Media & Journalism
How can a career writing, reporting, or media bring glory to God?
Christina Crook is an author and storyteller on a mission to show people overwhelmed by today’s technologically-saturated culture how to get a breath of fresh air and live with a sense of intentionality and joy. Her 2015 book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, has made her a leading voice in a growing movement towards a more human relationship with modern technology. Crook’s cultural commentary on technology and daily life has appeared in print and on air from The New York Times to Psychology Today, Utne Reader, NPR, CTV Morning News, Sirius XM New York, and more than 20 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programs. For 15 years, Crook has worked for some of Canada’s most recognized media organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Rogers Digital Media. She is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University School of Communication and her TEDx talk, Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People-focused Future, was presented as part of the 2013 Global TEDx Women Conference. Her writing is sought-after in print where her feature essays and interviews appear in Huffington Post Lifestyle, UPPERCASE magazine, CBC.ca, Today's Parent, Geez, Literary Review of Canada and Faith Today. A few years ago Crook traded the seaside views of Bowen Island, BC for Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood where she now lives with her husband and three young children. She prefers traveling on foot.
Lela Gilbert is a prolific and award-winning writer who has authored or co-authored more than sixty books. She is a Christian and has resided in Israel since 2006. She wrote the critically acclaimed Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner which, although authored by a Christian, was listed as one of the 20 best non-fiction Jewish books of 2012 by J.G. Myers in Jewish Ideas Daily. Gilbert co-authored Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians with Nina Shea and Paul Marshall. Her most recently published work is the novel Angel’s Flight, Part I of The Levine Affair trilogy. Additionally, she wrote a biography of one of the plenary speakers for Nexus 2016, Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World. Lela Gilbert writes is a contributor to Fox News, National Review Online, Weekly Standard Online, Lapidomedia (UK), Jerusalem Post, Huffington Post, Ricochet and other publications. Lela Gilbert is the Distinguished Fellow in American-Israeli Journalism at Hillsdale College, and a Fellow at Hudson Institute, working with both the Center for Religious Freedom and the Center for Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World. She writes about the common ground between Jews and Christians, the expulsion of Jews from Muslim lands in the mid-20th Century, the ever-increasing global persecution of Christians, and the ongoing European and Muslim efforts to de-Judaize and delegitimize Israel.
Don Gates is the founder of The Gates Group, a multi-faceted agency working with pastors and ministry leaders across the country on a variety of literary and media endeavors. Additionally, Don serves as an Adjunct Professor in Marketing at Wheaton College. Prior to starting his own venture, Don was the Vice President of Marketing for Zondervan, the leading Christian communications company – a division of News Corp. He collaborated with some of the most accomplished authors in the Church today, including Rick Warren, Chuck Colson, Anne Graham Lotz, Philip Yancey, Ann Voskamp, Kyle Idleman & Max Lucado. Before moving into ministry, Don spent fifteen years in marketing and publicity. His last role was Brand Marketing Officer at YUM! Brands, responsible for A&W and Long John Silver’s restaurants. Previously, he was the Marketing Director of Hugs & Kisses at The Hershey Company; he started in brand management with The Campbell Soup Company. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Don received a BS degree in economics from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he played Ivy League football. He also earned a MBA with a concentration in finance and management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. This year, he will finish a Masters of Divinity in Worldview and Apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.