Days before Chad Williams was to report to military duty in Great Lakes, Illinois, he turned on a television and was greeted with the horrifying images of his mentor, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the roads of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad followed in Scott’s footsteps and completed the US military’s most difficult and grueling training to become a Navy SEAL. One of only 13 from a class of 173 to make it straight through to graduation, Chad served his country on SEAL Teams One and Seven for five years, completing tours of duty in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iraq.
Author of his new book SEAL of God, Chad shares his journey through the grueling Naval Ops training and onto the streets of Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. Chad shares his own radical conversion story and talks about how he draws on his own experiences as a SEAL to help others better understand the depths of Christ’s sacrifice and love.
Larry Bergeron is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of A Child’s Hope International, a non-profit organization to save and restore the lives of orphans around the world.
Once a vocal agnostic, his calling was revealed to him upon a mission trip with his wife and two daughters to a former communist training camp that was being used for orphan children. In the years following that event he resigned his corporate position as the Chief Technology Officer, received a master’s degree from seminary, and served as a pastor at churches in Connecticut and Ohio.
To follow his heart, Larry left behind a very successful business career in which he earned three electronic engineering degrees, twelve patents, wrote numerous journal articles, published a book on digital communications, and spoke at international conferences.
Bill Perry is the Operations Manager of A Child’s Hope International. He was a District Manager for Wendy’s for 17 years. But the majority of his life’s work has been devoted to serving God in a variety of roles. He started preaching at a truck stop. For 27 years he held pastoral positions including six as an associate pastor, fourteen as a senior pastor, and two as a missionary in West Virginia planting new churches. He also was an adjunct professor at Ohio Christian University.
He received his Master of Divinty in Church Leadership and Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty Theological Seminary. Bill and his wife Debbie are proud parents of four boys and four girls.