For Immediate Release
February 26, 2013

Kenneth Chan





Dennis Swanberg, Chonda Pierce, and Michael Jr. to Headline NRB 2013 Night of Entertainment

Manassas, VA– The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) will host a "Night of Entertainment" on Monday, March 4, during the NRB 2013 Convention & Exposition in Nashville, TN.

The event, featuring comedians Dennis Swanberg, Chonda Pierce, and Michael Jr., will kick off at 8:00 p.m. and will be open to the general public.

Those in attendance will also get a chance to preview some new film trailers and get a sneak peek at a new up-and-coming group, The Nate Terry Band, who will be making their debut at NRB 2013.

The "Night of Entertainment" will be held in the Delta Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.

Dennis Swanberg, Swanberg Ministries

Dennis SwanbergIf laughter is truly the best medicine, then Dennis Swanberg, America’s “Minister of Encouragement,” is just what the doctor ordered. With his down-home charm and a heaping helping of hospitality, this Austin, TX-born pastor-turned-comedian has won the hearts of audiences across the country.

Rivaling anyone who's ever set foot on the Tonight Show stage, Dennis's list of impersonations includes Don Knotts, Pat Buttram (Mr. Haney of Green Acres), Walter Brennan, Howard Cosell, Muhammad Ali, Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Forrest Gump, Slim Pickins, John Wayne, Ross Perot, Jimmy Stewart, Bert and Ernie, a host of other Sesame Street characters, and many more. Add to all that talent a man with a heart of gold whose biggest joy is seeing others happy and you'll discover the magic that is Dennis Swanberg.

This year, Dennis will appear in more than 150 churches, conferences, businesses and concert events while his popular TBN and FamNet television shows continue to be aired weekly. He has also authored seven books, and an additional book on men’s ministry is scheduled to hit the marketplace this year. And, as always, he’ll be bringing a note of encouragement, a pocketful of hilarious stories and a great big bag of joy and laughter wherever he goes.

Chonda Pierce, Second Row, Inc.

Chonda PierceArmed with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit, Chonda Pierce has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast for more than a decade. An in-demand standup comic, television hostess and author, Chonda has parlayed her gift for storytelling into a multi-faceted career.

Chonda has authored eight books, the most recent, Laughing In the Dark, (Simon&Schuster/Howard), and has ranked among Pollstar's top-selling live performers. Her tenth comedy DVD, I’m Kind of a Big Deal, released September 2011, highlights her USO tour to Afghanistan. Her DVDs are consistently strong sellers both on tour and in retail with eight titles certified RAIA gold and four titles certified RAIA platinum.

Chonda's a frequent guest on the famed Grand Ole Opry and has served as host of the Inspirational Country Music Awards and Christian Music Hall of Fame Awards as well as co-hosting the GMA Dove Awards in 2012. She received five Daytime Emmy nominations for her work co-hosting Aspiring Women, a talk show on the Total Living Network and her first television special, This Ain't Prettyville!, appeared on CMT (Country Music Television) nationwide. She has appeared on Life Today, The Wanda Sykes Show, and The Mike Huckabee Show, as well as ABC’s popular talk show, The View.

Michael Jr.

Michael Jr.Imagine a line from Bill Cosby to Jerry Seinfeld and you’ll have an idea of Michael’s influences. Watch him on stage and you’ll see a man at ease … with himself, his audience, and his message. Listen to his voice and you’ll detect a comfortable, conversational style that hides a sly sense of mischief. Hear his words and you’ll laugh at the universal themes that connect us all. How can one man be equally at home in the heartland and the inner city, churches and prisons, corporate events and youth rallies? Michael calls it comedy accountability. He has been seen on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, TV One, The Late, Late Show, BET’s ComicView, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Michael’s versatility takes him from major universities such as Notre Dame, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Alabama, to church events ranging from the 60,000-member Willow Creek Church in Chicago to the 17,000-member West Angeles Church in Los Angeles to the 10,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

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 Convention & Exposition 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 2013 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, March 2-5, 2013. For more information, go to




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