CONTRIBUTOR TEAM through 2022

CHERRILYNN BISBANO

CHERRILYNN BISBANO

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 (MTL), Christian Rep, Christian Voice, Refresh, and other online magazines.

She is a contributing author to the award-winning, Get to the Margins-Author Anthology; Breaking the Chains; Heart Reno; and Chicken Soup for the Soul-Miracles books. She is a contributor to Kiss Guilt Goodbye.

Cherilynn’s book, Shine Don’t Whine, released in October 2020.

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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BEN COOPER

BEN COOPER

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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MARIA T. HENRIKSEN

MARIA T. HENRIKSEN

Maria T. Henriksen is the author of Not Again, a young adult Christian romance novel. She is working on the sequel entitled, Not Again: The Fallout, to be published in 2021.

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.

Maria 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.

As a wife for over two decades, Maria considers herself blessed. She and her husband are the proud parents of twin boy/girl teenagers. In her spare time, she runs, writes poems and songs, creates graphics, enjoys family activities, and reads. Maria’s greatest desire is for lives to be transformed through her inspirational writings.

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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY

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.

For more encouragement, visit Julie’s websites. At Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, Julie shares encouraging articles with prayers. At Gift of Thorns, Julie and her contributor team share powerful and life-changing input, inspiring readers to passionately pursue God.

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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.

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 and article writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage, with the goal of helping men improve their marriages.

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 also 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. 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

VICTOR MARCOS

Victor Marcos, our Hispanic translator, 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.

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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

CYNTHIA MENDENHALL

Cynthia Mendenhall is an author, speaker, adventuress, and a contributing writer to 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

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 a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More and Kingdom Winds. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volume Two (VineWords Publishing).

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 is a conference speaker. She 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

Stephanie Pavlantos is an award-winning writer who is passionate about getting people into God’s Word. She has taught Bible studies for over fifteen years, speaking at ladies’ retreats, at her church, and over the internet.

Her book, Jewels of Hebrews (Mount Zion Ridge Press), won third place in the Selah Awards at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, and an Honorable Mention at the Florida Christian Writers Conference.

She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2019.

Stephanie has served as the president of the Hudson, Ohio chapter of Word Weavers, and is a speaker for the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference.

She is a regular speaker at PJNet. tv.

Stephanie served as editor/social media administrator for VineWords: Devotions and More from 2019-2022. She is co-editor and contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing). She continues to serve as a Bible study/devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. 

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 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).

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 dogs, ducks, goats, and chickens.

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GLENDA SHOUSE

GLENDA SHOUSE

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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LISA SIMMONS

LISA SIMMONS

Lisa Simmons has experience in digital marketing, media production, website development, content creation, graphic design, video production, online community management, photography (focus on bridal and equestrian), and social media management. She earned a certificate in ministry, a B.S. in Business Administration, and an M.A. in Liberal Studies.

She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Lisa 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).

Lisa is the Training Coordinator for Song of Solomon expeditions, utilizing the Bible study, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press; author Diane Virginia). Contact her to schedule her as a speaker, or to arrange a Song of Solomon expedition.

She enjoys journaling, writing devotions, and creating visual expressions of God’s truths whether they are images or objects. She loves elaborate worship but suspects the angels must cover their ears in pain when she sings. 

Lisa has been called a truth-teller and walking love bomb, with a commission to spread God’s love. 

She and her husband reside in the North Carolina foothills at their equestrian farm, SpiritWind, with their poodle, giant-sized horses, and barn cats. They are accompanied by visits from their children and grandchildren.

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SANDRA STEIN

SANDRA STEIN

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

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

IRENE WINTERMYER

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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CONTRIBUTOR TEAM 2018-2021

GAIL CARTEE

GAIL CARTEE

Gail Cartee is a retired preschool teacher with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in General Education. She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of Marriage and Family, and with a special section just for kids. Gail writes family devotions at her blog, Family Devotions from my Father’s World. She is a regular contributor 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. Find Gail’s articles in Guardian Angel Kid’s Magazine and Devo Kids, online magazines for children. She is a conference breakout facilitator for Write 2 Ignite, a conference for Christian writers of children’s and young adult literature. She also helps in the planning of the conferences. Gail is under contract with Elk Lake Publishing, for a picture book entitled, Messages, which will debut in the Winter of 2022. She makes her home in the Upstate of South Carolina with her husband, Richard. They have three children and four grandchildren. Her hobbies include gardening, camping, hiking, and watercolor painting.

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ED CHAPPELLE

ED CHAPPELLE

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, Volume One (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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KAREN JURGENS

KAREN JURGENS

Karen Jurgens, a Cincinnati native, is a Texan transplant for thirty-five years. Retired from teaching, she is a Christian writer, editor, and speaker. She blogs at Touched by Him. 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 holds a B.S. and M.Ed. in Secondary Education with majors in English and French. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her first novella, published in an anthology, became the springboard for Desire’s Promise and A Perfect Fit. At Heart “wings,” she shared the Front Porch Bible Study Series, and was a contributing author to Heart“wings” Devotional. Her works-in-progress are a fruit of the Spirit Bible study and a “Judas Experience” memoir. Karen loves to cook, entertain, and enjoy life with her adult daughters and her amazing 98-year-old mother.

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LEKEISHA  MALDON

LEKEISHA MALDON

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. 

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LEE ANN MANCINI

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.

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SHANDA NEIGHBORS

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SHANDA NEIGHBORS

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.

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ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

MARTIN WILES

MARTIN WILES

Martin Wiles is an author, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Wiles is an administrator, editor, and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. He is the co-editor 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.

Wiles 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.

Wiles 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.

Wiles 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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DIANE VIRGINIA (CUNIO)

DIANE VIRGINIA

Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, the founder/director of VineWords: Devotions and More, and the co-editor and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing), and the author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press).

Her book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press), reveals Song of Solomon to be an allegory of Christ’s divine love for His Bride, the Church. In this book, Diane takes the reader on a journey into her Beloved Jesus Christ’s divine love. The Kiss of Peace placed third in the Sparrow Awards at the 2020 Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference.

The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is a study/devotional geared towards deepening the reader’s spiritual intimacy with her Beloved Bridegroom Jesus Christ, as she understands the significance of the seven mountain locations He takes her to. (Soon to be available.)

To complement these books on Song of Solomon, Diane has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use at the church or home garden retreat. She envisions these prayer gardens to be themed to the seven mountain locations of Song of Solomon. She hopes these will serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.

Diane is the director of Song of Solomon expeditions, utilizing the Bible study, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press). Contact her to schedule her as a speaker, or to arrange a Song of Solomon expedition.

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, and other ministries.

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PHIL CUNIO

PHIL CUNIO

Phil Cunio, IT Director for VineWords: Devotions and More, provides the tech support for the ministry.

Having worked in IT for over forty years, he is the behind-the-scenes guy, making sure VineWords runs smoothly, has needed updates, and keeps current with available site improvement apps.

Phil typesets much of the content for the devotional series, Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, that VineWords produces.

He has a servant’s heart, and is a valued team member.

Phil is an IT Director, 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 with Diane, watching sci-fi, and taking his mustang to car shows.

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