Featured Artists and Speakers

Guest Scholar:  Dr. Richard Weikart

Senior Fellow for the Discovery Institute, author of From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany, The Death of Humanity: and the Case for Life, and most recently, Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich.


bernardbull2-254x300Speaking! Bernard D. Bull, PhD is Assistant Vice President of Academics and Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. He is the author of Missional Moonshots: Insight and Inspiration in Educational Innovation (website), editor of The Pedagogy of Faith, and author of the forthcoming book, What Really Matters? Critical Issues in Contemporary Education. In addition to blogging on topics related to educational innovation at Etale.org, he has written for a variety of publications including The Homeschool Handbook, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Issues in Christian Education. Bernard is an educational consultant and keynote speaker whose work takes him around the United States, and to places like Hong Kong, Vietnam, Australia, Slovkia, and Italy. Follow him on Twitter.




10649835_949189351764285_3147583835726124020_nSpeaking & Performing! Alyssa Catlin, classical guitarist. Facebook Alyssa’s past accomplishments include being featured on the NPR show, “From the Top,” placing first at the American String Teacher’s Association Competition, participating in master classes with many incredible musicians in the classical guitar world such as Pepe Romero, Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tenant, William Kanengiser, Martha Masters, Jorge Morel, and Manuel Barrueco, winning first place at the Mid-America Guitar Camp competition, featuring in the Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and placing in several other local and national contests.

She studied with the renowned guitarist, John McClellan, at Webster University, where she obtained her degree in classical guitar performance. Follow her on Facebook.


7795837Speaking! Robert Cely, author of Beyond the Steel Wall (website), acquired a degree in history at the University of South Carolina and a a Masters of Divinity at Union Seminary. Today he lives a mild-mannered life with his wife, three sons, and daughter in West Columbia, SC, working as a Chaplain. He writes part time and enjoys college football and making beer.






468519_647414838606745_1825489160_oSpeaking! Joseph Courtemanche, author of Assault on Saint Agnes (website), is a former Police Officer and certified Middle East, North Africa analyst. He is a distinguished veteran of the Naval Security Group of the United States Navy and is an Arabic linguist with training at The University of Minnesota and the Defense Language Institute (Honors Graduate.) His linguistic and intelligence experience include multiple deployments to surface, submarine, and land based intelligence collection platforms. Joseph holds several military awards including two flag letters of commendation for his work in providing real-time intelligence support to commanders in the field. His experience provides the background that’s crucial to his writing in the Thriller genre. He is a graduate of The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and holds degrees from two other colleges. He holds the Expert Pistol Marksman medal, Good Conduct medal, Sea Service ribbon, and Meritorious Unit Citation from the United States Navy and is a Life Member of the NRA.

Joseph writes his novels from a Christian perspective with the gritty realism that modern readers demand. His recently published Assault on Saint Agnes won the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award for best unpublished novel in the mystery/suspense/thriller category, Second Place in the prestigious Athanatos Christian Ministries 2013 Christian Novel Contest, and was a 2013 Final Five Finalist in the Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel. Follow him on Facebook & Twitter.


Performing! Talespinner & Troubadour, Darrin Crow is a storyteller from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Storytelling has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember, whether it was listening to his aunts, uncles and grandparents talking about farming and coal mining in Iowa or immersing himself in Jules Verne and Tolkien up in his tree house. As a high school student he began volunteering at a living history museum. Here he found that he could use his love of telling stories to put people in touch with their heritage in a way they had not experienced before. In college he studied interpretive speech, and after college he worked as an actor and itinerant storyteller in Pennsylvania and Florida. In 1999 he returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has been telling stories ever since. Over the last decade he has honed his craft by telling stories across the area in settings from church basements to major outdoor festivals.

Website: http://www.darrincrow.com/



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pa120763-optimized-btoneSpeaking! Anthony Horvath, PhD, author of The Warden Watch (website), is the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries, a ministry dedicated to defending and promoting the Christian faith through the arts, as much as through arguments and evidence. He is the author of numerous works, the publisher of many others, a speaker, author, and advocate for life issues.

Anthony is the founder of and an author with Bard and Book Publishing. See his latest releases with Bard and Book. Follow him on Twitter & Facebook.




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Performing!  Emily Roig.  Emily Roig is a soulful, indie-pop singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She has released several albums and songs, including her most recent single “Skin” inspired by the Michael Brown shooting that took place in her hometown of St. Louis. Emily is influenced by the raw vocals of artists like Joni Mitchell and Florence Welch, the playful pop of Ingrid Michaelson, and the soulful sounds found in church music.

Website: http://www.emilyroig.com/






wayne-rossiterSpeaking! Wayne D. Rossiter, PhD, author of Mind Over Matter (website), is the assistant professor of Biology at Waynesburg University and earned his Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from Rutgers University. After converting to Christianity from atheism and listening to and reading other scientists and science populisers who were also Christians, he noticed many of them were simply becom


ing yes men to the scientific models which he had found increasin

gly inadequate over the years since he had left Rutgers. In Shadow of Oz, he tells some of his personal story, but also attempts to address some of what he sees as increasingly bad science in the Christian camp.Practically on the heels of his last book (published in October), Rossiter has released a new book,

coauthored with his brother. Straying away from his field of biology, this new book – titled Mind Over Matterlooks at the modern world and asks the question “The idea that matter and energy are all that exist, and that these two things alone are sufficient to explain everything about the universe – does this fit the facts?” Follow him on Facebook.

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DebbieThompsonSpeaking! Debbie Thompson Writing Contest and Workshop Coordinator and ACM Representative. Debbie is a book reviewer for Northwestern Publishing House and a Christian Book Club leader. A graduate with a BA from Concordia College, Ann Arbor she is the mother of two home school graduates. Her experiences have primed her to be a valuable contributor to ACM’s curriculum efforts and ‘literary apologetics’ programs. She is a judge for ACM’s Christian writing contest, a volunteer staffer, and a Writing and Homeschool Coach.




Speaking! Dylan Thompson is an inorganic chemist by training, with a B.S. in chemistry from Hillsdale College and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Purdue University. Although credentialed in chemistry, he has great affection for the written word, especially in novels. He writes short stories and is working on a science fiction novel. He is also a judge in the ACM annual novel contest. Dr. Thompson is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Concordia University Wisconsin, in Mequon WI.