ChristianMingle.com 2011 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:
As Willow Creek Community Church's Key Evangelism Leader for more than 16 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 teams 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.
PASTOR MATTHEW BARNETT
Matthew Barnett, Best-Selling Author of The ChurchThat Never Sleeps and The Cause Within You and pastor of one of America's fasting growing churches, is one of the most dynamic voices God is using in Christianity today. In 2001, Pastor Matthew Barnett and the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel united the famous Angelus Temple with the Dream Center. The Dream Center has grown from 39 members at its conception in September of 1994, to reaching more than 30,000 people each week. As of September 2003, there have been over 150 Dream Centers launched around the world. Matthew has spoken throughout America and the world including appearances at Promise Keepers and Hillsong. He has consulted leading businessmen, celebrities and athletes. Former President George W. Bush has endorsed him with highest regards to his achievements and his church has been recognized in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times for its contribution to the community. Pastor Matthew and his wife Caroline have two children, Mia Aimee and Caden West, and reside in Los Angeles.
In the Fall of 2009, Bob was selected as Executive Director for the Council for National Policy (CNP), a non-profit educational foundation based in Washington, D.C. CNP's mission is to restore and sustain American freedom by providing a forum for business, civic, national, defense, educational and religious leaders to deepen their understanding of the great spiritual, economic, constitutional and national security issues confronting the nation. In short, CNP seeks to advance the "First Principles" of this nation's Founding Fathers. Since 2006, he has served as the Founder and President of Total Life Impact Ministries, challenging people from all around the world to live a life that matters. For nine years, Bob served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board. During that time, Bob hosted a national radio show, Strength for Living. He has been privileged to serve as a pastor in three states and has authored eight books including Beneath the Surface, Forged by Fire, and Made to Count. He has spoken to approximately 185,000 men in the last 5 years alone.
PASTOR CLAYTON COATES
Prior to joining FBC Coppell as Senior Pastor, Clayton led the Single Adult Ministry at Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California. At that time, Saddleback's Single Adult Ministry included over 13,000 single adults in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to that, he was a pastor at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. Pastor Clayton earned his Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University in 1998 and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004. Clayton and his wife, Allison, have five children: Ella, Karis, Tatum, Tyler and Annabelle.
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