Jim & Cathy Burns


Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: How to Raise Great Teens, Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage.  Jim and his wife, Cathy, along with their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi, live in Southern California.


Cathy Burns is the co-author of Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together. Along with being a mom, wife and Bible study leader, she recently retired from her job as a teacher in a school for “kids who learn differently” in order to help care for her new grandson. Cathy and Jim met the first day in college and married one week after she graduated.

Doug and Cathy Fields


Doug Fields is the senior director of HomeWord Center for Youth and Family. Doug speaks to thousands of leaders, teenagers and parents each year. He’s also the author/co-author of 50+ books including: Fresh Start: an invitation to a loving God; What Matters Most—when “no” is better than “yes”; and, Refuel: an uncomplicated guide to connecting with God. In addition to Doug’s speaking and writing, he also writes a daily blog at www.DownloadYouthMinistry.com and consults for Youth Specialties—a global organization committed to training those who work with teenagers. Doug has been married for 28 years to his wonderful wife Cathy and they live with their 3 children in Southern California. You can read more about him here: www.DougFields.com.


Cathy Fields has been a ministry leader for 20+ years, and she’s served in every role from camp speaker to bus driver. She currently leads a small group of 11th grade girls, mentors young leaders, serves as a premarital counselor, and speaks on issues of marriage, family, and parenting. She has been married to Doug for 28 years and together they have 3 kids adult children.

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Chris is the Pastor of Financial Ministries and Executive Director of PEACE Centers at Saddleback Church. He directs Saddleback’s ministries focusing on biblical financial stewardship, developing and teaching classes and curriculum on topics including Financial Freedom, Estate Planning, Budgeting, and Teaching Your Kids about Money. He also serves as the Chairman of the Christian Stewardship Network, a national network of Stewardship Pastors and leaders who serve in congregations around the country, teaching God’s way of handling finances. Chris has been married to his wife Jen for 25 years, and they live in Southern California along with their two sons.


Jen is a passionate student and teacher of the Bible, finding joy in helping people connect with God through His Word.  Jen directs a women’s Bible study at Saddleback Church where she has served as a ministry leader for 17 years.  In addition to teaching, her roles have included shepherding and equipping women, students and leaders.  Jen and Chris have been married for 25 years and have 2 sons Milton and Byron (ages 18 and 14).


Track and field athlete Bryan Clay is known for his determination, dedicated work ethic, strong faith, and passion for giving back. During his time at Azusa Pacific University, he received 23 All-American honors and helped his team sweep the 2002 NAIA indoor and outdoor track and field titles. His exceptional skill and hard work took him to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where he captured the silver medal, followed by winning the decathlon at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. Clay posted his third U.S. championship at the 2008 Olympic Trials and went on to the Beijing Games, where he won the gold medal and title of World’s Greatest Athlete. For his efforts on and off the track, he has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2008 Jesse Owens Award, the 2009 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award, and the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Born in Austin, Texas, Clay grew up in Kaneohe, Hawaii, before leaving for Azusa Pacific, where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Social Work. He now lives in Glendora, California, with his wife, Sarah, and their three children. Clay is an entrepreneur, a recognized motivational speaker, and works with Azusa Pacific University as a brand ambassador and assistant track coach.


Sarah grew up in Seattle, Washington, where she attended King's, a private Christian school.  After graduating, she attended Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.
At APU, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Master of Arts in Education, going on to pursue a career in teaching.

Following her marriage to Bryan, and the birth of their first child, Sarah was privileged to be able to stay home to care for their growing family.

Bryan shares, "Sarah was a constant source of steadfast strength and peace throughout the stress, uncertainty, heartbreak and joy of three Olympic Games." Bryan's success, on and off the track, and their success as a family was possible because of Sarah's faithful commitment to managing the family and her unconditional love for him regardless of a win or a loss.

Currently, Sarah spends her time keeping up with Bryan's busy schedule, and chasing after their three kids, a dog, a pig, a rabbit, and four chickens. She also runs a home business, and speaks for women's groups in churches around the country.

Sarah and Bryan recently celebrated 12 years of marriage.