Pastor Colin Smith - Biblical Theology
Colin Smith is the pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Williamson, New York. His love for the Scriptures and passionate exposition of them is infectious. Pastor Colin places a heavy emphasis on studying the Scriptures in their literal, grammatical, and historical context. The Word of God becomes rich with deeper meaning to the hearers under his skilled teaching.
Mark Hamby - Biblical Theology
Mark Hamby (M.S., M.Div., Th.M., and doctoral candidate) is founder and president of Lamplighter Ministries, which consists of Lamplighter Publishing, Lamplighter Theatre, Lamplighter Guild, Lamplighter Life-Transforming Seminars, Lamplighter Moments Daily Radio Broadcast, and the newly produced broadcast, Fastened Like Nails. Married to his wife Debbie for 38 years, they have devoted themselves to making ready a people prepared for the Lord (Luke 1:17).
If you have ever heard Mark speak at conferences or on the radio, you know that he loves to tell stories that make the truths of the Word of God come alive! Interviewed on numerous national radio programs, Mark shares how Lamplighter was birthed and how Lamplighter books and dramatic audios are having a redemptive influence around the world.
The foundational truths that Mark holds as his true north compass are Proverbs 1:1-10:1; 22:29; Romans 4, 5, and 8; Hebrew 4:2, 5:11-14; and 2 Peter 1:3-10.
Rich Swingle - Actor
Rich Swingle is an award-winning actor who has performed on five continents, 29 nations and in hundreds of venues with his one-man plays and workshops. The dynamic nature of his work can fill as little as ten minutes in a larger presentation or as much as a full week of workshops. He has performed at churches, colleges, retreats, camps, prisons, a military base, theatres from Off-Broadway to The Kennedy Center, film, radio, and CD-ROM. For the Beginners Bible video series, distributed by Sony Wonder, he did 20 roles including Jesus, Adam, and the Serpent. He has performed voice-overs and on-screen roles in several commercials and over 20 film projects. He has performed and/or taught workshops in nearly 50 colleges or universities, including Namseoul University, Korea, Memphis University, and he co-leads a workshop annually at Princeton University. Rich also spoke at the Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action, hosted by the Harvard University chapter of Christian Union.
You might call John Fornof “That Radio Drama Guy.” When he was a kid, he clutched his Panasonic RQ309S cassette tape machine close to his heart, and with his dad’s encouragement, started making his own radio adventures. His dream was to grow up to write and produce radio dramas. Sadly, no one was doing radio dramas anymore. It was sort of like, “Hey, when I grow up, I want to be a telegraph operator!”
Fast forward the tape machine to 1997. John was invited to write for the Adventures in Odyssey radio show — literally, a dream job. Since then, God has opened up opportunities for John to work on nine different audio drama series. He’s written over 130 episodes.
In 2009, he was asked to help launch Lamplighter Theatre with Mark Hamby. The popular program grew to over 1700 radio outlets in 29 countries and is now a daily radio show.
As a director, John has had the privilege of working with many great actors including Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Rudy), Golden Globe Award-winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains, Fireproof), John Rhys Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lord of the Rings), Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings), Skandar Keynes (Chronicles of Narnia), James Cosmo (Braveheart), Tom Baker (Dr. Who), and Anthony Daniels (Star Wars).
John wrote and helped develop the award-winning Ribbits! animated series with creator and former Disney producer Bob Garner. He’s also a published author with Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Focus on the Family, and Tyndale and has won two regional Emmy awards for his television documentaries, along with a number of Telly Awards and Addy Awards.
But his most important creative work: John is dad to three amazing kids, Chris, Robert, and Melissa.
He’s taught at the Lamplighter Guild, the Oregon Christian Writers Conference, the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Academy, and the Christian Worldview Film Festival. He was also Time Person of the Year in 2006.
John is a graduate of the Act One Writing and Executive Program in Hollywood with an eye on the next dream -- film. Short version: John has fun! And who knows where that fast forward button will take him next?
John Campbell - Music Composition
With his impressive roster of high profile projects and clients, and a long list of credits encompassing a great diversity of musical styles spanning over 25 successful years, John Campbell is fulfilling a dream that began at a very young age, beginning with his family’s musical talents.
John studied at Dick Grove Music of Studio City, CA, graduating with degrees in both Composition and Film Scoring. He learned how to ‘paint’ a soundtrack using music instead of colors. After college, John continued to develop his musical talent by arranging and performing with numerous bands and orchestras, including a stint as musical director and keyboardist for singer Debbie Boone. His work with Debbie led him to other notable artists and groups such as Larry Norman, the Maranatha! Praise Band, Michelle Pillar, Chicago, Eddie Van Halen, and Loverboy.
John honed his film and television skills composing music for such Emmy Award television shows as Where on Earth is Carmen San Diego (Fox), and Higglytown Heroes (Disney), as well as scores for films, including A Month of Sundays (DeLaurentiss Entertainment), and A Vow to Cherish (Worldwide Pictures in association with Billy Graham). In addition, he composed the theme and many of the scores for Focus On The Family’s award-winning Adventures in Odyssey series, Radio Theatre productions and Lamplighter Theatre.
Kim Winey - Capturing Moments Through the Lens
Kim Winey is passionate about photography, as demonstrated by her emotive 'outside the box' presentation of God's unfolding gifts. Kim's photojournalist approach produces images that are often described as "magazine style". In 2014, at the start of her fifteenth year in photography, Kim announced her 'retirement' from the wedding photography industry to focus her energy on Bootcamps (photography workshops) and Styled Shoots (themed shoots containing meticulously planned clothing and props, as well as a team of vendors and interns who collaborate to create unique photo experiences). She also continues to thrive on capturing babies, children, high school senior girls & couples, as well as 'Real life. Your life.' sessions (lifestyle/time-capsule sessions). In addition, Kim offers private mentoring, critiquing and in 2013 had her first "live-in-tern." She also continues to dabble in the hobby of food-photography, because once a foodie, always a foodie...
Kim Winey's photos have been featured in ads and articles, in The Knot (Pennsylvania & Delaware edition), Happenings Magazine, Susquehanna Style Magazine, Elizabeth Anne Designs Blog, Fabulously Wed Blog, as well as several other blogs, magazines and newspapers. She has enjoyed teaching photography classes throughout the years and provides private mentoring, both in-person and online. In addition to her photography work, Kim has also volunteered her gifts for Mount Joy Mennonite Church, The Walk for Sienna, The Remembering Zachary Project, Lancaster Mennonite School, and biennially accompanies the LMS Boys Soccer Team to Costa Rica where she documents their missions trip. She is also the school photographer at Summit Christian Academy, where she also volunteers as a teacher's aid in the High School Yearbook Class.
Kim will be returning to the Lamplighter Guild for her seventh year as a Master Teacher as well as the Guild's official photographer.
Visit kimwineyphoto.com to see Kim's magnificent work.
See the Photography page for more information on the course and requirements.
John Fornof – Writing, Producing, & Directing
David Sanborn- Actor
Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the USA (plus countless thousands more on 5 continents) know David M. Sanborn for his portrayals of Jesus Christ in THE MIRACLE, and the title roles in JUDAH BEN-HUR and KING DAVID, off-Broadway. Sanborn recently co-starred in the feature film, THE INVESTIGATOR, and can presently be seen in the Broadway Tour of AMAZING GRACE.
Keith Johns - Fine Art
Keith Martin Johns, a professional artist for over 35 years, was led to Graceville, Florida by a vision that has taken him beyond the normal realm of being simply a regional artist. Even though his Florida Collection of paintings of over 350 images have been a lifetime endeavor to capture the worth, value and expression of the familiar Florida background in which this fourth generation native grew up, his real passion and vision is only just coming to fruition.
When queried, Johns states “This vision was birthed during my tenure in the Tampa Bay area and is now manifesting itself in this small, peaceful town of Graceville.” Simply put, Johns had a vision to train Christian artists to use their artwork in furtherance of The Great Commission. Following years of travel with his wife Linda, as missionaries in Africa, India, China, Indonesia, Europe and the Americas, Johns knew that his calling was “greater than anything that I could imagine for myself.” Through an introduction by a mutual friend to Graceville’s Baptist College of Florida, and meeting President, Dr. Thomas Kinchen, Johns knew that he had found his ultimate purpose.
Johns will be developing the new Fine Art Department at the Baptist College of Florida where he is collaborating with BCF staff of building a program that will not only teach the methods and discipline of classical painting, but also provide the necessary philosophical and theological ground work, manpower, training and financial resources for students to become better equipped artists in society. “The ultimate objective is for those students to be part of creating a collection of the finest and most masterful, realistic works of art attainable that can communicate as passionately as possible, the greatness, goodness and glory of the eternal God, and how He has revealed Himself to mankind through His glorious Son Christ Jesus,” said Johns.
Noah Sanders is a farmer, homesteader, and author in Goodwater, Alabama. He is a passionate follower of Jesus who desires to know Him more and make disciples through his daily life. Together with his wife, Dorothy, and three young sons, Noah runs a small farming operation producing vegetables using all-natural techniques based on the design of God in Creation. They homestead and raise much of their own food.
Noah is the author of Born-Again Dirt, Farming to the Glory of God. In this book he attempts to encourage Christians to think about agriculture from a biblical worldview. He is also involved with Foundations for Farming, a ministry based out of Zimbabwe, Africa, that uses agriculture to make disciples of Jesus and bring hope to the poor. As the US Representative for Foundations for Farming Noah uses his farm as a place to train Christians in agriculture that starts with a heart for Jesus. He has also put on several “Redeeming the Dirt” conferences that included speakers like Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, Chuck Bentley of Crown Financial Ministries, and Brian Oldreive of Foundations for Farming.
Noah desires to see the church equipped to be leaders in faithful stewardship of the land. He believes that agriculture can be a great tool to help make disciples and display the Glory of God to those around us. It is his prayer that God will raise up a generation of ‘born-again’ farmers whose excellence in producing food will enable them to bring hope to the hopeless and introduce people to the author of life Himself.