Our Authors

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Yvonne Lehman

Yvonne Lehman is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than
3 million books in print. She founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains
Christian Writers Conference for 25 years, and is now director of the Blue Ridge
“Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat held annually in October
at Ridgecrest North Carolina.

A mentor for the Christian Writers Guild, Yvonne earned a Master’s Degree
in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English
and Creative Writing on the college level.

Her latest releases include eight ebooks for Barbour’s Truly Yours line and
a Harlequin/Heartsong series set in Savannah GA: The Caretaker’s Son,
Lessons in Love, Seeking Mr. Perfect
. Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive
– A Novel of the TITANIC
(Abingdon).

The Divine Moments series is her recent compilation of inspirational stories
of God’s amazing presence in our lives.

 

 

 

Susan King

Susan King

For over 23 years, Susan Cheeves King has served with The Upper Room
a daily-devotional magazine that reaches millions of readers in more
than 100 countries.

One of her greatest joys in her role as Associate Editor has been representing
The Upper Room each year by teaching at several of 23 different Christian
writers’ conferences in the U.S. and Canada.

Her professional life also included teaching English and feature-writing
classes at Lipscomb University, Biola University, and Abilene Christian
University for a total of over 27 years.

Early in her career, 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.

Susan and husband, Joe, live in Nashville, Tennessee, and have three grown
children and two young grandchildren.

 

 

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Deborah Presnell

Deborah Presnell, whose career has spanned more than three decades of teaching —
from elementary school to higher education, where she trained future teachers —
is a member of Gardner-Webb University’s Gallery of Distinguished Alumni,
a published author, national speaker, and Bible study teacher. She is also a
national spokesperson for Mukti Mission in India as she partners with
Mukti Mission US to bring hope, healing, and life to women and children of India.

For the past twenty-five years, she has spoken at teacher conferences and universities
where she shines the light on her favorite topic: “The Inspirational Classroom:
A guide for teachers in all school environments,” the subject of an upcoming book.

Debbie’s first book, Shine! Radiating the Love of God — A Bible Study for Teens
Ages
13-18, is used in her popular Shine Camp. Her other books include
Shining Through the Psalms — A 150-Day Devotional Journey, and Shine On! —
A Topical Bible Study for Women
(Spring, 2019). Her articles have been published
in the Divine Moments series. She blogs and brings inspirational messages on
her Facebook page: ShineEveryDayNC.

Debbie and her husband, Alan, have three adult children and one granddaughter.
Visit her website at www.debbiepresnell.com. Email her at debpres@yahoo.com
for information about having her speak to your group.

 

Vicki H. Moss

Vicki H. Moss

Vicki H. Moss, contributing editor for Southern Writers Magazine, is a former
newspaper columnist, and author of How to Write for Kids’ Magazines;
Writing with Voice; Adrift; Smelling Stinkweed; and Rogue Hearts.
 
With over 500 articles published internationally, she’s written for several
magazines and was selected to present her fiction and creative nonfiction
short stories for three consecutive Southern Women Writers Conferences
held at Rome, Georgia’s Berry College.

Vicki is also a speaker and serves on faculty at Christian writers conferences.
Her stories are frequently published in the Divine Moments series
by Grace Publishing.

For more information about Vicki visit www.livingwaterfiction.com.
Join her on Twitter: vickimoss; Instagram: @vickihmoss; Facebook:
Vicki H. Moss, author; and Pinterest: Vicki Moss.

 

 

 

Natalie Banda

Natalie Banda

N.A. Banda considers herself a cool young mom of three girls, (adults now
which seems crazy) and wife to an amazing 100% supportive husband
who goes by Vic B. A very loud and talkative Puerto Rican nail tech, she was
born and reared in the East Bay of Cali, loves food — good food, Pinterest
and people. You can find her at coffee shops making friends with complete
strangers, loving the beach with Vic and her girls while tanning,
and of course Disneyland.

She is thankful for the privilege of planning and being part of Young Lives
(along with her eldest daughter who often serves alongside her at summer camp
as a nanny), for Thursday Bible study, and for club days filled with food,
friends, and fellowship.

Pinterest involved! Her love for decorating has evolved from this social media
outlet along with her love for creativity as a nail tech. N.A. started off just like
many young moms and she laughed when her youngest daughter graduated
high school — amazed she and her husband had successfully raised three humans.
“I must say they are all amazing, beautiful, loving young women. It was hard,
messy, and worth every minute,” she says. Follow N.A. Banda on Instagram:
@n.a.banda and Pinterest: Natalie Banda

 

Bill Willard

Bill Willard

Through more than 40 years of research, Titanic has played a major role
in Bill Willard’s life. Bill has conversed with some of Titanic’s survivors, studied
and amassed a large personal library about Titanic, collected period memorabilia
and commemorative items and more as he has further developed his knowledge
about this world tragedy.

Bill is Instructor of Physics and Astronomy at UNC-Asheville and Asheville-
Buncomb Technical College. For many years, he served public high schools
in South Carolina, teaching physics, physical science, or astronomy. Hundreds
of students over the years have benefited from his keen sense of understanding
of how to communicate and teach.

Since the 1998 Expedition, Bill’s research has focused on diverse topics such as
the Rogue Expedition, the corporate operations of RMS Titanic, Inc., and multiple
historical aspects of the families, individuals and crew on board the ship.

 

 

 

 

Steve Roll

Steve Roll

Pastor Steve Roll, founder and president of Restoration Ministries,
specializes in helping people develop and maintain healthy relationships
with God and the people they love.

His thirty years’ experience as assistant, associate, and senior pastor
in both small churches and mega-churches across the U.S. make him
a gifted motivational speaker, teacher, pastoral counselor,
life coach, crisis manager and problem solver.

Steve is an active member of the American Association of Christian
Counselors. He holds a degree in Sociology (minor Psychology) from San
Diego State University and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological
Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

The author of two previously published books, he also writes a weekly
e-devotional titled A Word For Your Week.

Steve and his wife, Jo Ann, have been married for over 40 years. They live
in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

 

 

Toni Perry

Toni Perry

Cook-for-Christ Toni Perry is an award-winning Bible study teacher, author,
food educator, and inspirational speaker. Through God’s Kitchen Ministries,
she illustrates God’s Word in a culinary-class environment to encourage
others to taste the truth about food and to eat healthy, eat holy, and find
comfort in God’s provisions.

Her trust and faith in Jesus Christ have brought Toni through many of life’s
coarsely-chopped moments, including single parenting, cancer, and
overcoming a lifelong struggle with food.

She now holds various distinguished certifications in restaurant/food service,
and an ongoing teaching position as a program instructor for the National
Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

Toni combines communication skills, biblical insight, and an extensive
collection of innovative recipes to offer an interactive, fun, and delectable
way to study and learn the life-giving precepts and promises found in the Bible.

Toni and her husband, George, have a blended family of four adult children.
They reside in a quaint, lake-community bungalow in New Jersey.

 

 

Judy Baker

Judy Baker

Author Judy Baker’s passion is helping people reconcile relationships.
Through experience she knows the only permanent way to do this is to
develop an intimate conversational prayer-life with the Lord and personally
discover the power of His Word.

Her personal journey through a series of broken relationships and eventual
restoration provides her insight into the truths from God’s Word and why
reconciliation is essential to the Christian faith.

Judy’s love for the Lord is evident as she teaches His Word and shares the
road she has traveled. Her transparency and ability to honestly share her
heart and love for God touches lives. People are drawn to Judy because
she is real.

Her series of relational prayer journals rooted in God’s Word teach not just
how to talk to God, but also how to listen while He shares His life.

Judy is a graduate of The University of Texas and The New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary with a Women’s Ministry Certification.