About: Michael Bluemling Jr.

Michael BluemlingMichael 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

About: Craig von Buseck

Craig von BuseckDr. 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

About: Joey Parker

Joey ParkerJoey “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.

About: Dayna Bickham

Dayna BickhamDayna Bickham is a wife, mom, part-time missionary, and full-time writer.

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.

 

About: Frances Gregory Pasch

Frances Gregory PaschFrances 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.

About: Tony Ross

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Tony RossTony 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/

About Kyle Kostreva

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Kyle and Michelle KostrevaKyle and Michelle started their work together with Master Plan Ministries in Durango, CO in 1990.  They loved working with the students at Fort Lewis College for the next four years.  In 1994, Kyle and Michelle sensed God calling them to expand MPM to the college campus in Grand Junction.  After starting the ministry from scratch, they have seen many people come to know Christ and grow in their walk with God these past 20 years.   Colorado Mesa University now has an enrollment of almost 10,000 students and God is opening wide doors of opportunity to reach, develop, and send students to all parts of society and the world.

They love the privilege of sharing the truth, life, and freedom of the gospel, helping believers grow in their walk with God, and sharing the joy of sending them out to make multiplying disciples.  Understanding that God’s heart is for the world, they also have taken students on summer trips overseas.

Kyle & Michelle have used a combination of homeschool and public school in raising their 4 children (one daughter graduated from college & is married, one daughter who is a junior in college, and two sons who are a senior and a junior in high school.  The Kostrevas enjoy being in the outdoors, playing sports, music and games as a family.

Please visit Kyle at: http://www.masterplanministries.net/kyle–michelle-kostreva.html

About: Shawn and Caroline Savage

Ambassadors for Christ Radio: Shawn & Caroline SavageShawn D. Savage is an ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Shawn is a retired veteran of the United States Air Force. As an ordained minister, Shawn believes that the Christian discipleship process is an ongoing process to the route of salvation. He believes that we are all Ministers and need to be Ambassadors for Christ Jesus.

Following the footsteps of Jesus Christ is not easy and only true Disciples of Christ have a chance when they allow the Holy Spirit to control their lives as they give their hearts to God. The ability to love God and our neighbors while forgiving them of their transgressions is to walk like Jesus. Our Lord will forgive us of our transgressions when we ask and give Him thanksgiving.

Shawn’s educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. His published works are included in ¿Uncertainties? and Reasoning and Mourning Morning.

Caroline R. Savage is an Ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She is a retired veteran of the United States Air Force and a consultant for Professional Progress Academy.

Caroline believes that people are the most important asset in organizations. Effective communication increases expectation clarity and productivity. Providing for employees, using the power of words to build them up not to tear them down, enhances processes in striving toward organizational goals.

Caroline’s educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, MBA in Human Resources Management, and currently pursuing a Doctor of Management. Her published books include Mourning Morning and ¿Uncertainties? and Reasoning.

Savage Ministries International currently have two published books; ¿Uncertainties? And Reasoning (2011) and Mourning Morning (2012) by author Caroline R. Savage. Both books share inspiring tips on how to serve Christ with a joyful heart and extend gratitude to our Lord regardless of personal situations. Reflecting upon biblical stories and applying God’s law to our behavior should mandate the way we behave. Every uncertainty that challenges us, the manner in which we should respond the reasoning is found in the Bible which is God’s Word and Will; His purpose for our existence.

Pertaining to the Great Commission, Jesus stated “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV).

Our mission at Ambassadors for Christ Radio to make believers and disciples of all men throughout the world; to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; to teach and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all to follow and obey what He has commanded.

Please visit Shawn and Caroline at: http://www.ambassadorsforchristradio.com/

 

About Becky Michel

Becky MichelBeckyMichel.com and Creative Expressions, is all about, creatively expressing, yourself! Becky believes you should never give up on your dreams. Go by faith, and believe in yourself. Use the gifts God gave you, for HIS glory! After all, you wouldn’t be here if he didn’t want you to be! What God calls you to do may seem odd to others, that’s why it is “YOUR calling!” Everyone has their own individual uniqueness, self-worth, gifts, and talents, which are given for purpose.

Michel FamilyBecky and her husband Jeff live in the beautiful Ozark hills of Missouri where she enjoys spending time with friends, family, meeting new people, helping others, being creative, and serving The Lord! Becky is a homeschooling mom to three terrific kids, entrepreneur, photographer, accelerating author, and artist. You might say she’s “lots of ingenuity and aspiration”! Becky has written many books from children’s, fiction, non-fiction, self-help, to short stories. Miles of smiles is her current publication by Trinity Press International. As a children’s authoress, illustrator, and speaker, she encourages everyone to go for greatness and to do that, which you are called to do.

Tidbits: Besides the above mentioned, Becky enjoys traveling, adventure, fun, smiling, working out, the lake, shopping, learning new things, Toastmasters, and of course writing!

Please visit Becky at: BeckyMichel.com

About: David Drury

David DruryDavid Drury has a passion for teaching on the deep mysteries of God’s Word in a way that is relevant to the next generation but true to the orthodox Christian faith. His writing and speaking comes with a healthy dose of both heart and humor—but is centered on teaching scripture. He serves as Chief of Staff to Jo Anne Lyon, the General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church and previously served as Executive Pastor and Connections Pastor at two large churches for 10 years. David is the architect of the all-church spiritual formation journey SoulShift which includes more than 30 related published or free resources for churches engaging in the Shift journey in their church. He is also co-author of SoulShift: The Measure of a Life Transformed along with Steve DeNeff the spiritual formation book which inspired the all-church resources for adults, youth & children, including the book Duckville, a children’s book he wrote which was illustrated by Dan Swartz.

David is also the author of Being Dad, a memoir full of stories about the way his father acted as an intentional father. The book is all about being dad on purpose, with an aim toward intentionality. David likewise the author of The Fruitful Life: What Will I Be Remembered For? The book makes the claim that “fruit is not optional.” Designed as a 40-Day journey with an accompanying DVD curriculum, The Fruitful Life attempts to erase the traditional line between evangelism and discipleship and re-language both in terms of fruitfulness. He is also the co-author of Ageless Faith: A Conversation Between Generations About Church. The book is a frank dialogue between the father-and-son co-authors about the differences in how their generations view the church.

David continues to serve as researcher for award-wining author Max Lucado including his bestsellers Outlive Your Life and Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear as well as 3:16: The Numbers of Hope; God’s Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours; and GRACE.

David has published shorter articles for university and denominational publications as well as small group curriculum, Bible studies and sermon helps for Wesleyan Publishing House, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Zondervan Publishers, Spring Life, and the Nucleus curriculum on the Triune Nature of God, among others. He has published on the subject of church leadership in the Great Commission Research Journal and the book Developing Ears to Hear. He served as the general editor and lead writer for SHIFT: The Magazine. His writings are posted at DavidDrury.com.

Prior to planting two new churches in Indiana & Illinois, David graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science with a Christian Ministries major. He enrolled in classes at several schools through the Boston Theological Institute and received his Master of Arts in Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His master’s thesis focused on the Lord’s Supper (“The Pauline Concept of Self-Examination in 1 Corinthians 11.”)

David is an ongoing adjunct professor for Wesley Seminary at the graduate level and Indiana Wesleyan University at the undergraduate level teaching Church Leadership, Change Leadership and Conflict Management. He has also taught courses on Worship, Church Planting, Methods of Bible Study, and Spiritual Formation for the Wesleyan FLAME ordination courses, the Bethany Bible College extension program, and Indiana Wesleyan University.

David and his wife, Kathy, were married in 1996. They have three children: Maxim (2000), Karina (2003) and Lauren (2005). He grew up in Marion, Indiana with a long heritage of Christian ministry flowing from two grandfathers who were local church pastors and both parents and all of his uncles and aunts being involved in local church service, ministry and/or ministerial education.

On July 21, 1980, David asked Jesus to redeem his life for all eternity—or as well as a six-year-old could understand the concept. He has felt a call into pastoral ministry since he was three years old. God has grown in him a passion to see the Kingdom of God expand and reproduce in four areas that are inherently multiplication-oriented: Dave’s sees his mission as “Exponential Kingdom multiplication through developing leaders, communicating truth, building teams, & reproducing churches.”

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