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.

 

Connally Gilliam is the author of Revelations of a Single Woman: Loving the Life I Didn’t Expect (Tyndale, 2006). She serves as “Special Counsel” to the Director of the National Metro Mission of the US Navigators (an organization with whom she has worked for 11 years). Prior to that, she taught high school English, college writing and worked at an international public policy think tank. She is a member of Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, VA where she serves as the volunteer director of Local Outreach. She loves to ride her bike, have dinners with friends, paint, and hang out with her nieces and nephews. Read more from Connally at connallygilliam.com .

Deborah H.C. Gin is director of research and faculty development at The Association of Theological Schools. Previously, she served as a faculty fellow in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, and as associate professor of ministry at Azusa Pacific Seminary. She has also held positions as the director of diversity studies and director of the MA in Worship Leadership program at Azusa. She was the former director of Asian American Women on Leadership. She earned an MDiv from Haggard Graduate School of Theology, a master’s of music degree from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in higher education from Claremont Graduate University. She resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, Michael.

Anna is a reader, writer, editor, and speaker. She’s an associate editor for InterVarsity Press and a previous editor of The Well. She is married to Jeff and together they are raising two young children. Find her on twitter at @amgissing.

 

Sandra Glahn is an adjunct professor in Christian education and pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. From “A Faith and Culture Devotional,” by Lael Arrington and Kelly Kullberg (Zondervan.) Article also published online at http://www.findinggodat.org/. Excerpt from “Little Gidding” by T. S. Eliot. Glahn is editor of Kindred Spirit magazine and author of Informed Consent as well as the Coffee Cup Bible Studies series.

Jeff Greenberg is Professor of Geology and Environmental Science at Wheaton College in Illinois. His graduate studies included the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most of his recent studies provided opportunities for undergraduate students to combine service and research for the needs of people and environment in the "two-thirds world." Greenberg and his wife are parents of five children, four of them adopted.

Karen is the National Director of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, and she lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and three boys. Except for some years taken off to raise her sons, she has spent her adult life in and around InterVarsity — originally as a student and campus staff member in Michigan and currently in Atlanta. An entrepreneur at heart, she and some student leaders started the grad fellowship at Michigan State and the MBA fellowship at Georgia Tech. She loves to use her gifts of hospitality and teaching to create a welcoming place for people to connect with God and with each other. Although she rarely has time for it, you can find Karen at her sewing machine when ministry progress gets hard to measure and she needs to see tangible results from her efforts. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, and British television.

Deborah Haarsma is chair of the Physics & Astronomy Department at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she enjoys researching galaxies and galaxy clusters with her students. She speaks and writes on science and Christianity, including Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design written with her husband Loren, and Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church, an essay collection edited with Rev. Scott Hoezee. When not at work, she can be found tending her rose garden or reading Lois McMaster Bujold novels.

Ashley Hales holds a PhD in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After years away, she’s back in the southern California suburbs helping her husband plant a church, chasing her four little children, and writing a book in the wee hours. Her writing has been featured in Books & Culture, ThinkChristian, (in)courage, The Englewood Review of Books, and other places. A member of Redbud Writers Guild, she’s also an editor and contributor at The Mudroom. Find Ashley writing at aahales.com, on Twitter, or connect on Facebook.

Tricia Hall is a family physician and a part-time faculty member at the University of Minnesota-North Memorial family medicine residency. She and her husband have three children who keep them running. Tricia also volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations, working on alleviating poverty and healthcare disparities worldwide.

Katelin Hansen (@BTSFblog) is an alumna of the University of Richmond InterVarsity undergraduate and Umoja chapters, and is currently a member of InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network at The Ohio State University where she is pursuing a doctorate degree in neuroscience. Katelin is the editor of By Their Strange Fruit (BTSF), an online ministry facilitating justice and understanding across racial divides for the sake of the Gospel. BTSFexplores how Christianity’s often-bungled relationship with race and racism affects modern ministry and justice. Recognizing that racial brokenness hinders our witness to the world,BTSF strives to increase the visibly of healthy and holy racial discussion by approaching justice and reconciliation from a Christ-minded perspective.

Michelle Shappell Harris is pursuing an MFA in creative non-fiction at Ashland University and holds a BS in Elementary Education from Ball State University. After nineteen years working through InterVarsity Link in Gabon and France, she and her family now make their home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, were she works at The Reclamation Project, coordinating low-cost translation and encouraging friendships across cultural barriers. She and her husband have two children, a dog, and two cats. Michelle blogs at michelleshappellharris.blogspot.com.

Dorothea Hawthorne earned a PhD from the University of Chicago in 2005 and is currently Assistant Professor of English and Honors at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in central Ohio. She has taught Renaissance literatures at Wheaton College and Baylor University as well as conversational English and American culture in universities in southwestern China.  She and her colleague-husband Kevin have two young energetic boys and are fine-tuning their “work-life-housework-play-worship” balance.  She loves teaching Shakespeare, drinking loose leaf tea with friends, hiking in the woods, praying for others, and singing obscure Advent songs from The Oxford Book of Carols.  Her hope this year is to abide more deeply in Christ.  Dr. Hawthorne is a Harvey Fellow. 

Naomi Haynes received her PhD in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.  Her scholarship has examined the relationship between Pentecostal Christianity and social life in urban Zambia.  She is a co-curator for anthrocybib, the Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Blog.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and reading novels.

Catherine Hervey received her MFA in fiction from the Sewanee School of Letters. She lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with her husband and daughter, where she contributes to Books and Culture and collects rejection letters.

Jenny Hill (@Bibliophile84) received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from St. Cloud State University and is currently working towards her Ed. D. and administrative license through Bethel University, St. Paul, MN.  She is an elementary school library media specialist.  She blogs weekly about disability and spirituality at http://jwalkinguphill.blogspot.com.

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