Bruce & Janet McNicol
Bruce grew up near the Cascades of Oregon and Janet in the Rockies of Colorado. Following a decade in business and the church, he served ten years as President of an international leadership development and church planting organization based in Chicago. There, he led a team who designed programs on character and leadership, and helped establish over 100 multi-cultural churches throughout North America. In 1995, the McNicol family moved to Phoenix to co-found Truefaced, formerly known as Leadership Catalyst, Inc.
Bruce has coached many businesses and organizations, including Arrow Leadership, Leadership Network, Cru, Generous Giving, Masterworks, Young Life, National Christian Foundation, Christian Leadership Alliance, universities and graduate schools, and missions. He speaks to multiple audiences each year and continues writing best-selling Truefaced resources, including The Ascent of a Leader, The Cure, Behind The Mask, Bo’s Café and The Kingdom Life. Bruce holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance Law, a Masters in Theology and a Doctorate in Organizational Theory and Leadership Development.
Bruce and Janet married in 1981. Janet works as an RN. They both enjoy mentoring young men and women and emerging leadership couples. Bruce and Janet have received extensive personal tutoring from their three wonderful children and spouses.
Scott & Stormy Morrison
Scott and Stormy are real estate developers in Gilbert, Arizona. Scott was born and raised in the area and farmed there for many years, during which time he also ministered at William’s Air Force Base with The Navigators. The Morrison’s current project is turning the family farm into a 3,000-acre master-planned community known as Morrison Ranch.
Scott and Stormy have touched and changed thousands of lives through their quiet philanthropy, which has been noted by such groups as Generous Giving. “Everything that we have belongs to God,” says Scott, “and we need to treat it accordingly. This is the overarching concept we break down into four smaller ideas: (1) We need to honor God with how much we give. (2) We need to honor God with how we give it. (3) We need to honor God with how much we keep. (4) We need to honor God with how we keep it.”
The Morrisons have been married since 1979. They have four grown children who are spread across the western U.S.
Sheri & John Ness
Sheri graduated from the University of North Dakota, Magna Cum Laude in Business Administration. While there she served on the leadership team of Cru. After graduation she worked as a hospital Human Resources Director. In subsequent years she has been on the leadership team of a local MOMs ministry, a mentor to high school girls, a member of MIT ministry, and a leader in a TrueFaced study group.
John Allan Ness, MD is a plastic surgeon. He and Sheri have been married since 1986. They have two sons and currently live in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Bill & Grace Thrall
Before the Thralls involvement in full-time ministry, Bill served for seven years as a CPA and management consultant, which included his becoming Arizona’s first assistant auditor general. In 1973 Bill and Grace helped establish Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix. For more than three decades the Thralls have identified and trained visionary leaders at Open Door and have helped launch nationally recognized programs such as Neighborhood Ministries.
His depth of experience and integrity has given Bill opportunities to teach Truefaced principles around the world to such organizations as The Navigators and the Salvation Army. Bill is the co-author of the best selling Truefaced resources The Ascent of a Leader, The Cure, Behind The Mask, The Kingdom Life, and Bo’s Café.
Bill and Grace were married in 1961. They have three married children and nine grandchildren.
Dave & Colleen Wall
Dave earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from the College of DuPage. He then began a 21-year career in law enforcement, working his way from a 911 dispatcher to a senior officer with the police department’s criminal investigations unit. Dave also pursued his interest in financial planning and institutional investment management. He earned a Certified Financial Planner designation and later a Certified Investment Management Analyst designation.
Today he serves on the Illinois Department of Insurance Public Pension Fund Advisory Committee and is a former director of the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association. In 1990 he and Colleen formed Wall & Associates. The firm provides investment counseling and advisory services to both individual investors and institutional investors, including over 30 cities in the state of Illinois.
Dave and Colleen have been married since 1976 and live in Illinois and Arizona. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Meet Our Advisory Council:
Alan & Becky Andrews
After graduating from Marshall University in 1966, Alan taught world history in West Virginia and Maryland. Alan and Becky joined the staff of The Navigators in 1970 and directed campus ministries in Illinois for six years before moving to Toronto, where Alan became Canadian Director for the ministry.
Alan went on to serve as Asia Director from 1990 to 1995 when he became National Field Leader with the U.S. Leadership Team. In 1997 he was appointed as President of the U.S. Navigators, which involved overseeing more than 2,000 missionaries serving in the U.S. and overseas.
Alan retired from The Navigators in 2009 but the Andrews remain active with several culturally-impacting organizations like Neighborhood Ministries and Mission America. Alan is general editor of The Kingdom Life and authored Everyone Gets to Play.
Alan and Becky were married in 1966. They have three daughters and ten grandchildren.
Gerry & Sherry Breshears
Gerry grew up in Albuquerque and Missouri until he earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education at the University of New Mexico. After Gerry taught mathematics for a year in a suburb of Denver, he and Sherry went to the Philippines to teach at Faith Academy. They returned to the United States in 1972 so Gerry could do his seminary work at Denver Seminary and his doctoral work at Fuller Seminary.
Gerry and Sherry moved to Portland in 1980 when Gerry joined the faculty at Western Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry at Lents Baptist Church in 1983. He is currently an elder at Grace Community Church where he also serves with the missions team and their preaching team. In addition to teaching and lecturing at a number of colleges and seminaries around the world, Gerry preaches or teaches in many churches. He and Mark Driscoll authored Vintage Jesus, Death by Love, and Doctrine: What the Church Should Believe. Sherry is a computer professional, working for Retail Imaging. She also enjoys her part in women’s ministry at Grace, leading one of the small groups.
Gerry and Sherry were married in 1968. They have three children and three wonderful grandgirls. They currently reside in Portland, Oregon and enjoy making their home a center of hospitality and ministry to all sorts of people.
Jerry & Christina Brown
As a pioneer in the financial planning industry, Jerry has been an agent of change and creativity on a national scale for more than three decades. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1974 and became the top salesperson in a national sales force of over 5,000 people while still in his twenties. In 1983 he co-founded Financial Network Investment Corporation, which has become one of the biggest independent broker-dealers in the U.S. Jerry sits on the boards of several Seattle-area faith-based organizations.
Jerry is married to his best friend, Tina. Tina graduated from Central Washington University in 1988. She went to work as a real estate agent and eventually established her own successful real estate business. Over the last dozen years, Tina has been active in participation and leadership with Bible Study Fellowship. Her true ministry is spreading the love, wisdom and truth of her Lord Jesus to her clients, friends, family members and all those who cross her path.
Jerry and Tina married in 2004. They have two adult children and live in Bellevue, Washington and Palm Desert, California.
Dave & Joni Burchett
Dave Burchett is an Emmy Award-winning television sports director. Dave has directed college basketball and football for nearly thirty years. He has directed Texas Ranger’s major league baseball telecasts for over twenty-eight seasons and had the thrill of televising one of Nolan Ryan’s no-hit games and Ryan’s 300th win. He and his wife, Joni, are former staff members of Campus Crusade’s Athletes in Action.
Dave and Joni were married in July of 1976. They currently reside in Garland, Texas where Joni is a Special Education Coordinator specializing in elementary students. They are the parents of three sons.
Jim & Terri Carter
Chaplain (COL) James R. Carter graduated from Belhaven College in 1983 and began studying at Reformed Theological Seminary. He also joined the Army Reserves as a second lieutenant chaplain candidate. He graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family and was ordained by the PCA in 1988. That same year he answered the call to military ministry and entered the Army Chaplain Corps.
Over his long military career Jim has been awarded many decorations and medals. He did several tours oversees and served as the Senior Protestant Pastor and Deputy Garrison Chaplain at the U.S Army War College Memorial Chapel where he pastored strategic military leaders and their families.
Today Jim is the pastor of New Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach, Florida. He married the former Terri Ganey in 1982, who also graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary with an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. The Carters have two children.
Wayne & Kit Danley
Kit is Founder and President of Neighborhood Ministries, a faith-based, holistic ministry that combines community development with evangelism and church planting. Kit has a BA in Sociology from Northern Arizona University and is pursuing a Masters Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a Board Member of the Christian Community Development Association.
The Arizona Republic has referred to Kit as “Barrio Mom.” In 2002 she was selected for the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation for promoting responsible citizenship. In 2004 Phoenix Seminary selected her for their annual “Vision of Faith” award, recognizing her faith in action in the city.
Kit and Wayne have been married since 1978. They have lived in the neighborhood of their ministry since 1982. Their two children grew up in the “hood.” The Danleys have one grandchild and two adopted daughters.
Paula received a B.S. in Finance from U.C. Berkeley in 1987, an MBA from Stanford University in 1992, and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2001. She has served in full-time vocational ministry since 1996. Prior to that, Paula worked in the banking and telecommunications industries in the areas of risk management, business development, marketing and strategy.
Today Paula is Vice President and Director of Multiethnic Ministries at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Before joining InterVarsity staff in 2005 she served as a volunteer, conference speaker and Board Trustee for the ministry. Paula was also a founding member and participant in the Theological and Cultural Thinker Group, a working committee of theologians, practitioners and Christian thinkers convened by Mission America whose work has been published in The Kingdom Life.
Paula is a member of South Bay Community Church in Fremont, California where she serves on the pulpit committee.
Dale & Becky Gifford
Dale received a B.A. in Actuarial Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. After graduation he joined Hewitt Associates. He rose through the company to become CEO in 1992 and Chairman of the Board from 2002 until his retirement in 2006. Prior to those roles, Dale managed Hewitt’s Southwest and Midwest U.S. Market Groups, international operations, and their flexible compensation practice.
Today, Dale is executive pastor of The Chapel in Grayslake, IL. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the Academy of Actuaries.
Dale and Becky were married in 1970. They have 3 children and currently reside in Long Grove, IL.
Steve & Sharol Hayner
Steve graduated from Whitman College with a degree in English literature and continued to complete his M.T.S. degree in Semitic languages and literature from Harvard University. While there, he experienced God’s call to full-time ministry in the church. He received a Th.M. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1973, and was ordained and installed as “university pastor” at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle where he was involved with students and faculty for 11 years. In 1984, Steve completed his Ph.D. in Old Testament from University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, and was called to be vice president for student life at Seattle Pacific University. In 1988 Steve was called as president of InterVarsity Chrisitan Fellowship, a non-denominational discipleship ministry to students on campuses across the country. Steve led InterVarsity 13 years before leaving to reengage parish ministry. From 2001-2003 Steve served as associate pastor in two ethnically and theologically diverse congregations in Madison, Wisconsin.
In 2003, Steve came to Columbia Theological Seminary where he currently serves as the President. Steve loves students and he loves the church. His passion is to prepare men and women to pastor and to lead congregations toward the fulfillment of God’s call to be missional churches.
Steve serves on a number of national and international boards, including World Vision, International Justice Mission, Christian International Scholarship Foundation, and Presbyterian Global Fellowship. Steve and Sharol were married in 1973. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Erik & Amber Kakimoto
Erik and Amber attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where they first met and began dating. Erik received a Bachelors degree in Business Economics and Amber a Bachelors degree in Sociology. Erik later received a Masters of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary.
Erik worked as an accountant before stepping away from his financial career to pursue a life in occupational ministry. Erik served as the Youth Pastor at Northwest Chinese Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona from 2006-2010 and is currently the Associate Pastor at Cerritos Baptist Church in Cerritos, California. Amber worked for Truefaced from 2006-2009 as the Product Marketing Manager. It was through that amazing opportunity that Erik and Amber began this journey with the Three Amigos and the message of grace.
Erik’s passion is to create and foster environments of grace through teaching and community. He longs to see the day where the Christian community, especially among Asian Americans, can experience true grace and freedom.
Erik and Amber have been married since 2006 and have two children, Karly Grace, and Katey Joy.
Carson & Brenda Pue
Carson is served for many years as President of Arrow Leadership in Vancouver, BC. Arrow’s passion is to identify and significantly invest in the lives of emerging Christian leaders who have a clear calling by God. Carson is a graduate of the University of Calgary (B. Ed and MA in Religious Studies), and of the Arrow Leadership Program. He was awarded a Doctorate (Honoris Causa) from Trinity Western University in 2001 for outstanding contributions in the field of leadership. Carson is Executive Pastor of the flagship organization, First Baptist Church, in downtown Vancouver, BC.
Carson is an ordained pastor and bestselling author of Mentoring Leaders: Wisdom for Developing Calling, Character and Competency. He is recognized as a leader of leaders and known throughout the world for his speaking ministry, published articles, and radio commentaries. He was ordained in 1989 and has pastored in three churches in Calgary and now Vancouver. Before Arrow and First Baptist, Carson was the Executive Director of Charles Swindoll’s radio ministry, Insight For Living, Canada.
Since 1976 Carson has been husband to Brenda, who also works at Arrow, and dad to three children as well as grandfather to three more.
Constance & A.J. Rhodes
Constance is the Founder and CEO of FINDINGbalance, a faith-based health and wellness organization with an emphasis on eating and body image issues. A former marketing director for Sparrow Records (EMI), Constance was selected in 2006 as one of the “Top 50 Activists, Artists, and Innovators” by The Relevant Media Group.
Rhodes is the author of Life Inside the Thin Cage: A Personal Look into the Hidden World of the Chronic Dieter, The Art of Being, and Finding Balance with Food, a 12-week small group curriculum for churches, colleges and counseling settings.
Constance is a frequent keynote speaker for colleges and women’s conferences addressing themes of eating, body image, identity and freedom. She also conducts presentations for professional groups including the American Association of Christian Counselors and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is frequent guest on radio and TV and has appeared in numerous publications including Today’s Christian Woman, Christian Reader, Shape Magazine and others and hosts a weekly “True Sisterhood” podcast with other authors and communicators.
Constance and A.J. have been married since 1994. They live in Franklin, Tennessee with their three children.
Mel & Beth Shultz
In 1983 Mel, along with David Eaton and Jerry Colangelo, formed JDM Properties, a full-service real estate firm engaged in the development and management of quality real estate properties in Arizona and Colorado. The company has owned and developed 15 business parks in Arizona and is a partner in developing the 36,800-acre Douglas Ranch/Trillium Community, the largest master planned community in the greater Phoenix area.
Mel is a managing partner of the 5,000 seat Comerica Theatre and was a general partner in the Phoenix Suns basketball team until its sale in 2005. He was also one of the original general partners of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
Brad & Debby Smith
Brad received his Business Management Degree at Texas A&M. After graduation he worked for Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker and then as a legislative assistant for Senator John Tower. From 1984 to 1988 Brad attended Dallas Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Theology Degree. While there he helped start the Center for Christian Leadership where he served for seven years. He also worked with the Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas.
In 1990 Brad became the founding pastor of Kessler Community Church. Three years later he joined Leadership Network and served in various roles including President/CEO. In 2005 he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Bakke Graduate University, where he now serves as President. Brad is the author or co-author of several books including The Joy at Work Bible Study Companion and City Signals.
Brad and Debby have been married since 1995. They live in Dallas and have three children.
Joe & Martie Stowell
Joe is a graduate of Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary and was honored with a Doctor of Divinity Degree from The Master’s College in 1987. He currently serves as President of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids.
An internationally recognized conference speaker, Joe has also written numerous bestselling books including The Trouble with Jesus, Simply Jesus and You and Radical Reliance. He also partners in media productions with RBC Ministries in Grand Rapids.
Joe serves on the board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and has a distinguished career in higher education and church leadership. From 1987 to 2005, he served as the president of Moody Bible Institute and was the teaching pastor at the 10,000-member Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago for three years prior to assuming the presidency at Cornerstone University.
Joe and Martie currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are the parents of three adult children and have ten grandchildren.
Doug and Andrea Terpening
Doug graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1993 with a BS in industrial engineering, and later received a Master of Divinity from Multnomah Seminary.
Doug serves as the national director of festivals in the Luis Palau Association Festival Department in Portland, Oregon. Doug began his work for the Luis Palau Association as a church relations associate in 1999. Before joining the team, he lived in Oregon working at Dravon Medical as a medical manufacturing engineer as an estimator.
Doug and his wife Andrea reside in Beaverton, Oregon. They have 4 children and attend Westport Church in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Geoff & Jewel Tunnicliffe
Geoff graduated from Trinity International University and earned a D.Min. from Olivet International University. He has been on the Leadership Team of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada since 2003. He has also served as Co-Chair of Micah Challenge Canada , which is part of a global campaign to mobilize Christians against poverty.
In 2005 Geoff was appointed CEO and Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance in Vancouver, Canada. The WEA is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances and 104 associate member organizations located in seven regions.
Geoff spends his time traveling, mentoring leaders, speaking at global conferences, meeting with government and faith leaders and interacting with institutions such as the United Nations, G-8 and the World Bank. Building evangelical identity, encouraging collaboration and building a strong voice for the marginalized, the poor and the persecuted are his priorities.
Geoff and Jewel were married in 1997. They make their home in Ladner, British Columbia.
Steve & Barbara Uhlmann
Steve studied architecture and product design at Arizona State University. In 1967 he started the company that became known as The Tech Group, which has plants in several countries. Steve is a past President of the Society of Plastics Engineers and past Board of Governors Chairman for the National Plastics Center and Museum.
Steve is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization and has served on the boards of various Christian organizations such as Walk Thru The Bible . Barbara is the Chair of Phoenix Seminary.
Steve and Barbara have been part of launching several ministries over the years. The Uhlmann Family Office complex is home to ministries specializing in marriage and family, including Truefaced. They attend Scottsdale Bible Church where Barbara serves as a lay counselor and where Steve has served on the board.
The Uhlmanns have been married since 1966; they have two married daughters and six grandchildren.
David & Chris Wills
David’s passions are centered on generosity and eternity, so he invests his time helping others lay-up treasure in heaven and taking hold of life that is truly life. Since, 1998, he has served as the president of The National Christian Foundation. Under his leadership, NCF has become the largest Christian grant making foundation in the world. NCF has offices in over 24 cities across the country, holds over $1.3 billion in assets and serves over 7,500 families. In 2010, NCF received over $600 million in contributions and distributed almost $400 million in grants to over 10,000 organizations. Historically, NCF has received over $4 billion in contributions and has distributed almost $3 billion in grants.
Wills is the co-author of two books, Investing in God’s Business and Family.Money and numerous articles. David serves on numerous boards, including Generous Giving (of which he is also a co-founder), Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, ProVision Foundation, Tim Tebow Foundation, and Chick-fil-a Foundation. He also serves as North American Chairman for the Lausanne Resource Mobilization Working Group.
David and his wife Chris were married in 1991. They are both Texas natives. David and Chris currently live on a farm north of Atlanta with their seven children (4 of them are teenagers!).
Michael & Cathy Wise
Mike received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is completing work on a second Ph.D. in Classics at the University of Minnesota.
As Scholar-in-Residence and Department Chair of the Biblical & Theological Studies department at Northwestern College
in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mike's focus is ancient Judaism, as a background to the rise of Christianity. He is an internationally recognized expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls and uses over twenty languages in his research. Mike's work has been profiled in Time magazine, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the Times of London, the BBC, A&E’s “Mysteries of the Bible,” and in many other media in the United States and abroad. His The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered
(1992) was an international bestseller, translated into seven foreign languages (German, Italian, Danish, French, Portuguese, Swedish and Dutch).
Mike is ordained as a minister in the Evangelical Free Church and regularly teaches adult Sunday School classes with his wife and teaching teammate, Cathy.
Steve and Tricia Woodworth
Steve Woodworth and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1976 when Steve was in the last year of his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Washington. He also has an MBA from Whittier College. He spent the first 12 years of his career at World Vision
, where he became Vice President of Marketing. He and Tricia served in Ethiopia during the widely-publicized famine in 1985. During Steve’s leadership of World Vision’s marketing, income grew from $40 million to $130 million annually.
Steve joined a small marketing agency in Seattle in the early 1990’s, which has become the largest marketing agency exclusively serving Christian organizations. Steve has served as President since 1995. Masterworks
clients include Cru
(Campus Crusade for Christ), World Vision
, Focus on the Family
and Jews for Jesus
Steve and Tricia accepted an invitation to lead the Communications Working Group for the Lausanne Movement
in 2006. On a pro bono basis, Steve built a team of 150 communications professionals from 27 countries for Lausanne’s third congress on world evangelization, called Cape Town 2010
. It brought together 4,200 evangelical leaders from 198 nations. The outcome of the Congress, the Cape Town Commitment
, is widely considered to be the core agenda for the evangelical church in our generation. Steve continues to lead the Communications Working Group and serve on the Lausanne Movement board. Tricia is an accomplished watercolor artist and has a personal ministry mentoring teens.