Ed Underwood is the much-loved senior pastor of the historic Church of the Open Door in southern California and the author of When God Breaks Your Heart, Reborn to Be Wild (David C. Cook), and his latest, The Trail: A Tale about Discovering God’s Will (Tyndale, August 2014). Ed enjoys teaching the Bible for life-change, training and equipping leaders, and leading a church with the faith to ask God for big things. “I did not grow up in a Christian home,” Ed said. “This has marked me with a deep appreciation of the Lord’s power to transform lives, families, and cultures. When Jesus Christ steps in, nothing should be the same.”
Ed is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and served as an officer in the United States Army and a firefighter for the US Forest Service. When Ed isn’t studying, discipling, or writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Judy, their children, and grandchildren. In his evening keynotes, Ed will speak about writing as worship, using the book of Romans for his text. In addition to speaking, Ed will teach a workshop on platform in light of Scripture.
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA best-selling and award-winning author of 27 books, including 22 historical novels based on historical women. Jane is internationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched novels. She draws on her background as a mental health consultant on the Warm Springs Reservation and years homesteading on a remote ranch to create authentic characters and settings. She has won the Wrangler, Carol, USABestBook.com, and WILLA awards and has been a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, Christy Awards, Spur Award, Reader’s Choice award.
In her Thursday morning keynote, Jane will speak about believing as God would have us believe in order to weave both salt and light into our writing tapestries. She will also teach a morning coaching class “Weaving Story Threads in Fiction” that explores ways to create authentic characters at home in their landscape, time period, relationships, spirituality, and work lives, as well as some of the strategies she uses to write books.