Redbud Writers

Redbud Writers Guild is an international community of Christian women who envision a vibrant and diverse movement of women who create in community and who influence culture and faith. Redbud members strive to change the world with words as we foster a safe sisterhood of creatives who thrive in a non-competitive, supportive community.

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Patricia is a writer who explores the sacred space of God's everyday grace. She is an introvert who craves community, a Michigander who hates being cold, and a hopelessly loud car singer who can’t carry a tune to save her life. She explores loss and grief—miscarriage, childlessness, losing a parent—and what it’s like to navigate those experiences in a world that often wants us to just get over it already. She has written for The Mudroom, Fathom Magazine, SheLoves Magazine, Perennial Gen, and many others. Patricia also solves many of the world’s problems while relaxing with a skein of yarn and a crochet hook. Connect with her at patriciaalderman.com
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Judy Allen is a writer and a Bible teacher who explores the intersection of work, retirement, Christianity and growing faith. Although she didn’t understand it years ago, her goal has always been, and still is, to discover, grow, understand, and communicate. She has been published in Fathom Magazine, The Institute for Faith Work and Economics, Open the Bible, The Sage Forum, The Mudroom, and iBelieve. She lives near Chicago with her husband, Dan, has three children in different parts of the country and five grandchildren. Connect with Judy on Instagram, @judylarsonallen, Facebook, Judy Larson Allen, or her newsletter Reimagining Retirement at judyallenwrites.substack.com.
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Connie Armerding is a storyteller. She believes in the power of story and is passionate about communicating the transforming work of the Gospel in a variety of life’s contexts through her writing, speaking and leading. She has worked in public education, the nonprofit sector and extensively in the local church. She currently works as a Content Developer at Joy Of It , Curriculum Writer/Editor for JOI Friendzy. She serves at her local church, Alongsiders Church in Portland, Oregon, as a member of the preaching and teaching team. She is furthering her education at Wheaton College Graduate School (MA- Leadership and Evangelism) in collaboration with Propel Women. Connie is a reader who loves to write stories. She finds great joy in writing down the stories of everyday life. Her published works can be found at TRUTH + LOVE. Connie has been married to her husband, Taylor, for sixteen years and they have four elementary aged children. They live in Lake Oswego, Oregon and love exploring the outdoors.
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Jenny Rae Armstrong is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes about faith, social justice, missional living and women’s issues for Christian publications. She is a member of Redbud’s Board of Directors. Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband and four children. See more at www.jennyraearmstrong.com.
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Jenai Auman is a Filipina-American writer and artist. She draws from her years in church leadership as well as her trauma-informed training to write on healing, hope, and the way forward. She is passionate about providing language so readers can find a faith that frees them. She received her bachelor's degree in behavioral health science and is currently pursuing a master's in spiritual formation at Northeastern Seminary. Jenai lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Tyler, and their sons, Quinn and Graham.
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Lindsay Banton, author of "Follow Me: An Interactive Encounter with the Words of Jesus" (June, 2024) and "Trail Guide: A Simple Manual for Understanding the Bible" (CruPress, 2023) is a writer, speaker and U.S. missionary. She and her husband were born and raised in Virginia, but relocated to north east Connecticut to pioneer a campus ministry at a large state university. This relocation has caused her to improve her boot collection, strengthen her soup making skills, and become well-versed in the world of quality winter gear. Together they have three children and one very large dog. Lindsay writes for a number of homeschool curriculum companies, her fellowship of churches, and a few other blogs here and there. She has a passion for writing and teaching about the topics of true discipleship, raising whole kids, anything having to do with the life of Jesus, and resources to help people feel equipped to read and encounter the Bible effectively. The older she gets, the more she loves children’s books and doing more of the simpler things in life.
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Paola Barrera worked in the business world for fifteen years. After a seasoned career in market research and communications, she pivoted to invest her time and skill in words. A writer and speaker, Paola shares how the Bible informs everyday life. She's written articles for Fathom Magazine, Servants of Grace, and Women Encouraged, and led workshops, and spoken at various events in Canada and the US. To spark a thoughtful reflection about life, faith, and theology is her aim when writing or speaking. Born in Venezuela, she spent her formative years between Europe and the United States. She returned to her birth country in her late 20s, where she met her husband. A Third Culture Kid for the first half of her life, she became an immigrant in her 40s. Canadian through the gift of immigration, Paola calls Montreal home, where she lives with her husband Gustavo.
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Becky Beresford lives in North Carolina and is happily outnumbered by her husband and three wonderful boys. She is a writer, speaker, and coach with a Master’s Certificate in Discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary. Becky loves encouraging God’s Daughters to embrace Christ-centered empowerment through gospel truth. Her first book with Moody Publishers is scheduled for release in March 2024! She would love to connect with you online at BeckyBeresford.com, where she hosts the weekly Brave Women Series, featuring different women and their journeys toward courage with Jesus. Sign up to receive these inspiring stories in your inbox, and you’ll also get a copy of the Brave Woman Manifesto: Five Things to Tell Yourself When Life Gets Hard for FREE.
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Lucretia is a former college professor who founded Brownicity.com with the purpose of making scholarly-informed, antiracism education accessible in order to foster racial healing and inspire a culture of true belonging and justice for all. She is a TED speaker and author of Hues of You - An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In (2022), What LIES Between Us - Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing (2016) and co-authored Teaching for Justice and Belonging - A Journey for Educators and Parents (August 2022). Lucretia is married to Nathan; they have three daughters and two aussiedoodles, and live in North Carolina.
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Fueled by local coffee and big dreams, this dynamic mom of three is on a mission to help you get unstuck! After working in higher education, she launched Lead With Intention® and has researched, coached, and trained teams around the world on the science of Emotional Endurance to enhance their fulfillment. Leslie has served on the leadership team for TEDxSacramento and volunteered in Jordan teaching leadership in local schools. After becoming a parent, she created The Makers Place™, Sacramento’s first coworking space with onsite childcare offering flexible solutions for local families. Leslie graduated from UCLA with her Bachelor’s in Mass Communications and a Master's of Education and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. She is a novice pickleball player and an expert bargain shopper! Leslie lives in Northern California with her family and travels internationally for coaching, organizational trainings, and retreat facilitation. Connect with Leslie @LeadWithIntention.
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Pacific Northwest naturalist, photographer, and author Cheryl Grey Bostrom delights in the ways God speaks through his creation. In her weekly posts at CherylBostrom.com she captures surprising and beautiful ways he does—and plants readers in their midst. A former columnist for Women of Faith (back in their conference days), she's published essays, photography, and poetry in a wide variety of publications. On Camera: Scripture in Creation, her column in the American Scientific Affiliation’s God and Nature Magazine, publishes quarterly. She has also written five books. Her novels include the award-winning Sugar Birds, Leaning on Air, and a third slated for a 2025 release—all through Tyndale House. Earlier non-fiction books include The View from Goose Ridge: Watching Nature, Seeing Life (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins) and Children At Promise: Nine Principles To Help Kids Thrive in an At-Risk World, with Dr. Tim Stuart (Jossey-Bass/Wiley). When Cheryl and her veterinarian husband aren’t visiting kids and grands too far away, they live in rural Washington State with three irrepressible Gordon Setters.
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Amy Boyd is a blogger and divorce survivor who loves to provide hope, heart revival, and assurance that our identity lies in Christ alone, and not in our circumstances. She is a chai latte addict who recently began adding a shot of espresso to her latte for an extra kick. Amy writes at revivemeagain.com and her writing has been featured on For Every Mom.
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Amber Brandt is a StoryBrand certified copywriter, an IAPO certified interior decorator, and the design-maven behind The Coziness Consultant, where she helps people design values-based interiors. She’s the co-creator of Bright + Becoming Events, a speaker, mother, wife, and lover of all things cozy. Amber recently signed with a literary agent and is currently pitching her first book on the topic of what she calls “values-based design.” Amber also has an extensive background in writing for print, television, multi-channel, and corporate video. Her freelance writing roster includes Our Daily Bread Ministries, Bissell, Priority Health, Applebee’s, National Heritage Academies, Google REWS, Ian Morgan Crohn, and Family Christian Stores. Amber and her husband Kyle live in Grand Rapids, MI and have one daughter, a fairy-person named Winslow.
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Rachel is a British-born, author, blogger, and speaker living in the USA. Her passion is leading women in becoming comfortable and confident in their conversation with God. Rachel is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Masters in Religion. She is Executive Content Director for RADIANT NYC, an online magazine equipping young NYC women to live radiant and unashamed. She is co-director of reNEW - retreat for New England Writing and Speaking. Her 501(c)(3) non-profit organization enables Rachel to educate and equip women writers and speakers to effectively share their unique story and message, and reach women without a faith in Jesus. Raised on the east coast of England, Rachel moved to New England in 1995. She now resides in New York City with her husband. They have three young adult children scattered across too many time zones. Rachel cannot live without a mug of English tea.
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Kendra Broekhuis lives in the city of Milwaukee where she spends her days job driving four of her children from one place to another in her minivan. She's written, spoken, and created non-fiction content for over a decade, including her first book called, Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert's Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor. In 2017, she was the recipient of Dordt University’s Horizon Award, recognizing alumni who are community-minded and entrepreneurial. Now, Kendra is excited to be publishing two novels with WaterBrook, the first of which debuted in March 2024, called Between You and Us. You can find most of her sarcastic ramblings and serious encouragement in her newsletter, on social media, and at www.kendrabroekhuis.com
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Melissa is a writer, licensed therapist, and founder of Thrive Counseling Collective. She has over 10 years of experience as a clinician, specializing in the treatment of trauma, attachment, spiritual issues, and relational conflict with a story-focused, highly interpersonal style. In her writing, Melissa invites her readers to explore the intersection of mental health and faith as they engage their personal stories in light of the redemptive story of Jesus. She is a So-Cal transplant and midwesterner at heart, pastor's wife, and mom to two amazing boys. Connect with her at melissabrownback.com or on Instagram (@melissabrownback).
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Sarah K. Butterfield is the author of "Around the Clock Mom: Make the Most of Your God-Given Time," a resource that helps busy moms steward their time faithfully. In her role as a writer, speaker, and as the Director of Children and Family Ministry for her church, she has a heart for empowering women to grow deeper in their faith. As part of this mission, Sarah writes regularly for her own website as well as for other publications such as Red Letter Christians, Relevant, and (in)Courage. She and her husband and two boys live in San Diego, where she loves getting lost in a book, and overindulging in ice cream.
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Marie Chan writes about connecting deeply with Christ and community through life’s challenges. She shares about God giving her diverse motherhood experiences of adopting an older child internationally, conceiving after struggling with infertility, and mourning the stillbirth of her son on her blog, calmmamabear.com. Marie also leads an adoption support group focused on trauma-informed parenting. Being the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants inspired Marie to share stories that highlight hidden figures in Asian American history. Marie’s picture book biography, Mamie Takes a Stand: The True Story of Mamie Tape, a Chinese American Girl's Fight for School Rights (Harvest House/Ten Peaks Press), will be released in 2024. She lives in California with her husband, two children with a third in heaven, and their giant 12-pound rabbit. Connect with Marie on Instagram @mariechanbooks and mariechan.com
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Helen is a daughter of the King, wife of husband and church planter, homeschooling mom of three, waiting adoptive mom of our baby in South Korea, and lover of coffee, doughnuts, and jalapeños. God is the author of Helen’s story and He has been impressing on her heart to explore all the layers of her story in light of the truth of the Gospel. Particularly, she has been digging deeper into the areas of being a pastor’s wife, family, chronic illness, prayer, mercy, and especially the journey of being a second generation child of Korean Immigrant parents. Helen feels called to connect with people through honestly, vulnerability, and grace, and to help others find the gospel thread in their stories as well.
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JODI COWLES is an American author who spent eight years living (and mostly loving) life with her husband and daughter in Istanbul, Turkey. Spending more than half her adult life living and working in seven different countries, her time abroad expanded her vision of the world and allowed her to collect stories along the way. Armed with an endless supply of culture-clashing mishaps, inappropriate marriage proposals, and language barrier misfires, Jodi’s writing gets to the heart of the matter: the human connection present in every country and culture. Her most recent novel, Cold Turkey, is a humorous romp through the colorful and crowded chaos of life as a foreigner in Turkey. You can find out more at www.jodicowles.com or on Instagram @jodicowles.
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Dr. Amy F. Davis Abdallah preaches and teaches for churches, conferences, and other ministries in the United States and internationally. She is Professor of Theology and Bible at Nyack College and especially enjoys taking students to Greece to walk the footsteps of St. Paul. Amy is passionate about encouraging Christian women to expand the Kingdom of God through the educational program Empower as well as a rite of passage for Nyack College Seniors. She is the author of The Book of Womanhood; her writing has been featured in Everbloom, , The Wonder Years, and by Christianity Today, CBE International, Redbud Writers Guild, InterVarsity Fellowship, and Missio Alliance. When she’s not writing or speaking, Amy loves to sit her backyard with family, friends, and yummy food and drink. Her husband and sons are her favorite people and she runs, bikes, hikes, and explores the world with them. Find her on the web at amyfdavisabdallah.com and on twitter @amyfdavisa
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Heidy De La Cruz is a faith-based writer, poet, and podcaster. She's passionate about sharing immigrant's stories, teaching others how to launch their own podcast, and writing messages God shares in her heart.
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Rebecca J Detrick is a teacher, writer, coach, barista, wife, and mom, who attempts to live and love in contagious ways. Rebecca has a Bachelor's Degree in English, a Master's in Education, and strives to write about education, theology, the importance of empathy, and the strivings and strugglings of everyday moments that make up life. She writes most often at www.overaroundandthrough.com; can be found on Twitter @RDetrick1.
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Keren Dibbens-Wyatt is a chronically-ill contemplative, writer and artist. She has a passion for prayer, poetry, story and colour. Her writing features regularly in literary journals (including Fathom, Amethyst Review, The Blue Nib) and on spiritual blogs (Contemplative Light, Godspace Light). She is the author of the book Recital of Love (Paraclete Press, 2020). Keren lives in England and suffers from M.E. which keeps her housebound and out of the trouble she would doubtless get into otherwise.
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Liz loves to listen to stories, share truth, and write. She lives in the Silicon Valley of California with her handsome techie husband and two wild kiddos. She devours podcasts while folding laundry and considers blog writing a completely valid excuse to leave dishes for the next morning. She is in the process of becoming a Spiritual Director and daily discovers how freedom, love and calling shape the life of a Christ Follower.
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Katelyn J Dixon is a writer and photographer from Auburn, Washington. As a writer and poet, her work focuses on beholding the Kingdom of God in unexpected places, exploring the many paradoxes of life and faith, and celebrating the beauty of the Divine all around and within us. Her experience in a former abusive marriage as well as her graduate level training in Counseling Psychology has given her a passion to partner with the Spirit in advocating for abused and trafficked women. Although she never wanted to be married to a pastor, that is the delightful position she now finds herself in and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has written for Ekstasis Magazine, The Joyful Life Magazine, Renovaré, Vita Poetica, and Heart of Flesh Literary Magazine.
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Xochitl (So-Cheel) Dixon, contributing writer for Our Daily Bread, is the author of Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace and the 2021 ECPA Christian Book Award Children’s Book finalist, Different Like Me. Her work has been featured in Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures and on the (in)courage blog. She is a regular contributor for the God Hears Her blog and in many of Our Daily Bread’s compilations, including God Hears Her, God Sees Her, God Loves Her. Xochitl serves the Lord with her beautifully diverse family and her service dog, Callie. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, she crosses generational and cultural boundaries with faith-building messages of God’s love. She connects with readers on social media and her blog at www.xedixon.com.
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Judy Douglass is a writer, speaker, encourager, advocate. She loves to encourage God’s children—especially His daughters—to be and do all God created them for. She partners with her husband, Steve, to lead Cru/Campus Crusade for Christ globally, speaks all over the world and is the author of six books—the latest is When You Love a Prodigal: 90 Days of Grace for the Wilderness. Known for her “realness,” Judy writes at www.judydouglass.com. You can find her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/JeedooDouglass) and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @judydouglass417. She has three children and nine grandchildren.
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Nicole Doyley is a writer and speaker who appreciates the power of words. She believes that well placed words have a tremendous ability to change hearts and minds. She has written about being a single woman for many years and the joy of finally meeting her husband. Though married now for seventeen years, she still loves encouraging single women to trust God and believe He has good things in store. She also writes about all things race, and she looks forward to the day when God’s people finally lead the way in racial healing. As a biracial woman, she also equips parents of mixed-race kids to raise kids who embrace all of who they are. She is madly in love with Jesus, her husband and her two teenage sons.
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Sarah writes to equip people for the work of justice. She has worked for 25 years at local, state, and international levels on a range of justice issues from education reform and gender equality to human rights and spiritual abuse. Sarah has lived and worked on four continents and holds a master’s degree in social policy and development from the London School of Economics. She loves meeting new people, hiking, scuba diving, and deep conversations. You can find her at www.justicedriver.com and instagram.com/justicedriver.
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Sara Easterly is an adoptee and the author of books that include Adoption Unfiltered: Revelations from Adoptees, Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents, and Allies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2024), co-authored with birth parent Kelsey Vander Vliet Ranyard and adoptive parent Lori Holden, as well as the award-winning spiritual memoir, Searching for Mom (Heart Voices, 2019). Her essays, articles, and book reviews have been widely published, and she is the founder of Adoptee Voices, supporting other adoptees in their storytelling. Sara is also a co-host of the Adoption Unfiltered podcast, and previously led the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) of Western Washington, where she was recognized as SCBWI Member of the Year. She is a trained course facilitator with the Neufeld Institute and brings 20+ years of experience as a publicist and event planner orchestrating book tours, launch campaigns, and large-scale events. Find her at saraeasterly.com.
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Anitra Elmore is a writer, teacher, and content creator. She is the author of a small group prayer guide called Warrior Parents and the founder of OrchardScribe.com. Anitra has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in elementary education. She has written both formally and informally for the past 25 years. Anitra writes with a mission to amplify the truth of God’s Word and lead others to full and purpose-filled lives. She has a passion for practical discipleship and Christian education and enjoys writing and teaching about both. She and her husband, Darold, are deacons and small group leaders committed to equipping families for transgenerational wholeness. They have been married for 28 years and live in North Carolina with their two children.
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Leah D Everson (MDiv, Denver Seminary) is a Minnesota girl, a book addict, and a messy mama. She divides her time between encouraging new mothers in their walk with God and taking care of her own busy boys. Loved by Jesus, Leah is learning to rest in Him. Leah was the founding director/teacher of The Scum Study Center at Scum of the Earth Church in Denver, CO for five years. Leah blogs regularly at www.leaheverson.com and can be found on Twitter @leahdeverson.
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Sara Fichtner is a writer, nonprofit professional, and cultural connector. She is the Director of Grants and Special Projects at The Oaks Academy in Indianapolis and is an active member of the philanthropic community as a volunteer, donor, and mentor. In 2021, she began writing at sarafichtner.com on topics related to connecting people across cultures. Her hope is to publish more writing and collaborate with other writers and creators, focusing on work that is honest, optimistic, and thought-provoking. She is a Filipina-Hoosier and lives in Indiana with her Argentinean husband and their two boys. They are also transitional foster care parents through Bethany Christian Services, supporting children that arrive unaccompanied at the U.S. border.
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Kim Findlay is a writer, speaker, and ministry leader. She is the author of Breathing in Ashes, a self-published memoir about the death of her youngest daughter. She has written curriculum for Big Idea, Inc. and David C. Cook. Her writing can also be found with Facets of Faith. Kim earned her B.S. in Special Education with a focus in Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Newly transplanted to the Boston, Massachusetts area, her blended family includes two kids by birth and three kids by choice. Kim blogs at www.abigumbrella.com and www.talesfromablender.net and you can follow her on Instagram at @abigumbrella7.
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Mari Fitz-Wynn is a nonfiction author, novelist, and Bible teacher. She spends much of her time nurturing the spiritual well-being of church communities worldwide as a teacher and trainer for healing prayer ministry. She is the author of Take Heart 26 Steps to a Healthy Home School, Connect the D.O.T.S, God's Whispered Dreams: Messages, Meaning and Miracles (2024), and a poetry collection, Rise Up! Poems of Protest Poems of Praise. Mari has contributed to several anthologies, including Connect. Faith, The Timing of Everything Promised Vol.1, and Poetry Ink. Her work has been published in several women’s ministry magazines and, most recently, in Jerry Jazz Musician magazine. In 2022, she founded Faith Journey Publishing, a long-time goal and heartfelt mission to empower Christian BIPOC women forty-five and wiser to write their stories.
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Sharla Fritz has been described as an amazing eye-opening speaker and author. Her books Measured by Grace, God's Relentless Love, Enough for Now, and Waiting have given thousands of women the tools to dig into Scripture and experience a transformation of their attitudes and heart. With light-hearted stories and thought-provoking applications, she makes Bible study fun and uplifting. Sharla’s articles have appeared at incourage.com, iBelieve.com, The Redbud Post, Today’s Christian Woman, Just Between Us, and Lutheran Women’s Quarterly. Stitching her messages with humor and honesty, Sharla speaks to hundreds of women each year at retreats, luncheons, and mom’s groups. Sharla makes her home in the Chicago area where she is also a pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, musician, and confirmed chocoholic. And if she isn’t sitting at her piano or computer, you might find her stalking fabulous fashion finds at the local resale shop.
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Shelbi lives and writes in rural South Dakota with her pastor husband and three almost-grown kids. After a 25-year hiatus from college, she returned to earn her B.A. in English and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She now teaches English Composition online for her undergrad alma mater. When she's not reading or writing about writing, she's chronicling life in "flyover country" and telling the stories of its land and its people. Shelbi is a firm believer in mid-life reinventions, the importance of place, and the art of paying attention.
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Kim Gillespie has learned “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” She planned to pursue international business. God sent her to seminary and into ministry. An “equipper” at her core, she was an educator for almost ten years, served in operations with a college ministry, and has served a number of church plants. Kim has pursued her love for writing by contributing to various publications including Wild Things and Castles in the Sky: A Guide to Choosing the Best Books for Children, Urban Ministries, Inc, Precepts for Living, (in)courage A Moment to Breathe daily devotional, and (in)courage Women’s Devotional Bible. She is currently on staff at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, GA where she resides with her husband, son, and twin girls.
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Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young is a sought-after speaker, podcaster, former newspaper reporter, and the award-winning author of numerous books, including the coming books, Chasing God’s Glory (Waterbrok Multnomah/PRH), Create in Me a Heart of Mercy (Revell), and Breathing Through Grief (Ink & Willow/Penguin Random House). Dorina leads as the president of the Redbud Writers Guild and the visionary director for Lead Loved, equipping Christian women leaders. She writes for (in)courage by Dayspring and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Dorina is a remarried widow. She and her husband, Shawn, are raising three daughters to be leaders in Central California. Connect with her at www.DorinaGilmore.com
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Rebecca “Becky” Gonzalez is a writer, speaker, and fitness instructor. She is a recovering perfectionist and people-pleaser, a hopeful encourager and freedom fighter. Becky loves all things movies and music, and her brain is 80% movie quotes and music lyrics - she has the T-shirt to prove it. Becky lives in South Florida, embracing the grit and grace of life, love, and faith. Her most treasured roles to date have been as wife and mom, although Riley (their rescue dog) would argue that providing her with an unlimited supply of Costco boxes to destroy would be Becky's most important job ever. She's the author of Glimpses of Love: The Most Excellent Way of Imperfection. Connect with Becky at beckygonzalez.substack.com and on Instagram @_beckygonzalez.
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Alexis A. Goring is a trained journalist and a writer at heart. She enjoys helping people uncover their true worth in God's eyes by producing inspirational content that encourages the heart. Connect with her at https://alexisagoring.jimdofree.com.
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Liz Charlotte Grant’s lyrical, raw voice beckons her readers to ask the toughest questions of faith and living. She studied creative writing (Wheaton College, 2009), and has published her nonfiction essays at Patheos, the Curator Magazine, On Faith, Mothers Always Write, Neutrons Protons, and Dappled Things (forthcoming), among others. She speaks about practical, on-the-ground faith issues to Jesus-loving church and MOPs groups. She’s currently editing a literary memoir in which she reckons with the healing power of God as she goes blind in one eye. Liz, her husband, and two wild children live in Denver. Follower her on Instagram and Facebook @LizCharlotteGrant and her website.
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Dorothy Littell Greco writes about marriage and family, leadership, race, aging, and theology. She is the author of two books: Making Marriage Beautiful (David C Cook, Jan 2017) and Marriage in the Middle (IVP, winter 2020). She also works as a professional photographer. When she's not at her computer or behind her camera, Dorothy loves to kayak with her husband, bake paleo desserts, and go for long walks on the beach. You can find more of her work on her website or by following her on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. She is also a member of The Pelican Project. Twitter @dorothygreco FB: Words&Images by Dorothy Greco Website: dorothygreco.com
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Chanté Griffin is Los Angeles-based journalist and natural hair advocate whose work centers the intersection of race, culture, and faith. She’s an entertainment writer for Faithfully Magazine, a former contributor for The Root, and a contributing writer for The Washington Post and L.A. Parent. Chanté is the recipient of a 2021-2022 California Arts Council Fellowship, which will support her first book project. When Chanté isn’t writing, she’s either dancing salsa, wrangling goats, or coaching other creatives through Spirit & Scribe, an online workshop that explores the intersection of writing craft and spiritual formation. Connect with her at @yougochante on all platforms.
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Diana Gruver writes about discipleship and spiritual formation in the every day. Her passion is encouraging and nurturing disciples of Jesus, giving them a vision for how He speaks to every aspect of the story of their lives. She holds a M.A. in Spiritual Formation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her first book, Companions in the Darkness (IVP, winter 2020), is about individuals in church history who struggled with depression. Diana lives in south-central Pennsylvania, where she can often be found singing in the kitchen with her husband and ever-curious daughter. Diana blogs at www.dianagruver.com and can be found online on Facebook or Twitter.
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Residing outside of San Francisco with her husband and four children, Aimee spends her days teaching, writing, drawing and caring for her menagerie of critters. As a trained veterinarian turned homeschooling teacher, animals have always captured a special place in her heart, family life and character-driven picture books. Where once she used to study and research wildlife from fleas to African Wild dogs to cheetahs, now the whimsy and wild are woven into her tales. Aimee is an active SCBWI, 12 x 12, Inked Voices, CBI member as well as a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. She is currently pursuing illustration where she enjoys exploring collage/mixed media art and digital drawing.
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Marnie Hammar writes about how freedom isn’t found in being perfect, but in knowing God deeper and hearing Him louder. Wife for 28 years and boy mama (18, 15, & 12), Marnie’s non-writing life revolves around taming the stinky, scraping off the sticky, and cheering for her boys at soccer (loudly) and golf (quietly). Pre-kids, Marnie earned her MS from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and worked in communications in the corporate world and at Harvard University and Babson College. A regular contributor for She Reads Truth and Family Christian, and the host for the Hear Him Louder Guest Essay Series, she's been published at (in)courage, The Joyful Life Magazine, Revelation Wellness and Fathom Mag. You can find Marnie at www.marniehammar.com or on Instagram and Facebook.
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Sharon is a speaker, author, and traveler. She serves as the Director of Missions at Centreville Presbyterian Church, connecting the local church with mission partners worldwide. Her forthcoming book, Mapping Church Missions (InterVarsity Press, September 2018) equips the church to do missions better. Sharon writes regularly for print and digital publications on missions and discipleship. She lives in Virginia with her husband and occasionally-visiting young adult children. Connect with Sharon on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or her website.
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Taryn grew up in a town with 75 people, three million chickens, several dogs, and two imaginary friends. She went on to live in two other countries and visit a host of others on six continents. Taryn started writing in mid-life and has authored four books: One Degree of Freedom and Two Lights of Hope are young adult historical fiction set in Cold War Romania; Sentenced to Life is the story of a prisoner who finds redemption; and We Wait You: Waiting on God in Eastern Europe is a memoir about her years as a single missionary in Eastern Europe. Taryn and her husband live in a sleepy town in North Carolina. She recently obtained a master's degree in writing and is an adjunct writing instructor at a small university. She has come full circle, minus the imaginary friends.
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Joylanda is a poet, photographer, and plant enthusiast living in Virginia. She's had poems and essays appear in magazines such as Fathom, Rogue Agent, Think Christian, and Resolute. Visit http://itsjoylanda.com or chat with her on Insta/FB @itsjoylanda.
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Sherene Joseph is a Third Culture Kid, an aspiring writer, and a storyteller. A wife, mother, and friend, she finds herself at the crossroads of Christianity, Culture & Community. As an immigrant to the United States, she has a unique perspective of how our faith is intertwined with our cultures and the communities we engage with. She is passionate about educating the majority culture about immigrant challenges and ministering to women. Sherene and her husband serve on the Marriage Ministry at their local church, where she also serves as a Deacon. Teaching and writing on various topics, especially from an immigrant cultural perspective, is where she naturally gravitates towards. She is on the women's teaching team at her church. Sherene and her family live in Dallas, TX. They love to travel and try new foods & she is obsessed with British TV in her spare time.
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Tasha is a melancholy dreamer, a biracial Korean American storyteller, wife to Matt, mama to three, and likely craving kimchi and fries. She grew up in a multicultural and biracial home with the backdrop of three different countries and continents. Her world has always felt like a cultural collision and she sees the world best through stories and poetry. She is passionate about helping others notice beauty and embrace themselves as wholly beloved image bearers. She writes about everyday life and cultural identity. Writing has always been the way God has led her towards home and the hope of shalom. Tasha is a monthly contributor at (in)Courage. She’s also written for publications like Relevant, The Mudroom, PAX, SheLoves Magazine, MOPs, Think Christian and others. She’s currently working on her first book about identity, faith, and belonging, due to be released in May 2023. Find her on Instagram www.instagram.com/tashajunb or sign up for her monthly(ish) updates at https://bit.ly/3C1JDtb
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Jennifer Kinard lives in the rolling hills of Maryland, writing essays and poetry for women in need of a quiet place for soul reflection and refreshment. Her writing is marked by authenticity, warmth, and humor, and she loves to create those magical moments when a reader feels known and understood. A lover of the written word since childhood, she was delighted to discover that working in publishing meant she could actually get paid to read. You can still find her with her nose buried in a book when she isn’t homeschooling her four children and teaching literature to high schoolers. She and her husband, Ken, have been married for 25 years, run a creative agency together, and host a summer arts camp for teens. You can find her online at jenniferkinard.com and on Instagram: @jenkinard_wordlover.
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Jennifer Ji-Hye Ko is an Autistic and Disabled speaker, writer, poet, founder of Disabled Christian Voices, and author of, A Lamenter's Pathway to Joy: Devotional Journal. She has battled multiple chronic infections, autoimmune disorders and resulting psychosis since early childhood. She knows what it is to be content with little — having been homeless twice — and with much — now supported by her husband, daughter, 2 close friends and her service dog, Natasha Romanoff. Armed with over a decade of theological and biblical counselling education, Jennifer continues to learn by chronically dwelling on the sacred ground of desperate fellowship with Christ in his suffering. In word, message, and deed, Jennifer hopes to uplift and embolden hurting people with the comfort she has received from God.
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Sybil Kolbert is passionate about equipping individuals to move beyond challenging seasons and rebuild in life, faith, and community. As someone who is no stranger to the upheaval that comes with crisis, Sybil believes that the opportunity to rebuild always comes on the other side of it. Her mission is to help individuals see themselves as they truly are and equip them to create change. Sybil is a former School Psychologist, licensed coach, speaker, author, and curriculum creator and has been facilitating trauma programming for survivors of human trafficking since January 2017. Sybil is from Clovis, CA, where she shares a home with her husband and three children.
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After writing nine co-authored historical and contemporary novels with best-selling author/husband, Jim, Terri added her award-winning interior designer’s eye to her world of fiction with her last contemporary trilogy—the Project Restoration Series—to which she came naturally, having survived the remodel, renovation, and restoration of three separate personal residences, along with those of her clients. After completing an abridgment of Les Miserables she is writing a devotional—both for Tyndale House—and has also returned to historical fiction. Terri has been blessed with the opportunity to travel extensively internationally. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she taught Interior Design at the college level for eight years, and directed women’s ministries at her church for six years. 100% Italian, she enjoys all things from the culture of her heritage. She on the Board of The Re:New Project, a ministry to refugee women. Terri has served as President of Redbud Writers Guild for the past 6 years.
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Becky Kuiper is a writer, a consultant, a wife, and a mom of three boys. For her day job, Becky is a workplace consultant in the corporate interiors industry, using stories to help clients discover how their buildings shape behavior. She loves to write about placemaking, motherhood, simplicity, and how God transforms us to be people of peace and joy in the midst of an anxious world. Her published essays can be found at www.BeckyKuiper.com.
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Bethany LaShell is a veteran homeschooler and organizer of everything not nailed down. Her credits include two graduated daughters, a perfectly organized desk, and numerous articles written for various magazines and websites. She has authored a self-published book on homeschooling as well as ebooks on homeschooling, organization, and writing. She has spoken at homeschool conventions and churches on a variety of topics. Bethany's current writing includes Christian living and devotional writings published on various websites as well as with Guideposts. She lives in South Carolina with her cats, where she writes and edits for a local ministry. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, music, reading, and keeping up with friends in her spare time.
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Laura is a writer, photographer, teacher, and sometime preacher. She has lots of questions, a few answers, and the need to share them with an unsuspecting world. Her writing explores what faith in Jesus looks like when it collides with “real life” — from the theology of lasagna to the spiritual discipline of knitting. Speaking of knitting, Laura puts her knitting (and praying) skills to work, leading a community Prayer Shawl Ministry that has given hundreds of consecrated shawls to people in need of a reminder that they are loved. In addition to her blog In Ordinary Time (www.inordinarytime.com) Laura has written for the Mudroom and Altarwork,. She is married and lives in Connecticut with her husband Bill and two delightfully crazy cats.
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Kristin Huang is a primary care physician serving Cantonese-speaking patients in Boston's Chinatown by day, and is a book reviewer, writer, and storyteller by night. Her stories from the stage have been featured on The Moth podcast, going viral on TikTok, and she has a strong Bookstagram following (IG: @ktlee.writes) for her literary criticism and book reviews. She writes on Substack (https://ktlee.substack.com/) at the intersection of faith, identity, and justice. She grew up in Iowa and now lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, three kids, and mini goldendoodle.
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Karla Lees is a curly-haired bespectacled Canadian gal who fell in love with words and music at a very young age. Her encounter with God as a young adult sparked a thirst for God which has led her to share hope through her online presence, and practical help in person with the hurting, the broken and the lonely. She works in administration, sings as often as she can, and volunteers in her local church and community in Aurora, Ontario. Karla is happily married, and a mother of two young adults and two young cats.
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Elena Limoges writes at the intersection of home, beauty, and belonging on the west side of Chicago. Stories of God’s goodness are woven throughout her writing, and she hopes people feel seen through her words. When she is not spending time with her husband and two small sons, you can find her cooking for friends, delving into audiobooks, and discovering new coffee shops around the city.
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Jennifer Louie is a biracial millennial writer from Los Angeles. As a highly sensitive, multicultural person of Chinese and white heritage, she writes with a soulful, inclusive perspective that centers people at the margins and invites us to live in more intentional, connected ways. With her background as an events director in faith-based spaces, she invites others into embodied, face-to-face experiences that allow us to all feel a little more together in a world that often wants to divide and pull us apart. When she’s not writing, she’s savoring the outdoors, hand lettering her favorite words, and enjoying “in real life” friendships! Connect with her at wordsthatflourish.substack.com.
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Jen Ludwig is a Jesus-follower, wife, and mother of two teens. She is an author, worship leader, and songwriter—and has always had a special place in her heart for Christmas. She loves encouraging women during this stressful season and using the open door it provides to speak to friends and neighbors about Jesus’s birth. She embraces Advent in her own home by inviting her family to the kitchen table around the Advent wreath and by hosting wine-and-cheese parties with friends where she can sing and talk about the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love that God offers us all every Christmas and every day.
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Linda MacKillop earned her M.F.A. degree in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop and writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Linda is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel, The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon (Kregel) and the middle-grade novel, Hotel, Oscar, Mike, Echo (B&H), a finalist for the Christianity Today Book Awards. Linda and her husband live in an empty nest outside of Chicago. You can find her at lindamackillop.com.
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Julie McElmurry, MA, MS, wanted to share stories of her nun friends so she taught herself documentary filmmaking. She serves as the Program Manager for The D-Word and started the Unconventional Film School, a community-based filmmaking school for adults which filled 800 seats in 2019. In 2022, she was named a Fellow of the International Documentary Association.
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Catherine McNiel is an author, writer, editor, and speaker searching for the creative, redemptive work of God in our ordinary lives. She writes to kindle conversations that mingle theology with real life, and open eyes to God’s ongoing presence in our world. Catherine lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, where they care for three kids, two jobs, and one enormous garden. Catherine has studied and taught Intercultural Studies and Theology, has an MA in Human Service Counseling, and is working on a Master of Divinity at North Park Theological Seminary. Her books include Fearing Bravely: Risking Love for our Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies; All Shall Be Well: Awakening to God’s Presence in His Messy, Abundant World; and Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline which was an ECPA finalist for New Author. Catherine is a sought after writer and speaker; her work has been featured by numerous magazines, websites, churches, and ministries. She’s on the lookout for wisdom, beauty, and iced coffee.
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Carolyn Miller is a yellow glasses, yellow shoes wearing scribbler. She’s been reading since she was four and writing since she was 6. Her passion is hidden in her curiosity and her unconventional dialogue; be that in person, or on paper. She’s been a freelance writer, and an editor for others' work, since her freshman year of college and been in ministry since she was 13 (be that nursery, youth leader, church librarian, or missions teacher and board member). Carolyn's heart is that people would look below the surface of their sight and feelings to find and invite God where we least expect or desire Him. She believes writing holds a special ability to dialogue with people even beyond the reach of human connection. And that the Master Storyteller has given us this gift of Word to bring the Kingdom to life within us so that we can walk it out, encouraged in heart and united in love. You can peruse her writing at swallowtalk.wordpress.com
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Vina Mogg is a Northwest native, raised in Tacoma, Washington, who graduated from Ohio State University in English Education. After living in Windermere, Florida, for 30 years, she has returned to the Northwest to gaze at Mt. Rainier from her home in Gig Harbor, Washington. For the past seven years she has been writing regarding issues about Alzheimer’s and family on her website, seaglasslife.com.. Recently she published “Messy Edges” in an anthology of essays compiled by Leslie Leyland Fields, 40 Women over 40 on Faith, Aging, Beauty and Strength, “Throw a Hail Mary” in Ruminate Magazine, and poetry on thewritelaunch.com. She has been a guest writer on Huffingtonpost.com, grandparentslink.com, Redbudwriters.com and mudroomblog.com, alzauthors.com, and washingtonpoeticroutes.com. Vina is the mother of four, married for 37 years, with two grandpuppies and a cat.
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Melissa Morgan Kelley is a writer and editor reporting on stories of faith and culture for Christianity Today and byFaith magazine. With a background in public relations, non-profit communications, and publishing, she produces features and news articles on a wide range of topics varying from public health to race to church life. She edits, writes, and proofreads for a variety of publications. Melissa also has an interest in exploring issues around chronic illness, having lived with undiagnosed Lyme disease in her 20s and 30s. She emerged from that experience examining the intersection of faith and finitude after having to learn to embrace uncertainty and limits. Now, she gravitates toward stories of people experiencing limits of all kinds who continue to walk with Christ.
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Michele Morin is a Bible teacher, writer, reader, and gardener committed to the truth that women can become confident Christ-followers and students of God's Word. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for thirty-plus years, and together they have four married sons and six adorable grandchildren. Active in educational ministries with her local church, Michele delights in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles.
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Carrie Morris is a writer, speaker, and psychotherapist living in California's Wine Country with two plump dogs and one skinny cat. Most days are spent trying to figure out how to do the working professional, recently widowed, newly single mother life. But amidst these challenges, she sits back and watches God transform her experiences into something beautiful. She writes and speaks about living authentically and healing in the midst of crisis, transition, and grief. She's working on a memoir of God's persistent presence and what she learned about love, loss, and life when her husband went missing in the wilderness.
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Taryn Nergaard is the author of the Reflective Bible Journals and a certified life coach who helps people calm the chaos, quiet their souls, and find the clarity to move forward. Her message of radical self-compassion helps people overcome shame & perfectionism, so they can live free, abundant lives. Taryn lives in British Columbia, Canada with her husband and four kids. When she’s not homeschooling, coaching, or working as the Creative Director of Typewriter Creative Co., you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book, or curled up on the couch binge watching her current favorite show.
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Jill Ng lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband, Ben, & has five adopted children. Using her Biblical Studies background and her desire to be sure all people know their value, Jill communicates through storytelling to make theology assessable. Jill is also the founder of the Evermore Collective & You Have What It Takes: A Podcast, and author of Never Too Broken: Embracing Transparency to Build Authentic Relationships. She challenges others to align their hearts and actions, and enjoys supporting church leaders and foster and adoptive families.
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Mabel is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, and host of the YouTube podcast, Immigrant Faith Stories. An immigrant from India who has lived in seven cities across the U.S. in fourteen years, she navigates between cultures, feeling at home everywhere and nowhere. In her first book, “Far from Home: Discovering Your Identity as Foreigners on Earth,” which released in July 2022, Mabel draws from her personal experience as an immigrant and examines the lives of biblical heroes to shed light on how we can find purpose and joy as sojourners on earth. She has been a contributor to Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures: Daily Devotions for Animal Lovers since 2022. An award-winning writer, Mabel’s articles have appeared in Upper Room, CBN.com, LeadingHearts.com, and (in)courage.me. Mabel is currently pursuing M.A. in Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She loves gazing at the full moon and napping on a sandy beach, whenever she can. Mabel enjoys reading creative nonfiction, traveling, and dancing. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, eleven-year-old son, and a Maltese.
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Nilwona Nowlin is a redemptive artist, which means that she strives to create art that moves others toward redemption, restoration, and reconciliation with the goal of helping individuals and communities around the world experience God's shalom. One of the high points of Nilwona’s speaking career is her TEDx North Park University talk, “Hello. I Am a Polymath.” She has also been a speaker and/or presented workshops for Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE), Duke Youth Academy (DYA), the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), and Deeply Rooted Chicago. She has written for Urban Ministries, Inc. (UMI), Christianity Today, the CCDA, and Covenant Companion. She is also a contributor to Redbud’s Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives. In true polymath fashion, Nilwona is a licensed minister, the chair of her church board, a contract chaplain, a member of the CCDA board, and an associate editor for InterVarsity Press (IVP). She holds a master of divinity and a master of arts in Christian formation from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. She also has a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from North Park University. Connect with Nilwona on Twitter (@nilwona) or Facebook (TheDreamerSpeaks).
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Natalie Nyquist is an editor at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. She learned how to write stronger memoir through proofreading and editing hundreds of book projects, and pulls from that experience to tell stories of memory loss and martial arts. A second-degree black belt in taekwondo, Natalie spins her sword and writes from her native Houston. She is married to an accountant who’s more well-read than she is, and raising a son who loves reading even more than she does.
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Mitali Perkins (mitaliperkins.com) has written many books for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for a National Book Award) and Rickshaw Girl (adapted into a film by Sleeperwave Productions), all of which explore crossing different kinds of borders. Her goal is to make readers laugh or cry, preferably both, as long as their hearts are widening. She lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Krista Pettiford is an empty-nester mom of four young adults, a woman of prayer, a prophetic voice, a speaker, a teacher, and an author. Krista has a degree in Biblical Studies from Southern California Seminary. She led the women’s and prayer ministries for over a decade at her former church, New Covenant Tabernacle, where she was a member for over 20 years. She now co-leads the women’s ministry at her current church, Rock Church San Diego, City Heights campus. Krista’s desire is to encourage and equip women to grow in their relationship with God, realize their God-given callings, and triumph through every season of life.
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Margaret Ann Philbrick serves the Guild as the curator of the Redbud blog on Patheos at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/redbudwritersguild/ She also co-edited and contributed to the Redbud poetry and essay collection, Everbloom, Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives (Paraclete Press, 2017). Her first novel, A Minor - A Novel of Love, Music and Memory (Koehler Books, 2014) garnered critical praise, “An emotional story…clear prose…delicately constructed….nuanced characters….breaks the mold.” Kirkus Reviews. Back to the Manger (Singing River Publications, 2009) created with her mother, an oil painter, is now a family Christmas classic with ten years of consistent sales. She and her transgender sibling Carly are featured in the video curriculum for the book, Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach which teaches people how to love authentically amidst lives in transition. Her poems and articles have been featured in numerous anthologies and publications including C.T., Relevant, Ready magazines, The Redbud Post and Patheos on-line. Margaret and her husband live on Lake Mendota in Madison, WI and serve U.W. students from their lighthouse on Langdon, https://www.instagram.com/lighthouseonlangdon/ . She is the mother of three highly dramatic, artistic children and an obsessive compulsive dog, Snuggles.
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Katherine’s background is in education, both as an advocate for minority students as well as an instructor. As a first-generation graduate and daughter of immigrants, she achieved a Master’s-level education focused on leadership. Welcoming her firstborn in 2020, she left her full-time career to focus on mothering and has seen God’s faithfulness come alive in her life. Originally from Miami, FL and of Nicaraguan heritage, Katherine resides in Colorado Springs, CO where she met her husband and mothers her two beautifully biracial boys. She is passionate about leadership, theology, and walking alongside her husband who is a pastor. She enjoys salsa music and teaching her sons Spanish. Currently, she is pursuing an MDiv at Denver Seminary and blogs with humor and encouragement.
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Arlisia Potter is a writer at heart; starting at a young age, her imagination has taken her through the journeys of poetry, short stories, and to her own blog, Lisi’s Place. She uses her writing to share God’s love, to encourage and inspire others, and to share her Christian journey. A native Floridian, she can be found on the beaches, or on a vacation whenever possible. Her work has been published on Black America Web, in The Redbud Post, and in various contributions at her church. Arlisia is a graduate of The University of Central Florida, in addition to the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. These days, you can find Arlisia working on her next project. Follow her at www.arlisiapotter.com or on Twitter at @LisiP31 to experience her continued journey into writing and beyond.
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Alyson Pryor is a writer, speaker, Marriage and Family therapist, and mother of 5. She holds degrees in Psychology from both The University of Southern California and Fuller Theological Seminary. She most often covers topics at the intersection of faith and psychology including health, relationships, soul care, mentoring, parenting and crises of faith. Although she has a soft spot for MOPS, you can also find her speaking at conferences, retreats, church services and parenting seminars. She is currently writing a book about implementing the traditional Spiritual Disciplines in the modern family setting. Connect on Instagram @mypryorlife
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Silvia Purdie lives in Upper Hutt (which is more beautiful than it sounds!) in Aotearoa New Zealand. She wears several hats, including author: she’s an ordained minister (Presbyterian), a professional supervisor and counsellor, and she passionate about creation care. She has founded a consultancy to resource the community sector on sustainability and climate change. Her writing explores the points of connection between professional practice, spirituality, well-being, ministry, culture and climate. This work is spread across three websites: www.conversations.net.nz has faith-based resources including preaching and worship www.conversationscounselling.nz has articles on therapy and professional supervision www.place.net.nz is for people-professionals exploring environmental sustainability.
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Marcy is mama to four humans and two pups, but she’s also tossed pizzas for a pizzeria, acted in a musical, appears in a few movies, and mimed with balloon animals at the Halifax Busker Festival. Marcy is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Trauma and Resilience Practitioner, international 2x TEDx speaker, Story Coach, and an award-winning author of books for adults and for children. Founder of Miramare Ponte Press, Marcy and her team provide coaching, consultation, and publishing services for storytellers, specializing in people of faith who feel called to tell their story. She does her best writing on retreats with a nearby hot tub, in any castle, or within view of the sea. You can visit her at marcypusey.com
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Stephanie Reeves is a native Californian transplanted to Florida in 1991 when her job with Cru moved her and her husband, David, there. Now Nana to 1 adorable grandson and mother of 3 humans, 1 dog, 2 cats, and multiple fish, Stephanie is a freelance writer and copyediter. She spent nearly 30 years as a writer, editor and copy editor for Cru's former magazine, Worldwide Challenge. Always looking for fodder for her blog, Stephanie spends time on social media and observing the world around her. Her deep desire is that her writing will draw people closer to Jesus. She has been published at FamilyLife.com, The Art of Taleh, and the Redbud Post and is a writer and content editor for Abide, the #1 Christian meditation app.
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Courtnaye Richard is the founder of Inside Out Media Group, LLC - a faith-based PR, Marketing & Mentorship Agency. In her 15 years of experience, she has worked with platforms such as PBS, CBN, TCT, Yahoo, including local television and print publications. Courtnaye is also the founder of Inside Out with Courtnaye, a ministry that helps women grow in Christ, while equipping them for their calling. She is an author, contributing writer for ibelieve.com and YouVersion. Her speaking appearances include She Speaks, Hope*Writers Tuesday Teaching, FlourishWriters, Inspire Christian Writer’s Conference at Mount Hermon, and Entrusted Women’s Conference. Her blog, Inside Out with Courtnaye reaches thousands of women across the globe!
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A recovering night-owl, Amber Mann Riggs now wakes before dawn to write about rest and the renewal of all things. She daylights as a homeschool teacher and chauffeur to her four daughters and is currently collaborating on a home Bible curriculum. Driven by a passion for the church, Amber is also a volunteer worship director and has spent the past 16 years on the leadership team and faculty of an online Bible college. She holds a BA in Youth Ministry and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Colorado Christian University. For the past nineteen years, Amber has relied on her worship-drummer husband, Bryan, to help her keep in rhythm, both on and off the platform. They are raising their family near Eugene, Oregon. You can find Amber at ambermannriggs.com.
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Ronne Rock weaves themes of transformative hope into everything she shares on page and stage. She travels globally to cultivate stories of transformation with Orphan Outreach. Ronne is an author and speaker—offering road-tested wisdom about grace-filled leadership and discovering your God-crafted design and purpose. And as a teacher and mentor, Ronne offers writers and other creatives insight on how to safeguard your soul in a world that delights in demanding it from you. Her poignant stories are included in a number of anthologies, and she is the author of four books, including One Woman Can Change the World: Reclaiming Your God-Designed Influence and Impact Right Where You Are. Ronne lives in the Texas Hill Country with her family and rescue pup, Pearl.
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Julia Roller is an author, editor, and speaker. Her books include Mom Seeks God, A Year with God (with Richard J. Foster), 25 Books Every Christian Should Read, A Year with Aslan, Connecting with God, Learning from Jesus, and Prayer and Worship. Julia has a master’s of journalism from the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and a master’s of theological studies from the Pacific School of Religion. She speaks often to moms’ groups about meeting God in the everyday. She lives in San Diego, CA with her husband, three children and miniature dachshund named Jane Austen. Connect with Julia on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JuliaLRoller, Twitter @julialroller, and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/juliaroller/.
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Maggie Wallem Rowe, M.A.B.S., is a national speaker, dramatist, and writer from western North Carolina. Married for 46 + years to her pastor-husband Mike, mother of three, and grandmother to six, Maggie's work includes decades in public relations, adult education, and ministry to women.She has served as an adjunct communications professor at Daniel Webster University (NH) and Wheaton College (IL). Maggie also was employed full-time as Senior Publicist at Tyndale House Publishers for 12 years. Maggie's first book, "This Life We Share", released from NavPress when she was 67 and was a finalist for the 2021 ECPA Christian Book Award in the New Author category. Maggie was also a TEDx presenter in 2021. Her second book, "Life is Sweet, Y’all!" was published by Tyndale House in 2022. She writes from Peace Ridge, her home in the mountains of western North Carolina.
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Angie Ryg is a blogger, Bible teacher, writer, and international speaker whose passion is encouraging women to find contentment and purpose right where God has placed them. She reaches out to her community with a sense of humor and a willingness to be open with her struggles. Angie is the author of Clutter Free Simplicity. You can also find her words in the (in)courage Women’s Devotional Bible and Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives. She has been published by Christianity Today, (in)courage, Family Matters, and is a contributing writer for Unlocking the Bible. Angie lives just outside of Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, their four kids, and the sweetest answered prayer, a little Shihpoo named Maddie. As a family, they love to go on adventures, play games, watch movies, and rewatch The Gilmore Girls as much as possible. Find out more about her speaking and writing at http://www.angieryg.com.
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Aubrey Sampson, M.A. Evangelism and Leadership, is the author of Known: How Believing Who God Says You Are Changes Everything (NavPress, 2021), The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament (NavPress 2019) and Overcomer: Breaking Down the Walls of Shame and Rebuilding Your Soul (Zondervan, 2015). She has several more books on the way. Aubrey and her husband and three sons are church planters in the Chicago area, where Aubrey serves on the preaching team. As a writer and speaker, Aubrey is passionate about the church having a less anemic theology of suffering and offers incredible perspective in the midst of trying experiences. She is also a regular contributor to Propel Women and Christianity Today. Connect with Aubrey @aubsamp.
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Jenn Schultz is the author of She's Not Your Enemy, and she typically writes about messy faith, shaking off insecurity, and pursuing God’s purpose confidently. Her mission is to empower women to ditch shame and striving by finding identity in God and freedom in abundant grace. She is a wife and mom who reads too many books at once, drinks decaf coffee, and speaks in scriptures and movie quotes. Find her @jennschultzauthor on social media and at jennschultzauthor.com.
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Mandy is lives on a small farm in deep East Texas with her husband and two teenage boys. Now a licensed minister, she grew up in church and has been serving in ministry since she was 15 years old. Her heart is to encourage, inspire, and bring joy to everyone around her, whether that's through words, worship, or fellowship over a good cup of coffee. She believes everyone has something to offer, some beauty to create, a legacy to leave, and love to give. It is the desire of her heart to help others grow in their faith and find their true identity in Jesus. Mandy can often be found at her piano, curled up with one of her dogs, or outside with her horse.
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Amy Smathers is the founder and director of The Well Initiative, an organization created to empower women around the globe and support faith-based non-profits, businesses, and churches as they seek to maximize their impact to serve vulnerable populations around the world. Previously, Amy has advised some of the world's most influential leaders and brands, from Fortune 500 companies to celebrity foundations. She also has over eight years of experience working across government and nonprofits in Washington D.C., including the U.S. State Department and Human Rights Watch. Amy specializes in programs to empower women and girls around the globe and is passionate about seeing the global church rise up to solve the world’s biggest problems. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband.
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Speaker, writer, truth-teller, and bridge-builder, Torrie is a Mixed Race woman who knows first hand the beauty and complexity of our God-given diversity. Torrie passionately helps others embrace the skin they’re in as they begin seeing themselves as their Creator does - chosen, seen, forgiven, beautiful & loved. She also enjoys partnering with interracial families, youth & women’s ministry groups, and executive church leadership, providing practical tools with Biblical truths as they become bridges of reconciliation and hope within their own circles of influence. Torrie is a wife, mom, and avid Disney lover. Whenever possible, she loves to escape to her happy place, Disneyland! At home she enjoys catching up on true crime docuseries. Torrie and her husband live in Las Vegas with their two children.
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Margot Starbuck, speaker and award-winning author, is passionate about communicating to individuals that they have been made for life that really is life. A graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Seminary, Margot is the author of The Girl in the Orange Dress, Unsqueezed and Small Things With Great Love. In Durham, North Carolina, Margot lives with her husband and three children, by birth and adoption. She serves as a volunteer among friends with and without disabilities through Reality Ministries. Convinced that God is with us and for us, in the person of Jesus, Margot inspires audiences to live love in the world. Learn more about Margot’s literary consulting at wordmelon.com, or connect at MargotStarbuck.com or on facebook.
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Tiffany Stein is an ordained pastor and trusted shepherd with more than a decade of ministry experience. She served as women’s pastor and the marriage and care director at Irving Bible Church in Dallas, Texas, and is currently writing a book with NavPress. Tiffany is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Oklahoma Baptist University, and has a deep desire to see individuals grow in the fullness and joy of Christ. Tiffany comes alive when writing and teaching, delights in one-on-one conversations with a hot cup of tea in hand, and takes every opportunity to hike the Texas Hill Country. Tiffany is married to Jason, the executive pastor at The Well Austin. They have two children: David, who is with the Lord, and Emma Ruth.
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Michelle Stiffler is a Certified Trauma Specialist with years of experience in nonprofit work. She is also a trainer, leader, and podcast co-host within the Arizona Trauma Informed Faith Community. A former teen mom and single mom, Michelle is passionate about helping women work through crisis as well as work through residual trauma in the body after adversity. As a fitness enthusiast and Certified Barre Instructor, she often relies on fitness imagery to nurture a broader understanding and application of spiritual disciplines, physical release, and trauma informed practices. Simple hobbies keep her balanced – early morning prayer, catching the sunrise, baking bread, bike rides to coffee shops with her husband, and time spent with her four kids (2 teens, 2 adults), 2 sons in law, and grandson. She writes about crisis, responsive faith, and restorative practices at www.onemoretruth.com. Michelle’s work has been featured with Fathom, (in)courage, Guideposts, Ruminate, Just Between Us, The Joyful Life, Truly Co, Joy of It, Mudroom, and others, and she is a contributing writer for the Women’s Devotional Bible in The Message (2024). Find her on Instagram @onemoretruth.
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Sarah Talbert is an enthusiastic storyteller who loves to explore the complexities of faith. She uses her creative writing to inspire others in their own spiritual journey. Sarah has a deep passion for making God famous. By using her gifts as a Christian Historical Fiction author and blogger, Sarah shares powerful stories that honor the beauty of humanity while pointing readers toward a deeper relationship with Jesus. Sarah loves fostering community through discipleship, hospitality, and practical evangelism. She also runs her own copywriting business, focusing on giving other businesses opportunities for their voice to be heard.
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Ronda Taylor is an author, poet, and storyteller living in Charleston, SC. She is the founder and visionary of Seen Heard Loved Publishing, LLC, an independent publishing company designed to support diverse voices and authentic stories with a mission for future generations to be seen, heard, and loved. Her debut children's book, Radiant Girl: Daughter of the King, encourages girls to shine their light by knowing who they are and whose they are. While co-creating with the Creator, Ronda’s greatest purpose is to make God’s unfailing love widely known through the power of words. Connect with Ronda at www.rondacreative.com or on social media @rondacreative and @shlpublishing.
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Kim Thomas is an accomplished executive leadership coach and a trusted organizational consultant, celebrated for her unwavering belief that work is not just a means to an end, but a sacred calling. Renowned for her proven track record in embracing a people-centric, servant leadership style, Kim has consistently garnered recognition and deep respect throughout her career. Over the course of 34 years, Kim Thomas honed her executive leadership skills within Fortune 100 technology corporations and large non-profit healthcare organizations. She was a Vice President at one of the United States’ largest health systems before making the pivotal decision to embark on a new chapter by founding The Sacred Cubicle, a coaching and consulting organization. Kim firmly believes that every Christian is called to live out the Great Commission, and she sees this journey beginning by embodying the Fruit of the Spirit in our daily lives. When we walk moment by moment with the Spirit leading, and guiding us, we will bear witness of a very good God. Kim has more than five years in lay church leadership and currently serves as board secretary for the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, California. She holds a BS in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and is pursuing an MDIV in Missional Leadership. Kim resides in sunny Southern California with David, her husband of twenty-six years, and their two teenage daughters, Sydney and Brooke.
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Stephanie is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary and an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Her writing explores the sacred connections to God and each other. Her pieces have appeared on Mudroom blog, The Mighty, Her View From Home, Crosswalk, The Art of Taleh and Perennial Gen. In addition, her passion for those affected by mental illness finds itself woven into some of her writing. Originally hailing from Michigan, Stephanie lives in Mokena, Illinois with her husband and is mom to three young adults. A speaker at various venues, she can be followed on her blog, Twitter @s2thomp and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieThompsonspeakerAndBlogger/ .
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Nancy Tupper Ling is a children’s author, poet, book seller and librarian. Basically, she surrounds herself with books! Occasionally, she creates a few books of her own, including her latest, One Perfect Plan: The Bible’s Big Story In Tiny Poems, plus The Story I’ll Tell, Double Happiness, The Yin-Yang Sisters and For Every Little Thing with co-author, June Cotner.
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Brooke Turbyfill is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a quiet area of North Georgia with her husband and two kids. She has written for Faith Social, The Salvation Army, In Touch Ministries, and Faithbridge Foster Care. Brooke also edits books by authors of many genres: YA, fantasy, thrillers, and more. Her most recent writing project is an almost-finished draft of a middle grade magical realism novel. She hasn't let her middle-grade children read it just yet, and it's killing them with anticipation. Find her at www.brooketurbyfill.com and at https://www.instagram.com/brooke_turbyfill/
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Kristin Vanderlip is a writer, writing coach, and journaling advocate who is passionate about spreading the love of writing as a source of healing and hope. As a veteran military spouse and bereaved mother, Kristin draws on her experiences to encourage and empower other women to endure in hope through hard seasons. She is the author of Life Worth Living Journal and has a new line of journals coming soon. Kristin and her family currently call California’s Bay Area home. When she’s not writing, Kristin enjoys making art, reading while sipping on peppermint tea, and walking along the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean and among the towering trees of the Redwood forests.
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Prasanta Verma, MBA MPH, was born under an Asian sun, raised in the Appalachian foothills in the southern U.S., and currently resides in the upper Midwest. She is a writer, editor, and public health professional, and writes about culture, belonging, identity, and social connection. Her first book, Beyond Ethnic Loneliness, releases in April 2024. Connect with her on her Substack newsletter, LinkedIn, her website prasantaverma.com, or Instagram @prasantaverma.
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As a writer, Beth is passionate about storytelling that draws people to understand God’s character more deeply. With the conviction that we are each created with an individual calling, Beth strives to help people identify that unique calling, thrive in their purpose, and pursue courageous next steps. Whether focusing on personal or vocational growth, Beth’s writing encourages Christ followers to be salt and light in dull and dark places. Married to a football coach and raising two sons, she has waded through the challenges of balancing home life with the work she loves as a content manager and author.
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Margaret Lea Warner goes by Margalea (pronounced Marg-uh-lee) among friends and in her writing. She has been a writer since she learned her ABCs. She sat at the family dining room table writing “Once upon a time” pressing so hard that she carved the words into it. Refinishing the table was her first experience with revision. She received a BA in French and Journalism from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, in 1981. She worked as a secretary for over 35 years. She still wrote and was published, but not widely. Now in retirement, this stage of her life is re-inspired. Over the past three years she has had poems, devotionals and stories published. She is a triumphant tortoise who will not give up.
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Melanie Weldon-Soiset is a poet, MDiv graduate, contemplative prayer leader, #ChurchToo spiritual abuse survivor, and former pastor at a church for foreigners in Shanghai. At the end of the day, however, her epitaph will say "child of God." Until then, find her in real life biking on local DC greenways, or getting comfy with house slippers. Follow her blog, and/or sign up for her newsletter on poetry and prayer resources, at melanieweldonsoiset.com
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Sarah M. White is a bilingual fiction author and educator based in Madison, WI. Her work has appeared in Highlights High Five magazine. Her books for Spanish education classrooms include Entre las nubes altas and the forthcoming La vaca Lola y otros cuentos and El pato tiene más. She studied writing at Wheaton College and is a member of SCBWI. She and her husband have two young daughters and a black lab.
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Darcy Wiley is a writer and spiritual director who cultivates empathy, imagination, and a profound experience of God in the world. As co-writer of The Yes Effect: Accepting God’s Invitation to Transform the World Around You, Darcy worked with the founder of the 10/40 Window Movement to share stories of renewal and reconciliation in communities all over the globe. Her second co-writing project, Hearing in Technicolor: Mindset Shifts within a Multicultural Congregation, tells the transformation story of a multicultural church in the Atlanta area. Darcy is a thoughtful listener who companions readers and directees toward emotional, spiritual, and cultural flourishing. She enjoys hiking at state parks, tending her edible garden, dabbling in abstract art, and making music with her drummer husband and friends. She lives and serves in the Indianapolis area where she and her husband are raising three high-energy kids to be curious and compassionate citizens of the world. Connect with Darcy on Instagram @DarcyWiley and at darcywiley.com.
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Dorena Williamson is a Preacher's Kid, First Lady, and longtime bridge-builder. In 1995 she and her husband planted multiracial Strong Tower Bible Church in Nashville. Whether it's in the Bible, in books, or on the big screen, Dorena loves the power of a good story, and she writes children's books that adults need too. She also enjoys empowering women as a stylist with national brand Evereve. With two kids married and two graduated, her family life has moved into exciting new seasons. After 30 years of marriage, she and Chris still love thinking about their next vacation destination.
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Chelle Wilson is a writer, speaker, and having made peace with uneasiness and most of her fears, an unflinching advocate for social justice. She writes because ambiversion allow her to be in the world, but not quite of it. She writes because it grants her time and space to understand how she feels about the world. Her capacity for swearing when necessary to get the reader’s attention is indicative of her commitment to the precise word for each situation. She envisions a world where each of us embraces the Perfect, Precise Image of God that we are naturally, at every given moment, even as each of us exists in a liminal state. She fights with God and always loses, laughs often, and never gives up. Find her words at Evolution of a #HolyBadass, The Mudroom, and in the pages of the (in)courage Devotional Bible. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram
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Sheila Wise Rowe holds a Masters degree in Counseling and has over twenty-five years of experience as a gifted writer, teacher, speaker, artist, spiritual director, life coach, and counselor. Sheila is passionate about helping people heal and overcome past or current pain, obstacles, and encouraging emerging and established leaders to go to the next level. Sheila has served in the USA, France and for over ten years as a missionary and lay pastor in Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband Dr. Nicholas Rowe and is the mother of two college-age children. Sheila has written for The Redbud Post, Mudroom, READY! magazine and The Art of Taleh. She is the author of; Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience (IV Press) to be released January 7, 2020. The book exposes the symptoms of racial trauma to lead readers to a place of freedom from the past and new life for the future. In each chapter, Sheila includes an interview with a person of color to explore how we experience and resolve racial trauma. With Sheila as a reliable guide who has both been on the journey and shown others the way forward, you will find a safe pathway to resilience. Sheila is the co-author of, The Well of Life, an emotional healing book that has impacted the lives of individuals, couples, and groups worldwide. Sheila has also co-launched The Cyrene Movement an online space for people of color to heal from racial trauma, realize their potential and reconcile communities. For more information: Visit: www.SheilaWiseRowe.com, www.TheCyreneMovement.com www.facebook.com/swiserowe www.Facebook.com/TheWellofLifeBook/ Email: info@sheilawiserowe.com
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April Yamasaki is an ordained minister with 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry. She is currently Resident Author with a liturgical worship community, editor of a quarterly devotional magazine for the Mennonite Church, and speaks widely in churches and other settings. She is the author of Four Gifts; Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength; Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal; and other books on Christian living. Her main website is Writing and Other Acts of Faith, where she writes on Scripture, prayer, and acts of faith in everyday life. Her second website is When You Work for the Church: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how we can all do better, with a focus on ministry in churches and other Christian organizations. You can also find her on Twitter @SacredPauses, and on Facebook.
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Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young is a sought-after speaker, podcaster, former newspaper reporter, and the award-winning author of numerous books, including the coming books, Chasing God’s Glory (Waterbrok Multnomah/PRH), Create in Me a Heart of Mercy (Revell), and Breathing Through Grief (Ink & Willow/Penguin Random House). Dorina leads as the president of the Redbud Writers Guild and the visionary director for Lead Loved, equipping Christian women leaders. She writes for (in)courage by Dayspring and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Dorina is a remarried widow. She and her husband, Shawn, are raising three daughters to be leaders in Central California. Connect with her at www.DorinaGilmore.com
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Tasha is a melancholy dreamer, a biracial Korean American storyteller, wife to Matt, mama to three, and likely craving kimchi and fries. She grew up in a multicultural and biracial home with the backdrop of three different countries and continents. Her world has always felt like a cultural collision and she sees the world best through stories and poetry. She is passionate about helping others notice beauty and embrace themselves as wholly beloved image bearers. She writes about everyday life and cultural identity. Writing has always been the way God has led her towards home and the hope of shalom. Tasha is a monthly contributor at (in)Courage. She’s also written for publications like Relevant, The Mudroom, PAX, SheLoves Magazine, MOPs, Think Christian and others. She’s currently working on her first book about identity, faith, and belonging, due to be released in May 2023. Find her on Instagram www.instagram.com/tashajunb or sign up for her monthly(ish) updates at https://bit.ly/3C1JDtb
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Taiko Bennett, a 5th generation Japanese-American (五世), is a young adult fiction writer and a virtual assistant to an Instagram coach for authors and bookstagrammers. As of early 2024 Taiko is writing her debut young adult novel with a packaging company and writing a second young adult novel that she plans to query. She is passionate about how stories have the power to uplift, empower, and change lives. She, her husband, and their two young kids live in Central California and love going on adventures. You can connect with Taiko on Instagram @taikobennett, at her website www.taikobennett.com, and via her Substack newsletter.
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Sara Chinakwe wife, mother, teacher, and children’s ministry leader. She encourages women and children to pursue God’s purpose and embrace their God-given identity. Sara’s deep love of teaching and decades-long career in education was shaped at California State University Stanislaus. Since then, she has used writing as a medium to propel God’s followers forward as they journey with Him. You can find Christian resources for mothers and children at sarachinakwe.com
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Crystal Elliott-O'Connor works bi-vocationally in early childhood education and Christian ministry. The common thread running through all her work is the call to raise awareness about race, equity, and liberation. Through teaching, speaking, and blogging on the subject, Crystal helps people suspend their beliefs and lean into the possibility that systemic racism is alive and hard at work in our society. Formally educated twice, in teaching and in divinity, her experiences as a formal student and her lived human experiences are big parts of her formation into the person she is today. Using her heartfelt love for the written word, Crystal is currently co-authoring a parenting book with cross-discipline colleagues, entitled, Give Your Child a Promising Start.
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Neidy (nay-dee) Hess is a Latina creative who loves Jesus, Georgia peaches, sweet tea, and cold brew coffee. She lives in Iowa with her three niños and firefighter-paramedic husband. Her family worships and serves at a multi-ethnic church with a heart for justice. She’s a copywriter for Ruby Brick, a Well-Watered Women contributor, and Exhale’s content manager.
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LaShunta is a California girl who resides in South Carolina. Poetry and short stories hold a special place in her heart. She is a project manager and an advocate for all things diversity and inclusion. She has always had a love for writing and started focusing on writing in 2016 as part of a mom blog collective. LaShunta loves sports and spends a great deal of time watching her kids as they play high school sports. Filling her camera roll with photos of nature, family and food is what she enjoys doing on a regular basis.
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Susan Park is a Korean American Christian writer. She loves to encourage God’s women with words of hope and joy. She is passionate about how we can co-create with God in our creative work. She is currently working on her first novel about a second-generation Korean American woman. Susan was a contributing writer and assistant copy editor for the Christian online magazine Marked Ministry. She was a speaker about creativity at The Extraordinary Faith Summit and a contributing writer for the Dawn Bible app. She has been a featured writer and podcast guest for other Christian writers. Susan lives in the Chicago area with her husband and three boys. Connect with Susan through her website at susanepark.com or on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest @susaneparkwrites.
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Na’Kedra Rodgers is a Christian, Motivational Speaker, Author and Podcaster. She is a southern belle with sass who has experienced heartache, healing, and everlasting hope. She sometimes confuses which way is North, South, East, or West; however, she knows that with God working behind the scenes guiding her, she is never lost. Na’Kedra’s vision is to speak worldwide spreading optimism. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, point lost souls to Jesus and empower that career woman who’s at a crossroad in her life, searching for her purpose or struggling in her faith. Na’Kedra, two-time published author, affectionately calls herself OptimisticallyKe. She is a Christian Communicators Graduate, Center for Transforming Lives Economic Mobility Program Graduate and has been featured in several publications.
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Natasha, a Jewish-Jamaican American author, lives in Northern California where she writes from a tree house perched in a sycamore tree. As a baby, she was adopted into a Dutch, Christian family. Natasha’s multicultural background has allowed her to flow seamlessly through different cultures while bridging gaps that typically divide people. Natasha has been published in various online magazines and is represented by Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Her forthcoming picture books will be published with HarperCollins, Chronicle and WaterBrook. Natasha bubbles with excitement over antiques, chocolate, coffee on the front porch, and cozy movie nights in front of the fireplace with her husband and four children.
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Rachel C. Varghese is a homeschooling mama, writer, communicator, and creative who desires to help people find healing and belonging — from their inner child to their place in the Church. In her free time, she loves exploring new coffee shops, adding to her bookshelves, playing music, and singing with her daughters. Rachel has been published in a blog hosted by Christianity Today. Connect with Rachel on Instagram, @rachelcvarghese, and at her Substack: rachelcvarghese.substack.com.
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