Ann was born in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, into a U.S. military family. Even though she was born in Texas, she didn’t live there long as her family was continuously moving to yet another army base. In fact, by the time she was 20 years old, she had moved close to 20 times. But it was the move she made to attend Evangel University that ultimately changed her life. Not only did she complete a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (and she can even take shorthand at 120 wpm! “La-de-da,” says Ann), it was there that, at the tender age of 17, she met her future husband Ron, son of Crossroads/100 Huntley Street founder David Mainse. They eventually married in 1984, and in 1986 had Andrea, and then Adam (1989), and finally, Eric (1992).
As a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, babysitting during the day for an extra income, Ann often led a weekly women’s Bible study in her home. Never comfortable in front of the camera, every Christmas season she would get queasy as she contemplated the annual family appearance on 100 Huntley Street. So you can imagine her reluctance when, in the summer of 1999, God gently called, and Ann hesitantly answered, for her to begin hosting with Ron the Tuesday edition of the CTS morning TV show, Rise and Shine.
In January 2001, Ann was asked to join the Crossroads flagship program, 100 Huntley Street, to host a daily devotional segment entitled "Sincerely Yours" … a two-year journey through the New Testament. Again, with butterflies the size of buzzards, Ann answered the call. After that, it was a natural progression for Ann and her husband Ron to begin hosting the daily 100 Huntley Street program together, which they did from January 2005 through April 2009.
By now, trusting God for the big stuff seemed to be second nature, so in mid-2005, Ann felt God lead her to establish a special TV connection for women where they could share their hearts in an open, conversational format. So in January 2006, Crossroads launched a new TV show called Full Circle, which expanded into a daily, half-hour format in 2011.
Today, Ann & Ron lead Heart to Heart Marriage & Family Ministries, conduct marriage ministry events/seminars, and host a TV show to strengthen marriage relationships called A Better Us (aBetterUs.tv). Ann and Ron are the parents of three adult children and Nana and Papa to four precious grandchildren.