• Our 2023 Keynote Speakers

    Don't forget to register for our Annual Conference!

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    The Way Forward: 

    On the Front Lines of Change with DEI 

    Sponsored by Gold Keynote Sponsor Marquis Book Printing


    Keynote Speaker:

    Carrie Bloxson, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, joined Hachette Book Group in February 2021. Carrie oversees HBG’s diversity and inclusion programs and strategy with the objective of creating a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable company with increased representation of people of color in HBG’s leadership, workplaces, and publishing programs.

    Carrie was previously interim CEO and Chief Marketing Officer at DoSomething.org, the largest social impact organization for young people in the world. Under her leadership, DoSomething received numerous social impact awards including multiple Shorty Social Good and Digiday awards, along with OMMA Marketing Excellence, Civvy, Pollie and Reed awards. She was also named a Top Women in PR Honoree for Social Impact in 2020 from PR Newswire.

    Earlier, she was Vice President of Marketing at HarperCollins for six years and launched a variety of audience development campaigns that contributed to multiple bestselling titles. Carrie’s work was awarded the FutureBook award and a Webby shortlist nomination in 2016.

    Carrie is a co-founder of CMOs for Good, an organization of marketing leaders who oversee social impact, and a board member for Avenues for Justice, an Alternative to Incarceration program for youthful offenders in NYC.


    Keynote Description:

    Carrie will discuss her experience as a person of color in the publishing industry and how work leading a social impact nonprofit organization helps her navigate positive change for the industry. Attendees will also learn how to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion principles in their own publishing company.

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    What’s happening in Christian Ed?
    How can publishers help?


    Dr. Dawn Rundman serves as the Director of Faith Formation Resource Development for 1517 Media. She is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, workshop leader, author, and resource provider specializing in children's faith development. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon and taught courses in child development, special education, and assessment techniques at Concordia University-Chicago.

    Since 2002 she has been in editorial roles developing Bibles, faith formation curricula, and many other resources at Sparkhouse and Augsburg Fortress, two publishing units of 1517 Media.

    Dawn has published several books including “Alphabet Adventure” and “Little Steps, Big Faith: How the Science of Early Childhood Development Can Help You Grow Your Child’s Faith.” She has also written articles about faith formation and brain development for Children’s Ministry magazine, Youth Worker Journal, Living Lutheran, and Christian parenting blogs. In addition, at the onset of the pandemic, she created an 8-episode series called “Family Sunday School by Sparkhouse.”


    Panel Discussion Description:

    A panel of excellent Christian Educators from a variety of churches/denominations will talk about what they are seeing in terms of Christian education and will share their insights on what they would like to see from publishers to assist with faith formation for children and youth.



    Catherine Broadhurst, Director of Children's Ministry at Tower Grove Church and as Preschool Program Consultant for Tower Grove Christian Academy in St. Louis, MO.


    Rev, Dr. Brad Delaughter, Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church in DeSoto, MO and Adjunct Professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, teaching Christian Education and Pastoral Leadership


    Andrea Roettger, Director of Christian Education at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard, St. Louis, MO

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    Using Design Thinking for the Christian Publishing Industry

    Sponsored by Gold Keynote Sponsor knkSoftware

    Keynote Speaker:

    Rev. Dr. John Park is the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Central Seminary and holds the Des Peres Chair in Congregational Health.


    He is an experienced teacher in Organizational Leadership, Missional Leadership, Followership, Asian Values, Cross-Cultural Ministry, and Design Thinking, both domestically and in countries like South Korea, Guatemala, Myanmar, and Cuba.


    John is also proficient in translation, with over 20 books translated from English to Korean. He holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies.


    Keynote Description:

    John will provide an overview of design thinking with some examples from the business world and some from the church world along with recommendations for how Christian publishers might use these techniques to understand the needs of their customers and create resources to better meet those needs.

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    Our PCPA Annual Conference Chaplain

    Our chaplain throughout the PCPA 2023 Annual Conference will be Janelle Vernon.


    Janelle is the PCPA vice president and serves as publisher on the Wesleyan Publishing House team, The Wesleyan Church executive director of Communication and Administration, and general secretary. Her career encompasses business, government, education, and denominational leadership.


    She and her husband, Chuck, have two children, Abby and Alex. In addition to the gift of God’s overwhelming love, Janelle appreciates times spent in nature, enjoying good food and laughter around a table, and being immersed in a really great book!

  • Thank you to our two Platinum Sponsors for 2023!

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