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FIRE is an unstoppable force...

It can take life or give it. It can inflict pain or initiate healing. It all depends upon the person wielding it. At the igniting souls conference you’ll discover how to set fire to your business and brand and increase your influence, impact, and income.

  • Learn cutting edge tips, tools, and tactics from industry-leading experts getting real-time results.
  • Connect and collaborate with a global community of authors, speakers, coaches, and entrepreneurs committed to your success.
  • Discover the clarity and courage you crave to craft an action-oriented plan that achieves your ultimate dream.

"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
—Ferdinand Foch

Your Guides

Kary Oberbrunner

Chief Igniter, Igniting Souls, Columbus OH

Kary left his day job to pursue his dream job - Igniting Souls.  Through his writing, speaking and coaching he helps individuals and organizations clarify who they are, why they are here and where they should invest their time and energy.

The author of several books, Kary and his wife Kelly are blessed with 3 amazing children.

David Branderhorst

Director of Growth Creation, Igniting Souls, Columbus OH

David is Kary's Business partner and responsible for creating and driving growth in all areas of their business.  He uses his unique abilities to help people reach their full potential and use their talents to bless the world.

David is married to Christiane and they have three exceptional children.

Dexter Godfrey

CEO, Leadership & Sales Academy, Hampton VA

Dexter is known as "America's Fearless Success Speaker and Trainer".  He shares valuable lessons on how to stop fear from robbing you of your greatness.  Dexter is the CEO of Leadership and Sales Academy, a company specializing in leadership, sales and personal development training.

Dexter and his wife Tiffany are blessed with two children.

Amy Schmittauer

Author, Vlog Like a Boss, Columbus OH

Amy Schmittauer is the Social Authority Coach, public speaker and Creator of Savvy Sexy Social, an online show helping rising stars and think-big brands embrace their amazing personality and share it with the world. Her YouTube show and portfolio has amassed over 10 million views.

Amy’s strategies have led to her career as an internationally-acclaimed public speaker, voted #1 Best Speaker at Social Media Day San Diego in 2015.

Mike Kim

Founder, MikeKim.com, River Edge NJ

Mike Kim is a highly successful marketing consultant, communications strategist, and copywriter helping $1MM plus businesses market, mobilize and monetize their message.

Mike is a consultant to high end marketers, writes direct-response copy, and hosts the Brand You Podcast, a show dedicated to personal branding.

Brian Dixon

Founder, Amplify Publishers, Charlotte, NC

Brian Dixon believes that an online course is the best way to amplify your impact and income online. As the founder of Amplify Publishers, he works with authors, speakers, and bloggers to create and launch their premiere online course. He is the author of the Online Sales Formula, creator of the Amplify Method (an online coaching program), and co-founder of Hope*Writers.

He lives in Charlotte with his wife Julie and three amazing kids.

Dean Fulks

LifePoint, Columbus OH

Dean has been the lead pastor at LifePoint since its beginning in 2004.  He is the coordinator for SEND Columbus, an initiative to plant churches throughout Columbus.

Dean is married to Angie and they have three children - Sydney, Dillon and Sylvia.

Special Presentations

Kyle Snyder

Olympic Gold Medalist (2016), Wrestling, Ohio State University

Kyle is the youngest wrestler ever to win the World, NCAA, and Olympic championships in the same year—a sweep that hadn't been accomplished in a generation when he completed this triple crown of American wrestling at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He then made history by becoming the first Olympic gold medalist to return to college and win an NCAA wrestling championship, clinching his second consecutive NCAA title in 2017.

Kyle is currently a member of The Ohio State University wrestling team.

Tom Ryan

Head Wrestling Coach, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Tom Ryan has led the Ohio State wrestling program to unprecedented heights, culminating in 2015 with the program's first-ever national championship. The 2015 Big Ten, NWCA and InterMat Coach of the Year, Ryan concluded his 11th season in Columbus last March. The Buckeyes became Big 10 Champions and secured a fifth top-three finish at the NCAA Championships in the last 11 years.

He and his wife Lynette have four children and currently reside in Columbus, Ohio.

Bamidele Adenipekun

Author, Navigating Your New Normal, Cockett, Swansea, United Kingdom

Bamidele’s passion is tending the broken wings of people’s dreams so that they can be inspired to soar above their troubles. An author, coach and speaker, she is the founder of Inspired To Soar Ltd which serves people seeking fulfillment in their lives after the devastation caused by the trauma of serious illness, injury or bereavement. She is a single mother of a fabulous daughter.

Teresa Alesch

Author, Broken to Brave, Emmetsburg, Iowa

Teresa Alesch, author and Iowa education administrator, is a “life-winning” cancer fighter. Teresa teaches you to free yourself to appreciate the past, focus the future, and be mindful and purposeful in the present.

She and her husband Cody, Iowa Lakes College wrestling coach, and their children, Sacha and Teague, live in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

Kelly Renee' Baker

Author, Defeating Your Greatest Opponent, Winfield, Kansas

Kelly Renee’ Baker is all about helping others, especially those who are ready and willing to help themselves. Kelly was a single mother to two amazing children for almost eight years until she reunited with and married her high school sweetheart, Steven Baker. She is passionate about her relationship with Christ, her family and life in general. Kelly’s true passion is to empower people to transform their lives from stronghold to significance so they can live a victorious life.

Eric Beck

Author, Conquering the Political Divide, Dayton, New Jersey

Eric Beck is an entrepreneur, author, activist and a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey. In 2009, Eric co-founded Risk Masters International LLC, a firm providing risk management consulting services to commercial and public-sector clients.

He and his wife Kathy have two children and currently reside in Dayton, New Jersey.

Melody Box

Author, He Can Be Trusted, Fort Worth, Texas

Melody Box loves to make people laugh. Through her writing, speaking, and quirky characters, she encourages audiences to find humor and purpose in the unexpected detours in life.

She and her husband, Phil are blessed with 3 married children, 2 adorable grandchildren, and live in Fort Worth, Texas.

Serena Brooke

Author, This Is My Story, Johnstown, Ohio

Serena Brooke’s heart and passion is to encourage, inspire, and be an example to the teenagers and young adults of the nation. She desires to see change, revival, and transformation in her generation and to show how the authentic love of God can change any situation. Serena longs to see teenagers today discover truth, live in purity, and have confidence in their identity.

Andy Buckwalter

Author, Grades, Girls, and God, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Andy Buckwalter is a writer and speaker who helps today's teenage men challenge, solidify, and grow their faith so that they can become more of the man God created them to be. He wants to share everything he wishes he had known in high school so that students today can avoid some of his mistakes.

He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife and growing family.

Charles G. Chandler, Ph.D

Author, Become Truly Great, Kerrville, Texas

Charles G. Chandler, Ph.D., is the originator and leading proponent of Management by Positive Organizational Effectiveness. With a background in engineering, economics, and the environmental sciences, Dr. Chandler has worked with large and well known international organizations, and has experience in 25 countries.

He currently resides in the Texas Hill Country west of San Antonio with his family.

L.W. Clay

Author, Demontown, Bradenton, Florida

L.W. Clay graduated Valparaiso University with a degree in psychology and criminal justice, then went on to use both areas of study by working in a psychiatric hospital on the inpatient unit and as a sheriff deputy.

Many books sit on the shelves of LW's mind and she's super excited to get them out to you. Demontown is the base of at least six books to follow.

Dr. Tony Colson

Author, Unlocking Your Divine DNA, Lexington, South Carolina

Dr. Tony Colson is currently serving as Campus Pastor for Redemption Columbia in Lexington, South Carolina under the leadership of Pastor Ron Carpenter, Jr. He is an Adjunct Professor for Lee University’s Division of Adult Learning. He has served as a church planter, associate pastor, and youth pastor.

He and his wife have been married over 20 years and have four wonderful children.

Melanie Delorme

Author, After the Flowers Die, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Canada

Melanie was a content English teacher, wife, mother, sister and friend when without warning she gained the title of bereaved parent after her eight-year-old son, Garrett, was accidentally killed in a hunting accident.

Melanie currently teaches full-time and lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her husband, Gerry, and their two children, Morgan and Justin.

Dalia Franco

Author, One Proposal, Kerrville, Texas

Dalia is an author, speaker and teacher who helps single women discover that they can be fully dependent on God so that they can live with purpose, peace and integrity.

Hyacinth Fraser

Author, Journey to Wholeness, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Hyacinth Fraser is author, entrepreneur and teacher. She is passionate about helping people to reach their potential and walk in their God-given purpose. She writes and delivers bespoke training and mentorship programs to empower, inspire and mobilize people into action. Hyacinth has been married to her best friend, Tony, for 35 years and they have two teenage children.

Pat Gano

Author, The Language of Heaven, Upper Arlington, Ohio

Pat is an author, leadership trainer, coach, and speaker. Her unique background qualifies her to help both profit and non-profit corporations, student body groups, churches and individuals clarify who they are and to create a plan of action resulting in significant success. Pat's life governing principles come from Isaiah 54:10. Pat resides in Upper Arlington, OH with her beloved husband Pete. She and Pete are blessed with two amazing children and six outstanding grandchildren.

Greg Gerber

Author, Pornocide, Dallas, Texas

Two weeks after his twelfth birthday, a neighbor teen showed Greg Gerber a Playboy magazine and porn became a welcome escape from the heartbreak, loneliness, and abandonment he felt. Greg accumulated 1,400 men’s magazines before his wife discovered the problem. Greg became a Christian, and God slowly peeled back the layers of hurt, anger, and bitterness for fifteen years until Greg could finally break free of the despicable bondage.

Tracy Gregory

Author, Ways of War, Concord, New Hampshire

Tracy Gregory is the author of a series of poetry, and for the blog site Traces of Tracy Gregory. She has a degree in early childhood education and business administration. She was a web administrator and business administrator before her writing career.

Married with two daughters, she currently resides in her birthplace of Concord, New Hamphire. Her early childhood was spent with her family in Soldotna, Alaska.

Grace Habbershaw

Author, Released To ROAR, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom

Grace is your everyday down to earth Daughter, Sister, Mother, Nanna, Neighbour and Best Friend. Intimate in all relationships, she has a heart of compassion to love, serve, encourage and empower everyone to find freedom and peace in their true identity.

Passionate for Jesus, as an author, international speaker, faith coach and mentor, her truth and wisdom in Jesus reaches further afield than the four walls of her living room.

Debra Lynn Hayes

Author, RISE, Georgetown, Kentucky

Debra Lynn Hayes' purpose is to encourage people to overcome loss and tragedy. As a former corporate liaison of an international company, she strategized success for individuals and teams.

Today as an author, speaker and life coach she focuses those same skills to empower others facing personal devastation.

Dr. Shahid Insaf

Author, 3 Tales of Vengeance, Branson, Missouri

Dr. Shahid Insaf is a Psychiatrist and owns a private practice in Branson, Missouri. His previous non-fiction works have been published in The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and The Undercurrent.

He lives and works in Branson, Missouri with his wife Shabana. They have been married for the last 24 years.

Darlene L. Kinchen

Author, Stoke the Fire, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Darlene L. Kinchen is a worshipper, praiser, prayer warrior, and intercessor; and everything else flows from that. Her mantra is "In the Beginning, God!" She spends countless hours interceding for the generations. It was the witnessing of an act of child abuse on the side of a busy highway that ignited the flame for children advocacy. She seeks to educate, empower and mobilize parents to save the generations. She is the natural mother of one son and the spiritual mother of many others.

Ryan Kunk

Author, The Winner's Toolbox, Columbus, Ohio

Ryan Kunk is a powerhouse entrepreneur with a love for training eager individuals to achieve unfailing strength—internally and externally. Ryan has never worked in the corporate sector, instead focusing for a decade on his passion: launching several successful fitness businesses and forming the KSM Sports and Fitness brand.

Ryan lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, two dogs, and growing family.

Michael Levitt

Author, 369 Days, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Michael Levitt brings people back to life. He is focused on helping individuals and leaders within corporations (Re)Learn BOUNDARIES in their work and personal lives. This enables them to accomplish more by doing less, which can save their careers and possibly their lives. With the loss of his health, job, car, and home - all within 369 days - he now teaches people how that happened to him, so they can make the crucial changes in their lives to prevent those losses from happening to them.

Aaron Luse

Author, Tales from the Tribe, Patpatar Tribe, Papua New Guinea

Aaron Luse and his family moved from their home in the Heartland of America to the tropical jungle of Papua New Guinea in 2001 to work among the Patpatar people. He and his wife, Lori, have been involved in doing Bible translation, developing literacy programs and Bible curriculums, planting churches, and equipping leaders. He and his wife, along with their four beautiful daughters, continue to serve on the mission field with Ethnos360.

Dr. Pat Luse

Author, The 7 Systems Plan, Sioux City, Iowa

Dr. Pat Luse is a chiropractic physician and is the president of Tri-State Physicians and Physical Therapy Clinic. For over three decades he has treated tens of thousands of patients and is passionate about helping people regain their health through safe, natural methods. He developed the 7 Systems Plan after decades of research and study. He and his wife, Teresa, have been blessed with four biological and four adopted children and twelve grandchildren.

Christine Maier

Author, Blue Sky Morning, Farmingdale, New York

Christine's purpose and passion is to inspire people to live the life they choose to live. Born with a cleft lip and palate, classified as learning disabled as a child, life presented many challenges.

She has overcome them to become a writer, podcaster, photographer, traveler, and adventure seeker.

Debbie Major

Author, Lost Voice, Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada

Debbie Major is an author, coach and speaker who helps people: find courage to stop the pain and love self, confidence to utilize one’s voice, and clarity to fulfill their calling.

Debbie lives with her husband near Toronto, Ontario and they are blessed with a daughter and son who are both remarkable and outstanding adult children.

Elizabeth Meyers

Author, UNDEFEATED, Shiloh, Illinois

Elizabeth is the wife of a fighter pilot and a mother of eight children. She graduated from the USAF Academy with a BS in Human Factors Engineering and served as an officer in the Air Force alongside her husband until their first child was born.

For Elizabeth, learning new truths about God is surpassed only by the opportunity to teach others insights from her own hard-fought battles.

Tina Mitrousis-Bouris

Author, The Journey, Springboro, Ohio

An author, artist and photographer, Tina loves the creativity that life brings. A drowning accident brought her before God's throne, and returned with God's message. She believes that if her story helps at least one person, then she has done what God has asked her to do. Spreading God's love has always been her passion.

Tina and her husband Lou live in Springboro, Ohio.

Lisa Moser

Author, Miss Conception, Springboro, Ohio

Lisa’s passion is to inspire people to live their best lives. As author, coach, and speaker, she has a love for educating and encouraging others to flourish in every aspect of a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Her journey began when she won the title of Miss Ohio USA where she traveled extensively, speaking to youth on positive self-image and being physically and mentally fit. She and her husband have four children and live in Ohio.

Nanette O’Neal

Author, A Doorway Back to Forever: TRUST, Bethel, Pennsylvania

Nanette’s passion is fantasy writing with a spiritual message. She has been with AAE for two years and has successfully published two books in her seven-book series, A Doorway Back to Forever. Her hope is to bring alive our divine connection to God through story, helping people find their way back to their eternal home.

She is a daughter, niece, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and musician.

Eric Pearson

Author, The People You Meet in First Class, Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Eric is an author, motivational speaker, leader and community volunteer led by God to complete His Mission here on Earth. Eric has practiced the Pay It Forward policy throughout his life and adopted the Principles of Greater Than Yourself (GTY) Principles of Extreme Leadership.

"Embrace failure and you will build tomorrow"

Ruth Pierce

Author, Time to Fly, McLouth, Kansas

Ruth Pierce resides in Kansas with her husband of forty years. She is an author, coach, and speaker who passionately develops people so they can soar towards their potential. Feeling stuck for many years, she learned these lessons the hard way.

Her passion is developing people. This passion combines her two seemly opposite careers of math education and human resources.

Elle Powers

Author, Angel of Eventide, Charlottesville, Virginia

With a degree in British literature, Elle Powers entered the publishing world as a maker of books in 2001. Since then, she’s been a steadfast bibliophile (a trait she attributes to genetics, being kin to Edgar Allan Poe). She writes from a turn-of-the-century farmhouse (six years older than Peter Pan), encircled by the Blue Ridge Mountains.

She is currently writing a fictional memoir featuring Cousin Edgar.

Kirsten Samuel

Author, Choosing a Way Out, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Kirsten Samuel is the author of Choosing a Way Out and an active blogger, author, and coach. She believes that “having a good day” is a personal choice, no matter the circumstances. She and her husband celebrate the gift of each day.

Through overcoming her personal pain, Kirsten believes it is possible to define, or redefine, your legacy today no matter your age, stage of life, or past mistakes.

Ted Schierer

Author, Living in Reverse, West Des Moines, Iowa

Ted Schierer is the founder of JETT PHC, an organization dedicated to helping people prevent and reverse diabetes. He was a USDA biologist for 10 years before leaving to start JETT. He attended Iowa State University for his undergraduate degree in ecology and Ph.D. in molecular biology. The forthcoming Living in Reverse describes a process for reversing type 2 diabetes and obesity, the centers of chronic disease.

Mark Schinnerer

Author, The Success Grower, Carlsbad, New Mexico

Mark spent years with a dream to help others be successful in their lives and careers. Growing up on a farm has given Mark the experience of planning, planting, cultivating, nurturing and harvesting and the insight to re-grow his own dreams and goals.

Mark and his wife, Linda, have three children and six grandchildren and live in Carlsbad, NM.

Laura Shortridge

Author, Unipreneur, Albion, New York

Laura's passion in life is to help others recognize their Divine natures and the unique gifts (dream seeds, as she calls them) to be developed and shared. Through her writing, music, and artistic expression, Laura wants to bring light to all who are willing to accept it.

She resides in rural western New York with her husband of nearly 40 years.

Michele Stanford, M.Ed., CHC

Author, Informed Consent, Gray, Georgia

Michele believes that living life nourished means nourishing all aspects of life: bathing our hearts and minds in truth and in turn, nourishing our bodies with healing, wholesome foods the way God intended.

Michele is an educator, author, speaker, and health coach. Her passion for better health and her deep heart for people shines brightly in her writing, speaking, and coaching.

Sharon Sunkle

Author, I Will Mentor You, San Diego, California

Sharon Sunkle has taught Bible studies for 20 years and has been a mentor for almost as long. She has a heart for helping hurting women.

Sharon holds a degree in Bio-Medical Communications from The Ohio State University. She and her husband, Richard, live in San Diego, CA. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.

Joan Turley

Author, Sacred Work in Secular Places, Nashville, Tennessee

Joan Turley is an encourager with a capital E! With a heart, full of compassion and a deep-seated belief that people are worth every ounce of energy to develop their potential. Joan is a motivational keynote speaker who speaks on creating and sustaining positive change within the workplace.

She and her husband live in Nashville, TN, and are blessed with two children.

Mary Valloni

Author, Fundraising Freedom, St. Louis, Missouri

Mary Valloni is a fundraising consultant, author, and speaker. She has a passion for people and is a natural optimist with a mission to educate, encourage and empower nonprofit leaders to raise the funds they need to fulfill their mission. She has raised millions of dollars for many well-known nonprofit organizations.

Mary lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, Geno, and their Dalmatians.

Brian Wagner

Author, Sometimes It DOES Take a Brain Surgeon, Hilliard, Ohio

Brian Wagner was suddenly blinded by a brain tumor at the age of 43. He had to be flown across the country for brain surgery, with the risk of losing his life. Since then, he has been helping others overcome adversity, empowering them to go from Blindness to Sight to Vision in their own lives.

Brian's wife and three kids have empowered him to take this life changing journey.

Melanie Willard

Author, Dare To Be Raw, Alexandria, Ontario, Canada

Melanie Willard is a speaker and author who helps organizations grow in resilience while breaking the silence and stigma attached to human suffering.

An adventurous and passionate fighter who is no stranger to pain, Melanie has overcome many life-threatening battles such as cancer, loss, eating disorders, domestic abuse, and addictions.

Joni Wolf

Author, The Immanuel Quilt, Pittsboro, Indiana

Joni Wolf is an ordinary woman who loves telling about the things that God has done. For more than twenty years she kept it a secret that she wanted to be a storyteller. Now these days - she shares the greatest story ever told: His Story in a unique quilt.

This self-proclaimed storyteller is a happy wife, grateful mom, proud grandmother. She founded the Immanuel Quilt Ministry in 2014.

Music By:

Jon Myers

LifePoint, Columbus, OH

Jon Myers serves as the Music Pastor at LifePoint Church, and has been a part of the LifePoint staff team since 2007.

He lives with his wife Allison and their children Aubrey and Simon.

Core By:

Chet Scott

Built to Lead, Columbus, OH

Chet Scott is the founder of BUILT TO LEAD: We Awaken, Challenge, and together we Transform a few individuals, teams, and leaders into ONE. ONE, distinct and deeply connected, that is BUILT TO LEAD.

He lives with his wife Missy. Together they have four adult children.

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