Dr. Mary Healy
Dr. Mary Healy is professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker on topics related to Scripture, evangelization, healing, and the spiritual life. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Dr. Healy is chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. She serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue. In 2014 Pope Francis appointed her as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
Peter Herbeck is the vice president and director of missions for Renewal Ministries. For more than thirty years, he has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the US, Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Peter is a co-host for the weekly television programs The Choices We Face and Crossing the Goal. He also hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth. He is a frequent conference speaker, has authored When the Spirit Comes in Power and When the Spirit Speaks, and has produced CDs and booklets about discipleship and life in the Spirit. Peter is involved with i.d.9:16, an outreach to Catholic young adults sponsored by Renewal Ministries. Peter and his wife Debbie have four children and 5 grandchildren (with two on the way), and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Joe is the Associate Director for Encounter Ministries. From a young age he has witnessed the supernatural power of God to heal and bring hope to the hopeless. After his own powerful experience of the Father’s love, he has been committed to making Jesus famous. He has been ministering in the Church for over 15 years and has been seeing more and more the fruit of healing, miracles and transformation of lives as he followed the leading of the Spirit. He is passionate about carrying the Father’s heartbeat into every area of life and ministry and growing kingdom culture in the Church. He has served as the former director for St. Paul Evangelization Institute as well as a campus minister, theology teacher, and retreat coordinator for Powers Catholic High School in Flint, Michigan. Previous to that, he has worked in parish and youth ministry in the Diocese of Lansing. Joe earned his BS in Secondary Education and then completed his M.A. in Sacred Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as host of an original television series by SHALOM WORLD and was the Contributing Editor of “Shalom Tidings” magazine, a bi-monthly Catholic publication. Joe facilitates and speaks at youth retreats alongside his wife, Tara who sings and leads worship. Both are happy parents to three awesome kids.
Patrick Brennan is originally from East Lansing, Michigan. In 2012, two years after graduating from law school, he had a life changing encounter with the Holy Spirit that launched him into the adventure of knowing God and following Jesus with his whole heart. Patrick’s passion is to share the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit wherever he goes. Patrick spent three years as a seminarian with the Diocese of Lansing and one year as a member of St. Paul Society of Evangelists. He is now teaching at a Catholic school in Lansing.
Beth has been a part of St. Paul Street Evangelization since 2014 starting as a volunteer evangelist then becoming a team leader and senior missionary. She has a MA in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in the New Evangelization from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Beth is a cradle Catholic whose faith was stirred by the Holy Spirit as her three children were growing up. This brought on a flurry of activity in various Catholic ministries including parish life, pro-life work, campus ministry, and teaching high school theology. Beth has been interviewed on EWTN Television along with Ave Maria and Relevant Radio. She currently resides in Michigan with her husband Tim.
Pete Burak is the Director of i.d.9:16. He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and has a Master’s in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI. Pete is a frequent speaker at numerous youth and young adult events, and he is the Camp Co-Director of Pine Hills Boys Camp. Pete and his wife Cait, have two daughters, Grace and Erin, and two sons, Donovan and Zeke.
Growing up nominally Catholic, Mark began reading and studying the Scriptures as a teenager. This journey into a more mature faith led him to theology studies, discernment of religious life, and diocesan seminary, before he recognized a lay calling in service to the Church’s mission of evangelization. As Vice President of Programs and Director of Theology at St. Paul Evangelization Institute, Mark helps develop and implement many of the institute’s initiatives, including new course materials and other publications. He resides in Sterling Heights, MI with his wife Gayle, and their son.
Adam oversees the development of programs and resources for the St. Paul Evangelization Institute including the Urban Missionary Program, Regional Missionary Program, Leadership Training Institute, and the School of Evangelization. Adam brings the experience the institute has gained through more than 300 street teams in the form of talks and workshops on evangelization, healing, and hospitality. After converting to Catholicism from biblical fundamentalism in 2005, Adam obtained a BA in Theology and Catechetics and an MA in Theology in Christian Ministry from Franciscan University. Adam has been featured on EWTN Television and Radio, Catholic Answers Live, the Radio Maria Network, the National Catholic Register, as well as in several other Catholic news publications. He resides in Michigan with his wife and seven children.
Bob Wilson is a life long Metro Detroiter. He grew up Catholic but didn’t start living his faith until 2007. Struggles with panic and anxiety led him to seek the peace that only Jesus can give. He’s been evangelizing ever since. He first started evangelizing with St Paul Street Evangelization in 2012. He’s evangelized at parish functions, college campuses, sporting events, parks, downtown areas, and libraries. He’s also the team leader for the Archdiocese of Detroit Festival team. He has co-led several Basic Evangelization Training events, gives a ’10 Ways to be an Amazing Evangelist’ talk, and trains Sacred Heart Seminary seminarians how to evangelize college students. He worked in the shipping business for over 22 years before joining our staff.
Pat Flynn is a writer and Catholic revert with a background in economics and philosophy. Pat is the author of six books, most recently How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything, a faith-inspired book for entrepreneurs on the power of “skill-stacking.” Pat also co-authored Paleo Workouts for Dummies and Fast Diets for Dummies with Dr. Kellyanne Petrucci. Currently, Pat hosts the podcast The Pat Flynn show, creates kettlebell-based fitness content for his website ChroniclesOfStrength.com, and contributes regularly for Catholic websites such as Word on Fire. Pat is married to Christine (a Catholic convert herself!) and together they have four children: Roan, Meara, Isla, and Maren.
Carlos Bersabe is a Catholic “re-vert,” husband, father, and currently serves in the United States Air Force. He holds a graduate degree from Holy Apostles in Catholic Moral Theology. When not engaged in overtly faith-filled activities, Carlos and his family enjoy God’s creation through hunting, fishing, camping, and anything outdoors.
Dr. John Bergsma
Dr. John Bergsma is a Full Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Steubenville, Ohio. He served as a protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001 while pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls, graduating with high honors in 2004.
Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world. He is a regular guest on The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News. He is writer, producer and host of the 10-part video/DVD series The Footprints of God: the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land and surrounding countries. Steve and his wife Janet and are certified guides to the Holy Land and lead pilgrimages throughout the Middle East and Rome. He and Janet live in Michigan. They have four children and ten grandchildren.
Marcus Benedict Peter was born in 1988 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Born into a Catholic family, he spent many years as a militant atheist before encountering a life-changing conversion experience on May 20, 2008, an experience he affectionately remembers as the day Jesus saved his life. Today, Marcus serves as the President and Director of Biblical Theology with the St. Peter Institute.
Fr. Patrick Gonyeau
Fr. Patrick Gonyeau is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit who currently serves as the parish administrator at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Detroit. He also serves as an Associate with Encounter Ministries, teaching at the Encounter School of Ministry Main Campus in Brighton, MI and presenting at various Encounter Ministries events nationally and internationally. Once an agnostic, alcoholic, and suicidal young man, Fr. Patrick experienced a profound encounter with Jesus that led to a life-changing conversion and a call to the priesthood. He was ordained on May 18, 2013 and is passionate about teaching, equipping and activating disciples to do the works of Jesus. (Jn 14:12) He loves serving as a Catholic Priest and considers celebrating the sacraments and serving in pastoral ministry and evangelization as some of the greatest graces in his life. His favorite saint is Mother Mary, he’s a big Michigan State Basketball fan, loves being outside and loves loves loves worshipping God.
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” – is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Church today. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him. He travels across the United States and around the world speaking at conferences, workshops, retreats, parish missions, high schools, and young adult events – in short, to everyone who desires to know Jesus intimately and enjoy a deeper personal relationship with Him.