About the Authors

The primary authors of the program — Brian Butler, Jason and Crystalina Evert, and Colin and Aimee MacIver — are recognized leaders in education, youth ministry, and chastity education.

Theology of the Body for Teens Authors

Brian Butler is executive director of Dumb Ox Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to chastity and vocation formation for teens and young adults. Brian holds a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary School of Theology. He served as the associate director for youth catechesis in the Archdiocese of New Orleans for two years, after spending five years teaching theology and coordinating campus ministry at the high school level. He has over 15 years of youth ministry experience and currently coordinates vocation formation initiatives for youth in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He and his wife, Lisa, reside in the Archdiocese of New Orleans with their children.

Jason Evert is a best-selling author of a dozen books, including Theology of His Body/Theology of Her Body.  He earned a master's degree in theology, as well as undergraduate degrees in counseling and theology with a minor in philosophy, at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  As full-time apologist with Catholic Answers, Jason has spoken internationally to more than a million teens about the virtue of chastity.  His radio and television appearances include Fox News, the BBC, MSNBC, and EWTN.  Jason founded The Chastity Project, which freely distributes more than 250,000 chastity resources every year to teens in more than forty countries.

Crystalina Evert has shared her inspirational testimony to hundreds of thousands of teens around the world as a member of the Catholic Answers Speakers’ Bureau. She is the author of the book Pure Womanhood and is a frequent guest on radio programs throughout the country. Together, she and Jason host the EWTN series, The Pure Life. Their other television appearances include Fox News, Donahue, WGN, and the BBC. They also serve on the board of directors for the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, and were presented with the 2003 Impact Award by the National Abstinence Clearinghouse in recognition of their success with teens in America.

Aimee and Colin MacIver currently teach theology at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington, Louisiana, where Colin serves as the religion department chair and campus ministry coordinator.  In addition to teaching in Catholic high schools, they have also served in various youth ministries for nearly ten years.  Colin travels nationally and internationally as a team member and speaker for Dumb Ox Productions, bringing the message of purpose and purity to youth.  Colin holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a master's degree in theology from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, while Aimee holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  The MacIvers welcomed their greatest endeavor when they adopted their first child, Leo, in the spring of 2010.

Monica Ashour is the executive director of the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, Inc. (TOBET), which spreads the Gospel of Christ via the lens of Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body.  With eighteen years teaching youth, Monica has been interviewed both nationally and internationally for her experience in presenting this message in an accessible way.  Monica served as a consultant for Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition and authored its Parent's Guide.