Lyman Coleman is one of the pioneers of the small group movement. He is a graduate of Baylor University, where he first became involved in small group ministry through the Navigators and Young Life. At New York University, he wrote his first program for small groups, Growth by Groups, which combines the spiritual disciples of the Navigators with the group accountability of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since the 1960s, Lyman has produced many training courses that have trained over 500,000 people in seminars held throughout North America. Lyman is the general editor of the Serendipity New Testament, the Serendipity Bible for Group and Personal Study, and the Serendipity Student Bible.

Steve served as a missionary to Africa from 1981 to 2004. During that time, he lived in the countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Republic of South Africa, and traveled extensively throughout the continent. Steve fulfilled numerous assignments during his stay in Africa: Church planter, District Superintendent, Field Director, Chairman of the board of the Theological College of Central Africa, Regional Church Development Coordinator, Regional Literature Coordinator, and Regional Leadership Development Coordinator. He also had the opportunity to be involved in opening the work of the Church of the Nazarene in the countries of Angola and Sao Tome & Principe.

Steve returned to the United States in 2004 to work at the Nazarene Global Ministries Center in Kansas City, Missouri. His responsibilities included being the Director of World Mission Literature and the International Coordinator of Leadership Development. Even though Steve’s role widened to include other world areas, his heart remained in Africa. Because of his passion and love for Africa, he readily accepted the invitation to work for Heart of Africa, where he served as Director of Development from 2006-2008.

Steve holds a Master of Divinity from the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and an MBA from the University of the Free State in the Republic of South Africa. Steve and his wife, Joanie, have a son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Joanna, and a daughter, Christina.

Norm and Linda Long

Norm and Linda Long live in Greenwood, Indiana, and graduated from Taylor University. As retired elementary school teachers, they now have even more time to focus on missions. Norm and/or Linda have served with groups in New Mexico and Louisiana here in the states, and on missions teams to Peru and Guatemala in South America, England and Scotland in Europe, and most recently with By the Light Ministry in Liberia, Africa. Also, they have served in their home church in leadership and teaching ministries, helping to plant one church along the way. Their two children are married and serving the Lord in Florida and Colorado.

Tim and Susan Philpot

Tim and Susan live in Lexington, Kentucky. Susan is a nurse; Tim is a family court judge. Susan grew up in Congo (DRC), where her parents were missionaries with the Methodist Church. Tim has been a Kentucky state senator and President of Christian Businessmen’s Committees International.