Jerry became involved with Orality in 1983 through the influence of Herbert Klem's book, “Oral Communication of the Scripture”. He has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and international mission work. He is an author and radio program producer and has been a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows and traveled extensively as a public speaker. Jerry is an Air Force veteran, a former pastor and university administrator. He and his wife, Sheila, have two grown children, and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Tara Rye : ION Associate Director & Program Team Member
Tara’s love for a good story makes her heart sing. She incorporates biblical storying along with inductive Bible study methods in small groups at church, in a homeless shelter, on mission trips, on the radio, and at speaking engagements. Tara is the Training Coordinator for Global Friends, a ministry that reaches international students on college campuses. She is an Executive Coach with Cru and the President/Founder of Cultivating Hearts Ministries. Tara is an author and speaker and is the former Dean of Women at Grace University and the professor for Orality. Feel free to contact her at www.tararye.com.
For the past 20+ years Naomi has served in both domestic and international ministry organizations – through broadcast radio, in developing media / communications products and strategies, and by building and mobilizing teams around a common missional vision. From 2005-2013, Naomi was head of communications for the Lausanne Movement. The 10 years prior to that she led communications for the U.S. Lausanne Movement (Mission America Coalition). Naomi also served as Vice President of Global Media for Our Daily Bread Ministries, giving leadership to the development and production of radio / audio programs, TV programs and short films, and was Interim Chief Operating Officer at visionSynergy, a ministry that helps advance the Great Commission by developing effective networks. Naomi is a founding member of Lausanne Global Analysis, serves on the Editorial Board, and is a member of the Lausanne Movement Communications Working Group. Naomi and her husband live in Michigan.