AUTHORS

Dr. David Olshine

Dr. David Olshine is professor and director of Youth Ministry, Family and Culture at Columbia International University in South Carolina. David has spoken to over 2.5 million people, has written 15 books, 35 plus articles and selected in 2015 as one of the recipients of Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. David is married to Rhonda and has two kids, Rachel and Andrew, a son-in-law... 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

Kurtis Parks

Having written over 1200 songs in every genre since the age of 13, and being a worship leader since the age of 13, Kurtis truly understands the gift of music, and the potential for it’s impact on our world today. Some may recognize him as a top 50 finalist on American Idol’s fourth season. Kurtis has also appeared on the Fox Morning... 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

Charles Person

Charles Person is one of two remaining original Freedom Riders of 1961. He became a Freedom Rider following his participation in the Atlanta Student Movement, a student-led successful effort to desegregate Atlanta restaurants and lunch counters. Person's activism put him in jail for 16 days-- 10 of them in solitary confinement. In May, 1961, thirteen Freedom Riders--7 Back, 6 White-- sought to travel from... 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

Steve Poe

Steve Poe, Lead Pastor of Northview Church in central Indiana, got his start in ministry at Caring First Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he pastored for 13 years. After coming to Northview Church in 1999, Steve has led with a passion to reach the unchurched. Steve started his career in the business world, first opening three restaurants and franchising two others. He also... 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

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