Speakers and Entertainment
Derek CarrOakland Raiders Quarterback
Drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders, Derek Carr is the winner of the 2013 Sammy Baugh Award, which goes to the nation’s top passer. He is one of 19 quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for over 10,000 career yards and 100 touchdowns.
Before becoming a Raider, Carr had a spectacular college career at Fresno State University. He was a two-time All-American selection as a junior and senior and a two-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year.
As a senior in 2013, Carr was honored as a 2013 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete, becoming just the third player in Fresno State history to receive the high academic distinction. He was also named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America second team.
Carr established 27 new school records and 21 Mountain West records in his career at Fresno State.
Carr was born in Fresno, California, as the youngest of three children. He and his wife, Heather, married in 2012 and now have a son. Derek attributes his football success to his faith in God, saying, “I am grateful for the opportunity to further His kingdom by sharing my faith on and off the football field. At any moment, any second, my football career could be taken away, but my faith and relationship with God will never be taken from me.”
Barbara NwabaUSA Olympian in the Heptathlon
Born and raised in Southern California, Barbara Nwaba attended University High School in Los Angeles where she competed in track and field events, including sprints, hurdles, and high jump, and also ran cross country.
After high school, Nwaba attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and while earning a degree in sociology, she focused her wide range of track and field talents to the heptathlon her sophomore year. Though she was a latecomer to the event, she would go on to the set the UCSB record, earn multiple Big West conference titles, and become a four-time All American.
Since joining the pro ranks, Nwaba has been a mainstay on the podium, and most recently at the top of that podium. She won gold at the 2015 USA Outdoor Championship and the 2016 USA Indoor Championship. In 2016, her first place podium finish at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, landed her a ticket to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Raised in a large Nigerian family, Nwaba is the oldest of six children. She also coaches and mentors aspiring young track and field athletes with the Santa Barbara Track Club.
Based in Southern California, SuNWhoa Love, who graduated from APU in 2016, is a rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur infusing new life into the hip hop and gospel musical genres with his bars, bold style, and creative vision. SuNWhoa has been moving crowds for over 10 years with his dynamic lyrics and energy, along with a humility rooted in his commitment to God and honest love for people.
He released a solo mixtape 4:00 AM (Let There Be Light) and an independent solo album, Kingdom Influence, in 2012. His album Black Samurai Music dropped in 2017 and he is currently working on his next album, Like Father, Like SuN (scheduled for late 2017).
SuNWhoa is also the founder of Build Apparel Co.
APU Gospel Worship Band
The APU Gospel Worship Band, comprised of nine vocalists and a rhythm section, leads music worship occasionally throughout the academic school year. Under the direction of Kesha Nugent, the music and gospel coordinator in chapel programs, the gospel band sings original arrangements and songs by Nugent, along with well-known songs and hymns in the gospel music tradition.
Angel Suchite ‘18 will guest lead the Gospel Worship Band for the Night of Champions.