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Our Team

BJ Thompson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 bj@buildabetterus.com

BJ is a life coach, speaker, and author who helped launch one of the largest faith movements in recent history – the “116 Movement” with Grammy award winning artist Lecrae. He also served alongside Bryan Loritts to expand groundbreaking racial reconciliation work in Memphis, TN. BJ has worked with tens of thousands of individuals and couples all over the world helping them experience personal and relational growth. Currently BJ serves as the executive director for Build a Better Us. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in Christian studies from Union University. He has been featured in Relevant Magazine, Propel, Christianity Today, Barna, & other publications. He has also worked with History Chanel, RZIM, ERLC, Desiring God, Universities & other corporations. He and his wife Vanja have been married 16 years and live in Atlanta with their three children.

Shayna Wildermuth

COLLEGE DIRECTOR

 Shayna@buildabetterus.com

Shayna was born and raised on a farm in central Illinois.  She got a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business at Illinois State University. College was a pivotal time in her life due to her father’s death during her first semester of college.  After graduation Shayna entered collegiate ministry as she wanted to walk along side college students during one of the most transforming times in their lives.  She has spent the last 15 years in college ministry in 3 different states and on multiple campuses.  As a result of her mentoring investment, many women and men are thriving across the nation.  Shayna joins the Build a Better Us team to start campus ministries in Chicago.  Shayna loves the complexity and beauty that abounds in cities and is passionate about helping students live holistic and brave lives.

Bob & Nancy Moore

CARES RETREAT FACILITATORS

 drbob48@gmail.com

Bob and Nancy have been married almost 47 years and share over 30 years of counseling, mentoring, and life coaching experience combined. Bob is a Professional Counselor with a Doctorate in Psychology focusing on marriage and family issues. Nancy has a Master’s in Christian Counseling and is a certified Life Coach. Bob considers himself a wounded healer who is passionate about getting on the wavelength of a person or couple to determine where they are really hurting. Nancy’s life journey has been all about partnering with people to solve problems and work through struggles. Together, they share the passion of serving and strengthening marriages all over the country with love and empathy. They are an amazing team!

Jessica Smith

Communication Specialist

 jessica@buildabetterus.com

Toi Pearson

Small Groups Director

 toi@buildabetterus.com