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Songwriter, musician, author Andrew Peterson to inspire publishing professionals at ECPA PubU

Andrew Peterson’s opening plenary and Lysa TerKeurst’s closing keynote will bookend program featuring more than 50 speakers

One month left to register at early bird rates!

JUST ANNOUNCED:   Songwriter, musician, author ANDREW PETERSON will open the program of ECPA PubU, held November 5-6 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, with a plenary session on “The Mystery of Making: Our Call to Creativity as Christian Publishers.” He joins LYSA TERKEURST — who closes the program with her keynote on “Reaching the Heart of Readers” — and more than 50 other presenters leading sessions for Christian publishing professionals in six publishing tracks, developed by a team of industry leadersEarly bird registration is open for one more month.

PubU opening plenary: “The Mystery of Making: Our Call to Creativity as Christian Publishers”

Andrew Peterson is an award-winning singer-songwriter and author. The second book in his Wingfeather Saga, North! Or Be Eaten (2009) won the Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the fourth, The Warden and the Wolf King (2014) won World Magazine’s Children’s Book of the Year in 2015.  His latest book, Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making releases in October 2019 by B&H Publishing.

Driven by a desire to cultivate a strong Christian arts community, Andrew founded a ministry called The Rabbit Room, which led to a yearly conference, countless concerts and symposiums, and Rabbit Room Press, which has published thirty books to date.

Peterson will also present a PubU session in the Editorial track on “How Editors and Writers can Leverage Creativity in Words and Storytelling.”

PubU closing keynote:  “Reaching the Heart of Your Readers”

Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the #1 New York Times’ best-selling author of Uninvited, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 17 other books. Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and has been published in multiple publications such as Focus on the Family and CNN online. Additionally, she has appeared on The Today Show as one of the leading voices in the Christian community. Connect with her at or on social media at @LysaTerKeurst.

TerKeurst will also present a combined PubU session for the Digital Marketing and Reader Engagement & Publicity tracks on “Lessons from Building and Engaging a Community.”

PubU: where the industry gathers to connect, learn, and grow
Publishing professionals in Christian publishing can customize their professional training, by choosing among more than 40 sessions in six publishing tracks, led by more than 50 industry experts.

If you think you might have something to learn from a few of these speakers, then plan to be a part of ECPA PubU 2019!


  • Matt Baehr, Executive Director, Book Manufacturer’s Institute
  • Ken Dillard, Director of Integrated Business Planning and Business Analytics
  • Joshua Tallent, Director of Sales and Education, Firebrand Technologies
  • Timothy Olson, Publishing Services Technology Coordinator, Tyndale House Publishers
  • Michial Miller, Client Development Manager, The NPD Group, Inc.
  • Bradley Metrock, CEO, Score Publishing
  • Robin Erwin, Digital Retail Sales Manager, Ingram Content Group
  • Kathy Ferguson, Senior Sales Representative, LSC Communications
  • Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, Director, Content Acquisition, Ingram
  • Tim Taylor, Sales Representative, Worzalla
  • Cara Lahey, Director of Sales and Marketing, PubGraphics
  • Susan Salley, Associate Publisher, Abingdon Press
  • Pete Schmidt, Sales, Lindenmeyr Book Publishing Papers
  • Nicole Wilson, Platform Logistics, LSC Communications
  • Pete Larson, President/CEO, Bethany Press
  • Jacque Schmidt, Production Director, HarperCollins Christian Publishing

DESIGN track speakers

  • Jade Novak, Art Director and Designer, B&H Publishing
  • Heather Brewer, Art Director, Discovery House and Our Daily Bread; Writer
  • Micah Kandros, Designer and Photographer
  • Wayne Brezinka, Artist and Illustrator
  • Amy Cerra, Creative Director, Our Daily Bread Ministries
  • Jeremy Mitchell, Creative Director, She Reads Truth, The Jeremy Mitchell Show podcast host

DIGITAL MARKETING track speakers

  • Mark Glesne, Marketing Director, HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Eric Nevins, Host & Story Curator of Halfway There Podcast and founder of Get Curious Media
  • Brian Erickson and Robb Erickson, Co-Founders, King Grizzly
  • Nick Lee, Art Director, David C Cook
  • Jeffrey Kranz, Co-founder, Overthink Group
  • Joan Begitschke, Chief Marketing Strategist, Verve Marketing Group
  • Lysa TerKeurst, President, Proverbs 31 Ministries

EDITORIAL track speakers

  • Andrew Peterson, musician, song writer, author, founder of The Rabbit Room
  • Sarah Rubio, Senior Editor, Tyndale House Publishers
  • Linda Howard, Assoc. Publisher, Children & Youth, Tyndale House
  • Shaun Tabatt, Host and Producer, The Shaun Tabatt Show
  • Cory Verner, President & CEO, One Audio
  • Amanda Cleary Eastep, Senior developmental editor, Moody Publishers,
  • Jevon Bolden, literary agent, Embolden


  • Mimi Chan, Senior Marketing Manager, Goodreads
  • Jennifer Willingham, founding partner of ICON Media Group
  • Alli Worthington, Author, co-founder, Blissdom Conference, The Alli Worthington Show podcast
  • Dr. Theon E. Hill, Assistant Professor, Wheaton College
  • Dave Schroeder, Vice President, Marketing, B&H Publishing Group
  • Jamie Ivey, Author of If You Only Knew and host of The Happy Hour Podcast
  • Andrew Osenga, A&R Rep, Integrity Music, former member, Caedmon’s Call, The Pivot Podcast
  • Jenaye White, Senior Publicist, B&H Publishing Group
  • Morgan Hubbard, Account Manager, Bookbub
  • Michele Misiak, Marketing Director, Baker Publishing Group
  • Lysa TerKeurst, President, Proverbs 31 Ministries

EMERGING LEADER track — A one-day track for those newer to the industry

  • Keith Williams, Bible Editor, Tyndale House Publishers
  • Brian Allain, Founding Director, Publishing in Color and Writing for your Life conferences
  • Judy Dunagan, Acquisitions Editor, Moody Publishers
  • Randall Payleitner, Associate Publisher, Moody Publishers
  • Ingrid Beck, Senior Editor for Waterbrook & Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House

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