Friday and Saturday Keynote Speakers

Kathi Macias is a multi-award-winning writer who has authored more than 50 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA  (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist.

Mark Mikelat is the founder and owner of Building Aspirations, a small business marketing company, focused on providing highvalue solutions to small business and authors in online marketing, email marketing social media marketing and digital marketing. Mark is an online marketing expert, speaker, consultant, and author. He has extensive experience in marketing and sales strategy. He has successfully consulted with corporations throughout the world in sales channel de-
velopment, implenting sales systems, and brand marketing development. Some of his clients include Microsoft, Coach Luxury Brans, Hewlett Packard, the Los Angeles School District and many others.

Sharon Norris Elliot

Representing and HSBN Publishing, Sharon is an award-winning author, speaker, TV Talk Show Host and astute Bible teacher, who encourages everyone to live a life that matters. The latest of her nine published adult titles are Boomerangs to Arrows: A Godly Guide for Launching Young Adult Children, and Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame. She also serves as editor-in-chief of Gospel Roads online magazine, and is CEO of AuthorizeMe, her consulting, coaching and editing service. 

Kim De Blecourt

International speaker and the award-winning author of “Until We All Come Home,” Kim enjoys sharing her knowledge regarding writing and speaking at conferences across the country. She is an adoptive parent and passionate orphan care advocate. Kim currently serves as the President of Nourished Hearts, an inter-national orphan care non-profit. Kim lives in Michigan with her husband, daughter, son, their small dog and mocking parrot

Kathy Bruins

Kathy helps writers, authors and infopreneurs take the next step in their journey through consultation, teaching, coaching, and praying. Kathy has a free-lance business along with being an editor/ghostwriter for SDP Publishing. Prayer is important to Kathy. She has led many organizations in corporate prayer. She currently is serving as Director of the Christians Ignite Prayer Center at the Orange County Christian Writers Conference. Kathy speaking topics include Promo and Media with Punch with Andrew Hamlet, The Book Proposal Studio with Kim de Blecourt, Fearless Ghostwriting, Mind Mapping Treasure Hunt and other helpful writing workshops.

Angela Stout

Entrepreneur, speaker and author of "This Can't Be Happening to Me", Angela's book was given accolades by Writer's Digest as being a story that "is as strong an indictment of the church as Luther's list on the Wittenberg door." Angela is a Qualified Speaker with the Founder's District Speaker's Bureau and has won the Division Toastmaster Humorously Speaking contest in 2012 for the most humorous speech. With her desire to reach people to rise from the ashes of mediocrity, she has shared her message of hope that "with God nothing will be impossible" both locally and across the United States in various churches and events.

Tess Rutherford

Tess is the founder and publishers of Empowered Magazine, an ordained minister, actress, writer and author of Handle Your Emotions God's Way. She has been a featured guest on NBC in Fresno, CA, a featured speaker on several Blog Talk Radio shows, and a guest speaker on Bella Petite Magazine radio show. Her passion is helping others fulfill their greatest potential. 

Susan T. Osborn

One of the primary founders of the Orange County Christian Writers Conference, Susan is the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service, where she heads a staff of 16 editors. She has authored more than 30 books as well as numerous articles. She is on the CLAS-Seminars staff and is a member of Advanced Christian Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) and Christian Authors Network (CAN). 

Susan King

For more than 22 years, Associate Editor Susan King has served with The Upper Room magazine. Also for over 27 years, Susan taught English and feature-writing classes at Lipscomb University, Biola University, and Abilene Christian University. Formerly, she served as book editor and radio-program producer / on-air talent for The Institute of Scriptural Psychology, wrote magazine features as a freelance writer, and functioned as a seminar facilitator in leadership and group dynamics. 

Steven Hutson

Steven is a literary agent and freelance editor with Word Wise Media Services. He represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children, having placed his award-winning clients with publishers such as Dutton, Thomas Nelson, OakTara, Davic C. Cook, Potomac Books, NavPress and Pelican Book Group. Steven has published two books, writes a blog about politics and religion, and serves on the board of trustees for his local public library.

Carla Perez

Writer, Author, Teacher, Carla has been a classroom teacher for nearly 40 years, teaching K-12, undergrad and graduate students. She has written text books for Primary and Secondary Language Arts, American History, California History and Bridging the Gap for ELL’s. Carla now applies her love of story telling, and knowledge of history to writing Bible studies.

Michael Butler

Michael’s passion and love for writing began at age 11 while coping with, and overcoming a stuttering speech impediment. Single Dad’s Survival Guide is his signature book that is devoted to helping single dads. His program Best Seller Status – Becoming a Best-Selling Author in the Digital Age takes writers on a practical journey with the checklists to reach Best-Seller. He’s the Founder of Beyond Publishing and his clients have been on Fox News, CNN, Dr. Phil, Fox Business, Inc 500 and garnered 2 Movie Deals.

Pastor Kevin Wayne Johnson

Pastor Johnson has taken up the task of developing individual and organizational operating excellence as his life’s ministry. He coaches in order to coax audiences to live out their gifts, and in the words of his national best-selling book series, to then “Give God the Glory!” This book series has earned the former radio and television host some 19 literary awards. Gayle King, an editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine praised his work, writing to him that “Your book, Kevin, touched me.”

Aaron Gansky

Aaron Gansky is a published author, novelist, editor, mentor, and podcaster. His novel The Bargain was nominated for the prestigious Selah Award. His podcast, Firsts in Fiction, teaches writers how to improve their craft. Arron's first novel, The Bargain (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was released in December 2013. Aaron earned his MFA in fiction at the prestigious Antioch University of Los Angles. 

Alex Marestaing

Alex is a language-arts teacher and author of three YA/middle-grade novels. He has written for companies such as Disney, Thomas Nelson, Lego, the Los Angeles times, various Christian publications. He has covered soccer in Europe and the US. He provides educational workshops and conferences to bridge the gap between writers, aspiring authors, and literary experts.

Pamela Williams

Pam is an expert photographer, poet and writer with more than 20 years’ experience. She has written articles for corporations, magazines and web-sites. She worked as a technical nutrition writer for over ten years, and published a book of poems. Whether she is writing a technical paper or an article about life’s lessons, Pam loves to weave stories into her work.

Lane Ethridge

Lane is the founder of Changing Lanes International, an emerging company that contributes to helping people give back, live bigger, and create a legacy that will impact many generations. Lane is a National Bestselling author, speaker, trainer, radio personality, entrepreneur and publisher of several books including Changing Lanes: Take Your Life Into Overdrive, Kairos, and Life in the Fast Lane. His book, Initiative was coauthored with personal development icons Greg Reid, Les Brown, and Brian Tracy.

Tyler Wagner

Tyler is the founder of Authors Unite, and the Self-Publishing System where he coaches writers and authors how to write and market their books to bestsellers status in his 3-month training program. He is also the bestselling author of Conference Crushing, a book designed to help entrepreneurs and business owners maximize their return on investment ROI at networking events, conventions, and conferences. Tyler's lastest project include The Better Business Book, more than 100 authors joined together to publish an anthology and provide advice for others to live by.

Antonio L. Crawford

For more than a decade, I have worked tirelessly in helping writers, authors, music artists, speakers, infopreneurs and entrepreneurs expand their plat- forms as experts and publish stories in the Christian marketplace. I am
committed to publishing people, not books -- my mission in life is providing you with the community, space and resources necessary to discover your voice in all our programs, Christians Ignite, Christians Authors Unite, the National Christian Writers Conference and the Orange County Christian Writers Conference. We are here to support you!