Serving as president and chief executive officer of Insight for Living Ministries, Cynthia Swindoll provides hands-on, positive encouragement among the ministry’s growing, competent staff. Her role is crucial. She reads every line of every manuscript; together these manuscripts form the basis for all the ministry’s broadcasts and podcasts. A model of inspirational leadership among all who serve at our local headquarters in Frisco, Texas, as well as at our growing number of locations around the world, Cynthia creatively and strategically oversees all the events that rally the public’s interest and involvement, all while promoting a standard of excellence that has become state-of-the-art among media ministries.
Cynthia has served on the Insight for Ministries Board of Directors since July 1979, the Board of Directors for National Religious Broadcasters since 1988, the NRB President’s Council since 2005, and the Wycliffe Bible Translators President’s Council since 2011—a role that has had tremendous impact in her strategic plans for Insight for Living Ministries’ Vision 195. In everything she does, Cynthia strongly supports Chuck’s practical, applicable Bible teaching. Without hesitation, Chuck says of Cynthia, “She is the wind beneath my wings.”
Chuck and Cynthia live in Frisco, Texas. They have four adult children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Bill Gemaehlich has 19 years of executive leadership and business operations experience with nonprofit organizations and an additional 10 years of experience in the for-profit corporate world. Bill began his career at the age of 15 when he started his own business, The Back Porch—a men’s clothing store and art gallery. At only 15, Bill became the youngest member of the Jacksonville, Oregon Chamber of Commerce.
Bill holds a bachelor of science degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has served at Insight for Living Ministries for 15 years and is responsible for leading and managing operations at the international headquarters in Plano, Texas. Additionally, Bill serves on the ministry’s boards of directors in Canada, the United Kingdom, Poland, Australia, Romania and Brazil.
In addition to his work at Insight for Living Ministries, Bill pastors a country church located near Weston, Texas. Bill and his family are actively involved in short-term missions to Africa, Central and South America, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. Bill’s passion for ministry revolves around mentoring and helping people grow in the grace and knowledge of God through expositional study of the Bible, as well as encouraging them to love God with all their hearts and to love others as themselves.
Bill serves on the boards of directors for other local charities and nonprofits. Bill is married to Nancy and lives in the country with their son and near their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. Bill enjoys travel, restoring antique buildings, and riding horses.
Having served in fulltime Christian ministry for nearly 25 years, Wayne Stiles has effectively used writing, editing, teaching, music, video, and leadership as the basis for creatively communicating the life-changing truths of God’s Word.
Wayne holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of North Texas, as well as a master of theology in Pastoral Ministries and a doctor of ministry in Biblical Geography from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining the staff of Insight for Living Ministries in 2005, Wayne served in the pastorate for 14 years in the church he helped plant. An ordained minister, he has taught and trained pastors in Russia, helping missionaries and national leaders with leadership training and evangelism. Wayne’s role at Insight for Living Ministries includes leading the way in content development and oversight, ensuring that all published resources and Web material maintain a biblically accurate, compelling, and practical edge. He leads and labors alongside a gifted and creative team of writers, editors, pastors, and media specialists. This creative team produces books, monthly newsletters, Bible Companion studies, devotionals, Web articles, event books, topical booklets, social media content, and fundraising appeals.
A veteran traveler to Israel with a love for biblical geography, Wayne has written two devotional books about the practical benefits of including the study of Bible lands in one’s spiritual life. He has written an evangelical travel guide for the Israel Ministry of Tourism, another devotional book, and numerous articles. For years he penned a religion column in the Denton Record-Chronicle, followed by a column for the Jerusalem Post that featured biblical sites. Currently, Wayne writes a popular blog at www.waynestiles.com that helps readers connect the Bible and its lands to life.
In his free time, Wayne enjoys spending time with his family, as well as writing, reading, playing guitar, and woodworking. Wayne and Cathy have been married since 1989 and have two grown daughters. (Their nest is empty, except for the Labradors.) They worship at Stonebriar Community Church. Wayne and Cathy make their home in Aubrey, Texas.
Todd Turner has been using technology to further the goals and objectives of organizations in the United States and around the world for more than 20 years.
He holds a bachelor of liberal arts from Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas, where his study emphasis ranged from English and writing to political science. In 2006, Todd’s history as a computer and business operations professional and his call to ministry led him to Insight for Living Ministries. As executive vice president and chief communications and Web officer, he has combined his experience in IT, Web, marketing, and business systems to lead a team of dedicated individuals committed to accurately teaching the Bible around the globe.
In his leadership of the ministry’s Communications Department, composed of the Web, Marketing, and Publishing teams, Todd ensures that all Insight for Living Ministries’ communication pieces are presented with excellence and accuracy. Todd’s department, especially the Web team, has seen widespread changes and advancement of the technology used to display and promote various sources of content. New Web sites, additional databases, enhanced streaming, custom applications, and harnessed content management systems are just a few of the projects introduced to the ministry since 2006.
As a ministry leader, Todd has served on various advisory boards, most recently the National Religious Broadcasters Internet Board and the Client Advisory Board at Convio/Blackbaud. Currently, he serves on the National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors. In addition to his work at Insight for Living Ministries, Todd is actively involved in local ministry. His family participated in the start-up of Grace Bible Fellowship in his hometown of Gunter, Texas. Serving on the provisional leadership team and later as an elder, Todd and his family have poured their time into helping build a local fellowship committed to accurately teaching the Truth and worshiping authentically.
Todd and Mandy have been happily married since 1998, and they live in Gunter, Texas, with their daughter and two sons. When they’re not sitting on the bench coaching or in lawn chairs watching their kids play sports, the Turners love traveling, camping, hiking, and hunting.
In more than 20 years of ministry, Tom has focused on sharing the gospel with those who have not yet heard. Whether in student ministry, church consultation, or missions work, Pastor Tom’s heart to mobilize the church has been evident.
Tom holds a B.A. in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in missions from Southwest Baptist University and an M.A. in Cross-Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining the staff at Insight for Living Ministries, Tom spent two decades in ministry, most recently serving for many years as the pastor of Missions and Community Impact at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where Chuck Swindoll is the senior pastor-teacher. In this role, Tom managed ministry relationships that covered 14 countries as well as mobilized and equipped church members to pursue the mission of God with their own lives.
As executive vice president of International Ministries, Tom ministers to the global church as it proclaims the truths of Scripture in multiple languages and cultures. His heart is to serve the pastor/translators who work at the Insight for Living Ministries’ regional offices around the world, translating and contextualizing Insight for Living messages, Chuck’s books, and other ministry resources to make them accessible to all individuals in their heart languages. Currently, Insight for Living Ministries broadcasts in eight languages and is developing more as the Lord allows.
The Bible teaches us that the world is ripe for the harvest. Tom’s passion aligns with Insight for Living Ministries’ hope to broadcast the simple yet life-changing message of the Bible in every language of the world. Tom and his International Ministries team also aim to equip local pastors to study Scripture and deliver the timeless, relevant, and applicable Word of God in their own communities.
Tom previously served for five years on the Insight for Living Ministries Board of Directors and currently serves on the board of two mission agencies—WorldVenture and Russian Leadership Ministries.
Tom and his wife, Katie, were married in 2001 and have walked side by side through the incredible journey of life together in Christ. They both love to travel, and Tom has travelled to and ministered in more than 30 countries. Tom and Katie make their home in Texas, where they are constantly entertained by their two young sons.
A solutions-driven leader with more than 10 years’ experience in management, Michael Bergeron invests his time and energy in Insight for Living Ministries’ most strategic asset—its people. With a love of people and a genuine desire to see God glorified through the ministry efforts of the staff, Michael seeks to attract, engage, and retain gifted and talented individuals who can help Insight for Living Ministries reach people with the transforming power of God’s Word.
Michael holds a master’s degree in Theology with an emphasis in New Testament and Pastoral Ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he earned a business degree in Human Resource Management.
As vice president of Human Resources, Michael partners with the leadership team to execute the objectives and goals of Insight for Living Ministries as its outreach grows both domestically and internationally. Michael leads the effort to align talent programs, employee relations, and performance management to maximize the God-given potential of each member of the staff.
To further fuel his passion to help people grow in the image of Jesus Christ, Michael dedicates himself to discipling other believers, leading Bible studies, and teaching, preaching, and ministering internationally.
Michael and Amy have been married for more than a decade and have two children. They reside in Flower Mound, Texas.
With more than 25 years of service at Insight for Living Ministries, Donna Jones is a unique and valuable leader, who knows the ministry well. Donna's relationship with the ministry began in 1986 when the ministry's president, Cynthia Swindoll, invited Donna to serve as her executive assistant. As a result of that strong partnership, Cynthia called upon Donna to fill additional corporate roles. Today, as vice president of Living Bridge Media, Donna oversees the production, syndication, and station relations for the portfolio of Insight for Living broadcast features, including the popular children's program Paws & Tales.
Before coming to Insight for Living Ministries, Donna attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and later graduated from International Business College in El Paso, Texas, with a medical administration certificate. In her current position, Donna represents Insight for Living Ministries to affiliate partners, keeping them informed of corporate initiatives and looking for ways to advance the ministry through media. She is passionate about educating listeners about the scope of the ministry's resources and helping provide Chuck Swindoll's teaching around the world.
In addition to her responsibilities with the video and production team, Donna works in conjunction with Cynthia to develop the schedule for the radio and Web broadcasts. She is also heavily involved in the organization and archiving of all of Chuck's audio and video files. Donna considers herself blessed to have the opportunity to direct her team as they grow in their professions and achieve ministry objectives.
Donna serves on the benefits committee for Insight for Living Ministries and has participated in various advisory boards in Christian media. Currently, she serves on the National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors in the membership committee.
Donna and her husband, Arthur, reside in Boerne, Texas, where she helps manage their ranch. They enjoy spending time with their parents, their three adult children, and their assortment of critters. In their free time, Donna and Arthur can be found fishing or enjoying the golf course.
Bryant Kelley joined Insight for Living Ministries in November 2007 after managing his own art gallery in Plano, Texas, for 13 years. As vice president of Development, Bryant cultivates and maintains friendships with ministry partners who come alongside Insight for Living Ministries to help make a positive impact around the world.
Serving gallery clientele prepared Bryant for his current role by honing the relational skills he needs to develop personal relationships with major contributors and to warmly express appreciation on behalf of Insight for Living Ministries. He enjoys creating opportunities to increase donor awareness of the ministry’s vision and to show heartfelt gratitude for their vital part in helping accomplish the ministry’s mission.
Bryant and his wife, Laura, have been married since 1993 and reside in Plano, Texas, with their dog, Sophie. They relish opportunities to visit their only grandchild, Nicky, who lives with their daughter and son-in-law in Knoxville, Tennessee. Bryant and Laura are charter members of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where Bryant serves as an usher. Bryant spends his free time participating in men’s Bible study with Steve Farrar at Stonebriar; traveling home to Atlanta, Georgia, to help his mother and twin sister; fishing on the lake; and whale-watching in Hawaii.
Bryant and Laura enjoy serving as hosts on Insight for Living Ministries’ cruises and tours, where they have the opportunity to get to know new ministry partners and catch up with long-time friends of Insight for Living Ministries.
With more than 20 years of service at Insight for Living Ministries, Deedee Snyder has helped lead the ministry through many challenges and accomplishments. Having successfully filled several leadership roles in various departments, Deedee now serves as vice president of Communications, where she uses her marketing experience to guide the production of Web and print material in order to ensure that each production piece accurately represents the ministry’s goals and culture.
In 1983, Deedee joined Insight for Living Ministries at its early California location as a correspondence assistant and quickly moved into the newly created Communications division. There, she served first as the print production manager, establishing vendors and procedures for printing the magazine and appeal letters. In 1997, while working for the ministry, Deedee received her M.B.A. from California Coast University. A short time later, she was promoted to director of Communications, where she oversaw the Print, Art, Copy, and Marketing departments. Ultimately, Deedee held the position of strategic projects director until the ministry moved to Texas from California in 2001.
As the strategic projects director, Deedee introduced the scanner to the Listener Ministries Department, managed the transferal of Chuck Swindoll’s messages to the medium of the day, established and managed the Insight for Living Bookstore, and organized several aspects of the ministry’s move to Plano, Texas. Twice, she visited Plano to introduce new employees to the history of Insight for Living Ministries so they could continue the legacy established in California.
In 2010, Insight for Living Ministries’ president and CEO, Cynthia Swindoll, invited Deedee to once again take the role of strategic projects director, this time at the corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas. Deedee’s leadership abilities led to her being asked to serve as vice president of Communications in 2013 after having served in the Communications division for two years as director. Currently, Deedee oversees the Marketing, Publishing, and Web departments, helping shape everything the Communications division produces to match the vision of the ministry.
Deedee has served on several boards, including the Friends Center at the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. Her community volunteer work in California was recognized by several committees on which she served. Deedee’s ministry experience also includes serving as the vice president of Finance and Administration for a missions-sending agency. In this role, Deedee managed the home office where the agency stewarded missionaries’ donations and expenses. This unique opportunity introduced her to missions locations such as Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, and Romania.
Today, Deedee and her husband, Mark, reside in Little Elm, Texas, and love spending time with their two grown children and three grandchildren whenever they can. In their free time, they enjoy traveling and, as of late, exploring the state in which they now live.