Our team works to provide you with equipping, encouraging, and empowering information so you will know Jesus better, love Him more, and share your faith. Get equipped with KNOWLEDGE!  Be encouraged in HOPE!  Live empowered by LOVE! 


shariShari Abbott

Executive Director, Apologist, Author, Contributing Writer

Shari is the executive director and founder of Reasons for Hope* Jesus, a Christian apologist, and an author.  She describes herself as a disciple of Jesus Christ, a wife to Steve, and the mother of two adult daughters. She holds a degree in psychology and business from Western Michigan University. Prior to being called into ministry, Shari’s work experience included bank management, sales, public relations, and marketing.  Since 2008, Shari has been using her business experience and the gifts that God has given her to share the good news of hope in Jesus Christ.  As an avid Bible reader and teacher, Shari equips and encourages Christians to know Jesus better, to love Him more, and to share their faith.  Shari is the author of Why the Butterfly? A Book About Rightly Remembering, Remember Me – A Course In Rightly Remembering, Who Said That? Common everyday sayings…where do they come from?   Got Questions? We have Reasons for Hope (Reasons Books 1, 2, 3 & 4), Fun with Shuns (biblical words ending in -tion), How to Witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hear, See, Speak & Post No Evil, and A Room with a View of Eternity (The Last Will and Testament of Jesus).  Books available at the Reasons for Hope*Jesus store; e-books Amazon.    Articles by Shari Abbott  |  Bio for Shari Abbott


Don Johnston

Pastor and Contributing Writer

Don was raised in a Christian home on an Iowa farm. He is a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College. He pastored in Iowa and Minnesota for 36 years and served as a hospice chaplain for 6 years. His time is now spent writing and guest preaching in area churches.  In addition to ministry, he enjoys sports, reading, writing, exercise, travel, and his antique tractor and classic car. He and his wife, Jenni, have four children and 12 grandchildren. Articles by Don Johnston


Alex McFarlandAlex McFarland

Apologist, Author, Contributing Writer – Ask Alex Online

Alex McFarland is a well-known and respected Christian apologist, author, evangelist, speaker, and culture and religion analyst.  He is the host of TNG Radio and co-host of Exploring the Word on American Family Radio. A graduate of Liberty University, Alex has a heart for youth and is the founder and organizer of Truth for a New Generation Conferences designed to equip both teens and adults to know what they believe, to defend their faith, and to be able to share the gospel. The conferences feature well-known and respected speakers such as Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, Eric Metaxas, Todd Starnes, Joni Eareckson Tada, Will Graham, and many others. Articles by Alex McFarland  | Bio for Alex McFarland 

Chuck Myer

Pastor and Contributing Writer

Chuck is the writer of “Our Daily Bread” devotions. With a degree in biblical studies from Liberty Bible Institute, a division of Liberty University, Pastor Chuck has served as a missionary, a pastor, and in various missions ministries. In the 1980s, Chuck and his family served as missionaries to the U.S. military based in Panama. From 1998-2006, Chuck was the pastor of Grace Bible Church in Osceola, IA, where he returned in 2015 to again serve as pastor to the congregation. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters and five grandchildren. Articles by Chuck Myer

Doris Homan

Contributing Writer

Doris has a passion for discipling. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and author of The Christian Journey, Parts 1 & 2.   Doris’s mission is to help Christians know the Word and apply it.  Doris has a business management degree from the University of Cincinnati and was previously employed as an executive administrative assistant. She and her husband John live in Florida.  They have three children and ten grandchildren. Articles by Doris Homan


wade Wade Wacker

Owner, Wacker & Associates, Inc.

With a degree in financial planning, more than 25 years experience, and as the owner of a successful financial practice, Wade uses his business experience along with a heart devoted to serving the Lord Jesus Christ, to financially guide and direct the Reasons for Hope* Jesus ministry.  Wade’s love for the Lord and commitment to growing and strengthening the body of Christ, led him into full-time ministry in January 2012.  Prior to Wade’s work in the financial industry, He was a minor league ballplayer for the Minnesota Twins. Wade and his wife Stacey have three children and live in Jackson, MN.

KarenKaren Forgus

Sr. Vice President of Business Operations, Cincinnati Reds

Karen has served as Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Reds, Cincinnati’s Major League Baseball franchise, since October 2008. After being with Reds-On-Radio for seventeen years Karen joined the Reds in December 2006 as VP of public affairs and later was named VP of communications and marketing. As Sr. VP of Business Operations, Karen directs marketing and communications, social and digital media strategy, and is involved with promotional events, broadcasting, ticket sales, corporate sponsorship sales, community relations, diversity initiatives, and in-game entertainment. In addition, Karen has worked as a freelance speech writer, media buyer, and art director for a number of corporations and nonprofits. Prior to joining the Reds, she was an integral part of a successful church plant in Cincinnati and served on staff as the producer of the Sunday morning services. 

DianeDiane Carnevale Jones

Owner, Carnevale Jones Group LLC 

Diane is the former owner of Professional Marketing, an award-winning PR and marketing firm that represented a wide variety of clients, including eBay, Royal Doulton, Marie Osmond (doll company), Hospice of MI, Mel Trotter Ministries, Zondervan (Inspiro), Thomas Kinkade, and more.  Professional Marketing offered trade and national PR, eventing, strategic planning, loyalty marketing,product launches and placements in print and electronic media, movies and television. Diane has served as the co-host on a Lifetime Channel collectibles program and as the executive director of two trade organizations.  Today, as the owner of Carnevale Jones Group LLC (Grand Rapids, MI), Diane provides counsel to companies seeking to enter new vertical markets or category niches. With a heart for the elderly and end-of-life care, Diane also consults with religious and charitable organizations, providing strategic counsel and recommendations for fundraising and resource stewardship. 


We appreciate all those who give so generously of their time and talents to the ministry of Reasons for Hope* Jesus.  Thank you for all you do to help us spread the gospel message of saving grace and to strengthen and equip Christians to know what they believe, to live for Jesus, to stand strong anchored in Him and to share His love with others.


We cannot begin to name all the people who contribute to Reasons for Hope* Jesus in various ways.  You know who you are and we appreciate you.  We thank you for your prayers, your financial support and for the many emails we get with information about the kingdom, our faith, the world, breaking news stories, etc.  While we cannot respond to each one, we want to express our thanks for communicating with us. We cannot be everywhere or read everything. Therefore, we appreciate your taking the time to email and inform us with relevant information. Please continue to send information of interest to hope@reasonsforhopejesus.com

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