Devotional Booklet Contributors
David is the Hope Media Chief Financial Officer. He is a chartered accountant with a Bachelor in Business and a Bachelor of Christian Studies, an unusual degree for most accountants. David loves the Old Testament and thinks it is a ‘goldmine’ that most Christians don’t delve into. David is married to Kim and has two adult children.
Dwayne Jeffries is Hope Media chief content officer. Dwayne joined Hope Media in 2013 after working on-air and leading on-air teams in commercial media in Australia and Europe. Today he works with Christian media professionals and volunteers in sharing the good news of Jesus through their media ministries. Dwayne is an exasperatingly proud dad of two daughters and constantly apologetic husband to his wife, Bronwyn.
God encounter in 1993 changed everything for Heidi. “One encounter with the living God changed me. My eyes were no longer fixed on myself, or my lack; I had encountered the writer of the words I had read, He was real, and He was for me. I no longer had to squeeze life out of the words in a book, the Word was living, and I had met Him. I was in love, captivated, He would take my breath away. I would run to be alone with Him, run to worship Him, run to just be intimate with Him in the ‘secret place.’” Heidi, with her husband Mark and son Samuel live in Sydney, Australia. She is the author of One – Complete Intimacy with God and holds a BA degree in Ministry. Visit Hope With Heidi for more information.
Time with God presenter John North, director of Ambassadors for Christ Australia, was born in India to Aussie missionary parents, and grew up in the USA. He’s passionate about applying the Bible to daily life.
Kath Henry has a background in nursing — more than 20 years in midwifery, intensive care, educating, researching, lecturing at UTS — and loves seeing people discover there really is a God who truly loves them. She is one of the chaplains with Kairos Outside Ministry, is a Member of International Network of Christian Women in Leadership (Tirzah), and an ambassador for International Justice Mission (IJM). A wife, mum and now ‘granny’, Kath also authored Sam: A Family’s Journey Through a Child’s Chronic Illness and founded Neutropenia Support Australia. Together with her husband, the Henrys have been Senior Pastors at Northridge Vineyard Church for the last two decades.
Laura is the host of Afternoons with Laura Bennett. She is a Masters media graduate, author and film reviewer who is just as comfortable interviewing the biggest stars on the red carpet as she is curled up on the couch in comfy pants. Laura self-published her bestselling book Live Your Dream in 2015, and edits her own online magazine The Connect Press.
Sam Robinson, co-host of Breakfast with Sam and Duncan, is a hubby and a dad to two adorable kids, as well as being a massive Survivor fan. He has the incredible skill of keeping his co-host Duncan’s wild antics in check, while helping keep you up-to-date on essential topics from sports to parenting.
Tania Harris (PhD.Cand, MA.Min, B.Ed, Dip.T, Cert IV TAA) is a pastor, speaker, author and the founder/ presenter of God Conversations, a global ministry that equips people to recognise and respond to God’s voice. With a diverse history as church planter, pastor and lecturer, Tania ministers across the globe to all traditions and age groups and is a popular voice on radio in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Reverend Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best-known community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. Tim is the executive director of Micah Australia and, in this role, he has a strong vision to gather, inspire and empower Australian Christians to share God’s heart for justice. In earlier roles, Tim was national president of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. For 13 years, until October 2016, Tim was chief executive of World Vision Australia, placing the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. He currently serves as chair on the Community Council of Australia, the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce and National Australia Bank’s Social Responsibility Advisory Council. Tim has received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity and in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
In his warm and friendly style, Morning Devotions presenter Chris Witts, a well-loved Salvation Army minister, shares bite-sized messages applying faith to everyday life.
Clare is Hope 103.2’s web journalist with a passion for writing and editing, hearing and telling peoples’ stories, getting out in nature, playing music, and communicating God’s grace, power and love. She worked in newspapers for 20 years before the internet took over the world, and was also producer of Hope’s Open House talk program, where she loved diving deep into ‘life, faith and culture’. You can search the back catalogue of Open House interviews here.
LifeWords presenter, David Reay has been an Anglican clergyman for over 30 years and has served in churches on Norfolk Island, in Belrose and Wahroonga. He is now involved in part-time ministry assisting at various churches in an interim role. He is also involved in writing and presenting Christian material for radio.