Athena Dean Holtz

Redemption Press, Where Your Message is Our Mission, is publishing all genres, including children’s books, devotionals, Bible studies, and poetry. 


About Athena

Athena Dean Holtz is a publisher, speaker, former radio host, blogger, and pastor’s wife. For the last 30 years she has worked in the book business, spearheading the independent publishing movement in the Christian market. In 2014 Athena co-founded Redemption Press to fill an author-centered niche in publishing.
Her personal blog ( was selected as one of the top 100 faith blogs for Christian women in 2015 by She is president of the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association, a president’s club member of Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA), a member of Advanced Writer & Speaker Association (AWSA), and former host of a weekly radio program, “Always Faithful” on AM 630 KCIS, where she shared God’s faithfulness with women across the globe.

Her memoir, Full Circle: Coming Home to the Faithfulness of God (Redemption Press, 2017) has been nationally acclaimed for its ability to resonate and inspire. In it she shares the story of losing everything that mattered to her only to find what she believed in was a lie. A wake-up call for the body of Christ, it is also a modern-day Cinderella story of God’s great love and redemption in her life.
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.

Workshops Presented by Athena:

Jump Into the Live Video Streaming Waters
Periscope? Facebook Live? Meerkat? Blab? An overview of live video streaming technology and the simplest ways to get started. Athena has been utilizing Periscope and Facebook Live with her weekly radio show and has seen the technology enable a higher level of connection. A great way to interact with your social media community. If cell or wireless connections are available during the class, and you have a smartphone, you’ll walk away set up and able to start live streaming to your followers.  

7 Savvy Secrets to Building a Larger Platform
If you’ve been to many writers’ conferences, you know that having no platform can kill any hopes of interest from a royalty publisher. No matter how you get your book into print, these secrets will enable you to effectively develop or grow your platform to the next level. Practical and insightful, Athena Dean Holtz will equip you with the tools you need to get your message out to the masses.


3-Hour Extended Workshop Presented by Athena:

Turning Real Life Drama Into Real Life Stories
Do you have a compelling story of redemption that would minister to others? Do you feel that God wants your life to be a Romans 8:28 example to glorify His Name? Join Athena Dean Holtz as she shares the steps for success in getting your story into print. Athena will show you how to stay true to the facts without including everything, avoid legal issues, how to use fiction techniques in real-life experience, and how to eliminate roadblocks to publication.