The FAMiLY LEADER Announces July 18 Date for The 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The FAMiLY LEADER Announces New Date for The 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit

Pollster Frank Luntz to Host Interactive Discussions with Iowans

Urbandale, IOWA – The FAMiLY LEADER’s 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit will be held on Saturday, July 18th at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA. The original date was August 15th, but due to several other conservative events scheduled for August, The FAMiLY LEADER has moved their Summit to July 18th.

Bob Vander Plaats, President & CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER said, “For the fourth year in a row, The FAMiLY LEADER is excited to offer its annual Family Leadership Summit for Iowans who are eager to learn more about and hear from conservative leaders. Between the Family Leadership Summit, the Iowa Straw Poll, and the first RNC debate, these important events will inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives on the leading issues facing America. A midsummer event on July 18th will be a great opportunity for Iowans to hear directly from – and directly engage with – an extraordinary group of conservative leaders.”

The FAMiLY LEADER is pleased to announce a partnership with Frank Luntz and his team at Luntz Global Partners, Frank will host individual town-hall forums, along with potential focus groups, to add a unique opportunity for Iowans.

Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. “The Nostradamus of pollsters,” said Sir David Frost, and one of the “hottest pollsters” in America according to the Boston Globe. Frank was named one of the four “Top Research Minds” by Business Week and was a winner of the coveted Washington Post “Crystal Ball” award for his accuracy as a pundit. His focus groups have become so influential that as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama commented, “When Frank Luntz invites you to talk to his focus group, you talk to his focus group.”

The FAMiLY LEADER is also pleased to announce that the National Organization for Marriage is their first national partner for the Summit, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage said, “It’s an honor to continue our partnership with The FAMiLY LEADER at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit to advance pro-family, pro-conservative, and pro-freedom conservative values. Iowans play a critical role in presidential politics and it’s a privilege to work with them at this most important Summit.”

The purpose of The FAMiLY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives regarding worldview application and the most pressing issues facing America’s families. The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to engage with national conservative leaders and hear their leadership vision on the issues that matter most to the future of America.

Last year’s Summit held in Ames, Iowa, was an extraordinary success, with more than 1,200 attendees and 100 members of the media. Many of the conservative movement’s most prominent leaders joined the Summit last year, such as Dr. Alveda King, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Tim Scott, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins, Joel Rosenberg, Ken Cuccinelli, and many others. Press releases will be sent as speakers are confirmed.

For more information about The FAMiLY LEADER to go, or learn about last year’s amazing Summit, visit

Contact: Dave Barnett; 515-263-3495, ext. 21 (office), 515-314-2732 (cell)


Are we there yet?

Dr. Del Tackett ~ Author of The Truth Project asks is America there yet?
Video Clip=30sec #FLS2013

Pastor Rafael Cruz – A Short Message for Pastors

Has your pastor heard this?

Stephen Baldwin: Where change begins…

Stephen Baldwin : Where does the change begin?

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FLS2013 Clip of the Day: Senator Rick Santorum

Beyond the political front – Who is winning America? Who is raising our children? – Aristotle said…

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Summit Review: in Pictures

Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa was reverberating with nearly 2000 Summit goers. Speakers from Stephen Baldwin, to Dr. Del Tackett, to Rick Santorum, to Senator Ted Cruz, to Donald Trump and many other prominent national and regional leaders took to the stage and energized the Social Conservative Base.

As a visual review, pictures of all the speakers have been posted on our FaceBook page. Here are direct links to each of the three albums. Segment 1, Segment 2, Segment 3.


Otherwise, visit our FaceBook page to see all our posts and catch up on the latest… TFL FaceBook >>

Look for video clips and more pictures to be posted in the days and weeks ahead. There is a mountain of excellent leadership examples from The Family Leadership Summit 2013 currently being harvested for you!

In the Summit’s Wake…

All the staff here at The FAMiLY LEADER are catching our breath from another very successful Summit. As we sift through all the great comments and stories coming into the office, a few will be shared as well as pictures, video and quotes. We will be posting those in the days and weeks ahead.

In the meantime, here are a few media reports that do a good job capturing some of the happenings at the Family Leadership Summit 2013. Look for more of these in the future too.


Steve Deace
Steve’s Take on the Summit

The Iowa Republican
Donald Trump Chats with The Iowa Republican

Cruz Garnering Excitement Across Republican Factions

Summit Fires up Conservatives

Caffeinated Thoughts
Ted-Cruz, Rick Santorum and Iowa Evangelicals

Des Moines Register’s Jennifer Jacobs…

on Ted Cruz:

on Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds:

on Dr. Del Tackett:

on Senator Grassley:

on Steve King:

Watch The FLS 2013 Re-Broadcast Anytime!

The Family Leadership Summit is online for your viewing anytime!  $10/viewer

Watch and support TFL!


Bob on Great Day 23

‘Great Day’ interviews Bob Vander Plaats about The Family Leadership Summit 2013

(In HD, duration 8 mins)

Topics discussed:
-The Youth Leadership Academy & Stephen Baldwin
-Who is attending the Summit
-Why is Trump coming out to Iowa?
-How much press and media is planning to attend
-What is the prominence of Iowa and the Presidential Election Process
-The dynamics of the political views of Iowans
-Were is the breakdown of the country?
-What does The FAMiLY LEADER stand for?
-A special coupon code for discounted tickets for watchers of ‘Great Day’

 Get tickets to The Family Leadership Summit!

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Donald Trump on Van and Bonnie

Donald Trump talked to Van and Bonnie on 1040 WHO radio on Thursday morning.  Donald talked about what he thinks needs to happen in our country, and what went wrong with previous presidential campaigns.

audio iconTrump on Van and Bonnie (13 minutes duration un-cut interview)

Donald Trump and Van & Bonnie Discuss:
-Trump coming to the Summit
-Local connections and experiences
-What is Trump known for & the success of NBC’s ‘The Apprentice’
-The assessment of the past election
-The next election’s dynamics in play
-What will make this country great again


Hear Donald Trump in person!  Get tickets to The Family Leadership Summit!

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Donald Trump on Steve Deace Show

On Tuesday night, Donald Trump was on the Steve Deace show.  Steve asked him questions he’s “never been asked before” like: Who is the real Donald Trump?  Why are you going to Iowa to speak to the “God Squad?” and many more.

For 19 fascinating minutes, two alpha males, one an icon of pop culture, the other one of the most outspoken in Christian media, came together and and, out of mutual concern for country, found some common ground. You’ll want to listen to this!

audio iconSteve Deace Interviews Donald Trump (duration 19 min)

Actor Stephen Baldwin & Radio Host Kevin McCullough to Speak at Summit

Urbandale, IOWA. – The FAMiLY LEADER, in conjunction with anchor sponsors ActRight, Alliance Defending Freedom, CitizenLink, Citizens United, Heritage Action, and The National Organization for Marriage, is pleased to announce the addition of actor Stephen Baldwin and radio talk show host Kevin McCullough to the speaker line up at the Family Leadership Summit to be held at Stephens Auditorium on Saturday, August 10th in Ames, IA.

Stephen Baldwin is an actor, producer, author, national radio talk show host, and a sought after speaker.  In 2008, Baldwin teamed up with talk-radio host Kevin McCullough for a Saturday radio show called Baldwin/McCullough LIVE.  Before its second anniversary, the two-hour radio program became a broadcast success which was quickly picked up by more than 213 stations in more than 400 cities across the US.  Today the very popular radio talk show airs on over 300 radio station affiliates to an audience of over ten million listeners.

In January 2008, McCullough founded XtreMEDIA, the company he now directs with partner Stephen Baldwin.  The content creation company specializes in media of all forms: radio and television, production, marketing, distribution, and strategic networks.

Bob Vander Plaats, President & CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER, said, “We are very pleased to welcome the extraordinary duo of Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCullough to Iowa and to the Summit.  Their high-profile platform allows them to boldly communicate a biblical worldview as it relates to civics and politics.  They will be a perfect fit for our Summit and are certain to entertain and educate the Summit audience.”

The purpose of The FAMiLY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is to educate and mobilize the conservative base regarding worldview application and issues that impact the family.  The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to hear top conservative national leaders, gathered in one place, cast their leadership vision.

Already confirmed to speak at the Summit are former Senator Rick Santorum, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and his father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, Dr. Del Tackett, businessman Donald Trump. Dr. David Noebel, Congressman Steve King, Senator Chuck Grassley, Penny Young Nance, and former Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller.

The Summit will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available for purchase at


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