So, what exactly does a "vacation with purpose" mean? At Maranatha, it means worshipful concerts, poignant messages, singing children, challenging Biblical conversations, crafts, tie dye, ice cream...and so much more.
Philip Miller is the 17th senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. Philip holds a B.A in Pre-Seminary Bible from Cedarville University (’04) and a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership and New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary (’10). His wife, Krista, also holds a B.A. from Cedarville University and a Th.M. degree from DTS. They have four children: Claire, Violet, Cora, and Jude. Philip enjoys cycling, Garrett’s Caramel Crisp popcorn, Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza, and craft root beer.
Joe Stowell served as president of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, for 13 years. An internationally recognized conference speaker, Stowell has filmed Christian historical documentaries, written numerous devotionals for Our Daily Bread, and authored several books—including The Trouble with Jesus, Simply Jesus and You, and Redefining Leadership: Character-Driven Habits of Effective Leaders. He formerly served as the president of Moody Bible Institute and as a pastor in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.
DOOR International's mission is bringing God’s Word and reproducing Christian fellowship
to the Deaf world-wide.
Pastor Brian Smith and Associate Professor Elizabeth Smith, MA, LCPC have been married for 32 years and have been in pastoral ministry their entire married life. Pastor Brian loves teaching and preaching at MBI and his favorite hobby is magic. Elizabeth is MBI’s Program Head for the Children and Family Ministry, a licensed clinical professional counselor and author of God Never Changes But My Family Always Does. Brian and Elizabeth are blessed to have 3 adult children and 2 children-in-laws, all serving God in ministry.
Pastor Bill Mitchell is a third generation Boca Ratonion. Born and raised locally, he graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a B.A. in Bible and Theology and a Masters of Christian Ministry. His heart is truly to reach out to people both locally through compassion ministries and internationally through mission trips to other countries and bring them to the saving grace of Christ, our Savior.
Bill and his wife Elizabeth met at Boca Raton Community Church. They have five wonderful children.
Eric W. Moore is an Assistant Professor in Pastoral Ministries at Moody Theological Seminary–Michigan. Along with his duties at MTS–Michigan, he is the Pastor and Co-founder of Tree of Life Bible Fellowship Church of Southfield, Mich.
He is a graduate of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Dallas Theological Seminary and Western Seminary.
Eric and his wife Marilyn have three children.
Moody exists to equip people with the truth of God’s Word to be maturing followers of Christ who are making disciples around the world.
Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is a professor and dean at Wheaton College where he also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, is the editor-in-chief of Outreach Magazine. He is the Founding Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for Bible story.
Brady serves as the lead teaching pastor of Keystone Community Church in Ada, MI. He is passionate about communicating the story of God in a way that is relevant, engaging and applicable. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Western Theological Seminary, Brady is an avid Wolverine fan, coffee drinker, and home improvement aficionado. He lives in Ada with his amazing wife Sarah Anne, four boys, three cats, one dog and a chicken named Leia.
We exist to ignite a passion for Christ in kids, teens, and families worldwide.
Bryndan Crawford Loritts is the son of Dr. Crawford and Karen Loritts. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he received his master’s degree. He’s been a youth pastor, pastored two churches, and is currently the Teaching and Care Pastor at Shadow Hills Church in Las Vegas Nevada. Bryndan and his wife, Lucretia, have 3 daughters. His aim in life is to faithfully preach the word and serve the purposes of God in his moment in history (Acts 13:36)
Mark Vroegop has been lead pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis for over ten years. He previously served as senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Holland, MI from 1996-2008. He is a contributor to 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me and the author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament. Mark and his wife Sarah are parents of four living children and a stillborn daughter.
Mission Eurasia’s mission is to train, equip, and mobilize Christian leadership throughout Eurasia, who will engage in indigenous evangelism, church-planting, holistic ministries,
and church growth by developing creative and strategic ministries and by facilitating partnerships between nationals and Western Christians
George Murray is a missionary at heart. He and his wife Annette, along with their four children, were engaged in pioneer evangelism and church planting for 13 years in the spiritually needy country of Italy. Following his leadership and experience in the field of missions, he assumed the leadership of Columbia International University (CIU) in Columbia, South Carolina, first as CIU’s president (2000-2007), and then as CIU’s chancellor (2007-2017). Dr. Murray loves good music, reading, hiking, fishing, and playing tennis
Matt Heard is the founder and principal of THRIVE, a teaching, speaking, and coaching ministry that engages people to flourish as human beings to God’s glory in every arena of their life, journey, and culture. He is also the senior pastor of Northland Church in Orlando and Woodman Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs. Matt is the author of Life with a Capital L: Embracing Your God-Given Humanity. He and his wife Arlene have 3 adult sons and 2 daughters-in-law.
YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.
Dr. Mark L. Bailey came to Dallas Theological Seminary in 1985 as a professor in the Bible Exposition department. In 2001, Dr. Bailey was named as the Seminary’s fifth president. After 19 years as president, he transitioned to the role of chancellor in July 2020. For over 40 years, his career passions have been theological education and pastoral ministry. Dr. Bailey and his wife, Barby, have been married over 49 years. They have two married sons and six grandchildren.
Pastor Jamie Rasmussen has been the senior pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church for the past 14 years. With evident gifts in teaching and leadership, Jamie brings a unique combination of well-reasoned research, life experience and authentic application to his teaching. More than all of this however, Jamie loves God and commits every day to helping those around him understand and know God on a deeper level. Jamie and his wife Kim have three adult children.
Haggai International exists to equip and inspire strategically positioned leaders to more
effectively demonstrate and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to prepare others to
do the same.
Dr. David Gibbs, Jr. is the founder and president of Christian Law Association, a nationwide legal ministry dedicated to defending Christian liberty in America. Gibbs & Associates Law Firm represents over 10,000 ministries nationwide. Dr. Gibbs has appealed and argued before 15 different State Supreme Courts in defense of religious liberty. Dr. Gibbs and wife Glorianne have been blessed with four children and eight grandchildren.
Stuart McAllister is an itinerant speaker and writer. Since becoming a Christian in his home country of Scotland in 1977, he has traveled the globe, first smuggling bibles and other Christian resources behind the Iron Curtain. Throughout almost forty five years of ministry, he has spoken to business groups, medical professionals, and government and community leaders. Stuart has been a frequent participant in open forums on university campuses around the world.
Stuart has been a frequent contributor to many publications over the years. He has contributed chapters in the books Beyond Opinion (Thomas Nelson, 2007) and Global Missiology for the 21st Century (World Evangelical Fellowship, 2000). He and his son, Cameron, have co- written a book, Faith That Lasts, which was published in 2021.
He has two grown children and two adorable grandchildren. Stuart and his wife Mary make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alpha Ministries aims to motivate and mobilize nationals spreading the message of Christ
to the unreached people of the world.
Michael Card has recorded over 37 albums, authored over 27 books, hosted a radio program, and written for a wide range of magazines. His primary goal in life is to simply and quietly teach the Bible. In his writing and conference speaking, Michael leads audiences on a spiritual journey through questions and meaningful discussion. He and his wife Susan have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Ron Hutchcraft is a contemporary evangelist, speaker, author, and radio host. As president of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Ron and his team seek to “Bring the lost to the Cross.” Ron is the co-founder of On Eagles' Wings, an outreach and leadership development program for Native American and First Nations young people. With his late wife and ministry partner Karen, they have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
On Eagles’ Wings is a movement of Native American young people bringing hope to their communities through Jesus Christ.
Dr. Gary Chapman is a well-respected family counselor and author of several books including The 5 Love Languages, which has sold more than 12 million copies and is consistently on the New York Times Best Seller list. He hosts two nationally syndicated radio programs. He also serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. He and his wife Karolyn have been married for more than 45 years and have two adult children.
Bill Crowder joined Our Daily Bread Ministries in 2001 after more than 20 years in the pastorate. Bill provides Biblical and theological evaluation of the ministry’s content for their various ministry efforts. He is a contributing writer for the Our Daily Bread devotional and has also authored numerous books as well as serving as a co-host of the "Discover The Word" daily radio program. Bill and his wife Marlene have 5 children and many grandchildren
Maranatha's mission is to provide spiritual renewal in a recreational setting emphasizing Bible teaching and worldwide missions.
Between your kids' morning and evening sessions full of Bible teaching, worship, and games, there are so many activities happening around Maranatha's campus! From swinging down the zip line to swinging on the beach, from building muscle in our exercise room to building friendships over a game of pickleball - we've got something for you.
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Use your free time in the afternoon and after the evening program to explore our campus. From building muscle in our exercise room to building friendships over a game of pickleball, there’s something for everyone.