2019 Faculty

Keynote Speaker Selma Wilson

Selma has thirty years of experience in Christian publishing. She served in several positions at LifeWay Christian Resources, the largest Christian resource organization in the world, including Chief People Officer and VP of Organizational Development, Editor-in-Chief of HomeLife and Journey magazines, and Senior Executive Vice-President. She is the former President of B&H Publishing Group and led in the launch of B&H Kids. Recently retired, she now serves the Christian community as an executive consultant for LifeWay and is a Bible study teacher and mentor to women. 

Selma and her husband, Rodney, have authored two books: Extraordinary Marriage and The Parent Adventure. Find out more at SelmaWilson.com

Amy (A. C.) Williams
Amy Williams is an authorpreneur who weaves fantastic tales about #AmericanSamurai and #SpaceCowboys, and she’s passionate about helping writers become storyteller-heroes. A quirky, coffee-drinking, cat-loving thirty-something, she’s on a mission to help authors overcome fear and live victoriously. Join her adventures on social media (@free2bfearless).

Christi McGuire
Christi McGuire, co-owner of CEN LLC, is the director of The PEN Institute and Christian Editor Connection. As a freelance editor, writer, and consultant, she has been in the Christian publishing industry for eighteen years. She has published more than one hundred magazine articles and dozens of children’s devotionals and curriculum. She currently helps nonfiction authors navigate the path to publishing. 

Christy Callahan
Thanks to her love of language and her heart for people, Christy Callahan is a capable and dedicated proofreader, editor, and typesetter. Her writing has been published in academic journals, The Christian Childbirth Handbook, and Helguide.org. A graduate of Fuller Seminary, she loves cats and books.

James Watkins
James Watkins is an award-winning author (CT Book of the Year, Retailer Choice Award) and editor (five Evangelical Press Association Awards), an editor and editorial director at Wesleyan Publishing House, and a freelance editor. He has authored 20+ books and 2,000+ articles.

Joel Armstrong
Joel Armstrong is the assistant editor at Kregel Publications. He works on the trade imprint, editing general-interest nonfiction and fiction. He also writes speculative fiction and poetry, and he has published with The Hemingway Review and Clues: A Journal of Detection. Find him at joeljarmstrong.com and on Instagram @joeljarmstrong.

Karin Beery
Owner of Write Now Editing, Karin Beery is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Christian Editor Network. She is the Managing Editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Her debut novel, Summer Plans and Other Disasters, released in 2018.

Ken Walker
Ken Walker is a veteran coauthor, ghostwriter, and book editor who has written, edited, or contributed to nearly 70 books. They include a trio of self-published memoirs and a book of discipleship material that will be released in 2019. He has been a full-time freelancer since 1990.

Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson was a manuscript editor for Zondervan for 34 years. He is the author of The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style and seven other books, most recently The Art of the Almost Said: A Christian Writer’s Guide to Writing Poetry. His articles and poems have appeared in Christianity Today and other journals. He was the founding editor of WorkingPOET.com, which ran from 2000 to 2004.

Faculty is subject to change.