Dr. John R. Wood is the author of, “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission: 5 Steps to Winning the War Within”. It has been one of Dynamic Catholic’s bestselling books, with over 200,000 copies distributed to date. Since the release of the book in December 2012, John has spoken at more than 100 parishes and schools across the country to people of all ages, inspiring thousands to embrace the message of the Universal Call to Holiness and help reawaken the sleeping giant called the Catholic Church. John has been on guests on numerous radio and TV shows, including “Fire on the Earth” with Peter Herbeck, “The Choices We Face,” with Ralph Martin, and “Catholic Connection” with Teresa Tomeo.
John grew up in southwest Ohio where he first discovered the war within on the sporting field. John was an Ohio High School state champion in Track and Field in 1998, and went on to the University of Findlay, where he became the 2002 NCAA All-Ohio indoor track champion in the 800m run and a provisional qualifier to the NCAA Division II track and field national championships in the 800m run. John has a deep passion and love for the Catholic faith and is very active in his local parish. John and his wife Kristin’s dedication to the faith earned them the 2011 Centurion Award from the Diocese of Toledo, given for “Outstanding service to their parish.” He teaches and speaks on a variety of topics including The Theology of the Body, the Saints, the Church, Mary, The Great Adventure bible study, the Joy of the Gospel, and his new education program for children and adults, Saints in the Making University (SIMU). John and his wife Kristin currently reside in northwest Ohio with their four children. John is a mobile eye doctor, and he travels to over 50 nursing homes and developmental disability facilities to provide eye care through his business, Mobile Eyes, LLC, which he started in 2007.
“Meet Internationally Acclaimed Master Storyteller, Humorist and Catholic Speaker Kelly Nieto…” A Rare Speaker Who Mixes Inspiration, Catholicism, Devotion and Heartfelt Humor Into Captivating Talks…That Changes Lives!
For 35 long years, Kelly wanted nothing to do with God. She was an agnostic “New Ager” who participated in séances and used psychics on a regular basis. Jesus, Christianity, and Faith were things that Kelly shunned, and even made fun of at times.
But God had a different plan for Kelly! After a life-changing conversion and vision from God in 2000, Kelly was called to create and produce The Cross and the Light, an international, critically acclaimed musical and multi-sensory video experience of Jesus’ death, resurrection and the coming of the holy spirit on Pentecost.
Kelly has spent the past 17 years sharing her hilarious conversion story from life on the road as a Miss America runner-up and Talent Winner, opening act for Garth Brooks, and visionary New Age Princess to finding peace and purpose in her life as the mother of 5 amazing children and Executive Producer of The Cross and the Light.
Kelly’s amazing sense of humor and “spunk and spirit” has always remained at the center of everything she does. She is the founder and CEO of Nieto Productions, Nieto Publishing, and Living Faith, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding the national expansion of the The Cross and The Light.
Thanks to the love and support from Kelly’s husband, five beautiful kids and other family and friends, she now gives numerous talks to churches and organizations all across the country.
Mikayla's life has been touched by tragedy, but what the enemy intended for evil the Lord is using for good and His glory!Her talk testifies to the only hope we have in Christ that sustains us when storms come our way; the kind of hope that exudes joy and fills us with peace, regardless of our circumstances.
Mikayla is married to Matt Owens and has three beautiful children Ava, Matthew, and Elliana. She is passionate about sharing her testimony as proof that the gospel message is for real!! :) She loves leading others closer to Christ through singing and speaking and does so whenever and wherever God opens the door.