Kathy Carlton Willis

Kathy Carlton Willis writes and speaks with a balance of funny and faith—whimsy and wisdom. Not many funny girls also have Bible degrees! She graduated with honors from Bible College, holding degrees in Bible and Church Education, and has served over thirty years in fulltime church ministry with her pastor/husband, Russ. She’s active with her communications firm as a book industry pro, while also staying involved in the teaching and music ministries of her church.

Kathy is passionate about helping believers have “aha moments” with the daily application of Scripture. She enjoys coaching others to learn how to remove the training wheels and not just risk, but take pleasure in the joy ride of a life trusting in God. Even with all the circumstances she’s faced, she gives a very clear message that she possesses an expectant hope and contentment in the Lord. Something we can all experience.

Kathy Carlton Willis owns KCW Communications, spinning many plates as writer, editor, speaker, and coach. Almost 1,000 articles have appeared online and in print publications, such as The Paris News, The Sunday Challenger, Byline, Victorian Homes, CBN.com, Novel Journey, Advanced Christian Writer, Christian Fiction Online Magazine, The Dabbling Mum, and more.

Grin with Grace is Kathy’s first Bible study, released in May 2015 by AMG Publishers. Grin with Joy and Grin with Peace will follow. Speaker to Speaker: The Essential Speaker’s Companion releases in August with Next Step Books. She is the speaker columnist for The Christian Communicator.

Kathy has a background in newspaper journalism, working as copyeditor and feature writer for several newspapers. She served as grammar and style guru for three publications—red ink is her friend! She ghostwrites a variety of books and e-books for clients. She is a contributing writer for Upgrade Your Life, and has archived articles with My Purpose Now, The Christian Pulse, The Pastor’s Wife Speaks, and others.

Kathy is co-founder of WordGirls, a community of Christian female writers who receive professional coaching from Kathy in a variety of settings. She is also the platform panelist for The Christian Writers View, online.

Kathy is a contributing author for several books including:

Writer to Writer: Lessons from a Lifetime of Learning by Cecil Murphey (2013)

Coaching the Coach: Stories and Practical Tips for Transforming Lives, by Georgia Shaffer (2013)

Dear God, He’s Home, by Janet Thompson (2013)

•Each One Teach One, Classeminars (2012)

Transformed, Classeminars (2011)

The Reason We Speak, by Marybeth Whalen (2009)

It Happened By Design: A Series of God-Incidence Stories by Kathie M. Thomas (2008)

Groovy Chicks’ Road Trip to Peace by Dena Dyer and Laurie Barker Copeland (2005)

Audiences say Kathy is generous with her time, often staying after speaking to a group to have one-on-one time with those who wait to speak with her. She has the same heart with her social networking interactions and welcomes others to truly connect with her online.

Kathy’s tagline reveals her essence—Light & Lively: His Reflection/Her Laughter. She writes and speaks on the issues that hold believers back and shines the light on their path to freedom. Kathy shines, whether she’s shining the light on others, or reflecting God’s light during her speaking opportunities.



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