Meet The Authors


Wayne Jacobsen is a best-selling author (He Loves Me, Finding Church, and co-author/publisher of The Shack). A former pastor, Wayne now hosts, which provides resources for spiritual growth and a podcast at both of which have inspired countless people to a more vibrant faith and a greater understanding of living in the church Jesus is building in the world. For over twenty-five years Wayne’s insight and humor have opened doors around the world whether it means resolving religious-liberty conflicts in public education, helping starving tribes in Kenya build a viable economy, or encouraging people to live more freely in the love and grace of God. He lives in Southern California with Sara, his wife of 44 years, where they both enjoy their adult children and grandchildren.



Arnita Willis Taylor is the founder of EIGHT Leadership Development Group, where she serves and coaches leaders by assisting individuals, teams, and organizations. She is a passionate communicator to enrich and empower others, and because she intentionally places herself in diversified contexts she regularly teaches across racial, denominational, and gender lines. Arnita graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and has a Master of Science in Leadership with a focus in leader development from Walden University. At home in Keller, Texas, she is the wife of 31 years to Michael and the proud and grateful mother of two sons, Evan and Nolan.



Robert L. “Bob” Prater is a former pastor and entertainment developer, as well as a lover of God and a lover of —and advocate for—people. With a background in business, media and ministry, he co-hosts the podcast, A Christian & A Muslim Walk into a Studio alongside American-Muslim leader, Emad Meerza.  Bob spends most of his time ministering among the poor, the LGBTQ community, Muslims, and others who are often marginalized in our culture. Bob and his wife, Danette, have three daughters, three sons-in-law and ten grandchildren and reside in Bakersfield, California.