Who are we?
Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Clearwater Christian College and her master’s degree in education from Bob Jones University. She is the author of With Daring Faith: A Biography of Amy Carmichael, winner of the C.S. Lewis Award for Outstanding Christian Juvenile Fiction, published by Bob Jones University Press. She has good memories of her years working at Bob Jones University Press, especially meeting her wise and good husband and learning from her excellent mentor, Jan Joss. She also taught for two years at Bob Jones Academy.
An author, editor, and speaker, Rebecca collaborated with pastor Dale Ingraham on the book Tear Down This Wall of Silence: Dealing with Sexual Abuse in Our Churches (an introduction for those who will hear), and with pastor Jeff Crippen on the book Unholy Charade: Unmasking the Domestic Abuser in the Church, as well as authoring the book Untwisting Scriptures that were used to tie you up, gag you, and tangle your mind. Rebecca also serves on the advisory board of Speaking Truth in Love Ministries, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to awakening churches and other ministries to the realities of sexual abuse within our Christian communities and helping them understand how to deal with it.
Rebecca and her husband have four grown children, three of whom are married, and two grandchildren. They host a stream of visitors through their home, which is often filled with happy chaos. You can learn more about Rebecca at her two websites, www.heresthejoy.com and www.hiddenheroesmissionarystories.com.
Kristi, a gal with deep southern roots, developed a love for the international scene as a child when her parents frequently hosted visiting missionaries from places like Pakistan, Africa, and Europe. When her parents eventually became medical missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions, Kristi was a young teen when she traveled with her family to live in Europe and Africa for a few years. When she returned to the States, she chose Bob Jones University as the place to pursue a degree in education with a minor in French. She and her college sweetheart married in 1983, and they served together on faculty/staff at Bob Jones University and Bob Jones Academy until 1995. Kristi and her husband have enjoyed rearing two sons in Greenville, South Carolina.
In 1996, Kristi began pursuing her dream to design and lead one-of-a-kind cultural vacation experiences for clients who are eager to better understand and explore the European scene. Her travel know-how has also come into play on occasion with opportunities to assist in planning and traveling with church mission teams to destinations like Ukraine, Europe, Africa, and Haiti.
Kristi is passionate about listening to and caring for those who are hurting. She regularly enjoys hosting coffee chats, prayer meetings, and celebrations of all kinds.
Though Dale Ingraham has no personal experience with Bob Jones University, he has personal experience with both fundamentalism and abuse. After graduating from Practical Bible Training School (now Davis College), he married Faith, who is an incest survivor from her independent Baptist pastor father. Dale is also an independent Baptist pastor, and the story of his dealing with his father-in-law and his awakening to the massive problem of sexual abuse within Christian ministries is told in his book Tear Down This Wall of Silence: Dealing with Sexual Abuse in Our Churches (an introduction for those who will hear).
Together Dale and Faith founded Speaking Truth in Love Ministries in 2006, a nonprofit ministry dedicated, through conferences, seminars, workshops, and guest pulpit supply, to awakening churches and other ministries to the realities of sexual abuse within our Christian communities and helping them understand how to deal with it.
Dale’s passionate desire is that the wall of silence about abuses in our churches and Christian ministries would be torn down, that we would stop the enabling of abusers, and that abuse survivors would know the love and care of the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He and Faith have five children and four grandchildren. You can learn more about them at their website www.speakingtruthinlove.org.
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Several BJU alumni with a variety of abilities and perspectives are acting as advisors for us in the development of this website and its accompanying Facebook page.