Summer of Somebodies

Summer of Somebodies is BACK! We know you are going to love our somebodies! Mark your calendars out for these 4 weekends so you can get to SCG to hear some amazing guest speakers! 



August 5/6

Guest Speaker: Chaplain Earl Smith

Earl Smith was born and raised in Stockton, California. The cycle of events in Earl’s life came to a head in 1975 when he was shot 6 times while living the life of a small time gangster. Although expected to die, Earl’s father’s faith, prayers and love seemed to bring him through. The words of his father have motivated him, since that event, “you are a rebel, but you are God’s rebel, and He is going to use you to His glory.”
Over the next several years, Earl got an education and prepared for ministry. Reverend Earl Smith became the youngest chaplain ever hired by the California Department of Corrections when he was asked to become the chaplain at San Quentin in 1983. In 2000, Earl was named National Correctional Chaplain of the Year. He currently serves as chaplain for the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors.
In 1983, twenty-seven-year-old Earl Smith arrived at San Quentin just like everyone thought he would. Labeled as a gang member and criminal from a young age, Smith was expected to do some time, but after a brush with death during a botched drug deal, Smith’s soul was saved and his life path was altered forever. From that moment on, Smith knew God had an unusual mission for him, and he became the minister to the lost souls sitting on death row. For twenty-three years, Smith played chess with Charles Manson, negotiated truces between rival gangs, and bore witness to the final thoughts of many death row inmates. But most importantly, Smith helped the prisoners of San Quentin find redemption, hope, and to understand that it is still possible to find God’s grace and mercy from behind bars.



August 12/13

Guest Speaker: Ryan Leak

Ryan Leak is a Filmmaker, Author & Speaker. He’s mostly known for pulling off The Surprise Wedding, which went viral on Youtube in 2013 with 1.4 million views. He’s been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Queen Latifah Show and many other various media outlets.

He and his wife are published authors with Random House and released, The One: An Amazing Love Story Starts With You, back in May 2015. His latest project is a documentary about what life could look like if we all stop living with the fear of failure. Chasing Failure, encourages its viewers to embrace challenges and chase their dreams. In this documentary Ryan tried out for the NBA team, the Phoenix Suns.

Ryan is also the Young Adults Director at Covenant Church in North Dallas. He admires Christopher Nolan, Walt Disney, Kobe Bryant, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Emmanuel Leak, & Andy Stanley. Ryan’s motto is if you want to change the world, ask every single person you meet one question: “Is there anything I can do for you?”

Visit Ryan's website here.


August 19/20

Guest Speaker: Kevan Chandler

Living with a disease called Muscular Distrophy, 30 year old Kevan Chandler decided last summer to see the world. With the help of four friends, he left his wheelchair at the airport and flew to Europe, where the team explored high and low for three weeks. Kevan was carried in a backpack for the adventure and, because of his friends, had the chance to go places otherwise deemed “inaccessible" to him. Truly a picture of courage, trust, and love, Kevan and his friends continue their journey now by encouraging others to step out and live life to the fullest.

Kevan Chandler has a Bachelors of Arts in Counseling from John Wesley University. He's worked in prison ministries and drug rehabilitation centers around the southeast United States. An avid storyteller, he is author of three novels and a commentary on the Gospel of John. Kevan is also the founder of We Carry Kevan, a nonprofit response to his journey across Europe last summer.


August 26/27

Guest Speaker: J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist until the age of thirty-five, when he took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured more than any other detective on NBC’s Dateline, and his work has also appeared on CourtTV and Fox News. He also appears on television as an investigative consultant (most recently on truTV) and had a role in God’s Not Dead 2, making the case for the historicity of Jesus. J. Warner was awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award for his continuing work on cold-case homicides, and the CopsWest Award after solving a 1979 murder. Relying on over two decades of investigative experience, J. Warner provides his readers and audiences with the tools they will need to investigate the claims of Christianity and make a convincing case for the truth of the Christian worldview.