Freedom Connection

Mission: Intimacy, The Contributors

Georgia Shaffer

Georgia Shaffer is an author, professional speaker, a Christian life coach, and a licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania. Her books include: Avoiding the 12 Relationship Mistakes Women Make; 12 Smart Choices for Finding the Right Guy; Taking Out Your Emotional Trash, and A Gift of Mourning Glories: Restoring Your Life After Loss. Coaching the Coach: Life Coaching Stories and Tips for Transforming Lives is a book she compiled and includes the wisdom of 49 Christian coaches including Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

Georgia’s story along with her photos are featured in the film Letters to God: Over twenty five years ago Georgia was given a two percent chance to be alive in 10 years after a recurrence of breast cancer. “At that time my son, Kyle, was only 8 years old,” she said, “which meant I had a two percent chance to see him graduate from high school.”

“Not only did I see Kyle graduate from college but several years ago, when Kyle was 30, I had the joy of dancing with him at his wedding.”

A charter board member of AACC’s International Christian Coaching Association, Georgia is featured on their home page at www.iccaonline.net. As a core part of the teaching staff on AACC’s Professional Life Coaching Training DVD series, she has shared her expertise in other AACC series such as Hope Coaching, Divorce Recovery, Caring for Teens God’s way and Conquering Cancer, which she helped produce.

Georgia is part of the Extraordinary Women Bible Study DVD that companions Julie Clinton’s book Women of Extraordinary Faith (http://www.ewomen.net/faithstudy). Other presenters for this study are Thelma Wells, Jennifer Rothschild, Stormie Omartian, Carol Kent, Michelle Hammond, Linda Mintle, Lysa Terkeurst, and Angela Thomas.

Georgia has also appeared on shows such as The 700 Club, The Sharron and Hermann Show, Decision Today, and Sky Angel’s A Time for Hope and on the DVD “Jesus: Fact or Fiction?” See Georgia on the Jesus DVD.

Georgia speaks frequently at conferences, women’s retreats and singles’ and cancer survivor events helping people identify: “What needs to grow? What needs to go?” in their life. When she isn’t writing, speaking, or coaching, Georgia enjoys spending time with her son’s family and deciding what needs to grow or go in her scenic garden. She resides near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Georgia’s website is at www.georgiashaffer.com

Noel Bouche

As the new president of pureHOPE, Noel's passionate focus is to inspire and equip followers of Jesus to pursue a world free of sexual exploitation and brokenness through personal transformation and community collaboration.

He believes that pureHOPE's unique ministry, which combines the topics of parenting, justice, and recovery and equips individuals to live out a pure life of prayer, understanding, resolve, and engagement, is at the heart of God's will for His people and is the key to turning a culture of exploitation into one of love, purity, and justice.

Along with leading the day-to-day operations of pureHOPE, Noel works to form strategic and collaborative partnerships globally to advance the life-changing message that everyone who hopes in Jesus purifies him or herself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:3). He is convinced this is a revolutionary message for people of all ages, and especially for the next generation. This belief led him to launch the pureJUSTICE college internship in 2009, which embodies pureHOPE's desire to equip the next generation of leaders, through spiritual formation and professional development, to be advocates for the vulnerable and exploited while keeping themselves unstained by the world (James 1:27).

Prior to joining pureHOPE in 2008, he was a litigation attorney and worked in law firms in New York, Washington, DC, and Cincinnati. He received his law degree with honors from The University of Texas School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University, where he quarterbacked the football team.

Noel lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with his wife, Vanessa, and their two daughters.

Heather Zempel

A native Alabamian, Heather Zempel currently leads the discipleship efforts at National Community Church in Washington, DC where she oversees small groups, directs leadership development training, and serves on the weekend teaching team.

Heather followed a circuitous route into full-time ministry. Having obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological engineering from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!), she worked as an environmental engineer and as a policy consultant on energy and environment in the United States Senate before coming on staff at National Community Church. Using her educational background, Heather now can be found exploring environments that foster spiritual growth.

She lives on Capitol Hill where she can be found enjoying theater with her husband Ryan, searching out the best barbeque joints, and nerding out on church history. Heather is the author of Sacred Roads, Community is Messy , and Amazed and Confused . You can read about her ramblings on small group environments and discipling the next generation at heatherzempel.com.

Ryan Sanders

Ryan Sanders is a pastor who lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two children. His career has taken him through journalism, advertising, entrepreneurism, and ministry. His journey has taken him through naiveté, addiction, hubris, isolation, rock bottom, shame, fear, redemption, community, cancer, pain, awakening, and beauty. He blogs at theryansanders.com .

Dan King

Dan King is the President of fistbumpmedia.com, a long-time blogger at bibledude.net,editor for thehighcalling.org , and author of multiple books, including The Unlikely Missionary: From Pew-Warmer to Poverty-Fighter, and Activist Faith: From Him and For Him. He also oversees the Adult Discipleship Ministry for his campus of Bayside Community Church in Sarasota, FL where he lives with his wife Krista and their three kids.

Dave Brown, M.Div, LCSW, CPSAS

Dave works at Crossroads Counseling & Consultation of Tulsa. He received his B.A. from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University – Chicago. Over the last 20+ years, Dave has counseled people with varying issues including anxiety, depression, personality and communication problems, attachment and boundary issues, and sexual abuse and addiction. Dave is a Certified Pastoral Sexual Addiction Specialist (CPSAS), and a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist (CCPS). He counts it an honor to help people to grow and heal emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.

Dan Martin

Dan Martin is the Adult Ministry Pastor at the Chase Oaks Church Fairview campus in Fairview, TX. In addition to his pastoral role, Dan is also a frequent seminar and conference speaker on topics addressing Family, Parenting, Christian Leadership and Technology. He is a regular part of speaking teams for two ministries - pureHOPE and Family Matters. His seminars include: Parenting in a Sexualized Culture, Grace-Based Parenting, Raising Kids in a Digital Age and Christian Leadership in a Sexualized Culture. Dan lives in Lucas, TX and has been married to his wife Kathie for 24 years and they have three college-aged children.

Tammy L. Bunk, BCACLC

Tammy is the President and Executive Director of Freedom Connection. Her passion is to help men and women live in the freedom and abundant life that God has provided for them. This lifestyle comes out of a close, personal relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Tammy is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, has a degree in theology and is a licensed minister. She has also completed training on the treatment of sexual addiction through the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

Along with Tammy’s heart for ministry, she spent over 20 years in the engineering corporate world and has owned her own website design business. She understands the daily challenges that are faced in the corporate world.

Tammy loves to laughs. She knows the healing that can come through joy, laughter, and honest and heartfelt communication. She has a heart for worship and for studying and applying the word of God to the everyday situations of life. Her wisdom helps others to grow in the freedom that comes from knowing God’s truth that leads us to a fully satisfying life in Him.

Tammy resides in Plano, Texas.

More contributors will be added in the weeks ahead!