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Amy Jackson is managing editor of SmallGroups.com at Christianity Today. She oversees the planning and coordination of all content featured on the site.
Amy served for several years as the coordinator of small-group ministry at a local church and now brings her experience to SmallGroups.com. Amy is passionate about seeing people connect in authentic, transforming relationships through small groups. She gets excited about helping people connect with God through practicing spiritual disciplines, both individually and corporately. She has been married to Jim since 2007, and their daughter was born in 2014. They enjoy spending time outdoors, playing with their dog, Henry, and supporting local businesses and restaurants.
Editorial Advisory Panel:
Joel Comiskey (Ph.D. Fuller Seminary) is founder and president of Joel Comiskey Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping churches fulfill the great commission. He has served as a missionary with the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Quito, Ecuador, planted a cell-based church in southern California, and now coaches pastors in small-group ministry.
Joel has written best-selling books on the worldwide cell group movement, including The Spirit-Filled Small Group, Coach: Empower Others to Effectively Lead a Small Group, and Planting Churches that Reproduce. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at Tozer Theological Seminary.
Joel and his wife, Celyce, have three daughters and live in Moreno Valley, California. Joel enjoys basketball, computers, and the outdoors.
Steve Gladen has been on staff at Saddleback Church since February 1998. He has focused on small groups in several churches for over 25 years. Steve oversees 3,500 adult small groups at Saddleback and loves seeing a big church become small through true community developed in group life. Steve oversees the strategic launch and development of small groups at Saddleback Church, as well as the Small Group Network.
He has authored Small Groups with Purpose and Leading Small Groups with Purpose, and co-authored Big Ideas for Small Group Leaders and Don't Lead Alone. He has also written DVD and non-DVD small-group curriculum.
Steve attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where he earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies with minors in Greek and Philosophy in 1982. From there he moved to Pasadena, California and received a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1985.
Steve does consulting and seminars internationally and domestically on championing small groups and what it means to have small groups with purpose.Steve and his wife Lisa have been married since 1989 and reside in Southern California with their two children, Erika and Ethan. Learn more about Steve at www.stevegladen.com.
Michael C. Mack founded SmallGroups.com in 1995, and he has served as a small-groups minister in several churches. He is a writer, editor, speaker, and consultant in the areas of small groups, leadership, and discipleship. He is the author of a dozen books, including his latest, Small Group Vital Signs.
Michael received his B.B.A from the University of Cincinnati in 1983, and his M.A. from Cincinnati Bible Seminary in 1993. He and his family live in Pewee Valley, Kentucky. His interests include mountain biking and a variety of sports.
Carter Moss is currently a Campus Pastor and Life Groups Director for Newbreak Church, a large multi-site church in sunny San Diego. Carter was also highly involved in small groups while on staff at a large multi-site chuch in Chicago for nearly 10 years. He has authored a number of small-group training resources and discussion guides, contributed to various ministry websites, and led small-group trainings around the country. In his free time, Carter writes album and concert reviews for a local music magazine, tries his hand at stand-up comedy and local clubs, and has been caught rapping on stage at church.
Randall Neighbour is president of TOUCH Outreach Ministries in Houston, Texas. He has authored numerous books on small-group life, leadership, coaching, and team-based evangelism, including The Naked Truth About Small Group Ministry, Community Life 101, and The Pocket Guide to Coaching Small Groups.
He and his wife are currently church planting with holistic small groups at the core of their strategy. His hobbies include coral propagation and renovating his 105 year old home.
Sam O'Neal is author of The Field Guide for Small Group Leaders (from InterVarsity Press) and a former Managing Editor of SmallGroups.com. Sam currently produces Bible studies and other resources for young adults as a Content Editor for Threads by LifeWay. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jessica, and their two young sons—but he will always be a Chicago Bears fan at heart.
Ben Reed is the lead small group pastor at the Lake Forest campus of Saddleback Community Church, leading the groups team and focusing on small group health. He thrives on building healthy, biblical, authentic, life-changing communities. Ben is also the communications director for The Small Group Network. In addition to those responsibilities, he loves to write, blogging his thoughts on church, leadership, and theology at BenReed.net. You can follow him on Twitter or Facebook.
Pat J. Sikora is a popular author and conference speaker, with several books and hundreds of articles to her credit. Her most recent book, Why Didn't You Warn Me?, equips leaders to effectively minister to challenging people.
Pat is founder and President of Mighty Oak Ministries, a ministry that provides tools, resources, and strategies to equip the Body of Christ to encourage and nurture the wounded and broken in their churches and ministries, and to help them to grow deeply, heal progressively, and mature splendidly.
Pat believes that the transformational ministry of the Word of God, applied and engrafted to real life community, will result in a display more splendid than the grandest oak. Pat is available for leadership training and conferences, large or small.
Carolyn Taketa serves as the Executive Director of Small Groups at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California, where she has been on staff since 2005. She currently oversees all aspects of the small-group ministry, participates in Calvary's senior leadership team, and contributes to planning weekend services. Prior to vocational ministry, Carolyn was an attorney (University of California, Berkeley School of Law) and a stay-home mom. She has been leading small groups for over 20 years and is passionate about biblical community and authentic leadership. She is a conference speaker, an Area Leader for the The Small Group Network, and a contributing writer for various publications. She has been married since 1994 and is blessed with two daughters. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter @TaketaCarolyn.