Sheila Walsh is a Scottish lass known as “the encourager” to the over 5.5 million women she’s met and spoken to around the world. She loves being a Bible teacher, making God’s Word practical, and sharing her own story of how God met her when she was at her lowest point and lifted her up again.
Sheila also enjoys being an author—in fact she likes to write everyday—and has sold more than five million books. Her newest, In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life, releases in November 2017. She is the cohost of the television program Life Today, airing in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Her favorite way to spend a day is to support missions work through the Life Today ministry, working worldwide to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, provide medical help to the sick, and rescue boys and girls from sex slavery. She most recently traveled to Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Southeast Asia.
Calling Texas home, Sheila lives in Dallas with her husband, Barry; her son, Christian; and three little dogs—Belle, Tink, and Maggie.
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’s 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.
Her vocational resume includes five years in full-time youth ministry, six years as the director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry where she created the popular Renewing the Heart conferences attended by almost 200,000 women, followed by seven years as the women’s ministry director at a large church in Nashville. Her academic resume includes a Masters of Theological Studies with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Now a sought-after Bible teacher and speaker, she’s been featured on numerous television and radio programs, spoken at hundreds of national and international women’s events, as well as in churches around the world. But she’s also very invested locally and has been leading a weekly neighborhood Bible study for many years and co-teaches a community study in her home church.
And if you can’t find Lisa studying, teaching or riding a 4-wheeler with her daughter, she’s probably typing on a keyboard somewhere because she’s had eleven books published including A Perfect Mess: Why You Don’t Have To Worry About Being Good Enough For God and Believing Jesus: Are You Willing To Risk Everything?. Her twelfth book, The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World, will be released in June ’17. Additionally, she’s authored three best-selling video-based Bible study curriculums with LifeWay: Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go, Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus, and Mark: The Jesus We're Aching For. Yet when asked about her credentials, the most noticeable thing about Lisa Harper is her authenticity. During a recent interview she said, “I’m so grateful for the opportunities God’s given me but don’t forget, He often uses donkeys and rocks!” She went on to describe her greatest accomplishment to date as getting to be Missy’s mama. Because in April 2014, after a difficult two-year journey and several adoption losses, she finally got to bring her little girl home from Haiti and she’s been smiling ever since.
“Preach Christ. He is the hope of the world.” That is the statement and life’s calling of John W. Gray III. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, John accepted Jesus Christ as Savior at seven years old at Bethel Baptist Church. The product of two musically gifted parents, John showed an early affinity for music and was directing the choir at seven years old. His passion for music and the arts was evident throughout his formative as he was a part of every theatrical production at church and at school.
As an in demand speaker, John has traveled the world sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom in his unique and uncompromising way. From South Africa to Australia and many places in between, God has taken John around the world to speak to youth, young adults, entire churches, conferences and camps to say one thing in many ways: Jesus Saves and He loves you with an everlasting love!
John currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen. Wherever God takes John here and into the future, he is determined to serve with passion, humility and power.
John is quick to acknowledge that although he is grateful for the places God has taken him and the ministries that have opened their doors to him, nothing compares to the joy of his life, his wife Aventer, their son John W. Gray IV, and their newborn daughter, Theory Aspyn-Sky Gray.
Pastor Lori has a heart to see God’s house and His people grow and flourish. In addition to leading Celebration Church as Co-Pastor, she travels and speaks internationally. With a rich ministry heritage and a personal depth in Christ, Pastor Lori boldly inspires and equips leaders to run in their God-given callings.
Her passion for inspiring others to discover their own personal strengths is driven toward impacting the spiritual climate of the greater Austin area and then, the entire world.
Lori’s greatest joys in life are her husband, Joe Champion, and their children–Mason and Caroline, Connor, and Jackson.