Steve Strang, founder of Charisma magazine, is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, businessman and author. He is founder and CEO of Charisma Media, which in addition to Charisma, publishes Ministry Today, the Spanish magazine Vida Cristiana and Christian Retailing. His Orlando, Florida-based company also includes Charisma House, Siloam, Creation House, Casa Creación, Realms and FrontLine, plus many other innovative products that have earned a reputation as the world's leading charismatic publisher.
Meet the Editors
Dr. Steve Greene, Publisher and Executive VP
Dr. Steve Greene is publisher and executive vice president of the media group of Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. Find his book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity at amazon.com, christianbook.com or at your local bookstore. Listen to his "Love Leads" podcast at cpnshows.com.
Christine D. Johnson, Managing Editor, Print
Christine ("Chris") Johnson is managing editor, print and works primarily on the magazines Charisma Leader and Christian Retailing. She also is a content development editor of Charisma. She previously worked in Christian radio and overseas missions. After earning her master's in journalism at Regent University, she joined Charisma Media in 2000.
Shawn A. Akers, Content Development Editor
Shawn Akers, content development editor, joined the Charisma team in June 2012, fulfilling a dream to use his talents for the Lord. He started his journalism career at 15 and worked at several small newspapers as a sports writer and editor. He worked in the NASCAR industry for the sanctioning body and its sister company, International Speedway Corporation, for 16 years. Shawn has been utilized in several roles at Charisma Media, including online managing editor and managing editor of Ministry Today. He achieved another lifelong goal by earning his journalism degree in 2014 from Ashford University. His passions include his family—wife Patty of 20 years and children Rachel and Joshua—St. Louis Cardinals' baseball and Alabama football.
Taylor Berglund, Associate Editor
Taylor Berglund is the associate editor of Charisma magazine. He joined the company in 2015 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He hosts several podcasts on the Charisma Podcast Network. He is the primary contact for inquiries regarding Charisma magazine's editorial content and video stories on charismamag.com.
Jenny Rose Curtis, Assistant Online Editor
Jenny Rose Curtis is assistant online editor of Charisma Media's print and online magazines as well as co-host of the Charisma News podcast. She joined Charisma Media in 2014 after graduating summa cum laude from Stetson University with degrees in Spanish and Communication & Media Studies. As much as she loves academic study, though, some of Jenny Rose's greatest passions include worshipping Jesus, mentoring young women in her church's youth group and making people laugh.
Marti Pieper, Copy Editor/Assistant Online Editor
Marti Pieper, copy editor/assistant online editor, has a passion to read, write, and pray that makes her life an adventure. Her involvement in a prayer project led her to assist Brent and Deanna Higgins as they told their son's compelling story. The resulting memoir, I Would Die for You: One Student's Story of Passion, Service, and Faith, became a young adult best-seller that is now a missions classic. She has served as collaborative writer or editor on multiple nonfiction book projects.
J. Lee Grady, Contributing Editor
J. Lee Grady, is contributing editor for Charisma. He was the magazine's editor for 11 years. He has been involved in Christian journalism since 1981 and has faced a monthly deadline ever since. A native of Atlanta, he has been with Charisma since 1992, serving as news editor, managing editor and then becoming editor in 1999. He and his wife, Deborah, have four daughters. Lee has won three first-place reporting awards from the Evangelical Press Association, and his monthly column in Charisma, "Fire in My Bones," has won awards from the Florida Magazine Association. Also an author, Lee's book 10 Lies the Church Tells Women, published in 2000, opened a unique door for him to preach internationally. He has since traveled to 12 nations, challenging the church to release women in ministry and to end abuse and gender discrimination. In his spare time Lee is trying to learn to speak Spanish.
Jennifer LeClaire, Senior Editor
Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. Jennifer brings her blend of news savvy and prophetic and charismatic perspectives to the magazine. Jennifer has worked in publishing since 1990 as a journalist, editor and marketing copywriter, and is also the author of several Christian books, including Mornings With the Holy Spirit, The Making of a Prophet, and Jezebel's Puppets. Her combination of publishing and ministry experience offers a unique take on the news that matters most to charismatic believers. Jennifer is also co-founder of AwakeningTV.com and on the leadership team of the New Breed Revival Network. Visit her online at www.jenniferleclaire.org.
Jessilyn Justice, Online News Director
Jessilyn Justice is the online news editor for Charisma. Born and raised in a pastor's family in Alabama, she went to Lee University and the Washington Journalism Center. She's passionate about the church, jogging, news and cupcakes—not necessarily in that order. She's also a voice on the C-POP podcast (charismapodcastnetwork.com).
Marcus Yoars, Editor
Marcus Yoars is the award-winning editor of Charisma. He leads the editorial team at Charisma as only the third editor in the magazine's 37-year history, having previously served as the editor of Ministry Today. Marcus has worked in publishing for more than 15 years as a writer and editor for magazines, books, newspapers and online ventures. His unique background (born and raised in Hong Kong as a missionary kid) and ministry experience (worship leader for almost 20 years) help to shape an editorial vision that includes making Charisma more relevant and helpful than ever—in print and online—for those passionate after God.
Felicia Abraham, Associate Editor
Felicia Abraham, associate editor, joined the Charisma team in August 2006. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of South Florida. (Go Bulls!) She found her passion for the Web while she did an internship with TBO.com, WFLA and Tampa Tribune. Felicia also has a passion to see young people grow in their relationships with Christ and enjoys mentoring young ladies. Her wonderful parents and two younger brothers live in her hometown of Tampa, Fla. Outside the office Felicia enjoys dancing, traveling, reading and playing sports with her friends and family.
Gina Meeks, Assistant Editor
Gina Meeks, assistant editor, graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She has pursued journalism since she found her passion for writing in eighth grade. Gina was on her high school newspaper all four years, acting as the co-editor-in-chief her senior year. She continued her newspaper experience at ISU’s Daily Vidette, where she was a copy-editor and senior staff reporter. In addition to writing, she also loves to copy-edit, design and take photos. Gina and her husband, Erik, are both from Illinois and moved to Florida in August 2010.
Jimmy Stewart, Managing Editor
Jimmy Stewart, managing editor, studied journalism at the University of Florida, specializing in news writing and reporting. He has been on the Charisma team since 1993. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Orlando, and enjoy music, art, the area's many local lakes and Florida's ample beaches. Feature and personality-profile stories written by him have received state and national awards. A lengthy article he wrote about the Goth subculture was published in a university textbook on magazine writing as an example of techniques used successfully to research, report and obtain interviews.
News Editor, Adrienne S. Gaines
Adrienne S. Gaines, news editor, joined the editorial team in 1998 after graduating from Florida A&M University. Since then she has served as an assistant editor and associate editor of Charisma. A native of Florida, Adrienne enjoys reading, watching classic movies and spending time with her family.
Leigh DeVore, Assistant Editor
Leigh DeVore, assistant editor, for Charisma since 2002. She worked with the team while she earned her journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. She is close to her family and absolutely adores being an aunt (four nephews and one niece). Leigh has a shortlist of cities she wants to visit and crossed off Seattle in 2005 (though she would go back in a minute if she could). She has her heart set on exploring Chicago, Nashville, Tenn., Savannah, Ga., and Boston … and her list keeps growing. She enjoys a wide variety of movies, including musicals, classics, comedies, "guy movies" (she admits she likes Gladiator) and of course chick flicks.