The Renewal Ministries Staff

Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin is president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Ralph also hosts The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world.

Ralph holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome and is a professor and the director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and was also appointed as a “peritus” to the Synod on the New Evangelization in October of 2012.

Ralph is the author of a number of books, the most recent of which are The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call, The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, and Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization. He and his wife Anne have six children and sixteen grandchildren and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Peter Herbeck

Peter Herbeck

Peter Herbeck is the vice president and director of missions for Renewal Ministries. For more than thirty years, he has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the US, Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Peter is a co-host for the weekly television programs The Choices We Face and Crossing the Goal. He also hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth. He is a frequent conference speaker, has authored When the Spirit Comes in Power and When the Spirit Speaks, and has produced CDs and booklets about discipleship and life in the Spirit. Peter is involved with i.d.9:16, an outreach to Catholic young adults sponsored by Renewal Ministries. Peter and his wife Debbie have four children and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Sr. Ann Shields, SGL

Sr. Ann Shields, SGL

Sr. Ann Shields, SGL, is an internationally noted conference and retreat speaker, and the author of numerous books on Catholic spirituality, including Deeper Conversion, To Be Like Jesus, and More of the Holy Spirit. She currently hosts the popular daily radio program Food for the Journey.

She is part of Renewal Ministries’ leadership team and a member of The Servants of God’s Love, a charismatic religious community established in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.

Sr. Ann was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI in September of 2012 for service to the Church. She also is a recipient of the Aggiornamento Award, given by the Catholic Library Association in recognition of outstanding contribution through her books and articles for the renewal of parish and community life.

Debbie Herbeck

Debbie Herbeck

Debra Herbeck speaks at conferences and retreats about spiritual growth, discipleship, and her own journey from Judaism to the Catholic Church. For the past thirty years, she has worked extensively in youth and women’s ministry. Debbie is the co-founder and leader of Be Love Revolution, a movement dedicated to helping young women encounter and be God’s love in the world. Debbie is the director of Pine Hills Girls Camp. She also helps lead i.d.9:16, an outreach of Renewal Ministries that equips young adult Catholics to live as intentional disciples.

She has written Safely Through the Storm: 120 Reflections on Hope, Firmly on the Rock: 120 Reflections on Faith, and Love Never Fails: 120 Reflections on Love. She and her husband Peter co-authored When the Spirit Speaks: Touched by God’s Word.

Debbie and Peter have four children and four grandchildren. They live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Pete Burak

Pete Burak

Pete Burak is the director of i.d.9:16, the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries. He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is working toward a Master’s Degree in Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Pete is a frequent speaker on discipleship, evangelization, and young adult topics, and he is the co-director of Pine Hills Boys Camp. Pete and his wife Cait have three children.

Gary Seromik

Gary Seromik

Gary Seromik is the director of office administration and human resources for Renewal Ministries. He oversees the finances, database, and fundraising, and has worked with Ralph since 1972. Gary and his wife Anilu have four children and four grandchildren.

Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch is Renewal Ministries' TV and radio producer. He and his wife, Lisa, have five adult children and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Jack is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for over forty years, he currently leads the Life in the Spirit Seminar for his parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to joining Renewal Ministries, he had a thirty-five-year career in information technology in a variety of positions, and with a variety of companies. He ran as a candidate for the U.S. Congress in 2008 and 2010.

Laura Gurta

Laura Gurta

Laura Gurta is product manager and administrative assistant for Renewal Ministries. Laura and her husband Chris have been married since 1986, and have four children and three grandchildren.

Kathleen Kittle

Kathleen Kittle

Kathleen Kittle is the missions and conference administrator for Renewal Ministries. Kathleen lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband Vic and their two children. She graduated with a business degree from Michigan State University and has an MBA from Boston University. She brings many years of experience in health care and human services to her work at Renewal Ministries.

Emily Bachelor

Emily Bachelor

Emily Bachelor is the head of the Creative Services Department at Renewal Ministries. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2004 with a BFA in graphic design and has been passionate about visual arts since she could hold a crayon. Emily and her husband Jeff have been married since 2005 and have been involved in a variety of Catholic ministries.

Therese Jones

Therese Jones

Therese Jones is back on the team after a thirty-year break, working part-time as our receptionist and administrative assistant. From 1982-1984, she worked as Ralph Martin's secretary, and is thrilled to be an active member of the ministry again. Therese has been involved in the charismatic renewal since 1977. She is very actively involved in her parish. She and her husband Dave have been married since 1984, and are blessed with six children and three amazing grandchildren.

Heather Schultz

Heather Schultz

Heather Schultz is the newsletter editor at Renewal Ministries. She graduated from Hillsdale College with a BA in English, and has more than twenty years of experience in writing and editing. She and her husband Doug have five children, and are active members of St. Mary’s Church in Pinckney

Lauren Yurko

Lauren Yurko

Lauren Yurko works as a part-time data entry clerk for Renewal Ministries. She is a student at the University of Michigan, studying biopsychology, cognition, neuroscience, and Spanish. Lauren was motivated to follow her current path of study after participating in a Renewal Ministries’ mission trip to Mexico during her senior year at Father Gabriel Richard High School.

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