SPEAKER BIOSTHE GATHERING 2022
RALPH MARTIN | President of Renewal Ministries
Ralph Martin is the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world, and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than thirty countries.
Ralph is also the director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit (www.shms.edu). He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and he continues to serve in this capacity. Ralph also was appointed as a theological expert for the Synod on the New Evangelization.
He is the author of the widely read The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, and many books on spirituality and evangelization, such as Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization, and The Urgency of the New Evangelization, as well as many articles in scholarly and popular publications. His most recent book, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward, examines the forces working to undermine the Body of Christ while also using both Scripture and Tradition to fortify the faithful.
Ralph and his wife, Anne, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have six children and nineteen grandchildren.
PETER HERBECK | Executive Vice President of Renewal Ministries
Peter Herbeck is the Executive 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, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Peter is the co-host of the weekly television show, The Choices We Face. He hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth. He is a frequent conference speaker, has authored When the Spirit Comes in Power, When the Spirit Speaks, and numerous booklets, and is a frequent contributor to Renewal Ministries’ popular YouTube channel. Peter and his wife, Debbie, have four children and nine grandchildren, and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
DR. MARY HEALY | Professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Dr. Mary Healy is a professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and serves as chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS). Her doctorate is in Biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She is a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue, and she speaks nationally and internationally. She was appointed by Pope Francis as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
Dr. Healy has published numerous books, including Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Renewal Ministries has produced two CDs of Peter Herbeck’s interviews with Dr. Healy, Does Jesus Still Heal? and Made for Relationship: A Biblical Understanding of Homosexual Behavior.
LAVINIA SPIRITO | Leader of Catholic Way Bible Study
Lavinia Spirito is the founding team teaching leader for Catholic Way Bible Study, currently distributed in forty US states and internationally. She is also adjunct lecturer for the Saint Meinrad Permanent Deacon Formation Program and co-host of Real Living and Unpacking the Gospel, two weekly radio programs on relevant issues facing today’s Catholics, and also makes guest appearances, blogs, and writes articles for the various websites. Lavinia travels and speaks nationally and internationally giving retreats, priest retreats, conferences, parish missions, and days of reflection. She has led and participated in catechist and deacon formation, RCIA, adult education, and CCD. Lavinia is active in parish renewal and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the US and Italy. She and her husband, Michael, live in Lexington, Kentucky, and have two adult daughters.