AFA Retreat

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Dear friends of AFA & AFR

I hope you are having a good start to 2018. We have nailed down our speakers for our conference at the Big Cedar Lodge October 8-11, 2018:

Todd Starnes 

Todd Starnes has been an on-air talent at Fox News Channel for more than a decade. His three-hour daily radio program is nationally-syndicated to more than 100 radio stations. 

He also hosts a daily short-form radio commentary are heard on more than 500 radio stations around the nation.

Todd writes a syndicated newspaper column that also appears on a number of conservative websites including and

Todd is the author of four books – the most recent being “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again” – a handbook on how Christians can engage the culture. 

Todd is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Storytelling. In 2014 he was awarded the National Religious Broadcaster’s Board of Directors Award.

He is a frequent speaker at churches, Christian conferences and Christian universities. He has also spoken at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California and the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In his spare time, Todd is active in his church, plays golf, follows SEC football, and eats barbecue. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Abraham Hamilton, III
Abraham Hamilton, III is a husband, father of five wonderful children, lawyer, home-school dad, Bible Teacher and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host.  He serves as American Family Association’s General Counsel and Public Policy Analyst.  Abraham also hosts “The Hamilton Corner” on the American Family Radio Network, Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. CST.  He has an undergraduate degree in New Testament Biblical Literature from Oral Roberts University and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.  Abe is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.  He is licensed to practice before all Louisiana State Courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Louisiana, as well as all Texas State Courts.  In the legal profession, Abe served as a criminal prosecutor.   He handled major felony prosecutions at the trial level.  Abraham’s ministerial focuses include Marriage, Family, Biblical Worldview Training and Discipleship Formation.
Sandy Rios

Sandy Rios is the Director of Governmental Affairs for the American Family Association.  She also serves as host of Sandy Rios in the Morning on AFR Talk.

The American Family Association is one of the largest, most effective pro-family grassroots organizations in the country.  Sandy represents AFA in Washington, DC, frequently on television and radio.  “Sandy Rios in the Morning” is heard Monday thru Friday from 8-9 AM EST on over 200 stations.  Sandy provides the latest from DC with the savvy of an insider equipped with a Christian perspective.

Sandy Rios joined the Fox News Channel as a contributor in 2005. She has appeared regularly on the O'Reilly Factor, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto, and Megyn Kelly. Whether defending America's Military, advocating for religious freedom, analyzing presidential politics, or the social and moral dilemmas of the day, Sandy brings her passion to a wide variety of issues.

Breitbart, The Daily Caller,, RealClear Politics, and AFR’s new outlet, “The Stand,” are all outlets for Sandy’s commentary. She is the former President of Culture Campaign and Vice President of Family Pac Federal and was ten years the host of the Sandy Rios Show in Chicago.  She began her national career interviewing newsmakers and pundits like Ambassador John Bolton, Ann Coulter, Steve Forbes, Juan Williams, Bill Krystol, as well as congressmen and presidential candidates. The National Religious Broadcasters chose Sandy as their 2010 Radio Personality of the Year. She has received an Angel Award, a TESLA, and seven Silver Microphone Awards for her work in radio.

As the former President of Concerned Women For America, the nation's largest public policy women's organization, Sandy hosted a nationally syndicated radio show that aired in most major cities in the US and parts of Canada. She frequently appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and guest hosted CNN's Crossfire.

Formerly Chairman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, Sandy has done investigative work in China, Vietnam, North Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, the Soviet Union, and India. She lived in Berlin, Germany for two years.

Sandy is married to a retired FBI Special Agent. She has a son, who is an author and pastor, married to an artist who together have three children. Sandy's daughter, Sasha, severely disabled since birth, passed away in 2009. Before embarking on her career in radio and television. Sandy was a professional musician and singer.

Tim Wildmon

Tim Wildmon is the President of American Family Association and American Family Radio. AFA is a national organization that advocates for the biblical teaching on morality and values. Tim hosts a daily program on AFR’s 190 stations.

He has appeared many times on all the major television networks including the Fox News Channel and CNN. He has written for USA Today, Focus on the Family and several other national publications. He is 54, has been married to his wife Alison for over 30 years, lives in Tupelo, Mississippi, and has three children and four grandchildren.  He is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in journalism.


Ray Pritchard

Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as president of Keep Believing Ministries. He has ministered extensively overseas in China, Thailand, South Korea, Uganda, Kenya, Bolivia, Columbia, Paraguay, Belize, Haiti, Nigeria, Switzerland, Russia, India and Nepal. He is a frequent conference speaker and guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. He has written 31 books, including Stealth Attack, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul, The Incredible Journey of Faith, The ABCs of Wisdom, Leadership Lessons of Jesus (with Bob Briner), Why Did This Happen to Me?, and Credo: Believing in Something to Die For.

There are over 1 million copies of his book An Anchor for the Soul in print. The ministry has given away over 800,000 copies to prison ministries, crisis pregnancy centers, rescue missions, outlaw biker ministries, and to the men and women serving in the US Armed Forces.

He is a co-host of Today's Issues on American Family Radio.

For 26 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago, including sixteen years as pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and Talbot School of Theology (D.Min.). He has been married to Marlene for 43 years. They have three sons (Josh, Mark and Nick). Josh and Leah were married in July 2006 and have two children, Knox and Violet. Mark and Vanessa were married in July 2007 and have three children, Eli, Penny and Zoe. Nick and Sarah were married in July 2014. They have two children, Hannah and Joshua. That makes 7 grandchildren in all!

Dr. Pritchard comes from a medical background. His father and mother met during World War II in Nome, Alaska where they both served in the Army Medical Corps. All three of Dr. Pritchard’s brothers are medical doctors. He inherited his love for the Ole Miss Rebels from his father who grew up on a farm outside of Oxford, Mississippi.

Dr. Pritchard’s hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War. He rides his bike around White Rock Lake in Dallas every day he is home. He has ridden 44,000 miles in the last 21 years, and his goal is to reach 50,000 miles in the next two years.

Ed Vitagliano
Rev. Edward Vitagliano is Executive Vice President of American Family Association and American Family Radio. He has served in a number of capacities since joining AFA in 1996. Ed has been an award-winning journalist for the American Family Association Journal, the monthly publication for AFA, and is a co-host on the radio program Today’s Issues, heard weekdays on the American Family Radio network. He has also helped produce a number of documentary films for AFA and American Family Studios. He has been in the ministry since 1982.
Dennis Jernigan
For over 30 years, Dennis Jernigan has devoted his life as a worship leader, songwriter, author, husband, father, and minister of hope. He and his wife, Melinda, have been married for 34 years. They have nine children and make their home in Oklahoma where they are now welcoming grandchildren. Having been walking in freedom from his former homosexual identity since November 7, 1981, Jernigan takes great joy in sharing the grace and love of God with any who desire freedom in their own lives. Dennis spends a great deal of time encouraging others to embrace their true identity in Christ.

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