ChristianMingle.com 2010 Advisory Board
ChristianMingle.com has formed an Advisory Board of trusted leaders within the Christian community to provide guidance and feedback on site content, products, features and other strategic growth initiatives, as well as to serve as an outlet to facilitate an even deeper connection between ChristianMingle and the Christian community.
The ChristianMingle Advisory Board is comprised of four leaders in the Christian community, encompassing a variety of different backgrounds:
Chosen as one of the "Top 21 Emerging Leaders of the 21st Century," Dr. Jay Dennis has been a driving force in the Christian community for nearly three decades. He received his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1981. He then went on to complete his Doctorate of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminar in Pasadena, California in 1993. Serving as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lakeland, Florida since 1996, he is responsible for its phenomenal growth. Featured in Billy Graham's Decision Today radio show and Christianity Today, Lakeland's largest church, spanning 32 acres with a congregation of 6,500, is known as First Baptist Church at the Mall. Dr. Dennis served as president of the Florida Baptist Convention, president of the State Baptist Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention and was appointed to serve on the Evangelism Committee of the Baptist World Alliance. He hosts a weekly television show, Strategies4Life, which reaches audiences across the United States. Strategies4Life is also the name of his nonprofit organization committed to positively impacting the world through individuals, corporations, churches and small groups.
PENNY YOUNG NANCE
Penny Young Nance is CEO of Concerned Women for American. Previously, she served as President of Nance and Associates and as Special Advisor for the Federal Communications Commission, where she advised the Chairman and Commissioners on media and social issues and served as a liaison to congress, public interest groups, and industry. Her key initiatives centered on the protection of children, including broadcast indecency, and the media task force on childhood obesity. Before working with the FCC, she was founder and President of the Kids First Coalition, a non-profit organization focused on educating Capitol Hill, the media, and the public on a variety of issues related to children. Mrs. Nance has been widely quoted and featured on the topic of social issues and politics in print media including the New York Times, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and others. She has also appeared on Fox News, C-Span, Lehrer News Hour, MSNBC, CNN and other national television programs.
As Willow Creek Community Church's key evangelism leader for over sixteen years, Garry Poole is the innovator of seeker small groups and a strategist of creative outreach initiatives. Passionate about reaching people for Christ, Garry and his team have trained thousands of leaders to launch seeker small groups in their own settings. His award-winning book, Seeker Small Groups, provides a detailed blueprint for facilitating small group discussions that assist spiritual seekers with investigating Christianity. He has also written The Complete Book of Questions, a collection of 1,001 conversation starters, and numerous group study guides including The Three Habits of Highly Contagious Christians, The Tough Questions Series, and Experiencing the Passion of Jesus (with Lee Strobel) to accompany the film, The Passion of the Christ. In 2005, Experiencing the Passion of Jesus became the first discussion guide ever to receive the prestigious Charles "Kip" Jordon Christian Book of the Year award. Garry lives in suburban Chicago and consults on evangelism and seeker small groups at churches around the world.
Jonathan Youssef is the International Director of Leading The Way ministries in Atlanta, Georgia, where he oversees the organization's international radio and television broadcasts which are produced in a dual language format for 20 of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Previously, he was e-communications director for the Chambliss for Senate campaign (2008), where he oversaw all web / TV content development. Jonathan is a graduate of Auburn University where he earned a B.A. in history.
Christian leaders are saying...
Before I was married, my life was dramatically impacted by the singles ministry at my church, which was designed to help committed Christians meet someone who shared the same beliefs and values. However, not all churches have that kind of ministry. ChristianMingle is like a virtual singles ministry- a safe place that likeminded singles can meet and forge friendships and dating relationships. It's a community that is digital, but nonetheless very real. As a social researcher and author focused on relationships, I am delighted that ChristianMingle exists, and provides such a great opportunity for God to bring people together.
~Shaunti Feldhahn, Author of For Women Only, For Men Only, and The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages