Keynote Speakers

Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, Ph.D.

A Compton, California native, Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, Ph.D. mentors students and educators, business professionals, athletes and entertainers, and faith communities across the country, on a range of issues including cultural and interpersonal relationships, leadership, character formation, and faith. At present, Goodie is on the pastoral care team of Flourishing Church, Los Angeles, and serves as one of the church’s elders. 

Goodie is the author of three books: KingMaker: Applying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Leadership Lessons in Working with Athletes and Entertainers (2015), co-author of Habits: Six Steps to the Art of Influence (2017), and The Next Level: Growing with God…in His Word, Your Walk, and Your Worship (2022). He is a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar, and has served as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas since 2012. Additionally, he is a member of the inaugural cohort for Ph.D. studies at DBU (2005); and is the first African American to graduate with a Ph.D. from that program (2011). In 2016, Dallas Baptist University established the Marcus Goodie Goodloe Scholarship in his honor. In 2020, Goodie was selected to serve as Senior Fellow for Ethics and Justice at the Dallas Baptist University Institute for Global Engagement (IGE). Additionally, in 2023 he was nominated and voted to serve on the Board of Trustees for Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, California.

Goodie and his wife of twenty-six years, Lucy, live in the Los Angeles area and have two children, Hannah Marie (age 21) and Joshua C.H. (age 19).

Dean Wilson

Dean Wilson currently serves as the President & CEO of The Turner Foundation. Dean loves bringing the Good News of Jesus and practical love to hurting people. A graduate of Westmont College, Dean served as student body president and played varsity baseball. 

Dean began his career at Wall Street firm Morgan Stanley before founding several start-up ventures in real estate, security, and technology. Dean founded Behind Every Door, a real estate and ministry vision which brought about transformation in troubled neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas. Dean started programs such as “Real Men” and “Sons of a Loving Father” to bring life and hope to young men in South Dallas. 

Upon returning to Santa Barbara, Dean assumed leadership at The Turner Foundation, introducing impactful initiatives providing Hopeful Housing to homeless youth and at low-income multi-family communities. Dean and his wife, Susan, share a passion for families with a special needs child—and the Foundation has started a program to serve these families. 

Dean founded and currently hosts Good Life Television, a local television talk show and platform showcasing inspiring stories globally, aligning with his mission to inspire, encourage, honor, educate, and empower. Dean has become a sought-after speaker in recent years—telling his own personal story of redemption and grace as well as talking about loving leadership. Beyond his professional endeavors, Dean, married for 26 years to Susan with five children, remains a dedicated family man and announces, photographs, and coaches youth sports.

Steve L. Porter

Steve L. Porter is Senior Research Fellow and Executive Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity & Culture at Westmont College. He remains an affiliate Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation at the Institute for Spiritual Formation and Rosemead School of Psychology (Biola University). Steve has co-edited Psychology and Spiritual Formation in DialogueNeuroscience and the Soul, and Until Christ is Formed in You: Dallas Willard and Spiritual Formation and serves as editor of the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. Steve is married to his wife Alicia and they have two children, Luke and Siena.