our mission

To make our resources, skills, and experience available to God for the benefit of others, and to encourage others to do the same. 

our vision

To see a growing network of people, projects, and organizations connecting to meet the needs of individuals, communities, and churches.

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The Webbs

Jerry and Margaret began life together in the turbulent decade of the 1970's, spiritually confused, culturally disenfranchised, and broke. Their marriage has been the anvil on which the Lord in his mercy has hammered out a deep bond of love, a productive working relationship, and a zest for life that energizes those around them. Jerry, a successful financial advisor, and Margaret, a Christian psychotherapist, have between them 80 years of people-helping experience in two challenging arenas: relationship to money and relationship to God, self, and others.


Both were raised in committed Christian homes, Jerry in Tulsa, OK and Margaret in Wheaton, IL. But each walked away in their early 20's searching for spirituality with a depth of authenticity, commitment, and intimacy. Together they were led back to the Christian faith and still continue that journey toward authentic spirituality, all out commitment in faith and practice, and a life of intimacy with the God who is with us, Immanuel.


In this season formerly known as retirement, they are excited about having more time and resources to invest in ministry.


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Amy Brown joined the Alive & Well staff in January 2021 as a content developer, trainer, and consultant. As Alive & Well expands into new areas of ministry, Amy and Margaret will work together to develop training and curriculum as God leads.  Amy’s passion and expertise in building online communities for Immanuel connection, discipleship, emotional and spiritual growth is a welcome addition.


Currently, Amy creates monthly training events for the Online Practice Community with THRIVEtoday, creates training materials for Life Model Works, and leads the Certified Journey Group Leadership Community with Deeper Walk International. She co-authored the book Relational Skills in the Bible with Chris Coursey, and wrote the Journey Group curriculum. She is a relational skills trainer with THRIVEtoday. 

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Jerry Webb, chairman/president

Jerry built a successful financial planning and investment advisory business from the ground up based on scriptural principles of finance and relationship. It survived every market boom and crash for over 40 years, when he retired and handed it over to his associate. He was also a founding board member of Larry Burkett’s Kingdom Advisors.  He has served on a number of ministry boards that have focused on supporting indigenous organizations working with AIDS orphans and widows, microenterprise, and seminaries and Bible colleges.


Jerry's passion is to promote charitable giving, both by sharing the vision for joyful giving and by creating vehicles through which sacrificial giving can flow. He believes that financial health has more to do with relationship to money than amounts of money, and that scripture is the key to growing into that healthy relationship.  He is committed to offering his expertise in the arena of finance and investments through Alive and Well, Inc.


Visit Money & Stewardship for some of Jerry’s financial wisdom and advice.

margaret Webb, Immanuel Trainer

Margaret began her career in people-helping at age 16 as an aide in a nursing home. Exploratory and adventuresome, her quest for spiritual and emotional wholeness took many twists and turns, from nursing to psychology to alternative medicine and massage therapy.


After some years in the New Age movement, Margaret had a personal encounter with the living God. She returned to Christianity, and the Holy Spirit took her through a painful, glorious process of healing. She earned a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and spent 12 years in private practice as a Christian psychotherapist, retiring in the year 2000.


Since then she has devoted herself to a ministry of emotional healing and maturation in the context of prayer. Teaching, training, mentoring, and consulting, she is committed to the vision of a network of lay and professional people-helpers bringing the care of souls into the local church.  Learn more about Immanuel Prayer Ministry and the Immanuel Encounter Guide Training program Margaret has developed.  

Keith davis

Keith Davis has been a student and participant in healing prayer since 2008. He is currently a member of Alive and Well’s Chicago Leadership Team. He also helps coordinate Immanuel Prayer appointments at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, IL. This ministry has prayed for 8-10 people per month since 2012. 
Keith's business experience includes almost 42 years in industrial engineering, project management and teaching.
He has faithfully served the church in roles from janitor to treasurer to nursery coordinator to pastor care. After raising three boys with Lori, his wife of 43 years, Keith is now a happy grandfather of 5 granddaughters. His family increases his joy capacity on a daily basis.

John Saunders

John has been involved in Christian ministry since high school. Some powerful experiences with healing prayer beginning in 2013 caused him and his wife to start searching for places to learn more about this kind of ministry. They found the Life Model universe in 2015 when they attended the Life Model Works annual gathering.  They attended their first Thrive training that summer, and have been actively learning about and growing in emotional maturity and relational skills since then. They have completed all Thrive tracks, and been involved in Journey Groups since 2017. In January 2020, he became a board member for Thrive Today with Chris and Jen Coursey.

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His vision is to bring the principles of the Life Model, the Immanuel Lifestyle, emotional maturity, and relational skills into the workplace.  In addition to Christian ministry, he is involved in Conscious Capitalism, Braver Angels, the National Speakers Association, and Windy City Professional Speakers.


He and his wife Mary Ellen have been married over 40 years, and live in Gurnee, IL. They have four unique and wonderful adult children. He enjoys the ever-changing beauty of clouds, especially as they interact with sunsets, big ideas and deep conversations, and chilling out by playing piano or sitting by the fire.

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Gary and his wife Linda live in the suburbs of Chicago, where they both grew up. Gary has established his surgical practice in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery there, and their two children and four exceptional (of course!) grandchildren live nearby.


Gary and Linda have trained as spiritual directors and Immanuel Prayer ministers, and they have both served as mentors for Alive and Well’s Immanuel classes.


They are so thankful for the emotional healing and growth they’ve found through Immanuel Prayer, explaining, “Knowing God is now an interactive, relational experience. We are able to connect better with one another in our marriage, resolve conflicts quicker, and experience greater joy as a couple. We also have increased capacity to deal with the stresses of living in this modern world.”


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Bigelow Homes founder Perry Bigelow has been a homebuilder for almost 40 years. Intentional from the start about aligning his business values with his Christian faith, Perry has become a global leader in residential energy conservation, and Bigelow Homes has been highly praised for its affordable, relationship-friendly neighborhood design.

Perry discovered Immanuel Prayer in 2012 and took Alive and Well’s Immanuel Prayer Training in 2013. He was deeply impacted by what he experienced. “For those of us who have difficulty perceiving the presence of Jesus,” he says, “Immanuel Prayer is a Godsend.” Although he lived according to the truth of Christianity, he explains, that truth “wasn’t verified by experience until I got involved in Immanuel Prayer. It is changing my life!”

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Sue Sather has been in full-time ministry all of her adult life, from Navigators staff in the U.S. and Japan to her current activity in her Omaha, NE church as a lay counselor, healing prayer facilitator and Women’s Bible study leader.


Sue was introduced to Immanuel Prayer in 2007 and has trained with and led courses from Life Model, Connexus, Thrive, and Deeper Walk as well as Alive and Well. She is passionate about creating environments where individuals and groups engage with Immanuel for greater intimacy, healing and transformation.


Sue enjoys music, family meals when her adult children and granddaughter come to visit, and tending her flower garden.

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Born and raised in Singapore, Wai-Chin came to the U.S. in 1985. A chronic health condition completely transformed her relationship with God, giving new meaning to Paul’s words, “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:9). Now she worships God with all of herself: mind, spirit, and body.

Wai-Chin is trained in spiritual direction and formational prayer, with advanced coursework in trauma and addiction. She also trains spiritual directors and leads retreats, often with a special emphasis on the physical body and prayer.

First apprenticing with Margaret Webb in 2005, Wai-Chin is her longest-standing protégé. She uses Immanuel Prayer in the context of spiritual direction as well as creating and teaching classes and supervising prayer ministers.

rusty popp

Rusty Popp is a founding partner and the managing broker of Henninger Popp, Ltd., a real estate company in the greater Chicagoland area. He specializes in analysis and management oversight of various classes of investment properties.

Rusty was raised in a Christian home, where he developed a passion for missions and giving. His missions work has taken him throughout Eastern Europe. He currently serves in his local church, as well as on various missions, school, and foundation boards.


Rusty says, “Giving is a great way to see God work in our lives, tangibly and often miraculously. Through Alive and Well, Jerry equips people with Biblical wisdom and sound financial advice so they can experience God’s presence through joyful giving.”

Mary Ann Quinn

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“I want you to believe in a whole healing.” That was how Jesus started Mary Anne on a six-year journey to wholeness from childhood trauma. As a speaker, writer, and artist, Mary Anne shares her testimony of Immanuel’s healing wherever God gives her the opportunity. She brings a depth of study and training in trauma healing to facilitating Immanuel Prayer and other prayer ministry. In 2018, Mary Anne launched a blog and teaching ministry to offer hope and help on the path to secure attachment.


As a learning specialist, Mary Anne has spent over twenty-five years teaching children how God uniquely created them to learn.


Mary Anne enjoys reading, singing, Messianic dancing, relaxing on the beach, nature photography, and birding with her husband, John.

Diane eble

In 2008 Diane Eble experienced the miraculous healing of a hole in her heart. Before that, she had been involved in publishing for over 30 years. But having been healed, she began learning various methods of healing prayer and offering online ministry to clients all over the world.


Diane took Alive and Well’s training in 2012 and began to incorporate Immanuel Prayer in her work with clients. One who was not yet a believer came to Jesus through Immanuel Prayer! Diane says, “I have never seen anything cause such profound growth. Immanuel Prayer offers the most lasting healing on the deepest level, as it connects people with the true Healer."