In 2010, Bill Kemp launched the Not Perfect Yet Publishing independent press mostly as a way to keep his own books in print and available for the workshops he was leading. This move into full-time writing and consulting followed thirty-one years of local church ministry and organizational leadership on the boards of various national and regional nonprofits. At the time he had published nine books relating to congregational health through Discipleship Resources (an agency of the United Methodist Church). He had also coauthored a self-help book, "Going Home," with Diane Kerner Arnett through Kregel Publications.
Diane recently retired from The Bradford Era Newspaper where she worked as a columnist and reporter for since 1978. A hospice volunteer since 1985 and a committed Christian, she is frequently invited to speak about her experience as a two-time cancer survivor. In 1997-98 she authored, “Diane’s Story” series of first-person articles in The Bradford Era newspaper following diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
The Reverend Joe Fort is a fourth generation United Methodist pastor from the Texas Annual Conference. His years of ministry have encompassed a wide variety of settings: associate pastor in Houston, a startup congregation in a blue-collar bedroom community, East Texas county seat church, seventeen years as lead pastor in two different congregations of roughly four thousand members, and district superintendent. He presently serves as the lead pastor at Lakewood United Methodist Church in northwest Houston. He has been married to his spouse Margaret for thirty-five years. They delight in their four grown children and (so far) six grandchildren.
Roger is a retired Elder in the West Ohio Conference the United Methodist Church. He served primarily rural, "Town & Country" churches for 18 years, serving as Director of Meigs UM Cooperative Parish for 5 years, before becoming District Superintendent of Athens District for 7 years and Assistant to the District Superintendent for 10 years. Roger is the former President of United Methodist Rural Advocates, the current Chair of Core Leadership Team for Rural Chaplains Association, a member of the Board of Lay Academy for Rural Church Ministry. He continues to work part time as a church consultant helping with visioning and conflict resolution.