1-Day Youth Leadership Event

Becoming the next generation’s leaders.

Join us Monday, May 2 starting at 9:15 a.m. 

Hosted by Life that Counts

Sponsored by

Daystar Church


Chick-fil-A of Cullman


Meet the Speakers

Anthony Trucks, Identity Shift Coach

 Anthony Trucks is a former NFL Athlete, American Ninja Warrior on NBC, international speaker, host of the Aww Shift & Shift Starter Podcasts, author, and founder of Identity Shift coaching.

After being put into foster care at the age of 3, being adopted into an all-white family at the age of 14, losing his NFL career to injury and more, Anthony learned early in life how to shift with the changes. Given his background, he shouldn’t have achieved the things he did. It shouldn’t have been possible for him to become an NFL athlete or a successful entrepreneur, but Anthony wasn’t willing to settle. His entire life has been about beating the odds and redefining what’s possible given the cards he was dealt with. His personal mission is to help others understand their past and present so they can shift their identity, elevate their life and business, and take control of their lives.

By teaching audiences how to turn roadblocks and obstacles into opportunities, Anthony inspires and teaches people to unlock their full potential and achieve success and happiness. A healthier life, better relationships, a successful career, more money – whatever the goal, let Anthony provide you with the road map to Shift into Success!

Steve Cockram, International Speaker

Steve Cockram is dedicated to empowering the leader in everyone. He is an international speaker, author, and consultant to top-level executives and leaders around the world. He is a subject matter expert on personality and wiring, organizational leadership, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal communication. Steve is the co-founder of GiANT Worldwide, a global leadership consultancy. He is also co-author of the books 5 Gears and 5 Voices.

Steve’s passion for leaders, team communication, change management and work/life balance is clearly echoed through his books, speaking and executive consulting. He is coach to a number of CEOs and is a sought after speaker both in the US and in his native UK. He inspires audiences to create better organisations through his heart-level stories, use of humour and expertise in human interactions.

Cockram leadership and management models have widespread appeal in large part due to the multiplication effect – rather than just the leader being transformed, they provide a framework for spreading this transformation throughout organization through ‘intentional apprenticeship’.

Jerry Lawson, Pastor of Daystar Church

Jerry Lawson has distinguished himself as a premier church leader in the state of Alabama. His obvious passion for the local church is apparent in all that he does. In January of 2002, Jerry and Leslie Lawson launched Daystar Church in Cullman, Alabama with a core of less than 100 people.

Since that time Daystar has seen unprecedented growth. Today, with a congregation of several thousand, worshiping across five campuses, Daystar continues to grow rapidly, reaching those overlooked by most churches.

Pastor Jerry currently mentors hundreds of churches through 24toDouble and provides free training to thousands more every year in more than 21 countries.

Pastor Lawson continues to be in demand as a guest speaker and trainer both nationally and internationally, particularly on the subjects of leadership, church growth and church revitalization.

Brock Carlile, Pastor of Crossroads Church

Brock A. Carlile is the Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church Pauls Valley, Inc. Aside from being a minister, he is also a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who has built a successful counseling practice in the state of Oklahoma.

He and his wife Amanda have nearly two decades of ministry and business experience. The combination of working both in the church as a pastor and in the community as a counselor has given Brock a unique outlook on life, ministry, and leadership. Brock and Amanda have four schoolaged children, Ava, Ellie, Britton and Luke.

Ricardo Gonzalez, CEO of Bilingual America

Ricardo Gonzalez founded Bilingual America in 1992 and is still the acting CEO. He is the author of The 6 Stages of Cultural Mastery, The 6 Stages of Cultural Sales, The Cultural Transformational Manifesto, and The 12 Hidden Truths to Learning Spanish. His next book is scheduled for release April 20, 2022 and is entitled, To Belong or Not to Belong – Why People Want to Belong, or Not.

Ricardo is an internationally respected expert in the fields of cultural mastery and transformation, diversity and inclusion, Hispanic culture, and foreign language acquisition. He speaks on cultural mastery, cultural transformation, multi-cultural leadership, diversity and inclusion, organizational culture and Latino / non-Latino business relations.

He is a founding member of The Speakers Guild of America, a professional member of the National Speakers Association and a speaker for Leadercast.

Ricardo has undergraduate degrees in theology and communications and also Masters Level training in counseling.

Mark Beaird, LPC

Perspective is shaped over a lifetime by countless experiences and how we choose to respond to those experiences. It was just such a process that led Mark Beaird into the counseling profession. Many years ago, as a young pastor, almost completely debilitated by depression and anxiety, he was in doubt as to what to do or to where I could turn for help in understanding what would help other than prayer.

It was answered prayers that led to practical useful help that was completely compatible with his Christian faith. This in turn, led Mark to the study of counseling psychology in seminary and ultimately to a career in counseling. Now, he combines the knowledge of the subject with his understanding of what it means to personally experience anxiety and depression. It’s a perspective that has helped him to help others.

Mark is a graduate of Lee University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also holds a M.A. in Counseling and is licensed by the state of Alabama as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Mark has been a columnist and freelance writer and has been published in various newspapers and periodicals around the country. He has also authored several books.

John Williams, CEO of Life that Counts

John is an unshakable visionary who sees the world as it could be.  He believes that we are the one’s who get to shape our world and that if we can see it, we can create it.

Described as a passionate-giant of a man, John has given his professional life to helping spread the vision of the power of strength through vulnerability, others-centered serving, and a deep sense of personal ownership where people can experience a beautiful world in which peer-to-peer equality is evident, individuals are free to achieve and enjoy the prize of a life well lived.

John is the founder and CEO of Life that Counts, a social-entrepreneurial endeavor which seeks to help others make better decisions for more healthy outcomes.