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Julie K. Aageson
Aageson is coordinator of the ELCA resource centers and director of the Eastern North Dakota Syno...

Erin Ash

I am a recent graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and was the summer 2010 intern at More

Olivia Bailey

Olivia Bailey was once warned by her first grade teacher that doodling on math assignments would earn her a poor grade. With this in mind, she learned that it is best to doodle on English assignmen...

Jennifer Baker-Trinity

Jennifer Baker-Trinity is a church musician and Associate in Ministry candidate in the ELCA. She makes her home in Winger, Minn., with her husband and two young so...

Patricia Bentsen
As a child, Patricia (Pat) Bentsen attended church activities at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in a farming community near McCabe, MT. One evening a missionary nurse from Nigeria came to speak at Ebenezer....

Barbara Berry-Bailey
Barbara Berry-Bailey, a fifth-generation Lutheran, is the mother of two children: Cynthia, a high school sophomore, and Kenneth who is married to Malika and has three children Zion, 11; Alexa, 3; and ...

Beth Birkholz-Seeke

Beth Birkholz-Seeke is the mother of two question-asking theologians, Miriam, 5 1/2 (right), and Jonathan, almost 3.

She serves as associate pastor of More

Kevin Boozer

Kevin’s first children’s book began as a letter to the children in his home congregation, St. Paul Lutheran, Pomaria, S.C.

He wrote t...

Mary Braudrick
Braudrick is a freelance children's writer in Nampa, Idaho.

Jamie Lee Bruesehoff

Bruesehoff received a master's degree in outdoor ministry from the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.). She has worked with numerous camp...

Evelyn B. Christensen
Evelyn is a teacher who loves to create resources that make learning fun for kids. She writes educational puzzle books-she just finished her 34th with her daughter. She also enjoys writing for childre...

Monica Cox
Monica Cox lives in Madagascar with her husband, Doug, and two sons, Ben and Jeremiah. They are serving as missionaries of the ELCA Global Mission. Mon...

David Creech
Creech is director of hunger education for t...

Katelyn Danelski
Danelski is a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake, Minn., and a first-year student at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, pursuing a bachelor's degree in re...

Emily Demuth Ishida

Emily Demuth Ishida credits John-Boy Walton with inspiring her to become a writer. She has written numerous devotionals and educational materials for Aug...

Irene Flynn
Flynn directs the ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod resource center.

Laura Freeman
Although Laura’s been drawing all her life, her first published illustrations appeared in The Little Lutheran. She recently left a string of emotionally ...

Laura Gifford

Laura Gifford is a historian and writer who enjoys helping history come alive for people of all ages. She earned her doctorate in American history from the University...

Karris Golden

Karris Golden, an award-winning journalist, is a full-time professional writer and editor. Her articles, personal essays, photos, short fiction and poetry have appeared in newspapers, magazines, ...

Ann Hafften

Hafften is a writer and editor in Weatherford, Texas and a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Weatherford, Texas.

Emily Hansen

Emily Hansen is director for stewardship and development for Women of the ELCA. She and her husband, Kevin, are parents of 7-year-old Aidan and 3-year-old Ev...

Elise Hansen

Hansen is preschool director at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Jodi Harris

Jodi Harris grew up on a farm in Iowa where the fields are open and the hills roll for as far as the eye can see. She's been drawing and painting forever... even practiced drawing through churc...

Candice Hartsough McDonald

Growing up, Candice was surrounded by art everywhere she looked. Her mom loved to draw, and was very good at portraiture, and her dad designed and built houses for people. They encouraged Candice ...

Mary Rand Hess
Mary Rand Hess loves writing for The Little Lutheran and The Little Christian. She enj...

Donna Huisjen

Huisjen lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she is a full-time writer and editor. She spent 31 years working for a large Christian publishing house, the last 10 as a Bible editor, but thoroughly en...

Eric Hullstrom
Hullstrom is pastor at Salem Lutheran Church, Jackson, Minn. and Belmont Lutheran Church, Lakefield, Minn.

Charles Hunt
Hunt lives in Normandy, France, with his family.

Elizabeth Hunter

Elizabeth is editor of this magazine. When her two sons, ages 8 and 6, aren't keeping her busy, she writes children's fiction, a long-time practice.


Y. Franklin Ishida
Y. Franklin Ishida is director of the Asia Pacific desk with ELCA Global Mission. Married to a children's book author (and contributor for The Little Lutheran), he hears a lot about children's...

Barbara Jurgensen

Jurgensen, a retired ELCA pastor and seminary professor living in Columbus, Ohio, is the author of Norway V...

Darlene Kalfahs
Kalfahs is resource center director of the East-Central Synod of Wisconsin.

Karen L. Kaufman
Kaufman directs the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod Resource Center

Mary C. Lindberg
Lindberg is a Seattle-area parent, pastor and former teacher.

Melany Markham

Markham is the communications officer for Lutheran World Federation in Kenya/Djibouti.

Ava Martin
Martin is director for public media, ELCA Communication Services.

William McDonald
McDonald is a United Methodist minister servin...

Lori McElrath-Eslick

An award-winning illustrator, Lori McElrath-Eslick has illustrated many children's books and her work has also appeared in magazines, including Highlights...

Rochelle Melander
In elementary school, Rochelle Melander got in trouble for reading novels during class, recording real-life drama on her desk top, and daydreaming. Thankfully, these habits turned out to be essential ...

Linda Nansteel Lovell

Nansteel Lovell is a freelance writer living in Ellicott City, Md.

She and her husband, Allan, have two adult daughters, Meredith and Jocelyn. The photo is from Jocelyn's (second from left)...

Glenys Nellist

Glenys Nellist, a native of England, has lived in the U.S. for 11 years. She is a freelance writer for children and coordinator of children’s ministry for the More

Elizabeth Paul

Elizabeth Paul is a director of Christian education and mother of two living in Minnesota.

Kevan Penvose

Kevan began writing children's stories during his seminary internship. Now as a Ph.D. student in theology, he follows one simple rule: If it can't be said in a children's story then it...

Jennifer Phelps Ollikainen

Ollikainen, a pastor in Chicago's Northwest suburbs,recently served as associate for worship resources in ELCA Worship and Liturgical Resources. She is mot...

Chris Raschka
Chris Raschka has written and or illustrated more that 40 books for children, including Yo! Yes?, Charlie Parker Played Be Bop<...

Kaari Reierson
Kaari Reierson works in Church in Society of the Evange...

Victoria Roder
Roder is the day-care director of Zion Lutheran Church, Colby, Wis. She was a puppet leader for seven years at Christ Lutheran Church, Marshfield, Wis.

Rebecca Sapp
Becky (Rebecca) Sapp spent most of her childhood on a farm in Iowa, then lived most of her adult life in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. She is a life-long Lutheran Christian. Becky and her husband, Ste...

Carol Schersten LaHurd

LaHurd is adjunct professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She has taught biblical studies and Islam at such institutions as the More

Clint Schnekloth

Schnekloth's day job is pastor of East Koshkonong Lutheran Church, an open-country congregation in Cambridge, Wis. He and his wife have two children. Clint ha...

Julie B. Sevig
Sevig is an associate editor of The Lutheran magazine, a mother of three, and author of Peanut Butter and Jelly Prayers (More

Marilyn Sharpe

Sharpe, a parent and grandparent, knows firsthand the joys and sorrows, the triumphs and challenges of being a family. A certified family life educator for 32 years, she is committed to helping par...

Ricci Shryock
Ricci Shryock is a photographer and writer in Sarasota, Florida. Before moving to Florida, she interned at Marie Claire in New York City and completed a ...

Bob Sitze

Bob Sitze is a former ELCA staff member in the ministries of hunger education, Christian education, stewardship education and family life. An experienced ecclesiol...

Sonia C. Solomonson

Sonia is executive editor of this magazine. Although it’s been a long time since she raised toddlers, Sonia plays an active role in the lives of her ei...

Sally Springer

As a child growing up in Philadelphia, Sally did more than her share of drawing, coloring and watching cartoons. Her first job could have been coloring her best friend's coloring book. Even with th...

Sister Noreen Stevens
Stevens directs the ELCA Eastern Minnesota resource center.

MaryAnn Sundby

MaryAnn Sundby writes to share the Lord's love and hope with children. She wants all people to embrace the joy and forgiveness that come from our Savior. MaryAnn grew up on a farm in Colorado. Afte...

Tiffany L. Tibbs

Tibbs lives in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from Valparaiso University, and obtained her Ph.D. from Washington University. She ...

Priscilla Van Koevering

Van Koevering is a member of Vriesland Reformed Church in Zeeland, Mich. She remembers how exciting it was as a child to turn the pages of a good book ...

Michael T. Weaver

Weaver, pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church, Worthington, Ohio, performs regularly with Easily Amused improv. He is the author of Your Life...I...

Timothy J. Wengert

Wengert, an ELCA pastor, is professor emeritus of Reformation history at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Delores Wright
Wright directs the ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod resource center.

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