Besides music all day, you can hear from impactful speakers, kids performers, and others throughout the three days at Alive. Learn more below about our special guests who will be appearing at Alive 2021.
Kirk Cameron has been a part of the national landscape since starring as “Mike Seaver” in the ABC hit sit-com, “Growing Pains.” That role turned him into a cultural icon in the 80’s, with his mullet hairstyle, cool sunglasses, and wisecracking comebacks. Since then, he’s appeared in numerous television and movie productions, including the “Left Behind” series, “Monumental,” and Fireproof- the marriage-centered film that became the #1 grossing inspirational movie of 2008. His newest film, Connect, released Feb, 2018, and offers “real help for parenting kids and teens in a Social Media world.” He’s been featured on Nightline, Fox News, and CNN and currently tours the country speaking live to 30 churches a year as part of the “Living Room Reset” marriage and parenting conference. In the fall of 2016 and 2017, he hosted live Fathom theater events called “Revive Us” — a “national family meeting” urging the family of faith to return to the biblical principles that will bring blessing and protection to our country. The live events took place in over 750 theaters across the United States and were attended by over 200,000 people. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, met on the set of “Growing Pains and have been married for over 26 years. Together they have six teenage children and host an all-expenses-paid summer camp for terminally ill children and their families called Camp Firefly.
Note: Lecrae will be both speaking and performing at the Main Stage on Sunday evening.
While there’s no sure route to carving out a significant presence in the music industry, there’s always something to be said for remaining true to one’s self. Since arriving on the scene with his 2004 debut Real Talk, Lecrae has been occupying two different yet not entirely opposing worlds: the sacred and the profane. Which is to say that his art, not unlike his life, has been as much about inspiring the streets, and about justice, freedom, and interrogating real-world issues, as it is about his personal journey of faith. His music has long served as a call to arms for those willing to sacrifice for a cause beyond themselves. Still, he won’t be boxed in to any genre or made to serve as a poster-child for any particular agenda.
Following a host of celebrated mixtapes and LP’s, his most recent being 2017’s exemplary All Things Work Together, Lecrae returns with new music. Let the Trap Say Amen , a collaboration with acclaimed producer Zaytoven (Gucci Mane, Migos, Future), was born out of a mutual respect for each other’s work. Joined by common faith and a love for the trap, and after years of maneuvering through some of the same circles, the two Atlanta legends decided to come together. The result is a project brimming with thunderous beats, rapid-fire bars, and, as listeners have come to expect from Lecrae, vivid storytelling.
Jonathan Evans, a mentor, author, speaker and former NFL fullback treasures his relationship with Christ along with the opportunity to use his life to glorify God. Jonathan seeks to impact today’s athletes, men and young adults by equipping and encouraging them in their faith.
Jonathan serves with his pastor, friend and father, Dr. Tony Evans, both in the local church and the national ministry. They also teamed up together to write Get in the Game, a practical guidebook filled with sports analogies and spiritual truths aimed at strengthening readers with the skills they need for living victoriously.
Jonathan is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a masters degree in Christian Leadership. He also serves as the chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys and co-chaplain of the Dallas Mavericks. Jonathan is a dynamic speaker at churches, conferences, men’s events, banquets, youth, and FCA events. He is committed to developing the next generation of devoted Christian leaders.
Jonathan and his wife Kanika are the proud parents of Kelsey, Jonathan II, Kamden, Kylar, and Jade Wynter. They reside in Dallas, Texas.
Jason and Suzi Lantz and their kids Caris and JJ live in Canton, Ohio. The Lantz’s have spent over 20 years in the Canton area helping people live a sent life with Jesus. Jason started a church in 2007 called LoveCanton focused around missional disciple making. In 2014, Jason became Vision Leader of RiverTree Christian Church. RiverTree is a movement of churches who have a vision to send 20,000 people who wake up for the light of Jesus. Most days you can find Jason leading that effort through the One Center for Leadership (onecentercanton.com) in Canton, meeting with area leaders to help them dream and grow in maximum health and influence. Jason loves living in and serving NE Ohio where God is clearly up to something bigger than himself.
Markus McFolling, Founder of Reach1, is originally from Seaside, California. He moved to Ohio in 2008 as a collegiate athlete, but after two years as a professional football player, he suffered a career-ending shoulder injury requiring surgery after surgery, leading him down a dark path of drug addiction. After losing his family and everything he loved, he was inspired to make a full recovery and turn his life around. After rehabilitation and graduation from Adult and Teen Challenge Ohio Valley, his family was restored and Markus pursued his dream and life-long calling to make a difference under the name Reach1 which stands for Reconciling Every Abandoned Child Home. He now travels around the country sharing his story of overcoming adversity in schools, youth camps, conferences, community events, and festivals. Adding to his business, Markus founded Reach1Creative, a creative outlet for local creatives able to offer photography and videography around the country for weddings, families, events, and businesses. Reach1Leadership was also birthed as a resource to those specifically looking for personal and leadership development for themselves or their business/staff. The Adopt-A-School Program, offered by Reach1Leadership, was founded by Markus in 2020 to create a space within school systems for students and faculty to be inspired to shift the culture of their school systems. Markus currently resides in Canton, Ohio with his wife, and two daughters.
Bruce Rosa currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Maranatha Bible Church in Akron, Ohio. Bruce is passionate about the preaching of the Gospel, and the clear teaching of God’s Word. As a communicator of God’s Word, he’s been privileged to speak at camps, conferences, and churches throughout the United States. He’s also had opportunity to preach and teach in various countries, including Thailand, Myanmar, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Italy. Bruce and his wife Shoshanna are parents to four beautiful daughters – Ella, Sophia, Lydia, and Lia. The Rosa’s, along with their vicious and intimidating Yorkie-Poo, Toto, reside in Hartville, Ohio.
Outback Ray has been performing animal shows since 1987 and has had a passion for animals since he was a child. He has appeared on television, radio talk shows and has trained animals for commercials. Not only does he do shows, he also breeds, trains and studies exotic animals. Through his show, Outback Ray shares his knowledge and the passion he has for exotic animals with his audience. He captivates you with his unique “family”, all while sharing fascinating facts about each one. Learning will be fun and exciting while you hold and cuddle with his amazing animals.