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.




Speaking! Paul Bennett, author of A Fall of Sparrows (website), grew up in Bainbridge, Georgia and is a lifelong student of American history, especially the Civil War and the hardships associated with that tragic period. Having been raised on stories of American heroes, his greatest honor has been the opportunity to write about those heroes who loved their neighbors as themselves.

Paul attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and there met his wonderful wife, Jenice. He currently lives in Forest, Virginia where he practices Internal Medicine. He has a special interest in black powder firearms, but the most enjoyable times during the day are always spent with his wife and their two sons James and Daniel. Follow him on Twitter & Facebook.







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.







Speaking! Jamie Greening, D.Min, author of How Great Is the Darkness (website) & The Little Girl Waits (website), a story about human trafficking in the United States. Jamie served as a pastor in Washington State for 14 years. Now he resides in the Texas Hill Country with his wife and daughters and devotes his time to writing and baking biscuits. He is the author of the novel The Little Girl Waits, the collection The Haunting of Pastor Butch Gregory and Other Short Stories, various short stories including Speculation, Jolly Rogers, The Land Begins to Heal, and The Last Message. He also authors the thrilling science fiction series about the Deep Cove Monster, including Deep Cove, Deep Cove: The Party Crasher, and The Deep Cove Lineage. He is one of the original “bards” at Bard And Book Publishing.

Jamie earned a bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1994) where he studied history and classical civilizations, a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1998), and a doctor of ministry from Beeson Divinity (2006) on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He blogs as Pastor Greenbean and continues to speak, preach, and teach wherever he may have opportunity. Follow him on Twitter.



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.






Chris-Avatar.d9ffc2ce066f23b69f2b31c839306ac1109Speaking! Christian Lenty, head of the Thailand-based ‘MST Project‘. Follow him on Twitter. Husband to a wonderful woman and gracious wife. His life has been transformed by God on many levels and so his passion is to walk with men as they seek the same redemption and restoration in their own life. He believes that it is important to remember that yesterday is gone, today is a new day, and so he chooses to walk with men as He rewrites the next chapter of their life. It is his hope that through one man’s mess, others can find hope and help.







womanual-1Speaking! Pastor Dan Mielke, author of The Womanual (website), started his training in female understanding at an early age. After a Caesarean interrupted his undercover research, he was raised in a pastor’s home where he learned to love God and serve people. While studying the Bible at college, Dan also began a lifelong study of his wife Christa. He found that both studies were harmonious and realized that he could only be as good of a Christian as he was a husband and vice versa.

After finishing a biblical studies and speech communication degree from Pillsbury, a Master’s in biblical and family counseling from Maranatha University and pursuing a PhD in apologetics from Trinity Seminary, Dan still considers the beautiful marriage relationship he and Christa enjoy as the greatest qualification and testament to the practicality of the principles found in this book. Follow him on Twitter & Facebook.








outofdabox-logoPerforming! Out of Da Box Improv Group. Luke Mielke and his brother Dan enjoyed battling their minds with sarcasm as the primary weapon of choice. Blessed (or some may say cursed) with a minds that think out side of the box neither looked at the world the same as “normal” people. Questions like “did Adam have a belly button?” “If you had a third arm, where would you put it?” “If I’m jumping up in America, am I jumping sideways in Europe?” are constantly running through Luke’s head. He began performing with Dan while still in high school and eventually helped teach improv classes as an assistant for Out of Da Box. With often random ideas and quick whit, Luke thrives on improv comedy.






12573119_632381060227398_5472646320024390714_nSpeaking! 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 becoming yes men to the scientific models which he had found increasingly 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.




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.