Diane Strack, Founder and President
For over 35 years, Diane Strack has created, facilitated, and spoken at women’s and youth ministries across the nation. She urges women to engage their circles of influence to share the Good News of God’s love and healing. Diane’s life message is to “Always Expect Amazing” because it is never too late for God to bring about hope and a new start in a life. She is also the Founder and Author of New Start for Single Moms and the Co-founder of Student Leadership University. Diane currently serves as Member of the Board of Directors of One More Child Foundation, a ministry that touches 160,000 children annually through adoption, foster care, trafficking restoration, single mom homes, and international ministry.
She and her husband Jay live in Central Florida and love spending time with their daughters Missy, Chris and son-in-law Brent, and six grandchildren.
A passionate leader and advocate for the needs and care of children around the world, Christi Haag is a renowned speaker, thought influencer and spokeswoman for One More Child, a faith-based non-profit where she is a leader in Christian orphan care, humanitarian aid and global ministry. Christi is happily married to her best friend, Jerry, for 32 years! Jerry is President/CEO of FBCH & One More Child. They have two awesome sons, Ben and Brady. Ben lives in Dallas and makes every day an amazing adventure, and Brady just married Katie (whom they ADORE), and they live in Austin. Christi is also a survivor of breast cancer and a double mastectomy. She is an encourager to women who have experienced trauma and hardships. Christi will make you laugh and help you love Jesus more and more.
Dr. Cynthia Mitchell
Dr. Cynthia A. Mitchell is a wife, foster/ future adoptive mother, minister, educator and friend who loves to assist in creating and developing opportunities for purposeful success for others. Her commitment is to seeing the God’s people succeed and become their best is present in both ministry and her career as an educator.
Dr. Cynthia Alexander Mitchell accepted her call to ministry and service in1993 and began serving immediately in campus ministry while an undergraduate college student. Prior to graduating, she joined CMBC and over the past two decades has served as an Associate Minister, Director of Discipleship Development, Director of the L.I.F.E Institute, Superintendent of the Sunday School, Children’s Church Minister, Co-Teacher for Embolism of Destiny Women’s Ministry, the bereavement ministry support, and the grant writing ministry. She currently actively serves in ministry at Christ Missionary Baptist Church and works with both with several local and national Faith Based initiatives that expand opportunities for global kingdom expansion.
For the past 23 years, Dr. Alexander Mitchell has worked in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, district staff development coordinator, principal, instructional leadership director, assistant superintendent of academics, director of family and community engagement, district manager of school and leadership development, and as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Christian Brothers University and the University of Memphis. Additionally, Dr. Mitchell has served on the Christian Brothers University NCATE Accreditation Team and Curriculum and Administrative Leadership Program Redevelopment Committee. She was also the President of the Memphis Public Schools Principal Association and was one of 30 Founding Principal/National Participant in the National Institute for Urban School Improvement LEADScape, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Donna Gaines is the wife of Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church and he formerly served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2016 to 2018. Donna is a graduate of Union University (B.S.) and Texas Woman’s University, (M.Ed.). Donna is a devoted student of God’s Word and has written and taught Bible Studies for over 36 years. She has taught youth, college and women’s groups. She is the author of four books, There’s Gotta Be More, Seated: Living from Our Position in Christ, Leaving Ordinary, Encounter God through Extraordinary Prayer and her fourth book, Choose Wisely, Live Fully. Steve and Donna have been married for 40 years and have four children, Grant, senior pastor of Belle Aire Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN and married to Melisa, homemaker; Lindsey, homemaker and wife of Ryan Wingo, worship pastor at Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Bogart, GA; Allison, homemaker and wife of Gentry Hill, senior pastor of FBC Camden, AR and Bethany, homemaker and wife of David Golding with Turner Construction Company of Memphis TN. Steve & Donna have fifteen grandchildren!
Yvette Santana has served the Lord and the church since her youth. Her passions are education and equipping women to ensure that all have an equal opportunity to fulfill their dreams and live up to their God-given potential.
She holds a Masters degree in Educational Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Sociology. She served as a Guidance Counselor in a K-12 urban school setting, working specifically with at-risk youth. She has served in ministry together with her husband for over 31 years as Evangelists, Youth and Education directors, Evangelism Directors, and Lead Pastors, where they oversaw the rebranding- revitalization of two congregations.
Currently, she serves as Women’s Discipleship Coordinator for the Church of God SW Region and is pursuing a doctorate in organizational change and administration.
Yvette is married to Samuel and together they have two sons Samuel II and David, who as young adults continue to bring them much joy.
At the age of sixteen Rachel would begin to start her journey in ministry. Marked by the tragic and sudden loss of her earthly father when she was just fourteen years old, she had only one source of hope and solace-her Heavenly Father. Upon committing her life to the ways of Christ she began to learn through serving others. She began evangelizing at her school and in the streets. As a sixteen-year-old she led prayer groups at school in Spring, Texas. At seventeen she served at the local church as a Children’s Pastor and Youth Pastor. At twenty she would attend Bible School and began traveling with her mentor in ministry to further her knowledge and reach.
At the age of twenty-four Rachel married her husband Bradley, whom she has been married to for seven years now. Together they have worked for multiple ministries and are the parents of two children. Currently she works with New Destiny Christian Center out of Orlando Florida. She has been preaching the gospel since she was seventeen years old. Though her experiences have been great and varied, she knows her true work is just beginning.