Tonilee Adamson is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Media 4 Women Enterprises, Inc. Tonilee brings spunk and style to a boardroom while delivering Internet marketing tools to help accelerate businesses to their potential. Tonilee also co-founded Daily Disciples Ministries, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that teaches, trains and partners with other women’s groups to empower women for positive change. With a professional career in health care as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse, with an emphasis in Administration and Information Technology, Tonilee knows how to reach the heart of people. She is now inspiring and empowering women to pursue their life dreams both professionally and personally by teaching, mentoring, and supporting them throughout the process. Tonilee has authored and co-authored over 20 books and studies, is a favored public speaker, radio host and a frequent guest on television interviews.
Heather Mercer Al Khoury, founder and president of Global Hope, a ministry focused on reaching the Muslim world with the Gospel, has spent the last ten years serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2001, Heather and her teammates were captured by the Taliban for sharing the Gospel in the strict Islamic state, tried for a capital crime, and miraculously released through the prayers of the saints and the bravery of the United States Special Forces. Her story can be read in the book Prisoners of Hope. Since 2003, Heather’s attention has been drawn to the Kurdish region of Iraq where she has launched several initiatives focused on church-planting. Construction on the 25,000 square foot Freedom Center, a holistic outreached-based community center. Heather’s primary passion is to see Jesus exalted in the Church and in the nations, and to mobilize the Body of Christ to pursue God’s heart for Muslims.
Ray Bentley founded Maranatha Chapel in 1984 where he serves today as the senior pastor. In recent years, he has taken opportunities to preach at a Billy Graham sponsored crusade in India, as well as other outreaches in England, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Africa, China, and the Philippines. He has also been a featured speaker at Epicenter Conferences with Joel Rosenberg and numerous other national and international pastors conferences and ministry events. Ray is host to the daily Maranatha Radio show heard on stations across the United States and around the world. He has authored five books, including his most recent work, The Holy Land Key: Unlocking End-Times Prophesy Through the Lives of God’s People in Israel, published in 2014 by WaterBrook-Multnomah Publishers.
Heather Blanton started writing when she was five; her first tale was a ghost story her mom typed up for her on a Brother typewriter. Over the years, she has worked as a journalist for newspapers, magazines, and blogs. She has also spent decades in the corporate communications. Heather grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, John Wayne westerns, and all things Louis L’Amour. Some of her most fond memories are of sitting next to her dad, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester! She loves exploring out West and would happily spend all her time researching and visiting ghost towns till the cows come home. Heather lives with her husband and two adventurous boys on a farm outside Raleigh, NC. They enjoy riding practically anything with four legs or two wheels, and being outdoors.
Bobbye Brooks is co-founder of Media 4 Women Enterprises, Inc., a California corporation uniquely designed to promote businesses and organizations through strategic marketing and media development. Bobbye also co-founded Daily Disciples Ministries, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that teaches, trains, and partners with other women’s groups to empower women for positive change. Bobbye is Chairman of Cornerstone Managing Partners, a San Diego-based commercial construction and real estate development company she co-founded with her husband in 1998. After a successful career in executive healthcare management, Bobbye completed an Executive MBA specializing in entrepreneurial start-up ventures. She is also an author, speaker, radio host, and a frequent guest on television interviews.
Ron DiCianni considers himself “a Christian cleverly disguised as an artist.” His self-stated mission is to “reclaim the Arts for Christ”, and in 1989 God led him to create the painting that started a revolution—Spiritual Warfare. Several extraordinary Christian paintings followed on the heels of Spiritual Warfare and it was soon clear that a new chapter in art had begun. With numerous awards for both his work as an author and as an artist, the response from the Christian and general markets continues to be overwhelmingly positive. Honored with the R.H. Love and Visitor’s Choice Award for multiple years at the Sacred Arts Show, Ron’s art continues to blaze a new trail. In 1999 a major art magazine considered Ron’s painting Safely Home to be among the top 50 paintings of the year worldwide. Recently commissioned to do a series of murals on the essential truths of Christianity by one of the world’s largest denominations, these four new pieces form the cornerstone of the upcoming worldwide We Believe campaign.
Tom Doyle’s passion for missions in the Middle East began when he accepted an invitation to attend a biblical tour of the Holy Land. Little did he know that God was about to take his love for the Middle East to a whole new level. In June 2001, after 20 years of pastoring congregations in Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico, Tom and his wife. JoAnn, sensed God clearly calling them to full-time ministry in the Middle East. He accepted the position of Middle East director for a ministry called e3 Partners. In his recent book, Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? published by Thomas Nelson, Doyle recounts in thrilling, fiction-like detail the stories of Muslims who have experienced Jesus in dreams and/or visions and have come to faith as a result. His latest project is Killing Christians: Living the faith where it’s not safe to believe, also a Thomas Nelson acquisition.
Marian Jordan Ellis holds a Master’s Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries. She is a sought after speaker for both women’s conferences and collegiate events and teaches a weekly Bible study. Redeemed by the grace of Jesus Christ and set free by His truth, Marian has shared her testimony at over 50 college campuses nationwide through her Girls’ Night Out events, and her weekly Bible study podcast reaches thousands of young women. She is the author of Sex and the City Uncovered, Wilderness Skills for Women, The List, Radiant, and The Girlfriend Guidebook, all published by B&H Publishing Group. Her most recent project Sex and the Single Christian Girl was published by Bethany House. in 2013.
Donna Gibbs, Director of A Clear Word Counseling Center, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor. She earned a Ph. D. in Christian Counseling and Psychology from Louisiana Baptist University in 2007 and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
In addition to the Counseling Center, Donna has established marriage and support ministries for Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She frequently enjoys speaking, training, and singing engagements. She co-authored Water From the Rock, a resource for those who are struggling with the grief of infertility, which was published by Moody Press in 2002.
Travis Hearn is senior pastor at Impact Church in Scottsdale, AZ, ranked as one of the top ten fastest-growing churches in America. In addition, he has also served as chaplain for a range of professional sports teams including the Phoenix Suns, Kansas City Royals, and Oakland A’s. Hearn’s first book, Game Changer: The Defining Moment that Takes You from Trials to Triumph, is scheduled for release in Fall 2014 with New Vantage Books. His next project is tentatively titled, Your But’s Too Big: A Guide to No Excuse Living.
Pam Kanaly is President and co-founder of Arise Ministries, a national nonprofit women’s organization; co-founder of the Oklahoma and national Survive ‘N’ Thrive Conference for single mothers with Governor Mary Fallin serving as the Honorary Chair; and co-founder of the Southwest regional conference for women leaders in ministry: The Ignite Conference. She speaks to thousands of women across America about the faithfulness of Christ and is especially passionate about speaking to single mothers. God has opened doors, one of them being the opportunity to partner with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin in reaching the single moms of Oklahoma, as well as this nation. Her latest book, The Single Mom and Her Rollercoaster Emotions released in 2014 with Pelican Publishers.
Thom Lemmons is the author of the best-selling Jabez: A Novel and co-author (with Jan Beazley) of the 2005 Christy Award-winning novel King’s Ransom. Also included among his 12 published novels are: Jeremiah: He Who Wept, Daniel: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, and Daughter of Jerusalem. He is the managing editor for Texas A&M University Press in College Station, an editorial consultant, and a collaborative writer. Karla Eidson is a professor of education and children’s literature at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Thom and Karla have three children and three stepchildren.
Rich Melheim grew up on the plains of North Dakota but never did own a pickup with a gun rack. An author, comedian, cartoonist, playwright, record producer, educational systems designer, international speaker, curriculum developer and composer, Rich has appeared on CNN, Osgood Files, Donahue, Montel Williams, Rolanda, Leeze and 50 network news channels from WNBC-New York to KTLA counseling on parenting issues. Rich has written and produced 6 musical stage plays, 24 Bible Song albums, 20 children and youth books, hundreds of skits and articles, and entire curriculum lines written and illustrated in his unique and humorous style. His recent trade book, Holding Your Family Together in a World Falling Apart, was published by Regal Books.
Bruce Peppin has served 28 years in executive leadership at Focus on the Family. During his tenure, he helped establish the international outreach of the ministry by traveling to over 25 countries building channels of global product distribution. He also served as the Associate Publisher leading the book, audio and film development teams. Currently, he oversees resource marketing, magazine circulation, domestic and foreign licensing and the 10,000 square foot campus bookstore. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Long Beach State University in California and a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot Seminary. Prior to coming to Focus, he served ten years in church ministry. His first trade book project is titled, The Best Is Yet to Be: Finding Meaning in Midlife will release from David C. Cook in 2015.
Since 1983, Chuck Reaves has spoken to more than 3,000 audiences in all 50 states and nine foreign countries. Vistage, the world’s largest invitation-only membership organization for seasoned CEOs, has invited him to speak more than 700 times and has named him “Impact Speaker of the Year”. He has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation and has been inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame of the National Speaker’s Association. Chuck spent ten years as an entry-level technician with AT&T until an alert leader sent him to sales. His first full year as an account executive ended with him being the highest producer out of 1,100 salespeople. He was promoted to sales manager and then left the world’s largest corporation to form one of the smallest, Twenty-One Associates in Atlanta. The company was designed to support his speaking based on his first book, “The Theory of 21” published by Evans in New York.
Nina Roesner is Executive Director of Greater Impact Ministries, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit training organization. In 2005, as Nina was leading her last Dale Carnegie Course in Cincinnati, Ohio, she sensed God creating for her a passion for helping wives improve their marriages. She already knew that she was leaving her 15-year career as a trainer with a company she loved, to start a non-profit which provided leadership and communication skills to church staffs and lay people. As she began her ministry, she followed God’s leading and launched Daughters of Sarah ®, a course for Christian wives, along with The Greater Impact Course ™. As a result of Daughters of Sarah ®, she felt led to write The Respect Dare, published by Thomas Nelson in 2012. She also created an e-course from the book materials which runs several times annually with world-wide participation and frequently has a waiting list.
Ben Stroup is Senior Vice President of Fundraising Communications with Pursuant. He is also a writer and collaborator who helps brands, businesses, and causes get more leads, donors, and clients by providing custom publishing models that drive revenue and engagement. He specializes in the areas of leadership, technology, fundraising, business development, and communications. Ben considers himself a content activist and believes content should move people to action. He has written and edited more than 30 books and e-books, many of them collaborations with executive leaders. Some of his latest book projects include Unconditional Love (B&H Publishing Group), and Hope in Front of Me (with former American Idol finalist Danny Gokey, NavPress). His latest trade book project titled, The Outlaw, the Magician, and the Hero: Why Courage to Destroy Leads to Transformation, will release from Abingdon Press in 2015.
During Greg Webster’s 25-year career in publishing, he has handled a broad range of projects in the areas of marketing, writing, product concept creation, and editorial development. He has collaborated on more than two dozen books spanning a variety of genres such as business, leadership, “true stories,” social issues, self-help, marriage, relationships, and curriculum. He holds a M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a B.A. in journalism as well the M.B.A. from the University of Georgia. Webster also serves as senior partner of creative and editorial development for New Vantage Partners, a custom publishing firm. His most recent trade book collaboration is with author Tom Doyle on Dreams and Visions: Is God Awakening the Muslim World?, published by Thomas Nelson.
Robin Wolaver holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. She is a singer, speaker, and writer living in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and fellow composer, Bill Wolaver, and their six children, Annie, Alex, Benjamin, Camille, Gretchen and Jeremiah. Robin travels with her family in a group called the Annie Moses Band, performing over 80 concerts annually before approximately 100,000 people. The group’s PBS special, “Christmas with the Annie Moses Band”, received over 1,100 hours of airings. Their Christmas album, “This Glorious Christmas”, reached the top ten on Billboard Magazine’s classical crossover chart and was aired on TBN. A subsequent special, “Message in a Baby”, was also aired on TBN and “Faith, Family & Music”, a musical documentary on the Wolaver family, received 78 hours of airings on multiple national networks. Robin’s recent book project, The Song of Annie Moses, was published in 2013 by Guideposts. She and her daughter-in-law, Berklee Wolaver, are collaborating on a children’s book project tiled, Every Park Needs a Lark that Sings, which is based on a tune performed by the Annie Moses Band.