About Carol

“What makes my heart sing?” asks Carol.  “Speaking to groups looking for messages that include humor and hope that speak to today’s challenges by pointing to God’s Word.” She says, “I think women need to laugh because life is challenging, but I also think they want to go deeply into God’s Word and find out how to live in the middle of relationship struggles, difficult choices, and hidden fears.  Women are longing for authenticity and practical strategies for living out their faith. I’ve spoken at large arena events for Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy. I’ve also spoken at medium sized venues and in small, intimate gatherings.  It’s a joy to do women’s conferences and retreats for churches, and sometimes my husband Gene and I team-teach at worship services. I’m also available to speak at fundraising events for nonprofit organizations.”

As a former Bible Study Fellowship teaching leader, Carol loves to teach the Bible, and she generously weaves scripture, stories, and applications for life throughout her presentations.  She is willing to offer theme and message titles to your group, or she can work with your team to customize a topic you have selected.

She is the founder and director of the Speak Up Conference, a ministry that equips speakers and writers to take the next step: www.SpeakUpConference.com  With her husband Gene, she founded the nonprofit organization, Speak Up for Hope, which benefits inmates and their families. Carol is also the president of Speak Up Speaker Services, a Christian speakers’ bureau. 

Carol is a popular international public speaker best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical. She is a former radio show co-host and has often been a guest on Focus on the Family. She regularly appears on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. Past appearances have included the Billy Graham Prime Time Special, Dateline NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Focus on the Family, LIFE Today with James Robison, Family Life Today, and 100 Huntley Street.

She holds a master’s degree in communication arts and a bachelor’s degree in speech education. Some of her 20+ books include: Becoming a Woman of Influence, When I Lay My Isaac Down, A New Kind of Normal, Between a Rock and a Grace Place, Secret Longings of the Heart, Tame Your Fears, Speak Up With Confidence, and her newest release, Unquenchable.  She has been featured on the cover of Today’s Christian Woman, and her articles have been published in a wide variety of magazines.