Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick, is an international speaker, best-selling author, and Bible teacher who has a passion for inspiring and motivating others to make a difference with their lives.
She is best known for more than 10 years as a tireless advocate for those living with mental illness, HIV&AIDS, and the orphaned and vulnerable children left behind. As an advocate, she has traveled to 19 countries, calling the faith community as well as the public and private sectors to respond with prevention, care, treatment and support. Kay is also a board member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
Kay is the author of several books including: Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife, Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enoughand Say Yes to God.
Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflow with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit.
Stephanie Henderson is the Executive Pastor of Women, Creative Arts and Section Community at New Life Church. She is the author of Unforgettable - God's Relentless Heart for His Daughters and Her Heart Is Torn.
Stephanie has over 30 years of ministry and leadership experience including 12 years as a women's conference speaker. Empowering teams to fulfill their God-inspired destiny and providing opportunities to grow and flourish within their gifting largely expresses her passion for ministry and growing leaders.
She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and enjoys spending time cooking southern food with her husband George. Together, they enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, backpacking and spending time with their adult children and first grandchild.
Pastoring New Life Church through worship and leading the Desperation Band, Jon is best known for writing songs Overcome, I am Free, Here In Your Presence, and Strong God. With a deep love for the Spirit, Jon can often be found leading God's people to proclaim truth over lies, freedom over fear, and life over death. He loves community, which can be found in the unified team of New Life Worship, which has deep history of innovation and creativity. Co-founder of "Heartwork", a ministry focused on the young people of our nation rescuing the lives of the orphaned and less fortunate, Jon champions our worship leading to action. Jon and his wife Paige have three children. Twins Jones and Izzy and little Lewis.
Jimmy Evans is Founder and CEO of MarriageToday, a ministry that is devoted to helping couples thrive in strong and fulfilling marriages and families.
Jimmy also serves as the Lead Apostolic Senior Pastor at Gateway Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and as Senior Elder of Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas.
Jimmy has authored more than fifteen books, among which are his best selling works, Marriage on the Rock, Lifelong Love Affair, The Right One and his newest book, Strengths Based Marriage.
Tom serves as the Campus Pastor for the Dallas campus of Gateway Church. As campus pastor he leads the campus ministry team and staff to execute the vision and values of Gateway as they minister to the Dallas congregation. In addition to his campus pastor responsibilities he serves as Lead Executive Pastor over the Apostolic Outreach ministries of the church. In his position of Lead Executive Senior Pastor he oversees the outside ministries associated with the church, working with the senior management team in this area to execute the outreach vision and values of the church. His ministry experience spans more than 34 years in various ministries and roles, and his relational style and personal experiences bring a warmth to his leadership, speaking, writing, and pastoral ministry. In addition to coauthoring He Still Speaks, Tom has also authored four other books: The Influence of a Father, Conversations with God, Letters from a Dad to a Graduate, and Strong Women and the Men Who Love Them, which he coauthored with his wife, Jan. He has also written articles for Ministry Today and has produced Foundations, a DVD series on healthy church government. Tom and Jan have been married for 44 years and have four married children and 15 grandchildren.
Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Executive Pastor of Families at New Life Church and Dean of Youthmin Academy. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, A Theology of Familiy Ministry and her newest book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials. Michelle has over 30 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children's and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian Education, Bible and Theology from Talbot School of Theology and and her doctorate of Education from Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and the beach while drinking a strong cup of coffee.
Daniel grew up as a pastor's kid in Tulsa, Oklahoma and loved his upbringing in the church. After playing a little bit of Division I basketball and a lot of music at Oral Roberts University, he received his degree in theology in 2005. That same summer, Daniel married his bride, Lisa, and a week after their wedding they moved to Colorado Springs to join the staff of New Life Church. They have three children--Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley--and they love to get outside to enjoy the rugged beauty of Colorado. Daniel serves as the lead pastor of the New Life Friday Night congregation.
Glenn holds a BA in Theological/Historical Studies, a Masters in Management, and, after doing two years of graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, is earning his doctorate in theology at St. John's College at Durham University in the UK. Glenn, his wife, Holly, their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.
Rich Villodas is the Lead Pastor at New Life Fellowship Church. On October 6th, 2013, Rich succeeded Pete Scazzero as Lead Pastor. Rich was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn, just 20 minutes from New Life. He graduated from Nyack College and then went on to complete a Masters of Divinity degree at Alliance Theological Seminary. When Rich is not reading, he is cheering on his beloved Mets, Knicks and Jets teams. Rich is married to Rosie and they have a little girl and boy, named Karis and Nathan.
Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church (TC) also has two campuses in South Carolina Correctional Institutions (Kershaw and Lee). For three out of the last five years, TC has been recognized as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine.
Gray met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University. They have been married for over 20 years and have two children.
After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). He then graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary magna cum laude, with a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics, where he was mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler. Gray is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He's recognized by many as The Evangelism Linebacker and is a highly sought-after communicator. Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God's Power in a Man's Heart (2009), Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013), Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015) and The High-Definition Leader (2015).
Brady is married to his college sweetheart, Pam, and is the dad to great kids named Abram and Callie. He has written five books: Addicted to Busy, Fear No Evil, Sons & Daughters, Let Her Lead, and Speak Life. (All are available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble). He's also really serious about caring for the people of Colorado Springs by opening numerous Dream Centers.
He has a degree in Journalism from Louisiana Tech, has been a radio announcer for professional baseball and basketball teams, and was the Sports Editor for his college newspaper. Before coming to New Life in 2007, he served Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, for almost seven years.