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2016 Faculty

Bob HostetlerBob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, pastor and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His thirty books, which include The Bone Box and American Idols (The Worship of the American Dream), have sold millions of copies. He has co-authored eleven books with Josh McDowell, including the best-selling Right from Wrong (What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices)  and the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award, among others. Bob is a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. Bob was ordained to the ministry in 1980 by The Salvation Army. He and his wife, the lovely Robin, served in The Salvation Army from 1980-1992.

In addition to his training for ministry with The Salvation Army, he earned degrees in English Bible from Cincinnati Christian University and English Communications from Bloomfield College Bob (with his wife) helped to co-found Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He has served that church in leadership and teaching pastor roles.

He has been a disc jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor,and (with his wife Robin) a foster parent to ten boys (though not all at once). Bob and Robin have two adult children, Aubrey and Aaron, son-in-law Kevin and daughter-in-law Nina, and grandchildren Miles, Mia, Calleigh, and Ryder. They live in Hamilton, Ohio. Find Bob at

larryleech2Larry Leech II
  spent eighteen years writing, editing, and managing news and sports departments at daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, and Florida. He finished his journalism career with a five-year stint as editor of Christian Retailing magazine, the leading trade publication in the Christian industry.

With more than 2,300 articles published, Larry moved into freelance writing and editing in 2004. He has ghostwritten seventeen books, edited more than 150 manuscripts, and written back cover copy and press releases for numerous publishers.

Larry teaches at numerous conferences nationwide and has become a much sought-after writing coach. He also is the instructor for the newly formed Christian Memoir Writer’s Association.

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vondahannahshot3Vonda Skelton Whether delivering a keynote at a civic event, speaking at a women’s retreat, or teaching a class at a writer’s conference, Vonda Skelton’s programs are consistently called powerful, entertaining, and insightful. Her women’s book, Seeing through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe, “…takes readers on a hilarious journey through all things female as we search for truth in a counterfeit world.” Discussion questions are included, making it appropriate for small group or individual study. She is also the author of a children’s mystery series, The Bitsy Burroughs Mysteries, which are set on Hilton Head Island (SC), Amelia Island (FL), and Tybee Island (GA).

As a former RN and freelance writer, Vonda has had articles published in HomeLife, Christian Single, ParentLife, Focus on the Family magazines, and many other publications. She is also a playwright and lyricist, and her scripts have been performed around the country. Her writer’s blog, The Christian Writer’s Den, covers weekly writing topics, instruction, and opportunities for writers. Vonda is the founder and co-director of Christian Communicators, a conference and community that educates, validates, and launches women in their speaking ministries.

Vonda and Gary have been married all their lives and are still happy about it! They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Visit Vonda at

Edie MelsoEdie Melson Writers Advance Boot Campn author, blogger and speaker—is a leading professional within the writing industry, as well as a popular instructor and mentor. Her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers across the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and a prolific writer, with numerous books and thousands of articles. Her popular writing blog, The Write Conversation, is a well known resource. Edie is the senior editor for Novel Rocket, and the social media mentor for My Book Therapy websites, as well as social media director for Southern Writers MagazineShe’s also the military family blogger for

In keeping up with the leading edge of all things digital Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on Twitter, Facebook, and social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has been updated and expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers.

Her books for military families include her latest, While My Soldier Serves, Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military, (Worthy Inspired) and Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas).You can also connect with Edie on Twitter and Facebook and at


Denise K. LooDeniseLoockck has devotions and stories that appear in best-selling books and magazines. She teaches women’s Bible studies and speaks at luncheons and conferences. She also posts biweekly devotions on her website: A collection of Denise’s devotions, Open Your Hymnal: Devotions That Harmonize Scripture With Song, was released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2010. To read more about the book or to order it, click here. A second volume of hymn devotions, Open Your Hymnal Again, was released June 1, 2012. Denise is an editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

Linda GildenLINDA GILDEN – is an experienced writer, speaker, editor, and writing coach. Author of the popular Love Notes series, she is also the author of Mommy Pick-Me-Ups, Mama Was the Queen of Christmas, Personality Perspectives, Called to Write, and many ghostwritten books. With over a thousand magazine articles to her credit, Linda Gilden is a prolific writer who loves to share a great story. As a freelance editor and writing coach working with publishers and individuals, she encourages others to write with excellence. As a speaker, she travels all over the country sharing the message of God’s hope. As a member of the CLASS Seminars training staff and Director of CLASS Christian Writers Conference and Carolina Christian Writers Conference, Linda enjoys helping others polish their speaking and writing skills on their journeys to clear, concise communication. Linda is a Certified Personality Trainer helping others discover the joy of understanding themselves and others.

Contact Linda at   and visit her website at 

La-Tan RolandLa-Tan-Murphy Murphy is Founder of:  Colors of His Love Women’s Conference since 2011The heart of this ministry is to challenge women to reach every culture with the love of Christ. As an event speaker and vocalist, La-Tan finds encouraging others most important.  Drawing from a wealth of life experiences as a wife, mother, and grandmother, she uses real-life experiences as her greatest sources for speaking and writing inspiration. La-Tan is an award-winning article writer. She is a regularly featured columnist for the nationally recognized WHOA Women’s Magazine. La-Tan’s books have been featured in Southern Writers Magazine in the 2014 January Edition, and the October 2014 edition as MUST READS.  Her articles have been published on Girlfriends in God Devotional/, as well as Just 18 Summers and the American Daily Herald, Inspire a Fire. Her articles have been featured alongside Joyce Meyer, Lisa Osteen, Kim Alexis, Gretchen Carlson- Fox News and Megan Alexander – Inside Edition.  Her book entitled: God’s Provision in Tough Times is a finalist for the 2014 Selah Award.


Yvonne Lehman Writers Boot CampYvonne  Lehman– Yvonne  lives in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina where she and her husband raised four children, now grown.

She is an award-winning, best-selling author of 40 novels and past director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25+ years. Yvonne now directs the Novel Retreat each October at Ridgecrest Conference Center.

In each of her novels, Yvonne tries to present one significant ingredient—hope. She has a southern upbringing and many of her novel settings are in the mountains where she’s lived for the past 25 years. Many of her novels reflect her unique sense of humor. Visit Yvonne at

Ann Tatlock Writers Advance Boot CampAnn Tatlock – Ann  humble in spirit, Ann speaks the truth in her writing and in her faith. As a two-time Christy winner, Ann has authored 12 books. She teaches at writers conferences across the nation and is highly respected for her classes on Writing to a Post-Modern World. Her book Promises to Keep is being turned into film.

Ann lives with her family in the mountains of North Carolina. Visit her at

Eddie Jones is Founder and CEO of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and co-founder of Christian Devotions Ministries. He is also an award-winning novelist of middle-grade fiction for boys. If you have questions about the book publishing industry, the writing process, or any of Eddie’s books, email him at:



Cindy Sproles – Cindy  is the Cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries, popular speaker and conference teacher, Cindy is the Executive Editor of and the Devotional Acquisitions Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is a contributing writer to, Tri-County News and Common Ground Hearld. Her devotions are published widely in Christian newspapers across the eastern seaboard. Cindy is the author of New Sheets: Thirty Days to Refine You into the Woman You Can Be and is the cowriter of He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion. She is a certified life coach and mentor. Her first fiction novel will release late 2014 or early 2015. Visit Cindy at

creekSarah Loudin Thomas

grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, released August 2014 through Bethany House. Book #2, Until the Harvest, released May 2015 with A Tapestry of Secrets slated for an August 2016 release. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency. She and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading. Learn more at









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