2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Doug Tooke is the Vice President of Ministry Advancement for ODB Films as well as an adjunct staff member with Life Teen International. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and Theology and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry he has over twenty years of professional ministry experience. Doug is an author, podcaster and nationally recognized speaker. A love for film has given him depth to understand story flow, character development, and recognizing conflict and themes essential to filmmaking. Doug’s production company, ODB Films participated in the movie production of Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018). He is married to his wife Becky and lives in Helena, MT with their five daughters.
Florida Regional Coordinator
Students for Life of America
Ryan is a graduate of Brigham Young University. Though Students for Life was not an on-campus group at his university, Ryan had a passion for the pro-life movement and sought opportunities to influence public policy. He is a graduate of the 2018 Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation and was named a Rising Leader Fellow of The Heritage Foundation in 2019. During his senior year at BYU, Ryan worked with the Sutherland Institute conducting policy research and legislative affairs, resulting in the Utah Legislature passing a Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Abortion Act & an 18-week abortion ban.
Ryan is married to the love of his life, Mckenna, and recently welcomed the first addition to their family, Raeleigh Jane. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Ryan has a love for Southern culture and is excited to help Florida become the most pro-life state in the country. He strives to be an important piece in assisting the Pro-Life Generation, envisioning a world where men embrace the role of fatherhood, women receive the medical care they need, and children are protected from the evils of abortion.
Ryan has a passion for writing and has had his work published in local and national news outlets. His skills include public speaking, training youth to become pro-life leaders, and impacting public policy and legislative efforts.
Representing Florida's 4th District
John Rutherford (FL-04) is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the House Appropriations Committee where he serves on three subcommittees: Homeland Security, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.
John has lived in Jacksonville, Florida since 1958, and attended Florida Junior College and Florida State University where he studied Criminology. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 171st Session and the National Executive Institute. He began his career in law enforcement in 1974 as a patrolman in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, working his way up through the JSO where he eventually served as Director.
In 2003, 2007, and 2011, John was elected Sheriff of Duval County. For three terms and twelve years, John ran a 3,200 employee office, and due to his effective leadership, homicide and overall violent crime in Jacksonville dropped to a 40-year low. Using a model of intelligence-led and community-based policing, John and his team of law enforcement professionals dramatically improved neighborhoods and prevented crime throughout the community. He also made the mental health component of the criminal justice system a priority, reducing the recidivism rates of the mentally ill and facilitating their treatment. John also served as Chair of the Legislative Committee for Florida Sheriff’s Association, where he advocated before the legislature for policies that strengthened constitutional rights, supported our law enforcement, and enhanced public safety across the state.
John has been happily married to his wonderful wife Pat for forty-six years. They enjoy their two children and six grandchildren, and they are also devoted members of Assumption Catholic Church in Jacksonville.
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Jason “Moose” Hamilton
Moose as he is known to his family and friends is a long time employee of TIAA Bank, lives in the downtown area of Jacksonville, is an avid Jacksonville Jaguar season ticket member (despite their losing seasons), enjoys going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and playing poker on the weekend. He is a member of St. Paul’s Riverside where he is in the Knights of Columbus and serves as an usher. He also serves on the board for The Arc Jacksonville as a self-advocate.