Gary Thompson is a retired ordained elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Gary received his undergraduate degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and an M.R.E. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He did additional study at New Orleans Seminary and Memphis Theological Seminary. He earned a D.Min. in leadership development from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Gary enjoys traveling domestically and internationally. He is most proud of his wife, Robin; three children; and seven grandchildren. You can e-mail Gary at email@example.com, follow him on Twitter at @drgaryt, or read his blog at transformativechurch.blogspot.com.
Michelle J. Morris is currently lead equipper at the Center for Vitality for United Methodists of Arkansas.
Michelle has a BA in English and French and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Arkansas. She graduated with
her MDiv from Perkins School of Theology in 2009 and her PhD from the Graduate Program in Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University in 2014. She also graduated with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her dissertation examined the subject of infertility in the New Testament.
She and her husband, Travis, have a son, Soren (not named for Kierkegaard).
Stan Purdum served as a full-time parish minister in Ohio for a number of years and retired recently after serving part-time as a pastor. He also works as a freelance writer and editor. He holds an education degree from Youngstown State University, a master of divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a doctorate in ministry from Drew University.
Long an avid bicycle tourist, Stan has ridden several long-distance bike trips, including a cross-nation ride recounted in his book Roll Around Heaven All Day and a trek that covered the entire length of US Route 62 (from Niagara Falls, New York, to El Paso, Texas), the subject of his book Playing in Traffic. Stan is also the author of New Mercies I See, which is a collection of stories about God’s grace, and He Walked in Galilee, a study book on the ministry of Jesus. He writes regularly for Adult Bible Studies and Daily Bible Study.
Stan and his wife, Jeanine, live in South Bound Brook, New Jersey. They have three grown children.