Author of the Amazon #1 Bestseller, The Gospel of Santa Claus - Inspired by the True Story of Saint Nicholas, and children's Top 10 Bestseller, Beware! Corkie the Yorkie is a Sock Thief, Wayne Van Der Wal, grew up inside the beltway of Washington, D.C., in Falls Church, Virginia (with times in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wyoming). He moved to the Reno/Lake Tahoe area of Nevada when he was 20 and never left.
His diverse speaking and leadership experience spans over thirty years of leading various ministries, including Bible Studies, DivorceCare, and Children's, College, Jail, Inner-City, Married, Men’s, Single's and Youth Ministries.
His professional work experience extends almost three decades, and includes being a School Psychologist (Ed.S.), School Counselor (M.A.), President of his State Association, and having a B.A. in Social Psychology.
His ultimate joys are the love of God, sermons, worship, and talking with anyone who wants to talk about God. He also enjoys beaches, vineyards/wineries, traveling, running, and watching movies. His two children were part of the inspiration for writing The Gospel of Santa Claus by giving him a desire to illuminate and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with all.
His newest book, “Beware! Corkie the Yorkie is a Sock Thief!” was inspired by his 4 pound canine friend, Corkie, who he inherited in 2009 from his mother before her passing in 2010.