ABOUT Carolyn EvansCarolyn Evans, MSW, is a writer, speaker and creator of The Bead Method, a fun, simple method that teaches couples to become intentional about their intimate life.
Her girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone and bottom-line sensibility have made her a favorite guest on television talk shows like The Doctors, The Marie Osmond Show and The TODAY Show among others. She has been featured in Southern Living, Redbook, and Time.com, and many online women's health media outlets.
Carolyn grew up belting out solos from the pulpit of her small, grey
Episcopal church with double red doors in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains of north Georgia. She has always felt God's presence guiding her life, but never more clearly than when she stumbled across The Bead Method. "Really, God?" she asked. "You seriously want me to talk to complete strangers about the importance of sex in a marriage—and tell them all about the Beads?" She got a resounding "Yes". So that's what she does—every day. The Bead Method has already saved thousands of struggling marriages. Now, with the release of their co-authored book, The Bead Method; Creating a Generous Marriage Evans joins forces with the inimitable Mark Gungor and aims to positively impact the course of many, many marriages. "Because sex in a marriage really can be easy and fun again—when you approach it one Bead at a time."
ABOUT Mark Gungor
When Mark Gungor conducted his first marriage seminar, he did so for one reason—because somebody had to do it, and no one else was reaching the couples in his area. The enthusiastic response he received from his first audience was just the tip of the iceberg. Today, he is one of the most sought-after international speakers on marriage and family. Each year thousands of couples attend his Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage® seminars. Mark's candid and comedic approach uses unforgettable illustrations and the power of laughter to teach proven principles that are guaranteed to strengthen any marriage.
"I love to inspire people's lives with truth and humor. There are a lot of performers that make people laugh, and there are a lot of speakers who give solid principles for living. I want to do both," Mark says. His take on marriage issues is refreshingly free of both churchy and psychological lingo. "Our secular culture over-romanticizes marriage and our Christian culture over-spiritualizes it. The reality is that relationships between men and women are very down to earth," Mark comments. "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage® is about helping couples get it right, get along, have fun, and achieve a successful marriage." In recent years, he has devoted much time and energy to bringing the Laugh Your Way seminars and materials to the Latino population, a gesture that has drawn overwhelmingly positive response.
Mark is Senior Pastor of Celebration Church—a multi-site church with five campuses across Wisconsin, and the CEO of Laugh Your Way America. He balances his pastoral duties with a rigorous travel schedule conducting marriage seminars and speaking at churches, as well as civic and corporate events. Mark is one of the most requested speakers for the U.S. Army and his Laugh Your Way materials are used extensively by Chaplains and military personnel.
Mark has been featured on national broadcasts such as Focus on the Family, Life Today and ABC News. His "Better Marriage Minute" is heard on 250 radio stations nationwide, and his radio/TV program, The Mark Gungor Show, is streamed worldwide on the Internet, and seen weekly on TBN-Africa and Sky Angel.
Mark is married to Debbie, his high school sweetheart and constant travel companion. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and have two married children, four grandsons and two granddaughters. Learn more about Mark and his ministry at www.markgungor.com.