2016 WC Faculty


Davis Bunn
Author, Scholar, Adventurer, Teacher, Sportsman
Davis Bunn, an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than 6 million books in 16 languages, and authored numerous national bestsellers in genres spanning historical sagas, contemporary thrillers, and inspirational gift books. He has received widespread critical acclaim, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction.
Bunn is writer of historical fiction and legal thrillers, in which Christian faith plays a big part. He has written novels together with Canadian author Janette Oke, and others with his wife Isabella. Bunn has recently begun publishing using the name Davis Bunn. Bunn has also used the pseudonym Thomas Locke. He won a Christy Award three times. His books are published by Bethany House and worldwide by several local publishers.
Bunn grew up in North Carolina. He became an international financial expert and worked in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Bunn and his wife live in Oxford now. He is Novelist in residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.
Visit his website davisbunn.com or at tlocke.com

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Sarah Ball
Blogger, Speaker, Columnist & Author
Sarah E. Ball is The Word Guild’s Alberta representative, building writing groups across Alberta, mentoring and motivating writers to use their writing gifts with confidence and purpose. She is also a speaker, columnist, and author of the online series Fearless in 21 Days, and the e-book, The Shame Project.
Sarah is a regular contributor and teacher on the Television show, Devoted, Insight with Paul Arthur, and Lifeline with Dick and Joan, where she has shared her powerful story of overcoming severe mental illness (anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression and OCD) with The Word of God. Sarah has been published in Testimony Magazine, Club House Jr, and is a long time columnist for City Light News. Sarah has been a guest blogger for To Love Honor & Vacuum, Fun&Faith.com, Brett Ullman.com, and more. Her blog www.virtuouswomanexposed.com has been quoted one of the best online resources for those struggling with anxiety.
Visit her website http://www.virtuouswomanexposed.com
Tim Beals
Literary Agent, Publisher, Editor & Author
Tim Beals has been president of Credo Communications, a literary agency and publishing consultancy, and publisher of Credo House Publishers, an independent book publisher, since 2005. He has also been an adjunct professor of composition and journalism at Cornerstone University since 1989.
Tim earned his undergraduate degree in English and philosophy at Cornerstone University and then began his publishing career as an editor at HarperCollins Christian Publishing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He completed a master’s in professional writing from Western Michigan University and later earned his business degree at Notre Dame.
After 25 years of working for other publishers, Tim started his own companies in the service of authors and readers during a period of rapid change in the industry.
Tim believes that a book is less like a product—a thing—and more like a person—even a friend—the offspring of an author’s heart and mind and soul.
Visit his website www.credocommunications.net


Catherine DeVries
Publisher, Editor & Author
Catherine DeVries a publisher of children’s resources at David C. Cook. Formerly associate publisher and brand manager for the “Action Bible” line, she is now publisher of Tru, Bible-in-Life for children, Echoes, Scripture Press, the “Action Bible Collection,” and all children’s books. She has nearly 25 years in Christian publishing, most of which with Zondervan editorial. Catherine is also a speaker and author of over 20 children’s books, including best-seller The Adventure Bible Storybook. Her latest book, Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer (September 2015), is the first in the HeartSmart series for children: “Learning Scripture through Word and Song.”
Visit her website http://www.DavidCCook.com
Jennifer Dornbush
Author, Script-Writer, & Speaker
The television or movie screen is the closest most people will ever come to witnessing the forensic world. But Jennifer Dornbush actually lived it. As a daughter of a medical examiner, whose office was in her home, she investigated her first fatality, an airplane crash, when she was 10 years old. Since that first case she has had decades of on-sight experience in death investigation and 360 hours of forensic training through the Forensic Science Academy. She regularly leads seminars on forensics and fiction for The Writers Store, Great American Pitchfest, Crime Writers Weekend, Sisters in Crime, Act One, Scriptwriters Network, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Story Expo, American Christian Fiction Writers and Universita Cattolica Milan, Italy.
Visit her website www.jenniferdornbush.com


Donna Faucette
Author, Speaker & Singer
Retired Fanshawe College instructor, Donna speaks, sings and teaches writing in conferences and Stonecroft events. ‘Duke the Chihuahua Writes!‘ is Donna’s tutorial for beginning writers. She has written as a newspaper columnist, a freelance magazine writer for national and international magazines and a contributor to a variety of anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Hot Apple Cider series and the Polar Expression series. She won a Best Song Lyrics Word Award for her song Heaven’s Light. As Donna Dawson, she has won Word Awards for her novels: Rescued, Vengeance, The Adam & Eve Project, Redeemed and Fires of Fury. Her latest novel, Between Heaven and Earth, was a finalist in The Word Awards.
Visit her website www.donnafawcett.com


Award-winning Freelance Journalist
Lisa Hall-Wilson is an award-winning freelance journalist published across Canada specializing in interviews, profiles, event promotion, and social justice topics in the faith-based market. She’s passionate about giving a voice to, and telling the stories of, the saints to challenge, change, and encourage Canadian Christians. As a freelance writer, Lisa works with non-profits, small businesses, and indie artists to provide public relations, communications expertise, publicity support, donor relations, marketing and fundraising material, blog copy, and social media administration.
When she has time to write for herself, Lisa works on dark historical fantasy and contemporary horror fiction. She blogs at her website www.LisaHallWilson.com and hangs out on Facebook way too much – www.facebook.com/lisawilsonwriter.
Dennis Hassel
Stage & Screenwriter
A 2013 CWG keynote speaker, Hassell has written dozens of faith-based scripts professionally produced around North America. The Power of One has given thousands of performances in six countries. Everyouth has been produced in three languages in eight countries. The Glory Man was recently adapted to a screenplay, The Farmer, with Wind Dancer Films in Hollywood, and was shortlisted for the Kairos Prize. Hassell also consults with churches on worship arts, leading workshops in Scripture as Script, Reader’s Theatre, Platform Coaching, etc: scripts@dennishassell.com.
Ron Hughes
Media Writer/Producer
Ron Hughes has worked as a media writer/producer for the better part of 40 years. Along with hundreds of radio scripts, articles, and short stories, he has written three non-fiction books.
Having developed his early interest in advertising and script writing, he sees himself more as a craftsman than artist. As both a speaker and writer, he seeks to encourage people to recognize and develop their strengths, whether spiritual, creative, or personal.
Ron spent 10 years in Ecuador where he produced the first videos in two indigenous languages. His interest in people and their cultures have taken him to a dozen countries and introduced him to a wide breadth of social contexts.
For more about Ron and his work, visit RonHughesWrites.com


Marcy Kennedy
Author & Speaker
Marcy Kennedy is science fiction, fantasy, and suspense writer who believes there’s always hope—sometimes you just have to dig a little harder to find it. Her writing has won two Writer’s Digest competitions, among other awards. Alongside her own writing, Marcy works as a freelance fiction editor and teaches classes on the writing craft. As an editor, she’s worked with both self-published authors and writers seeking traditional publication. She’s also the author of the Busy Writer’s Guide series of books. One of her personal focuses is to find solutions for busy authors because she’s a busy author and she knows what feeling overwhelmed is like. You can find her blogging about writing and about the place where real life meets science fiction, fantasy, and myth at www.marcykennedy.com.
Marcy and her husband reside in Southwestern Ontario with their Great Dane, two budgies, and four cats. Visit her website www.marcykennedy.com
Joy Kita
Author & Speaker
Joy Kita began writing in the sixth grade and continued writing despite the many interventions from relatives concerned she would never get a ‘real job’. Joy has been spared the doldrums of being ‘normal’ as she continues to wile away her time creating characters and worlds to share with others. She is grateful that children like giant spiders, cranky ghosts and insecure dragons as it gives her an excuse to ignore the dirty dishes and piles of laundry. Joy is also a mother of four children, wife to a very tolerant man, and the owner of the fattest pug on the planet.
Visit her website www.joykita.com


Marcia Laycock
Author & Speaker
Marcia Laycock is the author of One Smooth Stone for which she won the Best New Canadian Christian Author Award in 2007. The sequel, A Tumbled Stone was also short-listed for a Word Award and has garnered excellent reviews. Marcia’s devotional books are also listed among her award-winners and she has contributed to several anthologies including all three of the Hot Apple Cider books. Her devotionals have appeared in The Upper Room, The Quiet Hour and The Story (Scripture Union Press) among others, and she is a Sunday devotional columnist for Novel Rocket. com. Her devotional book for authors, Abundant Rain, is now available in journal format. Her most recent release is A Traveler’s Advisory, Stories of God’s Grace Along the Way (Small Pond Press). Marcia is a sought-after speaker for women’s events and writers’ conferences.
Find her on the web at her Website, Amazon, Smashwords
Krysia Lear
Editor, Certified Proofreader
A seasoned editor and proofreader, Krysia works to ensure clients’ words create impact. Over the course of her career, she’s helped authors find their voice, academics communicate clearly, and writers connect with their audiences. She’s also rescued books that seemed unpublishable.
Recently, she’s restructured an organizational manual for a not-for-profit, served as proofreading co-ordinator of the 1800-page South Asia Bible Commentary, and edited numerous papers for Scandinavian scholars.
Editing has taken Krysia into the worlds of health care and history, personal discipleship and organizational history, Christianity, theology and science. Her clients praise her knack for asking insightful questions and ability to weave material from various sources into a strong narrative.
She has a magazine editing certificate from Ryerson University, a bachelor’s degree in Theology, and certification as a proofreader. She’s a former member of national executive council of the Editors’ Association of Canada.
Visit her website, Website


Jean-Sébastien Morin
Author & Speaker
Jean-Sébastien Morin is a well-known pastor, author and speaker in Quebec. He is the founder of Ecrivains Chretiens du Québec a french-speaking authors network. He has two master’s degrees and is finishing his doctoral thesis at Université Laval. He is an Associate Professor of New Testament and Ethics. He published three books, and he has two upcoming book in 2016. He is currently working on a French commentary on Hebrews.
Find out more about him at: ecrivainschretiensduquebec.com


Kimberley Payne
Personal Trainer, Author, & Motivational Speaker
Kimberley J. Payne is an experienced personal trainer and author of Fit for Faith–a 7-week program to improve spiritual and physical health. She is a motivational speaker offering workshops, podcasts, and ecourses based on her book to encourage women in both fitness and faith.
Kimberley is the producer of two podcasts: Health Matters and Fit Tips. Health Matters uses an interview format to showcase experts that share their insights on the four disciplines of Bible study, exercise, eating healthy, and prayer. Fit Tips is a program featured on HopeStreamRadio.com that reports on current thinking in health and fitness to debunk the myths and promote the practices that contribute to healthy living.
Kimberley is happily married and lives with her husband in a village east of Toronto, Canada where she hikes and bikes. Visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com


Cynthia Ruchti
Author, Editor & Speaker
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her award-winning novels, novellas, devotionals, nonfiction, and through speaking events for women and writers. Her books have been recognized—both fiction and nonfiction—by industry honors such as the Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, AWSA Golden Scrolls, Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, Foreword Book Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year honors, RT Reviewers’ Choice honors, and a Carol Award nomination, among others. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren. Cynthia is a frequent speaker for women’s retreats and writers’ conferences, and serves as ACFW’s Professional Relations Liaison. She prays that when readers finish one of her books or attendees hear the last word of a presentation, they’ll find renewed courage to say, “I can’t unravel. I’m hemmed in hope.”
Visit her website www.cynthiaruchti.com


Sherry Stahl
Author, Speaker & Blogger
Sherry Stahl is an author and a dynamic speaker who travels throughout North America at events for women of all ages. Growing up in a drag racing family and her 10 year experience as a Part-Owner/Director of Finance and Operations for a very successful business in the Automotive Industry leaves her as comfortable speaking to girls as guys. She’s a fun, passionate Bible teacher whose desire is to lead others to the life-giving Water in the Word! Her weekly Soul H2O Devotions bring ‘Refreshment To The Soul’.
Sherry and her author/illustrator hubby Todd Stahl are co-founders of TAKE THE 40 DAY CHALLENGE, a program designed for individuals or churches to go through their devotional books: WATER IN THE DESERT and 40 DAYS IN THE MAN CAVE, to build the habit of daily devotions.
Sherry likes the open road, so if she has free time you can find her cruising with the top down in her convertible mustang or riding on the back of Todd’s Harley!
Visit her websites sherrystahl.com or takethe40daychallenge.com


Thomas Umstattd Jr
Speaker, Teacher, CEO
Thomas Umstattd Jr. built his first website at the age of 13 and taught his first web design class at only 16 years old. He has been helping authors and small businesses use the web ever since. Thomas currently serves as the CEO of Castle Media Group LLC, a company that builds websites for world changers.
He runs AuthorMedia.com a resource for authors timid about technology. As an award winning speaker, Thomas teaches all over the world. His friendly speaking style blends multimedia and audience participation. His unique historical perspective will helps audiences use the web in a whole new way.
Visit his website www.authormedia.com


Brent Van Staalduinen
Author, Editor & Speaker
Brent is an award-winning writer who lives, works, and finds his voice in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His work appears or is forthcoming in The Sycamore Review, Prairie Fire Magazine, The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, The Prairie Journal, EVENT Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, The New Guard Literary Review, Litro Magazine, The Nottingham Review, and Urban Graffiti. He is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and teaches creative writing at Redeemer University College. SAINTS, UNEXPECTED, a novel of urban magical realism, will be published by Invisible Publishing in the spring of 2016.
Visit his website www.brentvanstaalduinen.com
Amber Van Schooneveld
Author, Editor & Speaker
Amber Van Schooneveld is the Senior Writer and Editor for Compassion Canada and is passionate about using words to inspire compassionate and informed action. She previously worked as editorial manager and writing coach for a team of international writers for Compassion International.
She is the author of Hope Lives: A Journey of Restoration and Passport to Prayer: A Journey of Compassion and has been a contributing writer to various books, magazines and blogs. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.


Ruth Waring
Author, Speaker & Mentor
For almost two decades, Ruth has been documenting her memoir. For the past ten, she has held seminars entitled, Yes! There is a Story in You and thrives on encouraging others to discover the value of Writing Our Yesterdays. In 2004 she established Women Writing for Christ (WWC) in London, Ontario and a second chapter in 2008 in Lindsay, Ontario, her current home. She has authored two novels: Come Find Me (Word Alive Press, January 2010), a finalist in the Canadian Christian Writing Awards 2010, and the sequel, Then Came a Hush (Word Alive Press, October 2011). A third one, entitled Harvest of Lies, has recently been completed. Beyond her passion for writing, Ruth has a Sharing/Caring speaking ministry that addresses life issues from a biblical perspective; she teaches a women’s Bible study and enjoys mentoring young moms.
Visit her website www.ruthwaring.com
Carolyn R. Wilker
Author, Editor & Speaker
Carolyn R. Wilker has taught creative writing, creative nonfiction and memoir in an adult education setting and given workshops on memoir to Women’s Institute gatherings and church seniors. As an editor, she works with self-publishing authors and business owners on a variety of projects including travel and personal memoir, devotionals, children’s books as well as compilations of articles and columns. Her writing credits include poetry, articles, creative nonfiction and fictional stories, op-ed, devotionals, and her book, Once Upon a Sandbox, was a finalist in the 2012 Canadian Christian Writing Awards.
Visit her website www.carolynwilker.ca