Aaron Alford is originally from Ontario, Canada. He has studied improv at The Second City, hitchhiked across Ireland and Italy, and, as a missionary with Youth With A Mission in Modesto, California, helped run a street café for the homeless with his friends. He is currently studying for the priesthood in Columbus, Ohio, and enjoys beautifying the world with whimsy, compassion, pipe smoke, and an admirable beard.
Aaron Smith has been encouraging husbands to lead their families according to the Bible through his site HusbandRevolution.com since May 2011. He passionately urges men to strive for spiritual maturity, supporting husbands with daily marriage and parenting encouragement. Aaron has co-authored several books on marriage with his wife including Husband After God and 31 Prayers For My Wife. Aaron has been married to his wife Jennifer since January 2007. Aaron's greatest motivation is sharing the Gospel.
Ace Collins is the writer of more than sixty books, including several bestsellers: Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, The Cathedrals, and Lassie: A Dog’s Life. Based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, He continues to publish several new titles each year, including a series of novels, the first of which is Farraday Road. Ace has appeared on scores of television shows, including CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.
Adam Dooley and his wife, Heather, along with three sons and two daughters, live in Jackson, TN. He is the pastor of Englewood Baptist Church (ebcjackson.org) and the founder of A Better Way Ministries (adamdooley.org). His greatest passion is helping others apply the timeless truths of Scripture to our contemporary culture. Adam has degrees from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College (BA) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv; Ph.D). Follow him @adambdooley.
Adolph Saphir (1831 - 1891) was a Hungarian Christian who was born into a Jewish family. He and his family were converted in 1843 when the Scottish Free Church sent missionaries to the Jews in Hungary. After completing his studies in 1854, Saphir served in the Irish Presbyterian Church as a missionary to the Jews. He was later ordained by the Presbytery of Belfast. He was a pastor of churches in Glasgow and in London from 1861-1888. Saphir's book, The Hidden Life was described as "one of the most helpful books in English literature on the subject of prayer and the deeper Christian life.
A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) was a popular evangelical author and Christian mystic. The author of thirty books, he has been called one of the most influential American evangelists of the twentieth century.
is author, speaker, blogger, podcaster, and former coffee shop owner. Aimee is author of several books, including Housewife Theologian (P&R, 2013), Theological Fitness (P&R, 2015), No Little Women (P&R, 2016), and Why Can’t We Be Friends? (P&R, 2018). Her articles have appeared in First Things, Table Talk, Modern Reformation, By Faith, New Horizons, Ordained Servant, Harvest USA, and Credo Magazine and she has been interviewed and quoted in Christianity Today and The Atlantic. She is the cohost of Mortification of Spin podcast for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and regularly blogs there as well. Aimee and her husband have three children and reside in Brunswick, Maryland.
Alan Graham is the president, CEO, and founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a social profit enterprise that delivers meals and provides homes to homeless people on the streets of Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans, Nashville, Minneapolis, Providence, and New Bedford. He grew up in Alvin, Texas and attended the College of Mainland and later the University of Texas. In 1978 he left UT and began a career in real estate, where he went on to co-found the Lynxs Group, which built the air cargo facility at Austin's new airport in 1997. He left the group in 1997 and had the idea for Mobile Loaves & Fishes. He and the other founders started by making sack lunches and serving them from the back of a green minivan. His focus now is the development and building of the Community First! Village, a 27-acre master-planned community that provides affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled and chronically homeless in Austin. Visit: http://mlf.org
Alan Hirsch is an award-winning author on various aspects of missional Christianity and co-founder of Future Travelers, an intentional learning journey for contemporary churches seeking to transition to becoming authentic movements.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. has been called “one of America’s most influential evangelicals” (Economist) and the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement” (Time.com). The president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he writes a popular blog and a regular commentary, available at AlbertMohler.com, and hosts two programs: “The Briefing” and “Thinking in Public.” He is the author of many books, including We Cannot Be Silent, and has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and on programs such as NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He and his wife, Mary, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Alex Chediak is an author, speaker, and a professor at California Baptist University. He's the author of the bestselling Thriving at College and Preparing Your Teens for College. Alex completed his MS and PhD in engineering from the University of California–Berkeley. He has a passion for helping students (and their parents) prepare for college and writes and speaks on that topic. Originally from the Chicago area, Alex and his wife, Marni, and their three children now reside in Riverside, California.
Alex Seeley, born and raised in Australia, spent seventeen years on the pastoral team at a worship movement in Melbourne where she and her husband, Henry, helped pioneer a church that grew to more than ten thousand people. After relocating to Nashville in April 2012, they began opening their home on Tuesday nights for people to worship, encounter God, and build genuine community in a city where many live life “on the road.” In a few months, The Belonging Co. was born and has quickly become known as a place to find freedom. Each week they now reach more than three thousand people across Nashville, and thousands online from all over the world.
(1826 – 1910) was a British Baptist clergyman who served forty-five years as pastor of Union Chapel, Manchester.
Alicia Britt Chole is a speaker, author, leadership mentor and the founding director of Leadershipii.com, a non-profit devoted to the soul care of leaders. Whether spoken or written, Alicia’s messages address both head and heart and are often described as grace-filled surgeries. Alicia and her husband, Dr. Barry J. Chole, direct a prayer retreat home called Rivendell and parent their three children in the Ozarks of Missouri where the stars shine brightly and their dogs bark loudly.
Alison K. Cook, MA, PhD, is a counselor who specializes in the integration of faith and psychology. She holds an MA in counseling from Denver Seminary and a PhD in religion and psychology from the University of Denver. She and her family live in Boston, Massachusetts.
Alison Hodgson is a writer, speaker, and humorist. She is a popular contributor to the design website Houzz.com. Her writing has been featured on Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog and Religion News Service and published with Baker Publishing Group and Zondervan. She is a co-founder of Breathe Christian Writers Conference and a member of Ink: A Creative Collective. Alison lives outside Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, their three children, and two good dogs.
Allan Kelsey is associate senior pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas/Fort Worth. The former CEO of a franchise business, Allan is a Gallup® Certified Strengths Coach. At Gateway Church, he oversees adult education and leadership development of the staff and congregation. Originally from South Africa, Allan is married to Stephanie, and they have two daughters.
Allen Jackson is passionate about helping people become Christ-followers who respond to God's invitations for their life.
He has served World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee as senior pastor since 1989. Under his leadership, the fellowship has grown to a congregation of over 15,000.
Through Allen Jackson Ministries, his messages reach people across the globe -- through television, radio, Sirius XM, and online streaming. His teachings are also available in published books and other resources, including small group curriculum.
Jackson holds degrees from Oral Roberts University and Vanderbilt University and has studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Alli Worthington is an author, speaker, blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. Alli co-founded BlissDom Events and has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Alli's no-nonsense, guilt-free take on motherhood, parenting and balance has led to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, rescued dog and cat who moved onto their doorstep.
Dr. Alveda King as Guardian of the King Family Legacy, is a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a grateful mother and grandmother. She is a former college professor, author, mentor, stage and screen actress, Georgia State Legislator and presidential appointee.
Amanda Anderson is the author of All My Friends Have Issues: Building Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Like Me), which will soon be released as an eight-week video Bible series. She speaks at women's events, retreats, conferences and mothers' groups, teaching women to enrich their lives through authentic relationships. Follow her on Instagram at @amandaandersonauthor, Facebook Amanda Anderson - Heart in Training, or visit her website www.heartintraining.com.
Amanda Hope Haley is the author of "Barren Among the Fruitful: Navigating Infertility With Hope, Wisdom, And Patience" and enjoys leading small group studies in her home and serving in her church. She holds a Master of Theological Studies degree in Hebrew Scripture and Interpretation from Harvard University. She maintains a blog, “Healthy and Hopeful,” where she encourages women to live whole lives in community with God, family, and each other. She and her husband David live in Denver, Colorado.
Amanda Lamb is a professional television journalist with 23 years of experience. She covers the crime beat for an award-winning CBS affiliate in the southeast. Amanda is also the author of six books, a wife, and the mother of two little girls. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Amena Brown is an author, spoken word poet, speaker, and event host. The author of five spoken word albums and two non-fiction books, Amena performs and speaks at events from coffeehouses to arenas with a mix of poetry, humor, and storytelling. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, reside in Atlanta, GA.
Amy Julia Becker is the author of Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most (Zondervan, 2014), A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny (Bethany House), named one of the Top Books of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly, and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she blogs regularly for Christianity Today at Thin Places. Her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared on the Motherlode blog of The New York Times, Theatlantic.com, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, and Parents.com. Amy Julia lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee in western CT.
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats.
Amy Groeschel is a home educating mom and leads LifeChurch.tv’s women’s ministry. She is also the founder of Branch15, a nonprofit housing ministry that helps marginalized women and has co-authored SOAR, a Bible study for women.
Amy Hollingsworth is the author of the best-selling The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers and Gifts of Passage. Before writing books, Amy wrote for various magazines and was a television writer for eight years for CBN. In 2010, she was named one of USA Today’s Top 100 People for her influence on pop culture and was featured in the documentary by MTV’s Benjamin Wagner titled Mister Rogers & Me. Her television appearances include WGN’s Morning News, PBS’s A Word on Words, and Fox’s Morning News. A former psychology professor, Amy lives in Virginia with her husband and children.
Amy Parker has written and co-written more than forty books for children, teens, and adults, with more than a million copies sold. She has collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations—Firebird and Courageous Teens—are recipients of Christian Retailing’s Best Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.
Andrea Logan White is a wife, mother, actress, and co-owner of Pure Flix Entertainment. Andrea starred in Sony Pictures’ Mom’s Night Out, and she produces films, develops scripts, pursues her acting career, speaks at conferences and churches, and shares encouragement on her blog. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, David A.R. White, and their three children.
Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado, she inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a masters degree in English literature from Oxford-Brookes University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant magazine and She Reads Truth. When she is not conducting interviews or writing stories, you can find her laughing with friends at a coffee shop or running in the Texas hill country.
Dr. Andrew K. Gabriel is an ordained minister who serves as associate professor of theology at Horizon College and Seminary. He is a member of the Theological Study Commission of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and the author of three books, including The Lord Is the Spirit. Andrew and his family live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Andrew Grant is a composer, choirmaster, church musician, university teacher and writer. He has directed many leading choirs including those of the Guards Chapel, Selwyn College Cambridge, and Worcester College Oxford. He lectures in music at St. Peter's College Oxford, and lives in Oxford with his wife and their three children.
Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.
Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM). Since its inception in 1995, North Point Ministries has grown from one church to five in the Atlanta area and has developed a global network of more than 30 churches. Each Sunday, more than 33,000 people attend worship services at NPM's five Atlanta-area churches. Andy's books include the recently released Deep & Wide, as well as Enemies of the Heart, The Grace of God, The Next Generation Leader, How Good Is Good Enough?, and many more. Andy and his wife, Sandra, live in Alpharetta, Georgia, with their three children.
The founder of the popular YouTube channel This Gathered Nest, Angela Braniff was named one of Buzzfeed's 14 Amazing Moms Who Also Happen To Be YouTube Stars in 2017. She is an adoption advocate, home school mom, content creator, podcast host, and adventure seeker. Angela is married to her high-school sweetheart and the mother of seven beautiful children. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Angus Buchan is a farmer turned evangelist whose life story was captured in the film Faith Like Potatoes and the founder of Mighty Men conferences, Shalom Ministries, and Beth-Hatlaim, a home for orphaned children. Buchan is recognized for his straightforward preaching and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.
Anita Folsom has directed Hillsdale College's Free Market Forum since 2006. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Detroit News, Continuity, the American Spectator, Human Events, and other publications. She is the coauthor of FDR Goes to War. Anita has appeared on numerous television programs and given numerous radio appearances. Anita and her husband write for their blog at BurtFolsom.com
Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, and Women of the Bible (with Jean Syswerda). Her most recent books are The Tender Words of God and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus (with Lois Tverberg.) She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Ann Voskamp is the wife of one fine, down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestsellers One Thousand Gifts, which has sold more than one million copies, and The Broken Way. Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken brokenness and big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches wounded places. Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the top 10 most widely read Christian sites: www.annvoskamp.com
Annahita Parsan is an ordained minister in the Church of Sweden and leads two congregations, one of which ministers to the growing number of former Muslim refugees. She is a confident public speaker who has regularly shared her testimony with live audiences, journalists, and TV interviewers, even speaking one time at the invitation of the Queen of Sweden. Annahita has worked pastorally with hundreds of former Muslims and regularly trains churches to reach out to Muslims and disciple them once they join the church.
Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the president and CEO of AnGeL Ministries, a nonprofit organization that draws people into a life-changing relationship with God through his Word. Anne launched her revival ministry in 2000 and has spoken on six continents, in more than twenty foreign countries, proclaiming the Word of God in arenas, churches, seminaries, and prisons. She is also the award-winning author of ten books, including her most recent, Wounded by God's People.
Anne Marie Miller lives with her husband, Tim Miller in Franklin, Tennessee. Under the name Anne Jackson she wrote two books: Mad Church Disease and Permission to Speak Freely. Anne Marie speaks at colleges, conventions and churches on the topics of social justice, sexuality, health, addiction, and biblical themes of grace and restoration. She writes for Relevant Magazine and has been featured in publications such as Christianity Today and Outreach.
Steve and Annette Economides are hailed as “America’s Cheapest Family.” With their amazing tools for saving money and personal story of living debt free, they are showing families everywhere how to live the American dream without debt. Their books include America's Cheapest Family, Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half, and their recent release, The MoneySmart Family System. They have five children.
Annie Downs is an author and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites the young women reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply. When she’s not writing books or traveling for speaking events, Annie spends her days writing all over the internet---blogging at AnnieBlogs.com and incourage.me.
Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of 20 Christian books for adults and children, including A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, Little Star and The Donkey That No One Could Ride. His books have been published in eighteen different countries and twelve different languages. He has also hosted two television series on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and has received many awards and honors from religious organizations throughout the world. A Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, he is an avid pilot, a successful businessman, and a longtime pro-life activist. He has appeared on many national radio and television programs.
Anthony Evans has voiced the gospel for more than a decade as one of Christian Music’s premiere male vocalists, songwriters, and worship leaders. With eight solo projects, multiple music videos, and inspirational literary collaborations with beloved pastor and international speaker Dr. Tony Evans and sister Priscilla Shirer, Anthony has vibrated the doors of the church and ventured beyond.
Anthony Griffith, a successful stand-up comedian for more than thirty years, made his way from Chicago’s South Side to the city’s comedy clubs and out to Los Angeles, where he performed multiple times on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and later with Jay Leno. He has been featured in specials for Comedy Central, HBO, and Showtime and on The Arsenio Hall Show. Also an actor, Griffith has appeared in several movies, including Panther, Tales from the Hood, and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and received a Daytime Emmy for his performance in the TV movie Our Father. Griffith also performed in the TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Bernie Mac Show.
The Most Revd Justin Welby was ordained in 1992 after an 11-year career in the oil industry. He spent his first 15 years serving in Coventry diocese, often in places of significant deprivation.
In 2002 he was made a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he jointly led its international reconciliation work. During this time he worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East. Archbishop Justin has had a passion for reconciliation and peace-making ever since.
He was Dean of Liverpool Cathedral from 2007 to 2011 and Bishop of Durham from 2011 to 2012, before being announced as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in late 2012.
Dr. Archibald Hart is a professional psychologist, a prolific writer and well-known speaker. He covers different topics including the treatment of panic attacks and depression as well as stress.
Ashley is an author, soul tender, aesthete, and semiotician. As a soul tender, she is passionate about bringing hope and healing to those who are vulnerable and in pain. As an aesthete, she searches for the divine beauty in every person and their stories. As a semiotician, she looks for the ways people create and represent meaning. Often referred to as “the one with the purple hair,” Ashley is known for her creativity and for seeing the world just a little bit differently. She loves singing and musical theater, photographing flowers and birds, and finding God’s work in unusual places. Ashley has a Master of Arts in Family Life Education and a Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics & Future Studies. She lives with her son in the Seattle, WA area.
Aubrey Sampson is passionate about empowering women of all ages to experience freedom from shame. An author, speaker, and church planter, Aubrey lives and ministers in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Kevin. She is also a mom to three young sons, which is to say she spends most days in her pajamas, drinking entirely too much coffee.
Banning Liebscher is a pastor, speaker, and author. Along with his wife, SeaJay, he founded Jesus Culture, a ministry of worship, conferences, and leadership development. In 2014, they planted Jesus Culture Sacramento, a local church in California with a passion to see people fully engaged in becoming who God has called them to be and to do what God has called them to do. Find out more at jesusculture.com.
Barbara Cofer Stoefen is a drug prevention activist in Oregon and an advocate for people in recovery. She serves as president of the Meth Action Coalition, a nonprofit organization providing prevention education and community awareness on all drugs of abuse. A recent graduate of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) National Coalition Academy, she is an active member of several coalitions working to reduce drug and alcohol abuse among minors. She speaks about drug abuse and addiction in schools, colleges, churches, and at community events, and has been featured on local TV and radio. She and her husband, Pete, call Bend, Oregon home.
Barbara Johnson was the founder of Spatula Ministries, a coauthor of various Women of Faith devotionals, and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Boomerang Joy, Living Somewhere between Estrogen and Death, and Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy.
Barbara Marlowe is the Marketing and Public Relations Director for the law firm of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A., in northeast Ohio. She has served on several boards for nonprofits and is currently a member of the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Leadership Council and Dogs Unlimited Rescue; she is also president of the Iraqi Children’s Foundation. Until Teeba’s arrival, Barbara was an avid golfer and loved to play in tournaments. She hopes to return to her favorite sport one day very soon. Barbara and her husband, Tim, live in an eastern suburb of Cleveland along with Teeba and their dog Becca.
Pitching primarily for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants throughout his Major League Baseball career, Barry Zito is a Cy Young Award winner and two-time World Series champion. After retiring from baseball, Barry settled in Nashville with his wife, Amber, and their two sons. Already well into his second career as a musician and songwriter, Zito recently released his debut EP, “No Secrets.”
Bear Grylls is the author of several books that have sold more than 11 million copies worldwide, including the bestselling Mud, Sweat, and Tears. He starred in National Geographic’s television series Man vs. Wild for seven seasons and currently works on his NBC series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, where he takes celebrities such as Julianne Hough, Marshawn Lynch, Shaquille O’Neal, and Don Cheadle out into the wilderness. Bear is an adventurer known for many exploits, including crossing the North Atlantic Arctic Ocean in a rubber boat, climbing Mount Everest, and running through a forest fire. He is also a dedicated family man to his wife and three sons.
Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms. After experiencing the death of her father and subsequent child abuse when she was 5, Becca longed to open a sanctuary for survivors offering a loving community. In 1997, five women who had experienced trafficking, violence, and addiction were welcomed home. 20 years later, the organization continues to welcome women with free residences that provide housing, medical care, therapy and education for two years. Becca has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News and NPR, was recently named a 2016 CNN Hero and a White House “Champion of Change.” She has been conferred 2 honorary doctorates from Vanderbilt Divinity School and lives in Nashville, TN with her family.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Becket Cook moved to Los Angeles after college to pursue a career in writing and acting. He currently works as a production designer in the fashion world. He recently received his master's degree from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and spends much of his time in ministry, speaking on the issue of homosexuality at churches, universities, and conferences.
Becky Johnson is the author, co-author or collaborator of more than forty books ranging from family humor to brain science to inspiration and now, memoir. She’s a natural storyteller and spent many years entertaining and inspiring audiences of women. Today she loves getting creative in the kitchen and writes a humorous food blog with her daughter Rachel (www.welaughwecrywecook.com). She and her husband, Greg, live in Denver, Colorado and love spending time with their grown children and their growing families – especially their five fabulous grandsons.
Ben Arment is a former church planter and has launched a variety of creative projects, including STORY and Dream Year. He serves as a development strategist for several national organizations and wrote the book Church in the Making. Ben and his wife, Ainsley, live in Virginia Beach, Virginia with their four children. You can find him at BenArment.com and twitter at @BenArment.
Dr. Bennet Omalu is a Nigerian-American neuropathologist who discovered and named chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players, other athletes and military veterans. He is the chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, California, and a clinical professor at the University of California, Davis. His story is told in the major motion picture Concussion, starring Will Smith. Bennet and his wife have two children and reside in Sacramento, California.
Bernard E. Powers Jr., PhD, is professor of history at the College of Charleston, where he teaches United States and African American history. He has been a consultant to historic sites and has served on the boards of several history oriented nonprofit organizations. Dr. Powers has been seen in PBS films, such as The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross and Slavery and the Making of America.
Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children. Beth is the author of seven books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.
Beth Moore is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States. A dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she is president and founder of Living Proof Ministries.
Bethany has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. In 2003, Bethany lost her left arm while surfing to a 14-foot tiger shark. Rather than let her career as a rising surf star come crashing down, Bethany miraculously returned to the water one month after the attack, a year later won her first National title, and has since realized her dream of surfing professionally. Her unbelievably positive attitude fascinated the world, and her story has been told in an autobiography and later adapted to the 2011 film, Soul Surfer. Bethany and her husband, Adam Dirks, are involved in many charitable efforts, including Friends of Bethany, which she and her family created to help shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story. Now as a professional surfer, motivational speaker, and healthy lifestyle advocate, Bethany continues to touch and inspire lives globally.
Bianca Olthoff is the Chief Storyteller for The A-21 Campaign and the Creative Director for Propel Women. Her debut book, Play with Fire: Discovering Fierce Faith, Unquenchable Passion, and a Life-Giving God arrives on August 30, 2016. Bianca is a step-mom to Parker and Ryen and has spent the last ten years mobilizing God's people to action alongside her husband Matt, the Executive Director and Pastor for Project Europe.
Bianca has been in church ministry for 15 years inspiring women to live with unquenchable passion. With Bianca's trademark humor and honesty, Play with Fire reminds women that God has huge dreams for each of his children. "He's whispering in the wind and speaking through the fire and shouting in silence the extraordinary dream."
Dr. Bill Donahue is the author of the bestselling Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, Building a Life-Changing Small Groups Ministy (with Russ Robinson), Coaching Life-Changing Leaders (with Greg Bowman), and the Equipping Life-Changing Small Groups DVD.
Bill Dunn is vice president of Church Initiative, Inc. He graduated from Asbury College and received a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1982. During the next fifteen years he served in two pastorates. As a pastor, Bill has had many opportunities to minister to people in grief and observe its extended influence in the lives of family and close friends. Bill's wife, Holly, is an emergency room physician and has seen the process of grief through that lens. Together they co-host the GriefShare video series used in thousands of churches across the United States and beyond.
Bill Purvis became pastor at Cascade Hills Church with no salary and only 32 people in the pews on Easter Sunday. He now ministers to over 8,000 people locally and has an international television audience through Trinity Broadcasting Network. Purvis and his wife, Debbie, live in Columbus, Georgia.
Billy Graham, the world-renowned author, preacher, and evangelist has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and has ministered on every continent of the world; millions have read his inspirational classics.
Bo Stern realizes life is full of fierce and unexpected battles. When her husband was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal illness, she knew she had found her Goliath. With winsome sincerity, Bo points to the battle plans available to us in Scripture and to our God who brings beauty from the struggles we face. She is the author of several books, including When Holidays Hurt.
Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda and India. Bob often appears at various leadership and university events, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the ”do” part of life.
Bob St. John was the author of a dozen books such as "Landry: The Legend and the Legacy," "South Padre: The Island and Its People," "Heart of a Lion," "Staubach," and more. He had a full career at the "Dallas Morning News," first as a sportswriter and then as a popular columnist for many years. An observer of human nature, with an endless fascination for people and place, Bob dedicated the last years of his writing to "House No. 5: Paradise on Paros" his memoir of the Greek island that captured his heart.
Bob Welch is the author of 12 books, an award-winning columnist, a speaker, and an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene. His articles have been published in inspirational books, including the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.
Bobbie Wolgemuth was a Bible teacher and the author or co-author of several books, including Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers and the four-book Gold Medallion bestselling series Hymns for a Kid’s Heart with Joni Eareckson Tada. She was also the coauthor of Couples of the Bible with her husband, Robert.
Bobby Harrington is the co-founder of discipleship.org and the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (19 years). He is the chairman of the board for the Relational Discipleship Network and the co-author of DiscipleShift, Dedicated: Training Your Children to Trust and Follow Jesus, and Discipleship that Fits. He has been married to Cindy for over 35 years and they have two adult children who are disciples of Jesus.
Bobby Schuller is Lead Pastor at Shepherd's Grove church in Garden Grove, California, and the host and preaching pastor of Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller, a television ministry that broadcasts around the world. Bobby graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2003, received his Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008, and is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. He resides in Costa Mesa, CA, with his wife, Hannah, and their two children, Haven and Cohen.
Bodie and Brock Thoene are best-selling authors of over sixty-five works of historical fiction. Their timeless classics have sold more than thirty-five million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards.
Brad Lomenick is the president and lead visionary of Catalyst, one of America's most influential leadership movements. He is the author of The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker. Brad has a passion for leadership, and finds great joy in connecting leaders. When not gathering leaders at a Catalyst event, he might be found in a duck blind, on a ski slope in Colorado, or on the golf course.
Brad Paisley released his first album, Who Needs Pictures, in 1999. The album sold more than 1 million copies and catapulted Paisley to fame. In 2000, the Academy of Country Music named Paisley the year's Best New Male Vocalist, and in February 2001, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry's Hall of Fame. He has since won numerous Grammy awards and has burned up the country charts consistently.
Brad A. Watson (M.A. in Theology) serves as a pastor of Bread&Wine Communities in Portland, Oregon. Brad helps people form gospel-centered communities that love God and serve their city. He has the privilege of coaching church leaders on how to form gospel communities on mission. He lives in southeast Portland with his wife and their two daughters.
Brandon Hatmaker is pastor of Austin New Church (ANC), co-founder of Restore Austin, and a missional strategist with Missio (www.missio.us). After years of serving in the megachurch, Brandon and his wife, Jen, refocused their ministry on church planting and mobilizing the church to meet the needs of the poor and marginalized. Together, ANC and Restore Austin have developed a unique network of churches and non-profits that serve in a collective effort to impact their city and world.
Brant Hansen is an author, nationally syndicated radio host, and advocate for healing children with correctable disabilities through CURE International.
He has written for CNN.com, The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Relevant, and numerous other outlets on matters as varied as public policy, culture, sports, Asperger’s Syndrome, and faith. He’s been a game inventor, fronted a modern rock band, still dabbles in singing and songwriting.
Brenda Garrison is an enthusiastic and authentic speaker and author. She ministers to women in all stages of life but especially to moms—encouraging them by keeping it real and based on God's Word. Brenda speaks at retreats, workshops, professional groups, and government agencies that work with families. She has appeared on FamilyLife Today, Moody Radio, and The Harvest Show as well as other media outlets. Brenda and her husband, Gene, have three daughters.
Brennan Manning spent his life and ministry helping others experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his own spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths, all of them leading to the profound reality of God’s irresistible grace. His ministry responsibilities varied greatly – from teacher, to minister to the poor, to solidary reflective. As a writer, Brennan Manning is best known as the author of the contemporary classics, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba’s Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God.
The late Brent Curtis was a counselor in private practice and the author of the book Guilt , published in 1992 by Navpress. He was killed in a climbing accident in 1998.
Bri McKoy serves as the visionary and leader for Compassion International’s blogger program. She writes regularly at OurSavoryLife.com, a food blog with recipes and stories from around her table, and is a regular contributor to the award-winning Compassion blog and GraceTable.org, a community blog about food and faith. Bri and her husband Jeremy live in Hermosa Beach, California.
Brian “Head” Welch is the cofounder and lead guitarist of the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum metal band KoRn. He is also the bestselling author of the book Save Me from Myself. He lives in Nashville, TN.
Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Brian is the founder of Practical Shepherding, a non-profit organization committed to equipping pastors all over the world in the practical matters of pastoral ministry.
Bronwyn Lea has been active for twenty years in vocational ministry to serve, encourage, teach, and mobilize Christians of all ages. A graduate of law school and seminary, she ministers in her local church and also heads up Propel Sophia, the Christian living wisdom resource for Propel Women. Bronwyn is mom to three school-aged kids, who keep her somewhere between hilarious laughter and desperate prayer on any given day. She and her fellow South African husband live in Northern California, where they count the men and women in their church as both friends and family.
Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most thoughtful, popular, and versatile voices on contemporary life. He writes the “This Life” column about today’s families for the Sunday New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible and The Council of Dads. He is the writer/presenter of the PBS series “Walking the Bible” and the forthcoming “Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.”
Bryant Wright is the founder and chairman of Right from the Heart Ministries and the senior pastor of the 7,800-plus member Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in northwest Atlanta. A respected Bible teacher and author, Wright is also the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Burt Folsom currently holds the Charles Kline Chair in History and Management at Hillsdale College. He has written for the Wall Street Journal , Business History Review , and the Washington Times , among publications. Burt is the coauthor of FDR Goes to War . He has made numerous television appearances and is a frequent guest on talk radio. Burt and his wife, Anita, write for their blog at BurtFolsom.com. Anita Folsom has directed Hillsdale College's Free Market Forum since 2006. She has written for the Wall Street Journal , the Detroit News , Continuity , the American Spectator , Human Events , and other publications. She is the coauthor of FDR Goes to War . Anita has appeared on numerous television programs and given numerous radio appearances. Anita and her husband write for their blog at BurtFolsom.com
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.
Caesar is a church planter, missional strategist and one of founding leaders of Soma Communities. He currently serves as the Director of the GCM Collective, an organization that helps catalyze missional community multiplication across North America. He is a spiritual entrepreneur and an avid storyteller. His background includes communications for Fortune 500 companies, media production, working with youth, and extensive travel in international missions. He has worked in over 17 countries around the world including Sierra Leone, Sudan, Nigeria, Burma, India, Latvia, Romania and the Czech Republic.
Caitlin Crosby is an actress, TEDx speaker, singer-songwriter, and founder of The Giving Keys, a jewelry company with the mission of helping its employees transition out of homelessness. She was named among Oprah’s SuperSoul100 list of visionaries in 2016, and featured on The Today Show, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other media outlets. Caitlin lives with her husband and their two children in LA.
Cal Thomas has been observing the dysfunction in Washington for thirty years in one of the most popular syndicated columns in the country. He writes the Common Ground column for USA Today (with his liberal Democrat friend, Bob Beckel) and regularly appears on Fox News. He began his career in radio-TV-and print at the age of 16. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of his syndicated column.
Callie is a wife, a mother, a part-time dental hygienist, and a fan of coffee. She has been writing regularly on her blog, Through Clouded Glass, since 2008, and she serves on the publicity team for her local MOPS group. When she is not taking care of her three children (all under four years old), she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, and working on her endless list of DIY and sewing projects. She is passionate about her faith in Jesus Christ, her family, and encouraging others to keep an eternal perspective through the day-to-day.
Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, beloved by millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, Hallmark Channel movies, former co-host of The View, inspirational speaker, and Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finalist, is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as a role model to women of all ages. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children.
Candace Payne is a viral sensation whose Facebook Live video of trying on a Chewbacca Mask became the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date (165+ million views). She has been featured in more than 3,000 media outlets and has interviewed with major media such as “Good Morning America,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” The New York Times, PEOPLE and Cosmopolitan. Candace recently launched a video series with TLCme and her first book will release in the fall of 2017. Candace lives in Texas with her husband, two children, and ornery pug
Captain Tammie Jo Shults is a Southwest Airlines captain and former naval aviator who received wide acclaim when, on April 17, 2018, she and her crew successfully landed a Boeing 737 after catastrophic engine failure and rapid decompression, saving the lives of 148 people. Shults’s early interest in flying led her to become one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the United States Navy after overcoming several obstacles due to her gender. At the conclusion of her Navy career, Shults became a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Her incredible talent and notable history have made her an inspiration to many.
Cara Whitney grew up on a cattle farm in Northern Wisconsin. After spending a decade as a radio personality in markets that included Las Vegas, she found herself in search of that simpler life everyone talks about. She soon discovered that there is no such thing as a simple life, but instead your best lived life is one that includes a relationship with Jesus Christ. Cara lives with her husband and two kids on a horse farm in Nebraska.
Chances are you've heard of musician, thought leader, blogger and communicator Carlos Whittaker and just didn't realize it. Maybe you know him because of a certain Beyonce "Single Ladies" viral video that received a People's Choice Award or from his segment on TLC's "LA Ink" or maybe it was through his popular blog - Ragamuffin Soul. Whatever the outlet, one thing's for certain - Carlos Whittaker knows how to make big moments in his life.
Carolyn Custis James (MA, Biblical Studies) travels extensively as a popular speaker for women's conferences, churches, colleges, seminaries, and other Christian organizations. Her ministry organization, WhitbyForum, promotes thoughtful biblical discussion to help men and women serve God together. Carolyn founded and is president of the Synergy Women’s Network. She is a consulting editor for Zondervan's Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament and author of When Life and Beliefs Collide and Lost Women of the Bible. Carolyn and her husband live in Boxford, Massachusetts. They have one grown daughter.
Carrie is a UK journalist and author of The Virgin Monologues and Prude. She is a pastor at Bethel Church, California and a pastor for the leaders network of Global Legacy. She writes between her hometown in Stamford, England and her residence in Northern California. ‘The Carrie On..podcast started in 2017 and can be found on itunes. When not pastoring, speaking or writing, labelled by her students as ‘The Duchessʼ she has a penchant for good old fashioned vinyl.
With more than 14 million albums sold worldwide, 14 No. 1 singles, with six as co-writes, five Grammys, and countless other accolades—all achieved with three albums in less than seven years—Carrie Underwood remains ever-passionate, fueled by a restless creative spirit, good-natured competitive streak, and abundance of God-given talent. In a few short years, Carrie has seen the power music has to change lives---to incite dialog, to instill hope, and to simply entertain. She’s aware of the platform she’s been given. She respects it and appreciates every moment saying, “I’m very happy in my life and I count my blessings every day.”
Pastor Carlos Luna is affectionately called "Cash" by his family because as a small child he could not pronounce his own name. He graduated from college with cum laude honors and a degree in information systems administration from the Francisco Marroquín University in the City of Guatemala and in 2002 he earned a doctorate in pastoral ministries from California Christian University. He was a dedicated businessman until God called him into the ministry. In 1994 the Lord Jesus called him to pastor "Casa de Dios (House of God)" together with his wife Sonia. An experience of the glory of God one Sunday evening during a church service was the beginning of a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit, "Nights of Glory." Pastor Luna has held crusades of healing and miracles in several countries throughout the Americas. Today, "Casa de Dios" in Guatemala is a thriving church with more than twenty-thousand active members and organized by means of small groups.
Catherine Claire Larson has a master’s degree in Biblical Studies and spent seven years writing with Chuck Colson for BreakPoint radio, Christianity Today, and Newsweek online. Today she writes amid the clatter, curiosity, and joy of two young children.
Chad Gibbs, former baby, is the best-selling (Okay, regional best-selling) author of God & Football: Faith an Fanaticism in the SEC. He has written for CNN, The Washington Post, and RELEVANT Magazine, and has made multiple (Okay, three) appearances on ESPN. Gibbs and a fellow mammal reside in Alabama with their offspring and two canines that are not their offspring.
Chad Veach is the pastor of Zoe Church in Los Angeles, California. Chad and his wife, Julia, have two beautiful children, Georgia Estelle and Winston Charles.
Charles Dyer, PhD, was provost and dean of education at Moody Bible Institute before becoming Professor-at-Large of Bible at Moody and host of The Land and the Book radio program. He serves as associate pastor of Grace Bible Church in Sun City, Arizona, where he lives with his wife, Kathy.
Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of thirteen novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Charles F. Stanley has been senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta since 1971. He is the author of fifty books with more than 6.5 million copies sold. In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley is broadcast on radio and television in fifty languages around the world.
Dr. Charles R. Swindoll is senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and the Bible teacher on the internationally syndicated radio program Insight for Living. Charles has written more than thirty best-selling books and resides with his wife, Cynthia, in Frisco, Texas.
Charlotte Gambill is an international speaker and author best known for her practical and passionate application of God’s word. Her messages of life and purpose are rallying a generation to embrace the broken and become ambassadors of hope. Charlotte and her husband, Steve, lead Life Church in England. They have two children, Hope Cherish and Noah Brave.
Cheri Cowell, an author, speaker, and sidewalk theologian, is the author of several books including the Bible study Parables and Word Pictures. A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, she shares her passion to help others apply biblical principles to the sidewalk issues of life. Through her nonprofit organization, Living Parables, she is able to put this faith into practice by offering micro-loans to faith organizations filling unmet charitable needs in their communities.
Cheryl Karpen is the founder of Gently Spoken, publishing home of the wildly popular Eat Your Peas® series. She is in demand nationally as a motivational and inspirational speaker for groups that range from CEOs to soccer moms.
Cheryl has a heart for ministering to women and has served as a Bible teacher, speaker and one-on-one mentor for the past 20 years. As a three-time cancer survivor, she has learned how to draw near to God and cling to His Word in the trials of life. She desires to encourage women
no matter where they are in their spiritual journey, a passion that has taken her across the globe to Nepal. A stay-at-home mom, Cheryl resides in Portage, Michigan, with her family.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are the founders of Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market, and Magnolia Realty in Waco, Texas. Together, they also host HGTV’s Fixer Upper, where Joanna serves as the lead designer and Chip handles construction. They appreciate the old ways of living, simple and hardworking, with home at the center of it all.
Chip Gaines and his wife, Joanna Gaines, are co-founders and co-owners of Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market and Magnolia Realty in Waco, Texas. Together, they also host HGTV’s Fixer Upper, where Chip handles construction and Joanna serves as the lead designer. Chip is an entrepreneur by nature, and started and sold many small businesses before Magnolia.
Choco De Jesús is senior pastor of New Life Covenant Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago. A graduate of Trinity University and North Park Theological Seminary, De Jesús is sought after as a motivational speaker throughout the nation and abroad. In 2013, De Jesús was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is an Executive Presbyter with the Assemblies of God Church. De Jesús lives in the Humboldt Park community of Chicago, with his wife, Elizabeth; they have three adult children.
Chris Hodges is the founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands. Under his leadership, Church of the Highlands offers fifty-four worship services each weekend at fifteen campuses with over 43,000 people attending weekly. He also co-founded the Association of Related Churches, launched a coaching network called GROW, and serves as Chancellor of The Highlands College, an accredited two-year ministry training college. Chris and his wife, Tammy, have five children and live in Birmingham, Alabama.
Chris Marlow is the founder of Help One Now, an organization that mobilizes ordinary people to fight poverty by empowering indigenous leaders to care for the world’s most vulnerable children. Help One Now began in 2009 with a $1,000 investment and has since gathered a tribe who have helped build schools, rescue homes, and medical clinics through simple acts like garage sales, community concerts, and lemonade stands.
Chris is a sought-after speaker at churches and conferences such as Tedx, Plywood People, IdeaCamp, Together for Adoption, and The White House’s gathering of Innovators Doing Good. Chris lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, two daughters, and a German Shepherd pup. Connect with him online at www.chrismarlow.me.
Chris Mitchell’s firsthand experiences and reporting uniquely qualify him to expound on and explain the major trends and developments sweeping the Middle East and affecting the world. Mitchell has served as the bureau chief for CBN News since August 2000.
Chris Norton is an in-demand motivational speaker with a message of hope, resilience, and faith. He has spoken everywhere from small classrooms to stadiums with audiences ranging from schools and colleges to non-profits and corporations. Past clients include John Deere, the NCAA, Culvers, and the University of Iowa football team. Chris was named to ITA Group's list of "The Hottest Event Keynote Speakers for 2018" that includes Michael Strahan, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, and Magic Johnson. Currently residing in Florida, Chris wouldn't take back the play that left him paralyzed due to the positive influence his story has had on millions of people worldwide. His Chris Norton Foundation has raised close to one million dollars to help others with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders.
Dr. Chris Thurman is a psychologist, bestselling author, and highly-sought-after speaker. He has a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Texas, has been in private practice for almost thirty years, and has authored numerous books and conducted hundreds of personal growth seminars for churches and corporations around the country. Chris, and his wife, Holly, have three grown children, two perfect granddaughters, and live in Austin, Texas.
With 10 albums, 13 #1 radio singles, a Grammy Award, 21 Dove Awards, and two platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. His songs include “How Great Is Our God,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Our God,” and most recently, “Good Good Father,” to name a few. It is estimated that each week 20–30 million people sing one of Tomlin’s songs in worship. More than anything, Chris loves being a husband to Lauren and a daddy to Ashlyn and Madison.
Chris Willard has more than 20 years of experience in professional ministry leadership. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has an MBA from Belhaven College. He is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences across the country including FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember marriage conference. Before joining LN at the start of 2007, he was the Executive Pastor of Discovery Church in Orlando. Currently, Chris serves as the director of development for OneHundredX and is the director of Leadership Network's Rapid Growth and Generous Churches Leadership Communities. He lives in Orlando with his wife Susan and their three children.
Christa Black Gifford is a dynamic worldwide speaker, worship leader, and bestselling songwriter. She was the keynote for Women of Faith’s Revolve Tour as well as being a popular blogger and a writer for The Huffington Post. Her life-goal is to provide resources for those broken by the pain of life, leading them into wholeness of heart and intimacy with Jesus. She’s married to the love of her life, Lucas Gifford. They live in Nashville, TN with their son, Moses Grae Lionheart, a daughter in heaven, Luca Gold, and their newest addition, daughter, Birdie James.
Christina Vinson is a freelance writer and editor based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of several books including God’s Peace When You Can’t Sleep and also regularly contributes to several websites and magazines, covering everything from country music to prison life. In addition to writing, Christina loves reading, baking, traveling with her husband, and drinking lots of coffee.
Christine Caine is the founder of A21, an international anti-human trafficking organization, and Propel, a woman’s organization dedicated to helping women realize their purpose, passion and potential. The author of seven books, her latest release is Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure.
Christopher D. Hudson served as the General Editor of Strive: The Bible for Men as well as Revolution: the Bible for Teen Guys. He was a consulting editor for the New Men’s Devotional Bible and has created many other best-selling Bible projects. In addition, he has created daily devotional titles such as Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers. Christopher lives with his wife and three children in northern Illinois, where he also serves on the athletic coaching staff of Wheaton College.
Christopher L. Heuertz was first introduced to the Enneagram in the slums of Cambodia. Since then he has trained under some of the great living Enneagram masters including Father Richard Rohr, Russ Hudson, Marion Gilbert and Helen Palmer, and now teaches the Enneagram in workshops and retreats around the world. Chris is an International Enneagram Association Accredited Professional. He and his wife, Phileena, and their puppy, Basil, live in Omaha, and you can join him on Facebook and Twitter in his intentions to love on the margins.
Chrys Howard is the mother of Korie Robertson, star of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty®. She has edited and cowritten more than 100 books, and is the author of ten books with more than one million copies in print in six languages. Chrys and her husband, John, have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.
Chrystal Evans Hurst co-authored the best-selling book, Kingdom Woman, with her father Dr. Tony Evans. She reaches a wide audience speaking at conferences, sharing on her blog, Chrystal's Chronicles, writing for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and by teaching and leading women in her home church. As the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the Hurst household, she is a dedicated wife to Jessie and mother of five. Chrystal lives just outside of Dallas, Texas.
Chuck Colson was a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, he wrote several books that have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects, including Born Again, Loving God, How Now Shall We Live?, The Good Life, and The Faith. His radio broadcast, BreakPoint, at one point aired to two million listeners. Chuck Colson donated all of his royalties, awards, and speaking fees to Prison Fellowship Ministries.
Cindy Bultema loves the Lord, loves life, loves her family, and loves to celebrate! With over 15 years in ministry, Cindy has trained leaders and created programs within a variety of settings. Her previous work experiences include working for Bethany Christian Services with adolescent sexual offenders, developing and supervising a transitional housing program for homeless teen moms and their kids, as well as coordinating a state-licensed childcare program.
In 1999, Cindy was hired as the founding Director of Children’s Ministries at a Grand Rapids area mega-church, leading the transition from being a one-person department to overseeing 12 staff, equipping 1,000 volunteers, and ministering to 2,700 kids every weekend.
Cindy is now a popular national women’s speaker, author, blogger, and Bible teacher. Her personal testimony, “He Loves Me: A Woman’s Journey to Peace,” aired worldwide on the “Day of Discovery” television show. Cindy is also a Seminar Expert for the Grief Share video series and a Speak Up Conference instructor as well as a speaker coach for Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks Conference.
Cindy’s most recent project is a video driven Bible study titled “Red Hot Faith: Lessons from a Lukewarm Church” with Our Daily Bread Ministries.
Cindy lives in West Michigan with her husband John and their children Jake, Benj, Amanda, and Sarah. When she’s not running a full household, you can find Cindy walking her adventurous dog, Rocky, attending one of their children’s sports events, meeting friends for coffee, or serving hot lunch at her kids’ school. Cindy and her family are also active in their home church, Ada Bible Church.
Cindy Johnson is a vibrant and active single living in Orange County, California. Growing up as a pastor’s daughter, working at Christian camps, and attending Biola University have all given her great insight into the ins and outs of her audience’s culture. She works for Young Life so she is relationally connected to young single women all over Southern California and beyond. An experienced writer and speaker, Cindy engages biblical truths with her generation’s questions using wit, authenticity, and in-depth reflection.
Bishop Claude Richard Alexander Jr. is senior pastor of The Park Church in
Charlotte, North Carolina. A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, he has consistently been listed among the most influential persons in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bishop Alexander has worked with government and community oﬃcials to address the community’s most critical issues. Over the years, he has served as a board member of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, United Way, the Arts and Science Council, the N.A.A.C.P. Educational Committee, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, and The Community Building Initiative. Currently, he serves on the boards of Charlotte Center City Partners, Christianity Today, Mission America Coalition, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and Movement.Org. He is the Chair of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and the Second-Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors. He is a Past President of the Hampton University Ministers Conference, the oldest and largest interdenominational gathering of African-American clergy in the United States.
Clayton and Ashlee have been married for over 20 years and have 3 children. They have been on staff at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas since 2004 where they currently serve as the Marriage and Parenting Pastors. For many years Clayton and Ashlee struggled in their marriage not understanding how to make each other happy. They have learned over the years that God didn't create marriage to make us all happy. That's just a bi-product of when you do marriage the way God intended. Marriage is about choosing to sacrificially love each other everyday. Clayton and Ashlee don’t have a perfect marriage but today they have a strong marriage and have a passion to help others. At Lakewood Church they lead pre-marriage and marriage classes, marriage life groups, and marriage retreats that have hundreds of couples participating regularly. For several years they have hosted the annual Lakewood marriage conference called Spark with thousands of couples from across the country in attendance.
Cole and Savannah LaBrant’s lives have been a series of trials and triumphs—but also full of beautiful redemption and grace. They were on seemingly different paths but were brought together by God in a surprising way, which culminated in a public love story on the Internet that was witnessed by millions of viewers. Their subsequent YouTube channel, dedicated to family and faith, garners more than one hundred million views each month. Cole and Sav believe that God’s biggest surprises—like the gift of their marriage; daughter, Everleigh; and her soon-to-be little sister—are sometimes right in front of us, hiding in plain sight.
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.
Connie Wetzell, a former popular Christian radio personality and current voice-over recording artist, is the author of The Healing Word of God, the spoken Word combined with original music created as a "medicine for the soul." Her latest offering is a collaborative effort with Criswell Freeman entitled God's Survival Guide for Women.
Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) endured ten months in Ravensbruck concentration camp for hiding Jews in her family's home in Holland. After her release at age fifty-two, Corrie spoke around the world and wrote more than ten books, including the bestselling The Hiding Place and In My Father's House.
Courtney Joseph is a long time Bible study leader and founder of WomenLivingWell.org and WomenLivingWell.tv and cofounder of GoodMorningGirls.org. Courtney is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. She is married to her high school sweetheart and homeschools her two children.
Social entrepreneur, activist and author, Craig Greenfield is passionate about God’s heart for the world’s most vulnerable. Craig is the founder and director of Alongsiders International, a fast-growing movement of young Christians reaching the world’s poorest children. A storyteller and inspirational speaker, Craig’s passion is to amplify the voice of the poor, communicating God’s heart for the least in churches, conferences and colleges around the world. Craig is happily married to Nay, a Cambodian-New Zealander and they have two young children: Jayden and Micah.
New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, a pacesetting multicampus church and creators of the popular and free YouVersion Bible App. He is the author of several books, including #Struggles, Fight, Altar Ego, Soul Detox, Weird, From This Day Forward, The Christian Atheist and It. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Craig Gross is an author, speaker, pastor, and revolutionary. He shot to prominence in 2002 when he founded the website XXXchurch.com. Craig is the author of nine books. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, Jeanette, and their two children, Nolan and Elise.
Craig Shirley is the author of two critically praised bestsellers about Ronald Reagan, Rendezvous with Destiny and Reagan's Revolution, as well as the New York Times best-selling history December 1941. He is the president of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs. Shirley and his wife live in Lancaster, Virginia.
Craig Springer is the Executive Director of Alpha USA, a program that runs in over 6,500 churches across every major denomination and 500 prisons throughout the country. Craig has been a leader and pastor in influential churches in Chicago and Denver, one of which was named Outreach Magazine’s 2014 Fastest Growing Church in America. Craig lives in Colorado with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.
Crystal Paine is a child of God, wife, homeschool mom of three, author, and speaker. In 2007, she founded MoneySavingMom, a site that has since grown to become one of the most popular blogs on the web, currently averaging a million readers per month. Her mission is to challenge women to wisely steward their time and resources and live life on purpose.
Curt Landry and his wife, Christie, travel extensively, preaching and teaching about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Together, their passion is to empower families to live and leave kingdom legacies and
understand their own spiritual heritage. Curt and Christie are also actively involved in raising support for Israel within the evangelical community and have participated with the delivery of millions of dollars in aid to Israel and the nations. Curt Landry is the founder of Curt Landry Ministries, House of David Ministries, and My Olive Tree.
Cyndy Feasel was married for twenty-nine years to NFL lineman Grant Feasel, who was discovered after his death to have developed CTE—a progressive degenerative brain disease—from the concussions he received playing football. An art teacher in Fort Worth, Texas, Cyndy is committed to raising awareness of CTE and the dangers of repetitive head injury.
D. L. MAYFIELD has nearly a decade of experience working with refugee communities in the United States. Mayfield’s work has been published in McSweeneys, Christianity Today, Relevant, Geez, Curator, Reject Apathy, and Conspire!. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband and two small children.
Dallas Willard was a professor at the University of Southern California's School of Philosophy. His groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy and The Spirit of the Disciplines have forever changed the way thousands of Christians experience their faith.
Dr. Dan B. Allender received his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. Currently, Dan serves as Professor of Counseling Psychology and Founding President at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, WA. A therapist in private practice, he is a frequent speaker and conference leader. He and his wife, Rebecca, are parents to three adult children and grandparents of two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Dan Busby is a certified public accountant with a Masters degree in business from Emporia State University. He has worked as controller of a university medical center, partner-founder of a CPA firm, and chief financial officer for a religious denomination. He currently serves as the president with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Washington, D.C, and is he coauthor of The Christian's Guide to Worry-Free Money Management.
Dan Haseltine is the lead singer of the band Jars of Clay and a co-founder of Blood: Water Mission, which aims to provide clean drinking water and HIV/AIDS treatments to people in underdeveloped parts of the world.
In 1995, Dan founded Winning At Home, Inc., an organization that produces media resources and hosts special events to develop marriages and families. Dan has authored seven books about marriage and family, and he is a media personality on West Michigan television and on national radio. He and his wife Jane have four children and live in West Michigan, where Dan collects sports memorabilia and golfs as much as possible.
Dana K. White is a blogger, podcaster, speaker, and (much to her own surprise) a decluttering expert. She taught both English and theatre arts before leaving her job to make her family her life's work. In an attempt to get her home under control, Dana started blogging as “Nony” (short for anonymous) at A Slob Comes Clean. Dana soon realized she was not alone in her housekeeping struggles and in her feelings of shame. Today, Dana shares realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy through her blog, weekly podcasts, and videos. Dana lives with her husband and three kids just outside of Dallas, Texas. Oh, and she’s funny.
aniel Grothe is the associate senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a pastor, speaker, drummer, and author of the book Chasing Wisdom. Daniel and his wife, Lisa, live on a small hobby farm outside of Colorado Springs with their three children: Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley. You can find out more about Daniel at www.NewLifeChurch.org, www.DanielGrothe.com, www.ChasingWisdomBook.com, or on social media at @mrdanielgrothe.
Daniel Montgomery is the founder and CEO of Leadership Reality, a learning and development agency. Daniel founded and led Sojourn Community Church for over seventeen years and is the founder of Sojourn Network, a church planting network in North America. He coaches, writes, and consults on the topic of leadership, theology, and mission for businesses and churches around the world.
Danielle Strickland is an author, speaker, trainer, and global social justice advocate. Her aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world — from establishing justice departments for the Salvation Army to launching global anti-trafficking initiatives to creating new movements to mobilize people towards transformational living. Affectionately called the “ambassador of fun,” she is host of DJStrickland Podcast, cofounder of Infinitum, Amplify Peace, and Brave Global, and founder of Women Speakers Collective. Danielle is married to Stephen and lives in Toronto, Canada, with their three sons.
Danny Gokey’s life has been a rollercoaster ride and music has been his constant companion. It sustained him following the death of his first wife, Sophia, and it propelled him up the charts after the world discovered his talent on American Idol. Music has shaped his life, providing a sense of purpose and direction, even in the most trying times. Danny Gokey is a survivor. When he sings, there’s an authority and conviction that comes from life experience. He’s been through so many challenges, yet hope was always a part of his journey. “There’s no justice in it and sometimes it might not seem fair, but it’s not the end of the road. Turn the page. Move forward and keep putting your life in God’s hands. There is always hope ahead.”
Darlene Schacht is the original founder of Christian Women Online Magazine and The Internet Café Devotions and writes the popular blog Time-Warp Wife. She is coauthor of Candace Cameron Bure’s New York Time’s best-selling book, Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. Darlene has been married to Michael Schacht for more than 25 years. They have four children.
Originally from Australia, Darren Whitehead founded Church of the City in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2013. Each weekend around 6,000 people worship at one of the five locations across the metro area. Darren holds both his masters and doctorate degrees in ministry, with his dissertation research focusing on Millennial engagement in the Western Church. He lives with his wife, Brandy, and their three daughters, Sydney, Scarlett, and Violet in Nashville, Tennessee.
Darren Wilson is the Founder of WP Films, a film/television production company that focuses on creating media that creatively and powerfully advances the kingdom of God around the world.
Darren's films have been seen by millions around the world. His first five films, Finger of God, Furious Love, Father of Lights, Holy Ghost, and Holy Ghost Reborn have helped change the spiritual climate of the worldwide church. He is currently working on a new film and a variety of television shows.
Darren has also written three books, Filming God, which details his journey out of skepticism into faith in the supernatural; Finding God in the Bible, which is a book about friendship with God; and God Adventures, his latest book detailing his experiences and lessons learned while making all of his films.. He also has a regular blog for Charisma Magazine called Behind the Lens, where he writes about current events, spiritual questions, and the entertainment industry. Devon Franklin, VP of Production for Columbia Pictures, calls Darren "one of the most innovative filmmakers and authors of faith today."
Darren lives with his wife, Jenell, and their three children, Serenity, Stryder, and River in Greenville, SC.
Darrin Patrick is the lead pastor of The Journey and the vice president of Acts 29, a global church-planting network. He also serves as the chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals. Patrick is the author of The Dude’s Guide to Manhood and Church Planter and co-author of Replant and For the City. He and his family live in St. Louis, Missouri.
Amie Patrick is a teacher, writer and pastor's wife. Married to her high school sweetheart, Darrin, for 22 years, she is also the proud mom of 4 great kids. Amie holds a degree in music education, and is passionate about leadership, the arts, teaching women to practically apply the gospel to all areas of their lives, and helping pastors' and church planters' wives thrive in their calling.
Dave Browning is the founding pastor of Christ the King Community Church, International (CTK), an eight-year-old nondenominational church with locations in twelve states and seven countries. He is a graduate of Denver Baptist Bible College (BA), Northwest Baptist Seminary (MDiv), and has completed the course work for his doctorate of ministry through Northwest Graduate School. Dave lives in Burlington, Washington, with his wife and three children. Christ the King is one of the twenty-five most innovative churches in America on a recent Outreach magazine ranking.
Dave Harvey serves as the Pastor of Preaching at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, Florida and is the bestselling author of When Sinners Say “I Do.” A pastor for over 25 years, Dave has been involved in church care, church planting, and international ministry. He also serves as the board chairman of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation and the Sojourn Church Planting Network and lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, Kimm.
Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. His four New York Times best-selling books –Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership – have sold more than 7 million copies combined.The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations and iHeartRadio. His latest book is Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money, co-authored with his daughter, Rachel Cruze.
Dave Sterrett is a speaker, missionary, and ambassador for I Am Second. Dave also serves as an adjunct professor of New Testament, Philosophy, and Apologetics at Liberty University. He is the author or coauthor of several books including Why Trust Jesus? (Moody Publishers), “O” God (WND Books), and the three-part novella series coauthored with Josh McDowell, The Coffeehouse Chronicles (Moody Publishers).
Dave Stone is Senior Pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he preaches Truth to more than 22,000 people each weekend. He is the author of three books in the Faithful Families series, including the most recent, How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World. He and his wife, Beth, have three children: Savannah, Sadie, and Sam, and a son-in-law, Patrick. Dave believes the most practical way to spread the gospel is through moms and dads who model a genuine faith for their children.
David and Tamela Mann are a dynamic husband-and-wife duo that have become household names across television and movie screens, on stage, and on the radio. David is an ingeniously funny and extraordinarily talented actor/comedian, screen writer, and director. His partner in life and business is Grammy Award–winning superstar Tamela Mann. Audiences have come to know and love David and Tamela via Kirk Franklin and the Family and Tyler Perry film and television productions. They are known for bringing good, old-fashioned family values, laughter, and music to whatever they do. David, Tamela, and their blended family of five adult kids and ten grandkids live in Dallas, Texas.
Claudia Arp and David Arp, MSW, founders of Marriage Alive, are authors of numerous books with more than 1,000,000 in print including the award-winning 10 Great Dates series and The Second Half of Marriage. The Arps have been featured in media like The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine, and on NBC Today, CBS This Morning, and PBS. When they are not writing or speaking, you’ll probably find them hiking trails in Northern Virginia where they live or in the Austrian Alps where they love to write and hike. Visit them at www.10GreatDates.org.
David and Tamela Mann are a dynamic husband-and-wife duo that have become household names across television and movie screens, on stage, and on the radio. David is an ingeniously funny and extraordinarily talented actor/comedian, screen writer, and director. His partner in life and business is Grammy Award–winning superstar Tamela Mann. Audiences have come to know and love David and Tamela via Kirk Franklin and the Family and Tyler Perry film and television productions. They are known for bringing good, old-fashioned family values, laughter, and music to whatever they do. David, Tamela, and their blended family of five adult kids and ten grandkids live in Dallas, Texas.
The Benham Brothers are Christian entrepreneurs helping people like you to live powerfully for Jesus in the areas of leadership, work, family, and culture.
David Boudia is an Olympic champion, a gold-medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and winner of multiple world championship medals. Winner of six NCAA national titles at Purdue University and winner of five medals in the 2012 FINA Diving World Series, Boudia was the first American male since 1986 to medal in the 10m platform at a World Championship. He lives with his wife and daughter in West Lafayette, IN
David Bowden is an international speaker and performer known best for his craft of spoken word poetry. He has performed his poems all around the world for hundreds of thousands of people, and his videos have attracted millions of views online. David and his wife, Meagan, live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
David Green is soft-spoken, passionate about his faith, and dedicated to his family. He is also the founder of the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world.
In 1970 David Green borrowed $600.00 to buy a molding chopper, set up shop in his garage at home, and started making miniature wooden picture frames. As of 2015, Hobby Lobby employs over 32,000 people, operates 600 stores in forty-seven states, and grosses 3.6 billion dollars a year. Currently David serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2013, he was honored by receiving the World Changer award, and is also a past Ernst & Young national retail/consumer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient.
In June of 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of David and Barbara Green, and Hobby Lobby. The historic ruling protected Hobby Lobby and the Green Family from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that would have required it to provide and facilitate, against their religious convictions, four potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in the company’s health insurance plan.
David & his wife Barbara are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter, grandparents to ten, and great grandparents to eight. They are actively pursuing what it looks like to leave a lasting legacy.
Dr. David Jeremiah serves as the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. Through his radio and television ministry, Turning Point, the gospel is shared with millions of people every day, worldwide.
David Kinnaman is president of the Barna Group, a private research company located in Ventura, California. He is a much requested speaker on a variety of themes: cultural diversity, young adults, adolescents, vocation and leadership. He and his wife Jill and their three children live in California.
Dr. David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and recently also became Pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. He was ordained to the ministry in 1995 and pastored two churches in Scotland for 12 years. He is the author of Christians get depressed too and How Sermons Work and regularly speaks at conferences in North American and beyond. David his wife Shona have five children.
David Staal serves as the president of Kids Hope USA, a national non-profit organization that partners local churches with elementary schools to provide mentors for at-risk students. Prior to this assignment, David led Promiseland, the children’s ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Other leadership roles he held at Willow Creek include director of communications and director of children's ministry for the Willow Creek Association. David authored Word Kids Need to Hear (2008), Leading Your Child to Jesus and Leading Kids to Jesus (2006), and Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week (2004, co-authored with Sue Miller). David also serves as the senior editor of Today’s Children’s Ministry, an electronic publication and web site from Christianity Today International. He lives in Grand Haven, MI, with his wife Becky, son Scott, and daughter Erin.
David Thomas, LMSW, is the counseling director for men and boys at Daystar Counseling Ministries. A popular speaker and the coauthor of five books, he is a frequent guest on national television and radio, and a regular contributor to ParentLife magazine. David and his wife, Connie, have a daughter and twin sons.
David Watson serves the global church through Cityteam Ministries as the VP for Global Disciple-Making. He is also actively involved in mentoring the next generation of Disciple-Making strategists. Since 1989, Watson has been involved with movements that have seen 100,000 churches started, and he has trained more than 30,000 leaders from 167 nations.
David Wilkerson founded the Times Square Church, now a non-denominational mega-church of 8,000 members, to this day a crossroads for those battling sin, drugs, and pornography, and a place where the message of Christ is discussed. He created the faith-based program Teen Challenge to wean addicts off drugs, and then World Challenge, dedicated since its beginning to promoting and spreading the Gospel throughout the world.
A leader with an innate talent to touch, move, and inspire others, David Zerfoss lives his purpose of "empowering others to create powerful futures." He leads the Zerfoss Group, which consults with think tanks, major corporations, and entrepreneurs. As an executive-in-residence at Queens University McColl School of Business in Charlotte, North Carolina, he enjoys sharing transformational thinking and leadership insights with aspiring MBA and executive MBA students.
A multibillion-dollar direct sales company put Dawn on their Times Square billboard in the summer of 2018. In Dawn’s thirty years of sales and marketing, she has been a top producer at every company she’s worked for. Most recently, she was the #7 Sales Director in Mary Kay when she took a leap of faith and left it all to write her first book, Laughing Through the Ugly Cry. Dawn has been a public speaker for more than ten years, giving talks about cancer, joy, female empowerment, and direct sales. When she’s not encouraging other women to find joy and humor in even the most difficult of circumstances, you can find her living happily ever after in Cantonment, Florida, with her husband, daughter, parents, mother-in-law, two horses, four dogs, and three cats (and a partridge in a pear tree).
Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor, national speaker, relationship expert, and the creator of the popular blog TrueLoveDates.com, reaching millions of people with the message of healthy relationships. You may also recognize her voice from her 200+ articles at Relevant Magazine, Crosswalk.com, and all over the web. Debra and her husband, John, have been happily married for over a decade and have three beautiful children.
New Orleans native Debra B. Morton is a leader, teacher, pastor, and entrepreneur who serves alongside her husband, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA, and is the co-pastor of Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. When she was ordained as an elder in 1993, she earned the ground-breaking distinction as one of the first ordained female elders to preach in a Baptist pulpit. A Stellar Award nominee and James Cleveland award winner, she has gone on to executively produce an album and write several songs, open a troubled teen girls home, and help her husband to rebuild and expand a great ministry. But of all of her many accomplishments, she takes her greatest pride in her personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and her roles as a wife, mother of three children and grandmother of seven.
Hundreds of thousands of women have studied Dee Brestin's book, The Friendships of Women and the sequel, We are Sisters. This award-winning author shares the power and pain in female relationships, using biblical women such as Ruth, Naomi, Mary, and Elizabeth as examples. Brestin is in demand as a speaker at seminars and retreats across the U.S. and Canada.
Dee Oliver is the socialite widow of John Oliver, who was a fourth-generation funeral director and the impeccably mannered proprietor of the largest funeral home in southeastern Virginia. Dee holds a degree in mortuary science and writes about death (and surviving the loss of someone you love) in her blog, Going Out in Style. She is the mother of three girls, ages 17-21.
Dena Higley, an Emmy award-winning writer, has been the head writer for both One Life to Live and Days of Our Lives as well as a playwright in Glendale, California. She is a graduate of the USC School of Theatre, where she studied acting under the late John Houseman. She currently resides in La Canada-Flintridge, California, with her husband of 24 years, Mark. They have four children and one grandchild. Dena is an active member of Christian Assembly Church.
Denver Moore rose from the streets of Fort Worth to become an inspirational author and speaker after he was befriended by art dealer and soup kitchen volunteer Ron Hall. The pair's book "Same Kind of Different As Me" made the New York Times best-seller list.
Derrick Moore is a former NFL Running Back and currently the Developmental Coach and Football Team chaplain for Georgia Tech University. He is also the author of The Great Adventure and It's Possible: Turning Your Dreams into Reality. He and his wife,
Stephanie (Co-Executive Editor of the Sisters in Faith Bible), have co-authored the Alec London series. They live in the Atlanta area and have three teens.
Derwin L. Gray is the lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community, which has been recognized by Outreach magazine as one of the fastest growing churches in America. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a master of divinity (MDiv) degree with a concentration in apologetics.
Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and Professor of English at Asbury University. He is an expert on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and the author of nine books, among them the most recent biographies written on the two authors. He has served as Scholar-in-Residence at The Kilns, Lewis's home in Oxford, and was a contributor to The Screwtape Letters: Annotated Edition and a member of the Advisory Board for The C. S. Lewis Bible.
Dharius Daniels is a cultural architect and trendsetter for his generation. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Change Church. Change Church is a vibrant ministry that impacts people of all ages, socioeconomic classes, and ethnic backgrounds.
Pastor Dharius has developed a Breathtaking Ministry concept that describes the standard of excellence: a standard that is apparent in his commitment not only to ministry but also to education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Dr. Dharius is a certified personal coach with a versatile gift and speaks frequently in seminaries and churches across the country.
He is married to Shameka Daniels and they are the proud parents of two sons Dharius Seth and Gabriel Micah Daniels.
Diane Comer has partnered alongside her husband in planting a now thriving church in Portland, Oregon. Married 35 years, with four grown children and a passel of grandkids, she is a teacher, a writer, and the co-founder of Intentional, a conference for parents whose great hope is to raise passionate Jesus followers. Sharing the story losing her hearing on www.hespeaksinthesilence.com, Diane writes about living in the beautiful brokenness of the belief that God invites every woman into an intimacy that will satisfy the cravings of her soul.
Diane Paddison held COO roles in two Fortune 500 commercial real estate companies - an industry dominated by men. Along the way, she earned a Harvard MBA, married and became a mom, enjoying great success, unexpected brokenness, and deep joy. Diane is Chief Strategy Officer for Cassidy Turley, serves as an independent director for three corporations and four not-for-profits. Her life's passion is mentoring professional women. An advocate for the contributions of talented women called to business and professional roles, Paddison speaks on mentoring, authentic relationships, and impactful leadership.
After more than twenty years in publishing as an editor and editorial director, Diane Stortz now writes best-selling books for children and adults. Her goal: making God’s wonders known to the next generation. In 2003 Diane cofounded the National Network of Parents of Missionaries, a nondenominational ministry to help parents of missionaries connect with one another and learn to succeed and thrive as POMs. In 2008 she coauthored Parents of Missionaries: How to Thrive and Stay Connected When Your Children and Grandchildren Serve Cross-Culturally. Diane blogs at DianeStortz.com. She and her husband, Ed, a retired juvenile court probation officer, have two married daughters and four young grandchildren—all boys! When she’s not writing, Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and planning her next trip to visit her grandchildren.
Diane Williams is a contributor to When God Makes Lemonade (Thomas Nelson, 2013) and the author of Angels in Action and the soon-to-be-released The Invisible Child—A Memoir. Her work has been published in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Plus, and Pray! magazine.
Dominic Done is a speaker and author of When Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt (Thomas Nelson February 19, 2019). He is also lead pastor of Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland, Oregon. He has a master’s in theology from the University of Oxford and a master’s in religion from Liberty University. He previously served as a pastor in North Carolina and Hawaii. He has also taught English for companies in Europe, lectured in theology and history at various Christian colleges, worked as a radio DJ, and lived as a missionary in Vanuatu and Mexico. Dominic is married to his wife, Elyssa, has a daughter named Amelia, and a fuzzy Goldendoodle, Bella. You can connect with Dominic on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @dominicdone.
Don Jacobson’s 28 years in publishing included serving as the president and owner of Multnomah Publishers, where he oversaw the production of more than 1,000 titles and the sale of more than 100 million books. He sold Multnomah to Random House in 2006. Don founded D.C. Jacobson & Associates, an author management company, so that he could continue working closely with authors. Don and his wife, Brenda, have four adult children.
A pioneer of the modern Praise and Worship movement, Don Moen has spent his career as a worship leader, producer, songwriter, and music executive. While a student at Oral Roberts University in the early 70s, Moen began touring with the musical group Living Sound and evangelist Terry Law. By 1986, Moen had recorded "Give Thanks" for the Hosanna Music! praise and worship series at Integrity Music, where he would serve as creative director, executive producer, and eventually, president of the label. During his tenure there, he sold more than 5 million units and signed worship leaders and songwriters, such as Paul Baloche, Ron Kenoly, Darlene Zschech, and many more. Today Moen lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Laura, where he is president of Don Moen Productions and oversees his international nonprofit ministry, Worship in Action.
Donald Miller wants to help people live better stories. In his bestselling memoirs like Blue Like Jazz, Scary Close, and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, he offers honest, hopeful insights on faith & how to tell a better story with your life. He is now the CEO of StoryBrand where he helps businesses clarify their messaging so they can grow & do more great work. His latest book is titled Building a StoryBrand.
Veteran actor Dondré Whitfield is a three-time Emmy and NAACP Image award nominee. He has appeared with such celebrated actors as John Travolta, Helen Mirren, David Oyelowo, Michael B. Jordan and Kevin Hart among many others.
Off-camera, Whitfield is passionate about helping address the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century. He co-created The Manhood Tour, a global movement committed to awakening the consciousness of men, giving them the keys to effective and impactful leadership, and teaching them how to tap into their talents and live to the highest degree. He has traveled throughout the country speaking on behalf of the movement, inspiring youth to overcome distractions and modeling for young men and peers the concept of servant leadership and what it truly means to “be a man.”
Donna Gaines is a passionate Bible teacher, disciple maker and author. Embracing God’s missional calling, Donna challenges women to live out the global implications of their faith through both inner city and international efforts. She is the author of two books, There’s Gotta Be More and Seated: Living from Our Position in Christ, and the editor of A Daily Women’s Devotional.
Before her affluent life as an NFL wife, Dorothy Newton was raised in poverty by her mother and stepfather near New Orleans, Louisiana. The oldest of six children, she put herself through college on an athletic scholarship for volleyball. Shortly after college, Dorothy married Nathaniel (Nate) Newton, now a retired Dallas Cowboy. Today, Dorothy has an MBA and is a Practice Administrator for a health care organization. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, speaking on the topic of abuse and she continues to accept any invitation she receives to encourage others.
Doug Bender is the author of I Choose Peace: Raw Stories of Real People Finding Contentment & Happiness. There you can read the full story of Austin Carlile and many more who found peace when they choose Jesus. He works with I Am Second as a writer and small groups coach. He developed many of the small group tools found at iamsecond.com and has coached churches, organizations, and individuals to use I Am Second groups to share the message of Jesus with their friends and family. He also works with I Am Second’s parent organization, e3 Partners, as a church planter and pastor in countries such as Ethiopia, Colombia, and the US. Doug and his wife, Catherine, have four children: Bethany, Samuel, Isabella, and Jesse.
Titles from Doug:
What a Man Who Lost Everything Can Teach Us about Christmas Gift Giving
How to Lose Everything and Find Contentment
Rockstar Loses Everything and Finds Peace
Why You Don’t Need Another Present to Be Happy This Christmas
Dr. Benjamin Carson is a Professor of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Oncology, and Pediatrics, and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He is also the author of four bestselling books---Gifted Hands, Think Big, The Big Picture, and Take the Risk. He serves on the boards of the Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corp., and the Academy of Achievement, among others, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation. He and his wife, Candy, cofounded the Carson Scholars Fund (www.carsonscholars.org), a 501(c)3 established to counteract America's crisis in education by identifying and rewarding academic role models in the fourth through eleventh grades, regardless of race, creed, religion and socio-economic status, who also demonstrate humanitarian qualities. There are over 4800 scholars in forty-five states. Ben and Candy are the parents of three grown sons and reside in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Dr. Daniel G. Amen is a physician, double-board certified psychiatrist, teacher and eight-time New York Times bestselling author. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice, Amen is the founder of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, Calif.; Bellevue, Wash.; Reston, Va.; Atlanta, Ga.; and New York City. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including “The Dr. Oz Show,” “ABC World News,” “20/20,” Newsweek, TIME, The Huffington Post, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, New York Times and Cosmopolitan.
DeForest B. Soaries Jr. is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. He formerly served as New Jersey’s Secretary of State and his work was featured in the acclaimed CNN documentary “Almighty Debt.” Soaries earned degrees from Fordham University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and United Theological Seminary (DMin). He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Donna, and twin sons, Malcolm and Martin.
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, an internationally known expert on male-female relationships, presents the Love & Respect conference with his wife, Sarah, both live and by video to more than 50,000 people each year, including groups such as the NFL, PGA, and members of congress. With degrees from Wheaton College and Dubuque Seminary and a PhD from Michigan State, Emerson pastored Trinity Church in Lansing for 19 years. He and Sarah have been married since 1973 and have three children.
Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, and co-host, with Dr. John Townsend, of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! Radio program, and cofounder of Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. His bestselling books include the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries books and Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Cloud and his wife and two daughters live in Southern California.
Jarrett Stevens is a pastor, writer, and speaker. He and his wife Jeanne live in downtown Chicago where they have planted a growing church, Soul City, and do life with their two young children, Elijah and Gigi. Jarrett was previously on staff as a teaching pastor with Willow Creek Church in Chicago, as well as pastoring at North Point Church in Atlanta. Known for his humor and honesty, Stevens is a popular speaker at churches and conferences both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Jill Hubbard is a clinical psychologist and regular co-host on Christian radio's nationally-syndicated New Life Live program. Dr. Jill has gained a reputation for her gentle and insightful style of connecting with radio callers. She is also in private practice where she sees clients who struggle with depression, addictions, eating disorders, and relational and personal growth issues. Dr. Jill lives with her family in southern California.
Dr. John T. Chirban has taught classes about relationships, sexuality, and spirituality at his alma mater, Harvard Medical School, for more than thirty years. In addition to teaching at Hellenic College and Holy Cross, he has served also as professor of psychology and chairman of the Program on Human Development for more than thirty years. He is in high demand as an international lecturer on family and spirituality speaking frequently before professional organizations and national societies, and as a guest consultant for magazines, newspapers, and radio shows. Since its inception, he has served on the Advisory Board for the Dr. Phil Show, where he is a frequent guest. He has also served as director of Cambridge Counseling Associates for more than thirty years, serves as a Guardian Ad Litem, in Massachusetts, where he has specializes in helping families through divorce. Dr. Chirban lives with his children in Carlisle, Massachusetts.
Dr. Kristi Funk is a board-certified breast surgeon who, alongside her husband, Andy Funk, cofounded the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles. She has helped thousands of women through breast cancer treatment, including well-known celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow. Dr. Funk is a frequent cohost on The Doctors and breast expert on Good Morning America, and has appeared on The View, Today, The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and numerous other national and local television and news shows. She lives in Southern California with her husband and triplet sons.
Dr. Leslie Parrott is a marriage and family therapist and co-director with her husband, Dr. Les Parrott, of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. She is the author of First Drop of Rain and God Made You Nose to Toes, and co-author with her husband of several bestselling books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Leslie is a columnist for Today's Christian Woman and has been featured on Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, and The View, and in USA Today and the New York Times. Leslie lives in Seattle with her husband and their two sons.
Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician, a six-time No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator and advocate in his field of Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post and a regular medical contributor on Katie Couric’s TV show, “Katie.”
Dr. Morris Pickens (or Dr. Mo as his students call him), is the Sports Psychologist and Performance Specialist at the Sea Island Golf Learning Center. He has been a coach to some of the best golfers in the world. His students have won over 200 amateur titles, 30 professional tournaments, three major golf championships, and one NCAA Championship. He and his wife have four children.
For more than 20 years, O. S. Hawkins served pastorates at the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in Dallas, Texas. He is president of GuideStone Financial Resources, which serves 200,000 pastors, church staff, missionaries, doctors, and other workers of various Christian organizations with their retirement needs. He is the author of more than 25 books and preaches regularly at Bible conferences, evangelism conferences, and churches across the nation.
Dr. Richard Lee is the Founding Pastor of First Redeemer Church located in metropolitan Atlanta's Forsyth County. Dr. Lee graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University and Luther Rice Seminary, earning the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. Dr. Lee is a frequent speaker in conferences, conventions and campuses nationally. For the past twenty seven years he has served as the President and speaker for There's Hope America, media ministry.
Scott Turansky has been a pastor and missionary for more than 33 years and is an author of several books. In addition to pastoring full time, Scott also conducts parenting seminars on Saturdays around the United States and is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting.
Joanne Miller is a pediatric nurse with 26 years of experience and is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. She is the coauthor of seven parenting books.
Dr. Tim Kimmel and his wife, Darcy, founded Family Matters™. They equip families to appropriate the power of God's grace for every age and stage of life. Tim has sold more than 750,000 books and videos including the 2005 Gold Medallion winner Grace Based Parenting. He is also the author of Why Christian Kids Rebel and Raising Kids for True Greatness. Tim has a nationally syndicated radio program, speaks to families across the country, and enjoys his family and grandchildren.
Dr. William J. Bennett is one of America’s most influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and educational issues. Host of the top-ten nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, he is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute. He is the author and editor of more than twenty-five books, including the most recent, Is College Worth It?
As LeBron James’ high school basketball coach, Dru Joyce II was the mentor who the NBA superstar credits with helping him reach his potential as both a basketball player and a man. Yet while LeBron is unquestionably his highest profile protégé, Coach Dru (as he’s known to his players) has used his position as a basketball coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s high school in Akron, Ohio, to help transform the lives of countless other young men as well. Dru is known as one of the superstars of high school basketball coaches, rising quickly through the ranks to coach a national championship team, even when he knew little about the sport as he began. Dru and his wife Carolyn are parents of four and live in
Translator and editor, Edwin H. Robertson was born in London, England, in 1912, of Scottish parents. For many years he was involved in broadcasting and communications. He is the author of a number of books, notably on the Bible, broadcasting, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is the minister of Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead, London, England.
Elayne Bennett serves as the founder and director of the Best Friends Foundation and is an avid spokeswoman on issues of adolescent behavior and development. She is the wife of William J. Bennett and the mother of two sons.
Elisa Morgan, one of CT’s top 50 women influencing the church and culture, is a sought-after speaker, leader, and author of 15 books on mothering, spiritual formation and evangelism. Under her 20 years of leadership as CEO of MOPS Intl, the organization grew from 350 to 4000 groups. Publisher of FullFill.org and on various boards, Elisa received a BS from the University of Texas and an MDiv from Denver Seminary. She is married to Evan and has two children and one grandchild.
Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good is the CEO and co-founder of Selah Freedom and the Selah Way Foundation, which exist to prevent sexual abuse, exploitation, and sex trafficking of children. Her leadership has brought freedom to thousands of American children and young adults who have been rescued from the sex trade, and she has helped educate millions on the topics of exploitation and sex trafficking. She speaks and trains internationally and is passionate about protecting our youth from the secrets of abuse that so many are forced to keep. Fisher Good's family is her true pride and joy. She has three beautiful children and lives with her husband in Sarasota, Florida.
Elizabeth Santorum, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dallas. During the 2012 Republican presidential primary, she spent a year campaigning on behalf of her father, Senator Rick Santorum. Appearing on CNN, Fox News, NBC, and many other news outlets at twenty years old, she became one of the campaign's most requested surrogate speakers. Elizabeth has spent time doing mission work in Uganda, is currently a John Jay Fellow, and has always been a great big sister.
Ema McKinley has appeared on the 700 Club, local television and radio broadcasts, and is a requested speaker across the country. In addition to public speaking, Ema enjoys writing poetry, praying with the needy, and loving people of all ages and backgrounds. Her compassion, sense of humor, and deep relationship with Jesus inspire many to trust deeper and live each day to the fullest. Today, Ema stands tall, walks without assistance, and praises the God who brought healing to her body.
Emily G. Stroud owns and manages a boutique investment firm called Stroud Financial Management. She has been a Financial Advisor for nearly two decades. As both an MBA and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Stroud counsels people on how to handle their money, manage risk, and ensure a nice tidy retirement. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and two children.
Emily Ley is Founder and Creative Director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts. She is also the creator of the bestselling Simplified Planner—a daily agenda for what matters most. Raised in Pensacola, Florida (home of the most beautiful beaches you ever did see), Emily graduated from the University of West Florida with degrees in English, creative writing, and public administration and then went on to become the executive director of the city ballet. From there, she worked in nonprofit management and public relations before launching her brand in 2008. Following the success found at its online home, EmilyLey.com, the Emily Ley brand quickly grew to be carried in over 500 retail outlets across the United States and around the world. Emily has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best New Product—Desktop (for the 2015 Simplified Planner®) at the National Stationery Show as well as Top 10 Designers to Watch in 2015 by Stationery Trends Magazine. Now as a businesswoman, wife, and mama to three, Emily enjoys Friday pizza parties on the living room floor, strong cappuccinos with her college-crush-turned-husband, and making memories to savor for a lifetime with her twins and preschooler.
Emma Sleeth was fifteen years old when she wrote It’s Easy Being Green and is a graduate of Asbury University. When not speaking to high school and college students about creation care, she assists other members of the Blessed Earth team with research, writing, and design projects. She and her husband, Zach, lived three blocks away from each other in Lexington for years, but never saw each other until they were both at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Earth Day 2012.
Eric L. Motley grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, the son of adoptive grandparents who raised him in the community of Madison Park, which was founded by freed slaves in 1880. From this beginning in the black community he rose to become a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Eric is executive vice president of the think tank The Aspen Institute which on a national and international level discusses today’s global issues that face the United States and her partners across the world.
Eric Metaxas is the author of New York Times #1 bestseller and ECPA “Book of the Year” Bonhoeffer, the bestseller Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, and more than thirty other books. He is currently the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of
8 million. Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, and was awarded the Canterbury Medal in 2011 by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, and the New York Times. He currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.
Erik Rees is the pastor of Life Mission at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. He has worked along side Rick Warren since 1997. Erik has held many leadership roles primarily focusing on empowering people to maximize their life for God. Prior to Saddleback, Erik worked in the training and development field for many years helping companies and senior leaders develop effective ways to reach their goals through staff development and goal setting.
A former art director/stylist in Los Angeles, Erin Loechner has been blogging and speaking for more than a decade. Her heartfelt writing and design work has been showcased in The New York Times, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire, Elle Decor, Huffington Post, and a two-season HGTV.com web special, garnering over one million fans worldwide. She has spoken for and appeared in renowned international events for clients such as Walt Disney World, IKEA, Martha Stewart and Home Depot. Now nestled in a Midwestern town, Erin, her husband, and their toddler strive for less in most areas except three: joy, grace, and goat cheese.
Erin MacPherson is a mom of three who never does anything halfway. When she discovered she was pregnant she decided to write about it—but then kept writing. A former staff writer and editor for Nickelodeon, Erin now entertains parents on her personal blog as well as through her book series, The Christian Mama's Guides (Thomas Nelson, 2013), freelance magazine articles, devotionals and speaking. She wants to come beside her readers not only as a confidant and Christian sister, but also as a best girlfriend who understands what daily life is all about.
Erin Odom is the founder of The Humbled Homemaker, a blog dedicated to grace-filled living and designed to equip and encourage mothers in the trenches. Her Southern charm and wealth of inspirational, practical content has drawn an audience of millions over the years. Erin and her husband, Will, live in the South, where they raise their four children.
Erin Stevens is the founder of Nashville Strip Church, a ministry that reaches out to the employees of strip clubs. She and her husband Todd met while they were each pursuing their MBA. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and homeschooling her three boys.
Esther Fleece is an international speaker and writer on Millennials and faith, leadership, and family, recognized among Christianity Today’s “Top 50 Women Shaping the Church and Culture” and CNN’s “Five Women in Religion to Watch.” As founder and CEO of L&L Consulting, she works to connect influential individuals and organizations to their mutual benefit. You can follow Esther’s global adventures on Twitter @EstherFleece and at www.estherfleece.com.
Eva Piper is a speaker and author with a unique insight into the trials of heartache and the triumph of overcoming. The wife of best-selling author Don Piper, Eva was the glue that held her broken husband and her family together. Don’s story, recounted in the New York Times bestseller, 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death, is Eva’s story too. A teacher of 34 years, she and Don now live in Pasadena, Texas.
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Fawn Weaver is the founder of the Happy Wives Club, a community of more than 150,000 women in over 100 countries. HappyWivesClub.com is an upbeat blog dedicated to positively changing the tone about marriage. It has attracted more than 1,000,000 visitors and was named #1 marriage website by About.com. Her debut book, Happy Wives Club, is a journey to 12 countries and 6 continents in search of the universal secret to a happy marriage.
Faye Porter is the author of At My Grandmother's Knee, a collection of recipes and stories from women of the South. She was born and raised in the midwest, but says Nashville is her favorite place to live.
Fern Nichols, married to Rle Nichols, is the mother of four married children and eight grandchildren. She is a former elementary teacher and the founder of Moms in Prayer International™, a prayer movement that has touched thousands of women throughout the world. Since its inception, Moms in Prayer groups have spread to every state and to more than 135 countries. Translated into more than 50 languages, more than 525,000 Moms in Prayer International™ booklets have been sold. A frequent guest on Focus on the Family, Fern has also appeared on the Truth That Transforms and Family Life Today.
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization, is also president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The fourth of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham’s five children,Franklin is the author of several books, including the best-selling autobiography Rebel with a Cause and All for Jesus. He and his wife, Jane, make their home in North Carolina.
Frederick Buechner is the author of more than thirty published books and has been an important source of inspiration and learning for many readers. A prolific writer, Buechner’s books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He has been called a "major talent" by the New York Times, and "one of our most original storytellers" by USA Today. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Buechner has been awarded honorary degrees from institutions including Yale University and Virginia Theological Seminary.
Gari Meacham is a writer, speaker, and teacher. Her passion for the word of God has made her a popular speaker throughout the country. Gari currently resides in Houston, Texas where she regularly speaks and teaches at her home church, Second Baptist Church of Houston, one of the largest churches in the country.
Gary M. Burge (PhD, King's College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; and the John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period.
Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Pure Pleasure, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith.
Gary Sinise is an Oscar-nominated actor and winner of an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild awards, and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, all while advocating for America’s veterans for nearly forty years. For his service work, Gary has been presented with numerous humanitarian awards including the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the George Catlett Marshall Medal from the Association of the US Army, and the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense. He was named an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the United States Navy, was pinned as an honorary Marine, and received the Sylvanus Thayer Award at West Point, given to a civilian "whose character, service, and achievements reflect the ideals prized by the U.S. Military Academy." He's also the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the President of the United States to citizens for "exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation. "
Gary Smalley was one of the country's best known authors and speakers on family relationships. In addition to writing The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love with John Trent, their book The Language of Love (newly revised and updated) won the Angel Award as the best contribution to family life. His national infomercial, Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships, has been viewed by television audiences all over the world.
Gene Edwards grew up in the oil fields of East Texas and entered college at age fifteen. He graduated at eighteen from East Texas State University with a bachelor's degree in English history and went on to earn his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gene is part of the house-church movement, and he travels extensively to aid Christians as they begin meeting in homes. He also conducts conferences on living the deeper Christian life. As the beloved author of over 25 bestselling books, many consider Gene’s signature book to be A Tale of Three Kings. A simple retelling of the relationships between King Saul, King David, and the young man who wanted to be King, Absalom. His book The Divine Romance, has been called a masterpiece of Christian literature. Gene and his wife, Helen, reside in Jacksonville, Florida, and have two grown children.
Geri, along with her husband Pete, is the co-founder of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. Geri lives in New York City and has four lovely daughters.
Michael and Gina Spehn are co-authors of The Color of Rain, a New York Times Bestselling memoir, currently being adapted for the screen by Hallmark (and will air May 31, 2014). Joined together by the loss of their spouses, Michael and Gina co-founded the New Day Foundation for Families, which provides financial and emotional resources for families who have been affected by cancer.
Ginger Hubbard, author of I Can’t Believe You Just Said That and Don’t Make Me Count to Three, speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences and home school conventions across the country. Visit her website at www.GingerHubbard.com
Ginger Sprouse is a wife, mother, chef, and small business owner of Art of the Meal. You can read more about her on the Art of the Meal website: artofthemeal.net/our-story. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Dean, and little brother, Victor.
Glenn Schroder has been part of the Vineyard movement since 1976 when he started attending a little home group in Yorba Linda, California, that eventually became the Anaheim Vineyard. Glenn was involved in the Anaheim Vineyard for John Wimber’s entire twenty years as pastor. He is currently the Regional Coordinator for Vineyard Missions USA in Mexico and Central America and pastors Cascade Vineyard Church in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife, Donna, have four adult children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in the Portland area.
Gordon Dalbey is a popular speaker at conferences and retreats around the world. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including: Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, and The Minirth-Meier Clinic. The author of Healing the Masculine Soul, his articles have appeared in New Man, Reader's Digest, Leadership, Focus on the Family, Catholic Digest, Christian Herald and The Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of Duke University and holds an M.A. in journalism from Stanford University and an M.Div. from Harvard University. A former Peace Corps Volunteer (Nigeria), news reporter, high school teacher, and pastor, he lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife and son.
Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than fifty years. He serves as Chancellor at Denver Seminary, as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal, and as a speaker at leadership conferences around the world. His books includeBuilding Below the Waterline, Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World. Gordon and his wife, Gail, live in New Hampshire.
Grace Valentine is a popular blogger who founded the Enough Movement. Her readers love the fact that she is young, ordinary, and relatable—they say her fresh voice helps them navigate their own faith and life. Grace’s mission is to help those who have struggled like she has to find their worth in Someone who truly is worth following. Grace graduated from Baylor University in 2018 with a degree in Journalism, and she is currently the Content and Curriculum Coordinator for the student ministry of First Baptist Orlando in Orlando, Florida.
Greg Gilbert is Senior Pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?, What is the Mission of the Church?, and Preach: Theology Meets Practice. Previously, Greg served as an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and as Director of Theological Research to the President of Southern Seminary in Louisville. He earned his MDiv from Southern Seminary in 2006 and his B.A. in History from Yale University in 1999. Greg lives in Louisville with his wife, Moriah, and their three children, Justin, Jack, and Juliet.
Greg is a mobilization and idea consultant, social entrepreneur, speaker, and author of 3 books. In his latest book, Wasted Prayer, Greg continues to challenge people to boldly pursue their dreams and callings. He is also the author of Passion Is Not Enough, Jump Start Your Dream, and occasionally writes articles for Relevant. Most of his time is spent launching new ideas and training leaders.
Gregory Koukl holds MA degrees in both apologetics and philosophy. He’s spoken on over 50 university campuses and hosted his own radio talk show for 18 years defending "Christianity Worth Thinking About." Greg is founder and president of Stand to Reason (str.org) and serves as adjunct professor of Christian apologetics at Biola University.
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, California. In 1990, Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. Since that time, more than five million people have attended Harvest Crusades events around the United States, and in Australia and New Zealand. Almost a half-million people have registered professions of faith through these outreaches. Greg is the author of more than seventy books, and his daily nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, is broadcast worldwide.
Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary (Toronto), a ministry where the wealthy and poor share their experiences and resources daily and care for the most excluded people in the city, including addicts, prostitutes, the homeless, and gay, lesbian, and transgendered people. The father of four and husband to Maggie, he is the author of: Close Enough to Hear God Breathe, The Twenty-Piece Shuffle, and God in the Alley.
Greg Wright is the author of Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts. He is the president and founder of The Wright Track Consulting Co., has traveled the country working with businesses as a motivational speaker, corporate sales coach, human resource analyst and business growth specialist. Greg Wright and his family live in Austin, Texas.
Gregory J. Reed is a prominent attorney, the author of sixteen books including various bestsellers, a NAACP Image multi-winner, and recipient of the American Book Award.
Gregory E. Lang is an author and photographer living with his family in the Atlanta, GA suburbs. His series of inspirational books about faith and family relationships have sold over 3.5 million copies. Several of his titles have appeared on the New York Times Best-Sellers List.
Greta Eskridge is a second-generation homeschooling mom of four. Her message of deeply connected and intentional parenting began as a blog in her early days of mothering, but quickly blossomed into a writing and speaking career. Now Greta helps parents and kids create connection in a disconnected world on her website, at the popular Wild and Free homeschool conferences, and at speaking engagements around the country. Greta and her husband, Aaron, have been married for twenty-one years and make their home in southern California.
Hank Hanegraaff is president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast heard daily throughout the United States and Canada via radio, satellite radio Sirius-XM 131, and the Internet. Hank and his wife, Kathy, live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and are parents to twelve children.
Hannah Brencher is an author, blogger, TED speaker, and entrepreneur. She founded The World Needs More Love Letters, a global community dedicated to sending letter bundles to those who need encouragement. Named as one of the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good” and a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, Hannah has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Glamour, USATODAY.com, The Chicago Tribune, and more.
HarperOne is an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing. HarperOne is committed to publishing the most important books across the full spectrum of religion, spirituality, health, personal growth, social change, relationships, and creativity, adding to the wealth of the world’s wisdom by stirring the waters of reflection on the primary questions of life and inspiring readers to make change, both inside and out.
Havilah Cunnington has been in full-time ministry for twenty years, and serves as the Executive Director of Moral Revolution and a pastor at Bethel Church. Havilah and her husband, Ben, lead a nonprofit and an online platform called Truth to Table, reaching the world with Bible studies, messages, and lifestyle leadership tools. Havilah and Ben live in Redding, California, with their four sons: Judah, Hudson, Grayson, and Beckham.
Hayley Morgan is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who inspires women to create lives of more passion and less fuss. She and her husband started Wildly Co., an ethical children’s clothing line, and she is also the cofounder of the Influence Conference and Network. Hayley lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and their four sons. She blogs at www.HayleyEMorgan.com.
Heather Donahoe was born in Monroe, Louisiana, and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Heather worked as a newspaper reporter at the Tennessean, where she covered business topics and wrote a weekly food column for the Williamson A.M. She is now the managing editor of Washington Restaurant Magazine and cohosts a weekly radio show, DineNW, but her heart will always belong to the Southeast and its cuisine.
Heather Zempel is the discipleship pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC where she oversees small groups, directs leadership development training, and serves on the weekend teaching team. She is the author of Amazed and Confused: When God's Actions Collide with our Expectations and Sacred Roads: Exploring the Historic Paths of Discipleship and Community is Messy.
Henry Blackabyis the author of over a dozen books, including the best-selling Experiencing God Bible studies. Dr. Blackaby is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. He has a Th.M. degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological
Seminary, has received four honorary doctorate degrees, and is the president of Henry Blackaby Ministries. Dr. Blackaby and his wife have five married children, all serving in Christian ministry. They are blessed with fourteen grandchildren.
Norman Blackaby teaches at Dallas Baptist University. He holds a PhD in Biblical Backgrounds and Archeology. Previously he has served as a senior pastor at two churches and with his father for six years as Vice President of Blackaby Ministries International. In addition, Norman is the co-author of Called & Accountable: Discovering Your Place in God's Eternal Purpose, Experiencing Prayer with Jesus: The Power of His Presence and Example, and The Blackaby Study Bible. He and his family live near Dallas, Texas.
Melvin Blackaby earned a B.A. from Hardin Simmons University, and an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He co-authored with Henry Blackaby Experiencing God Together: God's Plan to Touch Your World and What's So Spiritual About Your Gifts? He is senior pastor of Bow Valley Baptist Church, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.
Herb Frazier has edited and reported for five daily newspapers in the South, including his hometown paper, the Post and Courier. He is a former Michigan Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, and is currently marketing and public relations manager at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, near Charleston, South Carolina.
Herbert Cooper is senior pastor of People's Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-site church in Oklahoma City. As a football scholarship athlete and full-time student, Cooper preached at revivals and youth camps across America. When he graduated from Evangel University in Springfield in 1997, he launched a full-time evangelistic ministry and married his college sweetheart. In 2002 he and his wife, Tiffany, planted The People's Church, which has grown from 65 to 5,000 people. In addition, Cooper is a worldwide speaker, preaching in the Ukraine, Malawi, and Uganda in front of crowds numbering in excess of 15,000. The Coopers live in Oklahoma City with their four children.
Holly Hawkins Shivers is actively involved in children’s and women’s ministry and is a contributor to various writing projects and ministry blogs. She is the author of I Can Learn the Bible and I Can Learn to Pray (both with Tommy Nelson), and lives with her husband and four children in Plano, Texas, where she also enjoys traveling, music, and running . . . mostly after her little ones!
Horst Schulze is Founder, Chairman & CEO of the Capella Hotel Group, and Co-founder & Former COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. Schulze is a legendary leader and global titan of business. His visionary and disruptive principles have reshaped the concepts of excellence, service, and competitive advantage, transcending divisions of industry across the business landscape.
Ora-Jay and Irene Eash live in Northwest Montana where they have a small horse farm, offering sleigh and wagon rides. Five of their nine children are married, and they have four grandchildren.
J. D. Greear is pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. The Summit Church has been ranked by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in the United States. J. D. has a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved and Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Veronica, and their four children.
.P. Moreland is one of the leading evangelical thinkers of our day. He is distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and director of Eidos Christian Center. With degrees in philosophy, theology, and chemistry, Dr. Moreland has taught theology and philosophy at several schools throughout the U.S. He has authored or coauthored many books, including Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview; Christianity and the Nature of Science; Scaling the Secular City; Does God Exist?; The Lost Virtue of Happiness; and Body and Soul. He is coeditor of Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus. His work appears in publications such as Christianity Today, Faith and Philosophy, Philosophia Christi, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and The American Philosophical Quarterly. Dr. Moreland served with Campus Crusade for ten years, planted two churches, and has spoken on over 200 college campuses and in hundreds of churches.
J. Stephen Lang is the author of the bestseller The Complete Book of Bible Trivia and sixteen other books, including 1,001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the Bible and 1,001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About the Holy Spirit. Lang holds an M.A. from Wheaton College and lives in Seminole, Florida.
Jack Countryman is the founder of JCountryman Gift Books, a division of Thomas Nelson. His 30-plus years in Christian publishing have allowed him the opportunity to help create and develop bestselling gift books such as God’s Promises for Your Every Need, God’s Promises for Men, and God’s Promises for Women.
Jackie Green, co-founder of Museum of the Bible, is a full-time homemaker who relishes her roles of wife, mother to six children, mother-in-law, and “Gigi” to four grandchildren. Married to her high-school sweetheart, Steve, Jackie actively supports him in his high-profile role as president of Hobby Lobby and chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible. An adoptive mom, Jackie served on the Advisory Board of a local Crisis Pregnancy Center and has worked with her family in orphanages worldwide. Although she is a world traveler, her favorite place is with her family.
Lauren Green McAfee is a speaker, writer, connector and coffee enthusiast with a heart to engage others in the Bible. While pursuing her graduate degrees in pastoral counseling and theology, Lauren worked for her father Steve Green as he founded Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Today Lauren works for Hobby Lobby as Corporate Ambassador, and is pursuing a PhD in Ethics and Public Policy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lauren and her husband Michael live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Connect with Lauren at www.laurenamcafee.com.
Jacqueline Bussie is Director of the Forum on Faith and Life and Professor of Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has a BA, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Davidson College; an MA in Religion from Yale University; and a PhD in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the University of Virginia.
Jada Edwards is an experienced speaker, Bible teacher, and mentor. She has committed her life to equipping women of all ages, regardless of marital status, with practical, biblical truth to help them live more genuine lives.
Jada currently serves as the Creative Services Director for One Community Church, where she seeks to serve the evolving communities of Collin County through creative expression and cultural relevance.
Jake Olson has overcome the loss of his eyes to cancer. Jake's story is one of struggles and loss, but most of all his story demonstrates his victory over blindness through his unwillingness to give up those things in life he loves, especially golf. Jake continues to develop his game without sight and is now playing on his high school golf team.
Jim is an award-winning author who has won several ECPA Gold Medallion Awards as well as the C.S. Lewis Medal Award for Children's Literature. He is most well-known for his role as a co-creator of the widely-acclaimed Life Application Study Bible. Jim holds the Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University as well as a B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College in Christian Formation and Ministry. He also serves as an organizational and leadership consultant for various organizations.
James Stuart Bell, Jr., is a former director of religious publishing at Doubleday, executive director of Bridge Publishing, and executive editor at Moody Publishing. The writer, editor, or compiler of more than 140 books, he owns Whitestone Communications, Inc., a literary development agency, and makes his home in the western suburbs of Chicago. Bell is married with four children.
Jamie C. Martin lives a global life at home every day with four countries (England, India, Liberia, and the USA) represented under her roof. She's blessed to be called Mommy by her biological son and her two internationally adopted children and loves sipping cups of tea with her British husband. Jamie blogs at www.simplehomeschool.net, where she's been writing since 2009 about mindful parenting, global mindset, education, and the joy found in a pile of books. She and her husband live with their three children in Connecticut.
Jamin Goggin serves as a pastor at Mission Hills Church. He has been in pastoral ministry for eleven years, including several years as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Saddleback Church. Jamin speaks and writes in the areas of spiritual formation, ministry and theology. He holds two Masters degrees and is currently earning a PhD in systematic theology. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Kristin, and their three children.
National media commentator and award-winning author Jane Hampton Cook brings history and biographies to life, making them memorable and relevant to today's news, current events, politics, issues of faith, and modern-day life. Jane is the author of seven books. Jane served former President George W. Bush as a webmaster for five years, including three in the Texas governor’s office and two years in the White House as deputy director of Internet news services. Her enthusiasm for history skyrocketed when she discovered that writing historical stories for whitehouse.gov were among the site’s most popular pages. The experience cemented her decision to passionately pursue US history topics as an author.
Janine Urbaniak Reid writes about her imperfect life, what connects us, and addresses the question of what it means to love fiercely in a sometimes dangerous and always uncertain world.
She was born in Chicago and grew up in California. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego. She was vice president of a San Francisco public relations firm before she began raising a family, and then writing full time.
Janine has been published in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and widely syndicated. Hoping to bring humanity into the healthcare discussion by sharing her experience as a mother of son with a brain tumor, she penned a piece for the Post which went viral. She has been interviewed on national news networks, and continues her work as a spokeswoman for healthcare justice.
She lives in Northern California with her family and a motley assortment of pets. Visit her at JanineUrbaniakReid.com
Jared A. Brock is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, Bearded Gospel Men, and The Road to Dawn. He first kissed his wife, Michelle, in the seventh grade. Together they've traveled to over 30 countries and have spoken in more than 100 cities around North America.
Jared has been interviewed on TODAY.com, CBS, CTV, CBC, 100 Huntley Street, and The 700 Club, and his writing has appeared in TIME, Esquire, Christianity Today, Huffington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Elite Daily, and Writer’s Digest. He also writes regularly on Medium.
Jared is the director of Over 18, Red Light Green Light, and Redeeming Uncle Tom: the Josiah Henson Story, and has a particular fondness for beards, burritos, and kombucha.
Jared C. Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy at Midwestern Seminary, Managing Editor of For The Church (ftc.co), and Director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of numerous books, including the brand new release Supernatural Power for Everyday People: Experiencing God’s Extraordinary Spirit in Your Ordinary Life (Thomas Nelson), and speaks at churches and conferences around the world.
Jarrett Stevens is a pastor, writer, and speaker. He and his wife Jeanne live in downtown Chicago where they have planted a growing church, Soul City, and do life with their two young children, Elijah and Gigi. Jarrett was previously on staff as a teaching pastor with Willow Creek Church in Chicago, as well as pastoring at North Point Church in Atlanta. Known for his humor and honesty, Stevens is a popular speaker at churches and conferences both nationally and internationally.
Jarrid Wilson is a pastor, author, and blogger whose motivation is to help others find their identity in Christ. Jarrid is currently studying biblical studies and theology through Liberty University. He has assisted in social media strategies for three New York Times best-sellers and currently serves as the social media strategist for Logos Bible Software in Bellingham, Washington.
By day Jasmine Jones, is a graphic designer for Studio Calico, an innovative scrapbooking and Craft Company. When not in the office, she continues her passion for art and design by creating illustrations that often include hand lettering or floral designs.
The Benham Brothers are Christian entrepreneurs helping people like you to live powerfully for Jesus in the areas of leadership, work, family, and culture.
Jason Houser is the founder of the Seeds Family Worship Ministry (www.seedsfamilyworship.com) and serves as Family Pastor at Lighthouse in Twin Falls, Idaho. Seeds Family Worship partners with churches to lead multi-generational family worship events across the country that are geared toward encouraging and equipping families to pass their faith to their children. Houser has been married to his wife Heidi for 18 years, and together they are raising their three children.
Jay Milbrandt is the author of The Daring Heart of David Livingstone and a professor at Bethel University in Minnesota. He formerly directed the Global Justice Program and served as Senior Fellow in Global Justice with the Nootbaar Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law. He has traveled throughout the world as a lawyer, managing global initiatives in Africa and Southeast Asia, and consulting with organizations engaged in human rights and legal development efforts.
Jeannie Cunnion holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Her professional background combines counseling, writing, and extensive speaking about parenting and adoption issues for organizations such as Bethany Christian Services and the National Council for Adoption. Jeannie also enjoys blogging on her website (www.jeanniecunnion.com), serving as the Council Co-Chairman at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and leading various parenting courses and Bible studies when she and her husband Mike aren’t cheering on their three boys at one of their sporting events.
Jeannie Marie is a strategist for an international agency that recruits, trains, and sends long-term field workers to more than fifty countries. An inspirational trainer, Jeannie also teaches nationally on building relational bridges with people from other faiths and cultures. Jeannie and her husband and four children live in the sunny suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona.
With a doctorate in Youth and Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Jeff is author of Together: Adults and Teenagers Transforming the Church and has been a speaker and trainer in a variety of settings with youth, young adults, and adults, including the National Youth Workers Convention. Jeff lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife, Laurie, and their three children, Lillian, Levi, and Lara, where he is an Associate Pastor at Foothills Bible Church.
Jeff Foxworthy is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest-selling comedy-recording artist in history and is the star and executive producer of the television series Blue Collar TV, which he created for the WB network. His Blue Collar Comedy Tour DVDs have sold more than 5.5 million copies.
Jeff Hopper has a passion for golf and the Bible. He writes the Links Daily Devotional and other content for the official website for Links Players International (linksplayers.com), which is devoted to golfers and golf ministries around the world. He writes, "I am absurdly happily married and have three sons. I've no daughters, but I'm up to five nieces (10 nephews)."
Best-selling author Jeff Kinley is passionate about communicating God’s vintage truth to this generation. Following a tumultuous teenage experience, Jeff was led into a relationship with Jesus Christ, and everything changed. Once told by his high school English teacher, “Jeff Kinley, you will never amount to anything in life!,” Jeff went on to have a successful pastoral ministry and to write over 30 books, becoming a nationally-known speaker.
Jeff’s experience and expertise in explaining God’s truth is well-known. He has been a featured guest on such shows as Fox&Friends, The Glenn Beck Show, The Ben Shapiro Show, and hundreds of national radio and television programs. He has also spoken to churches all across America, and beyond.
Jeff served for over two decades as Student Pastor and Senior Pastor at churches ranging from medium-size to mega-church size. In 2000, he founded Main Thing Ministries, a non-profit organization whose mission is to equip and inspire Christians to become life-long followers of Jesus Christ. He and his wife also planted a mission church that reached and discipled the next generation. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (BA) and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM). Jeff and his wife have three grown sons.
Author and speaker Jeff Lucas travels internationally in a ministry of Bible teaching which carries a specific vision to encourage and equip the church. Jeff is the author of twenty-two books, as well as a number of study guides, booklets and a DVD teaching series called ‘Life Journeys”. Jeff’s books have been translated into French, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and German. He writes a monthly column for Christianity Magazine. He broadcasts three weekly radio shows. Jeff and Kay live in Loveland, Colorado, where he holds a teaching post at Timberline Church, Fort Collins.
Jeff Manion is the senior teaching pastor of Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has served for 30 years. His great joy is digging deeply into Scripture and passionately teaching the story of the Bible in a clear and relevant way. Jeff’s first book, The Land Between, released in 2010. Jeff is an avid runner and enjoys cycling and hiking. He and his wife, Chris, have three adult children.
Jeff Schreve passionately communicates God's Word to connect people with Jesus Christ and experience His love and plan for their lives. He is pastor of First Baptist Texarkana and founder of From His Heart Ministries, a national and international radio and television ministry. Jeff holds a BA in Business Administration (UT-Austin) and M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeff and his wife, Debbie, have three daughters, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter.
Jeff Spadafora is Director of the Halftime Institute’s Global Coaching Services and Product Development (www.halftime.org), where he trains and manages the global Halftime Coaching staff. Earlier, Spadafora was a management consultant for twenty years with a focus on executive education and development for Fortune 500 companies. He lives with his family in Evergreen, Colorado. www.halftime.org
Jeff and Alyssa Bethke live in Maui with their three-year-old daughter, Kinsley, and one-year-old son, Kannon. They are the authors of the books Jesus > Religion, It’s Not What You Think, and Spoken For. In addition to writing, they make YouTube videos and host a podcast that can be found on iTunes. They also have a yellow lab named Aslan and enjoy reading good books and drinking good coffee during their downtime. http://jeffandalyssa.com
Jefferson Bethke has a compelling story of overcoming a painful childhood of poverty and a broken home, and this gives him a unique perspective on the grace of God and the work of Jesus in his life and the lives of others. It’s this perspective that has catapulted him into the national conversation regarding religion and spirituality, allowing his message to connect at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious leaders.
Jen Hatmaker is a mom to five children, a pastor’s wife, sought-after speaker, best-selling author and star of the popular series My Big Family Renovation on HGTV. She is best known for her books 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity. For more information, visit JenHatmaker.com.
Jen is happy to spend most days rotating between friends, family, writing, cooking, and her neighborhood yoga studio. A color enthusiast, obsessive foodie, and compassionate theologian, Jen holds an MA in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and develops curriculum for a variety of churches. She lives in Philadelphia’s Main Line neighborhood with Jon, and their two sons, Ellington and Breckin. Connect with Jen on her blog, restorationliving.org.
Jenifer Jernigan is a wife and mom of 3 whose past would spill over into her present if it weren’t for the healing power of God’s Word. As founder of Diving Deeper Ministries, her passion is to equip women to d.i.v.e. deeper into God’s Word, teaching them to study Scriptures for themselves. She is co-owner and regular writer for Internet Café Devotions and is part of a team of writers creating curriculum for Journey Church in Raleigh, NC.
Jenni’s passion is to lead well and to inspire, equip and encourage others to do the same. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently in the different spheres of influence God has granted them. Jenni blogs at www.jennicatron.com and contributes to a number of other online publications including churchleader.com and catalystspace.com. Outreach Magazine has recognized Jenni as one of the 30 emerging influencers reshaping church leadership and she has been featured in Church Executive magazine as well. When she isn’t working, you can find Jenni curled up with a great book and a fabulous cup of tea, on the tennis court or out for a run, or hanging out with her husband and their border collie.
Jennie Allen is an award-winning and bestselling author of Anything and Restless, as well as the Bible studies Stuck, Chase, and Restless. The founder and visionary for the IF: Gathering, she is a passionate leader following God's call on her life to catalyze a generation of women to live what they believe. Jennie has a master's in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Zac. Together they have been blessed with four children, the youngest of whom was adopted from Rwanda. Follow her on the web at JennieAllen.com
Jennifer Allwood is a passionate cheerleader of women who adds biblical truth to the modern day “dream big” mantra. Her no-nonsense approach to doing things you are scared to do and saying yes to God is helping women everywhere build the life and business of their dreams. When she’s not coaching her nearly 3,000 clients each month, she’s living the dream in Kansas City with Mr. Magic (her husband, Jason) and their four wild kiddos—Noah, Easton, Ava Grace, and their new bonus kiddo, Ariana. Oh, and their Goldendoodles, Stella and Lola, the best dogs on earth.
Jennifer Fulwiler is a standup comic, the host of a daily talk show on SiriusXM, and the mom of six kids. She’s the author of the bestselling memoirs Something Other than God and One Beautiful Dream. After being told that there wasn’t an audience for standup comedy done by a minivan-driving woman from the suburbs, she self-produced her own tour, which is selling out venues across the country.
Jennifer LeClaire is an internationally recognized author, conference speaker, and recognized prophetic voice. She is the senior leader of several prayer networks like Awakening House of Prayer, Ignite Network, the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. Jennifer formerly served as the first editor of Charisma magazine and has authored more than 25 books, including Mornings with the Holy Spirit, The Making of a Prophet, and The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Jezebel among others. She is a frequent contributor to two of Charisma’s publications, the Prophetic Insight newsletter and her very own column The Plumb Line, in addition to her frequent contributions to the Elijah List. Jennifer lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and is very active online via FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also find much more on her ministry web site: www.jenniferleclaire.org.
Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co- founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live in South Africa. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.
My name is Jennifer Rothschild – with a silent “s”. I am an author, speaker, Bible study teacher, wife and Mom. And, I happen to be blind. I’m just like you. I just do things a little differently. I write about real life and share what I’m learning from a real God. My goal is to create inspiring, relevant, and practical content that will empower you to live beyond limits. When it comes to faith, I don’t like fake, shallow or irrelevant; so you won’t get that here! I do like to laugh, think and be happy; so, you will get a Venti Size of that from me! The best gift I can give you is my most honest self. So, not everything I write is tied with a neat Christian bow, but it will always be tied to my deep trust in the God I love.
Jennifer Smith married Aaron, her best friend, in 2007. Their first few years of marriage were challenging in many ways. However, God helped reconcile their marriage relationship. Jennifer began sharing positive encouragement for marriage through UnveiledWife.com in March 2011. She shares vulnerable stories from her marriage and things she is learning to inspire other wives along the way. With her husband's support and help, she has traditionally published The Unveiled Wife and self-published Wife After God, 31 Prayers For My Husband, 31 Prayers For My Future Husband, and more recently 31 Prayers For My Son and Daughter. Jennifer is grateful to be used by God in an extraordinary way to bring hope and the power of the Gospel to wives around the world.
Jules Jeptha “Jep” Robertson is the youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson from A&E’s hit series Duck Dynasty. Jep and his wife Jessica are proud parents of 4 children: Lily, Merritt, Priscilla, and River.
Jeremy Roloff grew up on a 110-acre farm in Helvetia, Oregon, alongside his twin brother and two younger siblings. Jeremy helps his parents, who are both dwarfs, run Roloff Farm’s pumpkin patch, which brings in thousands of visitors from around the world every weekend in October. Jeremy has a degree in professional photography, and is the co-founder of Beating50Percent.com, a marriage ministry on mission to revive covenant marriages. He also grew up filming for a reality television show called Little People, Big World, which has been following his family since he was fourteen years old. He is a 5 on the enneagram, loves old cars, and will never pass up an evening by the campfire.
Audrey Roloff is a fiery redhead form Portland, Oregon where her parents taught her to ski before she could walk and raised her to know and love Jesus. She was the captain of the Oregon State Cross Country and Track team in college where she earned a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Audrey shares life, faith, and motherhood on her blog aujpoj.com. She is passionate about motivating women to always believe in the more that is within them, and she spreads this mission through her devotionals and clothing line. She is also the co-founder of Beating50Percent.com, a marriage ministry, with her husband Jeremy. She’s an 8 on the enneagram, drinks her coffee beige, and loves all things floral.
Jeremy Courtney is founder and CEO of Preemptive Love Coalition, a “first in, last to leave” community of peacemakers who provide front lines relief and long-term development in Iraq, Syria, and other areas of polarizing conflict. He is the author of Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time. Preemptive Love Coalition is regularly featured on CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, PBS, CBS, Al-Jazeera, the BBC, and in The New York Times and USA Today. Jeremy has written for The Washington Post, TIME, and The Daily Beast. Jeremy has lived in Iraq with his wife, Jessica, and their two children since the middle of the Iraq War.
Named the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo in 2014, Jeremy Cowart is an award-winning photographer, artist, and entrepreneur whose mission in life is to "explore the intersection of creativity and empathy." Jeremy has published four books and is a sought-after speaker, having presented at TEDx, the United Nations and creative conferences across the country.
His latest endeavor is The Purpose Hotel, a planned global for-profit hotel chain designed to fuel the work of not-for-profit organizations. He’s the founder of a global photography movement, Help-Portrait, a mobile social networking app called OKDOTHIS, and an online teaching platform, See University. He lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife and four children, two of whom they recently adopted from Haiti.
Jeremy Williams, now retired from coaching, grew up in Columbus, GA, played college football at the University of Memphis where he was team captain and won many honors, and coached at three high schools in the heart of Georgia, including nine years as head coach at Greenville High School in Meriwether County, where he was named National High School Coach of the Year in 2010. He lives with his family near Pine Mountain, GA, in the special home by ABC-TV’s Extreme Home Makeover.
Jerry Sittser is Professor and Chair of Theology at Whitworth University. He holds a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including A Grace Disguised and The Will of God as a Way of Life. Married to Patricia, he is the father of three children and two step-children, all grown.
Jess Connolly is a gal who is in the thick of it herself. She is the founder of the Naptime Diaries print shop, co-founder of the Influence Conference + Network, and she is passionate about using her words to point women to Jesus through writing and speaking. She and her husband planted a church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they live with their four children.
Jessi Colter is one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters. Her storied career began in the sixties when, encouraged by her first husband, guitar legend Duane Eddy, she composed hit songs for Dottie West, Nancy Sinatra, and Hank Locklin. Best known for her collaboration with her husband, Waylon Jennings, and for her 1975 country-pop crossover hit “I’m Not Lisa,” she was the only woman featured on the landmark album Wanted: The Outlaws that forever changed American music. She has fifteen major-label albums to her credit, and her songs and records have sold in the tens of millions. She lives near Scottsdale, Arizona.
Jessica and her husband Jep (the youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson from A&E’s hit series Duck Dynasty) are proud parents of 4 children: Lily, Merritt, Priscilla, and River.
Jessica Smartt is a former English teacher turned homeschooling mom of three. A week after her first baby was born, she began her motherhood blog "Smartter" Each Day. Jessica and her husband live in sunny North Carolina, where she loves hikes with the kids (mostly), steaming coffee in the afternoon, family bike rides, and anything that's ever been done to a baked potato. In March Jessica released her first book, Memory-Making Mom: Building Traditions That Breathe Life Into Your Home.
Jess Wolstenholm is an author, blogger and freelance writer. Jess became passionate about developing simple faith tools when she began to navigate the spiritual development of her own young children. She launched Gather & Grow in January 2017. Since the loss of her mom to pancreatic cancer in 2012, she’s focused on continuing the legacy of faith started by her wonderfully imperfect parents. Author of The Pregnancy and Baby Companion books, Jess contributes articles and resources about family and faith to Tommy Nelson, JellyTelly and The Huffington Post. When she isn’t writing, you can find Jess teaching kids at her home church or taking notes for the school PTO. She lives outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Dave and their two miracles, Hope (9) and Joshua (6).
Jill Briscoe was born in Liverpool, England, in 1935. Educated at Cambridge, she taught school for a number of years before marrying Stuart and raising their three children. In addition to sharing with her husband in ministry with Torchbearers at Capernwray in England, and in pastoring a church in the United States for thirty years, Jill has written more than forty books, travelled on every continent teaching and encouraging, served on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief, and now acts as executive editor of a magazine for women called Just Between Us. Jill can be heard regularly on the worldwide media ministry Telling the Truth. She is proud to be called “Nana” by thirteen grandchildren.
Jim Burgen studied Bible and Sociology at Milligan College. He spent the first twenty years of his ministry working with high school and college students in Kentucky. He has been the lead pastor of Flatirons Community Church in Boulder County, Colorado since 2006. He also serves on the board of SOZO International, an NGO focusing on holistic community empowerment in Afghanistan.
Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord and the Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to two million resources in print in twenty languages. Some of his most popular books are Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, and Closer. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than forty years. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, The Church God Blesses, When God’s People Pray, Fresh Faith, and Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Cymbalas have three children and eight grandchildren.
Jim Daly is the president and CEO of Focus on the Family. Daly has received the 2008 World Children's Center Humanitarian Award and the 2009 Children's Hunger Fund Children's Champion Award. He has appeared on such television programs as ABC “World News Tonight” and PBS’ “Religion and amp; Ethics”; and been featured in Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and Newsweek, which named him one of the top 10 next-generation evangelical leaders of influence. Daly and his wife have two sons and reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Dr. Jim Grassi is an international men's ministry leader and has served in the capacity of chaplain with the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco Forty-Niners. He is an award-winning author, communicator, outdoorsman, chaplain, and former television co-host. His practical approach to life and gift of storytelling have been used to teach biblical truth while captivating audiences around the world.
Jim Reimann has more than five million books in print in twelve languages, including the updated editions of Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest. He was a former retail executive and past chairman of the Christian Booksellers Association. As an ordained minister, Bible teacher, author, and expert on Israel, he hosted teaching tours of Israel and other Bible lands, which he offered through his website. www.JimReimann.com
Jim Sheppard is CEO and principal of Generis, a consulting firm committed to developing and accelerating generosity for churches and Christian ministry organizations. He is an avid student of generosity and is passionate about helping church people become more generous. Since 1992, his work with churches and ministry organizations has produced more than $950 million in funding for Kingdom-related projects. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Nancy, and their two grown daughters.
Jimmy Evans is the founder of and CEO of MarriageToday. The ministry’s national television program, MarriageToday with Jimmy and Karen, broadcasts daily to more than 110 million households in North America and more than two hundred countries worldwide. Jimmy and his wife, Karen, live in Dallas, Texas.
Jimmy Houston is well known as America's favorite fisherman. In addition to working a lot of trade shows and store promotions, he speaks at a lot of churches around the country. Since winning The Oklahoma State Championship as a college senior in 1966, Jimmy Houston has gone on to win over a million dollars in bass tournaments.
Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs and story highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. In 2010 Jimmy walked halfway across America raising awareness for these kids. He won the millionaire award for having 100,000,000 radio spins in America of his song Do You Believe Me Now, is the author of the novel Paper Angels, and the national spokesperson for CASA.
Jodie Berndt is a popular speaker and author of several books, including Celebration of Miracles and Praying the Scriptures for Your Teens. She is also a former writer and producer for The 700 Club, and she is cofounder of Changing Seasons (www.changingseasons.com), a speaker series that equips today’s women to lead lives marked by purpose, grace, and joy. She and her husband, Robbie, have four children. They live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
A 30-year Disney veteran, Jody Jean Dreyer was a member of Disney senior corporate staff. She led worldwide synergy, headed Disney’s global outreach initiatives, and held various marketing positions in both the theme park and motion picture units. Among many projects, she performed a major role in the grand opening of Disneyland Paris. In 1986, she traveled the world as the Walt Disney World Ambassador. She met her husband, John, former head of Disney’s Corporate Communications, at the Disney company Christmas party. They have been married 25 years and live in South Carolina. Follow Jody at JodyJean.com.
Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of seven novels, including Captured By Love, Rebellious Heart, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award and INSPYs Award. She received a bachelor’s from Taylor University and a master’s from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.
Joel Manby is the author of Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders and is the president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFE). Previously he has worked for GM, Saturn, and Saab. Joel and his wife, Marki, have four daughters and reside in suburban Atlanta.
John Baker is a nationally known author, speaker, and founder of Celebrate Recovery, a ministry born out of the heart of Saddleback Church in 1991. He is currently serving there as pastor of Celebrate Recovery and is one of the church’s five elders. Over the last 23 years, nearly 27,000 individuals have gone through this Christ-centered recovery program at Saddleback Church. The program is now being used in thousands of churches nationwide. Over two and half million individuals have completed the program.
John Bevere is an international speaker and bestselling author known for his bold and uncompromising approach to God’s Word. John and his wife Lisa are the founders of Messenger International— a ministry committed to developing uncompromising followers of Christ who transform our world. When he’s home in Colorado, you can find John playing competitive card games with his four sons or trying to convince Lisa to take up golf.
John Bishop is the Senior Pastor of Living Hope Church in Vancouver, Washington USA. He is married to his beautiful wife, Michelle, and has three children, David, Katie and Hannah. Pastor John and Michelle, along with four other families, planted Living Hope Church in 1996 which now runs 6 weekend services at 3 local sites in the Vancouver area. Living Hope also has a campus in Hawaii and several international campuses in New Zealand, Mexico, the Philippines and India. John has a Masters Degree in Leadership and Evangelism, and is a popular speaker at conferences, crusades, and churches around the world, including South Korea, India
Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. His passion to both encourage, and challenge, pastors to be about what matters most to the heart of God; reaching the lost.
John Frame holds master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School, Anderson University, and Eastern Michigan University. He has worked in local government and has taught courses at several colleges. He enjoys spending time with his wife, whom he met at a souvenir shop in Istanbul, Turkey.
John Cortines serves as Chief Operating Officer at Generous Giving, a Christian nonprofit that seeks to spread the biblical message of generosity. In addition to True Riches, John is the coauthor of God and Money and also speaks regularly at churches and conferences around the country. He earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and has two engineering degrees. John and his family of five live in Orlando, Florida.
John S. Dickerson is a bestselling author and prize-winning journalist. His work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among others. As a pastor, John has guided individuals and communities through grief and loss. He serves as Teaching Pastor in Residence at Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, where he lives with his wife and children. Learn more at JohnSDickerson.com.
John Dickson (PhD, Macquarie University, Sydney) is a senior research fellow of the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University; co-director of the Centre for Public Christianity; and senior minister at St. Andrew’s Roseville. The author of more than a dozen books, he is the host of two major historical documentaries for Australian television and is a busy public speaker in corporations, universities, churches, and conferences.
John Eldredge is the director of Ransomed Heart™ in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a fellowship devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. John is the author of numerous books, including Wild at Heart, Epic: The Story God is Telling, Walking with God, Fathered by God, Waking the Dead, Desire, and Love & War (with his wife Stasi). John and Stasi live in Colorado with their three sons.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.
John Mark Comer serves as the lead pastor of Solid Rock Church in Portland, Oregon, a city voted as the “most depressed in America” by a recent nationwide study. Coffee, food, culture, indie bands, and lots of depressed people. He fits right in. Prior to planting Solid Rock in 2003, John Mark was the college pastor at a Calvary Chapel megachurch and played in a band signed to BEC recordings. John Mark is married to Tammy and they have two boys, Jude and Moses. They are in the process of adopting a little girl from Uganda.
John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. in 2014. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained over 6 million leaders in every nation. Visit JohnMaxwell.com for more information. John’s newest book, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, is available in bookstores now.
John McClure began preaching at 17 after being called to the ministry at age 8. He earned his masters degree in theology from Fuller Seminary and then spent 41 years senior pastoring four churches. As a founding member of the National Board of Vineyard Churches, he spent 23 years ministering internationally with John Wimber "equipping the saints for the work of the ministry". John and his wife Margie have been married for more than 45 years. They have 3 kids and 14 grandkids. Both are passionately after Jesus and totally dedicated to preaching His Gospel and helping pastors build His Church! John also adores his Scottish Terriers and hiking in the hills above his home.
John Michael Talbot is a multi-platinum selling, Grammy / Dove award winning Contemporary Catholic Christian Music pioneer. His music has been the soundtrack to the faith journey of millions of believers throughout the world! He is celebrating his 55th album, “The Inner Room”, on his "Lifetime of Music and Ministry" concert tour.
A Best-Selling Author, John Michael’s 33rd book, "Exploring the Gifts of the Spirit: Discovering the Power God Has for You", published May 2020 from Thomas Nelson.
A writer, speaker, and minister, John Michalak has spent over 20 years equipping others in the areas of life-change and personal relationship. He most recently led Men Of Valor's "Jericho Project" in Nashville, TN, a prison ministry that seeks to restore men and families to God and society. John holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University Of Washington, and a Master's degree in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In addition to his publishing pursuits, John writes a popular online blog, titled "Life Is Relationship" (johnmichalak.com).
John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Who is this Man, When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box, The Life You've Always Wanted and If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. John and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children.
John Paine is a successful businessman and lay leader living in Plano, Texas. He has lived over seventeen years with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. A once active man, John now spends his days in a wheelchair, dependent on a ventilator for his next breath. His greatest passion is mentoring others and sharing the true treasure of his life with them - intimacy with Christ. In the twilight of his life, John most enjoys spending time with his wife Margaret, the families of his four adult children and seven grandchildren.
John Rosemond is a family psychologist, popular speaker, featured guest on major television talk shows, author of thirteen books on parenting issues, and syndicated columnist for more than two hundred newspapers. He and his wife, Willie, have been married more than forty years and have two adult children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, popular speaker, and cohost of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! radio program, and a cofounder of Cloud-Townsend clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. He is coauthor of the bestselling Boundaries and author of Boundaries with Teens and Hiding from Love.
Dr. John Trent is an award-winning author of marriage and family books such as The Blessing. He is the creator of the Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever, and Beaver (LOGB) way of looking at personalities. He is the President of StrongFamilies.com and the Center for StrongFamilies both are organizations committed to strengthening marriage and family relationships worldwide. He and his wife Cindy have been married for 30 years and have two daughters Kari and Laura.
Johnnie Moore is an author, pastor, advisor, professor of religion, and a vice president of Liberty University, the world's largest Christian university. His most recent book is Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches (Thomas Nelson, 2013). He serves on the board of World Help, leads North America's largest weekly gathering of Christian young people, and has worked in more than two dozen nations, effecting change in some of the world's most desperate places. He and his wife, Andrea, reside in Virginia.
Johnny Baker has been on staff at Celebrate Recovery since 2004 and has been the Pastor of Celebrate Recovery at Saddleback Church since 2012. As an adult child of an alcoholic who chose to become an alcoholic himself, Johnny is passionate about breaking the cycle of dysfunction in his family and helping other families find the tools that will lead to healing and openness. He knows that because of Jesus Christ, and by continuing to stay active in Celebrate Recovery, Maggie, Chloe, and Jimmy – his three children – will never see him drink. Johnny is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and teacher of Celebrate Recovery. He is a coauthor of the Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional, Celebration Place, and The Landing, and is an associate editor of the Celebrate Recovery Study Bible. He has been married since 2000 to his wife Jeni, who serves alongside him in Celebrate Recovery. Connect at celebraterecovery.com.
Jon Acuff used to be a Serial Quitter. He had eight jobs in eight years, constantly hoping the next one would be different. From writing advertising for The Home Depot to branding for companies like Bose and Staples, he's no stranger to the cubicle. In 2010, Jon closed the gap between his day job and his dream job when he joined the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author. He has contributed to CNN.com, speaks nationally on a variety of subjects, and is the author of Start; Quitter; Gazelles, Baby Steps And 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt; and Stuff Christians Like. He lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife and two daughters.
Jon Ferguson is the cofounding pastor of Community Christian Church - a multi-site church in the Chicago Metro Area. He serves as teaching pastor and leads the Strategic Team of staff champions for adult, student, children’s, and creative arts ministries across all CCC locations. Jon is the cofounder and movement architect of NewThing, whose mission is "to be a catalyst for a movement of reproducing churches." He also serves on the boards of the Exponential Network and Stadia East and is an adjunct professor at Wheaton College Graduate School in the Evangelism and Leadership Department. Jon previously coauthored The Big Idea with Dave.
Jon Tyson is a church planter and lead pastor of Trinity Grace Church, located in New York City. He is also on the board of directors of the ORIGINS MOVEMENT, a new church planting movement committed to multiplying missional church communities in the major urban centers of the world.
Jon Weece is married to Allison, and they have two children, Ava and Silas. For the past fourteen years he has been the Lead Follower at Southland Christian Church—a community of fourteen thousand Jesus followers in Central Kentucky who love people in extravagant ways. Prior to moving to Lexington, Jon lived in Haiti for four years.
Jonathan K. Dodson (M.Div, Th.M) is a happy husband to Robie, and proud father to Owen, Ellie & Rosamund. He is the lead pastor of City Life Church and a leader in PlantR and Gospel Centered Discipleship.com. He enjoys listening to M. Ward, smoking his pipe, watching sci-fi and following Jesus.
Jonathan Martin is a writer, speaker, and dreamer currently living in Tulsa, OK, where he serves as Teaching Pastor at Sanctuary Church. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, The Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think? He is a product of the “Christ-haunted landscape” of the American South, sweaty revivals, and hip-hop. Years before a life of church planting, writing, and preaching, his claim to fame was getting his Aquaman, Robin, and Wonder Woman action figures saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost at an early age. He loves to talk about the beauty of God, what an extraordinary thing it is to be called God’s beloved, and finding new ways to be human.
Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community. Joni and Friends provides practical support and spiritual help to special needs families worldwide, and equips thousands of churches in developing disability ministry. Joni is the author of numerous best-selling books, including When God Weeps, Diamonds in the Dust, A Lifetime of Wisdom, and A Step Further, winner of the Gold Medallion Award. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married for over 30 years.
Joseph Loconte is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Politics at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches Western Civilization and U.S. foreign policy and writes widely about the importance of religious freedom in strengthening democracy, human rights, and civil society.
Josh and his team have created many cutting-edge live events to help young people stand strong and firm in their faith in the face of a rapidly-changing culture.
Josh Patrick is the Teaching and Discipleship Minister at Harpeth Christian Church. He shares preaching responsibilities with Bobby at Harpeth, oversees their small groups ministry, personally disciples men in the community, and writes a popular blog called, KnowingJesusToday.com. He is married to Joni, and they have three daughters: Lilly, Joy, and Sarah.
Josh Turner has sold over 5 million albums and garnered four #1 hits as well as numerous CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY nominations since the release of his debut album, Long Black Train. He recently released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and includes the hit song "Time Is Love," one of his fastest-rising singles to date. Josh and his wife, Jennifer, live in Nashville with their three sons.
Joshua Gagnon is the founding and lead pastor of Next Level Church, a multisite church with locations throughout the East Coast.
Joshua and his wife, Jennifer, started Next Level Church on Easter 2008 with a dream in their heart to reach people who don't go to church or who have been hurt by the church in the past. Founding a megachurch in New England, widely known as the least-churched region in the world, proved to be challenging, but the dream has never swayed and Joshua and Jennifer have remained faithful to God's calling. Today, Next Level Church exists as one church in many locations, from New England to Florida, with plans to launch more locations in areas that desperately need the hope of Jesus.
As a rising leader in the Christian Leadership world, Joshua has spoken at many leadership conferences and events and hosts the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast to equip and encourage both ministry and business leaders. His first book, It's Not Over, is set to release in February 2020.
Joshua and Jennifer have two children, Malachi and Nehemiah, and live in the Seacoast area in New Hampshire, where NLC began.
Joy Beth Smith is a managing editor with Christianity Today and winner of the Evangelical Press Association's Higher Goals in Christian Journalism Award. She’s been published in the Washington Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Virginian Pilot, and Christ and Pop Culture. After earning her MA degree in English Lit, Joy Beth had a brief stint as a teacher, but now she happily resides in the Chicagoland area, where she no longer has to give anyone permission to go to the bathroom.
Judah Smith and his wife, Chelsea, are the lead pastors of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. Judah is the author of the New York Times bestseller Jesus Is ____. Judah and his wife were youth ministry pastors for ten years-- ranked as one of the top five "most dynamic" youth groups in the country by Ministry Today-- before stepping into their new role in 2009. Judah is in high demand as speaker, both in the U.S. and abroad. He and Chelsea have three children: Zion, Eliott, and Grace.
Julia Immonen was born and raised in Finland before moving to the UK at age six. An avid sportswoman who works for Sky Sports News, Julia's passion is campaigning to end modern-day slavery, and she believes sport is a powerful vehicle for raising awareness about such overwhelming injustice.
Julie Lyles Carr holds a degree in psychology which she uses every day in her parenting of eight children and also a degree in English Literature, which came in handy for writing a book on parenting. She is a popular speaker and blogger. She serves as the Pastor of Women’s Ministry at her home church of LifeAustin in Austin, Texas. Julie is also the Founder and Executive Director of Legacy of Hope Austin, a non-profit group dedicated to serving families of children with special needs. Julie and her husband Michael have been married for almost twenty-six years.
Julie Roberts is widely considered to be one of country music’s most soulful and passionate performers. Her self-titled debut album had sold more than 500,000 copies when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her joyful spirit and commitment to wellness amidst life’s unexpected turns has inspired people around the world. She continues making music while speaking about her journey in venues across the U.S. Recently married, she lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.
Julie Roys is host of Up for Debate, a popular talk show on the Moody Radio Network, which is carried on more than 140 stations, reaching a potential audience of more than 33 million listeners. A graduate of both Wheaton College and the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she is respected for her ability to tackle difficult conversations with both courage and fairness. Her work has appeared in World magazine, Christianity Today, and the Christian Post. She also is a sought-after speaker at mega-churches, conferences, and special events. Julie and her husband live in the Chicago area and have three children.
June Hunt is one of the world’s leading biblical counselors. An author, singer and speaker, she founded HOPE FOR THE HEART in 1986. Her life’s work has yielded landmark contributions in the field of Christian counseling.
Jurgen Matthesius is the founder of C3 San Diego-a thriving, life-giving church in two locations (soon to be four) in the heart of San Diego. He is the author of God in Hollywood and Walk on Water. Jurgen is a frequent speaker and has consulted leading businessmen, celebrities, and athletes. Pastor Jurgen and his wife, Leanne, serve together in San Diego, where they live with their daughter and three sons.
A professional musician turned filmmaker and social entrepreneur, Justin Dillon is Founder and CEO of Made in a Free World, an award-winning platform that brings together consumers, organizations and businesses to disrupt the $150B business of human trafficking. Justin’s leadership as a “practitioner of change” has awakened a global movement of more than 30 million, improved laws and freed thousands of slaves. He has advised the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the White House, the Vatican, Fortune 500 companies, and more on issues of innovation and social justice. He is the Director of influential films—with voices like Cornel West, Questlove, Amber Valetta and Nicholas Kristof—including Call+Response and Common Dreams for CNN. Justin has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Fast Company, Vogue, CNN, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, NPR, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Rolling Stone, and more. His work has received many high-profile accolades including a Cannes Lion Award and a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.
Justin Zoradi is the founder of These Numbers Have Faces, a social enterprise investing in the next generation of African leaders. He also serves as the president of GivingFuel, a fundraising platform empowering thousands of organizations worldwide. Justin lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.
K.J. Ramsey (BA, Covenant College, MA, Denver Seminary) is a licensed professional counselor, writer, and recovering idealist who believes sorrow and joy coexist. Her writing has been published in Christianity Today, RELEVANT, The Huffington Post, Fathom Magazine, Health Central, and more on the integration of theology, psychology, and spiritual formation. She and her husband live in Denver, Colorado. Follow K.J.'s writing at kjramsey.com and across social media at @kjramseywrites.
Kaitlin Wernet is a storyteller surrendered to hope. Forever passionate about holding the tension of darkness and light, she is grateful for the good news that acknowledges and redeems both. Kaitlin is the co-author of The Book of Comforts, and she spends her days writing everything from marketing strategies to creative essays. Living in Nashville, Tennessee, by way of Asheville, North Carolina, she's always planning her next big travel adventure but vows to only plant roots in cities that rhyme.
Through my writing, I hope to help people see beauty, remember their own identities, and find God, right where they are. It seems hard, really, in the shuffle that makes up this beautiful (but not always easy) life. How can we even focus on beauty or God, with full lives and the current state of the world? Quite honestly, that's a struggle that has left me out of breath and on my knees. But, by doing this--by noticing beauty and looking for God all around--, I believe we really can discover who we are and who God meant for us to be. I try to see the beauty in the mundane, the extraordinary in the ordinary, the holy in the everyday, and as St. Ignatius said, "God in all things." Join me on this pursuit of holiness amidst the chaos of an everyday.
Kara Lawler lives in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband, Mike, and their children, Matt and Maggie. Kara holds a BA in English and a MA in education and has been teaching high school English for close to two decades. She is the co-author of A Letter for Every Mother and has been published on various sites to include Today Parents and Huffington Post. Find Kara on www.karalawler.com and on Facebook to follow to join her journey of identity, faith, friendship, marriage, and motherhood.
Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. As a youth ministry veteran of over 20 years, she serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties. Named by Christianity Today as one of "50 Women You Should Know", Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Sticky Faith, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. - See more at: http://stickyfaith.org/author/kara-powell#sthash.dgbwlMgW.dpuf
Karen Ehman is a New York Times bestselling author, a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, and a writer for Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that reaches over four million women daily. She has written eleven books including KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It; When to Say Nothing at All, and Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World. Karen has been featured on numerous media outlets including FoxNews.com, Focus on the Family, Redbook.com, Crosswalk.com, and Home Life Magazine. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, and the mother of three, she enjoys herb gardening, collecting vintage kitchenware, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many teens and young adults who gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking.
Karen Swallow Prior is professor of English at Liberty University. She contributes to Christianity Today, The Atlantic, and Relevant magazine, among other publications. She lives in Amherst, VA.
Karen Whiting is an award-winning author of nineteen published books and hundreds of articles and devotions for more than sixty publications. A guest on dozens of radio shows and numerous TV shows, she also produced and hosted the Puppets on Parade TV series. Karen is a national and international speaker to MOPS groups and women’s groups. She has five grown children and lives in Maryland.
Kari Kampakis is a mom of four girls, author, speaker, and blogger from Birmingham, Alabama. Her new book "Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter" is for moms. Kari’s books for teen & tween girls – "Liked" and "10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know" – have been used widely across the country for small group studies.
Kary Oberbrunner, MDiv, DMin, founded Redeem the Day, a movement connecting people to a process that ignites their souls on fire. Author of The Fine Line, Called, and The Journey Towards Relevance, Kary serves as a pastor at Grace Church in Ohio. He and his soul mate, Kelly, have three kids. In his free time he enjoys reading, the outdoors, and playing disc golf.
Kasey is a 2x bestselling author, national speaker, and professional counselor. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University, earning a B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Public Speaking, M.A. in Community Counseling, and certification as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She also received her M.A. in Biblical Studies. With over 20 years serving in vocational ministry, non-profit leadership, and traveling both domestically and internationally to study the traumatic effects of poverty, Kasey is passionate about inspiring others to consider how they might serve the most vulnerable in their community. She believes God’s Word awakens the desire in us to love others intimately and sacrificially.
Kat Armstrong is an innovative ministry leader, sought-after communicator, and the cofounder and executive director of Polished Ministries, an organization that gathers young professional women to navigate career and explore faith together. Kat and her husband, Aaron, have been married for fifteen years, live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb, and attend Dallas Bible Church where Aaron serves as the lead pastor.
Kat Lee is passionate about teaching others how to jump-start each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She is a writer, speaker, podcaster and founder of HelloMornings.org. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas, with their three children. Stay connected with her at TheKatLee.com.
Kate Grosmaire became an educator about Restorative Justice after her daughter was killed. She and her husband are the cofounders of the Ann Grosmaire “Be The Change” Fund, a charitable fund to promote forgiveness and restorative justice practices. Kate lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
Kate serves as Executive Director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture, a Christian non-profit organization based just outside of Washington DC in Falls Church, VA that educates and equips seminaries, churches, and the laity in a deeper understanding of vocation as an integral - not incidental - part of God's mission in the world. She is particularly passionate about exploring and articulating vocation in terms that are relevant and practically helpful for women. Kate writes regularly for several Christian publications.
Kate Merrick is a writer, speaker, pastor’s wife, mama of a teen and a toddler, surfer, part-time cowgirl, and self-proclaimed chicken whisperer. She has been married to Britt for 19 years and they live in Carpinteria, California, where they founded the Reality family of churches. In 2013 she endured the death of her daughter, Daisy Love, after suffering through cancer treatment for three and a half years. Kate is making her way back toward laughter and finding life to be filled with good things.
Kathe Wunnenberg is the founder and president of Hopelifters Unlimited. She is a speaker, writer, leader, and connector known for her ability to offer creative solutions for real life problems. The author of Grieving the Loss of a Loved One and Grieving the Child I Never Knew, Kathe lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family.
Katherine & Jay Wolf are parents, artists, communicators, and survivors. After meeting in college, they got married and moved to Los Angeles to pursue law school for Jay and the entertainment industry for Katherine. Their son James was born in 2007 and six months later, Katherine’s life nearly ended with a catastrophic stroke. Miraculously, she survived and continues her recovery to this day. Katherine and Jay have shared their journey of whole-hearted living and hope in Christ in many forums since 2008. Katherine, Jay, and their family currently reside in Los Angeles, CA. www.hopeheals.com
Kathie Lee Gifford has enjoyed a diverse and successful four-decade career as a television host, actress, singer, playwright, songwriter and author. Though best known for her 15 years on Regis and Kathie Lee (11 Emmy nominations), and currently acting as the three time Emmy-winning co-host of the fourth hour of the Today Show with Hoda Kotb, she also is a NY Times bestselling author, hosts a podcast, performed and writes for Broadway, and devotes much of her time to charitable causes.
Kathryn Slattery is a longtime contributing editor for Guideposts and the author of several books, including If I Could Ask God Anything, Heart Songs, Lost & Found, Grandma I’ll Miss You, The Gospel for Kids, and The Grace to Grow. Her writing has also appeared in such publications as Today’s Christian Woman and Angels on Earth. Kathryn and her husband are parents of two grown children.
Kathy Izard was an award-winning graphic designer for twenty years in Charlotte before launching the pilot program Homeless to Homes for the Urban Ministry Center in 2007. She successfully demonstrated this Housing First program could succeed and led the city-wide effort to build Moore Place which now houses over one hundred chronically homeless men and women. Kathy has written about her path to finding faith and a calling in The Hundred Story Home which received a 2017 Christopher Award. Her community work has also earned the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Local Hero Award and the NC Housing Volunteer of the Year Award. Kathy, her husband and four daughters have made Charlotte, N.C. their home for over thirty years. www.kathyizard.com
Kathy Leonard is editorial director for The Church Initiative and the coauthor of several books including Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy, Grieving with Hope, and Divorce Care: Hope, Help, and Healing During and After Your Divorce. After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Maryland Asian Division in Okinawa, Japan, Kathy moved with her Air Force husband, Tim, to England. They now live in Virginia with their three children.
Kathy Troccoli is an award-winning singer, author and speaker who has sold more than 1.5 million albums, garnered numerous number 1 radio hits, received two Dove Awards and a recent Grammy® nomination with her rich, melodic voice. Whether singing or speaking, Kathy is driven by a passionate desire to share Christ and the hope that comes from knowing Him. She is the author of several books and Bible studies and is a sought-after conference speaker. In 2003, Kathy was selected by the readers of Today's Christian Woman magazine as one of the four most influential women in America.
Katie Farrell is the author of Dashing Dish, a healthy recipe website and ministry to women. Katie is a registered nurse from Michigan, where she lives in Brighton with her husband of five years. Dashing Dish is a combination of Katie’s passions—helping women find their identity in God and ending misconceptions about healthy eating. Katie wants to inspire women to find the balance between spiritual and physical health, all while enjoying the journey!
Katie Meier's writing serves readers a new kind of personal empowerment based on inner honesty and a common-sense approach to the world we face. This message runs throughout her books A Girl's Guide to Life and in her work on the Revolve: Psalms and Proverbs Bible.
Kay Robertson is the matriarch of the famous Robertson Family from the hit show, Duck Dynasty. She has been with her husband Phil for over 55 years and he calls her Miss Kay, which is now what she is known as. She worked for thirty years alongside Phil building the family business, Duck Commander, into a worldwide brand. Miss Kay has coauthored four books, three of which are cookbooks. Miss Kay is actively involved in women’s ministry at her church and leads a group of women who are trying to come out of difficult situations like drug addiction, sex trafficking and incarcerations.
Kay Warren is the co-founder of Saddleback Church, wife of pastor Rick Warren, an author and Christian communicator, and an advocate for people struggling with mental illness. She and her husband live in Lake Forest, California.
Kelley Earnhardt Miller is part owner and general manager of JR Motorsports and is considered one of the most prominent businesswomen in NASCAR today. She oversees the company’s race team, management team, and business ventures for her brother, Dale Earnhardt Jr. The daughter of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, Earnhardt Miller graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in business administration. A multiple-award recipient, she was named in 2015 as one of SportsBusiness Journal’s Game Changers/Women in Sports Business for her impact on the motorsports industry. Kelley is married to L.W. Miller and is mom to Karsyn, Kennedy, and Wyatt.
Kelly Needham is married to popular Christian singer and songwriter Jimmy Needham. She first began writing and speaking to his fan base in 2008 as they traveled together and has since garnered a much wider platform. Kelly is a regular contributor for Revive Our Hearts, and her writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, The Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, Eternal Perspectives Ministries, and Crosswalk. She has been on staff at two different churches, serving in youth, college, and women's ministry. Kelly and Jimmy live in the Dallas area with their three children, Lively, Sophia, and Benjamin.
Ken Blanchard is the chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. His books include the international bestseller The One Minute Manager. He and coauthor Phil Hodges founded the ministry Lead Like Jesus and coauthored the bestselling book Lead Like Jesus.
KEN COSTA is an internationally renowned author and banker, having worked as chairman of UBS Investment Bank for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and chairman of Lazard International. He is Chairman Emeritus of Alpha International, emeritus professor of business at Gresham College London, dean of the Leadership College London, and the founder and author of God at Work and Know Your Why. He and his wife, Dr. Fiona Costa, live in London. They have two sons and two daughters.
Ken Davis, best-selling author and frequent radio and television guest, is a sought-after speaker. As president of Dynamic Communications International, he teaches speaking skills to ministry professionals and corporate executives. Ken’s daily radio show, Lighten Up!, is heard on more than 1,500 stations in the United States and around the world. He and his wife, Diane, live in Tennessee and have two daughters and six grandchildren.
Ken Gire is the author of more than 20 books, including The Divine Embrace, Windows of the Soul, The Work of His Hands, the Moments with the Savior series, and the Reflective Living series. Two of his books have been awarded a Gold Medallion. A full-time writer and speaker, Ken is the founder of Reflective Living, a nonprofit ministry devoted to helping people learn how to slow down and live more reflective lives so they can experience life more deeply, especially life with God and other people.
Ken is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has four children and three grandchildren.
Ken Shigematsu is senior pastor of Tenth Church (www.tenth.ca) in Vancouver, British Columbia, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo, Japan. The intense work schedule at Sony led him to explore personal disciplines that could bring order to his life, from those of his samurai ancestors to St. Benedict's rule for Christian communities.
Ken Wytsma is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur. He is the president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is the founder of The Justice Conference—a yearly international conference that exposes men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations relating to justice and the biblical call to give our lives away. Ken is also a church planter and the lead pastor at Antioch Church. He and his wife, Tamara, have four daughters.
Kendra Broekhuis and her husband, Collin, married and moved to Guatemala to teach at a Christian school after Kendra graduated from college in 2011. Currently residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she is mother to Jocelyn. Kendra now desires to be an encourager to all women honest enough to admit their struggles and celebrate their greatest joys in raising Christ’s littlest disciples.
Kennesha Buycks is the founder of Restoration House Interiors. A Southern transplant to the Pacific Northwest, she has a heart and passion for connecting others, gathering, and seeing those around her flourish in ways they could never imagine. She often expresses this passion through various creative mediums, including inspirational styling and design. Her Instagram, @restorationhouse, has more than 50,000 followers. When Kennesha is not busy being a wife to her amazing husband or a mama to her four kids, she spends her time writing, blogging, and encouraging others to live life uniquely and with passion.
Kenneth Bae immigrated to the United States with his family in 1985. He went to high school in California and attended the University of Oregon and Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He held multiple jobs in sales and marketing until he moved to China in 2006. After years of managing his cultural-exchange business and missionary work, he transitioned into travel and tourism industry in 2010 planning trips for the DPRK (North Korea). Kenneth had a passion to introduce westerners to the untainted beauty of the landscape and people of North Korea and was excited to contribute to their economic development. He is a licensed preacher in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), an ordained Southern Baptist pastor, and has been working with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) since 2005. Kenneth is a husband and a father of three children, ages eighteen to twenty-five.
Ken Boa (PhD, New York University; DPhil, University of Oxford) is the president of Reflections Ministries and Trinity House Publishers. His recent publications include Conformed to His Image, Face to Face, Pursuing Wisdom, The Art of Living Well, Wisdom at Work, Living What You Believe, and Sacred Readings.
Kenny Silva has held every odd job from touring musician to server in a pizza restaurant since his time in the Air Force. At age 25 Kenny launched his own real estate business. Today, he is a Master's of Divinity student at Reformed Theological Seminary and ministers to young adults. He lives with his wife, Suzanne, and their dog, Cooper, in Nashville, TN.
Kent Dobson is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, where he initially served as the worship director. He has been featured on Biblical programs for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Kent lived and studied in Israel where he earned a Masters Degree in History and Geography of the First Temple Period from Jerusalem University College. He also studied Comparative Religion at the Rothburg International School of the Hebrew University.
Kent fell in love with Biblical studies in Israel and had the privilege of learning from both Jewish and Christian scholars. After his time in Israel, he returned to the States to teach high school religion and Bible before responding to God's call to the pastorate. Today, he keeps his connection to the Holy Land strong as he leads tours to Israel that combine study and prayer, inspired by the ancient discipline of spiritual pilgrimage.
Kent lives is Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and three children.
Kerri Rawson is the daughter of Dennis Rader, better known to the world as the serial killer BTK. Since her father's arrest, Kerri has been an advocate for victims of abuse, crime, and trauma, sharing her journey of hope, healing, faith, and forgiveness. She lives with her husband, two children, and two cats in Michigan.
Kerri Weems is passionate about leading the women of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL, at a local and international level. In addition to being a gifted writer, teacher and conference speaker, she produces and hosts the annual women’s conference, Shine. Every year, the conference reaches thousands of women from the greater Jacksonville area, throughout the United States and from around the world. Kerri leads Celebration Sisterhood, which exists to empower women to be compassionate, courageous, and free. Sisterhood places value on womanhood at every stage of life. Through weekly Bible studies, monthly Sisterhood meetings and teachings on Kerri’s blog, Sisterhood reaches across the scope of Celebration’s multiple campuses.
Kevin Harney is a local church pastor, an author, and an international speaker who seeks to help believers grow to love God with greater passion and reach out to the world with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He combines real life experience, humor, and solid biblical teaching in his preaching, leadership, teaching, and writing ministry. serves at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. He is the author of many books and studies, including Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, Seismic Shifts, and Reckless Faith.
Kevin Harvey has spent the last 12 years as an editor and writer in Christian publishing, but has spent much longer than that immersing himself in pop culture, especially during the summer movie season. He self-published his first book, Jonah, John, and the Second Greatest (but Most Avoided) Commandment, in 2010. Copies can be found on Amazon, as well as in his attic. Kevin and his wife, Amy, have two children and live in the small town of Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Kevin Malarkey is a New York Times best-selling author and a sought-after national speaker. For many years Kevin owned a Christian psychotherapy practice, counseling with individuals and married couples, as well as working in prisons and other treatment facilities. Kevin has an undergraduate degree in sociology and religion and a graduate degree in clinical counseling. Kevin and his wife have four children.
Kevin Myers is the senior pastor of 12Stone® Church, one of the largest churches in the United States. A gifted communicator, influential leader, and strategic thinker, Kevin planted the church in 1987 and has grown it to eight campuses. Kevin mentors pastors and church planters, speaks at churches and businesses around the country, and serves on the General Board of the Wesleyan Church as well as the Wesleyan Investment Foundation (WIF), a nonprofit corporation that assists churches with capital needs. Kevin and Marcia, his wife of thirty-six years, have four children and two grandchildren.
Kim Camp is the host and producer of the Lifersize video series for expectant and new mothers and the author of the book Fit to Be Mom. Long active in a number of charitable organizations, Kim maintains a special interest in the needs of preteen and teenaged girls. Currently she is on the board of Touchstone Youth Services, active in the Mother/Daughter Service Circle, and focused on raising her own teenagers, serving together with them in their community.
Dr. Kimberling has been a professional counselor for over thirty years. He holds a Ph.D. and Doctor of Ministry in Christian Counseling. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry and Theological Studies. He is the president and co-founder of Family Christian Counseling in Oklahoma City. Dr. Kimberling is passionate about helping equip couples for marriage. He is the founder and leader of the Awesome Marriage Movement connecting people globally who want to have awesome marriages. He is also a professional Christian life coach and loves helping people close the gap between where they are and the life God has for them. Dr. Kimberling has been married to his wife Nancy for over forty years and they have two grown married children and five incredible grandchildren.
Kimberly is known for her creativity, strong faith, and commitment to living life with purpose and passion. She is an entrepreneur, designer, and podcast producer. Together with her husband she founded The Family Culture Project which helps others live a life of purpose with the ones they love and become the family they were meant to be through podcasts, courses, and personal coaching. Kimberly blogs at www.kimberlyamici.com and is a contributing writer at More to Be, and the Friending podcast. She lives with her husband Carl and their three children in the NYC suburbs.
Kimberly J. Miller, MTh, LMFT, is a therapist in private practice specializing in helping leaders avoid burnout. She earned a master’s degree in theology from Regent College and an MA in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University. She and her family are from Texas and Southern California. www.kimberlyjunemiller.com
Korie Robertson stars in the popular TV show Duck Dynasty®, helps run the day-to-day operations of Duck Commander®, and is the very busy mom of five children. She is also the coauthor with her husband, Willie, of the New York Times bestselling book The Duck Commander Family
Kris Vallotton is the senior associate leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California, where he has served with Bill Johnson for more than three decades. His prophetic insight and humorous delivery make him a much-sought-after international conference speaker. Kris is also the cofounder and senior overseer of Bethel School of Ministry, which has grown to more than 2,100 full-time students, as well as the founder of Moral Revolution, an organization dedicated to cultural transformation. He has appeared on numerous media outlets, including The 700 Club. Kris and his wife, Kathy, live in Redding, California.
Kristen Feola is the author of the best-selling book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, an encouraging and engaging resource for individuals, small groups, and churches participating in the Daniel Fast. Her blog, http://www.ultimatedanielfast.com, inspires thousands of people around the world. Kristen is a frequent contributor to Pentecostal Evangel magazine, and her writing has appeared in a variety of Christian and health-related publications. She has worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutritional consultant. Kristen lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and two daughters.
Kristen Parrish has a passion for history and for the written word. She earned her BA in History from Texas A&M University and works as an editor-in-chief. She and her husband, Marc, reside in Franklin, Tennessee.
Kristi Watts is best known for her role as a former co-host on the award winning television program, The 700 Club. Kristi is a gifted storyteller who draws the audience in with her down to earth personality and relatable style. Her humorous, yet honest approach has won over television audiences for over 20 years. Through the platform of television, radio, speaking engagements and writing, Kristi shares her message of hope through Kristi Watts Ministries and her production company, Talk Yourself Happy Productions. Today, Kristi continues her ministry with a passion to lead people to the heart of God by showing them how to “Talk Yourself Happy!”
Kristin Schell is an author, speaker and podcast host on the subjects of hospitality and building community. As founder of the Turquoise Table movement, Kristin encourages neighborhoods, community leaders, and churches to open their lives and homes to others. The Turquoise Table has been featured in media outlets including The Today Show, Good Housekeeping, Christianity Today, and Country Living.
She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children. For more information, please join Kristin at www.theturquoisetable.com
Kristin’s book The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard (Thomas Nelson, a part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing) released in June 2017.
Kristy Cambron is an award-winning author of Christian fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She is a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at ministry events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named in Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations.
Kristy holds a degree in art history/research writing, and has fifteen years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.
Kurt Warner is a former NFL quarterback who led both the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl, with the Rams winning the title in Super Bowl XXXIV and Warner being awarded Super Bowl MVP. His career is regarded by many as one of the greatest stories in league history, and he is considered to be the best undrafted player of all time. He now works as an analyst for the NFL Network and lives with his wife and their seven children.
Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth largest church in America. He is the author of the award-winning and best-selling book not a fan. He is also the presenter of several video curricula, including not a fan, H2O, and the newly-released study gods at war.
Kyle Strobel is a professor of spiritual theology and formation at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and is an emerging voice among evangelicals on spiritual formation, discipleship, and theology. Kyle speaks regularly and has written for Pastors.com, Relevant magazine (and Relevant Magazine.com), ChurchLeader.com, and DeeperStory.com. Kyle lives in Southern California with his wife, Kelli, and their two children.
L. B. Cowman worked as a pioneer missionary with her husband in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917, during which time they helped found the Oriental Missionary Society. When Mr. Cowman's poor health forced the couple to return to the United States, Mrs. Cowman turned her attention to caring for her husband until his death six years later. Out of Mrs. Cowman's experiences and heartbreak came her first book, Streams in the Desert, followed by its companion Springs in the Valley. During the next twenty-five years, Mrs. Cowman inspired several nationwide Scripture distribution campaigns and wrote seven more books. Finally, on Easter Sunday in 1960, at the age of ninety, Mrs. Cowman met face-to-face the God she had served so faithfully for nearly a century.
Lance Hahn is the senior pastor at Bridgeway Christian Church in Rocklin, California. A longtime teacher of the Bible who loves digging into history, context, and original texts, he is wildly passionate about God and people. Lance played drums as a founding member of the band Jesus Freaks. He is married to Suzi, and they have two daughters, Jillian and Andie. For more about Lance, including a video of his testimony, visit askpastorlance.com.
Lara Casey wears many hats within her parent company, Lara Casey Media. She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Southern Weddings® magazine, founder of the Making Things Happen movement, and a noted branding expert. A writer and speaker, she is passionate about helping people find what makes them really come alive and use their gifts for a greater purpose. Lara and her husband, Ari, are proud parents to Grace.
Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is also Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University, Professor for Richmont University in Georgia, and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Larry Osborne is a teaching pastor at North Coast Church in northern San Diego County. North Coast is widely recognized as one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. Osborne speaks extensively on the subjects of leadership and spiritual formation. His books include Sticky Teams, Sticky Church, 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, and Spirituality for the Rest of Us. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Oceanside, California.
Laura Sobiech lives in Minnesota with her husband where they have raised four children: one married, one in college, one in heaven, and one in high school. Laura has spent the past three years walking the road of cancer with her teenage son, Zach, and blogging about their battle with the disease.
Laura Story is a Bible teacher, worship leader, bestselling author and Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter known for such hits as
“Blessings,” “Indescribable,” and “Mighty to Save” .“Blessings” was certified gold in 2011 and inspired her first book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops. Laura’s music and writing show God’s love and grace intersecting with real life and serve as a reminder that despite questions or circumstances, he is the ultimate author of our story, as told in her second book, When God Doesn’t Fix It. She has a master’s degree in theological studies and a doctorate degree in worship studies. She has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and mother to Josie, Ben, Griffin, and Timothy.
Lauren Casper is the founder of the popular blog laurencasper.com, where she shares her thoughts on life, parenting, and faith. She is a top contributor to the TODAY Parenting Team and has had numerous articles syndicated by The Huffington Post, the TODAY show, Yahoo! News, and several other publications. She also has the joy of serving on the Created for Care team, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to serving foster and adoptive families. Lauren and her husband, John, have two beautiful children adopted from Ethiopia. They make their home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Lauren Green currently serves as Fox News Channel's (FNC) chief religion correspondent based in the New York bureau. She joined FNC in 1996.
Most recently, Green reported live from Rome in 2013 on the election of Pope Francis, as well as on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI. Additionally, she provided live coverage of the beatification of Pope John Paul II from Rome in 2011 and Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States in 2008.
Prior to joining FNC, Green served as a weekend news anchor and correspondent at WBBM-TV (CBS-2) in Chicago, IL. From 1988 to 1993, she was a general assignment reporter at KSTP-TV (ABC-5) in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Outside of her career at FNC, Green is a reputable concert pianist with a degree in piano performance from The University of Minnesota. She has interviewed some of the most prominent people in the classical music world including Placido Domingo, Pierre Boulez, Joshua Bell and has covered such events as the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and opening night of The Metropolitan Opera. In 2004, she released her debut album, "Classic Beauty."
A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Green was named Miss Minnesota in 1984 and was the third runner-up in the 1985 Miss America contest.
Lauren Green McAfee is a speaker, writer, connector, and coffee enthusiast with a heart to engage others in the Bible. While pursuing her graduate degrees in pastoral counseling and theology, Lauren worked for her father, Steve Green, as he founded Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Today Lauren works for Hobby Lobby as Corporate Ambassador, and is pursuing a PhD in Ethics and Public Policy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lauren and her husband Michael live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Connect with Lauren at laurenamcafee.com.
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren K. Denton now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books.
For 25 years, Laurie Beshore has served as the founding pastor of Outreach Ministries at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Its mission is to mobilize world changers who are courageously shaping culture while meeting real needs. Laurie lives in Southern California and has been married for 34 years to Kenton Beshore, her childhood sweetheart and senior pastor of Mariners Church.
Laurie is a speaker, author, and associate pastor of Ocean Hills Covenant Church (www.oceanhills.org). She speaks at conferences, colleges, churches and denominational events around the country, and has spoken to over 500,000 people in the last 20 years. Recently she’s been thrilled to add to her bio “wife” and “mom.”
Leah Darrow, a former model and contestant on America’s Next Top Model, has a driving passion to inspire women to do something beautiful with their lives. She is an international speaker, writer, and host of the Do Something Beautiful podcast. She is a wife to a US Army Green Beret and mom to three marvelous, crazy little kids, and together they live in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com.
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are founders of RealRelationships.com and the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. Their bestselling books include Love Talk, Crazy Good Sex, and the award-winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Their work has been featured in the New York Times and USA Today, and they have appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and Oprah. They live with their two young sons in Seattle.
Les Parrott, Ph.D. is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and psychologist. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Seattle with their two sons. Learn more about his new book, Love Like That, at LoveLikeThatbook.com.
Leslie Leyland Fields is an award-winning author of eight books, a contributing editor for Christianity Today,a national speaker, a popular radio guest, and a sometimes commercial fisherwoman, working with her husband and 6 children in commercial fishing on Kodiak Island, Alaska where she has lived for 36 years.
Levi Lusko is the pastor of Fresh Life Church, a multi-site church in Montana, and the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience. He serves as host for Greg Laurie's Harvest Crusades, and has worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as a creative consultant. He and his wife Jennie have four daughters, Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven.
Linda Ellis started writing poems as a child, a talent inherited from her Irish grandmother. Her poetry has been featured in best-selling books and magazines such as Family Circle, US News and World Report, and other major publications. Her poems have also appeared on numerous television and radio programs.
Lindsay Teague Moreno is an author, podcaster, and business owner. In just two short years Lindsay built a seven-figure personal income, using only social media. She did this with three little girls at home and all the mom duties that come along with it. Raising businesses and babies at the same time is no easy feat, but anything is possible if you have enough dry shampoo and grit. Having spent a considerable amount of time building multiple profitable businesses, Lindsay has gone through her share of ups and downs. With a passion for helping women find their voice and purpose, Lindsay wants to show women they can build their own version of the good life, no matter the circumstances.
Lis Wiehl is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels. She is a Harvard Law School graduate and has served as a federal prosecutor in the state of Washington and as a tenured faculty member at The University Washington School of Law. She is currently a popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel. Visit her online at liswiehlbooks.com Facebook: Lis Wiehl, Fox News Legal Analyst and Author Twitter: @LisWiehl
Lisa Gungor has been scribbling down songs since she was seven years old. A maker at heart, Lisa studied art in college, and in 2005 she began recording and traveling with the band that eventually turned into the two-time Grammy-nominated musical collective with her husband known as Gungor. Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her husband Michael and their two beautiful girls, Amelie and Lucie. She writes for Gungor, the Storyline blog, The Liturgists, and The Huffington Post.
Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person... but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit. For six years Lisa was the national women’s ministry director at Focus on the Family, followed by six years as the women’s ministry director at a large church. The author of nine books, with a Masters of Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary, Lisa is a featured speaker with Women of Faith.
Lisa Leonard is the founder of and designer for Lisa Leonard Designs. With Lisa’s creativity and her husband Steve’s vision, together they turned her hobby into a multi-million dollar company. Today they employ more than 150 people in three countries reaching around the world. Lisa is a popular jewelry designer, blogger and speaker, sharing her story around the country. Lisa and Steve partner with non-profit organizations and ministries to protect the vulnerable and serve those in need. Lisa, Steve, and their sons David and Matthias live on the Central Coast of California. They love slow mornings, good coffee, chocolate chip pancakes, and adventure. Lisa’s favorite things are treasure hunting at local thrift stores, dabbling in photography, and having heart-to-heart conversations over coffee.
Lisa is the author of Advent: Making Christmas About Christ and The Faithful Beginnings School Readiness Guide, a guide for parents that combines school readiness for children 0-5 and faith foundations. She serves on the Virginia State Board of E3 (Elevate Early Education), was a founding board member of Alpha North America, and is the founder of Changing Seasons, an outreach ministry encouraging and inspiring women. Lisa is married to Tim Robertson, CEO and Founder of Bayshore Enterprises and former CEO of The Family Channel, an international cable network. Lisa and Tim live in Virginia, and they have five children and ten grandchildren.
Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners’ senior director of mobilizing, was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice—an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. In that capacity, she helped establish Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice, a citywide collaborative effort of faith leaders committed to leveraging the power of their constituencies and their moral authority in partnership with communities bearing the weight of environmental injustice. She also organized faith leaders to speak out for immigration reform and organized the South Bronx Conversations for Change, a dialogue-to-change project between police and the community. She earned her master’s in human rights from Columbia University in New York City. Harper serves on the board of directors of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good and is a member of Metro Hope Church in New York City, an Evangelical Covenant Church.
Jesus is everything. It is the heart, the passion and the leadership approach of author, speaker and ministry leader, Lisa Whittle. As the daughter of a pastor, Lisa’s longest community is with the Church, which has become her greatest place of ministry. Her love runs deep to see people pursue Jesus for life, grow deep roots of faith, and walk strong in the midst of a world that so often seems to have gone crazy.
For this reason, Lisa has dedicated her life to writing and speaking about the truth of Jesus Christ and how wanting Him the most changes everything. Lisa is the author of 7 books and a new Bible study including Jesus Over Everything (March 2020), Put Your Warrior Boots On (June 2017) and 5 Word Prayers (October 2017), and a sought-out Bible teacher for her wit and bold, bottom line approach. Her with you-for you signature style is a favorite of audiences who have her coming back to speak into them year, after year. From retreats to rehab facilities to college campuses to the large church or conference stage, Lisa’s desire remains the same: to point people to the Jesus who can change their life.
Lori Allen opened Bridals by Lori just two weeks after graduating from the all-female Columbia College in South Carolina. Four decades later she is one of the world’s foremost experts on bridal couture and the central figure of TLC’s reality show Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, filmed on-site at Lori’s bridal salon and shown in more than 120 countries.
Lori’s role as a bridal expert, successful female business entrepreneur, TV personality, and breast cancer survivor has led her to interviews by top-tier media outlets, including CNN, ABC’sGood Morning America, NBC’sToday, and theWall Street Journal. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, Eddie, and, thankfully, not far from their daughter and her husband, son and his wife, and three grandchildren.
Lori Robertson’s is the former director of programming at Women of Faith. Stepping from behind the scenes and onto the stage to serve as event emcee was an unexpected career move and certainly not where she anticipated her degrees (BS, MBA) to take her. Lori is currently an event and marketing consultant and coach for event speakers. She lives in Springfield, Missouri.
Louie Giglio is Pastor of Passion City Church and the Founder of the Passion movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus. In addition to the collegiate gatherings of Passion Conferences, Louie and his wife Shelley lead the teams at Passion City Church, sixstepsrecords and the Passion Global Institute. Louie is the author of national-bestseller Goliath Must Fall, The Comeback, The Air I Breathe, I Am Not But I Know I Am, and Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science, his first children's book.
Louise has been blogging at MomStart for over three years. There she talks about her two children and their love for life. She loves to eat and shares her passion for food through recipes, her overactive sweet tooth and food reviews. She also enjoys movies, video games and being a mom.
For more than 50 years of ministry, Luis Palau and his team have been known for their commitment to the Word of God and the clear teachings of Jesus Christ. Luis is a dynamic evangelist and teacher, living a life of dedicated service and commitment to God as he shares the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.
Luke Lezon is a creative, dynamic preacher and teacher of God's Word with a palpable love for people. His sermons and writings have been shared thousands of times across many different platforms. Above all, he is passionate about seeing others come to know Jesus and make Him known.
Lynn Cowell is a Proverbs 31 speaker and the author of several books, written for young girls, teen girls and women of all ages. Lynn calls home North Carolina, where she and her husband, Greg and the occasional backyard deer are adjusting to life as empty nesters. Along with their three adult children, the Cowells love hiking, rafting and anything combining chocolate and peanut butter.
Lynn is a wife, mother, grandmother, scholar, and author with a doctorate in education. During more than a decade as a professor and researcher, and 20 years as a public school teacher, she has produced more than 50 scholarly publications, written four books, and mentored hundreds of students. Her experience, passion, and expertise lie in how to advance the academic and social-emotional success of "marginalized" students who struggle in school. Once tenured faculty at Mormon Church owned and operated Brigham Young University (BYU), Dr. Wilder resigned from BYU and then from the LDS Church in 2008 when she experienced a crisis of faith. She currently teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University, speaks, writes, and enjoys time with 7 much-loved, vivacious grandchildren.
Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 16 other books. Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and has been published in multiple publications such as Focus on the Family and CNN online. Additionally, she has appeared on the Today Show as one of the leading voices in the Christian community. Each year, Lysa is a featured keynote presenter at more than 40 events across North America, including the Women of Joy Conferences and the Catalyst Leadership Conference. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com or on social media @LysaTerKeurst.
Mac Anderson is the founder of Simple Truths and Successories, Inc., the leader in designing and marketing products for motivation and recognition. He brings the same passion to his speaking where he speaks to many corporate audiences on a variety of topics, including leadership, motivation and team building.
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon serves as the Senior Director of Advocacy & Outreach for World Vision USA. She is a minister, writer, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009) and Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action (IVP, 2013) and co-author of the forthcoming Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014). Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), was formerly the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church located in Walnut Creek, California, and has served as Director of Development and Transformation for Extension Ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Prior to joining World Vision, Mae lived in East Jerusalem and served as a consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International. She earned her doctorate in American History with the minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of California – Davis, focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Cannon holds an M.Div. From North Park Theological Seminary, an M.B.A. from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Michigan State University, Mahtob Mahmoody has worked in the field of mental health and is an advocate for public awareness of health and welfare initiatives. She is represented by AEI Speakers Bureau and lives in Michigan.
Mandy Arioto, as President and CEO for MOPS International, represents the voice of the organization’s 130,000+ mother members. Before joining MOPS, Mandy was on the teaching staff at MOSAIC in Southern California. A recognized speaker, Mandy addresses motherhood, spirituality, and cultural trends for both national and international audiences, and she has also been featured on MSN, TheKnot.com, TheNest.com, and Fox News. She and her husband are in the throes of raising three young kids to be adventurous, tender-hearted world-changers. Follow Mandy at www.mandyarioto.com and mops.org.
Mandy Hale, also known by her many blog readers and Twitter fans as The Single Woman, shares her stories, advice, and enthusiasm for living life as an empowered, confident, God-centered woman who doesn’t just resign herself to being single—she enjoys it! Hale is the author of The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass (Thomas Nelson, 2013). With a heart to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never, ever settle, Mandy cuts to the heart of the matter with her inspirational, straight-talking, witty, and often wildly humorous take on life and love.
Marcia Ford is an editor, journalist, and author of twenty-two books including The Sacred Art of Forgiveness and Finding Hope. A book reviewer for FaithfulReader.com and freelancer for her local NPR affiliate, Marcia lives with her husband in the Rocky Mountains.
A popular speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Fusion, Catalyst, and LeadNow, Margaret Feinberg (www.margaretfeinberg.com) invites people to discover the relevance of God and His Word in a modern world. She currently lives in Morrison, CO.
Margaret Terry and her sons live in Ontario, Canada, where she still stops by the side of the road to pick the Queen Anne’s lace. Her favorite thing to do is cook for family and friends and sit around the table telling stories.
Margot Starbuck, a New York Times bestselling writer, is the author of the forthcoming Grown Woman’s Guide to Online Dating: Lessons Learned While Swiping Right, Snapping Selfies, and Analyzing Emojis (Thomas Nelson, August 2020). And while she never would have chosen to be a veteran of 16 dating sites, she’s thankful for all she’s learned on the journey. Margot lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Marie Chapian, Pulitzer Prize nominee and New York Times best selling author, has published over 30 books translated in 17 languages. She has written and illustrated award winning books for children, three books of poetry, and is best known for her biographies and popular devotional books. Her award winning novel, "I Love You Like a Tomato," is written under her Italian name, Marie Giordano and two books of poetry under the name Marie Jordan. Her most recent books are "The Other Side of Suffering," co-authored with John Ramsey and "The Emancipation of Robert Sadler," the true story of a 20th century slave in America. Originally from Minnesota, Marie now lives and writes in Southern California.
Marie Monville, a life-time resident of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, often sat alongside her father in his milk truck as he served his Amish and non-Amish neighbors. She married her high school sweetheart, then gave birth to three children. The first 28 years of her life were quiet, predictable, and full of regular day to day country living. That all changed the day her husband barricaded the Amish schoolhouse at Nickel Mines, just one mile down the road, and murdered one Amish schoolgirl after another, before committing suicide--a horrific scene that stunned the entire world. That day was October 2, 2006. And though she knew that day that the life she'd known had just been shattered, that very same day God infused Marie with an unearthly assurance that he was with her, present and trustworthy, and that he would not fail her. Today, Marie is remarried to Dan Monville, and their blended family is a testament to the healing kindness of God. Today, Marie speaks nationwide as she and Dan continue to raise their five children in the Lancaster, PA area.
Speaking to audiences around the country for over 30 years, Marilyn spent 17 years as a core speaker at the Women of Faith conferences and was one of the original four speakers when the organization began in 1996. Never one to avoid the hard questions of life, Marilyn Meberg shares the wisdom she’s gained from two master’s degrees and a private counseling practice. She is the author of more than 12 books, including Constantly Craving, Love Me Never Leave Me, and Tell Me Everything.
George and Marina Slayton, founded the Slayton Family Foundation in 1999. They also jointly co-authored and edited the Bermuda bestseller Four Centuries of Friendship: US/Bermuda Relations 1609 – 2009 (www.FourCenturiesofFriendship.com) and donated all proceeds from the sale of the book to local Bermuda charities.
Marjory Wentworth is poet laureate of South Carolina. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and she is the author of the prizewinning children’s story Shackles. Wentworth is the cofounder and former president of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts. She also serves on the editorial board of the University of South Carolina’s Palmetto Poetry Series.
Mark Batterson serves as the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D. C. Recognized as “one of America’s 25 most innovative churches,” NCC is one church with seven locations. Mark’s blog and webcast also reach a virtual congregation around the world. Mark is the author of several bestselling books, including New York Times Bestseller - The Circle Maker - and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. Mark holds a doctorate degree from Regent University and lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children.
Mark Buchanan is a professor and award-winning author. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Cochrane, Alberta. He is the author of eight books, including Your God Is Too Safe, The Rest of God, and Spiritual Rhythm.
Mark Gregston has been helping parents and teens for more than 35 years. He is the founder and executive director of Heartlight, a residential