Julia L. Roller: I am a mom, wife, author, editor, and speaker living in San Diego with my husband, two sons and miniature dachshund named Jane Austen. My recent books include 25 Books Every Christian Should Read (2011), A Year with Aslan (2010), and A Year with God (2009, with Richard J. Foster). My latest book, Mom Seeks God, to be published this fall, describes some of my struggles trying to practice spiritual disciplines while parenting small children. I also blog, frequently burn the garlic bread, and can’t seem to figure out how to wear scarves.
Chris Lenshyn: When I was younger I always wanted to be a Hardy boy. Now all grown up, I find myself as the associate pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford British Columbia. Not as cool, but close… I have a beautiful wife, a wonderful son, and we are eagerly anticipating our second child in June. I write, enjoy sports, am mildly addicted to Dr. Pepper and like to think that I pursue the collision between faith, life, community and everything in between with at least some vigor.
Joanna Harader: I’m a wife, a mother, and the pastor of a quirky and fabulous Mennonite church in Lawrence, KS. Apparently I thrive on chaos since our rural home hosts myself, my full-time teacher/student/gardener husband, my mother, two teenagers, a grade schooler, many critters, and the occasional traveling Mennonite. In the midst, I try to follow the hard and gracious way of Jesus.
Jill Clingan: I am a wife and a mama, part Amish and part hippie. I am drawn to the land and the simple life, but I also love the coffee, the art, and the music in the city. I love used bookstores, green curry, and the K-State Wildcats. In my past life I was a writing/literature teacher, librarian, and birth doula. In my current life I am a homeschooling mom, a reader, and when I grow up I want to be a writer. My life is a beautiful mess, and I (usually) wouldn’t have it any other way. (Jill serves as Practicing Parents editor.)
Jennifer Mills-Knutsen: I am the pastor of a small but vital congregation in the United Church of Christ on the border between the South and Mid-West. I am married to a philosopher with whom I share my life and my love, but not my faith. That makes every day rich with complexity as we raise our inquisitive kindergartener with both faith and no faith. I find God most often in a good book, an imperfect church, the sights and sounds of the ocean, and time spent writing (usually about ministry or motherhood). Although I’m unquestionably an introvert, I can talk forever about politics, movies, books, national parks, road trips, football and the Boston Red Sox.
Andrew Tash: I’m a father of 6, former professor, and a Late Discovery Adoptee. I prefer to be behind rather than in front of the camera (any camera) and constantly incorporate spiritual disciplines in my life and the lives of my children. My body shuttles between the Midwest and Los Angeles, but my heart remains in the PNW. I’m currently working my way through Battlestar Galactica (for the fourth time), My Stroke of Insight, and The Walking Dead (graphic novels and TV series).
Sara Wolbrecht: I’m a recovering perfectionist. But each day I’m leaning more fully into grace and getting messy in life’s trenches as a Lutheran pastor, a mom of a curious and playful toddler daughter, and wife to a bass-playing, bald, worship and music director. A beautiful life. We are transplants from the Pacific Northwest into the fast-moving, affluent suburbs of California’s Bay Area. In the juggling of life, faith, grace, work, Sabbath, discipleship, bills, and parenting – we’re learning to listen with adventurous expectancy for how God is speaking and we’re catching glimpses of God’s Kingdom coming here on earth.
Jennifer DiFrancesco: I was ordained in 2001 and am currently serving a Presbyterian Church USA congregation in Baltimore, MD as the Associate Pastor. When not at church, I enjoy Netflix with my hubby, swinging on swings with her my two daughters, cuddling my newborn son, and attempts to practice the spiritual discipline of saying “No.”
Christine Gough: I am the author of These Stones where I write about the joys, trials, fun and events of everyday life and faith. I live in Corvallis, Oregon, and my days are filled with 2 energetic boys and my husband’s busy pastor schedule and teaching second grade half- time. I spent over ten years as a 4th grade teacher and also co-led the ministry programming with my husband at Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center. When I’m not chasing my own boys, throwing in loads of laundry or unloading the dishwasher, I love to capture everyday life behind my camera, write, read, experiment with vegan/gluten free/sugar free meals, or spend time with friends and family.
Erika Marksbury: I serve as pastor of the First Baptist Church in McMinnville, Oregon, a creative, progressive, thoughtful congregation,
and I’m working (slowly, slowly) on a dissertation about ritual. I spend a lot of time trying to talk my boys out of re-enacting every adventure they read about in Calvin and Hobbes comics. (Erika serves as supervising editor.)
Bromleigh McCleneghan: I serve as the Associate Pastor for Ministry with Families at Union Church of Hinsdale (UCC). Married to Josh, parent to three girls, and a writer to boot: I blog every so often at Love and a Cough and am co-author with the Rev. Lee Hull Moses of Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People (Alban, 2012). My next book, Good Christian Sex, will be published by Harper One in July 2016.
Amy Yoder McGloughlin: I’m full time pastor, partner and parent of a sensitive, thoughtful boy, and outgoing, expressive girl. I’m awed by their questions about faith and how God works in the world. I try to stay in the moment with them, while juggling all that my job and life throws at me. I’m looking forward to writing about the intersection of faith, family and parenting. (Amy serves as Practicing with Children editor.)
Lee Hull Moses: I live in Greensboro, North Carolina (which is a pretty awesome place to make a home) with my husband and our two hilarious kids. I am pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a good-hearted bunch of faithful and generous people. I like to run, which is a good thing, because I also like to eat a lot of ice cream. I have more to-do lists than I know what to do with, and I tend to watch TV shows on Netflix because I can’t make it through a whole movie without falling asleep. My friend Bromleigh McCleneghan and I wrote a book together called Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People, and I also do some writing for Christian Century. My most recent book is More than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess. You can connect with me at leehullmoses.com.
Elizabeth Dilley: I’m a reverend and serve as Minister for Ministers in Local Churches at the United Church of Christ (UCC) national offices in Cleveland. My special love is for smaller-membership churches and I speak regularly on how ministers can lead faithfully and effectively in this kind of congregation. Prior to this, I spent nine years serving at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Red Oak, a small, thriving, Open and Affirming congregation in rural Iowa. I studied at New York University (Educational Theatre, 1998) and Pacific School of Religion (M.Div, 2003). In April 2011, my spouse and I welcomed our first child, M. We’re also the humans to two crazy dogs.
Dena Douglas Hobbs: I pastored United Methodist Churches in South Georgia for several years before leaving parish ministry to stay at home with my two young children. I currently teach yoga classes to senior citizens and write. I’ve published an advent devotional, Lighten the Darkness, and I blog weekly at Centering Down. I live in Georgia with my husband, two kids, and a couple of hound dogs.