Archive for ‘Ron Luce’

October 28, 2013

Hannah Luce, Daughter Of Ron Luce, Signs Book Deal To Tell Story Of Surviving Plane Crash That Killed Her Friends

Hannah Luce, the lone survivor of a May 2012 small plane crash in Kansas, who crawled out of a burning aircraft and lost several friends in the devastating accident, has signed a deal with Atria/Howard Books for an inspiring memoir to be titled Fields of Grace. She is the daughter of Ron Luce, co-founder and president of Teen Mania Ministries.

Luce’s book will be published on Oct. 22 and will detail her struggles with her faith, her coming of age inside an evangelical home, her decision to join her father’s ministry outreach to teens, and her miraculous survival and recovery following the accident. It will also serve as a tribute and testament to the lives of the dear friends who perished in the catastrophic plane crash and reveal how their memory continues to inspire all that Luce does.

“Despite what I have been through, mine is a story of hope. Hope from knowing that, even through great adversity, we can live good and purposeful lives. It is the story of perseverance and finding light in life’s darkest moments. Above all, it is a love story about three friends whose bond cannot be broken by death,” says Luce.

Judith Curr, President of the Atria Publishing Group, commented: “Themes of friendship, recovery, faith, guilt, purpose, and ultimately the importance of moving forward while never forgetting the past will have readers looking deeply at their own lives and relationships. This will also be the first title published as collaboration between Atria and Howard Books, and we look forward to helping Hannah find wide readership in both the general and Christian markets.”

The deal, for North American rights, was negotiated by Atria Senior Editor Sarah Durand with Luce’s literary agent, Brandi Bowles at Foundry Media.

May 14, 2012

RON LUCE’S Daughter, Hannah, The Sole Survivor Of Horrific Plane Crash That Kills 4 People, Suffers Burns To Her Body



On Friday afternoon, a small plane carrying 5 people (including the pilot) traveling from Oklahoma to Iowa crashed in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Killing all 4, with only one sole survivor: Hannah Luce. Hannah is also the daughter of Ron Luce, founder of Teen Mania.  All 5 passengers worked with Teen Mania and were on their way to an Acquire The Fire conference in Iowa.  The tragic news has rocked not only family and friends of Luce’s but also the larger Teen Mania family, as well the Oral Roberts University community (some of the victims graduated last week).

According to Ron Luce, when the plane went down, “three of the five on board died at the scene. These were (pilot) Luke Sheets, Garrett Coble and Stephen Luth. Hannah and the fifth passenger, Austin Anderson, were able to escape from the burning plane and walk to a nearby roadway to get help.  However, both Hannah and Austin suffered severe injuries and were life-flighted to hospitals in Kansas City and Wichita, respectively. Hannah was listed in serious but stable condition, suffering primarily from burns on 28% of her body. Austin’s burn injuries were far more severe, especially those sustained to his lungs. At about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Austin went to be with the Lord.”

Our hearts go out to all the family of the victims and the Luce family.

Ron wrote a heartfelt blog post about the tragedy that you can read here.

November 16, 2011

RON LUCE Responds to Teen Mania Cult Implications in New MSNBC Documentary



An MSNBC documentary about Teen Mania Ministries suggests the Christian youth organization Ron and Katie Luce launched in 1984 may be a cult.

Teen Mania Ministries has sent more than 67,000 teens on mission trips with its Global Expeditions arm. More than 6,000 have participated in the Honor Academy, a yearlong internship for high school graduates and young adults to provide leadership training and present opportunities to grow in God. And more than 1 million have attended Acquire the Fire Youth rallies. Hundreds of thousands of teens have accepted Christ through Teen Mania programs.

Nevertheless, five former interns for Teen Mania say the ministry caused them harm. There is also a group of former Honor Academy interns that are making claims of spiritual abuse.

Awaken Generation sat down with Ron Luce to discuss the MSNBC documentary, called “Mind Over Mania,” which portrays Teen Mania as a mind-controlling cultish group. Luce says MSNBC’s broadcast is not only an attack against Teen Mania, but an attack against Bible-based Christianity.

Why did you agree to the interview with MSNBC?

Luce: The producers came to us under false pretenses about four months ago. They said they were doing a series on ministries in America. They wanted to interview us about youth ministry. We found out the day after the interview that a blogger group led by a girl who had a bad experience in our Honors Academy 12 years ago put them up to this. The documentary featured five girls who had been a part of our Honor Academy.

My heart goes out to these girls. You can tell that they are really hurting. We have met with most of them over and over again over the years trying to assuage them and love on them and help them walk through the challenges they face. We’ve asked them to forgive us for anything we’ve done to hurt them while they were interns. We are not a perfect organization, but we seek to improve ourselves and get better. They were taken advantage of by this MSNBC group for the sake of sensationalizing a story and generating revenue.

What did the documentary misrepresent about Teen Mania?

Luce: The program offered massive distortion and took things out of context. We used to do a weekend military-esque Navy Seals for God program, where we taught interns how they can endure more than they think they can.

MSNBC showed kids crawling through the mud and crying. They show a close-up where it looks like some of the kids are about to eat worms. This was in the day and age when Fear Factor was a huge sensation and kids really wanted that kind of raw challenge. No one was forced to eat worms, and these worms were organically grown for human consumption. So it seems MSNBC intentionally misled viewers by painting a picture of abuse.

For MSNBC to clearly imply that Teen Mania is negatively impacting the youth who come through our programs is completely untrue and unfair. But we have to consider the source. Christians can’t just believe what the furthest left-leaning network in the entire country is saying about a Christian ministry. We need to be careful and ask thoughtful questions about what MSNBC is airing.

MSNBC suggested Teen Mania uses mind control. Can you address that?

Luce: The producers have these self-appointed cult experts and walk the girls through eight points of how you can tell if mind control is being used. The eight points actually come from a booklet that was published about Chinese mind control, which has been totally debunked by all of psychologists and psychiatrists. They are using that as the standard of whether or not these girls have been under mind control.

What did Teen Mania do that was painted as mind control?

Luce: The producers suggest that if we insist on purity, then that’s mind control. But purity is all through the Bible. The points of contention that MSNBC called us out on have nothing to do with practices unique to Teen Mania. It’s more about what Scripture says we as Christians should be doing. This broadcast is contending and confronting core Christian beliefs. They are confronting every Bible-believing church in the country. These are things we all believe.

If MSNBC can show a program like this and get some believers to agree that this is mind control, they start softening our resolve to live scripturally and take the Bible for what it intends to communicate and live it. The program purports to be about Teen Mania but the case it makes is against the whole of the Body of Christ that believes the Bible.

Are you getting any feedback from supporters?

Luce: We have been overwhelmed with intern alumni who are telling us how God changed their life through our program. These five girls are not representative of the literally thousands that are out there changing the world. They are making a difference. They are missionaries around the world. They are executives of corporations. They are entrepreneurs and they are thriving in their faith. But some are questioning Teen Mania now because they’ve seen this program. But consider the source and how they’ve taken everything out of context.

Why do you think you are getting this attack?

Luce: We just started our new Acquire the Fire tour. We have events that are sold out across the country. This is a distraction the enemy is trying to put in our path and other people’s path.

What have you learned from this experience?

Luce: I’ve been interviewed by some of the toughest people in the media, like Christiane Amanpour from CNN. I’ve been on Nightline. I’ve been on O’Reilly. Secular media is not a new thing and secular media has dug and interviewed me with scrutiny. They’ve come to our campus. When it’s fair journalism, the stories turn out to be positive because they are really looking at the facts. What kind of hit us unknowingly is how blatantly biased MSNBC would be. In retrospect we should have known better. That’s their DNA.

What can Christians who believe in your ministry do to help?

Luce: Get on the blogosphere any place you are convicted and tell the story of how your kids were involved in Acquire the Fire or one of our missions trips or our Honor Academy and how God used it to change their lives. Post it all over the place so people from various streams can see that the truth. We are going to be releasing our own documentary in the next few days that gives context and tells the story from kids who have had a positive experience.