KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Below you'll find information on our keynote speakers. Be sure to check back as we continue to make updates!

 

JIMMY DORRELL
Born and raised in Conroe, Texas, Dorrell completed two degrees from Baylor University (B.A. Religion-1972; MA. Environmental Studies-1993), a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1978) and a Doctor of Ministry degree (2001) from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. After moving into a blighted North Waco neighborhood with his wife, Janet, and their children in 1982, he and Janet founded Mission Waco Mission World in 1992. Dorrell is the former executive director of this urban ministry with over seventy staff and numerous holistic programs that empower the poor and marginalized in his community. He also has been pastor of Church Under the Bridge for over twenty-six years. Dorrell has written three books, served on numerous boards, and traveled extensively to Haiti, Mexico City and India. Dr. Dorrell is also an adjunct professor at Baylor University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, and Bakke Graduate University. He is president emeritus of the statewide Texas Christian Community Development Network he helped found. Dorrell was recognized as the 2016 “Person of the Year” by the Wacoan Magazine. He and his wife recently received the Baylor Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2017 Waco Today Magazine honoree. He is the proud father of four children and nine grandchildren.


CLINT HARP
Clint Harp has had quite a few jobs in his life and tried numerous careers including most recently being a salesman in Houston, Texas. Finally reaching the end of his career searching rope in 2011, Harp decided to quit his sales job and go for his dream of building furniture and owning his own company with his wife, Kelly. The last thing either of them expected, however, was to move to Waco and find themselves a part of a hit show on HGTV. For 5 seasons Harp could be found regularly on HGTV’s Fixer Upper as the dumpster diving, reclaimed wood loving carpenter and furniture artisan. Now you can find the Harps and their team on their own show “Wood Work” on the DIY network. Together with Kelly and their three kids, the Harps spend each day pursuing their dream and blazing the new trail of owning their own company, Harp Design Co., which provides quality furniture and home goods to customer all across the U.S. and abroad. Constantly adjusting to unexpected national exposure, the Harps work hard each day to grow as a family and a business whose core values are love, beauty, and creativity.


ANNE SNYDER
Anne Snyder is the director of The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Character Initiative, a pilot program that helps foundations and business leaders strengthen morally formative institutions. She is also a fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a Houston-based think tank that explores how cities can drive opportunity and social mobility for the bulk of their citizens, and a senior fellow at The Trinity Forum. From 2014 to 2017 Snyder worked for Laity Lodge and the H.E. Butt Family Foundation in Texas, and before that she worked at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, World Affairs Journal and The New York Times. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and International Relations from Wheaton College (IL), and a master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University. She is a contributing editor to Comment Magazine, an advisor to Sea Dog Theater, and serves as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice as well as the Hyde Park Institute at the University of Chicago. She has also published in The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, National Journal, City Journal, Philanthropy Magazine, NewGeography, Orange County Register, Houston Business Journal, The Institute for Family Studies, FaithStreet, Comment Magazine, Verily, Humane Pursuits, FareForward and elsewhere, and is currently finishing up a book about the most effective character forming institutions alive today. The bulk of Snyder’s published work can be found at annesnyder.org.