Sally Lloyd-Jones

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“I get to have the best job in the world—writing stories. And I get to work for the best bosses in the world—children.”

Sally is a New York Times best-selling author—and sometime performer. She is to blame for over 20 books, including How To Be A Baby, which the New York Times called “adorable, original, well-illustrated, and fabulous.” She has written many other books for children, including: Baby Wren, a 2017 Christopher Award Winner; Poor Doreen, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, ECPA Devotional book of the year; and The Jesus Storybook Bible, an ALA Notable and Platinum Book which has sold over 2.5 million copies and is in over 34 languages. She is especially proud that Skip To The Loo My Darling which went straight to #1 on the potty charts. (Yes there is one.)

Sally recently performed in a twelve-city tour with Amy Grant and Ellie Holcombe in an Evening of Stories and Songs. She has appeared in New York City with Amy Grant and Ashley Cleveland in Story In The Round, an evening of story and songs; and at Carnegie Hall with The Getty’s in their Christmas Show.Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East, and West Africa and at a boarding school in the New Forest, England—Sally moved to the States in 1989 “just for a year or two”. She’s still here.

“My British accent makes it sound like I know what I’m talking about, so I’ve kept it.”

The first book Sally ever remembers reading all the way through was The Complete Nonsense by Edward Lear. Things have not been the same since.

Sally lives in Manhattan and enjoys dividing her time between the front half of her apartment and the back.

Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics. He currently serves as a contributing writer for The Atlantic,  contributing editor for The Week, and senior columnist for Religion News Service. Jonathan has published more than 3000 articles in respected outlets such as USA Today, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. As a respected voice, he regularly contributes commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets and has been interviewed by ABC World News, NPR, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS’ “60 Minutes” and The New York Times.

Jonathan is author of three critically-acclaimed books, including Jesus is Better Than You Imagined and A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars, and has collaborated on or ghostwritten more than 40 additional books, with several titles landing on the New York Times, USA Today, or Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. Additionally, he trains hundreds of young writers through his revolutionary Write Brilliant course.

Named one of “30 young influencers reshaping Christian leadership“ by Outreach Magazine, Jonathan is a sought after speaker at colleges, conferences, and churches. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Matt Popovits

Matt is a pastor, speaker, and curator of The Voice Conference, (VoxCon). Matt serves as Pastor of Our Saviour New York as well as the host of “The Spiritual Howcast” and “ThredPops", which offer insightful yet simple answers to the spiritual questions of skeptical people. He’s also the author of “Tough Call: A Little Book on Making Big Decisions” available at Amazon.com.

He and his high school sweetheart Lisa proudly live in the borough of Queens with their two children, Ava and Jack Matthew.

Mary Karr

AWARD-WINNING, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING
MEMOIRIST & POET

Mary Karr, Ph.D is an award-winning poet and New York Times best-selling memoirist, and the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling memoirs The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. Her latest book, The Art of Memoir, is a master class on the fastest-growing literary genre. It debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was blanketed in stellar reviews, and her book for graduates based on her acclaimed 2015 Syracuse “Gift of Fear” commencement speech, Now Go Out There (and Get Curious), has become a perennial graduation gift book. Her next book of poems, Tropic of Squalor, comes out summer of 2018. In 2015 Syracuse University awarded Karr an honorary doctorate in humane letters. Karr made her debut as a songwriter with the release of Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell.

She is an in-demand speaker on her career, writing, alcoholism, mental health, faith and spirituality, Catholicism, sexual abuse, and more.
 

Donald Miller

CEO OF STORYBRAND + NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Donald Miller is the CEO of StoryBrand and every year helps more than 3,000 business leaders clarify their brand message. Combined, Don’s books have spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

His books include: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and Scary Close. He co-wrote the major motion picture "Blue Like Jazz" which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival and was listed as one of the top four movies to get you through freshman year by USA Today. He has served on The Presidential Task Force for Fatherhood and Healthy Families, a joint effort between government and the private sector to rewrite the story of fatherlessness in America.

Don is widely considered one of the most entertaining and informative speakers in the world. His audiences are challenged to lean into their own story, creatively develop and execute the story of their team, and understand the story of their customers so they can serve them with passion. Don’s thoughts on story have deeply influenced leaders and teams for Pantene, Ford/Lincoln, Zaxby’s, Chick-fil-A, Steelcase, Intel, Prime Lending and thousands more.

Don lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.