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.”
Ann Byle is a professional writer and owner of AB Writing Services; she’s been a freelance writer for more than 20 years. Ann is author of the book “Christian Publishing 101,” for which she interviewed a host of publishing professionals to offer readers “a writers conference in a book.” She writes for Publishers Weekly, Christian Communicator, and Grand Rapids Magazine in her hometown. She has also co-written a number of books on topics ranging from caring for the world’s vulnerable children and families to exploring the economics of Haiti and the developing world.
Meagan Clark is the managing editor of ReligionUnplugged.com in New York, where she oversees the day-to-day operations of a global team of freelancers. She previously spent 4.5 years in Delhi, India and has reported for the Wire.in, Indian Express, International Business Times, Dallas Morning News and others.
Lauren Farr-Miller has been working as a designer and art director with ABWE since 2006. She has extensive print and digital design experience, along with a history of working with a budget of zero dollars. She loves to integrate the beauty of design into meaningful solutions, communicating and inspiring the broadest audience possible. On any given day she will be designing, perpetually redecorating her house, baking with her daughter, and binging Escape to the Chateau.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Michael Wear is a leading strategist, speaker and practitioner at the intersection of faith, politics and public life. He has advised a president, as well as some of the nation’s leading foundations, non-profits and public leaders, on some of the thorniest issues and exciting opportunities that define American life today. He has argued that the spiritual health and civic character of individuals is deeply tied to the state of our politics and public affairs.
As one of President Obama’s “ambassadors to America’s believers” (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Michael served as senior advisor to Not Our Faith PAC, a bipartisan effort that made a Christian case against re-electing Donald Trump, one shared by the millions of Christians who voted to end his presidency.
Today, Michael is also the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.
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).
Michael Foust has been a full-time editor and writer for 20 years, first in the sports field and currently in the Christian realm, with degrees in journalism and theology. His stories have been published in more than 50 magazines or newspapers and 40 websites, including Crosswalk, Christian Headlines, Toronto Star, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Christianity Today, Christian Post, Christian Examiner, Baptist Press, Southern Baptist TEXAN, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, and Christian News Journal.
Paul Glader heads the journalism program and major at The King’s College in NYC where he also directs the McCandish Phillips Journalism Institute. He is found and CEO of Vett Inc./VettNews.com. He is the executive director of The Media Project and the award-winning, non-profit news outlet ReligionUnplugged. Glader spent a decade as a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal and has written for the Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Indianapolis Star, Christianity Today, Forbes.com, World magazine, et al.
Ann-Margret Hovsepian, an EPA-award-winning writer and best-selling author, has been freelancing for nearly 25 years. She has been the keynote speaker at a Christian writing conference in Canada and has taught many professional and ministry-related workshops. A long-time EPA member, Ann-Margret loves to encourage and support other freelancers.
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
As a journalist and editor, Tim Morgan has covered HIV/AIDs, Katrina, the Ebola epidemic, Japan’s Fukushima quake/tsunami, human trafficking, sexual abuse, and many traumas. He is the journalism certificate director at Wheaton College(Illinois) and served on the Christianity Today editorial team for 23 years. He participated in his first EPA Convention in 1993 and served on the team that redrafted the EPA ethics statement.
Randy Petersen is the former Director of Scripture Engagement Content for American Bible Society, and he is a writer/editor/consultant with more than sixty books to his credit, including Bible Fun Stuff and The Family Book of Bible Fun (both Tyndale House), His most recent book, The Printer and the Preacher (Nelson), explored the friendship between Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield. For many years, he has also written small-group curriculum for youth and adults published by Right Now Ministries. With a Master’s degree in theater, Randy has been active as a playwright, director, and acting teacher in the Philadelphia area. He founded and wrote scripts for a drama group at his Methodist church, where he also teaches the Bible and occasionally preaches. His latest play, The Red Letter Locker, was produced by Beacon Theater Productions in Philadelphia in 2017. He first connected with EPA as a member of the staff of the now-defunct Eternity Magazine.
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.
With over a decade of specialized experience in digital and social media marketing as well as fundraising strategies, Andy Walker loves helping leaders remove the stress and hassle of marketing their organization. As the Director of Integrated Communications at Infinity Concepts, Andy provides creative guidance and effective media strategies. Andy also specializes in developing web monetization opportunities for publishers and advertisers. Andy’s experience includes working in the local church, marketing agencies, non-profits, media companies, and a tech start-up. His career has taken him to New York City, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia.
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.
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.
David French is senior editor of The Dispatch. He’s also a columnist for Time. He’s the author of Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation, among others.
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.
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.
Brian Mellema is the art director for Focus on the Family Magazine. He got his start at a small design firm in Arkansas and has since expanded his experience working with numerous companies both big and small. He has been an illustrious advocate for Focus on the Family and bringing God glory through the form of layout, photography and illustrations in hopes that it inspires readers with new perspectives on their written content.
With over 25 years of creative leadership, Adele Mulford has served as strategic visionary for a wide variety of clients in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her passion for leveraging creative strategy to generate tangible results translates into work that is dynamic, innovative and results-oriented. Currently, she serves as the Director of Creative at Make-A-Wish America, leading a talented multi-discipline team that produces best-in-class integrated design, editorial, video, storytelling and project management solutions that build a stronger brand. Although Adele has received multiple awards recognizing her work, she is most ecstatic when her work yields tangible ROI for her stakeholders. As an active mentor and trainer, she has led creative courses in the U.S., Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Malaysia and India, inspiring audiences with her creative wit and wisdom.
Karen Swallow Prior, Ph. D., is Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press, 2012), Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Brazos 2018). She is co-editor of Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Zondervan 2019) and has contributed to numerous other books. Her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Relevant, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Religion News Service, Books and Culture and other places. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project, a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a Senior Fellow at the International Alliance for Christian Education, a Senior Fellow at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She and her husband live on a 100-year old homestead in central Virginia with sundry horses, dogs, and chickens. And lots of books.
Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcast host, and leadership coach. She has dedicated her career to growing leadership teams around the world and empowering women to find their purpose in their personal lives and in leadership.
Born in London to parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Jo credits her family’s unrelenting work ethic and the grace of God for the bold, tenacious approach she takes to sharing her wisdom on identity, influence, and living an authentic life. She is characterized by her effervescent honesty and warm approachability, leaving audiences with practical next steps in areas that are usually a bit ambiguous.
In her latest book, Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence, Jo tackles the real life issues women face — workplace harassment, sexism, low self esteem, financial woes, power battles, and old wounds — to help move women beyond disempowerment and together to grow their grit. While providing meaningful wisdom from her own journey to leadership, Jo also adds stories of empowered women from the Bible. Readers will be empowering to change their landscape and build new communities where diverse female leadership can flourish.
Her previous book, More than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World, discusses the role of women in church and society. While her book, The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For helps readers address their past, accept their identity, and learn how to create a legacy they want. In addition to work as an author, Jo has also spearheaded an initiative aimed to help women grow their leadership skills.
Jacob Walsh is vice president and publisher of Christianity Today magazine. Over the past 15 years, he has worked in various editorial, design, and marketing roles while enjoying the challenges of an ever-evolving media landscape. In addition to his work with CT magazine, he has served in advertising as a social media strategist, and has led the publishing efforts for a portfolio of brands including Leadership Journal, Books & Culture, Men of Integrity, and The Behemoth. Jacob is married to his high-school sweetheart and lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and three kids.
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.
Joyce K. Ellis has been writing and editing for more than forty-five years. She has published hundreds of articles and 16 books, including the humorous grammar book, Write with Excellence 201, the picture book, The Fabulous World That God Made, and her new interactive devotional book for men and women, Our Heart Psalms. She is the former assistant editor of two EPA publications and currently serves as editorial assistant for Prayer Connect.
As a freelance writer for over 30 years, Jeff Friend has published hundreds of articles in dozens of print and digital publications. He is an EPA Higher Goals award winner and the author of the book Staying Focused When Life Gets Blurry. Jeff has co-authored or edited several other books, and he was a staff writer and editor for a daily newspaper.
Emma Green is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion. In 2019, she won three first-place awards from the Religion News Association, and she was recently named the laureate of the 2020 George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts, & Letters. Emma has spoken at universities across the U.S., and her work has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR. She lives in New York City.
Jeanette Littleton has been an EPA editor or freelancer since 1989. She has written several thousand pieces for publication and has edited well over 10,000 articles and several dozen books for publishers including Bethany House, Moody, Tyndale and Guideposts. She is currently editor of Indian Life newspaper and the Church of the Nazarene’s Standard take-home paper, as well as managing editor of EA Books Publishing. She is the co-founder and co-director at Heart of America Christian Writers Network.
For more than forty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem for which she currently serves as USA Director. An author, gifted teacher, and international speaker, she is often called upon to address complex and sensitive issues such as anti-Semitism, Jewish-Christian relations, and current events in the Middle East to a diverse range of audiences. Her experience working with Arabs, Jews, and Christians has equipped her to handle delicate topics with extraordinary clarity and grace. In addition to a Master’s Degree in Judeo-Christian Studies she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Piedmont International University in 2018. She created the IsraelAnswers.com educational website and formed the American Christian Leaders for Israel (ACLI) network.
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.
A design consultant and researcher, Sara Quinn teaches at the University of Minnesota where she is a senior fellow in media design at the Hubbard School of Journalism. A founder of Wander Magazine, she is a former president of the Society for News Design. Previously, she spent 11 years on the faculty at The Poynter Institute consulting with news organizations and working with faculty at journalism schools to better incorporate visual storytelling in their work. She’s worked to study how people engage with news in print, online and mobile with Poynter and with the National Press Photographer’s Association. Before joining Poynter, Sara spent nearly two decades in newsrooms, first at her hometown paper, the Wichita Eagle, then at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. As assistant managing editor for visuals, she oversaw the photo, design and graphics staffs, in addition to special projects and innovative products. Her eyetracking research helps journalists and media professionals determine the best forms for storytelling.
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.
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.
Jesse Florea has written and edited for Focus on the Family for 27 years. As the Senior Editorial Director for Youth Publications, he oversees Clubhouse (for kids 8-12) and Clubhouse Jr. (for kids 3-7) magazines and cohosts the “Official Adventures in Odyssey” and “Official Average Boy” podcasts. Jesse has written or cowritten more than forty books, including the Defend Your Faith apologetics Bible for kids, The Case for Christ Young Readers Edition, The Case for Miracles for Kids and The One-Year Devos for Sports Fans.