Erick Stakelbeck

Key Note Speaker

Erick Stakelbeck is a sought-after authority on the Middle East and terrorism with extensive experience in television, radio, print and digital media.  He is director of CUFI's "Watchman Project" and host of the "Watchman Program" on TBN.
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Aviv Ezra

Guest Speaker

Aviv Ezra currently serves as the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, based in Chicago.


Prior to his appointment as Consul General, Aviv quarterbacked the relationship of Israel with the United States Congress for a period of 8 years. For the past 3 years, he served as the Director for Congressional Affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. This was preceded by a 5 year period of service as the Counselor for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C.


Aviv has also served as the Economic and Commercial Attaché to Cairo, Egypt, and as the Deputy Consul General for the Southeastern region of the U.S.  in Atlanta, Georgia.


Aviv was born in Israel in 1972. During his service in the Israel Defense Forces, he achieved the rank of Captain. Following his military service, he received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After graduating, Mr. Ezra worked for two years in the private sector as COO of a publishing company.


Aviv is married to Einat and has three children.

Paul Wilbur

Guest Artist

Paul Wilbur is an internationally-acclaimed worship artist, song writer, pastor, and teacher. Through his newly released book “Touching the Heart of God: Embracing the Calendar of the Kingdom,” Paul longs to reunite Christians with their Jewish foundation, thereby, creating unity among God’s people—Jew and Gentile. Paul speaks a language of melody and meaning that reaches far beyond cultural, social, and political borders to touch people directly with the love of God.


For over 38 years, Paul has been leading worship before crowds of thousands in the Middle East, singing to packed soccer stadiums throughout Latin America, and bringing his anointed Messianic message directly to the people of Israel. His partnership with Integrity Music has resulted in projects such as, “Up To Zion,” “Shalom Jerusalem,” and “Your Great Name.” With award-winning sales in the millions and a Latin Dove Award for best live praise and worship album of the year, there is no end in sight for this growing team. Paul truly believes that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people, and in that presence there is fullness and joy.