More about Yvon Prehn, content creator for the ECC Library
Yvon Prehn is the founder and director of Effective Church Communications and www.effectivechurchcom.com. and the primary content creator for the Effective Church Communications Library.
For over 20 years, she taught church communication ministry, skills, and strategy at seminars, conferences, and national conventions all over North America.
She now works at home in wonderful Ventura, California, where she writes and creates online training materials to train, challenge, and encourage church communicators. The purpose of her ministry is to help churches create communications that help people come to know Jesus as Savior and grow to be mature disciples—in other words, to fully fulfill the Great Commission. This emphasis on the Great Commission is the North Star around which all other parts of her ministry revolve.
Through most of her adult working life, Yvon has worked in communication ministry as a writer and teacher. She was a newspaper reporter and religion writer for the Colorado Springs SUN for nine years. When desktop publishing was first invented, Yvon was a top‐rated national trainer in desktop publishing for Padgett/Thompson, the nation's largest one‐day seminar company before starting her training ministry. She worked as a communications consultant and trainer for numerous Christian ministries in Colorado Springs and was a senior editor at Compassion International and Young Life International.
Yvon then began a traveling and teaching ministry in church communications that has now moved online with many resources, numerous social media channels, and a podcast that can all be accessed through www.effectivechurchcom.com.
She is the author of many books, including the first book out on desktop publishing, The Desktop Publishing Remedy, published by David C. Cook in 1994. She has written for many Christian magazines and was the communication columnist for Christian Computing Magazine for over 20 years. All her writing is in the process of being made available in eBook and other formats, again available through the Effective Church Communication website.
Yvon has a master's degree in History, specializing in the history of the church, and has done additional graduate work in theology and communications. She briefly taught high school English and was an adjunct professor in church history at Regis University.
In addition to her formal experience in these areas, Yvon gets the opportunity to practice church communications in practical ways. She and her husband Paul have worked in many areas of ministry in the church, including single adult ministry, adult education, and small group ministry. Yvon has taught Bible classes in many places and currently teaches Bible classes online through a podcast, blogs, and a Bible‐teaching videos available through www.Bible805.com.
Yvon's seminars, plus her written and web‐based materials, have helped thousands of people in Christian ministry and churches maximize their communications and enabled them to use them to help their churches fully fulfill the Great Commission and the Effective Church Communications Library is her latest project to continue this ministry.