ECLA Fall 2022 Conference


The in-person ECLA Conference is back!! We have a great line-up of presentations for librarians and book lovers alike. Check it out and register now, the date will be October 8, 2022.


Event Information

Date: October 8, 2022

Location: Faith Baptist Church in Winfield, 27W010 Parkway Dr, Winfield, IL 60190

Registration Fees: $60 registration which includes lunch and membership

What’s on the conference schedule?

Steven Layne: Keynote Speaker

The power and impact of story is unparalleled; University professor and award-winning children’s/young adult author Steven L. Layne inspires listeners with a look at just how powerful story can be, and along the way he truly honors those who care for stories the most—librarians!  As always, Steven draws forth a few tears, a lot of laughs, and still manages to send the audience away with a burning desire to keep doing what they do—better than they’ve ever done it before.

Allie Pleiter – Obstacle Illusions

The bestselling author of over fifty titles, Allie Pleiter’s twenty-year career has sold 1.6 million books.  She is also  a nominee for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award for this year. Allie also coaches on writing productivity and speaks nationally on time management for creatives. She is an avid knitter, confirmed coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better.” She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and the world’s most adorable dog. Life feels filled with obstacles. Fighting against discouragement and weariness feels like a constant uphill battle—until we realize one vital truth: thanks to the mighty God we serve, obstacles are illusions. They only seem daunting from our viewpoint. Allie Pleiter, author of over 50 novels and the My Daily Momentum journal, shares her personal techniques for shifting our view, relying on God, and celebrating even the smallest steps forward. Are you facing obstacles that are really “obstacle illusions’? Learn how to tap into joy and resilience instead.

Julie Allyson Ieron

Julie-Allyson Ieron is one of ECLA’s regular reviewers. She is a worship minister, special-events speaker, seminary student, cancer survivor, and 24/7 companion to her senior-adult mom. Julie also is author of 40 Christian living and Bible study books, including The Overwhelmed Woman’s Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, Sisters in Faith Bible Studies, and her latest, Don’t Let This Throw You!, a gripping story of how God shows Himself faithful in our times of greatest test. Her heartfelt message for Fall 2022 draws from this book (whose title echos John 14:1) to equip fellow believers to be unshakeable, steady, and immovable as we engage our communities and culture.

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.

Roundtable – Denise Roberts & Debbie DeHart 

This will be a discussion time, sharing suggestions, ideas, and solutions that you can use to improve and develop your church library. Come with questions from the day or questions that need discussing and brainstorming. Moderators: Debbie Dehart & Denise RobertsDenise Roberts ecla conference

Denise Robert is 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.  

Debbie Dehart ECLA 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.

Register for the Fall 2022 Conference below by Filing out the form and pressing the SUBMIT button, this will take you to Paypal for payment

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About Ceil Carey

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

4 Responses to “ECLA Fall 2022 Conference”

  1. Julie-Allyson Ieron Reply August 11, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Looking forward to a great event! What a joy it will be to see all our friends once again.

  2. By chance, is the conference going to have live streaming for those of us who cannot attend?

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