Plenary Speakers

Dr. Ravi Zacharias - Apologetics 

Ravi Zacharias is Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). Dr. Zacharias has spoken all over the world for 42 years in universities, notably Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford University. He has addressed world leaders internationally, including the president’s cabinet and and the National Prayer Breakfasts in the seats of multiple governments. He has twice spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations, at the White House, the Pentagon, and The Cannon House. At the invitation of Billy Graham, Dr. Zacharias was a plenary speaker at the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986, and 2000. He is a distinguished lecturer with the Staley Foundation and has appeared on CNN, Fox, and other international broadcasts. His weekly one-minute radio program outlets worldwide. Various broadcasts and his television program are also translated on over 250 outlets in seventeen countries. 


Dr. Zacharias was born in India and immigrated to Canada with his family twenty years later. While pursuing a career in business management, his interest in theology grew. He received his Master of Divinity from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He held the chair of Evangelism and Contemporary Thought at Alliance Theological Seminary. Dr. Zacharias has been honored by the conferring of a Doctor of Laws degree from Asbury College, Kentucky and a Doctor of Sacred Theology from Liberty University, Virginia and others. He is Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University.

He has authored numerous books, including Can Man Live without God and Jesus Among Other Gods which were nominated for and the first awarded for a Gold Medallion. In all, Dr. Zacharias has authored or edited over twenty books. 


RZIM is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Romania, Turkey, Austria, Spain, and South Africa. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta. 


Stephen Kendrick - Pursuing Excellence & Filmmaking

Stephen Kendrick has dedicated his life to serving Jesus Christ and to making Him known around the world. He is a co-writer for the screenplays and books and the producer for the Kendrick Brothers' films.  He has produced Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous with his brother Alex Kendrick and Sherwood Pictures. 

Stephen has spoken to churches, conferences, and seminars around the nation, and has been interviewed by FOX and Friends, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Washington Post, and other media outlets. He is a co-founder and board member of the Fatherhood Commission. He graduated from Kennesaw State University and attended seminary before being ordained into ministry.

Stephen and his wife, Jill, live in Albany, Georgia, where they homeschool their six children. They are active members of Sherwood Church in Albany.

Mark Hamby - Biblical Theology 

Mark Hamby (M.S., M.Div., Th.M., D. Min. cand.) is founder and president of Lamplighter Ministries, which consists of Lamplighter Publishing, Lamplighter Theatre, Lamplighter Guild, Lamplighter Life-Transforming Seminars and Lamplighter Moments Daily Radio Broadcast. He lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife, Debbie. They have been married for 34 years and have three adult children who were homeschooled.


If you have ever heard Mark speak, you know that he loves to tell stories! If you have ever heard him on the radio, you have heard his passion for God and His Word. Interviewed on numerous national programs including Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and Moody Bible Network’s Prime Time America, Mark shares the miracle story of how Lamplighter was birthed and how Lamplighter stories have a redemptive influence around the world. 


What Mark is most passionate about is the Lamplighter Guild—a unique educational model which follows a rare principle of the early Renaissance masters called “Agon.” After discovering this principle in Scripture, Mark combined Renaissance training with Scriptural principles that have proven to motivate others toward the pursuit of Christ-like character and mastery skills. 


Dr. John Lawlor - Biblical Theology

Dr. John Lawlor has taught Biblical Theology since 1970 at several esteemed Seminaries and Universities including Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and Baptist Bible Seminary where Mark Hamby was introduced to his teaching. Dr. Lawlor has spent the last 45 years steeped in the study of Old Testament narrative and the compositional strategy that informs the content, shape and meaning of the books of the Old Testament. His education includes a Ph.D., Drew University, M. Phil., Drew University, Th.M., Grace Theological Seminary, B.D., Grace Theological Seminary, B.A., Cedarville University. While serving as full time pastor and several interim pastorates, he was also involved in Archaeological Research in the Middle East (Jordan) from 1967-2004. 


Currently retired from full-time teaching, Dr. Lawlor has 3 married daughters and 5 grandchildren.


Dramatic Arts

Cathy Sara - Stage Acting, Voice Acting, & Directing

Cathy is a professional actress in the UK, married to a Methodist Minister and is the Deputy CEO and Head of Overseas Development for ‘Talitha’ – a charity that offers arts based therapeutic workshops in the UK and for teenage trafficking victims in India. She won the Carleton Hobbs BBC Radio Award upon leaving Drama School and has enjoyed leading roles such as Lucy Honeychurch in A Room With A View, Lauren Walsh in The Archers and most recently, Phillida Trant in three episodes of Rumpole of the Bailey, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, to be transmitted March 2015. 


For Lamplighter Theatre, Cathy played Mary in The Basket of Flowers, Marietta Gray in Jessica’s Journey and for Focus on the Family, she worked on Oliver Twist, played Martha in The Secret Garden and Nancy in Silas Marner. Her Theatre work embraces Shakespeare through to Stiffy Byng in the musical ByJeeves in London’s West End. On television her roles span from murdering drug addicts to Queen Victoria, Mrs. Drake (the tenant farmer’s wife) in the first two series of Downton Abbey, and opposite Iain Glen as Mrs Mulligan in Breathless (2013). She played Sybil Grey/Peep-Bo in Mike Leigh’s Oscar winning movie Topsy-Turvy and  Mrs. Jerome in The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe (2012). 


Cathy taught at 2012 Guild and is thrilled to be joining the Guild again for another life-changing year!

John Fornof – Story Creation, Writing, & Producing 

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. Lamplighter Theatre is on the verge of reaching a major milestone its history — soon to become a daily radio show. 


John and his team recently launched their newest audio drama with Heirloom Audio — The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. HentyNote: This historic audio drama series was birthed here at the Lamplighter Guild!


As a director, John has had the privilege of working with many great actors including Golden Globe Award-winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), John Rhys Davies (Lord of the Rings), Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings), Skandar Keynes (Chronicles of Narnia), and James Cosmo (Braveheart). 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 2011, 2012, and 2014 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?  

Kathy Buchanan – Story Creation & Writing

Kathy Wierenga Buchanan received a Bachelor's Degree from Taylor University and a Master's in Biblical Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Kathy resides in Colorado Springs where she’s served on staff at Focus on the Family, as a writer and director for Adventures in Odyssey. She also kept a Christian counseling practice. 


Kathy has authored several novels for The Brio Series for teenage girls, including Double Exposure and Croutons for Breakfast. In addition, she’s written a number of devotional books for girls including Want More? Love, and the Guide to Being a Girl series, told from the perspective of Connie Kendall. Clubhouse Magazine features Kathy’s writing in a monthly column, along with occasional features. 


She also writes for the Wildlife Story series.  These audio dramas are written for human trafficking victims and their caretakers—using stories for therapy and healing. 


Kathy has penned many popular shows for Lamplighter Theatre, including Charlie’s ChoiceThe White Gypsy and Teddy’s Button and has taught at the 2013 and 2014 Lamplighter Guilds 

Todd Busteed – Audio Production 

Todd Busteed graduated with honors from Loyola University with a degree in Psychology. Todd's studio, GAP Digital, is committed to top quality audio, applied via innovative methods, to create message solutions for all who have a story to tell.


Since 1980 Todd has worked at his facility creating scores of radio dramas, including programs based on such classic stories as Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, and George Eliot's Silas Marner. He has produced 144 half-hour episodes of the drama series, Left Behind. This series is broadcast on over 700 radio stations. Recently he produced and narrated the NLT One Year Bible audio.


Todd also enjoys announcing sporting events, such as the National Criterium Championship and the Chicago Triathlon. Currently he does much of the sound design for Lamplighter Theatre’s audio dramas.


Allen Hurley - Sound Design & Music Composition 

Allen Hurley has been involved in audio production and sound design since 1984 when he began his career in radio broadcasting. He is the owner/sound designer and video motion designer of The Audio Suite. 


Allen has produced award-winning commercials, radio specials, promos, audio books, as well as audio dramas like Focus on the Family's Adventures in Odyssey and Lamplighter Theatre that have sold and broadcast internationally. More recently he has been editing video and designing Motion Graphics for TV commercials, large plasma displays, stage backdrops, as well as creative church promotion.


John Campbell - Digital 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. 


John has taught Music Composition at the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Guild and is excited to be returning to teach at the fiffth annual Lamplighter Guild this July. 

Visual Arts

Adam Clague - Plein Air Painting 

Comic-book superheroes comprised the bulk of Adam Clague's portfolio until age twelve, when he tested his skills at realistically rendering a grouping of soda cans. This work, entitled "Pop Art," gained Adam his first art award, a "Best of Show" at the Michigan State Fair. Since then, the challenge of accurately capturing visual reality has fueled Adam's passion for art. 


The artist received his training at Pensacola Christian College, where he earned a Masters degree in Fine Arts. While pursuing his degree, Adam taught drawing and painting classes at the college. His own instruction came from master painter Brian Jekel, who gave expert teaching on the skills of representational painting. Today, Adam strives to faithfully depict his subjects while maintaining the intrinsic beauty of his chosen medium. 


Adam credits Christ Jesus his Lord for his skills and for the ability to daily pursue art. He gladly directs all the glory for his work and life back to his Savior, who sacrificed everything for him. 


Learn more about Adam Clague on his website.


Kim Winey - Capturing Moments Through the Lense

Kim Winey is passionate about photography, as demonstrated by her emotive "outside of 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 MagazineSusquehanna 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 fifth year as a Master Teacher as well as the Guild's official photographer.


Joel Jost - The Art of Cinematography & Storytelling

Joel Jost is a filmmaker from southern Alberta, Canada best known for Jostie Flicks, a popular YouTube channel which he runs with his family. He has directed and produced over 80 short films, music videos, commercials, etc. He has also helped shoot several documentaries across the US and was part of a team shooting one in Europe this last May. Joel has taught at the 2013, and 2014 and now the 2015 annual Lamplighter Guild. He has a passion for using the language of film to be a culture changer and bring honor glory to God and make a difference in people's lives.

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