Lisa is director of young adults for Focus on the Family and manages the ministry Boundless with the goal of helping 20- and 30-somethings navigate adulthood, own their faith, date with purpose, and prepare for marriage and family. She is the author of The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose and hosts The Boundless Show, a national radio program and weekly podcast. Lisa grew up in California, went to school in Chicago, and has lived on Capitol Hill and with billionaires in Paraguay. She now calls Colorado her home and enjoys hiking, cruising the Caribbean, and eating pastries.
Gayla serves on staff with FamilyLife Blended, a division of FamilyLife, and is the founder of Stepparenting with Grace and cofounder of Sisterhood of Stepmoms. She is a writer, speaker, and coach for stepfamilies and desires to equip blended families for life together. Gayla wrote Stepparenting with Grace: A Devotional for Blended Families and is the co-author of Quiet Moments for the Stepmom Soul and Unwrapping the Gift of Stepfamily Peace. She has a master’s degree in psychology and counseling, and is the birth mother of three children and stepmom of two. Gayla and her family live in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Heather is an associate teaching professor at Penn State University and has won numerous teaching awards in the last 20 years. She loves helping others connect with Jesus and has written eight books, including the bestseller Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison and Sent: Living a Life That Invites Others to Jesus, which was cowritten with her husband, Ashley Holleman. She also serves with Faculty Commons in the graduate-student ministry of Cru. Heather has two daughters, three cats and has a daily blog.
Nancy is a writer, professor, therapist, speaker, and church consultant. She serves as the program director of the Christian Spiritual Formation Certificate program at Moody Bible Institute. Nancy is the author of Stages of the Soul—God’s Invitation to Greater Love (Moody Publishers) and co-author of From Fear to Love: Overcoming Obstacles to Healthy Relationships (Moody Publishers) with her husband, Ray. Nancy earned her master’s in education from Northern Illinois University and is a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Illinois. Nancy and Ray have two children.
Jannelle is a cohost of Brian and Janelle Mornings on WCRF every weekday and manages the family’s real estate business in Hudson. She was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended Oberlin College and then earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She has been a contributor to the radio program Pause for Prayer since 2012. Jannelle and her husband have six children, whom she homeschools.