Carey Kinsolving is an experienced public speaker, syndicated newspaper columnist, author, and producer. Many of Kinsolving's feature articles have appeared in The Washington Post and other major newspapers via news services such as The New York Times News Service, Cox, Hearst and Donrey. His subjects have ranged from profiles of well-known figures such as Elizabeth Dole, Tom Landry, Jimmy Carter and George Gallup Jr. to journey-of-faith stories of everyday Americans. Kinsolving was the first student in the history of the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism Washington Reporting Program to be published in The Washington Post with a byline.
Kinsolving’s weekly column, Kids Talk About God™, is distributed to newspapers by Creators Syndicate, to websites by Uclick and to individuals by complimentary email subscription at www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org. The column is unique in that it combines the humor and insights of children with a strong biblical emphasis in a question-and-answer format.
The Kids Talk About God™ gift book features children’s quotes from Kinsolving’s column and original children’s art. The publisher, J. Countryman, is the nation's largest inspirational gift book publisher. Under a sublicense, Hallmark reprinted and distributed the book in its Gold Crown stores.
In 2008, Kinsolving and his wife, Lisa, launched the Children’s International Arts Festival by offering children opportunities to win dude ranch family vacations. The best children’s writing and artwork from the festival has been published in the Kids Color Me Bible Gospel of John, an online storybook Bible available for free viewing and downloading. Nineteen children have won dude ranch vacations for their families.
With the idea of offering more children opportunities to win dude ranch vacations and to see their work published, the Kinsolvings refocused the Children’s International Arts Festival. Instead of a national publicity campaign, the Kinsolvings plan to partner with local sponsors to develop specific media markets. The local focus also brings a shift to publishing online books for specific media markets. The new, online books will feature children’s answers and artwork from five questions about heaven.
In 2005, Kinsolving published the Kids Color Me Bible online as part of the Kids Click Menu. Each of 54 Bible stories is illustrated by children’s art and features their answers to Bible-related questions. Also, each story contains a full page for children to draw their own illustrative art and answer Bible-related questions. It has proven to be the second most popular item in the Kids Click Menu with a regular surge in website traffic on Saturday and early Sunday morning as Sunday School teachers print lessons for church.
In 2003, Kinsolving signed a television contract with ABC affiliate KRGV-TV to produce Kids Talk About God TV spots where children answer questions about God. The spots were so well-received that Kinsolving signed a contract to produce 36 of them for 2004. The best sound tracks from the TV spots were formatted into radio spots. Samples of each can be viewed in online versions at www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org.
With the help of webmaster Steven Doyle, Kinsolving introduced the Kids Talk About God Online Art Gallery in 2004. This unique art gallery features the best children’s art gathered from two contests and two books. All the art is free and printable in 3.5” X 5” and 4” X 6” formats.
In the same year, Kinsolving’s team moved all online content to a database website. A specially designed module allows the five major components of the Kids Click Menu to be offered courtesy of a sponsoring organization. When a visitor enters the Kids Talk About God website through a website address created for a client, it appears as though the client is the sole sponsor of the website. This advance in technology makes many kinds of strategic partnering possible.
To gather initial material for the Kids Talk About God™ newspaper column, Kinsolving launched the Children's Bible Contest. The contest offered a trip around the world as the grand prize. Willard Scott featured the contest on the Today Show. The Mission Explorers™ Video Series, which Kinsolving produced and directed, features the 11-year-old winner of the contest in her global travels. The series was a No. 1 seller for Nelson Word Direct and has been used in more than 2,000 churches to introduce children to the work of missionaries.
Television viewers have also been blessed by the series. David Skeba, vice president and director of programming for Cornerstone Television, wrote: “Thank you for your permission to air Mission Explorers again in 2002. Your program is well produced and holds the attention of its young audience. Adults watching with their kids will also have an interest in Mission Explorers because of the focus of the program – that of missionary activity and calling. As a matter of fact, the focus on missions is a unique quality of this program. More kids’ shows like Mission Explorers would be a welcome addition to our schedule anytime.” In addition to Cornerstone Television, Sky Angel has broadcast Mission Explorers™ nationwide through its satellite network.
In producing the global video series, Kinsolving demonstrated skills to work with large and small mission agencies and ministries in various cultural settings. The consortium featured in the series includes Awana Clubs International, Ambassadors for Christ, Every Child Ministries, Far East Broadcasting, Food for the Hungry, Hogar Alalay, Operation Mobilization, Pioneers, SIM International, TEAM, Torchbearers, Trans World Radio and Quiet Corner India. The featured countries include Congo, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, India, Fiji Islands, Philippines and Bolivia.
Kinsolving is a popular speaker among adults, students and children. His speeches before Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Clubs have received standing ovations. His writing workshops have received high marks from Christian students at Yale University, Harvard University, the University of North Carolina and adults in various churches. His Testimony Writing Workshop empowers both the bold and the bashful to write and speak their testimonies.
With so much unique material collected from children, Kinsolving feels prepared for all speaking venues. After hearing him speak at the annual banquet for the Virginia Branch of Bethany Christian Services, Director Constance Barry, wrote: “The delightful artwork and stories were engaging. I am pleased to offer my recommendation to any Bethany branch that may wish to have you present at their banquet. Please do not hesitate to give my name as a reference.”
Kinsolving holds master's degrees from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. A native of McAllen, Texas, he currently lives in South Padre Island, Texas with his lovely wife Lisa.