Live from NRB Proclaim 16

Since 2004, I’ve had the opportunity to serve alongside the Washington, DC-based staff team that organizes and executes the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. The Annual NRB Convention is the largest gathering of Christian Media professionals in the world. It attracts some of the biggest names in not only Christian Radio, Television, and Film, but also those who want the support of evangelical broadcasters, pastors, and Christian media professionals. This year, we welcomed Senator Ted Cruz and his father Rafael Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Rick Warren, Jon Acuff, Roma Downey, Michael W. Smith, Jordan Smith from The Voice, and others.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with many filmmakers, singers, speakers, and other artists to bring an exciting event to convention attendees. I have quite a few interesting stories over nearly 15 years of serving with the NRB team.

During the year, I coordinate and communicate with the nearly 50 volunteers it takes to execute the convention. My role on-site is to coordinate and direct all the volunteers to register attendees, get speakers and artists to their locations, man each event for our guests, and all kinds of other unexpected duties. It’s quite the task, and after ten 14-hour days, I am pretty wiped. But its always fun to see friends that I’ve known and seen for years, and it’s fun to learn new things and network with other media professionals.

One friend of mine at NRB is Mark Peterson from Network Communications. Mark and his team record audio from the over 50 plenary and breakout sessions at the convention. Mark was gracious enough to send me the recordings of each of this year’s sessions so that you could take a listen to some of the knowledge and insight from NRB this year.

I’ve placed short selections of the sessions below for you to listen to for free.

Order your own copy of the full recordings here.

The NRB International Christian Media Convention was held this year from February 22-26, 2016.

Be sure to check out highlights from the convention and register for next year’s event at

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Select photos by Matt Ruff. Follow Matt @MattWRuff

Audio Recordings of Main Sessions and Media Summits:


Digital Media Summit

“Harnessing the Power of Facebook”

Speaker: Katie Harbath, Global Politics and Government Outreach Director, Facebook

Digital Media Summit

“The Secret of Innovating”

Speaker: Brian Russell, Director of YouVersion

Digital Media Summit

“Why We Need to Tell a Better Story”

Speaker: Jeff Bethke, Author and YouTuber

Media Leadership Dinner

Speaker: Judge Jeanine Pirro, “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Fox News Channel

Speaker: The Honorable Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States

Church Media Summit

“How to Stay Spiritually Healthy Without Guilt”

Speaker: Greg Baker, Global Technology Director, Saddleback Church

TV Summit

“How to Start a TV Ministry”

Speaker: Phil Kwiatkowski, President Garden Mission

TV Summit

“Right-Sizing Your Media Ministry”

Speaker: Todd Cantelon, Producer, Director, and Writer, TMG Inc.


 Church Media Summit

“How to Start a Streaming Ministry”

Speaker: Noah Sidhom, Web & Social Media Director, Bellevue Baptist Church

Church Media Summit

“The Art of Telling Creative Stories”

Speaker: Alex Kendrick, Writer, Director, Actor, Author, Kendrick Brothers Productions

Speaker: Stephen Kendrick, Writer, Director, Actor, Author, Kendrick Brothers Productions

Lunch with Rick Warren

Speaker: Dr. Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church

Pastor’s Track

“When a Crisis Happens, and Reporters Come Knocking”

Speaker: Phil Cooke, Co-Founder & CEO, Cooke Pictures

Church Media Summit

“Where Do I Begin?”

Speaker: Bryan Bailey, Director of Media and Production, First Baptist Dallas

Church Media Summit

“The Multi-Site Revolution”

Speaker: Greg Bacus, Central Team Leader of Technology, Life.Church

Church Media Summit

“Sights and Sounds of Social Media”

Speaker: Noah Sidhom, Web & Social Media Director, Bellevue Baptist Church

Speaker: Darrel Girardier, Digital Strategy Director, Brentwood Baptist Church

Film and Entertainment Summit

“Successful Distributing”

Speaker: Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President, AFFIRM Films

Film and Entertainment Summit

“Successful Acting”

Speaker: Kevin Sorbo, Actor

Film and Entertainment Summit

“Successful Animation”

Speaker: Phil Vischer, Founder, Big Idea Productions and Jellyfish Labs

Film and Entertainment Summit

“Report to the Entertainment Industry”

Speaker: Ted Baehr, Publisher, MOVIEGUIDE

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[twelve:thirty]media | Columbia, SC

Carl Barnhill has served on staff at some of the largest churches and organizations in the country. He served as Media Director at Precept Ministries International, directing the television and radio program Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, broadcasted to over 98 million homes around the world. He served as Video Production Director at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, where he produced media content for four campuses, as well as led volunteer teams.

He most recently served as Video Coordinator for Newspring Church in South Carolina. Newspring has 10 campuses across the state with a weekly attendance of over 35,000. At one campus alone, the number of consistent volunteers serving in media production tripled, under his leadership.

He currently serves as Creative Director and Owner of [twelve:thirty]media, a company that serves churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching.

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