For Immediate Release
February 18, 2014

Kenneth Chan





NRB 2014 Saturday Keynote to Focus on New Trends, Effective Use of Social Media

Manassas, VA– Katie Harbath from Facebook, Chris Larson from Ligonier Ministries, and Ed Stetzer from LifeWay Research will be part of a panel on social media on Saturday, February 22, at the NRB 2014 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

The keynote session - moderated by filmmaker, media consultant, and writer Phil Cooke – will go over new trends and the effective use of various social media platforms to help convention participants leverage the reach of their current media endeavors.

“We are blessed to have Katie Harbath, Chris Larson, and Ed Stetzer join us at the Convention,” expressed NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “The social media session last year was extremely popular and the insights shared with Convention participants were invaluable for many. I am excited about this year's panel, which will be moderated by the highly respected Phil Cooke. We have much to look forward to at NRB 2014!”

In addition to their panel on February 22, both Harbath and Stetzer will be speaking at the NRB's inaugural Digital Media Summit on Friday, February 21. The all-day pre-convention event, which also takes place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, will cover best practice tips for having an effective social media presence using today’s digital media tools. Among the speakers at the Digital Media Summit will be Justin Blaney (Innovate 4 Jesus), Adam Singer (Google Analytics), and Justin Wise (WISE Group). More information on the summit is available at

About Katie Harbath, Manager for Policy, FacebookKatie Harbath

Katie Harbath is a Manager for Policy at Facebook, where she focuses on political outreach. Prior to Facebook, Katie was the Chief Digital Strategist at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She previously led digital strategy in positions at DCI Group, the Rudy Giuliani for President Campaign, and the Republican National Committee. In 2009, she was named a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine. Katie holds a B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  



Chris LarsonAbout Chris Larson, President and COO, Ligonier Ministries

As President and COO of Ligonier Ministries, Chris Larson oversees daily ministry operations and outreach. His passion is to serve the church through spreading the historic Christian faith to as many people as possible. Combining an undergraduate degree in marketing with continuing theological studies at seminary, his career demonstrates a dual focus in communications and theology.




Ed StetzerAbout Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research

Ed Stetzer is the President of LifeWay Research, a prolific author, and well-known conference and seminar leader. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He also serves as Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, TN, a congregation he planted in 2011.


Phil CookeAbout Phil Cooke, Co-Founder & President , Cooke Pictures
An internationally known writer and speaker, Phil Cooke has actually produced media programming in nearly 50 countries around the world. During that time - through his company, Cooke Pictures in Burbank, CA - he’s helped some of the largest non-profit organizations and leaders in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture. According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare - a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. In addition to writing his blog at, he also blogs for The Huffington Post, and is a contributor to Fast Company,, and


About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at

About the NRB Convention

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2014 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 22-25, 2014. For more information, go to




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