Cynthia Swindoll

Pastor Chuck and Cynthia Swindoll

For more than 65 years, Chuck and Cynthia have been on what they would call “an amazing ride” together. Neither of them would ever have predicted how amazing it was going to be. Little did they realize when they married back in June of 1955 all the places God would take them and all the ways He would use them. Following Chuck’s tour of duty in the Marine Corps—which included 16 months on Okinawa while Cynthia remained home—they were led to Dallas Theological Seminary for four stretching years of training, learning, growing, being mentored, and starting their family together. “What great years those were!”

Then came more productive years together serving churches in Massachusetts (1965–1967), Texas (1967–1971), and California (1971–1994). God called Chuck and Cynthia from California back to Texas so that Chuck could serve as Dallas Theological Seminary’s president, which he did from 1994 to 2001, and now he is chancellor emeritus. In 1998, Chuck and Cynthia helped plant Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he ministers as senior pastor. “More great years!”

Cynthia built and led Insight for Living Ministries from the very beginning in 1979. Watching God move hearts to support the ministry immediately fueled her faith and determination to ensure this ministry would glorify God and bless others. In those early days, she would take time to personally thank each person for his or her gift to the ministry. In 2023, she stepped down as president and chief executive officer to serve as cofounder and ministry advisor alongside Chuck who now serves as chief executive officer.

They couldn’t be more excited or surprised about the way God has graciously used this Bible-teaching ministry all across the world!

Chuck is the author of numerous books. You might be especially interested to know that he has completed the Swindoll’s Living Insights New Testament Commentary series, which blends in-depth study with practical application. Recent publications include The Swindoll Study Bible, Searching the Scriptures, Clinging to Hope, and Life Is 10% What Happens to You and 90% How You React.

Chuck and Cynthia are as enthusiastic as they have ever been and loving every day of their lives . . . thinking, leading, laughing, planning, and dreaming new dreams together. They adore their family of four adult kids, all of whom are married, along with their ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Chuck and Cynthia continue to have fun on their “amazing ride” together. The words of the late, great missionary Jim Elliot best depict their enthusiastic, nonstop lives: “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

Charissa Swindoll Gaither

Charissa Swindoll Gaither

Charissa began serving Insight for Living Ministries (IFLM) as a teenager. She was one of the first employees to staple together our study guides and stamp each envelope for the daily mailings—all from a folding table in Chuck and Cynthia’s garage! You could say that garage was Insight’s first home.

When IFLM relocated from California to Texas, Charissa and her two children moved here as well. She quickly had to train 18 new Customer Services representatives! As IFLM grew, Charissa went on to manage the Customer Services Department, and soon became a vice president over Marketing, Communications, the Fulfillment Center, Advancement, and Ministry Events.

After several years, Charissa felt called to leave IFLM to serve other ministries and gain a broader understanding of how nonprofits function and how fundraising is carried out within those ministries. She served as a major gifts officer at Wycliffe Bible Translators as well as at Compassion International.

Because of Charissa’s lifelong ministry experience, Chuck and Cynthia are thrilled that she is serving as president of IFLM. Charissa is proud of her family’s legacy and grateful for the way God has used this ministry. She plans to hold nothing back as she upholds our convictions and values in pursuit of our mission and vision.

Charissa has been blessed to travel around the world and enjoys public speaking, but her favorite activity is connecting with people on a personal level. She is married to Mark Gaither. Together they have four children and love being grandparents.

Bill Gemaehlich

Bill Gemaehlich
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Bill has three decades of executive-leadership and business-operations experience with nonprofit organizations. He actually began his career at the young age of 15 when he started his own business, becoming the youngest member of the Jacksonville, Oregon, Chamber of Commerce.

He has served at Insight for Living Ministries (IFLM) since 1999 and is responsible for leading and managing operations at the international headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Additionally, Bill serves on four boards of directors for IFLM’s regional offices.

When Bill isn’t thinking globally, he is ministering locally as a bi-vocational pastor of a country church in Weston, Texas, and the leader of IFLM’s The Book Shoppe & Coffee in Frisco, Texas. He enjoys mentoring others while sipping world-class coffee and helping Christians grow through the expositional study of God’s Word.

Bill is married to Nancy, and they have two children and two grandchildren. He likes to travel, restore antique buildings, and ride horses.

Tom Hayes

Tom Hayes
Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer

For decades, Tom has focused on reaching the unreached and strengthening the global church. He’s grateful to serve Insight for Living Ministries’ regional offices around the world as they translate, contextualize, and share our Bible-teaching resources while representing our presence in their respective countries.

Currently, IFLM ministers in ten languages in more than 70 countries with our reach continually expanding as part of IFLM’s Vision 195. Tom and his team hope to broadcast the simple yet life-changing message of the Bible in every country and every language of the world as well as to equip local pastors through IFLM’s pastor-training materials.

Tom and his wife Katie were married in 2001, and they have two teenage sons who provide constant entertainment. Tom and Katie love to travel. In fact, Tom has been to 45 countries and preached in 42 of them!

Terry Boyle

Terry Boyle
Executive Vice President, Chief Searching the Scriptures Officer, and Pastor of IFLM United Kingdom

Terry is a native Englander, but he moved to the US in 1981. Although he began his professional life as a research biochemist, Terry felt called to ministry and went on to earn a ThM and PhD in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Terry served as senior pastor of Skillman Bible Church in Dallas until he and his family moved back to the UK in 2007 to take on a new role as pastor of Insight for Living Ministries (IFLM) United Kingdom.

Terry hosts the Insight for Living broadcast in the UK and provides a personal touch from Chuck and IFLM to English-speaking Europe. Since 2007, Terry has also preached in churches and spoken at conferences across the UK and Europe. Now, he also spearheads the development of IFLM’s pastor-training curriculum.

Terry and his wife Rosie have three grown children and one granddaughter. When the weather allows, they can be found cruising the highways and byways in their classic MG convertible—but the five-gallon gas tank means they can’t get too far between stops!

Bill Lammie

Bill Lammie
Senior Vice President of Information Technology

Bill served in the United States Navy for eight years until he was early retired in 1998. Through his service, he developed skills in data science, database architecture, project management, software engineering, and business process improvement.

Afterward, he worked with Fortune 500 companies and started his own business-intelligence company before joining Insight for Living Ministries (IFLM) in 2013. He oversees the ministry’s Information Technology Department, and his favorite part of his job is helping communicate Chuck’s Bible teaching all across the world.

Bill met Brenda, his wife, through mutual friends when he was stationed in San Diego on a United States Navy ship. They were married in 1998. In 2012, they moved from San Diego to the Dallas area, where they have attended Stonebriar Community Church ever since. They have two grown children and one granddaughter. For fun, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, hiking, traveling, and reading.

Linda Ricks

Linda Ricks
Senior Vice President of Communications and Engagement

Linda raised two rambunctious boys and served in the corporate world before joining Insight for Living Ministries (IFLM) in 2015. At IFLM, she wears many hats serving a number of departments. On any given day, you might find her coordinating the production of the ministry’s next newsletter, preparing meaningful experiences for event guests, mobilizing our engagement team, or sitting in a meeting room encouraging colleagues in the Lord.

It was Linda’s love for people and passion for the Great Commission that led her to IFLM. She considers it a great privilege to help encourage others with the Word of God.

She and her husband Warren have been married since 1984. Both sons are married. Linda and Warren recently welcomed their first grandchild. They enjoy neighborhood parties, outdoor adventures, and college football—especially cheering on the Baylor Bears!

Bryant Kelley

Bryant Kelley
Senior Vice President of Advancement

Bryant serves in Insight for Living Ministries’ (IFLM) Advancement Department, which gives him the joy of connecting with many of the ministry’s supporters. He loves the opportunity to pick up the phone and speak personally with donors and pray for them.

Before joining IFLM, Bryant lived all across the US working for a national framing and art company until he opened his own shop, Prestige Galleries, in 1994. Then, Bryant closed his successful gallery in 2007 to embrace God’s call to ministry and join the IFLM family.

Bryant is a charter member of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, and has been an usher from the very beginning in 1998! Bryant loves to bass fish. One of his favorite memories comes from Texas’ Holly Lake Ranch where he landed his biggest catch at 7.9 pounds!

Joel Morales

Joel Morales
Senior Vice President of Living Bridge Ministries

Joel joined Insight for Living Ministries (IFLM) in 2002 as the ministry’s first bilingual broadcast editor. He has held different roles since then, including producer and announcer of the Spanish-language broadcast, Visión Para Vivir, and his current responsibilities leading Living Bridge Media—IFLM’s media-production department.

Joel and Living Bridge Media help oversee all of IFLM’s audio-visual content, such as the Insight for Living broadcasts and Paws & Tales children’s programs, to offer the smoothest listening and watching experience possible. They also help support IFLM’s international offices with their audio-visual needs.

Joel was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the US when he was in the fourth grade. Joel and Tanya, his wife, began dating in college and were married in 1999 soon after graduation. They love spending time with their son as well as watching a sports game or trying out new eateries.

Brian Leicht

Brian Leicht
Senior Vice President of Biblical Counseling

Brian joined Insight for Living Ministries (IFLM) in 2008. He leads the Biblical Counseling department which offers spiritual guidance and encouragement to listeners as they call or write. He relishes sharing the depth and renewal of the gospel in conversation with correspondents of the ministry.

Over more than 30 years, Brian has pastored in single-adult, marriage reconciliation, missions, and international pastor-training ministries. You also might have seen him on the live stream of Stonebriar Community Church playing trumpet with the orchestra and brass. A native of Nebraska, he was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band.

Brian and Bonnie, his wife, share a life full of music and ministry. They met while planning a musical fund-raising event for missions. The Leichts have three grown sons. Brian loves meaningful conversations with his family, teaching theology, and any opportunity to perform in a good brass or choral group.

Aaron Massey

Aaron Massey
Senior Vice President of Searching the Scriptures Ministries

Aaron has served at Insight for Living Ministries since 2013 in a variety of departments such as International, Operations, and Human Resources. He had the joy of helping IFLM construct its international headquarters in Frisco, Texas, which was completed in two phases from 2015 to 2019.

Now, he spends his days in IFLM’s writing department, Searching the Scriptures Ministries, which helps oversee the creation of Bible-teaching materials as well as the publications and communications of IFLM.

Aaron and Megan, his wife, were married in 2014. In 2020 and 2021, they welcomed into their lives two little boys who instantly captured their hearts and constantly occupy their days. Aaron is a former competitive golfer, but he rarely pulls the sticks out of the closet. He loves to read, write, and exercise.