David and his wife Sally co-founded Truth78 (formerly Children Desiring God) with a strong commitment to casting vision and developing resources for the spiritual development of children in the home and at church. These resources reflect the passion for truth and the theological and doctrinal commitments that has marked the ministry of John Piper who was David and Sally’s pastor and ministry colleague for 33 years. In 2019, after serving as the pastor for next generations at College Park Church in Indianapolis for 5 years, David transitioned to the role of executive director at Truth78 to focus on continuing to spread the vision and equip churches around the world. David and Sally have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum to Teach: My Purpose Will StandFavorite Fighter Verses: One of my favorite passages is Isaiah 46:9-11Favorite Parenting Book: Some of my favorites include Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp and The Disciple Making Parent by Chap Bettis
Sally is a co-founder of Truth78 and has authored curricula and books that are all marked by a passion for developing God-centered resources for the spiritual development of children. For 16 years, Sally served as minister for children at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, under the leadership of John Piper and her husband, David. Sally and David live in Indianapolis where they serve families at College Park Church. They enjoy spending time with their daughter Kristi, daughter Amy and her husband Gary, and three grandchildren.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum to Write and Teach: My Purpose Will StandMain Classroom Role: TeacherFavorite Parenting Book: Instructing a Child's Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp
Jill has taught Sunday school for more than 30 years. Her desire for God-centered, Gospel-focused, biblically rich teaching led her to write children’s and youth curriculum for Truth78. Some titles include: Jesus, What a Savior, The ABCs of God, To Be Like Jesus, and Your Word Is Truth. Jill also develops training seminars, articles, and other resources relating to children’s and youth ministry. She and her husband, Bruce, live in the Minneapolis area and enjoy spending time with their daughter Sarah and her husband Matt, son Jacob and his wife Amanda, and five grandchildren.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum to Write and Teach: Too difficult to choose!Main Classroom Role: TeacherFavorite Fighter Verse: "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."—1 Corinthians 10:31Favorite Parenting Book: The Disciple Making Parent by Chap Bettis
Brian and his wife Cindy were drawn to the vision of Truth78 many years before Brian joined the team. As parents, they wanted to train their five children to know and treasure Jesus as the only one who could satisfy the deepest need of their hearts. At Truth78, they found a vision for this ministry, and resources to equip them to nurture their children's faith. In 2006, the Lord redirected Brian's vocational efforts to join the ministry after a career in IT management. Brian served as the Truth78 executive director for 13 years before transitioning to his current role as director of customer relations and operations. He enjoys teaching children and youth in the classroom and through Backyard Bible Clubs, and he seeks to encourage Bible memorization through the Fighter Verses Program. Brian also enjoys coaching basketball and trail running.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: Teach Me Your Way and Your Word is TruthMain Classroom Role: TeacherFavorite Fighter Verse: Impossible to answer...I could give you a long list
Steve is the director of marketing and resource development, coming in to the role with over 20 years of experience leading communications teams at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Focus on the Family. He loves to lead family discipleship and to tell the Truth78 story. Steve and his wife Candice live in Louisville, KY with their four children.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: To Be Like JesusFavorite Fighter Verse: John 15:5Favorite Parenting Book: Family Vocation by Gene Veith
Gary has served in missions-focused ministry for more than 35 years. He and his wife Kathy served with Baptist Mid-Missions for 24 years. Gary founded the nonprofit ministry Partners in Discipleship International (PDI) in 2008, which led to his current leadership role with Truth78. Gary and Kathy live in Grandville, MI and have three children and twelve grandchildren.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: Jesus, What a Savior!Favorite Fighter Verse: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"—Psalm 27:1-2
Terry came to serve as the director of finance after more than 30 years of experience as a business owner. Over the past 15 years of working in this ministry, he has grown to love the Truth78 vision that is impacting the next generation for Christ.
Favorite Fighter Verse: He did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?—Romans 8:32
Holly, our customer care manager, has over two decades of experience as a Sunday School teacher and classroom team leader. She has served preschool and elementary students and families in both large and small churches. Holly has a special heart for equipping smaller churches for effective children's ministry.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: In the Beginning...JesusMain Classroom Roles: Teacher & Classroom Team LeaderFavorite Parenting Book: Making Brothers and Sisters Friends: How to Fight the Good Fight at Home by Sarah, Stephen & Grace Mally
Lori is a partner relations specialist and loves working with donors, customers, and translators. She has served in children’s ministry as a small group leader, worship leader, preschool teacher, and as an administrator for family discipleship ministry. Lori is blessed to have two amazing daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law, and five adorable grandchildren.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: He Has Spoken By His SonMain Classroom Role: Teacher & Worship LeaderFavorite Parenting Book: My Grandmother Is...Praying for Me: Daily Prayers and Proverbs for Character Development in Grandchildren by Susan Kelton, Pamela Ferriss, and Kathryn March
Suzy is a customer care specialist with over 10 years of experience in children's ministry administration. She loves to partner with churches and individuals to teach the next generation to set their hope in God through curriculum and other resources. Suzy and her husband Matt live in Minnesota with their cat.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: Jesus, What a Savior!Favorite Fighter Verse: Isaiah 40:30-31Favorite Children's Book: God's Great Plan by Melissa Cutrera
Sherri serves in the role of executive assistant, joining the team after years of homeschooling her children, teaching writing and biblical worldview classes, and working in children's ministry at a local church. Her desire is to use the gifts and resources God has given her in administration, communication, and organization to help further the vision and mission of Truth78. Sherri and her husband, Ryan, live in Carmel, IN and have an adult son and three daughters.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: Rejoicing in God's Good DesignFavorite Fighter Verse: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."—Joshua 1:9Favorite Children's Books: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Péne du Bois and A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden for fun; Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce A. Ware for discipleship
Karen has been the manager for resource development since 2004. She has the great joy and privilege of helping our authors and other writers within the ministry bring their work from rough draft to publication. Karen and her husband Tim live in Minnesota with two sweet little dogs.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: In the Beginning...JesusFavorite Fighter Verse: Titus 3:4-6Favorite Children's Book: The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R.C. Sproul
Nicole is an illustrator and graphic designer who has been illustrating for children’s literature and educational resources since graduating from art school in 2013. She has always had a passion for children’s ministry and was beyond excited when God’s path lead her to partner with Truth78. Nicole lives in Winnipeg, Canada, with her husband, Girish, and their cat, Paska.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: The ABCs of GodFavorite Fighter Verse: Galatians 6:9-10Favorite Children's Book: The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung, illustrated by Don Clark
Betty is the volunteer manager of the Fighter Verses blog at Truth78. Together with her experience in Fighter Verses ministry, she has 18 years experience in discipleship of children using Truth78 curriculum. She and her husband Rick have two married sons, four precious grandchildren, and a German Shepherd named Sunny.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: To Be Like JesusMain Classroom Role: TeacherFavorite Fighter Verse: Galatians 2:20
Gary is a theological editor who loves the rich theological tradition of the past. He received his Ph.D in Church History and Historical Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to this he was a pastor in Newfoundland, Canada. He now resides in Colorado with his wife and three kids, where he is an assistant professor of history at Colorado Christian University.
Favorite Fighter Verse: Isaiah 41:10Favorite Children's Book: My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Deb serves as vice-chair of the Truth78 board and is a homeschooling mom who has been active in children's ministry of over 15 years as a team leader, small group leader, and Backyard Bible Club host. She and her husband Mike are blessed with 7 children and 2 grandchildren. Deb is a former pharmaceutical financial analyst, founded a homeschool academy, and speaks to groups about God's faithfulness during her family's battle with pediatric cancer.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: My Purpose Will StandFavorite Fighter Verse: Isaiah 43:1-3Favorite Parenting Book: Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd and Margy TrippFavorite Children's Book: The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
John serves as a Truth78 board member and has a passion for providing families with Gospel tools that will equip them to joyfully parent for the glory of God. John resides in Minneapolis with his wife Lorinda and their 10 children. He is a professor in the business college at the University of Northwestern St. Paul. Prior to that, he held a variety of senior marketing positions over a 24 year period with various companies including SC Johnson & Sons, Pepsi/YUM Brands, and Lifetouch.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: The ABCs of GodFavorite Fighter Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9b
Ron currently serves as the family discipleship and men's ministry pastor at the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa, Ontario and previously served for over 17 years as the Children's Ministry Pastor. Ron and his wife Ann have been married since 1978 and God has blessed them with 10 children (six biological and four adopted) as well as eight grandchildren. He loves to see parents understanding their high and holy calling to raise a godly generation. Ron's desire is to see the next generation be stronger spiritually than the present generation.
Favorite Truth78 Curriculum: The ABCs of GodFavorite Fighter Verse: Psalm 121:1-2Favorite Parenting Book: The Disciple-Making Parent by Chap Bettis