Writer, speaker, counselor, thought provoker, and weird dreamer who thinks he will one day snow ski a left and right track past both sides of a tree.
For ten years, Frank Ball directed North Texas Christian Writers to help members improve their writing and storytelling skills. In 2011, he founded Story Help Groups and joined the Roaring Writers ministry seven years later to encourage and equip all Christians to tell their life-changing stories. He has taught at writer’s conferences and churches across the U.S. and Canada. Besides writing his own books, he does ghostwriting, copy editing, and graphic design to help others publish high-quality books. As Pastor of Biblical Research and Writing for three years, he wrote sermons, teaching materials, and hundreds of devotions. He coaches writers, writes blogs, and is a panelist on The Writers’ View. His first book Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story is a compilation of biblical information on the life of Christ in a chronological story that reads like a novel.
Frank worked in the business world for forty years. Titles he has held are Salesman, Sales Manager, VP of Sales, Executive VP, Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, VP of Information Systems, Purchasing Manager, Personnel Manager, and VP of Production. In all his years in business, he spent nights and weekends doing biblical research, teaching, preaching, and counseling. In 1996, he became a part-time writer seeking to tell the gospel story in a way that people who didn’t read the Bible would know about Jesus. Ten years later, he became a full-time freelance writer, teacher, and speaker, encouraging people to discover their stories and learn to tell them well.
Frank’s birth certificate says he was born in 1945 in Manhattan, Kansas. At that time, a gallon of milk cost 62 cents, a loaf of bread was 19 cents, and gasoline was 16 cents per gallon. His family moved to the Houston area in 1954 and to Fort Worth in 1962. He was working part time at the age of twelve, and has held the following jobs. (1) Egg Salesman, (2) Janitor, (3) Elevator Operator, (4) Dish Washer, (5) Computer Programmer, (6) Warehouseman, (7) Welder, (8) Roofer, (9) Lawn Care Professional, (10) Leather Craftsman, (11) Personnel Manager, (12) Computer Hardware Technician, (13) Auto Mechanic, (14) Deliveryman, (15) Office Supply Salesman, (16) Freelance Writer, (17) Copy Editor, (18) Associate Pastor, (19) Public speaker, (20) Business Consultant, (21) Counselor, and (22) Carpenter. One item in the list was work without pay.
Frank is a widower since 2003, when his wife of thirty-seven years died of primary pulmonary hypertension. He has three married sons and seven grandchildren. He lives in an upstairs apartment, built in the huge attic of his oldest son’s house in a Fort Worth suburb.