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Amazing Storyteller Bob Petterson to give keynote address at 2023 INC Arts Conference

Updated: Feb 24

Prolific author and storyteller Dr. Robert A. Petterson will give the keynote address at the 2023 INC Arts Conference next Spring. Petterson is the founder and president of the Legacy Imperative and is known as the “Amazing Storyteller” for his unique ability to unwrap the untold stories behind seminal people and events. His own story inspires as well. Dr. Bob is Vice-Chairman of the Board of INC, and a frequent speaker at the ministry's symposiums and retreats.

Dr. Bob shares,

“There are two aspects of this conference. It connects me with other people who are struggling to tell “the Story”with their art. It reminds me that my craft has to be honed and made more excellent. We have excellent speakers and breakouts, elevating the mind and the spirit, that really cause us to think in different dimensions, exploring creativity in art, faith and how it impacts culture.”

Born to a 15-year-old unwed mother who narrowly escaped abortion, Dr. Bob suffered through a succession of eight foster homes, caring for five younger siblings, until age 12 – when he was adopted into a loving home. Over his brief life, his foster parents were told that he should be institutionalized as mentally disabled – that he’d never amount to anything. But he proved them all entirely wrong!

Dr. Bob has been pastor at some of America’s leading evangelical churches; served as East Coast President of Mastermedia International, the world’s largest ministry to film and television executives; and hosts numerous inspirational pilgrimages. He regularly partners with non-profit organizations in fundraising and has raised over $75 million. He is in demand worldwide as a speaker and has addressed audiences of more than two million in 30 countries. Dr. Bob earned his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves on various non-profit boards.

“Stories disarm us, art disarms us, dance disarms us, songs disarm us. They touch our emotions. They take us beyond our intellectual, and even spiritual, biblical answers, to transcendent places we still need to explore. We will not be transformed unless we go to those realms. The arts help us to let down our guards to think in ways we have never thought before.”

Dr. Bob is a best-selling author. His One Year Book of Amazing Stories: 365 Days of Seeing God’s Hand in Unlikely Places (Tyndale Publishers), was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of its 10 “Top Picks,” is now in its fourth printing, and was recently ranked by the Christian Book Association as one of the top five devotionals of 2020. His other books include the newly released 101 Amazing Stories of Hope and Faith, featuring the best of Dr. Bob’s acclaimed One Year Book of Amazing Stories, in an easy-to-give-and-carry size; Desert Crossings; Theater of Angels; Pilgrim Chronicles; Home for Christmas; and The 90-Day Book of Amazing Stories, in the top 10 percent of all book sales in its category in 2017.

The Chambermaid's Choice

Dr. Bob resides with his wife Joyce in Naples, Florida, and is the proud father of daughter Rachael, son-in-law Joe, and granddaughters, Mae and Mira.

About the Conference

The INC Arts Conference is designed for artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, performers, techies and all other creative types, students and professionals, communicators, churches, and ministries. Sessions cover topics that aid in “fanning the flames of our creativity” (2 Timothy 1:6) to accelerate our passion, purpose, and process in effective, creative ways, connecting the arts and faith in the community and honing our craft.

Registration is $50.

To register and for more information, go to:

The conference, held at Covenant Church of Naples (6926 Trail Boulevard, US 41, across from Pelican Bay), officially kicks off with workshops and arts intensives and an Evening of Music and Arts on Friday, March 10, followed by worship, speakers, and breakouts on Saturday, March 11.

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