Upcoming ECLA Conference!

The 2021 ECLA Conference will be back in person this October 16th, 2021! We are excited to see all of you after so long. Please continue to check the page below as we update it with the schedule and speaker information. If you know you want to attend go ahead and fill out the registration form below and pay the conference fee. Looking forward to seeing you!

2013 Conference Evangelical Christian Publishing Association

Event Information

Date: October 16th , 8am to 4pm


The Compass Church – Bolingbrook Campus
151 E Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Registration Fees: $60 In-person registration, $20 Virtual registration

Pre-recorded virtual presentations and those recorded on the day of the conference will be available on the eclalibraries.org website for six months from the conference date.

What’s on the conference schedule?

Keynote Speaker: 

Ed Gilbreath – The Ministry of Reading

Ed is the author of Reconciliation Blues and Birmingham Revolution, as well as many articles, lives in Bolingbrook, and is the executive editor at Inter-Varsity Press.

Reading thoughtfully and widely has the power to deepen our knowledge, sharpen our awareness, and cultivate truth within. For many of us, the lifelong journey of learning began (or blossomed) at a library. Join author and Christianity Today journalist Ed Gilbreath as he shares about his own evolution from “library brat” to “book junkie” to published author. Ed’s discovery of wonder and thirst for knowledge was made possible by librarians (and other teachers) who understood that the gift of reading is more than just entertainment and information. For the Christian, reading can be the pathway to a ministry of hope, empathy, and reconciliation.

Talks and Workshops:

Chris Jager & Jessica Moore – The Latest Book recommendations

Chris Jager Librarian

Chris and Jessica have a wonderful list of new likes for you to enjoy and to add to your library shelves.

Chris Jager stumbled on the perfect job and over 23 years later is still enjoying working at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has always been a reader and now shares that love with readers every day. She also loves to spend time with her family and 2 funny dogs.

Jessica Moore

Jessica started out hating reading, until her mother got her hooked on a series and refused to continue reading them to her. Now she lives and breathes books, working at Baker Book House for 3+ years, reading in every spare moment, and writing her own books.

With a combined 25+ years of experience recommending the perfect book for every season, these two book ladies will talk about their current favorites in the Christian book world. Jessica will be book talking her children’s Christian books and Chris will be book talking adult Christian fiction.

Ceil Carey, ECLA co-chair – How to write a review 101

Ceil Carey ECLA president

Love to read and want to share your thoughts with others! Writing book reviews is easier than your think. Ceil will give you some tips from her own experience and those of other ECLA reviewers. 

Ceil Carey is a retired public and school librarian who is really obsessed with reading. She has led a book discussion for twenty years, serves on her local library board, and reads an excessive amount of books each year! She loves to share ideas with other librarians and book lovers.

Denise Roberts – Creating a Library Ministry

Denise Roberts ecla conference

Do you have a library that doesn’t see much action? Do you hear people say there isn’t a need for libraries anymore? In this workshop, we will discuss ways the library can be more vital today by using criteria (present & future), disclaimers, donations, and setting long-range goals (3-5 years). There is a significant need for vibrant library ministry, and we should be fighting to show its place in our churches and schools. As we consider forward literary thinking, let’s learn how we can increase the truths of Christianity through the institution of reading. 

A pioneer in the homeschool movement who taught her own six children, Denise also wrote and directed a girls’ mentoring program.  Initially created with her daughter in mind, it continued on for seventeen years after she graduated.  In addition to being a librarian, Denise’s hobbies include speaking, writing, reading, sewing, enjoying retirement with her husband, and, whenever possible, spending time with their thirteen grandchildren.

Robin Melvin – Change Your Mind, Find Your Divine Design

These days, there’s plenty to pull our minds into a negative place. And it’s easy to be overwhelmed. Our coping mechanisms revert to unhealthy thought patterns many of us learned in childhood. Mindsets, wired by cultural messages and traumatic events, conceal who we’re created to be; whole and free. Join Robin Melvin, author of Naked Truth: Uncover Your Divine Design, as she shares her journey to be free of limiting mindsets. Learn how to live an abundant life in your divine design.

Robin Melvin is a nonfiction author who inspires others to live an abundant life. In her book, Naked Truth: Uncover Your Divine Design, she shares her transparent story as a child of an alcoholic. She inspires readers to transform unhealthy habits and mindsets to become who God created them to be, whole and free.

To be released in 2022, Naked Truth has already garnered a First Place Blue Seal Award. Robin lives in Mokena, Illinois. You can find Robin’s inspirational stories at www.RobinMelvin.com, in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and in War Cry and Priority! magazines.

Diana Estell – We Have A Voice: How God redeemed mine, How God can use yours for His kingdom.

Since a very young age, Diana traveled the world exploring new cultures, history, and art. These experiences fuel her writing. Since the age of seven, dictionaries became her playgrounds for learning new words and crafting her own unique ones. By age eleven she wanted to be a ninja, so she studied hard and earned a black belt in three different styles of martial arts. Later in life, she earned a degree in Cultural Anthropology. Diana’s inspirations include gothic art, architecture, and world history.

She enjoys reading fantasy novels, science fiction, and biographies. Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” remains her favorite novel to this day. Since her parents would not get her a dragon as a child, she writes about them. Currently, she lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. Diana’s first novel, Abyss of the Fallen, published by Brimstone Fiction, will be out in 2020. Abyss of the Fallen is the first book in a trilogy. 

Tinna Ewing, Christy Mills, & Melody Green – Why stories matter: The transformative power of narrative

Jesus knew the power of a story to inspire people towards greater empathy and spiritual maturity. Join us as we explore the power of good literature to inspire the kinds of formative conversations which have the power to lead to closer relationships with our communities and greater understanding of the world around us.

Tinna Mills is a youth librarian working at a public library in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She lives nearby with her husband and daughter and also serves as an elder at her church.

Christy Ewing is a school librarian working with fifth and sixth graders in Manassas, VA where she lives with her husband and two sons.

Dr. Melody Green is the Dean and professor of Christianity and Culture at Urbana Theological Seminary. She has been the coordinator of two different church libraries, and currently the Urbana Seminary Library reports to her. Dr. Green teaches classes on C. S. Lewis, Christianity and Children’s literature and related topics; later this fall a book she co-edited called Tolkien and the Arts will be released by Square Halo Press.


Virtual presentations:

Cindy Carter of Christy Awards

Jarmila Del Boccio – Book Talk of Heart Changer

Rene Gutteridge – Writing: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Behind The Scenes

You will be intrigued and entertained by author Rene Gutteridge’s behind-the-scenes revelations. And you’ll feel like old friends by the finish of Rene’s chatty presentation.

Rene Gutteridge has been writing professionally for twenty years, with diversified expertise in fiction, non-fiction, comedy sketches, novelizations, and screenwriting. She is the multi-genre author of 24 novels. Her indie film SKID won deadCenter’s Best Oklahoma Feature in 2015, and in 2016 her novel My Life as a Doormat was adapted into the Hallmark movie Love’s Complicated.  She is co-director of Write Well Sell Well and WriterCon in Oklahoma City and is the head writer at Skit Guys Studios.  She is co-writer on the feature film Family Camp, due out in theaters in Spring of 2022.  Find out more at ReneGutteridge.com.


Debbie Dehart – Librarians’ Roundtable

Debbie Dehart ECLA Conference

The ever popular librarians’ roundtable is back for the 2021 conference. Join board member, Debbie Dehart, as she moderates this discussion about librarianship, books, authors and other topics of interest to those attending the conference.

Debbie Dehart has been an avid reader  (in two languages) all her life, even when she lived overseas and English books were hard to come by.  She has been a librarian at Berean Baptist Church in Portage, MI since 2013, and because organization and the Dewey Decimal System are among her favorite things, she especially loves cataloging and making sure everything in the library is in order.  She lives in Schoolcraft, MI with Terry, her husband of 40 years.  Their four children, three children-in-law, and eight granddaughters all live within a twenty-minute drive.


Book Store, Book Swap, Book Giveaways, Book Signing, and Networking!

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About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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