Kristi Shaffer completed an Associates degree at Lewis and Clark Community College in 2006, she then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a bachelor’s in history and a minor in Anthropology in 2009. She went on to complete a Masters in U.S. History at St. Louis University in 2013.
Prior to entering the field of higher education and history, Kristi worked in the medical field for 13 years, 10 of that as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Currently she is working as an adjunct instructor of history. She has taught in community colleges in both Illinois and Missouri since 2016.
In the past several years Kristi has been involved in church ministry as a volunteer. Kristi is married to her husband of 26 years. They have two adult children, a son-in-law, and a one grandson.
Pastor Calvin Lindstrom has served as the pastor of the Church of Christian Liberty in Arlington Heights since 2006 and has worked in Christian education for over 23 years. He is blessed to be a husband and father of six children. He is also a long time board member for Illinois Family Action.
James M. Odom
James Odom is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Illinois Family Institute and Illinois Family Action.
God used His Church and Godly legal mentors and pastors to forcefully direct James passion and vocation toward in depth study and understanding of the relationship between civil government and God’s Church from the very beginning of law school in 1992. James graduated from Indiana University School of Law with a J.D. In 1995, and has been admitted to practice law in several jurisdictions over the following 25 years, including 5 years in the legal department at Focus on the Family.
He and his wife of 18 years are blessed to be the parents of 4 children. He has served as Republican Precinct Committeeman, has run twice for local public office, and is an ordained Ruling Elder in his local congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.
Alex Newman is an award-winning international journalist, educator, author, and consultant who seeks to glorify God in everything he does. In addition to serving as president of the small media and information consulting firm Liberty Sentinel Media, Inc, he has written for a wide array of publications in the United States and abroad.
He currently serves as a contributor to WND (World Net Daily), an education writer for FreedomProject Media, a foreign correspondent for The New American magazine, a contributor to the Law Enforcement Intelligence Brief, and more. He has also written for numerous newspapers and magazines such as the Gainesville Sun, Liberty magazine, The Diplomat magazine, Crisis magazine, Swiss News magazine, Sunshine State News, Campus Reform, Alachua County Today, and many more. His work has been featured at Drudge, Breitbart, Fox News, and many other outlets. And his writing has been published in major newspapers across America.
As a consultant, Alex has worked on a wide array of campaigns, ranging from political campaigns for Congress to marketing campaigns for non-profit groups and international businesses. He also spent time working in marketing and branding as Creative Director, Europe, for a leading international branding firm based in Miami. Alex has a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Florida with an emphasis on economics and international relations, as well as an A.A. degree in foreign languages from Miami-Dade College.
Alex has lived in eight countries (US, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, France, South Africa, Spain, Sweden) on four continents and speaks multiple languages fluently and more at varying degrees of proficiency. His work has been cited by governments and major media outlets around the world. Alex is a frequent guest on national and international radio and TV shows, and has been on many of America’s top programs including the Michael Savage show, the Janet Mefford show, the Phyllis Schlafly show, and many more. He is a weekly guest on the nationally syndicated Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagles program as well as the nationally syndicated Inside the News program with Paul Jensen. He is also a frequent speaker on TV programs and at conferences, all together reaching tens of millions of people with the message of faith, family and freedom.
Alex is happily married and has five children. Along with his family, he currently splits his time between various places, including Europe and the United States. Follow him on Twitter: @ALEXNEWMAN_JOU
Ron Citlau and his wife have been married for 15 years, have four boys and serve at Calvary Church in Orland Park. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America and has a Masters of Divinity from Western Seminary. Ron has co-wrote, Compassion without Compromise: how to love your gay friends without losing the truth; and recently wrote, Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted. Follow him on Twitter @citlau
Christine Misner grew up in northeastern Missouri, but now lives and works in central Illinois. She loves to write, travel, and discuss politics. You can follow her on Twitter @LCMisner.
Terrell Clemmons worked in software development for several years before graduating to full time marriage, motherhood, and household management. She lives in Indiana and writes on apologetics, culture, and matters of faith.
You can follow her on Twitter at: @terrellclemmons
Dr. Jerry Newcombe
Dr. Jerry Newcombe serves as the senior producer and as an on-air host and a columnist for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Jerry has produced or co-produced more than 70 one hour television specials that have aired nationwide. Jerry is the author or co-author of 31 books, at least two of which have been bestsellers, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (with Dr. Peter Lillback) and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with Dr. Kennedy) . Jerry has also written Doubting Thomas? The Life and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson (with Mark Beliles).
Jerry has appeared on numerous talk shows as a guest, including Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher (4x), Janet Parshall’s America, Point of View, the Moody radio network, TBN, the Fox News Channel, the Fox Business Channel, C-Span2’s “Book Notes,” etc. Jerry hosts a weekly radio program called “Vocal Point” on GraceNetRadio (www.GraceNetRadio.com), which is a “meeting of the minds.” (The broadcasts are also individually posted at jerrynewcombe.com) His latest books are American Amnesia (Nordskog Publishing, 2018) and A New Birth of Freedom (D. James Kennedy Ministries, 2019).
Jerry is an associate minister at New Presbyterian Church, Wilton Manors, FL. Jerry is happily married with two children and three grandchildren. The Newcombes reside in South Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @NewcombeJerry
Jenna is a 19-year-old Christian homeschool graduate who is striving to make “all of Christ for all of life” her motto. She is an amateur writer, an ivory-tickling pianist, a book vortex, and a convicted consumer of podcasts such as Crosspolitic, the Plodcast, and WhatHaveYou.
Aside from that, she is the daughter of IFI’s Dave Smith, so you can see there really is no nepotism in publishing her at all. You can follow Jenna on Instagram at @charming_undomiel.
Stacy McDonald is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur; but, most importantly, she is a mother, grandmother, and wife of a retired pastor. Originally from Houston, Texas, Stacy now lives with her family in a small farming community in Illinois.
Timothy J. Dailey
Timothy J. Dailey has senior-level research and writing experience with major Christian ministries, including working in the public policy arena in Washington DC. He has been a writer and editor of commentaries for a nationally-syndicated radio program. He has taught on the college-level both at home and abroad, including eight years in Israel teaching the historical, geographical, and archaeological background of the Bible. Dr. Dailey’s many books draw upon insights which are drawn from the author’s extensive training, including a Ph.D. in Religion and Ethics, as well as experiences gained through more than a decade of overseas cross-cultural ministry. Having lived in Europe and the Middle East, he is uniquely qualified to address biblical and theological topics from a historical and multicultural perspective. Dr. Dailey and his Swiss wife Rebekka have five grown children.
Wendy Wilson is a teacher and writer in Nashville, Tennessee. A Michigan native, she earned a bachelor’s degree at Valparaiso University in Indiana and a master’s degree at Union University in Tennessee. She is a former newspaper reporter who as a freelancer writes about family issues, religion, education, and immigration.
Jonathan Lewis is husband to Linnea and Dad to Patrick, Timothy, Katherine, Benjamin, and Myles. He is a self-employed graphic designer from central Illinois and enjoys drinking coffee, playing chess, spending time with his family, and date nights with his wife.
Jonathon Clay de Hale
Jonathon is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband, father and longtime Illinois resident who observes and comments on political and cultural trends.
I have been a registered nurse since 1969 and currently I am a spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses (www.nursesforlife.org). I have also been a past President of Missouri Nurses for Life and past co-chair of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Respect Life Committee.
In 2015, I was honored to receive the People of Life award from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.
After working in critical care, hospice, home health, oncology, dialysis and other specialties for 45 years, I am currently working as a legal nurse consultant (www.valkogroupalnc.com) and volunteer.
I have served on medical and nursing ethics committees and give speeches and workshops around the country on medical ethics issues. I have also served on the board of the Saint Louis Down Syndrome Association in the past and I am still active in the field of disability advocacy. I have worked as a volunteer for children with disabilities, people with severe brain injuries, and bereaved parents.
I have also appeared on many radio and television shows on various medical, ethical and pro-life topics and I have written on these topics for The National Catholic Register, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, First Things magazine, Magnificat and other publications. I have been a long-time contributing editor for Voices magazine, a publication of Woman for Faith and Family (www.wf-f.org)
I have personally cared for many relatives with a variety of physical or mental disabilities, including my mother with Alzheimer’s and terminal cancer and a daughter, Karen, who was born with Down Syndrome and a severe heart defect. Although both are now deceased, the influence of my mother and daughter has positively motivated my activities in medical ethics and working for greater support for people and families dealing with such issues as disabilities, chronic illness and terminal conditions.
In 1984 after our Karen’s death, I suffered a miscarriage at 10-12 weeks. My 7 year old son and 5 year old daughter were devastated and since we did not know the sex, I had them each pick a name. Naming Jeff Candy helped but then they questioned why that baby did not have a funeral like their sister. Good question!
I brought this up to my mentor Fr. Joe Naumann (now archbishop of Kansas City) when he headed the St. Louis Archdiocesan Pro-Life Committee and the next thing I knew, I wound up on a committee. Now we have “The Order for the Naming and Commendation for an Infant Who Died Before Birth“ (copyright 1989). I am so proud of the results of my children’s long-ago question!
I was divorced for 20 years (and after an annulment) before marrying my wonderful husband Kevin Scannell in June, 2008 and we live in St. Louis, Mo. Together, we are blessed with 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
In 2009, I lost my beautiful 30 year old daughter Marie to suicide and in 2012, Kevin and I lost our 6 year old grandson Noah to a rare autoimmune disease called HLH.