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.

 

Recently named Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Regent College(link is external) (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Elizabeth (Lisa) Sung, PhD, is a systematic theologian and a spiritual director. As Theologian-in-Residence at The InterVarsity Institute, she ministers at-large, offering resources to strengthen and equip theological schools, ministry organizations, and churches far and near. She teaches theology courses for seminaries and universities in North America, Asia, and East Asia. She also is Affiliate Scholar at the James Houston Centre for Humanity and the Common Good (Vancouver, Canada). In both academic and ministry contexts, she teaches theology to foster the lived reality of personal integrity and flourishing in Christ as the catalyst for missional living, in a framework explicitly reconnecting systematic theology to spiritual formation, moral transformation, and world service.​

Lauri A. Swann received a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from The George Washington University, and her M.Div. and D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary where her thesis was Sex Trafficking within the Black Church Community: A Call and Response. She currently serves as the campus staff minister of InterVarsity's Graduate and Faculty Ministries, Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP) Fellowship for the Washington, D.C., region, specifically on the campuses of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Before joining Intervarsity she served as both a youth and young adult pastor and taught in both the private and public charter school systems in Washington, D.C. She is married to Kevin and together they have three beautiful children. Lauri blogs at Peeling Oranges at Midnight.

Jennifer Woodruff Tait (PhD, Duke University) is the managing editor of Christian History magazine, the author of The Poisoned Chalice: Eucharistic Grape Juice and Common-Sense Realism in Victorian Methodism and Church History in Seven Sentences, and a priest in the Episcopal Church. She lives in Berea, Kentucky, with her husband, Edwin, their two daughters, and their dog. (Photo: Luther Oconer)

Christine Tatum is editor-in-chief of Infoition News Services, which delivers business news and information on demand to Fortune 500 companies, congressional lawmakers, and White House officials. Her career stops include The Chicago Tribune and The Denver Post. She is a North Carolina native who now lives in Denver with her husband and their two children.

Tina Teng-Henson was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Although she grew up in a Chinese church, she became involved with the multi-ethnic InterVarsity chapter at Harvard and a socioeconomically diverse church in the South End of Boston where she felt her world and heart blown open by God. Tina was also significantly influenced by seasons of life spent overseas in the Dominican Republic, China, and Kenya. In addition to being a wife to John and a mom to their young daughter and son, Tina is serving at  First Presbyterian Church of Santa Clara (reachingthevalley.org), having completed her Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. She loves playing volleyball, helping people grow in their spiritual life, and is always up for connecting with new people! 

 

Miriam Thangaraj is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Comparative and International Education at the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her research considers global education and development discourses of schooling, childhood, and vulnerability as they shape national policy, as well as intervene in the daily lives of children and families in their particular contexts.​

Erin Thomason is a psychological and cultural anthropologist with a specialty in rural China. Her work considers how economic changes and rural development create novel demands for families. She has a special interest in older women's experiences of childcare. 

Dr. Denise-Margaret Thompson is a professor and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in teaching, technology innovation and commercialization, program management, and research. She is Co-Founder and Executive Direct of the Caribbean Fine Cocoa Forum, Volunteer Coordinator of the Caribbean Fellowship of Evangelical Students Graduate and Faculty Ministries (CARIFES-GFM), and past Director of the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-Operative Studies. Dr. Thompson currently serves as the National Director of Black Scholars and Professionals, a ministry within InterVarsity/USA. 

Natalie d'Aubermont Thompson lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband David, their three children and super-pup, Patches. She's the founder/CEO of Saltar Consulting where she focuses on leadership coaching and team organizational development and writes about books and all things literary-related at Living by the Page. Natalie is Argentine-American and has worked, studied, and volunteered in over 40 countries. She received her BA from Tufts University and her Master's from the London School of Economics in International Relations.

Steven Timmermans, PhD (University of Michigan), is President of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Previously he served in a variety of administrative and teaching roles at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Common themes throughout all of his higher education experiences are community engagement and creating college access for students. Prior to entering higher education 20 years ago, Timmermans served as a pediatric psychologist.

 

Angela Narciso Torres is the author of Blood Orange (Willow Books), To the Bone (Sundress Publications, 2020) and What Happens Is Neither (Four Way Books, 2021). Her work appears in POETRY, Cortland Review, and TriQuarterly. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program and Harvard Graduate School of Education, she is a senior and reviews Editor for the literary journal, RHINO. You can find her at angelanarcisotorres.com.

Nikki Toyama-Szeto serves as Program Director for InterVarsity’s triennial missions conference, Urbana. Before joining InterVarsity, she worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley. While on staff, Nikki served at Stanford, U of San Francisco, and UC Berkeley and helped develop and direct the Global Urban Trek, an urban immersion program designed to challenge students to use their majors on behalf of the world’s poor people. She is co-editor of the book More than Serving Tea, a collection of essays, stories, and poems looking at the intersection of race, gender, and faith for Asian American women. Nikki resides in Madison, Wisconsin, with her family.

Danielle (Dani) Treweek (PhD, St Mark’s National Theological Centre and Charles Sturt University) is the founding director of the Single Minded Ministry and an adjunct teacher at Moore Theological College, Sydney. She also serves as both the Diocesan Research Officer and a member of the Archbishop's Doctrine Commission within the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, Australia.

Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

Bob Trube is Senior Area Director for InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministry team in the Ohio Valley (Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania) and leads the ministry to graduate students and faculty at The Ohio State University. He resides in Columbus, Ohio, with Marilyn and enjoys reading, gardening, choral singing, and plein air painting. 

Kathy Tuan-MacLean (PhD, Northwestern) is the national faculty ministry director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where she invites and resources faculty to follow Jesus together. Since joining InterVarsity in 1990, she has led numerous students and faculty in Bible study, spiritual formation, and leadership development. She is also a spiritual director who has led marriage ministry and women's retreats. Kathy is married to Scott, and they have three young adult children and an overanxious mini labradoodle.

Steve Turley has been with GFM at Rice University since 2010, advising the Rice Graduate Christian Fellowship and the Jones (MBA) Christian Fellowship, and cultivating a Christian faculty network in greater Houston. He holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University, an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In addition to GFM work, he has served as a lecturer in History at Rice University, and as Adjunct Assistant Professor in History at Fuller Theological Seminary - Texas. His first book was published in 2014 by Asghate, Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in New Spain, 1524-1599: Conflict Beneath the Sycamore Tree. Steve married Ruth Lopez in 1994, and they now have two sons together. Ruth serves as Associate Professor of Sociology at Rice.  

Professor López Turley directs the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, which brings together data, research, engagement, and action to improve lives. In 2011, she founded the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a research-practice partnership between Rice University and eleven Houston area school districts, representing over 700,000 students. A program of the Kinder Institute, HERC works to improve educational equity by connecting research to policy and practice, working directly with district leaders. She directed HERC from 2011 to 2022, during which she raised over $30M so that school districts would not have to pay for research. She also founded the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships, which connects and supports over 60 partnerships between research institutions and education agencies throughout the country. She is a graduate of Stanford and Harvard and is originally from Laredo, Texas.

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