Ruth Haley Barton is founder of The Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors and Christian leaders. A teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, she has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Willow Creek Community Church and is the author of numerous books and resources on the spiritual life including Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Sacred Rhythms, and Invitation to Solitude and Silence.
Mark Batterson is the New York Times best-selling author of fifteen books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, and Chase the Lion. He is the lead pastor of National Community Church, one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. One church with eight campuses, NCC also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, the Miracle Theatre, and the DC Dream Center. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University. He and his wife Lora, have three children and live on Capitol Hill.
Rob Bell lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where heâ€™s the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. Rob is the author of Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. He also appeared in a pioneering series of twenty-four short films called NOOMA, as well as in longer version DVDs-- The Art of the Sermon, Everything is Spiritual, The Gods Arenâ€™t Angry, and Drops Like Stars.
Steve Berger is the founding Pastor of Grace Chapel in Franklin, Tennessee. He has been a Senior Pastor for eighteen years, having also founded Calvary Chapel Pomona Valley in Southern California.
Wendy Blight is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries team. She is the author of Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life and Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of Godâ€™s Story. You can connect with Wendy through her website at www.wendyblight.com and through Proverbs 31 Ministries.
Tim Brown is one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play in the National Football League. Notre Dame's Heisman Trophy winner in 1987, and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015, Tim played sixteen seasons for the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders, earning nine Pro Bowl selections and setting numerous team and league records. He has served as a television analyst for Fox Sports, NBC, ESPN, and Sirius XM Satellite radio, and devotes his time and efforts to numerous charitable causes.
Cindy Bultema loves the Lord, loves life, loves her family, and loves to celebrate! With over 15 years in ministry, Cindy has trained leaders and created programs within a variety of settings. Her previous work experiences include working for Bethany Christian Services with adolescent sexual offenders, developing and supervising a transitional housing program for homeless teen moms and their kids, as well as coordinating a state-licensed childcare program. Cindy is now a national women’s speaker, author, blogger, and Bible teacher. Her personal testimony, “He Loves Me: A Woman’s Journey to Peace,” aired worldwide on the “Day of Discovery” television show. Cindy is also a Seminar Expert for the Grief Share video series and a Speak Up Conference instructor as well as a speaker coach for Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks Conference.
Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan and a volunteer fireman. He and his wife, Sonja, have four children: Colton is an active teenager; he has an older sister, Cassie; a younger brother, Colby; and a very special sister he met in heaven. Sonja Burpo is a busy mom and pastor's wife. A certified elementary teacher, Sonja is passionate about children's ministry and helping women work through the difficulty of miscarriage.