God put His message on your heart. Now it’s up to you to get His message across during your worship service.
Of course you know, your number one best recruiting tool for new members once they’ve decided to visit your church is a powerful sermon and Spirit-filled service that feels welcoming. With those potential new members you likely have just one chance to make an impact before they make their decision about if they will join your church or go find another.
That’s where we come in.
We have been teachers of public speaking for a combined period of more than half a century. One of us taught for a decade at a seminary and the other is a best-selling author about public speaking. Between us we have authored a total of six complete books along with countless articles, book chapters, and other content. We have taught people of all ages speaking skills from coast to coast and around the English-speaking world. Beyond our professional credentials, we are both Christians and just as your work is a ministry and calling, we have come together for our work together here as our way of contributing to helping God spread His message in the best way we know how: teaching you public speaking skills as our ministry.
Here we are:
Gary Dreibelbis, Ed.D., is a native of Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. in Communication from Wheaton College, his M.A. in Communication from Northern Illinois University, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Education also from NIU. During his doctoral program he interned at the BBC in London and also taught at NIU. He moved on to Bradley University as Assistant Director and later Director of the speech team. During that time Bradley won 18 national championships. He also consulted for Caterpillar Inc. and NBC-TV Chicago among other corporations. In 1991, he moved to California to teach at Solano College and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is currently the Assistant Director of Christian Education at Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship in Fairfield, CA. Dr. Dreibelbis is co-author of the book Watching What We Watch: Prime Time Television through the Lens of Faith, author of the book The Video Performer, and author of a soon to be published book The Gospel According to Sesame Street: Learning Life, Love, and Death. He lives in Vacaville, California with his wife Eileen and cat Beamers.
Felicia J. Slattery, M.A., M.Ad.Ed., is on a mission to motivate, inspire and train professionals and ministers to create meaningful connections through effective communication and public speaking. An internationally-acclaimed, award-winning speaker, best-selling author, and the creator of the trademarked Signature Speech™ system, Felicia presents to audiences large and small on topics related to communication, speaking, and being a successful entrepreneur in spite of everything life can throw at you. As a cancer survivor, Felicia’s enthusiastic passion for communication is contagious because she knows that one important message delivered with power can transform a life. She works with experts and entrepreneurs, as well as CEOs, celebrities, pastors and priests to help them more effectively communicate their messages on and off stages while building and maintaining strong relationships locally, nationally, and globally, both in person and virtually using the Internet.
Her books include the #1 Amazon best-seller, 21 Ways to Make Money Speaking, and Cash in on Communication, as well as the soon-to-be-published Kill the Elevator Speech: Stop Selling, Start Connecting. Veteran of hundreds of radio, teleseminar, and television interviews, Felicia regularly appears on stages across the country training others on communication and public speaking skills.
Felicia holds two Master’s Degrees: one in Adult Education and Training from National-Louis University and another in Communication from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught communication courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as several other colleges and universities in the Chicagoland area, including more than a decade teaching public speaking and serving as a speech counselor in the Speech Assistance Area at the College of DuPage. Felicia is Mom to two young daughters and wife to an entrepreneur; they make their home in the far west Chicago suburbs, where they regularly attend Mass. Felicia has served for more than 25 years as a minister of the Word, and serves in an elected position on her daughters’ Catholic School Commission Board in the diocese of Rockford, Illinois.