Father Larry Richards has been a priest since 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania and currently serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie. In 2004 Father founded The Reason For Our Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the Good News by educating others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith through CDs, DVDs and books. He is the author of Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be, the #1 best seller for 2010 for Ignatius Press. He also has a second book called Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God's Will published by Our Sunday Visitor. Fr. Larry also hosts a radio show called Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards that can be heard nationwide on Relevant Radio.
Fr. Anthony Craig, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, grew up in Pequot Lakes, MN. He was the fifth of six children born to Deacon David and Cheryl Craig. Right after high school, Fr. Anthony enrolled in St. John Vianney College Seminary. He then earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Afterwards, he was sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome for the remainder of his seminary formation. He completed his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University and went on to study at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Life at the Lateran University in Rome. He is a currently serving as an associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing, MN.
Doctor Robert Pyle, PhD, is a professional psychologist in clinical and private practice for more than forty years. Dr. Pyle serves as an adjunct professor at area universities and as a consultant to non-profit organizations, including the United States Air Force and the Diocese of Superior. Now retired, he serves as a volunteer at Minnesota Teen Challenge.
Robert experienced a tragedy of Biblical proportions when he lost his precious wife and all four children in a flash flood in Kansas in 2003. Through his immediate trust in God, Robert has risen above adversity and shared his compelling message across the country and with ABC, CBS, CNN, Montel Williams, Focus on the Family, and numerous Catholic churches, schools, youth rallies, and men's conferences. An accomplished worship leader, pianist, songwriter, and author of "Into the Deep: one man's story of how tragedy took his family but could not take his faith", Robert teaches others to live a life of no regrets with his inspiring words and original songs at the piano
Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio host. His experience includes school districts, Head Start programs, mental health centers, substance abuse programs, inpatient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and a private practice. Dr. Guarendi has been a regular guest on national radio and television, including Oprah, Joan Rivers, Scott Ross Prime Time, 700 Club, Gordon Elliot, and CBS This Morning. He's appeared on regional radio and television shows in over 40 states and Canada. He has been the program psychologist for Cleveland's Morning Exchange, Pittsburgh 2-Day, and AM Indiana. He has written many books. His first book, You're a Better Parent Than You Think! is now in its twenty-eighth printing. Other books include: Back to the Family, Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime, Good Discipline, Great Teens, Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It, Raising Good Kids: Back to Family Basics, and his newest book, Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards
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Chris is a brilliant songwriter, musician, speaker, author, professor and worship leader. Chris Padgett travels around the world giving talks, missions and concerts. One of the most effective champions of family life in the church today, Chris can speak from experience. He's been married to his high school sweetheart for over 20 years and has nine children. As he likes to quip, the Padgett family is taking the call to "make disciples" very seriously! A founding member of Scarecrow and Tinmen, Chris wrote, recorded and toured with this popular Christian band for seven years. He also has four solo albums to his credit: Follow, Golden, Wonder (Joyful Desperation), The Encounter, The Rosary Project, and most recently Your Divine Mercy.
Chris has written three books: Spirituality You Can Live With, Wholly Mary Mother of God and with his wife, Linda, they published their first book, Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex: One Couple's Return to Chastity. Know for his zany sense of humor and his love for books, Chris is a "very zealous" convert to Catholicism. He and his family entered the church on Easter of 1999. He is an adjunct professor teaching Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and has begun doctoral work in Marian studies at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.
In Youth Ministry Deacon Ralph learned how to take difficult biblical passages and principles and articulate them in simple ways easily understood by teens and adults. And most importantly, he learned concrete methods for teaching people how to surrender their hearts to the life of Christ and receive His infinite grace.
Thus educated, equipped and trained God appointed Deacon Ralph Director of Faith Formation at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also chose him to be ordained to the Permanent Deaconate in November of 2004 and began using him as one of His most sought-after speakers for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Youth Conferences.
Deacon Ralph has a proven and fire-tested heart for God that seeks only to be His tool of the moment. To that end he has now been called to leverage the gifts God has given him by teaching others how to fish for men. This is New Evangelization Ministries, dedicated to teaching pastoral teams how lead their fellow parishioners into daily and eternal life with Jesus Christ.
As founder of New Evangelization Ministries (NEM), Deacon Ralph Poyo seeks to be a useful tool for assisting pastors in training their parish leadership in evangelization. He has traveled extensively around the United States, serving as an evangelist and speaker. He incorporates what he learned and experienced in five years of research in rural, inner-city, and suburban parishes. After almost thirty years of parish ministry, he understands the complexities of various ministry environments.
"Jesus, The Way, the Truth and the Life" and "Discipleship"
Father Baer was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Architecture and worked in the profession in Baltimore for two years. He then served in campus ministry for 11 years in Baltimore and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Father Baer was ordained to the priesthood in 1996 in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and is a member of the Companions of Christ, an association of priests of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Father Baer served as the Rector of the Saint Paul Seminary for 11 years. He is now serving as the Pastor and Superintendent of the Transfiguration Catholic Church and School in Oakdale, MN.
Father Baer brings a true gift of knowledge of the Lord and the blessing of sharing it with those he shepherds.
Trent currently serves as the Head Hockey Coach for the Grand Rapid Thunderhawks.
Prior to taking over has the high school hockey coach, he played in the NHL for 13 years playing for the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, the Vancouver Canucks, and the L.A. Kings. Following his time on the ice, he became the Head Scout of the New York Islanders.
He has been married to his wife Kelly for 23 years, is the proud father of 5 children and has a passion for sharing the Catholic faith with anyone who has ears.
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After his conversion to the Catholic faith, Trent Horn pursued an
undergraduate degree in history from Arizona State University. He then
earned a graduate degree in theology from Franciscan University of
Steubenville and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy
from Holy Apostles College.
Trent is a regular guest on the radio program Catholic Answers Live, a
lecturer who speaks across the country on issues related to the Catholic
faith, and the author of two books, Answering Atheism and Persuasive
Pro-life, both of which are published by Catholic Answers Press.