Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in a small village in Rwanda. She enjoyed a peaceful childhood before her country fell into tribal war and genocide. She survived in hiding, emerging after months to find her family murdered along with many friends and neighbors. In hiding she had learned the power of prayer, and eventually she was able to forgive her family’s murderers. Immaculée’s first book, Left to Tell, became a New York Times Best Seller translated into 17 languages and selling over two million copies. She has written six more books and is the subject of a major film slated for release in 2018.
Karyme Lozano, with a fan base of over 100 million, is one of the most prominent international TV stars. She is the only actor in history to simultaneously play lead roles in two prime-time telenovelas on Univision. Karyme has been listed three times among People in Español’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” She co-starred in the epic movie For Greater Glory. She is an active advocate for life and a founding board member of the Vida Initiative, which identifies and educates Latino leaders in the pro-life movement. Karyme wrote, produced and directed The True Meaning of Love, about a dying woman reflecting on a long-ago choice and its consequences.
Chris Stefanick is an author and speaker whom Archbishop Charles Chaput calls “one of the most engaging young defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.” His live seminars reach more than 85,000 people per year. His videos and radio spots reach more than a million people each month. He is the author of Chosen, a Confirmation program used by almost 100,000 teens per week. One parish in Florida recently testified: “After starting Chosen, we have moved from losing 90% of our kids after Confirmation, to keeping 90%!” Chris is founder of Real Life Catholic, a Denver-based nonprofit. He is a husband and father of six.
Kirk Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States to be exonerated from death row by DNA testing. Sentenced to death for murder in 1985, Kirk lobbied successfully in 1992 for “DNA fingerprinting” to be used on evidence collected at the crime scene. The tests incontrovertibly established Kirk’s innocence, and he was released from prison. In 1994 Maryland’s governor granted Kirk a full pardon, and he receive compensation. Kirk now works with Witness to Innocence, an organization that empowers death-row exonerees to speak up for an end to the death penalty. He is the subject of a book and a documentary, both titled Bloodsworth.
Christopher Duffley weighed only one pound, twelve ounces at birth. He was born blind and he lives with autism. Now fifteen years old, he is a gifted musician and speaker. He has sung the national anthem for the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park, and his videos have reached tens of millions. He performed, with his sister Grace, for Pope Francis during the pontiff’s visit to the United States, and he entertained pilgrims in Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families. Christopher released his first CD, “Eyes of My Heart,” in 2013. He has since released a second CD, “Believer,” and he hosts a podcast, “Mission Possible.”
Patricia Heaton is an Emmy award winning actress of Everybody Loves Raymond and currently stars as Frankie Heck in the ABC sitcom, The Middle. She is the star of the movie, Mom’s Night Out. Her brilliant career includes starring roles in film, television, and stage. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. Patricia is an outspoken advocate for life. Patricia will be presenting at OneLife LA.
Jamie Grace is a musician, speaker and actress from Atlanta, Georgia. Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at the age of 11 she lives life with a streak of resilience and dedication that is well beyond her years. She began acting and singing as a young child in school and church programs. A few years after her diagnosis of TS, OCD and ADHD she began pursuing music, acting and speaking as a career and a way to encourage other kids who may also have struggles in life. She has since founded ImAFighter.org and the Jamie Grace Foundation, both which advocate for children and families.
Bishop Charles E. Blake is the Presiding Bishop for the Church of God in Christ. He is the pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, with more than 24,000 members. One of the most recognized religious leaders in the nation, Bishop Blake is an outspoken advocate of life and has worked on a number of humanitarian programs including as CEO of Save Africa’s Children which helps hundreds of thousands of AIDS affected children. In 2009, President Obama asked him to serve on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Bishop Blake is married to Lady Mae Lawrence Blake. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
Rosie Rivera is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, actress, motivational speaker, evangelist, television personality, spokesperson of the “Yes you can” diet and CEO of Jenni Rivera Enterprises. She is the youngest of a family of singers known as “The Rivera Dynasty”. She participated in her sister’s reality show I Love Jenni and after her sister’s death bravely became a spokesperson for victims of sexual abuse. In 2015 Rosie founded the movement Sister Samalia to restore and uplift women whom have been victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, drugs and domestic violence in Latin America. She is currently active in their outreach ministry, manages her own blog, social media of over 1.5 million followers and is continuously carrying out her sister’s mission of helping other single mothers find affordable housing, shelter and treatment for abuse with Jenni Rivera Love Foundation. In 2016 she released her first book My Broken Pieces, a memoir which explains how she overcame sexual abuse and addiction and was able to heal the scars thanks to faith, family and love.
Lianna was born in Mexico City and now lives in LA. A graduate of UCLA, she is an international pro-life speaker, journalist, and integral counselor. She has been a diligent defender of human rights for more than 10 years in various Latin-American countries and in the United States. Lianna is Founder of the organization Loving Life, which offers support and prevention programs to people in risk of violence.
West Angeles Mass Choir
The West Angeles Mass Choir will be performing for the first time at OneLife LA. This 100 person choir from the West Angeles Church of God in Christ will share the gift of beautiful worship music with our audience.
Conjunto Nacional is a Southern California salsa band returning to OneLife LA for the second year by popular demand.