As Founding Director of Hollywood Prayer Network, Karen speaks and teaches around the country on how people of faith can pray for the people in the entertainment industry. She is also a published co-author of two books: How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out and The Day I Met God. Aside from her leadership at HPN, Karen is Co-Founder and Producer for JC Productions, an independent TV and music production company. She has had extensive experience producing TV specials, documentaries and children’s programming (click HERE to read her full bio). Karen is a member of the Producers Guild of America, a founding member of PREMISE, and a board member of the Biola University Entertainment Task Force. She is a graduate of USC with a BA in Producing. Karen is married to her best pal, Jim, a composer. They are the proud parents of their two sons: Christopher, a script reader and consultant (http://christophercovell.com) and Cameron, who works at RocketJump.
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Megan is a Texan, raised in a rural community where using words like ``y'all`` and ``howdy`` are common practice. At the age of 18 she ran away from home, with her mother's permission of course; to pursue her dreams of entertainment. She went to the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts: School of Film and Television, in the heart of New York City, where she trained the wonderful art that is acting for film. While in New York, she maintained a number of jobs working in the Off-Broadway theater circuit. She moved to Los Angeles in February of 2013, with big dreams of working in the entertainment industry, to make a difference and add more beauty to the world. With a huge heart for film, television, music, and all the people involved in the process; she was lead to serve as a leader for a Christian Based Entertainment Fellowship known as ``Artists: L.A.`` She has a huge heart for people and speaks fluently in ``dad-jokes,`` you have been warned!
As Ministry Relations Director for the Hollywood Prayer Network, Kim connects with Universities, Colleges, Churches, Ministry Organizations, Prayer Ministries and people around the country to facilitate the sharing of HPN’s mission and to coordinate Karen’s speaking engagements. She has been in various forms of leadership in ministry for over 30 years at her church including co-leader of the women’s ministry for 14 years. Together with her husband Rick, an Emmy award winning producer as well as writer, editor and director, they have a desire to see hearts changed in Hollywood. They are dad and mom to three boys, two daughter-in-laws and two grandchildren. Kyle, a UCLA graduate and Master’s student at Kings University; Shane, a student at Kings, a youth worship pastor and sound design expert at Big Fish Audio; and Brendon a US Marine.
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Sarah developed a love of performing arts as a participant in her church's extensive fine arts programs. After graduating high school, she began working behind the scenes as part of the SFX/pyrotechnics crew for church productions and other venues, did fireworks for the Memphis Redbirds, and also did production work with various theaters around the city. She studied theatre and film at the University of Memphis, and graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Communication. After interning for the Jim Henson Company in Hollywood, she made a permanent move to Los Angeles in 2013. Since then, she's worked with Levar Burton on ``Reading Rainbow,`` assisted on short films and commercials, worked as a background actor on ``Mad Men`` and ``Silicon Valley,`` and currently works as a movie reviewer for MovieGuide. When she's not watching or writing about movies, Sarah works with animals as a pet-sitter, and uses her background as a former Apple employee to assist the Hollywood Prayer Network with administrative and technical work.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder & CEO, Cooke Pictures
An internationally known writer and speaker, Phil Cooke has actually produced media programming in nearly 50 countries around the world. Through his company, Cooke Pictures, he’s helped some of the largest nonprofit organizations and leaders in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture. According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare – a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. He’s appeared on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and Fox News, and his work has been profiled in The NY Times, The LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He’s lectured at universities like Yale, UC Berkeley, and UCLA and is an adjunct professor at the King’s University in Los Angeles. In addition to writing his blog at www.philcooke.com, he also blogs for The Huffington Post and is a contributor to Fast Company, www.Forbes.com, and www.FoxNews.com.
Founding Partner & Vice President, Cooke Pictures
A media professional and former award winning actress, Kathleen is a founding partner and Vice President at Cooke Pictures, where she is a key creative leader and oversees casting for all major projects. She is a former Cinema and Media Arts adjunct at Biola University and co-directed the Biola Media Conference from 2007 – 2011 on the CBS Studios Lot. She is presently an adjunct at Asbury University and is currently developing a media and entertainment industry internship program. She, along with her husband Phil, have a nonprofit called The Influence Lab, focusing on redefining the international misson strategy in the digital age. She is the editor of the monthly Influence Women Newsletter, and you can read her weekly blog at www.kathleencooke.com, where she speaks on developing, connecting and inspiring Christian women working in media and entertainment. She's on the advisory board for the Hollywood Prayer Network and Hollywood Connect, and she directed Christian Women In Media / West Coast / Hollywood from 2011 to 2013. She travels and speaks nationally and internationally on issues of faith, media, family and culture.
Faculty, Biola University
Rick is faculty at Talbot Seminary teaching on faith and money dealing with stewardhsip, credit, work and debt. He received degrees from Biola and Talbot in 1979 (BA), 1990 (MACE), and again in 2001 (Ph.D.). His academic training has been in the area of Christian Education and Education Administration. His responsibilities at Biola have included University Events, Public Relations, University Relations and Publications, Development and Alumni Relations. Outside of HPN and Biola, Rick serves as the President of the La Mirada Community Foundation and President of the board of Nightlight Christian adoptions. Professional memberships include the Christian Stewardship Association, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Karen is a former staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ, where she served with Associates in Media, ministering to Hollywood entertainment professionals. She then became the assistant to an executive producer at Universal Television before receiving her Masters Degree in Social Work. Karen is a professor of sociology at Phoenix University and a social worker for families in Hollywood. She also works part-time with a hot line in Santa Monica, CA, counseling victims of rape.
Brannon has been a pastor at Saddleback Church (Los Angeles) in a variety of roles since 2014. Brannon’s education includes a Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry with a Pastoral Emphasis along with a Master’s degree in Theology. Brannon’s deepest passion is community development. He loves the opportunity to connect with people, connect people to community, and challenge himself and others to dive into the deep end of community engagement. He sees the church as the most beautiful, diverse, complex and worth wild family to be apart of in the universe! Above all, Brannon loves Jesus. His hope is to continue to help people truly know and love God in the inner most part of their soul. Brannon believes that an encounter with the radical unconditional love of God changes the way we love all people around us. He also loves to freestyle rap and will willingly do so whenever a beat is played!
Pastor, Cornerstone Church West Los Angeles
Jim Leonard has been a pastor and counselor since 1986. Jim's education includes a Bachelor's degree in American History and Master's degrees in Communication and Clinical Psychology. Jim loves the opportunity to connect people to Jesus Christ, as well as to enable Christians to find new and excellent ways of living out their relationship with God. He sees the Church as rich in diversity in every way except our unity of faith. His hope is to continue to build people and invite the Church to grow as a community of diversity and unity.
No one knows exactly what it is that Ryan does and he likes to keep it that way. Ryan stumbled into the tech world by accident and never looked back. He runs a business development and influencer marketing consultancy that helps media and tech companies leverage today's digital mediums to communicate their message. Ryan has been privileged to work with 4 best selling authors and sits on the boards of the Daily Crowdsource, TurningPointUSA, and many others. He enjoys long walks on the beach (with God), and his favorite bible verse is Luke 11:8. He is a proud USC Trojan, great mediocre golfer. great public speaker, and resides in Los Angeles.
Beau Wirick has been acting professionally since 1998. He currently plays Sean Donahue on ABC's The Middle. He grew up in Orange County, CA and attended USC's Marshall School of Business. He helped start and currently leads a Christian Artist Fellowship called ``Artists LA`` in Hollywood.