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Speaker Bureau for live and virtual events.

Click on the photos of each speaker and get to know who they are, what they write, and a larger sampling of the topics you might enjoy hearing at your next event. These professional speakers will bless you.

You’ll notice many of us have our top 3 topics listed, but we’re all able to customize a talk to fit your audience needs. — Angela Breidenbach, CAN president.

  1. 1) Mouse over photos to see names and topics. Author/speakers states are listed for local events in the photo caption. However, most will travel.
  2. 2) Click on a speaker’s photo for detailed information.
  3. 3) To hire a speaker, you may do so directly or with our help. If you need help contacting the author/speaker, please use our contact page to send a message. We will respond as quickly as possible, usually the same day.




Author, Site, Email Sample Speaking Clip Speaking/Expertise Topics Available Books & Materials

This information is regularly updated. Read online below

Or download this PDF file and print: 2020-6-30-CAN Online Event Speaker Listing

Dr. Craig von Buseck
Topics: The history and rebirth of Israel; American History and Biography; Dynamic Leadership; Team building; The American Civil War; The life of U.S. Grant; Victorious Christian Living; Spiritual Gifts and Hearing God’s Voice; Overcoming Adversity; Online Evangelism and Discipleship; Writing Narrative Nonfiction and Biography; Writing Digital Content I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel.
Related Books:Nobody Knows: The Harry T. Burleigh Story, Praying The News7 Keys to Hearing God’s VoiceNetCasters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men, Jesus at the Well

Janet Perez Eckles
Topics: Turning my tragedy to Triumph, Courage to rise above heartache, Four secrets to Conquer Fear, The Beauty of New Beginnings, Turning Adversity to Opportunities,
Related Books:Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta, Judson Press; Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life, Xulon Press

David E. Fessenden
Numerous audio clips available (on request) from over 25 years of conference speaking Christian nonfiction writing and publishing
Topics: Please request the list of over 20 seminars I teach on this subject, Thomas Barnardo, 19th-century ministry to orphans (based on biography, Father to Nobody’s Children), A.W. Tozer and the attributes of God (based on Tozer’s two-volume set, The Attributes of God, which I edited and wrote the study guides)
Related Books:Father to Nobody’s Children: the Life of Thomas J. Barnardo, A Christian Writer’s Guide to the Book Proposal, Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract, The Attributes of God, Volumes 1 & 2 (edited with a study guide by David Fessenden)

Sarah Hamaker
Topics: Anything related to parenting; Romantic suspense fiction writing, writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Related Books:Moving Your Kids From War to Peace (Beacon Hill of Kansas City/Navigators), Dangerous Christmas Memories (Love Inspired Suspense/Harlequin), Chicken Soup for the Soul (Best Mom Ever!, Count Your Blessings, All in the Family, Inspiration for Writers)

Elaine Helms
Topics: Related to both personal and corporate church prayer, and church prayer ministry coaching, and consulting Related Books:Prayer 101, What Every Intercessor Needs to Know; and Prayer Without Limits, Expanding Your Relationship with God. Both published by New Hope Publishers, Iron Stream Media, and distributed by Baker and Taylor.

Edie Melson
Topics and Related Books: Social Media—Sharing Messages of Hope During Social Distancing, Soul Care, Unruffled: Thriving in Chaos Soul Care When You’re WearyUnruffled: Thriving in Chaos

Yvonne Ortega
Topics and Related Books: Grief and Divorce Moving from Broken to Beautiful® through Grief

Linda Wood Rondeau
Topics and Related Books:I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children (Elk Lake Publishing House, Inc)
Fiction includes: Second HelpingsThe Fifteenth ArticleFiddlers Fling, It Really IS a Wonderful LifeA Christmas PrayerMiracle on Maple Street (Available through Publisher and Ingram),The Other Side of Darkness (Pelican/Ingram)

Tina Yeager, LMHC
Topics: Mental and emotional wellbeing (as a licensed counselor and life coach), discipleship, communication skills, stress/anxiety management, overcoming shame and despair, overcoming crises, navigating major life shifts, parenting, Christ-centered identity and purpose, maximizing creativity, communication skills, women’s issues, resolving bitterness, hope and encouragement, teaching techniques, writing craft.
Related Books:Beautiful Warrior: Finding Victory Over the Lies Formed Against You (New Hope Publishers)
Beautiful Warrior Video Series (online)

In The News Inspiration for Writers Speaking Writing Business

CAN Crown Awards Gala 7 Nov 2020!

2020 CAN Crown Awards
2020 #CANCROWN Awards

We hope you’ll enjoy coming to the online Facebook Live event as we “crown” our winners. It’s always fun to know the results and share in the joy. Be sure to dress up (at least from the waist up!) And bring your notebooks! You’ll be getting a bird’s-eye view of the winning campaigns!

On the notification calls on Monday night, one of our finalists suggested the idea of holding a watch party. We strongly support that idea. Invite friends and family to share the event with you. Be sure to have fun snacks on hand to celebrate and enjoy the evening. Feel free to share the link below with anyone you think that might enjoy the CAN Crown Awards Gala.

Congratulations to our 2020 CAN Crown Award Finalists:

Andrew Huff
Annette Griffin
Bethany Jett
Michelle Medlock Adams
Carla Hoch
Lynn Austin
Craig von Buseck
Cynthia L. Simmons
Janice Thompson
Julie Lavender
Laine Craft
Susan Neal
To join the CAN Crown Awards Gala, please follow the link and information here:
Topic: 2020 CAN Crown Awards Gala
Date: Nov 7, 2020 

Time: 5:00 PM Mountain/6PM Central/7PM Eastern (US and Canada)

CAN’s Facebook page:

We’re excited to see you on Nov. 7th to share special recognition and education about author marketing. New this year, all 3 categories will have special speakers, the winners, telling us about their marketing campaigns with the focus on how other authors can duplicate the concepts in their marketing efforts.

We expect quite a variety in short presentations, though our finalists have no idea yet whether they’ve placed. They have all been told of the possibility of a short sharing/teaching time on the successful elements of their campaigns.
Physical awards (certificates, trophies) will be mailed to winners and finalists after the event. The prize package of interviews and features will be forwarded to the winners and finalists throughout the year as we place them with media.


Awards and Speaking Engagements

Your CAN authors have good news to share as well as opportunities for readers to engage!

Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible has been named a finalist in the adult non-fiction religion category of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! The book is the brainchild of CAN member Dr. Sandra Glahn. INDIES recognize works by individual authors and independent publishing houses, including academic presses such as Stanford University.  More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by a panel of judges across the country, reflecting Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians.  Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 15, 2018.

                      Vindicating the Vixens

Heather L.L. FitzGerald is excited to share that The Genesis Tree, Book 3 of The Tethered World Chronicles, has been named as a finalist in the Realm Makers’ Realm Awards in the fantasy category! Realm Makers is committed to “help[ing] foster excellence in the speculative arts, whether fiction, film, illustrations, or whatever way we can imagine to tell our stories.” Winners will be announced at the annual Realm Makers’ conference in July.

The Genesis Tree by Heather L.L. Fitzgerald
                         The Genesis Tree


April 18 – Becky Harling be interviewed on ten of Moody’s radio stations in Chicago including Gary Chapman’s show and Chris Fabrey’s show.

April 20-21 – Becky Harling will be speaking at Midwest Bible Church in Chicago on How To Listen So People Will Talk.

April 27-29 and May 4-6 Becky Harling will be speaking at Word of Life Christian Conference Center on Who Do You Say That I Am?

Becky Harling
                             Becky Harling

Cindi McMenamin will be the keynote speaker for the South Mountain Community Church (Draper, UT) women’s retreat May 4-6, 2018, speaking on her newest release Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You (Harvest House Publishers).

Cindi McMenamin, Topics: Prioritizing God * Rest & Rejuvenation * Mother-Daughter *
                         Cindi McMenamin


Authors in Action!

This week our CAN authors are sharing heart warming stories of fulfilling the Great Commission and speaking around the country on matters close to their heart!

Grace Fox just completed an 11-day trip through Nepal. This was a pilgrimage of sorts for her and her eldest daughter who was born with hydrocephalus in Nepal 33 years ago. Her daughter’s lifelong dream has been to visit her birthplace, and this trip fulfilled that dream. Read the beginning of this story—how Grace’s husband returned to North America with their three-day old daughter while Grace was left behind in Kathmandu not knowing whether or not she would see her baby alive again.

Also on this trip Grace and her husband, Gene, visited the village where they lived for two years in the 80s. Gene was a civil engineer then, and he helped build a hydro project that brought electricity to this region. They discovered that these Hindu friends now watch TV programs that present the Gospel. Without electricity, this wouldn’t be possible. Another highlight was distributing Nepalese Bibles to the villagers. God is on the move.


Western romance at its best – An Unexpected Redemption is available  for pre-order, Book 2 in Davalynn Spencer’s Front Range Brides series. See her website for details:


Davalynn will be speaking April 11 at the Canon City, Colorado, public library on the writing process as related to her 2017 release of The Canon City Chronicles.


Dianne Barker will be speaking for “The 4Gs” women’s group in Gray, Tennessee, on April 10. The theme is “Remembering Billy Graham.” Dianne’s first book was Billy Graham in Big Orange Country about the 1970 Knoxville, Tennessee crusade. Follow her blog


Cindi McMenamin, author of 17 books from Harvest House Publishers, will be the keynote speaker for the Women’s Retreat for Green Valley Baptist Church of Henderson, NV April 13-15, 2018 in St. George, UT. She will be speaking on her newest release, Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You.

In The News Speaking

Does Genealogy Fascinate you?

Pennsylvania State Library, where Angela Breidenbach spent 2 days searching for birth records in circuit riding preacher journals.
Pennsylvania State Library, where Angela Breidenbach spent 2 days searching for birth records in circuit riding preacher journals.

Does Genealogy fascinate you as it does me?

My grandpa used to tell me his family stories. Stories that included farm women dunking their forefingers into coffee cups to see if the farm workers needed their drinks warmed. He sang me old hymns. When those hymns get played in church, and I get to sing them now, I get teary-eyed. He told me his great grandmother was the midwife for Custer’s birth.

And I grew up. Grandpa was long gone. I had no more stories. So I went on a quest to discover the people that had pioneered America, fought in the American Revolution, and been circuit riding preachers, midwives, and teachers. As these stories began to reveal the people I came from, I began to understand who I am and why.

There’s a science to the hobby behind finding your ancestry. A system of research. Specific proofs that help you determine if the person you’re searching for is who you think they are or a similar name. It may just turn you into a history detective like me who loves to write these stories into novels. Come and learn more at my upcoming workshop in Missoula, MT. See below for details.

Discovering Your Ancestry
March 24, 2018 11 a.m.
Garden of Read’n Bookstore
2621 Brooks St, Missoula, MT 59801

Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read'n in Missoula, MT
Angela Breidenbach teaches Discovering Your Ancestry Mar. 24, 2018 at The Garden of Read’n in Missoula, MT

Angela Breidenbach will present how to discover your ancestral stories, start the genealogical research, and how she uses her family stories and history in her novels so you can, too. All in-person attendees will receive gifts including a family tree diagram, a family group chart, and a choice of 1 of 3 genealogy classes from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies to start you off right.

**No registration required. Free family tree chart, family group chart, and 1 class from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Book signing after the event.

In The News Speaking

CAN at UNITE 2017

Below are CAN authors participating in UNITE 2017, CBA’s International Convention from June 27-30, at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. We are proud to announce that bestselling author and agent with Books & Such Literary Agency, Cynthia Ruchti is the keynote speaker. Read more in our press release: 

Inspiration for Writers Speaking

For a Happier New Year: Replace Your Resolutions with Attainable Goals

Resolutions or Attainable Goals?
Resolutions or Attainable Goals?

“Nutty with a Dash of Meat” Jeanette Levellie here.

I never make New Year’s resolutions. I’m too hard on myself when I break them–which I always do. Then I end up feeling guilty, and that’s a waste of time. So to make each New Year a happy one, I set attainable goals instead. I post them on my bedroom wall, where I review them every few weeks to remind myself of what I’m shooting for. I have six month goals, one year goals, five- year goals, even lifetime goals. But I have noticed something about them over the years. They change.


WRITERS WHO SPEAK – series finale

fallwreathFall is upon us, complete with beautiful fall colors and raging thunderstorms. It’s a busy season for getting children back to school, football games, and preparing for the holidays. I love decorating for the fall season with pumpkins, gourds and the colorful mums that abound in the markets. It’s a busy time for speakers as well, and I am also booking retreats for the spring of 2015. As I was thinking about what to discuss in this month’s blog, I made a startling discovery.


Christian Product Expo hosts CAN members

Dianne Barker, Topics: Marriage * Parenting * Living in joy *
Dianne Barker

CAN member, Dianne Barker, shares CAN member experiences with Munce’s Christian Product Expo:

(Murfreesboro, Tenn.) Independent Christian retailers from across the U.S. attended the Munce Christian Product Expo September 21-23 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Besides providing workshops, training sessions, and heartening messages and music from top artists and authors that ignited worship and vision, the tradeshow allowed retailers to interact with authors, publishing reps, and industry friends as they reviewed new products.

Christian Authors Network presentation by Karen Whiting (CAN treasurer) explained how CAN partners with CPE to support retailers and provide tools to help them engage customers. She traced the long journey to publication of her newest release, The One Year Devotions for Active Boys (with co-author Jesse Florea). Katrina Cassel read from her Promises for God’s Princesses. Dianne Barker related the backstory of her 1986 best-seller, Twice Pardoned, first book for Focus on the Family Publishing. Cec Murphey, author of 138 books, stressed the important role of Christian retailers and suggested strategies to strengthen business in challenging times.

Karen Whiting, Dianne Barker, and Kris Jodon

Three retailers won book bundles by CAN authors with a total value of $3,300. Winners were Ellen Meece, owner of Handfuls on Purpose in Marion, Illinois; Deb Woodard, owner of Bethany Book and Gift in Baxter, Minnesota; and Kris Jodon, manager of The Bookstore at Chapelwood in Houston, Texas.

Ellen said, “I never win anything. For Pastor Appreciation Month, I plan to give copies of books I won to local pastors.”
“I was shocked! Thrilled!” Deb said. “The unexpected gift was a tremendous honor and a privilege. It was a blessing and a great boost to us. It will be fun to share some books with others.” She added, “It’s great connecting with CAN authors at CPE. I love hearing from the heart of authors and their behind-the-scene stories.”

Ellen Meese and Katrina Cassel

CAN honored two retailers celebrating significant anniversaries this year. Dennis and Andrea Lovvorn of New Covenant Christian Bookstore in Shelbyville, Tennessee marked their twentieth year in business. Deb and Mike Woodard’s Bethany Book and Gift has been in business seventy-five years (under their ownership for eight years, and Deb worked at the store for eighteen years prior).

Retailers received gift bags containing bookmarks featuring books by CAN members 2015 releases.

CAN’s Cynthia Ruchti led a training session, “When Your Life’s Work Feels Like the Reason David Wrote the Psalms.”

Five CAN authors participated in the Personality Party signing free copies of their books: Cec Murphey, Stolen; Cynthia Ruchti, As Waters Gone By; Dianne Barker, I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore; Karen Whiting, Nature Girl and The One Year Devotions for Active Boys; Katrina Cassel, Promises for God’s Princesses.

The Munce Group hosts two annual retailer events. Founder Bob Munce said the CPE goal is “to encourage, equip, and engage.”

Kirk Blank, Munce group president, said, “I believe we accomplished that. Retailers were encouraged by authors as well as vendors as they prepared for Christmas. The authors and speakers and music artists provided a great source of encouragement for everyone.” Blank added, “We’re always thrilled when we can bring CAN in for fellowship and leadership as we interact with authors and retailers. CAN has done a fabulous job providing much-needed service and help for retailers throughout the year. Having them at CPE was an added blessing.”