each year they have a speaker to start us off who is pretty good. last year we had tony campolo, a noted author, and he was the spiritual councilor for president clinton while he was in office. this years guest speaker was walt wangerin jr. an author who wrote the award winning 'book of the dunn cow', and the book 'paul: a novel'. ive read 'paul' and loved it! i actually use it every year when i teach the missionary journeys of paul. i pull out his book and read straight from it, and the kids really love it! i was quite excited to hear him speak. he was very good, and i even got a chance to talk with him briefly after the address. he even signed his newest book for me.