Phil Callaway is an award-winning author and speaker, known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life. He is the best-selling author of twenty-four books including Laughing Matters, Who Put My Life On Fast Forward? I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. Phil’s writings have been translated into languages like Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English.
Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” Callaway is a popular speaker for corporations, conferences, camps, and marriage retreats. He is a frequent guest on national radio and televi- sion. Phil’s writings have won more than a dozen international awards. His five-part video series The Big Picture is being viewed in 80,000 churches worldwide.
Callaway is editor of Servant magazine, which he helped start in 1989 with the goal of encourag- ing, edifying, and educating readers. A general interest magazine, Servant is now read in more than 100 countries. Phil is a syndicated columnist and has published hundreds of articles in such publications as Marriage Partnership, Focus on the Family, New Man, Christian Parenting Today, Christian Reader, Home Life, Decision, and Faith & Friends.
He lives in Alberta, Canada with Ramona and their three children. Apart from hanging out with his family, one of Phil’s greatest passions is telling stories that help people laugh and learn about the things that matter most.
Steve Geyer learned to do comedy as a way to cope with the trials of an abusive home and painful childhood. He traveled for 20 years performing stand-up comedy. Prior to being saved, he worked as a nightclub entertainer opening for such acts as Sinbad, Billy Crystal, and Ray Romano. Steve also hosted the regional HBO Comic Relief Special in 1990.
Steve became a believer while working on the club circuit and began speaking in churches a few years after his conversion. Since then he has recorded a live video and three comedy albums with Star Song Records and has toured with many Christian artists including 4HIM, Point of Grace, DeGarmo & Key, DCTalk, White Heart, and many others. Steve has been a featured speaker at many Christian festivals including Jesus Northwest, Atlanta Fest, and Texas Alive. He also speaks at Youth Specialties Seminars and corporate conventions.
During the mid 90’s Steve traveled extensively across Canada and began transitioning from being a stand-up comic to a preacher, but he has never forgotten the power of laughter to open the heart. He has served as the Outreach Pastor at Heritage Christian Church since June of 2003. Prior to coming to Heritage, he served as the Senior High Pastor at Belmont Church in Nashville, TN.
Steve and his wife Kathy are the parents of two teenage children and live in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
The guitar has been a passion for Jay Calder for most of his life. He led worship bands for years as a pastor, but it wasn’t until Jay started listening to artists like Michael Hedges, Don Ross, Phil Keaggy and other finger-style guitar virtuosos that he discovered a new creative pallet for his own compositions. A few months after Jay’s first solo guitar CD, “Breakfast With Barnabas” was released, it was nominated at the Canadian Vibe Awards as “Instrumental Album of the Year”. He began performing solo guitar in a variety of venues in southern Ontario where he received “Best Acoustic Artist” at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Jay now travels across Canada playing (and sometimes speaking) at concerts, worship events and church services.
Acclaimed Canadian-born worship leader and singer/songwriter Dan Macaulay, is a six-time GMA Canada Covenant Award nominee, with songs being sung by churches and played on radio around the world; but his passion is simply seeing churches and individual believers grow in worship, in both song and action, as a response to God’s goodness.
As a pastor for 8 years, and having led worship in venues across Canada, the U.S., and internationally for 20 years; Dan now takes his considerable pastoral and worship-leading experience with him on the road serving churches of all shapes and sizes, blessing them, and encouraging them in their worship. With a mix of musical and teaching gifts, Dan believes in serving local pastors, helping them to ‘move the ball forward’ in their vision for growth in worship at their church; meeting churches where they’re at and taking baby steps forward; endeavoring to inspire and deposit something that lasts beyond one weekend visit.