XXXChurch: Speaking Team
Want to book an X3 Speaker? Click here to fill out the form or call Michelle at 626.628.3387
Speaking is an integral part of the ministry of XXXchurch and the honorariums for speaking help us continue in all that we're doing. We are passionate about educating the church on the effects of pornography and sharing the reality that people within the church are struggling as much as those outside the church. It is our goal to educate and to equip the church to break free from the stronghold of sexual addiction through the word of God and shared experiences of those who have overcome. Each speaker has as unique story and will bring a solid message to your church or organization. We have created successful events such as Porn Sunday, Porn & Pancakes, Porn & Pastries, Porn & Parents and The X3Youth night but we can customize an event that works for you based on your vision and/or ideas.
Craig Gross is a pastor and the founder of XXXchurch.com and author of Eyes of Integrity, Pure Eyes, Jesus Loves You This I Know, Starving Jesus, The Dirty Little Secret, The Gutter, Questions You Can’t Ask Your Mama, and the forthcoming Open: What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest, and Get Accountable, releasing in the fall of 2013. Craig lives in California with his wife and two kids. Craig speaks at a number of church services, colleges, festivals and youth events each year. Craig's honorarium starts at $5000 plus travel for two depending on the event. It imay be helpful to know that this honorarium does not go directly to Craig but to the ministry of XXXchurch.
» Craig is available for all types of speaking engagements and events.
» Video, MP3s, photos available - craiggross.com
» Check out Craig's books here.
Craig Gross and Ron Jeremy have been traveling the country speaking at universities; now they're taking the debate to churches. They recently appeared at The Rock Church in San Diego and at Eastlake Church in Seattle.
“We had over 3,000 people in attendance. 630 of those...do not attend church.” – Miles McPherson, Senior Pastor at The Rock Church San Diego
The debate draws a huge crowd. If you really want to do an outreach to the community, then this is it. The format is pretty simple. Craig and Ron both share their opening arguments. People in attendance then get a chance to interact and ask questions to either of them. Ron and Craig then have final closing arguments. The debate typically lasts 90 minutes and is followed by a meet-and-greet. The people attending then have a chance to take pictures, get autographs and ask more questions. A moderator is needed and could be the pastor of the church or someone on staff. The honorarium for a church debate with Ron & Craig typically starts at $10,000 plus travel expenses and includes both the debate on a Saturday night and Sunday morning services.
»More info on church porn debate here.
»Check out Craig and Ron in a Sunday service here.
Jake Larson co-founded Fireproof Ministries (the umbrella ministry of XXXchurch) with Craig Gross fourteen years ago. Jake is a pastor with passion for the truth and has been speaking on behalf of this ministry since its inception. He speaks regularly to audiences with a passion to see the church love, embrace, and care for overlooked people in our society. Jake is also committed to advancing missional and spiritual renewal in churches by addressing difficult issues of pornography, addiction, depression, social needs, and a list of others. He is available to speak at churches, colleges, schools, festivals, and youth events. Jake lives in California with his wife and two children. You can see and read more about Jake here.
» Jake is available to lead all of our built-in events (Pancakes, Pastries, Parents) as well as lead Sunday services or a custom event built around your vision. Jake's honorarium starts at $2000 plus travel expenses.
» Check out Jake's blog here.
»Listen to an audio message from Jake.
It has been said porn is harmless. Brittni can tell you from personal experience that isn't so. Brittni was an adult performer in close to 300 films over the span of seven years and was 'well known' in the adult industry. She can tell you all there is to tell you about what really goes on behind the scenes and how unglamourous porn really is. Brittany has an amazing story of redemption and is available to discuss her story (interview style) during Sunday services or women's events. Brittni is also available as a guest speaker for the XXXchurch Porn & Pastries event.
They say laughter is medicinal for the soul. One of the most difficult tasks we place on pastors and youth pastors today is to bring in a comedian who will entertain the entire church without the fear of responding to weeks of hate mail. God has blessed David Dean with the gift of making people laugh on a full-time basis for over 22 years. Comedy that is family-friendly, fast paced and most important: clean. Not corny, but clean.
David honed his talent in the late '80s at the famous Second City School of Improvisational Comedy in Chicago (yes, he was a believer!). It was there where he was taught to think quick on his feet and learn to play off the audience. Eventually, God began opening doors throughout the Chicagoland area for David to come and share his humor at faith-based events. Hosts not only wanted the laughter, they wanted David to talk about his walk with Christ. That chapter in his life taught him comedy is simply a platform for talking about Jesus.
David is a frequent performer, friend, and trusted opening act for some of today’s biggest known clean comedians and speakers. Ken Davis, Chonda Pierce, Mark Gungor, and more call on him to open for many of their shows. David has worked with Fireproof Ministries for years and has opened for many Porn & Pancakes events as well as Parents' Events.
Watch a comedy clip from David as he talks about teenagers.
Levi Macallister is a spoken-word and performance artist, published writer, speaker, and storyteller. He has toured the country and performed / spoken internationally for upwards of five years as Levi The Poet - laboring to bare all before others, modeling transparency through his heavily testimonial approach to writing and performance. Part of what fueled that passion was a desire to serve those enslaved to pornography - an addiction he knew as well as the despair it fueled, but one that Jesus has since redeemed and replaced with a zeal for purity, hope, and the gospel. Levi is a graduate student at The Resurgence Training Center - an intensive, cohort-based program designed to train leaders practically and theologically. He is available to speak at churches, colleges, schools, festivals, and youth events. He lives with his wife, Brandi, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
» Levi is available to lead X3Youth Events as well as perform as a guest artist for Porn & Pancakes Men's Breakfast or the Porn & Poetry event. Levi's honorarium starts at $1500 plus travel expenses.
» Check out some of Levi's spoken poetry: Pretty In Pornography Kaleidoscope Resentment
Nick Vitellaro is a spoken word poet and speaker from Seattle, Washington. His deep passion to share and express the Gospel through his poetry is contagious. Nick loves to spend time with and speak to students as well as listen to what they desire to achieve inside and outside of ministry. Through his art, he tells his story with honesty, vulnerability, and boldness. Nick is a young writer who hopes to change the world by empowering others to also change the world. By the grace of God, Nick's life has been completely transformed and renewed by the reality of the Gospel. After being king of his own life for 16 years, he allowed God to rule his life. Through struggling with porn, identity, and pride, Nick's desire is to bring the message of God's redemption to those who are stuck in the same struggles. Nick loves coffee, sports, and most of all, people.
» Nick is available to lead X3Youth Events as well as perform as a guest artist for Porn & Pancakes Men's Breakfast or the Porn Kills event. Nick's honorarium starts at $1000 plus travel expenses.
» Check out a sample of Nick's spoken Word poetry: Sincerely Freedom and The Lost Sheep.
Since entering the world of writing in 2000, Shellie R. Warren has been published in almost fifty publications including King, Honey, Upscale, Women’s Health & Fitness, CCM, Soul, Relevant, Gospel Today, NV and a host of others. In between finding new magazines to place her byline, she serves as an entertainment columnist for a Nashville-based Gannett publication, All The Rage; a bi-weekly talk show host on Fisk University’s campus radio station, WFSK; a blogger for HoneyMag.com and XXXchurch.com; and is a public speaker who deals with the issues surrounding sexual misuse—a term she coined in her 2004 autobiography, Inside of Me: Lessons of Lust, Love and Redemption (foreword by Grammy-winning songstress, India.Arie). As the former spokesperson for Miss Black USA, Shellie also enjoys giving back to the community. She recently started a foundation, “Butterfly Angel,” that deals with celebrating the survivors of sexual abuse and misuse, something she was once a victim of. Shellie's latest book is Pure Heart: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Integrity, released by Baker Books in September 2010.
» Shellie is available for Porn & Pastries events, youth and college events--including the in depth Single. Sex. event--as well as women's events. Shellie's honorarium starts at $2000 plus travel expenses.
» Check out Shellie's Women's blogs on the XXXchurch site.
» Check out Shellie's video from The Porn Event
Ben Sledge is a combat veteran with a powerful testimony. During his time in the United States Army he saw action in both Afghanistan and Iraq and is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Army Commendation Medals for his actions while overseas. It was during his time in the military that he went from occasional porn user to full-blown addict, viewing it an upwards of 5 to 7 times an evening. After his last deployment and a failed marriage, Ben found himself sleeping on his friend's couch and battling his addictions to alcohol, porn, women, and suffering from PTSD. Desperate to cure his depression, his atheist friend took him to a church called Gateway in Austin, TX where he found Jesus, life, counseling, and a group of men that took an uncanny interest in loving him. Today he is the college pastor and campus pastor for Gateway Church in Central Austin as well as an avid graphic designer and creative. A gifted communicator and writer, Ben writes for XXXchurch's sister ministry Heart Support, a website where youth come to find hope, strength, fellowship, and encouragement. A cultural expert on Generation Y and Millennials, he is a sought-after speaker for college ministries and men's retreats.
»Ben Sledge is available as a guest speaker for Porn & Pancakes events, custom events and Sunday morning services. Contact Michelle for Ben's honorarium.
»Click here to view Ben's video testimony
»Check out a sermon here
»Read his HeartSupport articles here
» Want to book an X3 Speaker? Click here to fill out the form or call Michelle at 626.628.3387