DAVE & JONI BURCHETT
The Burchett’s and the Underwood’s met in a local church while Ed was attending Dallas Theological Seminary in the 80s. Their shared experiences from the Jesus Movement and commitment to relevant Christianity proved the foundation of a sustaining, lifelong friendship. Dave Burchett is a successful television sports director with experiences that include the Olympic Games and professional and collegiate sports. Dave has earned a national Emmy and two local Emmys, and has directed television coverage of Texas Rangers for more than thirty years. He is the author of four books and regularly blogs on DaveBurchett.com, Crosswalk.com, and Facebook at Dave Burchett/Author. He is a passionate messenger of grace. and a creative force of nature. Dave and Joni have three grown sons and four amazing grandchildren. Reach out to Dave here.
LEE ANN JACKSON
Lee Ann has been a long-time leader in the special community Judy Underwood has shepherded, His Alone–the spiritually single women of Church of the Open Door.
Lee Ann started her career in marketing at Focus on the Family. Almost two decades ago she joined Ambassador Advertising’s marketing division where she serves as a marketing and social media specialist. She has represented nationally recognized organizations such as Joni and Friends, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Focus on the Family, and Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). Lee Ann has an invaluable grasp on the worldwide church and the potential impact of social media. Lee Ann is a mom of two grown children and one still at home. As an enthusiastic UCLA grad, Lee Ann insists upon supporting the Bruins. We must admit that our Recentered house is divided when it comes to team loyalties (see Mike Mitchell below)!
MIKE & HEIDI MITCHELL
Like the Underwood’s and the Burchett’s, the Mitchell’s discovered Christ’s love through the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s, marking them with a passion for the local church, discipleship, and hospitality. Ed and Judy first met Mike and Heidi in Bend, Oregon. They quickly became trusted friends and two of the most important people speaking into Ed and Judy’s life, relocating to SoCal.
Mike bring his unique perspective as a successful business person. Mike has 35 years of experience in the Footwear and Apparel industries, most recently as the Senior Sales Director of ASICS America. He’s an avid USC supporter, he played on the National Champion Trojan football team in 1972. Heidi works for DCJA literary agency reading manuscripts, submissions and supporting authors. Mike and Heidi have three sons and five grandchildren.