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 always moving to yet another army base. In fact, by the time she was 20 years old, she had moved almost 20 times. But it was the move she made to attend Evangel University that ultimately changed her life. Not only did she complete a Bachelors 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 founder David Mainse. They eventually married in 1984 and are the parents of three grown children, Andrea, Adam and Eric, one son-in-law, Jason, and two of the most adorable and mischievous mini-golden-doodle puppies anywhere, Charlie and Bella.
As a stay-at-home mom for 15 years and 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 Ann 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 show, which was known as "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. Crossroads has published many of those devotionals in a book series entitled "Sincerely Yours." After that, it was a natural progression for Ann and her husband Ron to begin hosting the daily 100 Huntley Street program, 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 Friday edition of 100 Huntley Street called 100 Huntley Street Full Circle, with Ann as the ringleader of the "Sofa Sisters."