ISI Grand Rapids2019-01-18T16:32:02+00:00



When: March 9, 2019
Where: Brookside Christian Reformed Church
3600 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI

Iron Sharpens Iron is a first class one-day equipping conference for men of all ages!

Emerging Men (ages 13-19) Pioneering Men (ages 20-29) Full Throttle Men (ages 30-54) Seasoned Men (ages 55+)


Keynote Speakers

Rod Handley

Rod Handley is the Founder and President of Character That Counts, a ministry that was established in July 2000. Rod is also the co-founder of TGIW (“Teaching Guys Infinite Wisdom”) a ministry which began in Lee’s Summit, MO in September 2001. Today, TGIW groups are meeting all over the world.

Rod served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) until his departure in May 2000. Rod began working for FCA in 1986, initially serving in Seattle as the Assistant State Director for Washington. He moved to Kansas City in 1989 to work at the FCA National Headquarters.

Rod has published over 20 books including, Character Counts-Who’s Counting Yours? which details how to begin the process of being accountable to one another. The book is a practical tool for helping people who desire to be people of character and integrity. A detailed description of Rod’s other books can be found on the Order/Contact page on his website. The book titles include:



      • Life in View of Eternity
      • Character Counts for Quiet Time and Small Groups, Volume 1 
      • Character Counts for Quiet Time and Small Groups, Volume 2 
      • Character Counts for Quiet Time and Small Groups, Volume 3 
      • Team Studies on Character, Volume 1
      • Team Studies on Character, Volume 2
      • Team Studies on Character, Volume 3
      • Team Studies on Character, Volume 4
      • Team Studies on Character, Volume 5  
      • Team Studies on Character, Volume 6 
      • Team Studies on Character, Volume 7
      • In The Zone 
      • Relentless
      • All In 
      • Undefeated
      • Rise
      • One (NEW in 2017)
      • Called to Compete, Volume 1 & 2 (NEW)
      •  One Way 2 Play–Athletes Edition 
      • Character Counts Bible Study Guide (OUT OF PRINT…but now included in 2012 version of “Character That Counts: Who’s Counting Yours?”)
      • Transparent Living: Living A Life of Integrity (OUT OF PRINT)

Rod is a popular retreat and banquet speaker with men’s and women’s groups, singles and married. Rod averages about 250 speaking engagements each year, and is gifted in sharing with all ages. In the past several years, he has been a speaker for Christian Management Association, Gospel Rescue Missions, The National Coalition of Men’s Ministries, Pro Athletes Outreach, Stonecroft–Christian Women’s Clubs, The Gathering, Great Commission Ministries, Athletes in Action, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life, Navigators, Church and Sports Recreation Ministers, MOPS, Sertoma, Christian Businessmen’s Committee and numerous public and private schools, churches and corporations.

Rod has also spoken at a number of colleges and universities across America including: FCA College Retreats for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, Indiana and Iowa; Liberty University; Greenville College, College of the Ozarks, Southwest Missouri State; William Jewell College; Kansas State U; Northwest Missouri State; Missouri BSU State College Convention; Missouri BSU Single Adult Conference; Glorietta Student Week; CrossSeeker’s Conference in New Orleans; Ivy Jungle Conference Speaker and Seminar leader.

He’s shared at chapel programs for collegiate and professional teams over the past twenty five years including: Nebraska Cornhuskers, Missouri Tigers, Washington Huskies, Liberty University, Florida State University, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Anaheim Angels, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Orlando Magic. In 2007 and 2008, he led the Bible Study for the Kansas City Royals. He served as the chaplain for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1986-89.

A graduate of Central Washington University, Rod was a 4-year letterman and starter on the football team, and earned Academic All-American honors during his senior year. He also earned his CPA license while working for Ernst and Whinney, prior to joining FCA. He is an ordained minister

Rod and his wife, Janna, have been married almost 25 years and they have four children, Brooke (23), Derek (21), Jake (20) and Trent (16) and reside in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. 



Joe Martin

Dr. Joe Martin is an award-winning international speaker, author, educator, and expert “man builder.” He’s authored or co-authored nine books, including: Are You the Man: 201 Lessons I Wish My Dad Would Have Taught Me; The Real Man Spiritual Leader Blueprint; and Gifts & Handkerchiefs: A Lesson in Servant Leadership. Joe has spoken for more than 750 businesses, organizations, churches, colleges & universities, and K-12 schools/districts, and he was voted “National Speaker of the Year” by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. He’s also the host of the “Real Men Connect Podcast,” the top-rated podcast on iTunes for Christian Men, and he’s regular expert guest on Moody Radio (in Chattanooga, Tennessee) and a featured columnist for All Pro and LifeWay Men.


Seminar Speakers

**2019 Downloads will be available as they come out.  In the meantime, feel free to check out 2018 Downloads for information.  The cost structure and location will not change this year, but date, schedule and speaker details will…



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