Literary Arts Faculty

Alex Marestaing

Whether interviewing fans at the international premiere of Stranger Things, covering soccer in Europe, chatting with award winning filmmakers, or working on creative projects for companies like Disney, The Los Angeles Times, and Thomas Nelson, the unique people and perspectives Alex has come across working as a writer have shaped his faith in so many ways. Alex loves sharing what he’s learned on The Stories Tour podcast and at conferences around the U.S., Australia, and the UK. Alex says, “ I’m not a preacher, and I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I do have some stories to tell about a God who shines bright in a world that’s gray.” 

Carmela Martino

Carmela Martino is an author, speaker, and writing teacher. She wrote the middle-grade novel, Rosa, Sola (Candlewick Press), while working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College. The novel was a Booklist "Top Ten First Novel for Youth" and received a Catholic Press Association Book Award. Her second novel, Playing by Heart (Vinspire Publishing), was an American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Award finalist and received numerous other awards, including the Catholic Arts and Letters Award and a Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal for Young Adult Historical. Carmela's credits for teens and tweens also include short stories and poems in magazines and anthologies. Her articles for adults have appeared in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, Writer’s Digest, and multiple editions of the Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. Carmela has taught writing classes at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois since 1998, and she blogs about teaching and writing at For more, see

Jane Rubietta

Humor. Hope. Help. Good for the Heart.


Laugh and grow deep with Jane Rubietta. Author of 21 books and scores of articles, international speaker, animated storyteller, Jane draws others into God’s heart and purpose. She is dramatic, joyful, fun, and honest. People tell her, “You’ve been reading my journal!” and “You are just like me.”

As a Writing and Speaking Coach, Jane has helped hundreds of people launch speaking and writing careers. Jane is co-founder of Life Launch Me, an organization focused on helping people achieve their God-given dreams. She is also the Assistant Coordinator of Write to Publish, a premier writers’ conference held in the Chicago area annually.

Jane’s speaking is practical, personal, and hilarious. Expect God to speak, expect to meet new friends, expect God to do a wonder in the time together.

Don’t miss her debut novel, The Forgotten Life of Evelyn Lewis! Other recent books include Worry Less, Live More and Heartbeat of a Mother.


Jane loves the Scriptures and loves to open them to others and apply them to life. Her Finding series—six books of deeper devotion—explore in depth the book of Genesis, and our key holidays-holy days as believers: Christmas (Finding The Messiah is her 28-day devotional for Advent!) and Easter (Finding Life), and are perfect for small group study and women’s ministry.

She is married to her best friend, an award-winning composer and pastor, Rich Rubietta. They co-lead Abounding Ministries, a not-for-profit that invites people of all ages into God’s life-changing love. They love to bring hope, laughter, values, and music into schools, retreats, worship services, conventions, and camps. Jane has spoken for churches, districts, and national leadership around the continent, and is passionate about missionary and clergy family care.

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