AUTHORS

Michael O’Donnell

Michael O’Donnell, Ph.D. is a former Senior Fellow of Family Studies for the Focus on the Family Institute; he has been a clinical pastoral counselor on staff of one of the largest churches in Colorado since 2004, eventually being appointed interim Senior Pastor in 2007. During that time, he also served as the Clinical Coordinator of Graduate Practicum and Internships for Colorado... learn more

Naomi Overton

Naomi Cramer Overton is an expert on millennial families living out their meaning in ways that give them, and those they serve, life. Most importantly, she knows moms and she knows mission. Overton was the President and CEO of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International, where she led and learned from more than 250,000 millennial and Gen-X families. She also worked as a management consultant... learn more

James Pence

James H. (Jim) Pence is a full-time speaker, singer, chalk artist, writer, and editor, living in North Texas. Jim turned to writing in 1988 as a helpful means of expression after the death of his baby daughter Michelle. Eight years later, Dallas Seminary's Kindred Spirit published "A Road Not Chosen," Jim's narrative account of his and his wife's experience. Jim's biggest book is the... learn more

Krista Phillips

Krista Phillips is the author of Sandwich, with a Side of Romance and A Side of Faith. She enjoys life with her husband and their four beautiful daughters in Tennessee. She is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness and blogs at www.kristaphillips.com.... learn more

Nicole J. Phillips

Nicole Phillips is a champion for using kindness to overcome all of life’s difficulties, including her own battle with breast cancer. She spreads the message of the healing power of kindness as host of the weekly show “The Kindness Podcast” ... through her weekly column, Kindness is Contagious, which runs in newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota ... and as a featured weekly guest... learn more

Wintley Phipps

Wintley Phipps was born in Trinidad, West Indies and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He attended Kingsway College, a Christian Academy; Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama where he received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theology; and earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Mr. Phipps holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Waynesburg... learn more

Kara Powell

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch”, Kara serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences.  Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Growing Young, The Sticky... learn more

Christina M. H. Powell

Christina M. H. Powell is the author of Questioning Your Doubts: A Harvard PhD Explores Challenges to Faith (InterVarsity Press, 2014). She trained as a biomedical research scientist at Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, conducting research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She has been a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and a research associate at Boston University. She is also an... learn more

Katie Powner

Katie Powner lives in rural Montana, where cows still outnumber people. Her passion for red shoes and thought-provoking stories originated with her Grandma Julie, who gave Katie her first pair of red All-Stars and read every ridiculous story Katie ever wrote as a child. Katie and her husband have been in youth ministry since 2005 and strive to keep their hearts and home open... learn more

Jim Putman

Jim Putman is the founder and senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Real Life was launched with a commitment to discipleship and the model of discipleship Jesus practiced, which is called, “Relational Discipleship.” Outreach Magazine continually lists Real Life Ministries among the top one hundred most influential churches in America. Jim is also the founding leader of the Relational... learn more

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