Most people believe their lives would be better if they read the Bible. But when they try, they often walk away with more questions than answers. Pastors, parents, and professors can struggle with shaping the hearts and minds of their pupils who are disinterested in Scripture.
Inspire guides immersive Christ-centered Bible experiences that deepen faith. Our resources and experiences are designed to make Bible reading simple, enjoyable and transformational for people of all ages. We come alongside disciple makers and provide tools they can pass on to help their people be inspired by the inspired Word of God.
Michael McAfee is the President and Co-Founder of Inspire Experiences. A background in church ministry, a passion for God’s Word and a commitment to discipleship drove Michael to found Inspire to help disciple makers teach the Word of God. Michael’s most impressive life accomplishment is escaping the “friend zone” with his wife, Lauren, when they were in high school. Michael and Lauren adopted their daughter, Zion, in 2019. Michael co-authored a book on Next Gen Bible engagement titled Not What You Think: Why The Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected, Yet Everything We Need. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently a PhD student under Dr. Russell Moore.
The McAfees live in Oklahoma City where Lauren works at Hobby Lobby corporate. Michael also serves part-time as the Teaching Pastor at his home church, Council Road Baptist in Oklahoma City, where he met Lauren 25 years ago. You can find Michael on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
TJ Yates is the Vice President and Co-Founder of Inspire Experiences. TJ has a passion for teaching God’s Word and its overarching message of God’s gift of redemption extended to those who believe in His son, Jesus Christ. This passion, combined with his background in finance and operations, led him to found Inspire to create experiences to teach and share the gospel of Jesus. In college, TJ worked at Pine Cove Christian Camps and through the relationships he made there, moved to Oklahoma City. It was there at a local church, where TJ met his wife, Casey. Fun Fact: Michael officiated their wedding, and Lauren was Matron of Honor. TJ and Casey were blessed in 2016 with their firstborn, Lyla, and again in 2018, with Jack.
TJ earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Alabama, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Yates family lives in Oklahoma City where Casey provides speech and language therapy to the community. They are members at Council Road Baptist Church. Thunder Up and Roll Tide.