Founder and Chief Neurotheologian
of Life Model Works
Dr. Jim Wilder (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, and M.A. Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary) has been training leaders and counselors for over 27 years on five continents. He is the author of multiple books with a strong focus on maturing and relationship skills for leaders. His coauthored book Living From the Heart Jesus Gave You has sold over 100,000 copies and is printed in eleven languages. Wilder has published numerous articles and developed four sets of video and relational leadership training called THRIVE. He is the founder and chief neurotheologian of Life Model Works, a nonprofit working at the intersection of brain science and theology that is building contagiously healthy Christian communities through equipping existing networks with the skills to thrive. Dr. Wilder has extensive counseling experience and has served as a guest lecturer at Fuller Seminary, Biola, Talbot Seminary, Point Loma University, Montreat College, Tyndale Seminary and elsewhere.
President, Deeper Walk International
Marcus Warner has served as president of Deeper Walk International since 2006. Marcus earned three degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School – M.Div., Th.M. Old Testament, and D.Min. He has written numerous books and spoken for both ministry and corporate groups across the country and around the world. A Bible teacher at heart, Marcus has taught Old Testament and Theology at the junior high, high school, college, and seminary levels. His passion is taking complex topics and making them practical and accessible for everyone.
President, Thrive Today
For over 20 years Chris has been testing, creating and practicing brain-based solutions to make relationships work. While Chris is highly motivated to develop practical resources, Chris enjoys spending time with Jen and their two sons, Matthew and Andrew. The Coursey’s enthusiastically pass on the skills they missed growing up to their sons.In addition to building joy on the home front, Chris spends most of his time teaching, training, developing materials, fostering relationships, exercising and equipping God’s people to mature, so they live according to their faith and values.Chris is a published author with seven books in print including his latest, Transforming Fellowship: 19 Brain Skills That Build Joyful Community which is now translated into Korean. Chris travels the world equipping couples, ministry leaders, and churches in relational brain skills.Chris earned a B.A. in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University and then started working as a counselor working with children and families with severe trauma. Chris completed his Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from a Messianic Jewish Yeshiva called MBI, or Messianic Bible Institute, out of Virginia. Chris is also an ordained minister.
Author, Pastor, Speaker, Life Model Practitioner.
Michel Hendricks is a pastor, missionary, engineer, inventor and author. He has been teaching and training for over 25 years. He was a pastor of spiritual formation at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado. In addition, he served and trained people in Argentina, Mexico, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. He is married to Claudia and they have three adult children.
Pastor, Author and CEO
of Life Model Works
Michael Sullivant is the CEO of Life Model Works, a church planter, pastor, author and speaker. He has ministered in over 25 countries through over 40 years of public ministry. The first church that Michael planted was in 1974 on the campus of his university, Miami of Ohio, during a student revival. He and his wife, Terri, founded New Hope Community in Kansas City in 2014. Terri is also a professional life coach. He and Terri have raised 5 adult and married children and enjoy a growing number of grandkids. Michael’s latest book is Thinking Biblically About the Life Model. Terri, just recently published her first book, The Divine Invitation - Entering the Dance of Becoming Fully Alive.
Founder, Alive & Well
Margaret began her career in people-helping at age 16 as an aide in a nursing home. Exploratory and adventuresome, her quest for spiritual and emotional wholeness took many twists and turns, from nursing to psychology to alternative medicine and massage therapy.After some years in the New Age movement, Margaret had a personal encounter with the living God. She returned to Christianity, and the Holy Spirit took her through a painful, glorious process of healing. She earned a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and spent 12 years in private practice as a Christian psychotherapist, retiring in the year 2000.Since then she has devoted herself to a ministry of emotional healing and maturation in the context of prayer. Teaching, training, mentoring and consulting, she is committed to the vision of a network of lay and professional people-helpers bringing the care of souls into the local church.
President of Equipping
Ed is a pastoral counselor who has been working with hurting people since 1980. He has a B.A. in Behavioral and Social Sciences and his Master’s Program was at the University of Florida. He was ordained in 1988 and is the director of Equipping Hearts. Ed has worked extensively as a counselor, trainer, and writer. He has worked with substance abusers and their families in diverse settings, including outpatient counseling, jails, transitional housing for homeless addicts, and in all phases of residential treatment. He is a co-creator of Thriving: Recover Your Life Program. He helped develop the Connexus Curriculum authoring the Restarting Workbook and Facilitator’s Guide for Connexus. and co-authoring Belonging. Ed is also the co-author of the book, Joy Starts Here.
Introductory Track Leader
Playwright, Actress, and
Life Model Practitioner
Since her first exposure to Life Model Works, Sanseria Murray has served as a volunteer. A close friend asked her to attend the Annual Conference for LMW in Kansas City in 2016, as a volunteer for the bookstore. Sanseria hadn't read any of the materials nor was she familiar with any of the speakers. She went based on her friend's encouragement and embarked on a great adventure with LMW.Sanseria discovered that the people she met had real joy. They were authentic. She wanted to be a part of the mission of LMW. Over the last three years, Sanseria has continued to volunteer and served as general conference liaison for the 2017 Annual Conference and Transform18.As a theatre teacher, Sanseria impacts her students with LMW principles; She is always glad to be with them. She has also been able to utilize her creative talents to perform in book studies impacting her community through theatre arts.Having implemented the Life Model, and attending Thrive Track One, Sanseria says her relationship with Jesus has transformed into a close, tender relationship she never thought possible. She is thrilled to be on this journey and looking forward to continued transformation.
Introductory Track Leader
Founder, Burning Heart
I am the wife of a handsome soul, and mom of two grown warrior women and their ridiculous-but-sincere puppy brother. Collaborating to create with others, Burning Heart Workshops was borne out of my life-long journey with faith, learning, and leadership. Along the way, I have been shaped by hundreds of conversations with like-minded hearts.Over the last ten years, I have worked in the spiritual formation arena, leading the efforts of the Spiritual Formation Alliance, and completing my Certificate of Christian Spiritual Formation from the Renovare Institute. I've also served as a digital content creator for a new platform that champions organizations transforming lives. I learned a lot about how people learn and engage in our "noisy" world. Once upon a time, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Colorado, Boulder. At my core, I love to gather people and help them pay attention to what God is creatively up to in their lives. In addition to what you'll find here, I currently work as a freelance writer and event developer.
Ed Khouri, Amy Pierson, Margaret Webb, Amy Brown, Barbara Moon, Tom Anthony,
Anne Bierling, Mose and Kathy Dunning, Sanseria Murray, Timothy Johns, Michel
Hendricks and Michael Sullivant