Church and Ministry

Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker is working on a book tentatively titled White Picket Fences: Confessions of Privilege (NavPress, 2018). She is also the author of Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most (Zondervan, 2014), A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny(Bethany House), named one of the Top Books of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly, and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared on the Motherlode blog of The New York Times, USA Today, ABCNews.com, Theatlantic.com, The Washington Post Online, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, and The
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Susy Flory

Susy Flory is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of thirteen books. A graduate of UCLA, she has a background in journalism, education, and communications. She loves reading and writing stories about unforgettable people who are living lives of adventure, courage, hope, redemption, and transformation. Susy’s runaway bestseller, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero (Thomas Nelson, 2011), co-written with Michael Hingson, hit the New York Times bestsellers list in both hardcover nonfiction and e-book nonfiction the first week of release. Thunder Dog has been translated
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Michelle Van Loon

Since coming to faith in Christ at the tail end of the Jesus Movement, Michelle Van Loon’s heritage, spiritual hunger and storyteller’s sensibilities have shaped her faith journey and informed her writing. She is the author of 5 books, including her most recent works, Born To Wander: Recovering the Value of our Pilgrim Identity (Moody Publishers, 2018) and Moments and Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith (NavPress, 2016). She’s been a church communications director, served on staff at Trinity International University, and earned a graduate certificate from Northern Seminary. She’s married to Bill, and is mother to three and grandmother to two. Her writing
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Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi serves as the Worship & Teaching Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook where she leads creative teams, preaches regularly, and helps facilitate the weekend worship experience. Her ministry profile includes a variety of leadership positions from Student Ministry to Women’s Ministry. She is also a freelance writer and speaker with four books and participation in a variety of leadership events and conferences. She and her family make their home in the Chicago suburbs. http://traceybianchi.com/
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Gillian Marchenko

Gillian Marchenko is the author of the memoirs Still Life, A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression, and Sun Shine Down, a book about her third child’s birth and diagnosis of Down syndrome while living in Kyiv, Ukraine. Gillian is a national speaker and advocate for individuals with mental illness and special needs. She has written for many publications including Literary Mama, Chicago Parent, Thriving Family, and Today’s Christian Woman. Gillian and her husband Sergei live with their four daughters near St. Louis, Missouri. Catch up with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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Helen Lee

Helen is a frequent speaker at conferences and churches, specializing in topics such as challenging moms and parents to live counter-culturally, encouraging churches to more fully leverage their moms and kids for missional purposes, and helping all believers develop cultural and racial intelligence. Her experience includes speaking at the IF:Gathering, Rooted:Chicago, the Verge national conference, the Urbana Missions Conference, and at the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing. What others say about Helen’s speaking: “As I listened to Helen present in her workshop for the MOPS International Convention, I was struck by how she made the whole audience feel like it
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Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn speaks at everything from local church groups and book clubs to intimate retreats and national conventions. Her topics range from motherhood to writing, from lament to finding God in those dark, mysterious places. For a list of potential topics, click here.
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