Steve Ray

AUTHOR, HOLY LAND GUIDE AND ITFF FAVORITE


Proclaiming the Gospel: Back Then & All Over Again

 

ABSTRACT: In the first centuries after Christ, pagans worshipped many Gods and permitted the worship of Jesus as an equal to their gods and even Caesar. Christians however said, “No, we will only worship the one, true God.” Their principals made them persecuted outcasts. Sound familiar? Today, pluralism is the new paganism as comfort, affluence and self indulgence become the new gods and we face a deadly choice between remaining faithful and losing our souls.

 

WEBSITE: catholic-convert.com | TWITTER: Steve Ray (Jerusalem Jones) | Facebook: Steve Ray

 

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EARLY YEARS

Stephen K. Ray was born in 1954 to parents who had just become Christians through a Billy Graham Crusade. He was raised in a Fundamentalist Baptist family and was dedicated to Jesus in the local Baptist Church. At four years old he “asked Jesus into his heart” and was “born again” according to Baptist tradition. In 1976 Stephen married Janet who came from a long line of Protestants. Her ancestry was traced to pilgrims who came from England on the Mayflower & Hussite Protestants from Moravia who joined the Protestant Reformation in the 1600s.

 

EXPLORING THEIR PROTESTANT ROOTS 

With two small children in tow, Steve & Janet moved to Europe for one year where they traveled extensively researching their reformation roots in Switzerland, Germany and England. They studied for six months at L’Abri in Switzerland with the noted Evangelical theologian Francis Schaeffer. On subsequent trips to Europe, Steve & Janet visited communist countries and even smuggled Bibles and medicine to Christians behind the Iron Curtain.

 

PROFESSIONAL

In 1975 Stephen started his own business with a $5 investment and homemade business cards. His building services company, Distinctive Maintenance grew to over 600 employees at its height.

 

CONVERSION

Prior to 1994 neither Steve or Janet had ever set foot in a Catholic Church. After studying many books to convince their best friend and recent convert, Al Kresta, that the early church was evangelical, Steve and Janet backed their way right into the Catholic Church. On Pentecost Sunday, 1994 they entered the church at Christ the King Parish in Ann Arbor Michigan. Steve began writing a letter to his father explaining why they became Catholic…this letter soon became the book Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historic Church, published by Ignatius Press.

 

CURRENT

Since then Steve’s passion for the depth of truth found within the Catholic tradition has led him to walk away from his business and pursue what he really loves–writing, speaking, producing Catholic films and leading pilgrimages to Biblical Lands. Steve and Janet have been to the Holy Land over 100 times exploring, filming, and leading thousands of pilgrims. Steve is a regular guest on Catholic radio & TV including Catholic Answers, Ave Maria Radio, Relevant Radio & EWTN. He writes Bible Studies for Catholic Scripture Study International.

 

A full list of Steve’s affiliations can be found on Wikipedia at bit.ly/steveray

Jeff Cavins

“MY LIFE ON THE ROCK” AUTHOR AND BIBLE TIMELINE DEVELOPER SHARES WITH ZEAL, CLARITY AND ENTHUSIASM


The Mentor, The Men & The Mission

ABSTRACT: Deep in our hearts lies a mission and a destiny written by God. Through the perspective of the Rabbi-Disciple relationship of the first century – where disciples were carefully chosen to become like their rabbi – we see more than a “call to discipleship.” Christ offers a detailed plan that, if entered into, will changes our lives forever. Like a rocket waiting on the launch pad to be ignited, we await the ignition from God that will launch us into the life to which we are called.

 

WEBSITE: jeffcavins.com | TWITTER: JeffCavins | Facebook: Jeff Cavins

 

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Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as an exciting public speaker and bible teacher. He communicates the Catholic faith at a level that everyone can understand, taking theological truths and expressing them in a practical way.

 

He is the creator of the popular Great Adventure Bible Study series published by Ascension Press. The foundational study, The Bible Timeline: the Story of Salvation, has enabled students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture. Other Great Adventure Bible Studies taught and recorded by Jeff include Matthew, Acts, Revelation, Psalms and James. Currently over 5000 groups are using these studies in the US and other countries, and they have helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other Christians engage in scripture in a life changing way.

 

Jeff is the founding host of EWTN’s weekly program “Life on the Rock” as well as Relevant Radio’s daily show, “Morning Air.” He is author of several books including the best-selling book, My Life on the Rock: A Rebel Returns to the Catholic Faith and I’m Not Being Fed: The Food That Satisfies the Soul. He is also co-editor of the Amazing Grace series published through Ascension Press. His newest book Walking with God, is co-authored with Dr. Tim Gray and gives an insightful overview of the Bible.

 

Jeff received an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is currently the Director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also a Fellow of the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Jeff resides with his wife, Emily, and their daughters in Minnesota.

Deacon Ralph Poyo

COMBINES POWERFUL TESTIMONY, HUMOR AND FRANK TALK TO DELIVER THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL

 

Arise Church, In the Power of the Holy Spirit

 

ABSTRACT: Coming to a men’s conference and hearing sound teaching is both wise and encouraged but it isn’t enough. We must transform this motivation into action, empowered by the Holy Spirit. This presentation will not only light a fire in your heart, but will equip you to do the work of a disciple, transforming willing hearts and stoking a powerful relationship with the Holy Spirit.

 

WEBSITE: deaconralphpoyo.com | TWITTER: HobbitDeacon | Facebook: New Evangelization Ministries

 

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Dcn. Ralph has been in full time ministry since 1984. He brings with him a wealth of experience in Parish ministry, having served as a Youth Minister in three parishes ranging from 600-3,100 families. In addition to his youth ministry experience, he also served as Director of Faith Formation for 7 years. He was responsible for all catholic education from cradle to grave.

 

His thirty plus years of experience in Youth Ministry has helped Dcn. Ralph develop a preaching/teaching style that is capable of captivating youth and penetrating adults with the truth of the Gospel.

 

He has an undergrad degree in Scripture from Taylor University, and graduate work towards a Pastoral Ministries degree. In 2004, Dcn. Ralph heard the call from the Lord to depart from his parish in Raleigh and establish New Evangelization Ministries (NEM). This parish consulting ministry seeks to serve parishes by helping their leadership with training on Evangelization and Discipleship so that they may more effectively evangelize their own parishioners and lead them into functioning Disciples of Jesus Christ. He has spoken at Diocesan and other Youth Conferences and Conventions, Men’s and Women’s Conferences, Parish Staff Retreats, Diocesan Staff Retreats, Priest/Deacons Conferences, Parish Missions, Youth Ministry Leader and Youth Retreats, Parent Confirmation Workshops, Parent Retreats, Catechist and Youth Leader Training Retreats, and College Campus Presentations.

 

His thirty plus years of experience in Youth Ministry has helped Dcn. Ralph develop a preaching/teaching style that is capable of captivating youth and penetrating adults with the truth of the Gospel. His frequent use of humor, visual props as illustrations, personal testimony, and a hard hitting, no nonsense passionate style of communication has led him to become a popular speaker around the country. His desire is to be a “tool of the moment” for the Holy Spirit and allow God to use him to speak to the hearts and minds of his audience. He tells it like it is and brings the Scriptures down to the lived experience of those listening.

 

Grounding Dcn. Ralph in this ministry is his own relationship with the Lord, through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is blessed and supported by his wife Susan and five daughters and one son (In-law but he is loved as Deacon’s own son). Dcn. Ralph is committed to prayer and has consecrated his ministries to the Blessed Mother who is the premier Evangelist and Disciple of Jesus. In his preparations for every presentation, he gives all his efforts to his Mother Mary that she might perfect them and give them to her Son.

 

What you will get in Dcn. Ralph is an honest attempt to serve as requested and as the Spirit leads him. He is very approachable and tries not to be “high maintenance.” You will find from his pricing information that Dcn. Ralph is not focused on the money and frankly lives on the providence of the Lord. He understands that ministry should always be based on the call of God and not the money in the bank. He invites those who call on his services to join him in trusting the Lord for all their needs.

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, S.T.L., D.D.

ARCHBISHOP OF OKLAHOMA CITY SINCE FEBRUARY 2011

 

Go Make Disciples: A Pastoral Vision

ABSTRACT: Go make disciples. For all of us and for each of us, it is both an invitation and a challenge; a call and a mission. The vision is rooted in who we are and why we are here. Our sacred purpose is to joyfully witness to our Catholic faith through the teaching, sanctifying, and governing ministry of Christ and His Church so that the Body of Christ is made present, the universal call to holiness proclaimed, and all people are welcomed into the promise of eternal life.

WEBSITE: archokc.org | TWITTER: ArchbishopOKC | FACEBOOK:  Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

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Archbishop Paul S. Coakley was born to John and Mary Coakley in Norfolk, Va., in 1955 and lived there with his father, mother and older brother, John, until he was two years old.  The family relocated to Metairie, La., where his sister, Mary Christina, was born.  After beginning his elementary education at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic School the family moved in 1965 to Overland Park, Kan. Archbishop Coakley’s secondary education was completed in public schools in Overland Park.

 

After graduation from high school, he attended the University of Kansas where he completed his undergraduate studies in English and Classical Antiquities in 1977.  During this period, he was a student in KU’s Integrated Humanities Program; he studied under John Senior, Dennis Quinn and Frank Nelick.

 

Upon completing university studies, Archbishop Coakley traveled in Europe and briefly considered a monastic vocation at the Abbey of Notre Dame de Fontgombault in France before he returned to begin seminary studies for the Diocese of Wichita in 1978.

 

After completing studies at Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., he was ordained a priest on May 21, 1983.  After serving as a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for 21 years, he was appointed Bishop of Salina on Oct. 21, 2004.  He was ordained and installed as Bishop of Salina on Dec. 28, 2004.

 

On Dec. 16, 2010, Bishop Coakley was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.  He was installed as Metropolitan Archbishop on Feb. 11, 2011.

 

Archbishop Coakley has selected “Duc in Altum” as his episcopal motto (“Put Out into the Deep”).  It is found in Saint Luke’s Gospel when Jesus, after teaching the crowds from Simon’s boat, invites the apostles to “put out into the deep” and lower their nets for a catch (Lk. 5:4).  Obedient to Jesus’ command, Simon Peter and his companions cast their nets as directed and “caught such a great number of fish that their nets were at the breaking point” (Lk. 5:4).   Jesus calls the Church today, as always, to put out into the deep, as a witness to hope, to hear, and to respond joyfully to his word with faith and confidence.  It is a call to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the New Evangelization.