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. He has a unique anointing to release hope and joy coupled with a revelatory teaching gift that creates new wineskins for greater dimensions of God (both personally and corporately). Steve and his wife Wendy were Senior Pastors for seventeen years and now reside in Redding, California. Steve mentors third-year students as part of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM), is the Associate Director of Bethel Leaders Network (BLN), and together with his wife is the Founder of Igniting Hope Ministries. He has authored numerous books including Declarations, Igniting Faith in 40 Days, Let's Just Laugh at That, and The Culture of Empowerment.