Meet Our Speakers
SHANE & LEIGH BLACK
Shane and Leigh Black have been serving with Life Action since 2011. Prior to that, they ran a chiropractic practice together, and Shane also served as an itinerant preacher. They are passionate to see God interrupt the lives of His people and do a deep, transformational work in their lives. They live in Niles, Michigan, with their children: Grace (Joshua) Beam, Lindsey, Margaret, Ema, Claire, and Joshua.
JEREMIAH & STEPHANIE CANFIELD
Jeremiah and Stephanie Canfield have five children and live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They planted a church together in 2013. Jeremiah has been in ministry for over 20 years and will finish his doctorate in 2023. His passion is to help families live in a gospel-centered way by understanding the teachings of the Word of God.
STEVE & DEBBY CANFIELD
Steve and Debby Canfield met in the ’70s as single team members traveling on our road teams, and they never left. Their five sons and one daughter were raised with them on the road, and although their children are grown, Steve and Debby continue to travel. They have faithfully ministered to hundreds of team members, pastors, and churches across America with a constant heart cry to see God bring revival to this nation.
JIMMY & LORI HERDKLOTZ
Jimmy and Lori Herdklotz met on our road teams over 30 years ago. They have since served together on the road, at Life Action Camp, on the road again, and now at our headquarters in Niles, Michigan, forever impacting many hearts and lives with God’s truth and good coffee wherever they go. Jimmy and Lori have raised four boys, mentored hundreds of team members, and now have two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters to dote on.
MARK & DORIS HURLBUT
Mark and Doris Hurlbut have been married for 33 years and have six children and seven grandchildren. They served as pastor and wife for 18 years prior to joining Life Action, where Mark now serves as Director of Pastoral Relations. They have taught and led hundreds of couples in marriage classes and conferences both in the United States and in several foreign countries. Coming to faith together as adults soon after being married drives their passion to see marriages and families with Christ as their foundation.
GARRETT & AMANDA LEE
Garrett and Amanda Lee have been married since 2006. They've spent the last five years leading Life Action’s Silver Team, discipling young adults, and teaching on marriage and family. They have a passion for learning to follow Jesus in a context of relationships and hospitality.
ALEX & ASHLYN LEE
Alex and Ashlyn Lee joined Life Action to help strategically and intentionally grow our level of effectiveness and impact. Alex is directly involved with the build-out of the university programming and in the area of worship and creative arts ministry-wide. He and Ashlyn have served alongside each other in churches both “mini” and mega and have been leading worship together for well over a decade. Throughout high school, Bible college, a journey in church planting, and the ultimate ministry of parenting two littles (Lucy – 5, Xander – 1), Alex and Ashlyn’s heart has remained the same: inviting people to experience God’s life by experiencing His love!
JOHN & DONNA AVANT
John and Donna Avant have been married for 40 years and have three married children and six grandchildren. Dr. Avant serves as the President of Life Action, and he and Donna have committed their lives to communicating God’s Word so that others may know how to say yes to Him. They do most of this through speaking engagements, mentoring, writing books, blogs, and community ministry. Their heart is for individuals and the church to experience a mighty move of God in revival and spiritual awakening.
DAN & MELISSA JARVIS
Dan and Melissa Jarvis serve as revival communicators for Life Action, inspiring people to put their lives into action with Christ. Together they parent ten children at their home in Michigan, six of whom they adopted through foster care. Dan also serves as pastor of Berrien Center Bible Church and as a leadership team member of Operation Saturation, a group aiming to complete the Great Commission in South Asia by 2040. Melissa coaches parents across America who are facing challenging family situations, and loves mentoring teen and college-age girls. Whenever possible, the Jarvises join Life Action’s road teams to help lead conferences and encourage families.
BRENT & SHANNON SHOALMIRE
Brent and Shannon Shoalmire have been married for 26 years and have four children: Lauren (18), Lydia (16), Luke (14), and Lacey (11). They have been in vocational ministry for 30 years; for 20 of those years, Brent served as lead pastor in Louisiana. This is their second year serving with Life Action, seeking to spread the flames of revival in churches all across America. They have a passion to see individuals and families to walk with Jesus in everyday life.
RICH & DANIELLE CUMMINES
Rich and Danielle Cummins have been a part of the Life Action family since 2022 and are the proud parents of Claire, Chloe, Hunter, Lilli, and Olivia. Rich serves as the Life Action Chief Operating and Advancement Officer. Throughout their marriage, they have both served in a number of ministry roles. Rich, an ordained pastor, was the Chief Development Officer for several ministries and more recently served as the CEO of Lead Like Jesus, a global leadership ministry. Danielle is the worship leader in their local church and a breast cancer survivor, which fueled her desire to serve in the nursing profession. Together, they love to mentor and coach other married couples and are dedicated to living out the life of Christ as a family on mission.