- Jake OlsonUSC Long Snappe
Jake Olson, an 18-year-old resident of Huntington Beach, is currently a freshman attending the University of Southern California. When Jake was 8 months old, he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer that claimed his left eye before age one. In November 2009, Jake lost his right eye after battling the cancer for 12 years. Jake has used his experience to better himself as a person and develop a strong faith in God. He is a motivational speaker and has co-authored two books about overcoming adversity, My Life with Cancer Holding Jesus’ Hand and Open Your Eyes. His story has been chronicled nationally, including coverage by ESPN. Jake received a scholarship to attend USC from Swim With Mike’s Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund as a long snapper for the USC football team. His kind heart and spirit of reaching out to others led Jake to found Out-of-Sight Faith, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to purchase technology for blind children. Jake’s faith and attitude have been an inspiration to others and his belief in making the most out of life continues to motivate those around him.
- Ta’Tyana LeonardFellowship of Christian Athletes
Ta’Tyana Leonard is director of ministries for the Los Angeles City Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She believes youth can “change the world by changing their campus.” Ta’Tyana is a licensed pastor and also played softball for Oregon State University and professionally in Holland.
- Arielle Wilburn
Arielle is a poet, blogger, motivational speaker with a motto of "words for the soul and not for the ears," and passionate about curating social media space for others. She is a first-time author of a collaborative book of poetry titled Vagabonds and Zealots. The heartbeat of her work is the diligent and persistent work of instilling "worthy" back into this generation.
- For All Seasons
For All Seasons began leading worship at Biola University in 2007 with the vision to see God receive honor, glory, and praise in all seasons of life. Now, after eight years of ministering across the country, lead vocalist and songwriter Emily Hamilton says what still matters most is that they inspire listeners to embrace a true heart and lifestyle of worship.
In 2014, after several seasons leading worship for Hume Lake Christian Camps, the band decided to devote all of its time and energy to touring full time and writing and releasing original songs that inspire authentic worship. The decision coincided with the band’s self-titled album, For All Seasons, debuting at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts in July 2014. As they continue writing new music in preparation for a 2016 release, For All Seasons feels empowered and ready to continue encouraging communities, near and far, to worship God in every season of life.