Our authors are members of the Advisory Board or Executive Board of Christian Unity Ministries. We’ve included more information about each of the authors below. We may also have guest authors from time to time.
Blake Coffee is the founder and Executive Director for Christian Unity Ministries. A Christian author and speaker, he is called to a ministry of training and equipping the Body of Christ toward unity and is the author of Five Principles of Unity, the small group Bible study material at the heart of this group blog. Also a practicing attorney, his law/mediation practice is in San Antonio, Texas, but his ministry of reconciliation and unity spans the globe. Blake is married to Kappie and they have two daughters. He currently serves as a deacon and Bible teacher at San Antonio’s First Baptist Church.
Ken Coffee, Chairman of the Board of Directors, is an ordained minister and mediator with more than 60 years of experience in ministry at both the local church and at the denominational level. He has consulted with churches and pastors across the United States in the areas of church conflict and church health. He is active in the Intentional Interim Ministry through the National Intentional Interim Network and Center for Congregational Health. He lives in San Antonio with his wife, Martha.
Pete Barker is a registered architect with more than 20 years of experience and serves as one of five principals in an architectural firm in Phoenix, Arizona. The son of a Southern Baptist pastor, Pete has been in the church all of his life and has served as Chairman of Deacons, as well as many other administrative capacities. He also serves as a Bible teacher and mediator for his local church. A peacemaker by Spiritual gift, Pete has facilitated small groups in the “Five Principles of Unity” study. His passion for church unity is based on a belief that it is God’s desire for the church and it is what best equips the church for evangelism. Pete resides in Phoenix with his wife, Shirley, and their two children.
Marcus W. Norris is the City Attorney of Amarillo, Texas. He has a B.S. from Hardin-Simmons University and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University. Marcus is active in both state and national municipal attorney organizations. His passion is teaching an adult Bible class at First Baptist Church in Amarillo, where he also serves as a deacon and choir member. Marcus first encountered Christian Unity Ministries a few years ago, in another church which had experienced great strife. “Through the mediation efforts of Christian Unity Ministries and the ‘Five Principles of Unity’ study, I experienced in a former church how a loving yet courageous application of God’s Word can heal deep divisions—and start revival.” Marcus resides in Amarillo with his wife, Judy and daughter, Sarah.
Kristi Tschoepe currently serves as a volunteer and self-employed artist. She attended Baylor University for three years and has a B.S. degree in Art Education from Texas State University. Kristi has over 10 years experience as a fund development director and special events coordinator for the Muscular Distrophy, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Trinity University and Bexar County Medical Society. She has designed and created many marketing programs for the agencies with whom she has worked and for her home church, First Baptist Church, San Antonio. Her passion is working with ministries, especially Christian Unity Ministries, and creating effective ways, with God’s guidance, to educate and grow those ministries. Kristi has one daughter and lives with her husband, Mike, in New Braunfels, Texas.
Dr. Ann Farris is a native of Central Texas; she graduated from Killeen High School, Central Texas College, and Texas A&M University. She served as an administrator in the Killeen Independent School District in positions ranging from teacher to Deputy Superintendent before becoming a professor at Texas A&M-Central Texas. Her husband, Gerald, is a big game guide; her daughter, Lila, is an autism itinerant teacher in Cove ISD. Dr. Farris and her husband lead the Food Care Center in Killeen. She teaches graduate leadership courses, peacemaking and unity and is passionate about teaching, learning, and leading.
Jimmy D. “Skip” Hulett, Jr.is a former State District Judge and has practiced law in Texas since 1983. Presently serving as General Counsel for Goodman Networks, Inc., Skip is an experienced mediator and litigator. A frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars, civic organizations and churches, he served as President of the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association and is a former recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Jefferson County Award. Skip is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and is an active member of his church, presently serving as an Elder at Nineteen:Ten Church in Boerne, Texas. He has also served as Director of Mediation & Arbitration Services for Transitional Ministries. Skip resides in the Texas Hill Country along with his wife Susan and their three children.
Kelley Kimble has served as an Associate District Judge covering six counties in South Texas since 1996. Prior to joining the judiciary, she was in private practice in Dallas specializing in real estate and banking transactions. Kelley is an active lay leader in both her home church, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Uvalde and The Diocese of West Texas. In her home church, Kelley has served on vestry and twice as Senior Warden. Currently, Kelley is an assistant Chancellor for DWTX as well as serving on the Standing Committee, the Finance Committee, Trustee for the Church Corp., and a deputy to General Convention. Kelley is our newest Executive Board member at Christian Unity Ministries and hopes to focus on bringing the Unity discussions across denomination lines. Kelley lives in Uvalde with her husband, Travis. Together, they have 7 children.
Elizabeth Biedrzycki is a graduate from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She is the Web Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Like her father, Blake Coffee, Elizabeth is passionate about relationships and communication. While her skills reside in marketing and advertising, her calling is for the church and helping its members communicate more effectively as ambassadors of Christ.
Philip Schroeder is a pastor and member of the Christian Unity Ministries Advisory board. He first became introduced to this ministry when his own church was in crisis. Through learning from Blake Coffee what the Bible says about unity in order to teach others, he says the incredible happened. He learned them for himself! He knows first hand that learning, teaching and practicing what the Bible says about unity makes a difference. He is still pastoring his first church and his prayer is that it will be his only church. He is married to a wonderful woman and they have four fantastic children…all boys. Fun fact: His second language is Sci-Fi, and he speaks it without an accent.