S Michael Craven

Director, Colson Fellows Program

Ever since leaving his career as a corporate CEO in 2001, Michael has been working to equip the Church in America with a robust Christian life and worldview.

In 2007, Michael founded the Center for Christ & Culture where his popular weekly commentaries grew to reach more than a million readers each week through Crosswalk.com, Christianity.com, The Christian Post and numerous other web-based outlets. In 2009, Michael authored his critically-acclaimed book, Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity (NavPress). He also contributed to the 2014 book, Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage by John Stonestreet and Sean McDowell.

Michael has been a featured speaker at many venues including, the University of California at Berkeley, the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, and numerous churches across the country. He served as an adjunct professor at Western Seminary where he taught Cultural Apologetics. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC, and many other national television and radio programs.

Prior to joining The Colson Center, Michael served for five years as the president of BridgeBuilders, an inner-city ministry in South Dallas, where he pioneered a missional strategy for transforming the “culture of poverty,” thereby breaking the cycle of poverty that dominates so many of America’s inner-city communities.

Michael lives in the Dallas area with his wife and three children.

 

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John Stonestreet

President, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview and BreakPoint Radio Host

John Stonestreet serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on  the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served in various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries and was on the biblical studies faculty at Bryan College (TN). John has co-authored four books: A Practical Guide to CultureRestoring All ThingsSame-Sex Marriage, and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN). He and his wife, Sarah, have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO. Connect with John at BreakPoint.org, or follow him on Twitter (@jbstonestreet).

Steve Verleye

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Steve handles strategy implementation, business and operations for the ministry. Prior to the Colson Center, Steve spent 34 years in the technology industry working for Intel Corporation (INTC), Sequent Computer Systems (SQNT), RadiSys Corporation (RSYS) and then as President and CEO of Applied Microsystems (APMC) and Chief Administrative Officer of Coinstar/redbox (CSTR). He studied under Chuck Colson as a member of the Colson Fellows program.
Steve and Marianne have been married since 1977 and have two children and three grandchildren. They live in Austin and are members of Austin Christian Fellowship. He graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Joseph Backholm

Legal Counsel and Director of The Embassy Project

Joseph Backholm is legal counsel and Director of The Embassy at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview where he helps Christians understand and navigate the intersection of faith and culture. He joined the Colson Center after a decade as the President and General Counsel of the Family Policy Institute of Washington in Washington State where he managed educational, legislative, and electoral operations on behalf of life, marriage, religious freedom, and parental rights. He led three ballot initiatives in Washington State on issues related to marriage and gender privacy.  He is passionate about helping Christians be less afraid by helping them see that what God has said about the world is both true and good.  He is a Washington native and Texas resident who loves travel, sports, and whatever his kids are into. Joseph received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from Seattle University. He and his wife Brook, live with their four children in Bedford, TX.

Bill Brown

Senior Fellow of Worldview and Culture and Dean, Colson Fellows Program

Dr. William E. (Bill) Brown is Senior Fellow of Worldview and Culture and directs the Colson Fellows Program (formerly, the Centurions Program). Prior to joining the Colson Center, Bill was President of Cedarville University and Bryan College.

He also serves as the Senior Executive of WorldAPP, an international technology firm with offices in Kiev, London and Boston. As President of Radical Leadership (and his popular web log, Radical Life www.williamebrown.org) he carries a heavy schedule speaking for conferences, universities, churches, and schools. He mentors and consults with leaders in ministry and business and assists colleges, schools and organizations in being more effective and employee-centered.

As a nationally recognized speaker and expert in culture and worldview, Dr.  Brown has authored several books and more than a hundred articles for journals, magazines, encyclopedias, and newspapers.  He is the author of Making Sense of Your Faith, Where Have All the Dreamers Gone? Observations from a Biblical Worldview, and Making Sense of Your World (with Gary Phillips and John Stonestreet), a book used by many colleges and universities as an introductory text to worldview/philosophical thinking. His writings have been quoted in various national newspapers and magazines, including Reader’s Digest and Christianity Today. He is the Executive Producer and teacher of the multiple award-winning DVD series, re:View.

Dr. Brown has a passion for discussing worldviews, and an incredible heart for students.  These two passions have aligned to create the re:View worldview study, focused on teaching students how to discern and engage culture by first knowing truth.

Dr. Brown and his wife, Lynne, have been married since 1976.  They have two children – April and Alex, and four grandchildren.

Brian Brown

Director of Marketing

Brian Brown is director of marketing at the Colson Center, where he handles strategy, infrastructure, and brand management. He oversees a talented team of creative professionals whose goal is to power the movement that is our organization’s goal—millions of interconnected people who are bringing a Christian vision to every area of life.

Since receiving his B.A. in political theory from Princeton, Brian has worked at the Heritage Foundation, at El Pomar Foundation, in local government in Colorado, and as a nonprofit marketing and fundraising consultant. He is a frequent speaker and the author of numerous articles and essays on the Christian imagination, community building, and nonprofit marketing.

In his spare time, since 2013 Brian Brown has served as the founder and director of the Anselm Society, whose mission is a renaissance of the Christian imagination. Brian lives with his wife Christina and their two young children in Colorado, where they mix cocktails, hunt for historic architecture, and see how many people they can squeeze into their house for lively conversation.

Warren Cole Smith

Vice President of Mission Advancement

Vice-President of Advancement, BreakPoint columnist. Warren is growing the Colson Center’s reach and impact by creating partnerships with key Christian leaders and strategic Christian organizations around the country.

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine and has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 20 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

As a journalist, Smith has written thousands of articles on a wide range of topics. He wrote nearly 1000 articles for WORLD Magazine during his tenure there, including cover stories and major features. He has also written for Alaska Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The Savannah Morning News, Sports Afield, Patheos, and The Stream, among many other publications. Smith is also the author, co-author, or editor of more than 10 books. With Dr. Marvin Olasky, he co-wrote Prodigal Press:  Confronting The Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media. His most recent book is a collaboration with Colson Center President John Stonestreet:  Restoring All Things:  God’s Audacious Plan To Change The World Through Everyday People.

Warren hosts the radio program and podcast “Listening In,” an interview program heard by thousands of people each week. He speaks often at churches, conferences, and other Christian and political events. These speeches have included presentations to the Gospel Music Association, the Conservative Political Action Committee, The Heritage Foundation, National Conference on Christian Apologetics, New Canaan Society, Summit Ministries, The World Congress of Families, and the Evangelical Press Association, in addition to hundreds of speeches at local and regional events. He has appeared on C-Span’s BookTV, Fox News, CBS News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR, among other national and international media outlets.