CHIMENE SHIPLEY DUPLER
Chimene Shipley Dupler is the author of The High Calling of Motherhood. She is the founder and President/CEO of Pink Polka Dot Productions and the Passion4Moms ministry. Chimene is a well-respected speaker and professional on marriage and parenting. She loves the opportunity to help others achieve their goals and work through struggles to make their marriages, parenting, and life experiences fabulous. Passion4Moms, which began in 2011, continues to bless, encourage, and inspire mothers through conferences, speaking engagements, and other events.
Previously, Chimene worked on Capitol Hill in the United States Senate and at foster homes and residential treatment centers as a social worker. Chimene graduated from Baylor University with a B.S. in Child and Family Studies.
Chimene is most proud about being able to live out her passion for marriage and parenting daily, endeavoring to bring God glory as a wife and mother and living life to the fullest. Chimene and her husband currently reside in Washington, DC with their three princesses. Chimene’s greatest passion in life — being a mother!
Rebekah Lyons is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning and You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are. She is a mother of three, wife of one, and dog walker of two living in Nashville. She’s an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new face on the struggles women face as they seek to live a life of meaning. Through emotive writing and speaking, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety, depression, and consumer impulses—challenging women to discover and boldly pursue the calling God has for them. As a self-confessed mess, Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike.
Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah serves as cofounder of Q Ideas, a non-profit that convenes and equips Christians to influence culture. As founder of Q Women, Rebekah's passion is to embolden women to live their unique calling as they thoughtfully engage faith, relationships, and their community. She connects women who are leading in their own right and sees Q Women as a place where everyone belongs and everyone is needed. Her favorite pastime is interacting with readers face-to-face with a discriminating cup of coffee in hand.
Gabe Lyons is the co-author of Good Faith (2016), unChristian (2007) and authored The Next Christians (2010), as a manifesto for how Christians can faithfully lead in a changing culture. He is the founder of Q, a learning community of Christian leaders where they are equipped to engage our cultural moment. Their Q Conference (www.Q2017.com) annually convenes thousands of leaders from all industries while Q Commons, their global event simultaneously unites 140 cities and over 10,000 people on an October evening (www.QCommons.com). Called "sophisticated and orthodox" by The New York Times, Q equips Christians apply their faith to daily life by addressing some of the most difficult and controversial issues of our time. Gabe speaks to over 100,000 people each year on topics of equipping the next generation, cultural issues and research related to the intersection of faith and public life. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Rebekah, and their three children.
Senior Pastor Emeritus, McLean Bible Church
President & Founder, Lon Solomon Ministries
Lon Solomon was born and raised in a Jewish home. While in college, Lon’s life became a relentless search for meaning and purpose and he sought to fill the internal void he felt through a variety of avenues including drugs, alcohol, partying, and religion. But his efforts failed to resolve his inner turmoil, and he decided that suicide was the only reasonable way out. During the spring of 1971, in the midst of this turmoil, Lon met a street evangelist in Chapel Hill who shared Jesus Christ with him. This resulted in Lon’s decision to accept Jesus as his personal Savior and Messiah.
He went on to graduate from Capital Bible Seminary in Old Testament with highest honors in 1975, and subsequently taught Hebrew and Old Testament there until 1980. He then became the senior pastor at McLean Bible Church where he served for over 35 years. He holds an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. In September 2002, Lon was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in his administration as a member of the President’s Committee on Intellectual Disabilities. Lon served two 2-year terms in this capacity. Lon is the author of the book, Brokenness—How God Redeems Pain and Suffering and The 23rd Psalm for the 21st Century.
Lon and his wife, Brenda, have four children and eight grandchildren. Their youngest child, Jill, was born with Dravet Syndrome and mitochondrial disease, and suffers from severe mental retardation and physical disabilities. Jill is 26 years old and lives with Lon and Brenda, where she requires 24/7 care. Jill is the inspiration for Jill’s House (www.jillshouse.org), an overnight respite center in Tysons Corner, VA, for children with disabilities, and Access Ministry, a holistic and multi-programmatic ministry at MBC for children and young adults with disabilities, and their families.
Lon became Senior Pastor Emeritus at McLean Bible Church in September 2017. He is President & Founder at Lon Solomon Ministries, lonsolomonministries.com.
Brenda Solomon was born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland. She received a B.S. in education from Washington Bible College. She and her husband Lon married in 1974 and went on to have four children — James, Justin, Jon and Jill. Brenda became a mother of a child with special needs in 1992 when Jill was born and her life was forever changed. She knows first-hand the struggles families like hers face. This experience led to a desire to increase awareness of the plight of families raising children with special needs and to do something tangible to help. Lon, now Senior Pastor Emeritus, served for 37 ½ years as the Senior Pastor of McLean Bible Church. During that time Brenda and her husband Lon started Access -- the disability ministry at McLean Bible Church -- in 1996. It now serves over 500 families of children with special needs. In addition Lon and Brenda founded “Jill’s House”, which opened in 2010. Jill’s House provides overnight respite care to families raising children with intellectual disabilities in a celebratory and safe environment, tailored to each individual. Most recently, in 2013 Brenda and her husband Lon started A.D.D.P. (Adults with Disabilities Day Program) at McLean Bible Church. This was inspired by their own experience and concern for young adults aging out of the public school system. A.D.D.P. provides community experiences and life skill reinforcement in a faith-based environment for adults with intellectual disabilities over the age of 22. Access, Jill’s House and A.D.D.P. serve as models that are inspiring churches and other faith-based communities around the United States to emulate them. Brenda and her husband Lon still care for Jill at their home in the Washington, D.C. area. Brenda currently sits on the board of Jill’s House and she and Lon enjoy travelling and visiting their 8 grandchildren. In addition, Brenda is a voracious reader and enjoys her bible study and discipling young women.
Jimmy Seibert is the founder and senior pastor of Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas and serves as the president of Antioch Ministries International (AMI) – the church-planting missions organization of the church. With a firm biblical foundation, a pioneering spirit and a commitment to reproducible community, Jimmy’s leadership has guided Antioch, its 100+ national and international church plants and its many affiliated ministries for almost 30 years.
He and his wife, Laura, have been married more than 30 years and have four children, two sons-in-law, and a grandson. Jimmy and Laura co-authored their experience of raising their kids in the book, Parenting Without Regret. He has also authored the story of Antioch called Passion & Purpose.
Blynda’s purpose in life is simple…to know God and to make Him known. She is passionate about teaching from God’s word and it brings her great joy to make the Word of God applicable for people to use in their everyday lives. She believes each one of us is made for greatness and inside every person is unbelievable potential and gifting. It is her passion to help inspire others to understand and fulfill the purpose God has for them. She is energetic, fun and has never met a stranger. She has a love for travel and is a proven thrill-seeker. With a BA degree in Communications from Baylor University, Blynda has years of experience in voice over talent, on camera talent, public relations, speaking and writing. She is currently an on-air host for the Trinity Broadcasting Network and a women’s conference speaker. She has been married for 22 years to the love of her life, Todd, who is the Lead Executive Senior Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. She and Todd have three wonderful, world-changing children Olivia, Harrison and Evelyn.
Alena Pitts is a 14-year-old actress, author and vocalist. As the oldest of four girls, Alena first cut her teeth in acting through making home videos and dramas with her sisters, using their entire home as their recording studio.
The Kendrick Brothers’ WAR ROOM marked Alena’s professional acting debut, with Alena cast in the major supporting role as Danielle Jordan. The movie was a box-office hit in 2015, becoming the 6th highest grossing Christian film in box office history. The film immediately launched Alena headfirst into the spotlight.
Shortly after, Alena started on a new journey and co-authored a three-book fictional series aptly titled, Lena In The Spotlight (Zonderkids, 2017). The books are written with her mother, Wynter Pitts, author and founder of For Girls Like You Magazine.
Though having experienced unbelievable success, Alena’s journey has not come without loss. She tragically and unexpectedly lost her mother on July 24th 2018. Though the pain has left her and her family heartbroken, they are not without hope and are using Wynter’s passing from death to life as an opportunity to share the hope found in Jesus Christ.
Alena remains very grounded and values her relationship with Jesus Christ as her highest priority, followed by her commitment to her family including three sisters, Kaitlyn (11) and twins Camryn and Olivia (9). She and her family reside in Franklin, TN.
Passion4Moms Worship Band
Ben is passionate about worship and music. He is a pastor, worship leader, recording artists, husband and father.
Currently, Ben is the Worship Pastor at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia. He joined the Passion4Moms ministry team in 2013 and since that time has helped with conferences and other events around the United States.
While studying Religion with a Youth Ministry concentration at Liberty University, he began to develop a passion for leading worship. Previously, Ben led worship at McLean Bible Church for over 13 years as worship pastor. Ben recently released his second CD titled A Light Breaks with all original work. Ben is married to his wife Janie and they have 3 daughters. He lives in Washington, DC.
STEPH & DAN CUOMO
Steph and Dan Cuomo joined the Passion4Moms Worship Band in 2015. Steph is a singer/songwriter and has been leading worship since college. She currently leads at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg Virginia and once a month at Fairfax Community Church. Dan is on staff at Cornerstone Chapel as their Creative Worship Director and plays drums on their worship teams. They share a passion for music ministry and have been playing together most of their marriage and have recorded three projects together. Dan and Steph have two energetic boys, Gavin and Ethan.
Born and raised in the metro DC area, singer/songwriter, Joy Hanna, felt called into a music ministry at the early age of eleven when she started writing songs. Joy then began leading worship for her church, recording her original songs and touring. She graduated from Liberty University and served on staff as a worship leader at McLean Bible Church for two years.
After learning about the horrific problem of human trafficking in January 2013, she was compelled to write an album of songs to bring awareness to the issue and offer hope and encouragement to the victims. This album, titled, “Set Free,” released in March 2015 and has been distributed to domestic and global organizations who fight against sex slavery. In addition, Joy shares these songs at human trafficking awareness events and with the residents of local safe homes.
Joy and her husband now live in Houston, Texas where she leads worship, continues to write songs and use her voice to illuminate the liberating truth of God’s Word.