2020 Speakers

Rich and Yvette DeOtte

Rich and Yvette DeOtte have been involved in pro-life efforts for many decades by supporting ministry organizations and impacting legislation in Texas. Rich and Yvette have engaged legislators and testified on many bills in Austin over the last decade. They successfully sued the federal government to end enforcement of the contraception mandate in Obamacare. The May 2019 decision of DeOtte vs. Azar resulted in class action status and a nationwide prohibition against enforcement of the mandate for persons and businesses with sincerely held religious objections. Currently, they are working to pass the Preborn Non Discrimination Act (PreNDA) and to help cities pass Sanctuary City for the Unborn ordinances. Through their project “Life Education and Action”, they provide resources to help churches better teach both the truth and the grace of God regarding His view of Life from the Bible.

Rich and Yvette own a civil engineering firm providing engineering and development consulting. Their firm serves private and municipal clients. Rich’s expertise with drainage related problems “working with nature instead of against it” have saved millions of dollars of public money. DeOtte, Inc. also provides elite civil engineering for development of high-value, custom, residential gated and ungated subdivisions. He has served as a court expert on numerous cases over nearly two decades on engineering related matters.

Yvette graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Biomedical Science. Having homeschooled and graduated three children, she now manages business operations for DeOtte, Inc., the civil engineering company that she owns with Rich. Yvette works to advance God’s pro-life purpose by actively promoting and supporting politicians, ministries, and organizations that defend life.

Rich’s has spoken on “Professional Ethics for Engineers” focusing on the historical and moral components of ethics as a means for personal happiness, on “Political Conditions in the Age of Trump”, on a variety of social issues but most importantly on the issue of Life. Rich and Yvette serve Texas Right to Life in their Ambassadors program.

Aimee Murphy

Aimee Murphy is the Executive Director and founder of Rehumanize International, a non-partisan, secular organization dedicated to bringing an end to all aggressive violence against human beings through education, discourse, and action. After a personal conversion to the cause against abortion as a teen, she was able to claim and defend a holistic ethic of non-violence during her time in university: the Consistent Life Ethic. Through her work with Rehumanize International, Aimee is reaching people all over the globe with the consistent message of human rights and is creating and engaging in effective dialogue to change hearts and minds. Aimee Murphy was the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony List Young Leader Award in 2014, for her trailblazing pro-life leadership. She has been featured in news media outlets such as MSNBC, Maria Claire, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, The Washington Post, VICE News, and many more. She currently resides in Pittsburgh with her profoundly supportive husband, their two dogs, and –in the spirit of radical hospitality– whichever friends wander into the Murphy household.

Dr. Thomas Hibbs

Dr. Thomas Hibbs returns to his alma mater as the first alumnus to serve as president of the University of Dallas, where he received his B.A. in English (’82) and M.A. in philosophy (’83). He completed his M.M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame.

From 2003 to 2019, Dr. Hibbs was dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University. Baylor has honored him with the title Dean Emeritus. Dr. Hibbs also directed Baylor in Washington, D.C. Prior to this appointment at Baylor, Hibbs was Full Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Boston College and, prior to that, a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College.

During his career Dr. Hibbs has published more than 30 scholarly articles and has written, edited or provided introductions for 12 books, including three on the thought of Thomas Aquinas. His most recent book is Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Philosophy and Faith (Baylor University Press, 2017).

Called upon regularly to comment on film and popular culture, he has published more than 100 reviews and articles on film, theater, art and higher education in First Things, The Dallas Morning News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Atlantis, The Wall Street Journal and National Review, among others. He has appeared on radio, including nationally syndicated NPR shows, more than 100 times.

In 2010, Dr. Hibbs received the American Maritain Association Scholarly Excellence Award. He was a faculty mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program from 2013-2016 and is past president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (2017).

The Hibbs have three children, two of whom are Baylor alumni and one who currently attends Baylor.

Rev. Dr. Clenard H Childress Jr.

Pastor Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., is a life long resident of Montclair, New Jersey, joined the New Calvary Baptist Church in September of 1974 under the pastorate of Dr. Shellie Sampson. In 1978, he was appointed Director of the Youth Department, to organize and educate youth.

He also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Superintendent of the Sunday School Department and Vice-President of the Outreach Ministries

Pastor Childress successfully completed Northern Baptist School of Religion in 1986 where he majored in Christian Education.

He was ordained in 1988 by the North Jersey Shiloh Association and later installed as Senior Pastor of New Calvary in April of 1989.

In 1997, Pastor Childress, along with his wife Regina, founded the Eutychus Mission, a ministry designed to provide continued rehabilitation and assistance to recently released juvenile detention detainees back into the mainstream of society.

In October of 1998, Essex County Executive James Treffinger honored Pastor Childress’ faithful and effective work at the Essex County Juvenile In February of 2011 Detention Center by installing him as a Chaplain.

In November of 1998, he founded the Celebration of Life Day Care Center, which provides loving Christian care for children from infancy to 5 years of age.

In August of 1999, Pastor Childress was appointed President of the Life Education And Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) in Northeast Region. He was a chief organizer of the “Say So” March to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC

In November of 2000, Pastor Childress was awarded the Community Service Award by the Montclair Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. for his dedicated work in the community.

In September of 2002, Pastor Clenard H. Childress Jr. birthed the Pro-life website Blackgenocide.org. This website was designed to reach the Afro-American Community with the truth about abortion.

In January 2003, Pastor Childress was appointed a member of the National Pro-Life Religious Council of Washington, DC.

In January 2004, Pastor Childress was appointed President of the Montclair African American Clergy Association (MAACA).
In 2004 Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr. was appointed by the Board of Directors of LEARN to Assistant the National Director, of the Life Education And Resource Network.

Rev Clenard Childress having been recommended by his peers and approved by the Board of Scholars of the National Clergy Council of Washington Dc in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church –USA, received The Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Divinity.

Rev Dr. Childress is available to come to your church or event!
In March Of 2006 Rev. Clenard H. Childress authored his first book No Shepherd’s Cry. Pastor Childress and his book were featured on the 700 Club hosted by CBN’s Pat Roberson.

In December of 2010 Pastor Clenard Childress began Clergy For Better Choices a NYC based clergy information network

In February of 2011 , partnering with Life Always a pro-life group in Houston Texas posted in So Ho Manhattan a bill board with saying,” created by Rev Childress “the most dangerous place for an African American to Be Is in The Womb of His African American Mother” Media’s coverage of this event helped raise the awareness of the Clergy network and reach a broader base of Pastors and social activist.

In April 5th of 2013 Rev Childress along with Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union held a press conference outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia to demand main stream media to cover the criminal trial of Kermitt Gosnell the late term abortion doctor. Fox news followed and featured Pastor Childress in their National Religious Report with Lauren Green.

December 2nd 2017 in recognition of a life time commitment to raise awareness to halt genocide by standing spiritually strong in the midst of social and political changes your fellow issue driven brothers and sisters in Christ present you with the Erma Clardy Craven Award.

December 15 of 2017 PBS Front Line produced the documentary ” Anti-Abortion Crusaders inside the African American Abortion Battle where Rev Childress was highly featured. This was a breakthrough documentary produced by the Public Broadcasting System

Pastor Childress Jr. has repeatedly been featured in World Magazine and has contributed commentary and editorials for Christianity Today, The Christian Post, Black Christian News, The Washington Times and New Jersey Star Ledger and is a regular columnist on Alan Keys Renew America.

Pastor Childress is joyously married to Regina Childress and has four children: Clenard, Thomas, Tonya and Tia.

Michael Wear

Michael Wear serves as Chief Strategist and a member of the executive team for The AND Campaign. He is a leading expert, speaker and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama’s “ambassadors to America’s believers”, Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.
Michael is also the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.

Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He 2 also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. Michael is a Senior Fellow at The Trinity Forum, and he holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Northern Virginia, where they are raising their beloved daughter, Saoirse.

Jannique Stewart

Jannique is a graduate from Greenville Christian University with a Bachelors in Speech Communication and a minor in Journalism and Gender Studies.

In 2007, Jannique joined First Care Family Resources, the largest faith-based Pregnancy Clinics in South Florida, as their sexual integrity and pro-life speaker. She was later promoted to become the Director of her own Pregnancy Clinic in Boca Raton, South Florida, right outside of Florida Atlantic University, where she led a large team of women to provide counseling and ultrasounds to women faced with unplanned pregnancies and financial hardship.

In 2011, Jannique joined the National speaking team of the Life Training Institute as a full-time pro-life apologist and speaker training high school and university students to make a scientific case for the humanity and value of the preborn. She speaks annually to over 50,000 young adults in the United Sates and over 15,000 young adults in South America and
Europe. Her unique pro-life apologetics style has led to invitations to debate or give controversial speeches on the National college circuit tour – such as at Ivy League Universities like Cornell and Yale Universities. In 2018, she traveled across the state of Texas on a Texas University Tour where she spoke at Texas A&M, St Mary’s University, Southern Methodist University, Abilene Christian University and the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.