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.

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.  Rod has also spoken at a number of colleges and universities across America. He’s shared at chapel programs for collegiate and professional teams over the past twenty five years and 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.


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Kevin DeKam, CSB Ministries Regional Director
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