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Mark's photo copyMARK AMMERMAN was born into an artistic, literary, Christian family. For as long as he can remember, his passion was to put words and pictures together on paper. His earliest published works were cartoons in his father’s small town newspaper. His mother was a published poet. His sister Kris (who edits a roofing industry trade magazine) says “The ink is in the blood.”

Mark is an internationally published author and illustrator whose historical fiction novel Longshot was chosen by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the Top 10 Best Christian Fiction novels of the year 2000.

Mark’s published writing includes history, biography, historical fiction, Bible stories for children, newspaper and magazine journalism, and materials for equipping Christian leaders. He has illustrated books for many of the nation’s largest publishers, and his cartoons have been featured in newspapers, books, and magazines in the United States, South America, and Europe.

Mark enjoys hiking and biking with his wife and children, playing tennis, listening to surf guitar music, writing songs and singing, theological conversation, and reading western novels at bedtime.

Mark and his wife Terri live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where Mark is pastor of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, an historic inner-city congregation which has been serving the city of Lancaster for 170 years. Mark and Terri are foster and adoptive parents with five children of their own and three grandchildren.

You can visit Grace Church online at www.gracesunday.com.

Mike's Pic copyE. MICHAEL RUSTEN grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. God drew him to himself at a Billy Graham crusade when Mike was a junior high boy, and life was never the same.

Mike is an avid Christian historian, theologian (specializing in eschatology and the book of Revelation), and Scholar-in-Residence at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At Bethlehem, Mike is the director of the college’s Degree Completion Program.

Mike has written four books (two with his wife Sharon.) His One Year Christian History for Tyndale House Publishers (a book in which Mark Ammerman was a contributing writer) is a bestseller. Mike has written for Decision, Christian Bookseller, The Bookstore Journal, The Freedom Report, Journal of Psychological Studies, and Minnesota Medicine.

His academic credentials include a B.A. magna cum laude from Princeton University, M.A. from University of Minnesota, M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, Th.M. summa cum laude from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Ph.D. from New York University where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the book of Revelation. Along the way Mike also attended Dallas Theological Seminary and Jerusalem University College.

After finishing his class work at New York University, Mike served as the Assistant Pastor at Calvary Memorial Church in Orono, Minnesota. Then God opened the doors for him to become the owner of Cascade Lodge near Grand Marais, Minnesota, which Mike operated with his father-in-law as a Christian resort. During those years, Mike started Morning Star, a Christian greeting card company. It grew to be listed in the Inc. 500, and Mike was elected to the Board of Directors of the Christian Booksellers Association. After selling the resort and the greeting card company, Mike became involved in electoral politics, serving as the National Coordinator for the Freedom Council, the predecessor of the Christian Coalition. In each presidential election from 1988 to 2000 Mike was on the campaign staff of one of the candidates for president. During that time Mike also served for three and a half years as director of adult education at Church of the Open Door, a church of 6,000 now located in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Mike and Sharon live in Minnetonka, Minnesota. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

For more on Mike’s many insightful thoughts on Revelation and the Bible, visit www.howthebiblefitstogether.org.

TO CONTACT Mark or Mike about their availability for speaking to your group or church, send us an e-mail from the CONTACT page of this website.

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