Image of God Ministries/Men's Conference
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune , is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books and has been interviewed on numerous national TV programs, including ABC, Fox, PBS, and CNN.
Described in the Washington Post as "one of the evangelical community's most popular apologists," Lee shared the Christian Book of the Year award in 2005 for a curriculum he co-authored with Garry Poole about the movie The Passion of the Christ. He also won Gold Medallions for his books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith , and the The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries distributed by Lionsgate.
His latest books include The Case for the Real Jesus, The Unexpected Adventure (co-authored with Mark Mittelberg) and The Case for Christ Study Bible, which includes hundreds of notes and articles on why Christians believe what they believe. His first novel, a legal thriller called The Ambition, comes out in Spring, 2011.
Lee was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree, 1974) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree, 1979). He was a professional journalist for 14 years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois' top honors for investigative reporting (which he shared with a team he led) and public service journalism from United Press International.
After a nearly two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee became a Christian in 1981. He joined the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, in 1987, and later became a teaching pastor there. He joined Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, CA, as a teaching pastor in 2000. He left Saddleback's staff to focus on writing.
Lee's other books include God's Outrageous Claims, The Case for Christmas, The Case for Easter, and Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, which he wrote with his wife, Leslie.
For two seasons, Lee was executive producer and host of the weekly national TV program Faith Under Fire.
Lee also is co-author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian course, which has trained more than a million Christians on how to naturally and effectively talk with others about Jesus. His articles have been published in a variety of magazines, including Discipleship Journal , Marriage Partnership , The Christian Research Journal , and Decision . He has appeared on such national radio programs as The Bible Answer Man and Focus on the Family. In addition, he has taught First Amendment law at Roosevelt University.
In recognition of his extensive research for his books, Southern Evangelical Seminary honored Lee with the conferring of a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2007.
Lee and Leslie have been married for 38 years and live in Colorado. Their daughter, Alison, is a novelist and co-author, with her husband Dan, of the children's book, That's Where God Is. Lee's son, Kyle, holds two master's degrees from the Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His first book was Metamorpha: Jesus as a Way of Life.
For more information visit: www.leestrobel.com
Len Howser serves as Program Director WFHM 95.5 the FISH in Cleveland, OH.
Len and his family attend Church of the Open Door in Elyria where he is actively involved in "Marriage Builders" Adult Bible Fellowship. Len enjoys golfing, playing tennis, and just about any other sport. Len is married and has 3 daughters, Jen, Holly and April.
Even as a child Len knew that he wanted to be in broadcasting or anything that involved the performing or creative arts. He has been in radio for over 20 years.
Len's favorite verse is Ecclessiastes 13:14 which says “And that's it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it's good or evil.” (The Message). This verse reflects one of the most important things his parents taught him, which was have integrity face to face and when no one is looking.
Len spends his free time coaching Fast pitch Softball with kids playing, dad coaching and mom keeping score.
For more information visit: www.955thefish.com
Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer is Senior Pastor of Grace Church, located in the southwest suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to returning to his hometown in 1998, he served 8 years as pastor in metro New York City. Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, and their 5 children, Lauren, Nathan, Joy, Anna, and Andrew.He is also grateful to lead a growing church family of 3,500 people that is reaching out through a variety of ministries to their community and around the world.
Jonathan serves part-time as Corporate Vice-President and Chair of the Board for The Christian & Missionary Alliance. Jonathan is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary (SC), Alliance Theological Seminary (NY), Trinity International University (IL). Jonathan states his life aim in this way: “Growing in my love for the Lord Jesus and for people who matter so much to Him…here and around the world.”
For more information visit: http://www.gracecma.org
Rodney Maiden is the senior Pastor of Providence Baptist Church where he has served for over 30 years. Pastor Maiden. Pastor Maiden was ordained at Union Baptist Church, Youngstown, Ohio in 1979 where he served as associate minister with his father, Rev. John H. Maiden, Sr.
Pastor Maiden can be heard every Saturday evening on WCRF 103.3FM at 8:00pm. Pastor Maiden also participates in Dr. Tony Evans' National Adopt-a-School initiative.
His other affiliations include:
Past Chairman of the Board, Kym Sellars Foundations of Multiple Sclerosis and Instructor and Board Member, Ohio Christian Education Association (OCEA).
With a big vision from God and faith to match, under the leadership of Pastor Maiden, Providence has purchased 68 acres of land in Euclid, Ohio and they are planning to build a new worship center. In addition, Providence has purchased The Manor Banquet Center in Euclid. Sunday worship services are held at the Manor and at the Kinsman road location in Cleveland. The church continues to grow spiritually and numerically and Providence is “One Church two locations”.
He has been married to Henrietta for 36 years and they are the proud parents of 3 adult daughters, Christian, Caren and Candace.
For more information visit: www.providencebaptistchurch.org
Mark Rein got into radio because he got a D in his first history class in college and decided a career as a history teacher might not work. "I was already working at the college radio station, so the switch to broadcasting came pretty easy," says Rein.
For more information visit: www.955thefish.com
WILLY CLEARY'S sound has garnered him notoriety as a fresh and exciting development in positive rock music. With a fun and energetic personality, this Cleveland native has become more of a household name through appearances on television, radio, and the national stage.
Cleary has shared the stage with national acts from Jeremy Camp to John Reuben and performed at prestigious festivals including The Alive Festival and The FEST. Off stage, Willy is the creator and host of a syndicated positive rock and hip hop radio show, called AlternaFISH Radio, that got it's start on 95.5 the FISH in Cleveland and can still be heard online 24/7 at alternafishradio.com.
For more information visit: www.willycleary.com
Based out of Cleveland, OH, 220b is a 4 person high energy contemporary Christian band. Their music is an eclectic mix of pop and rock with infectious beats urban beats. Their sound is a combination of tight harmonies, creative musical arrangements and powerful percussion.
The members of 220b was have shared the stage with artists such as Big Daddy Weave, Jamie Grace, Brandon Heath, Superchick, Michael W. Smith and many others.
220b's mission is based on Galatians 2:20b, which says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20b is the group's mission that they seek to live their lives by. The group's motto is “live it!” The motto is a challenge to live out your faith every day to the best of your abilities.
The group is set to release their debut single “Only You” to Contemporary Christian radio stations on January 6, 2013.
The members of 220b are Jen Howser, Lawrence Williams, Holly Howser, and "Big" Mike Watkins.
For more information visit: www.220bmusic.com