VITAL Speakers

Hugh Halter

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Hugh is an author and the founder of Missio. He speaks extensively across the country, encouraging and equipping pastors in incarnational ministry and missional leadership. Hugh is the author of several books including The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community and Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth.

Hugh Halter lives in Denver with his wife, Cheryl, on a small ranch with two horses, two chickens, two yellow labs, one cat, and one bunny. Hugh and Cheryl have three children. Their daughters, Alli and McKenna, both attend college in Iowa. After 25 years of living at home, their son Ryan, who has struggled with epilepsy since birth, now lives in Beverly Farms, an assisted living center in Illinois for adults with disabilities. Ryan enjoys making key chains, taking college courses, riding horses, and according to Hugh, checking out the ladies.

Mary Schaller

Mary headshot 2014In early 2008, Mary became president of Q Place, a 53-year-old international ministry previously known as Neighborhood Bible Studies. Under her leadership the ministry has worked toward an exciting new vision, mobilizing Christians with a more expansive outreach/discipleship strategy. Mary is passionate about engaging people outside the church in ongoing spiritual conversations and giving unchurched people an opportunity to question, discover, and grow in their relationship with God. She is the author of How to Start a Q Place, published in 2008.

Mary brings to Q Place twenty years’ experience as an entrepreneur in high technology and new business ventures, having started three companies and worked for several other tech organizations in Boston and San Francisco. Seventeen years ago she turned her attention to ministry and community service with the same enthusiasm and zeal she brought to business ventures. Throughout graduate school at Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div. 2006),  Mary hosted a small group for non-Christians in her home to help them figure out what they believed about God as revealed in the Bible. Mary has trained and supported hundreds of leaders to start seeker small groups, spiritual formation groups, and home groups.

Mary has been married to Paul Schaller for 37 years. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. Mary enjoys reading, cooking, biking, gardening, traveling, walking, and skiing.

Jeff Klein

Jeff Klein_crop_webJeff Klein has spent two decades in ministry encouraging people to walk more deeply with Jesus.  After graduating from Wheaton College in 1982 and Western Theological Seminary in 1986, Jeff was ordained in the Reformed Church in America. Jeff served as a youth pastor, camp chaplain, minister of education, and as a Bible teacher and student life director at a Christian high school where the students dubbed him “the Rev.” After serving as the teaching pastor at Faith Church in Dyer, IN., Jeff launched Jericho Road Church in DuPage County, in the western suburbs of Chicago.

In 2002, Jeff formed Shard Ministries, Inc., a ministry designed to bring the message of Jesus into the chipped and broken lives of students and adults across North America. Through Shard, Jeff has the opportunity to speak at retreats, conventions, serve projects, and worship services.

Jeff, along with his wife, Pam, writes, produces, and records a daily blog called “Walk the Way.” It can be heard on many radio stations and can be seen at

In addition to his passion for speaking and teaching about Jesus, Jeff is passionate about sports of all kinds, fantasy football, reading, and last (but certainly not least!), his family. Jeff and Pam were married in 1986 and they have four children: Benjamin, Lenna, Morghin, and Joseph. Because he remains a kid at heart, Jeff spends a lot of time playing with his kids.