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.

 

Dr. Lisa Deam writes and speaks on spiritual formation through the lens of history. She has a PhD in late medieval art history from the University of Chicago and is the author of A World Transformed: Exploring the Spirituality of Medieval Maps.

Vicki Dearing graduated from Auburn University in 1987, and from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1991. Presently, she is a part-time professor at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been married for 17 years and has two children. She is active in her church in various ministries, sits on the board of directors of Quigley House (a domestic violence shelter), and enjoys other community-related activities.

Rachael Denhollander is an attorney, advocate, and educator who became known internationally as the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of her activism, over 250 women came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, leading to his life imprisonment. Additionally, her courageous tenacity and ongoing advocacy helped trigger a complete upheaval at both USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University where former executives and high-ranking officials face numerous criminal charges for their complicity in covering up Nassar’s abuse and lying about what they knew.

For her work as an advocate and educator on sexual assault, Rachael was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and one of Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year” in 2018. Additionally, she received the “Inspiration of the Year” award from Sports Illustrated, was a joint recipient of ESPN’s “Arthur Ashe Courage Award,” and was named a “Michiganian of the Year” by the Detroit News . She is the recipient of numerous other awards and recommendations, including the “CHILD Protector Award” from CHILD USA, the “Integrity and Impact Award” from Dow Jones Sports Intelligence, and HeartAmbassador’s “Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributing to Social Justice.”

Rachael holds a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law and possesses an honorary doctorate from the American University of Paris. She, along with her husband Jacob, lives in Louisville, Kentucky with their four young children.

Kate Denson is a proud DC transplant married to a native Washingtonian. She's lived in Washington DC and been on staff with InterVarsity since 2007 serving primarily as the DC Urban Programs Director with some time as campus staff at both Georgetown and George Washington Universities. Kate graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in sociology in 2007 and received her MA in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2016.

Kate has developed a robust "side hustle" as a tour guide, now focusing mostly on justice oriented tours through her small organization called DC Justice Tours. She's been married to JR Denson since 2013 and they have one son Alexander Douglass Denson named for a few DC greats — Alexander Crummell and Frederick Douglass.

 

Lisa Clark Diller (PhD, Chicago) teaches early modern history at Southern Adventist University. She enjoys traveling with her husband Tommy, gardening in the “yarden” of her 100-year-old house and learning how to be about the business of the kingdom of God while at work in her urban Chattanooga, Tennessee, neighborhood.

Susan DiMickele is the author of Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventures In Life and Faith .(A preview of the first chapter of the book can be found here.) She has authored articles in both secular and faith-based publications and blogs daily. Susan has been a trial lawyer for nearly 15 years and a mother for more than 9 years. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and three children. In addition to writing, she loves reading, cooking, running, and hanging out with her kids.

 

Emily Dolan is a graduate student in literature at the University of Connecticut. Her dissertation is focused on the role American women writers played in the shift from sentimental literature to realist literature following the Civil War. In her spare time she enjoys playing the piano, drinking tea at Starbucks, and watching bad BBC mini-series.

Ann is a writer, doctor, and homeschooling mother of four in Colorado. She writes about faith, medicine, and the opportunities to minister in the liminal spaces where what we think we know has been stripped away. Someday she hopes to find time to finish a cup of tea before it gets cold. Ann blogs at Learning As We Go.

Janine Giordano Drake is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Great Falls (Great Falls, Montana) where she teaches US History, Global History, and Political Theory courses. She is coeditor of The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class (Illinios Press, 2016) and finalizing a manuscript on the demise of Christian Socialists in the US in the twentieth century. It is tentatively entitled, They Have Stolen Jesus From Us: Christian Socialism and the American Protestant Churches, 1880-1920. In her spare time, Janine runs, swims, and plays with her two daughters. She fantasizes about someday writing children's stories about girls in American history, and about someday learning to sew.

Andrea E. is an assistant professor at a land-grant university in New England. Her research focuses on food safety and food microbiology. In her down time she enjoys hiking, reading, and writing about science, food safety, and faith.

Hannah Eagleson loves to tell stories, and she loves to think about them. She has a PhD in English literature from the University of Delaware, and she writes literature curriculum for educational presses. She also writes poetry and is working on a children's novel about a dragon who runs a teashop in eighteenth-century London. When she has spare time, she likes to play her harps and travel. 

Dr. Kim Gaines Eckert is a licensed psychologist in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she maintains a private counseling practice and teaches as an adjunct at Lee University is the Clinical Director of the Lee University Play Therapy Center. Dr. Eckert holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, as well as a master's and doctorate from Wheaton College (IL). She is the author of Things Your Mother Never Told You: A Woman's Guide to Sexuality (InterVarsity Press Books, 2014), and Stronger Than You Think: Becoming Whole Without Having to be Perfect. A Woman’s Guide (InterVarsity Press Books, 2007) and blogs at drkimeckert.com.

Sr. Jocelyn Edathil SIC was born and raised in Philadelphia and reared in the Eastern Catholic tradition, namely the Syro Malankara Catholic Church. She went to Villanova University where she graduated with degree in Chemistry. She then went on to complete the MD/PhD dual degree program at Penn State, subsequently attending Temple University for Internal Medicine residency. Afterward she began formation with the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ (also known as the Bethany Sisters in India) and made her first profession of vows in August 6, 2016 in Elmont, New York. Currently she works at Temple University Hospital as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine where she teaches medical students and residents. She is heavily involved in Ethics, Diversity, and Humanism in Medicine. She speaks on a variety of topics including vocational discernment and intercultural communication as well as current trends in social media.

 

Gretchen Ellis is a freelance writer and copy-editor. She has a master’s degree in Theology from Wheaton College and a master’s degree in Hebrew Bible from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also runs her own online crafting business out of her home. She currently lives in Madison with her husband Ryan, their two cats, and a house full of books. She is a lover of learning, tea, and deep conversations. 

Lauralee Farrer is president and principal filmmaker of Burning Heart Productions ; an artist in residence of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts ; and the senior editor of Fuller’s Theology, News & Notes. The film Praying the Hours — a decade-long endeavor — is her current project combining a feature-length drama alongside a series of eight half-hour episodes that personify the Benedictine hours of prayer through story.

Pat Feldhake lived and worked at Cedar Campus, Inter Varsity’s training center in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, for twenty years. She currently serves as the K-12 guidance counselor in two rural schools in Cedarville and Pickford, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Wheaton Graduate School. She loves living in the wilds of the U.P. in a log home built by her husband Marty, and enjoys skijoring with her dogs, swimming, and hiking.

Rachel Ferguson is a professor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. She is co-chair of the Lindenwood Honors College, and Director of the Liberty & Ethics Center at the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise. Her research interests include Hume’s classical liberalism, the philosophy of economics, and Aristotelian virtue theory. Like a good Humean, she likes to appeal to/tick off both sides. Rachel teaches political philosophy, game theory, business ethics, honors seminar, and the spring seminar in economic federalism. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Saint Louis University (2008). In the meantime, she had two babies, Asher and Solomon, who now appear to be sentient persons, which is weird. She is married to Mike Ferguson of Mike Ferguson Media. You can learn more about Rachel at her blog.

Jasmine is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she worked for the IFES affiliated Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS) as a national staff worker, briefly as Acting General Secretary and recently as a Board member. She also worked for the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and a MA in International Relations from Syracuse University. Jasmine’s InterVarsity involvement includes leading the Graduate Christian Fellowship at Syracuse University and chapter planting as a volunteer staffworker at SUNY Albany for GFM. She presently volunteers as Staff Development Specialist to South Asian American Ministries. Jasmine has written for The Well and for Mutuality Magazine. She is married to Guy and is mom to Jayathri and Yannik. Jasmine is a WAP Associate focusing on special projects.

Kelly Fields (pseudonym) grew up in Ohio loving forests, flowers, and wildlife. She earned a degree in zoology at The Ohio State University, followed by a Master of Science in Wildlife Science from Purdue University, and a doctorate in Forest Resources from West Virginia University. She served as a professor of environmental biology for ten years before moving to Central Asia in 2014. Now she is putting her professional skills to use as a grant writer and director of communications at an international relief and development NGO. She is passionate about caring for creation, reaching the nations with the Good News, and spiritual formation. She also loves French press coffee, kayaking, and seeing new flora and fauna wherever she travels.

Holly Flora is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Liberal Arts and Professor of Art History at Tulane University. Her work explores the themes of narrative, imagination, materiality, and gender in the devotional art of late medieval and early Renaissance Italy. Before coming to Tulane, Professor Flora worked in the museum world in New York.

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