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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean
Danielle Bean, mother of eight, is editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest and Faith & Family She is also author of My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom, Mom to Mom, Day to Day: Advice and Support for Catholic Living and (with Elizabeth Foss) Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Think. Pray. Act. Every Day.

Brian Butler

Brian Butler
Brian Butler is co-author of both Theology of the Body for Teens High School and Middle School Editions. He is the co-founder and president of Dumb Ox Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to chastity and vocation formation for teens, pre-teens and young adults. Brian holds a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary School of Theology. He and his wife reside in the archdiocese of New Orleans with their four children.

Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins
Jeff Cavins is the director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. Over the past several years, he has dedicated his life to developing The Great Adventure, a practical, interactive Bible study system that enables students to understand the chronological flow of Sacred Scripture. Jeff holds an MA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He resides with his wife, Emily, and their three daughters in Minnesota.

Sarah Christmyer

Sarah Christmyer
Sarah Christmyer is a Catholic Bible teacher, author, and speaker and the co-developer with Jeff Cavins of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study Program. She is editor of The Great Adventure Bible Study series , author or co-author of several Great Adventure studies, and author of The Bible Timeline Guided Journal. A Bible study teacher since 1999, Sarah helped launch Catholic Scripture Study (CSS) for Catholic Exchange and is co-author of two Bible studies on Genesis, published by Emmaus Road. She lives near Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, and their four children.

Martha Fernández-Sardina

Martha Fernández-Sardina
Martha Fernández-Sardina, the Director of Prepare The Way Enterprises and RememberYouAreLoved.com, is an international, bilingual speaker and consultant touching thousands through radio, TV, articles, training seminars, and talks. Praised internationally for N.E.T.S. - New Evangelization Training School™ and the Hispanic Festival of Faith, her programs educate, enthuse, and equip Catholics for the new evangelization. She is the producer and host of Prepare The Way™, a show dedicated to all matters related to the new evangelization. To enjoy her outreach projects, articles, TV and radio interviews, and more follow, friend, and find her on Facebook.com/MFernandezSardina and Twitter.com/iEvangelize, at RememberYouAreLoved.com and iEvangelize.wordpress.com.

John Harden

John Harden
Before joining Ascension Press, John served as the marketing assistant for Current USA, in Colorado Springs. John received his bachelors in theology from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, and his masters in theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. He enjoys reading the writings of the saints, and regularly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. John is an active member of St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church in Phoenixville, PA as well as a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. John, his wife, and their four children live in West Chester, PA.

Dr. Sean Innerst

Dr. Sean Innerst
Dr. Sean Innerst is a member of the Theology Department at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary; associate professor of Theology and Catechetics at the Augustine Institute; and author of Pillars: A Journey Through the Catechism.

Damon Owens

Damon Owens
Damon Owens is the executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute and is featured in Ascension Press’ new, updated marriage preparation program God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage . He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children.

Matthew Pinto

Matthew Pinto
Matt is the founder and president of Ascension Press and the author or co-author of a variety of best-selling works, including the teen question-and-answer books Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons?, Did Jesus Have a Last Name?, and Do I Have to Go: 101 Questions about the Mass, the Eucharist, and Your Spiritual Life. He is also the co-creator of the Friendly Defenders Catholic Flash Cards and the Amazing Grace Series. Matt also co-authored A Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions About the Passion of the Christ, which went on to sell more than a million copies and hit #6 on the New York Times Best-Seller List. His most recent book is Freedom: 12 Lives Transformed by the Theology of the Body. Matt has appeared on numerous television and radio programs explaining and defending the Catholic Faith, and he has conducted seminars on a variety of Catholic issues throughout the country. He was also a recipient of the Catholic Leadership Institute's 2004 Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership. Matt sits on the board of directors at the Theology of the Body Institute and the Board of Regents at John Paul the Great University. Matt and his wife, Maryanne, live in Pennsylvania, and are the parents of six children.

Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak

Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak
Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak are nationally recognized experts in Catholic marriage and family counseling, and authors of Beyond the Birds and Bees. Their Pastoral Solutions Institute. and daily, nationally syndicated Catholic radio broadcast "More2Life" has ministered to thousands of families through their practical application of Theology of the Body principles.

Heidi Saxton

Heidi Saxton is the editorial director at Ascension Press. She received her Masters in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and is the author of five books. Heidi and her husband Craig foster-adopted a sibling group in 2005; her blog "The Extraordinary Moms Network" is dedicated to mothers of adopted, foster, and special-needs children. She is currently working on her first novel.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith
Thomas Smith is an international presenter and author for The Great Adventure Bible Timeline studies. He is also a popular conference, parish mission, and retreat director. You can learn more about his work at Gen215.org.

Dr. Edward Sri

Dr. Edward Sri
Dr. Edward Sri is provost and professor of Theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver and a visiting professor at Benedictine College. He is the author of several books, including The Bible Compass and A Biblical Walk Through the Mass.

Teresa Tomeo

Teresa Tomeo
Teresa Tomeo is a best-selling Catholic author of six books including Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families and Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture . She is motivational speaker, and syndicated Catholic talk show host with more than three decades of media experience. Teresa has been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show.

Steve Weidenkopf

Steve Weidenkopf
Steve Weidenkopf is the creator of the faith formation program, Epic: A Journey through Church History. He is also a Lecturer of Church History at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia and the author of study guides on Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae and Lumen Gentium.