Cynthia Swindoll

Cynthia Swindoll
President and Chief Executive Officer

Serving as president and chief executive officer of Insight for Living Ministries, Cynthia Swindoll provides hands-on, positive encouragement among the ministry’s growing, competent staff. Her role is crucial. She reads every line of every manuscript; together these manuscripts form the basis for all the ministry’s broadcasts and podcasts. A model of inspirational leadership among all who serve at our local headquarters in Frisco, Texas, as well as at our growing number of locations around the world, Cynthia creatively and strategically oversees all the events that rally the public’s interest and involvement, all while promoting a standard of excellence that has become state-of-the-art among media ministries.

Cynthia has served on the Insight for Ministries Board of Directors since July 1979, the Board of Directors for National Religious Broadcasters since 1988, the NRB President’s Council since 2005, and the Wycliffe Bible Translators President’s Council since 2011—a role that has had tremendous impact in her strategic plans for Insight for Living Ministries’ Vision 195. In everything she does, Cynthia strongly supports Chuck’s practical, applicable Bible teaching. Without hesitation, Chuck says of Cynthia, “She is the wind beneath my wings.”

Chuck and Cynthia live in Frisco, Texas. They have four adult kids, ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and seven great-grandkids.

Bill Gemaehlich

Bill Gemaehlich
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Bill Gemaehlich has 24 years of executive leadership and business operations experience with nonprofit organizations and an additional 10 years of experience in the for-profit corporate world. Bill began his career at the age of 15 when he started his own business, The Back Porch—a men’s clothing store and art gallery. At only 15, Bill became the youngest member of the Jacksonville, Oregon Chamber of Commerce.

Bill holds a bachelor-of-science degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has served at Insight for Living Ministries for 20 years and is responsible for leading and managing operations at the international headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Additionally, Bill serves on the ministry’s boards of directors in Canada, the United Kingdom, Poland, Australia, Romania and Brazil.

In addition to his work at Insight for Living Ministries, Bill pastors a country church located near Weston, Texas. Bill and his family are actively involved in short-term missions to Africa, Central and South America, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. Bill’s passion for ministry revolves around mentoring and helping people grow in the grace and knowledge of God through expositional study of the Bible, as well as encouraging them to love God with all their hearts and to love others as themselves.

Bill serves on the boards of directors for other local charities and nonprofits. Bill is married to Nancy and lives in the country near their daughter, and two grandchildren. His son and daughter-in-law live in Brooklyn, New York. Bill enjoys travel, restoring antique buildings, and riding horses.

Tom Hayes

Tom Hayes
Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer

In more than 20 years of ministry, Tom has focused on sharing the gospel with those who have not yet heard. Whether in student ministry, church consultation, or missions work, Pastor Tom’s heart to mobilize the church has been evident.

Tom holds a B.A. in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in missions from Southwest Baptist University, a M.A. in Cross-Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary, and earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Executive Leadership from Denver Seminary. Before joining the staff at Insight for Living Ministries, Tom spent two decades in ministry, most recently serving for many years as the pastor of Missions and Community Impact at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where Chuck Swindoll is the senior pastor-teacher. In this role, Tom managed ministry relationships that covered 14 countries as well as mobilized and equipped church members to pursue the mission of God with their own lives.

As executive vice president of International Ministries, Tom ministers to the global church as it proclaims the truths of Scripture in multiple languages and cultures. His heart is to serve the pastor/translators who work at the Insight for Living Ministries’ regional offices around the world, translating and contextualizing Insight for Living messages, Chuck’s books, and other ministry resources to make them accessible to all individuals in their heart languages. Currently, Insight for Living Ministries broadcasts in eight languages in more than seventy countries and is developing more as part of Insight for Living Ministries Vision 195.

The Bible teaches us that the world is ripe for the harvest. Tom’s passion aligns with Insight for Living Ministries’ hope to broadcast the simple yet life-changing message of the Bible in every language of the world. Tom and his International Ministries team also aim to equip local pastors to study Scripture and deliver the timeless, relevant, and applicable Word of God in their own communities through our Searching the Scriptures training series.

Tom previously served since 2010 on the Insight for Living Ministries Board of Directors and currently serves on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) and two global mission organizations—WorldVenture and Mission GO.

Tom and his wife, Katie, were married in 2001 and have walked side by side through the incredible journey of life together in Christ. They both love to travel, and Tom has travelled to and ministered in more than 40 countries. Tom and Katie make their home in Texas, where they are constantly entertained by their two young sons.

Alex Viering

Alex Viering
Executive Vice President and Chief Donor Ministries Officer

Alex has more than 20 years of sales and sales management experience. Most recently, Alex managed his own international importing company. He enjoys using his God-given ability of building strong relationships in his role at IFLM.

Alex was born in South Korea and adopted by an American family in 1981. He was raised in Bettendorf, Iowa, and graduated with a B.A. in marketing from the University of Northern Iowa.

Alex and his wife Regina have been married since 1996. Alex and Regi serve on the leadership team of their adult fellowship class at Stonebriar Community Church (SCC) and have been Awana ministry partners for several years. They love to travel and, especially, to learn each country’s history. Their favorite vacation spot is Maui for rest and relaxation. They both enjoy exercise and staying in shape.

They have three great kids who all love the Lord and are actively involved at SCC.

Bryce Klabunde

Bryce Klabunde
Executive Vice President and Chief Searching the Scriptures Officer

Bryce Klabunde has served in a variety of pastoral roles at Insight for Living Ministries since 1991. Graduating in 1987 from Chuck Swindoll’s alma mater Dallas Theological Seminary, Bryce studied under many of Chuck’s mentors and has a close connection with Chuck’s theology and pastoral heart.

Bryce began at Insight for Living Ministries as senior writer in the former Educational Ministries Department. In 1998, Bryce moved into the Pastoral Ministries Department as a pastoral counselor and, two years later, was asked to lead the department as vice president.

When Insight for Living Ministries relocated from California to Texas in 2001, Bryce and his wife, Jolene, and their four children made the move as well, joining Stonebriar Community Church, Chuck’s rapidly-growing congregation in Frisco. At Stonebriar, Bryce assisted in the SoulCare ministry as a trainer and implemented a shepherding and prayer ministry within his adult fellowship group.

In 2003, Chuck and the leadership at Stonebriar ordained Bryce, confirming his call to the ministry. Bryce’s passion to help hurting people led him to pursue postgraduate training at Western Seminary, where he earned a doctor of ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling in 2005.

In 2008, Bryce took a position as soul care pastor at a church in San Diego, California. For nine years, he tended the flock’s needs for pastoral care, officiating at memorial services, teaching, organizing mission trips, and leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. All the while, Bryce continued as a consultant with Insight for Living Ministries, working on a database of Chuck’s sermons.

Returning to Texas in 2017 as vice president of Searching the Scriptures studies, Bryce brings an extensive knowledge of Chuck’s teaching, a wealth of experience in pastoral ministry, and a mission to help Insight for Living listeners grow closer to their Savior.

Bryce’s wife, Jolene, is an educator specializing in teaching children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. They enjoy reading books together, traveling, and taking long walks with their dog, Happy.