About Amy

By taking steps of faith, Amy has become a contemporary Christian author and photographer. As she did in her first book, In Plain Sight: Faith Is In The Everyday, published Nov. 2020, she once again continued the theme of connecting readers to the presence of God in our everyday life with Sights of Faith: The Cross and Clouds., published Nov. 2021. Through unique images and writing she helps others discover and deepen faith. Her photography explores faith within the natural world, while honoring rural environments with the symbolism of the Cross.

What started as a way to remember her love of rural America and her grandparent’s farm morphed into Amy taking photos of crosses as she further developed her faith in her mid-40s. Amy’s faith deepened when realizing God’s blending beauty while taking care of Sweet Jean, her adopted grandmother, during her final years of life. The power of Amy’s prayers unfolded as she began seeing patterns of faith appear in her daily activities by finding “everyday” crosses. With her books and photography, Amy speaks to organizations, churches, and groups of all ages to inspire and develop faith.

Born in Macon, Amy's roots run deep throughout Missouri. She's lived in Macon, Fayette, Bolivar, Springfield, Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri since 2000. Amy has held senior-level human resources leadership positions during her 20 plus years of experience in the private sector. She received her Bachelors’ degree in Business from Missouri State University and Masters in HR Management from Webster University. Prior to starting her own consulting company, Arbor Grove, LLC in 2014, Amy was Senior Vice President, HR Director at Arvest Bank, for the Kansas City market.

Selected to the City of Kansas City's Centurions Leadership program; class of 2015, Amy has also served on numerous boards: the Linwood YMCA, in the heart of the inner city, where she often spoke to youth about healthy food options, the International Relations Council of KC as an Executive Officer, and was mayoral-appointed to the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, an economic development incentive commission, serving six years, chairing the Nominations Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee.

Amy is a human resources consultant, takes photos of crosses, and writes/speaks about faith. Contact Amy.

BeEncouraged Magazine Nov 2016
BeEncouraged Magazine Nov 2016
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Book Interview, Dec. 2020

In this short video interview, three selected photos and messages from the book are discussed with Rev. Trevor Dancer. Talking about the presence of faith in our everyday.

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Video Interview, April 2020

Talking about faith in relationships, nature and where we find it with well-being champion Michelle Robin on her Rhythm and Resilience podcast series.

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Podcast Interview

Christian Entrepreneurs Interview, Aug, 2018

Talking with AnneMarie Cross on her Ambitious Entrepreneur podcast about faith-based insights from my entrepreneurial pursuits.

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Speaking Testimonials

Speaking to groups of all ages about her inspirational story of faith, the "everyday" cross in her book In Plain Sight, Amy uses her experience, insights, and humor to provide an authentic testimony in her pursuit of the Cross. It's a nontraditional path with messages of hope, inspiration, entrepreneurship and perserverance.

"Amy was able to challenge us to rethink our understanding of the cross. The symbol of our faith, is not only contained in specific places designated for faith to be practiced, but experienced and present in obscure and easily overlooked spots. The passion she brings to the topic is palpable and contagious. She sparked conversation within our church and helped open our eyes to see the cross wherever we go. She was a delight and an inspiration to our church and will be wherever she goes."

-Rev. Trevor Dancer, Central Methodist

Listen Here. Interview with Pastor Dancer, Searching for the Truth - The Cross, January 21, 2018

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"In this materialistic, cynical world, Amy’s inspirational message is that it doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose to step off the well-worn road and find the path God wants us to walk, pursue the passions that make us joyful, and live a meaningful life of purpose and love."

-Shirley Gilmore, Pathways Church


"I had the privilege of hearing Amy Bretall speak about her mission to spread a passion for the cross as a touchstone of faith. Her open and honest demeanor is authentic and encourages the audience to have a real dialogue." -Molly B., Community Christian Church