Bob 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 www.bobhostetler.com/
Torry Martinhas a long list of accomplishments as an actor, author, storyteller and a stand-up comedian, he prefers to use his gifts for laughter, writing and entertaining to bring serious messages to audiences through the softening blows of humor. After telling a typical “Torry Story” revolving around his own blundering and misfortune, Martin pulls in the spiritual lesson in a sometimes subtle way. “If I can keep them laughing while they’re learning it doesn’t hurt their brains as much.”
Martin was a standup comic and actor in Los Angeles before he became a Christian. After finding the Lord, Martin moved to Alaska and lived in a remote cabin with a friend who was studying for ministry. He gave up acting and comedy for two years and studied the bible while becoming grounded in his faith. Torry began writing comedy sketches which he entered into the national competition sponsored by the Gospel Music Association called Christian Artists, now called Seminar in the Rockies. As the grand prize winner two years in a row, he now returns annually as an instructor. Martin has written for “Adventures in Odyssey”, a children’s radio series produced by Focus on the Family. For this self-proclaimed “hippie-for-the-Holy-One,” the melding of talent and faith have also resulted in the release of several books, including “Under the Circumstances,” and “What a Character,” both are collections of comedy sketches about Christian life. Published by Lillenas Drama, the books are available in Christian book stores worldwide. Find Torry at www.torrymartin.com.
Larry Leech spent eighteen years writing, editing, and managing news and sports departments at various 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 book editing and writing in 2004. Since that time he has authored / ghost written more than a dozen books and edited more than 150 manuscripts. He has also written back cover copy and press releases for numerous publishers.
For more than two years Larry Leech has served as Executive Director of Christian Writers Guild Word Weavers, owned by New York Times bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins. Now a frequent teacher at writers conferences, Larry offers help and encouragement to aspiring writers with individual mentoring. Find Larry at www.larryleech.com
Yvonne 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 director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. 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 www.yvonnelehman.com.
Ann 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 www.anntatlock.com.
Edie Melson - Edie is a leading professional in the writing industry. She’s a sought after writing instructor; and her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others.Se’s a prolific writer, publishing thousands of articles over the years, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. Edie is a regular contributor on the popular Novel Rocket and Inspire a Fire websites, as well as social media columnist for Southern Writers Magazine.
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 recently been updated and expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers. Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, a devotional book for those with family members in the military, is Edie’s heart project. She’s a member of numerous civic and professional organizations, including Blue Star Mothers, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, The Christian Pen, and American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s also the Social Media Mentor for the My Book Therapy Core Team, and the Assistant Acquisitions Editor for www.ChristianDevotions.us. Connect with her through Twitter or Facebook. Find Edie at www.ediemelson.com .
Cindy Sproles - Cindy is the Cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries, popular speaker and conference teacher, Cindy is the Executive Editor of ChristianDevotions.us and the Devotional Acquisitions Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is a contributing writer to CBN.com, 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 www.cindysproles.com.
LORI HATCHER is a transplanted Yankee living happily in the south with her husband David, a youth minister, and faithful four-footed friend, Winston. A Christian Communicators graduate and member of Toastmasters International, Lori speaks nationally and internationally, empowering and equipping women to live the rich lives God intends for them. She’s a 17-year homeschooling veteran with two young adult daughters and the author of the devotional book Joy in the Journey — Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms and the blog, Hungry for God www.lorihatcher.com. The editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out Columbiamagazine, Lori’s feature articles and devotions have been published in numerous online and print publications including P31, Crosswalk.com, Evangel, Columbia Metropolitan, The Mother’s Heart, and Inspired Women.