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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.

A former marketing executive turned boy-mom, Adelle now spends her days on staff at her church and her evenings trying to keep the peace (and the house from burning down).

After the early death of her mother, Adelle spent years feeling discontented — years struggling with worry, fear, doubt and a daily sense of failure. Through a journey of personal discovery, loss, grief and God’s gentle guidance, Adelle has come to find freedom in her flaws. “If I can help just one more person find that same sense of personal peace and contentment, then the journey has been worthwhile.”

Adelle speaks regularly about living an authentic, fearless life and blogs at Her writing can also be found in publications from LifeWay, DaySpring, and Focus on the Family.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Adelle lives in Northern California with her husband, Gabe, their two sons, an ornery, half-feral cat, and the best dog-of-uncertain-heritage ever, Rufus.

Ashley Hales is a writer, speaker, church planter’s wife and mother to 4. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her first book, Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much, releases in October with InterVarsity Press. She’s written for Books & Culture, The Gospel Coalition, inTouch Magazine, Christ and Pop Culture, (in)courage, and other places. Connect with Ashley at, or on Instagram and Twitter.
Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. She’s become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women’s issues. Adriel is also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a leadership coach and Bible teacher in YWAM, local churches, and conferences. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she’s also released a free guide on how to journal through grief. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker

Afton Rorvik has been a part of the publishing industry since 1987, editing a myriad of adult nonfiction books for the CBA market, while working with both first-time authors and best-selling authors. Her articles have appeared in Discipleship Journal, Guideposts, NAB Today, and Wheaton. Her book, Storm Sisters (Worthy Publishing), debuted in 2014.

Afton graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in literature as well as a teaching certificate in secondary education. She and her husband John are the parents of two adult children.


Aimee Fritz is an introvert who delights in telling long, true stories about everyday absurdities in her suburban life. She believes in an unseen God, hopes to someday feel qualified to parent, and is now allergic to every food she used to enjoy. Long ago she consulted companies, churches and nonprofits. These days she funnels all that energy into helping people see themselves and their families as lovable and loving World Changers. She loves to write, speak, and laugh about compassion, hungry souls, and big mistakes. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Instagram or her Family Compassion Focus blog.


Aleah Marsden is a writer, speaker, and Bible study leader who is passionate about seeing women walk into all the plans God has for them. Her writing can be found in publications like The Banner and Books & Culture, as well as a handful of devotionals in the new NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World (Zondervan, 2015). She has spoken at numerous women’s events, moms’ groups, and retreats. Aleah is grateful for the opportunities the Lord has provided for her to share the gifts He’s given her. She blogs about life, faith, and Bible study at Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter: @aleahmarsden.


Alia Joy is the daughter of both a book lover and a storyteller and in that she was destined to be a writer. She is also a collector of words, speaker, and homeschooling mother of three making her home in Central Oregon with her husband, Josh, her mother, a bunny, and a bunch of chickens. She shares her life with readers of her blog- -weaving beauty throughout even the most broken of stories. Her work touches on so many of the hurts of today’s women- depression and abuse, race and culture, body image and the hard work of seeing God’s glory in the mess. Alia’s unique perspective and raw vulnerability make her an approachable voice, a place to come and say, “me too.” She is also a regular monthly contributor at (in)courage, SheLoves Magazine, GraceTable, The Mudroom, and Deeper Waters. Find her on Twitter @AliaJoyH where she’ll be hashtagging all the things and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

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

Amanda Taylor lives and writes in Newnan Georgia just south of Atlanta. She makes her home with her husband and house of animals, college daughter and foster children. Amanda writes about life, faith and all the joy and mess that comes with that at TingleTaylor. She loves to share her messy stories in hopes that others will find joy, affirmation and hope in reading them. During the day she teaches art to 500+ wild elementary school children! You can find her writing over at SheLoves Magazine,The Mudroom and A Voice In The Noise. She welcomes everyone to join her life over at Instagram Twitter and Facebook

Anna is a writer, editor, and speaker, who has over a decade of ministry experience in local churches and on college campuses. She currently serves as editor of The Well, InterVarsity’s site for women in the academy, and her writing has been published in Let us Keep the Feast, Not Alone, and online at The Well, My Big Jesus, and the Emerging Scholars Network. Anna is also a mother of two and a pastor’s wife. Find her on twitter @amgissing.

Dr. Amy F. Davis Abdallah loves walking the journey of authentic Christian life with others. She takes special interest in the development and needs of women of any ethnicity, age, vocation, or status, and just published her first book, The Book of Womanhood (Cascade, 2015). Amy passionately fulfills the roles of professor, wife, writer, speaker, mentor, mother, and whatever else life presents. In her free time, she enjoys exercise, photography, climbing mountains, travel, adventuring with her husband and son, learning languages, and the creative arts. Follow her on Facebook and on twitter @amyfdavisa

Amy is a writer, speaker, editor, and activist. She is passionate about men and women reclaiming their truest, best selves, rooted in Jesus, reflected in life together (Gen. 5: 1-2, Gal. 3:28). She is a contributor to Strengthening Families and Ending Abuse, Churches and Their Leaders Look to the Future (Wipf and Stock, 2013) including the chapters: “A Woman After God’s Own Heart, the Legacy of Catherine Clark Kroeger” and “Messiah Meets A Woman.” Amy writes for RELEVANT, Mutuality, PRISM,, Shared Justice, and Catapult. As an editor of, Amy founded the Stop the Silence Initiative (2014). The project provides a platform for stories of victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, calling for Christian communities to respond with the presence of Jesus. Amy completed a Master of Divinity (theology and women studies) from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She serves on the board of Life Together International, empowering church leaders to build strong communities in Uganda and the US.

Angie has spent the last 12 years as an active advocate for creating a third option to the abortion debate, first as President of a Christian pregnancy organization and now as CEO and co-founder of ProGrace. She is most at home facilitating workshops and events where Christians can embrace a new way to think and talk about abortion, and she loves to write about those things, too! Angie’s writings have been featured in Prism Magazine, Christianity Today, Think Christian and Qideas. You can read the ProGrace blog at and follow her on twitter @AngieWeszely.

Angie Ryg is an international speaker who desires to encourage women to find joy in the little things and their beauty and worth in Christ. She’s a Bible teacher and storyteller, drawing women deeper into Scripture and applying God’s amazing rescue story into our everyday moments. She loves to connect with women at MOPS gatherings, conferences, retreats, and over her farm table with some refreshing sweet tea. She is the author of Clutter Free Simplicity, and writes for Family Matters, Whatever Girls, and Raising Generations Today. Married to her childhood sweetheart and mama to one princess and three princes, Angie desires to create a life where laughter and love co-exist with her many loads of laundry.

Ann lives and writes west of Chicago with her husband and daughter, where she teaches college writing courses. She has written for multiple publications and anthologies, including Today’s Christian Woman, (In)courage, Darling Magazine, and Relevant Magazine online. Ann is passionate about seeing others set ablaze with the love of Christ, and she writes and speaks to groups about freedom from comparison, freedom from fear, trusting God enough to rest, trusting God with material possessions, and the power of a Christ-centered marriage. She can be contacted for writing opportunities or speaking engagements through email at

April Yamasaki is the lead pastor of a mid-size, multi-staff church, and the author of Sharing Faith StoriesChrist is For Us: A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common LectionarySpark: Igniting Your God-Given CreativitySacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal; and other books on Christian living. Her main website is Writing and Other Acts of Faith, which features articles on practical spirituality like finding a healthy rhythm of work and rest, and how to pray on difficult days. 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 improving employment practices in churches and other Christian organizations. Find her on Facebook or Twitter @SacredPauses. Websites:

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, in recent years, 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 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 first novel. Connect on Twitter @LisiP31

Aubrey Sampson is the author of The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament (NavPress/Tyndale, 2015) and Overcomer: Breaking Down the Walls of Shame and Rebuilding Your Soul (Zondervan, 2015). She and her husband and three sons are church planters in the Chicago area, where Aubrey serves on the preaching team and leads discipleship and equipping. As a writer and speaker, Aubrey offers incredible perspective in the midst of trying experiences. She is also a regular contributor to Propel Women and is part of the Propel Cohort at Wheaton College. Find and follow Aubrey @aubsamp and

Aundi is a licensed therapist, writer, and speaker in Denver, Colorado. As a recovering perfectionist she frequently writes on the power of living life as God’s beloved in the midst of a world which tells us to continually strive. Aundi’s work frequently focuses on the integration of faith and psychology and the muck in between. When she’s not counseling or writing, you can find her chasing her spicy four year old daughter or trying new restaurants with her husband. Aundi attended Pacific Lutheran University for her B.A. in Business and Denver Seminary for her M.A. in Counseling. She has written for (in)courage, Huffington Post, the Mudroom, and The Glorious Table. You can connect with her on Instagram: @bravelyimperfect, facebook: @BravelyImperfect, and twitter: @aundikolber

BETH BRUNO, author of A VOICE BECOMING: A Yearlong Mother-Daughter Journey into Passionate, Purposed Living(Faithwords; January 2018) traded the Blue Ridge for the Rocky Mountains after two decades in mega cities. Upon graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago, she and her husband moved to Istanbul, where they led campus teams with Cru. Ten years later they moved to Seattle where Beth received an MA in International Community Development and launched a nonprofit aimed at preventing domestic minor sex trafficking. Beth regularly speaks and trains around the topics of trafficked youth and knowing your story, and writes for various publications including Relevant, Mudroom Blog, and Red Tent Living.

A senior church pastor for over 30 years, and an executive director of Christian Growth International, a church planting network in the UK, Bev is the author of two books – Speak Life and Shut the Hell Up, and Catalysts:You Can Be God’s Agent For Change. She is the founder of Liberti Magazine, a UK based magazine for women who have faith with attitude, and has also written for SheLovesMagazine and Gifted for Leadership. An international speaker with a Masters degree in Global Leadership from Fuller, she regularly speaks at churches and conferences. She is particularly passionate about issues to do with leaders and women, and blogs at She founded Cherish Uganda, a village for HIV+ children who have been abandoned. Bev now lives in her native Australia having retired from pastoring in order to concentrate on speaking and writing.

Lee Wolfe Blum was once an aspiring actress hoping to make it to Broadway, many twists and turns led her down a different path and now she helps women develop a hunger for life with her speaking, writing and work as a Mental Health Practitioner. Her first book, Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder was published in 2013 by InterVarsity Press. Her second book is called Brave and was published by David C. Cook. When Lee isn’t speaking, writing or sharing her message of hope and encouragement, she is trying to manage the day-to-day life of the, “Frat house”, with three boys and one fun and supportive husband in Minnesota. @BlumLee

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Britney Winn Lee is a writer working primarily at the intersection of faith, social justice, and community building in Shreveport, Louisiana where she lives with her husband and son. Occasionally, she writes about growing pains and motherhood (which she feels is the thing that first taught her about mercy). She also works as a director for a United Methodist Church’s community arts program that works to provide quality and affordable opportunities in the arts to her neighborhood. Britney has written for Red Letter Christians where she is a featured writer in their RLC Network, Sojourners, Art House America, and soon to be Off the Page. She is currently signed with Wipf and Stock Publishers for a ministry memoir due in Spring of 2018.

Bronwyn Lea is a South African who has found a home in Northern California, where she is an author, bible teacher, and heads up an online wisdom-for-women ministry resource called Propel Sophia. Find out more about her speaking, ministry, and forthcoming book on healthy relationships in the church on her website.

Carlene Hill Byron’s writing has appeared in marketing materials on 5 continents, as well as in US newspapers and magazines. For a dozen years, she served Christian nonprofits, including as editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian. She lives with bipolar disorder, which means people call her “persevering” and “inspiring” just because she shows up. Find her at Carlene ByronMy House has HistoryChurch and Mental Illness and Christian Purpose Blog.

Carolina is a Tejana poet, freelance writer, and speaker. Her work focuses on faith and Latinidad and can be found in On Being, The Acentos Review, SheLoves Magazine, Rock & Sling: a journal of witness, Lookout Magazine, and others. She has work forthcoming in The Rumpus, Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity, and The Windward Review. Carolina holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @CisnerosCafe.

Carolyn Miller Parr has a passion for peacemaking with families, churches, nonprofits, and businesses. A former judge, she now helps clients resolve problems without going to court. She co-authored husband Jerry’s memoir, “In The Secret Service” (Tyndale). A new book (working title: Love’s Way: How Families Can Live in Peace as Parents Age) is due out in January 2019. She’s a founding member of Joseph’s House (a hospice for homeless men), Mediators Beyond Borders, and The Servant Leadership School in DC. Writing has appeared in USA Today, Ready Magazine, Faith Happenings, Age in Place, and Redbud Post.

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.

Catherine McNiel is a seeker who writes to open eyes to the creative and redemptive work of God in each moment. She is the author of “Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline” (NavPress 2017), and her writing has appeared in numerous books and articles. Catherine serves alongside her husband in a community-based ministry, while caring for three kids, two jobs, and one enormous garden. Connect with Catherine at or on Twitter @catherinemcniel

Cat Knarr is writer based in Chicago, where she lives with her husband, Ben, and their dog, Luna. As a multiracial Christian, Cat has been drawn to stories about faith, diversity, and social justice. She’s written about race and religion for UrbanFaith, Christianity Today, The Chicago Reporter, and more, and her work has also been featured in RELEVANT, PRISM, and the Huffington Post. Cat graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Journalism, Religious Studies, and International Studies. These days, you can find her working for Covenant Kids Congo at The Evangelical Covenant Church, and penning a YA sci-fi novel. Follow Cat on Twitter: @CatKnarr.

Charity Singleton Craig is an author, novelist, journalist, essayist, or more simply … in all ways a writer. Through essays, articles, novels, and books, she tells stories of faith, hope, and love. She is the author My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts. Her work is regularly published at In Touch Magazine and Edible Indy, and she’s also been published at Tweetspeak Poetry, Discipleship Journal, The Write Life, Grubstreet Daily, Curator Magazine, Christianity Today Women, and others. She previously served as a Content and Copy Editor at the High Calling. In 2013, Charity began leading writing workshops, and after the publication of On Being a Writer in 2014, she has regularly taught workshops and classes on the writing life and craft, both online and in person. In 2017, she was awarded an Arts in the Parks and Historic Places grant by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to lead a writing program at McCormick’s Creek State Park called “Writing in Place,” which resulted in a chapbook, which Charity contributed to and edited. Her forthcoming book of essays will be published in Spring 2018 through T.S. Poetry Press.

Charlotte is a freelance writer and copywriter. She is earning an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University and enjoys writing about faith, pop culture, and community. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Christ and Pop Culture, Ploughshares, The Millions, and Mockingbird. Making room for others and their stories is also a priority for Charlotte. She’s grateful to have a lot of opportunities to do so through her writing and through her roles as wife, mom, friend, and neighbor. She lives in Homewood, Alabama which borders the city of Birmingham. She is married to Tim, and they have a daughter, Riley, and a son, Brady. Charlotte and her family are members of Cathedral Church of the Advent—an Episcopal church in Birmingham. You can follow Charlotte on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @charlottedonlon

Christine Field is the mom of four mostly-grown kids (3 adopted, 1 bio) and has been married almost 30 years. She is the author of numerous books and is a consulting attorney for the homeschool ministry of the National Center for Life and Liberty. In her books and as a conference speaker she brings down-to-earth help and come-alongside-you hope to harried and hurting parents. She blogs at

Christine Litavsky is the author of Glimpsing Grace in Ordinary Days (CrossLink, 2013) and loves speaking about how God reveals himself in everyday events. Her work has been featured in American Family Magazine, Glancer Magazine, and Aside from writing, her passion includes caring for and ministering to the elderly, especially those struggling with memory decline. Christine has been married for 24 years and is the mother of three children and two dogs.

Rev. Dr. Delesslyn Audra Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div. is a Kingdom Builder, Visionary Strategist, Motivational Speaker, and Inspirational Writer. For over ten years, she has worked to give life to the vision and mission of local churches as well as organized and spoken at ministry conferences, retreats, worship services, and other community events. She is founder of The WOVEN Network, co-founder of The Orchid Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit which exists to invest in the lives of girls in Africa by meeting a basic need to promote healthy personal hygiene and cultivate positive self-esteem, and founder of The Living Room Christian Fellowship. Delesslyn has started writing groups, facilitated writing workshops, and has written over 400 blog posts for her blog, Salvation and Stilettos hosted at She is also the author of two books: Step Out of the Boat: An Invitation to Walk on Water and The Power to be PERFECT: A Collection of Reflections on Spiritual Perfection. You can follow her on Twitter @AudraSunshine and Instagram @AudraSunshine1.

Debbie Harris is a poet, counselor, performer, Bible student, and passionate follower of Jesus Christ. She is the author of two poetry books, Which Church Am I? and 365 Christ Centered Contemplative Poems: Exalting Jesus Christ Name Above All Names available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles as an e-book and as a paperback . She has been featured on various blogs such as Life Letter Café as a regular contributor and featured in Southern Writers Magazine several times. She is a member of Redbud Writers Guild, Author’s Guild, and a member of the American Academy of Poets. Her passion is to further the kingdom of Jesus Christ through Christian poetry. Please drop by and follow her on Twitter @debbieharris1 or join her on her daily blog.

Diane began writing as a teenager, after the tragic death of a young person she knew. At fourteen, her testimony was included in a religious publication. She wrote stories and creative non-fiction for publication, articles, and children’s stories for a local newspaper while at college. With years of mothering and homeschooling past her, Diane has time for more writing pursuits. With encouragement from her daughters she began writing a nature and photography blog in 2011. She is currently editing her first book.

Dorothy spends her days working as a writer, photographer, journalist, and pastor. She is passionate about leading others in reconciliation and transformation. Dorothy is a featured contributor for Today’s Christian Woman, Gifted for Leadership, and Start Marriage Right. Represented by Credo, Dorothy’s first book (on marriage, currently titled Beautiful Change) will be published by David C. Cook in January, 2017.

Elisabeth Klein Fisher

Elisabeth is a new wife, a mom and stepmom to five kids, an author, blogger, speaker and mentor. Her passion is helping hurting women by bringing them hope.

Elizabeth is a story-lover helping other women learn, live, and love in God’s story of grace. She blogs weekly about living the gospel in the nitty gritty of daily life, and is currently writing a devotional for people in a health crisis. She blogs, coaches, and teaches women as they seek to discover and live faith, hope and love in everyday life. She says, “I’m a full-time wife of my husband of 33 years, an empty nest mom of four young adults who thankfully visit often, and the constant companion of our 3-year-old golden-doodle, Rosie the wonder-dog.”

Emily Gibson

I’m a wife, mother, farmer and family physician, living the rural life in northwest Washington state. I’ve been chronicling life on the farm for over a decade, with an emphasis on raising our family in faithful stewardship to our God and to the land we call home for the time being. My Barnstorming blog reflects that covenant, through words and photography. My writing is a mix of stories, personal essays, memoir, poetry, reflections, and meditations, some of which have now been published in Country Magazine by Reiman Publications/Readers Digest, in addition to regular medical opinion essays and as a guest writer for Her.menuetics. I have a published essay in an anthology called The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall, to be released February 2015, recounting my first meeting with Jane.

Emily Freeman

Emily P. Freemanis the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways, and host of The Next Right Thing podcast. As she works toward her M.A. in Christian Spiritual Formation and Leadership, she continues to help create space for the soul to breathe, offering fresh perspective on the sacredness of our inner life with God. Emily is also the co-founder of, a membership community of working writers dedicated to the success and creativity of each member. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children. Connect with Emily on Instagram @emilypfreeman or her website.

Erin Wasinger

Erin F. Wasinger is a freelance writer, author, and former newspaper editor. Her coauthored book, “The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us,” opens a conversation between the values (or “marks”) of new monasticism and the less-than-radical places she and her coauthor (Redbud Sarah Arthur) have found themselves. (For example: the carpool lane at school.) She’s passionate about stories, her city (Lansing, Mich.), and grace, which show up in blog posts, articles, and on the “Small Things” podcast. Follow her @SomeWonderland on IG/ Twitter.

Elizabeth Vale is a freelance writer, blogger, editor and speaker. Her work has been featured on Rare, Your Daily Bread, Smart Girl Politics and The Daily Caller. Although she is a proud native Texan, Elizabeth now lives in South Florida with her husband and children. As a homeschooling mom of four children, she doesn’t have time to travel to far away countries in an effort to change the world, but she believes that words can have a profound impact on people’s lives and that is why she chooses to write. She hopes that her words can plant a seed of positive change and inspire others to make a difference in the world.  If she isn’t teaching, chasing children or writing, she can be found reading her favorite novel, drinking an endless glass of iced coffee or hitting the road with her whole family in tow to explore as many parts of America as possible. You can find her on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Jamie is an author, speaker, and Presence seeker whose heart is for the local church. Called to edify, encourage, and equip the Body of Christ, her passion is to see sons and daughters of all ages transformed by the strong love of Abba Father. Jamie blogs at about prayer, personal revival, the supernatural lifestyle, and prophetic ministry. Jamie is the author of The Presence Seeker’s Creed: Living for Another Age; Arise, Shine: A Vision Retreat Handbook; and Ruth: A Study of Favor, Redemption, and Restoration. Her articles can be seen around the web, including on, (in), Gifted for Leadership, and The Christian Journal.

Gina Butz has served in full time Christian ministry for over 20 years. Most of those years were spent with her husband overseas, where their two children were born. During that time, God started her on a journey toward being wholehearted-a woman willing to own her story and share it with others. She is passionate about coming alongside others and helping them do the same. She has been blogging for over 10 years and has been published in several print magazines as well as online at places like The Mudroom, Velvet Ashes, and Connection. She also enjoys speaking at women’s events and retreats. She currently blogs at and is writing a book on navigating transition well. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her family, and works in Global Leadership for Cru. You can find her on twitter and instagram @gina_butz

Julie writes as a private form of worship, a way to lean-in and draw-near to the Creator and as well as a way to bring an upbeat perspective to the world. Her work can be found at at Start Marriage Right, The Mudroom, Coeur d’Alene Press, The Redbud Post, Bonner Ferry Herald and guest posting at a variety of other sites. Stop and visit her virtual home at, or @peacequility. For daily inspiration head to Instagram and follow @peacequility1

Heather Walker Peterson, Ph.D., is a mother of two remarkably different daughters. She contributes to the Pray Channel of and can be found @languageNfaith on Twitter and on Pinterest at Her pieces have been published at The Curator and She’s drawn to write vulnerably about spiritual rhythms, motherhood, aesthetic experience, and hope-filled theology woven around a theme of grace.

Heather Creekmore spent decades on the treadmill–chasing beauty and perfecting her image. Now, through her writing and speaking, Heather’s passion is to help women find freedom from the pressure to achieve a certain look and help them find their true purpose in this life. Though Heather’s blog, Compared to Who? may break some grammar rules, it doesn’t hide the realities of poor body image, comparison, and eating disorder issues that so many women face. Heather holds a B.A. in Speech Communication and a M.A. in Public Policy and spent thirteen years running political campaigns and raising money for non-profit causes. She’s wife to Eric, to a Marine fighter pilot turned pastor-church planter, and mom to four young children whom she home schools (though she doesn’t own a single denim jumper!). Originally a black pants wearing East Coast girl, Heather and her family now reside in the land of big earrings and bejeweled denim–Dallas, Texas. Connect with Heather on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest or through her

Heather MacLaren Johnson earned her B.S. in Education. She graduated summa cum laude with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Heather completed training in psychology/psychiatry at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, DuPage County Health Department, and North Chicago Veterans Administration Medical Center and She worked as a therapist for Pastoral Counseling Services of Greater Chicago. Heather has three children adopted from Russia, all with multiple, invisible, permanent disabilities stemming from prenatal exposure to alcohol. She is working on a memoir about her mother/daughter faith journey through Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder. Heather’s essay about learning to ride horses at age 44 is included in Leslie Leyland Field’s The Wonder Years. She has published devotional pieces for The Seed Company.

Heidi loves to be in community with other women, mutually encouraging each other to health and wholeness of mind, body and spirit. She tries to balance a full plate (and sometimes fails)—mothering four young kids, being married, working part time in healthcare, organizing concerts to help infuse art into faith, and too many other interests. Her work can be found a variety of places throughout the internet, and.she’s a regular contributor to the MKE Moms Blog, the content coordinator for her town’s local magazine, and blogs about faith and family at

Currently living in Oaxaca’s Central Valley, Ilona has lived in various parts of Mexico with her family for the past 18 years as cross-cultural missionaries. A true polyglot, she speaks English, Spanish, Hungarian (her first language), and understands enough German to know what her in-laws are saying. Her articles have appeared in Gifted for Leadership, Tortilla Press, and Thrive! Magazine. An award-winning photographer, she brings both calling and creativity together at

Ingrid Lochamire is a former news reporter and award-winning feature writer for a regional news outlet. She “retired” from journalism to homeschool her four sons, now all graduated. Ingrid and her husband live in a 140-year-old farm house in northeast Indiana, where she shares “slice of life” experiences and reflections on her blog and elsewhere. She also encourages others to capture and tell their life stories and has created a tool to help them do so. Ingrid’s work has appeared on various websites and in the literary journal Topology. Her self-published book One Man’s Work includes stories from her father’s life as a soldier, small-town postmaster and child of The Great Depression. Ingrid’s essays will be included in the anthology Grit & Grace, to be released in May, 2018.

My earliest recollection of words are from books my aunt bought me for Christmas at the age of four. I could not read, yet I was enchanted with the pictures and the letters on the pages. I fell in love with the written word that day and later with the words of Jesus. A wife, mother to four children, former public school teacher, and current support staff where I attend church, I love to bake french bread, manage a blog at, contribute to the Englewood Review of Books, read books about writing, contemplation and memoirs, and take long hikes in McGregor Park with my family. Other than my love for my Father and family, travel is my third love, taking me to Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia where I have taught, adopted my fourth child and joined the fight against human trafficking.

Janna Northrup loves to write about heartfelt issues of soul care and self care. She has worked in ministry in various capacities for most of her adult life. She has written for various blogs and a local magazine. Currently, she is busy writing a memoir. You can follow her on Twitter @jjnorthr

Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place. She writes widely for print and digital publications and travels to speak at churches, conferences, and retreats. Jen holds a B.A. in French from Wheaton College and an M.A. in Literature from Northwestern University. She is married to Ryan, and they have five school-age children. Their family attends Grace Toronto Church (Canada). You can follow Jen on Twitter @jenpmichel.

Jennie Cesario lives and writes in Long Island, New York, where she shares a home with her husband and their college-age twins. She enjoys exploring connections in life and literature and illumining both in the searchlight of faith. Although trained in journalism, her writerly personality tends toward an intimate voice and a lyrical style, and she returns repeatedly to themes of empathy, transcendence, and vulnerability in her work. She has recently been published at Ginosko Literary Journal and Roam her blog archives and follow her on Twitter @jenniecesario

Jenny McGill (Ph.D., King’s College London) works in higher education and intercultural affairs, currently serving as a university dean and teaching courses on culture, mission, and research methods. A Fulbright award recipient, she writes nonfiction for various magazines and academic journals. Her books include Religious Identity and Cultural Negotiation, The Self Examined, and Walk with Me: Learning to Love and Follow Jesus. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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

Jen Wise

Jen is happy to spend most days rotating between friends, family, writing, cooking, and her neighborhood yoga studio. She is currently in the process of publishing her first book, due January ‘19. Jen holds an MA in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She lives in Philadelphia’s Main Line neighborhoods with her husband, Jon, and their two sons, Ellington and Breckin. Connect with her on Twitter @jenlwise, Instagram @jenlwise, Facebook @restorationliving, and on her blog.

Jessica spends her days teaching history and her-story to amazing high school students from diverse backgrounds in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She’s wife to a super-creative man and the proud mother of three resilient young women. She’s served as a writing facilitator for Lysa TerKeurst through COMPEL Training. Connect with her on Twitter: @MalleableHeart or via the blog.

JoHannah Reardon

JoHannah Reardon managed Christianity Today’s Bible study site for eight years. Besides writing numerous novels, two family devotional guides, and an adult meditation, she has written content for the Couples’ Devotional Bible and the Everyday Matters Bible. For fun, she likes to read and write (and take long walks)! She also loves teasing her husband, annoying her children, and playing with her grandkids. She is married to Brad, who was a pastor for 27 years. He now trains pastors in developing countries and is her hero!

Judy Douglass is a writer, editor, speaker, encourager. She partners with her husband, Steve, to lead Campus Crusade for Christ globally. She writes at You can find her on Facebook ( and follow her on Twitter @jeedoo417. Her most recent book is Letters to My Children: Secrets of Success (

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, Twitter @julialroller, and on Pinterest at

Julie Kloster is a Christian freelance writer and speaker from Sycamore, Illinois who uses God’s Word, along with compassion and a warm sense of humor, to speak truth into the lives of her audiences. She has written Leaping the Wall: Practical Ways to Empower Faith During Difficult Times. She has also written a Bible study called The Eternal Truths of Narnia.

Karen Hardin is a literary agent and published author. She has been in the Christian publishing industry for twenty-five years and has had the privilege of working on numerous projects with some of the most recognized names in the industry such as Joyce Meyer, Gloria Copeland, Ron DiCianni, QVC Host Rick Domeier and more. Her work has appeared in “USA Today,” “World Net Daily,” “Outlook Magazine,” “Charisma,” “Weddings Elsewhere,” etc. Her most recent book, “Four Secrets to a Forever Marriage” was released by Worthy Publishing July 2015. For additional information go to:

I write about being a stay at home mom, unity and freedom. In my fiction life I write about women who find the greatest strength when they lean into their weakness and rely on the one true strength found in God. My work at this moment can be found on my blog ( I live in Keller, TX with my husband and three children. They are my greatest fans and encourage me to live life to the fullest.

Kendra Dahl is a writer and photographer living in the San Diego area, where she’s slowly pursuing her Masters in Biblical Studies from Westminster Seminary California. Her work has been featured in CT Women, The Gospel Coalition, and Gospel Taboo, where she’s also an editor. Having experienced her own struggles with shame and feeling like an outsider within the church, Kendra is passionate about women’s discipleship in the local church and writes to invite women to the healing and freedom found in knowing Christ. She is married to an electrical engineer-turned seminary student and they have three children. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @kmdahl11, or at her blog.

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 and and you can follow her on Instagram at @abigumbrella7.

Kimberly believes our power to love the marginalized comes through learning to love the margins of our own soul. She speaks, writes, and is a spiritual director to this end: helping other connect to and experience the Love of God for themselves. Through her own story of stillbirth, trauma, crushing disappointments, and chronic illness she has come to know all of life has invitation to transformation. She has written for Christianity Today,, Loyola Press, Herald Press, The Redbud Post, and The Mudroom. You can find her writing, inquire about spiritual direction, or ask her to speak at Find her on IG: @kimberlypenrodpelletier or Facebook:

Katherine James has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University where she received the Felipe P. De Alba merit fellowship. She has studied at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and has work published in the anthology, In the Arms of Words (Sherman Asher, 2005), St. Katherine Review, and other periodicals. Excerpts from her novel, Can You See Anything Now, which was a semi-finalist for the Doris Bakwin Prize, are forthcoming in the anthology, Between Midnight and Dawn, edited by Sarah Arthur (Paraclete Press). One of her short stories was recently chosen as a finalist for a Narrative Prize. Kate and her husband, Rick, have three grown children and are on staff with Cru, a ministry to college students. She blogs at

Kris Camealy

As a sequin-wearing, homeschooling mother of four, Kris is passionate about Jesus, people and words. Her heart beats to share the hard, but glorious truth about  life in Christ. She’s been known to take gratuitous pictures of her culinary creations, causing mouths to water all across Instagram. Once upon a time, she ran 10 miles for Compassion International, a ministry for which she serves as an advocate. Kris is the author of,  Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting and Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement, and the follow up, Companion Workbook. She has contributed to numerous other books, is the host of Refine {the retreat} and the founder and Executive editor of . In her free time, she writes at

Leslie Verner is a goer who is learning how to stay. She traveled all over the world and lived in northwest China for five years before God U-turned her life and brought her back to the U.S. to get married to an audio book narrator in Chicago. Though she has a bachelors in education and a masters in intercultural studies from Wheaton College, her greatest feat these days is grocery shopping with three children, four and under. Before and after living in China, she taught in both public and private schools in the city of Chicago. She has written for The Mudroom(In)courageA Life OverseasVelvet Ashes and You Are Here Stories and is an editor and regular contributor at SheLoves Magazine. She and her family currently live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where they are on the quest for the perfect cup of coffee and the most family-friendly hike. Leslie blogs regularly about faith, family, social justice and cross-cultural issues at www.scrapingraisins.comTwitter:@leslie_verner | Facebook: Leslie Verner Instagram: scraping_raisins | Pinterest: leslie verner

Lara Krupicka

LARA KRUPICKA is an internationally published parenting journalist and author. She is best known for her Bucket List Life Manifesto and her books, Family Bucket Lists and Bucket List Living For Moms. Lara’s work has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The LA Times, San Diego Family, Family Australia Magazine, Calgary’s Child, and the Chicago Sun Times. She is the events editor for Suburban Family magazine and also serves on the executive board of the Redbud Writers Guild. Lara and her husband Mike are raising their three daughters in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Lauren McGuire has been a writer her whole life but mostly in her journal. In 2016, she began writing formally as a way to deal with the conflict she saw playing out across the cultural landscape. When a friend asked her to consider what eternity in heaven might be like, this became the stepping off point for her first fantasy novel which will seek publication later this year. She writes devotions for church, essays on life growing up in a military family, and is a trained facilitator for Restoring Your Heart curriculum. She lives in Georgia with her high school sweetheart, three children and two dogs. Connect with her on Facebook (lauren.mcguire.7) and Instagram (@lcmcguire), and her blog.

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 and can be found on Twitter @leahdeverson.

Lesley Sebek Miller is a wife to Jonathan, and mom to Anna and Owen. She is based in Santa Barbara, California and spends her days juggling writing, laundry, and child chasing. She loves writing about motherhood, how to live authentically in a digital world, the intricacies of female friendship, and journeying through cancer. A Westmont College graduate, Lesley is currently working on her first book about supporting her husband through Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during the year they became parents. She blogs at, where you can also find a full list of her published essays.

Lindsay Banton 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, and anything having to do with the life of Jesus. The older she gets, the more she loves children’s books and doing more of the simpler things in life.

Lindsey is a writer, speaker and enthusiastic (but terrible) dancer. A former pastor and teacher, these days Lindsey works, writes and raises her babies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She blogs at where you can also see a full list of published essays, books available for purchase and her calendar of upcoming speaking and teaching events.

Lindsey Andrews is a divorce and family services attorney, writer, blogger and social justice advocate. She is tolerated by two adopted kids and a husband, but is adored by a French Bulldog, Walter. She can be found on Twitter as @ethiopiabound and Instagram @linzandrews She blogs for The Encouraging Dads Project, Children’s Hopechest & Project Hope Worldwide.

Lisa Deam, Ph.D., is an award-winning writer and speaker who uses art of the Christian past to illuminate modern faith. A former professor, Lisa has lectured widely on medieval art in the United States and Europe. Today she speaks on the spiritual lessons of the Middle Ages (and the ancient faith more generally). She leads spiritual formation workshops that help participants map out their personal journeys with Christ. Lisa’s first book, A World Transformed: Exploring the Spirituality of Medieval Maps, was published in 2015 by Cascade. One of her articles, “Stigm(at)a,” won an award of excellence from the Associated Church Press.

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.

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.

Linda is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer and works in publishing. Her creative nonfiction has been featured in several literary journals and she recently completed a novel, Try Again Farm. Linda earned her B.S. in Communications from Florida State University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the mother of four grown sons and lives outside of Chicago in a mostly empty nest with her husband Bill. She blogs at

Lucinda Secrest McDowell, M.T.S., is passionate about embracing life through deep soul care as well as living courageously – ‘Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.’ A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, McDowell is the author of 13 books, including the award-winning “Dwelling Places” and “Ordinary Graces.” Lucinda received Mt. Hermon “Writer of the Year” award; guest blogs for The Write Conversation, Blue Ridge Writers and (in)courage; and directs “reNEW – retreat for New England Writing.” She blogs weekly at from “Sunnyside” cottage in Connecticut.

Maggie Wallem Rowe is a national speaker, dramatist and author who writes from Peace Ridge, her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The former Director of Women’s Ministries for Vision New England, Maggie has contributed to over ten books including numerous devotional Bibles for women. As the author of several original one-woman dramas, she has traveled extensively throughout the United States speaking at conferences and retreats. In 2014 Maggie received her Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Wheaton Graduate School. Her greatest blessings are Mike, her husband and pastor of 42 years, their three adult children, two children-in-love and four grandchildren. Maggie is currently writing her first book, due from NavPress in the spring of 2020.

Mallory (Larsen) Redmond is a writer, a speaker, and a big time coffee drinker. She received her M.A. in Theology & Culture from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, while the native Chicagoan in her quickly fell for the mild winters of the Pacific Northwest. Nowadays, Mallory resides in Ohio with her new husband, Darren, and their new(er) dog, Roger. She blogs regularly, with the hope of finding places where we can connect and relate in our humanity. She writes on grace, relationships, faith, grief, and chocolate, among other rich topics. In addition to her blog, you can follow her on Facebook (Mallory ‘Larsen’ Redmond) and Twitter (@malloryjredmond).

Margaret Philbrick is an author, gardener and teacher who desires to plant seeds in hearts. Margaret has a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity University in San Antonio Tx.and a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University. She teaches writing and literature to children and teens at The Greenhouse School and H.S.U., both of which provide supplemental classical education to the home-school community. She is actively involved in the fulfillment of God’s vision at Church of the Resurrection and the Redbud Writers Guild where she serves on the board of both organizations. Her first book, Back to the Manger, is a holiday gift book she created with her mother, an oil painter. Her debut novel, A Minor, released to critical acclaim in 2014. You can find Margaret in her garden digging in the dirt or writing poetry and you can connect with her on-line via her website at:

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, or connect at or on facebook.

Marlena Graves is the author of A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness (Brazos Press 2014). Hearts and Minds Books awarded it the Best Book on Spiritual Formation by a First Time Writer (2014). Marlena is also a bylined writer for Christianity Today and Our Daily Journey (Our Daily Bread Ministries). Her pieces have also appeared in the NIV Devotional Bible For Women (Zondervan, 2015), The Mudroom Blog, READY! Magazine, A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions that Meet You in Your Everyday Mess forthcoming by (in)courage and also some pieces in the forthcoming (in) courage Devotional Bible and in many other venues. She is the Director of Discipleship at Maumee United Methodist Church and an adjunct professor at Winebrenner Seminary where she teaches Discipleship Ministries. She lives in Toledo, Ohio with her philosophy professor husband, Shawn, and three beautiful and precocious daughters. Twitter: @MarlenaGraves or

Marta Oti Sears is a pastor, spiritual director and contributing author of the book Just Moms: Conveying Justice in an Unjust World (Barclay Press). She has a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary and serves as Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Missional Living at 2nd Street Community Church. Marta nurtured the spiritual formation of college students as Director of Outreach & Discipleship and developed students’ understanding of race, power, and privilege as Multicultural Advisor at George Fox University. She’s served as an advocacy leader with International Justice Mission (IJM) and as a leader, mentor and speaker with Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). Marta’s articles have appeared in 19 magazines in the U.S. and Canada.

Mary is a biblical counselor, ordained minister, and former professional model. Her insights and experience help to connect with the distinct skeptic and mature believer. As a writer and speaker passionate in evangelism and apologetics, she is thankful for the joy of inspiring women to a biblical worldview, and the true cultural mandate in our ordinary lives. She speaks locally and globally at numerous conferences, events, and retreats on the power of God’s Word for our identity, spiritual formation, and leadership. Mary and her husband Scott, enjoy consulting work, travel, and cycling. An aspiring author, find her writings and poetry at Twitter friends welcome @maryanderson312, engagements at

Meadow Rue Merrill is the award-winning author of the inspirational memoir, “Redeeming Ruth: Everything Life Takes, Love Restores.” She began her career writing for a Maine newspaper, regularly corresponded for The Boston Globe, and wrote features for Down East magazine while raising six children, including Ruth, a deaf and disabled abandoned baby whom her family adopted from Uganda. In 25 years as a Maine journalist, Meadow published parenting essays in The New York Times, wrote for Harvard University, and contributed feature articles to The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine. She currently writes inspirational books for children and adults from a little house in the big woods of midcoast Maine. “The Christmas Cradle,” the first-volume of her forthcoming “Lantern Hill Farm” picture-book series releases with RoseKidz in the fall of 2018. Connect by following her blog, “Faith Notes,” at: You can also occasionally find her on facebook and twitter @meadowruewrites.

Melanie Weldon-Soiset loves languages. This native Georgian studied Spanish and Comparative Literature at The University of Georgia, as well as Mandarin in Hangzhou, China. Along with her husband Brian, Melanie lived in Hangzhou, then Shanghai, from 2011-2016. Melanie also loves paradoxes. Perhaps this craving to connect disparate things contributed to her calling to China, as well as to her desire to study theology. Melanie earned her M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in 2010. In Shanghai, she flexed her M.Div. muscles as the Teaching Pastor at a nondenominational church of 2000 immigrants from over 100 nations. Melanie is now back in DC, where she serves as the Fellowship Program Director at Sojourners. When Melanie isn’t writing ordination papers to become a UMC Deacon, she is writing poems or theological reflections, biking around the neighborhood, or finding God in the laundry, dishes, and other glimpses of everyday grace. Read more from Melanie at Medium:

Melody L. Copenny is a poet, writer, and storyteller. An Atlanta native and Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate, she’s become a Floridian thriving in Orlando where she writes to be real, relevant, and reveal. She’s an editor, journalist, and communicator for Cru, an international non-profit organization, where she covers national and international stories of God’s work around the world. During 2019, she’s completing her last semester as a participant in the Cru Senior Leadership Initiative 7. She also serves as a cultural competency consultant in the organization with The Lenses Institute experience. She enjoys pursuing an intersection of creativity, theology and popular culture in her writing projects. In her down time she likes training for half marathons and learning Afro Fusion dances.

Michele Morin is a teacher, reader, writer, and gardener who blogs at Living Our Days. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for over 25 years, and their four children are growing up at an alarming rate. She is active in educational ministries with her local church and her writing has appeared at SheLoves Magazine, The Mudroom, (in)courage, and elsewhere. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy, finds joy in sitting around a table surrounded by women with open Bibles, and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Classically trained as a Certified Public Accountant, Michelle Henrichs is a second-career pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She loves Jesus and the Bible and seeks to help others do so as well. Pastor to Heritage Presbyterian Church, a real-estate free congregation that now worships in a senior living community, Michelle lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two teenage sons. Author of Prayers for the People: Scripturally Based Prayers for Worship, you can find out more about her on her blog.

Michelle Reyes spends her days as a writer, speaker, church pastor’s wife and momma of two littles. She sees herself as a bridge builder and is passionate about connecting people of different ethnicities and cultures together for God’s glory and the advancement of His Kingdom. Michelle holds a PhD in German. She’s a regular contributor for (in)courage and a guest columnist for Church Health Reader, and she’s written for Christianity Today Women, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Lifeway Ministry to Women, among other places. Connect with Michelle on on Facebook (@michelle.ami.reyes), Instagram (@michelleamireyes), Twitter (@dr_reyes2) and her blog.

Mary Yerkes is a writer, spiritual director, and mentor who lives in the Washington, DC area. She is passionate about equipping church and marketplace leaders and creating spiritually and emotionally healthy cultures among leaders and their communities. Mary writes for popular print and online magazines, including Gifted for Leadership, Conversations Journal: A Forum for Authentic Transformation, Focus on the Family, and Christian Coaching Magazine, to name a few. She covers such diverse topics as leadership, spiritual formation, women’s issues, life challenges, and more.

Natalie Nyquist is a single mother, aerial ballet dancer (in training), and freelance academic editor. As an editor and proofreader she has completed more than 450 book projects for traditional publishers including HarperCollins, Moody Publishers, and P&R Publishers. She fell in love with the book industry as a Communications-turned-Biblical-Studies major at Moody Bible Institute, and added an Editing Certificate from the University of Chicago to three years study in the Christian Writers Guild. In addition to editing, Natalie teaches online webinars and workshops at industry conferences. A native Texan who has lived everywhere from Japan to Alaska to Chicago, Natalie and her son live a few steps from the Gulf of Mexico and spend their evenings cuddling their English Angora rabbit named (wait for it…) Bunny and reading endless books. Connect with her: | Twitter: @natalienyquist | Facebook: @natalienyquistwrites

J. Nicole Morgan is a sought after speaker on the topic of fat-positivity. Her forthcoming book Fat and Faithful: Learning to Love Our Bodies, Our Neighbors, and Ourselves (Fortress Press, 2018) shares her journey from body shame to fat acceptance and shows us how to care for the image of God found in every body—including our own. She is the co-host of the podcast Fat andFaithful: fat women talk faith, politics, and culture. Her writing has been featured in Christianity Today, Sojourners, PRISM Magazine and at Nicole earned her Master of Theological Studies from Palmer Seminary of Eastern University.

Nicole T. Walters is a writer who lives somewhere in the tension between wanderlust and rootedness. She currently makes her home in South Asia with her husband and two children but has left part of her heart in her Georgia home. She writes to help people create space to listen to God, learn from others, and lead lives that love at She has authored essays in several books including Redbud’s own Everbloom. Her writing has appeared in places like CT Women, Relevant, Red Letter Christians, and (in)courage. She is a regular contributor at SheLoves Magazine, The Mudroom, and Ready Publication. You can follow Nicole on Twitter and Facebook..

Nilwona Nowlin is a redemptive artist, someone who believes in the power of the arts to bring about positive transformation in individuals and communities. She is particularly passionate about helping people discover/pursue their purpose, leadership development, and ministries of compassion, mercy, and justice such as community development, reconciliation, and intercultural development. Recent publications include “To Save Many Lives: Exploring Reconciliation Between Africans and African Americans through the Selling of Joseph,” for the Covenant Quarterly as well as devotionals for the Covenant Home Altar. She is also a regular contributor to for the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) Commission on Biblical Gender Equality’s blog and the lmdj Voices blog of the ECC’s Love Mercy Do Justice mission priority. Nilwona earned a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago, an M.A. in Christian Formation and Certificate in Justice Ministry from North Park Theological Seminary and a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University. She blogs at You can follow Nilwona on Twitter @nilwona.

Noelle Kirchner is a TV host, minister, and writer who is also a mom of two young boys – as they wrestle on the floor, she enjoys wrestling with her manuscripts! Her parenting series, Chaos to Calm, is about transforming the chaos of family life into calm through faith, and it airs monthly on HomeTowne TV. Noelle’s written work has appeared on sites such as Huff Post Parents, the TODAY Show Parenting Team, Mamapedia,, and (in)courage. She currently serves at a church in New Jersey. You can connect with Noelle on TwitterFacebook, and her blog.

Natalie encourages and trains women to understand and interpret God’s Word with both skill and confidence. After twelve years in part- and full-time ministry, she pursued and received a Master of Divinity (’02), focusing on biblical studies, gender studies, and homiletics. Nearing graduation, she sensed the Lord leading her to write a book helping women discern really tough life issues by going beyond emotion and/or hearsay to pursuing biblical and theological reliability in their decision-making about their beliefs. To this end, she pursued and obtained Doctor of Ministry (’05) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (S. Hamilton, MA) in the “Effective Ministries to Women” track. Continuing to follow the Lord’s leading to write, it became clear her inaugural book would make her seminary education and training beneficial to and for women who may never go to seminary themselves, but who would love to if they could. Her first book is “Women, Leadership, and the Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe? A Practical Guide to Biblical Interpretation” (or WLB, for short – Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2014). To support women reading and working through WLB, Natalie developed “Biblical Breakthrough!” – an online course coaching women through the material in WLB ( In 2015, she founded The Verity Initiative LLC (TVI) to incorporate the various outreach courses and programs she has and will continue to develop. Under TVI, in 2015 she launched “YOUR Biblical Breakthrough!” (, an online telesummit for women providing four to five brief training sessions in Best Practices in Bible Study and Interpretation. Besides producing WLB, BB, and YBB, Natalie has other fascinating accolades that will make her your next scintillating guest speaker or interviewee, including surviving birthing three children, and twelve New England and five Ohio winters. 🙂 She is also life partner to her husband, David, who often helps her stay (or get) focused. Natalie is uniquely positioned to provide a stimulating interview for your podcast or blog, discussion for your webinar, lesson for your college or seminary class, or retreat custom-designed for your group. Find information on WLB, her blog, and links to her outreach programs at

Peggy Mindrebo embraces her calling to “bloom where she is planted.” Wistful Vista Farm is her home, and the place where work, play and worship intersect. She is a Spiritual Director and can be found riding horses, paddle boarding or just walking around her property with those whom she meets. Serving as a pastor at her church gives her many opportunities to speak and teach. Hospitality is her calling, and each week she prepares dinner for twenty at her barn,hosting a time of discussion and evening prayers.

Writer, board member, homeschooler, radio co-host, workshop presenter, and mom, PeggySue blew out her knees as a modern dancer and became a news reporter (most misleading headline) before coming home to freelance while raising and schooling her seven favorite children. She has published two-dozen books including a couple bestsellers, an audio finalist that came in second to Keith Richards’ memoir read by Johnny Depp, and several co-authored projects including a parenting book with June Hunt because she writes well with others. Her motto is, “How can we make this happen?” Her work has been described as giving voice to women, empowering others to pursue their full potential, and showing students the essentials that make writing do-able. PeggySue specializes in equipping parents to provide a nurturing environment for children. The great connector, PeggySue connects people with similar vision and complimentary skills. Connect with PeggySue at

Prasanta is a poet, writer, blogger, occasional artist, and aspiring author. She is passionate about making the way for diverse voices and understanding culture and background in the context of faith. She was born under an Asian sun, raised in the Appalachian foothills in the southern U.S., and currently digs out of snow piles in the upper Midwest. She holds an MBA, an MPH in Epidemiology, is a home schooling mom of three (with one in college and two still at home), and currently teaches and coaches team policy debate to high school students. She has been published at Tweetspeak Poetry and The High Calling/Patheos. You can follow her on her blog, Twitter @pathoftreasure, Instagram prasanta_v_writer, or Facebook page (Prasanta Verma, Writer).

Rhonda Franz is a city girl who is raising three lively boys in the rural woods of Arkansas with her pilot husband. Her essays have been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul and on the NBC Today Show Mom blog. A certified educator, she holds a B.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.A. in Special Education and works as the Girl Friday for a regional blogging tribe. She contributes articles to several sites and small parenting magazines on parenthood, family, education, food, and managing home with an unpredictable work schedule. She and her husband are involved in local community ministries and children’s programs at their church. Twitter: @thecaptainmom Instagram: @rhondafranz

Richella Parham is a wife, mom, author, and speaker.  She is a Ministry Team and Board member of Renovaré, a ministry that advocates, resources, and models Christian spiritual formation. The author of A Spiritual Formation Primer, Richella writes and speaks about the with-God life, sharing the ways her own journey has been shaped by experiences of suffering as well as joy. Richella and her husband Jack have been married for 30 years and have reared three wild and crazy boys into wonderful young men. Her blog, Imparting Grace, is a celebration of a life filled with the grace of God and the process of creating a home that reflects God’s grace. Connect with her also on Twitter: @richellaparham; Pinterest: Richella Parham; and Instagram: @richellaparham.

Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock weaves themes of transformative hope and grace-filled leadership into everything she shares on page and stage. An award-winning marketing and communications executive in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, she offers expertise about creative leadership with faith-based organizations. Ronne is a regular contributor to Orange, and her series, “The 25 Things I Wish I Could Tell My 25-Year Old Self” is featured at QARA, a digital publication that empowers 20-somethings to discover their True North. She now invests her time telling stories that change stories with Orphan Outreach, a global ministry dedicated to serving orphans and vulnerable children in Latin America, Russia, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Ronne also loves to share personal stories about life, love, leadership, and a little #kitchentherapy. Her words are published in Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives and For You, Love: The Prayer Journal that Invites You to Respond. She is currently penning a book about the leadership principles of women who believe restoration is a reality on earth as it is in heaven. When she’s not working in developing countries, you’ll find Ronne in the Texas Hill Country with her husband, Brad, and rescue mutt, Princess Wilhelmina Pearl. Their son and his family live in Arizona, which she has deemed is far too far away. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram. You’ll always find her at @RonneRock.

Sarah Quezada has a master’s in sociology and writes regularly at She is the author of Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World. She and her husband Billy live in a bicultural household while raising two trilingual-ish kids.

Sarah loves words. She also loves people. And she loves weaving them together in honest and vulnerable ways that cut underneath the surface and break open the longings of the heart. She is a writer and dreamer whose words breathe vulnerability and hope into longing souls. She enjoys slowing down and listening to the heartbeats of this world, and believes that we are all desiring to be seen, known and loved. Sarah writes for numerous international organizations including Compassion International and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is the creative nonfiction editor of Barren Magazine, has a weekly column at ALTARWORK, and invites readers to sit with her awhile and connect on her website, Wake Us With Words.

Sarah Lindsay has a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she spent four years teaching at a small Christian college in the south before relocating to the Chicagoland area, where she now lives with her husband and three young daughters. As she transitions out of academia, Sarah is finding new avenues for her writing. She loves encouraging and empowering women in the church, and she also loves using her training as a scholar of the middle ages to expose people to the rich historical background of Christianity. Sarah has written for Mutuality and Arise, and her blog. She is also on Twitter: @drlindsay

Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker & author of a dozen books ranging from popular devotionals (Walking With Frodo, The One Year Coffee With God, Mommy Time) to serious engagement with literature–including A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time (Zondervan, Aug. 2018). A graduate of Wheaton College & Duke University Divinity School, Sarah serves as preliminary fiction judge for the Christianity Today Book Awards & has taught advanced writers courses for the Frederick Buechner Writers Workshop & the Writing For Your Life conferences. Fingers crossed, she will publish her middle grade & YA novels before her sons are too old to read them.

Sarah Elizabeth is a wife to Jake, mother of two children under two, and a storyteller at heart. Outside the home she works contract as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist and volunteers with Student Ministries at her church, discipling a small group of girls from sixth grade through high school. She is passionate about uncovering beautiful stories in seemingly mundane moments. Some of her life-long goals include getting an MFA, running a marathon, writing a book, and seeing her children know Jesus. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @sebstuff.

Sharla Fritz has been described as an amazing eye-opening speaker and author. Her books Soul Spa, Divine Design and Bless These Lips 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. Her articles have appeared at, Today’s Christian Woman, Just Between Us, and Lutheran Women’s Quarterly. Sttitching 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.

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 TwitterPinterestFacebook or her website.

Sheila Wise Rowe holds a Masters degree in Counseling and has over twenty-five years 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 She is the co-author of, The Well of Life, a book which has helped impacted the lives of individuals, couples, and groups worldwide. Currently, she is writing a book about how Jesus heals and transforms the lives of those who have experienced trauma because of the color of their skin or their ethnic identity. She will soon launch 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:, or Email:

I am a writer on good days when a child isn’t puking or screaming or the dog hasn’t run away for the zillionth time or when the house doesn’t look like a Hoarders episode or I didn’t forget to pick up one of the five children from school. I live in the western suburbs of Chicago with my husband who has pushed me to be a better version of myself for sixteen years. I adore my best friends and I get anxiety attacks around anyone pretty or skinny, so I stay in my yoga pants and write about my redemptive story at

Shelly Wildman is the author of First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God Through Intentional Discipleship. She holds an M.A. in English Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a Visiting Instructor at Wheaton College for over 20 years—the same school where she met her husband as an undergrad. Shelly frequently speaks to parents’ and women’s groups and spends much of her free time mentoring young women. When she has time, she loves to cook, read, and travel. Shelly and her husband, Brian, live in Wheaton, IL and have three adult daughters. You can find Shelly at her website ( or on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Stephanie Reeves is a native Californian transplanted to Florida in 1991 when her job with Cru moved her and her husband, David, there. Now the mother of 3 humans, 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 birds 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 and the Redbud Post.

Stephanie is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary and an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church. She writes about sensing the voice of God and encountering the Holy Spirit in the midst of our everyday routines. Her pieces have appeared on Mudroomblog, The Mighty, Altarwork, Amnity Coalition, and Covenant Quarterly Forum. In addition, her passion for those affected by mental illness finds itself woven into some of her writing. Originally hailing from southwest Michigan, Stephanie lives in Mokena, Illinois with her husband and three teens. A speaker at various venues, she can be followed on her blog, Twitter @s2thomp and facebook: .

Suzanne is a graduate of Cornerstone University and Grace Theological Seminary and has served as a part-time chaplain and pastor. She is currently fighting a battle against late-stage lyme disease full-time. Some of her favorite things to do are to write and speak on living in the Kingdom of God as a joyful, right-now reality. Together with Carla Sunberg and Jamie Wright, Suzanne coauthored the book Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God and the Reclaiming Eve Small Group DVD. She and her husband David live in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they share a fondness for his cooking skills.

Tammy Perlmutter writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess of it all and is the founder and curator of the collaborative blog The Mudroom. She co-founded Deeply Rooted, a local Chicago biannual worship event for women. She writes about her daughter and autism in her blog series Life Along the Spectrum. Tammy lives in intentional community with Jesus People USA (and 250 people!) in Chicago. She has an essay in the Soul Bare anthology coming out with Inter Varsity Press in August.

Taryn started life in a town with 75 people, three million chickens, several dogs, and two imaginary friends. She left that in her dust to live in two other countries and visit a host of others on six continents. (She’s holding at six, with no desire to add Antarctica to the mix.) She wrote her first book, We Wait You: Waiting on God in Eastern Europe, after a career as a single missionary, and will soon publish a young adult historical fiction series. She’s also written a few short stories for anthology books and numerous articles—-winning an Amy Writing Award for one of those. She and her husband live in a sleepy town in North Carolina. She recently obtained a Master’s degree in writing and now tutors writing at a small university while being an adjunct English instructor at a community college. She has come full circle, minus the imaginary friends, that is.

Tatyana Claytor is primarily a lover of story and truth. As an English teacher, she is surrounded by the stories of the ages, but as a lover of God, she is enveloped in the Story beyond all ages. Her desire is to know the Author of this story as clearly as possible that she might help others see God’s truth in their lives and His plan in their stories. She currently lives in Cocoa, Florida with her three story-loving children and her husband, a minister of Youth and Missions.

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. She now has returned to her first love: writing historical fiction. Terri has been blessed with the opportunity to travel extensively internationally, and has relished visiting countless historical sites everywhere she goes. 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. Terri is passionate about her Christian faith, women’s issues and hospitality. She is on the design team at The Re:new Project, a ministry to refugee women. 100% Italian, she enjoys all things from the culture of her heritage. She also enjoys photography, music, cooking and baking, and knitting. Terri is a recent empty-nester, and makes her home in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband, miniature schnauzer, Sadie, and Siberian cat, Petey. A native Chicagoan, she loves exploring the beautiful city and is an avid fan of its sports teams.

Tina is passionate about living deeply and authentically. Through fiction, blog posts, and creative essays, she writes honestly about ordinary life and the way God meets us in our everyday circumstances and creatively weaves the sacred into them. After high school, she spent three years at sea on a ship that distributed educational literature to developing countries, met wonderful friends from all over the world, and eventually settled down in the Seattle area. She studied ministry and theology at Northwest University. Tina most recently lived on thirty acres in Southern Chile, and finally returned to the Seattle area in June of 2015.

Vina Mogg is a recent empty nester learning to repurpose and refeather her nest, a 1926 cottage on Puget Sound. After caring for her mother with Alzheimers the past 10 years, she is a caregiver advocate and member of the AlzAuthors writing group. Essays on this journey have been published on various sites and in the anthology, The Wonder Years, 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith and Beauty. On, she writes stories of tumbled, broken, beautiful pieces of life as caregiver, mother of four, painter, and wife for 36 years, and is currently working on a memoir on family and caregiving life.

Whitney is the author of Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit published by Upper Room Books. Through her work as as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator, she 
incorporates yoga and other ancient tools, encouraging the sacred connection of breath, body, and spirit. Whitney is passionate about exploring and sharing the gift of God’s peace. She completed her certification in spiritual formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, is a 500-hour master instructor with Holy Yoga Ministries, and a certified lay minister. Whitney loves people, nature, tea, and books. She lives with her family in Tennessee and can be found online at and on social media @WhitRSimpson.

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