NRA members come together in Christian devotion to hear inspirational messages and music from an outstanding slate of presenters at this favorite annual event.
Keynote Speaker: Mark Robinson
Mark grew up poor in Greensboro, North Carolina as the ninth of ten children in a green shingled house with a red roof. His father was an abusive alcoholic. Their house had no heat, no AC, and didn’t even have a shower for them to wash.
As a child, Mark ended up in the foster care system. He and two of his brothers went to the same home where they were fortunate to end up with a caring family. Some of his siblings were not so lucky, and ended up in abusive situations. Mark and his siblings were able to move back in with their mother eventually, who was a devout woman of faith, and he credits his mother as being the reason he is the man he is today. She taught him about the Bible, and always told her children they could be whatever they put their minds to.
Towards the end of high school, Mark joined the Army reserves where he served as a medical specialist for three years. After high school, he went to NC A&T and while there, worked at a factory. Mark planned on staying at this factory and working his way up, and possibly even retiring with the company, but it wasn’t to be.
While he was working there, NAFTA was implemented, and his job like so many others had wages cut. They were cut so badly in fact, he ended up leaving. After that, he worked at a restaurant as a shift worker before becoming the general manager there and served in that role for five years. During that time, his wife Yolonda started a daycare center which grew rapidly, requiring them to acquire a new building.
Eventually, Mark left his job to work at the center where he taught children and cared for them. After eight years, they decided to sell the business, and Mark went back to work at a furniture factory. While there he attended UNCG, studying history. However, this factory job would also cease to exist when the owners decided to move the plant to Mexico, leaving Mark and dozens of others without jobs. He eventually got a new job at a different furniture factory and had plans to pursue a full-time teaching career, getting his master's and then Ph.D. so that he could become a professor, but it was not to be.
On April 3, 2018, Mark’s life changed when he stood up against the Greensboro City Council in a speech that has been seen over 150,000,000 times. Since that speech, he has served on the NRA National Outreach Board, has appeared on Fox and Friends, has been interviewed by Lara Trump, and traveled the state and nation spreading the conservative message.
Mark resides in Greensboro and is happily married to his wife Yolonda, and has two kids, and a grandchild.
Inspirational Testimony Speaker: Joe Gregory
Mr. Gregory was the founder of the NRA Ring of Freedom, a program that raised $128 million dollars in its initial year. He was the inaugural recipient of the NRA Ronald Reagan Leadership Award, which is the highest award offered for civilian service.
Mr. Gregory co-founded King Pharmaceuticals and served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Audit Committee, Corporate Secretary, and President/CEO of the subsidiary, Monarch Pharmaceuticals. When he retired in 2003, King was a Fortune 500 public company with more than 2,200 employees, $1.6 billion in sales, and a market cap of $10 billion.
Mr. Gregory was co-founder of a Family-Friendly, internet filter called Bsafe online. He was a majority shareholder in a public Golf Club company, Adams Golf, before selling the company to Taylor Made.
Mr. Gregory has served on numerous University Boards of Trustees, including Regent, King, Palm Beach Atlantic, and Milligan University, where he holds an honorary Doctorate Degree in Business. He is a Foundation Fellow at Harris Manchester College of the University of Oxford in England.
The Gregory's have established the Joe and Cindy Gregory Aid Center for Israel to support the social needs of the poor in Israel and have underwritten support for hundreds of American pastors on trips to Israel. Recently, Mr. Gregory has re-established a pharmaceutical enterprise called Gregory Pharmaceuticals along with his family, where they are manufacturing prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Joe and Cindy have two sons, Jonathan and Josh, and are members of Tri-Cities Baptist Church in Gray, Tennessee.
Master of Ceremonies: Susan Howard
Susan Howard, is an American actress, writer, and political activist. Since leaving television, Susan has become an increasingly active supporter of conservative causes, especially for 2nd Amendment Rights. A long-standing NRA Board and Executive Committee Member, Susan has been active in the leadership of both the NRA and the Texas Republican Party. Howard has served as a Commissioner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Susan was co-host of The 700 Club and best known for portraying the character Donna Krebbs on the primetime series Dallas, and as co-star of the series Petrocelli. She is also a screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America.
Susan loves to share her faith and love for Jesus Christ and is one of the founding forces behind the National Prayer Breakfast being held at the NRA Annual Convention. She and her husband Calvin live in Boerne, Texas.
Worship Singer: Joel Goddard
Joel Goddard has been leading worship for 30 years. He has been the worship pastor at Bethlehem Church in Bethlehem, Georgia for the past 15 years. His ministry thrives on the principles of developing worship leaders and leading the church in biblical, authentic worship in both song and a way of life. J
Joel is married to his wife of 22 years Stacey, and has three beautiful children Jadyn, Elijah, and Lydia.
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