We are just a bunch of God-fearing, Bible-believing people who want to make a difference. We want to see God’s people perform a mighty work – and we want to help it happen. Here are the active posters for KingdomReady. If you would like to access all of the articles authored by them, click their name below.
Posters who are currently active:
[Sunday] Brian Keating felt a call to follow God, and to learn about the Scriptures, several years ago. Since then, has has been baptized at the Church of the Open Bible (Church of God General Conference) in southern California. He has given several presentations there as well. He recently formed a new home fellowshipin northern California, where he and several other believers meet to search for the truth about God and Jesus.
[Monday] Matt Elton is the founder of Plasma Productions, a video production business serving upstate New York. He graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Film and Media Arts. As an aspiring filmmaker, he hopes to use the cinematic power of film and video to inspire others towards faith in Christ. Matt also happens to speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese fluently. In the last few years, Matt has begun to endeavor to follow Jesus as Lord and live out the Sermon on the Mount and the countercultural commandments of Christ.
[Tuesday] Victor Gluckin serves as one of the pastors at Living Faith Christian Church in Rhode Island. He is a student of the Scriptures and passionately seeks to apply the teachings of Jesus to every realm of life. He is married to his best friend Jessica and has been blessed with two beautiful and happy daughters (Eden & Esther). Together they endeavor to work to share the gospel with the lost as well as work with other followers of Jesus by encouraging, teaching, and caring for them. They are part of a Christian fellowship in Providence, RI working to impact that neighborhood through the gospel and lives of those a part of the fellowship. He studied Judaic Studies and History at the University at Albany and attended the Atlanta Bible College. You can follow Victor at Twitter.
[Wednesday] Sean Finnegan serves as one of the pastors at Living Hope Community Church in Latham, NY. He is married to the beautiful and talented Ruth with whom he has three incredible children (Noah, Daniel, and Wesley). For Sean, following the way of Jesus is both an intellectual and practical quest. He wants to pursue truth wherever it leads, as well as live that truth out in real life. His aim is to be a cog in the machinery that God uses to get the gospel of the kingdom and the creed of Jesus out to all nations (Mt 24.14; Mk 12.29). He is also the host of Truth Matters, a series of podcasts in which he interviewed over 25 guests on key biblical topics. He is the founder and administrator of ChristianMonotheism.com, a biblical unitarian website, housing more than 350 audio, video, and text resources. Sean has a Master’s degree in Early Christian History from Boston University, a Bachelor’s in Theology from the Atlanta Bible College, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
[Thursday] Bethany Reise is from the great state of Rhode Island and is currently a student at Atlanta Bible College. Her journey to faith has been quite an adventure. Raised in the Episcopal Church, she never had any desire to seek God. After reading the Left Behind series during high school she started seeking God out of fear of eternal hell-fire. She heard part of the gospel at a church youth group, and decided to “accept Jesus into her heart as Lord.” Of course, the notion of Jesus as Lord has very little meaning apart from the gospel of the Kingdom, and so she never truly understood the grace of God in truth. Instead, she became trapped in a self-centered system of works to try and be right with God and know God. In an interesting turn of events, a Sabbath-keeping friend started prompting her to question her beliefs and she started seeking truth. A short time later, she heard about Atlanta Bible College. Since that time has heard about the goodness and love of God through the gospel of the Kingdom and she finally believed and accepted the message of God’s forgiveness and grace. Now she is committed to following Jesus and sharing truth with others, that they too might discover who they were created to be – beloved sons and daughters in God’s kingdom.
[Friday] Russ Brown was raised in a close-knit, God fearing family. As he became a teenager, the world began its pursuit of feeding him the lie that “living for self” was the way to roll. From his late teens into his early 20’s, Russ clung to the misconception that he was living a Christian life because his life “wasn’t filled with blatant corruption” like the world around him was. Driven by pride, he held fast to this false Christian claim while simultaneously pursuing the things of the world (popularity, attention, materialism…). God eventually exposed Russ to his sinful ways & it was quickly brought to his heart that, “there is none good, but God”. Through God’s grace, Russ was provided with, & clung to the opportunity to choose God or choose an empty life. Now, with the assistance of his lovely wife, Joelle, & the guidance/encouragement of his Rhode Island based, Living Faith Christian church, Russ is on a life-long endeavor to please & magnify his Lord, as he looks to fulfill 1 Corinthians 10:31 with his life.
[Saturday] Jackson Kmiecik is from Omaha Nebraska and grew up at Jaynes St. Church of God, which is part of the Church of God General Conference. Jackson has always been interested in a variety of pursuits. He loves sports, enjoys reading, and has been a student of music for most of his life. Although Jackson has had many passions, studying God’s word and spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom are what he is most passionate about. God directed Jackson’s passion, and led him to Atlanta Bible College where he is now studying to become a pastor. Jackson and his beautiful, soon to be, wife love people, love building relationships, and wish to serve God in any way they can.
Posters who are no longer active but have articles on the blog:
Ron Shockley comes from an Adventist heritage with a grandfather that was an early pioneer in the Oklahoma Advent Christian faith and a father that was a life-long devout Bible theologian. He accepted Christ and was baptized as an early teen at the campgrounds named after his grandfather, but drifted from his faith in early adulthood. Now for over a decade he has been re-awakened with a passion for Biblical study and promoting the truth of Scripture in its Hebrew setting. He has degrees in Business Mgmt. & Multimedia Development and lives in Dallas working as a Software Engineer. He is married and has one young daughter.
Angela Hays Moore has a passion for God, and His Son, Jesus, and in sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom message, one heart at a time. Angela, with her husband, Tony, and their five children, are active within their community in Knightstown, Indiana, planting a church – Knightstown Family Fellowship. Angela enjoys writing and speaking, and is the author of an illustrated children’s book, “Maggie Seeks the Kingdom of God,” available here. For more information about Angela visit her personal website.
Steve Katsaras lives in Melbourne, Australia where he pastors the Red Words Church. Having been born and bred into a Greek family, Steve has found an appreciation for his heritage and actively applies himself to the study of the original Greek text to derive sound exegesis from the Scriptures. He is married to his beautiful wife Faye with whom he has two gorgeous children: one son (Timothy) and one daughter (Zoe). Together, they have dedicated themselves to leading their local congregation, teaching the long hidden truths of the One God, His human Messiah, and the gospel of the coming kingdom. They actively engage their community by reaching out to both traditionalist Christians as well as the unsaved. From the pulpit of Red Words Church, Steve attempts to bring thought provoking sermons that challenge the status quo and trumpet the call to return back to the truth of Scripture.
Jim Testa grew up in a small city in Massachusetts (North Adams). In 1975 he moved to Boston and joined a Christian home bible study group (where he also met Rose, his wife of 35 years). Jim and Rose live in Warwick, Rhode Island and have two children, who are both married. They also have two very dear, indescribably amazing granddaughters. Since 1976 Jim has pursued God and his quest has led him over rocky ground at times. Now, he realizes that God likes it that way, because troubles help keep our hunger growing and make us spiritually sharp. Jim believes that true power is found in openhearted, sincere, daily prayer (asking God for a pure and clean heart). At these times the Spirit of the living God is energizing, vital, and alive. Jim is currently involved in prison ministry and serves at the Tuesday evening prayer meeting at Living Faith Christian Church.
Mark Clarke has been through several phases in his growth as a Christian and search for the truth. He grew up Roman Catholic, and was in the early 1970′s what was commonly known as a “Jesus Freak.” After that he was involved with The Way International for almost 20 years, and with various offshoots of that organization for another 10. In more recent years he has come to understand the Gospel of the Kingdom of God through various influences, and now considers himself an independent “amateur theologian.” He has written extensively for his web site, GodsKingdomFirst.org.
John Obelenus just wants to understand what was really going on in the first century. He has a passion for digging into the texts and history to understand what Jesus, James, and Paul would have sounded like to a Palestinian person in the first century. With that understanding, and coming to encounter God can we look like the first people called the “Church”. Looking at the world like Jesus did will have a serious impact on our lives. He lives and works in Boston with the hope and plan of getting a Master’s degree in Theology.
Jim Stowers grew up as an air force brat (military dependent) without any biblical education or guidance. Later as a teenager, with guidance from a kindhearted friend, I found that I had a great hunger for the things of God. My prayer has always been to know the truth no matter what form it took. Looking into the bible I’ve come to understand the gospel of the kingdom of God is the truth and more each day am convinced living for this hope is the way of life.
Brian Kelly is involved with a home church in upstate New York. He and his wife and three children endeavor to live lives that are a glory to God by walking faithfully as disciples of the Lord Jesus and helping others to do the same. He has had an interest in studying the Scriptures since his teen years (which is longer ago than he cares to remember). He continues to do his best to be a workman of the Scriptures and learn, change and grow while looking forward to the parousia of his Lord.
Jason Benedict was raised in baptist and bible church fellowships, by sincere God fearing reformed episcopal (Dad) and catholic (Mom) parents.. Having never really “felt” like I’d “done it” right, (getting saved by saying the sinner’s prayer and being baptized at 8 years old), rebelling in my early early teens to experience something “real” was only “natural”. After a span of debauchery that lasted about 10 years, my despair at my condition overwhelmed me to the point of giving in to the provoking and persuading of my recently converted cousin and brother to repent and submit to the righteous authority of God. I capitulated, repented and isolated myself from all “worldly-ness”, and proceeded to become a fine self righteous legalist! But self was all I knew! After +/-5 years, in a wonderful unnamed church of the pentecostal persuasion, of serving God feverishly, I burned out, having expended all resources..all my own strength. I don’t know how many hundreds of messages I had heard on Grace, it’s just there is so much “scale” on our hearts that has to be pierced through with the truth of the Gospel of the kingdom..Then, as if finally I’d given up the “reigns”, God saw fit to reach into the darkness that was my emptiness and bring me a wonderful godly wife and wonderful new son, and to a truly monotheistic church that i can comprehend the concepts of God and the relationship to God through Christ! I now hope to grow in firstly humility, meekness, Grace and the knowledge of the Love of our God, and then how to live out the life he’s prescribed for me..and us. I now realize we are BEING Born Again! How longsuffering wonderful is Our Living God!-Shalom in Messiah Yeshua.
From his earliest days in Christian ministry Stephen Cook fell in love with the Gospels and the teachings of Jesus. As a youth leader he taught a series on the life of Christ which went on for several years, and his fascination with Jesus’ teaching methods and the Jesus’ stories has been ongoing ever since. Most recently he has been involved with planting churches in Pakistan. He lives in Australia and is married with three daughters.
Kyle Casey began seriously attending church about his freshman year of college and after experiencing God for the first time a few years later decided that it would be best to take Him seriously. He began attending Atlanta Bible College to further his education and is now interning at North Hills Church of God. He would like to consider himself a seeker of the truth that only God possesses. Currently he will receive his Bachelor’s Degree of pastoral ministry in May.
Vince Finnegan is the Pastor of Living Hope Community Church in Latham, New York. He is also an author of a half dozen books and has an extensive counseling ministry.
Matt Yaconis is a Computer Programmer who telecommutes to Virginia.
Ken LaPrade is a pastor of home fellowships in both El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. He also works as a full-time educator of children with behavioral problems.
Alex Hall and his wife live in London. We had the pleasure to meet them at the ABC Theological Conference in Atlanta and look forward to them every year.
Alexandra Burns’ passion for the Bible began at 18 when she read the New Testament in Greek. She is involved with a number of church and para-church ministries in her area. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and son.