About Yvon Prehn
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Hi, I'm Yvon Prehn, the founder and primary content creator for this website. After over twenty years of writing about church communications and traveling all over North America leading seminars to help churches communicate more effectively, I now work out of my home in Ventura, CA creating the content for this website.
Please feel free to email me personally with any questions about this site or if you have questions about church communications, need help with something (many of the resources on the site were created in response to requests), or would like an article, interview, class materials (my materials are used in a variety of teaching settings), or any other question about church communications. My email is: email@example.com.
Below is a formal bio about me:
Professional background on Yvon Prehn
As the daughter of an Army Drill Sergeant, Yvon grew up all over the U.S. Her father retired in Colorado Springs, the home of many Christian organizations and a great place for an aspiring Christian writer to grow up. Yvon had her first article nationally published when she was 16 and went on to write for many of the Christian organizations in Colorado Springs and national Christian publications. At the same time, for nine years she was a newspaper reporter, religion and feature writer, for the Colorado Springs SUN newspaper.
After years of free-lance writing work, Yvon was hired as Senior Editor for Compassion International and then as Senior Editor for Young Life International. It was when she was at Young Life that desktop publishing was invented. Yvon had one of the first MacPlus computers produced (it was hand-signed inside the case by everyone who worked on it) and an early user of Aldus PageMaker (later to become the Adobe products). Though her training had been in traditional typesetting and design, she immediately realized that desktop publishing would change everything in Christian communications. Churches now had the ability to create communications that in the past required the resources of complete advertising agencies and years of study in design and publication creation.
She realized that though churches had the technology to create the communications, they didn’t have the training to be able to actually do them and do them well. So, once she learned how to use the tools and technology, Yvon immediately began to teach others how to do effective church communications integrating her experience in writing, design, and publication creation. In the early days of this new technology, she was hired and became a top-rated, national trainer in desktop publishing for Padgett/Thompson, the nation's largest one-day seminar company, where she traveled around the U.S. teaching communicators from major corporations to churches how to create effective communications using the new tools of desktop publishing.
She then decided she wanted to focus on training the church to use these tools so she left Padgett/Thompson and started her own Christian communications ministry, The Lion’s Voice. She taught classes and worked as a communications consultant for many Christian ministries in Colorado Springs including the Navigators, Christian Booksellers Association, Focus on the Family, Greater European Mission, and many others.
As her ministry expanded, Yvon traveled all over North America for over 20 years teaching seminars on church communications. The seminars were sponsored by a variety of groups, but for over 15 years she had a wonderful sponsoring relationship with the RISO Corporation. RISO makes printing equipment that works well for churches. Yvon had complete control over the content of her full-day seminars, church people could attend for free (and got a nice lunch), and they could look at the equipment at breaks and lunch. Thousands of people all over North America attended these seminars and left equipped and inspired. It was a great win/win time for everyone involved.
As the economy and technology evolved, Yvon shifted her teaching from traveling to teach the seminars to now working from her home in Ventura, CA and the creation of training materials to online delivery. This enables her to reach an international audience in ways not possible with the limitations of physical travel.
Yvon realized that though she loved the name of her ministry—the Lion’s Voice, inspired by Amos 3:8 (NIV & NLT), “The lion has roared—who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken—so who can refuse to proclaim his message?” it didn’t mean a lot to search engines. Realizing this, she changed the name of her ministry to Effective Church Communications (www.effectivechurchcom.com).
She created the www.effectivechurchcom.com site as a resource for church communicators for strategy and inspiration, resources, and practical, ready-to-use church communications templates. The goal of that site is to enable churches to create a comprehensive communication ministry that will enable their church to fully fulfill the Great Commission, in other words, to help people come to know Jesus as Savior and to grow to mature disciples.
After writing the first book on desktop publishing in the church, The Desktop Publishing Remedy (under the name Yvon York, her name before she married Paul Prehn), which was later republished as Better Newsletters, Bulletins and More! by Yvon Prehn, she continues to write books on church communications including: Ministry Marketing Made Easy, The Five Steps of Effective Church Communications and Marketing, Devotions for Church Communicators, Church Connection Cards, and many other books. She has written for many of the major Christian magazines including Christianity Today, Discipleship Journal, Today's Christian Woman, Youthworker Journal, Ministries Today, Computing Today, Clergy Journal, Church Office Computing, Pulpit Helps, and Your Church and she now writes for a variety of online publications. She has been the communication columnist for Christian Computing Magazine, now Ministry Tech for over 20 years.
Yvon has degrees in English, Education, a master's degree in Church History and has done additional graduate work in theology and communications. She 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 very practical ways. She and her husband Paul (for many years a bi-vocational pastor) have worked in varied areas of ministry in the church, especially in single adult ministry, adult education, and small group ministry wherein Yvon has taught and created many church communications and marketing materials to support these ministries.
The latest project for Yvon Prehn and Effective Church Communications is modifying the Effective Church Communications site with a focus on training with material that consists of training classes, with video lectures, notes, etc., to teach specific skills needed by church communicators. The classes can be taken by individuals, shared with church secretary groups, or used in Bible schools or other ministry training programs. This development was created in response to the realization that though technology keeps progressing, there has been little progress in the availability of basic training in design, writing, communication vision, planning. and management of church communication ministries. The goal of the online school is to answer that need and to continue to equip churches to create communications that will fully fulfill the Great Commission.
To continue to inspire and challenge church communicators, Yvon Prehn has moved those topics to this website: www.yvonprehn.com
Shorter Yvon Prehn bio
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Yvon Prehn Short Bio
Yvon Prehn is the founder and director of Effective Church Communications and primary content creator for www.effectivechurchcom.com, a site with over 1,000 templates, articles, and resources for church communicators and a source of online training for church communicators.
For over 20 years Yvon traveled and taught church communication ministry, skills, and strategy at seminars, conferences, and national conventions all over North America. She has also written many popular books and articles on church communications, including the first book on desktop publishing in the church. Some of her current books are The Five Steps of Effective Church Communications and Marketing, Devotions for Desktop Publishers, and Connection Cards, little cards, big results. She is a contributing editor for Ministry Tech Magazine. A listing of her most recent books is at: http://www.effectivechurchcom.com/yvon-prehn-books/
She now writes and creates online training materials to equip, inspire and encourage church communicators from her home in Ventura, California.