Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients


Cary Summers is the president of the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., which opens in late 2017. The Museum, located two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol, will provide an immersive and personalized experience for visitors to explore the history, narrative and impact of the Bible. Founder of the Nehemiah Group, a consulting firm that serves for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, he is also the CEO of Nazareth Village, Nazareth, Israel, a first-century village sharing the teachings of and about Jesus. A passionate student and teacher of the Word, Cary Summers has been a member of the Gideons for 40 years. His vast knowledge of Israel, both of the biblical history and the modern state, is based on his more than 100 visits there.




Luis Palau has been a speaker, teacher, author and spiritual leader for more than 50 years, who has travelled to more than 75 nations. The Luis Palau Association is the vehicle for reaching an audience of more than one billion people through television, radio, print and live events. During much of his career, he has served the people of Latin America and is regarded by many as the most influential spiritual leader in that region over the last 40 years. The author of more than 40 books including God is Relevant, Con Quien Me Casare (Whom Shall I Marry), Where is God When Bad Things Happen? and Say Yes! Luis Palau Association campaigns around the world have helped build relationships through interdenominational and interreligious initiatives. 





Peter Irvine is the co-founder of the Gloria Jean’s Coffees franchise, one of the largest specialty coffee retailers in Australia. Today, there are over 400 Gloria Jean’s stores across Australia and more than 1,000 coffee houses in 39 countries worldwide. In January 2005, he and his business partner purchased the International Master Franchise brand for Australia. After selling the business in 2014, Mr. Irvine became a keynote speaker and business consultant for both corporate and church audiences around the globe. He is the author of Win in Business and Building Your Business, Your People, Your Life. His passion is to share his expertise and to provide tools for success, empowering people to connect faith to life and to see them develop a renewed vision of God’s plan for their lives.