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Steve Strang

Steve Strang, Publisher and Founder

Steve Strang, publisher and founder of Charisma magazine, is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, businessman and author. He is founder and president of Charisma Media, which in addition to Charisma, publishes Ministry Today, the Spanish magazine Vida Cristiana and Christian Retailing. His Orlando, Fla.,-based company also includes Charisma House, Siloam, Creation House, Casa Creación, Realms, and FrontLine, plus many other innovative products that in the last 36 years have earned a reputation as the world’s leading charismatic publisher. read more

Marcus Yoars

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. read more

Jennifer LeClaire

Jennifer LeClaire, News Editor

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor of Charisma. After freelancing for Charisma for seven years, Jennifer now brings her blend of news savvy 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 The Heart of the Prophetic and Doubtless: Faith that Overcomes the World. Her combination of publishing and ministry experience offers a unique take on the news that matters most to charismatic believers. read more

Shawn Akers

Shawn A. Akers, Associate Editor

Shawn Akers, associate 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. He is working on his journalism degree and is scheduled to graduate from Ashford University in 2014. His passions include his family—wife Patty of 15 years and children Rachel (11) and Joshua (9)—St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball and Alabama football. read more

Felicia Abraham

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, 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. read more

Gina Meeks

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.  read more

Lee Grady

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. read more

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