Thursday Morning Prayer with WAP

Join us for prayer at 8:00 am — offered in all four US time zones! (Note updated start time for the summer.)

Susan Mettes is a writer and an opinion researcher based in Washington, DC. She is writing a book on loneliness for Brazos Press that will be published in fall 2021.

Grace P. Cho is a writer and the Editorial Manager at (in)courage. In the middle of her years in church ministry, she sensed God moving her toward writing, to use her words to lead others in a broader context. She coaches writers, mentors leaders, and believes that telling our stories can change the world. Find her online at @gracepcho and

Mindy Erdmann is currently a Master of Divinity student at Duke Divinity School, and has a bachelor's degree in math with a minor in education. Before moving south to pursue her degree, she spent 20 years in Cleveland, Ohio working for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in between gigs as a middle and high school math teacher in various settings, from an urban charter school to an elite boys' prep school. Most recently she served InterVarsity in East Ohio as an an Area Specialist for Scripture Engagement and Racial Justice. 

Mindy is also wife to a professional art conservator and mother to two boys through adoption. She and her family live in Durham, North  Carolina. 

Dr. Julia Moore is Director of English Language Programs in The Graduate School and a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University. As an applied linguist, she works with international students and scholars to support their language learning and adjustment to life in the US. As a 2019-2020 EdTech Fellow, she is developing ways for her online students to engage with one another in real time wherever they are in the world. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband Mark and two daughters.

Emery Silva first fell in love with writing, then Jesus, then her sorority, and eventually InterVarsity’s mission to students. She planted Greek InterVarsity at Northwestern University in Chicagoland and enjoyed serving students for 16 years while juggling three kids and a husband. After a stint of MPD coaching, she became the Associate Director of MPD. Outside of InterVarsity, you can find her cooking up a storm for friends and family, biking by the lake, or taking the kids to the library, again.

Barbara L. Peacock (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is a spiritual director, author, teacher, and preacher. She is the founder of Barbara L. Peacock Ministries, a ministry committed to developing disciples through prayer, spiritual direction, soul care, mentoring, and teaching. Her book Soul Care in African American Practice will be published in May 2020 by InterVarsity Press.

Tatyana Claytor is primarily a lover of story and truth. As an English teacher, she is surrounded by the stories of the ages, but as a lover of God, she is enveloped in the Story beyond all ages. Her desire is to know the Author of this story as clearly as possible that she might help others see God’s truth in their lives and His plan in their stories. She currently lives in Cocoa, Florida with her three story-loving children and her husband, a minister of Youth and Missions. She has a Master’s degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University and a Master’s degree in Professional Writing from Liberty University. She is also the editor for GrowthTrac Ministries, a website dedicated to helping marriages. Her work has been published in Fathom Magazine, Emerging Scholars, Christian Courier, and on The Redbud Post run by The Redbud Writer’s Guild of which she is a member.

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.


Nicole Howe is a writer, speaker, wife, and homeschooling mama to four kiddos. She serves as editor and regular contributor for the quarterly publication An Unexpected Journal and is a regular contributor for the online magazine Cultivating. She holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Apologetics from Houston Baptist University where she discovered the power of the imagination to restore awe and wonder to her floundering faith. When she's not devouring books, Nicole loves singing, pretending to be a chef, and performing Improv at her local theater.