the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ.
Pedro LaTorre is not your typical author. He never set out to write a book or speak to millions of people. Prior to Pedro finishing middle school he had seen two failed marriages. Much of his early years were full of challenges that he chose to see as opportunities. By high school Pedro had caught the attention of several professional baseball scouts. His first at bat his senior season changed the trajectory of his future. In one swing of the bat he hit a home run and tore his rotator simultaneously. His faith was shaken and his potential was now a thing of the past. Confusion and self-doubt hit him like a ton of bricks.
Through many trying days he allowed this to both prune and propel him into a new season of life. At the age of twenty Pedro became the drummer for International Recording Artist KJ-52. Pedro later went on to play with several artists including: Tedashi, Anthem Lights, Rhema Soul, Group 1 Crew and many others. Pedro feels fortunate to have been inspired under world renowned communicator Reggie Dabbs and other great men to grow Pedro’s heart for God and people. He has been speaking to students, leaders, and churches for over ten years.
Pedro and his bride Jessica serve as the lead pastors of rest | LA, a growing missional house church community based out of Los Angeles, CA. They have one handsome son named Justice, who is three and a dog named Demi who sheds incessantly.