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Cynthia Swindoll

Cynthia Swindoll
President and Chief Executive Officer

Serving as president and chief executive officer of Insight for Living Ministries, Cynthia Swindoll provides hands-on, positive encouragement among the ministry’s growing, competent staff. Her role is crucial. She reads every line of every manuscript; together these manuscripts form the basis for all the ministry’s broadcasts and podcasts. A model of inspirational leadership among all who serve at our local headquarters in Frisco, Texas, as well as at our growing number of locations around the world, Cynthia creatively and strategically oversees all the events that rally the public’s interest and involvement, all while promoting a standard of excellence that has become state-of-the-art among media ministries.

Cynthia has served on the Insight for Ministries Board of Directors since July 1979, the Board of Directors for National Religious Broadcasters since 1988, the NRB President’s Council since 2005, and the Wycliffe Bible Translators President’s Council since 2011—a role that has had tremendous impact in her strategic plans for Insight for Living Ministries’ Vision 195. In everything she does, Cynthia strongly supports Chuck’s practical, applicable Bible teaching. Without hesitation, Chuck says of Cynthia, “She is the wind beneath my wings.”

Chuck and Cynthia live in Frisco, Texas. They have four adult children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Bill Gemaehlich

Bill Gemaehlich
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Bill Gemaehlich has 19 years of executive leadership and business operations experience with nonprofit organizations and an additional 10 years of experience in the for-profit corporate world. Bill began his career at the age of 15 when he started his own business, The Back Porch—a men’s clothing store and art gallery. At only 15, Bill became the youngest member of the Jacksonville, Oregon Chamber of Commerce.

Bill holds a bachelor of science degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has served at Insight for Living Ministries for 15 years and is responsible for leading and managing operations at the international headquarters in Plano, Texas. Additionally, Bill serves on the ministry’s boards of directors in Canada, the United Kingdom, Poland, Australia, Romania and Brazil.

In addition to his work at Insight for Living Ministries, Bill pastors a country church located near Weston, Texas. Bill and his family are actively involved in short-term missions to Africa, Central and South America, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. Bill’s passion for ministry revolves around mentoring and helping people grow in the grace and knowledge of God through expositional study of the Bible, as well as encouraging them to love God with all their hearts and to love others as themselves.

Bill serves on the boards of directors for other local charities and nonprofits. Bill is married to Nancy and lives in the country with their son and near their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. Bill enjoys travel, restoring antique buildings, and riding horses.


Tom Hayes

Tom Hayes
Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer

In more than 20 years of ministry, Tom has focused on sharing the gospel with those who have not yet heard. Whether in student ministry, church consultation, or missions work, Pastor Tom’s heart to mobilize the church has been evident.

Tom holds a B.A. in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in missions from Southwest Baptist University and an M.A. in Cross-Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining the staff at Insight for Living Ministries, Tom spent two decades in ministry, most recently serving for many years as the pastor of Missions and Community Impact at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where Chuck Swindoll is the senior pastor-teacher. In this role, Tom managed ministry relationships that covered 14 countries as well as mobilized and equipped church members to pursue the mission of God with their own lives.

As executive vice president of International Ministries, Tom ministers to the global church as it proclaims the truths of Scripture in multiple languages and cultures. His heart is to serve the pastor/translators who work at the Insight for Living Ministries’ regional offices around the world, translating and contextualizing Insight for Living messages, Chuck’s books, and other ministry resources to make them accessible to all individuals in their heart languages. Currently, Insight for Living Ministries broadcasts in eight languages and is developing more as the Lord allows.

The Bible teaches us that the world is ripe for the harvest. Tom’s passion aligns with Insight for Living Ministries’ hope to broadcast the simple yet life-changing message of the Bible in every language of the world. Tom and his International Ministries team also aim to equip local pastors to study Scripture and deliver the timeless, relevant, and applicable Word of God in their own communities.

Tom previously served for five years on the Insight for Living Ministries Board of Directors and currently serves on the board of two mission agencies—WorldVenture and Russian Leadership Ministries.

Tom and his wife, Katie, were married in 2001 and have walked side by side through the incredible journey of life together in Christ. They both love to travel, and Tom has travelled to and ministered in more than 30 countries. Tom and Katie make their home in Texas, where they are constantly entertained by their two young sons.


Alex Viering

Alex Viering
Senior Vice President and Chief Donor Relations Officer

Alex has more than 20 years of sales and sales management experience. Most recently, Alex managed his own international importing company. He enjoys using his God-given ability of building strong relationships in his role at IFLM.

Alex was born in South Korea and adopted by an American family in 1981. He was raised in Bettendorf, Iowa, and graduated with a B.A. in marketing from the University of Northern Iowa.

Alex and his wife Regina have been married since 1996. Alex and Regi serve on the leadership team of their adult fellowship class at Stonebriar Community Church (SCC) and have been Awana ministry partners for several years. They love to travel and, especially, to learn each country’s history. Their favorite vacation spot is Maui for rest and relaxation. They both enjoy exercise and staying in shape.

They have three great kids who all love the Lord and are actively involved at SCC.


Mark Tobey

Mark Tobey
Senior Vice President, Pastoral Ministries

Mark Tobey joined the Insight for Living Ministries team in the summer of 2015, after more than 10 years of pastoral ministry in Indiana. Prior to becoming a senior pastor, Mark served as associate publisher and editor in chief at Moody Publishers in Chicago.

Mark graduated from the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance. Several years later, he studied pastoral leadership and preaching at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), where he completed a master of theology degree in Pastoral Ministries. While in seminary, Mark’s background in publishing led to his serving as Special Assistant to Chuck Swindoll, who was then the president of DTS. This experience led to Mark being mentored by Chuck and, eventually, to working closely with him as an editor and writer.

Mark’s publishing and editorial experience began many years ago, before his days at DTS, when he served as associate editor for art and music at Prentice Hall Publishers—the educational division of Simon & Schuster—in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Today, he is the author of three books, Strike the Dragon (a novel), and The ISIS Crisis: What You Really Need to Know, and most recently the best-selling Clash of Kingdoms: What the Bible Says about Russia, ISIS, Iran, and the End Times. Charles Dyer coauthored all three.

Mark brings to Insight for Living Ministries a pastoral heart like Chuck’s and a passion for training and mentoring the next generation of pastors and ministry leaders around the world. Mark’s love of the Word follows him home, where he and his wife, Tracy, are raising three children, all of whom bring him his greatest joy and fulfillment in both life and ministry.


Deedee Snyder

Deedee Snyder
Senior Vice President, Communications

With more than 25 years of service at Insight for Living Ministries, Deedee Snyder has helped lead the ministry through many challenges and accomplishments. Having successfully filled several leadership roles in various departments, Deedee now serves as senior vice president of Communications, where she uses her marketing experience to guide the production of Web and print material in order to ensure that each production piece accurately represents the ministry’s goals and culture.

In 1983, Deedee joined Insight for Living Ministries at its early California location as a correspondence assistant and quickly moved into the newly created Communications division. There, she served first as the print production manager, establishing vendors and procedures for printing the magazine and appeal letters. In 1997, while working for the ministry, Deedee received her M.B.A. from California Coast University. A short time later, she was promoted to director of Communications, where she oversaw the Print, Art, Copy, and Marketing Departments. Ultimately, Deedee held the position of strategic projects director until the ministry moved to Texas from California in 2001.

As the strategic projects director, Deedee introduced the scanner to the Listener Ministries Department, managed the transferal of Chuck Swindoll’s messages to the medium of the day, established and managed the Insight for Living Bookstore, and organized several aspects of the ministry’s move to Plano, Texas. Twice, she visited Plano to introduce new employees to the history of Insight for Living Ministries so they could continue the legacy established in California.

In 2010, Insight for Living Ministries’ president and CEO, Cynthia Swindoll, invited Deedee to once again take the role of strategic projects director, this time at the corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas. Deedee’s leadership abilities led to her being asked to serve as vice president of Communications in 2013 after having served in the Communications division for two years as director. Now, as senior vice president of Communications, Deedee oversees the Marketing, Publishing, and Web Departments, helping shape everything the Communications Division produces to match the vision of the ministry.

Deedee has served on several boards, including the Friends Center at the Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. Her community volunteer work in California was recognized by several committees on which she served. Deedee’s ministry experience also includes serving as the vice president of Finance and Administration for a missions-sending agency. In this role, Deedee managed the home office where the agency stewarded missionaries’ donations and expenses. This unique opportunity introduced her to missions locations such as Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, and Romania.

Today, Deedee and her husband, Mark, reside in Little Elm, Texas, and love spending time with their two grown children and three grandchildren whenever they can. In their free time, they enjoy traveling and, as of late, exploring the state in which they now live.


Michael Bergeron

Michael Bergeron
Vice President, Human Resources

A solutions-driven leader with more than 10 years’ experience in management, Michael Bergeron invests his time and energy in Insight for Living Ministries’ most strategic asset—its people. With a love of people and a genuine desire to see God glorified through the ministry efforts of the staff, Michael seeks to attract, engage, and retain gifted and talented individuals who can help Insight for Living Ministries reach people with the transforming power of God’s Word.

Michael holds a master’s degree in Theology with an emphasis in New Testament and Pastoral Ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he earned a business degree in Human Resource Management.

As vice president of Human Resources, Michael partners with the leadership team to execute the objectives and goals of Insight for Living Ministries as its outreach grows both domestically and internationally. Michael leads the effort to align talent programs, employee relations, and performance management to maximize the God-given potential of each member of the staff.

To further fuel his passion to help people grow in the image of Jesus Christ, Michael dedicates himself to discipling other believers, leading Bible studies, and teaching, preaching, and ministering internationally.

Michael and Amy have been married for more than a decade and have two children. They reside in Flower Mound, Texas.


Bryant Kelley

Bryant Kelley
Vice President, Donor Relations

Bryant Kelley joined Insight for Living Ministries in November 2007 after managing his own art gallery in Plano, Texas, for 13 years. As one of IFLM’s vice presidents for Donor Relations, Bryant cultivates and maintains friendships with ministry partners who come alongside Insight for Living Ministries to help make a positive impact around the world.

Serving gallery clientele prepared Bryant for his current role by honing the relational skills he needs to develop personal relationships with major contributors and to warmly express appreciation on behalf of Insight for Living Ministries. He enjoys creating opportunities to increase donor awareness of the ministry’s vision and to show heartfelt gratitude for their vital part in helping accomplish the ministry’s mission.

Bryant and his wife, Laura, have been married since 1993 and reside in Plano, Texas, with their dog, Sophie. They relish opportunities to visit their only grandchild, Nicky, who lives with their daughter and son-in-law in Knoxville, Tennessee. Bryant and Laura are charter members of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where Bryant serves as an usher. Bryant spends his free time participating in men’s Bible study with Steve Farrar at Stonebriar; traveling home to Atlanta, Georgia, to help his mother and twin sister; fishing on the lake; and whale-watching in Hawaii.

Bryant and Laura enjoy serving as hosts on Insight for Living Ministries’ cruises and tours, where they have the opportunity to get to know new ministry partners and catch up with long-time friends of Insight for Living Ministries.


David Parker

David Parker
Vice President, Donor Relations

David joined Insight for Living Ministries in August 2015, after more than 25 years in technology sales and engineering with IBM and other technology companies, where he served as a business development executive. As one of IFLM’s vice presidents for Donor Relations, David develops and nurtures relationships with individuals and families who partner with IFLM to help spread the gospel around the world.

David was born in Tennessee and graduated from the University of Memphis with a BBA in Business Management. He grew up in the Presbyterian church and served as chairman of the board of deacons, church elder, chairman of the finance committee, church treasurer, and youth director.

His family moved to Dallas in 1984, where they attended Grace Bible Church. They eventually helped start Town North Bible Church, where David served on the Board of Deacons. For the past 11 years, David has worshiped at Stonebriar Community Church. He makes Grapevine, Texas his home.

David has three children and three grandchildren. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, backpacking, and fly fishing.