Pastor Bill Jenkins, founder and Senior Pastor of the Church of A.C.T.S., is a seasoned prophet whom God is raising up, in the last of the last days, to tear down the devil’s strongholds, and to bring hope to the hopeless.
As a seventeen-year-old with a strong passion for baseball, Bill Jenkins had an opportunity to sign a professional contract, but it was only three days before his 18th birthday when Jenkins had an encounter with God, which completely changed his life and future.
Instead of seeking success through baseball, Jenkins became a youth pastor and traveled the United States preaching the gospel. Later, Jenkins attended Christ for the Nations Bible College in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated in 1990. That is when God spoke to Pastor Bill again, and told him to go to the heart of America to get the spiritual heart pumping and the blood flowing. Thus, Jenkins traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana where he set in motion the Church of A.C.T.S., a spirit-filled church sitting on 34 acres on Indianapolis’ South side.
Among his many accomplishments, Pastor Bill Jenkins has worked with the Mayor of Indianapolis and other city officials in effort to reduce crime, and earned the Mayor’s Community Service Award. He has organized large events at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Indian State Fairgrounds to unite the churches of Indianapolis, and has been recognized as a “Man of Distinction” by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine.
Aside from his professional life, God has also called Bill Jenkins to be a husband to his wife, Britain Jenkins and a father to his three sons, Bryce, Brock and Brady. Anyone will find that Bill Jenkins is a model of what a godly man looks like, not only in the pulpit, but also as a head in the
family; he also makes time to coach his sons’ baseball, football and basketball teams, among many other duties in his life.
Pastor Bill Jenkins is a man of God with a prophetic word for our nation.
Please visit Pastor Bill at: http://www.churchofacts.org
Charlotte Cole is a writer and speaker whose passion is to draw all women towards the transforming power of God’s unconditional love. Infusing the Word of God into the world we live in, Charlotte desires to see women set free from the bondage of lies, unmet expectations and lost dreams. In 2007 Charlotte founded Charlotte’s Heart, a speaking and writing ministry that reaches women worldwide with messages of hope, personal value and practical solutions for parenting, marriage, self-worth and closeness with God.
Having walked through some of life’s biggest trials like a life touched by addiction, fighting stage 3 rectal cancer while raising 4 sons, and learning how to commit her heart to the Lord in the trials and tribulations that surface in marriage, Charlotte takes the lessons she has learned and creatively presents how woman can thrive through biblical living today.
Her desire is to be used by God to refresh her audiences with the assurance that nothing can separate God’s children from His love and that all are invited to be called children of God, no matter what!
Along with great blessings, Charlotte has faced numerous dark valleys since she has known Christ personally. The hope she found through God’s faithfully kept promises is available to all. Charlotte’s passion is to communicate that life giving message as clearly, creatively and widespread as she can.
Charlotte’s relationship with Christ was sparked in the most unlikely of places, TV. While watching The 700 Club at age 27, the gaping void in her heart was lavishly filled when she was led to the throne of God where she received the grace and forgiveness that is offered to us all. Raised in church but blind to the freedom from fear, guilt and shame that comes through knowing Christ personally, Charlotte’s passion for Jesus began when her blinders were lifted that day.
Since 1997 she has passionately followed Jesus and strives to obey the clear calling of the Lord on her life to minister to women through her study of His word and presentation of that knowledge through her vulnerabilities and gift of transparency.
Charlotte is perpetually studying creative ways to deliver the relevant messages of God to women looking for refreshing perspectives for age-old truths in a powerful way.
Charlotte holds a B.A. from Caldwell University.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas Charlotte married a Jersey boy and now lives with her husband Tom and the transitional landscape of her growing children and pets in Annapolis, Maryland.
Please visit Charlotte at: CharlottesHeart.com
Mr. Fazzina’s professional background is in media production. His experience includes hosting radio shows, editing music videos, directing a short film, and award-winning commercials. He also served as a board member of St. John’s University’s chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where he earned his B.S. in Communication Arts in 1998. After studying in Spain, Italy, and France, and doing missionary work in the Dominican Republic, he has gained a broadened appreciation for different peoples, languages, and cultures. His radio program, “The Divine Intervention Show,” can be heard on Sundays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on it’s flagship station, WLIX in New York, on various other radio stations across America, and on the Internet at www.divineinterventionradio.com. Daniel’s own personal testimony of miraculous healings – one from a painful chronic back condition in 2001, and one from a massive, cancerous tumor in 2002, led him to start the Divine Intervention Radio show and book series, in which he interviews intriguing people who have experienced the hand of God in Amazing ways. His additional interests include Biblical apologetics, alternative fuel technologies, networking, reading, writing, economics, cryptozoology, and creation science. A native New Yorker, he resides in Connecticut with his wife.
Please visit Daniel at: http://www.divineinterventionradio.com
Shari Braendel is America’s #1 Christian Personal Style Coach and inspires thousands of women each year to new levels of confidence at conferences around the globe. With an encouraging heart and vibrant effervescent spirit, she helps women see themselves the way that God might. After receiving her degree in Fashion Merchandising, Shari began her career writing dress codes for corporations while overhauling wardrobes of female executives in Miami’s business district. She is the author of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad and soon to be released, Help Me, Jesus, I Have Nothing to Wear! (Zondervan, July 2014) Shari founded the only Christian Image Consultant Certification Program in the country and recently launched Reveal Your Dignity, a JR Fashion Stylist Program for high school and college-age young women. She has a dream to flip the fashion industry right side up by teaching young women that how they dress reveals more than they realize and desires to inspire them to dress with dignity. She has been featured on Focus on the Family, The Total Christian Television Network, K-Love and Moody Radio. She is the Style Editor for WHOA magazine in the US and Brazilian magazine Editora Mezuza’. She is the proud mother of Army basketball player Luke Morrison and triplet stepdaughters, Kim, Carly and Jessica. She resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Dave, 3 cats and her 100 pound yellow lab.
Please visit Shari at: www.sharibraendel.com
Michael Bluemling Jr. is a disabled veteran, who is also a surviving victim of extreme abuse he suffered as a child. He has overcome many obstacles in his life, which shows that he can relate to anyone. His inspirational presentations help educate others on ways to overcome adversity through an inspirational message that allows them to grow. He has learned through his own personal stories of adversity that the “Power of One” is in all of us.
Power of One, LLC. He served honorably for four years in The United States Army and attended The Primary Leadership Development Course while receiving high marks throughout his military career. He received his Bachelor Degree in Business Management and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with his Masters in Human Resources and Employment Relations.
Florida State University in June 2013, he graduated from the Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans or EBV Program from Florida State University. His mix of education, experience, and a wealth of knowledge that is essential to being an effective leader have led to Power of One being a world class organization built to rejuvenate and inspire the communities in which we live.
You can visit Michael at: www.powerofonellc.com
Dr. Craig von Buseck is a published author and a contributing writer for CBN.com and Cindy Jacobs’ Reformation Prayer Network. He is a regular guest on “Live the Promise” with Susie Larson on Faith Radio. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and an MA in Religious Journalism from Regent University, and a BA in Speech Communication from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Craig’s new narrative biography from Baker Books is “Nobody Knows: The Harry T. Burleigh Story”, which tells the inspiring story of the great African-American composer best known for giving the Negro Spirituals to the world. (www.nobodyknowsbook.com)
Craig is also the author of “Praying the News: Your Prayers Are More Powerful Than You Know”, co-written by 700 Club news anchor Wendy Griffith. His other books include “NetCasters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men” and “Seven Keys to Hearing God’s Voice.” He has recently completed his latest project, “Yes, I Can”, which he co-wrote with a quadriplegic medical doctor.
Craig has extensive ministry and speaking experience and travels often to speak at conferences, professional events and writers training meetings. Craig served for ten years as the Director of Ministries at CBN.com, one of the world’s most popular Christian websites. He also served on the Executive Board of the Internet Evangelism Coalition (IEC).
Along with his work at CBN, he has written for Charisma Magazine, Superbook TV, the Israeli Bureau of Tourism, Nicky Cruz Ministries, the Christian Coalition, Regent University and several other Christian magazines. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the Regent University schools of Divinity, Communication, Business, Government, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
He has been a keynote speaker at the CLASS Christian Writers Conference; the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference; the Internet Evangelism Coalition Conference; the Write-to-Publish Conference at Wheaton College; the Colorado Christian Writers Conference; the Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference; the Florida Christian Writers Conference; and the Indy Christian Writers Conference. He has also served on the staff of the Jerry Jenkins Writing for the Soul Conference.
Craig and his wife, Robin, live in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
You can visit Craig at: www.vonbuseck.com
Joey “J.E.” Parker is a veteran police officer with over a decade in law enforcement. In that time, he has worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer for new recruits, and a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His work has allowed him to see people at the lowest points in their lives as they struggled to come to grips with the consequences of bad decisions. It was his own family’s struggle with this type of situation that led him to seek a career as a police officer.
While in college, Joey’s family was met with the murder of a close family member. The effects of that crime, and the pain of seeing the perpetrator never brought to justice, altered the course of his life. He changed his academic focus and began the journey to becoming a law enforcement officer.
With the majority of his career spent in rural towns and communities, Joey experienced a more personal side of law enforcement. Small towns offer generations of connections where relationships run deep and the community more closely shares in the pain and joy of its individual members. When a serious crime strikes one of these communities, it ripples out to affect people in different ways.
Joey’s book, If Good Men Do Nothing, uses a combination of his first-hand experience in criminal investigations and his Christian faith to tell a story of loss, suffering, faith, and perseverance as the characters struggle to find the answers to a crime those in power would rather remain a mystery.
Joey currently lives in West Tennessee with his wife and two children. He can be reached through his website, www.jeparker.net.
Dayna’s passion is not about how many people read her words, but that her words reach you. This is her calling: her purpose.
She loves helping other people find their purpose too.
You may be a creative person, or you may be more analytically inclined, but no matter your vocation, she writes for you: to challenge you, encourage you, and to strengthen you. She longs for people to live in the freedom Christ brings. She wants you to stop hiding who you are and live your life out loud. What does that mean? It means Dayna wants to help equip you to turn up the volume and explore who you are in Christ!
We are all on a journey. Each journey is pre-planned, designed, and ordained by God. Dayna believes in purpose so much that she wrote a book about it. Chosen for Purpose: Overcoming Giants and Living Your Dreams is designed to help you find your individual purpose. Hand in hand with the companion workbook, Chosen for Purpose: The Workbook, these books will help you dive into your individual story, find the moments of grace in even the darkest moments, and see the theme God has woven into your life from the beginning.
Dayna also writes around the web for Christian publications, blogs, and other sites. You can find her most readily on her blog, daynabickham.com where she writes about purpose, family, and a life of faith.
Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 22 years.
You can read some of her writing on her website: www.francesgregorypasch.com.
Tony Ross is a man of many hats. By day, you’ll find him with his family, helping his wife in homeschooling his five children. From the early afternoon until evening, he’s a lead man, machinist and jack-of-all-trades at the local forge plant, involved in the manufacturing of all manner of steel parts. On the weekends you’ll find him at his local church, Calvary Apostolic in Clintonville, Wisconsin, often assisting in the ministry, leading the order of service, and preaching as needed.
Occasionally Tony has free time, and when he does… he kills people.
Not literally, of course. Tony is an author, writing what he defines as “thrillers for thinkers,” adrenaline-packed novels with touches of sci-fi and the supernatural and a healthy dose of deep spiritual meaning. He has two on the market at this time: Victor: The Reloaded Edition and Orion. Readers have been kind enough to compare his writing style to Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker and Stephen King. While Tony is reluctant to place himself in such prestigious company, he’ll readily acknowledge each of those authors as an influence on his work.
Tony understands that some readers may have concerns and writes his thrillers under a strict set of guidelines. You’ll never find profanity in his novels. “Adult situations” are only alluded to and never presented as acceptable conduct outside of marriage. While his novels do contain violence, Tony tries to avoid dwelling on the gory details for too long. He’d rather tell an exciting, entertaining story that points people toward God.
Tony’s first book, The Ugly Duckling’s Revenge (Morris Publishing, 2009), was a very limited release that was never sold online. This short book was Tony’s own testimony. Within its pages, he shared his own struggles with depression, anger and alcoholism and explained how God brought him from a place of utter hopelessness to a new and living hope. Written with honesty and humor, The Ugly Duckling’s Revenge speaks to those who feel that they don’t fit in and have no hope. Tony’s message to readers is simple: “If God can do it for me, He can do it for you.”
Tony’s love of fiction won out on his next project, Victor (WestBow Press, 2011). In a disturbing near-future in fictional Sunlight City where choice is the only law, the decisions of three people will influence the future of the world: an elite assassin slowly losing his mind, a brilliant scientist with world-changing information, and a streetwise, energetic detective with secrets of his own. All three are bound by the darkest of secrets. Only the truth will set them free. Victor is a story of non-stop action and adventure that addresses questions of tolerance, morality, identity and eternity.
While Tony was at first happy with Victor, he soon saw that he could’ve written a better novel. He also came to realize that WestBow Press wasn’t the best fit for him. Feeling that his readers deserved his very best, Tony decided to part ways with WestBow Press, pulled Victor off the market and went back to work. He soon found a new publisher in BookLocker that proved to be a better match and did an excellent job in bringing his vision to print.
Victor: The Reloaded Edition (BookLocker, 2012) soon hit the market as a vast improvement over the original novel. While the storyline remained the same, the new book featured a new cover, expanded scenes and additional details that added more vibrancy and life to the story. Tony’s efforts paid off: Victor: The Reloaded Edition went on to win a silver medal for Christian fiction in the Readers’ Favorite 2013 International Award Contest.
Tony’s latest release is Orion (BookLocker, 2013), a sequel to Victor. Hiding from his past in the north woods of Wisconsin, David shelters a frightened young woman running for her life. In doing so, he draws the attention of the killer pursuing her. Faced with a deadly ultimatum, trapped by the weather in an overcrowded hotel slowly boiling over with fear and mistrust, David must protect the woman, find and stop the killer… and confront the darkest secrets of his heart. Orion focuses on the struggle within a man’s heart between the world and God, between what we want and Who we need. It also deals with spiritual warfare, addiction, and the perception of love.
Tony is working on his third novel and has plans for a fourth in his current series. He’s also considering a series of short ebooks featuring characters from his novels. Any projects beyond that point are uncertain, but Tony trusts that God will lead him to the next story when it’s time.
FUN FACTS ABOUT TONY
1) Tony writes every novel with a distinct soundtrack in mind. “I hear the songs in my head as I’m writing, almost like I’m watching a movie. Orion was tough because silence is a big part of that book, but eventually I found music that fit.”
2) Contrary to what he writes, Tony enjoys peaceful, quiet country living. “I’ve got four acres on a dead-end road: woods out back, deer, turkey and foxes for neighbors. I’ll have bonfires on the weekend under the stars, listening to frogs and cricket chirps. It’s nice.”
3) Tony enjoys outdoor sports and even taught himself to pitch so his sons could practice baseball. “I’m a football guy, but if my son wants to do baseball, I’m going to help him. I’m not saying I’m any good, but I’ve got a fastball, a nice sinker that might be my best pitch, one or two others. It gets me some exercise if nothing else.”
4) Tony has always been a fan of comic books and would like, at some point, to produce his own series of Christian graphic novels. “I’d probably tell the same kind of stories I’m telling now. A little more sci-fi, maybe. Showing visuals of the supernatural would be fun, too. My problem right now is time. It’s tough to do the writing, layout, art, etc., on my own. Down the road, maybe, I’ll find some people who can work with me and we’ll make it happen. Whatever God wants to do. It’s all up to Him.”
Please visit Tony at: http://www.thrillersforthinkers.com/