Elaine McAllister Writing & Speaking

Writers Organizations and Conferences:

Heart of America Christian Writers Network, Overland Park, KS – Professional Member

Storytellers of the Great Plains, Wichita, KS – Advisory Board Member

Word Weavers International – Member

Fellowship of Christian Writers, Tulsa, OK – Member

American Christian Writers, Nashville, TN – Past Member

Proverbs 31 Ministries Compel Training – Past Member



Emerging Writers’ Workshop, Woodland Park, CO – October 2006

American Christian Writers’ Conference, Oklahoma City, OK – March 2013

Word Fest Writers’ Conference, McPherson, KS – April 2013

SGP Critique Group (Moundridge KS) since 2016

What’s in Your Hand? HACWN, Overland Park, KS – October 2016

Mid-Winter Blues & Other Musings, Newton KS – March 2017

Playing With Words Workshop, Wichita, KS – June 2017

Book Crafting & Research Methods – North Newton KS – October 2017

Embrace the Call Conference, HACWN, Overland Park, KS – October 2017

Wichita Writers Group (Wichita KS) since 2018

Word Weavers International “Page 11” since 2018 (Substitute Facilitator)

Serious Writers “Writers Chat” since 2018

Tell the Story – Expect the Unexpected, Leesburg FL, Florida Christian Writers Conference – February 2018

Writing to Save your Life, Moundridge KS – February 2018

Grands Matter Conference, Manhattan, KS – April 2018

The Unfolding of Your Words, Word Sowers Conference, Omaha, NE – April 2018

Grandparenting Matters Conference, Dallas, TX – May 2018

FCW Successful Writers Conference, Broken Arrow, OK – September 2018

Created to Create, HACWN, Overland Park, KS – October 2018

Selah Award for Children’s Literature, Judge – December 2018

Legacy Grandparenting Summit (national conference), Fullerton, CA – February 2019

Word Sowers Conference, Omaha, NE – April 2019


Magazine Articles – Central Christian College (2001-2004):

Geneva Bible: A Treasured Heirloom

All American Preacher’s Daughter…

A Life-Long Tradition

Two Shorts Make a Long List of Contributions

Alum/Board Member Inducted into Academe’

New Leadership for Excel Degree Completion

God Bless the U.S.A.

A Life of Servant Leadership

Student Spotlight

Mrs. United Nations

From Budapest to Briner: Doctoral Candidate Studies at CCC

Central Laid the Foundation for this Builder

A Chaplain to Chaplains

New Trustees Welcomed

Celebrate Central Siblings

I Still Run for Fun: Tony Allison

From Our Campus to the Nation’s Capitol

Maddie’s Men

Basketball Alum

Green Acres?

Board of Trustees


Magazine Articles

Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness – September 2018 – HomeFront (print/online magazine re: spiritual parenting)

National Grandparenting Summit (pre-conference promotion) – December 2018 – One Christian Voice (online national news forum)

National Grandparenting Summit (post-conference wrap up) – March 2019 – One Christian Voice (online national news forum)

“Celebrate Grandparenting” Sep/Oct/Nov 2019 issue of FUSIOnext – Randall House Publishers (Integrating truth, faith, and life) (pages 5-8) (print magazine re: spiritual grandparenting)

“Wintertime Family Traditions” Dec/Jan/Feb 2019 issue of FUSIOnext – Randall House Publishers (integrating truth, faith, and life) (page 22-23) (print magazine re: spiritual grandparenting)


Newspaper Articles – McPherson Sentinel (1999-2007):

Friends Believe in Personal, Meaningful Faith

Hungarian Administrator Studies at CCC

Central Christian Gets Good Grades

CCC Prof Plans Run for Senate Seat

Blest Be the Tie That Binds: Building the New Hope Family

As Mac Woman Wakes Her Kids…

Donations Sought for Phone Cards for Soldiers

New Hope Evangelical Church 2004

New Hope Evangelical Church 2005

Adams Reminisces

A Church on the Move


Newspaper Columns & Articles – McPherson News-Ledger:

Intentional Grandparenting column, monthly since June 2017

Various feature articles since 2017


Church Newsletter Articles (print/online):

Numerous articles for McPherson Friends Church, New Hope Evangelical Church, and McPherson First Presbyterian Church since 1991


Published Books and Academic Papers:

Tiger Tributes 2001

Tiger Tributes 2002

Reaching the Consistent Constituency: A Study in Alumni Relations

Tiger Tributes 2003

Celebrating Grandparenting: Ideas, Resources, & More


Presentations Given:

Various presentations since 1976 for Christian Business & Professional Women’s Council (as board member), McPherson Healthcare Foundation (as employee), Central Christian College (as employee), Women of Hope Ministries (as deacon), Sweet Assurance Ladies Ensemble (as emcee), and Gramma & Me Workshops (as facilitator)

Reaching the Consistent Constituency: A Study in Alumni Relations – 2002

Falling into Fellowship: Great is Thy Faithfulness – 2005

Celebrating Grandparenting – 2012

The Road to Explode – 2018 and 2019 – McPherson KS

Celebrate Grandparenting, Intentionally – 2018 – Sterling KS and 2019 – Turon KS

Everyone Has a Story – What’s Yours? 2019 – San Ysidro NM

The Backstory of Celebrate Grandparenting – September 2019 – Hesston Public Library

The ABCs of Sharing Generational Memories – HACWN – September 2019

The ABCs of Sharing Generational Memories – Fellowship of Christian Writers – Tulsa OK – October 2019

Everyone Has a Story – What’s Yours? – New Gottland Covenant Women (retreat) – October 2019

The ABCs of Sharing Generational Memories – New Gottland Covenant Women (retreat) – October 2019

Grandparenting Matters (facilitator of DVD series) New Hope Evangelical Church, McPherson KS (Oct – Nov 2019)

The ABCs of Sharing Generational Memories – Goessel Genealogy group – Goessel KS (November 2019)

Journey to Publication – McPherson Public Library (November 2019)

Reflecting God: Sharing Values through Everyday Fun – New Hope Evangelical Church (Christmas brunch) December 2019

Editorial (& Writing*) Experience:

*McPherson Friends Church newsletter, 1991 – 2001

*The Quaker Bonnet, EFC-MAYM Friends Women’s newsletter, 1998

Central Christian College’s academic catalog, 1998-2003

*Central Christian College’s alumni magazine, Bulletin, 1998-2003

Leading Your Family to Water (2nd printing) by J. B. Keil (ISBN#9781591608455)

*The Voice, New Hope Evangelical Church newsletter, 2003-2012

Central Christian College Self-Study Report for Continued Accreditation (co-editor, 2004)

*The Corner News, First Presbyterian Church newsletter, 2015-2017

Untitled book by LV (in progress)


Nominations, Awards, and Recognition:

2012 – Voted First Place by readership of Grandma’s Cookie Jar (website of Lynda Freeman) – “Advent Angels & Gram Camp”

HACWN 2018 – First Place – “Prayer at 3am” (article)

HACWN 2018 – First Place – “Highlight My Life” (devotional)

HACWN 2018 – Third Place – “I Am From” (poetry)


Leadership Roles:

40+ years (voluntarily) with churches, denominational groups, women’s ministries, and organizations (local/area/regional/national).

30+ years (professionally) with churches and Christian colleges

20+ years leading and/or facilitating Bible studies and/or small group ministries


Academic Training:

Central Christian College: Writing Creative Non-Fiction (3), Editing and Document Design (3), Topics in Advanced Creative Writing (3), and Writing for Publication (3)

Compel Training Modules (Lysa Terkeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries: Modules 101, 201, 301, 401, 501

Serious Writer Academy: Zero to Book Deal (Jett), 21 Trade Secrets & Best Tips (Jett/Young)

Platform University: Hyatt

Double your IG Following (Rushford)

Three Most Profitable Ways to Make a Living Writing (Goins)

Christian Grandparenting Network Podcast

Book Launch & Book Signings Podcast

Plus many books, one-on-one strategy sessions, workshops at conferences, and other online resources, podcasts, and posts.


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