Guest Speaker: Bob Vander Plaats

Bob Vander Plaats is president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. His passionate

leadership for the betterment of America's families has earned The FAMiLY

LEADER the 2010 "Family Champion" award presented by CitizenLink, an

affiliation of Focus on the Family. His leadership and voice for the family is

frequently noted and his comments are widely requested by a vast array of

national and international media outlets.  The Wall Street Journal, Fox News,

and many others have referenced Bob as "Kingmaker," while Bob prefers the

designation of "Standard Bearer."


Bob is author of Light from Lucas, a true story of how God uses the weakest

among us to have the greatest impact.  The book gives a poignant account of

Bob’s son, Lucas, who although severely disabled at birth, offers important

life-changing lessons. Light from Lucas is a Barnes and Noble "Recommended

Read" and has earned the authentic "Chuck Norris Approved" seal.


In addition to being an author, Bob is a highly sought-after speaker. His

passion to make a difference is contagious and his insight intriguing as he

weaves lessons from his various experiences and leadership successes in

education, health care and human services, politics, business, and  ministry.


Bob received his Master's and Specialist's degrees from Drake University in

Educational Leadership. He is a recipient of Northwestern College's (Iowa)

"Distinguished Alumni" in the area of professional achievement.


Bob and his wife, Darla, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and are

blessed with four sons.