Dr. Steven A. Crane
Steven A. Crane (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has written numerous articles and books, including Is Mormonism Now Christian?, Marveling with Mark, and Email Messages: A Minister Responds to Questions from His Congregation. He serves as the Senior Minister at Eagle Christian Church in Eagle Idaho.
Robert & Alice Lewis
Robert Lewis is the Pastor of Greater Faith, Church of the Open Door in Great Falls, Montana. His wife, Alice Lewis, serves as the Co-Pastor. Both are from the state of Alabama, Robert, Prichard, Alabama near Mobile and Alice, Snowdoun, Alabama near Montgomery. They have two children, Nina and Joshua, and one granddaughter, Ariana. Both are inspired to write by their love for the Lord, books of the Bible, and life in general.
Jason Hanselman has spent the last 15 years developing the leaders around him. He is a former church planter, pastor, and college president. Jason now pours his time, talent, and expertise into non-profit development and fundraising. Jason lives with his wife and family in Idaho.
Gary Lee Meuser
Growing up in rural settings in Idaho and Oregon, Gary developed a love of nature and a sincere affection for the average, hard-working and fun-loving family. He began his college education at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, receiving a Bachelors degree in Christian Education. While attending NCC, Gary met Carolyn and they were married his senior year. Gary continued on at the University of Oregon taking graduate classes in Psychology and later received a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. While pasturing churches in California and Oregon, Gary and Carolyn were raising five children. The family then embarked on twenty plus years of operating their own businesses. So far the Meuser family has grown to include nine grandchildren. A Smarter Heart is his first book.
John A. Mitchell
John is a fun-loving Jesus follower. He’s a family man, premium ale connoisseur, pastor, writer, golfer and friend. He’s been happily married to Debbie for 28 years. They have one son, five daughters and a grandson. John holds a Master of Arts in philosophy of religion and ethics, and earned a Master of Divinity equivalency in theology. He and Debbie spent 11 years with Campus Crusade for Christ in the Western United States. John has pastored in small, medium and large churches, including two churches he planted with His family. He has published various articles, spoken at college campuses, conferences, retreats and other settings. He is the Lead Pastor of City Church in Boise, Idaho—CityChurchBoise.com @_JohnMitchell_
Angela Ruth’s debut novel Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho released December 2010 earning her four stars from Romantic Times Magazine. Her work has also been sold to Brio, Encounter, Hopscotch, and American Cheerleader Magazine as well as an anthology for ages 8-12. Besides studying journalism at the University of Oregon, she took exercise and movement science classes and has worked for fourteen years as a fitness professional, which lends authenticity to her stories of body and soul. Her marketing experience comes from a previous position with Borderline Publishing.
Ryan Pacheco works in law enforcement in the North West. He has a passion for writing and is a fan political thrillers. He is married and has three children and two grandchildren. This is his first of what he hopes to be many adventures in writing.
In 2003 God called Paul to plant The Pursuit in Boise. He considers himself blessed to be surrounded by such a great staff and church body that have joined him in the call to reach the Treasure Valley of Idaho with a message of life in Jesus. Paul is fueled by his passion for God, His word, his family, and the church. Paul lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife Angela and their five children.
What They Say About Us
“Lighten Up is a powerful work of fiction. Strong’s characters jump off the page and into the hearts of readers. Bethany’s voice rings true with life and emotional traumas many will relate to. This is a book that makes you laugh and makes you think. It moved me. And I hated to see the story end, wondering what would happen to Bethany next.”
Jill Williamson, author of By Darkness Hid, Replication, and Captives
“Lighten Up is one of the heaviest Christian novels I’ve ever read. It’s also fun, smart, snappy, real, and convicting. Highly recommended for a reader who’s looking for something different from the norm, with a lot of faith-challenging entertainment.”
Christy-nominated and Carol-winning author of The Familiar Stranger
Fire Song is a wonderful read due to the fast-paced narrative style in which it is written. The book is filled with insights presented is a very engaging dialogical manner, and on page after page the reader is treated to a nourishing banquet of ideas that really matter—ideas about truth, meaning, value, God, the soul, and life after death. I highly recommend it. — JP Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University and author of The Kingdom Triangle
“It’s the most important message we have from God… It’s called the Gospel. Yet, even most Christians really don’t understand it or appreciate it. It’s so much bigger than our salvation! Thanks, John, for helping others see that too!” — Frank Pastore, host of top-rated show, “The Intersection of Faith and Reason,” on KKLA in Los Angeles.
Fire Song is engaging from the very first page. It speaks directly to our generation by weaving an ancient narrative into our post-modern world. John Mitchell asks all the right questions to help reignite in us the ancient song that brings us home. Read it. This book may just change your life! — Dave Stone, Intrigue Films