Novelist, blogger, and freelance writer
- Fallen, the second novel and prequel to Refuge in my Biblical fiction series set in Genesis 1 – 5, released December 12, 2015, in ebook and December 17 in paperback. Find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple iBook. See the “About Fallen” tab in the header for more information.
- Koehler Books released my first novel, Refuge, in March 2014. This is the first of three Biblical fiction novels set in Genesis 1 – 5. Refuge is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple iBook.
- Refuge was a 2014 Official Finalist For The PARANORMAL AWARDS for Supernatural Fiction: The Paranormal Awards writing competition recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Supernatural Fiction and Legends & Lore. The PARANORMAL Awards is a division of the Chanticleer Awards International Writing Competitions.
- October 7, 2012, David C. Cook published my article, “Let Faith Arise,” in their Sunday School curriculum: Power for Living. September 6, 2012, Christian Devotions published “Every Circumstance.”
- From 2012-2013 I contributed my blog content at (In)courage, an online community of women. I helped promote the 2013 and 2014 worldwide (in)RealLife events.
- I will be releasing my historical novel, No Longer Alone in summer 2017. My tale: Manhood arrived prematurely. At the tender age of fifteen, Prentis lost both his father and his confidence that God loved him. He grew up fast after that day, abandoning his education to take on the responsibility and hardship of supporting his mother and siblings. Now, in Prentis’s twenties, Avery reenters his life. A Sunday School teacher with a passion for learning and theology, she is intelligent with a captivating spirit. Prentis finds her irresistible. The audacity of attempting to court such a woman in no way weakens his resolve. He’s determined to win her heart. But male competition, vicious gossip, Avery’s unspoken fears, and the ruin of his livelihood hinder his efforts. How can Prentis win her? And if he does, how will they overcome their differences, the hard life on the Oklahoma plains, and a world at war? Set in 1913-1916, No Longer Alone is based on a true story.
Bible Study Author
In 2005, I was invited by our senior pastor to write the Bible study material for all the small groups at Calvary Bible Church. Alongside my husband Tim from 2005-2014, I coordinated the small group ministry that used this material. We studied chronologically through the New Testament. To prepare me for this task:
- In 1988, I began studying the Bible inductively with Precept upon Precept Bible studies.
- To hone my Bible study skills and equip me to lead inductive Bible studies, I received Precept Leader training in 1995 from Precept Ministries International, Chattanooga, TN. I began leading Bible studies at that time.
- Between 2000 and 2005, Calvary Bible Church provided five years of intensive church-based training in Systematic Theology.
- In 2001, this training included completion of the basic course in Biblical Counseling through the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC).
- In 2006, I completed the How to Study the Bible Precept leader course to learn additional Bible study skills, enriching my earlier training.
- To take the time needed to publish and to market my first novel, I have paused in my pursuit of the BA Theology degree at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana.
- With my husband Tim, I coordinated the small group ministry as mentioned above.
- In the Calvary Bible Church team of Women’s Ministry coordinators, I served as the Women’s Bible Study and Spiritual Growth Coordinator from 2010-2014. I helped plan Sunday School and Bible study offerings to complement pastoral plans and to supplement the Wednesday night ministry.
Teacher and inspirational speaker
- Starting in 2014 and continuing presently, I speak to book clubs and women’s church groups about my novels and about God’s orchestration of suffering for our good. I offer a day-long workshop “God’s Purposes in Suffering.” See Press Kit.
- Alongside other women from my church, I teach and facilitate prison ministry through BridgeBuilders, a Christian 12-step program. In 2012, I started a second branch of Calvary Bible Church’s prison ministry as a way to enlarge our current program founded by our pastor’s wife. We now have groups of women running programs on two different days a week under her leadership.
- From 2007 to 2013, I developed and taught my own How to Study the Bible course to mothers and students at Explorers Home School Association, a community-wide homeschooling co-op.
- Occasionally, I am called on to speak to the women of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) on the U of M and EMU campuses in Michigan. I have also been a panel member addressing the men of Cru.
Involved in international ministry
- Since 1998, our family has been affiliated with Reaching Indians Ministries International, a ministry founded by Rev. Saji K. Lukos, an Indian man attempting to reach all of India with the gospel. The main campus is in Nagpur, and RIMI has established satellite seminary campuses in all but one Indian state. RIMI has planted over 7000 house churches. Tim now serves as an American board member and uses the Bible study material I have written when he teaches in India.
- From 1998-2000, I served as the Missions Coordinator for the Evangelical Free Church of Rock Springs, Wyoming.
- Between 1988 and 1994, our family was affiliated with Helping International Students (H.I.S.) under the leadership of Bob and Mary Taussig.
- As noted earlier, my training and equipping for ministry in my church shows nearly twenty-five years of continual learning in theology, Biblical studies, and Bible-study techniques.
- From 1984 to 2012, I home-schooled our six children. All homeschooling parents must constantly grow in wisdom and knowledge, learning new topics and enriching their previous understanding in order to educate their children.
- In addition to theological and Bible-study training, I have also attended many homeschooling seminars in order to train me to educate my children and to improve my teaching skills.
- My husband and I were founding members of the fledgling Manhattan-area home school association in 1984. We worked with other area parents to enrich our children’s schooling experience through coordinated classes and field trips.
- From 1983-1985, I worked alongside a lay midwife as her apprentice, learning about natural childbirth in the home.
- From 1980-1983, I was a certified childbirth instructor with the International Childbirth Education Association.