NACJW Faculty Directory

kathybornarthKathy Bornarth

Kathy is the founder and president of The National Association of Christian Journal Writers, Owner of Journaling4Faith and The Hope Counseling Center. 

Since keeping her first journal as a teen, she’s experienced the fun and the benefits of recording my thoughts and feelings. As an adult, she’s come to recognize that journaling is more than an enjoyable past time, but offers spiritual and physical benefits as well.


Doreen Penner

Doreen PennerDoreen Penner is a professional counselor, business coach, and motivational speaker.  She embarked on her own “journey to the heart” where she discovered her true calling, and learned how to fully embrace her God-given gifts and brilliance.   Doreen left the counseling profession to follow her dreams of helping women get absolute clarity on who they are and what God has called them to do.  She took the lessons she learned in trying to figure it all out, and now helps women uncover the business that God placed in their heart. 

Journaling is one way she encourages her clients to connect with their heart to reveal and release  the business or ministry that God has given them.  Journaling helps clients zero in and listen to the direction their heart is leading them; to give it a voice and let it speak!

Doreen is an inspirational and passionate speaker.  She speaks on personal and spiritual growth, motivational topics and topics on the HEART.

Doreen holds a Masters Degree from Providence Theological Seminary.  She has taught counseling course in various local colleges.  She is an active member of Toastmasters International. 

You can contact Doreen at

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Kathy Widenhouse

Kathy Widenhouse is a freelance copywriter who specializes in writing for the faith-based organizations and the nonprofit market. Her 100+ articles have appeared in more than 40 periodicals and she has written 5 books. Kathy spent 20 years as a flutist in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. before turning to writing full-time. Today, she invests time in helping entrepreneurs and ministries have great writing for their organizations. 

You can contact Kathy at

Deborah Haddix

Deborah's photoDeborah is a board certified advanced Christian life coach, speaker, and writer whose passion is to empower women to embrace God’s design for their life and their relationships. She has been journaling for her own Spiritual growth for many years and since becoming a grandmother has discovered several ways to incorporate this valuable discipline into that very special role. Deborah is the author of Praying with Purpose: Helping Equip Your Grandchildren to Stand Fast in the Faith. The book is a resource for grandparents and shares several creative journaling techniques.

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Alyssa Avant, M. Ed. Headshot

Alyssa is a published author and Christian mom. Alyssa has worked as a virtual assistant since 2007.  She has years of experience working with online professionals and business owners. Alyssa is also the author of FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Passion, Purpose and Profits, FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Starting a Virtual Assistant Business, and creator of Christian Charm School Workbook materials, which is available both as an ebook and a paperback. Alyssa is a former youth and children’s director who spent over 5 years ministering to youth and speaking to teen and tween girls on the issues of modesty, beauty and being a Godly girl, those were the days before motherhood took over!

Alyssa holds her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Mississippi, and her Master’s of Religious Education degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. She loves Coca Cola Classic, Jesus, her husband, three precious children, and sweet basset hound, Toby (not in that order). She and her family reside in Carrollton, MS.

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Diane Cunningham, M.Ed.

dianeDiane is the President and Founder of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs®, a global association for women to connect, create, and collaborate. NACWE offers training, conferences, networking, and business strategies. NACWE was launched in May 2010 and has been building and expanding since that time with members throughout the United States and Canada. She created NACWE in May of 2010 as a global association for women to connect, create, and collaborate through monthly online training, conferences, networking, and business strategies. This community and sisterhood is the premier place to learn marketing and mindset in a faith foundation, and it has members throughout the United States, Canada, and beyond.

She has a Master’s Degree in Education (guidance and counseling) from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington and is a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach.

Diane is an avid volunteer and is active in her church, local community events, and non-profit organizations that fit with her life mission. She was named one of the “Top 20 Leaders under the Age of 40” in Wichita Falls, Texas in January 2011 and chosen as the Inspirational Woman of the Month for April in Inspirational Woman Magazine.

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