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.

 

Jennifer Holberg received her PHD in English from the University of Washington. She joined the English department of Calvin College in 1998. Her academic interests include the intersections of faith and literature, 18th- through 21st-century British literature, and gender and literature, including "middlebrow" women novelists. Her book, Shouts and Whispers: 21 Writers Speak About Their Writing and Their Faith, was published by Eerdmans in 2006. She blogs with The Twelve: Reformed Done Daily.

Wendy serves on staff with the Stanford InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministries. She comes from an international background having been born in Malaysia and grown up in Australia. After practicing law in Melbourne for ten years, she moved to Oxford in the UK where she studied apologetics and theology. She is married to Jared whom she met in the grad fellowship at Oxford and they now live in Palo Alto, California. In her spare time she rides horses, cooks delicious meals with Jared, and watches Star Trek episodes on Netflix.

Carmen is an Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta. Her husband Danny gave up his job in mission finance to focus on their three kids and keep the household running smoothly so that Carmen can teach, speak, and write. Carmen and Danny have been blazing new trails together since 1998, with ten address changes to prove it. They enjoy camping and playing badminton as a family.

Sally Ivaska is the wife of David, mother of four sons, and proud grandmother of Zadie Marie. She has a master of arts in teaching from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University. Her passions — small group Bible study and all things cross-cultural — have taken many forms over the years: hosting international students, coordinating small groups for her church, serving as the International Student Advisor at North Park University, and training African students to study Scripture inductively and write their own discussion materials. Sally is never far from a book or a friend and enjoys life most when her “plate is full.”

Jennifer Jao is an infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She conducts HIV maternal child health research both domestically and in West Africa. She lives in New York City with her husband, Greg, and their two daughters. 

Katherine Jeffrey graduated with a Masters in Christian Studies from Regent College when the world was young.  Since then she has been a professional book editor and freelance writer, academic wife, homeschooling mom, and occasional dabbler in the literary arts. Her slim sheaf of poems owes to the encouragement of Vincent van Gogh: “if you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” A transplanted Canadian, she lives with her husband David on Lake Whitney in central Texas.

Christine Jeske has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaches anthropology at Wheaton College. She has lived in Nicaragua, China, and South Africa and authored two books, Into the Mud: True Stories from Africa and This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling. She now lives in an old farmhouse named the Sanctuary, complete with a dozen chickens, three pigs, innumerable weeds, two children, and one wonderful husband.  

Joy Jordan-Lake, adjunct professor at Belmont University in Nashville, is the author of three books, including Grit & Grace: Portraits of a Woman’s Life. She served as a Baptist chaplain at Harvard University and has tought writing and literature at Tuft University and Baylor University. An enthusiastic advocate for micro-enterprise loans, she helps the impoverished begin their own businesses to support their families. Joy and her husband are the parents of three children. You can read more at her website.

Jo Kadlecek is a former waitress, soccer coach, and camp counselor who’s always loved a good story. She has written hundreds of articles as well as two memoirs, four novels, three books of non-fiction and three Bible studies. She’s the senior writer at Gordon College, on the communication arts faculty there, and a frequent retreat speaker. Find out more at http://www.lamppostmedia.net/

From one of the central islands in the Philippines to the academic world of Boston, Priscilla Lasmarias Kelso has worked with international education after years of teaching American literature in the U.S. and overseas. She did her graduate work on Nathaniel Hawthorne at Stanford University and has worked at the University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University , Sonoma State University, and Silliman University, a Presbyterian school in the Philippines. Recently retired with her husband, Bart, she is committed to providing educational opportunities for young women in the developing world. The Kelsos have a grown daughter, Rachel, who works with global philanthropy. Priscilla served on the board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for ten years.

Kate Hope Kennedy is a PhD student in Musicology at Princeton University. Her studies have focused on liturgical music from theological and historical angles. Kate earned her BMus at Wheaton College, and her MAR in Liturgical Studies at Yale Divinity School. She will write her dissertation on the Sanctus music from the 12th century. Once graduated, she hopes to teach music and religion at a liberal arts college. In the meantime, when not in the library, she can be found singing, hiking, and cooking.

Kathy KyoungAh Khang is currently serving as a regional multiethnic ministries director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Kathy is one of the authors of More Than Serving Tea.  Graduating from Northwestern, Kathy began her career as a journalist. Her time in the newsroom pressed her to consider how her passion for writing would be integrated into living out her faith in Jesus. Kathy and her husband Peter Chang live in the north suburbs of Chicago, and are honored to be the parents of Bethany, Corban, and Elias. Kathy continues to write on her personal blog More Than Serving Tea.

Patty Kirk is writer in residence and associate professor of English at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. After earning her MA she spent a decade roaming the globe before returning to the U.S. to earn an MFA in creative writing at the University of Arkansas. There, she met her husband Kris, a cattle rancher, and settled down with him on a farm in Oklahoma, where they raised their two daughters. Kirk is the author of several books including The Gospel of Christmas, Confessions of an Amateur Believer, and Starting from Scratch, a spiritually-focused food memoir.  Kirk’s blog and more information about her books can be found at amateurbeliever.com.

Adele Konyndyk Gallogly is a writer living in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University, with an emphasis in fiction. In her spare time she explores used book stores, walks the Niagara escarpment, and eats more cheese than she should. To read more of her reflections on literature and life, go to adelegallogly.wordpress.com.

Kelly Monroe Kullberg joined the Women in the Academy & Professions initiative while also serving as the director of project development for The Veritas Forum, which she and friends first organized at Harvard in 1992. She is editor and co-author of Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Christian Thinkers and author of Finding God Beyond Harvard. Kelly enjoys star-gazing and playing guitars around a fire with friends. Kelly lives with her husband David and five fun children in Columbus, Ohio.

Natalia Kwok is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, she hopes to use her degree to specialize in developmental disabilities. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Nick (who works for Greek Intervarsity) and baby boy. In her spare time, she loves to try new foods, travel, and spend time at Disneyland with her her family.

Andrea Lama is the Executive Assistant for Collegiate Ministries at InterVarsity and a graduate student at Dallas Baptist University studying Christian Ministry with a Concentration in Leading a Nonprofit. Andrea and her husband, Bijay, live in Madison, Wisconsin, where Bijay also works for InterVarsity. They share a heart for ministry to Nepal and Nepali people. 

Bronwyn Lea graduated from law school and seminary in her native South Africa, before settling in sunny California where she worked in college ministry while her husband completed his PhD. She is passionate about raising her three little kids, and writing and teaching women to be fully-equipped and fully-loved disciples of Christ. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics, RELEVANT, Think Christian, and Start Marriage Right. She belongs to the Redbud Writers Guild. Find Bronwyn on Facebook or Twitter, or follow her blog at www.bronlea.com, where she writes about the holy and hilarious.

Lisa Liou works for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as team leader for Graduate & Faculty Ministries in Southern California. In June 2014, she will graduate with an MA in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Outside the office or classroom she can be found coordinating schedules and transportation for her two children or volunteering at their school. She and her husband Jeff consider themselves Midwesterners at heart, but Southern California has wooed them with culture, cuisine, and the fact that you never need to check the forecast. 

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