Michelle Medlock Adams
Michelle Medlock Adams is an award- winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. She is an author of over 60 books and more than 1,000 articles for newspapers and magazines since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University. Her book, God Knows You, won “The SELAH Award” for best children’s book in 2014 and “Book of the Year” for 2014. Married to her high school sweetheart, Je , they have two college- aged daughters, Abby and Allyson, as well as a small petting zoo. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
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Al Andrews is the director of Porter's Call, a ministry to recording artists and their families in Franklin, Tennessee. He devotes 100% of the profits of his children's books to charities that aid children in crisis and inner city initiatives.
Stephen Arterburn is an award-winning author with over 8 million books in print, including the bestsellers Every Man’s Battle and Healing Is a Choice. He has also been editor of 10 Bible projects, including the Life Recovery Bible. Steve founded New Life Treatment Centers in 1988 and is currently host of the radio and television show “New Life Live.” In 1996 he started the most successful traveling conference, Women of Faith – attended by over 4 million women. He and his wife live with their 5 kids in Fishers, Indiana, where he is the pastor at Heartland Church.
Lori Graham Bakker is an author, speaker, and television host, reaching audiences globally with the refreshing candor that has come to characterize her ministry. She has appeared on national programs such as Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Today, James Robison’s Life Today, and others. She authored the 2001 book More Than I Could Ever Ask and also contributed to the Women of Destiny Bible. Together, Lori and her husband, Jim, co-host The Jim Bakker Show, a one- hour, daily TV program that reaches more than 180 million households throughout the United States and around the world. They reside near Branson, Missouri.
Jim Bakker has authored more than a dozen books and is considered to be one of today’s experts on the book of Revelation. The New Jim Bakker Show is an hour-long daily broadcast seen on over 50 affiliates throughout the United States, more than 600 cities in Canada, and in over 200 countries around the world through DirectTV and Dish Network. Jim resides in the Branson, Missouri, area.
P. D. Bekendam
Author and practicing eye surgeon, Dr. Bekendam is happily married and the proud father of two boys. Proceeds from his writing go to help fund his activities in developing countries as he works to bring cataract surgery to the needlessly blind. Prime of Life is his debut novel.
Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started writing about and drawing them too. Although Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike carries on his parents’ love of creating Berenstain Bear stories from an area that looks a lot like Bear Country, in southeastern Pennsylvania.
As both a gifted writer and master knitter, Lisa Bogart practices both of her passions every day. She has gifted over 70 sweaters to Guideposts’ Knit for Kids. Her award-winning devotions have appeared in several publications, including Guideposts, and she is the author of Come on In: Taking the Hassle Out of Hospitality. She lives outside of New York City.
Micha Boyett is a blogger, wife, and mom with a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry degree from Syracuse University. A former youth minister, she's passionate about monasticism and ancient Christian spiritual practices and how they inform the contemporary life of faith. Boyett and her husband live in San Francisco with their two boys.
Dee Brestin is the author of The Friendships of Women, which has sold more than 1 million copies and Falling in Love with Jesus (with Kathy Troccoli), which has sold more than 400,000 copies. She is also a Bible teacher, writer, and speaker with a blog and a weekly Bible study that is one of the most active on the internet. She has also published over 20 Bible studies. A frequent guest on Moody Radio and Focus on the Family, she also speaks annually at many large women's conferences. Dee resides with her family in Kearney, Nebraska.
H. Jackson Brown
H. Jackson Brown Jr.'s publications are universal in appeal with more than 30 million copies in print. Available in thirty-five languages, his books inspire and enchant readers throughout the world. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bob Bufordis a graduate of the University of Texas and the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. Until the sale of his company in July 1999 Bob Buford served as Chairman and CEO of Buford Television, Inc., which began with a single ABC affiliate in Tyler, Texas, and grew into a network of cable systems across the country. In 1995 Buford wrote the 750,000+-copy bestseller Halftime, a book about how to deal with the second half of our lives. In 2004 he wrote Finishing Well, a compilation of inspiring interviews threaded with Buford's own experiences. In 1984 he founded Leadership Network (www.leadnet.org) to serve leaders of innovative churches as they enter the 21st century. In 1998, Bob launched Halftime (www.halftime.org), an initiative of Leadership Network that helps successful people to convert their faith into action and effective results. Shortly after Peter Drucker's death in 2005, Bob spreadheaded the efforts to launch The Drucker Institute (www.druckerinstitute.com). You can find out more about Bob at his website, www.ACTIVEenergy.net and on Twitter @bobbufordTX.
Dr. Brett Burleson
Dr. Brett Burleson has been in full-time pastoral ministry for nearly 20 years in Florida, New York and now back home in Mobile, Alabama, as lead pastor of Dayspring Baptist Church. Burleson holds degrees from Southwestern and Southern Seminaries, and has served as an adjunct professor of hermeneutics and biblical studies.
John Busacker is President of The Inventure Group, a global leadership- consulting firm, and Founder of Life- Worth, LLC, a life planning creative resource. He is a member of the Duke Corporate Education Global Learning Resource Network and is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Carlson School’s Executive Develop Center. He is a sought-after speaker on self-leadership and personal engagement with a who’s who of global organizations. He lives in Excelsior, Minnesota.
Teasi Cannon has a master’s in pastoral counseling from Liberty Theological Seminary. She is a teacher and conference leader based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Joseph Castleberry is President of Northwest University. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Education degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University. After 20 years of missionary service in Latin America, he spent three years as a university professor and pastor in El Salvador, Central America. Later he became Associate Dean for Latin America at Global University in Texas, followed by several years as a pastor, seminary dean, and community development leader in Ecuador. Dr. Castleberry and his wife of 30 years, Kathleen, live in Kirkland, Washington.
Features lessons from spiritual mentors Francis Chan, Eugene Peterson, Bill Hybels, Ruth Barton, Kevin Miller, Gordon MacDonald, and many more!
A book-lover held captive by the pages of a well-penned story Patsy Clairmont finds joy in her faith, family, and who twirls a fancy umbrella on rainy days!
Much to her surprise Patsy has written a stack of books that continues to light her passion for the printed page. And nothing pleases her more than to share her faith through laughter and tears and to encourage others to flourish.
As a former agoraphobic, Patsy never imagined the expansive plans God had in mind for her. As one of the founding speakers for Women of Faith, her travels have brought her across the U.S. and Canada, interspersed with trips to Israel and Africa and she has even spoken at the Pentagon for the Flag Officers Bible Study. Patsy currently lives in Franklin, TN with her husband, Les.
Dr. Tim Clinton, LPC, LMFT, is president of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the founder of Light University Online, which has over 160,000 students enrolled. A licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, he is also professor of counseling and executive director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University.
Julie Clinton, M.Ad., M.B.A., president of Extraordinary Women, has spoken to hundreds of thousands of women as host of E-Women conferences all across America, and is author of Extraordinary Women: Discovering the Dream God Created for You, the devotional Living God's Dream for You, 10 Things You Aren't Telling Him, and A Woman's Path to Emotional Freedom. A woman of deep faith, she cares passionately about seeing women live out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. Julie and her husband, Tim, live near Lynchburg, Virginia with their children, Meagan and Zach.
Megan Clinton (now Megan Clinton Allison) graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Pre-Med/Biology and is currently attending Physician Assistant (PA) School at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. As part of the Extraordinary Women travel team with her mom, Julie Clinton, Megan has a passion to see young women find their identity in Christ, be set free, and live God’s dream for their lives. In addition, she is excited to be equipped as a PA to provide medical care to those in need through international mission work. Megan is the author of Totally God’s (with her dad, Dr. Tim Clinton), Totally God’s 4 Life Devotional, and Smart Girls, Smart Choices: Avoiding the 10 Biggest Mistakes Young Women Make (with Laura Captari). Megan was recently married to the love of her life and high-school sweetheart, Ben. They have a teacup Yorkie named Bella.
Mary Colbert is the wife of Dr. Don Colbert. They have two sons, six grandsons, and one granddaughter. One of eight children raised in a military home, she attended Oral Roberts University where she met her husband. Mary is a graduate of Rhema Bible School and is an ordained minister. Along with her husband of 35 years, she co-authored the New York Times bestseller Seven Pillars of Health. The Colberts live in Orlando, Florida.
Don Colbert M.D.
Dr. Don Colbert has been board-certified in Family Practice for over 25 years and practices Anti-aging and Integrative medicine. He is a New York Times best-selling author of books such as The Seven Pillars of Health, What Would Jesus Eat, Deadly Emotions, What You Don’t Know May be Killing You, and many more with over 10 million books sold. He is the Medical Director of the Divine Health Wellness Center where he has treated over 50,000 patients. He is also an internationally known expert and prolific speaker on Integrative Medicine. He and his wife, Mary, now reside in Orlando, Florida.
Chuck Colson (1931 - 2012) was a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon, he founded both the international ministry Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. During his lifetime, Colson wrote several books that shaped Christian thinking on cultural issues and public policy, including Born Again, The Body, Loving God, The Good Life, How Now Shall We Live?, and The Faith. His radio broadcast, “BreakPoint,” airs daily to 2 million listeners.
Dove Award-winning artist Travis Cottrell has been worship leader for Beth Moore and her wildly successful Living Proof Live! conferences for 15 years. Travis has been on LifeWay’s Top 10 Artists list for the past five year; Alive Forever has sold more than 150,000 units. He has 15,000 Twitter followers and approximately 11,000 Facebook friends. Cottrell lives in Jackson, Tennessee with his wife, Angela, and their 3 children.
Sheila Cragg (MFA, Creative Writing) is a mentor/instructor for Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild and also formerly served as an associate editor for Focus on the Family Publishing. She has published six books, including A Woman’s Walk with God and A Woman’s Journey toward Holiness, and numerous articles in Reader’s Digest, Family Weekly, and other periodicals. Her Experiencing Christ website ministry— www.womanswalk.com—is centered on helping women develop a devotional lifestyle and deepen their relationship with the Lord. Sheila lives in Santa Maria, California, with her husband, Ron.
Brent Crowe is Vice President of Student Leadership University. He is married to Christina and has three children: Gabriel, Charis and Mercy. He holds a doctorate in Leadership in Applied Theology along with a Master of divinity in Evangelism and a Master of Arts in Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Orlando, Florida.
In the 50+ years that have passed since he came to Christ in New York through the selfless devotion of David Wilkerson, Nicky Cruz has traveled widely around the world, speaking to hurting people in all walks of life. His ministry has reached thousands of innercity gang members as he speaks to their need from his own experience.
Randall Cunningham, 47, past recipient of the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award, quarterbacked the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and spent his final season with the Dallas Cowboys. He was voted to the NFL Pro Bowl four times. He is now a pastor and mentor in Las Vegas, NV, where he graduated from UNLV.
Jim Daly, General Editor, is president of Focus on the Family and host of its National Radio Hall of Fame-honored daily broadcast, heard by more than 2.9 million listeners a week on more than 1,000 radio stations across the US. Daly has been married to Jean since 1986. They have two sons and reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly, and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide. He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.
Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of over thirty novels. Heralded as a "master of suspense" by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands. Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at Teddekker.com and Facebook.com/teddekker.
Bob DeMoss has authored 26 books including five New York Times bestsellers, served as an Associate Publisher at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, and founded Focus on the Family’s PluggedIN magazine. He and his family live in Franklin, Tennessee.
Christin Ditchfield is an accomplished educator, author, conference speaker, and host of the internationally syndicated radio program, Take It To Heart!® (www.TakeItToHeartRadio.com). The author of more than 60 books, most recently A Family Guide to the Bible and A Way With Words: What Women Should Know about the Power They Possess, she is also a frequent guest on radio and television programs such as Open Line, Midday Connection, FamilyLife Today, HomeWord, and Dr. D. James Kennedy’s Truths That Transform. Christin holds a masters degree in biblical theology from Southwestern University.
Crystal Dwyer Hansen
Crystal Dwyer Hansen is an entrepreneur and founder of CrystalVision, Ltd. and Skinny Life ®. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and a wellness and nutrition expert. Through Crystal’s personal life-change coaching, speaking, CD programs, videos, books, and articles, people all over the world have experienced profound and lasting transformation in relationships, career, health, and wellness. She and her husband, best-selling author and entrepreneur, Mark Victor Hansen, live in Newport Beach, California.
Kristina Ellis’s father lost his battle with cancer when she was seven years old. After his death, her family fell below poverty level and struggled through years of emotional and financial turmoil. On the first day of high school, Kristina’s mom informed her that she could not financially support her after graduation; she needed to find her own way to pay for college. As a student with decent grades and average test scores, Kristina realized that she was going to have to sell herself to scholarship committees if she wanted to stand out. That’s when she devised the plan that led to her receiving several of the most selective and prestigious scholarships and grants that paid for 100% of her education at a Top 20 university.
Stu Epperson Jr.
Stu Epperson, Jr., is founder and president of The Truth Network, with radio stations across North Carolina, central Iowa, and Salt Lake City. Truth Network also develops and syndicates programs on over 300 affiliates nationwide. Stu is also the host of Truth talk Live. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching and playing the game of basketball. His passion is that all people everywhere will experience truth. Stu lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with his wife, Julie, and their four daughters.
Rhona Epstein, Psy. D., CAC, is not only a licensed psychologist, certified addictions counselor and marriage and family therapist, she has personally experienced recovery from food addiction. Dr. Epstein received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College and has been helping individuals find freedom over food addiction for the past 25 years. Dr. Epstein practices counseling in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. She is a much sought after conference speaker.
Patricia Reeder Eubank
Patricia Reeder Eubank has written and illustrated many titles for Ideals Children’s Books, including Seaman’s Journal, Just Where You Belong, and ABCs of Halloween. Patricia’s love of animals shines through on nearly every page of each book she has illustrated. She lives in the Santa Ynez Valley of California with her family and their many animals.
MIKE EVANS is a #1 New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 million copies in print, including Christopher Columbus: Secret Jew. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Ten Boom Museum in Holland (tenboom.org) and also of the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem (FOZHC.org). Evans is founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team (jpteam.org) and has sixty published books. To contact Dr. Evans for interviews or speaking engagements, send correspondence to: P. O. Box 30000, Phoenix, AZ 85046; e-mail EVENTS@drmichaeldevans.com; or telephone 817-268-1228.
Dr. Craig Evans is a professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his M. Div. from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California. A well-known evangelical scholar throughout the world, he is an elected member of the prestigious Society of New Testament Studies and founder of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. An award winning author of many books Dr. Evans has appeared in numerous television documentaries and news programs, including CBS Sunday Morning, the History Channel and Dateline NBC. He frequently lectures at leading international universities, seminaries and museums. He has also served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society and for The Bible miniseries, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.
Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and author who specializes in the intersection of spirituality and popular culture. Currently a staff religion columnist for the Orange County Register in Orange County, California. Cathleen is best known for her personal interview profiles of Barack Obama, Bono of U2, Elie Wiesel, Hugh Hefner, Anne Rice, Dusty Baker, Melissa Etheridge, Studs Terkel, Michael Gerson, Annie Lennox and many other notables. She is the author of three critically acclaimed books The God Factor, Sin Boldly, and The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers. Religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times from 2000 - 2010, Cathleen now lives in Laguna Beach, California, with her husband, fellow author and Pulitzer Prize - winning journalist Maurice Possley, and their son, Vasco.
A self-described "hot mess," Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. She was recently named one of the 50 women most shaping the church and culture by Christianity Today and one of the “30 Voices” who will help lead the church in the next decade. Her books, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, and Wonderstruck, as well as their corresponding Bible studies have sold nearly a million copies and have received extensive national media coverage from CNN, Washington Post, and USA Today. She lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her husband, Leif, and their superpup, Hershey. She believes some of the best days are spent in jammies, laughing, and being silly.
Dr. David Foster
Dr. David Foster (1953-2012) was the author of three books, as well as a speaker, an entrepreneur and a church planter. He and his wife started two churches in the Nashville area: Bellevue Community Church in 1989 and The Gathering Nashville in 2007. Foster received his MDiv from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary and his PhD from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Susanna Foth Aughtmon
Author/speaker Susanna Foth Aughtmon is a pastor’s wife and mother of three boys. She assists her husband, Scott, in various ministries at their church plant, Pathway Church, in Redwood City, California. For fun, she likes to eat chocolate, read lots of fiction and drink coffee with her girlfriends.
Bill & Gloria Gaither
Bill and Gloria Gaither’s records and Homecoming videos have sold over 100 million copies. But more importantly, together they have deeply impacted the kingdom of God with the hundreds of songs and hymns they’ve penned and southern gospel standards such as “He Touched Me,” “Something Beautiful,” and “There’s Just Something about That Name.” Each year the Gaithers and their Homecoming friends perform before hundreds of thousands at their arena events, festivals and cruises. Gloria has authored more than 40 books, including Let’s Make A Memory, which has sold over 400,000 copies.
Jim Gash graduated first in his law school class at Pepperdine in 1993. Throughout his career he has clerked with a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, worked at one of the top law firms in the country, and served as Pepperdine Law’s Dean of Students. In early 2010, Jim traveled to Uganda for two weeks on a juvenile justice project where he met Henry. Since then, he has returned to Uganda sixteen times. In 2012, he became the Special Advisor to the High Court of Uganda and in 2013 became the first American ever to appear as an attorney in Ugandan Court. Jim is married with three children and lives in Malibu, California.
M. K. GILROY has helped create hundreds of projects and launch dozens of authors, working in every area of the publishing industry from his first job as a proofreader to publisher. Gilroy’s debut novel, Cuts Like a Knife, quickly garnered critical acclaim and introduced one of the most unique, fresh, and compelling lead characters in Detective Kristen Conner. Gilroy resides in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Franklin Graham has devoted his life to meeting the needs of people around the world and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. The eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, he serves as President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is a best-selling author. Under his leadership, Samaritan’s Purse has met the needs of poor, sick, and suffering people in more than 100 countries. As an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he has led crusades around the world.
Jennifer Grant is mother to four children and author of Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter (2011). For more than a decade she wrote for papers in the Sun-Times newsgroup. Currently she freelances for the Chicago Tribune and is a regular contributor to her.meneutics, Christianity Today magazine's blog for women. Grant is a Wheaton College graduate who received her master's in English and Creative Writing from Southern Methodist University. She lives outside of Chicago, IL.
Roxanna Green has been a practicing home health-care nurse, now serving as CEO of the Christina-Taylor Green Foundation. Her husband, John, is National Crosschecker in the scouting department of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have a son, Dallas, 12, and their daughter, Christina-Taylor, would have been 10 on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
David Gregory is the author of the New York Times Extended Bestseller Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, as well as A Day with a Perfect Stranger, The Next Level, The Last Christian, and coauthor of the nonfiction The Rest of the Gospel. After a 10-year business career, David earned masters degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas. He now writes full-time and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
John Hagee is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, as well as Jerusalem Countdown, which itself has sold over 1 million copies. He is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a nondenominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, as well as the founder and president of John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts his radio and television teachings throughout America and in 100 nations worldwide. Hagee is also the founder and national chairman of Christians United for Israel, a grassroots national association with over one million members to date.
Sandra Hagee Parker
Sandra Hagee Parker lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband Ryan and their daughters, the original pajama girls, Olivia and Elliana. A practicing attorney, Sandra is also a part of the music ministry at Cornerstone Church where she and her husband are leaders. When not working and writing, Sandra enjoys traveling with her family and mastering the art of making pancakes a la Pajama Girl with her two girls.
Hannah C. Hall
Kelly Hancock has one of the most popular money-saving blogs on the Internet, faithfulprovisions.com. She has also appeared on many radio and television programs to share her amazing savings secrets. She and her husband, Bradford, have 2 children and live in Nashville, TN.
Hank Hanegraaff, is 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. He’s author of the runaway bestsellers The Prayer of Jesus and The Complete Bible Answer Book—Collector’s Edition. He and his wife, Kathy, are parents to twelve children. www.equip.org
Jeanette Hanscome is an author, writing teacher, speaker, and busy mom. Her work has been featured by Focus on the Family, Standard Publishing, Walk Thru the Bible, and Lifeway. She enjoys cooking, knitting, reading, studying the Bible, and spending time with her two incredible sons. Jeanette was born with a rare vision disorder called Achromatopsia, which means she has no color vision, is extremely light sensitive, and has visual acuity in the legally blind range. Jeanette lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mark Victor Hansen
Mark Victor Hansen is an author and sought- after keynote speaker whose books have sold more than 500 million copies world-wide. His charismatic style captures both readers' attention and hearts. Having spoken to over 6,000 audiences, he receives high accolades as one of the most compelling speakers and leaders of our time. Mark's exuberance connects via television on shows such as Oprah, CNN and The Today Show, and in print in TIME, USA Today, and The New York Times. He lives in Newport Beach, California.
Karen Hardin is a literary agent and published author. She is the author of Seasons of Life, Seasons of Love, Finally Free, and the Finally Free Bible Study: 7 Weeks to Freedom from Your Past. She has also been a contributing editor author to numerous books and articles. She has been in the Christian publishing industry for 25 years and has had the privilege of working on numerous projects with some of the most recognized names in the industry.
Called “one of the best Bible teachers in the country” by Franklin Graham, Skip Heitzig served under Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa until 1981. He went on to found Calvary Albuquerque, which today ministers to more than 15,000 people. He has authored over two dozen books, including The Daily God Book, You Can Understand the Book of Revelation, and How to Study the Bible and Enjoy It. Skip and Lenya have been married for over 30 years and currently live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Nancy Herriman retired from a career as an engineer to chase around two small children and take up the pen. She hasn't looked back. When she is not writing, or gabbing over lattes about writing, she is either watching history shows on TV or performing with various choral groups. She lives in Ohio with her husband and sons, and wishes there were more hours in the day. Learn more online at www.nancyherriman.com.
Scottie Nell Hughes
Scottie Nell Hughes, a conservative journalist, appears on Fox News and other national media weekly. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, she is also the news director, spokeswoman, and chief contributor for the Tea Party News Network and was among the first group of radio talk show hosts sent by the Department of Defense to travel to the front lines of Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Kuwait as well as the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She lives in Hendersonville, TN.
Neta and Dave Jackson
Husband and wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are authors and/or coauthors of more than one hundred books which have sold in excess of 2.5 million copies. They are best known for Neta's award-winning Yada Yada series and their Trailblazer Books - a 40-volume series. They live in the Chicago metropolitan area, where Grounded is set.
Robert Jeffress (DMin, Southwestern Theological Seminary; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is an author and the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. His bold, biblical and practical approach to ministry has made him one of the country’s most respected evangelical leaders and earned him a Daniel Award from Vision America. He regularly appears on major mainstream media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, The O’Reilly Factor, Cavuto on Business, ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS’s The Early Show. He also hosts a television program, Pathway to Victory, and teaches a daily sermon series that airs on 1,200 television stations and cable systems throughout the nation and in 28 countries around the world.
Jerry B. Jenkins
Jerry B. Jenkins is a New York Times best-selling novelist (Left Behind Series) and biographer (Billy Graham, Hank Aaron, Walter Payton, Orel Hershiser, Nolan Ryan, Joe Gibbs and many more), with over 70 million books sold. His writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and he has been featured on the cover of Newsweek.
Dr. David Jeremiah
Dr. David Jeremiah leads a global broadcast ministry anchored by his television broadcast available in 200 million homes each week. His radio show now airs daily on more than 1,800 stations. He has a combined weekly audience of 10 million people. Jeremiah has authored more than 40 bestsellers, the most recent listed by the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal, and include Captured by Grace, What in the World Is Going On, and God Loves You – He Always Has, He Always Will. He pastors the Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California
Jeremy Jernigan is Executive Pastor of Creative Arts and Student Ministry at Central Christian Church in Arizona, which is home to 12,000 people each weekend. A second-generation preacher, he has a passion for communicating truth and serves as the secondary communicator at Central Christian. Jeremy is married to Michelle. Each of their four children have a middle name from a New York Yankees player. They reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mike and Hayley Jones
Mike and Hayley Jones already had two biological sons (ages 1 and 5) when they decided the time was right to pursue adoption. After a 3-year process, the family now calls themselves the “Jones Dozen.” all eight adopted children (ranging in age from 6 to 16) are biological siblings, comprised of seven boys and one girl, who came from a family where the father had died and the mother was unable to support the family. the Joneses make their home in Thompson Station, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville.
Dr. Tim Kimmel
Tim Kimmel is author of the best-selling Grace Based Parenting, which won the ECPA Gold Medallion award, as well as the 750,000-copy bestseller, Little House On the Freeway. he is president of Family Matters in Phoenix, Arizona, where he lives with his wife, Darcy, and their four children.
Joneal Kirby, Ph.D., is founding director of Heartfelt Ministry, a women's mentoring program and conference. She is the author of Heart of a Family for Mom: Common Sense Parenting with Wisdom from the Word and Hope for YOUR Family: Six Keys to Connecting with Your Teen, in addition to more than fifty Bible studies.
Dr. Kirby earned a PhD in marriage and parenting from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and has taught about marriage and parenting for more than thirty years in churches, on the Legacy Network's talk show Girlfriends, as a popular conference speaker, and as host of Heart to Home Radio. She and her husband have three children, a daughter-in-love and a son-in-love, and four grandsons.
Peter Leavell graduated from Boise State with a degree in history in 2007. With his passion for historical fiction, nothing delights Leavell more than people turning the pages of a book, enraptured by the story. He is the winner of the Christian Writer’s Guild’s best first novel 2012 for Gideon’s Call. He lives in Boise, Idaho.
Michael Letney has designed and crafted fine jewelry and sculpture for 30 years. His Unity Cross is the centerpiece for many weddings and a treasured reminder of a couple’s commitment. Each piece, and now book, crafted by Michael reflects a moment when God showed His glory. Michael and his wife of over 25 years, Barbie, live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Annie Lobert is a survivor of more than a decade of sex trafficking—working as an exotic dancer and a highclass escort prostituted in Hawaii, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas. She is an internationally recognized expert and advocate of ministry to men and women in the commercial sex industry from her personal experience. She and her husband, Oz Foxx, lead guitarist for the rock band Stryper, live in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Max Lucado loves words – written, spoken – it does not matter. He loves to craft sentences that are memorable, inspiring and hopefully life-changing. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 100 million products—80 million books—filled with his words have been sold. Max Lucado is a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. He has been married to Denalyn Preston Lucado since 1981, and they have three grown daughters—Jenna, Andrea and Sara—and one son-in-law, Brett.
Stephen Mansfield is a writer and speaker best known for his groundbreaking books on the role of religion in history, leadership, and modern culture. He first came to international attention with The Faith of George W. Bush, the New York Times bestseller that influenced Oliver Stone’s film, W. His book The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Stephen speaks around the world on topics of faith, leadership, and culture. He is also the founder of two firms: The Mansfield Group (MansfieldGroup.com) and Chartwell Literary Group (ChartwellLiterary.com). He lives in Nashville and in Washington, DC, with his wife, Beverly, who is an award-winning songwriter and producer.
When Nika was twenty years old a massive brainstem stroke le her unable to walk, speak, or even blink. Doctors warned her family she had as little as 48 hours to live. While trapped within her own body, unable to communicate her consciousness, all Nika could do was pray. Her faith sustained her and a year later she walked back onto her college campus on her own two feet. Nika went on to earn a BS in mass communication and an MA in English Education. In 2007 she was named the Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. She now writes and speaks full time, sharing her story of hope and endurance with groups across the country. Nika lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lydia McLaughlin manages three successful businesses, raises three young children, keeps her marriage strong and tirelessly gives back to the community. Together with her husband, Doug, she created SKYLAB Media Group, Inc., a luxury marketing agency, as well as Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. Lydia lives in Orange County, California.
As the mother of an active duty Marine, Edie Melson lived this book before she wrote it. Edie understands what it is to face adversity and come out triumphant on the other side. Her years as a wife, mother, and ministry leader have given her a unique perspective to reach out to others facing the same struggles. She’s the Military Family Blogger for Guideposts.org, social media director for several writing websites, and a popular ministry and conference speaker. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Lucas Miles is a writer, speaker, life coach, film producer, and pastor. He pours energy and passion into helping others understand how God’s grace works on a practical level in all areas of life. Lucas is the senior pastor of Oasis Granger (www.oasisgranger.com), a church community he and his wife, Krissy, planted in 2004. He is also president of the Oasis Network for Churches (www.oasnet.org), a multifaceted church-planting organization, which services churches in more than ten countries. He frequently appears on television, in churches, on podcasts, at universities, and at conferences throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to his work in the church, Lucas also maintains a strong presence in the entertainment industry. As the principal and founder of Miles Media, Inc., Lucas is committed to creating films with a purpose. Together, Lucas and Miles Media have a growing catalog of feature films under their belt, including Rodeo Girl, Crowning Jules, and The Penitent Thief and are currently in development for several TV pilots and additional feature film projects. Whether in the church, in the entertainment industry, or in the lives of everyday people, Lucas seeks to influence everyone with the truth of the gospel and help remind them that God's goodness knows no bounds. Lucas and Krissy have been married since 2001 and they reside in Granger, Indiana, with their doberman named Kenya.
Calvin Miller (1937-2012) was a best-selling author with nearly 4 million books in print, including Worthy Publishing's title, Letters to Heaven. Praised by such well-known voices as Max Lucado and Eugene Peterson, Miller—a former pastor—traveled and spoke all over the world and served as a professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School for 13 years.
As one of Christian music’s most influential singer-songwriters, Cindy Morgan has garnered 12 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including the prestigious Songwriter of the Year trophy. With more than 21 No.1 hits to her credit, Morgan has penned songs for many of the top names in contemporary Christian and pop music, as well as several television programs. She continues to perform around the world. She and her husband, novelist Sigmund Brouwer, live with their daughters near Nashville, Tennessee and Ontario, Canada.
Nichole Nordeman has twice been named GMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year and is also a noted lyricist who has won 9 Dove Awards. Nordeman lives in Tulsa, OK.
Andrew Palau, son of international evangelist Luis Palau, is an evangelist in his own right—organizing outreach events worldwide for the Palau Association and regularly sharing the gospel with tens of thousands. Andrew can be heard on the daily radio program Reaching Your World, which is on more than 850 radio stations in 27 countries. He and the Palau team have also been featured in some of the world’s leading media outlets including the Associated Press, Forbes Online, The Washington Post, CNBC Asia and USA Today. In addition, Andrew maintains his own website, which receives 5,000 visitors a month. He and his wife have three children and live in Portland, Oregon, close to the world headquarters of the Palau ministry.
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott
New York Times bestsellers Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are founders of LesAndLeslie.com and the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. Their best-selling 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 on CNN, Good Morning America and Oprah.
Mary Lou Quinlan
Mary Lou Quinlan has written inspirational features for national magazines including O, the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and More. She has appeared on television programs such as CBS’s Early Show, Good Morning America, and NBC’s Today, and has been profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. She holds an MBA from Fordham University. Quinlan and her husband, Joe, live in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with their dog, Rocky.
Pastor Rudy Rasmus has led St. John's United Methodist Church with his wife, Juanita, for more than twenty years. St. John's has grown to over 9,000-member church (3,000 of whom are, or were, homeless at one time) and is one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country. Pastor Rudy attributes the success of the church to a compassionate congregation which has embraced the vision of tearing down walls of classism, sexism, and racism, and replacing them with unconditional love and acceptance. Rudy and Juanita are the proud parents of two daughters.
Ralph Reed is founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. He was senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaigns in both 2000 and 2004, and chairman of the Southeast Region for BC04. As chairman of the Georgia Republican Party he led the GOP to its biggest victory in history, helping to elect the first Republican Governor and third U.S. Senator since Reconstruction. Reed is chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, LLC, a public relations and public affairs firm. As executive director of the Christian Coalition from 1989-1997, he built one of the most effective public policy organizations in recent political history. He is the best-selling author and editor of five books. He and his wife, Jo Anne, live near Atlanta, Georgia. They have four children.
Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, writer, and speaker and has worked on sta with Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Rutledge Hill Press, and Ideals magazine. The author of nine books and a frequent contributor to devotional collections, Ramona has written sales training videos, feature lm scripts, novels, gi books, Bible studies, biographies, cookbooks, and magazine articles. Her daughter, Rachel, has severe disablilities and is o en featured as the heroine in Ramona’s devotions and magazine articles. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten.
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, devotionals, nonfiction, and through speaking events and retreats, drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry. Her books have been recognized by Selah Awards, Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, Family Fiction's Readers' Choice, RT Reviewers' Choice, ForeWord Book Reviews Book of the Year, Inspirational Readers' Choice Award, and other honors. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.
Bobby Schuller, born in 1981, is an American Christian pastor, writer, and televangelist. He is the grandson of Robert H. Schuller, founder of the Crystal Cathedral. Bobby now hosts the Hour of Power television program and is senior pastor of Shepherd’s Grove church in Garden Grove, California, the congregation formerly known as the Crystal Cathedral. Schuller is also president of the St. Patrick Project, a social services outreach in Orange County.
John Sheasby is an evangelist and teacher from South Africa who now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he leads Liberated Living Ministries. He is an in-demand international speaker and a frequent guest at Michael W. Smith events throughout the year. Ken Gire is the author of more than 20 books, including the bestsellers The Divine Embrace and Intimate Moments with the Savior. A graduate of Texas Christian University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he lives in Colorado.
Stephen Shortridge has been a professional artist for more than 30 years. In the '70s and '80s he had a successful career in acting which included film, TV, and commercials. In 1989 he left Los Angeles and acting to pursue his love of art. He has since become a world-renowned painter. His brilliant creativity and profound spiritual insights are reflected in both his painting and his writing. Stephen and his wife, Cathy, live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where they raised their family and manage The Painter’s Chair Fine Art Gallery.
Michael W. Smith
In addition to winning several Grammy and Dove awards, Michael W. Smith has recorded more than 22 albums and had numerous hit songs in the Christian market and on mainstream radio. He is also involved in relief work, at home and around the world, and is the founder of Rocketown, an outreach to teenagers in a 38,000 square-foot facility in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. He has written several best-selling books including Old Enough to Know and Friends Are Friends Forever. He and his wife, Debbie, have 5 children and live in Nashville.
As a long time internationally renowned photographer, writer, and sportsman conservationist, Dale Spartas has had thousands of his photographs published, including over 250 magazine covers. His award winning books include ROOSTER! A Tribute to Pheasant Hunting in North America, To the Point!, Just Labs, Just Goldens, The Little Book of Fly Fishing, and 101 Uses for Labs. Dale's work has allowed him the pleasure of exploring and experiencing the outdoors in search of images to tell the stories of a vast array of outdoor activities and adventures. He has been fortunate that his assignments have taken him all around the world in pursuit of his art. Dale has also been fortunate to call Bozeman, Montana home, living there with his family, including a number of wise dogs of his own.
Pat Springle is the founder of Baxter Press and coauthor of the classic work Codependency. Pat served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and was an executive at Rapha Treatment Centers. Springle has authored and coauthored more than 50 books.
Laura Story is a well known songwriter whose career has skyrocketed in 2011 to the top of the Charts with her blockbuster hit, Blessings. Now one of the most played artists on Christian radio, she and her husband Martin, who recovered from a brain tumor and major surgery a few years ago, live in Atlanta. There she works in music and women’s ministry at Perimeter Church (4,000 members).
Dennis Swanberg served the local church in pastoral ministry for 23 years. Then, in 1995, Dennis took a leap of faith when he stepped down as church pastor and stepped up to the microphone. Soon, Swan became “America’s Minister of Encouragement,” speaking to about 150 churches and organizations every year. He has hosted two successful TV series, authored eight books, and created over a dozen DVDs. Dennis is a graduate of Baylor University. He earned both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry at Southwestern Seminary. He is married, has two grown sons, and lives in Monroe, Louisiana.
Charles R. Swindoll
Charles R. Swindoll is the award-winning author of more than ninety books that together have sold more than 20 million copies. Chuck serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. He was named by Christianity Today as one of the twenty-five influential pastors of the past twenty-five years. His radio program, Insight for Living, which was named Program of the Year by National Religious Broadcasters and airs daily on more than 2,000 radio stations around the world. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Frisco, Texas. They have four grown children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dr. John Townsend
Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, speaker and leadership coach. He has authored or coauthored over 20 books, selling 5 million copies, including the 2 million-unit bestseller Boundaries and Leadership Beyond Reason. He cohosts the nationally syndicated daily radio program NewLifeLive! heard on over 160 markets nationwide, with a listening audience of 3 million. Dr. Townsend and his family live in Southern California.
Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, adoring the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Brandy’s fondness for tea can only be paralleled by her love of BBC period dramas, deep conversations, and a good book. Brandy lives in Colorado with her adventurous missionary husband, a debonair son who has adopted her love of all things British, and a beautiful daughter who reminds her to pay attention to moments and never lose the wonder. You can visit Brandy on the web at www.brandyvallance.com.
David Vanderpool is CEO and founder of Live Beyond, a not-for-profit mobile disaster relief organization providing medical, spiritual, and logistical support in more than a dozen disaster-ridden countries around the world. After Hurricane Katrina hit the southeastern coast of the U.S., Vanderpool felt a call to act. When the staggering earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, he used his trauma surgeon skills to provide care to those in need. In 2013 David and his wife, Laurie, moved to Thomazeau, Haiti, where Live Beyond is now based.
Ellen Vaughn collaborated with Mary Beth Chapman, wife of Steven Curtis Chapman, on her New York Times bestseller Choosing to SEE, and coauthored various award-winning books with Chuck Colson. She also collaborated on the New York Times bestseller It’s All about Him, the story of Denise Jackson, wife of country music superstar Alan Jackson. Vaughn's solo books include Time Peace, Radical Gratitude, and The Strand. She lives in a Washington, D.C. suburb with her husband, Lee, their three teenagers, and two dogs.
Michael Vick is the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. The 2010 season was the most prolific of his career, earning him a start in the Pro Bowl and cementing his comeback in football. Prior to joining the the Eagles, Michael played for the Atlanta Falcons (from 2001-2006), the team that originally chose him first overall in the 2001 NFL draft.
Phil Waldrep is the president of Phil Waldrep Ministries in Decatur, Alabama. He hosts a weekly online video series and podcast called Real Life with Phil Waldrep. Phil and his wife, Debbie, are the founders of the popular Women of Joy Conferences. Phil also founded the Gridiron Men’s Conference and Celebrators, a conference designed for mature adults. Phil speaks to audiences each year helping them address personal and family issues from a biblical perspective. Phil is a dedicated family man; he and Debbie have two grown children and one grandchild. For more information visit www.PhilWaldrep.org.
James Watkins is the author of sixteen books including Death & Beyond, which won a Campus Life “Book of the Year” award, and the Why Files series, which was honored with a Christian Retailer’s Choice award. He serves as associate acquisitions editor at Wesleyan Publishing House (Indianapolis) and has won four Evangelical Press Association awards for editing. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a BA in Theology and his graduate work is in communications at Ball State University and Purdue University.
Thomas á Kempis has been a best-selling author for more than five centuries. He was a priest, monk, and writer who lived in obscurity in 14th Century Germany. His words have changed lives for over 500 years.
Dr. Leslie Wickman was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She later earned a Master’s degree in Aero/Astro Engineering, as well as a doctoral degree in Human Factors and Biomechanics, from Stanford University. For over a decade she worked as an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space in Sunnyvale, California. While there, she had the opportunity to work on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station Programs, and received commendations from both NASA and contractors for her contributions. During this time, she was designated as Lockheed’s Corporate Astronaut. Following Lockheed Martin, she moved to WET Labs in Universal City, California, where she was instrumental in the development and programming of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. After that she spent several years working as a research scientist with The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, on technical and political aspects of various national defense issues. She currently acts as Chair of the Engineering & Computer Science Department, as well as Director of the Center for Research in Science (CRIS), at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. In addition, she serves as an engineering specialist on various aerospace projects. Currently, her primary research project involves investigating the effects of climate change on national security issues. Leslie played women’s professional football with the California Quake (Women’s World Bowl Champions in 2002), as well as pro-am beach doubles volleyball with the FIVB and CBVA. She has traveled with Athletes in Action Volleyball to Bolivia, Brazil, and South Africa. Dr. Wickman is also an ordained minister.
Jud Wilhite serves as senior pastor of 15,000-member Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. He is the author of several books, including Stripped: Uncensored Grace on the Streets of Vegas. He and his wife, Lori, reside in the Las Vegas area with their two children and a slobbery bulldog named Roxy.
BeBe Winans is a groundbreaking inspirational, R&B, and gospel vocalist, writer, and producer who has recorded with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, and Whitney Houston. He has won 4 Grammy awards, 10 Dove awards, and 6 Stellar awards, has had a syndicated radio show, and has acted in both film and theater. In 1987 he teamed up with sister CeCe Winans for an amazing run of smash hits and platinum-selling albums. BeBe resides with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.
Joan Wolf has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Milford, Connecticut, where she raised two children and an assortment of horses, dogs, and cats. Along the way she also managed to write forty-six published novels—the writing of which profoundly enriched her life.
Dr. Michael Youssef
Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, a worldwide ministry that leads the way for people living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ through the creative use of media and on-the-ground ministry teams. His weekly television programs and daily radio programs are broadcast more than 4,300 times per week in 24 languages to more than 190 countries. He is also the founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia.