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National Christian Writers Conference
The #1 Conference for Writers, Authors and Speakers

NCWC | A publication of National Christian Writers Conference

Funds to benefit the Howard University Divinity School

Giving life to your creativity!

CEO and Founder
Antonio L. Crawford

Antonio L. Crawford, is the founder of NCWC. He earned his degree in Ministry from Aroma Deliverance Theological Institute, and his Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Coastline Community College. He received a professional certificate in Lean Enterprise Solution from San Diego State University. He served 21 years in the United States Navy as an Information Systems Manager and Lean Solution Advisor. He used his skills to create Strateginomics™, Creatamatic™, The Lean SelfPublishing Model, and The Kaizen Way™. His training seminars show authors, infopreneurs and other experts how to produce, market and distribute information products in the marketplace faster, easier and at a lower cost.

He is also a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul. He has appeared at The National Publicity Summit in New York as a media panelist. Some of his radio interviews include K-Praize KPRZ, San Diego, The Authors’ Review on, and the talk radio show, Literary Pizzazz. He has appeared at the Virginia Festival of the Books in Charlottesville, the Christian Writers Conference and Book Expo in Norfolk, Virginia, the African American Literary and Media Conference, and the Soul Film Festival. Antonio maintains a busy schedule. He’s a member of Toastmasters International and Toastmasters San Diego California. He lives in sunny San Diego, California.

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President of Ministry Marketing Solutions
Pam Perry
Pam Perry is president of Ministry Marketing Solutions and founder of the Detroit Chapter American Christian Writers Association. Known as the Connector, Pam connects the right people for the right project at the right time. A PR expert and marketing coach for the past two decades, Pam spent 10 years in ad agencies and commercial media and the last 10 marketing nonprofits. She is o-author of Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry. Named a “PR Guru” by Publishers Weekly, Pam has worked with the Detroit Free Press, WNIC, McDonalds and Ford. She has worked in fund development for Joy of Jesus and The Salvation Army. The Detroit Free Press describes her as a “Marketing Whiz”. She was named Power Networker of the Year by author, George Fraser, received the Woman of Excellence Award from The Michigan Chronicle and won a local Emmy as producer of The Edge with Jeffrey Miller TV show. Pam was the founder of Blacks in Advertising, Radio & Television (BART), a nonprofit networking organization for African Americans in the media. Over 10 years, BART organized professional development meetings, career conferences and created a scholarship awards program to honor African American heroes in the media industry. Her love for social media comes out her passion for networking, sharing content and “guerilla marketing” through public relations to create buzz. An honors graduate from Wayne State University with a B.A. in journalism, Pam, and husband, Marc and their daughter, live in metro Detroit.

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The Walk at Work: Committed To Your Calling and Your Career In Honor and Memory of the late Andria Hall By: Andria Hall ( Former CNN Anchor )

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Power in Prayer Devotional By: Stacy Hawkins-Adams

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Four Things That Will Attract People to Your Website Tips on Marketing By: Pam Perry

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What Should I Do To Be Saved? By: Founder NCWC , Antonio Crawford

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Schedule of Events
Workshops are 45 minutes each session
8am to 9am Registration 9am to 9:15am Intro Chapel B. E. Mays Hall Pam Perry - Howard Thurman Chapel

1st Session Writing 9:30 to 11am Speaker 1 – Eugene & Jewel Williams Alumni Pratt 9:30 to 11am Speaker 2 – Karen Hunter 9:30 to 11am Speaker 3 –Pam Osbey 9:30 to 11am Speaker 4 – N. Kali Mincy 9:30 to 11am Speaker 5 – Shirley Thomas RM 197 Rm 196 Rm 198 Dining Hall (Media Studio )

11am to 12:30pm

NCWC Celebration and HU Book Festival

Key Note Speaker: Michelle McKinney Hammond with Howard University Gospel Choir Performing

2nd session Publishing 12:30 to 2pm Speaker 1 - Cassandra 12:30 to 2pm Speaker 2 - Antonio Crawford 12:30 to 2pm Speaker 3 - Sharon King 12:30 to 2pm Speaker 4 - Stacy Hawkins-Adams RM 196 Alumni Pratt RM 198 RM 197

3rd session PR & Marketing 2:15 to 3:45pm Speaker 1 -Pam Perry 2:15 to 3:45pm Speaker 2 -Kim Beasley 2:15 to 3:45pm Speaker 3 -Sean Isaacs 2:15 to 3:45pm Speaker 4 -Cecelia Dowdy RM 197 Alumni Pratt RM 198 RM 196

4th session Wealth Building 4:00 to 5:15pm Speaker 1 – William Patterson 4:00 to 5:15pm Speaker 2 – Antonio Crawford 4:00 to 5:15pm Speaker 3 – Shirley Thomas Expert Panel 5:30 to 6:00pm Chapel
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RM 197 Alumni Pratt Dining Hall ( Media Studio)

Keynote Speaker Michelle McKinney Hammond
As a bestselling author, speaker, singer and television co-host, Michelle has authored over 30 books (selling over one million copies worldwide), including best-selling titles The Diva Principle, Sassy, Single and Satisfied, 101 Ways to Get and Keep His Attention, and Secrets of an Irresistible Woman. A gifted vocalist, Michelle has recorded two CD’s, It’s Amazing and Let’s Go In and co-hosted the Emmy Award-winning television talk show Aspiring Women. She has appeared on countless television shows including Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect, E Channel’s “Soap Talk,” NBC’s The Other Half, The 700 Club, and BET’s Oh Drama! as well as a regular relationship segment on WGN Morning News. She has graced the cover of magazines such as Today’s Christian Woman Precious Times, The Plain Truth and Gospel Today. She has been a contributing writer for Spirit Led Woman, Discipleship Journal and has been featured in articles in Shine, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press and The New York Times. Following several successful years in an award-winning advertising career as an art director/writer/producer (her clients included Coca-Cola USA, McDonald’s, Procter and Gamble, GMC and Ford Motor Company), Michelle suffered a devastating leg injury after being hit by a car. For her the accident was a spiritual turning point, a wake up call to embrace her purpose and fulfill her destiny. These bedridden months gave birth to her first bestseller, “What to Do Until Love Finds You.” Since then Michelle has emerged as a highly-respected author, speaker and singer, reaching a diverse audience nationally and internationally. Crossing denominational lines, addressing secular audiences, as well as addressing men and women from every walk of life, Michelle is known for “keeping it real.” She addresses real-life issues with candor and wit, and the hard questions with sensitivity and empathy. This merits her reputation as a relationship and life empowerment coach, crossing the great divide and sharing keys that lead to reconciliation between the sexes. Michelle’s underlying message is “get yourself in spiritual order and your natural life will come together.” Her passion is to give relevant and workable solutions to people’s questions based in timeless spiritual truths. Sharing solid, effective principles that will help her audience to navigate through the journey of life and reach the ultimate destination of living and loving to their fullest potential. For all speaking engagement inquiries please call 866-391-0955 or fax your written request on your organization's letterhead to 312-832-0448

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Our Speakers…..
Eugene Williams, Jr. and Jewel W. WilEugene Williams, Jr. and Jewel W. Williams, CEO and COO of Wiseducators, have a total of twenty-six years of experience in the field of public education. Their most recent collaboration is a guide titled, Self-Publishing 101: Preparing, Publishing, and Marketing Your Masterpiece. The workbook is a vehicle for both aspiring and experienced writers who have the desire to maintain complete control of the publishing process. They have hosted and presented at selfpublishing conferences, workshops, and webinars throughout the mid-Atlantic states. They have also held private consultations with aspiring writers from all over the nation. Eugene Jr. and Jewel Williams Wiseducators 10908 Courthouse Road Suite 102-263 Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Karen Hunter
This Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is one of the most soughtafter collaborators in publishing. In 2007, she launched Karen Hunter Publishing (KHP)—a division of Pocket Books at Simon & Schuster, and has published seven books, including: Why Black Men Love White Women, a Patti LaBelle cookbook, Recipes for The Good Life, and E. Lynn Harris’s New York Times bestselling novel, Mama Dearest. KHP will also release True You by pop sensation Janet Jackson in 2011. In addition to writing and publishing, Karen was a radio talkshow host on a New York City morning show for three years. She is currently a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, where she has served as an assistant professor in the Film & Media Department for the past seven years.

CASSANDRA, the most requested -- sought after poetic entertainer in the nation. Local DJ's call her "The Bay Area's Best Kept Secret". She is a spoken word entertainer and executive producer for two inspirational-vibrant CDs, Love According To Love and Born To Climb. Both CDs are distributed through CD, the largest online independent music distributor connected on the World Wide Web. Cassandra is the founder and host of several inspirational

Antonio L. Crawford
Antonio L. Crawford, is the founder of NCWC. He earned his degree in Ministry from Aroma Deliverance Theological Institute, and his Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Coastline Community College. Antonio used his skills to create Strateginomics™, Creatamatic™, The Lean SelfPublishing Model, and The Kaizen Way™.
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poetic events including: An Evening of Simple Elegance, Presenting Born To Climb, Cooking With Poetry, A Recipe For Living, Laughing, & Loving, Rummage by Design (New Orleans Mini Jazz Fest), It’s Tea Time, It’s Me Time and more.

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Cecelia Dowdy
Cecelia Dowdy is a world traveler who has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. When she first read Christian fiction, she felt called to write for the genre. She loves to read, write, and bake desserts in her spare time. She also loves spending time with her husband and their young son. Currently she resides with her family in Maryland.

Pam Perry
Pam Perry, president of Ministry Marketing Solutions and founder of the Detroit Chapter American Christian Writers Association has lead the industry as a PR expert and marketing coach for more than two decades. She spent the first ten years working in ad agencies and working in commercial media. She has dedicated the past ten years to marketing ministries and helping people achieve their goals. Pam has worked closely with some of the most well

Stacy Hawkins Adams
Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning Christian author and freelance journalist who has been writing about women’s relationships with God, each other, and themselves for many years. She has penned six nationally published women’s fiction novels and one nonfiction book. Her recent releases include The Someday List and Who Speaks To Your Heart? Stacy is also a captivating speaker whose keynote messages center on personal value, the power of pursuing one’s purpose, and how to deepen one’s faith. She recently launched a group coaching service for aspiring authors called Author In You. For more information about Stacy, her books or her coaching services, visit or

known Christian publishers and African American Christian authors. The slogan she uses to describe her motivation and her commitment to excellence is: Brand YOUR Best Life! Pam is also the coauthor of Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry.

Sean Isaacs
Sean Isaacs is a multi-talented Business Coach, Business Owner and Entrepreneur, whose innate gifts and abilities have blessed the Christian community for more than 20 years. He is a marketing specialist, sales professional, renowned speaker, gifted songwriter, singer, recording artist, pastor, CEO and Co-founder of Isaacs Marketing Group Inc. (IMG) and the CEO of Glorify Him Now!

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Sharon V. King, PhD
Sharon V. King, PhD, owner, King's Ransom Writing and Editing Service. Sharon is a sociologist, published academic and author of, The Spiritual Fitness Checkup for the 50-Something Woman, available August 2010.

Shirley Thomas
Shirley Thomas Executive Producer, and TV Host of award winning show, Success Filled Living. Author, motivational speaker & teacher, how to live and have a wonderful, fantastic life!

William R. Patterson
William R. Patterson is CEO of The Baron Solution Group, a Top 100 MBE. He is ranked as one of the top business motivational speakers in country by He is a three-time award-winning lecturer and international best-selling author who uses his trademark approach, THE BARON SOLUTION™, to coach, train, and motivate authors, small business owners, executives, sales professionals, and investors. He has shared the stage with billionaires, presidential candidates, and Fortune 100 CEOs. William is an internationally recognized business and wealth coach who has created over 150 products and has been a featured guest on over 500 television and radio programs. William is a business and financial expert for CBS and XM Satellite Radio. He delivers solutions to millions worldwide — from individual investors and small business owners to corporate boards and CEOs. William's breakthrough book, "The Baron Son" has been translated around the world and featured in the Forbes Book Club and Black Enterprise. For more information, visit

Pam Osbey
Pam Osbey, multitalented teaching artist for the Chicago Public School System, Poetry Center of Chicago, Chicago Youth Centers. Gwendolyn Brooks Award winner in 2004.

N. Kali Mincy
N. Kali Mincy, business communications, coach and publishing expert, advancing the quality of written and visual communications for companies reshaping the 21stcentury.

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The Walk at Work: Committed to Your Calling and Your Career
by Andria Hall “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

Anyone who has experienced office politics knows deep down inside there’s a better way to work. Each of us wants to believe that the quality and nature of our work should be defined by more than the paycheck we get at the end of the week. The Walk at Work is a gentle and encouraging guide to readers who wonder, how can I be an effective Christian in corporate America? The advice offered in The Walk at Work — part manual for personal spiritual growth, part daily devotional, part Bible study and all of it inspirational reading, — will apply specifically to office politics, career advancement, and soul survival. The author examines not only the relationships we have with others at work, but also the everyday challenges many of us have just surviving and thriving in our careers. Her book will become a “how to spiritually succeed at work” must-read.

This unusual guidebook, a hybrid of daily inspirational readings and a seven-step plan for personal spiritual growth — is designed to equip men and women who want to honor God in the workplace. It is an especially supportive resource for Christians, who have a desire to submit to God’s word and move from Sunday Christians to Monday through Sunday believers.

God is able. He is ready and waiting for us to invite Him into every aspect of our work life, and the thing He is waiting for most is for us to agree with what’s most important to Him. Using the acronym S.U.C.C.E.S.S. as a teaching tool, the reader can find success by lining up his/her priorities with God’s. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are guided toward everything we need to succeed. God will fight our battles at work, because He has set it up so that through prayer, His Son Jesus Christ will intervene for every single believer. It’s His intervention and guidance that will make a difference in our lives so we can find favor, promotion, peace, and inner prosperity. It’s our faith and obedience that opens the door for God to move. Our office relationships will be edified and effective. When we put our heavenly Father first, when we invite others to see God in us, even on the job, God divinely places us in positions of influence where the living God can use our submission and commitment to serve Him.

Andria Hall, (April 26, 1957-January 12, 2009) former CNN anchor, author of “The Walk at Work: Seven Steps to Spiritual Success on the Job” (WaterBrook Press),

In this picture from Left Pam, Andria and Marc

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Power in Prayer
By Stacy Hawkins Adams (Originally published at on January 25, Probably like many of you, I've felt helpless over the past 48 hours as I have viewed the horrific images of suffering, shock and death coming out of Haiti. My kids and I were taking fresh-baked cookies out of the oven Thursday evening when Diane Sawyer's ABC News report filled our TV screen. We turned off the tube, joined hands, and said a prayer for those affected by the history-making earthquake. Indeed, my natural response has been to pray each time the tragedy crosses my mind; and yet, from the safety of my warm and comfortable home, stocked with food and water, it doesn't seem like quite enough. After deciding which relief organizations to support financially so that the thousands of suffering Haitians can promptly receive aid, I still want to do more. Especially after learning that the college friend of one of my young adult church members died in the quake, and a young member of my daughter's Girl Scout troop has relatives in Haiti. However, I know that planes filled with eager supporters have been turned away for lack of runway space. I know that since I'm not a doctor, daily journalist, or trained disaster relief volunteer, my ability to provide tangible support is limited. Acknowledging those limitations reminded me that what is within my reach to offer the Haitians is exactly what is needed - prayer and more prayer. God is sending foot soldiers - the doctors, the medics, the military personnel - who have the right experience. A pastor friend, who is also a professional psychologist, will spend a week in Haiti providing mental health support to Haitian preachers who are caring for people dealing with loss, grief and a life that will never be the same. They need my prayers - and yours - to give them wisdom, strength and energy to help however needed. Through our donations, we're providing the food, water and medical support that everyone is praying for. Hopefully those who are acquainted with Haitian Americans or immigrants are also offering emotional support or other requested assistance. God is even using his Haitian servants who are in the midst of the rubble. Diane Sawyer's Thursday evening report ended with scenes of destitute Haitians standing in the streets, praising God in a traditional Hallelujah hymn, despite the suffering they're enduring. As hard as it is to "do nothing," I've realized that in uttering prayers, we're doing much more than "nothing." We're casting our bread upon the waters and trusting that God will direct our talents, treasures and other resources to and for the good of those in Haiti and for their distraught relatives here in the U.S. Our job is to pray, then to listen for answers on how we can and should act to show our support. So keep praying, and remain open to doing more as opportunities arise. There is power in our prayers. God's Word says so! * Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. Philippians 4: 6 * Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving. Colossians 4: 2 * Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. Psalm 4: 1(NKJV) And it shall be that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65: 24 © Stacy Hawkins Adams Stacy Hawkins Adams is a bestselling and award-winning author and speaker whose women’s fiction and nonfiction infuses themes of faith, social issues and personal growth. She also is a freelance writer who pens a syndicated parenting column. Her sixth Christian fiction novel, Dreams That Won't Let Go, was nationally released in January. Her first nonfiction book, Who Speaks to Your Heart? hit bookstore

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Four Things That Will Attract People to Your Website
By: Pam Perry, Branding and Marketing Coach

Years ago if you didn’t have a business card you weren’t taken seriously about your business or ministry. Today, the new business card is the website. It’s your online identity. The brand of everything you do.

The formula for online success:

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Get visitors to your website Get them to know you, like and trust you Get them to take action on what you’re offering

Here are four things you can to do to increase your website traffic:


Connect a blog to your website. Blogs are rich in content and as a result rank high in search engines. Blogs can help your page rank on Google. “Spiders” crawl and search the internet looking for new content (which is the main purpose of a blog). The more fresh content and activity on your site from the blog, the more traffic you will garner on the website. Also, studies show that having a blog increased average time spent on a site by 60%. Connecting a blog to a static website is great way to push up your Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Give visitors a compelling gift. People love freebies. Give away a special report, ebook or an audio product in exchange for their email address using one of the database services like Constant Contact or Aweber. This is also a great way to build your email list so you can communicate with them on an ongoing basis. Staying in contact via email is still the quickest, cheapest way to get people to remember you. Engage in social media. Show your visitors you’re relevant by adding Web 2.0 to your online marketing mix. By adding Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin badges and/ or icons to your website will pull in more SEO power. By tweeting or being active on Facebook or Linkedin, you can pull people from those sites (if you’re interesting to them) to your main site. There’s no sense in being on any of the social networks if you don’t interest enough people to visit your main website. Put a Youtube video on your Site. Behind Google, Youtube is the second largest search engine on the internet. So you want to pull traffic from there too. By posting a welcome video also personalizes your online presence. Websites with video reap the rewards of higher click-through rates from visitors and increased conversion rates. If your message is meaningful and relevant to your site visitors, your video will add to their enjoyment of visiting your site and encourage them not only to take action but also to return and become a loyal fan.




Having an optimized website is more than just a necessary marketing piece. It’s a critical step in helping potential customers/constituents find you and qualifying that candidate before they even contact you.

Are you on Twitter? Ok, so you signed up and got your Twitter account. Now what do you tweet about? You do a couple of tweets and your read others tweet – but you just don’t get it. How do people really use twitter? "If your business isn't making money on Twitter, you're not doing it right" Melinda Emerson, author of How to Be Your Own Boss in Twelve Months.

Here are some ways to use Twitter to make it effective in your overall online marketing and branding:

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Link to helpful articles. Add your own comments or ask for feedback. Teach a mini Bible lesson in 140 characters. Invite people to subscribe to your ezine, blog, or facebook page. Tell your followers you have a free gift on your website. Re-tweet good posts by other people, but don't go overboard—most of your tweets should be yours. Announce a conference, book or CD release. Introduce other ministers who are also on Twitter. Congratulate others when they share good news. Sparingly link to your own blog posts. Don’t over promote yourself. Post up Gospel videos (yours or others) from Youtube. Post an inspirational quote or message. Show your personality. Ask questions that encourage responses. Engage!

Pam Perry, PR & Branding Coach, is the president of Ministry Marketing

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This first college choir of its kind in the nation, the Howard Gospel Choir has traveled internationally, recorded commercially and worked with notable artists to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through song. We celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni who include Grammy Award winners Richard Smallwood and Core Cotton of the Sounds of Blackness, as well as Elbernita and Twinkie Clark and Angela Winbush.

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by Antonio L. Crawford

The announcement spread around fast. J. M. Smith is coming. This famous evangelist is known for having the gift of prophetic healing and teaching. “He has preached in several cities. Now, he is visiting our town!” said Minister Jones. When the day finally arrived, people came from miles away to hear the famous evangelist preach the gospel. That night, a tall, handsome man walked on the stage. He approached the clear Plexiglas podium. He laid down his large black Bible with a thump. The noise echoed through the audience.

Later during the night hours, Nicodemus approached Jesus and said, “Rabbi (teacher), we know you are a teacher who has come from God. No one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again; he cannot comprehend or fully understand the principles of God.” Why is it impossible for a sinner to comprehend God’s principles? Because the natural mind (or sinful mind) is not open to the laws of God; nor will it submit to God’s law.

“How many of you -- want to know what it feels like to be born again?” He continued in a deep baritone voice. “There are four basic principles concerning spiritual rebirth and salvation that you need to know:(1) John 3:27 says a man can receive only what is given him from heaven. (2) Matthew 16:17 says, the true identity of Christ is revealed by God. (3) No one can go to the Father except he come through the Son, John 14:6. and (4) Those who are born of the Spirit are from heaven, John 1:12 & 13.” He paused, looked around at the crowd, and then continued, “To understand all of this, you must be born again!”

You must be born again!

She continued telling the story, “Being born again is synonymous with being saved. It is impossible for you to understand God’s principles or enter into His kingdom without spiritual rebirth and salvation. After obtaining both, your hearts and minds will be opened to receive His word. God’s plan will be revealed to you. Only then will your lives be changed. You will have the opportunity to understand and conform to God’s law by reading and studying the Bible. The Bible is God’s biblical instructions to us before we leave earth. The new knowledge will help you build a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father. His knowledge helps us understand who we are in Christ. Now, do you want to see, feel and experience the changing power of God operating in you? Come children! Come running to the altar to be saved.”

After speaking these words the evangelist turned and walked off the stage. The crowd of almost 2,500 people seemed stunned. They were expecting more. People sitting in the audience began talking to each other. The host pastors sitting on the stage slightly to the right of the Plexiglas podium looked and stared at each other. Suddenly the room went completely silent.

A slender elderly woman stepped onto the stage. Walking gently she approached the podium, grabbed the microphone and said, “Please let me explain. One day Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jewish council, perceived that Jesus was a teacher sent by God.

That night hundreds of people came to the altar to accept Christ as their personal Savior. Evangelist Jonnie Mae Smith prayed for those who came. Some were healed. Others were delivered; but all were amazed when they discovered the elderly woman was the well known, - famous evangelist, J. M. Smith. Antonio L. Crawford, author, publisher, coach, and Founder of National Christian Writers

Nicodemus and the others around him had witnessed Jesus perform several miracles.

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Howard University School of Divinity
Social justice is the foundation on which Howard University School of Divinity was built. The School traces its history back to the schooner Amistad and the New England Congregationalists. The American Missionary Assn. (AMA) was founded by a group of New England Congregationalists in 1839-1840 after they successfully advocated for the freedom of the slaves held captive aboard the Amistad. This group of Congregationalists met in 1866 during a prayer meeting to discuss the training of religious leaders to meet the spiritual needs of newly freed slaves. While the initial plan was to teach religion, the scope was broadened to include education and liberal arts. Thus was the founding of Howard University in 1867. The founding of Howard University School of Divinity followed in 1870. From its very beginnig, women played an integral part in the School’s history. The first female graduate was Bell J. Conrad, who received the Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1921. She was preceded by Ruth Haven and Elnora Carter, who completed the certificate and diploma programs, respectively. Accredited in 1940, HUSD is one of the oldest fully-accredited theolgical schools; and the oldest historically Black school; affiliated with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Additionally, it is the only African-American theological school connected to a comprehensive category I research institution. As one of the University’s 12 schools and colleges, HUSD enrolls students from diverse backgrounds and denominations in pursuit of their Master of Arts in Religious Studies, Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry degrees. The School offers an unparalleled educational experience that not only reflects the AfricanAmerican cultural and religious tradition, but also the foundations of excellence promoted throughout Howard’s history and the unique opportunity afforded by its location in the nation’s capital. Upon graduation, HUSD students are well prepared for pastoral ministry, university, hospital and military chaplaincies, teaching, or research vocations. In line with HUSD;s tradition of producing scholarly pastors and religious leaders who are consistently at the forefront of global societal change is the envisioned Ph.D. program. The program will produce scholars who are equipped to teach religion at universities throughout the world and promote research, writing and reflection that will ensure that religious literature, discussion and thought are sensitive and responsive to the needs and voices of the African-American community. The three critical areas of focus for this program are: biblical studies, African-American religious studies, and ethics and public policy. Indeed, it is because of the capable leadership throughout its history that HUSD continues to stand as a reputable and respected institution of religious education throughout this nation and world. In 1934, Dr. Benjamin Mays assumed the position of dean, becoming the second African-American dean of the School of Religion at Howard University. Dr. John B. Reeve was the first (1871-1875). Under Dr. Mays' guidance, the School underwent significant changes in its physical and academic composition, including the initial accreditation of the School in 1940. Following Dr. Mays, former deans include William Stuart Nelson (1940-1949), Frank T. Wilson (1950-1957), Daniel G. Hill (1957-1964), Samuel L. Gandy (1965-1974), Talbert O. Shaw (acting, 1975), Lawrence N. Jones (1975-1991), Clarence Newsome (1992-2003), Evans Crawford (interim, 2003-2004), and Bertram Melbourne (interim, 2004-2007), each bringing his individual expertise and gifts to add to the School’s rich history.

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Building Your Social Communities… Both offline and online social networks are governed by laws, principles and rules. The discipline presiding over these communities is orchestrated by academics, mathematics, economics and social science; an electromagnetic parameter that employs relational knowledge, problem solving, human expression and the study of human behavior. Selling information products in a social network is not a matter of your economic environment. It’s a matter of learning how to apply marketing principles and the laws of social science to generate sales. Consider these facts: Mark Zuckerberg, a former Harvard student developed the phenomenal social Web site TheFacebook while attending classes at the university. Upon its initial launch, the website’s primary target audience included college and university students. Now, with more than 200 million members and growing, The Facebook changed its name to and extended services to the general public. If you are searching for popularity Facebook is a popular social networking site for inforpreneurs. Anyone can now join. With the click of a finger, you can connect with co-workers, classmates, and friends around the globe to promote your book. More information can be found in Facebook’s electronic weblog: LinkedIn is the professional networking application used by more than 40 million users around the globe. The site allows you to build your network and create a dynamic online resume to connect with people with similar professional interests and goals. Infopreneurs can network with other professionals. Linkedin has over 15 million people networking. MySpace is a virtual online community where friends network with other friends. Members can create personal profiles and invite peers to join their networks. After joining the MySpace network, users gain the opportunity to use special tools to pimp their space, blog in other neighborhoods, increase social skills, attend online meetings, and share personal photos. Besides networking with friends, infopreneurs can use MySpace to join other groups, post events, manage your calendar or create your own blog. Visit and to get codes to build your pages. Bebo is the next generation trailblazer in social networking. Members can reach out and socialize with millions and stay connected with friends. Friendster is an excellent social resource that connects online users through virtual communities around the world. Infopreneurs can create friendships and leverage information across multiple networks. is a frontrunner in online dating and social networking. The social network started out as a focal point for young minds and has grown to more than 300,000 new users per day. The social phenomenon offers a virtual platform and placements where marketers could reach a mass audience. Infopreneurs can build relationships, set up events and plan meeting with friends across the United States. Gather is a social community for the mature audience. This unique social site was designed with friends and authors in mind. Infopreneurs can join the social network and link with Borders bookstore to share their craft and passions. Gather provides their members space to express their creativity, contribute thought, discuss books, enjoy art, commentary, or inspiration.

NCWC | page 13 LiveJournal is an online journaling community, where people from around the world share stories, discuss topics and keep in touch with friends. It's a free service that you can use for meeting people and creating bonds through writing and sharing. LiveJournal lets you express yourself, share your life-story, and connect with friends online. The Xanga service (“Xanga”) is an online blog community. Members can join the Xanga community, share information, post blogs, and network with others globally. Since Xanga’s network has a global appeal, network security and safety is always paramount. Users should beware. It is important to protect your personal information. Yahoo delivers a powerhouse platform where users can upload personal photos, create their profiles and socialize with others around the globe. The site provides a rich collection of resources including communications tools, discussion forums and shopping services. Infopreneurs can create blogs, post a blast (short journal) or share music. Owned and operated by iDate Ltd, is a dynamic site where people meet people, make new friends, socialize, play online games, start a blog, or chat online. It’s a fun site if you need to get away from the hustle of the day. Echoditto is an exciting online community that gives their members the ability to express their creativity through the use of emerging technologies. The site has a genuine voice on the internet and provides another source to support the infoprenuer community Hi5 provides a platform that supports established artists, lesser known artists, and the ordinary person who is searching for a platform to publish to a global audience. The social wonder claims more than 50 million members and growing. It is a global brand recognized and received by the younger generation. Members who visit their site can create personal accounts and pages to connect with others. iShoals is online social network that is devoted to creating an online community that connects friends with friends. The site encourages people to interact, socialize and contribute to their community. Market your book with ABE. AbeBooks is an outstanding venue for authors. Their mission is to help their audience locate and purchase books from booksellers around the world. LibraryThing is an online service to help authors and publishers catalog their books. Authors and publishers have the ability to access their book catalog using mobile phone services. LibraryThing also connects readers with books, and provide recommendations for what to read next. Club Club Penguin is a fun, dynamic network for people of all ages. The social network provides the opportunity for members to interact with one another in a virtual world. Shelfari join users to a global community and allows book lovers to share their unique taste in books with peers. “Shelfari enables people passionate about books to create a virtual shelf to place your book.”

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Thank you
On behalf of NCWC, a special Thanks to Dean Alton B. Pollard III, and the Howard University School of Divinity Staff, for supporting the National Christian Writers Conference. Thank you Howard University (The Hub) Bookstore staff, Genevieve Nixon, Brent E. Swinton, Ray and the Howard University Gospel Choir. To all Writers, Authors, Speakers and Panelists, thanks for participating and giving your talents and your time to help make this event successful. We thank NCWC Volunteers, and our sponsors: Essence Publishing, Top Book Sales, Kaizen Publication LLC, Irby Realty and Derek Younger. Thanks, CRG Printing Company for a job well done. Last but not least, a special thanks to everyone who came out to participate in the #1 Conference for Writers, Authors, and Speakers. Blessings to you all! Gwendolyn Irby, Director, NCWC

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My pillow-case, drenched with tears Sleepless nights and dreams interrupted by fear But my life, is a living sacrifice And my body. . . Laying before the Master's shears Despite my circumstances, I was born to endure adversity Worthy is the Lamb that was slain Created to give Him the Highest praise He says, rest now, be still "It's Not Over." The shears are still in the Master's hand. Be well in mind, body, soul and spirit. Be well my friends. Be well!

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