February 24, 2020

Craig Parshall, General Counsel





Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Speak at NRB 2020 Convention in Nashville

Betsy DeVosNASHVILLE (NRB) – The Honorable Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, is confirmed to speak Wednesday, February 26, during the NRB 2020 Christian Media Convention taking place February 25-28 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Secretary DeVos is a stalwart defender of real freedom in education,” said Janet Parshall, NRB’s Chairman of the Board.

“Whether it is freedom of speech on college campuses or the freedom for a single mom to choose the school best suited for her child, Secretary DeVos has a proven track record for protecting the first principles that have defined us as a nation,” she continued. “We are thrilled to have Secretary DeVos at our national convention, knowing she will hold high the banner of liberty in education.”

For more than three decades, Betsy DeVos has been on the front lines of the fight for better and more options for students of all ages, recognizing that every student is unique and each one needs the freedom to pursue education in ways and places that work for them. She has already helped expand opportunities for students in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

As the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education, DeVos is focused on expanding education freedom, transforming Federal Student Aid, opening multiple pathways to higher education, and returning power to students, parents, teachers, and local communities. Her leadership has already resulted in expanding 529 education savings plans, restoring year-round access to Pell Grants, creating new partnerships for apprenticeship opportunities, increasing innovative options for higher education, and pulling back federal overreach by the Department.

At the NRB 2020 Convention, DeVos is scheduled to speak during the Morning Policy Forum on February 26 that begins at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Every year, the NRB Christian Media Convention draws a wide range of participants, including radio and TV station owners and operators, pastors, church media professionals, radio and TV program producers, college educators, students, filmmakers, web and mobile developers, social media managers, book publishers and authors, marketing representatives, and ministry staff members.

In addition to DeVos, speakers this year will be ministry leaders including Anne Graham Lotz and Andrew Brunson; government officials including U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Sen. Marsha Blackburn; policy experts including Jay Sekulow and Gov. Mike Huckabee; Hollywood professionals including Kevin Sorbo and Ashley Bratcher; radio/podcast hosts including Allie Stuckey and Carol Miller Swain; and many more.

“Thousands come to our Convention each year to find strategic connections; opportunities to draw attention to their work; and insights that will help them advance their mission, their organizations, and their careers,” commented Troy Miller, NRB’s Interim CEO. “The NRB Convention is a must-attend event for anyone who is actively engaged in reaching people for Jesus Christ through any and all types media.”

A highlight of the annual gathering is the bustling Exposition, the world’s largest marketplace dedicated to Christian media and ministry professionals seeking to harness the power of electronic media to spread the Gospel. Showcasing their products and services will be dozens of companies, ministries, and organizations, including broadcasters, nonprofits, educational institutions, publishers, media agencies, and broadcast equipment and software companies.

Other highlights include “talks” and “workshops” focused on church media, digital media, film, international ministry, radio, and TV; a Learning Arena; networking receptions; 24-hour student production competitions; a film pitch-a-thon; a TV showcase; a special breakfast honoring Israel; musical performances by artists including Keith & Kristyn Getty, Aaron Shust, Seth & Nirva, and more; presentation of NRB’s 2020 special service and media awards; and film screenings.

NRB 2020 will take place February 25-28 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, while NRB’s award-winning Exposition will be open February 26-28.

Members of the press who desire to cover NRB 2020 must register in advance. For more information about press registration, please contact

Convention details can be found at

About NRB

NRB is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. NRB’s mission is two-fold: To protect the free speech rights of our members to speak Biblical truth, by advocating those rights in governmental, corporate, and media sectors; and To foster excellence, integrity, and accountability in our membership by providing networking, educational, ministry, and relational opportunities. Learn more at




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