Mike Huckabee


Mike Huckabee was the 44th Governor of Arkansas 1997-2007. Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States, the Southern Governors Association, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission. Governor Huckabee had the top rated weekend show on the Fox News Channel for 6 1/2 years, and hosted a nationally syndicated radio commentary on over 700 radio stations. Governor Huckabee is also a New York Times bestselling author, having written 12 books.

Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, Seven Women, Seven Men, Amazing Grace, and If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.

He is the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated radio program heard in more than 120 cities around the U.S., featuring in-depth interviews with a wide variety of guests. Metaxas speaks to thousands around the U.S. and internationally each year. He was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.

G. Allen Jackson


Allen Jackson is Senior Pastor of World Outreach Church [WOC] In Murfreesboro, TN. A faithful friend to all of Middle Tennessee, WOC is a Christian, non-denominational Church that shares its ministry via Nashville’s ABC affiliate WKRN Channel 2, National Religious Broadcasting network (NRB) and other cable networks in the U.S. and abroad. Creating dynamic and interactive opportunities, Scripture and more personal God-Share is a central focus of ministry.

Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, an American Music Award recipient, and has earned 45 Dove Awards. In 1999, ASCAP awarded him with the “Golden Note” Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting, and in 2014 they honored him as the “cornerstone of Christian music” for his significant influence. He also has recorded 31 No. 1 Hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums. Smith has starred in 2 films and published 13 books. In his 20+ year career, Michael has had the opportunity to sing for Presidents, national leaders, community gatherings, memorials, the Billy Graham Crusades, and on national and international television.

Also at Give Thanks this year

Video message from Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson is a renown, ground-breaking neurosurgeon, and former candidate for President of the United States. Dr. Carson was the keynote speaker at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast and a featured speaker at the 2013 CPAC. He is author of many books and a frequent new commentator.


StikYard is a spirited fusion of driving percussion, original musical arrangements and unique choreography. Percussionists in motion utilize a dazzling display of unique and specially designed instruments to bring excitement and joy to audiences of all ages.

Rend Collective

Rend Collective have never lacked imagination. From the bewildering array of children’s toys and whimsical, handmade oddities they call instruments, to the hare-brained and wonderfully impractical scheme of recording a live album on the beach around a campfire, to the safety-defying audacity of shooting a music video on a fully-operational fishing boat in the turbulent Irish Sea, this fascinating worship community have always pursued the colorful and unexpected.

Event sponsor, World Outreach Church, Murfreesboro, TN, and its originator, Pastor G. Allen Jackson have plans for a faith-based experience that has tremendous significance in America.

 “Historically, America is a Christian nation and inspired first by Godly principles.  Placing God at the center of our decisions and plans is crucial for a better outcome,“ says Jackson. “These two speakers and all other invited guests have been chosen because we believe they will help us do that through inspirational messages and song.

“It is our Christian heritage that makes liberty and freedom for all a possibility. I believe the responsibility lies firmly at the doorstep of all Christ-followers.  When we are willing to honor God, His values and Word, and stand for them, we will continue as a nation blessed by God. The Bible can guide each decision we need to make in these times we are facing. To Give Thanks releases the possibility of God’s involvement in our future.  The event is designed as a hope filled evening for Middle Tennessee.”

World Outreach Church [WOC] is a congregation of more than 20,000 people with interdenominational Christian backgrounds. To the Nashville community, World Outreach Church is seen two times weekly on local Channel 2, WKRN, and on WHTN and NRB networks.   Jackson has been senior pastor of WOC for more than 25 years. Over the last five, consecutive years World Outreach Church has held faith initiatives in Nashville, including a Christian men’s conference, bringing together more than 45,000 attendees.

“September 11 was the only open date Bridgestone had available for the event that worked with schedules. It seems like a time appointed by God. We all respond automatically to this calendar date because it is a special time of reflection and honor — a time of re-thinking and restoring, that of passion and unending thankfulness to those who bravely turned one of the darkest days of history into thankfulness; September 11th is not forgotten. With God’s help we will have the know – how to overcome despair by raising the banner of hope. This is the objective of the Give Thanks Event,” says Jackson.

Pastor Allen Jackson can be seen at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, or through Intend Ministries.

World Outreach Church

Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the mission of World Outreach Church is to help people become more fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Learn more about the church.


Intend Ministries

Pastor Allen’s sermons are broadcast across the United States and also translated and broadcast to such places as Russia, Ukraine, and Israel. Learn more about Intend.

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