John I. Snyder is an international pastor, author, and conference speaker. His highly acclaimed prayer guide Your 100 Day Prayer from Thomas Nelson Publishers has transformed the lives of readers all over the world, taking them on a 100-day journey in prayer over a specific issue or circumstance in their lives. John received his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and he received his Doctor of Theology degree magna cum laude in New Testament Studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, pastor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His thirty books, which include The Bone Box and American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream), have sold millions of copies. He has co-authored eleven books with Josh McDowell, including the best-selling Right from Wrong (What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices), and the award-winning Don't Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award, among others. Bob is a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. Bob was ordained to the ministry in 1980 by the Salvation Army and earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College. In 2000, Bob (with his wife, Robin) helped to co-found Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. They have two children and four grandchildren. He has been a disc jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor, and (with Robin) a foster parent to ten boys (though not all at once). They live in Hamilton, Ohio. You can follow Bob at @bobhoss.
Brad Hambrick is Pastor of Counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, NC. He also serves as instructor of biblical counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has authored several books including Do Ask, Do Tell, Let's Talk: Why and How Christians Should Have Gay Friends and God's Attributes: Rest for Life's Struggles. He provides many resources on counseling at bradhambrick.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradHambrick.
Brandon Gross is an author, photographer, and practitioner of the art of rock-paper-scissors. He has written two books: “Steps: 7 Ways I Found Hope in a Church that Appeared Hopeless” and is currently finishing, “I Forgive Church: Rediscovering Hope Lost in the Church.” For most of his life, Brandon grew up as a pastor’s kid, or “PK” for those who are in the club. His childhood consisted of a healthy dose of organ music and fellowship dinners all sandwiched in spit-slinging sermons that made the front row of a Gallagher “Smash-O-Matic” show seem dry. After spending 7 years working in the church management software industry and volunteering heavily in his local church, Brandon lost hope in the church; ultimately leaving, never intending to return. It took years but God helped him see through the brokenness and hurt in the church to rediscover the beauty that had been there all along. Brandon likes to say he was “one of those statistics” you hear about but was rescued from himself. He now spends his time writing and helping others rediscover hope in a broken church. It’s a messy but beautiful process and he wouldn’t like it any other way. You can connect with Brandon by going to www.brandongross.tv and you can download his free ebook “STEPS” by going to www.brandongross.tv/ebook. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_gross.
Calvinist Picard is a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies graduate and currently about halfway through a Ph.D. in Leadership program. He has worked in education and ministry in various roles for just a little over a decade. Follow him on Twitter at @CalvinistPicard and on Facebook at CalvinistPicard.
Chris (Michael Christopher) Dunn believes that God is worth his word being studied well and his desire is to study it seriously without taking himself too seriously. He teaches Bible at a private Christian School and serves as Director of Discipleship at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Wilson, NC. Follow him at @mcdunn85.
Chris Linzey is husband to Tené, father to the three most beautiful children in the world, movie addict (seriously, if it’s on a screen he'll watch it—doesn’t matter how crummy or low-budget), and a Navy Chaplain, currently assigned to Naval Air Station, Meridian. Chris has a deep desire to help people live lives of faith where the Bible is more than mere words on a page, but the way we live everyday. His undergrad and Master’s studies were in Biblical Studies and he focused on the New Testament (his mentor was a Gospel of Mark scholar). He went on to get a Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Pastoral Preaching. Follow him at @chrislinzey.
Dave Gipson is a husband, father of 4 adopted children and one biological child, former foster parent, and pastor of Legacy Church of Naples, FL. He’s also an author, contributing regular commentaries to the Naples Daily News as well as other international publications. He has served churches for the last 25+ years, from Florida to the inner-city of Chicago. Rev. Gipson holds his ordination in the Southern Baptist denomination, and has two earned Masters degrees in Religion and Divinity. Read more at http://RevBigHair.com. Follow him on Twitter at @revbighair.
Elijiah Thompson is a Christian, father, blogger, armchair philosopher/theologian, podcaster, and aspiring scientist. He graduated with a Bachelors in Biology in 2013, and regularly writes on apologetics, science, and the practical applications of well thought-out philosophy at ElijiahT. As humans created in the image of God, Elijiah believes that we ought to critically examine all aspects of our lives, even [especially] the areas that may make us uncomfortable. He may be constantly flirting with heterodoxy, but that is only to discover what is true about God and his creation. Follow him at @ElijiahT.
Eric Johnson wears many hats! Husband, father, organic church planter, pastor, preacher, conference speaker, worship leader, songwriter, cancer survivor, and a semi-retired professional stand-up comedian, Eric has been really blessed over the years to have the following artists close the show for him: Hawk Nelson, 7eventh Time Down, The Josh Gilbert Band, and Shinebright. Eric makes his home in majestic mountains of Bristol, Tennessee, with his amazing wife, Crystal and their son, Kyle. Follow him at @EricIsGuitarted.
Dr. Stan Wood is the Executive Director of Sower’s Field. For over 30 years, he has been involved in Church Planting as a church planter, national staff leader and missiologist. Dr. Wood wrote and directed a Lilly Grant research study, identifying leadership profiles of church planters. An Adjunct Professor of Congregational Leadership and Evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary leading the Church Planting Cohort for the Fuller DMin program, he is also Adjunct Professor teaching church planting courses, mentoring masters and doctoral students, at Columbia, Memphis, Denver and Pittsburgh Theological Seminaries. He is also a Resident Fellow of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute teaching Church Planting, Mission-Shaped Church Leadership and Evangelization courses.Dr. Wood has developed a denomination-wide national strategy for church planting and a coaching program for church planters, as well as designing and leading many national New Church Development conferences. He is the author of the book Planting a Church: Critical Questions, Essential Stages, Important Decisions. Click here to order or for more info. Stan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Kings College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. At one point during his ministry in Philadelphia Stan also served as chaplain to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. He is married to Dar Sessions Wood, Ph.D. She is the love of his life. He is an “underground” ski instructor, occasional wrangler, surfer and is learning to fly fish.
Jeremy Lundmark is a former pastor and former host of the podcast "After The Sermon." Jeremy has earned his Masters of Ministry from Summit University in Clark's Summit, PA. He is the author of the book, The Fury of God. Jeremy is a husband of thirteen years to Alison G. Lundmark and is the proud father of three children: Alexander, Brionna, and Scarlett. To connect, leave a comment on one of his posts at TheologyMix.com.
Jill Richardson serves as Lead Pastor at Resolution Church in Chicagoland. She has published five books and contributed to others from Lillenas Publishing House and Christianity Today. Favorite topics for writing, speaking, and Facebook ranting include: grace, the terrible messages we send to teenagers, risk taking and fighting fear, communicating with and learning from the Millennial generation, being a Christian in a post-Christian world (without being a jerk), church, writing, missions, and travel. Her MDiv comes from Bethel Seminary in St Paul with an emphasis in theology and preaching, and she is in the midst of a doctorate program at Gordon-Conwell in Leadership in a Changing Church Context. In another age, she also studied English at Washington University. She has an unnatural love for Middle-earth, chocolate marzipan, old musicals, fish tacos, and Earl Grey. She believes in Jesus, grace, restoration, kindness, justice, and the Cubs. Her passion is her tagline: Picturing Faith with the Next Generation. She can be found at jillmrichardson.com.
Joe McKeever has been saved more than 60 years, been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ more than 50 years, and has been writing articles and drawing cartoons for religious publications more than 40 years. He put in 42 years pastoring six Southern Baptist Churches, followed by five years as director of missions for the SBC churches of metro New Orleans, and has been involved in a “retirement” ministry since 2009. He draws a daily cartoon for the Baptist Press (www.bpnews.net/cartoons), writes a series on “My Favorite Deacon” for Lifeway’s Deacon Magazine, blogs daily (www.joemckeever.com), and has published a number of cartoon books. Joe is the father of 3 children and has 8 grandchildren. He was widowed in January 2015. His life verse is Job 4:4, “Your words have stood men on their feet.” Follow him on Twitter at @drjoemckeever.
Keith L. Posehn currently lives in Weeki Wachee, Florida and is the Pastor and Head of Staff at Grace Presbyterian Church in Spring Hill, Florida. A fifth generation Californian, he grew up in the Gold Country and attended Casa Roble High School, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Keith earned his doctorate from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas. He loves his wife Tracy and their three boys Forrest, Ryan, and Jesse. Keith enjoys golf, home improvement, golf, restoring old cars, golf, gardening, the outdoors, and golf.
From gang-banger and professional rapper to preacher and theologian, Kyle J. Howard has experienced Sovereign Grace and has dedicated his life to proclaiming it to others. Born into a family of attorneys, Kyle was trained in rhetoric from an early age. Twelve years ago, and shortly before signing a contract with a major recording label, Kyle was radically converted to Christianity. Since then, he has attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. At Southern, he has received an Associates in Biblical & Theological Studies, a Bachelors in Biblical Counseling, and is currently pursuing graduate degrees (Advanced M. Div & later a Ph.D.) in Historical Theology. Kyle serves faithfully in his local church and is a husband and father of two with a third on the way. He can be heard on his weekly podcast "Coram Deo" and through his popular parody twitter account the @SuperTheologian He can also usually be found in his study or at the playground with his wife and kids. You can follow him on Twitter at @KyleJamesHoward.
Martin Wiles is an author, minister, and freelance editor currently residing in Greenwood, South Carolina. He and his wife Michelle are founders and editors of Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles has authored Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books), Authentic Christianity (Smashwords) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), and Rise (Chaplain Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and also written for LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Open Windows, Proclaim, The Secret Place, Upper Room, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, and Power for Living. He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, and PCC Daily Devotions, and is a regular contributor for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina. You can follow him @linesfromgod.
Matt Whitman believes in God and thinks things are funny. He was raised in Fort Collins, Colorado before moving to Chicago where he graduated from Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He met his wife Camilla on his first day of college in his first class. They’ve got three kids together and now live in the mountains of beautiful western Wyoming where Matt works as the Senior Pastor of the Lander Evangelical Free Church. Matt’s a teach-straight-through-books-of-the-Bible kind of guy and uses his appreciation of history, humor, culture, and narrative to help people understand God’s Word. In addition to church and family, Matt throws a lot of time at filmmaking. He writes, acts, and directs and also hosts a YouTube program called The Ten Minute Bible Hour in which he teaches books of the Bible in a tight, informative, and funny format. Matt is the editor and co-author of the book Putting God in His Place: Exalting God in the iCulture published by Nextstep Resources. In addition to writing and film, he enjoys rock music, competitive team sports, and travel. Connect with him on Twitter @MattWhitmanTMBH.
Michael P. Kelly is a retired police sergeant from the Huntington Beach Police Department in southern California, with 30+ years of law enforcement experience. He served in a variety of assignments in uniform, administration, and supervision. He developed expertise in training personnel with an emphasis in defensive tactics, officer survival, and critical incident management. He served several years in media and intergovernmental relations. At the time of his retirement, he was assigned to the department’s Professional Standards Unit (otherwise known as Internal Affairs). Two years before retirement, Mike was diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to the Lord's blessings and a team of good doctors, he survived the ordeal after major surgery and a battery of chemo and radiation treatments. Subsequent to retirement, he taught academy classes at the Golden West Community College Criminal Justice Training Center in Huntington Beach, CA, and worked for the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training as a course evaluator. Mike has done volunteer ministry work for his local Catholic parish, as a teacher of adult and school-age formation classes, and as a member of the Pastoral Council. He has also conducted public speaking presentations about his spiritual life as a police officer and cancer survivor. He authored a suspense novel entitled For Sake of the Son, which was published in 2013 and is well received by readers who have responded with five star reviews posted by online retailers. He is working on another project for future publication. Mike resides in southern California where he celebrates a successful family life as a husband, father of two successful sons, and grandfather to two rambunctious boys…all of whom he considers his greatest blessings.
Rachael Heib is an LPC (licensed professional counselor) and is working on a certification in Play Therapy. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of LaVerne, California and her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Atlanta, Georgia. Rachael’s mission in life is to enrich the lives of children and adults through resolving conflicts, applying biblical concepts, and encouraging people to use their natural abilities and talents to better their lives and the lives of those around them. Rachael is married to her high school sweetheart Philipp. They have three bio children and are raising three more. They have fostered a total of five children. To learn more about Rachael, visit her website: https://musingsfromatherapist.wordpress.com/about-rachael/. You can follow Rachael at @theracuppy.
Scott McCausey is the Director of Radio Ministries at Christian Devotions Ministries. God presented this unique challenge in January of 2010 and has since brought exciting, well-know Christian leaders to the show he hosts, Christian Devotions Speak UP! Guests have included Christian recording artists, famous authors, ministers and evangelists and famous sports celebrities, all whom share a common goal to spread the word of Jesus Christ. Scott’s day job has him formulating polyurethane systems for Innovative Polymers of St. Johns, Michigan. He has performed various duties within this company for over 23 years and his vast knowledge of chemistry helps answer technical questions and steer new programs in the right direction. At home, Scott is the father of five children. He has been married to his wife Renee for over 20 years and he leads a Family Integrated Church in the mid-Michigan area. He enjoys writing devotions, throwing frisbees, fishing and following baseball and football. Follow him at @CDSPEAKUP.
Sydna Massé is President and Founder of Ramah International. Previous to her work through Ramah, Sydna served Dr. James C. Dobson as the Manager of Focus on the Family’s Crisis Pregnancy Ministry. Through her seven years directing that ministry, she saw first-hand the limited resources available to mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings touched by an abortion decision. Her first effort to reach these hearts is available through her book — Her Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion. You can follow her at @abortionrecover or visit her website ramahinternational.org.
The Bitter Pastor— Extensive theological training, an incisive thinker and commentator with years of ministry and mission experience in and outside the church, The Bitter Pastor adroitly cuts through false theology and heretical ideas.
From his earliest days, Tim Hiller’s story consisted of three things: A boy, a ball, and a dream. The boy with a ball began chasing his dream by dodging imaginary defenders in his parents’ backyard and cutting out pictures from Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine. The pursuit of his dream continued through the ranks and record books of the Orrville High School and Western Michigan University football programs, where Tim re-wrote the standards in virtually every major passing category. And his dream culminated in the National Football League, where Tim spent time with four teams, primarily the Indianapolis Colts. Today, Tim is the author of the book Strive, a nationally recognized speaker, and the co-founder of Next Level Performance, which builds leadership and character in student-athletes through the sports they play. Tim and his wife Michelle and son Daniel reside in Kalamazoo, Michigan. To learn more about Tim and his work, visit timhiller.com or follow him at @timhiller3.