Writing Team

Faithelement Session Content

Meet Our Writing Team

Get to know the creative persons who write your sessions content each week! Each writer focuses on a particular session page type, and writes that content each week. Nikki Hardeman develops the Bible Background Video script, records on-screen and also writes “Nikki’s Notes”.

Be sure to scroll down to see everyone!

Learn More About Faithelement

Don Breeden

Youth Session Page Writer After graduating from Murray State University in 1998 with an accounting degree. Don felt God’s call into youth ministry. Don grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to serving full time in youth ministry, Don has been an actor, published writer, professional juggler, dancer, singer, and a puppeteer. He has been on performing arts teams, worked at camps, and led seminars and workshops at Christian conferences. Don and his wife Kristin live in Berea with their two children, Logan and McKenzie. He loves baseball and has a dream of someday visiting every major league stadium.

Erin Robinson Hall

Current Session Page Writer

Erin Robinson Hall is a teacher, a minister, a writer, a Mom, a wife, and a beloved daughter. She is the mom to a busy toddler and wife to the best husband in the world who happens to be a pastor. When she wears her pastor’s wife “hat,” it looks a little different than most.

Like her husband, Erin is also a preacher. She does not sit in the same pew from one Sunday to the next, but has been known to bring all manner of folks into the pew beside her. She is a strong believer that a little dancing in the kitchen can make the world a better place, so Beyonce and Michael Jackson, among others, are regulars in her home. She has very little interest in sports, gossip, reality television, or mean people, but loves to talk about big picture, God-winks-in-the-world kind of stuff.

Check out Erin on the Glass Half Full podcast (with Nikki Hardeman).

Check out Erin at her blog.


Nikki Carroll Hardeman

Video Script Writer & Onscreen Personality

In addition to her work with Faithelement, Nikki pursues her vocational ministry as a minister to youth and families, and through retreat-leading and supply-preaching. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to adjunct-teach Old Testament at Mercer University. The Rev. Nikki Hardeman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University in 2002 and from the McAfee School of Theology with a Master of Divinity in 2005.

Nikki and her husband Daniel have two children at home: Natalie, a curious and sensitive eight-year-old and Liam, a very busy four-year-old. They also have a lovable rat terrrier, Jayne. When she has a free moment, Nikki enjoys traveling, watching great T.V. shows on Netflix, taking on new projects around the house, and learning to quilt.

Also check out Nikki on the Glass Half Full podcast (with Erin Robinson Hall).

Jon Parks

Mind Session Page Writer

Jon Parks lives and works in Kosice, Slovakia with his wife Tanya and their two daughters. They minister among the marginalized Roma people of Eastern Slovakia, many of whom are trapped in generations-long cycles of poverty and discrimination. The Parks share God’s love as they serve in Roma schools, teach English classes in Roma communities, and partner with local churches and organizations to spread the Gospel in word and action.

Before moving to Slovakia, Jon served as a pastor in Virginia. He is a singer-songwriter, and he and Tanya have served in various ministries involving music and the arts. He enjoys running, hiking, reading and writing.

Jon Self

Media Session Page Writer

Jon is currently the senior pastor at FBC DeKalb, Illinois, He has served in various ministerial capacities in his lifetime in AR, TX, MO, IN, KY, IL, and overseas. He is honored to have such as wonderful family with his spouse, Maggie, and son, Ryan.

He is a graduate of Williams Baptist College with a degree in Christian Ministries, and a graduate of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky with a Masters of Divinity.

In addition, Jon has some professional athletic experience. He worked as a tennis professional and coach for many years and trained at the USOTC before the 1988 summer Olympics in South Korea. He has a love for God, Bible study, baseball, and Coke Zero. Sadly like many of us, he does not always like them in the correct order.


Joy Yee

Mystic Session Page Writer

A native San Franciscan and pastor in the city, Joy’s heart resides in local church ministry. Working with the people of God to build authentic community which shares God’s love and serves others is a great blessing for her. She also finds deep contentment in serving others as a spiritual director who helps people articulate their experiences with God and respond to Him.

Joy is married to Jimmy Yee and they have two fantastic young adult sons, Nathan and Kevin, who fill their lives with a lot of laughter and perspective. There is also one cat in the family named Misty. The family enjoys getting away to beautiful Monterey, California to eat caramel apples and huge submarine sandwiches every once in a while. A devoted introvert who can enjoy behaving extrovertedly, Joy loves to read books, play the piano, sing, cook large amounts of food, jog and take naps on the couch under her favorite quilt.


David Adams

Chief Curriculum Guru

While he is currently wearing many hats, including that of an adjunct professor at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, David served on a number of church staffs, as well as on regional and national boards and committees for multiple Christian denominations and has been in and around curriculum resource design and production for a very long while. In addition to various projects for FaithLab, he has also worked with Group Publishing, Judson Press, Smyth & Helwys Publishing, and other professional resource providers, as well as creating numerous resources for churches, camps, and other organizations.

A dedicated technologist (which sounds better than saying “computer geek”), David has spent much of the past few years exploring ways to apply information-age tools to faith and culture, and is often called upon for pulpit supply, workshops, consulting, or anything else that congregations might need as they come to grips with the changing times. As one of those people who would do just about anything for his students, he sometimes has to.

David and his wife Patty live in Northern Kentucky with their daughter Rebecca, who attends college there. In addition to being an ardent baseball fan, he works to maintain his readiness in case John Calipari should call for help.

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