Athena Dean Holtz
Publisher / Co-Founder
Athena Dean is a publisher, speaker, author, blogger, radio personality, and pastor's wife. For the last 30 years she has worked in the Christian publishing industry, co-founding and managing one of the leading custom Christian publishing companies. As a publishing coach, and publicity specialist, she enjoys helping new authors gain traction and achieve their goals in the industry. She is the former host of “Always Faithful Radio,” on AM 630 KCIS in Seattle. The show was initially birthed in 2013 on AM 630 KSLR, a Salem Communications station in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2014 Athena co-founded Redemption Press to fill an author-centered niche in publishing. Redemption Press takes pride in their personalized assistance in helping authors grow effectively and realistically. A full range of services and guidance is available on everything from branding, copyediting, coaching or publicity with fair fees and ethical and excellent service.
As a blogger and author of a number of books including, Consumed by Success: Reaching the Top and Finding God Wasn’t There, and her newest release, FULL CIRCLE: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God which tells the whole story of the loss of her first publishing company and how God birthed Redemption Press to redeem all that the enemy stole. Her personal blog (athenadeanholtz.com) was selected as one of the Top 100 faith blogs for Christian women in 2015 by http://www.womensbiblecafe.com/100-top-faith-blogs. She is president of the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association (2015-1016), a president’s club member of Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA), a member of Advanced Writer & Speaker Association (AWSA), and a member of the Christian Women’s Small Business Association. She recently completed a limited run radio program, “Publishing Today: Clear Direction for a Changing Industry,” on the Voice America Variety Internet channel which shared publishing trends, and insights and introduces listeners to experts in the field. Those shows continue to be offered as helpful resources to authors today.
In 2014 she married Ross Holtz, the founding pastor of The Summit, an Evangelical Free Church in Enumclaw, Washington. Athena and her husband enjoy their grandchildren, and time spent on Puget Sound waters on their sailboat, and make their home in Enumclaw, WA.