Valerie Bell is the CEO of AWANA Clubs International, a global Children's Ministry that reaches over 3 million kids each week. Valerie visited with Jeff and Jonny in person, in the opulent and luxurious 200churches Podcast studio and world headquarters way up in the northwest corner of Iowa!
Valerie has been involved in Christian ministry and radio for many decades, and her husband Steve is the Executive Vice President of the Willowcreek Association and the architect of the Global Leadership Summit. A member of Willowcreek Community Church, Valerie was nonetheless blown away by the grandeur of the 200churches Studio. :-)
Jeff and Jonny were impacted by Valerie's heart and love for small churches and small church pastors. She shares how the backbone of AWANA is found in the small churches that dot the landscape. Small church input from the bottom up has influenced many advances and improvements in AWANA's curriculum and program.
If you are not familiar with the AWANA Clubs program and materials, check them out at www.awana.org. If you want to know more about Willowcreek's Global Leadership Summit, then check it out too!
More about Steve and Valerie Bell:
STEVE and VALERIE BELL have been married and in ministry together for over 30 years. Steve is currently an executive vice-president of the Willow Creek Association. Valerie travels widely as a conference speaker, making frequent guest appearances on radio and television. Valerie is the author of A Well Tended Soul - Staying Beautiful for the Rest of Your Life, and co-author with her husband of Made to be Loved and Faith-Shaped Kids. Steve and Valerie live in Wheaton, Illinois; they have two grown sons.
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