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Dave and Ann Wilson

Characteristics of a Leader

May 29, 2013
A leader embraces humility and excellence. Donovan Campbell, an author, consultant and former Marine Captain, recalls "pick up day" as a new Marine when young recruits like himself were besieged by screaming drill instructors eager to whip them into shape. Men, Campbell notes, need to be broken before they can be rebuilt into fine leaders. Humility is critical because it allows a person to put others first. While vital on the battlefield, excellence is especially needed on the home front, where the next generation is being shaped.

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What makes someone a leader? Former Marine Captain Donovan Campbell, who was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor during his service in Iraq and Afghanistan, talks about the necessity of servant leadership and the importance of a leader knowing his mission, on and off the field.  At home, Campbell says, he has a sacred charge to mold his children into disciples of Christ as he teaches and models faith and virtue. Download Transcript
May 28, 2013
Adoption is a beautiful gift. But it often requires patience as you wait for God’s timing. Kim de Blecourt, with Food for Orphans, talks about the exciting and  challenging journey she and her husband, Jahn, embarked on to adopt their  Ukrainian son, Jake.Download Transcript
May 27, 2013
Conventional wisdom says that parents should teach their children about the birds and the bees or the culture will do it for them. But does it really work? Hear from young men and women whose parents made that choice more than a decade ago.Download Transcript
May 24, 2013
For more than a decade, FamilyLife has partnered with parents to launch their preteens into adolescence with purpose, using Passport To Purity.  But how successful is it? We’ll hear from a number of 20-something Passport alumni as they share the results, 10 years later.Download Transcript
May 23, 2013
Dennis Rainey says that, as parents, we cannot head off all trouble before it presents itself. So parents should stay in "the book"--the Bible--and stick close to their kids. Parents respond to Rainey's challenge with questions of their own.  Download Transcript
May 22, 2013
You'll be surprised where peer pressure comes from.  Dennis Rainey says you cannot assume there is any environment where it is safe to let your guard down.  You need to be coaching your kids to do what is right even if the peer pressure they face is in the church.Download Transcript
May 21, 2013
We live in a deviant culture where nothing seems out-of-bounds any more.  Dennis Rainey challenges parents with the opportunity to prepare their children for adolescence.Download Transcript
May 20, 2013
Success doesn’t always deliver what it promises.  Buck Jacobs, founder of the C12 Group – a Christian leadership development organization, talks about his life as a financially successful, yet spiritually and emotionally miserable businessman before giving his life to Christ. Don Barefoot, president of C12, describes the excitement of seeing businessmen become kingdom focused.Download Transcript
May 17, 2013
Dr. Al Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, talks to singles about the mystery of marriage.Download Transcript
May 16, 2013
Are you getting married for the right reasons?  Pastor Gary Thomas urges singles to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” before starting the search for a lifelong mate. Thomas says dating is a "dance" and that it is God who creates a marriage and sustains it. He reminds singles that they’re not just choosing their future spouse, but they’re also choosing the parent of their future children, their children’s grandparents and extended family.Download Transcripts
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About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

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