Writer Bios

We couldn't offer The Well to our readers without the generous contributions of our writers. Read through their bios to learn from their stories and click through for links to the articles they have written. If you are interested in writing for The Well, explore our Writer's Guidelines.

 

Jay has been with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 35 years. She is the National Co-Director of Spiritual Formation & Prayer, which includes being the Chaplain to the Leadership Team for the Graduate and Faculty Ministry Team of IVCF. Jay is also a Registered Nurse.

Sarah Wynia Smith completed her PhD in physiology at UW-Madison in 2009. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, studying nitric oxide signaling. In her spare time she enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband Brian and son Jackson, exploring California, and playing the trumpet.

Alison Marie Smith works for Greek InterVarsity at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She ​and her husband, Sean, moved to Utah four years ago from the great state of Michigan. She loves reading, running, making meals for her students, and sharing adventures with her husband.

Sarah Conrad Sours is Assistant Professor of Religion at Huntingdon College and a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church. She is working on a book on academic integrity, and another on autonomy and bioethics.

Debbie Splaingard has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Organizational Communication from Marquette University. Over the years, she has been a medical grant writer, owner of a personnel consulting business, church staff member, wife, mom and grandmother. She is currently a research associate at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a campus volunteer with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Ohio State University.

An editor, writer, and avid library-goer Elisa Fryling Stanford lives with her husband and two daughters in Colorado. She is the author of Ordinary Losses: Naming the Graces That Shape Us. To read Elisa’s blog on why we read stories, go to conversationsjournal.com/2012/05/a-god-of-stories/.

Margot Starbuck, a writer and speaker, is the author of the spiritual memoir The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and Unsqueezed (InterVarsity Press, 2010). Her writing has also appeared in Radiant, Neue, Rev!, and Today’s Christian Woman. Margot lives with her family in Durham, NC. You can learn more about Margot at her website.

Sharri Bockheim Steen is a full-time mother and a part-time freelance medical writer for the pharmaceutical industry. She lives near Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and two children. Sharri earned her BS in biology from Calvin College and her PhD in molecular biology from Baylor College of Medicine and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. When Sharri finds a spare minute, she jogs, reads, or writes. She kept a blog of her experiences with breast cancer at http://burnishingbrightens.blogspot.com/

Rebecca Brewster Stevenson writes in Durham, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and children. She taught English in private and public schools before becoming a mother, and then homeschooled her children for several years. After earning her Masters degree in Liberal Studies from Duke University, she returned to teaching full-time, this time as a founding member of the high school faculty at Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. There she helped to shape the humanities department, writing curriculum for ninth, tenth, and twelfth grade humanities and English classes. In 2012 she left teaching to pursue writing full-time, and is author of the critically acclaimed novel Healing Maddie Brees. She is a speaker and a regular teacher at The Well, a women's Bible study at Chapel Hill Bible Church. She recently released her second book, Wait: Thoughts and Practice in Waiting on God. 

Travis Stevick received his PhD in Theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2015. He is an ordained elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He lives in Northern Iowa with his wife and two children.

Karen Stiller is a freelance writer and an editor with Faith Today magazine. She is managing editor of Evangelicals Around the World: a global handbook for the 21st century (Thomas Nelson, 2015); and co-author of two books about the Canadian Church (Going Missional and Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church). She’s also an MFA student.

Dr. Storkey is a sociologist, philosopher and theologian who has held multiple university positions. She succeeded John Stott as the Executive Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. She served as the President of the UK aid and development agency Tear Fund for 17 years. She was honored as the recipient of the 2016 Kuyper Prize from Princeton Theological Seminary for excellence in reformed theology and public life.

Linda Stratford received her PhD from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in History, with emphasis on Art in Society. Her life mission is to stir up thoughtful discussion of the visual arts. She teaches Art History at Asbury College where she also serves as Art Department Chair and a Lilly Scholar. She serves on the Board of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) where she recently edited an issue of the CIVA journal SEEN dedicated to the topic of “Art and Vocation.”

As of Christmas 2017, Adrienne is a third year tenure-track faculty member in special education & teacher preparation at Western Carolina University, living very near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She and her husband relocated from the Atlanta, Georgia region, where she taught high school special education for 12 years before earning her PhD at Georgia State University. Aside from chopping up fallen trees for firewood, her passions include improving interactions between high school teachers and struggling students and equipping teachers to teach diverse students. 

Danielle Davey Stulac lives in Durham, NC with her husband, Daniel, and daughter, Abigail, and is part of Blacknall Presbyterian Church. She is Program Director for the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School, and Adjunct Professor of English at California Baptist University Online. 

Debra Sulai holds a Ph.D. in religious ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Master's degree in theology from Regent College (Canada). She has taught at several colleges and universities, most recently as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Siena College. Her research focuses on applied ethics and politics and she is a vocal advocate for a more just and humane academic labor system, particularly for contingent faculty. Debra currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, who is also an academic.

Dr. Elizabeth “Lisa” Sung is a systematic theologian rooted in the Reformed tradition. In 2017, she was appointed to a two-year visiting research professorship at Mundelein Seminary (the largest Catholic seminary in North America) and her appointment was aimed at helping the seminary community engage the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with depth and nuance.

Prior to her current position at Mundelein Seminary, Dr. Sung was Associate Professor in the Department of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and before that was a vocational minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She is also a classically trained pianist. 

Lauri A. Swann received a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from The George Washington University, and her M.Div. and D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary where her thesis was Sex Trafficking within the Black Church Community: A Call and Response. She currently serves as the campus staff minister of InterVarsity's Graduate and Faculty Ministries, Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP) Fellowship for the Washington, D.C., region, specifically on the campuses of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Before joining Intervarsity she served as both a youth and young adult pastor and taught in both the private and public charter school systems in Washington, D.C. She is married to Kevin and together they have three beautiful children. Lauri blogs at Peeling Oranges at Midnight.

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