Mr. Ron Luce | President and Founder of Teen Mania Ministries
In 1986 Ron Luce and his wife Katie started Teen Mania Ministries with a dream to raise up young people who would change the world. The ministry has expanded greatly and has become very influential within today’s Christian youth culture.
Ron received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theology from Oral Roberts University and his master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tulsa, along with an honorary doctorate from Jerry Falwell of Liberty University. He is a sought-after speaker who has traveled to more than 60 countries and has made numerous media appearances, such as Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family radio broadcast, CNN, The O’Reilly Factor, ABC Nightline, The 700 Club, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and the Sean Hannity Show. Ron has also written 35 books for teens, youth pastors, and parents and continues to speak at leaders conferences helping parents and pastors understand the plight of today’s youth and showing them how all of us can be part of the solution.
Ron and Katie currently live in Garden Valley, Texas, with their son Cameron. They have two daughters, Hannah and Charity, who recently graduated from college.
Mr. George Babbes, Ph.D. | Professor at Azusa Pacific University
Treasurer of the Board
George Babbes, Ph.D., is a full-time professor at Azusa Pacific University and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic marketing, strategy and planning, and managerial economics. A professor since 1981, Babbes’ professional experience includes consultation and product/brand managing for major corporations such as Procter & Gamble and Oral-B Laboratories. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Christian Business Faculty Association, American Marketing Association, and Association for Consumer Research.
Mrs. Katie Luce
Secretary of the Board
Katie graduated from Oral Roberts University, married Ron Luce, and together they founded Teen Mania Ministries in 1986. They have trained and discipled thousands of teenagers and leaders through Acquire the Fire youth conventions, the Honor Academy internship, and Global Expeditions mission trips. Katie is the author of The Pursuit of Beauty. She is also a conference speaker, and has participated in radio interviews and hosted TBN on various occasions. She has also traveled to more than 40 different countries on missions. She currently serves as the director of the women’s program at the Honor Academy internship.
Dr. Nathan Moody | Los Alamos National Laboratory
Nathan is a technical staff member at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National
Laboratory where he currently serves in key roles on a number of national programs for advanced technologies such as nanostructured materials, THz science, high power lasers and novel micro‐ structures based on high temperature superconductors. He obtained his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2001, 2004, and 2006, respectively, and has received a number of recent awards for his research including the 2008 LANL Distinguished Performance Award and the 2010 DoE Tri‐Lab LDRD best poster award. He served as intern and graduate intern in the Honor Academy from 1997‐1998 and as project director for Global Expedition mission trips from 1999‐2001 in Eastern Europe. He currently resides in northern New Mexico with his wife Daniela and their 2 year old son where they actively serve in local outreach, leading men’s and women’s programs that focus on a sustained, passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ through lifelong contextualized discipleship. Their location in the southern Rocky Mountains enables a purposeful, developing passion for alpine mountaineering as a context for family‐centric outdoor adventure and Christ‐centered fellowship.
Jenn has made her mark on the world by conceptualizing, developing, marketing and producing new diapering products for the baby industry.Her company, Cotton Babies, developed out of a tiny $100 investment; leading the way among natural parenting retailers since 2002.
In 2005, Jenn and husband, Jimmy, created the bumGenius One-Size Reusable Diaper, a product now distributed on five continents. In 2009, Cotton Babies developed and launched the best selling Flip Diapering System, a hybrid diapering system, and Econobum, a budget one-size cloth diaper.
Notable media mentions include Time Magazine, Mothering Magazine, Parents Magazine, Pregnancy Magazine, Consumer Reports, the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Jenn and her husband, Jimmy, have four children.
Steve currently serves as President of Grace International, a fellowship of more than 2,300 churches around the world. Additionally, Steve serves on the executive team of Houston Area Pastors Council, a group of pastors seeking to serve the whole body of Christ in the Greater Houston area as it mobilizes to reach the whole city with the gospel. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for The King’s College and Seminary located in Van Nuys, California and has done leadership training in various settings, in the states and overseas. Steve authored a book titled “The Sharper Edge,” which was published in 2001, and his messages have been broadcast on nation-wide television.
Marcos Witt has been active in ministry for more than 31 years. Marcos has always pioneered new visions. He founded CanZion Producciones in 1987. In 1994 he founded the CanZion Institute and in 2000 he founded Lidere. In 2002 he also founded the Hispanic congregation of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas where he served as pastor for 10 years. Marcos has written ten books and has earned five Latin Grammy Awards. Between 2009 and 2012, more than 3,000,000 people have attended Marcos’s concerts in some of the main venues of Latin America.
Chris Hill is an exemplary leader, speaker, teacher and influencer, who has been devoted to spreading the Word for more than 20 years. His inspirational and prevailing messages of hope redefine the scope and influence of the postmodern Christian pulpit drawing multicultural and multigenerational audiences from around the world. Hill has more than 20 years of experience in ministry and is a former youth and associate pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, the 30,000-member megachurch founded in by T.D. Jakes. In various positions of leadership and service, for more than two decades, Hill has established a proven track record forhelping people to learn how to Discover, Develop, and Deploy their God-given Dreams.
Jack Hayford serves as President of The Kings University (formerly The King’s College and Seminary) in Los Angeles, which he founded in 1997. From 2004 to 2009, he also served as President of The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. He is probably best known, however, as “Pastor Jack,” founding pastor of The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California, where he served as senior pastor for more than three decades. A prolific and best-selling writer, Pastor Hayford is the author (or co-author) of more than 100 books and has composed 600 hymns and choruses, including the internationally known and widely recorded “Majesty.”
Mr. Paul Nelson | Former President, ECFA
Paul Nelson is the former president of the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). ECFA is an accreditation agency for over 1,100 nonprofit Christian organizations that share a common Statement of Faith. Mr. Nelson joined ECFA after serving for nine years as executive vice president and CEO of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit ministry founded by Dr. James Dobson. He has represented Focus on the Family and ECFA as a speaker and instructor in both national and international venues. He has also been recognized many times over for his service to the nonprofit community, and was recipient of The NonProfit Times “Executive of the Year” award in 1996. Mr. Nelson graduated from Adelphi College with a degree in business. He and his wife Elaine reside in Winchester, Virginia.
John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and The John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations.
Since 1962, James Robison has delivered the Gospel to the masses – first, through crusade evangelism and for more than 40 years, via television. God led James into the ministry when he was only 18. James began speaking in churches, and doors quickly opened for him to hold crusades in stadiums and indoor arenas nationwide. More than 20 million people attended those meetings, with more than 2 million decisions for Christ.
The ministry James founded – LIFE Outreach International – now focuses on television and mission outreaches, and more people are coming to Christ in a single year than in his first 20 years of ministry.
Ron Luce is the President and Founder of Teen Mania Ministries. He passionately declares the truth of the Gospel without compromise, challenging teenagers to take a stand for Christ in their schools, communities, and throughout the world.
Raised in a broken home, Ron ran away at the age of 15 and became involved in drug and alcohol abuse. He found Jesus at age 16, and the life-transforming impact of Christ inspired Ron to dedicate his life to reaching young people.
After receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling and psychology, Ron and his wife, Katie, started Teen Mania in 1986. They had nothing more than a hatchback car and a dream to raise up an army of young people who would change the world. The ministry has expanded world-wide and reaches hundreds of thousands each year with the life-transforming message of the gospel.
Ron is a sought-after expert on teen issues and the influence of pop culture. Ron speaks around the world and has authored or co-authored 35 books helping parents and pastors understand the plight of today’s youth, showing them how all of us can be part of the solution.
Recognized as a national voice on teen issues, Ron leads Acquire The Fire conferences speaking face-to-face with 3 million teens over the past 27 years. Through Global Expeditions, he has commissioned 71,800 teen missionaries to take the gospel around the world. And each year, hundreds of young adults spend 12 months in passionate pursuit of the Lord while building leadership skills at the university-accredited internship called the Honor Academy at Teen Mania’s 472-acre campus in Garden Valley, Texas.
Ron has appeared on CNN, Nightline, Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor and in the New York Times, and has also made numerous media appearances on programs such as Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family radio broadcast and The 700 Club.
Ron and Katie live in Garden Valley, Texas and have three adult children, Hannah, Charity, and Cameron.
Ron Luce in the Media
CNN – Teen Christians campaign against pop culture
Fox News – Acquire the Fire: It’s Not Just a Concert, It’s a Lifestyle
Christian Post – ‘Friends With Benefits’ Mirrors Growing Teen Epidemic
Houston Chronicle – Youth organization wants a return to wholesomeness
KLTV News – One Of The Larges Teen Christian Ministries In The Country Started With The Power Of Prayer
The Christian Science Monitor – Extreme devotion
Baptist Press – 23,000 teens sound a battlecry
Christianity Today – San Francisco Christian Youth Rally Draws 25,000
Books by Ron Luce
Battle Cry for a Generation: The Fight To Save America’s Youth
ReCreate: Building A Culture In Your Home Stronger Than The Culture Deceiving Your Kids
Friends without Benefits: What Teens Need to Know About a Great Sex Life
Revolution YM: The Complete Guide to High-Impact Youth Ministry
Connecting with God: A Teen Mania Devotional
10 Challenges of a Worldchanger
“It’s Only a Tattoo” and Other Myths Teens Believe
Extreme Promise Book
Teen to Teen: Advice and Encouragement from Teens for Teens
Live God Loud
Inspire The Fire: Are your kids bored with God and Church?
ReCreate Your World: Find Your Voice, Shape the Culture, Change the World
The Mark of a World Changer: Building Your Life With Character, Not Hype
The Power of One: Stand Up, Be Counted, Make a Difference
Mature Christians Are Boring People… And Other Myths about Maturity in Christ