Mitch Temple is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) holding two graduate degrees in Ministry and Marriage and Family Therapy. He has more than 30 years of experience serving in churches, nonprofits, and the family entertainment sector. He has authored or co-authored five marriage and family books. Since 2012, Mitch has served as Executive Director (and Co-founder) of The Fatherhood CoMission. In the past 10 years he has served as a Family and Marketing Consultant for Christian and family films such as FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, WAR ROOM, THE STAR, HACKSAW RIDGE, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, and many more. He is the Associate Producer for the Kendrick Brothers’ SHOW ME THE FATHER. Mitch has been married to Rhonda for 39 years. They have two grown children, who are both married, and four growing grandchildren.
DR. CLARENCE SHULERChairman of the Board
Clarence is the President/CEO of BLR: Building Lasting Relationships. He’s authored ten books. He and Brenda, his wife, conduct marriage, diversity, men’s, women’s, and single seminars internationally. Dr. Chapman and he co-authored the book, Choose Greatness. They speak together at The Five Love Languages and Date Night events. Clarence speaks to youth, college students and singles about friendships, dating, biblical sex, pornography and sexting. He and Brenda won the 2019 Family Life Weekend to Remember Speaker of the Year Award.
DR. JEFFREY SHEARSVice Chair of the Board
Jeffrey Shears is a joint appointed Professor in the Social Work Departments at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University & UNC Greensboro, where he is also the Director of the Joint Masters Social Work Program (JMSW). Dr. Shears earned his BSW and Masters in Education Administration from North Carolina A&T State University and his PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. Dr Shears was a fatherhood research site coordinator with the Early Head Start Research & Evaluation Project Fatherhood Study one of the first large scale research study examining fathering in low-income communities. This focus on fathers has expanded to examining fathering in blended families, intergenerational fathering, and fathers’ impact on daughters. Dr. Shears has an extensive list of academic publications on fathering featured in national and internationally refereed journals.
Brian is the Development Officer of New Life Ministries, a Christian counseling and addiction recovery ministry that offers hope and restoration for people in life’s darkest places. At New Life, he is responsible for business and donor development. He also serves on the board of the Fatherhood CoMission, and on the men’s ministry vision committee for Southeast Christian Church in Parker, Colorado. Brian is Married to Marnie, celebrating anniversary #34 this year (2021) and have 3 adult children.
Brian is Founder and President of Iron Sharpens Iron which has ministered directly to men for 20 years equipping over 600,000 at one-day men’s conferences across the nation. ISI equips church leaders to train men for spiritual leadership in the home, the church and in the community. Brian is a widower who was married for over 30 years to Barb and they have five children who are all following Jesus.
Bill has more than 30 years of executive level leadership experience in operations and business development in both the for profit and not for profit environments. He has worked with Pratt & Whitney, a world leading jet engine manufacturer, served at FamilyLife, a non-profit organization devoted to effectively developing Godly marriages and families and most recently supported the development of a large Dental Service Organization (DSO).
Bill received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and just recently completed a doctoral degree in Business Administration.
Bill and his wife, Tracey returned to their childhood community in Kentucky to care for aging parents in 2014. They have been married since 1986 and have two married adult children and their first grandchild.
A well-loved son of Father God. Stacy’s husband & tennis partner. Father of 4 married sons & Grampa to 5. Shaped by a super-encouraging & mega-leader dad, Jack Kemp. Snuck into the NFL as a free agent from Dartmouth to quarterback for 11 years. Led STRONGER FAMILIES, served at FAMILYLIFE & now at FATHERHOOD CoMission. Wrote Facing The Blitz. Champions fatherhood, manhood & men’s friendship in Christ through MEN HUDDLE. Soul Coach to CEOs at JEFFKEMPTEAM. A skiing, mountain biking & grampa maniac!
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 Kendrick Brothers’ films.
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, with their six children. They are active members of Sherwood Church in Albany.