Up close and personal:   Ruth Graham and her Friends

Plenary Speakers

Ruth Graham

Speaker and Author
"Transparent" is the word most people use to describe Ruth Graham, Founder and President of Ruth Graham & Friends. As author of “In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart “ she has a heart for those who face life’s difficult challenges and she seeks to minister God’s grace and restoration to those who feel marginalized as well as equip those who want to reach out to the wounded among us.  She has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows including, Good Morning America, The Hour of Power, Focus on the Family and Moody Broadcasting.  Ruth is the 3rd child of Ruth and Billy Graham.  She graduated cum laude in 2000, and worked in publishing for 13 years and has an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Eastern University.  For more information visit:  www.ruthgrahamandfriends.org

Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee

Speaker and Author
"Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee is the founder and President of Turning Point Ministries, Inc (aka Living Free).  He is the author of "Understanding the Times” and several small group Bible studies.  Under his direction and guidance, Turning Point produced Living Free – a high impact video based training series to assist churches in developing Christ centered small groups that help people turn to God and His resources when dealing with life’s problems.

Dr. Lee is the founder and honorary Chairman of Project 714 (now known as National Center for Youth Issues), a chemical prevention/intervention program for schools and he also founded an inner city ministry called Ark Ministries that reached 600-700 young people weekly.  He started Chattanooga Teen Challenge, served as president for three years, and as Nashville Teen Challenge Executive Director during its formative years.

Dr. Lee earned a Master of Divinity Degree and Doctor of Ministry Degree from Luther Rice Seminary.  He is the recipient of the Highland Sertoma Clubs Service to Mankind award.  And, he serves on the Boards of National Center for Youth Issues, Teen Challenge of the Mid-South, The transformation Project and house of Grace, and Ruth Graham & Friends.     Contact for information:  jlee@livingfree.org

Artists and Musicians

Huntley Brown

Guest Musical Artist - Instrumentalist
Huntley’s music is described as inspired, anointed, powerful, and explosive.  His music ministry has taken him all over the world, with TV, radio, and concert appearances.  In the U.S., he has performed from coast to coast, with ministry opportunities at churches of every size and denomination.  He earned the Top Caribbean Gospel Instrumentalist Award for 2005 and 2006 and has recorded many CD’s that cover a wide range of musical styles.  And he is the artist-in-residence for the Total Living Network TV station in Chicago.  For more information visit:  www.huntleybrown.com.

Jason Catron

Guest Musical Artist – Vocalist, Worship Leader
Jason began singing at the age of 2 and, during his formative years, he studied classical and commercial voice with some of the top coaches in the country.  He graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a degree in Music Business.  Since that time, he has worked in the Christian Music Industry and last year finished his first CD, self-titled, “Jason Catron”.  His desire is to lead people into the presence of God through music.  For more information visit:  www.jasoncatron.com



Workshop Speakers, Executive Director

Rev. Steven Wiese

Speaker, Author, Psychologist
Steve is in private practice as a licensed psychologist in Minnesota where he directs the Center for Christian Psychological Services.  He is also an ordained Lutheran Pastor on staff at North Heights Church in Arden Hills, Minnesota where he serves as the Director of the North Heights Counseling Clinic, which is currently staffed by 30 volunteer lay counselors.  He is responsible for their training and supervision.  He has taught and consulted with several other organizations on an occasional basis, including the World Mission Prayer League, the Lay Ministry Training Center, Masters’ Institute, Presbyterian Homes, and Concordia Academy, a Lutheran High School located in St. Paul.  In 1989 he taught the principles of Christian Counseling, in Gothenburg, Sweden and Hamburg Germany, and in 1998 in Uppsala and Lund Sweden.  Steve’s speaking style is laced with humor as he puts it, “He hopes someday to become the man his dog thinks he is”.  Contact Information:  The Center for Christian Psychological Services, St. Paul MN, Phone:  651-633-5290.

Jacqueline Skogg

Speaker, Counselor, Teacher
As a survivor of trauma and abuse, Jacquie’s focus and passion is to restore hope and healing through educating individuals and couples struggling to understand the cause and effects of anger, abuse, and violence in society, or in their own lives.  She is a Counselor & Teacher practicing in the Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN area.  Contact Information: joyjoskog@comcast.net

Linda Mintle

Speaker, Author, Psychologist
Linda Mintle is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice for over 20 years, specializing in marriage and family therapy and food, weight and body image issues.  She helped develop the eating disorders program at Eastern Virginia Medical School, served as consultant and group therapist to the Optifast hospital based program, and developed and ran numerous eating disorder and compulsive overeating groups.  Her own struggle with food and weight issues began when her oldest brother was killed in a plane crash now believed to be caused by a terrorist bomb.  Eating became an emotional way to cope with grief and loss.  Freedom came when she realized the role food played in her life and allowed God to heal those hurting places.  It is her passion to help others find the needed freedom from body and food obsession.  Dr. Linda speaks and writes full time and is also the resident expert for ABC Family’s television show, Living the Life.
  For Contact:  drlindahelps@yahoo.com  or  www.drlindahelps.com


Kim Ketola

Kim Ketola produced and hosted Life Redeemed on KTIS-FM from 2004-2005, featuring stories of healing after abortion and expert teaching from Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, and other prominent pro-life voices.  Life Redeemed™ is a 501c3 organization Ketola founded in 2003 to present post-abortion conferences accredited by the State of Minnesota for continuing education of psychologists, therapists and social workers.  The Workshop has been presented at conferences including “Unlimited Faith” (MN Assemblies of God), “United for Life” (Bethlehem Baptist, Minneapolis, MN), and “Set Apart” (Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN), as well as dozens of churches.  Ketola holds a Bachelor of Science in Ministry from Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN, and trained as a post abortion peer counselor at New Life Family Services in Richfield, MN.  Her thirty years of broadcast hosting experience includes KTIS-AM and the network Faith Radio, hosting the interactive Christian talk show, Along the Way since 2005; as well as WCCO Radio and TV, and KS95. She has published articles in the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, MN Christian Chronicle, and her web site

Aleta Nichols

Aleta was adopted at the age of 3 months.  She began experimenting with drugs and alcohol as a young, rebellious teen-ager, and after her parents were suddenly killed in a plane crash she plunged into deeper and more dangerous pain-numbing behavior.  But God intervened and it changed her life.  Aleta is the current Director of the Living Free Ministry at James River Assembly in Ozark, Missouri.  Living Free is a vibrant program that offers help for any life-controlling issue faced by individuals or family members and extends even to the correctional facilities.  She and her husband, Jerry, are certified instructors with Living Free and are members of the faculty at James River Assembly, where they helped launch an Addiction Recovery Workshop.  Recently, Aleta and Jerry were named recipients of the 2007 Distinguished Ministry Award, which is presented annually to one individual or couple who are selected from 2500 churches.

Don Miles

Dr. Miles has authored a small group curriculum, Understanding Depression, for Christians coping with clinical depression.  He graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA and MA in psychology, and the University of Northern Colorado with an Ed D in counseling.  For twenty years he worked in public mental health systems, serving in Colorado, Georgia, and New York.  After completing seminary, Don was Sr. Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Queens, NY, for 10 years, and from 1991-2000, was Sr. Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Denver, where he remains on a part-time basis.  He also remains active in support group ministry and is a member of the Board of Directors of Living Free Ministries in Chattanooga, TN.

Tal Prince

Tal is the founding pastor of Tapestry of Hope, a unique community of Christ-followers in Birmingham, Alabama.  A popular speaker and creative communicator, Tal has a passion to call followers of Christ to lead lives of transparency and the transformational freedom we have in the Gospel.  At 8 years old, Tal was exposed to pornography.  He developed an addiction to pornography and sex that enslaved him until he was 32.  He had a highly successful ten year career in international business before surrendering to a call to full-time ministry.  He also currently serves as the Director of External Relations for Beeson Divinity School, and has worked with the Billy Graham team during their last 10 years of crusades.  James Talbert Prince, Jr. (Tal) B.B.A. Emory University Business School, M.Div., Beeson Divinity School of Samford University.

Cheryl Torain

Cheryl is a resident of Baltimore, MD and is a widow with two adult daughters.  She is a member of and accountable to Pastor Wayne Cockrell of Genesis Bible Fellowship Church of Baltimore, MD.  And, she currently serves as the Director of the Women’s Ministry Leadership Council.  In October 1972, Cheryl received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior.  She teaches at seminars, retreats, conferences, and workshops, and has an extensive teaching tape ministry.  Cheryl has written a gospel tract entitled “Gods Woman:  His Special Creation”.  She has appeared on various TV and radio stations and she has had opportunities to sing and teach in West Africa, India, and Brazil.  For more information visit:  www.cheryltorain.com.

Tex Reardon


Executive Director
Tex was born in Atlantic City, NJ and graduated with a Bachelor of Administration Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. After his tour of duty in the US Air Force ended he owned and operated a family Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service in St. Augustine, FLorida. After selling that business he moved to West Palm Beach where he was co-owner of a Pharmacy in Palm Beach for 12 years. During that time Tex also served in various capacities in his local church, First Baptist Church West Palm Beach. In 1977 Tex joined the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 1977 where he served for 28 years in many different jobs including Crusade Director, Administrative Director of NACIE, and finally Interim Vice President of Crusades before retiring in 2005.

Tex was ordained as a Deacon in First Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, Florida in 1968 as well as being Ordained to the Gospel Ministry by First Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC in 2005 by the Senior Pastor Dr. Charles Page. Tex came out of retirement in 2006 to work with Ruth Graham as Executive Director of Ruth Graham & Friends in order to further her vision of ministry to the church.

Tex is currently married and lives in Hugo, Minnesota. He has 5 children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.