These are our currently confirmed faculty.
We will be adding faculty members to this page over the coming weeks.
Robin Jones Gunn
Anchor Keynote Speaker
Robin Jones Gunn is a bestselling, award-winning fiction and nonfiction author whose more than 100 books have sold six million copies worldwide. Robin’s novels have been adapted into four Hallmark Christmas movies. Robin also co-hosts the weekly Women Worth Knowing podcast. Robin and her husband have two grown children and four grandchildren. They live in California.
Speaker & Emcee
Robynne is also the Conference Director
Robin W. Pearson
Robin will also be teaching three workshops.
Robin Lee Hatcher
Robin is also teaching the Fiction Major Morning Track
Artist in Residence
Todd is best known as the winner of the 18th Season of NBC’s “The Voice”. Todd describes his music as “slice of life”. He shares real lyrics about real life and faith, often finding it challenging to squeeze inside a particular genre. A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Todd pastored Cornerstone Church in Meridian for several years before pursuing a full-time music career. Todd has been married to Brooke, since 1998. The couple have eight children.
Worship Leader & musician
Dustin, who lives in Linden, Alabama, is married to Madison and is a father of four beautiful children. He has been a musician His whole life and a worship leader for a good chunk of that time. He has traveled all over the country playing guitar and singing with Todd Tilghman. He loves the Lord and has a heart for the people who the church labels as unreachable. He has a heart for seeing the gospel of Jesus spread in a genuine way.
Todd will also be preaching the Sunday morning message and Dustin will be leading the Sunday morning worship.
They will also be joint-teaching a songwriting workshop.
Major Morning Track Faculty
YA / Speculative / Fantasy
Lindsay is the Carol Award–winning author of "The Story Peddler," ECPA best-selling author of "Adored," and Managing Editor of Enclave Publishing. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Lindsay is a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their three precious geeklings, and three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats).
Nonfiction (Long Form)
Tricia is a speaker, podcast host, and USA Today bestselling author of over 80 books. Tricia writes in numerous genres including fiction, parenting, marriage, and books for children and teens. She’s a wife, homeschooling mom of ten, and she love to mentor writers through WriteThatBook.Club. Tricia lives near Little Rock, AR.
Robin Lee Hatcher
Robin is the author of 90 novels and novellas with over five million copies in print. She’s known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA®, the Carol, the Christy, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America®. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, Idaho, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.
The Spiritual Life of a Writer
Bob is an award-winning author, literary agent, and international speaker from Nevada. His more than fifty books, which include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (co-authored with Josh McDowell) and The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, have sold millions of copies. Bob is an agent with the Steve Laube Agency and the executive director of the Christian Writers Institute. As a speaker, Bob presents regularly at writer’s conferences, pastor gatherings, church and marriage retreats, and men’s events. He was the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio, where he served from 2000-2010. He and his wife, the lovely Robin, have two grown children who have given them five perfect grandchildren. He lives in southern Nevada.
A Crash Course on Writing and Publishing
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-hope through her novels, nonfiction, devotions, and through speaking events for women. Her tagline is: "I can't unravel. I'm hemmed in hope." To date, she's published more than 30 books and is working on more. Her books have been awarded more than 40 cherished reader, reviewer, retailer, and other honors, including RT Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. She serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and as a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She and her grade-school sweetheart husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six (to date) grandchildren.
Morgan L. Busse
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, The Soul Chronicles, Ravenwood Saga, and the Skyworld series.
She is a three-time Christy Award finalist and winner of both the INSPY and the Carol Award. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel. Visit her online at www.morganlbusse.com.
Robin W. Pearson
Robin's writing sprouts from her Southern upbringing, her belief in Jesus Christ, and her love of her husband, seven children, and their dog, Oscar. Her novels are “rooted in the soul of the story” and include her Christy Award–winning debut, A Long Time Comin', as well as 'Til I Want No More, Walking in Tall Weeds, and her next release coming spring 2024.
Robin has corrected grammar up and down the East Coast in her career as an author, editor, and blogger and in her calling as a homeschooling mama of many. She loves to share about her faith and her family because they're the source and subject of her fiction—in her novels, in the new characters currently living and breathing on her computer screen, and in the stories waiting to be told about the experiences at her own kitchen sink.
James L. Rubart
James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He's the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame, CAROL, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending spiritual journeys they'll remember months after finishing one of his stories. He grew up in the Seattle area, graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Washington.
In his spare time he likes to hike, play guitar, practice sleight of hand, golf, bike, and scuba dive. No, he doesn’t sleep much. He's also a branding expert, speaker, audio book narrator, and co-founder with his son, Taylor, of the Rubart Writing Academy. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.
Rachel McRae serves as senior acquisitions editor at Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. She fell in love with Christian publishing in college and went on to spend 19 years with LifeWay Christian Stores working in a variety of roles, however Senior Book Buyer was her favorite. Since joining Revell in 2018, she’s been acquiring fiction and nonfiction books and loves working with authors to get their words in print and in the hands of readers.
Rachel lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she can usually be found on a nearby trail or greenway, working with her nonprofit, watching football, or with her nose in a book.
Linda Howard is Associate Publisher for Children and Youth at Tyndale House Publishers. She brings an extensive background working with children and children’s products to her role including teaching, marketing, and product development for several brands. Linda leads the kids’ team, developing overall strategy for Tyndale Children and Youth, acquiring projects, and overseeing product development of all books. She has also worked in the marketing arena and built strong relationships with several of Tyndale’s publishing partners. She oversees the Compassion International Publishing partnership and has worked with best-selling authors Ann Voskamp, Mike Nawrocki, Amy Parker, John Ortberg, Esau McCaulley, and more.
Linda’s enthusiasm and passion for bringing children to a deeper understanding of Christ is what drives her acquisitions choices. Helping authors to publish and shape products that start children on a path to spiritual maturity is a responsibility she takes seriously, and she is grateful for the opportunity to serve.
To Be Revealed
Robin is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Coventry Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. Working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. She started her first novel while homeschooling her children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her skills. Now, with the kids grown, she has time to play with the lives of fictional heroes, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Visit robinpatchen.com/subscribe to receive a free book and stay informed about Robin’s latest projects.
Staci is an author and speaker from New Zealand. Through her books, speaking, workshops and social media ministry she encourages people to find freedom and develop a greater understanding of God’s love and grace. Staci has written five Christian non-fiction books and is a regular contributor to Inflow Digital Magazine. Staci’s first book is a powerful testimony of overcoming alcoholism through a relationship with Jesus and as a keynote presentation she has shared her story around New Zealand. She regularly runs writing related workshops and personal development courses for women. Staci is a popular speaker at New Zealand Christian Writers events teaching about social media, public speaking, and writing impactful testimonies. Her practical approach is empowering, dynamic and motivating. Staci is also the founder of The Neurocollective NZ, which provides advocacy, education and support for individuals, families, churches and Christian organizations regarding neurodiversity and inclusion.
Christina Suzann Nelson
Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award winning The Way It Should Be.
She is the mother of six children, an advocate for children in foster care, a substitute teacher, a conference director, and the wife of her partner in this crazy adventure.
Singer-songwriter and author Rosie Boom lives with her husband Chris on a lifestyle block (a "smallholding") in New Zealand. Rosie grew up as a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea, and after completing her nursing degree in New Zealand, became a missionary in Borneo. She married Chris in 1987, and over the next ten years, had three daughters and three sons. In the middle of these busy child-rearing years, Rosie enrolled in a writing course and published her first four books. In 2019, she completed 23 years of homeschooling and now has the luxury of being a full-time writer. Rosie is the author of eleven books, including parenting books, children's picture books and the multi-award-winning series The Barn Chronicles. The series tells of the Boom family's fun and adventures while living in a hundred-year-old barn as they build their family home. Her books are wholesome read-aloud adventures for the whole family to enjoy, full of warmth and humor. Rosie is a sought-after speaker in New Zealand at women's conferences, schools, churches, and homeschooling and parenting conventions, where she loves to speak about her passions – faith and family.
Lainey La Shay
Lainey La Shay is a writer who shines light on the deep issues of life and relationships. While she can’t show you her face or tell you her real name, she is passionate about being a champion for those who have faced insurmountable odds and helps them come out the other side standing tall.
Lainey loves adventure, whether in the pages of a good book or in life. When not lost in a good book, she is an avid hiker, nature-lover, and cyclist. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones.
Lainey is the author of the devotional More Than a Survivor. Her first novel, No Tangible Threat will release in January 2024. She is a writer and editor for Focus on the Family.
Nick Harrison is a literary agent with WordServe Literary, author of more than a dozen books, former bookstore owner, and retired senior editor at Harvest House Publishers. His books have been endorsed by Anne Graham Lotz, Jerry Jenkins, Liz Curtis Higgs, Chip Ingram, and Lee Strobel. During his years at Harvest House, Nick worked on books with authors such as Tony Evans, Sheila Walsh, and Thomas Kinkade.
Nick has a long history of championing new writers. He lives with his wife, Beverly, in Oregon. His website is nickharrisonbooks.com. He can also be found at the WordServe website at wordserveliterary.com.
Tiffany Vakilian is a bestselling author, writing coach, editor, and speaker. She has her Master’s (and additional certification) in Transformative Language Arts. Her company, Speak Fire Publishing, was created to help people take their manuscripts to the next level. When she is not teaching, talking, or "Momming," she helps authors grow from holding their stories inside to sharing published books globally.
Tiffany uses her artistic output to give love (and commentary) about the world at varying levels. She is the President of the San Diego Professional Editors Network and volunteers often for San Diego nonprofits that support writers. "I believe in the power of connections available through spoken, written, sung, and embodied word art. You’re all in when you’ve seen a published story bring someone back from the dead."
There is a fire in her to put polished published books out in the world. Tiffany is a quintessential Renaissance Gal.
Patrick E. Craig
Best-selling, four-time CIBA, Selah and Word Guild of Canada Award-winning author Patrick E. Craig has only been writing professionally since 2013. His new career follows years as a performing artist and then as a pastor/worship leader. Since 2013, he has published eighteen books through Harvest House, Harlequin, Elk Lake and his own publishing imprints, P&J Publishing and Islands Publishing. He has written Amish Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Western, YA, Memoir and Action-thriller books. His goal as a writer is to move beyond genre writing with novels that present realism and truth from a biblical world-view.
Patrick has served as a teacher and adjunct at the ACFW conference, the West Coast Christian Writer’s Conference and now here at the Vision Christian Writers Conference at Mt. Hermon, the same venue where he got his start as a writer ten years ago. He currently has three books in the works that will release in the fall of this year.
Megan Castle is an author, volunteer jail chaplain, and intimate partner abuse recovery leader. She is the author of two novels published by Kensington Books, one of which was chosen for the Double Day Book Club and the other translated into German by Random House. Twice the recipient of the Hedgebrook Writing Residency for women, she holds dual Master’s degrees in Professional Writing (USC) and Education (PSU).
She and her husband founded Dangerous Christian Writers, which encourages both literary and faith-filled risk-taking. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably getting scolded by one of her teenagers or coercing her family of five into a dance routine for social media. Find out more at megancastle.com
Shadia Hrichi is a passionate Bible teacher and award-winning author who loves seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She holds a master’s in biblical and theological studies as well as a master’s in criminal justice. Shadia is the author of several Bible studies, including Rahab, Tamar, Hagar, Legion, and Worthy of Love, and the recipient of several literary awards. Shadia has served on faculty for a number of Christian writers conferences and is often invited to speak at retreats, conferences, and other events. In addition to teaching her workshop, “Am I Ready to Write a Bible Study?”, Shadia will be taking appointments for Leafwood Publishers for Bible study and nonfiction (Christian life, theology, Bible study, biblical self-help). Currently residing in northern California, Shadia loves to visit the ocean each week for “a date with Jesus.” Enjoy 10 fun facts and a blooper reel at www.shadiahrichi.com/shadia/
Jill Osborne loves Jesus and kids. She’s written thirteen books for middle graders, including The Good News Shoes series, The Belt of Truth series, The Princess in Camo series with Missy and Mia Robertson, and The Coin Slot Chronicles series with Rashad Jennings.
Jill’s 30+ year career working with kids includes serving as a children’s and preteen ministry director, where some of her favorite activities involved camping in the wild outdoors, wearing camo, and tromping through creeks chasing kids with Frisbees. Jill enjoys reading, hiking, and hanging out with her husband, her two grown children and their spouses, and three unique and awesome granddaughters. www.authorjillosborne.com
Linda K. Taylor
Linda has a passion for helping writers understand and navigate the publishing world. She spent four decades in Christian publishing where she worked as an editor, editorial director, and now as a freelancer. She brought all she learned from those years into the Professional Writing major at Taylor University (IN), where she currently is an assistant professor. She has the privilege of teaching her students to be strong writers and communicators and then how to get their words out into the world. Publishing is a process, and writers need to understand how that process works—which is the focus of her latest book, released in March 2023, Pathway to Publication: Move Your Writing from Manuscript to Book. Linda blogs about all things writing and publishing (with a little bit of random life thoughts thrown in, along with some cats) at lindaktaylor.com.
Mary Pero is a ghostwriter and book coach who specializes in helping authors create marketable, literary properties—books that sell! As a generalist, she works with both fiction and nonfiction authors assisting with (and sometimes writing) query letters, book proposals, and even Bestseller Strategy Plans. She is passionate about using the power of story to change lives. Your Story Matters.
Mary has served the local church as a worship leader in California, Poland, and Ireland, and has a special place in her heart for ministry leaders and changemakers. When she’s not reading or writing, Mary enjoys drinking too much coffee and obsessing with her husband over their latest restoration project—a 1929 English Revival in Santa Ana, CA.
Debbie Kitterman is a pastor, speaker, author, podcaster, and blogger who knows what it takes to put together marketing plans and launch team. She is also the founder of “Dare 2 Hear Ministries,” and “Sound the Call, LLC.” She inspires others to see their God potential and walk successfully in their kingdom purpose. Debbie understands marketing, launch teams, and publicity are not “one size fits all.” She has both traditional and self-published books and knows first-hand what it takes to market, promote, and launch books/products successfully.
Debbie is originally from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, but now lives in South Carolina.
Rachel Dodge is the bestselling author of the award-winning Anne of Green Gables Devotional, The Little Women Devotional, and Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen. Her newest book is The Secret Garden Devotional.
Rachel’s experience includes teaching college English classes, speaking at libraries, teas, and women’s groups, and writing for the popular Jane Austen's World blog. A true kindred spirit at heart, Rachel loves books, bonnets, and ball gowns. Most mornings, you’ll find her on her front porch, waving to the neighbors and savoring tea and quiet time with Jesus.
You can find her online at www.RachelDodge.com or on Instagram @KindredSpiritBooks.
Janet McHenry has been writing for the Christian publishing industry for over 35 years, with 25 traditionally published books--including Christian living books, devotionals, Bible studies, and gift books. Two of her books have hit bestseller lists: PrayerWalk and 50 Life Lessons for Grads. With a journalism degree from UC Berkeley, she formerly worked as a newspaper journalist and has written thousands of articles, devotions, and blogs.
A national speaker, Janet frequently speaks at writers’ conferences and teaches weekly for the She Writes for Him Tribe. She is a certified life coach for writers and hosts the Sierra Valley Writers Retreat. Janet and her husband Craig live in the Sierra Valley, where he is a cattle rancher, where she taught high school English, and where they raised their four children. She loves to connect with writers . . . and especially finds joy when she sees lightbulbs in their eyes.
Tara Johnson is an author and speaker, and loves to write stories that help people break free from the lies they believe about themselves. Tara’s debut novel Engraved on the Heart earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was a finalist in the Carol and Christy awards.
In addition to being published in a variety of digital and print magazines, she has been a featured guest on Voice of Truth radio, Enduring Word radio, television and podcasts. She is a history nerd, especially the Civil War, and adores making people laugh. She, her husband, and children live in Arkansas.
Helen followed her dream to help others by working as an intensive care nurse, and then as a specialist public health nurse. When her youngest child faced life-threatening health issues, and another required educational support, she sought refuge in the Word and with her Lord. These tender moments inspired her Not So Secret Love Letters as she wants others to have opportunities to meet the God who still speaks today. In less than a year, Not So Secret Love Letters grew to over 10,000 followers and received over 400,000 views on Instagram and TikTok. Her popular devotionals are helping people of all ages find and follow Jesus.
Helen enjoys hiking in the Californian Sunshine with her husband. You can find her speaking with Jesus as she climbs the nearby golden hills with her dogs. Or as she drives hurriedly because she’s late for the school pick-up.