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.
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.
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.
Teasi Cannon has a master’s in pastoral counseling from Liberty Theological Seminary. She is a teacher and conference leader based in Nashville, Tennessee.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Evans is an award-winning journalist and Middle East analyst who has served as confidante to 52 world leaders, including Menachem Begin and Benjamin Netanyahu. A member of the National Press Club in Washington D.C., he is a New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 million copies in print, including The Final Move Beyond Iraq and The Final Solution While the World Sleeps. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
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 SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 a marriage and family therapist and the founding director of Christian Counseling and Resource Center. Dr. Kirby established Heart to Home, a women’s mentoring relationship which encourages spiritually meaningful, cross-generational friendships. She lives in West Monroe, Louisiana.
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.
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.
Lydia McLaughlin manages three successful businesses, raises two young children (and expecting another), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Lockheed Martin corporate astronaut, rocket scientist, and engineer on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station programs, Leslie Wickman, Ph.D., is currently director of the Center for Research in Science at Azusa Pacific University. Stanford University-educated Wickman also works as a research scientist with government think tanks on technical and political aspects of national aerospace and defense issues. She is an internationally respected research scientist, engineering consultant, and inspirational speaker. Leslie lives in Los Angeles, California.
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.