special guests

CPE has always been known as the most effective tradeshow for motivating independent Christian retailers. One of the many ways we encourage attendees is by inviting special guests to share from their heart.

  • Dr. Charles Stanley

    Charles F. Stanley is the founder of In Touch Ministries and a New York Times best-selling author. While his teaching is transmitted throughout the world to millions of people, Dr. Stanley has been said to demonstrate a practical, keen awareness of people's needs and provide Christ-centered, biblically-based principles for everyday life.


    Dr. Stanley’s motivation is best represented by the truth found in Acts 20:24, “Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God's mighty kindness and love.” This is because, as he says, “It is the Word of God and the work of God that changes people’s lives.”

  • kathy troccoli

    Kathy Troccoli is an award-winning singer and songwriter with 17 number-one radio hits, two Dove Awards and three Grammy nominations. Her impact in mainstream music includes scoring a chart-topping hit with “Everything Changes,” as well as a Top 10 single with the iconic Beach Boys, entitled “I Can Hear Music.” Kathy has always loved creating. Whether it’s composing a song or writing a book or expressing a truth through a colorful story—her desire has led her to introduce her new gift line, Life-Giving Art.

  • dr. Gary Chapman

    Married more than 45 years, Dr. Gary Chapman’s own life experiences led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The 5 Love Languages®: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Millions of readers credit this continual #1 New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences and nationally syndicated radio program. Dr. Chapman also serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

  • chewbacca mom - candace payne

    Candace Payne is best known as “Chewbacca Mom” after a Facebook Live video of her wearing a Chewbacca mask went viral (160+ million views). Following a whirlwind year for her, her husband and their two grade-school children, she continues to share a message of living the simple joys to followers around the world through social media.

  • jimmy wayne

    Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned award-winning country music artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. Jimmy’s third book, Ruby the Foster Dog, will release November 1 from Broadstreet Publishing.