Our Speakers

Writing teachers Scott and Sandi Tompkins

In their 40-year careers they have published hundreds  of newspaper, magazine and web articles. They met and married while working for McClatchy Newspapers in California. Scott worked as an editor and columnist, while Sandi earned several writing awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination as a feature writer and investigative reporter. Since joining the staff of Youth With A Mission in 1990, they have edited over 90 books and served as senior editors of YWAM’s Christian Growth Study Bible. For 15 years, Scott was editor of University of the Nations’ Transformations Magazine while Sandi led or taught YWAM writing schools in England, Texas and Hawaii. The Tompkins have two daughters and three grandchildren. They live in Hideaway, TX, where they continue to train writers and assist with YWAM media projects.

Authors Brock and Bodie Thoene

This powerhouse authors duo has taught at our workshops in Hawaii, England and Texas. The Thoenes have written over 70 works of historical fiction. Some 35 million copies of their books have been sold.

Author Media wiz Thomas Umstattd

Thomas started his own company, Author Media, while still in college. He has since built a career as a media consultant, blogger and agent. He has taught in our schools in Hawaii, Texas and Europe.