Pete James is the creator of Cheeky Pandas and Swell Revolution. Pete is constantly writing songs, stories, scripts, jingles or story boarding the next video resource. He has gathered a top team of freelance music producers, illustrators and videographers, who he works with to create the material.
Award-winning Australian writer, Carol Lefevre, holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide, where she is a Visiting Research Fellow. Carol has published novels, non-fiction, and short stories , and her novella Murmurations (2020) was shortlisted for the Cristina Stead Fiction Prize in the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She is a member of the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, and a recipient of the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Carol lives in Adelaide, South Australia.
Mr David Painting is the editor of Fresh From the Word 2022. A pastor at heart, David has had a number of pastoral roles ranging from those in small rural settings to large urban churches in the UK. He is currently pioneering and co-leading a House Church. Having led the YWAM Relief and Development Discipleship Training school (DTS), he continues to serve YWAM, teaching on DTS’s and is the author of a number of books to support Christian teaching and preaching. Prior to this, he was a YWAM missionary serving Romania shortly after the revolution and working in rural settings across the country. David and his wife Janet have ministered in the Balkans, Northern Europe, North and South America, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Edward Smyth served a brief prison sentence in 2015 at the age of twenty-four. He has since acquired a master’s degree in criminology from Oxford and has built a career in criminal justice. He currently works for the Forward Trust and is researching part-time for a doctorate in theology, focusing on prison chaplaincy, at the University of Durham. He is the author of Doing Time.
Martyn Whittock is the author and co-author of forty-one books (with total sales in excess of 866,000 copies). As well as school history textbooks, these also include trade books aimed at making historical themes accessible to the general reader. His published Lion Books include: Christ the First 2000 Years, When God was King, and The Vikings.
Martyn has taught history at secondary level for thirty-five years. He has been a consultant for the BBC, English Heritage and the National Trust and has written for Medieval History magazine and archaeological journals.
David and Rosemary Harley have served together as missionaries in Europe, Africa and Asia. After ministering in an English parish, they worked among Falasha Jews, one of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in Africa. On return to the UK, they spent fifteen years at All Nations Christian College, UK, where David served as principal for eight years. This was followed by several years with Crosslinks and the World Evangelical Fellowship, serving as mission training consultants. David was subsequently invited to become the General Director of OMF International, which entailed not only leading one of the largest mission agencies in the world, but also travelling extensively throughout East and South East Asia. Together they have amassed a huge amount of experience of how to do mission well and encourage others to do it well too.