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Rik Roberts

Rik Roberts

Current Role: President, First Servant

Location: Nashville, TN

Uses comedy for: Corporate events, Fundraising events, Outreach

In 2008, Chonda Pierce invited to me to attend the conference in Murfreesboro, TN to teach stand-up comedy writing techniques to members of the CCA. She was clear that she wanted Christian comedians to develop their craft to the level of their counterparts in clubs. Many of the comedians were not only “on the same level” as the club comics, some were steps beyond. I witnessed the love and support that I had never seen among secular comedians. From that day on I was hooked!

As part of the CCA I have attended every conference since, and served as VP under Kenn Kington in 2015-2016, before serving in my current role for 2017-2018.

www.rikroberts.com

Jason Earls

Jason Earls

Current Role: Vice-President

Location: Dallas, TX

Uses comedy for: Church Events, Spreading the Gospel, Fundraising events, Outreach

Bio Coming Soon.

www.seriouscomedy.org

Rik Roberts

Chonda Pierce

Current Role: Advisory Board Member, Past President

Location: Nashville, TX

Uses comedy for: Church Events, Spreading the Gospel, Fundraising events, Outreach

Bio Coming Soon.

www.chonda.org

Gordon Douglas

Gordon Douglas

Current Role: CCA Chaplain

Location: Philadelphia, PA is home, but I've been to 38 states and 4 countries!

Uses comedy for: Half of my events are HILARITY FOR CHARITY fundraising events, the other half are for churches and ministries where I seek to Encourage the Weary, Equip the Saints, and Evangelize the lost.

I came to the very first CCA conference at the Funny Farm in 2001, seeking some friendship, confirming that God can use me (and comedy) as I struggled with my calling and gifting. And I had desire to do what I do better. I have made friendships that have stood the test of time. I have grown, vastly improving what I do, and how I do it, and am thrilled to watch the CCA grow as well. "Excellence in Craft, Relevance of Message, and Holiness in Character" were the three pillars we started with.

www.gordondouglasisfunny.com

Cecile Kaiser

Cecile Kaiser

Current Role: Secretary

Location: Northern California

Uses comedy for: I was one of the original members of the CCA, meeting at Chonda's Funny Farm in 2002. I remember, sitting on the plane on the way to Nashville thinking, "What in the world am I doing?" I arrived and met such incredible people, it was wonderful! To find other people like me was such a blessing (and relief). We all had the same goal: Use comedy to reach others for Christ.

The two things I appreciate most about CCA is that everything revolves around Christ, encouraging your walk and ministry. The other, people are always there to help others.

www.cecilekaiser.com

Marty Simpson

Marty Simpson

Current Role: Board Member and Webmaster

Location: Columbia, SC

Uses comedy for: Church Comedy Nights, Outreach, Fundraising, Volunteer Appreciation, Corporate Functions, Comedy Club Shows.

I first attended the conference in 2009 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The last night had an insane number of people who signed up for open mics so there were three classrooms held simultaneously. In that basement room were some of my NOW best friends. I met them all in that room.

CCA has meant the world to me. Without it my career would have no focus or direction. I would have wandered aimlessly just writing jokes and hoping for the best. CCA is to comics, what a summer camp excursion was to youth group! It is the spiritual and fellowship "high" that we get from it that lasts us through the year, especially during the down times!

www.martysimpson.com

Nazareth

Nazareth Rizkallah

Current Role: Board Member, Former President

Location: Corona, CA

Uses comedy for: Corporate events, Fundraising events, Outreach

Bio Coming Soon

www.nazarethusa.com

John Branyan

John Branyan

Current Role: Board Member, Former President

Location: Kokomo, IN

Uses comedy for: Corporate events, Fundraising events, Outreach

Bio Coming Soon

www.johnbranyan.com

Jonnie W.

Jonnie W.

Current Role: Board Member

Location: Nashville, TN

Uses comedy for: Corporate events, Fundraising events, Outreach

Bio Coming Soon

www.jonniew.com

Justin Fennell

Justin Fennell

Current Role: Board Member

Location: Lakeland, FL

Uses comedy for: Corporate events, Fundraising events, Outreach

Bio Coming Soon

www.justinfennell.com

David Pendleton

David Pendleton

Current Role: Board Member, Former President

Location: Fishers, IN

Uses comedy for: Outreach, Fundraising and Corporate events

My first CCA conference was in 2003. I had attended the International Ventriloquist Convention annually and been connected to the ventriloquist community since I was 13 years old, but when I attended the CCA conference I knew that I had found "my people". There is something very special about the Christian Comedy community, and where I have found some of my closest friends in life.

To me, the CCA is a place where I have found true fellowship with a group of people that are not only committed to excellence in the craft of comedy, but who desire to use their gifts and talents to the glory of God. These are people who inspire me both professionally and spiritually to know Jesus and to make Him known on every stage.

www.anythingcantalk.com

Kay Dekalb Smith

Kay Dekalb Smith

Current Role: Board Member

Location: Nashville, TN

Uses comedy for: Women’s & Senior Adult Events, Retreats, Conferences

I was a part of the very first CCA gathering at Chonda’s Pierce’s “Funny Farm.” I’ll never forget coming home and crying, trying to explain to my husband, the connectedness I felt to the other funny people. I was hooked, and have been to all but one every CCA Conference since.

My role as “Chaplain to Female Comedians” has allowed me to do seminars educating other humorous ladies. It has been a joy to share my ups and downs on the roller coaster of Christian Comedy. I have made Godly friends that my life never would have intersected with otherwise.

www.kaydekalbsmith.com

Leland Klassen

Leland Klassen

Current Role: Board Member

Location: Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Uses comedy for: Outreach and Corporate shows

The first CCA conference I attended was many years ago, I believe it was 2002. At that first conference, I found many comics whom I connected with. Before that, I had Christian friends who didn't understand comedy and comedy friends who didn't understand Christianity. This was the first time I found people who understood both worlds and were just as passionate as I was about both. Most of my closest friends today are guys that I met at that first conference and subsequent CCA conferences since.

www.lelandklassen.com

Dan Rupple

Dan Rupple

Current Role: Honorary Chairman of the CCA, Former President

Location: Orange County, CA

Uses comedy for: Currently Dan is the CEO of Mastermedia International, a Christian organization that connects with the leading media executives world-wide on behalf of the Christian community.

I was in my office in the spring of 2002 when I got a call from Chonda Pierce – who I had never met. She told me that they were hosting a gathering of about 30 comedians at her “Funny Farm” outside of Nashville and asked if I would come and share with them. That initial gathering was such an amazing time of fellowship and connection that we decided to continue as a formal association. I was then asked if I would be the first president, to which I served happily for several years during the CCA’s formation.

www.danrupple.com

Martha Bolton

Martha Bolton

Current Role: Advisory Board Member

Location: Nashville, TN

Uses comedy for: Promoting comedy and humor as a lifestyle through books, scripts, musicals, speaking, and more. Personal Motto: Life's hard, God's good, and laughter is calorie-free.

I've been a member of CCA since the beginning when we first met at Chonda Pierce's The Funny Farm. The CCA balances spiritual encouragement with growth of craft and professionalism. To attend a conference always feels like coming home to a family of very funny friends who lift you up, while providing tools to build on your God-given sense of humor and to challenge you to never lose sight of your mission.

www.marthabolton.com

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