Michelle Van Loon
Since coming to faith in her Messiah during the Jesus Movement, Michelle Van Loon’s Jewish heritage, spiritual hunger, and storyteller’s sensibilities have shaped her faith journey and informed her writing. She is the author of four books, a regular contributor to Christianity Today magazine’s CT Women blog, and maintains her own blog. She’s served on staff at a non-denominational church and a Christian university, and is the current U.S. administrator for a ministry based in Jerusalem. She’s been married to Bill for nearly four decades, and is mother to three and grandmother to two. Michelle is an author, speaker, and blogger. Visit her website Transforming Words.
Amanda Cleary Eastep
Amanda Cleary Eastep was about 10 years old and enjoying a sleepover at her grandmother’s house when she awoke in the dark, sure that God was calling her. Thinking that God only “called” people to be pastors or missionaries, she figured the pastor role was out since she was a girl. That left a missionary, and everyone knew missionaries could be eaten by cannibals. So she cried. Eventually, she realized that her love of writing could be a calling, too. Her writing has been published by Christianity Today and Think Christian, and in newspapers, magazines, and websites. She is a freelance marketing writer at Word Ninja and blogs at Living Between the Lines. She and her husband Dan have a blended family of eight children.