C. NEIL STRAIT (1934-2003) served as district superintendent of the Michigan District, Church of the Nazarene for 23 years. Prior to assuming the superintendency in 1980, he pastored churches in Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He is the author of numerous articles in Christian periodicals and several books, including Perspectives of the Cross, Pastor Be Encouraged!, and Stewardship Is More Than Time, Talent, and Things. An international speaker, best selling author, and compassionate teacher, Stan has authored more than ninety books to date. His books have sold more than three million copies worldwide.Stan served for forty years as a pastor, and was named General Superintendent Emeritus by the Church of the Nazarene. He was vice president of John Maxwell’s Injoy Ministries, has spoken in eighty countries, and shared the platform with speakers including Zig Ziglar, Jerry Lucas, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and Cy Young baseball great R.A. Dickey.