Presenters


BowmanMcKinleyCropped.jpgCrystal Bowman & Teri McKinley

Crystal Bowman's writing career began in 1990 when she was hired to write lyrics for children's piano music with FJH Music Company.  The composers with whom she collaborated were Randy and Nancy Faber who are now under contract with Hal Leonard Corporation.  She has written hundreds of lyrics and is still under contract as a lyricist.

Crystal self-published her first children's book in 1993, which was a collection of humorous poetry titled Cracks in the Sidewalk.  She published this book to compliment her poetry workshops in the local schools.  The book sold over 12,000 copies in the local market.

In 1995, she created a beginning reader series for Zondervan.  The series included eight titles and sold over 120,000 copies.  Since that time she has written over 75 books, including several best-selling books and award-winning books.

She currently writes children's books for Zondervan Publishing, Standard Publishing, Tyndale House Publishing, and Thomas Nelson.  She has also written for Baker Publishing, David C. Cook, and W. B. Eerdman's Publishing.

Crystal is one of the authors in the best-selling Little Blessings Series (Tyndale), and has written two dozen books in the well-known I Can Read! series (Zondervan).  Over one million copies of her books have sold nationally and internationally, and one of her books has been translated into seven different languages.

Besides writing children's books, she has written three nonfiction books for women and dozens of articles for writers' magazines, online magazines, and blog posts.  She contributes twice a month to a Christian Children's Authors' blog:  www.christianchildrensauthors.com.  She also writes stories twice a month for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine that is published by Focus on the Family.

Crystal is a Mentor and speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and also speaks for church and school programs, as well as national conventions.  She has taught general sessions, workshops, and/or continuing classes at the following writers' conferences:  Write to Publish (Wheaton College); Southern Christian Writers Conference (Alabama); Obadiah Christian Writers Conference (Wisconsin); SCBWI Writers Conference (Michigan); Maranatha Christian Writers Conference (3 years); and the Florida Christian Writers Conference (5 years).  She taught at Write2Ignite in March, 2014, at North Greenville University in North Carolina.

Crystal says, "I love working with other writers, teaching, and sharing from my own experiences.  I also love writing for children.  Whether my stories are written in playful rhythm and rhyme, or short sentences for beginning readers, my desire is that children will learn that God loves them and cares about them very much."

Crystal has worked with her daughter, Teri McKinley, who will be teaming with her to conduct our workshops on writing for children.

Teri McKinley

As the daughter of a children's author, Teri grew up in the world of publishing, attending book signings and book conventions.  She greatly enjoyed these experiences and began developing her writing skills as a curious elementary school student.  She always enjoyed literature classes in high school and found herself swept away by writing assignments.

While attending college, Teri began working toward a journalism degree.  She quickly realized that creative writing was her true passion, and she wanted to pursue writing out of joy and not obligation.  In the course of her college studies, she changed her major and graduated with a degree in interior design, doing a few freelance writing pieces along the way.

Her graduate school training gave her the opportunity to pursue academic writing through the development of her master's thesis.  She enjoyed that platform to discuss things that were important to her and found great satisfaction in the journey.

Teri says of herself, "After moving to East Texas, my new career at ETBU fed my hunger to continue using writing as a platform.  This time, however, I desired to use the written word as a means of spreading the gospel to those younger than myself.  It is through this yearning that my first published book was manifested.  My writing came full circle as I was blessed to coauthor a children's devotional book with my mom."

Teri continues, "As I move forward in my writing career, I aim to encourage youth in seeking a strong, personal relationship with the Lord.  I pray that the generations behind me would grow into men and women of God."

Teri and her mother Crystal Bowman will present a two hour workshop on Friday, October 24, introducing writing for children and then on Saturday will present a six hour, in depth class on writing for children.

 

 


Burns_Picture.JPGTerry Burns

has been with the Hartline agency for over twelve years, including six years as an agent, and has a substantial list of clients, a growing list of credits, and a reputation for presenting in conferences all over the country.  Terry comes from a writing background and has over 40 books of his own in print. His most recent projects were: co-writing Writing in Obedience with editorial assistant Linda Yezak, authoring a Young Adult book titled Beyond the Smoke which won the Will Rogers Medallion, and writing a book about the skills needed to get published titled, A Writer's Survival Guide to Publication. It was developed out of the month-long course he held for American Christian Fiction Writers.  A bookstore of his available works, as well as a periodic blog, can be found at www.terryburns.net.  As an agent Terry says, "I'm looking for a good book, well-written in a unique voice, aimed at a market that looks promising, and where I feel I have the contacts appropriate to be able to sell the book in that market.  I'm pretty open as to genre but I don't do picture books, science fiction or fantasy."  He is a member of the Association of Author's Representatives (AAR).


Camp_Pic_1.jpgKenneth Camp

is managing editor of the Baptist Standard and Common Call.  Ken grew up in Greenville, Texas, and graduated from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) with an undergraduate degree in English and journalism, and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master's degree in communications.  Before joining the Baptist Standard staff in 2004, he worked more than 19 years with the Baptist General Convention of Texas communications office, including seven years as news director and one year as interim communications director.  He has won the Baptist Communicators Association's Frank Burkhalter Award for news writing twice and received the Religion Communicators Council's DeRose/Hinkhouse "best of class" writing award.  He and his wife, Diane, have three sons: Daniel, Matthew and Nathan, and a daughter-in-law, Lindsey. The Camps are members of South Garland Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. 

 

 


Lynn_Marie_Cherry.jpgLynn Marie Cherry

began blogging in 2008 after years of badgering from her dear friend Lexie Smith.  She enjoys sharing insights from God's Word and the world around her.  As a staff member of Shoreline Church in Austin, Texas, Lynn is responsible for creating new believers and membership classes.  She also writes the weekly Shoreline Devotional.  Lynn speaks and writes about mothering, marriage and moving forward.  She contributes to two online magazines-- Created Woman and A Bundle of Thyme.  She recently published a 21 day devotional called Keep Walking for people dealing with the pain of relational betrayal.  Lynn and her husband David have been married for over 20 years.  They enjoy the adventure of parenting two teenage boys.

 

The following are links associated with Cherry:

 Blog:  http://www.lynnmariecherry.com/

Shoreline Devotional:  http://www.shoreline.net/blog/

Created Woman-a faith & fashion magazine:  http://www.createdwoman.net

A Bundle of Thyme-encouragement for women:  http://www.thymemag.com/

21 Day Devotional:  http://www.feedblitz.com/f/?Sub=842791

 


Kristen_Clark_head_tilt.jpgKristen Clark

is the author of the 5 Star book Becoming a Woman of Worth:  Creating a More Confident You.  Kristen is a real-life example of someone who conquered low self-esteem by aligning her thoughts about herself with God's thoughts about her.  A highly sought-after speaker and confidence coach, she is also the creator of HisSideoftheLookingGlass.com, designed to help women develop confidence for increased personal success.  Driven by a passion to help women fulfill their noble purpose, Kristen speaks and writes frequently about confidence as a spiritual mindset.  Her articles have appeared in numerous online journals and magazines, while her inspirational short stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and other complication books.  With over 25 years of practical experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Planning and Strategy, and Communications, Kristen is also a master at helping others increase sales with effective targeted marketing.  Whether you are about to finish writing your first book, or have dozens of books on the shelf already, she can equip you with the information you need to increase sales while saving you from jumping ship before the big pay-off.  Visit Kristen at www.KristenClark.org.  

Kristen celebrates life with her husband, Lawrence, and feline companions in Cypress, Texas.



Lawrence_J_Clark_w_books_2012.jpgLawrence J. Clark

is an educator, author, speaker, and songwriter who frequently speaks and performs in schools, churches, and libraries; his fiction and poetry have been published in numerous print and online journals and anthologies. He is also a CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers) Certified Speaker and Personality Trainer (CPT), lectures frequently on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines, is co-founder of TheCommunicationLeader.com and TheWebinarLeader.com, and writers a regular column for NewBeginningsMarriage.org.

 

 

 

 

 


CCollins2014.jpgL. Christopher Collins

has been a professional educator for twenty-five years and has worked with high school students and college students in English and drama.  Born and reared in East Texas, he has a B.A. in English and History and a M.A. in English from Stephen F. Austin State University.  He has taught at Stephen F. Austin State University, Panola College, and at four East Texas area high schools, focusing on everything from writing to music to theatre.  He is currently Director of Academic UIL for Rains ISD and is Theatre Arts Director, Gifted Education Specialist, an English teacher, and the teacher of Broadcast Journalism/manager of Rains Radio/TV at Rains High School in Emory, Texas. He also serves as a part-time consultant in writing and gifted education at the Region VII Education Service Center in Kilgore and for various school districts. 

Chris has received several awards including the 2012 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher in the U.S. award.  He began creative writing several years ago.  He found a passion for writing plays in the early 1990s.  He has written approximately twenty-five plays that have been produced in a number of settings.  Most recently a readers' theatre performance of his comedy "Calling the Shots" by the Tyler Junior College Theatre Department took place in September 2014.  In addition, he and a group of like-minded artists/workaholics are in the process of starting a theatrical company/community theatre in the Lake Fork area town of Emory, a venue that will not only produce well-known works, but will also be open to new writings and theatrical experiences.

He enjoys working with teens and adults, helping them foster their creative writing skills.  Chris also serves as the pianist at his local church, and he and his mom have sung at hundreds of churches all over the South since he was about ten years of age.  He can be contacted at mrchriscollins@hotmail.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tofferdreams.

 

 


BillDaering.jpgBill Dareing

 is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (then Oklahoma A&M College) graduating with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1956.  He has a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (1965).

He retired from Halliburton Company in 1994 after 38 years of service.  His professional career included 15 years in international service living in England and Scotland with his family.  During this time with Halliburton, he traveled extensively throughout the world.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma and a Charter Engineer in the United Kingdom.

He was ordained as a Deacon in 1964 by First Baptist Church in Duncan, Oklahoma. Also he was recently licensed and ordained to the Gospel Ministry by First Baptist Church, Valley View, Texas, just two months short of his 80th birthday.

He currently lives with his wife Dorothy, of 57 years, on acreage in North Texas where they raise cattle and enjoy their children and grandchildren. They are both active in their church in Valley View.  Bill is an author of several books detailing stories, experiences and adventures growing out of his world travels.  

 

 


CindyDuncan_Photo.jpgCindy Anne Duncan

lives in Marshall, Texas, with her three dogs and one cat. She is the mother of three grown sons and is "Boo-Boo" to her granddaughter Charley, her little "Missy Boo-Boo". She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, with a double major in Guidance and Counseling and Sociology. Ms. Duncan was a Social Worker for 20 years before becoming a published author and columnist. She writes to enrich and inspire humankind. She believes the following statement speaks her heart and commitment to life; not only for children, but also for adults and even animals as well, "Every child deserves the right to hold their head up high with dignity and pride, and no one has the right to take that away from them."

Ms. Duncan has been a columnist for the Marshall News Messenger and other publications. She is working on her second children's book in The Grace Anne series which is projected to be 12 volumes. You may go to www.graceannebooks.blogspot.com or www.goodsoundpublishing.com to follow Cindy Anne and learn of her adventures with Grace Anne, one of her three dogs. Grace Anne and Ms. Duncan have so much fun going to schools and sharing the message that words count and matter, and they can even hurt others. She and Grace Anne are passionate about life, love our world and all that we are blessed to have in it. Ms. Duncan is a true Southern girl as well, and as Grace Anne's "mother," she helps her learn the important lessons in and about life.

Author Cindy Anne is also working on a Romance novel which she never thought she could write. She listened to the whisper, the calling, and is answering her call. She regularly writes for newspapers and other publications and has submitted her first travel/destination article. She has also just recently completed a journal project with a group, which she envisions as an inspirational play modified someday to describe her adventure in journaling.

 


jerry_faught.jpgJerry L. Faught II

is an Associate Professor of Religion at Wiley College, an historic Black Methodist college in Marshall, Texas. He taught at Oklahoma Baptist University in the religion department for many years. Dr. Faught has contributed significantly to studies in Baptist and Church History publications in the past, having served for many years as a member of the Baptist History and Heritage Society and worked with the Baptist History and Heritage Journal. He brings to the 2014 Christian Writers Conference a wealth of information as an experienced author, editor and leader in religious studies. His recent satirical novel, "Rev. Dr. Megalo Maniac's Supernatural Salvation Spectacle and Marvelous Mega-Church Meeting" is the story of a self-promoting mega-church pastor, the Rev. Dr. Megalo Maniac, who decides to put on a show detailing all of the great accomplishments of his life as it nears an end. "He's an amalgamation of a number of characters," Faught said of his protagonist, "What I did was I took a lot of actual people and events and embellished them to make them funny, but I didn't always have to embellish them too much. It's meant to be tongue and cheek but also there's some seriousness here too." As a minister and professor of religion, Faught has often seen the disconnection between how people behave in church and in day to day situations. That certainly motivated him to write this work of satire.

 


Richard_Fluker_Sized.jpgRichard L. Fluker

for many years looked forward to writing what he wanted: in first person and without deadlines.  As a radio news director for five years, he wrote and delivered at least 5,000 news stories--at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. sharp.  During that time he won eight first-place Associated Press Broadcasters awards, including best documentary, best series (twice), best feature (twice), and best newscast.

Richard then joined Marshall Independent School District as public information officer, and over the next 26 years honed his writing skills to suit a variety of purposes.  He wrote nearly 2,000 news releases and wrote/edited copy for over 400 radio programs and numerous newsletters.  Dozens of his feature stories were published in the Marshall News Messenger.  His writing resume also includes AV scripts, brochures, flyers, website copy, staff briefs, brag books, and various plans, procedures, policies and reports.  Much of his effort went into editing copy submitted by countless MISD employees.  Several publications garnered awards of excellence and awards of merit.  Though most of Richard's writing during that time was job-related, he did write several freelance magazine articles and poems that were accepted for publication.  He even produced a CD on which he sang two of his 40+ original songs.

Retirement came in 2007.  Over the next several years, Richard wrote 27 non-fiction stories about his boyhood years on a Texas farm.  In 2013 he designed, edited, and self-published this collection as a book, The Cows Are Out and Other Tales from a Farm Kid of the 50s.  In conjunction with the book, Richard developed a program, a "book show and tell," using mementos from the farm as props while he reads excerpts and makes remarks related to the stories.  In August, Texas Co-op Power Magazine published his article, "Paying the 'Light' Bill," another nostalgic piece.

Richard is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and is a U.S. Navy veteran.  He grew up near Corsicana, Texas, but has lived in Marshall since 1976.

His website is http://richardleefluker.wix.com/flukerbooks.

 


Hallmark_2013.jpgJoan Hallmark

If there was a survey to determine the best-known woman in East Texas, Joan Hallmark would rank near the top. She is the host of the popular "Proud of East Texas" television series on KLTV in Longview-Tyler and KTRE in Lufkin-Nacogdoches. She began her TV career some 40 years ago in Dallas and the rest is history. She was a pioneer in the role of women in television and her groundbreaking work in television helped tear down the barrier of male-dominated news anchors. The Emmy-award-winning journalist has interviewed dozens of headliners including both President Bushs, Nancy Reagan, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, George Foreman, Carol Burnett, Sammy Davis, Jr. and many others. Her features have appeared on Good Morning America and ABC stations across America.

Although her "Proud of East Texas" franchise has long been an audience favorite in East Texas, she also is the producer of "Freedom Fighters", which profiles past and present military heroes--both men and women,--most from East Texas.

Those who faithfully watch her weekly series may not know that Joan also appeared in several Hollywood movies including, State Fair, See No Evil and Indian Paint.  Joan is an Emmy Award winning television personality, having interviewed some of the most famous people in the world, ranging from presidents and movie stars to athletes and war heroes.  Some of them include John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Matthew McConaughey, Sammy Davis, Jr., both Presidents Bush, Nancy Reagan, George Foreman, Willie Nelson, David Wilkerson and dozens of other famous people.

She is also the author of a new book entitled, Sound Bites, with the subtitle: "Behind the Scenes With Presidents, Movie Stars, Great Athletes and War Heroes". This popular TV personality and experienced broadcast journalist will provide practical and inspirational guidance in preparing to serve in broadcast and public news media.

 


Lynn_Hobbs_2013.jpgLynn Hobbs

is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, PENS: Crosswords Christian Writers Group-Marshall, North East Texas Writers Organization, East Texas Writers Association, Texas Association of Authors, GWFC-Texas Federation of Women's Clubs-Marshall Chapter. She is a past treasurer (2011-2012) of East Texas Writers Association and a lifetime member of World Wide Who's Who.

Lynn's book, Sin, Secrets, and Salvation, won 1st place in Religious Fiction for 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors. World Wide Who's Who awarded her Professional of the Year 2012-2013 in Authorship. The AuthorShow.com named Mrs. Hobbs as a finalist in their nationwide contest, "Fifty Great Authors You Should Be Reading" in 2012.

Lynn is author of the Running Forward Series, a powerful faith and family saga that consists of three books, and is published by Desert Coyote Productions. This series includes: Sin, Secrets, and Salvation, River Town, and a third volume, Hidden Creek, which will be released by the end of this year.

Lynn, a native Houston, moved to East Texas in 1962. She retired from the Texas public school system and is now available for speaking engagements. Lynn has enjoyed sharing at Christian Ladies Retreats, Lions Clubs, and other events. She is a published songwriter and poet and has won awards for her poems and short stories. Currently she is working on her fourth novel.

She is married, has two sons, three grandchildren, and one dog, who rounds out the family. Lynn is active in church, loves to read, and enjoys houseplants, scrapbooking, canning, and quilting.

Be sure to check out her website at: http://www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com and follow her uplifting Christian Blog. Please like, and leave a review on her author pages at Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, and Facebook. Lynn enjoys hearing from her readers, and can be contacted via email at: LynnHobbs.Author@gmail.com.

 


Hopkins_Jerry.jpgJerry Hopkins

is a native of Kentucky and a long-time resident of Texas.  He studied at Clear Creek Baptist Bible Institute, Georgetown College, Eastern Kentucky University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas Christian University, Regent's Park College (Oxford University), University of Kentucky, Lexington Theological Seminary, Panola College, Louisiana Baptist University & Seminary, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University (College Station), West Texas A&M University, East Texas Baptist University, and Hebrew University.  He holds the B.A. and M.A. (History) from Eastern Kentucky University and the Ph. D. (History) from the University of Kentucky.

He has taught history at Eastern Kentucky University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, University of Kentucky, Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College, Panola College, and East Texas Baptist University.  He has been teaching at ETBU since 2001, specializing in U.S. History, Russian and Soviet Studies, Church History, Baptist History, the History of Revival, and other specialized courses in both European and American History.

He is an active member of several professional societies and groups, often speaking at national and regional conferences.  For many years he has written for newspapers and magazines and his weekly columns appear regularly in the Marshall News Messenger and other Texas newspapers.  Since 1963 he has held a FCC General Class license in Amateur Radio (KD5CKC).  In 1960 he was called and licensed to the gospel ministry and was ordained in 1963.  He has served churches in Kentucky, Great Britain, and Texas from 1963 to the present.  He has served Clever Creek Baptist Church as pastor since 1994.  He has two books in print -- Especially For You (a book of essays and columns) and A Growing Adventure (a history of Clever Creek Baptist Church).

 


Kelsey_Jackson_2013.pngKelsey McKenzie Jackson

has won numerous local, state and national awards for her short stories, essays and poems. Some notable awards are from: Reflections, Texas Poetry Society, Scholastic Art and Writing, Top Teens of America, Inc., along with other recognitions. She is a charter member of Marshall's PENS-Crosswords Writing Club and Financial Chairperson for Top Teens of America, Inc. Recently, she published her first book, Essence: A Collection of Poems, which is a series of poems she has written over the past several years. The collection represents the experiences that come from being a teenager. With her collection she hopes to connect with and inspire other young people. Her book may be found at www.amazon.com, and Rey of Love of Marshall, Texas.

Growing up in Marshall, Kelsey got her motivation from her many struggles with school life and conversations with her grandmother. However, what she values most is to admire stars on a clear night with her dad. She is currently working on the second edition of her poetry collection and her first fiction novel, that she plans to complete in 2014.

 


Keith2014.jpgBill Keith

is an experienced and widely-traveled journalist. He is a graduate of Wheaton College with a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a degree from the Tokyo School of the Japanese Language. Keith has authored a number of biographies, medical and inspirational books, and numerous magazine articles and before retiring was the editor in chief of the Lone Star Eagle. For thirty years he served as a journalist who traveled in twenty-five foreign countries, worked as a war correspondent in Vietnam, and did freelance assignments in West Berlin, Tokyo, and the Philippines. He has been an investigative reporter for The Shreveport Times, city editor for the Shreveport Journal, Director of Public Relations for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Bureau Chief of Baptist Press. For ten years he was Senior Editor for Huntington House Publishing in Lafayette, Louisiana, and edited more than fifty books. He and his wife Vivian Marie are the President and Vice President of the Stonegate Publishing Co., Inc., which is an inspirational book publishing company located where they live in Longview, Texas.

 


David_King.jpgDavid W. King

  is an experienced author. During 1995 to 2007, he wrote several senior adult series for LifeWay Christian Resources in the Life and Work series, “Ventures” and “Pathways”. While a missionary in Lebanon (1960-1989), he served as a teacher in the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. In that work he co-translated (with a native speaker of Arabic) a grammar of the Greek New Testament, one third of a Greek-Arabic lexicon, a New Testament survey textbook and other materials for New Testament studies in the Arabic language. While in Labanon he served as the first director of the Baptist Recording studio in Beirut (1967-1969). Dr. King has also authored a number of daily devotionals for LifeWay Christian Resources' publication The Open Room.

In his career he has also served in the United States Air Force during World War II (1943-1946), worked for a chemical and manufacturing company, and served as a pastor and interim pastor on numerous occasions. He was an adjunct professor of Bible in East Texas Baptist University's Department of Religion from 1991 to 1996.

In 1952, Dr. King earned a B.A. from Howard Payne College (now University) in Brownwood, Texas, a bachelor of divinity in 1953 and a doctor of theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1962. In 1988 Howard Payne University awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity degree.

Dr. King is married to Claudie Maxine Steele of Winkler, Texas, and they have three grown children: two sons and one daughter.


Lacher_Pic_2013.JPGTerri Lacher

is a native Californian, living in Center, Texas with her husband, Bob. She has spent much of her Christian walk in children and youth ministries, and missions. They sing in the choir at Center's First United Methodist Church, and are active in the Gideon's ministries. For the past few years, she has written a column for the Light and Champion newspaper in Center. She is also a member of the National Society of Column Writers and the local Attoyac Writers' Guild. In addition, she shares East Texas history and life as a staff writer for the online publication, We the People of Shelby County. As a freelance writer, Terri has had her inspirational stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, interspersing her writing with a touch of humor, as a reminder t never take herself too seriously.

Terri knew she wanted to be a writer from her early days, as she sat on the floor of the small town library with her grandmother/librarian placing her first books in her hand. Using her family's life experience, she sometimes chooses difficult topics and approaches them with a lighthearted attitude. 'Life is entirely too short to live without laughter."

When not writing or sharing time with her family, Terri can be found on the floor at the local library reading to preschoolers, just as her grandmother did before her. She also spends time at the nursing home, reading and sharing with senior citizens. "I love doing both. The little ones and the older ones love unconditionally. I think that's what the Lord was trying to tell us when He said, 'We must as little children be.'"

 


Sharixs_photo.jpgShari Parker

is the creator and owner of Shari Parker Publishing and Printing, a Christian Publishing Company. She lives on a 20 acre farm in New Boston, Texas, and has her print shop on the property right next to her home. There she does everything for publishing and printing from editing, formatting, designing, printing, binding and cutting the novels. She began her career as an elementary teacher and in 8 years taught 2nd and 3rd grade, and English as a Second Language to Vietnamese children K-6 grade. After obtaining her master's degree, she became Assistant Principal for an elementary school in Pt. Acres, Texas. In her career she has created and owned a Modeling and Talent Center, and Commander Corporation, which trained CEOs and staff in business skills, sales, and communication, and published booklets to train the entire company. She was Vice President of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, and Benefit Manager for Fiesta Foods in Houston.

She moved to the countryside in 2007 and created Shari Parker Publishing and Printing. She does printing for businesses, handles commercial printing for The Tribune newspaper, and publishes novels for 32 authors. She released 52 different titles in less than 2 years. Shari is a hands-on publisher, who creates a one-on-one relationship with her authors and helps them through the entire process from start to finish. Her company is unique because there are no contracts, and she assists authors in marketing their books for free. Her authors range from 8 years old to senior citizens. She travels 4 to 6 days every month to conduct sales and marketing workshops for author groups and conventions, and to meet face-to-face with her authors. Her Hit Your Target and Sell More Books workshop is in an interactive format that helps authors learn the seven essential hooks for their books, how to present their novels to public in order to sell more books, and presents 50 markets for selling them.

Shari has published the Garden of Eden Edibles cookbook and Write! Publish! & Sell Your Book!, which is a workbook for beginning writers to teach them the easiest way to write a book and learn about the publishing industry. Now she is writing the book, Hit Your Target and Sell More Books!. Shari Parker Publishing was a finalist in the "Better Business Bureau Integrity in Business Award" for both 2012 and 2013. The BBB covers Shreveport and the Ark-la-tex area. She now serves on the BBB Board.

Shari loves her life, her two labs, Mandy and Tandy, and her career. She loves to work with creative people, spread God's word through books, and welcomes authors to the Shari Parker Publishing House Family.

 


haroldrawlings.jpgHarold Rawlings

a native of Arkansas, spent most of his boyhood years in Tyler, Texas, until graduation from high school. He holds degrees from Baptist Bible College, Bob Jones University, California Graduate School of Theology, and Louisiana Baptist University. In addition, he has served on boards of several education institutions in the United States and Germany. He is a member of the Tyndale Society and The Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife Sylvia have five children, all of whom are involved either in full time ministry or as active volunteers in local churches.

Rawlings' served in his first pastorate for six years in St. Louis, where the church grew from 33 members to an average of almost 300. A new auditorium and educational facility were completed during this time. While in St. Louis, he studied at both Covenant and Concordia Seminaries. In 1963 he became Association Pastor of Landmark Baptist Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1984 he became Co-Pastor along with his father, Dr. John Rawlings, and later served as Senior Pastor from 1994 to 2001.

 Rawlings assisted in founding Landmark Christian Academy in 1973, a private Christian school that provided kindergarten through 12th grade, and served as Administrator for a number of years. Situated on a beautiful 170-acre campus, the sprawling Landmark complex is one of the largest in the Midwest.

Rawlings delivered a November 1969 sermon, "The World's Most Amazing Book," to about 350 guests in the East Room of the Nixon White House. It was recorded in the Congressional Record and later published by Harper Row Publishers with other White House sermons.

Now associated with The Rawlings Foundation, Rawlings preaches and lectures in churches, institutions, conferences, and seminars worldwide. He is especially in demand for his lecture, "Trial By Fire," a presentation that details the fascinating and little known history of how the English Bible came to be and his book, Trial By Fire: The Struggle to Get the Bible Into English, grew out of this lecture. He has authored other books: Basic Baptist Beliefs: An Exposition of Key Biblical Doctrines, and The Words of This Prophecy: Messages on the Book of Revelation. His spiritual formation booklet for new Christians, "Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?" is used in churches throughout the United States.

 


LexieSmith2011Conference.jpgLexie Smith

started blogging in 2005 because she needed a place to vent about a book. Inspired by an author blog and the blog of the CEO of a major Christian publisher, she launched her own personal blog, LexicallLight.com. Over the years she has started or contributed to many blogs, including BloggingForWriters.com, Intellectuelle at Evangelical Outpost, and 64mascots.com. For a few years she wrote monthly for Scribe,the blog of the Writers' League of Texas.  She also managed reader submissions on author Mary DeMuth's blog. 

A University of Texas graduate, she currently teaches 4th grade at an Austin charter school, teaching the next generation of writers.  She has taught in public school, home school and children's ministry. Helping others learn about blogging is a perfect combination of teaching and technology for her. In addition to writing her personal blog: Lexical Light, she writes sermon discussion guides for her church. She enjoys living and learning with her husband Jack, their five children, and two rescued boxers in Round Rock, Texas.  You can learn more about Lexie by visiting www.BloggingForWriters.com, LexicalLight- www.texlex.typepad.com, and www.64mascots.com.

 


scott_stevens.jpgScott Stevens

is the Publisher at BaptistWay Press where he provides leadership for resource development and design, author relationships, editorial processes, vendor management, and marketing communications.

Before joining BaptistWay, Scott spent ten years at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee.  While there, he served as the Managing Director of Student Publishing and later became the Director of LifeWay Students, leading a cross-functional team that was responsible for a multi-million dollar segment of ministry and business.

Scott is also an educator.  He has served as a full-time faculty member at Howard Payne University and currently serves as an adjunct professor at both Howard Payne and Dallas Baptist University in their respective graduate schools of ministry.  He has also served on local church staffs in Texas and Tennessee.  Scott has written numerous magazine articles and devotionals as well as contributing chapters to books and co-authoring Are You Developing Students or Your Student Ministry?

Scott is a graduate of Texas A&M University and also holds the M.A.R.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is a native Texan who grew up in Pasadena and enjoys sports, guitar, and travel.  Scott is married to Debbie, and they have two children:  Tanner, a junior at Western Kentucky University and Annie, a junior at Wylie High School.

 


sally-color.jpgSally Stuart

has been writing for 46 years and full-time for the last 29 years. She is the founder of the Christian Writers' Market Guide, and has released 26 editions of that valuable resource. It is the only guide that specifically targets the Christian market. In addition she has published a dozen other books, countless articles and columns, and is a Q & A columnist for The Christian Writer, Oregon Christian Writer, and the Ozark Christian Writer. Her latest project is a perpetual calendar for writers. She is in demand as a conference speaker nationwide and is considered a leading authority on the business side of Christian publishing and marketing. Sally is the mother of three and a grandmother of eight.

 

 

 


Taylor.jpgDonn Taylor

is a poet and novelist who holds a PhD in Renaissance literature and has more than 20 years’ experience teaching poetry. His poetry has appeared in Christianity and Literature, The Lamp-Post (Journal of the California C. S. Lewis Society), and other journals, as well as general audience publications such as the Presbyterian Record (Canada). His poetry collection Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond was published in 2008. His fiction includes a suspense novel, The Lazarus File, and a light-hearted mystery, Rhapsody in Red. He has also published essays on writing, literary criticism, ethical issues, and U. S. foreign policy.  He is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences and study groups, and he welcomes one-on-one sessions with prospective poets. In a prior incarnation, he served in two wars with the U. S. Army.  His website is http://www.donntaylor.com.

 

 

 

 


RonAndLois.jpgRon & Lois Jane Wallace

Lois Jane was born to parents in Pine Knot, Kentucky and began singing at the age of 3.  When she was 11 years old she became a Christian.  At the age of 16 she signed a singing contract in Nashville, Tennessee and began performing with many of the country music greats, sharing the stage with artists such as Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys and many others through the years.

In 1972 Lois Jane married Ron Huddleston.  In 1980 she entered full-time evangelistic music, singing in churches, conventions, crusades and conferences all across the country.  She has performed in over 1,000 Bible conferences, women's conferences, revivals, and crusades, including some in England and Scotland.  She has sung at twenty-five Southern Baptist Conventions, appeared on the 700 Club, performed with Gloria Gaither, and was a special guest singer at a National Prayer Breakfast with President Ronald Reagan.  She conducted singing tours in England and Wales and was nominated two consecutive years for the Gospel Music Dove Award.

At the age of 38, Lois Jane became a widow when Ron died due to cancer.  She continued her ministry and music evangelism as a single person. 

In the year 2000 she met and married Ron Wallace, who had lost his wife to cancer.  She decided to continue her ministry and witness in music evangelism even after marrying Ron and  moving from Tennessee to Florida.

Ron Wallace earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, a Master of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and did additional graduate studies at Oxford University in England.  He was also a starting defensive end for the Florida State University Seminoles football team.

He was senior pastor of churches in Louisiana and Georgia, and has been a speaker at Bible conferences, retreats, revivals, and seminars. He has also worked as an independent consultant for industries and businesses, and delivered management training from entry level to senior management in a wide variety of corporate settings.

Ron is currently President and Senior Trainer for GAP Associates, working with a number of large corporate clients--AT&T, Homeland Security (TSA), Georgia School Systems, Eastman Kodak, The Southern Company, BellSouth Corporation, International Business Machines, FBI in Metro Washington, D. C., and Rank Xerox. He trained extensively in England and Wales.  Ron is also a widely-recognized and successful author of several books.  His devotional book, Encouraging Words in a Discouraging World, is one of the widely-used books that are inspiring and blessing multitudes of people.

 


Terry_Wolever_2.jpgTerry Wolever

graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a B.Sc. in Secondary Education.  He became interested in Calvinistic Baptist history mainly through reading a book on the subject by Dr. Tom Nettles, By His Grace and For His Glory.  He saw the field of Baptist history was a vast field and gradually he narrowed his emphasis to the Baptists of the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries in the Northeastern United States.

After his move to Springfield, Missouri, he became a part of a publishing venture with his friend, Pastor Gary Long and in 1995 they published their first work on a very significant but neglected English Particular Baptist, Joseph Kinghorn (1766-1832).  Other books followed, edited by Terry.  In April 2001, the Press was able to offer Terry full-time employment as an editor and since then the number of publications has now exceeded 40.  Particular Baptist Press has focused on high quality, unique original works and reprints.  This Press has a British series, an American series, a commentary series and a missionary series.  Having a large number of standing orders with colleges, seminaries and universities, the Press has made comprehensive indexes their priority.

In 2012, Particular Baptist Press was able to publish The Life of John Gano 1727-1804, Pastor-Evangelist of the Philadelphia Association, which is now the definitive biography on this famous New York pastor who served as Revolutionary War chaplain.

The current series that Terry is working on is A Noble Company which are biographical essays on the American Baptists, mostly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  When completed, the current 5 volumes will become 12, which will include the last volume being on the Canadian Baptists.