Donald is the founder of Storyline, an organization that helps people live better stories. He is the author of several books including multiple New York Times Best Sellers. Donald lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.
You might meet him at his “office” on Tom Sawyer Island at Disneyland, flying his plane in British Columbia, practicing law in Washington, or at a school in Northern Uganda, but meeting Bob Goff will probably inspire you to make the best or worst career decision of your life. After all, he almost abandoned a perfectly good career in law to chase bad guys throughout the world and pursue justice for children and the poor. Bob’s inspiration has been fueled by the friendships he has developed with others around the world who desire to pursue strategic ways to help people in need. Bob and his wife, Sweet Maria, live in San Diego, California.
Dr. Cloud is a leadership consultant, best-selling author, and speaker whose books have sold over 5 million copies. He consults and speaks for companies and organizations in the area of leadership and performance, and is highly regarded for his ability to connect personal and interpersonal development with the needs of business. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy.
Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life–friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God. She is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet and Bread & Wine. Shauna lives outside of Chicago with her husband, Aaron, and their sons, Henry and Mac.
Tim serves as the Director of Storyline. He is also the co-founder of Free the Birds, a company that funds freedom and restoration for those who have been exploited by human sex trafficking. Tim and his wife, Katie, live in Nashville, Tennessee.
John is a justice seeker, crime fighter and memory maker. His career has led him to fight injustice head on, investigating and prosecuting numerous labor and sex trafficking cases around the world. John pioneered International Justice Missions slavery work in India and has worked on the front lines combating human trafficking for more than a decade. His knowledge and experience have led him to serve as an expert on human trafficking to entities including: the United Nations, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, as well as non-governmental organizations. John is deeply energized by his work and has persistently helped slavery victims tell their stories as well as bring traffickers to justice. He also enjoys getting away for amazing adventures with his wife and three children.
Allison is a writer, speaker and author of Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage. In 2009, Allison quit her job and sold her belongings in order to live a more meaningful life. She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Darrell.
Joshua Becker writes words that inspire people to consider the practical benefits of owning less and living more. He is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to rational minimalism and empowering people to discover greater pursuits than material possessions. From leading one of the largest youth ministries in New England to planting a church in Phoenix, Joshua has worked in churches all around the country. Currently, he lives in sunny Peoria, AZ with his wife and two young kids.
Tsh Oxenreider is the author of Notes From a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World. You can find her spearheading a community blog about simple living at The Art of Simple, or on Twitter (@tsh).
Justin is the Founder of These Numbers Have Faces, an international education nonprofit empowering young people in Africa to attend college, become leaders, and transform their countries forever. Through his writing, Justin helps people find the courage to do work that matters with lasting impact. An avid soccer fan, Justin lives with his lovely wife Trisha and their 5 chickens in Portland, Oregon.
Mike Foster is Co-Founder and Chief Chance Officer at People of the Second Chance. He is the author of Freeway and Gracenomics and speaks often about God’s amazing grace. He facilitates strategic LifePlans for leaders and lives with his family in San Diego, California.
As a poet, speaker, author, and event host Amena Brown Owen was named one of the top 40 under 40 changemakers. She is the author of two spoken word CDs and non-fiction book Breaking Old Rhythms. Amena and her husband, Matt “DJ Opdiggy” Owen, perform a presentation of poetry and monologue. She also facilitates workshops on creativity, writing, artistic community and becoming an artist-entrepreneur. Amena lends her voice to finding inspiration, truth, and purpose while encouraging others to do the same.
Brian is a partner and Chief Product Officer at Copyblogger Media. He is passionate about authenticity, web design and running. He lives in Chicago with his wife Shelly and son Zach. Follow Brian on Twitter (@bgardner) or read more on his personal blog.
Steve Moakler is a musician based out of Nashville, Tennessee. After a handful of odd jobs, hundreds of performances, and well over a thousand songs to his name, he is three records into his career as a performing songwriter. In addition to his own records, his songs have been recorded by artists like: Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Ben Rector, Matt Wertz, and Kellie Pickler. His music has also been featured on MTV, Fox, ABC, and in the major motion picture, October Baby. He loves building birdhouses, the outdoors, and hopes his music and career will be marked by honesty and great stories.
Susan is an actor, author and comedienne with credits in film and television, including Planes Trains & Automobiles, Scrooged, Seinfeld, Parks & Recreation, et al. She is an alumnus of the Groundlings Sunday Company, and earned her MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. Susan’s memoir, Angry Conversations With God: A Snarky But Authentic Spiritual Memoir, was named a top religion book of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and Relevant Magazine. Susan performs and speaks at leading conferences, she taught graduate screenwriting at Pepperdine University, and teaches myriad writing and performing classes at Azusa Pacific University. Susan is married and pet-friendly
Scott is the Communications Pastor at Irving Bible Church and the author of Tell Me a Story: Finding God (and Ourselves) Through Narrative. Scott writes about and teaches on topics such as communication strategy, social media, and living a better story. He lives in the Dallas area with his wife, Annie, and their two daughters, Elise and Maggie. You can find out more about him on his website and make sure to follow along on Twitter (@ScottMcClellan) for regular updates.
Carlos is a speaker, musician, and writer, among other things. His favorite phrase is his calling card – to disturb and disrupt to see Christ’s face fresh again – and his voice sounds loud and clear. Carlos is married to his wife Heather and they have 3 children, who call Nashville, Tennessee their home.
Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2003. As one of the fastest growing churches in America, Pete’s ministry — an outreach focused on helping people become devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to each other, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God’s family with the Gospel — has made Pete a frequent speaker at national and international church conferences. He is the author of Let Hope In, Plan B, and Empty Promises. He enjoys the outdoors, hunting, gardening, watching football, and spending time with his wife and their 3 boys.
Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest serving as Chaplain at St Augustine’s at Vanderbilt University, and founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise that stands with women recovering from trafficking, prostitution, addiction and life on the streets. To date, she has raised more than $13 million for the organizations she supports. Becca lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.
Al Andrews is the founder and director of Porter’s Call, a service of counsel and support for recording artists since 2001. He loves anything that has to do with stories. He is the author of A Walk One Winter Night, a recently released Christmas book. He is also the author of a self-published children’s picture book, The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind. The latter is a part of a project called Improbable Philanthropy that raises funds primarily to support charities benefitting children. Al lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Nita, and has two sons, Hunter and Brent.
Dean directs the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and the annual Writer’s Symposium By The Sea. His most recent books are God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World and Quantum Leap: How John Polkinghorne Found God in Science and Religion. Dean lives in San Diego, California
Andrea is a book publicist by day and a freelance writer by night. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she now calls Nashville, Tennessee, home. She’s written for Collegiate magazine, Christianity Today and other print and online publications.
Gary serves as President and CEO of International Justice Mission. IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of violent oppression. IJM works with local governments to ensure victim rescue and restoration, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems. Previously, Gary worked for the Department of Justice and served as the Officer in Charge of the U.N.’s genocide investigation in Rwanda. He is the author of the books Good News About Injustice, Just Courage, and The Locust Effect. Mr. Haugen currently resides in the Washington, DC, area with his family.
John is the President of The Mentoring Project, a movement rewriting the fatherless story through mentoring. He is a part of the White House Task Force conversation on Fatherhood and Healthy Families, and was recently given the “Champion of Change” award by President Obama. He received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Doctorate from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where he wrote his dissertation on the crisis of fatherlessness, published by Zondervan as: Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story. John lives in both Portland, Oregon and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Lucy Miller is Don’s chocolate Lab. She is four years old. She likes to chase squirrels and does not have a sin nature. She blogs when she feels like it but does not emotionally respond to positive or negative comments.