Our team

Mark Kelly
MarkMark is the principal of Mastercraft Communicators. A career reporter and editor with particular strengths in simplifying, clarifying, and summarizing, Mark’s articles and essays have been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He loves to tell heart stories, with a particular passion for human needs / justice issues. His books include God’s Revolution, Journey into Justice, Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt, and Divorcing Christ. He is the editor of the Multiply Justice website and host of the God’s Revolution podcast.

Chris Forbes
ChrisChris is a communications strategist with a passion for outreach. He has been writing about marketing communications, social media, and other media strategy topics since 2000. His writings have been published frequently within Southern Baptist Convention circles. He also has written for Entrepreneur Magazine, Pastors.com, TheOkie.com, and WordSlingersOK.com. He is co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits (Entrepreneur Press, 2010) and contributed to Best of Guerrilla Marketing: Guerrilla Marketing Remix (Entrepreneur Press, 2011). He is producer of the documentary Where Was God? Stories of Hope After the Storm (VCI Entertainment, 2014) and has developed media for the Internet, print, TV, radio, and film.

Ed Payne
EdEd is an Emmy-Award winning journalist with expertise in digital and broadcast media and a specialty in the art of creative storytelling. Need a carefully turned phrase, a dose of humor or an insightful look at the topics of the day? Ed’s your guy. He’s battle-tested on the front lines of history, reporting for CNN the past quarter century. Tens of millions of people have read his stories. Ed also is a corporate communications professional, writing concise, inventive, and compelling stories for Fortune 500 companies. And just to show you he’s versatile, Ed is the author of “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” children’s book series — a collection of rhyming tales about Molly Malone, a lovable shelter dog, and her nine pups.

Erich Bridges
ErichDuring 35 years of writing and editing with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s media team, Erich reported on the opening of China, the fall of the Soviet Union, major openings in the Muslim and Hindu worlds and many other significant stories. As a writer and global correspondent, he carried out coverages worldwide and wrote magazine articles, news and feature stories, books, and columns. Erich also mentored new writers and media interns. As news editor for seven years, he managed the daily reporting of a global system of writers and overseas correspondents. A career traveling the world and writing about international events has given him the tools to tell compelling stories. He continues to tell those stories — and to help other communicators and organizations tell them — in ways that inspire people to respond.

Mary Speidel
MaryStreet kids. Drug dealers. Tribal chiefs. Baseball stars. An autistic boy who became a missionary. For 34 years, Mary has been telling heart-grabbing stories about people all over the world. She has traveled the globe as a journalist with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, served as a media missionary in South Florida and South America and worked in public relations for a college and a seminary. She has written all kinds of copy and edited all kinds of writers. An award-winning storyteller with a keen eye for detail, Mary offers expertise in content planning, editing, proofreading, and writing.

Sue Sprenkle
SueJournalist. Photographer. Adventurer. Storyteller. Sharing stories is what Sue loves. Whether it’s from behind the editor’s desk or onsite as a reporter, she wants to invest the reader in the story. It doesn’t matter what medium – social, written, audio, photo, infographic or web – it’s all about starting a conversation. With 20 years of experience as an international backpack journalist, she learned to do it all and to do it on a deadline. She’s a one-stop shop!

Tobin Perry
TobinTobin has served as a professional writer and editor for more than 18 years. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Gateway Seminary, Tobin has served in writing and editing roles at the International Mission Board, Saddleback Church, and the North American Mission Board. He also has written for numerous publications, including HomeLife, ParentLife, and Baptist Press. He also has served on the editorial teams of On Mission magazine and Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox. He is the author of The Center of Hope: A Place to Believe, Belong, and Become. Currently a freelance writer and editor, Tobin lives with his family in Evansville, Ind.