April Diaz is one of the leading voices in ministry and leadership in the States. She’s a Youth Ministry Associate at the Slingshot Group, passionately connecting remarkable churches and youth workers through staffing searches and coaching. April has participated in Fuller Youth Institute’s Advisory Council since their formation. She’s the Director of Coaching for The Youth Cartel, coaching youth workers all over the country through their Youth Ministry Coaching Program (YMCP). April became a certified coach through the Center for Advanced Coaching. April is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. They’ve been together over half their lives and he’s still her favorite person. After a deep calling into international adoption and excruciating infertility journey, they became parents. In January 2011 they became a “forever family” when they brought home the most beautiful Ethiopians, Judah and Addise. In a total miracle, fifteen months late they welcomed bio son, Asher, into the world. [Read more…]
Joan McClendon is the Associate Director for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at St. Mary’s College near Notre Dame University. She is actively involved in both the Downtown South Bend and YWCA board. She also is an author and speaker. She owned her own business for seven years and was an adjunct instructor for Bethel College for over three years. Joan has been married for 24 years and has two college-aged children. She holds a B.A. in Natural Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Ministry and Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Bethel College. She is the co-author of LIFE ON THE FRINGE and is married to her college sweetheart, Cary, and they have two children, Joshua and Moriah.