Dr. Arnie Cole
Dr. Arnie Cole, CEO of Back to the Bible and Director of Research and Development for the Center for Bible Engagement (CBE), took an unlikely path to ministry.
"Despite growing up in a Christian home, from ages 20 to 47 I cared more about money and pleasure than people," Cole says. "I was somewhat of a success by our culture's standards, but spiritually lost."
Cole holds bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology and a doctorate in education from Pepperdine University. Prior to joining Back to the Bible, he made a good living as a researcher, having founded and run three successful California-based organizations that specialized in behavioral and social training for people with severe disabilities and violent behaviors, including First Step & Cole Vocational where he revolutionized the treatment of severely disturbed patients in mental health institutions.
In 1997, at the age of 47, Cole was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and told by doctors that if he was lucky, he had three good years left. He retired from the corporate world and devoted himself to his passion--boating.
Soon after, a life-threatening storm off the coast of Alaska changed the course of Cole's life. "At that horrifying time, all I could do was cry out to Jesus, trust that He hadn't given up on me, and then hold on for dear life," he says.
The storm died down, and Cole's life began to change. His doctors gave him a clean bill of health--the Alzheimer's was gone--and he and his wife started going to church and asking what God had in store for them.
Cole joined Back to the Bible in 2002. As a researcher, he participated in groundbreaking work at CBE, the ministry's division addressing Bible illiteracy and engagement. Through CBE, Cole has provided valuable research and evaluation to assist churches and parachurch organizations in re-evaluating their approach to ministry to be more effective and impactful.
Cole is utilizing his research findings to lead Back to the Bible in a new direction. Incorporating emerging technology, the organization has shifted its approach from operating almost exclusively as a radio ministry to offering personalized discipleship through the mobile technology we use every day.
Back to the Bible's innovative, proprietary goTandem product reaches directly into the spiritual lives of lost individuals--particularly young people--and an increasing number of people leaving the Church and transforms them by encouraging daily Bible engagement.
Cole is co-author with Michael Ross of three books: Unstuck: Your Life. God's Design. Real Change. Tempted, Tested, True: A Proven Path to Overcoming Soul-Robbing Choices, and his latest Worry-Free Living: Find Relief from Anxiety and Stress for You and Your Family. Using real-life stories and information gathered from more than 100,000 surveys, all three resources show readers how to thrive spiritually and resist harmful choices through the power of God's Word.
Cole and his wife, Char, live near Lincoln, Nebraska, and operate Still Waters Ranch, an equestrian center that serves as a community outreach.
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Michael Ross is an award-winning journalist and the author, co-author, and collaborator of more than 32 books for Christian families, including the Gold Medallion winner BOOM: A Guy's Guide to Growing Up (Tyndale), a bestselling parenting guide What Your Son Isn't Telling You (Bethany House), and his latest release Worry-Free Living (Authentic). Michael is the former editor of Breakaway, a national magazine for teen guys published by Focus on the Family. Michael oversaw Back to the Bible's book publishing efforts for several years. He and his wife Tiffany have a son Christopher.
Michael studied journalism and art in California. After college, he began his writing career in Los Angeles, where he spent countless hours working with inner-city youth and their families. These experiences sparked in him a heart for disadvantaged teens. In 1990, he co-founded Breakaway (a national magazine for teenage boys). In 2002, he and a team of wilderness guides began taking readers on summer backpacking excursions near Yosemite National Park. And three years later, Michael launched Breakaway's Father-Son Adventures in Colorado. Under the guidance of Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting Co., these backcountry trips were designed to strengthen relationships between dads and their teenage sons.
When Michael isn't writing or speaking to teens and their parents, he and his family love adventure travel. Their most memorable trip is a safari through Zimbabwe by motorcycle (with a bunch of teens, of course), and then by boat down the Zambezi River. The author and his wife and son are currently dreaming up a fiction series that will take young readers deep into African jungles and zigzagging down churning mountain rivers--adventures they will research together!
During Michael's publishing career, he has written and edited thousands of articles and has interviewed hundreds of athletes, musicians, actors, as well as amazing people from all walks of life. Some of his most memorable interviews include: actors Sylvester Stallone and Stephen Baldwin, director Catherine Hardewicke (Twilight, Lords of Dogtown), teen superstars Jonas Brothers, CCM artists Kirk Franklin, Skillet, and Steven Curtis Chapman, country music band Sawyer Brown, Indianapolis Colts' Hunter Smith, and UFC fighter Nathan "Rock" Quarry.
A desire to turn data into information that answers important questions and solves vexing problems fuels Dr. Ovwigho's professional life.
With a B.A. in Psychology (Penn State University) and a Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology (University of Maryland), Pam has used her research, measurement, and analytic skills to tackle a wide variety of issues from public welfare policy to family violence to spiritual growth.
Serving as a research director at the University of Maryland for 15 years, Pam provided state and local policymakers with real data on topics such as whether children whose families leave welfare have a higher risk of abuse. She has been instrumental in providing a state network of domestic violence service providers with key information about who their nationally-recognized Lethality Assessment Program is reaching. A frequent conference speaker, Pam has authored dozens of academic journal articles and white papers.
Several years ago Pam's prayers to use her skills more directly in ministry were answered with a position at to the Center for Bible Engagement (CBE). As CBE's Executive Director, Pam conducts studies on scripture engagement, spiritual growth, and church health. She also assists with developing products to help people grow spiritually. Pam lives in Nebraska with her husband, Ramsome, their four children, and an ever-growing collection of pets.
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