CONTRIBUTOR TEAM through 2022
CHRISTY BASS ADAMS
Christy Bass Adams is the Outreach and Connections Coordinator at Fellowship Baptist Church in Madison, Florida where she helps keep the Body of Christ connected to each other and to the needs of the community. She was an educator at both the elementary and collegiate levels for eighteen years and still volunteers in her sons’ classrooms.
A lover of words, Christy has a passion for writing that began in elementary school. She pens a weekly local newspaper column, Learning as I Go, and she maintains a regular blog. She is a regular devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and Inspire a Fire.
Christy is published at CBN, Inspire a Fire.com, Christian Devotions Ministries, and Inkspirations Online, The Secret Place, VineWords, and The Upper Room.
Christy’s first devotional book, Learning as I Go: Big Lessons from Little People will release in the latter part of 2022, as will her first middle grades children’s novel, Cricket and Kyle: Imagination Checkers. Both books will be the first in a series Christy is penning.
Having silently struggled with a secret addiction for over a decade while maintaining a façade in church, Christy’s biggest desire is to see women set free. She regularly speaks at women’s events and at recovery facilities, sharing God’s message of hope and freedom. Honey Lake Clinic and Humble House are two ministries Christy regularly pours into through speaking and teaching.
Christy’s most important role, however, is with her family, as a wife of eighteen years and a mother of two busy, country boys. Having her own love for bad jokes, boogers, and bugs, raising boys is one of her greatest joys. Firepits, hammocks, fishing, and hunting are a way of life at the end of their North Florida dirt road and Christy wouldn’t trade this joy for anything.
Christy and her husband are building a house and doing the work themselves (with help from family and friends), taking the trees from stump to finished walls. Pickleball is her favorite sport. After learning to juggle in middle school, she teaches workshops on this subject.
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Cherrilynn Bisbano is an award-winning writer, coach, and editor.
As former Managing Editor of Almost an Author, she helped the website earn the #6 spot on the Top 100 best writing websites for 2018 by The Write Life, and Top 101 Websites for writers with Writers Digest.
Cherrilynn is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More.
She is a speaker with Women Speakers. Her topics include leadership, book proposals, and the Bible.
She is a two-time winner of Flash Fiction Weekly. Her work in progress, Accidental Findings, won the first 10 pages award with When Words Count Retreat.
Cherrilynn is published in Blue Ridge Writers Blog, Southern Writers, More to Life, Christian Rep, Christian Voice, Refresh, and other online magazines.
She is a contributing author to the award-winning, Get to the Margins-Author Anthology (Enliven Devotions), Breaking the Chains (Lighthouse Bible Studies), Heart Reno (Lighthouse Bible Studies), and Chicken Soup for the Soul-Miracles (Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC). She is a contributor to Kiss Guilt Goodbye (Enliven Devotions).
Cherilynn is the author of Shine Don’t Whine (CrossLink Books).
She proudly served in the Navy and Air National Guard, earning the John Levitow Military leadership award.
She lives with her eighteen-year-old son, Michael, Jr., and husband of 22 years. Cherrilynn loves Christ, chocolate, coffee, and cats. You will often find her on the beach, sea glass hunting.
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Ed Chappelle is the Founder/Administrator of Come to the Table Facebook ministry, a place where people of faith are encouraged to connect with others and share testimonies, articles, and prayer needs. He also administrates Soul-Searching Devotions, a Facebook ministry geared to help the reader search God’s Word for answers to everyday challenges. He is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2010.
Ed is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. He is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing).
Some people say Ed’s genealogy can be traced to Noah. He and his wife Kym are known for their animal rescue ministry, Critter Care. Their “family” includes dogs, cats, birds, a guinea pig, sugar sliders, ferrets, geckos, bearded dragons, tropical fish, and a plethora of God’s creatures.
Ed served in the United States Air Force for over four years, earning the rank of Sergeant. He was eight years old when Apollo 11 went to the moon. His love for his country, the armed forces, and space exploration compelled him to write the tribute, Man on the Moon.
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Ben Cooper is a husband, father of five, educator, speaker, beekeeper, and award-winning devotional author who uses his life experiences with agriculture, animals, and nature as the focus of his writing.
His first book, All Nature Sings: A Devotional Guide to Animals in the Bible (Christian Faith Publishing),earned several book awards including a silver medal in the 2020 Illumination Awards.
Ben also writes children’s literature, the Created Critters series (Shine-A-Light Press).
He is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volume Two (VineWords Publishing).
Raised on a family farm in western Pennsylvania, Ben went on to get an Agricultural Science degree from Penn State University and retired after working over 30-years for Maryland Department of Agriculture as an Agricultural Specialist.
He graduated from the Cornerstone Bible Institute with honors. He has been on several short-term mission trips to the Caribbean Islands He serves as an elder at Cumberland Bible Church and is involved with several Christian Camping ministries. Ben is a monthly guest on PJ NET.tv.
He and his wife live tucked away in the foothills of the Eastern Continental Divide in Southern Pennsylvania, a mile away from the Mason/Dixon line.
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Rosann Coulon grew up as a PK (Preacher’s Kid) and gave her life to Christ at the early age of three. She is well versed in the ins and outs of ministry, but never desired to have one of her own. It was after many years of chronic illness and various other difficulties, along with eventual deliverance, that she surrendered to God’s nudge to carry His story of faithfulness to others who find themselves in painful circumstances.
Her heart’s desire is to inspire others to look into the face of Jesus, find His amazing grace, and walk in the freedom He offers to His children. She uses her gifts of encouragement, teaching, and intercession to further the mission of Leaving a Well Ministries of which she is the Founder and President.
Rosann Coulon writes devotions for VineWords: Devotions and More, Kingdom Winds Collective, and at Leaving a Well. She is a member of Hope Writers, Compel Training, and Kingdom Winds Collective.
She and her husband live in Charlotte, NC. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, quality time with friends, listening to music, and quick escapes to the NC mountains when time allows.
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Marlene Houk opens doors of truth through her passion to resurrect the stories of women in the Bible. She reveals patterns that lead to biblical thinking and empower emotional healing. She encourages women to discover these rich depths of living life from God’s viewpoint.
She is a devotion and Bible study writer for VineWords: Devotions and More.
Determined to find and apply truth, she connects the Bible’s wisdom to everyday living through thought-provoking questions that help others to embrace wholeness and freedom. Leading women’s Bible studies for ten years has increased her passion to share profound and life-changing truths with others.
Marlene Houk writes women’s nonfiction, devotionals, and Bible studies. Building on her Bible degree, strong church background, and many hours of spiritual instruction, Marlene has studied, written, and taught about Bible women for over a decade through home, Sunday School, and speaking. The women’s ministry she helped create provides experience in walking alongside women at any stage of faith.
She discovered that commentaries fill only a tiny spoonful of the vast treasures awaiting us. Her passion is to dig deeper into His riches and share them with others.
Marlene won first place at Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s 2016, Foundations Award, Bible study category, for Backstage Pass to Emotion Commotion.
She blogs at Opening Doors of Truth. She is the author of the short read, Hidden in a List: Secrets from Bible Women (Marlene Houk Publishing). She is published in the Short and Sweet series (Grace Publishing), an unusual twist of using only one-syllable words (with few exceptions). She is also published at Leading Hearts (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). She has been interviewed by Coach Mark Prasek of PJNet.tv, and Monica Schmelter of The Bridges Show.
Marlene’s current project is a women’s Bible study titled, Backstage with Bible Women: Curated Secrets for Confident Living.
Marlene and Sid, her husband of 38 years, have two adult children and two grandchildren. After work, you might catch a glimpse of her at the lake, watching the sun on the water or staring at an old-style Challenger charging down the road.
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior and a self-professed chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Gift of Thorns Facebook ministry.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of prayer, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing).
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer, and most importantly, a forgiven daughter of God.
With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries, PTSD, a traumatic brain injury, and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word, in turning all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, one of Julie’s greatest joys is to discover the Father’s hidden treasure tucked among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever. It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth, and mountain-moving faith.
Visit Julie’s websites for encouragement. At Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, Julie shares encouraging articles with prayers. At Gift of Thorns, Julie and her contributor team share life-changing input, inspiring readers to passionately pursue God.
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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.
Charles E. Maldon Jr. is an ordained reverend, speaker, writer and mentor. However, the title he is most proud of, is a servant of Christ. He is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage.
Charles’s mission in life is to encourage others to know their true value by developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Lord continues to mold him, Charles uses his colorful life experiences, both “good and bad,” as real-life ministry tools. He believes there are treasures to be found in every trial – perspective is everything.
The crux of his writing is to bring others to freedom through authentic transparency. In addition to his writing, Charles is the Founder/Administrator of Break-Thru Ministries, a men’s ministry that focuses on helping the family, especially men, to become all that Christ created them to be. He enjoys helping men to fulfill their calling in life, relationships, and manhood.
Charles is currently revising his book, In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage.
He is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and Word Weavers.
He blogs on his ministry page Break-Thru Ministries, where his hope is to touches someone with the love of Jesus.
Charles is the proud father of two boys and a newborn daughter. He resides in North Carolina with his lovely wife Lekeisha. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with the family.
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Victor Marcos, our Hispanic translator, and team intercessor, has been working in the creative aspect of communications all his life, working as an art director, creative director, designer, and illustrator at advertising agencies, newspapers, and TV stations.
Ever since Victor received salvation in 1984 after calling the 700 Club prayer line, the Lord has placed a desire in his heart to be “A Communicator for His Kingdom.” He and his wife Angela were ordained as Ministers to do missionary work by Pastor Bonnie Kahn of Agape International in Tennessee and Pastor Steve Kelly of Wave Church in Virginia. During the last twenty-five years, Victor has organized and participated in several church mission trips to South America.
He has also had the privilege of connecting U.S.-based ministries to ministries in Peru and Chile, even collaborating with Pedro Ferreira of Pacific Communications Peru to invite Dr. Pat Robertson to come to Peru in 2006. (As a result of the humanitarian and ministerial work that CBN and Operation Blessing have been doing in Peru for years, the Peruvian Congress awarded in 2011 a Diploma of Honor and recognition to Reverend Pat Robertson and CBN.)
While Victor still does illustrations, caricatures, prophetic painting, and English to Spanish translations, he is full of passion to see the kingdom of God in Peru and in all the world.
Victor en Espanol…
Victor Marcos nuestro traductor hispano, ha estado trabajando en la área de comunicación toda su vida, trabajando como director de arte, director creativo, diseñador, e ilustrador en agencias de publicidad, periódicos, y estaciones de televisión.
Desde que Victor recibió al Señor en 1984 después de llamar al Club 700, el Señor puso el deseo en su corazón para ser “un Comunicador de Su Reino”. El y su esposa Ángela fueron ordenados como Ministros para hacer el trabajo de las misiones por la pastora Bonnie Kahn de Agape Internacional en Tennessee y Pastor Steve Kelly de Wave Church en Virginia, y en los últimos 25 años, Víctor ha organizado y participado en varios viajes misioneros a América del Sur.
Él también ha tenido el privilegio de conectar los ministerios en los EE. UU. con iglesias en Perú y Chile, incluso colaborando con Pedro Ferreira de Pacific Communications Peru para invitar al Dr. Pat Robertson para venir a Perú en el 2006. (Como resultado de el trabajo humanitario y ministerial que CBN y Operation Blessing han estado haciendo en Peru por años, en 2011 el Congreso peruano obtorgo un Diploma de honor y reconocimiento al Dr. Pat Robertson y CBN.)
Aunque Victor sigue haciendo ilustraciones, caricaturas, pinturas proféticas y traducciones del inglés al español.
Víctor esta lleno de pasión por ver el reino de Dios en Perú y en todo el mundo.
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Cynthia Mendenhall is an author, speaker, adventuress. She is an Administrative Assistant, writing coach and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. Her devotions specialize in victory over traumas such as divorce, or other life-altering situations. She encourages the reader to fully embrace her single-again status, and she inspires her to live every day to the fullest regardless of the challenges she may be working through.
Once captive to guilt and fear, and hurt by the loss of a 30-year marriage, Cynthia now pursues with passion the mission of leading others into the freedom, love, and abundant life, a believer can experience in Jesus Christ.
Cynthia is a former high school English teacher and holds a Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership. She is a Certified Christian Life Coach, a trained Chaplain, and is employed as a Career and Leadership Coach for students of Ohio University.
Her prescriptive non-fiction sits within the context of stories filled with common sense teaching, splashes of humor, and always with the Bible as her foundation. Her voice is that of a friend sharing conversation over coffee.
Cynthia is the author of Spunkify Your Life: 8 Secrets to Living with More Focus, Fascination, and Fun; Spunkify Your Life Growth Guide, and Spunkier Yet!: 8 Secrets to Living with More Fullness and Freedom. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volume Two (VineWords Publishing).
She enjoys spending time at the beach. She regularly sneaks away on all sorts of adventures, taking notes along the way as writing material inspiration. Her favorite activities include riding her cruiser bike, sunset floats in her lime green kayak named Earl, and indulging in literary novels, sipping coffee, and sampling dark chocolate.
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BRANDIE J. MUNCASTER
Brandie J. Muncaster’s passion for writing is fueled from her desire to help people discover what it means to live and walk in their true identity in the Lord Jesus Christ. As someone who has known the powerful transforming work of God in her own life, she is passionate about seeing others experience the same. Through prayer, and applying the Word, she ministers the love of God.
Brandie is an award-winning devotion writer. She is an Administrative Assistant, writing coach and a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volume Two (VineWords Publishing). She is a devotion writer for Kingdom Winds.
She is the author of the children’s book Garden Tales: A Seed’s Story. Her work-in-progress is a memoir entitled A Story of Redemption, where she shares how God has brought inner healing through His Word.
Brandie has ministered at Life Potential for Women Conference hosted by Jozel Kale and Luke Laffin; Forest Hill Church Women of Valor Conference hosted by Marilyn Chadwick and Stacey Martin; Southbrook Church Rooted Conference, and Southbrook Church Live Out Loud Event, both conferences hosted by Kathy Johnston; and other venues.
She is a member of Word Weavers of Charlotte; Hope Writer’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Kingdom Winds collective.
She and her husband have three children. She enjoys spending time her children playing sports, or visiting the coast or the mountains. Brandie enjoys reading, painting, running, and homesteading. She resides in Charlotte, NC.
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Stephanie Pavlantos is an award-winning author who is passionate about getting people into God’s Word.
She has taught Bible studies for almost twenty years and speaks at ladies’ retreats, her church, and over the internet. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2019.
She has been a part of Word Weavers since 2017, and served as the President of the Hudson, Ohio, chapter of Word Weavers, from 2019 to 2021.
Stephanie is a Bible study/devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and served as a Social Media Administrator from 2019 to 2021. She is a co-editor and contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing).
Her book, Jewels of Hebrews (Mount Zion Ridge Press), placed third at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and an Honorable Mention at the Florida Christian Writers Conference. Stephanie’s work in progress is a Bible study on the Beatitudes, titled Happiness is Holiness.
Stephanie works for the Besorah Institute for Judeo-Christian Studies in the Student Services Department, as well as teaching their online classes. She holds weekly Zoom Bible studies, covering topics such as the Jewish roots of Christianity, the Four Covenants, and other themes.
She is a conference teacher at the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference and the Mount Zion Ridge Press Conference. She is a regular speaker on PJNET.TV.
She is published in Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Charisma Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, and Faith Beyond Fear. Stephanie is a contributing author to Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies) and she has done multiple podcasts.
Married for twenty-seven years, she and her husband Mike have three children: Matthew, Alexandria, and Michael. Stephanie has adopted animals of all kinds, including ducks, goats, and chickens.
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Glenda Shouse is a Bible study and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing).
Glenda’s prayer shawl ministry, Three-Strand Cord, focuses on imparting hope to ladies going through difficult times. Each recipient is gifted with a hand-crocheted or knitted prayer shawl. When possible, Glenda delivers these shawls personally and prays for each individual.
Those who know Glenda well are aware of her gifting as a prayer warrior. She is a powerhouse of prayer because she has a close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Glenda is passionate about praying.
She is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Devotions Ministries, PresbyCan, The Upper Room, and other ministries.
In her spare time, Glenda enjoys her role as “Grammy” to her two grandsons. She also enjoys reading, crocheting, and knitting.
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Sandra Stein is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing).
She is published at Vista Magazine (Wesleyan Publishing) and Victory in Grace Magazine. She is a contributing author to the devotionals Take My Heart O God and Heaven Calling (Zondervan).
Sandra’s work-in-progress is a victim-to-victory true story entitled, Emotionally Uphill. Having been subject to abuse both inside and outside of her home, Sandra felt she had no safe place—that is, until she met Jesus, the Lover of her soul. This book intends to help the reader overcome trauma, as Sandra did, by clinging to the One who loves with an everlasting and divine love—Jesus Christ.
Sandra’s heart’s desire is to open a ranch to people who have been bullied or abused, to provide them a place to belong. She envisions emotional and spiritual healings happening through the gentle interaction animals can provide. With her experience as a dog trainer and with horses, she has a vision for combining her love of animals with her passion to help people.
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EVELYN MASON WELLS
Evelyn Mason Wells is an award-winning author who has contributed to Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2019 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Glimmers of Heavenly Light (Faith Books & More), Let the Earth Rejoice (Worthy Inspired), Breaking the Chains (2018 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Just Breathe (Worthy/Ellie Claire), and Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies).
She is a Bible study and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing).
Evelyn is published at Refresh Bible Study Magazine and Christian Broadcasting Network.
Passionate about glorifying God, Evelyn has been blessed with a speaking ministry that includes trips stateside, and also abroad to Costa Rico, Mexico, and Uganda. She eagerly awaits her next missionary opportunity.
Evelyn loves attending Bible studies, spiritual retreats, and having good conversation with friends over lunch or a glass of tea. She is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. She enjoys good books, her cats, and traveling. Her favorite activity is spending time with her family—especially her grandchildren, Mason and Lilly.
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Irene Wintermyer has a diverse background in medicine and business leadership. After retiring from her medical career, she became a Certified Health Coach and a Certified Lifestyle Coach for Diabetes prevention. With a passion to help and inspire others, and a zeal for writing, Irene’s experience allows her to broach many areas of life.
Irene learned the art of writing and editing through the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild and is also President of the Merritt Island Word Weaver’s chapter.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volume Two (VineWords Publishing).
In addition to devotional writing, she is currently working on a Christian fiction novel entitled, Prophecy of The Key.
Irene’s devotional, Just Joy, won the EA Books Publishing contest at the 2020 Florida’s Writer’s Conference, published in the book, Whispers of Grace, Volume Three (Living Parables of Central Florida).
She lives in the sunshine state of Florida with her daughter, son-in-law, and father. Irene’s daughter will attest that her mother loves to learn. After completing her medical degree, she worked full time while earning an MBA. After retiring as a hospital administrator, Irene attended a Christian college obtaining a degree in Theology and completed her health coaching certifications.
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Martin Wiles is an author, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina.
Martin is the Associate Director, an editor, and a contributing author to VineWords: Devotions and More. He is the co-editor and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volume Two (VineWords Publishing).
He is the Founder/Editor of the internationally recognized devotion site, Love Lines from God.
Martin is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions, the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and a proof editor for Courier Publishing. He has also served as web content editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
Martin has authored A Whisper in the Wood: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books), Don’t Just live…Really Live (Ambassador International), and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing).
He has served as regional correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum.
Martin has also been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Open Windows, Proclaim, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, Upper Room, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, Stand Firm, The Banner, Relevant, and Lutheran Digest.
He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, and Vine Words: Devotions and More, and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal.
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Managing Editor, Christian Devotions
Senior Editor, Inspire a Fire
Proof Editor, Courier Publishing
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DIANE VIRGINIA (CUNIO)
Diane Virginia (Cunio)
Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press). She is the founder/director of Song of Solomon Expeditions, the founder/director of VineWords: Devotions and More, and the co-editor of the devotional series, Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships. She is the president of Word Weavers of Winston-Salem Chapter, NC.
The Kiss of Peace placed third in the Sparrow Awards at the 2020 Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference, and was a Selah Awards Finalist 2022 at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference.
In The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press), Diane takes the reader on a journey into Beloved Jesus’ divine love for His Bride, the church. When Song of Solomon is viewed as an allegory, the reader understands she is “Love” and Jesus Christ is “Beloved Solomon” in the vignette. Her Bridegroom, the Beloved, wants to complete her in His love and peace.
The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works. It is a Bible study/devotional. As the reader travels through seven mountain locations, each having spiritual significance to deepen her relationship with her Bridegroom Jesus Christ the Beloved, she becomes completed in His love and peace.
To complement the books on Song of Solomon, Diane has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat. She envisions the music of these prayer gardens to be themed to the seven mountain locations the Bride travels to in Song of Solomon, the gardens serving as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with their Bridegroom Jesus Christ.
Visit the Facebook page, Exploring Song of Solomon as the Bride of Christ to follow Song of Solomon Expedition activities.
Contact Diane to schedule her as a speaker or to arrange a Song of Solomon Expedition for your church, ladies’ group or small group Bible study.
Diane is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian Devotions Ministries, Faith Beyond Fear, Inspire a Fire, Pentecostal Publishing House, PresbyCan Daily Devotional, The Secret Place, VineWords: Devotions and More, and other ministries.
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Phil Cunio is a Director for VineWords: Devotions and More, providing direction, tech support, and website maintenance.
Having worked in IT for over forty years, Phil is the behind-the-scenes guy, making sure VineWords runs smoothly, has needed updates, and keeps current with available site improvement apps. He has a servant’s heart, and regularly prays for the VineWords ministry.
Phil typesets much of the content for the devotional series, Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, that VineWords produces annually.
Phil is an IT Director for Inmar, a Ford car enthusiast, and a family guy. He lives in the Piedmont-Triad area of North Carolina. He enjoys deep sea fishing, reading, homesteading, watching sci-fi, and taking his mustang to car shows.
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CONTRIBUTOR TEAM 2018-2021
Gail Cartee is a contributing writer to Christian Children’s Authors, and Write 2 Ignite Blog. She is a contributing author to the devotionals Penned from the Heart and The Mighty Pen. She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is published at Guardian Angel Kid’s Magazine and Devo Kids. She is a conference breakout facilitator for Write 2 Ignite. Gail is the author of Messages (Elk Lake Publishing). She lives in South Carolina with her husband, Richard. They have three children and four grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening, camping, hiking, and watercolor painting.
MARIA T. HENRIKSEN
Maria T. Henriksen is the author of Not Again and Not Again: The Fallout (Maria T. Henriksen Publishing) young adult romance novels. She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing). Maria hosts a ministry through her blog, Maria’s Ministry. She manages a Facebook group at Maria’s Muses: Inspirational, Christian, and Close-to-the-Heart-Readers. She graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s in Communications/Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology. Maria has experience in graphic arts, finance, banking, health, fitness, and beauty, and substitute teaching. Maria and her husband are blessed with twin boy/girl teenagers. In her spare time, she runs, writes poems and songs, creates graphics, enjoys family activities, and reads.
Karen Jurgens is a writer, editor, and speaker. She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More and a co-editor and contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volume One (VineWords Publishing). Karen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is the author of Desire’s Promise and A Perfect Fit, and a contributing author to Heart“wings” Devotional. At Heart “wings,” she shared the Front Porch Bible Study Series. Karen loves to cook, entertain, and enjoy life with her adult daughters and her amazing 98-year-old mother.
Just a girl, saved by grace, Lekeisha Maldon is a native of Washington D.C. She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in women’s ministry. She holds a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling. Lekeisha is the author of Pages From My Heart: A Devotional For Women (Walk the Narrow Way Ministry). She blogs at Walk the Narrow Way, ministering God’s love to the woman’s heart. Her mission in life is to inspire women to live transformed lives through the power of Christ. She enjoys serving on the domestic and international mission fields. Her ministry has taken her to the states, including Maryland, North Carolina, and Ohio. She has also traveled abroad to South Africa. Lekeisha currently resides in North Carolina, with her husband and best friend Charles. She enjoys traveling, home décor, and a good nap.
LEE ANN MANCINI
Lee Ann Mancini is an award-winning Christian children’s author, the author of the Sea Kids book series and an executive producer of the Sea Kids animation series (Right Now Media, Pure Flix, Trinity Broadcasting Network, available for purchase at SeaKidsTV.com.) She hosts a podcast, Raising Christian Kids. She is a Bible study writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volume One (VineWords Publishing). Lee Ann received a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Regent University, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Trinity International University) and two Master’s degrees from Knox Theological Seminary in Biblical and Theological Studies and Christian and Classical Studies. She holds board positions with South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary, and the Alexandrian Forum. She is an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary. She speaks to women groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented through the types of brides of the Church. She is a member of the Christian Women in Media Association, and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
Shanda Neighbors’ island upbringing has afforded her the ability to pardon Eve. She too enjoys gardening and picking produce. Her husband eats all she offers him. No questions. She was raised in the Bahamas. This has determined both her internal clock and thermostat. She struggles with being on time and is not trusted to set the temperature anywhere. You can find her outdoors…over 60 and sunny…probably in a jacket. Anyone who invites her skiing hates her. Shanda is a miraculous work in progress. Outside of Jesus, she has no greater advocate than her beef-and-potatoes husband. They have two treasured daughters who enrich their lives with wisdom, wonder, and play. She is passionate about truth and the reputation of God. Her goal is to live amazed by Him. Shanda is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volume One (VineWords Publishing), and a devotion speaker at Word Weavers Piedmont-Triad, North Carolina. Her long-term goal is to enter the media industry.