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Katherine Chappell is the Marketing Manager for trade and children’s books at Kregel Publications in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has been in Christian publishing for over a decade. Katherine holds a BA in English Literature and Theatre from Cornerstone University and an MA in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. She has also worked as an oral historian, a museum professional, and as a staff writer in radio, newspaper, and magazines. She lives in Grand Rapids with her two rescue cats, where she is a foster parent, and volunteers with Treetops Collective and other organizations that seek to strengthen communities both here and abroad.
Jon M. Sweeney has authored more than forty books, including Feed the Wolf and The Complete Francis of Assisi. He has served in different capacities from editor to publisher at Protestant, Jewish, Interfaith, and Catholic publishers since 1993 and is currently Editor at Large at Orbis Books. He’s been interviewed on WGN-TV, Fox News, and CBS Saturday Morning, and HBO optioned the film rights to his 2012 book on the medieval Pope Celestine V, The Pope Who Quit. A practicing Catholic, Sweeney prays regularly with his wife, a congregational rabbi. In March 2023, the third collection of Jon's Meister Eckhart poem-meditations, coauthored with Mark S. Burrows, will be published by Hampton Roads: Meister Eckhart's Book of Darkness and Light.
Rob Teigen currently serves as vice president of publishing at Christian Art Gifts with over twenty years of prior publishing experience. He is the author of the bestselling Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids series (under the pseudonym Rob Elliott). He and his wife, Joanna Teigen, have five kids who bring adventure to their lives in West Michigan. Together they create resources to encourage couples and families, including 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates. Learn more at www.growinghometogether.com or email him at RTeigen@cagifts.com.
Dale Williams is an acquisitions editor for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. He has nearly ten years of publishing experience at three different Christian publishers. He holds an MDiv from Westminster Seminary California and seeks to acquire books that answer questions, deepen understanding, and show how to apply biblical truth to everyday life.