2018 OneLife LA Speakers

We are thrilled to have had such outstanding speakers and performers at OneLife LA 2018!

Learn more about our speakers and performers below.

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Karen Gaffney
Karen Gaffney is the President of a non-profit organization dedicated to
championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, the workplace and the community for people with developmental disabilities. She is doing this by creating awareness and calling attention to the tremendous capabilities of people with disabilities. Karen accomplishes this through presentations and workshops delivered to audiences all over the US and world wide. Karen has taken her message to audiences in Ireland, England, Norway, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and Belize.

Karen travels the world speaking to a wide range of audiences about overcoming limitations and about what can be accomplished with positive expectations. She advocates for inclusion in schools, for students with intellectual disabilities, sharing her own experiences. Karen also advocates for physical fitness and regular exercise and healthy nutrition as well. Karen presented to one of the largest TED talk venues in the world in Portland Oregon in 2015, TEDx Portland.

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Bishop Robert Barron
Bishop Robert Barron is an American prelate of the Catholic Church, author, theologian and evangelist, known for his Word on Fire ministry. He has served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 8 September 2015.

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Damon Clarke Owens
Damon Owens, international speaker and evangelist, is the founder and executive director of Joy To Be (joyTOB.org) a new 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry of Stewardship: A Mission of Faith centered on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Following four-years as the first executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute, he served as Chairman of the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress. He previously founded Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey, and New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association, non-profit organizations dedicated to building a marriage culture through training, seminars, and conferences. Damon and his wife Melanie taught Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 14 years, and served as NFP Coordinators for the Archdiocese of Newark (NJ).

A Certified Speaker for the Theology of the Body Institute, National Trainer for Ascension Press, and presenter at the 2015 World Meeting of Families, Damon keeps a full international speaking schedule at conferences, marriage seminars, universities, high schools, seminaries, and parishes on the good news of marriage, sexuality, Theology of the Body, Theology of the Family, adoption, and NFP. Damon currently lives outside Philadelphia with his wife Melanie and their eight children.

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Myrka Dellanos
With over one decade in front of the camera, Myrka Dellanos, is a two-time Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist who has gained credibility and the love of millions in the United States and Latin America.

A dedicated humanitarian, she founded a non-profit 501(c )3 organization MROC
(Missions Reaching Out Compassionately) whose mission is to help underprivileged women and children in South Florida and Latin-America. Dellanos has been the international spokesperson for various other non-profit organizations such as Save the Children, Partners of the Americas and World Vision among many others, and she has traveled to numerous countries to work with homeless children, orphans, displaced and abused women and former gang members. In 2008, Myrka was diagnosed with diabetes and she is active in educating her audience about how to live successfully with the disease.

Myrka is passionate about the world around her and travels worldwide as a motivational speaker sharing a message of hope, renewal and the importance of leadership within the corporate structure as well as on a personal level.

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Bishop Charles E. Blake
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.

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Bishop W.C. Martin
Bishop W. C. Martin earned a Bachelor of Theology and a Masters of Religious Education degree in 1986 and 1988 respectively from Union Baptist Bible College & Seminary. He has served as the Pastor of Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church since 1985 while simultaneously pastoring Open Door Baptist Church from 1999 to 2001. He has served as a volunteer on the advisory committee on promoting adoption of minority children for Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Service since 2001. Bishop Martin has been promoting adoption as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at churches, conferences and special events around the nation.

Pastor Martin has been married to First Lady Donna Martin for over 30 years. Together they have six children (four adopted) and five grandchildren.

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Patricia Heaton
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 introduce a speaker at OneLife LA.

2018 OneLife LA Performers

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Love & The Outcome
Singer/songwriter Jodi King and her husband, bassist Chris Rademaker, known as the duo Love & the Outcome have toured all over the US and Canada since releasing their debut album in 2013. A mainstay of Christian radio, Love & the Outcome offer music inspired by their deep faith and their young son, Milo.

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Conjunto Nacional Salsa Band
Conjunto Nacional is a Southern California salsa band returning to OneLife LA for the third year by popular demand!

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Yesenia Flores
Born in a family of renowned artists, Yesenia Flores first debuted in the world of entertainment at the age of 4 in her parents’ musical group Chelo y su Conjunto. She recorded her first album at age 6, which received several award for songs like “Yo soy la de la mochila azul” and a another song that she recorded with her mom and became a classic entitled “A la orilla de un palmar.” She continued her musical career as one of the most prominent performers of ranchera music, nominated for several awards such as Billboard Awards, Premios Lo Nuestro, and El Globo de Oro. Some of her greatest hits include: Dejenme Llorar, Prenda del Alma, Condenada a tu amor, among many others.

Yesenia decided to leave her secular career in 2008 to become a leading Spanish-language Catholic speaker and musician. She has been a feature speaker at major Catholic events attended by more than 10 thousand people and currently hails six successful praise albums.

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Jose Esparza and Angelica Gallegos