Ellen Vaughn is a New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker who has written or co-written 25 books. Former vice president of executive communications for Prison Fellowship, she collaborated with the late Chuck Colson on a number of his seminal works.
She speaks at conferences, often travels to interview Christ-followers in hostile parts of the world, and serves on the board of directors for ICM, the global church developer.
Ellen’s latest book is Becoming Elisabeth Elliot, the authorized biography of the acclaimed missionary and author’s early life; the biography’s second volume will be released in 2023.
Ellen loves coffee, hiking, and staring pensively at the ocean.
Mary Beth Chapman is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Show Hope, a nationally recognized nonprofit in adoption advocacy and orphan care that she and her husband, Steven Curtis Chapman, founded. She is a speaker and a New York Times best-selling author.
Touched and forever transformed by the miracle of adoption in their own family, Mary Beth and Steven founded Show Hope in 2003 with its mission to care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing the barriers to adoption. To date, Show Hope has helped more than 8,200 children—from more than 62 countries, including the U.S.—come home to the love, security, and permanency of a family through its cornerstone Adoption Aid grants program. For nearly 15 years, Show Hope also supported multiple Care Centers in China with an aim to provide care for children with acute medical and special needs—even building, furnishing, and supporting the flagship Care Center, Maria’s Big House of Hope, named in honor of their daughter Maria, who is now with Jesus. In 2020, building upon its Care Centers Legacy, Show Hope launched its Medical Care grants program to financially assist families with medical expenses for their children welcomed home through adoption. Furthermore, Show Hope has helped train and equip more than 100,000 parents, caregivers, church leaders, and professionals in their journeys to care for and serve well the children entrusted to them, and finally, with a focus on the future, Show Hope has engaged and mobilized more than 20,000 students in adoption advocacy and orphan care support work.
College sweethearts who married in 1984, Mary Beth and Steven have six children—three biological children: Emily married to Tanner; Caleb married to Julia; and Will Franklin married to Jillian, and three daughters welcomed home through adoption: Shaohannah Hope, Stevey Joy, and Maria Sue, who is now with Jesus. Their most treasured title is being called “Grammy” and “PopPops” to their six beautiful grandbabies, whom they love spoiling. In the fall of 2020, Mary Beth Chapman launched her online vintage store The Blue Petal, which features specially curated vintage glassware, planters & succulents, handmade candles and more.
Jillian Edwards is a singer-songwriter residing in Nashville, TN with her husband, Will Chapman, drummer for indie rock band Colony House, and their daughter, Willow Faye. Her latest album “Meadow” features music ready-made for rest, solitude and comfort. The new collection of songs lovingly point to healing and hope in the midst of suffering and pain, anchored by a God who brings peace that passes all understanding.