Ministry wives today face both joys and challenges as they navigate their calling. Jani Ortlund has served alongside her husband Ray for over 40 years. Like trusted friends, they will take your calls and gently remind us of the high calling you have, even if you feel like you are swimming against the tide.
Jani Ortlund is a well-known writer and conference speaker. She is the wife of Ray Ortlund Jr., who is an author, former seminary professor and pastor, and president at Renewal Ministries.
Jani, a former school teacher, holds a master’s degree in education and serves as the executive vice-president at Renewal Ministries.
Ray and Jani met at Wheaton College in 1968 and married in 1971. Today they serve Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee – an Acts 29 church. Ray also serves on the Council of The Gospel Coalition and blogs at the Coalition website. Jani speaks to women’s groups around the world. Both are published authors.
Jani and Ray have been married for nearly 50 years. They have four children and fifteen grandchildren.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.
Equipped with Chris Brooks encourages listeners to live to grow spiritually, think Biblically, and live compassionately in a world that desperately needs our Savior. Chris examines all of life through the lens of a Biblical Worldview, equipping believers to live, share and defend their faith in today's rapidly changing culture.