Bob Hoekstra was the founder and Director of Living in Christ Ministries. He was in ministry from 1967 until his homecoming in 2012, including fourteen years in Dallas, Texas and eleven years as pastor of Calvary Chapel Irvine, California. Bob graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree in 1973. The Living in Christ radio program features his teaching on several stations across the country.
David Hocking has been preaching and teaching the Bible for 40 years and is committed to the inspiration and inerrancy of the Word of God. He has pastored churches in Ohio and Southern California, and has been teaching on the radio since 1970. David attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he graduated with a B.A. in Bible, Greek, and Ancient History. After college David attended Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he received his M.Div. degree in Biblical Studies. David also continued graduate studies and received a Doctor of Ministry degree as well as a Ph.D. degree in Biblical Studies and languages. David and his wife Carole have been married since 1962, and have three married children and four grandchildren.
Roger Oakland is the founder of Understand the Times International, a ministry dedicated to building up the faith of Christians and challenging the unsaved. A former biology teacher who adopted and taught the foundational beliefs of evolution, he is now a zealous promoter/defender of biblical creation. Roger Oakland has authored and co-authored numerous books and produced audiotapes, videos, and other publications that have been translated into several different languages worldwide. Over the past twenty years he has lectured at churches, conferences, universities, and educational facilities in over 40 countries with much of his time spent in the former Soviet Union. The scientific topics he presents are incorporated into a biblical worldview consistent with the past, with an understanding of the present, and insight into the future. The goal of Oakland's ministry is twofold: 1) to strengthen the faith of believers and, 2) to challenge evolutionists about the deception in which they believe. His easy-to-understand teaching style communicates to people of all ages and backgrounds. Oakland's classes are always centered on the validity of Scripture with an emphasis on the importance of Christians being active in their faith by communicating this same message to others.
Pastor David Shirley is Director of Calvary Chapel Bible College. Pastor David Shirley served on staff at Calvary Chapel Westminster, in London, England. From 1979-1999 he was Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Fayetteville Christian Schools. David graduated from Columbia International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Education and a Masters of Education from U.S.C. Columbia. He commonly teaches Revelation, History of Redemption, Christian Living, and Greek. He is the Senior Pastor of the campus church, Calvary Chapel Hot Springs.
In 1965, Pastor Chuck Smith began his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Only twenty-five people attended. What began as a small chapel has now grown into a church that seats over 2000 and is filled almost nightly. From the beginning, Pastor Chuck welcomed all, young and old, without judgment, placing his emphasis on the teaching of the Word of God. His simple, yet sound, biblical approach draws 25,000 people weekly.
With a sincere concern for the lost, Pastor Chuck made room in his heart and his home for a generation of hippies and surfers; generating a movement of the Holy Spirit that spread from the West Coast to the East Coast, bringing thousands of young people to Jesus Christ. Included among this generation of new believers were Greg Laurie, Mike MacIntosh, Raul Ries, and Skip Heitzig, as well as hundreds of others who now have ministries of their own.
Ray Stedman was pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California for 40 years until his retirement in 1990. He had preached more than 800 sermons at PBC and authored 28 books. He brought a fresh and vital understanding to the Bible and influenced countless men and women with his ministry, including Chuck Swindoll, who said "Ray Stedman is what I want to be when I grow up." Pastor Stedman went home to the Lord in 1992.
Don Stewart is one of the most successful Christian writers in the United States, having authored or co-authored over twenty books. These include You Be The Judge, The Coming Temple and Ten Reasons To Trust the Bible. Don's writings have also achieved international success. Twenty-four of his titles have been translated into different languages including Chinese, Finnish, Polish, Spanish, German, and Portuguese. Don received his undergraduate degree at Biola University majoring in Bible. He received a masters degree from Talbot Theological Seminary graduating with the highest honors. Don is a member of the national honor society, Kappa Tau Epsilon. Don is also an internationally known apologist, a defender of the historic Christian faith. In his defense of Christianity he has traveled to over thirty countries speaking at colleges, universities, churches, seminars, and retreats. His topics include the evidence for Christianity, the identity of Jesus Christ, the challenge of the cults, and the relationship of the Bible and science.