Amazing as it seems, statistics reveal that some 130,000 new Believers are added to the Church globally every day!  By conversion, Christianity is the fastest-growing religion in the world.  However, discipleship opportunities are not keeping pace with evangelism.  Unfortunately, many new converts fall away from their new found faith because they lack the resources that would equip them to become fully-functioning followers of Jesus Christ, equipped to be salt and light in their own culture.  The Word Is Out seeks to address this challenge by offering engaging discipleship tools that guide the learner through an in-depth, inductive study of all 66 books of the Holy Scriptures.  Our teaching method is inductive Bible study.


ALAN J. MEENAN, PhD, DD. is founder and president of The Word Is Out. He is the author of numerous articles, books and study guides.  He teaches extensively throughout Asia, Africa and America. Born in Belfast Northern Ireland; besides growing up there, he has lived in Scotland and East Africa.  He has served the Church in the United States for more than 40 years, in Virginia, Texas and California – most notably as Senior Pastor of the famed Hollywood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. 

Dr. Meenan holds five academic degrees: from the Queen’s University of Belfast (BA Hons), Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv & ThM) and a PhD from Edinburgh University. He was elected to membership in Theta Phi, an international honours society as well as the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research in Cambridge, England.  He was appointed Research Fellow at Yale University and was later honoured with a Doctor of Divinity degree from his Alma Mater, Asbury Theological Seminary in 2011. 

DR. BRAD JOHNSON, Field Director

BRAD JOHNSON, PhD, serves as an Affiliate Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary and as the Pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. He holds two Master of Arts degrees (Theological Studies and Biblical Studies) and a PhD (Biblical Studies) from Asbury Theological Seminary. Recent publications include “The Form and Function of Mark 1:1- 15: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to the Markan Prologue” (Pickwick, 2018) and “The Gospel of Mark” in the OneBook Daily-Weekly series (Seedbed, 2017). He lives in Wilmore, Kentucky with his wife, Christina, and their four sons (Sam, Luke, Matthew, and Caleb).

REV. LAEL ZULU, Director, Zambia Center for Biblical Understanding

In 2013 a pastor in Zambia by the name of Sam Lael Mwase Zulu sensed God’s call, and accepted the invitation from The Word Is Out to come to the US to prepare for the work of a Champion in his country.   In the fall of 2015, Lael earned an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary and founded the Zambia Center for Biblical Understanding in 2016.

Thanks to Lael and his amazing teaching team, our students in Zambia, each year, are able to reach over 5,100 people in their respective ministries with the knowledge gained in Inductive Bible Study. He continues to inspire Lead Followers all over to get to know God through intentional study of Scriptures. Many testimonies continue to come in about how lives and ministries are forever impacted by him.