Tony & Felicity Dale's Bio:
Tony Dale is an incurable entrepreneur, always looking for the next adventure in his walk with the Lord. He and his wife, Felicity, who is also a physician, trained at the world famous St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. After practicing medicine and helping develop a Christian ministry to physicians in the UK, the family moved to the United States in 1987. Tony founded The Karis Group, a business focused on helping the uninsured and underinsured deal with their medical bills. His personal interests include his children and grandchildren, writing, politics, and playing squash. A firm believer in seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, Tony continues to lead his company while also working with house church movements around the world under the auspices of House 2 House Ministries.
Felicity Dale was trained as a physician at Barts Hospital in London, where she and her husband, Tony, pioneered simple church concepts while in medical school and later in the East End of London. Now living in the United States, Felicity and Tony are actively engaged in training church planters. They founded House2House magazine and have authored several books, including their latest from Tyndale, The Rabbit and the Elephant, and others such as Simply Church and the Getting Started manual on planting house churches. Felicity and Tony speak regularly at conferences throughout the world and reside in Austin, Texas.
George Barna was raised and educated on the East Coast before moving to California in the early 1980s. He held executive positions in advertising, public policy, political campaigns, and media/marketing research before beginning his own company, the Barna Research Group (now The Barna Group), in 1984. The firm analyzes American culture and creates resources and experiences designed to facilitate moral and spiritual transformation. Located in Ventura, California, The Barna Group provides primary research as well as developmental resources and analytic diagnostics. The company has served several hundred parachurch ministries and thousands of Christian churches throughout the country. It has also supplied research to for-profit corporations such as the Ford Motor Company, the Walt Disney Company, Visa USA, and Prudential, and has assisted the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army as well.
To date, George has written more than 40 books, predominantly in the areas of leadership, trends, spiritual development, and church health. Included among them are best sellers such as Revolution, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, The Frog in the Kettle, The Power of Vision, and Pagan Christianity? Several of his books have received national awards and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He has also written for numerous periodicals and has published various syndicated reports on topics related to faith and lifestyle. He frequently writes about faith and culture in The Barna Update, a bimonthly research report accessed by hundreds of thousands of people through The Barna Group's Web site (www.barna.org). His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. He has been hailed as "the most quoted person in the Christian church today" and is counted among its most influential leaders. In 2009, George initiated Metaformation, a new organization designed to help people maximize their potential. He is also the founding director in the Strategenius Group, which is engaged in business development and strategic marketing projects. To read George's blog and get more information about his current projects, visit www.georgebarna.com.
Barna is a popular speaker at ministry conferences around the world and has taught at several universities and seminaries. He has served as a pastor of a large multiethnic church, has been involved in several church plants, and currently leads an organic church. He has served on the board of directors of various organizations. After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two master's degrees from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he was awarded the Eagleton Fellowship. He also received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. He lives with his wife and their three daughters in Southern California. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing, reading novels, playing and listening to guitar, relaxing on the beach, visiting bookstores, and eating pizza.
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