Charles R. Swindoll has devoted his life to the accurate, practical teaching and application of God’s Word and His grace. A pastor at heart, Chuck has served as senior pastor to congregations in Texas, Massachusetts, and California. Since 1998, he has served as the founder and senior pastor-teacher of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, but Chuck’s listening audience extends far beyond a local church body. As a leading program in Christian broadcasting since 1979, Insight for Living airs in major Christian radio markets around the world, reaching people groups in languages they can understand. Chuck’s extensive writing ministry has also served the body of Christ worldwide, and his leadership as president and now chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary has helped prepare and equip a new generation of men and women for ministry. Chuck and Cynthia, his partner in life and ministry, have four adult kids, ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and seven great-grandkids.
Bachelor of Business Administration, Baylor University, 1965; Juris Doctor, University of California Los Angeles School of Law, 1968
Sealy M. Yates is senior partner of Yates & Yates, a law firm that is the continuation of the one he founded in 1969. Sealy started his professional law career in Orange County, California, where he developed and operated a successful business law practice. Part of his work included intellectual property matters, primarily related to copyright issues. In 1988, Sealy became the first literary agent in Christian publishing. He now has the joy and privilege of having two of his sons as his partners.
Sealy has served on the Insight for Living Ministries Board of Directors since 1981. He also served as the chairman of the board of Open Doors International for more than thirty years. Sealy currently serves as the chairman of the board of Turning Point Ministries. Throughout his professional career, Sealy has served on the boards of numerous Christian organizations.
Sealy has been married to Susan Proctor Yates since 1965. They have four adult children and ten grandchildren.
Diploma in Biblical Theology, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, 1978; Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations, California State University of Fullerton, 1980
Roger Kemp’s relationship with the Swindoll family began in 1971 when Chuck was called as senior pastor of the church in southern California where the Kemp family attended.
After graduating from Moody, Roger began working with Insight for Living Ministries on the broadcast production team during the ministry’s earliest days. He has maintained a strong relationship with the ministry ever since, including a season of leadership as senior vice president.
Roger has devoted his career to helping nonprofit organizations achieve their ministry goals. Located north of Los Angeles, Roger Kemp and Company is a media agency specializing in marketing, production, and distribution of Christian programming.
Roger serves on the executive committee of the National Religious Broadcasters in Washington, DC, and is a member of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. Married to Lori, the Kemps have four adult children and enjoy spending their empty-nest free time hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Centenary College; C.S.W., Louisiana State University Graduate School of Social Work; Campus Crusade for Christ Institute of Biblical Studies
Noted for her honest, sensitive, and heartwarming style, Ney Bailey has extensive experience in counseling, speaking, and teaching throughout the United States. A veteran of Campus Crusade for Christ International (CRU) since 1961, Ney has also ministered in Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Canada.
She initiated the Family Life Conferences, the Keystone Conferences, and the Alumni Ministry of CRU. In addition, she served on the faculty of the Institute of Biblical Studies.
Ney has served on the Insight for Living Ministries Board of Directors since 1981. She wrote a popular book, titled Faith Is Not a Feeling (Waterbrook Press), which has been in print for more than thirty-five years.
Master of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1988; Doctor of Ministry, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994
Joe has pastored for over 30 years, mainly in Georgia, his home state. He has served as the chaplain of Dallas Seminary since 2015. Joe loves pastoring/preaching, but accepted the position at Dallas Seminary as an opportunity to “influence the influencers” for the Lord and His work.
Joe and his lovely wife, Lindsey , have been married for over 40 years. They have two adult children, Joey and Bethany. Both children serve in vocational Christian ministry. Joey is married to Christy Tebow Allen and they have two children, Claire and Joe Joe. Joey’s family serves in South Asia. The Allens' daughter, Bethany, is married to David McCleaf. The McCleafs have one son, Tommy. Bethany is an attorney specializing in adoption law and employed by her church. David is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Joe so enjoys being the chaplain at the seminary, but the true love of his life is his family and, oh yeah, rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs and SEC football!
B.Th., Ontario Bible College, 1976; B.A., University of Waterloo, 1987; M.Div., Ontario Theological Seminary, 1980; Th.M., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1982; Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1997
After teaching in Canada for sixteen years, Stephen Bramer has taught since 1997 at Dallas Theological Seminary as professor of Bible Exposition, serving since 2009 as the chair of this department. He also currently serves as a teaching pastor at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship in Wylie, Texas. He frequently leads tours to Israel, while most summers at the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary, Stephen teaches young Christian Arabs headed into ministry.
Stephen is known for his practical, humorous, and expositional Bible teaching. His commentary on Genesis has been published in both English and Korean, and he has recently published his “Bible Reader’s Joke Book.” Stephen and Sharon have been married since 1976, and they have three married children and eight grandchildren.
Bachelor of Arts, Florida Bible College, Miami, Florida, 1974; Master of Arts, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, 1978; Education Specialist, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 1981
Bill Butterworth served as director of Counseling Ministries at Insight for Living Ministries for seven years. In 1988, he launched a full-time speaking and writing career. He’s written more than three dozen books, one hundred songs, and many articles and television scripts. Currently, Bill has contributed to Home Life magazine and has written “Dad’s Home” in Single Parent Family magazine.
The International Platform Association honored Bill with the Hal Holbrook Award and named him a Top Rated Speaker. He has spoken at churches, campuses, and camps across the country. Recently, Bill addressed Microsoft, Walt Disney, and teams from the NFL, MLB, and NBA.
Bill regards the Butterworth Communicators Institute—a workshop for emerging communicators—as his most rewarding accomplishment. He and his wife, Kathi, reside in The Woodlands, Texas. He has five grown children and eleven grandchildren.
Bachelor of Business Administration, Baylor University, 1981; Juris Doctor, Baylor University Law School, 1983; Master of Laws in Taxation, Georgetown University School of Law, 1984
A native of Dallas, Brett Flagg served as a partner in one of Dallas’ largest law firms before establishing his own firm, Flagg Law Group, PC. His practice focuses on estate planning, asset protection, probate, and general business counsel for high net-worth entrepreneurs. He is a member of the board of directors of e3 Partners and I Am Second. Since 2010, Brett and his wife, Lisa, have been active members of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where Brett currently serves as an elder. Brett and Lisa have two adult children and enjoy traveling and outdoor activities.
Oral Surgery Assisting, Southern California College, 1985; Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Cox School of Business, 2009
Charissa Swindoll Gaither serves as area director of Donor Relations for Compassion International. Previously, Charissa served as a major gifts officer for Wycliffe Bible Translators in the South Central region. She has more than seventeen years of experience in Christian ministry and has a passion for engaging with people young and old, reaching the unreached by empowering souls and transforming lives.
Charissa and her husband, Mark, have four grown children. Charissa and Mark serve on the leadership team for their Sunday school class at Stonebriar Community Church. They reside in the Dallas, Texas, area.
Bachelor of Science in Sociology, California State University
Mary Graham has seen the world and has taken the message of the gospel wherever she has traveled. Mary served for twenty-eight years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, where the highlights of her ministry were trips behind the Iron Curtain of the former Soviet Union. She also served for three years as Insight for Living Ministries’ director of International Ministries.
In 1996, Mary joined the staff of Women of Faith as president, a role that she filled until 2011. In her years at Women of Faith, Mary led a group of talented women, including her dear friends Luci Swindoll and Marilyn Meberg. Together they ministered to countless thousands of women through weekend conferences. Mary has now rejoined Women of Faith as host of these events.
Mary has served on Insight for Living Ministries’ board of directors since 1984. Most Sundays she may be found in the congregation of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas.
B.A., Texas Tech University, 1976; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1981; Th.D., 1988
Reg Grant and his wife, Lauren, have three grown children and one grandson. Reg served as professor of Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary (1982–2013) and now serves as senior professor and chair of the Department of Media Arts and Worship. He teaches courses in preaching, drama, voice, creative writing, and creative radio production. Reg has written, produced, and acted for radio, television, theater, and film. Several of his films have been nominated for Emmys. Two have won. Two of his films have received the coveted Golden Apple award for best educational film in America.
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry, emphasis in Missions, from Southwest Baptist University, Fort Worth, Texas; Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
After serving many years as the pastor of Missions and Community Impact at Stonebriar Community Church, Tom Hayes recently joined the staff at Insight for Living Ministries. His responsibilities include overseeing all the international work of the ministry in helping make Christ known among the nations, as well as helping train and mentor the many pastors who rely on Chuck Swindoll’s messages and material to equip them for ministry. Tom has been married to Katie since 2001, and they are regularly entertained by their two young sons.
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, University of Texas
A native Texan and retired corporate executive in both the “for profit” and Christian “nonprofit” worlds, Don Johnson brings broad experience to the board of Insight for Living Ministries. He and his wife, Gwynne, have been greatly influenced by Insight for Living Ministries and Dallas Theological Seminary. They are happiest teaching, mentoring, and participating in activities with family and friends in a variety of church and community leadership roles.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Baylor University, 1991; Master of Business Administration, Baylor University, 1993
Christopher J. Lipper, CFP®, CIMA® serves as Managing Director and is a partner of Credent Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor. Chris has been advising families with their finances since 1995, with a special emphasis on helping clients draw out their values and prioritize their stewardship objectives.
Chris also serves on the boards of directors for InTouch Credit Union and The Franklin Imagine Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of at-risk children through exposure to the arts.
Originally from Fort Worth, Chris now makes his home in Frisco, Texas, with his wife, Kristie, and their two children. An invested community member, Chris serves on the Committee for Frisco Young Life and is the Senior Warden for Redemption Church, an Anglican congregation in Frisco, Texas, committed to teaching Christian faith based on the Bible and equipping and encouraging believers to seek first the kingdom of God in their daily lives.
B.A., University of Colorado, 1973; M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1979; Fellow-American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 1986–present; Diplomat—American Board of
Orthopedic Surgery, 1986, 1994, 2006
Bob Roberts has been in active, private practice since 1984 and has served as chief of the Department of Orthopedics and chief of the Medical Staff of Princeton Hospital, Orlando. He later served as president of the Governing Board of the hospital. He has also served on numerous boards for nonprofit organizations, including Orlando Opera, International Accounts Payable Professionals, and Larry McFadden Ministries where he served as chairman for fifteen years.
Dr. Roberts is the author of two books on ObamaCare and serves as a healthcare analyst for business and charitable organizations. He also writes a twice-weekly healthcare blog, Dr. Bob’s ObamaCare Blog, which can be seen at www.drbobroberts.com.
Bob and his wife, Lois Ann, are active members of First Baptist Church, Orlando where he has taught Bible study classes for thirty years. They have been listeners and supporters of Insight for Living Ministries for more than thirty years. They have traveled with Insight for Living Ministries on numerous occasions and twice hosted fundraising activities for the ministry.
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 kids, ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and seven great-grandkids.