Writer Bios

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Rebecca Alexander earned her PhD in Biological Chemistry at University of Pennsylvania and joined Wake Forest in August 2000 after postdoctoral research at MIT and The Scripps Research Institute. She teaches biochemistry to undergraduate and graduate students. Her research, funded by the National Science Foundation, uses experimental and computational tools to study protein-RNA interactions in protein biosynthesis and viral infection. She has previously served as co-director of the Undergraduate Research and Creativities (URECA) Center and is also co-director of the Center for Molecular Communication and Signaling, a multidisciplinary research center supported by the Provost’s Office.

Katherine Leary Alsdorf is the Founder and Director Emeritus of Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work. She received her MBA from the University of Virginia and now travels from her home in New York to work with churches around the country. She assisted Tim Keller in writing Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work.

Mary Amendolia earned her Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College, University of London, with a focus on the visual arts and spiritual transformation.  She trained for ministry at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, England, where she earned a Certificate in Christian Apologetics and an Oxford Diploma of Ministry.  Additionally, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History in Italian Renaissance Art. Currently, Mary is an Associate with Coracle, an organization dedicated to spiritual formation and kingdom action. Mary speaks at retreats, enjoys international travel, learning about other cultures, reading, painting, being outdoors and all things Italian.

Jenn Anderson is a third-year doctoral student in the Michigan State University Communication Department. Her teaching and research focus on how people talk about health and how to design persuasive health campaigns. Jenn became a Christian her freshman year of college, through the Baptist Student Union, and has been seeking God within the context of academia ever since. She and her husband have two wonderful mutts.

Susan Anderson worked for several years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication in 1997. During graduate school, she was an active member of InterVarsity’s Graduate Christian Fellowship group. Now she spends her time balancing parenting, writing, and house-tending. She and her husband Dean have two beautiful (and active!) daughters, Kendra and Carolyn, adopted from Ethiopia and China.

Heather Reneé Ardrey is an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She is a former Intervarsity Graduate Staff Worker. She, her husband Dave, and their two kids live on a two-mile-long island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Heather currently spends her time caring for her kids while waiting for whatever is next in her vocation. In her free time, she can be found scuba diving, painting, or writing. 

Michelle Arnold is a contemporary painter whose faith plays an integral part of her work. During the years she spent living and working in Italy for Gordon College’s study abroad program, she steeped herself in the Renaissance masters, the rhythms of the Catholic liturgy, and the intimacy and beauty of daily Italian life. 

After her return from Italy she received at Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of New Hampshire.

She has taught in the Studio Arts department at several Boston-area colleges, but recently relocated from the Boston area to Ohio. In addition to numerous private collections across the US, her paintings can be found in the collection of the Valparaiso University Chapel, Rivier College, and Gordon College. She is represented by Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston. Her work can be viewed and purchased at michellepaine.com

Kelly Aukema is a biochemist doing postdoctoral research at the University of Minnesota’s Biotechnology Institute. Her research involves efficiently harnessing the energy of the sun by using light-harvesting cyanobacteria to symbiotically feed a second species of genetically enhanced bacteria, which in turn produce hydrocarbons, a potential biofuel. She enjoys teaching research methods, providing informal career counseling, and mentoring students. Kelly is married to Brian Aukema, McKnight Land Grant Professor at the University of Minnesota. They are the parents of two young boys.

Anne C. Bailey, a social historian in the departments of History and Africana Studies at SUNY Binghamton, is dedicated to the study of African American history and African Diaspora Studies. Her research has centered on the history of the Atlantic slave trade and its impact on Africa and its worldwide diaspora. Her books include African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame, which looks at memories of the slave trade from the African perspective, and two works of historical fiction for children. Born in Jamaica, her work has been informed by extended stays in Paris, London, and West Africa. After immigrating to New York City, she studied at Harvard University and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Read more about Anne in this InterVarsity article.

Jessica Cooke Bailey is a third year postdoctoral fellow at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and studies the genetics of age-related eye disorders. She earned her PhD in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, focusing on the genetics of diabetes and kidney disease. She and her husband recently had a baby girl and they also have two miniature dachshunds. They are active members of Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where they especially enjoy helping with the youth activities. Jessica's hobbies are reading, crafting, and sewing. 

Ruth Bancewicz is a Senior Research Associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge (UK), where she works on positive expressions of the science-faith dialogue. Ruth studied genetics at Aberdeen University, and completed a PhD at Edinburgh University. She then spent two years as a part-time postdoctoral researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, Edinburgh University, while also working as the Development Officer for Christians in Science. She moved to the Faraday Institute in 2006 to develop resources on Science and Christianity – a project that generated the Test of FAITH materials, the first of which were published in 2009. Ruth blogs at Science and Belief, and her latest book is, God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith.

Carrie Bare is a wife and mother of two grown sons, currently living in South Florida but originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Carrie has been with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1975, currently serving as Associate Regional Director with Graduate & Faculty Ministry in the South-Central region. She has always loved reading, especially fiction.

Stephen M. Bauer has been working in information technology for Citigroup for 30 years. He lives in Hazlet, New Jersey, with his wife Lindy and two teenage sons. Through a friend, he discovered Nomi Network in 2009 and began work as a volunteer.

Katelyn Beaty (Honors BA, Communications, Calvin College) is managing editor of Christianity Today magazine, where she cofounded Her.meneutics in 2009. She has written for The Atlantic, Fare Forward, Q Ideas, and Books & Culture. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynBeaty. 

Amy Julia Becker is a graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. She blogs regularly for Patheos at Thin Places. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, First Things, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, and Parents.com. Amy Julia lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee, in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Jennifer Bonina-Noseworthy is a PhD candidate at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Biological Sciences. She is studying the variability in carotenoid content and profiles in winter squash and sweet potato cultigens and plans to graduate in 2010. Jennifer holds an MS in horticultural sciences from the University of Florida and her BS in Biology from Gordon College. In her spare time, she is an avid gardener and cook, making a wonderful roasted winter squash and ginger soup from her garden produce. She and her husband Joshua have two dogs and two cats.

Sylvia is a mother of five grown daughters and a church administrator in Madison, Wisconsin. As she adjusts to life without her husband Bob and without at-home children, she’s found that a small flock of city chickens helps to fill the empty nest. Her best therapy is hard work — especially outdoor chores like gardening, home maintenance, and small carpentry projects such as converting an old entertainment center into a henhouse.

Dorothy Boorse received her doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined the Gordon College Biology Faculty in January of 1999. Her primary research and teaching interests are in aquatic community ecology and invasive species. She spends a great deal of time connecting science to non-scientists and looking at ways science and faith integrate, particularly in the area of environmental ethics. Dorothy is the co-author on an environmental science textbook. She also was lead author on  "Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment,” a report on poverty and climate change published by  the National Association of Evangelicals (2011). Dorothy is married to Gary Wernsing, and they have two sons.

Nancy Boote is a graduate of Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and is currently serving as a Pastor of Congregational Care in Jenison, Michigan. She resides in Ada, Michigan with her husband Evan and is a mother of two adult sons.

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