National Capital Christian Education Conference 2019: January 25-26th, 2019

Keynote Speaker:

Rev. Steve Fitzhugh

Steve Fitzhugh speaks to thousands each year throughout the country and abroad. His exper- tise transcends age as he can be found in a variety of venues impacting young and old through his gift of communication. His talks help people make positive choices in life. Whether it's a high school or college campus, the corporate boardroom or an NFL locker room Steve's passion for success and change moves, motivates and empowers. Steve’s style is fresh and humorous as he tells about his life lessons from the NFL (Denver Broncos) and his own personal journey of trials and triumphs. He identifies with his audiences. He sees what they see; he feels what they feel; and he understands life's challenges.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Steve is a product of Walsh Jesuit High School where he excelled as one of the top five hurdlers in the country. As a result of his success in track and football, he has been inducted into Walsh's Athletic Hall of Fame. He became a scholarship athlete at Miami University of Ohio where he captained both the track and football teams while earning his B.A. degree in Public Administration.

Steve accepted a contract offer from the Denver Broncos of the NFL immediately after gradua- tion. Sidelined by a shoulder injury after only two years, Mr. Fitzhugh began his Master of Divini- ty graduate studies at Howard University in Washington D.C. in 1987. Following Divinity School, he went to Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota, where he first developed his drug & alcohol prevention and cessation program throughout the public and pri- vate school systems.

Upon returning to Washington, DC, he launched PowerMoves where he is the executive director, leading young and old into success and significance through his talks. His presentations have included but are not limited to audiences at The White house, Capitol Hill, State Depart- ment and to leaders across all socioeconomic divides. His international assignments have in- cluded trips to Zimbabwe, Ghana, Germany, Iraq, London, Australia, Israel and the Dominican Republic. While in Washington, DC, Steve co-founded "The House", three renovated former crack houses now used as an after school teen drop-in center. The House serves as a safe place for the students of Southeast DC to learn life skills and discover their purpose. He is also the national spokesperson for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ "One Way 2 Play - Drug Free" program.

Today Steve is a certified NFL Transition Coach, mentoring NFL rookies and retirees. And when not traveling you can find him at Covenant Village Retreat where he and his wife host groups and individuals of all demographics seeking rest, retreat and revitalization. A recent marquis project there, gaining national attention is A Good Name Leadership Summit. Offering police of- ficers and ninth grade boys in NFL cities a weekend to team together to build relationships and make their communities better. Mr. Fitzhugh is an author, poet, lyricist and master motivator. He lives life by a personal mantra, "Create a moment for life-change and any life can be changed in a moment."