Who We Are

Our Authors

 

Janet Beagle, PhD is the founder of The Mustard Patch, where she blogs tiny seeds of Christian reflection.  Her writing has appeared in The Word in Season and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine, among others. She currently serves as director of graduate programs for Purdue University’s College of Engineering and is a writer, a Bible study teacher, and a student of God’s word. In her spare time, she likes to eat other people’s cooking and hike with her dog, Marly. Visit Janet at www.mustardpatch.org.

Will Schmit is a volunteer outreach prison minister for Lifehouse Church in Arcata Ca. He is the author of Jesus Inside A Prison Minister’s Memoir and Training Manual available at Amazon.com  His poetry is available for comment at Christiantouristsyndrome. Blogspot.com.

Cindy Sproles is the founder of Christian Devotions Ministries. She has contributed  to several newspapers on the eastern seaboard, as well as PML Programs, Common Ground Herald, Tri-County News and CBN.com. Her devotions and articles are published weekly in several newspapers across the country. She is the Executive Editor of ChristianDevotions.us, and Managing Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’ Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals. Cindy is the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference and is the coauthor of He Said, She Said: A Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of Passion.  She has authored New Sheets: Thirty Days to Refine You Into the Woman You Can Be, and her fiction debut novel, Mercy’s Rain is a best seller. Cindy is a gifted communicator and teacher who speaks frequently for ladies’ conferences, special events, and writers conferences across the country. You can visit her at www.cindysproles.com.

Beth Fortune has a passion for God’s Word. Through her writing and speaking she allows the heartbeat of the Father to flow through her words. As an award-winning writer she’s a contributing writer with Christian Devotions, Inspire A Fire, and In Touch Ministries and has had stories published in two “Chicken Soup For the Soul Book” Series in addition to other anthologies. Some of her articles have been published in Focus on Family’s “Thriving Family” magazine, Dr. Charles Stanley’s “In Touch” magazine and “Reach Out Columbia.” With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture she loves gardening and enjoys giving gardening talks to churches, schools, and community groups but her real enjoyment comes from sharing God’s truths and encouraging others. She and her husband live in Greenville, SC where he’s Sr. Pastor of a local church. You can visit her at www.bethfortune.org.

Sandy Kirby Quandt is a freelance writer and follower of Jesus with a passion for history and travel. Passions that often weave their way into her stories and articles. Sandy has been published in numerous adult and children publications. Looking for words of encouragement or gluten-free recipes? Then stop by Woven and Spun. www.sandykirbyquandt.com


April White, Pharm.D. 
is a storyteller and hope dispenser. Though April retired her career as the neighborhood pharmacist, she continues to dispense hope. Life with a chronic illness is a daily fight, but God grants His strength each day. God is using April’s chronic battle as a platform to write and speak of God’s chronic presence. April has a BS degree in biology from James Madison University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University. Email April or visit her at AprilDawnWhite.com.

Karen Friday is a pastor’s wife, writer, blogger, speaker, and women’s ministry leader. She is passionate about discipleship that helps followers of Christ live with authentic faith. Karen has published a number of articles and devotions in both print and online media. Her writing connects family life experiences, Christian ministry, and real life scenarios to the timeless truths of Scripture. Karen and her husband have two adult children. She earned a communications degree and has marketing experience in a broad spectrum of business services where she is frequently referred to as Girl Friday. karengirlfriday.com or like her on Facebook.

Kim Harms is a writer and speaker represented by Credo Communications Literary Agency. She is under contract with Familius Publishing for her first book tentatively titled, Life Reconstructed. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications including Today’s Christian Woman, CT Women, Guideposts and Just Between Us Magazine. Diagnosed with breast cancer at 40, Harms uses her personal experience and her love of scripture to illustrate the value of trusting Jesus through hard things. On her website, kimharms.net, she shares about her Life Reconstructed and reaches out to women who are navigating the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of walking through mastectomies and breast reconstruction. She can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Nan Jones Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. Nan has also had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan isn’t writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: “Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord” as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God’s Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@jubilantlight.com. The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Josh Clevenger is the senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Astoria, Illinois. He is a published writer of four books and writes encouraging devotionals for his town’s local paper. His ministry began planting a new church in his hometown which inspired his writing to encourage a broken and weary people. Josh wants his writing to inspire thoughts and bring individuals closer to Christ. You can find him at Facebook.

Janet Morris Grimes writes from Nashville, TN on such topics as Faith and Family and the general fulfillment and struggle that comes from both. She currently serves as a contributor for Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine and is working on her second novel.

Martin Wiles lives in Greenwood, SC, and is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us), the Senior Editor for Inspire-a-Fire, and a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. He is an author, English teacher, minister, and freelance editor. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and the author of six books, including his most recent, A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes for a Noisy World. He has also been published in numerous publications. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three. He can be contacted at martinwileseditor@gmail.com.

Jean Wilund is a Bible teacher, speaker, and award-winning writer, passionate about coffee, comedy, and Christ. (Not necessarily in that order.) She blogs at www.JeanWilund.com to encourage people to fall more in love with God and His Word and laugh while doing it. She’s written for Focus on the Family magazines, Reach Out Columbia, and other publications whenever they let her. She lives in Lexington, SC with her dashing husband. Their perfect children live scattered across the country. Website: http://jeanwilund.com/ Facebook: Jean Sessions Wilund https://www.facebook.com/jean.wilund Twitter: @JeanWilund https://twitter.com/JeanWilund
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Dr. Rhett Wilson, Sr., is the Senior Writer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rhett, a freelance writer and editor, also pastored churches and taught Bible at a university.  The Wilsons like playing board games, exploring waterfalls, and they look forward to March Madness every year. For Fun, Rhett reads legal thrillers, watches adventure movies, and listens to country music. Access his website at www.rhettwilson.org and his blog at www.wilsonrhett.com.
 

Joann Claypoole is an author, speaker, master stylist/colorist, and former spa-girl entrepreneur. She’s a wife, mother of four sons, “Numi” to four grandbabies, doggie-mom of two. A longtime member of SCBWI, Joann leads her local SCBWI critique group in Central Fl. This award-winning author of The Gardener’s Helper’s (ages 5-9 MJ Publishing2015) and many inspirational stories would rather be writing, hiking in the mountains, or inviting deer and other wildlife to stay for dinner near her western NC writing retreat. FB, Instagram, Linked In, Twitter joannClaypoole, http://www.joannclaypoole.com http://www.joannclaypoole.wordpress.com>,  http://www.amazon.com/author/joannclaypoole

Sarah Lynn Phillips shares the inspiring story of her family’s near-fatal car crash in her award-winning book, Penned Without Ink: Trusting God to Write Your Story. For individual or group study, she has also written a companion Leader’s Guide with reproducible study sheets. Her articles, devotions, and poems have appeared in numerous online and print publications. Through her writing and speaking, Sarah offers a vision of hope in the hard times. She has three adult daughters and three delightful grandsons. Reading, quilting, and tending her garden are among Sarah’s hobbies.

Norma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit, exploring the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. Her debut novel won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, Norma is a former Bible Study Fellowship discussion leader, and founding leader of the women’s Bible studies at her church. Her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children.

Diana Derringer is an award-winning writer and author of Beyond Bethlehem and Calvary: 12 Dramas for Christmas, Easter, and More! Hundreds of her articles, devotions, dramas, planning guides, Bible studies, and poems appear in more than 40 publications, including several anthologies. In addition, Diana writes radio drama for Christ to the World Ministries. Her adventures as a social worker, adjunct professor, youth Sunday school teacher, and friendship family for international university students supply a constant flow of writing ideas. For a free copy of Diana’s “Words of Hope for Days That Hurt” and her weekly Words, Wit, and Wisdom: Life Lessons from English Expressions, join her mailing list at https://dianaderringer.com.

Debbie Hardy is the author of the “Free to Be Fabulous” series, and she’s convinced that your happiness and contentment are up to you. Or, as Chuck Swindoll said, “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” So go and make your life fabulous!