Jan Markell is Founder and President of Olive Tree Ministries, a Christian ministry helping Christians see current events through the lens of the Bible. It also is a discernment ministry and encourages Christians to contend for the faith. Jan is the author of 8 major books and a producer of eleven DVDs. She conducts an annual conference called Understanding the Times which is the largest of its nature in America. It draws attendees from 20 states each Fall. She has an active Web ministry, print newsletter, and e-newsletter. Her radio program, now in its ninth year, is also called Understanding the Times. It is syndicated and heard internationally via the Internet. It looks at news and views from a biblical perspective and also focuses on discernment issues for the church.