Religion/Spirituality

McKamie, Rebekah

McKamie, Rebekah
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Calhan, CO
Occupation(s): 
Christian Author
Biography: 

Rebekah Tyne McKamie is a Christian Author residing in Calhan, Colorado. She has lived in Colorado her entire life, only leaving the Colorado Springs area for three years to attend Adams State College (University) in Alamosa. Rebekah has been gathering up truth and adapting it into books for over a decade.

In February 2020, she launched Settings Christian Publishing, LLC, with the hope of making books more beautiful and inserting more Biblical truth into Christian literature. She believes:

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11

Mrs. McKamie is a Youth Pastor’s wife and homeschool mother of three. She sings on the worship team and ministers to the youth of her community through her church, Rocky Mountain Calvary – Ellicott Campus. Above all, she is thankful to serve a loving, gracious God.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Adams State University (2007)
Speaker Availability: 
No

Baxter, William Edwin

Baxter, William Edwin
Birth City: 
Fullerton
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Civilian Contract Worker at Ft. Carson (Service Source Inc. hires people with disabilities to work as contract workers)
Biography: 

William Edwin Baxter was born on October 11, 1954 in Fullerton, California. He was born with developmental disabilities, but has strive not to let his disabilities defeat him in life, but to go above and beyond them by accomplishing great things and inspiring others to do the same. This became his legacy. He lived most of his life in Orange County, California; but currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

On July 9, 2016, William suffered a massive pulmonary embolism which almost ended his life, but he survived. Had he died in the E.R. at Memorial Hospital, his legacy would have died with him. Realizing this, he began to write his first book, entitled W.E.B. Tales (W.E.B. is his initial name for William Edwin Baxter). The book was published as an e-book in May 2018, and as a paperback in July 2018.

Other books have been published since W.E.B. Tales which can be found on my author page on amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/William-Edwin-Baxter/e/B07GC44FVR

Awards/Honors: 
President's Team Award for Service Excellence - from Service Source Inc., August 2015
Employee of the Year Award - from Service Source Inc., in August 2018
Distinguished Toastmaster Award - Highest award from Toastmasters International, February 1996
Education/Training: 
B.S. Degree, Recreation, California State University, East Bay, 1979 - A.A. Degree, Liberal Arts, Ohlone College, 1977 - Graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, MD, 1974.
Organizations: 
Member of Toastmasters International since November 1990
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I would like to talk about "Going Above and Beyond" disabilities and other obstacles which can stand in the way of working towards one's goals and achieving them (as chronicled in my keynote speech: https://webblog305448100.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/w-e-b-keynote-address/)

Horval, Andrew

Horval, Andrew
Birth City: 
Cleveland
Birth State: 
OH
Current Location: 
Fountain, CO
Occupation(s): 
U.S. Army, retired
Biography: 

Andrew served in the United States Army for 22 years and is a retired Master Sergeant. Upon retirement, Andrew and his family chose to reside in the Pikes Peak region to continue their Christian service within the military and veteran community.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Christian/Biblical

Jadusingh, Laul

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Translator
Biography: 

A resident of Colorado Springs since 7/2015. Active writer and translator. Have held three book-signings at Bookman bookstore on Colorado Avenue since October 2017.

Education/Training: 
Harvard University, 1972-1976, Sanskrit and Indian Studies/Buddhist Studies; U.C.Berkeley, 1987-1989, Buddhist Studies
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Buddhism - Yoga Philosophy - Comparative Philosophy (East-West) - Comparative Religions - Indian Philosophies/Religions - Buddhism and Science - Tantra: Buddhist and Hindu

Holland, Jamarr

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1978
Birth City: 
Harrisburgh
Birth State: 
PA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Production Specialist
Biography: 

Jamarr Holland is a new author who lives in Colorado Springs. As a teenager, he became interested in writing poetry after viewing the 1989 film Dead Poets Society. He has a wide range of interests, which includes pseudoscience, different belief systems, current events and everything in between. He is also a huge X-files fan and comic book geek.

Education/Training: 
Associate Degree in Biblical Studies
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
My Book - Super Heroes - Religion

Riley, Gina

Riley, Gina
Birth City: 
Detroit
Birth State: 
MI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Former librarian and teacher - Cherokee Two-Spirit Shaman
Biography: 

I was still living as a man when I moved to in the year 2000. Having been outed as transgender, and fired at the Prep-School where I had been working, I was recruited at the National Librarians' Conference to be the Coordinator of Information and Technology at Mitchell High School, where I was again outed and fired.

In 2007, after being outed and fired at CollegeAmerica, I transitioned to living full time as a woman. My storytelling-performances in The Story Project in Colorado Springs and for The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers are viewable on YouTube. I also sing karaoke and do an occasional standup open-mike.

Awards/Honors: 
First Place - Bowling This Month, Amateur Bowling Writers Contest
First Place - Best Creative Non-Fiction 2013, Loyola Maryland University Literary EZine
Education/Training: 
Master's Degree in Library Science - Bachelor's Degree in English, Wayne State University, Michigan
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Storytelling - Transgender - Theory of Mind - Education

Graham, Ronnie Lee

Graham, Ronnie Lee
Birth City: 
Benton
Birth State: 
MO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer, runner, hiker, traveler, adventurer and volunteer
Biography: 

Growing up in a farming community alongside the Missippi river filled me with a sense of adventure. I would look at maps to see where that ever-moving brown water may carry me. I traced the route downstream and pictured the people I might meet. In my mind, I took that trip a hundred times. In the library, when I discovered Mark Twain, I took that trip along with Huck and Tom.

Today, viewing Pikes Peak through the window near my writing desk, I consider how wonderful God's creation is and renew that feeling.

Organizations: 
American Christian Fiction Writers
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Grief - Motivational Topics - Experiences as a Writer

Anderson, John

Anderson, John
Current Location: 
El Paso County, Colorado
Occupation(s): 
Retired El Paso County sheriff - Historian and writer
Biography: 

John Wesley Anderson, El Paso County Sheriff 1995-2003 (retired) has lived in the Pikes Peak Region since 1956 and grew up in the shadow of Pikes Peak on a ranch in eastern El Paso County where he loved riding horses and collecting arrowheads. John enjoyed a thirty year law enforcement career, including twenty-two years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and two four year terms as Sheriff for El Paso County.

Much of John’s law enforcement experience was spent as a homicide detective and teaching criminal investigations and forensic science. He is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and earned an MBA from Regis University. After becoming term-limited as Sheriff, John retired from public service and was hired by Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors. John is recognized as an expert in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), Homeland Defense, Homeland Security and Corporate Security. He had many assignments across the country and around world to include several trips to the Horn of Africa (Djibouti) and the United Arab Emeritus (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

John retired from Lockheed Martin on Columbus Day (October 12th) 2012, to launch a consulting business, JW Anderson and Associates, Ltd. and pursue his passion for history, art and writing. John resides in Northern El Paso County, Colorado, with his wife Brenda, their daughter Laynie, a rescue cat named Jay Catsby and black lab named Mango Moose of Gleneagle. John is currently researching and writing several books, including a historical fiction novel and a science fiction novel.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region -- Ute Indian Prayer Trees are a unique variety of Culturally Modified Trees (CMT) that were skillfully cultivated by the Ute Indians throughout much of Colorado. The Ute began modifying trees for navigational, medicinal, nutritional, educational, burial or spiritual purposes, hundreds of years ago. Many Ute Prayer Trees can still be found today and some are believed to have been cultivated between 150-450 years ago. The Ute do not have a traditional migration story, so it remains somewhat of a mystery where they may have come from or when they arrived in what they know as the Shining Mountains, but according to the Ute oral history their Creation Story says they were placed here at the beginning of time by Senawahv, the Creator. The Ute Elders claim they were the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak Region and have had a continuous presence for perhaps 14,000 years in what is today Colorado, with 2 Reservations still in existence in the Four Corners area (Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Reservations). Pikes Peak, a mountain known as Tava to the Ute, was the most sacred of all the Shining Mountains for their oral history teaches them that the Creator has the day start there first and each day is a gift from the Creator. The Ute like many other Native Americans, believe all things in life, including trees, have a spirit and many of the UPTs discovered in El Paso, Teller and Custer Counties, point towards Tava (Pikes Peak) and other sacred places of the Ute people.

Sopp, Minister Raymond D.

Sopp, Minister Raymond D.
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Minister | Watchman
Biography: 

I have been a born-again Christian for more than thirty years. I am not affiliated with any organization, nor a denomination. I, like Paul in Philippians 3:7-8, "Counted all things lost in order that I may gain Christ." The past thirty plus years were used to know God and NOT for the study of religion. I truly counted all things as rubbish to gain the knowledge of Christ. My passion was single in focus; I wanted to know Christ Jesus, my Lord and Savior, and the God (Father) who sent Him. This has given me a love for all who love God and the truth, regardless of their affiliation. Therefore, I endeavor to minister to anyone who is willing to listen.

Education/Training: 
Minister
Organizations: 
Non-Profit: Raymond D. Sopp Internationl Ministries -- A.K.A: Sopp Ministries
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Christianity
Local Authors Genres: 

Brummett, Nancy Parker

Brummett, Nancy Parker
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Freelance writer and author
Biography: 

The author has lived in Colorado Springs since 1977.

Education/Training: 
Master of Science Degree in English Education, University of Tennessee - Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism, University of Tennessee
Organizations: 
Sustaining Member, Junior League of Colorado Springs - Past President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado - Past President, National League of American Pen Women - Alumnus, Delta Delta Delta
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Please visit the author's website for a listing of speaking engagement topics.

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