Meet Athena

Each day I am constantly aware of God’s faithfulness!

These are some of the ways I get to serve Him and those He brings along my path!

I'm a publisher, speaker, author, professional emcee, podcaster, blogger, former radio host, bookstore owner, spiritual abuse survivor, and a pastor’s wife.

Athena Dean Holtz and husband Dr. Ross Holtz

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Walking alongside women who have been wounded by the church or other traumatic life experiences has become my greatest joy. Together we experience healing through the power of God’s Word and His Spirit.

After 13 years of a “Job-like” experience where I lost everything I held dear, I found God redeeming me in ways I could never have expected. Through this intense period of suffering and healing from the fallout of toxic leadership and extreme spiritual abuse, God proved Himself faithful to walk with me through the valley of the shadow of (emotional) death and brought me into wholeness and restoration.

My modern-day Cinderella story is a testimony to the faithfulness of God.

More recently, I experienced some struggles in my publishing business that forced me to look at unhealthy ways I avoided conflict and ended up paying a dear price for sticking my head in the sand. How faithful is our God! He moved in my own heart as I faced a challenge that brought refining to my business with unexpected rewards! In fact, Redemption Press qualified as Best Christian Workplace in 2021 and 2022!

My favorite time of day are early mornings with Jesus. I love sail boats and RV time with my prince charming, meeting friends all over the country at conferences and events, and boutique shopping.