Merlin Carothers is an international bestselling author whose books include PRISON TO PRAISE.
Steve Chalke worked as a local Baptist minister before founding Oasis Trust in 1985. Oasis now has just under 5,000 staff, as well as many more volunteers, pioneering educational, healthcare, housing and other community initiatives in the UK and around the world. He is the founder of Stop the Traffik, senior minister of Oasis Church Waterloo and UN Special Advisor on Community Action Against Human Trafficking. He has presented television and radio series for ITV and the BBC, and is the author of over forty books. In 2004 Steve was awarded an MBE for his services to social inclusion.
Deepak Chopra is a New York Times best-selling author. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and over a dozen of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list. He has appeared on numerous top television shows.
Jonathan Clegg is an editor for The Wall Street Journal, his work has also written for the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, and FourFourTwo magazine.
Ben Coates was born in Britain in 1982, lives in Rotterdam with his Dutch wife, and now works for an international charity. During his career he has been a political advisor, corporate speechwriter, lobbyist and aid worker. He has written articles for numerous publications including the Guardian, Financial Times and Huffington Post. ben-coates.com
Sebastian Coe was born in London in 1956 and grew up in Sheffield. As a world record-breaking middle-distance runner, Seb won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles in 1984. He was a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992-97 and later, Chief of Staff to William Hague. He was created a life peer in 2000 and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to sport in 2006. Seb has recently led the winning Bid and Organising Committee for the London 2012 Games.
The late Frank Colquhoun was a Canon Residentiary and Vice-Dean of Norwich Cathedral. Previous to that he was Chancellor of Southwark Cathedral. Ordained for over sixty years, he exercised a varied ministry, half of which was spent in parish life. He wrote and edited many books, including PARISH PRAYERS, CONTEMPORARY PARISH PRAYERS and NEW PARISH PRAYERS.
Anneke Companjen is the wife of Johan Companjen, president of Open Doors International, the ministry founded by Brother Andrew to serve persecuted Christians. Travelling the world with her husband, she has taken a particular interest in the women who suffer through persecution, and decided to write HIDDEN SORROW, LASTING JOY following the suicide of an imprisoned Vietnamese pastor's wife she had befriended.
Diana Cooper received an angel visitation during a time of personal crisis, which changed her life. Author of 19 books in over 20 languages, she has inspired thousands of people to fulfil their spiritual potential. Diana is known for her work with angels, unicorns, ascension, Atlantis, Orbs and 2012. Through her guides and angels she enables people to access their spiritual gifts and psychic potential and also connects them to their own angels, guides, Masters and unicorns.Diana is the Principal of The Diana Cooper School, a not for profit organisation which offers certificated spiritual teaching courses throughout the world.www.dianacooper.com
Paul Cornish was educated at the University of St Andrews and the London School of Economics. He then served in the British Army (Royal Tank Regiment) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before completing his PhD in strategic history at the University of Cambridge. He is Chief Strategist at Cityforum Public Policy Analysis and Visiting Professor at the National Security College, Australian National University.
Nicky Cruz's story is a remarkable one:Born one of 18 children to Puerto Rican parents, Nicky suffered severe physical and mental abuse as a child. When he was 15, his father sent him to visit an older brother in New York. But Nicky didn't stay with his brother long, instead choosing to make it on his own.By age 16 he had become a member of the notorious Brooklyn street gang known as the Mau Maus. Within six months he became their president and fearlessly ruled the streets as warlord of one of the gangs most dreaded by rivals and police. Lost in a cycle of drugs, alcohol, and brutal violence, his life took a tragic turn for the worse after a friend and fellow gang member was horribly stabbed and beaten and died in Nicky's arms.As Cruz' reputation grew, so did his haunting nightmares. Arrested countless times, a court-ordered psychiatrist pronounced Nicky's fate as "headed to prison, the electric chair, and hell."No authority figure could reach Cruz - until he met a skinny street-preacher named David Wilkerson. He disarmed Nicky - showing him something he'd never known before: relentless love. His interest in the young thug was persistent. Nicky beat him up, spit on him and, on one occasion, seriously threatened his life, yet the love of God remained - stronger than any adversary Nicky had ever encountered.Finally, Wilkerson's presentation of the gospel message and the love of Jesus melted the thick walls of Nicky's heart. He received the forgiveness, love and new life that can only come through Jesus. Since then, he has dedicated that life to helping others find the same freedom.In the forty years that have passed since coming to Christ, Nicky Cruz has ministered around the world, speaking to hurting people in all walks of life. He has reached thousands of inner-city gang members as he speaks to their need from his own experience.His most famous book is Run Baby Run.
Jim Curran, a climber, photographer and painter, has recorded expeditions in South America, India, China, and the Karakoram Range. He lives in Sheffield, England. To find out more, visit www.jimcurran.co.uk