ChristianMingle.com 2012 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.
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.
In 2002, Stephen (Steve) Komanapalli prayed, "God, if you can use me, I'm available. All I ask is that you use me for what I'm uniquely shaped to do, and let me do something bigger than myself...something of significance."
Currently, Steve is a Pastor, Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to Rick Warren, and has served at Saddleback Church for over 10 years.
In his current capacity, Steve manages a variety of on going projects, relationships and media, and interacts with leaders from the church, business and government sectors. He has traveled extensively in over 40 countries. In addition, Steve is a Managing Partner of The Influent Company, an advertising agency that operates on four continents. In his personal ministry, Steve is one of the Men's Pastors at Saddleback Church teaching and leading a men's network of over 7000 men where he is directly responsible for over 1000 men every week.
Steve has been married four years to Nicole and has two wonderful children — Karis and Noah. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, spending time at the beach and being at home with friends.
Jenni Catron serves as the Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, an 9-year old multi-site church. She leads the staff of Cross Point and oversees the ministry of its five campuses. Prior to joining the staff of Cross Point, she worked as Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry for 9 years.
Jenni's passion is to lead well and to inspire, equip and encourage others to do the same. She is the founder of Cultivate Her, a community whose purpose is to "connect, engage and inspire" women leaders. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently in the different spheres of influence God has granted them. Jenni blogs at www.jennicatron.tv and www.cultivateher.com and contributes to a number of other online publications as well.
Jenni loves a fabulous cup of tea, great books, learning the game of tennis and hanging out with her husband and their border collie.
Tre grew up in San Diego, CA, and has been a part of Skyline Church since he was a boy. He had the opportunity to not only grow up in the church, but also served on staff as the high school and young adult pastor for over 5 years. Tre was employed in the business sector as a collections agent and had a short stint in the mortgage industry prior to his time at Skyline.
He is married to his beautiful bride, Miki, whom he met through (you guessed it) ChristianMingle.com, and recently celebrated 2 years of marriage. In July of 2012 Tre and Miki moved to New York State to fulfill Tre's new role in starting a college/young adult ministry at Victory Highway Wesleyan.
Dr. David B. Hawkins is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and author of over thirty books, including the best-selling, When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. He is the Director of The Marriage Recovery Center, where he and his team offer "3 Days to a New Marriage, Guaranteed!" Dr. Hawkins lives on Puget Sound with his wife, Christie Hawkins, who is an Interior Designer. In his spare time he enjoys sailing, beach combing and travel. He and Christie have five grown children.
Christian leaders are saying...
As a Christian who was single for more than a decade before I met my husband. I know the importance of staying in Christian community, fostering relationships with like-minded people, and encouraging one another to wait for sex for marriage. Call me old fashioned, but I believe I'm not the only one who shares these values. I am grateful to ChristianMingle for creating a safe and online community for other Christians to meet while finding God's match for them.
~Renee Fisher, Author of Loves Me Not & Not Another Dating Book, San Diego, CA