is not an ordinary family. As a kind of hybrid group of professionals,
we have drawn from a wide range of talent and spiritual gifting.
music industry experts, administrators, performers and teachers,
each brings a unique vision and purpose to the table. Together,
we seek a Christ-centered approach to healing, offered in
ways that disarm and entertain, while helping each of us to
rediscover the child God longs for us to become again.
A South Carolina native, Mark Ford is a 12-year veteran of
Nashville’s music industry. Though officially serving
as Communications Director for the 4,000-member Nashville
Songwriters Association International, Mark’s presence
has expanded into other administrative areas such as presenting
the annual 700-guest Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner
Country Music Week, as well as staging 100-plus shows with
450 songwriters during the annual Tin Pan South Songwriters
serves on the Board of Stewards for St. Paul Southern Methodist
Church. Until recently, Mark had served three consecutive
years as chairman and is the only person to do so in the church’s
40-year history. In addition to serving on the church’s
Personnel Committee, Mark has co-chaired St. Paul’s
Strategic Planning Committee and Building Committee. Through
Mark’s leadership, the church has successfully renovated
its sanctuary, built an amphitheatre, conducted a multi-million
dollar capital campaign and is nearing completion on construction
to remodel the church and add facilities for youth, children
Mark is also a
past board member for Camp SummerSong, an effort founded jointly
by the Country Music Foundation, the Girl Scouts and NSAI
to allow inner-city teens to experience the fun of traditional
summer camp combined with the joy of learning to create songs.
A graduate of Clemson
University (B.A. in English, 1985), Mark and his wife, Carol
Ann, have two sons – Daniel and Dawson.
A therapist and author in private practice at Power Life Resources
and Counseling Center in Nashville TN, Mike has over 20 years
of experience in the field of addiction. A Tennessee Licensed
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor and National Certified
Addictions Counselor, Mike is a nationally known lecturer
and workshop presenter. His experience in the field include
Hospital Administrator, Clinical Director, Author, Lecturer,
Consultant, and creator of the Power Life Recovery system
used in churches, community outreach centers, and treatment
facilities. He is also the Southeast regional chairman of
The National Association of Christians in Recovery. Mike’s
books include Power To Choose, Boundary Power, and The Church
as a Healing Community.
Diane is the Safe & Drug-Free Schools Coordinator for
the Williamson County Board of Education in Franklin, Tennessee.
She has been in her present position since 1987, specializing
in the implementation of their student assistance programs
(SAP’s) countywide in
elementary, middle and high schools, a total of 30 sites.
Her district was the recipient of the 2001 Student Assistance
Program of Excellence Award from the National Association
of Student Assistance Professionals. She is a certified teacher,
music therapist, Tennessee Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Counselor and National Certified Addictions Counselor. Dianne
is an experienced regional and national conference presenter.
Timothy Jones leads Episcopal Campus Ministry at Middle Tennessee
State University and is Assistant at St. Paul's Episcopal
Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He graduated from Princeton
Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and
received a second Master's degree from the University of the
South at Sewanee. An ordained minister in the Episcopal Church,
he is the author of several books on the spiritual life, including
The Art of Prayer: A Simple Guide, Awake My Soul, and Nurturing
a Child's Soul. With pollster George Gallup, Jr., he coauthored
The Next American Spirituality. He also travels around the
country leading retreats and workshops. He and his wife, Jill,
have three children.
Graduated from the University of Florida in 1970 with a BS
in Broadcasting. Received Masters of Arts in Religious Education
from Fuller Seminary in 1972 Ordained to the ministry with
the Evangelical Church Alliance in 1972 Served as the Area
Director of Young Life in East Atlanta from 1970-1975 Worked
in sales, sales training and business owner for Massachusetts
Mutual Life Insurance Co. from 1975-1990. Received Charter
Life Underwriter designation in 1984 Currently serving as
Vice President for Christian Leadership Concepts, Inc., a
ministry devoted to equipping men for Christ centered leadership.
Long time member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
in Nashville, TN. Served as Senior Warden on two separate
occasions. Married 32 years to Barbie, 2 grown children, Keri
Perry and Ryan Doyle, 3 grandchildren.