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Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott was President of Aerochem, a $30 million aerospace chemical milling company in Southern California and was also General Manager of the consolidated divisions of Ducommun AeroStructures, a $105 million entity. He is now the Managing Partner of The Barnabas Group Inland Empire. He and his wife of 44 years are long time members of Chino Valley Community Church in Chino Hills, California. He has two grown sons and enjoys being involved in the lives of his grandchildren in Southern California.

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Latest: 8 tips for balancing the entrepreneur’s life

Jim Barber

Jim Barber is the President of both the Society for Church Consulting and Barber Church Consulting. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Society, facilitates training conferences, conducts webinar training, and coaches those aspiring to become consultants. In his consulting, he conducts various church assessments, facilitates strategic planning, and coaches churches through changes in leadership structure.

Latest: 5 practical revitalization exercises

Richard Blackaby

Richard is the president of Blackaby Ministries International and lives in Jonesboro, Georgia. Richard travels internationally speaking on spiritual leadership in the home, church, and marketplace as well as on spiritual awakening, experiencing God, and the Christian life. Richard regularly ministers to Christian CEOs and business leaders. He has written or co-authored 33 books including Experiencing God: Revised Edition; Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda;and Experiencing God: Day by Day.

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Latest: Learning to lead in crisis

Dave Blundell

Rev. Dave Blundell is the Executive Director of Hungry For Life International. Dave holds an M.A. in Leadership and is the author of Professionally Religious: The Spiritual Poverty of Spiritual Leaders.

Latest: What is more effective than motivation?

Mike Bonem

Mike Bonem is an author, consultant, speaker, church leader, businessperson, husband and father. He loves to help ministries and their leaders reach their God-given potential through strategic planning, organizational design, and coaching. Mike’s books include Thriving in the Second Chair, In Pursuit of Great and Godly Leadership and Leading from the Second Chair. He has spoken across the country and internationally on topics related to ministry leadership and congregational effectiveness. Mike has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a breadth of experience in ministry and business, including 11 years as an executive pastor, consulting with Fortune 100 companies, and leading a start-up business. 


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David Bowman

David Bowman (DMin, PCC) is a Younique Founding Master Trainer and an Auxano Lead Navigator. 

Latest: Why teams offer the best leadership

Jim Brangenberg

An entrepreneur for life, Jim Brangenberg has an expertise for working with small business owners, focusing on profitability and employee relations. His God-gifted ability to ask the right questions lends itself well to his role as host of the iWork4Him Radio program, the only daily Faith and Work radio program in America.

Jim utilizes his networking expertise to arrange daily interviews with authors, workplace believers, and ministries that are connecting faith and work. He is passionate about his faith in Jesus and it drives his passion for excellence in everything he does. Jim's core values are boldness, transparency, vulnerability, integrity and generosity.

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Latest: Get ready for the new

Bud Brown

An experienced ministry leader, writer and educator, Bud Brown is co-founder of Turnaround Pastors and co-author of the ground-breaking Pastor Unique: Becoming A Turnaround Leader. He is a change leader in many venues — small rural, upscale suburban and mega-sized churches. He brings special expertise to change leadership in the local church, mentoring pastors to become revitalization leaders, training churches how to find and recruit the best talent, and training leadership teams how to achieve their shared goals. Bud also trains pastors in conferences, workshops and coaching sessions. 

Latest: 4 things to look for in your church’s culture

James Bruyn

James Bruyn is a bi-vocational visionary leader, writer and speaker who enjoys helping individuals integrate their faith in God with their daily life. James leads a ministry to Christians in the marketplace in Calgary, provides leadership coaching, and consults for the rail industry. James is passionate about connecting the rich promises of our loving Heavenly Father that we find in the Bible, with the joys and challenges of living out our faith in the workplace. James writes a weekly devotional at and also a devotional book, 31 Days with God at Work (Marketplace 2018).

Latest: 7 signs of a godly leader

Brian Catanella

Brian Catanella is passionate about sharing Christian leadership principles through his writing, coaching, volunteering and professional life. While professionally a consultant through UBS Institutional Consulting Group with a finance background, he is fueled daily by sharing God's love and wisdom to help contribute to the future development of coaches, teachers, parents and leaders. He is active in serving his local church in Moorestown, New Jersey where he attends with his wife and two sons.

Latest: Fail better

Scott Cochrane

Scott Cochrane serves on the executive team for the Willow Creek Association, as Vice President, International Ministries. He was born and raised in Canada, where he became connected to the Willow Creek Association, first as a marketing director and later as the ministry’s Chief Operating Officer. Scott has been married to Nora since 1985, and they have three grown married children, Adam, Amy and John, as well as three grandchildren.

Latest: The question leaders must answer when the pressure is on

Wayne Cordeiro

Wayne Cordeiro is the founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a church planter at heart with over 124 churches planted in the Pacific Rim countries of the Philippines, Japan, Australia and Myanmar. He also serves as the President at New Hope Christian College.  Wayne and his wife, Anna, have three married children and nine grandchildren. They split their time between Hawaii and Eugene, Oregon where they have a family farm. There he writes, and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

Latest: Beware of overproducing

Scott Couchenour

With a combined 30 years of experience in ministry, business, and entrepreneurship, Scott has the perspective any leader needs to grow further in their personal and professional life. He served as COO and CEO for a national multi-million dollar family-owned business. He has served in his local church as worship leader and various leadership positions. Scott is happily married for over 30 years, father to two grown children who are building their own marriages and families, and is master to his dog, Emma (who worships the ground he walks on.)

Latest: Rethinking planning strategies

Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox has been a pastor for twenty years in churches of every size and context. After serving as a Pastor at Saddleback Church, he and his wife Angie planted Grace Hills Church in Northwest Arkansas. Brandon still serves in an editorial role with and Purpose Driven. He also blogs, writes, and coaches leaders and pastors. 


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Latest: 4 attitudes to choose today

Mark Deterding

Mark Deterding is the founder and principal of Triune Leadership Services, LLC. In 2011 he formed Triune Leadership Services to follow his passion of working with leaders to help them develop core servant leadership capabilities that allow them to lead at a higher level and enable them to achieve their God-given potential. He is married to his wife Kim, and they have two sons, two lovely daughter-in-laws, and three wonderful grandchildren.

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Latest: 5 practices for cultivating servant leaders

Kris Eldridge

Kris Eldridge lives in Chicago and is the Community Impact Pastor at Christ Community Church. He is also the founder of Outreach Ministry Solutions, where his focus is consulting with churches to help them reach their communities.

Latest: The hidden dangers of community outreach events

Kent Evans

Kent Evans is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Manhood Journey. He is married to April, his wife of 22 years and has five sons ranging from ages 4 to 20. He is the author of Wise Guys: Unlocking Hidden Wisdom from the Men Around You.


Latest: Continuing the journey with a father/son ministry

Jim Farrer

A broadly-trained church consultant, Jim Farrer is the founder of Vital Signs Church Consulting and a member of the Society for Church Consulting. A veteran of ministry positions in Canada and the U.S., he has trained leaders from 18 denominations and led seminars and coaching sessions nationwide. His articles have been published in the Journal of Evangelism and Missions and the Great Commission Research Journal. You can reach him by e-mailing or calling 814 629-5211.

Latest: Church conflict: insights and solutions

Phillip Foster

Phillip A. Foster, Ph.D., as a psychologist and Director of, provides spiritual direction, counseling, training and consulting, to those in ministry or other roles of leadership in the church. He is also the author of Here’s My Heart, Lord.

Latest: 4 reasons you aren’t merry this Christmas

Richard Frazer

Rich Frazer is President of Spiritual Overseers Service (SOS) International, a global training ministry equipping indigenous ministry leaders. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis on training ministry leaders to upcycle declining churches.

Latest: Why training leaders is biblical

Matthew Fretwell

Matt Fretwell is married, has three daughters, is an author, revitalization pastor, national director of operations for New Breed Network, and leadership coach. Matt holds a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Great Commission reproducible disciple-making strategies. Matt also writes for Church Planter Magazine and interviews well-known evangelical leaders on his discipleship podcast, The Wretched & The Wrecked.

Latest: How being bi-vocational engages better disciple-making

Matthew Fullerton

Matthew Fullerton gained a broad range of experience in the hospitality industry before leaving to join a company that provided computer systems to that industry. He quickly became a principal at Merchants Systems, increasing sales exponentially while developing and executing a business plan that led to multi-state operations. He is passionate about business and helping leaders live the abundant life God has planned for them.

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Latest: Practical ways to use your business as ministry

Ken Gosnell

Ken Gosnell is CEO and Servant Leader of CXP (CEO Experience). CXP is a premier coaching and executive roundtable business that serves Christian CEOs in Washington DC, Maryland and Florida. Ken serves leaders by helping them and their teams to have great experiences that both transform the leader and their organizations to go further faster. He has worked with hundreds of CEOs and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is a recognized author and member of the Forbes Coached Council. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. 

Latest: Striving for excellence

Dan Hall

Dan Hall served as senior pastor in three churches for more than 25 years, from a church plant right out of college to a multiethnic fellowship of 5000 with over 40 nationalities. After an accident left him a quadriplegic in 2016, Dan has expanded his ministry to include “Emerging from the Shadow,” sharing his journey from near death to a new beginning. Dan and his wife Hazel have six children and four grandchildren and live near Jackson, Mississippi.

Latest: How to use life’s mile markers

Allen Hamlin Jr.

Allen Hamlin Jr. has worked with an international Christian non-profit organization since 2006. His role has primarily consisted of providing team development training and consultation, along with mentoring and member care, to multiethnic teams serving around the world. Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture is his first mainstream publishing venture (2016).



Latest: Aim to contribute

Tom Harper

Tom Harper is publisher of and CEO of Networld Media Group, the site's parent company. He has written three books, including Through Colored Glasses: How Great Leaders Reveal Reality (DeepWater Books, 2018), Leading from the Lions’ Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible (B&H, 2010), and Career Crossover: Leaving the Marketplace for Ministry (B&H, 2007). Tom serves as a lay leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., where he attends with his wife and three children.

Latest: The unquestionable power of clarity in leadership

Jonathan Hayashi

Jonathan Hayashi (B.A. and M.A., Moody Theological Seminary) is a Pastoral staff at Troy First Baptist Church in Troy, Missouri. He is also a Doctoral student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to that, he served at an inner-city church in Chicago, Illinois for six years and taught Apologetics/Philosophy at the PGM center. He is married to Kennedi and a father to two beautiful daughters.

Latest: 2 simple ways to recover from leadership burnout

Todd Hopkins

Todd Hopkins is founder and CEO of Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services. He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Birthing of Giants Executive Entrepreneurship Academy, a prestigious program for top entrepreneurs. He has authored or co-authored four best-selling books, The Carrot Chaser, The Janitor, Five Wisdoms for Entrepreneur Survival and most recently, The Stress Less Business Owner.

Latest: Stop using the “B” word

Jeff Klick

Dr. Jeff Klick serves as the senior pastor of Hope Family Fellowship, an age-integrated church he planted in 1993. In addition, he is an instructor with The Institute of Church Management and is on the board of The Council for Gospel Legacy Churches. He has earned a professional designation, CFP, a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry, a Doctorate in Biblical Studies, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry. Jeff and his bride Leslie have been married more than 42 years and are blessed with three adult children and 13 grandchildren.

Latest: Open my eyes to true servant leadership

Joseph Lalonde

Joseph Lalonde is an award-winning leadership blogger and hosted the Answers From Leadership podcast. He desires to see 20-somethings step into their God-ordained roles as leaders. Previously, on the E3 staff and currently serving in the Catalyst youth ministry of Gateway Church, Joseph has mentored many students and has seen their lives changed through this teaching. His mission is to help equip leaders with the knowledge and information to boost their leadership to the next level.

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Latest: 5 questions to ask your next hire

Greg Leith

Greg's life mission statement focuses on his life passion, which is “to strengthen the great leaders, ideas and organizations of our time so the kingdom causes of Christ can be exponentially accelerated.” He is the CEO of Convene, which helps hundreds of Christian CEO’s meet regularly in small groups to live out their faith intentionally as they combine their love for business with the love for biblical truth. Greg’s career spans corporate Fortune 500 enterprises, franchise operations, non-profit and associations and academic sectors.

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Latest: I know you’re busy, but . . .

Mark Lenz

Mark J. Lenz is a pastor with a masters degree in Organizational Leadership. He is the CEO of Interactive Church Resources which seeks to empower ministry through interactive technology. He also leads Interactive Church Consulting where he helps churches create organizational health, and brings clarity and focus to ministry and mission.

Latest: 5 things to do in a season of stuck

Gerry Lewis

Dr. Gerry Lewis serves as Executive Director of the Harvest Baptist Association in Decatur, Texas. He is also Founder and CEO of YLM Resources, which includes Next Step Coach-Sulting and Life Matters Publications. He is also an author of four books, including Why “Bible Study” Doesn't Work. He and his wife live in Azle, Texas and have two grown children and three (so far) grandchildren. His weekly Life Matters blog and Your Church Matters podcast can be found at

Latest: 3 reasons why it may be time to punt leadership development

John B. MacDonald

Dr. John B. MacDonald has served for decades as a lawyer and pastor-teacher. He is an associate with Outreach Canada and focuses on equipping and encouraging others to become more like Jesus Christ and to live all of life with God-honoring competence and joy.

Latest: One roman nail

Mark MacDonald

Mark MacDonald is the communication strategist for the 3000+ churches of the Florida Baptist Convention, Executive Director of Center for Church Communication (Courageous Storytellers, Church Marketing Sucks), leads, a consulting agency that helps churches and people become relevant in their community, and is the best-selling author of "Be Known For Something” ( Mark and his wife of almost 30 years, Tammy, have 2 adult sons in Calgary and Chicago. 


Latest: 3 negatives required for positive communication

Daniel Mack

Rev. Daniel Mack is a graduate of Summit Pacific Bible College with a Bachelor of Theology. He also holds a Masters of Theological Studies in Christian Foundations from Tyndale University College & Seminary. Dan works with Hungry For Life International where he has been part of their relief and development efforts in Kenya and Haiti.

Latest: A reality-check while on the job

Ben Marshall

Ben Marshall is a Pastor at Pathway Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He works with middle and high school students. He is passionate about leadership and raising up the generation of biblical leaders. He is a blogger, guitar player and sports enthusiast. Ben currently resides in Beaver Falls with his wife Connie and their daughter, Aliya.

Latest: A plan beats an idea every time

Ralph Mayhew

Rev. Ralph Mayhew has been leading people for more than 20 years. He is a lead pastor, author and seminary lecturer in practical theology and ministry and has a Masters in Christian Leadership. At the beginning of 2017, after 14 years of ordained ministry, he planted Burleigh Village Church; a local church encouraging people to think Jesus. He has written several books among them The Anonymous Leader: An Unambitious Pursuit of Influence and How To Create The Organizational Culture You Want. He posts regularly at

Latest: 3 surprises for leaders in the Christmas story

Caroline Mendez

Caroline Mendez is a disciple of Jesus Christ, wife, mother, businesswoman and champion for Christian women in leadership.

She spent 21 years in Corporate America, starting in the mailroom and working her way up to executive management positions in the High Tech industry. For the past 18 years she has joyfully coached women in their lives and businesses, challenging and stretching them to be fully who Christ has created them to be.

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Latest: Generational angst at work?

Langdon Montgomery

Langdon Montgomery has served as pastor in several churches over 25 years. He now serves as a chaplain and resides in Northern Virginia. He has a Masters of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and has taught three courses at Regent in their Continuing Education and Professional Development Department focused on leadership and preaching. 

Latest: 3 ways we ignore the Holy Spirit in worship

Christian Muntean

Christian Muntean works with successful leaders and teams to help them grow their companies. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized entrepreneurial businesses and non-profits. He is the author ofConflict and Leadership: How to Harness Conflict to Build Better Leaders and Thriving Teams. 

Latest: How your strengths are holding you back

Robert Netzly

Robert Netzly is a respected leader and innovating visionary in the biblically responsible investing movement and is a frequent guest and contributor on major global media outlets such as FOX News, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Robert is the CEO of Inspire Investing, a Christian social enterprise inspiring transformation for God’s glory throughout the world by providing low cost, biblically responsible investments to investors everywhere. Robert is also the CEO of Christian Wealth Management, a leading network of Christian financial advisors dedicated to helping investors glorify God with biblically responsible investing and engaging with major corporations to hear the voice of their Christian investors and customers. 

Advisory services are offered through CWM Advisors, LLC. dba Inspire, a Registered Investment Adviser with the SEC. 

Latest: Here is the oldest trick in the book

Kim Niles

Kim Niles is the author of Getting Your Breath Back After Life Knocks It Out of You and is the co-founder of Grief Bites. She is also a writer and partner for YouVersion, a Community Leader at her church, and an inspirational speaker.

Latest: A dire question to ask daily

Matt Perman

Matt Perman is the director of career development at The King’s College and co-founder of What’s Best Next, which aims to empower Christians to be more effective in all areas of life. Perman is also author of the best-selling book What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done and a frequent speaker on leadership, productivity and theology from a gospel-centered perspective. He lives in New York City.

Latest: Why plan your next 10 years

Thom Rainer

Thom S. Rainer is the founder and CEO of Church Answers, and online community and resource for church leaders. Prior to founding Church Answers, Rainer served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including I Am a Church Member, Breakout Churches, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, The Millennials, Essential Church, and Who Moved My Pulpit? Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, who are married and have 10 grandchildren. 

Latest: The principle of the leadership lid

Bob Russell

At just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church. That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches & conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups.

Latest: 3-step progression for following the ultimate leader

Brittany Rust

Brittany Rust has a passion to see people impacted by the power of God’s Word and the beauty of His grace through writing, speaking and podcasting. She is the founder of Truth and Grace Ministries, For the Mama Heart and Truth x Grace Women, and hosts the Truth x Grace Podcast. She is the author of two books, including Here I Am: Responding When God Calls Your Name (2019) and Untouchable: Unraveling the Myth That You’re Too Faithful to Fall (2018). Brittany lives with her husband, Ryan, and son, Roman, in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Latest: The heart of a leader

Ryan Sanders

Ryan Sanders is the Director of Outreach at Manhood Journey. He holds a Master of Divinity from The Southern Seminary, is a Fellow at The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and serves as a Lay Pastor at McLean Bible Church. He and his wife Tonia have three children, live in Washington, D.C. and are diehard Redskins fans.

Latest: 4 more types of busy leaders

D Eric Schansberg

Eric Schansberg is Professor of Economics at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN. Eric has co-authored two books (with Kurt Sauder) and co-authored Thoroughly Equipped: A Disciple-Making Curriculum ("DC")-- a 21-month program for "thoroughly equipping" layleaders and Kingdom workers, with 2,200+ graduates at more than 50 churches. Eric is a lay-leader at Southeast Christian Church and organizes the DC portion of Kurt's Further Still Ministries. Eric has been married to Tonia since 1995 and is the father of four sons; he and Tonia are still trying to raise a few good men. 

Latest: Book review: The Motivation Toolkit

Mike Sharrow

Mike Sharrow is the President and CEO of the C12 Group. He began as a C12 Group member in 2010 while serving as an executive pastor for a large church in Texas and owner of a healthcare strategy consulting group. With a background spanning Fortune 50 corporate settings, start ups, non-profit and local church, Mike has been discipled into an integrated life perspective around the calling all believers share to be disciple making disciples and ambassadors of Christ across all vocations and contexts. He is married to Jacqui and they have two daughters, Elayna and Sophia. 


Latest: Resting at a high rate of speed

Dann Spader

Dann Spader is the Founder of Sonlife Ministries and currently serves as Founder and President of Global Youth Initiative (an alliance of organizations in 95 countries committed to "equipping leaders for movements of multiplication”). He is author of the Like Jesus Resource (4 Chair Discipling, Walk Like Jesus, Live Like Jesus) and co-author of Growing a Healthy Church and The Everyday Commission, among other titles. Learn more about how you can build a culture of disciple-making in your church or ministry at LikeJesus.

Latest: The confusion between making disciples and developing leaders

Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Previously, he served as Executive Director of LifeWay Research.

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Latest: Reasons we shouldn’t reject leadership culture

Charles Stone

Dr. Charles Stone is Lead Pastor at West Park Church (London, Ontario) and founder of StoneWell Ministries. He has authored six books including Holy Noticing: The Bible, Your Brain, and the Mindful Space between Moments (Moody, March 2019) and his most recent, Every Pastor’s First 180 Days: How to Start and Stay Strong in a New Church Job (Equip Press, 2019). He is passionate about intersecting insight about the brain with Biblical insight. He posts regularly at

Latest: 10 ways for leaders to get adequate sleep

Rob Streetman

Rob Streetman serves the body of Christ as President of two parachurch ministries: inLight Consulting (a workplace transformation ministry) and 2:2 Collective (a unity and church growth ministry). He is the author of two books: The Map Maker and A Storm is Coming. Rob’s heart desires is to encourage, edify and equip Christian leaders as disciple-makers and transformation agents—that they would become houses that stand in the storms of this life. He previously worked in various IT industry positions.

Latest: Choosing the heavenly perspective

Bob Tiede

Bob Tiede's “benevolent dictator” recovery began in 2006 after he stumbled upon a book that helped him understand the benefits of leading with questions rather than telling with kindness. He soon discovered, “A leader who leads with questions will often be 10 times more effective than a leader who only leads  by telling!”

Today, Bob helps leaders everywhere move from telling to asking.He has been on the staff of Cru for 48 years and on the U.S. Leadership Development Team for 16 years. His blog, is followed by leaders in over 190 countries. Bob has written three eBooks available for free download, Great Leaders ASK Questions, 339 Questions Jesus Asked and Now That's a Great Question.


Latest: Why did Jesus ask so many questions?

Jason Tucker

Jason Tucker (D.Min.) is the Lead Pastor at Tower Hill Church: First Presbyterian in Red Bank, New Jersey. He is a 25-year ministry veteran, and has been a national youth ministry speaker, writer and worship leader, helping hundreds of ministries connect their teenagers with God. Jason has an MDiv. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a DMin. from Fuller Theological Seminary where he focused on church revitalization. His weekly podcast, The Reclaimed Leader  discusses the critically important work of translating the gospel into the ever-changing language of culture.

Latest: 3 quick reasons your work is a key to following Jesus

Rick Warren

Dr. Rick Warren is a pastor, global strategist, theologian, philanthropist and founder of As a pastor, Rick founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., in 1980 with one family. He also leads the Purpose Driven Network of churches, a global coalition of congregations in 162 countries. His previous book, The Purpose Driven Church is listed in “100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century.”

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Latest: The T.E.A.M. in teamwork

Bob Whitesel

Bob Whitesel (D.Min., Ph.D.) is a sought after speaker, church health consultant and award-winning writer of 13 books on missional leadership, church change and church growth. He is founding professor and former professor of missional leadership of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He also holds two earned doctorates (D.Min. and Ph.D.) from Fuller Theological Seminary where he was awarded “The Donald McGavran Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Church Growth.” His website is

Latest: 7 church leadership trends for the 2020s

Phil Wood

Phil Wood pastors Fellowship Church in Carol Stream, Illinois and is director of The Wayside Center, a homeless outreach in the Chicago area.

Latest: 3 reasons why I should work hard today

Roy Yanke

Roy Yanke is the Executive Director of PIR Ministries, a national ministry of renewal and restoration for pastors and their families. Roy has been a workshop presenter for a variety of ministry seminars around the country on the topic of pastoral self-care. He has been the principle speaker for pastor’s retreats, and is also a regular guest lecturer at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Roy pastored for 17 years before experiencing his own “crash and burn.” Roy and Deb live in the metro Detroit area.

Because there is joy to be found in life... Roy play bass in the worship band, enjoys jazz music and hockey, and his dog, Keillor.

Latest: How to think differently about the emotional impact of ministry

Andy Zawacki

Andy Zawacki, a former pastor and teacher has a passion for developing leaders who will change the world. He serves as the Head of School at Arborbrook Christian Academy and is a doctoral student of strategic leadership at Regent University.

Latest: Help, I’m working for a narcissist!

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