Zack Williamson has a passion to creatively communicate Biblical truths in simple and thought-provoking ways. With twenty plus years in ministry, Zack thrives on being a catalyst for others—helping individuals discover their God-given purpose and potential in publishing and life. He currently serves as pastor of Praise Chapel Chicago, audience development specialist at Moody Publishers, and webmaster for StartMarriageRight.com. Zack enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and writing. He ponders occasionally about what really happened on LOST.
Aaron Broyles is an entrepreneur, speaker and author of Do Great Things. He has launched several start-up companies and has grown them into multi-million dollar organizations, and he currently owns, manages and sells businesses in many different industries including software development, rail and transportation, technology consulting, fitness, and sales training. Aaron is happily married to his wife, Angie, and they have four wonderful children.
Abby Kelly is a blogger, personal trainer, partner in Moms Who TRI, a journaler and a dog owner. She currently lives in Northern Virginia with her military officer husband. She writes on cultural, personal and relational lies that destroy women’s lives and seeks to share the truth, hope and love of Jesus Christ.
Alethea Williamson lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters where in addition to being a pastor’s wife, she serves as web and social media liaison for authors and other personalities. Her passion is to encourage women through transparent, honest, and “real-life” reflections by writing about everyday life, faith, hope, and love. You can find Alethea writing at her blog beyondchocolate, contributing on Dancing With The One You Love, and tweeting @aletheaann.
Amber Spallino is the wife of a church planter, mom, photographer, blogger, and most importantly a person transformed by the love and grace of God. She has her M.A. in Women’s Studies and calls D.C. home. She loves good coffee, her crock pot, and the fact that she can iron just about anything in the dryer. She is passionate about learning from God’s Word and applying it to everyday life. To read more from Amber, check out her blog or Twitter.
Amy Gannett is a Bible teacher, writer, and chronic theology student who writes about everyday theology for everyday Christians. To read more from her, check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.
Amy VanSlocum grew up in rural Alaska 100 miles from the nearest stop light, McDonald’s and movie theater. She has lived in Michigan, Montana, New York and has finally settled in northern Colorado. She graduated from Calvin College in 2008 with a degree in elementary education and earned her graduate degree in library science. Amy and her husband, Justin, embarked on their latest adventure, parenthood, in the summer of 2014. In their spare time, the VanSlocum family heads to the mountains to hike or ski.
Ana is currently an English major, recently married to her wonderful husband, Malik! She is passionate about woman’s ministry and hopes to inspire and encourage women to grow in the Lord and become all He desires for them to be. She feels called to writing and sharing her experiences on her journey with the Lord.
Andrew is a committed Christian as well as a licensed therapist practicing out of Northbrook, Illinois at the Center for Christian Life Enrichment. He has a passion for helping clients live in the full abundance that God intended, and regards honesty and truth as valuable principles in forming close relationships. When he’s not working, you can find Andrew running, reading, and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. For more information about Andrew, visit his website.
Arlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World (co-authored with Gary Chapman), 31 Days to a Happy Husband, and 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife. She has been featured on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, Family Life Today, Focus on the Family, K-LOVE, The Better Show, The 700 Club, Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, and TLC’s Home Made Simple.
Arlene earned her BA from Biola University and her Masters in Journalism from Regent University. She lives in San Diego with her husband James and three children. Visit Arlene at www.ArlenePellicane.com for free family resources including a monthly Happy Home podcast.
Ashleigh Slater is the author of the book, Team Us: Marriage Together (Moody Publishers). As the founder and editor of the webzine Ungrind and a regular contributor at several popular blogs and websites, she unites the power of a good story with biblical truth and practical application to encourage couples. She has 20 years of writing experience and a master’s degree in communication. Ashleigh lives in Atlanta with her husband Ted and four daughters. To learn more, visit AshleighSlater.com.
Ashley McIlwain, M.A., is a Marriage and Family Therapist, speaker, and writer. She is the founder and C.E.O. of the non-profit organization, Foundation Restoration, and blog LittleWifey.com, which are comprehensive resources committed to restoring the very foundation of society – marriage. She is committed to and passionate about helping relationships thrive. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Ashley previously served as Managing Editor for StartMarriageRight.com where she helped launch and develop the website into a hub for premarital preparation. Currently she and her husband, Steve, reside in Southern California.
Brought up in a one stoplight town in rural Tennessee, Audrey Smith is using her Bible Belt upbringing to write on Christ-centered marriages. She often uses her husband, Tim, as a guinea pig for her articles—but at least he’s a willing participant. Smith was educated at the University of Memphis, where she studied public relations and sociology. Her hobbies include Naked and Afraid binges, Grubhub surfing, and family hikes. Her greatest joys, however, are Sawyer and Henry, two rambunctious boys who call her “mama.”
Bethany Brittenham is a graduate of The University of Northern Colorado with a major in Communication. She is a stay at home mom and lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband of 6 years. They were unexpectedly blessed with three children within 4 years, which has kept them on their toes. Bethany has a deep desire to have a strong marriage. She believes a good marriage is a reflection of Christ’s love for his believers.
Bethany Stutzman is a registered nurse who grew up on the mission field in Colombia, South America. Her exposure to the third world has fostered a love in her to serve people in underdeveloped nations and she has been blessed with many opportunities to do so. She recently left her job working for a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide free healthcare in developing countries to get married, follow her husband to Ireland and pursue an advanced degree in her career. While she is in Ireland, she hopes to continue with her hearts desire of serving people through writing and blogging.
Beverly and Tom have been Christian counselors for over 30 years. They own and operate Rodgers Christian Counseling and the Institute for Soul Healing Love in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both have their PhD’s in Clinical Christian Counseling. Together they have written four books: Soul Healing Love, Adult Children of Divorced Parents, The Singlehood Phenomenon: Ten Reasons Singles Aren’t Getting Married and Becoming a Family That Heals published by Focus on the Family. They have spoken at AACC for the past 12 years and appeared on the shows—A Time for Hope, His Side Her Side, The American Family, Marriage Uncensored and Focus on the Family. Bev and Tom have also been featured speakers on NPR and the BBC. Together they facilitate relationship workshops for couples, singles and families worldwide. They have been married for over 30 years and have two grown daughters.
Bryan is the author and founder of Manturity.com. He is dedicated to assisting men in building better marriages, helping men grow in maturity and exploring different aspects of manhood. Manturity.com features new weekly blog posts, daily social media updates and a free 30 Day Challenge E-book.You can stay up to date with the Manturity Blog communities on Facebook and Twitter.
Caleb is a licensed therapist in Phoenix, Arizona. Since completing his MDiv and MAC at Covenant Theological Seminary in 2003, Caleb has worked in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings with adolescents and adults struggling with a myriad of issues such as eating disorders, sexual addictions, marriage issues, domestic violence, sexual identity issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma. He has taught at the graduate level and has spoken nationally on the intersection of theology and psychology. Caleb is the proud father of two spunky, energetic girls and is lucky to be married to his best friend and wife, Elisa, who co-counsels premarital couples with him. When he can find the time, Caleb enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family, building furniture, watching a diverse array of movies, drinking good coffee, and reading books of all genres.
Ryan & Heather Carboneau believe in the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ and the life-changing power of relationships. They are a deep and authentic couple who have been trained in Spiritual Direction by Dr. Larry Crabb. The Carboneaus live and breathe to have ‘conversations that matter’. They also believe in making their mess, their ministry. Ryan and Heather have served as missionaries for 6 years, pre-marital counselors for 8 years, and as executive assistants for many different organizations. Ryan is an ordained pastor and is currently working on his PhD in Professional Counseling and Heather is a stylist and currently travels as the relationship coordinator with the Extraordinary Women conference team. They have been married for 13 years and reside in Forest, VA with their two daughters, Faith and Eden
Chris Garner founded and leads Fortified Marriages Ministry, working full-time in the ministry for the past 11 years. With his wife of 36 years, he has been involved in marriage ministry for the past 25 years, counseling, leading small groups, mentoring couples and training couples to minister to other couples. Chris earned a Marriage & Family Therapy Master’s degree from Liberty University, is an AACC Board Certified Christian Counselor and wrote the Fortified Marriages Marriage Manual and Workbook, published in 2006 and updated and revised in 2017. More information can be found at www.fortifiedmarriages.com.
Christina is a twenty-something lifestyle blogger enjoying life as a wife, employee, student, writer and daughter of Christ. She holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing a MS in Labor Relations and Human Resources at the University of Rhode Island. You can follow her everyday laughs, struggles and lessons learned at her blog: Behind Butterfly Eyes.
Christina is a middle school English teacher from Staten Island, New York. She currently teaches at an inner city school in Brooklyn and freelance writes for retiree associations and public relations firms in New York. She has been involved in the absence ministry and is active in her church.
Christina Michelle is a blogger, newlywed, and special education teacher. She is also spoken word artist who is passionate about encouraging others to build Christ-centered relationships. Christina and her husband, Alex, currently live in Chicago where he is completing a M.A. in divinity and she enjoys exploring eateries throughout the city. You can follow Christina on her blog, Instagram, and Pinterest where she honestly writes and captures moments about the joys and misadventures of married life.
Clarissa Sidhom was radically saved from a childhood of abuse and insecurity, and now she’s passionate about helping women become authentic Christ-followers who use their life story for God’s glory! She’s been married to a pastor for 5 years and has an adorable baby boy. Read more at her blog, Authentic Womanhood, and join her on Instagram and Twitter.
Danielle Ayers Jones has been a contributing writer for the online magazine, Ungrind, and has written for Thriving Family, Clubhouse, Jr., Radiant, and Relevant. She also combines her love of writing and photography on her blog, danielleayersjones.com. It’s a space where she seeks to find beauty in everyday places, joy in hardship, and encouragement in unexpected places. Danielle currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three children. You can follow her on Twitter @daniajones.
Jonathan and Danielle dated for 4 years before marrying in October of 2010. She serves as a middle school business education teacher. Danielle and her husband are active in the youth ministry and teach Sunday school at their church. As a couple they love to work out together and travel. Starting a family in the near future is in the plans—whenever the Lord decides to bless them with baby Butler. To find out more about Danielle, visit her website.
David Clarke, Ph.D., is a Christian psychologist, popular speaker, and the author of ten books, including Kiss Me Like You Mean It, I Don’t Love You Anymore, and Married But Lonely. He is married to Sandy and they have four children. Check out his books, seminars, marriage blog, and email and phone advice services at: davidclarkeseminars.com
Deborah is co-writer of the best-selling book, The Secret to Winning BIG, and has been featured in the likes of Forbes, CNBC, FOX, NBC, ABC, and the Wall Street Journal. She is an award-winning financial consultant and helps couples take control of their money life. INC. Magazine named her as one of America’s Trendsetters in Health, Wealth and Success and she has been named one of America’s Premier Experts. Find out more and follow her on social media at deborahhightower.com
Diana Palka is a Charlotte-based writer, runner, lover of words and life-long learner. She has a passion for brave vulnerability that exposes the ugliest of impurities in the light of His perfecting grace. You can read more of her writing on her blog, On The Heights or at the Good Men Project where she serves as the Associate Editor for Education, Humor and Gender.
Dorothy Littell Greco spends her days writing about faith, encouraging others as they pursue Jesus, making photographs of beautiful things, and trying to love her family well. You can find more of her Words & Images on her website, or by following her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Dorothy’s first book Making Marriage Beautiful is now available.
Dr. Jennifer M. Thomas helps people know what to say when communication proves challenging. She is a bestselling author, speaker, and psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland and a BA in psychology and religion from the University of Virginia. Jennifer and her husband live in North Carolina and have three cute, noisy children. If you would like to learn more about Jennifer, visit her website where you can subscribe to her free monthly e-newsletter.
Dr. Evans is the president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry dedicated to restoring hope through the sound teaching of the Word of God. Dr. Evans also serves as senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. He is the author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies (including For Married Women Only, For Married Men Only, and Marriage Matters) and his radio program, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, is heard on more than 1,000 stations every day. For more information visit: tonyevans.org.
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Emily Beth Leathers is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Homemaking at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the Senior Intern at the Horner Homemaking House. Emily Beth has a passion for the home and family, more specifically seeing the home be a sacred refuge from the world. She loves thrifting on rainy days, writing encouragement notes, attemping calligraphy, taking pictures for Instagram, crafting, baking, writing, and living life with her bearded man. Find out more about Emily Beth at her blog.
Emily Rose Massey is the author of Yielded in His Hands (eLectio Publishing, 2015), a true story of a life delivered from the mire and filthy pit and bondage of sexual sin and molded into a vessel for the Lord to flow through to reach others for His Kingdom. She and her husband are both active leaders in many areas of ministry, including worship ministry, drama ministry, prayer ministry, and youth ministry. In addition to teaching and preaching the Word of God, Emily also pours out her passion for the Lord through her songwriting. Her songs spring forth out of a forgiven heart full of thankfulness and devotion unto God. Believing she has been forgiven of much, she loves much, and desires to point others to Christ and His redemptive and transforming power. To connect with or learn more about Emily, visit emilyrosemassey.com.
Recently married to the love of her life, Erika Bain has a passion for helping others live a life that sparkles from the inside out with the light of Jesus. She has a passion for showing women that there is life after divorce, there is redemption found in God’s grace, and when a relationship is ordained by God, it is the greatest gift. An actress, singer, worship leader, and musician with a degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, and a Masters degree in Literature and Writing, Erika Bain has operated a non-profit community theater for the last seven years which has brought many people healing through The Arts. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Erika now lives in North Carolina with her new husband Steven, and her son Asher. You can find her website linked below, where she writes about creating a life that is full of faith, grace, and elegance.
ERIN DAVIS is the founder of Graffiti Ministries, an organization dedicated to addressing the issues of identity, worth, and true beauty in the lives of young women. A popular speaker, author and blogger, Erin has addressed women of all ages nationwide and is passionately committed to sharing God’s Truth with others. She is the author of several books including Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves, True Princess: Embracing Humility in an All About Me World, The Bare Facts with Josh McDowell and the Lies Young Women Believe Companion Guide with Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh. Her latest project, “Beyond Bath Time: Re-imagining Motherhood as a Sacred Role” is set to release in April 2012. Erin and her husband, Jason work with youth and families at their church in Southwest Missouri. They are the parents of two adorable boys, Eli and Noble.
F.E. Verdick, a graduate of Liberty University, lives in Southern California and loves avocados, sunshine, and serving her Savior. Currently, she teaches dance to over one hundred students and is working on her second book. Connect with Felicia on her blog or on Facebook, she would love to hear from you!
Gary Chapman, PhD, is the author of the bestselling 5 Love Languages® series, which has sold more than 8 million worldwide and has been translated into over 40 languages. Dr. Chapman travels the world presenting seminars on marriage, family, and relationships, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Karolyn. For more information visit 5lovelanguages.com.
Dr. Gary Lovejoy has, for over 34 years, conducted his private counseling practice where he has extensive experience serving individuals, couples, and families. He continues an active private practice with Valley View Counseling Services, LLC in Portland, Oregon, of which he is the founder. Dr. Lovejoy was a professor of both psychology and religion at Mt. Hood Community College for 32 years. He earned a master’s degree in religious education from Fuller Theological Seminary as well as a master’s in psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and completed his doctorate in psychology while attending the United States International University. Dr. Lovejoy has conducted numerous seminars on depression and been the keynote speaker at many family camps, couple’s retreats and college conferences. Dr. Lovejoy and his wife, Sue, have two adult children. He is co-author of Light on the Fringe: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Depression.
Gary Thomas is author of many books on spirituality and the family life. His most recent book is A Lifelong Love: What If Marriage Is About More Than Just Staying Together? You can follow his blog at www.garythomas.com/blog.
Georgia Shaffer is a licensed psychologist, relationship coach, and the author of How Not to Date a Loser: A Guide to Making Smart Choices as well as Taking Out Your Emotional Trash: Face Your Feelings and Build Healthy Relationships. She speaks frequently about relationships and does relationship coaching for singles. If you are wondering whether your current relationship is a healthy one, take the “Dump Your Junk” free quiz (under free resources at GeorgiaShaffer.com. For information about Georgia, visit her website or contact her by email.
Glenn T. Stanton is the author of the upcoming book, The Ring Makes All the Difference: The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and the Strong Benefits of Marriage (Moody, 2011). He is a leading family researcher as the Director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs and debates and lectures extensively on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage and parenting at universities and churches around the country. He served the George W. Bush administration for many years as a consultant on increasing fatherhood involvement in the Head Start program and is a regular columnist at National Review Online and Boundless. He and his wife have five endlessly growing children and they live in the shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Grace is a stay-at-home mom and freelance content creator. She and her husband live in Sydney, Australia with their son, Teddy. Grace is passionate about writing articles and studies that engage people with the beauty of the Gospel and remind them of the importance of theology. She holds a degree in Rhetoric and has previously interned with International Justice Mission, where she developed a passion for sharing about Jesus through online channels; she has experience writing Bible studies and devotionals for churches and non-profits. You can find her on Facebook, or read her weekly devotionals on Instagram.
Hannah Farver is a college student and writer from Dallas, who currently studies at Patrick Henry College. She is the author of Uncompromising: A Heart Claimed By a Radical Love (Moody Publishers, 2011). She also works as Promotions Manager at Hope for Orphans and blogs about life in general.
Hannah Nitz is the Communications Coordinator with Authentic Intimacy, a women’s media ministry focused on intimacy in marriage and intimacy with Christ. Hannah and her husband Caleb have been married 3 years and love working with other young couples to celebrate the challenges and joys that marriage brings. Hannah loves cooking big meals from scratch, watching football, and challenging other women to grow in Christ. Follow her work on Authentic Intimacy’s Twitter and Facebook.
Jacky has been a wife for over a decade and is now also the mother of two baby girls. She worked for 7 years in two different classical Christian schools, first teaching in the elementary grades and then shifting to upper school literature and logic, before retiring to take up motherhood full time. She is passionate about Christ and bringing His Truth to bear on our lives, especially in the context of Christian marriage and family. You can read more of Jacky’s work at her blog.
Jaimie Bowman is a pastor’s wife, speaker and writer who lives in Southern California. She loves speaking truth and grace into people’s lives and helping them find their unique purpose. Together with her husband and two sons (ages 6 and 8), you can often find them trying to find new places to explore. You can find out more about her at JaimieBowman.com and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.
Jen Bradley is a farmer’s daughter, devoted wife, friend and mother to two little boys. She says God has seen her through many ups and downs of marriage in a few short years. From family conflicts to infertility, illness to adoption, and pregnancy to balancing it all, she feels drawn to help others know that they are not alone. Jen has learned that with God’s grace and strong, Christian support, the trials make the blessings even more blessed. Jen writes from East Troy, Wisconsin, and is owner of Bradley Bylines. Her portfolio can be found at www.bradleybylines.com.
Jennifer Roos has a passionate pursuit in life—to fully surrender herself to God’s agenda. While learning to live this out in a real world with real issues, she shares her experience to inspire women of all ages to free their faith and be bold in their pursuit of Godliness. Jennifer has served as a Secondary English teacher in both Christian and secular private schools, an International Academic Advisor at a University in New York and a Missionary working short term in over 30 countries. But… none of those roles were nearly as challenging as the one she’s in now; wife and stay at home mom. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband, Wouter and two children, Makaio and Mikayla. Jennifer blogs at www.jenniferjroos.com She is also a contributor at Unveiled Wife.
Jennifer married her best friend Aaron in January of 2007. Her passion for missions, writing, and marriage led her to create Unveiled Wife, where she blogs about being a wife with every intention to inspire other wives to develop God-centered marriages. Jennifer is the author of Wife After God and The Unveiled Wife. You can find Jennifer on Twitter and join the Unveiled Wife Community on Facebook.
Jennifer O. White knows God will do more than we can ask or imagine in our marriages. After one failed marriage and one saved by God, she is writing and speaking to encourage women to know Jesus as the Savior of marriages. She blogs at Prayerfully Speaking and is the author of Prayers for New Brides: Putting on the Armor after the Wedding Dress . She offers Marriage Armor for the #PrayingBride at PrayersforNewBrides.com.
Jeremiah Krieger serves the local church by helping people apply Biblical teaching to their everyday lives. For the past seven years he has participated, launched, and helped lead young married small groups in Virginia and Texas. Jeremiah earned his Master’s in Theology with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Samantha have been married for seven years and have three children and a baby boy due in July. Visit Jeremiah’s blog for more information.
Jess MacCallum is a business owner, writer and the often-challenged husband of a Proverbs 31 type woman. He is the executive VP of Professional Printers, while Anne home-schools and leads worship; has 3 CDs of original music and runs ultra-marathons in her spare time. They have been married over 23 years, and have three children.
Jess has a BA in art (magna cum laude) from the University of South Carolina, where he spent four years training with the Navigators, and has been involved in a variety of ministries for over 30 years.For more information on Jess, you’re invited to visit his personal site: jessmaccallum.com. There you can read excerpts, reviews, his bio and link to interviews. For more information about Jess’ books, visit Standard Publishing.
Jessica Drew is a reporter for a small-town newspaper in southwest Missouri. When she’s not busy getting the scoop and meeting deadlines, Jessica writes for BeforeWeSay-IDo.com, a blog she created with her husband, Michael, which provides a biblical look at preparing for marriage. Jessica has a passion for mentoring young women and works as a youth coach and Sunday school teacher at her church. Jessica and Michael were married on April 21, 2012.
Jocelyn Green is an award-winning author and freelance writer. A former military wife, she authored, along with contributing writers, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. Jocelyn also co-authored of Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan, and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, which inspired her first novel, a Civil War historical called Wedded to War. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.heroinesbehindthelines.com and www.jocelyngreen.com.
Joe lives in upstate, NY with his wife and four daughters. He is a pastor at New Life Ministries, the church he grew up in. After 15 years of marriage and ministry, he’s passionate about helping others navigate the challenges of life through a strong connection with God. For more information, visit Joe’s blog.
Joshua Straub, Ph.D. is an author, speaker, family advocate and professor of child psychology. He is the president and cofounder of The Connextion Group, a company designed to empower parents, spouses and families. Josh speaks and writes on emotionally safe parents and spouses and the influence of technology on today’s family. He is the author of Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well (October 2015, Waterbrook Multnomah), and along with his wife Christi, is coauthor and producer of the video series and workbook, The Screen-Balanced Family: Six Secrets to a More Connected Family in the 21st Century. Josh and his Canadian wife Christi reside in Nashville, TN with their son and daughter.
Dr. Juli Slattery is a widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional. Her relatable style, commitment to biblical principles, and quick wit have made her a highly sought-after speaker and just enjoyable to be around. Juli is the co-founder of Authentic Intimacy and has written many books, including Finding the Hero In Your Husband, No More Headaches, Beyond the Masquerade, and her newest addition: Passion Pursuit– A Bible study on sexual intimacy! She and her husband Mike have been married for 19 years. They are raising their three boys in Colorado Springs where Juli can be found playing in the mountains and trying to manage her addiction to soy lattes.
Writing publicly was a humbling leap of faith for Julie who wrote as a private form of worship, a way to lean-in and draw-near to the Creator. A member of Redbud Writers Guild and blogger, she nurtures the wellspring of life while tackling gritty realities life (and sinful hearts) produce. Her second chance marriage has blessed her with an encouraging husband, two vivacious kids and a loving lab that keep her on her toes. Julie’s hands are spinning many plates: Wife, business partner, mama, teacher, community advocate, outdoor enthusiast and spiritual cheerleader. Visit her at Peacequility, just don’t ask what’s for dinner!
Justin and Trisha Davis returned to ministry in 2009 following a four year journey of restoration. After successfully planting their first church, Justin had an affair with a staff member, who was also Trisha’s best friend. For two months, their marriage was on life support. Over the next several months, the Davis’ found grace, love and redemption for their hearts and their marriage. In 2009, they founded RefineUs Ministries, INC in hopes of changing The Church by sharing their story of marriage, ministry, failure and loss. They are bloggers, authors, teachers and Justin is a pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, where they reside with their three boys.
Kandace McCorrister is the co-founder of LearnLove.org, a global wedding platform with a mission to teach brides and grooms what LOVE is and at the same time help plan their wedding. Kandace is passionate about marriage, her two little boys, beautiful weddings, and seeing this generation understand the true value and commitment of love. You can visit her website at www.LearnLove.org for more information.
Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years in Cape Town, South Africa. She and her South African husband have three children. Kate is the author of Letters to Grief and host of Five Minute Friday. She blogs at Heading Home (www.katemotaung.com) and can be found on Twitter @k8motaung. Kate’s memoir is forthcoming from Discovery House (2017).
Kelley lives in the upstate of South Carolina with her husband and two precious, but very active toddler sons. She has her BA in Psychology and also obtained her Masters Degree in Human Resource Development with a concentration in Counseling from Clemson University. God found her at the early age of 6 in which she is forever grateful. She has loved writing ever since winning a writing contest in second grade and recently felt God calling her to pursue writing more seriously. She has written several articles and her dream is to write a book one day. She is a southern girl at heart, but also loves visiting NYC whenever possible. You can connect with Kelley at www.kelleytysinger.com.
Kendra Zickafoose is the wife of a really good man and the mom of four beautiful children. Her husband is the CEO of Carpenter Place, a local children’s home in Wichita, Kansas, and their family is blessed to live and serve on the campus where he works. In addition to being a stay at home mom, Kendra is a contributing writer for Wichita Moms Blog, and she recently re-enrolled in college after a decade away from the books. Besides marriage and motherhood, Kendra’s passions include building community, her faith, and writing words that make a difference. You can follow Kendra on Instagram.
Kitti Murray and her husband, Bill, live in a refugee community on the ragged edges of Atlanta, Georgia, that Time magazine called “the most diverse square mile in the nation.” She is Mom to four sons and three of their wives. She’s Kiki (a much cooler name for Grandmother, almost as cool as her husband’s Grandfather name, Chief) to a growing tribe of grandkids. Decent Writer. Voracious Reader. Slow Distance Runner. Killer Cappuccino Maker. Visit Kitti’s blog, kittimurray.com.
Laura Icardi is a freelance writer and editor by day, wife and mom by… well, day (and night). She has contributed to blogs, nonprofit publications, and the esteemed world of twitter (find her @atimetolaugh). Laura is a fan of warm weather and her husband’s cooking, and loves to read, write, and spend time outdoors. She and her husband live in Arlington, VA with their two young children. Her husband travels for work, so when she’s not pining after him, she’s writing about the joys and hilarious missteps of marriage and intimacy. And diapers. Lots of diapers.
Lindsay Hall is a grounded writer and speaker who champions marriage. Having earned her B.A. in English from Yale University, she created the Christian bride blog The Sweet Christian Bride, which offers her free e-book A Bride’s Devotional. Additionally, she has published The Purposed Bride, a wedding guide for the mind, heart, and spirit of a Christian bride. She and her husband, Chris, launched the Young Marrieds ministry at their Los Angeles church. Currently they teach marriage seminars with the international organization The Significant Marriage. They enjoy mentoring, teaching, and encouraging other married couples. Outside of marriage ministry, Lindsay engages in the anti-trafficking movement, and in her free time, she loves to travel, hike, eat good food, and date her incredibly hunky husband. Follow her on Twitter @lindsaythall.
Lindsay has been married to her hunky pastor husband for almost 8 years. They have two beautiful girls and a weiner dog. She’s a coffee drinking & cupcake loving wordsmith. She loves leading, speaking and inspiring women to love well. Visit her corner of the world at her blog or through her Facebook page.
Lindsey Zarob is a public relations professional living and working in Chicago, Ill. She is a 30-something wife, soon-to-be-mom, and lover of Jesus trying to live this life with purpose. God brought her and her husband on quite the seven-year journey, including a broken engagement, before they walked down the aisle. Yet neither of them would take back the invaluable lessons they learned that helped build a solid foundation for a healthy marriage. Lindsey serves in the women’s ministry at her church where she has a deep desire to see women grow strong in their faith. Her love of physical challenges has lead her to train for four marathons, completing three of them, one alpine climb in the French Alps and an attempted summit of Mt. Rainier in Washington state. You can find her at her personal blog, Life as a ‘Z’ and you can follow her on Twitter. She also blogs with two of her close friends at The Block.
Lisa Bishop is passionate about relationships that are marked by depth and authenticity and is grateful for the friendships that continue to shape her and help her grow spiritually. As the Director of Women’s Small Groups at Park Community Church, located in the heart of Chicago, she equips and encourages women in their pursuit of Gospel transformation. She has a diverse background, from being a corporate leadership development trainer and consultant, to working in new business development and sales management. Her true passion is investing in others as they grow in their relationship with God, themselves and others. Lisa is an adventure seeker (sky diving, Trapeze School, and Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru just to name a few). She loves traveling to different countries, music, and as a total vegetarian “foodie,” she loves having a good meal with friends.
Liwen Y. Ho resides in California with her techie husband of more than a dozen years and their inquisitive son and fun-loving daughter. She has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary and loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She enjoys family beach days, white chocolate macadamia nut ice cream and the beauty of the written word. Learn about her life as a recovering perfectionist at her website or connect on Facebook.
Lizzy Christian is a writer, firefighter wife, and mommy. She is the founder of the Beautiful Chaos Blog, whose goal is to aid young girls and women in their self-image and healing journey in all phases of life. Lizzy received her undergrad in Crisis Counseling from Liberty University and her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma from Liberty University’s Graduate School. She is a NYC Marathon finisher and avid runner, former School Counselor and Athletic Director, and currently pursuing her EMT certification. Lizzy married her high school sweetheart and they have faced numerous obstacles together, so she brings her experiences to aid others in their marriage journey.
Luke Brasel writes about relationships, intimacy, parenting, and Christian spirituality. He is passionate about the intersection of theology and the human heart. He has a counseling practice in Nashville, TN where he helps people follow their pain to understand their story and recover their heart. When he is not counseling, teaching, or writing, he is learning more about life and love from his wife and twin daughters. You can read his blog at lukebrasel.com/blog and follow him on Twitter.
A life-long educator and mentor, Lyli Dunbar serves as Associate Director of Curriculum and Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts at Trinity International University Florida. She married her Prince Charming in her 40’s and has a heart for encouraging singles in God’s waiting room and connecting with other couples through a weekly small group in her home. Lyli enjoys traveling with her husband, laughing with good friends, and reading a well-written novel in her free time. Connect with Lyli through her blog at 3dlessons4life.com or on Twitter.
Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, kirkcameron.com, iBelieve.com, Ungrind.org, and more. She has a M.A. in Communication from Regent University and serves as associate producer for Soul Check TV.
Dr. Malorie K. Schneider is a clinical psychologist who loves living and working in sunny south Florida. She is married to her wonderful husband, John. She has two grown children, two grown step-children, two small step-grandsons, and one spunky Hungarian Puli. She has studied at Boise State University and Pacific University, served seven years as an Air Force officer, currently has her own private practice, and her favorite activities involve just about anything outdoors to include running, cycling, kayaking, training her dog, and relaxing at the beach.
Marian Green and her family have recently moved to Bath, Maine, where they are restoring a historic home and developing a renewal center in the Maine wilderness. Marian is co-author of Inviting Intimacy: Overcoming the Lies and Shame, a book in which she shares her healing from promiscuity and discovery of intimacy. You can read more at uprootedandundone.wordpress.com.
Marie is a blogger and homemaker. She’s married to her best friend and is the mama of an amazing baby boy. She strives to encourage women, especially mothers, in their walk with Jesus. But most of all, she laughs a lot and rather loudly, mostly at herself. Read more from Marie at her blog.
Marty Trammell, PhD. is the co-author of Redeeming Relationships and Spiritual Fitness. He has written for several publishing houses and serves at Corban University and Valley Baptist Church. Marty lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife, and best friend, Linda. They enjoy hanging out with their three sons and two daughters-in-law.
Rich Rollins, D.Min. is the co-author of Redeeming Relationships (featured on Family Life with Dennis Rainey) and Spiritual Fitness. Rich has served as the Executive Pastor of Valley Bible Church and written for Focus on the Family and Truth for Today. Rich and his wife, LouAnna, have two daughters and sons-in-law and enjoy jazz, reading, and camping in beautiful northern California.
Matt Appling is a teacher, pastor and writer with Moody Publishers. He and his wife, Cheri, live in Kansas City and are the authors of ‘Plus or Minus: Keeping Your Life, Faith and Love Together Through Infertility.’ Find Matt at MattAppling.com or the book at PlusorMinusBook.com.
Matt Ouellette finds it extremely awkward to write in the third person, but understands the professional nature it can portray. As the youth pastor of Faith EFC in Waterville, Maine, he holds a Bachelors Degree from Boston Baptist College in Biblical Studies with a minor in Education. His witty and contemplative writings (compared to that of Donald Miller) won him a grand prize publishing contract for his soon to be released book, Thoughts That Fell From A Taco Shell (Carmichael Publishing, January 3, 2013). Matt absolutely adores his wife and two daughters and thoroughly enjoys their adventures together. He has found himself to be severely lacking in nearly every area of life and clings to grace with all that he has. Online you can find Matt tweeting on Twitter or writing at his website.
Melissa is a Christian mental health therapist, wife of ten years, and mommy of two pretty neat kids. As a therapist, Melissa works with couples in all stages of their relationship – from premarital to preparing for retirement together. She also provides parent education as well as helps families navigate family dynamics and adoption issues. Melissa blogs about these various topics, and you can connect with Melissa on her site or her socials.
Melissa Ruff is a thirty-something wife, mother, and blogger. She holds a psychology degree from Ashford University, leads a XXXChurch small group for women and writes a ton! Melissa and her family would not be where they are today without the grace of God. He has shown up, restored hope and built an incredible foundation on him for her marriage and family life! You can read more and follow her at her blog and facebook page in the links below.
Michelle Patel is a young Christian wife and mother that loves putting pen to paper on all things love, life and faith. Michelle uses her wisdom gained in navigating her interracial relationship with her childhood sweetheart- now husband, to speak to the deep questions and situations faced in everyday marriage. She has a passion for sharing Jesus through different channels. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and online at her blog.
Miranda is a Canadian freelance writer. During her spare time, she can be found travelling the globe in search of a new story to tell. To see more of her work, check out her blog.
Monique Chambers grew up in a Christian home in a small town outside of Toronto, Canada. She became a follower of Christ from a very young age and a lover of His Word. As a young woman, Monique was confronted with heartache and pain; fear and rejection. She cycled for years with issues around her identity and purpose, until she completely surrendered her life to God and His purposes for her life. Today, Monique speaks and writes on the power of the cross- Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection; relating these truths to how this impacts who we are today and how we see ourselves as women of the 21st century.
Monique serves as her husband’s right hand girl in ministry and enjoys spending time with her family, while snuggling up with her dog.
Noelene Curry lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her Irish husband, three daughters, one dog and two rabbits. Noelene is a public speaker and author of God’s Promise for Families and All God’s Stones. Her passion in life is for couples, not just to stay married, but to be happily married. She loves reading, walking, traveling and bush camping. You’ll find Noelene writing about God’s redeeming love and His ability to restore people and relationships at www.godspromise.co.za.
Paul is the husband to Tara, father to Natalie and Isaac, has an average jump shot, and enjoys running. His secret wish is to one day become a Jedi Knight. Paul holds a doctorate in marriage and family counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and currently serves as senior pastor of Hardinsburg Baptist Church. Paul desires to help young couples navigate the early crucibles of marriage, especially when one or both of the spouses are engaged in vocational ministry. You can follow Paul on Twitter or visit his website at paulbgibson.com (links below).
Prescott Williamson is a Bible-believing Christian. He is a husband, a father, and someone who believes that there is a little humor to be found in whatever situation God sends your way. He was born in the small islands of the Bahamas but now lives in the Suburbs of Fort Worth Texas, which is basically the same thing. He enjoys TV, reading, blogging and serving in his church (especially on the days they serve donuts).
Randi is a wife and a mother of two and lives in the midwest. She is happiest when working on creative projects designed to encourage, inspire and equip others. The process of marriage has fostered a greater dependency and desire to know God. She credits the Lord for giving her husband so much patience and devotion! Randi serves in ministry areas involving worship arts, coaches developing worship leaders and vocalists, writes and blogs at her website.
Rayni Peavy is a writer and speaker who brings a message of hope, freedom and fullness of life. With a passion for healthy relationships, she encourages others to live out the abundant life Jesus offers. Rayni is author of the new book Ten Marriage Lessons From a Semi-Newlywed: Make Your Relationship Come Alive! In her free time Rayni enjoys learning to speak French and exploring new cuisine with her super cute foodie husband. You can find more articles and podcasts at RayniPeavy.com and connect on Twitter and Facebook.
Renee Fisher is an author of 10 books, coach and consultant who recently created a full-service creative agency for all things self-publishing. She is passionate about defending dreams and spurring others forward to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). #DreamDefender
Renee is a graduate of Biola University and lives in Austin, Texas with her handsome husband and their fur child named “Star.”
Ryan N. Parks is a God-fearing wife, stepmother, sister, entrepreneur, career development professional, and inspirational blog writer who is passionate about expressing God’s love and encouragement through writing. Ryan and her husband reside in Northern Virginia. Ryan loves to travel with her husband, read leadership books and materials, and spend quality time with family and friends. To read more from her, check out her blog and follow her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Salina is grateful to share her marriage story with Start Marriage Right. As a wife, a mother of three, and a singer, Salina offers a glimpse into life as a worship leader with her husband and an advocate for her son with Autism. She is passionate about encouraging dating, engaged, and newlywed couples. For a more in-depth look at her journey, visit salinabeasley.com.
Samantha Krieger is a pastor’s wife, mom, writer and editor in rural Colorado. Through story, personal experience, and biblical insight she is passionate about helping others live out their faith in everyday life and relationships. She has been writing for leading Christian books and magazines for over 12 years and holds a BA in English and Master’s in Religion. Samantha and her husband, Jeremiah, have been married for a decade and have four young children. Samantha writes candidly about marriage, motherhood, and faith at samanthakrieger.com
Samuel Rainey is a professional counselor primarily working with couples, men, and women addressing issues of sexuality, emotional health, relationships, and spirituality. He is the co-Author of So You Want to be a Teenager with Thomas Nelson. He earned his Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington. When he is not roasting coffee, tending to his garden, or playing golf, he blogs about life process, parenting, and relationships at SamuelRainey.com. He can also be found on twitter @SamuelRainey. He and his wife reside in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with their four children.
With a BA in Public Communication and certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute, Shannon has worked in book publishing and ministry. She currently stays home with her son and writes when she has the time. She is grateful for her small group, coffee, the Bible and living by the lake, and she enjoys laughing with her husband and son, finding good taquerias (and then eating there), reading historical fiction, and being outside. An amusing marriage tidbit: while she and her husband enjoy doing many of the same things, like watching 24, they walk at very different paces, which they find both funny and annoying. She lives on Chicago’s north side.
Shelley Hendrix is the author of Why Can’t We Just Get Along? as well as other titles. She is a speaker and television talk show host for Atlanta Live on WATC TV 57, and the founder of Church 4 Chicks. Shelley is honored to be married to her best friend, Stephen Hendrix, CADC II, and together, they are raising their two teenage girls and one spunky 10 year old boy. Find out more about Shelley at her website. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.
Stephanie S. Smith is a twentysomething writer, editor, blogger and independent book publicist addicted to print and pixels. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Communications and Women’s Ministry, she now runs her business, (In)dialogue Communications, from her home in Upstate New York where she lives with her husband. She blogs at www.stephindialogue.com, about embodied faith, creative life, and millennial culture, and you can follow her on Twitter @stephindialogue.
Susan and Dale Mathis are passionate about helping couples prepare for marriage and for remarriage, since they are a remarried couple themselves. Dale has two master’s degrees in counseling and has worked in counseling and human resources for over 30 years. Susan, the founding editor of Thriving Family magazine, has written prolifically for magazines and newspapers and continues to serve as a consultant, freelance editor and writer, and speaker. As a couple they enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and visiting family and friends around the world. Their blended family includes five adult children and three granddaughters. For more information about Susan or Dale, visit their website.
Tami Myer is an enthusiastic cheerleader for marriage. As a speaker and writer, Tami shares God’s design of marriage so that husbands and wives can experience the thriving that God offers them.
Tami is the author of Radiance: Secrets to Thriving in Marriage (a book for wives) and Devoted: Pressing In to Know Christ More. She encourages couples at her website MannaForMarriage, and she leads husbands and wives to “fight on their knees” for their marriages through a weekly online/phone prayer call.
Through 29 years of marriage, Tami and her husband have found God’s design of marriage to be trustworthy. Along with their three children, they make their home in Palm Bay, Florida.
Tarah is a entrepreneur, a wife of a songwriter, a dreamer, a coffee lover and a personal blogger. She is obsessed with reading, particularly sci-fi/fantasy/adventure fiction, her favorite author of this genre is Brandon Sanderson. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband and spends her days managing and creating content for her business TarahAvery.com. She believes that true joy and happiness stem from healthy relationships in three areas- relationship with God, with others, and with yourself. To read more about Tarah check out her blog or Facebook page.
Author of Young and in Love, Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church, in Branson, MO. He has co-authored four other books with Dr. Gary Smalley: The Language of Sex, From Anger to Intimacy, As Long As We Both Shall Live and Great Parents, Lousy Lovers. He is a regular guest on Focus on the Family, Life Today and Moody Radio. Cunningham enjoys teaching on marriage and family straight from Scripture. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Having met his wife, Amy, on a blind date at Liberty University, Cunningham determined to marry her that night. Although he didn’t ask her then, she said “yes” to his proposal one year later. Now married for 15 years, they both love taking road trips and boating on Table Rock Lake with their children, Corynn and Carson, near their home. Follow Ted Cunningham on Twitter.
Trudy Simmons has mentored and counseled women and married couples since 2001. With a Ph.D. from Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Trudy is a licensed pastoral counselor and ordained minister. Additionally, Trudy has worked for over 15 years in the fitness industry as a certified personal trainer and writer for Women’s Health and Fitness magazine, helping people achieve their personal fitness goals and establish an overall healthy lifestyle. Bringing these attributes and skills together, Trudy is uniquely qualified to train women body, soul and spirit. In addition to her regular speaking engagements, Trudy is a frequent guest on the Dottie Coffman radio show, has spoken nationally at the Pure Women’s conferences and has been a guest on the Friends and Neighbors TV show. Most recently Trudy is the host of her own show called THE DR TRUDY SHOW, where she talks with guests about real life issues and how to overcome them. You can learn more about Trudy at her website at www.trudysimmons.net or by following her on Facebook and Twitter.
Tyler Braun is a writer and pastor from Oregon. He is the author of Why Holiness Matters: We’ve Lost Our Away But We Can Find it Again (Moody), which is now on sale for $1.99 (ebook version). You can find Tyler on Twitter or his blog,www.manofdepravity.com.
Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.