Speakers

Pastor HJ Sean Moon

Pastor Hyung Jin Sean Moon was born in Tarrytown, New York, as the youngest son of Rev. Sun Myung Moon. His famous father, the founder of the Holy Spirit Association for Unification of World Christianity (AKA the Unification Church), was renowned for his stand against communism. Born in North Korea in 1920, Rev. Moon suffered under both Japanese and Communist oppression and was imprisoned and tortured seven times. During the Korean War, on the day prior to his execution in a North Korean death camp, he was liberated by U.S. Forces. Communism’s evils galvanized his resolve to establish CAUSA, a summary of Marxism’s deep-seated flaws, and create the first “alternative news” outlet, The Washington Times newspaper.

Pastor HJ Sean Moon earned his Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Master of Theology degrees from Harvard. Moon studied Buddhism, but became convinced that the Christian Gospel was the only path to salvation. In 2009, his father officially crowned his son as his heir and successor in three separate ceremonies in Korea and in New York City. Following his father's death in August 2012, Hyung Jin Moon expressed disapproval to his mother, Hak Ja Han, for corrupting the theological foundations of the church’s Christian teachings and for elevating her own status. She usurped her son’s inherited positions and ousted him from the Family Federation for World Peace. To reestablish the lost foundation of his Father, Moon moved to PA with his brother, Justin Moon (owner of Kahr Arms) in April 2013.

Currently, Moon continues as his father's successor through the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary ministry. In 2015, he published "Constitution of the United States of Cheon Il Guk," which lays out the political structure for the future Kingdom of God on Earth. Sanctuary Church and the Rod of Iron Ministry gained national attention in February 2018 when Moon and his wife presided over a marriage vows renewal ceremony where participants wearing crowns carried their AR-15 rifles, representing the biblical “rod of iron” as cited in Psalms, the Book of Revelation, and other biblical passages. Moon hosts “The King's Report,” a two-hour YouTube weekday broadcast, stressing spiritual guidance and offering commentary from a biblical perspective. He holds a black belt in the Gracie line of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and trains students in the warrior arts—Jiu Jitsu, kali scrima knife practice, firearms drills, bush crafting and survivalist training—to fortify America’s “sheepdog culture.”

Books:
The Moment
A Bald Head and a Strawberry
Rod of Iron Kingdom

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson is a North Carolina man who became an internet sensation by speaking at a city council meeting in support of gun rights says he was standing up for freedoms that the nation’s founders died to give all Americans.

“Now, if those people could give their lives for those causes to give us the freedoms we have today, then we need to have the courage to give back,” Mark Robinson, a resident of Greensboro, North Carolina, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “None of us are under threat of death right now,” Robinson said. “Sure, we might be under threat of some harsh words. But if those people could give their lives to give us our freedoms, we can take a few harsh words and a few hits. And that matters, to do what we have to do to keep our freedoms."

See Mark speak at the city council:

Craig Sawyer

Craig Sawyer, AKA "Sawman," grew up near Houston, TX and got his tactical start in the U.S. Marine Corps. He quickly transitioned to the U.S. Navy to pursue high-level Special Operations as a U.S. Navy SEAL. As an Operator at SEAL Team One, Craig gained critical combat experience in Desert Shield and Desert Storm resulting in decoration for "Heroic Service."

After returning from Desert Storm, Craig served as a SEAL Sniper Instructor until being promoted to DEVGRU. While serving at SEAL Team One, Craig fought in various Martial Arts tournaments in South-East Asia, as well as SCARS (Special Combat Aggressive Reaction System) hand-to-hand training under Jerry Peterson and Lew Hicks. These experiences built upon his Martial Arts history of fighting various tournaments, such as the Karate Olympics tournaments in Houston, TX and one year of formal boxing under Henry & Jim Harris.

After serving in the Navy, Craig signed on as one of the "Original 33" Federal Air Marshals, who were in place prior to the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. Craig remained there for 5 years reaching the management rank of J-Payband ATSAC (GS-14). At that point, Craig began contracting in the various combat zones, running tactical teams and protecting high-level U.S. Dignitaries.

In 2004-2005, Craig was selected to serve as Agent In Charge (AIC) of High-Threat Mobile Security operations in war zones for the U.S. Department of State, responsible for the mobile teams covering all stationed and visiting U.S. Chief of Mission personnel in the region.

Craig still remains operationally active in multiple roles. In addition, he often instructs various advanced training courses under his Tactical Insider banner.

In the entertainment industry, Craig has made a name for himself in the following:

  • Most frequent "Expert" on all 5 seasons of History Channel's TOP SHOT
  • Virtually every major television news station and morning talk show, including THE TODAY SHOW, FOX & FRIENDS, MORNING JOE, CBS EVENING NEWS, FOX NEWS, THE DYLAN RADIGAN SHOW, etc.
  • Team Leader and voice for Animal Planet's BATTLEGROUND: RHINO WARS
  • Military Channel's DEADLIEST TECH: SPEC OPS
  • History Channel's SNIPER: DEADLIEST MISSIONS
  • History Channel's (H2) TOP GUNS
  • Craig co-starred in a new movie for 2016, Army Dog, with Casper Van Dien
  • There are 2 new feature films going into production with Craig as Tach Advisor, Co-Producer, and/or Actor.
  • Craig co-starred with R Lee Ermey on GunnyTime for 3 seasons, until Gunny's passing.

Non-Profit: Craig launched Veterans For Child Rescue in April 2017, which is a task force of senior veterans of the counter-terrorist, intelligence, federal law enforcement, international counter-poaching and film & television communities who are dedicated to expose and help combat abusive child sex trafficking rings in order to create a brighter future for the children. www.vets4childrescue.org

John Velleco

John Velleco is the Executive Vice President for Gun Owners of America. GOA is a national grassroots organization representing more than 1.5 million Americans dedicated to promoting their Second Amendment freedom to keep and bear arms. GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington, D.C. and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA’s work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.

John “TIG” Tiegen

John “TIG” Tiegen is an American hero, a survivor of the 2011 Benghazi attacks, co-author of the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, former GRS Operator and veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Joining the USMC at the age of 17, TIG has been devoted to serving his country for decades. After four years of military service, TIG spent several years as a security contractor with Blackwater Security on missions to the Middle East. He also joined the CIA's Global Response Staff working security in high-threat environments worldwide. This role led TIG to his place as an Annex Security Team member in Benghazi during the 2011 terrorist attacks. His bravery and action with his team to fight terrorists and rescue many lives over 13 hours of unassisted combat led to TIG's reception of the Award for Heroism and Valor.

TIG and his wife, Margaret, continue to serve others through their non-profit foundation Beyond the Battlefield. It was founded in 2017 with the mission to provide support for wounded veterans as they face the many challenges encountered during rehabilitation, the healing process and reintegration into everyday life.

Amanda Suffecool

Amanda Suffecool is the energy behind national Conceal Carry Fashion Shows. Amanda is the producer as well as co-host of the nationally syndicated show Eye On The Target Radio alongside her brother, Rob Campbell. She has been an NRA instructor for more than 16 years. She is also a FEMA, OSHA and ALICE active shooter response trainer. She is the Ohio delegate of the DC Project as they represent National 2A issues.

Amanda serves as the the director of the REALIZE firearms awareness coalition. A group that offers training and education about firearms in Ohio. Their mission is to educate citizens as to the historical intent of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, to enable citizens to accurately relate and defend aspects of the U.S. Constitution, to enhance public awareness and support for responsible gun ownership, and to emphasize firearms education for women who facilitate the transmittal of constitutional awareness and gun ownership to succeeding generations.

Amanda will be hosting the concealed carry fashion show at the ROI Freedom Festival.

Rev. Dr. Vanessa McCoy Owens

Ordained as a minister by the Word of Life Christian Center, International, and bestowed the Doctorate of Theology by the Heath Missions Bible College, Vanessa McCoy Owens has been following the Light of God in responding to human need as well as blazing the trail for others to follow for more than 40 years. She uses the gifts of love with empathy to answer the call of pain and suffering at home and abroad. She uses the talents of a powerful singing voice with the ability to speak goodness into the lives of others. As well, she uses the skills of an entrepreneur who has collaborated with other professionals who have the vision of helping to build a world that works for everyone.

Dr. Owens first began to recognize the call when she entered the Janie Porter Barrett School for Girls, where she was trained in vocational skills and morality. The programs were designed to cultivate character, self-reliance and self-discipline, which are the cornerstones of all of what she does today. The programs anchored the activities around love of race, love of fellow-men and love of country of which Dr. Owens has committed most of her professional life to demonstrating, promoting and upholding.

Vanessa’s ability to hear the call was heightened when she, along with others, responded with humanitarian effort in war torn Lagos, Nigeria, as well as to help build a school in Bolivia, South America. Her ministry continued into foreign missions to Cancun, Mexico; Tokyo, Japan; Stuttgart, Germany; Seoul Korea; and Rome, Italy. Answering the call has led Dr. Owens from kneeling in prayer in huts in Haiti to preaching on the Sea of Galilee.

Along Dr. Owens’ path were the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Life Center (MLKFLC) and the Reigning Life Community Church of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She served as founder and the executive director of MLKFLC. The center served struggling families, persons re-entering society after incarceration, and at-risk youth ages 12-21 who needed interventions of food, clothing, and/or shelter. Rev. Owens served as pastor of the Reigning Life Community Church of Lebanon. This worship center was an outreach and evangelical ministry that partnered with other supporters to respond to the needs of many of the clients from the MLKFLC and surrounding neighborhood residents. These entities provided the foundation and encouragement to “let God do a new thing”.

With so many responses to the call of human need coupled with the desire to relieve a level of pain and suffering, Dr. Owens is above all else a Humanitarian. In addition to the gifts, talents and skills she possesses, she has become a Peace activist, an author, and a consultant in the areas of self development, cultural diversity, and conflict resolution. Restoring peace, healing and hope is the mission of Dr. Owens’ award winning “40 Days of Peace Initiative”, which has received special recognition from the White House, the Presidents’ Interfaith Community Service Initiative. She is an accredited Ambassador of Peace and Cultural Trainer.

Alan Gottlieb

Alan Gottlieb is the Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, is President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, and President of the American Political Action Committee.

The Second Amendment Foundation is known for its high-level wins at the Supreme Court including Heller v DC and McDonald v Chicago, landmark cases that, among others past and still pending, are incrementally re-establishing the Right to Keep And Bear Arms at the Supreme Court level. By pursuing our rights in the highest court in the land, decisions from that bench will serve to invalidate any anti-gun legislation at a Federal or State level.

In addition to his work defending our Second Amendment rights, he is also the author of over twenty pro-gun books and is regularly seen and interviewed by radio and television news anchors and talk shows.