Our Team



Dr. Bruce Hebel is an international speaker with a compelling message that is revolutionizing the hearts of people from all walks of life. Raised in a pastor’s home and educated to pastor the local church, Bruce is now following God’s call to the Church at large. Backed by over 30 years experience leading churches, all of his training has led to this: total freedom through the power of forgiveness. Through ReGenerating Life Ministries, Bruce and his wife, Toni, are committed to bringing life back to the Church and its leaders through the power of forgiveness. Bruce is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and serves as Adjunct Professor at Carver College.

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TONI HEBEL, Co-Founder

Toni Hebel is a gifted communicator who serves alongside her husband and often speaks with him at events. She has been a guest speaker for various ladies events and retreats nationally as well as internationally. For over 25 years Toni has enjoyed teaching the Bible to women. She is passionate about helping all women find freedom while restoring their God-given destinies through an intimate relationship with Jesus. In addition, Toni is a skilled musician who has taught piano for over 25 years. Bruce and Toni live south of Atlanta and are blessed with three wonderful grown and married children who are all active in ministry, as well as four grandchildren.


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AMY SMITHWICK, Creative Director

Amy Smithwick has an extensive background in the arts encompassing music, writing/editing, marketing, and web design. She has a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Kennesaw State University, as well as time studying worship music/production at Hillsong International Leadership College. Amy is passionate about seeing people set free through the power of Christ and what He has accomplished for His people on the cross. She and her husband Brody founded Lion Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering education for all, namely those without access to it. They have one daughter, Keziah.

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LAUREN TREVORROW, Executive Assistant

Lauren Trevorrow has a background in administration working with non-profits. She truly believes in the life-changing freedom that comes from forgiveness having experienced it personally. Her heart is passionate for the ministry of Forgiving Forward! In fact, while in the UK on a mission trip that included the forgiveness message, Lauren met her husband Daniel. Together they encourage others to find freedom through the Gospel of Forgiveness.


ReGenerating Life Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is overseen by a Board of Directors of godly men and women who have a passion for seeing people set free through the message of forgiveness. Along with Bruce and Toni, the board consists of:


TOM ROWE, Pastor

Tom Rowe has been in active ministry for over 50 years. He has pastored several churches and ministered in over 40 countries. Tom came into Bruce’s life when Bruce was at his lowest. It was through Tom’s encouragement that the powerful message of Forgiving Forward was birthed. His support led Bruce and Toni to move from the local church to the church at large.

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ED + RET KOSIBA, FF Associates

Ed and Ret Kosiba, Forgiving Forward Associates and Board Members have served Forgiving Forward since its inception. They have witnessed first-hand the miraculous impact the freedom of the Gospel through forgiveness provides. Ed and Ret assist the ministry in multiple ways—operating the resource table at seminars, serving on the Forgiving Forward Board and sometimes transporting the team nationally and internationally. Ed is a former Delta Airlines captain and Ret serves as a Senior Leader and Prayer Chairman at Community Bible Study. They have 3 married children and 2 grandchildren.

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MATTHEW MCCORD, Judge/Attorney

Matthew McCord is an attorney by profession but a minister by heart. Matt has been a Godsend to Forgiving Forward with his wise legal perspective coupled with his heart to see people set free through forgiveness. He is a walking testimony of the power of forgiveness in a person’s life. Matt is married to Alley and together they have two children, Mills and Cotten.

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John and Kathie Sipple have a passion to see people connect with God and live free in Him. They have partnered with numerous ministries as consultants and encouraged Bruce and Toni in the formation of Forgiving Forward. John is the President of Business Resource Network, a company dedicated to coaching leaders. John and Kathie have three grown children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

(Images of Bruce and Toni Hebel by Tayla Lowe Photography)