The Contend Team



 Sam Geckler, owner

    Sam Geckler serves as the Youth Pastor of Dunes Baptist Church in Michigan City,  Indiana. He has a Bachelor degree in Theology from Southern Indiana Baptist College. He has a heart for teens that can be seen in his books and on the Contend Blog, and can be heard on The Contend Podcast. Learn more about Bro. Sam by visiting




























  Allison Geckler, manager



   Allison Geckler has a Secretarial degree from Hyles-Anderson College. She helps with the proofing and editing of the books published by Contend Publications. She is also our staff photographer for our authors.




 Deanna Cowan, editor

    Deanna Cowan has a degree in Education from Hyles-Anderson College. She currently works as an Elementary teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She does much of the initial proofing and editing of the Contend Publications books.









Pastor Ron Geckler, content manager


   Pastor Ron Geckler serves as the Senior Pastor of Dunes Baptist Church of Michigan City, IN. He helps the Contend authors with their content and ensures the Bible verses and passages are clearly and accurately applied in the book of Contend Publications. To learn more about Pastor Ron or Dunes Baptist Church, go to





Jeremy Jones, graphic designer


   Jeremy Jones graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in graphic design. He has worked with clients such as Wal-Mart, Barbour Publishing, and the NRA. He served on staff at Reformer's Unanimous in Rockford, Illinois. He then returned to his home town of Tulsa Oklahoma where he became the graphic designer of his home church, Eastland Baptist Church. In February 2012, he started CrossMedia to help not only his church, but also other churches with their design needs. He is a great designer and we are very excited to have him working with Contend. Find out more about Jeremy and CrossMedia by visiting