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.

 

Eugenia Sherman Brown took her PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught for Carroll College, Edgewood College, Trinity and Fuller Seminaries, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension. She relishes creating mosaics, traveling, and centering prayer.

Elizabeth Brunner is a stay-at-home mother with a PhD in linguistics. She is delighted to be expecting her second child. She and her family are striving to live a life that glorifies God in the St. Louis, Missouri area. 

Beth Bruno received her MA in International Community Development from Northwest University after serving on staff with CRU for a decade, mostly in the Middle East. She received her BA in Social Policy from Northwestern University. She is the Founder and Director of A Face to Reframe, which reframes marginalized populations with dignity through participatory photography, as well as the Manager of Domestic Sex Trafficking with the U COUNT Campaign. She is the co-author of END: Engaging Men to End Sex Trafficking and a proud member of Redbud Writer’s Guild. Her writings and activities can be found at bethbruno.org.

Kurt is a father of four incredible daughters, the husband of one amazing wife, and is employed as an IT Project Manager. He was on staff with InterVarsity from 2011 through 2017 serving Urbana and the IT Services team. His parents still have that keyboard and bring it out for the grandkids.

Cindy Bunch is associate publisher and director of editorial at InterVarsity Press, where she has worked for more than thirty years. She acquires and develops for the Formatio line of spiritual formation books. She is the author of Be Kind to Yourself. You can follow her on Instagram at cindy.bunch or on Twitter at @cindybunch.

Suzanne Burden holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Grace Theological Seminary and is the coauthor of Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God (Beacon Hill Press, March 2014). She and her husband David live in Indiana, where she insists spring is about to arrive.

Carmen Acevedo Butcher is a professor of English and scholar-in-residence at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. She was the Carnegie Foundation professor of the year for Georgia in 2006, and during the 2004-2005 year she and her family lived and learned in Seoul, South Korea, while she taught as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Sogang University. She has written books on medieval women mystics and linguistics. More information can be found on these at her website. (Photo credit: Katherine Butcher.)

Kathleen A. Cahalan is professor of practical theology at Saint John’s Graduate School of Theology and Seminary where she teaches courses on pastoral ministry, pastoral care, and spirituality. She is also the director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, a collaborative research project that has studied various aspects of vocation over the past eight years. She co-edited two volumes from the project: Calling All Years Good: Vocation throughout Life’s Seasons (2017) and Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives (2016). She has also authored books for church audiences, including Stories We Live: Finding God’s Calling All around Us (2017) and Living Your Discipleship: Seven Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling, co-authored with Laura Kelly Fanucci (2015).  She is currently the coordinator for the Lilly Endowment’s Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative.

 

Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (MA at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) currently co-pastors Redeemer Community in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with her husband, Doug. She was formerly Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Christ Church in Oak Brook, Illinois. A trained spiritual director, she has taught courses at Wheaton College and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the early 1970s she helped pioneer student work with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has also worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in New England and Canada and with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in the West Indies and South Africa.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brenda Cárdenas is the author of two poetry collections, From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (Momotombo Press, 2005) and Boomerang (Bilingual Review Press, 2009), as well as the coeditor of Between the Heart and the Land / Entre el corazon y la tierra: Latina Poets in the Midwest. She writes in a blend of English and Spanish, which she has said reflects her interest in “the interconnectedness and juxtapositions of difference and similarity between seemingly disparate peoples, events, places, and experiences.” While Cárdenas often writes in free verse, she also experiments with a variety of forms, and, as Craig Santos Perez has noted, “This syncretic formal impulse reflects the polyphonic texture of Cárdenas’s language-scape.” Her poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (2007) and The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (2007). She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was Milwaukee’s poet laureate from 2010 to 2012.

Rebecca Carhart is an assistant project editor at InterVarsity Press. She has an MA in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton College Graduate School and serves in several ministries at her church, Highpoint Wheaton. A native of northeast Nebraska, Rebecca lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and blogs at rebeccafcarhart.com.

Sharon Carnahan is Professor of Psychology and Cornell Professor of Service at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she also directs a laboratory preschool.  A graduate of Hope College, UNC Chapel Hill, and the Proctor Insititute on Child Advocacy Ministry (Children's Defense Fund), Dr. Carnahan is a developmental psychologist who teaches child and adolescent development, child assessment and developmental screening, cross-cultural child psychology, and the psychology of religious experiences. She is a prevention scientist who studies the application of developmental principles to the problems of children and families. 

Sabrina Chan serves as the National Director of InterVarsity’s Asian American Ministries. She grew up as a second generation Cantonese American in Richmond, Virginia and worked as a computer network engineer for a few years after graduating from Rice University. In her 20 years on staff, she has volunteered at Rice, staffed at UT Austin, and served as a ministry director in Texas and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about seeing Asian Americans transformed by Christ as they grow in ethnic identity, evangelism, racial justice, and stewarding their lives for God's kingdom.

Sabrina earned her MA in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and was ordained in 2009. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband Kevin and two young kids. She loves bike commuting, drinking tea, and hiking in the woods — all three whether alone or with family and friends.

Sylvia Chen is a senior patent operations counsel at Motorola. Prior to joining Motorola, Sylvia was an associate attorney in Washington, D.C., and a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Sylvia earned her JD from the University of Michigan in 1994 and has a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Sylvia is interested in leadership issues in the law profession, particularly related to minority and gender factors. She is married with three children and her biblical hero is Daniel, though she says she is much more like Gideon.

Beverly Chen, MSW, LCSW, serves as Associate Dean of Student Emotional Health at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. She is also an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and has a private practice in Claremont.

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is an award-winning writer, editor, communications consultant, and the author of two books, Let There d.light: How One Social Enterprise Brought Solar Products to 100 Million People and Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-World. She also serves as the editorial director of the Asian American Christian Collaborative. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young boys.

Susanna Childress writes short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She authored poetry volumes Jagged with Love and Entering the House of Awe and a forthcoming collection of essays, Extremely Yours. She earned her Master's degree at University of Texas at Austin, her PhD at Florida State, and held a Lilly Fellows Postdoc at Valparaiso University. Currently she teaches at Hope College and lives with her family in Holland, Michigan.

Jessica Tsai Chin is a leader driven by her dual passions for social impact and consumer-driven insights. After studying Business Administration and Chinese at the University of California, Berkeley, she discovered her passion for consumer businesses and began her career with Apple, Inc., ultimately serving as global project manager heading Apple’s retail expansion efforts in China. Jessica is currently attaining her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
 
Outside of her exceedingly busy professional pursuits, Jessica is an athlete at heart and loves hiking the outdoors. She is also involved in numerous faith-based organizations and looks forward to continuing her involvement upon returning to China following her graduation from Kellogg this June.

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