KWA Vision Leads serve alongside the Directors to carry out the vision of Kingdom Writers Association. Vision Leads assist in all facets of administration and contribute their strengths to our members. We all benefit from their commitment to our KWA community!
Claudene heads up our KWA team of intercessors and is part of Brae and Jill's PIT Crew (Personal Intercessory Team). Her passion is for all of God’s children to live in the freedom that Jesus died to give them. Prior to becoming part of Kingdom Creativity International and Kingdom Writers Association, Claudene was a member of the Transition team, a small group leader, and co-leader of the intercession team at Awakening International. Claudene’s background also includes traveling with Randy Clark’s Global Awakening and with Dewnamis Ministries, at which time, she also served as a lead in the San Diego Healing rooms. Three times between August 2013 and September 2014, Claudene had the great privilege to travel to Machakos, Kenya with ACE Development Fund where she co-taught Pioneer Business Planting .
Rhonda is a mom, dream influencer, writer, director and producer. She tells stories that are close to home because home is where the heart is. Her passion is to ignite dreams and provoke purpose through storytelling via screenplay, short film and spoken word. She believes if you can meet people where they are, you can help them get to where they need to go. Rhonda enjoys helping others realize their original design and empowering them to live the intensely rich life God intended for them. She believes that when it comes to dreaming with God, the possibilities are endless.
Dewey is an educator and has been teaching for over 25 years. He started in 5th grade and now teaches video production at the high school level. He has a love and passion for watching quality films and finding the hidden Kingdom messages within. Driving home from a fly fishing trip from the Eastern Sierras, he got the idea of telling the story of Joseph and his brothers through a family of trout. This got him to take the bait, or fly rather, and hooked him into screenwriting. Helping his students over the years with developing ideas and stories to tell through video has given him lots of practice. Add that with his personal relationship with God and he is ready to unpack his identity as a prophetic story developer. Dewey leads our Bakersfield CA KWA Chapter and he is excited about what God wants to unleash in this chapter.
Angela is a writer, fantasy painter, and illustrator. She ministered in Ireland for two years and still has a passion for Ireland, England, and Wales. She and her husband have been Senior Leaders with Empowered Life Church in Talent Oregon for the past seven years. Angela’s passion has always been to equip creatives and teach people how to hear the voice of God and see in the spirit. She pioneered a class equipping creatives called Kingdom Create and launched a new ministry call Imagine Now Ministries, that equips people to use their imagination to see heaven and create its realities in the earth.
She is an imaginative person and a serious Arthurian Legends nerd. Her first book is called Elanor and the Song of the Unicorn, where some of her favorite Arthurian characters, dragons, and even unicorns come to life revealing a true unending kingdom that is unseen.
Angela leads the Southern Oregon chapter of KWA and is passionate about freeing as many writers as she can into the ever-rising scribal army. She lives in Southern Oregon with her husband Clay, her two children Ezra and Brielle, and their ever-faithful pets Jedi (Dog of the Dachshund kind) and Dragon (of the tabby cat variety).
Laura Coppock lives with her husband Warren and their mixed-breed rescue pup, Riley, in sunny North Phoenix. Their blended family includes three daughters, a son, and four grandchildren. They share a love for travel, camping, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, and bicycling. Laura started writing early in life, writing poetry, prayers, and processing life’s struggles in her journals. Her high school English teacher encouraged her to join the school yearbook and newspaper staff to improve her writing skills. Laura served as a children’s ministry program coordinator for a large, inner-city church. In addition to leading and training teaching teams of teen and adult volunteers, she also worked with creative teams to write age-appropriate weekend service scripts and dramatic sketches. God used this appointment to demonstrate His love, His healing, and His promises to her on a personal level. She adopted 2 Timothy 1:7 as her personal mantra. Laura currently writes and edits for the start-up digital magazine HeartStance Magazine, dedicated to empowering women to live a life fully loved. She also works as a public elementary school teacher at a Title IV school where she walks out her faith to help students see their potential, understand their worth, and feel hope for their future.
Shelley Hickox first discovered her passion to write when her 2nd-grade teacher assigned the class to write short stories and share on the “magic carpet.” This became her first captive audience and she hit the ground running, entertaining friends and family with stories ever since. This passion led her to obtain her B.A. in journalism and creative writing from Point Loma Nazarene University, graduating in 2009.
Since then, Shelley shifted from editorial and has found a niche for her copywriting skills in marketing; crafting engaging copy as a brand storyteller for many organizations. She is currently working on a YA urban fantasy novel and has been inspired by the likes of C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Veronica Roth, and Suzanne Collins. Shelley also enjoys writing songs, poetry and flash fiction. She discovered KWA at the inaugural Festival of Books at Liberty Station in 2017. It was a match made in heaven!
Nathan Keys is the author of the award-winning epic fantasy adventure series, The Epic of Marindel. His mission is to share empowering stories that will captivate readers and bring them hope and purpose. Nathan is also passionate about helping others realize their individual Kingdom callings, and encouraging them to persevere through life’s hardships to see their callings fulfilled. His other interests include hiking and camping, exercise and nutrition, Star Wars and Marvel, coffee and wine, world history and cultures, and of course, dragons and cats.
Nathan graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology.
Suzanne Lathrop was awarded a plaque for “Best Storyteller” by her first-grade teacher and has embraced her imagination ever since. A former blogger, Suzanne has written children’s fiction as well as published non-fiction articles in the New York publication “Loving Education at Home.” She loves to write and perform in comedic skits and is currently writing a women’s fiction novel for the mainstream market. Suzanne is passionate about critique groups and organizes them for KWA. She is the mother of seven and currently works full time driving her youngest two back and forth all over the place.
Suzanne found KWA through a Valentine’s Day Paint Night taught by Jill Wyckoff.
Michelle is a true creative; writer, artist, photographer, singer-songwriter, speaker, sculptor, and more. She loves using her gifts and talents to encourage and uplift others to pursue their dreams and never give up. Music and writing have always been part of Michelle’s life. She was encouraged in art and creative writing as a young child and wrote her first song at the age of 11. Michelle has written over 150 songs and counting with an EP on iTunes with more in the works. Michelle expresses, “Creativity is all around us. I always have a melody, a tune on my mind and lyric to be written down on a napkin or notepad. Stories are waiting to be told, encouraging thoughts are waiting to be said. What an honor it is to the ‘pen of the Lord’. I often tell people I get ‘downloads’ from God and that’s exactly how it feels. This is my gift and it’s my joy to share it and bring out the gifts in others!”
Married for 35 years in 2021 to her husband Michael, who is also working on a book! Together they have three children and grandchildren with the sixth grandchild on the way. Family is essential to Michelle, which is what brought them to move to the Treasure Valley in Idaho in 2018. Michelle is currently working on three book projects; a self-help book, Staying Married in the Land of Divorce; a novel titled, The Silver Locket and a series of faith-based Children’s books, The Adventures of Molly and Mr. Bear.
Now in Idaho, Michelle leads the Boise Chapter for KWA; launched in January of 2021. We are expecting great things from the Treasure Valley! If you live in the Treasure Valley, ID be sure to check out the group page, www.facebook.com/groups/192187642524286
For more information on Michelle, please visit her website and Facebook pages.
Jessica L. Moody is an Online Course and Program Consultant, a writer of Christian nonfiction, a high school English teacher, and a proud Veteran Marine. She has a MA in Education, Bachelors in Literature, has taught seven years as a secondary English teacher, and over ten years of experience in curriculum and program development. Jessica has built an online program called Audience-Driven Course design, where she helps entrepreneurs create successful online course curriculum, in-person workshops, or full teaching and speaking programs that build true connections and life-long clients. She consults and writes curriculum for individual business owners and nonprofits. She has an upcoming book publishing Summer 2021 called Into the Depths-Pursuing Your Calling Through Intimacy with God. Additionally, she creates and publishes her own high school English curriculum called Thrive Write Education. She lives with her two daughters in Phoenix, Arizona and is excited to support others as they pursue their calling as God’s scribes.
For more information on Michelle, please visit her website and Facebook pages.
As a middle school teacher, Rob is disturbed with the worldview imposed on young people by the dominant culture. He didn’t embrace being a writer until 2015 while seeing God’s revelatory power capturing students’ imaginations through allegory.
He is currently working on a children’s story about growing into the big fish in a small, polluted pond. Through a series of adventures, the protagonist discovers that life grows meaningful and exciting when we sincerely ask the right questions.
Rob’s greatest desire is to ignite thoughts that stimulate a vision to be a world changer. No matter how inadequate young people may feel, they yearn to be released to greatness. This only happens when asking better questions about themselves and their purpose. Rob writes to release seekers, trusting God to reveal Himself. He prays that God will use his books to impact the trajectory of kids’ lives and legacy.
Rikah Thomas, an award-winning artist, is a mentor, teacher, and author. She enjoys inspiring hearts and minds through words and art as she shares her life’s journey from emotional chaos and brokenness to one of wellness and joy.
Rikah’s love for words started when she was very young, inspiring her to write her first poem at age six. Always a contemplative person, her deep and thoughtful nature, big heart, inquisitive mind, and abiding love for God and others continues to inspire her poetry, devotions, short stories, and prose. She has also written and taught spiritual growth classes, curriculum, and children’s stories to encourage others in their relationship with self and God. These have been birthed from her struggles, victories, and authentic experiences with change, trauma, family, workplace, church, and the mission field where she lived for ten years.
Rikah continues to enjoy life with her husband, children, friends, three dogs, and four parakeets. Her passion is to love well, have fun, and help others see what a treasure they are. She enjoys all things thought-provoking or simply entertaining – books, movies, songs, plays, and good T.V. shows. She is currently working on her second book and new art pieces.
Rikah is an active member of Kingdom Writers Association and has been a member of the Christian Writers Guild for several years. She is a pastor’s wife of 29 years and continues to serve alongside her husband at the church they planted in Chula Vista, California. She received her Biblical Studies training and certification from Liberty University.
Check out her website for updates, blogs, and upcoming book information or to commission an art piece.
With a Masters in Transformative Language Arts, Tiffany is not only a voracious reader and exceptional performer but a professional writer and editor. Her favorite genres to edit are poetry, young adult, sci-fi, fantasy, and thrillers. But her strength is in comprehensive editing for optimal story flow. You’ll benefit from her years of freelancing in the publishing industry and her ear for dialogue. And have no fear, she’ll catch your punctuation and grammatical errors as well. Tiffany will ask the necessary questions to help you trim and hone each chapter, ensuring readers get your best work. Tiffany is the quintessential Renaissance Gal–a member of ASCAP, The National Forensics League, and Transformative Language Arts Network. She is also President of the San Diego Book Awards Association.
Dr. Lawrence Wood
Dr. Lawrence A Wood has over 40 years of service to the community as a Physical Therapist, Flight Surgeon, and Naval Officer. He retired from the US Navy at the rank of Captain and after a few years in the civilian sector, Dr. Wood retired from the practice of Ophthalmology and transitioned to writing.
He and his wife, Vanessa, founded Fan of the Feather Inc, a non-profit which provided a myriad of services to homeless veterans. The organization was dissolved in 2016.
He is the author of the stage play No Marks Just Memories, which was sold out during it’s one month run. He has authored a series of crime novels, Among Pigeons, Love and Death Among Pigeons and the soon to be published Life Among Pigeons. As a result, The Featherman, is a TV Pilot in pre-production based on his crime novels.
He has also published an illustrated short story, The Strawberry Tree: A Story for Christmas, being developed for television.
At present, he is editing a collection of his poems, If I Could Speak, a book on life’s lessons entitled, Chalklets, and also co-writing Are You Ready, a fictional story intended to teach financial literacy.
He has been featured in national commercial campaigns for Medicare and Facebook, is a screenwriter, a director with YLP Productions and Productions2BE, a member of the Television Academy, and Writers Guild of America.