Facebook Facebook Facebook Donate

Audio Archive

Riis Chistensen

Riis Christensen Personal Testimony - November 28, 2018

Riis Christensen has spent the last 36 years in Dallas representing Fortune 500, local and national companies in the acquisition and disposition of space across the U.S.  For the past 19 years, he has been a Senior Vice President with Transwestern.  Riis became a believer in Christ at the ripe old age of 43 after reading Lee Strobel’s “Case for Christ”.

Riis and his wife, Michele, run Mission Possible Relief, a Christian 501c3.  They helped to found Maison de la Liberte (Freedom House), an orphanage in Croix des Boquets, Haiti where they have spiritual oversight for 27 children, 19 of whom were restaveks (child slaves), while the other 8 came from some of the most horrific slums in all of Haiti.

Michele started a trade school 2 years ago in Haiti for aging-out orphans, widows and single moms after witnessing the brutal cycle of poverty repeat itself across generations.  She is in the process of expanding the school.  With over 80% unemployment in the country, Michele is empowering these vulnerable and most afflicted Haitians to support themselves and their families through sewing, tailoring and discipling.

Riis focuses much of his efforts in Haiti on doing clean water projects to prevent death and chronic sickness.  80% of illness in Haiti is caused from ingesting contaminated water.  Typhus, cholera, e-coli and many parasites in ground water cause a variety of crippling and deadly illnesses such as dysentery.  Riis and Michele have installed effective, low cost ($1,500 each) clean water systems in orphanages, schools, hospitals and churches across Haiti.  Each system can give 2-3,000 people life-giving water.

In all of these service areas—whether caring for orphans, teaching trades, or providing clean water, having the opportunity to share the Living Water of Jesus Christ is Riis and Michele’s grandest calling.  Haitians are hungry for the Gospel, and Jesus is the only answer to their many complex problems.

Riis and Michele have 3 grown children living in Dallas.  Over the past years, the Lord has put a strong and clear calling on their lives to ultimately move to Haiti to help “Break the Cycle” of spiritual and economic poverty.

June Hunt

June Hunt Personal Testimony - October 26, 2018

June Hunt is founder and CSO (Chief Servant Officer) of The Hope Center and HOPE FOR THE HEART. June is one of the world’s leading biblical counselors, whose life’s work has yielded landmark contributions in her field. This author, singer and speaker, founded The Hope Center housing 43 Christian non-profit ministries, and HOPE FOR THE HEART—a ministry known for changing lives with resources translated into 34 languages in 60+ countries on 6 continents.

After years of teaching and research, June developed 100+ topical Biblical Counseling Keys—exploring definitions, characteristics, causes, and solutions on subjects ranging from Anger, Abuse and Addictions, to Apologetics, Parenting and Suicide. These distinctive learning and counseling tools comprise the Biblical Counseling Library which has become the foundation for the ministry’s steady expansion. This includes the 2002 creation of the Biblical Counseling Intensives—9 hours of in-depth teaching on one topic at a time. Her two radio programs are heard on hundreds of radio outlets around the world: HOPE FOR THE HEART and HOPE IN THE NIGHT—June’s live call-in counseling program.

A top-selling author with sales over 1.5 million books, June has a wide variety of topics including, The Answer to Anger, the Biblical Counseling Reference Guide, Bonding with Your Teen through Boundaries, the highly practical Caring for a Loved One with Cancer, Counseling Through Your Bible Handbook, Hope for Your Heart, How to Deal with Difficult Relationships, How to Defeat Harmful Habits, How to Forgive . . . When You Don’t Feel Like It, How to Handle Your Emotions, How to Rise Above Abuse, the devotional classic Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes, and over 60 minibooks.

This popular guest lecturer at colleges and seminaries is a sought-after speaker. As an accomplished musician with 5 vocal CDs, June was soloist for the Billy Graham Crusades, the USO and has appeared on the Today Show.

Whether writing, speaking, or singing, June Hunt is dedicated to presenting God’s Truth for Today’s Problems—confident that a changed mind produces a changed heart . . . and a changed heart produces a changed life.

Travis Gallivan

Travis Gallivan Personal Testimony - September 26, 2018

Travis Gallivan is an associate at Velocis, where he is involved in the asset management of the firm’s real estate investments. Prior to joining Velocis, Gallivan served as a senior associate with Peloton Commercial Real Estate in Dallas, Texas, where he completed over 1.9 million square feet of lease transactions on behalf of local and institutional Landlords. Gallivan has earned his CCIM designation and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Marty Wieder

Marty Wieder Personal Testimony - July 25, 2018

Marty Wieder is Director of Economic Development with the City of Grand Prairie. Prior to joining Grand Prairie in May 2016, he served as Director, Economic Development with the City of Colleyville for almost 7 years. Marty also previously worked with GSBS Architects’ Texas Office (where he earned his American Institute of Certified Planners credentials) as Director of Marketing, Planning & Project Development, as well as in economic development-related positions with the City of North Richland Hills (NRH), the Northeast Tarrant and Arlington Chambers of Commerce and at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).

Marty grew up in Arlington, Texas—where he observed the work (and very early in his career got the opportunity to work with) historic Mayor, Congressman and County Judge Tom Vandergriff. Marty attended the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication (1983) and later a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs (1988).

Marty is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the American Planning Association and its Economic Development Division, the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers and its P3 Retail Program Advisory Committee. He is a Director on the North Texas Commission Board and is a Class 4 (2012-13) graduate of the Commission’s Leadership North Texas program. He is also presently serving as the first Chairman of the North Central Texas Economic Development District (NCTEDD).

Fort Worth Business selected Marty to its first “Top 40 under 40” List in 1994. The Texas Career and Technology Council & Vocational-Technical Education Foundation of Texas recognized him and other NRH officials in 1999 as “Best in Texas” for supporting the Birdville Independent School District. The Northeast Tarrant Chamber granted him Chairman’s Awards in 1994 and 2001 for fostering economic development programs (which the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives recognized in 2001 as “Best in the State”) and its Gertrude Tarpley Director of the Year Award in 2003. The University of Texas at Arlington selected him to be among the Recognized Alumni of the School of Urban & Public Affairs in 2013 and the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce granted him their Leadership Award in 2015.

Marty and his wife Bonnie have four children—Casey (who’s married to Tracie Calhoun Wieder), Carleigh (who’s married Scott Long), Collin and Christian—and one granddaughter, McKenzie Brett Wieder.

Tim Veler

Tim Veler Personal Testimony - June 27, 2018

Timothy Veler has worked at Transwestern and specializes in Industrial and Office Real Estate for national and local clients, including acquisition / disposition, investment sales, agency leasing and tenant representation.

Timothy began his career as a Police officer in Raleigh North Carolina and transitioned into commercial real estate in 1995 as an owner / partner of a real estate investment business focusing on commercial real estate investments, responsible for the acquisition, disposition and management of small multi-family investment properties.

Timothy takes a service oriented approach to real estate brokerage and focuses on his clients’ goals, objectives and needs within client-driven timelines, to assure efficient and professional handling of their transactions. Leasing/ownership services transactions include Prologis Inc. (local partner to global tradeTM) and Colony Northstar.

Join our Mailing List

Please enter your email address to begin the process of joining our mailing list.

8750 N Central Expressway // Suite 1020 // Dallas TX 75231 // 214.799.4811 Catalyst offices