Leslie J. Barner is the senior director of content development for FamilyLife. She is the author of numerous articles and several books and has overseen the development of numerous resources, including The Art of Marriage®, Stepping Up®, and Passport2Identity®. Leslie and her husband, Aubrey, have four grown daughters and a number of grandchildren. They reside in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Janel Breitenstein is an author, freelance writer, speaker, and frequent contributor for FamilyLife. After five and a half years in East Africa, her family of six has returned to Colorado, where they continue to work on behalf of the poor with Engineering Ministries International. Her first book, Permanent Markers: Spiritual Life Skills for Work-in-Progress Families (Harvest House), is planned to release October 2021. You can find her—"The Awkward Mom"—having uncomfortable, important conversations at JanelBreitenstein.com and on Instagram @janelbreit.
Judy Burrows is a writer for FamilyLife and serves on the Global Outreach team with her husband, Jim. Married since 1982, the Burrows have spent much of their time as missionaries in the U.S. and abroad, living nine years in Japan and seven years in China. The Burrows have three adult children and a growing number of amazing grandchildren.
Audrey Castro is the social media manager for FamilyLife. She’s been in the digital and communications space for over 10 years. But her greatest joys are her husband of 7 years and their two rambunctious boys. You can find her creatively finding ways to save money on home décor, clothing and more @centralarkansassaver on Instagram.
Joe and Cindi Ferrini
Joe and Cindi Ferrini have spoken for FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway for over 20 years and have been involved with FamilyLife since 1990. After 41 years, Joe retired from dentistry, and the couple has since written books together and individually. They've spoken nationally on marriage, special needs, and leadership development. Joe and Cindi have grandchildren and 3 grown children living near them in the Cleveland area. They are easily reached at their website and on Facebook.
Bruce Goff is a producer/editor with the FamilyLife® Audio Group. He's worked on Passport2Identity® as well as FamilyLife’s radio programs and podcasts. Before coming to FamilyLife he did production for radio stations near Kingston, New York and Houston, Texas. He and his wife Maria have two daughters.
Leigh Harper married to her high school sweetheart 10 years ago. They have a 6-year-old biological daughter and a 12-year-old daughter they adopted in 2019 through foster care. Leigh has more than a decade of experience in event planning and communications, partnering with organizations like Passion Conferences and Leadercast. Currently she works part-time for her local church in metro Atlanta and writes as a freelancer while raising her family.
Lisa Lakey is a writer and editor for FamilyLife. Before joining the ministry in 2017, she was a freelance writer covering parenting and Southern culture. She and her husband, Josh, have been married since 2004. Lisa and Josh live in Benton, Arkansas, with their two children, Ella and Max.
Sabrina Beasley McDonald
Sabrina Beasley McDonald has been writing about God’s plan for marriage and family for over 19 years. Sabrina is currently working on a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. She is the author of several devotional books, including Write God In Deeper: Journal Your Way to a Richer Faith.
Ben McGuire serves with Cru as an International Sending Coordinator and a Theological Development Coordinator. He received his M.Div. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Ben and his wife Jill live outside Raleigh, North Carolina with their three children Reece, Wyatt and Claire. Find Ben at his blog: A Legacy in Words.
Ashley Mercier has worked for FamilyLife since 2014. A few years ago, she and her husband, Chris, followed God into the world of foster care and adoption, eventually welcoming two forever children, Micah and Chloe. Chris and Ashley have been married since 2013.
James Metsger is a pastor at Christ Point Church in Charlotte, NC, speaker, and author of the devotional book Vast: Experiencing the Inexhaustible Love of God. James has a heart for the local church, a love for people, and a passion for world missions. He is married to sweet Melissa, and together they have three children.
Jim Mitchell is the director of multimedia content at FamilyLife®. He’s written two published works, the Vertical Marriage small group study and You Can Be a Mentor! Jim is a frequent contributing author and joke writer for FamilyLife. He served as a pastor in Texas before relocating to Arkansas with his wife, Lisa, and their two children. Jim also loves crafting hardwood tables and teaching a class called Your Unique Design™, helping people understand their unique, God-given fit in the world.
Carrie Morris is the managing editor of FamilyLife's digital magazine, Help & Hope From FamilyLife. An editor with FamilyLife since 2008, she has assisted with the development of multiple books, Weekend to Remember® conference manual updates, online articles, and devotionals. She is indebted to her mother, a former English teacher who wouldn't let her get away with using poor grammar as a child, for her livelihood. Carrie lives in Northwest Arkansas with her ill-behaved but adorable pup, Millie (Millie Jean when she's in trouble, which is most of the time).
Sherri Oehme is a proofreader and copy editor for FamilyLife. She and her husband, Rob, married in 1989 and owned a printing distributorship in Missouri for 20-plus years. Sherri has always been a “word nerd.” Her love for red pens developed during her years as a homeschool mom. Sherri enjoys reading, cooking, sewing, camping and the outdoors, and making up silly games to play with her grandchildren.
Marilette Sanchez is a full-time missionary with Cru working alongside high school students and families in New York City. College sweethearts and NYC natives, she and her husband, Moses, are FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® speakers known for their transparency and their ability to inject their love of hip hop and pop culture into their discussions of love, sex and marriage. They married in 2011 and homeschool their five young kids. Follow their parenting and homeschooling journey on Instagram at @bigcitybigfamily and Marilette’s musings on womanhood and pop culture at MariletteSanchez.com.
Carlos Santiago is a senior writer for FamilyLife and has written and contributed to numerous articles, e-books, and devotionals. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in pastoral counseling. Carlos and his wife, Tanya, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, with their two children.
Justin Talbert serves as the Student Pastor at Christ Community Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. He received his MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary. Justin and his wife, May, have three Vikings-in-training: Soren (5), Aksel (3), and Isen (2). It’s a quiet, simple life…when the grandparents take the kiddos. You can find him on Instagram: @justinltalbert. And he regularly blogs at getgroundedministries.com.
Karen Turcotte is a local movements guide and writer for FamilyLife. Before joining the ministry in 2016, she taught middle school, led workshops for parents of special needs kids, and served as a private reading specialist and piano instructor. She and her husband, Greg, have been married since 1998. Karen and Greg live in Houston, TX, with their two children, Sara and Daniel.
Ed Uszynski currently serves as Senior Content Strategist for FamilyLife. He and his wife Amy regularly speak at Weekend to Remember conferences and since 1992 have worked in various roles with Athletes in Action, primarily training staff and ministering to college and professional athletes. He has an M.A. and M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. They have four children and live in Xenia, OH. Follow him on Twitter @Uszynski32.
Laura Way serves with FamilyLife as a writer and lives in Orlando, Florida with her high-school-teaching-husband, Aubrey, and their two vibrant young daughters. She and Aubrey lived in East Asia for seven years until relocating last year. She enjoys writing about becoming more fully human while sojourning through different places, seasons of life, and terrains of mental and spiritual health at hopeforthesojourn.com.
Scott Williams and his wife, Ellie, were headed to the remote parts of the world to work with unreached people groups when the Lord redirected them. Since 1995, Scott has been ministering to marriages and families. Since 2004, he's been doing so as a senior writer with FamilyLife's content development team. In 2019, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, but by God’s grace is doing remarkably well and is continuing to write for FamilyLife. Scott and Ellie live in Little Rock, and have seven adult children and three grandchildren.
Emily Youngblood is a wife and mom located in Little Rock, Arkansas. While she is a Registered Dietitian by trade, her true passion is walking alongside new moms battling postpartum depression and helping them to know that they are not alone in their suffering. You can find her on Instagram at @alongcamecove, or on her blog at alongcamecove.com.