Steve Backlund is an encourager, leader developer, joy activist, and a revivalist teacher. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches, leaders, and organizations into catalytic levels of hope. Steve and his wife Wendy were senior pastors for seventeen years and now reside in Redding, CA. Steve is the associate director of Bethel Leaders Network, and together with his wife is the founder of Igniting Hope Ministries. He has authored numerous books including Declarations, Igniting Faith in 40 Days, and The Culture of Empowerment.