Meet The Two Women Who Started It All

A Founders’ Scholarship was established in their honor – see below

Vonda SkeltonVonda Skelton is successful because she helps others be successful.

In 1998, the Lord took Vonda kicking and screaming into speaking when He called her to give a testimony at her church women’s retreat. It wasn’t a call she wanted to hear. She even reminded the Lord that she “didn’t do women,” to which He most likely laughed and said something similar to, “Is that so? Well, watch this!”

Today Vonda has a vibrant speaking ministry, sharing her messages with audiences around the country an average of 60 times a year for several years before limiting her schedule this year. And she loves teaching others how to do the same. She is the author of four books, including her women’s book, Seeing through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe. This book “takes a hilarious journey through all things female as we search for truth in a counterfeit world.” She is also the author of a children’s mystery series, The Bitsy Burroughs Mysteries. The third book in the series, Bitsy and the Mystery at Hilton Head Island, was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award Nominee.

Vonda is a former RN and freelance writer, and her articles have appeared in magazines such as HomeLife, ParentLife, Christian Single, and Focus on the Family publications. She’s a sought-after instructor at writer’s conferences and enjoys mentoring and encouraging new writers. She also teaches writing to public, private, and home-schooled students and has spoken to over 23,000 kids across the country. Vonda is a dramatist, playwright and lyricist, and loves to entertain through her messages.

She also speaks corporately, offering motivational, customer service, and team-building programs for businesses, non-profits, and associations. Vonda is a past member of the National Speakers Association, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is a graduate of CLASSeminars and She Speaks. She is represented by Christian Speaker Services ( She is founder, along with Carolyn Knefely, of Christian Communicators ( and they co-directed for many years before passing it along to the new, qualified team. Visit Vonda’s website and writer’s blog, The Christian Writer’s Den, at

Vonda has been married to Gary for over 45 years—and they’re still happy about it! They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

As one who tries—and often fails—to be like Christ, Vonda is thankful God can take her messes and use them for His glory!


Carolyn Knefely is gifted and loved by CCC attendees.

She is an international speaker, a  career development trainer, and a hospitality expert. She has taught her professional development programs to educators and corporate directors from 29 countries through World Association of Colleges and Employers (WACE) and is a repeat guest speaker for the American Marketing Association as well as at International Toastmasters regional conferences. Her passion is to help people go beyond networking to connecting through building meaningful relationships. Her interactive presentations are described as “fun,” “productive,” and “delightful difference makers.”

As a people polisher, Carolyn teaches fine dining and business etiquette, international protocol, and career strategies. Her professional polish came through her degree at the University of Texas, The Protocol School of Washington, her career experiences in sales and marketing with an international airline, as a career development director,  corporate relations officer at a major university, and a fund raiser for a national non-profit organization.

Nevertheless, it was Christ Jesus who polished her with His love and took her from beggar to teacher. He taught her how to share stories that inspire, motivate, and lead to immediate application for personal and professional change in her audiences.

In 2009, Carolyn and Helmut moved from Texas to South Carolina to be near their daughter and her family. It was their 19th move in 46 years of marriage. She planned to retire and play with the grandson. However, God had other plans.

He called her into a partnership with Vonda Skelton as co-founder of Christian Communicators ( At Christian Communicators, Vonda and Carolyn educate, validate, and launch women in their speaking ministries.

Carolyn’s passion is to help people shine in their communication skills, relationships, and  in the journey at Jesus Christ’s side.

Learn more about Carolyn and how to enjoy t (time), e (encouragement), a (acceptance) in C (Christ’s) u (uplifting) p (presence) by visiting Carolyn’s website at

Over 700 follow her on Pinterest at . She answers inquiries at

Vonda and Carolyn are pleased to have a list of previous Christian Communicators grads they have trained and worked during their time with CC. To see that list, simply visit Christian Communicators Graduate Speakers.

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The Founders’ Scholarship

In honor of these two wonderful, grace-filled women, we established a Founders’ Scholarship.

This scholarship enables a woman who experience financial hardships to have an opportunity to

attend the Christian Communicator Conference and help launch her into a successful speaking ministry.



Thank you, Vonda and Carolyn, for giving us the opportunity to answer God’s call on our lives!