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.

 

Rachel Barnard is an Academic Specialist at Michigan State University. She did her PhD at the University of Michigan and currently teaches general chemistry/chem lab in MSU's Lyman Briggs Residential College.

Stephen M. Bauer has been working in information technology for Citigroup for 30 years. He lives in Hazlet, New Jersey, with his wife Lindy and two teenage sons. Through a friend, he discovered Nomi Network in 2009 and began work as a volunteer.

Katelyn Beaty (Honors BA, Communications, Calvin College) is managing editor of Christianity Today magazine, where she cofounded Her.meneutics in 2009. She has written for The Atlantic, Fare Forward, Q Ideas, and Books & Culture. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynBeaty. 

Amy Julia Becker is a graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. She blogs regularly for Patheos at Thin Places. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, First Things, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, and Parents.com. Amy Julia lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee, in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Sister Wendy (1930-2018) was a Carmelite nun, consecrated virgin and art historian who became world famous in the 1990s when she presented a series of BBC documentaries on the history of painting. She was the author of over thirty books on Christian art, including the internationally bestselling The Story of Painting. Her most recent books include The Art of Lent, The Art of Advent and Sister Wendy’s 100 Best-loved Paintings.

Amanda W. Benckhuysen (PhD, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto) is Johanna K. And Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and a researcher in biblical interpretation and reception history.

Jennifer Bonina-Noseworthy is a PhD candidate at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Biological Sciences. She is studying the variability in carotenoid content and profiles in winter squash and sweet potato cultigens and plans to graduate in 2010. Jennifer holds an MS in horticultural sciences from the University of Florida and her BS in Biology from Gordon College. In her spare time, she is an avid gardener and cook, making a wonderful roasted winter squash and ginger soup from her garden produce. She and her husband Joshua have two dogs and two cats.

Sylvia is a mother of five grown daughters and a church administrator in Madison, Wisconsin. As she adjusts to life without her husband Bob and without at-home children, she’s found that a small flock of city chickens helps to fill the empty nest. Her best therapy is hard work — especially outdoor chores like gardening, home maintenance, and small carpentry projects such as converting an old entertainment center into a henhouse.

Dorothy Boorse received her doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined the Gordon College Biology Faculty in January of 1999. Her primary research and teaching interests are in aquatic community ecology and invasive species. She spends a great deal of time connecting science to non-scientists and looking at ways science and faith integrate, particularly in the area of environmental ethics. Dorothy is the co-author on an environmental science textbook. She also was lead author on  "Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment,” a report on poverty and climate change published by  the National Association of Evangelicals (2011). Dorothy is married to Gary Wernsing, and they have two sons.

Nancy Boote is a graduate of Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and is currently serving as a Pastor of Congregational Care in Jenison, Michigan. She resides in Ada, Michigan with her husband Evan and is a mother of two adult sons.

Marcia Bosscher is the former editor of The Well and now an associate with InterVarsity's Faculty Ministry. Having been married to a professor and sharing life with grad students and faculty in a campus church, she has a deep interest and care for those in the academy. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with a golden-retriever mix and a diverse array of lodgers and travelers.

Alicia lives in Madison with her husband and three young kids. She works part-time as a Registered Dietitian while also coordinating communications at Geneva Campus Church and managing a floral event business that she and a friend started in 2018. Despite busy days, she does her best to make time for yoga, biking, and eating good food with her family.

Audrey Bowden is a professor of biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on light-based technologies for medical imaging. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with her family.

A PhD student at the Carolina-Duke German Studies Program, Bethany can usually be found in a coffee shop, writing her dissertation on the intersection of religion, family, and visual art in nineteenth-century German literature. As much as she loves thinking and writing about literature, she’s always grateful for opportunities to spend time with her church family and explore Wilmington with her husband Dieter. 

Ann has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, exploring her interests and gifts in music, teaching, and spiritual formation. These days, Ann spends free moments writing fiction and baking shortbread. She and her husband Jon live in Chicago with their two teenage daughters. Ann is the managing editor of The Well.

Jon Boyd leads the digital communications team at InterVarsity Press, where they love books (and talking about them). He blogs for IVP at Behind the Books, and you can follow him in many places online. He came to the Press after stints with North Park University, InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries, and Britannica.com, with a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins. He reads (whenever left to himself long enough), keeps score at baseball games, and favors mid-’70s Grateful Dead shows.

Lorita is a mother of six (three by marriage), a grandmother, writer, Spiritual Director and intercessor. She has remained actively involved with InterVarsity since she was a student. Lorita is the author of Bathsheba’s Lament.

Amy is currently pursuing a PhD at Saint Louis University in Higher Education Administration. Her endeavor is to work on partnerships between higher education and civil service organizations with a specific focus in international higher education. Amy has an M.A.T. in Secondary English Education and an M.A. in English Literature. She is an avid reader of biographies and loves children. She lives part-time in Ghana and tries to sneak some traveling in between international layovers. Amy maintains a blog about Ghana with lots of beautiful pictures and other commentaries on faith and life at raisingloveblog.org.

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