Aaron Jeffries is from the Mountain State. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristen Jeffries and they have been blessed with two amazing boys. When not writing, he and his wife are typically chasing the boys around or working. He says writing about himself is the hardest task set before him. So if you would like to get know him feel to follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/ajeffries1.
Anne Peterson is a poet, speaker and published author of 14 books, including her memoir, Broken: A Story of Abuse, Survival, and Hope. She has also authored and published Bible Studies as well as over 40 articles with christianbiblestudies.com/Today’s Christian Woman. Anne is a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com as well as medium.com. Anne's tagline is "Life is hard, so I write words to make it softer." Writers need to write about what they know. Anne knows grief. Having lost her mother, her father, and 3 of her siblings and most recently her baby granddaughter, Anne is well acquainted with grief. She wants those who have lost loved ones to know they are not alone. She has written a new Free ebook for her subscribers, entitled, "Helping Someone in Grief: 17 Things You Need to Know." You can sign up to join her newsletter and as a bonus receive her Ebook. To find out more about Anne, follow her on Twitter at @annepeterson, on Facebook at Anne Peterson, or visit her website http://www.annepeterson.com.
Bob Fabey speaks, writes, and mentors helping people to embrace their God-given dignity and give it to others in extravagant ways. An ordained minister based in Arizona, he is the host of 3rd Space Podcast and has just released the book Not My Jesus, a humorous yet poignant look at faith, culture, and life. Connect with him at Bobfabey.com.
Bob Hostetler is a literary agent, 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.
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.
Carol Howell is a Certified Dementia Specialist and Endorsed Life Coach with an emphasis on Creative Music Experiences. After her husband’s closed-head injury in 1996 and her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2006, Carol began her study of the brain and the various forms of dementia that exist. Through her not-for profit company, Senior Life Journeys, she is actively involved in the lives of individuals who are caregiving for a loved-one with dementia as she helps them develop caregiving techniques. Carol’s latest book, Let’s Talk Dementia-A Caregiver’s Guide, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller, and it is an easy to read guide for caregivers of individuals with dementia. She also wrote the best seller If My Body Is A Temple, Why Am I Eating Doughnuts? It tells of the amazing miracle that caused her to lose 100 pounds. You can follow her blog—Something to Ponder—at www.seniorlifejourneys.com.
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.
Chris Thomas is the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn, MI, with a heart for helping others grow in their faith. Born and raised in Northern California, he met his wife Stacy there, and together they have four kids and two dogs who keep them busy. Chris has a Bachelors in Bible and Theology as well as Counseling Psychology from William Jessup University, and a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has served in vocational ministry from age 19 in multiple denominations and contexts. Since high school, Chris has run a video production business, now using those skills to create video curriculum for the church. Chris writes about topics where faith, life and culture intersect. He is a huge fan of story and loves to read books or watch shows that spark his imagination. You can see more of Chris’s work at his website pastorchristhomas.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrissthomas, on Instagram at @pastorchristhomas, and here on YouTube.
Dave Gipson is a husband, father of 4 adopted children and one biological child, former foster parent, and pastor at Naples Family Church of Naples, FL. An author, Dave's new highly acclaimed book, "The Seven Surprises: Everyday Epiphanies on Being a Better Human Being," is now available. He also contributes 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://davegipson.net. Follow him on Twitter at @realdavegipson.
The author of ‘A Grand Illusion: How Progressive Christianity Undermines Biblical Faith’ (Renew.org, 2019), Dr. David Young is a senior pastor, author, speaker, television host and a former teacher and visiting professor. He holds advanced degrees in religion, including a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He currently leads North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, TN. NBCC is one of the largest CoC congregations in North America. David and his wife, Julie, have two married children.
Renew is an international group of like-minded pastors, scholars, professionals and laypersons who are passionate about reclaiming the foundations of biblical Christianity and the mission of disciple-making in the name of King Jesus for the 21st-century church.
Dean is the co-founder and CEO of Tithe.ly. Before launching Tithe.ly, Dean was involved in ministry for more than 30 years. During this time, he planted over 50 churches and raised millions of dollars to spread the Gospel, equip leaders, and see lives transformed by Jesus. When Dean is not encouraging his team and helping churches grow, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family. Follow Dean on Twitter at @tithelyapp.
Deb Wolf is a passionate blessing counter who loves learning about the ways faith and life intersect—the ways a relationship with God through faith in Jesus can make an impact on every moment of the day. Deb lives in Missouri with her husband and furry child, Sadie, now that all of their human children are grown and have little ones of their own. And yes, being a grandparent is the best! Join her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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.
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 is the pastor of Real Hope Community Church near Chicago. She is the author of six books and a national speaker, as well as a contributor to books from Dayspring, Lillenas, and Christianity Today. Jill’s doctorate in "Church Leadership in a Changing Context" is helping her with her passion—passing on a healthy, creative church and doing it with the next generation. She is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Bethel Seminary (St. Paul), and Washington University. Her focus is on church leadership, creative preaching, immigration and refugees, women’s issues, and intergenerational leadership. She has an unnatural love for Middle-earth, chocolate marzipan, old musicals, fish tacos, oceans, cats, and Earl Grey. She believes in Jesus, grace, restoration, kindness, justice, and the Cubs. You can find her work 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.
John I. Snyder is an international pastor (currently serving at Starnberg Fellowship, Starnberg, Germany), conference speaker, and author of the book Resenting God: Escape the Downward Spiral of Blame (ranked #1 on Christian Ethics in Theology on Amazon) from Abingdon Press. His highly acclaimed prayer guide Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God (ranked #1 on Meditations on Amazon books, #1 on Prayer on Amazon Kindle, #9 on Christian living on Amazon) 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. John has been featured on Focus on the Family, Moody Radio, Fox News, Faith Radio Network, Cru, American Family Radio Network, In the Market with Janet Parshall, The Bottom Line with Roger Marsh, Miracle Channel, Bill Martinez Live, and many more.
John Mallonee is the Senior Pastor of Blessed Hope Bible Church in Liverpool, PA. Called to this ministry in 2012, he also networks with the American Pastors Network, and serves in a leadership role as a millennial pastor. John has worked on the board of the millennial pastor initiative alongside Statistician George Barna, Tim Barton, President of WallBuiders, Honorable Sam Rohrer (President of APN), and others. He has a Bachelor of Ministry (B. Min.), a Master of Theology (Th. M.), and a Doctor of Theology (Th. D.) from the College of the Open Bible and Theological Seminary, Greenville, SC. John is a published author and currently writes a daily online and print devotional. In addition to writing, he also produces a weekly radio spot, Weekend Devotion. John and his wife Rebekah have four children: Rachel, Hannah, Isaiah, and Sarah Beth. The family currently resides in Newport, PA and is actively involved in their community. You can follow John on Twitter at @soul_dr1982 or visit his website: https://www.johnmallonee.org/.
Martin Wiles is an author, teacher, 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 , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.
Matt Ferris lives in Wheaton, Illinois and is involved in Bible study ministry in his local church. He is also active in children's ministry and has written a number of hymns. His books include Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacramentalism, If One Uses It Lawfully: The Law of Moses and the Christian Life and Losing Religion, Finding Jesus: Moving beyond Cultural Christianity. He and his wife have been married since 1987 and have four adult children and six grandchildren. He blogs at gentlemantheologian.com. You can follow him on Twitter @ferrismattic.
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.
Mike Novotny is a co-pastor at The CORE, a downtown church in Appleton, WI, with a passion to prioritize people who are far from God. As lead speaker for Time of Grace, a media ministry that connected with people more than 54 million times over various platforms in 2019, Mike teaches people to seek God first, see God in all his glory, and be satisfied with God, even if God is all they have. He loves dating his wife and two daughters, continuing his streak of 35 years of playing organized soccer, running long distances (even when not being chased), and reading anything he can get his hands on.
Mike Page was born in the UK longer ago than he cares to remember but has spent more than half his life in Munich, Germany. He became a Christian during his first year at Aberystwyth University in Wales after resisting the gospel every Sunday for about 6 months. He and his wife both have bioscience PhDs and have been involved in international churches for over 25 years. In 2001 they became proud parents of a twin boy and girl.
Paul Watermulder: From merchant seaman on oil tankers to juvenile probation officer to police officer (City of Berkeley, California) to pastor, Dr. Watermulder has served churches in New Jersey and California, and is a sought-after speaker at churches and conferences across the country and overseas. An alumnus of Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, Paul has served on the boards of many service organizations and seminaries. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Presbyterian Outlook Magazine. Of his work as a policeman he says, “This was the work that made me into a who I was meant to be. Caring for the people on a beat was early training for becoming a pastor to a church, unbeknownst to me! Lots of camaraderie, ample street encounters and the ensuing fights, chases, and arrests. But best of all was making relationships with the other cops and with the people who lived on my beat and for trust to grow in all those relationships.” Paul is married to Genie and together they have four grown children and six grandkids, one of whom is already in the Kingdom.
Philipp Meinecke—Husband, father, culture maven. As network director for Precept Ministries International e.V., Philipp focuses on developing strategic partnerships with individuals, groups, and churches in order to help establish them in God’s Word. Utilizing the inductive Bible Study method, he ignites a passion for studying God’s Word and equips individuals with the tools to discover truth for themselves and raises up leaders who are able to train others. Philipp has been a pastor for 17 years, has helped plant three churches, and has worked in several established churches over the course of 20 years – from small to big. In the process, he has acquired leadership skills, legal, managerial and administrative expertise, and practical experience in virtually every aspect of church life and in multi-cultural settings. He enjoys being a father to his three children, loves being married to his wife and soul mate of 12 years, and resides in Munich, Germany. He loves to cook, bbq, and get together over a meal. Philipp has earned a diploma of biblical studies from Word of Life Bible Institute in Hungary, an undergraduate degree from North Greenville University, and a graduate degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow Philipp at @pmeinecke.
Pieter Bouma is mainly occupied by teaching and writing. Inspired by the big questions of life (Does God exist? Where do we come from? How should we live? Is there an afterlife?), his main focus is on discipleship, explaining the New Covenant, apologetics in general and the question of origins in particular. Having a strong preference for direct, personal relationships (shared lives), Pieter is not active on Twitter, but will post regularly on Theology Mix.
Practically Christian Podcast, co-hosted by Josh and Debbie Lively, believes the life-changing power found in the Good News of Jesus Christ is not simply an academic pursuit. Having a relationship with Jesus is the single most important relationship a person can have. However, just like any relationship, we can have times when we are just going through the motions. We can be “practically” in a relationship, but that isn’t what the Bible teaches about our relationship with Jesus. So, Practically Christian Podcast seeks to show everyday “practical” ways to ensure we are in a real, dynamic, and deepening relationship with Jesus. In the end, being “practically Christian” is practically an impractical thing to do!
Pastor's Wife 2020 is actively involved in all aspects of ministry in the church. A writer and editor, she received her Honours Degree in political science, with minors in English Literature, Philosophy, and History. She also works with social media. Follow her at @pastorswife2020.
Ryan Noel Fraser was raised in Cape Town, South Africa. An Assistant Professor of Counseling at Freed-Hardeman University, he serves as an elder and the preacher for the Bethel Springs Church of Christ in Bethel Springs, TN. Ryan is also a nonfiction, Christian author represented by Hartline Literary Agency, religion columnist for the Jackson Sun (in West Tennessee), and certified as a pastoral counselor. But most importantly, he is a husband and dad to two wonderful teenage kids. Ryan holds a B.A. in Bible and Masters in Ministry from Freed-Hardeman University, a M.Div. from Abilene Christian University, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University). Follow him at @RyanNoelFraser.
Ronnie Collier Stevens, a native of Atlanta Georgia, graduated from the University of Georgia and Dallas Seminary. He has pastored churches in Munich, Moscow, and Budapest. Ronnie and his wife Jane live in Moscow, Russia where they are full time Missionaries with Entrust.
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.
Spurgeon Audio is Dave Seip and Jon Ladner. Dave Seip lives in Denton, Texas. Great modern preachers like John Piper and Matt Chandler were used by God to preach truth and lead him into maturity, and it is his desire to take the words of another man used mightily by God, Charles H. Spurgeon, and give him a sermon podcast stream alongside those in the hope that they will go on to bear fruit in the ears of others. Visit his blog at: http://davethehedonist.blogspot.com.
Jon Ladner lives in Denton, TX with his wife, Rachel. He is a high school English teacher, a writer, a musician, and he has been doing audio production in varying capacities for several years. Through the Spurgeon Audio Podcast, he enjoys digging into the compelling writings of Charles Spurgeon. Visit his blog at jonladnertheturingtest.blogspot.com. Follow them on Twitter at @SpurgeonAudio, on Facebook at Facebook at Spurgeon Audio, or visit their website at https://spurgeonaudio.org.
For the past 31 years, Steve Cornell has been Senior Pastor at Millersville Bible Church in Millersville, PA. He received his theological training from Citadel Bible College, Philadelphia College of the Bible, Institute for Biblical Studies, Lancaster Bible College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (North East extension), and Biblical Theological Seminary. He has been newspaper columnist for 21 years for Sunday News of Lancaster, PA and also writes for Morning Call of Allentown, PA. Steve is a prolific author and speaker and seven time winner of the Amy Writing Award. His daily and weekend radio features are Focus on the Church and Take Five, and his conference ministry includes Sandy Cove, Harvey Cedars, Americas Keswick, Pinebrook, Rumney, etc. Follow him on Twitter at @thinkpoint.
Thaddeus Williams (Ph.D., Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) serves as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. He has also taught literature at Saddleback College, jurisprudence at Trinity Law School, philosophy at L’Abri Fellowships in Switzerland and Holland, and ethics for Blackstone Legal Fellowship and the Federalist Society in Washington, DC. His books include Love, Freedom, and Evil: Does Authentic Love Require Free Will? (Brill, 2011) and REFLECT: Becoming Yourself by Mirroring the Greatest Person in History (Lexham, 2019). Thaddeus resides in Orange County, CA with his wife and four kids. Connect with him at:Website: www.thaddeuswilliams.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/thaddeus.williams.568Twitter: @thaddeuswill
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.
For The Xian Satirist, 2017 marks 20 years of ministry experience. He has a graduate degree in Religious Studies. He is theologically conservative, but socially progressive. Founder of @U_Of_Twit. Co-founder of @TheAnonChurch. Follow him at @TheXianSatirist and on Facebook.