Kyle 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
Becky 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: http://www.beckymichel.com/
David 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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Terry Thompson grew up in a military family and has spent his entire life traveling around the world gaining valuable knowledge and experience that he would like to share with you. Terry does this through his inspirational books, videos, and more about life and leadership.
Terry has been serving in the military for the last 19 years, has achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class, and is currently a Platoon Sergeant stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Terry has served in multiple positions of increased authority and responsibility that spans many assignment locations to include two deployments to Iraq, and one to Afghanistan. Terry has led teams as small as 3 to much larger groups of over 200. Terry brings to you valuable insight that he has gained from his personal and professional life/career that will lead you to success. Terry does this through multiple platforms to include his website and his four books (Leadership Is, Leadership Solved, Push Start, and What it takes to become a MENTOR).
Terry is married to the beautiful Miriam Thompson. They have been married for 17 years and have two children; Josiah (5 yrs), and Gabriela (2 Yrs). In his spare time, Terry enjoys reading, writing books, designing websites, playing music, and spending time out with his family.
Connect with more from Terry Thompson at his website http://leadertank.com/
Mr. Hamilton has just written a collection of biographies called Would You Do What They Did? Great Christian Leaders from our Past. Come, tame a wolf, flee from the wrath of the king, feel the horror of impending doom on a ship, and the uncertainty of one’s own salvation with these great heroes of the faith. The book is a creative nonfiction collection of biographies of Martin Luther, Francis of Assisi, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, and Thomas Becket.
Mr. Hamilton has also written biographies about Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Junior. Val Kilmer signed 110 copies of his biography for flatsigned.com. The author also has written a book of apologetics geared towards a Jewish audience, a collection of genre short stories, a horror novella, and over 1,000 articles, short stories and poems in magazines, literary journals and websites. Mr. Hamilton installs accounting software for The Back Office in West Des Moines and train people how to use it. He is a lifelong resident of Des Moines and has degrees in Accounting and Business Information Systems.
Please visit Bill at: http://williamdeanhamilton.info/Home_Page.php
Media host, award winning author, keynote speaker and entrepreneur, Pamela Christian brings a fresh approach to conservative media that’s reviving interest in faith and God. Her ambitious undertaking as a protégé of Rich Buhler, with a weekly two-hour interactive radio talk show in 2003, on KBRT in southern California, established Pam as a long overdue female voice. Her direct yet respectful approach as host of Salem Communication’s Life Line with Pam Christian, a daily evening drive-time talk show on KFAX in San Francisco in 2005 covering politics, social issues, religion and pop-culture, raised the station’s ratings by .3 points in less than one year. And her compassionate manner helping people deal with real-life issues from a Christian perspective through her seminars, books, blogs and both as media host and guest is winning a loyal following.
Pamela’s ministry career began in the early 1990’s when she served as the Teaching Director for Community Bible Study, an independent, international, interdenominational organization. Then she began receiving invitations to speak coast to coast. Hosting radio and becoming a published author were natural extensions of her ministry work.
She holds a certificate in apologetics from Biola University. Pamela is also an active member of Advanced Writer’s and Speakers Association, Christian Women in Media, a faculty member of CLASSeminars, Inc., and is represented by various well respected speaker’s bureaus. She and her husband David live in southern California with their grown children living nearby.
Pamela’s affectionately known as the Faith Doctor, because of the many people who have discovered life-giving truth from her efforts. To inquire to book her to speak at your next event contact us through the web site pamelachristianministries.com or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tom Blubaugh, author of Night of the Cossack never knew his grandfather. Years later, he asked family members about his grandfather and they all agreed on four facts. Mr. Blubaugh wrote this riveting tale based on these four facts! Night of the Cossack is a very exciting adventure set in Russia and Europe during the early 1900′s. The first chapter ends on a cliffhanger and the journey is just beginning! Join the main character Nathan Hertzfield on his suspenseful adventure. The author does a great job drawing you into the character right from the start.
Please visit Tom at: http://www.tomblubaugh.net/
Jason Wiser is an Associate Missionary with Church of God World Missions currently on assignment in Uzhgorod Ukraine working with the Roma Gypsy Community. He is the director of Michigan Bridge
Ministry. He and his Valeriia and their two sons are sent out as members of Family of Faith Ministries in Charlevoix, Michigan. They are working closely alongside resident Pastor Kortchie Brugosh who is the Sr. Pastor at Radvanka Church of God where most of their ministry takes place.
The ministry is focused on reaching the lost for Jesus Christ and while outreach and Humanitarian aid is a part of the ministry, it is only a tool. One of the main outreach ministries that we have is a community feeding programs for the children of the community. 3 times a week we fill the church sanctuary, (a room that is about 10’ X 24’) with an average of 60 children. We sing, learn scripture, and have a warm meal. The most valuable is the relationship building and letting these little ones know they can come and be safe, and cared for in the house of God.
Our big goal for 2013 is to purchase an onsite parsonage. The church does not have good security and the building has been broken into and we have had many things stolen. Also, the Pastor lives in an apartment building that is flooded with standing water and sewage. There is a video online that details this situation. ( http://jtw.bz/RomaPastor ) We have an opportunity to purchase a new
building right next to the church that will expand the church for more children’s ministry, it will provide 24 hour on site security for the church, and it will move the pastor and his family into safe living conditions.
Jason has been a missionary since 2006. His first time going to the mission field he went with his parent who are also full time missionaries; Dale and Janice Marcum of Fruit of the Vine Ministries (fovministries.org). During his first tour, he met Valeriia, his future wife who was the translator for their team. At the end of the 6 month trip, Jason returning to Michigan to raise support to go back. In this time he became an Associate Missionary with Church of God World Missions.
In 2007 he returned to Ukraine and the two were married. The following year their first son, Danya, was born in Ukraine. Their second son Yan was also born in Ukraine 4 years later.
For more information please visit http://mibridgemi.com
Dr. John Vawter spent 10 years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in both England and the Northwest as Area Director. He was the pastor at Wayzata Evangelical Free Church in the suburbs of Minneapolis for fourteen years and Bethany Community Church in Tempe, AZ. He was the president of Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix and Western Seminary in Portland, OR. He has taught doctoral courses in six different seminaries and spoken in seventeen countries. His two previous books include Uncommon Graces, which was nominated for the Gold Medallion Award and Hit by a Ton of Bricks; You’re Not Alone When Your Child’s on Drugs. The latter book grew out of the ministry his wife and he founded called You’re Not Alone, Inc. a non-profit ministry aimed at helping parents who discover their children are abusing alcohol and other drugs. The website www.notalone.org is visited by thousands of people every year.
Dr. James Wetherbe is a highly regarded professor, author and consultant in management of information technology. He has spent over 40 years in academia and industry, serving on the faculty of the University of Houston, University of Minnesota, University of Memphis and Texas Tech University. Author of over 30 books he has lectured worldwide on leadership, communication and information technology. He was the first recipient of the Management Information Systems Quarterly Distinguished Scholar Award, was ranked by Information Week one of the top dozen information technology consultants and speakers and is ranked among the top 20 most influential researchers in his field. His book about FedEx, The World on Time was ranked as one of the top 30 business books of 1997 by Executive Book Summaries. Computing Newsletter ranked his book Systems Analysis and Design as the best textbook on the topic. Previous work in spiritual authoring includes Faith Logic: Getting Online with God aimed at the strong willed spiritually challenged who require a more logical, reasoned approach to arrive at faith in God.
Please visit John and Jim at: http://www.achievinghighperformancefriendship.com
Kimberly has rafted the Nile River, hiked the hills at the base of Mount Everest, and eaten cow brains, just to say she’d done it! She has ridden an elephant (fun, but not as comfortable as you’d think), saw a robbery at knifepoint in the rickshaw in front of her (not fun at all), and eaten bone marrow (a cow’s if you want to know).
Before her adventures overseas, Kimberly spent her high school years reading books between classes because she was scared to talk to people, used to sit on one side of people because her teeth looked less crooked from that side, and later, after she finally got a little more brave, managed to fall down the steps in a formal the night of the Junior/Senior banquet!
When God led Kimberly into missions, at first she would get sick every time she had to speak in front of a crowd. Now it is one of her favorite things to do, which goes to show God knows better than we do what’s best for us! Kimberly went to Bangladesh at the age of 22 and lived there for 2 years. After that, she lived in Uganda working with an AIDS orphans ministry, then she married and she and her husband moved to Indonesia, where he taught English as a Second Language at a University.
Through those years, Kimberly struggled with multiple health problems (53 symptoms to be exact) but no doctor could figure out what was really wrong with her. Finally, after 15 years of searching, she was diagnosed with Addison’s disease. She also has hypoglycemia, asthma, and a cyst on her brain, and when she asked one doctor if she would be able to return overseas he said no, and he was surprised she hadn’t kicked off already!
As she has learned to live with a lesser version of herself than she would have chosen for herself, Kimberly is realizing that she used to find her identity and her worth in what she did and how much she did. Though her health problems, God is teaching her to find her worth in Him. She now loves sharing that message of worth with others through her novels on human trafficking and missions (Stolen Woman, Stolen Child, Stolen Future), her series on chronic health problems (Sick & Tired, You’re Sick They’re Not) and her new upcoming book for children who have lost a loved one and are grieving, titled, When I’m With Jesus.
Find out more or contact Kimberly Rae at www.kimberlyrae.com.