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Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter.

Carey speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth. His podcast, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, has 18 million downloads and features interviews with many of today’s top leaders.

In addition, Carey writes one of today’s most influential leadership blogs at CareyNieuwhof.com. His online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He holds degrees in law, theology, and history.

Carey’s mission is to help people thrive in life and leadership. He has extensive experience helping organizations lead through change, develop high-capacity teams, deepen their personal growth along with their health.

His best-selling book, At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor, is designed to help every leader escape stress and begin living at a sustainable pace and has been profiled by Forbes, Fast Company, and Business Insider.

His other books include Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects But Everyone Experiences, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow, Leading Change Without Losing It and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, co-authored with Reggie Joiner.

Carey and his wife Toni live north of Toronto, Ontario and have two grown sons. In his spare time, you’ll catch him barbecuing on his Big Green Egg, cycling, or boating.

Freddy Villarreal

Freddy Villarreal and his wife, Jen, live in Yorktown, VA, with four of their five children: Parker, Eli, Kaelin, and Ty. Their oldest son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and Jenny, live in Richmond, VA.

In October of 2004, Freddy joined alongside 26 other people to start Freedom Life Church. He enjoys focusing on the vision of the church, coordinating the preaching team, and supporting the church’s Kingdom initiatives.

In addition to serving at FLC, Freddy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at his mentor pastor’s church, The Chapel, a multi-campus church located in the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL.

When he is not at the church or the office, Freddy can be found hanging with his family, at the gym, watching TV, or playing some kind of sport. He especially loves playing/watching/talking about football!

Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell is a southern singer-songwriter who writes and sings memorable folk songs infused with undercurrents of delta blues, folk, pop, and country that originate from a musical landscape spanning the less-travelled back roads from Nashville to Muscle Shoals to Memphis. Over the course of 20+ years since her acclaimed debut album, Songs from the Levee, she has resisted the temptation to follow musical trends but instead chooses to set the pace for her unique musical journey clearly palpable in her latest release, Damn Sure Blue, a heart-felt collection of tunes that pays a respectful nod of admiration to the Man in Black and reverberates with the soulful sounds of award-winning Americana guitar whiz and producer Will Kimbrough.

Kate has graciously served as BGAV’s worship leader for the 2020 and 2021 Annual Meetings, which were both held virtually because of the global pandemic. We are excited to have her to lead us in worship in person this year!