Christian faith is ultimately about following Jesus even though you can’t see him right now with
your physical eyes. Faith is about trusting God so deeply that it affects the way you live.
Matthew Cichella, owner and CEO of Never Submit Entertainment is an award-winning director, producer and screenwriter. In 2012, Matthew made his feature length film, "Poetic." "Poetic" premiered in Rockford, IL to a sold-out crowd of over four hundred people at Rockford's Tebala Shrine event center. "Poetic" is currently streaming nationwide on Amazon Prime and TubiTV.
In early 2013, Matthew stepped away from filmmaking to marry his high school sweetheart and to help her raise her children. He would spend many years as a family man, but in March of 2019 he would get back into filmmaking, this time with a film he wrote for his wife, based on his own true story, "Without Grace." “Without Grace" is streaming nationwide on all major VOD platforms such as Vudu, Amazon, iTunes, etc.
Not wasting any time, in early 2021, Matthew quickly dove back into production, this time developing an intense, psychological thriller called "Hyde Out" which deals with the subject of domestic abuse and sexual assault. “Hyde Out” is currently in post-production and not yet released. Matthew would follow up "Hyde Out" with a faith-based anthology feature called “God’s Not Here”, which Matthew has gone on the record has stating is the most powerful and inspirational film he has ever created. It is truly all about spreading the word and message of God through heartbreak and triumph. “God’s Not Here” has yet to be released but is looking at a Summer 2022 release.
Rarely are the terms “hilarious storyteller” and “theological scholar” used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She’s been lauded as a compelling communicator, whose writing and speaking emphasize that accruing knowledge about God pales next to a real and intimate relationship with Jesus. Her style combines sound biblical exposition and exegesis with engaging anecdotes and comedic wit.
Lisa’s vocational resume is comprised of 30+ years of church and para-church ministry leadership, including 6 years as the director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry where she created the popular “Renewing the Heart” conferences, which were attended by almost 200,000 women, as well as a decade of touring with “Women of Faith,” where she spoke to over a million women about the unconditional love of God. Her academic resume includes a Master of Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary, and she recently completed her doctoral studies at Denver Seminary and is now working on her thesis.
She’s been featured on numerous television and radio programs and is a regular on TBN’s globally syndicated Better Together show. She’s spoken at hundreds of national and international women’s events, as well as in churches around the world. She’s also invested locally and has been leading the same weekly neighborhood Bible study for 15 years. And if you can’t find her teaching, studying, hiking, or riding her motorcycle, she’s probably in a coffee shop sipping a mocha and typing away on her computer because she’s also had 14 books published - including the recent best-selling devotional, Life, and has written and filmed 6 well-received Bible study video curriculums, including Job: A Story of Unlikely Joy and How Much More: Discovering God’s Extravagant Love in Unexpected Places.
However, when asked about her credentials, the most noticeable thing about Lisa Harper is her authenticity. During a recent interview she said, “I’m so grateful for the opportunities God’s given me but don’t forget, He often uses donkeys and rocks!” She went on to describe her greatest accomplishment to date as getting to become Missy’s mom through the miracle of adoption. Because in 2014, after a difficult journey and several adoption losses, she finally got to bring her daughter home from Haiti and she’s been smiling even wider ever since!
Marty Jean-Louis is the Founder and CEO of 24 Flix. Marty Jean-Louis is an extremely talented producer and visionary. He has produced and Directed over 800 TV Shows, documentaries, films, and commercials which has been viewed all over the world. The most Important title is servant. Marty loves to serve everywhere he goes.
He is also the Founder & Executive Director of International Christian Film & Music Festival, The largest Christian Film Festival in the world.
He is constantly at work, producing, writing, directing and learning. Marty is currently working on several projects including a couple of films, TV Series and documentaries. He currently lives in Orlando Florida with his wife, two boys and his dog Rachel.
I would have to say I am not who I am without Christ's work in me. He has graciously broken me down to build me into something new time and time again. It truly all started when I got serious about the Word of God. During a season of struggle in my marriage, I turned to God for help. I told God in prayer that I needed Him to show up because I had exhausted my own strength. I promised God I would spend an hour a day in the Word of God and asked Him to change me. That year in God's Word did just that. God's Word taught me that no matter who I'm married to, what job, title, award or achievement I might gain, I am NOT the star of the show, He is! I got off God's throne and gave Him His throne back in my day-to-day life.
That year in God's Word didn't just change me, however, it changed everything else too! Since then, God has led me down paths that I could have never even imagined or dreamed of for myself. My husband and I just celebrated 13 years of marriage. Throughout those years, we appeared on the show Shark Tank for an invention I created to help our daughter sleep, I published two children's books that have sold tens of thousands of copies, and in the past few years, I have traveled all over to act in faith-based films. What I've learned, however, is that these "accomplishments" are only tools God uses to continue to break me and build me, refine me, strengthen my faith and trust in Him, and to proclaim HIS glory! As I type this, Romans 11:35-36 comes to mind: "Who has given to God, that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen. Those verses sum up my purpose in life, to give Him the glory for what only He can do!