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Executive Board Members

  • Colleen Coble

    Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

  • Rick Acker

    Rick Acker writes novels during his commute to and from his "real job" as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice. His unit prosecutes corporate fraud lawsuits of the type described in his #1 bestseller, WHEN THE DEVIL WHISTLES. Rick has led investigations and lawsuits that made headlines in and out of California. Most recently, he and his team won a string record-breaking judgments and settlements against the Wall Street players who created the toxic mortgage securities that triggered the Great Recession. When Rick isn't writing or lawyering, you can usually find him with his wife, Anette, and their four children. They'll be exploring in the hills east of San Francisco, watching a good movie together, or, of course, reading.

  • Allen Arnold

    Allen Arnold is author of the The Story of With and The Defeat of Chaos. His mission is to help storytellers and artists of every kind actively co-create with God. From the mountains of Colorado, he leads Content for Ransomed Heart – a ministry founded by the New York Times bestselling author of Wild at Heart, John Eldredge. Prior to that, Allen was founding Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction and oversaw the launch of more than 500 novels. He received the American Christian Fiction Writers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He loves blue oceans, black coffee, hot salsa, and big ideas.

  • Brandilyn Collins

    Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®—fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor. Her first book “A Question of Innocence,” was published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn’s awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailer’s Best Award (twice), and Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice. For more information, please visit

  • Rachel Hauck

    Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, author of contemporary romance and split time fiction. She is a Carol Award and Christy Award winner and double RITA finalist. Her book "Once Upon A Prince" was made into an original Hallmark movie. A graduate of Ohio State University, Rachel lives in central Florida where she is a worship and prayer leader. She’s married to the love of her life. They share living space with a cat named Hepzibah.

  • Cara Putman

    Cara Putman is the award-winning author of 20 novels and one non-fiction title with more books on the way. She is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, adjunct faculty at a community college, homeschooling mama, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. She lives in Indiana with her family. You can learn more about Cara and her books at

  • Deborah Raney

    Deborah Raney is the author of more than thirty-five novels and non-fiction. Her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and was recently reissued in a 25th Anniversary edition. Her newest books are the Chandler Sisters Novels series. She and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy life in their native Kansas.


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