Who We Are

Our Authors 

Lynn-Blackburn-ResizedLynn Huggins Blackburn started telling herself stories when she was five and finally started writing them down. On her blog, Out of the Boat, she writes about what it looks like to live out her faith and fight her fears. She is a regular contributor to The Write Conversation and a member of Cross N Pens. She spends her days hanging out with three lively children, one fabulous man, and a cast of fictional characters. She drinks a lot of coffee.
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Ron-Estrada-ResizedRon Estrada is an engineer and aspiring novelist from Oxford, Michigan, where he lives with his wife and two children. Though often distracted by politics, he still finds time to write for God’s glory. To learn more about him, visit www.ronestradabooks.com.
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Amanda-Goodroe-e1384994702945Amanda Goodroe is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in Mass Communication with a focus on print journalism. Amanda is a contributor to Tirzah Magazine and also writes for her own blog where she describes her experiences traveling the globe with only a backpack. Amanda enjoys reading and drinking as much tea as possible. To read more from Amanda, follow her blog atamandagoodroe.theworldrace.org.
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Jennifer-GriffithJennifer L. Griffith has been moving on the whims of God ever since a snowmobile accident in Idaho in 2000. She let go of all she had worked for—a teaching career, her home, and her business—to be open for God’s moves. The road has taken her from her deep southern roots, to the Northern Rockies, to southern Africa, and back to Louisiana. Her novels in progress have garnered praise through the ACFW Genesis Award in 2007 for Gumbo Ya-Ya and in 2009 for Magpies in Trees. You can follow Jennifer at her blog, Magpies in Trees.

Bethany-Kaczmarek-ResizedBethany Kaczmarek, a freelance editor and a writer, is passionate about making room for the New Adult niche in the inspirational market, so she writes about young people who wrestle with newfound independence, struggle to make counter-cultural choices, and live with integrity in both the workplace and the world. A member of ACFW, the My Book Therapy Voices, and the Light Brigade Writers Group, Bethany writes about the places where grit meets Grace. Read more about her at www.bethanykaczmarek.com. Find out about her editing at www.alittleredinc.com.

Will-SchmitWill Schmit is a volunteer outreach prison minister for Lifehouse Church in Arcata Ca. He is the author of Jesus Inside A Prison Minister’s Memoir and Training Manual available at Amazon.com  His poetry is available for comment at Christiantouristsyndrome. Blogspot.com.

vondahannahshot3resizedVonda Skelton is a speaker, writer, and motivational humorist who is thankful God can take her messes and use them for His glory. She’s the author of four books, owner of The Christian Writer’s Den blog, and founder of Christian Communicators, an organization to help educate, validate, and launch women in their speaking ministries. Vonda and her husband have been married all their lives–and they’re still happy about it! www.VondaSkelton.com and www.christiancommunicators.com

Susan Stilwell consults, writes and speaks on a variety of topics. Her clients appreciate her technical expertise and attention to detail on their websites, projects, and social media strategies. Technical “how-tos” are Susan’s favorite articles to write. You can find her working as a blog designer and contributing writer at Fistbump Media.

Susan also serves as a hospital chaplain associate and is a voracious scripture memorizer. She’s a conference speaker and passionate expositor of God’s Word, and active on TwitterFacebook, and SusanStilwell.com

Andrea Merrell Photo 10Andrea Merrell is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She has led workshops at the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (KCWC), Writers Advance Boot Camp, and The CLASS Christian Writers Conference. Her work has been published online and in numerous anthologies. Andrea’s first book, Murder of a Manuscript, was released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC) in 2014. Her next book, Praying for the Prodigal, will be released by LPC in 2015. To learn more about her, visit her website, www.andreamerrell.com, or her blog for writers, www.TheWriteEditing.blogspot.com.

IMG_8232Cindy Sproles is the founder of Christian Devotions Ministries. She has contributed  to several newspapers on the eastern seaboard, as well as PML Programs, Common Ground Herald, Tri-County News and CBN.com. Her devotions and articles are published weekly in several newspapers across the country. She is the Executive Editor of ChristianDevotions.us, and Managing Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’ Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals. Cindy is the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference and is the coauthor of He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion.  She has authored New Sheets: Thirty Days to Refine You Into the Woman You Can Be, and her fiction debut novel, Mercy’s Rain is a best seller. Cindy is a gifted communicator and teacher who speaks frequently for ladies’ conferences, special events, and writers conferences across the country. You can visit her at www.cindysproles.com.


Beth Fortune has a passion for God’s Word. Through her writing and speaking she allows the heartbeat of the Father to flow through her words. As an award-winning writer she’s a contributing writer with Christian Devotions, Inspire A Fire, and In Touch Ministries and has had stories published in two “Chicken Soup For the Soul Book” Series in addition to other anthologies. Some of her articles have been published in Focus on Family’s “Thriving Family” magazine, Dr. Charles Stanley’s “In Touch” magazine and “Reach Out Columbia.” With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture she loves gardening and enjoys giving gardening talks to churches, schools, and community groups but her real enjoyment comes from sharing God’s truths and encouraging others. She and her husband live in Greenville, SC where he’s Sr. Pastor of a local church. You can visit her at www.bethfortune.org.

cathyFBprofilefinalCathy Baker Cathy Baker is an award-winning writer who delights in observing God at work in the nuances of life. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Upper Room, Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, etc. Her award-winning poetry has appeared in two anthologies. She is also a regular contributor to Inspire A Fire and a member of Cross N Pens, as well as the Light Brigade. With four grandchildren, a mustached-laden husband, a spoiled pooch named Rupert, and a 1963 Shasta Airflyte called Buttercup, she considers life to be quite the adventure.
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andyQuandtSandy Kirby Quandt is a freelance writer and follower of Jesus with a passion for history and travel. Passions that often weave their way into her stories and articles. Sandy has been published in numerous adult and children publications. Looking for words of encouragement or gluten-free recipes? Then stop by Woven and Spun. www.sandykirbyquandt.com

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is a pharmacist who dispenses spiritual medicine for a healthy soul. She is quick to say she doesn’t have it all together but relies on the One who does. Drag your chair next to April’s red chair and allow hope and encouragement infuse your heart. April has a BS degree in biology from James Madison University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University. Email April or visit her at Red Chair Moments.

DeauthorDeeDeeeDee Parker infuses wisps of Southern grace throughout both her writing and speaking. She is the author of a children’s book, Josie Jo’s Got to Know. She has contributed to numerous anthologies, such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, God’s Provision for Tough Times and Clothes Lines. Dee Dee writes for Christian Devotions US, Guidepost books as well as Focus On the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Her first Christmas novella has landed in the hands of her agent. Dee Dee lives snuggled among the NC Appalachian Mountains with her husband Jim, a retired minister, and their spoiled snoodle, Greta. Email Dee Dee at deedeeparker@charter.net.

dsimlergoffDebbie Simler-Goff Debbie Simler-Goff is an author, speaker, and ice cream eater. She lives with her Wonder-Hubby in a Chicago area suburb where he pastors. Her greatest desire in life is to be the writer that God has called her to be. It would make her day if you stopped by her blog at www.dsimlergoff.com and said hello.

 Jenni Beaver is an Emerald Coast girl with a heart for storytelling. When she’s not attempting to write the next great American novel, she’s filming or editing a video and running her social media business (www.joanieandjennib.com). She has two dogs, two cats, a turtle and a bunny (so basically Noah’s Ark!) and lives in the Sunshine state where humidity has a whole different meaning. She does her best to stay positive, inspired, and caffeinated. Email Jenni

KarKaren Friday Pictureen Friday is a pastor’s wife, writer, blogger, speaker, and women’s ministry leader. She is passionate about discipleship that helps followers of Christ live with authentic faith. Karen has published a number of articles and devotions in both print and online media. Her writing connects family life experiences, Christian ministry, and real life scenarios to the timeless truths of Scripture. Karen and her husband have two adult children. She earned a communications degree and has marketing experience in a broad spectrum of business services where she is frequently referred to as Girl Friday. karengirlfriday.com or like her on Facebook.

Kim KimHarms2Harms is a writer and speaker represented by Credo Communications Literary Agency. She is under contract with Familius Publishing for her first book tentatively titled, Life Reconstructed. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications including Today’s Christian Woman, CT Women, Guideposts and Just Between Us Magazine.

Diagnosed with breast cancer at 40, Harms uses her personal experience and her love of scripture to illustrate the value of trusting Jesus through hard things. On her website, kimharms.net, she shares about her Life Reconstructed and reaches out to women who are navigating the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of walking through mastectomies and breast reconstruction. She can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

SusanLowerSusan Lower is a creator of stories filled with horses, heroes, and hope. Growing up watching westerns and riding horses on a dairy farm gave her plenty of space for a roaming imagination that has spurred the inspiration for many of her fictional adventures. She is a member of the West Branch Christian Writers and serves on the board for the St. Davids Christian Writers Association. When this crafty mom isn’t writing, helping on the farm, or hiding in her craft room, you can find her at www.susanlower.com and on twitter at @susanlower.

Nansmall Nan Jones Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. Nan has also had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan isn’t writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: “Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord” as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God’s Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@jubilantlight.com. The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Josh Clevenger is the senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Astoria, Illinois. He is a published writer of four books and writes encouraging devotionals for his town’s local paper. His ministry began planting a new church in his hometown which inspired his writing to encourage a broken and weary people. Josh wants his writing to inspire thoughts and bring individuals closer to Christ. You can find him at Facebook.

Janet GrimesJanet Morris Grimes writes from Nashville, TN on such topics as Faith and Family and the general fulfillment and struggle that comes from both. She currently serves as a contributor for Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine and is working on her second novel.


Janet Beagle, PhD is the founder of The Mustard Patch, where she blogs tiny seeds of Christian reflection.  Her writing has appeared in The Word in Season and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine, among others. She currently serves as director of graduate programs for Purdue University’s College of Engineering and is a writer, a Bible study teacher, and a student of God’s word. In her spare time, she likes to eat other people’s cooking and hike with her dog, Marly. Visit Janet at www.mustardpatch.org.

Jake McCandless is a pastor, award-winning author, and Executive Director for Prophecy SimplifiedProphecy Simplified partners with pastors and local churches to bridge end-time prophecy to everyday life through preaching, teaching, and providing resources. Jake’s latest book, Spiritual Prepper, released in 2017 with WND Books. He has a B. A. in Pastoral Studies from Central Baptist College and an Advanced M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  A regular contributor at WND NewsAlmost an AuthorThe Baptist PressProphecysimplified.com, and Graytotebox.com. Jake is an avid outdoorsman, but more than anything he would rather be on a date with his wife Amanda or playing Barbies with his daughters Andrea and Addison.

Jen WeaverJen Weaver is a communicator and storyteller, both in the written word and as a conference speaker and church teacher. Married to her best friend Jared, and proud momma to an adorable son, she’s passionate about sharing strength with those who feel stifled. You can find her blogging about faith, marriage, and motherhood at thejenweaver.com and her latest book, A Wife’s Secret to Happiness releases March 2017. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter as @thejenweaver.

After a 20-year corporate career, Ava Pennington is thoroughly enjoying her second career as an author, teacher, and speaker. Her book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is published by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts Ministries. Ava has also written for numerous magazines, such as Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse. Her work has been published in 30+ anthologies, including 23 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Ava also teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. When she’s not writing and teaching, Ava and her husband enjoy playing with their mischievous 3-year-old Boxers, Duke & Daisy. For more information, visit www.AvaWrites.com.   Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AvaPennington.AuthorPage  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AvaPennington

Martin Wiles lives in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of six books, a minister, and a freelance editor. His most recent books are Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He has been published in numerous publications. Wiles serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three. He can be contacted at mandmwiles@gmail.com.

Jean Wilund is a Bible teacher, speaker, and award-winning writer, passionate about coffee, comedy, and Christ. (Not necessarily in that order.) She blogs at www.JeanWilund.com to encourage people to fall more in love with God and His Word and laugh while doing it. She’s written for Focus on the Family magazines, Reach Out Columbia, and other publications whenever they let her. She lives in Lexington, SC with her dashing husband. Their perfect children live scattered across the country. Website: http://jeanwilund.com/ Facebook: Jean Sessions Wilund https://www.facebook.com/jean.wilund Twitter: @JeanWilund https://twitter.com/JeanWilund
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Irish redhead and former history teacher Jeanette Levellie is the author of four books and hundreds of articles, stories, and newspaper columns.  Among her publishing credits are stories in Guideposts anthologies, CBN.com, and Country magazine. Jeanette is also a vocalist and speaker, splashing hope and humor on audiences of all sizes and styles.

She and her pastor husband Kevin are parents to two adults, grandparents to three children, and servants to four cats. They live in Paris, IL., where the winters are frigid but the people are warm and friendly.  Her hobbies include fitness, reading, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Find Jeanette at http://jeanettelevellie.blogspot.com/

Dr. Rhett Wilson, Sr., is the Senior Writer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rhett, a freelance writer and editor, also pastored churches and taught Bible at a university.  The Wilsons like playing board games, exploring waterfalls, and they look forward to March Madness every year. For Fun, Rhett reads legal thrillers, watches adventure movies, and listens to country music. Access his website at www.rhettwilson.org and his blog at www.wilsonrhett.com.

Cecil Stokes founded Tentmakers Entertainment in 1999.  Cecil is an Executive Producer/Writer/Producer/Director. He has worked on over 500 cable television shows for networks such as A&E, Court TV, DIY, ESPN, Food Network, HGTV, History Channel, and Turner.  For his television programming, he won multiple awards including the New York Film Festival, the Communicator Award, dozens of Tellys and an Emmy. Cecil’s award-winning documentaries include A MAN NAMED PEARL  and CHILDREN OF ALL AGES.  Cecil also co-created and produced the feature film OCTOBER BABY.  Most recently, Cecil has written, produced and directed over 100 branded entertainment projects for the Scripps Networks (HGTV, DIY, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Fine Living & GAC). In 2015, Cecil adopted his son Boone from foster care at the age of 8 years old.  He has learned first-hand the beautiful and the brutal of raising a son from foster care.  

Joann Claypoole is an author, speaker, master stylist/colorist, and former spa-girl entrepreneur. She’s a wife, mother of four sons, “Numi” to four grandbabies, doggie-mom of two. A longtime member of SCBWI, Joann leads her local SCBWI critique group in Central Fl. This award-winning author of The Gardener’s Helper’s (ages 5-9 MJ Publishing2015) and many inspirational stories would rather be writing, hiking in the mountains, or inviting deer and other wildlife to stay for dinner near her western NC writing retreat.

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