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Guest Speakers

Regent University's School of Communication & The Arts (SCA) seeks to serve as a creative and spiritually uplifting place where people connect with others who are working in media and the performing arts. Each year, SCA welcomes an amazing cast of industry professionals. On the pages below, you will discover a few of the many artists and professionals who have shared their lives and experiences with us.

Industry Speakers & Guests

Tony Hale Doug Gresham Rebecca St. James Brian Davidson Ben Stein



Dave Berg

Description: RobertGLeepromoDave Berg was a co-producer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Jay Leno Show (18 years), The O'Reilly Factor and NBC News. He has also worked as a reporter, anchor, executive producer and bureau chief for various local and network television news organizations. He has written for such publications as USA Today, Reader's Digest, National Review, The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller and Crisis magazine. He also writes jokes and speeches for politicians, politicos and other public figures. He was a consultant to the late Frank Pastore and a regular guest on his award-winning radio show in Los Angeles. He has a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University and an M.S. in journalism from Kansas State University. He and his wife Mary live in Valencia, Ca. They have two adult children, Melissa and David.


Robert G. Lee
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter

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Robert G. Lee is already known in the entertainment industry as Hollywood’s top warm-up comic. This veteran of 1,000 episodes of such shows as The New Adventures of Old Christine, Just Shoot Me, Becker and The Drew Carey Show is considered to be the reigning king in this very specialized profession. Robert has written, produced and starred in six stand-up comedy specials and has been seen on the Bananas Comedy series, on Showtime’s The Joke’s On Thee, VH1’s Stand Up Spotlight, Comic Strip Live and a variety of roles on such sitcoms as Wings and Perfect Strangers. Robert has also written many Veggie Tales videos such as “Little Joe,” “Gideon” and “Sheerluck Holmes.”


Corbin Bernsen
Actor, Director, Producer

Corbin Bernsen stars as Henry Spencer on the USA Network’s hit original series Psych, now starting its third season.  He was first catapulted to stardom during the 1980s by the hit NBC TV show L.A. Law, and from the late 80’s to early 90’s, he appeared on over 50 magazine covers and earned both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, hosted Saturday Night Live, and appeared on Seinfeld and The Larry Sanders Show.  Most recently, Bernsen has moved to the other side of the camera, writing, directing and producing the films Carpool Guy, Donna on Demand, Dead Air, and the recently released film Rust.


John Ratzenberger

Actor, Drector, Producer

John Ratzenberger is an actor, director and producer. John’s work for Pixar, as well as his parts in Superman and The Empire Strikes Back, makes him the 6th most successful actor of all time, as measured by a total box office of over $3,000,000,000. Ratzenberger is also best known for playing mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the sitcom Cheers. John produced and hosted “Made in America”, a show for the Travel Channel, which established a television precedent and led the way for a new series of shows including: “Dirty Jobs”; “Deadliest Catch”; “Ice Road Truckers”; and more.


Karen Covell

Co-founder of The Hollyood Prayer Network, Producer

Karen Covell

Karen is a television producer, Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN) and co-founder and producer for JC Productions, an independent television and music production company. She has had extensive experience producing TV specials, documentaries and children's programming. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, a founding member of PREMISE, and a board member of the Biola University Media Task Force.


Ron Maxwell

Awrd-winning Writer/-Director

Ron Maxwell

Ronald F. Maxwell is an independent film director and writer from Clifton, New Jersey. He is most famous for writing and directing the American Civil War epics Gettysburg, 1993 and Gods and Generals, 2003. He graduated from New York University (NYU) Institute of Film 1970. Maxwell is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



FALL 2013

Craig Forrest

Documentarian, Emmy-Award winning production teammember for "The Amazing Race" Season 7

Craig D. Forrest (born July 13, 1956) is an American filmmaker best known for producing, directing and lensing shows, stories and documentaries that often have involved difficult or dangerous overseas locations while exploring unique subjects ranging from voodoo to holocaust to silent film. Forrest's projects for notable TV and cable networks have been considered diverse in that his body of work encompasses various genres across a broad spectrum, including non-fiction, investigative journalism, sports, music and journeys of faith. Various projects and shows he has produced or directed have earned numerous video awards, most notably a CINE Golden Eagle.


Todd Sims

Producer, Founder of Fusion Productions, SCA Alumnus

Fusion Productions was founded in 1990 by Todd Sims and his wife Gina M. Sims. Todd, two months out of college, and Gina, just starting her junior year, acquired the rights to a small local cable television series for only $600. The Brownwood Lion Football Review was Fusion Productions' first venture into professional video production. They turned a profit through ad sales and went on to produce and direct two additional television news programs, one being awarded a national ACTS award. Since then, Fusion Productions has produced numerous projects in the U.S. and abroad earning thirty domestic and international awards for excellence in production.


Cheryl McKay
Screenwriter, Book Author, SCA Alumna

Cheryl McKay has been professionally writing since 1997. Cheryl wrote the screenplay for The Ultimate Gift, based on Jim Stovall’s novel. The award-winning film stars James Garner, Brian Dennehy, and Abigail Breslin and was released in theaters by Fox in 2007. The Ultimate Gift won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival, received three Movieguide Nominations, winning one of the Ten Best Family Films of 2007, and won a CAMIE Award, for one of the Top Ten Films of the year. Cheryl also wrote the DVD for Gigi: God’s Little Princess, another book adaptation based on the book by Sheila Walsh, as well as the Wild and Wacky, Totally True Bible Stories audio series and books with Frank Peretti. She wrote a half-hour drama for teenagers about high school violence, called Taylor’s Wall. It was produced in Los Angeles by Family Theater Productions. She wrote a script called Greetings from the Flipside, commissioned by Art Within, after winning a year-long fellowship. It’s currently being adapted into a novel for B&H Publishing (with Rene Gutteridge). Her screenplay, Never the Bride, has been adapted into a novel for Random House Publishers and was released in June 2009. The film version is in development. She also wrote the screenplay for A Friend for Maddie.





Guest Speakers Archives:

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Paul Burke Michael Chin Fran Clabaugh Richard Clabaugh
Ryan Davidson Craig Forrest Dale Girard Kevin Inouye
Casey Kaleba Michael Kirkland Marianne Kubik Gregg Lloyd
Cheryl McKay Richard Ryan Todd Sims Dave White




Dean Batali Belhaven University Dancers Tim Bell Michael Chin
Fran Clabaugh Richard Clabuagh Dale Girard Danny Gokey
Hugh Hewitt Bishop T.D. Jakes Michael Kirkland Gregg Lloyd
David & Tamela Mann Scot Mann Gordon Pennington Elluz Peraza
Ricki Ravitts Richard Ryan Todd Simms Dave White






Terence Berry Dominic Carola Brian Davidson Rev. Kim Dorr-Tilley
Pastor Jack Hayford Hugh Hewitt Mark Joseph Ron Maxwell
John Sullivan      




The Adjustment Bureau Doonby    





Jacki Armit Crystal Cameron Carolyn Castleberry Michael Chin
Richard Clabaugh Bobby & Kevin Downes Rick Eldridge Tim Finch
Denis Finley Stan Foster Dale Girard Efrem Graham
Douglas Gresham Oh Yeon Ho, Ph.D. Rebecca St. James Wes Llewellyn
Gregg Lloyd Derek Leonidoff Scot Mann Sean Tuohy
Michael Ward, Ph.D. Darren Wilson    




Loving the Bad Man Mao's Last Dancer The Fifth Quarter Loving the Bad Man
Waiting for Superman Letters to God    





William Ball Jr. Jeff Blumenkrantz Phil Cooke Loren Cunningham
Cassi Davis Keith Flippen Wendy Grittith Sam Haskell
Jason Illian Jars of Clay Kimberley Kennedy Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
Cristobal Krusen Gene Loving Max Lucado Josh McDowell
Steve Morales Deborah Norville Jerry Rose J. Scott “Skip” Rudsenske
Marianne Savell Sherri Shepherd Phil Stacey Ken Wales
Kristi Watts Lee Webb Bruce Wilkinson Karyn Williams
Pat Williams      





Chris Auer Jeff Blumenkrantz Terry Botwick Danny Carrales
Richard Clabaugh Tim Conway John Dedakis Rick Eldridge
Bill Ewing Michael Gaunt Jack Gilbert Monica Giminez-Grillo
Tony Hale Ton Halleen Dennis Hassell Victoria Jackson
David Kinnaman Wes Llewellyn Karen Long Paul Long
Rob Loos Dick Mann Cheryl McKay Mary Lou Quinlan
Tim Scott & Will Decker Mike Sinclair Ben Stein Michael Ward, Ph.D.
Natalie Wenninger Lynn Wilford Scarborough    




22 Weeks      





Geoffrey Alm Mark Atteberry Chris Auer Dr. Ted Baehr
Dean Batali Dr. Sybril Bennett Thom Black Cindy Bond
David Brimmer Michael Chin Tim Conway Melissa Dogero
Dr. Gary Edgerton Michael Gaunt Carol Jaudes Michael Johnson
Jenny Jones Colleen Kelly Brian Kilmeade David Kirkpatrick
Michael Landon Jr. Earl Lestz Derek Leonidoff Anthony De Longis
Dick Mann Cheryl McKay Daniel McKenricks Randy Pease
Mary Lou Quinlan Tim Robertson Charlie Rose Scott Ross
Joe Saitta Tim Scott & Will Decker Mike Sinclair Jackie Matthews Snow
Ben Stein Nedra Talley Jason Upton Eduardo Verastegui
Ken Wales Michael Ward, Ph.D. Natalie Wenninger Lynn Wilford Scarborough




Ten Commandments  





Clifford Christians Michael Chin Louise Duart Per Holmes
Michael Johnson Jeff A.R. Jones Coleman Luck Scot Mann
John McFarland Nic McLean Chris Mitchell Bill O'Reilly
Rikki Ravitts Squire Rushnell Jason Russell Richard Ryan
Ralph Singleton Stephen Walker Randall Wallace Terry Weber
John Wynne      





Michael Chin Michael Flaherty Michael Johnson Jennifer Jones
Scot Mann Marvin Olasky Richard Ryan Forrest Sawyer





James Brown Anthony Carreiro Catherine Crier Mel Gibson
Dale Girard Scot Mann Charles Shuman  





Stephen J. Cannell Rev. Luis Cortes Jr. Peter Engel Ronald F. Maxwell