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Trevor Hudson

Trevor Hudson recently retired as a minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, after serving in local congregations for almost 40 years. Presently he spends his time preaching, teaching and lecturing in various ecumenical settings both locally and internationally, mainly in the areas of discipleship, spiritual formation and spiritual direction.

He is the author of 17 books, his most recent in South Africa being Friendship With God and A Closer Walk With God-A Forty Day Journey, both published by Struik Christian Books.

He is married to Debbie and together they are the parents of two adult children, Joni and Mark.

Leslie Leyland Fields

is the multi-award winning author of eleven books, including her most recent, Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas,‌which won Christianity Today’s ‌Book of the Year for Christian Living.

Her other books include Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers, which has been translated into 7 languages and The Spirit of Food, which won three “Best Books of 2010" awards.

She also writes for many publications and has won three Evangelical Press Awards for her work.

Leslie has been teaching Creative Writing for more than 30 years in graduate and undergraduate programs, and at conferences, churches and retreats. She lives in Alaska with her husband and the last two of their six children.

Kabelo Mabalane

is a musician, TV presenter, athlete and entrepreneur. In his autobiography I Ran for My Life he shares his journey and insights from being a multi-platinum-selling musician through the highs and lows of drug addiction, to finding hope and life again through running (ten Comrades marathons and counting) and his faith. Kabelo is a member of the young adult ministry team at Rhema.

Mtutuzeli Nyoka

served as the President of Cricket South Africa (CSA) from 2008 to 2011. He currently lives in Johannesburg where he practises as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon.

His first novel, I Speak to the Silent, was published in 2004 to widespread critical acclaim. His second novel A Hill of Fools was described by Mandla Langa as ‘An insightful exploration of humankind’s fatal fascination with power…

Nyoka at his best, wielding a pen rather than his traditional scalpel, to cauterise a malignancy on the body of our continent.’

Dalene Reyburn

is a writer and speaker, sharing truth, courage and hope at dalenereyburn.com and contributing to various online magazines and devotionals. She’s the author of three books, including the bestselling Walking in Grace: 366 inspirational devotions for an abundant life in Christ.

She was a high school teacher before giving that up to pack lunch boxes and play astronaut-astronaut. With a Master’s degree in Applied Language Studies, she’s able to converse with her sons in fluent Minion. Nothing excites and energises her more than offering truth, courage and hope within the warm-bodied and cyber communities God has placed her.

Joan Campbell

is the author of Encounters: Life Changing Moments with Jesus and The Poison Tree Path Chronicles trilogy. The first book of this fantasy trilogy Chains of Gwyndorr, was a gold medallist in the Jerry Jenkins 2017 Illumination Book Awards.

She has been a contributing writer for Disciplines (The Upper Room) and Closer to God (Scripture Union). Joan is a workshop facilitator for the ministry MAI, which trains writers and publishers across the world.

Ryan Peter

is a writer, journalist and ghostwriter. He writes fantasy, sci-fi, inspirational fiction, and books on faith and theology.

He is the author of When Twins War, Your Single Happiness and Jesus Crushes Sin. He blogs at his website ryanpeterwrites.com and has been featured in major South African publications.

Ryan is also part of the New Covenant Ministries International (NCMI) translocal team. Ryan says, “I believe that everyone has a story to tell, a viewpoint worth publishing, a testimony about their life and successes and failures.”

Lisa Casson

is Creative Director of Casson Media. She graduated from the Design School Southern Africa in 2008, going on to specialise in website design.

In 2011 she and her husband started Casson Media. Lisa now specialises in WordPress website design and development, manages Team Casson and occasionally works on creating corporate identity.

Peter Velander

has been engaged in Christian publishing for over 40 years. He has served in roles ranging from Marketing Director to President and Publisher over that time. He is currently the Executive Director of Publishing for The Upper Room in Nashville, TN. Pete is married to Magda, and between them they have five children and five grandchildren.

John Gilchrist

is best known for his many books on Christian outreach to Muslims and is considered the world authority on Christian-Muslim apologetics. John has also authored a book on science and evolution titled Designed for a Purpose as well as a comprehensive work on the Gnostic gospels titled Jesus Disfigured.

He is presently writing a new book to be titled The Divine Glory of the Historical Jesus in answer to the extensive modern literature setting out to prove that Jesus was purely a man of his time whom the early church reinvented into the Son of man, Messiah and ultimately God incarnate, the second person of the triune God.

Ian Laxton

has been a television and radio journalist and commentator for more than 30 years, covering athletics and road running at major events, ranging from the Comrades Marathon to the Olympic Games and World Athletics Championships.

He co-authored two books about the Comrades Marathon: The Comrades Marathon Yearbook and Comrades Marathon Highlights – 1921 to 1999.

Bruce Dennill

is a writer, editor, broadcaster and musician. In 2014 he started an online arts and culture magazine called pARTicipate in response to the shrinking page space for art, theatre, music, literature, travel and allied topics in mainstream print platforms.

Bruce is a BASA/National Arts Festival Arts Writing Awards Silver Award winner for 2013 (Opinion) and 2014 (Features)

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