Bill Bangham is a photojournalist, writer and editor who has worked in over 70 countries. He retired from the Southern Baptist International Mission Board after 20 years of service. During his tenure he served as editor-in-chief for the COMMISSION and CommissionStories magazines. Previously he was editor of World Mission Journal and associate editor of MissionsUSA magazine. His work in photography, writing and design has been recognized with major awards in both secular and religious competitions. They include POYi (Pictures of the Year International) and Best of Photojournalism. He is the only member of the Baptist Communicators Association to twice receive grand prize awards in its annual competition for writing, design and photography in the same year. Bangham was photo editor for Cape Town 2010: The Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. He has served as speaker and judge for the Southern Short Course in News Photography and the Virginia News Photographers Association. He has been on the faculty and currently serves on staff for the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference.
Adelle M. Banks joined the Religion News Service staff in 1995. She previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.
Banks spearheaded an RNS project on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington that won a 2014 Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council. She also spearheaded RNS’ coverage of the life and legacy of Billy Graham that resulted in a comprehensive package of stories, commentaries, photos and video.
Banks was a third-place winner in the Religion Newswriters Association’s Religion Reporter of the Year contest in 2011 and 1998.
She also has received first-place Associated Church Press awards in news, convention, photography and multimedia categories.
Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, Christian Century, Christianity Today, Jet, BlackVoices.com, Sojourners, Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, Nieman Reports and the 2006 book “Good News: The Best Religion Writing in North America.”
Banks is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. A former board member of the Religion News Foundation, she is a public speaker on religion reporting at gatherings of students, scholars, journalists and other communicators.
Arthur Brown, D.Min., is an ordained pastor and chaplain. He is employed as a staff chaplain at WellSpan Philhaven, where he began working after completing WellSpan’s Chaplain Residency to earn four units of clinical pastoral education in 2015. For nearly thirty years he has served in inner-city pastoral ministry in Newark, NJ and since 2006 in Harrisburg, PA. He received the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Virginia Union University School of Theology in 1992 and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree in 2013 from Drew University Theological School. His guiding life principle is summed up in the words of Henri Nouwen, “Compassion means going directly to those people and places where suffering is most acute and building a home there.”
Lisa Crayton is a creative, versatile communicator with more than 30 years of experience. Her extensive background includes corporate publications management, ghostwriting, TV and radio interviewing, publicity, and e-publishing. A freelance editor, she has edited magazines and books, and presently serves as a freelance editor with Harambe Press, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ imprint dedicated to raising up voices of color. An award-winning freelance writer, she writes or has written articles, devotionals, Bible Study Guides, columns, essays, and other content. The author of I Want To Teach My Teen About Money Management, Crayton has served as a contributing author for several other non-fiction books. Her twelve nonfiction children’s books encompass biographies, literary criticism, and youth guidance topics. She also is a co-author of a six-book series. A gifted speaker with years of experience in church leadership roles, she teaches at writers conferences and other events. Crayton is a member of the five professional organizations: Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, American Society of Journalists & Authors, Evangelical Press Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Advanced Writers & Speakers. She earned her Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University (2014), and a B.S. dual degree (cum laude) in public relations and journalism from Utica College (1985).
Daniel Darling is the Senior Vice President for Communications at National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). For six years, he served as Vice President for Communications for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Dan is a bestselling author of several books and a prolific writer for a wide variety of publications. He is a monthly columnist for Homelife and a regular contributor to In Touch Magazine, Made to Flourish, Core Christianity, Christianity Today, Facts and Trends, and The Gospel Coalition. Dan’s op-eds have appeared in USA Today, CNN, Washington Times, Time, Huffington Post, National Review, Washington Post and First Things. He has appeared on CNN, FOX and on MSNBC. He is the host of a popular weekly podcast, The Way Home, where he interviews Christian leaders, politicians, and journalists.
Aaron Cline Hanbury is the editor of Common Good and principal of NXTPG, a full-service publication firm. He also hosts a podcast called Writers and Writings. He was previously the editor of RELEVANT magazine.
Brooke Miles founded Delaware ShoutOut, a social media training firm, to help busy entrepreneurs pack more punch into their social media without breaking a sweat. In nearly 6 years of business, Brooke and her team have served hundreds of clients, who have reported significant gains in followers, engagement, and traffic to their websites. Brooke is also a highly sought-out public speaker, having won multiple awards from Toastmasters International.
Stephanie Rousselle is the founder and managing director of Gospel Spice Ministries. An international speaker, writer, Bible teacher, entrepreneur and podcaster, this French native has lived the last two decades on three continents, four countries and five cities through six professional roles, from strategy consultant to project manager, communications lead and women’s ministry director. With her trademark French accent, she has been teaching Scripture to thousands over the last 20 years in France, the UK, Africa and the US, and now on six continents and over 60 countries through the Gospel Spice Podcast. She spices up your time with God each week with fresh spice explosions straight from Scripture through a combination of solo episodes and select guests. Beyond the podcast, Gospel Spice Ministries provide resources to empower Christian leaders across generational, social, ethnic, and geographical boundaries towards more intimacy with Jesus Christ and discipleship effectiveness through a Biblical Christocentric foundation. The Gospel Spice team provides a safe environment for spiritual and community growth empowering people to know Christ more intimately, serve one another more powerfully, and reach the world for Jesus.
Dan Stelzer is the lead designer for Answers magazine, a publication of Answers in Genesis. He sees design as a vital extension of telling a good story; therefore, he continually seeks to communicate in creative ways that are both clear and memorable. With over 18 years of experience in advertising, branding, and publishing, Dan has had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects—from his children’s numerous school posters to an exhibit at the Ark Encounter.
Mark Dreistadt is defined by both his passion and his remarkable talent to help leaders maximize the potential of their organizations. Mark is a dynamic communicator known for his clear and compelling style of presenting transformational insights and strategies. Over four decades of experience have qualified Mark for his role as consultant to some of the most significant Christian organizations in America. As the President and CEO of Infinity Concepts, Mark provides fresh insights to challenging problems… He finds for solutions that get results… He utilizes his expertise and experience to help his clients achieve their goals… And he brings a unique blend of creativity and strategic thinking to every organization he serves. Mark is spearheading the development of a new digital marketing and advertising platform for the Christian community.
Walter Kim became the president of the National Association of Evangelicals in January 2020. He also serves as pastor for leadership at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, after ministering for 15 years at Boston’s historic Park Street Church.
Kim is a pastor, scholar, and thought leader with a passion to see the Gospel impact lives, transform communities, and change culture. His speaking and writing bring Biblical wisdom to significant intellectual, cultural, and social issues of the day. He is an inspirational and collaborative team leader who has been making and empowering disciples of Christ in diverse settings.
Kim received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, his M.Div. from Regent College in Vancouver, and his B.A. from Northwestern University.
Trillia Newbell is the author of the kids’ book God’s Very Good Idea, a Bible study on Romans 8, If God Is For Us, as well as the books Sacred Endurance: Finding Grace and Strength for a Lasting Faith, Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts, Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, True Woman, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She is also a commentator for World Radio (a sister platform for World Magazine). She has spoken at numerous conferences, churches, women’s retreats, colleges and seminaries, including True Woman, The Gospel Coalition Women’s conference, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and more. She currently is the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention.
Lou Ann Sabatier is a solution-oriented advisor who collaborates on strategies and ideas that change the course of ministry and business. During her 36+ years of experience as a publisher, trainer, and consultant, Sabatier has been deeply involved in strategic planning, business development, content strategy, business and financial management, audience development, revenue development, digital media, and operations management. As principal and lead consultant at Sabatier Consulting, she works with clients to diagnose their needs and offer creative and efficient solutions.
Kay Warren cofounded Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick Warren, in Lake Forest, California in 1980. After the death of their son, Matthew, who lived with serious mental illness for most of his life, she founded Saddleback’s Hope for Mental Health Initiative as a way to support individuals and family members of loved ones with mental illness and suicidal ideation. The Initiative also trains others in the faith community how to launch or expand existing mental health ministries. Kay is a board member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and is active in mental health/suicide prevention efforts in Orange County, Calif. Kay is the author of Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor’s Wife, Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough, Say Yes to God: A Call to Courageous Surrender, and coauthor of Foundations, a popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide.
Meryl Reist Gibbel, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at WellSpan Philhaven (WPH). She has particular clinical and research interests in the areas of spiritually integrated psychotherapy and spiritual struggle. She co-directs WPH’s Center for Spiritually Integrated Care, a virtual center of mental health therapists and chaplains whose aim is building competency in the provision of spiritually integrated behavioral healthcare. Dr. Reist Gibbel received her master’s degree and doctorate from Bowling Green State University where she studied the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
Chris Maxwell served 19 years as lead pastor in Orlando, Florida, after five years of youth ministry. He’s now in his 14th year as Campus Pastor and Director of Spiritual Life at Emmanuel College. He speaks in churches, conventions, and schools, and is the author of nine books, including “Pause With Jesus,” “Underwater,” and “a slow and sudden God: 40 years of wonder.” His 10th book is his 2nd collection of poems and comes out April 2020–“embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living.”
Ted Olsen is editorial director at Christianity Today, where he has served in various roles since 1995. He’s also edited a few other magazines like The Behemoth and Christian History. He was one of the first and most prolific religion bloggers back when they were still called “Weblogs.” And he is the author of a couple of books, including Christianity and the Celts.
Dean Sell serves as Director of Brand Development at Sight & Sound Theatres. From his early career at advertising agencies, working hands-on developing campaign content for clients such as Auntie Anne’s, The Hershey Company, and Armstrong World Industries, to his most recent work leading a multidisciplinary creative team at Sight & Sound, Dean has become a passionate believer in the power of creativity. Since joining Sight & Sound in 2011, Dean has spearheaded several company-wide initiatives, leading a rebranding effort in 2015, and the process of taking Sight & Sound shows into nationwide movie theaters in 2017, with home entertainment releases on Hulu, Amazon, and iTunes. In 2020, Dean pioneered a first-ever global live broadcast with the launch of Sight & Sound TV, a digital streaming channel with subscribers from over 165 countries from around the world. His trademarked Creativity by Design first emerged as a department operating model in 2014. In 2018, the model was formulated into a semester-long curriculum for Lancaster Bible College where Dean serves as Adjunct Professor. Dean earned a degree in Recording Arts from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.
Anne Marie Winz coaches teams and individuals to write powerful stories. Everyone writes best when starting with confidence in the abilities they already have. Anne Marie helps writers discover what they do well when they write. Then, after they see their own success, she shows them how to improve their skills. Because she is passionate about training others to clearly and thoughtfully communicate their faith in writing, she developed Writing for Life to train writers of all ages to tell their stories and write about their beliefs. She and her husband, Mark, have been staff members with Cru since 1985.
Sarah’s career has bounced back and forth from the corporate world to the ministry realm, from boutique firms to in-house designer at a church. While her past experience was branding, marketing, and web design, Sarah found her true passion in editorial design when she landed at Christianity Today. She is now Art Director of CT magazine. Sarah’s other skills include eating well, completing Sunday crossword puzzles, and wrangling her twin boys.
Diane J. McDougall has lived and breathed magazines since 1985 and believes that the best articles are the result of a trusting partnership between creator and editor. Her work has ranged from EPA pubs (EFCA Today, Worldwide Challenge, World Vision and World Relief) to great projects for various higher-ed publications and even the International Justice Mission. Not to mention airline magazines (Ethiopian Airline’s Selamta). Who could pass up the chance to be a travel editor? After more than 20 years as editorial director at the creative agency Journey Group, she’s now launching McDougall Editorial for freelance projects.
Website: McDougall Editorial
Geoff Peters serves as International Director for the Mission Gap Project and Chief Marketing Officer for Operation Mobilisation. The Mission Gap Project seeks to understand what Christians around the world know about the Great Commission, what messaging tone and content will best inspire the hearts of believers, and what fears hold them back from greater Kingdom service. He and his team have conducted research in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong and the USA and work with partner ministries that craft tools which inspire Christians to fully embrace Christ’s call to share His love with the world.
For the past 20+ years Geoff has been honored to lead marketing teams, brand development and product innovation for some of the most incredible and life-changing NGOs in the world. God has used this effort to connect over 1 million people to His mission, raise over $200 million in first-time revenue, and transform countless lives. As a church planting and growth consultant Geoff has worked with thousands of church leaders from across most every major US Christian denomination. He has professional certifications in product development, innovation and change management.
Michael Ray Smith spent 10 years working in mainstream newsroom earning 2,000 bylines. His work with the next generation of wordsmith spans three decades in the United States and globally including Manila, Kenya and a season in Europe. He has addressed working journalists in Ukraine and students that represent nearly 50 countries. His work was recognized by the national College Media Advisers and his university for outstanding pedagogy… plus he is a fun guy who loves to laugh at himself.
Nelson Yoder, LCSW, M.Div., serves congregations and provides mental health services as a bi-vocational clinical social worker and ordained pastor. He has been employed by WellSpan Philhaven since 1986 and provides therapy in an outpatient office two days a week, primarily with adults. He is ordained by Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA where he has served congregations as an associate and interim pastor. He served as chairperson of the board of No Longer Alone Ministries, a program offering community-based support for families with a member experiencing mental illness and mobile psychiatric rehabilitation for clients diagnosed with mental illness. Credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; MSW, Catholic University; MDiv, Eastern Mennonite Seminary.