Meet Our Writers

Our community of writers come from many different walks of life, being authentically and unapologetically who they are.

Anna Mosely Gissing

Associate Editor of InterVarsity Press

Anna Moseley Gissing is Associate Editor of InterVarsity Press. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild, and her writing has been published in Let us Keep the Feast and Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two kids, and she aspires to more reading, more writing, and more patience.
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Ivan Strong Moore

Campus Minister

Ivan has worked full-time in campus ministry for the last five years with the CCO and now works in partnership with Hope Church in Memphis, TN reaching students at the University of Memphis. A lover of popular culture, Ivan minored in Film and Media studies in his undergraduate work at Slippery Rock University and completed his graduate work from Point Park University with a thesis on the building of relationships through the Twitter marketing efforts of World Wrestling Entertainment. Passionate about the work of reconciliation in the city of Memphis and beyond, Ivan often writes about race, grace, movies, television, and anything else that's currently trending on social media.

Twitter: @ivansmoore

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Ansley Rikard

College Student

Ansley Rikard is an undergraduate student at Wake Forest University. She is studying Communication and hopes to attend Physicians Assistant school upon graduating. For her, home is Charlotte, North Carolina. Ansley loves to laugh, but above all else, she loves the Lord, her family, and her friends.
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Chris Lawson

Author & Pastor

Husband to Merri, father to Adam, Ellie, and Zachary, and executive pastor @reynoldachurch. He loves the Atlanta Braves and UNC basketball, as well as demeaning and insulting your sports teams. He knows a disturbing amount about television, movies and Jesus.
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Heather Strong Moore

Writer & Campus Minister

Working full-time in campus ministry for the last nine years with the CCO, Heather has been able to put her graduate work at Slippery Rock University in counseling and psychology to good work. She currently serves in campus ministry partnering with Hope Church in Memphis, TN reaching students at the University of Memphis. Her deep compassion for people and God's creation keeps her deeply engaged in current events and inspires her to a life of hospitality and love for her neighbors. Her desire is to remove obstacles for people to fall in love with and apply the Bible to their lives and world around them.
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James Harris

College Minister

James is a graduate of the Divinity School at Wake Forest University and currently serves as the Director of College Ministries at Reynolda Church. He is a Second Lieutenant Chaplain Candidate in the United States Air Force Reserves. He is probably the 3rd or 4th funniest guy you know. Funny enough to invite to a party; not witty enough to talk about later. Co-Founder and Content Editor of Everyday Exiles, Director of College Ministry at Reynolda Church, EPC, and husband to Meredith. He has a dog named Calvin, a cat named Opie, and a robot vacuum named Alfred.
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Joe Danehower

Engineer

Joe Danehower is an engineer living in beautiful Charleston, SC. In his spare time he enjoys volunteering as a Young Life leader, playing pick-up basketball and watching the Washington Nationals.
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David Erickson

Student & Entrepreneur

David is a senior at Wake Forest University and is headed for the wild west of San Francisco after graduation where he will be involved in the tech scene. Hailing from California he is passionate about how faith intersects the business world. It also means that he loves acai bowls, coffee, and if he doesn't answer his phone then he's probably surfing.
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Rachel Dawson

Writer & Editor

Rachel Dawson is a believer, editor, writer, social media manager, and bookworm living in Richmond, VA. She's the design editor for a handful of Christian sites by day, and runs The Rising blog and quite a few other creative and community-building endeavors on the side. You’ll often find her in coffeeshops with her nose in a book and a vegan latte in hand, but she’ll drop everything to swap stories and talk about Jesus with you. She also loves the Enneagram, doodling her sermon notes, Instagramming too much, tacos, and sharks... you know, the important things. You can find her online at racheladawson.com or @racheladawson on Twitter and Instagram.
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Tyler Speegle

Writer

Tyler a husband, dad, serious coffee drinker, and writer with a passion to help others see Jesus as He truly is – a personal and relational God.
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Bryan Wehrkamp

Musician

Bryan Wehrkamp is a singer/songwriter/producer from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He explores life's endlessly curvy design with his wife, Morgan and their cat, Samson - who escaped for 6 days and once found, they all Sabbathed hard on the 7th. Bryan currently lives in Winston-Salem, works at a coffee shop, and has set in motion his musical endeavor, COMPANYON, to give music and more to the farthest corners of the planet and other parallel universes.
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Tommy Brown

Author, Speaker, and Pastor

Tommy Brown is a writer, speaker, and develops strategies that support financial development. He and his wife Elizabeth live in Winston-Salem, NC along with their children Seri and Seth. He served in leadership at two churches as an ordained minister from 2001-2014, leading congregations into financial wellbeing and a holistic approach to integrating faith and finances. Tommy has a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Masters degrees in Divinity and Management. His entrepreneurial endeavors over the years have extended into real estate development and church consulting on stewardship matters.
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Beth Gianopulos

Attorney, Mom, and Missionary

Beth grew up in a small town in North Carolina. She attended Salem College, in Winston-Salem, NC, where she earned a BS in Chemistry. Beth was the first in her family to receive a college degree. She then attended Wake Forest University School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate (JD). Beth is currently an attorney for a large academic medical center where she focuses her practice areas on employment law and litigation. In 2014, Beth was named as one of the Triad Business Journal's Women in Business. Beth was also a winner of the Women of Justice Award, presented by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly in 2014.

Along the way, Beth married Michael Gianpoulos. Michael and Beth have three amazing kids that inspire them, challenge them, and fill their lives with new adventures.

Because of the families' passion for short-term missions, Michael and Beth started a non-profit mission organization and church, Project:Re3. Michael is the Executive Director and Pastor of Project:Re3. Michael, Beth, and their children are actively involved in short-term missions and local outreach projects. Beth has served on mission trips in Uganda, El Salvador, Mexico City, Peru, the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana, and a number of locations in the US. Beth loves helping at City With Dwellings, and she is on the Board of Directors for Fields of Dreams Uganda and Encouragement Cafe. Beth is very passionate about women's education and is currently serving on the Salem College Board of Visitors.

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Jared Odenbeck

Pro Soccer Player

Jared Odenbeck is a professional soccer player in his rookie season for Charlotte Independence in USL. Jared grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in English and Journalism in December 2016. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and reading and learning about kinesiology and theology. His greatest desire for his writing is that it would awaken the western Church to pure Gospel-centered truth and recapture the essence of unadultured Christianity.

@jaredodenbeck

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Lori Travers

Household CEO

Lori finds the Joy of the Lord to be her strength.
Born and raised an Italian Jersey girl, she has finally settled in the south as Reynolda Presbyterian church became her new home.

Ministry to women, reading, writing, cooking, and anything having to do with animals are her sweet spots. Having a background in cardiac testing, she chose to stay home and raise three incredible children who are now married, and currently has 2 precious granddaughters and one faithful husband of 34 years.

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Joy Greene

Pharmacy Professor, National Speaker and Radio Personality

Joy Greene is a Carolina girl! She grew up in Albemarle, NC. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her doctor of pharmacy degree in 1998. She worked in independent pharmacy for 7 years before becoming a pharmacy professor. She now works at High Point University in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy where she serves as a Professor and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. Joy has been married to her high school sweetheart, Bryan, for 20 years and they have two children, Ellie and Sam.

God has given Joy a deep passion for teaching His Word and encouraging women in their walk with Him. In 2011 God called Joy and her family to Jackson TN. There, she was invited to be a guest on the local Christian radio station. The general manager liked her enthusiasm and her voice so he offered her an opportunity to do a daily devotional on air. Joy prayed over the opportunity and knew God was calling her to encourage others! She founded Joytime Ministries in 2012. ``Joytime`` is an upbeat, one-minute Christian radio segment that airs on over 150 radio stations worldwide! Through Joytime, Joy speaks into the hearts of her listeners as she discusses REAL life issues.

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Meg Smith

Writer

Meg is a recent graduate of the University of Tulsa where she studied French and Biology, and she is currently seeking God's direction for the path she will take next. She envisions working in missions or ministry. Meg has loved to write for as long as she can remember and has a particular fondness for poetry, especially the writing and performing of spoken word. Though she calls St. Louis her home, she currently lives in Nashville, TN. Meg loves chai tea, deep conversations, and thunderstorms.
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Ardi Shahini

Author & Pastor

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Ned Erickson

Author & Minister


Ned is the Executive Director of the Winston-Salem Fellows and the author of four books, including the hilarious memoir Falling Into Love and the acclaimed novel Clay. He wife, two kids, two dogs, six chickens, rabbit, hamster, fish and turtle live in Winston-Salem, NC.
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Houston Clark

RUF Intern - Vanderbilt

short bio: part-philosopher, full-bibliophile, this child of God grew up in the PCA not knowing he believed in predestination until his ``liberal`` Episcopal next-door neighbor told him that's what ``PCA-ers`` believe. The only thing he wears at all times is his thoughts/feelings about everything (and maybe his Chris Paul socks). He's as curious as Curious George and loves getting things done (see David Allen's book with same title).
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Cameron Robinson

Pastor & Teacher

Cameron is a Dad, Husband, and Presbyter in the Reformed Episcopal Church, a founding church of the Anglican Church in North America. His ministerial appointments are as Pastor and Chaplain. As his passion is Christian Education, he hones his teaching skills in the crucible of the Middle School ELA and Social Studies classroom. He believes every educational advancement used in the schools can be used to advance the knowledge of the church. Degrees from THE University of South Carolina and Wake Forest Divinity provide Cameron with the skills to engage culture through the lens of the church.

In his ``spare time,`` he can be found with his camera in hand, encouraging people to be their true

selves in front of the camera lens.

Twitter/IG: @Arthurcameron_

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Josh Godwin

Youth Pastor

Josh lives in Clemmons, NC with his wife, Alyssa, and small dog, Tobi. He has lived and worked all over the state of North Carolina, from the coastal plain to the mountains, and grew up amongst the pines in a small town called Wade just outside of Fayetteville, NC (don't bother looking, it's probably not on a map). He loves his family, a good burger, a good book, a Tar Heels victory, and ministering with young people. Currently, he serves as the Minister of Youth and Recreation at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
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Brandon Miller

Divinity Student

Brandon Miller is currently a student at Duke Divinity School and a candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church. He and his wife Meredith live in Durham, North Carolina
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Jessie Tucker Mitchell

Masters Student - Counseling

Jessie Tucker Mitchell graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and now is working toward her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University. She lives in Winston-Salem, NC with her husband and four children, ages 13, 11, 7, and 2; her son Fletcher has autism and thus autism awareness is very important to her family. Jessie enjoys reading, writing, going to the gym, and watching her kids’ various extracurricular activities. She and her family consider themselves blessed to belong to Reynolda Church.
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Weseley Chambers

National Student Leader

Weseley Chambers is a recent college graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's in Psychology. He recently completed a 9-month post-graduate internship with the National Student Leaders. He enjoys a good book, fine coffee, and the color hunter green. He currently lives in the Washington D.C. area. His life motto is, “Co-create, in truth, in beauty, for the common good.”
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Tatum Fishel

Teacher

Tatum is a teacher and administrator by trade. She is a lifelong student and typically has another round of school on the horizon. She loves a color coded calendar, coffee dates, and candy. You’ll typically find her gathered with friends, tossing a tennis ball for her pup, Gunner, or hanging her hammock somewhere in beautiful North Carolina. She has a desire to see this broken world saturated with the love of Christ.
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Sage Blalock

Divinity Student

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Morgan Wehrkamp

Divinity Student

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Steve Davis

Pastor and Dad

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Brandy Campbell

Writer

Brandy is a full-time writer at an international organization that works with more than 1.2 million children in poverty. She is a writer, a storyteller, a yarn spinner and a pen pal. She's also a baker, a world traveler, a daughter, a friend and an aunt. She hates mornings, olives, cheap pens, snakes and splinters.
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John Carr

Young Life Staff

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Pete Hardesty

Young Life Staff

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Whitney Hsu

Mother and Worship Leader


Whitney is wife to wonderful Ryan, and mama to bold and hilarious Ella Kate, Joseph, and Davis. She leads worship at several services at her church home in North Carolina, and writes for several sites about life, parenting, and the Gospel. Read her work and see her journey here: (insert every means of communication possible).

Wereonlyhsuman.com
Instagram.com/onlyhsuman
Twitter.com/Onlyhsuman
Facebook.com/wereonlyhsuman

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Jordan Huggins

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Devon Johnson

Founder and Editor of Whilst Magazine

Devon Johnson is a graduate from Westmont College where she studied English and Communications. Since graduating she has lived in London and started her own digital magazine and community called Whilst Magazine, where people can share stories about life in the middle. She loves her coffee black and has an unhealthy infatuation with Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables.
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Conner Song

College Student

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Casey Costa

MD/PhD Student

Casey is a student at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, where he will complete both his M.D. and Ph.D. Casey lives an examined life in a community of deep friendship. He loves the mountains, books, but most of all diving deeper into the heart of Jesus and the heart of the men he walks through life with. His heart will be in the articles to follow.
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Dylan Collier

College Student


Dylan is a rising junior at Wake Forest University studying History, with a focus on American and Reformation history. He also is taking classes to get his teaching license. He dreams of teaching high school students, along with coaching a sports team (He would be open to any because of his love for sports.) to further the kingdom of God and spread the word to the future generations of Believers.
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Jack & Jana Barr

Authors & Missionaries

Jack and Jana Barr are missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand. Before their first date, they both knew God was calling them to serve overseas. After completing their degrees in teaching, they flew to Bangkok for the first time. For the past ten years they have served God by teaching at the International Community School in Bangkok, Thailand. Five years ago, Jack and Jana did not know God would use their daughter Marley, to forever alter their life plan. Marley was born with Down syndrome and that event sent Jack crashing into a sea of depression. “I could not overcome the question of, Why us God”? Since that day, Jack and Jana have rerouted their plan to align with God’s plan. They started, If They Had A Voice, an awareness campaign that focuses on Down syndrome abortions. Their story has been featured on CNN, CNN Mexico, Life Action News, and The Insight Channel. Jack also wrote his first book, Failing at Fatherhood, which has been endorsed by Bob Russell, S.A. Bodeen, and Woodroll Kroll.
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