Jeremy develops children’s curriculum and educational resources for Nazarene Publishing House and has more than fifteen years of ministry experience as a children’s pastor at Lenexa Central Church of the Nazarene in Kansas and Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma. He cofounded Crazy Sheep Productions in 2009 and created a series of family devotional DVDs and television shows called Sheep Snacks. A graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2000 with a master’s in Christian education, Jeremy currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife, Becky, and their two daughters. He enjoys snacking on green olives and chocolate milk while listening to his favorite podcasts, which include Invisibilia, Revisionist History, Freakonomics, and TED Radio Hour.
Dana is a wife, mother, teacher, writer, and runner simultaneously. The writing is only possible because her family donates loads of material. Dana spent more than twenty years as an English teacher and decided to start a writing career after she had her two children—because she had so much free time. In 2015, Dana was thrilled to be asked by Central Recovery Press to write a book about moms in recovery. Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery, took exactly nine months to write. It is her third baby. It is much less demanding.
Robbie Cansler is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She pastors The Mission Church of the Nazarene in Hammond, Indiana, where she lives with her husband Mac. She believes radical hospitality can change the world, and tries to live that out as much as possible.
Dr. Timothy R. Gaines serves as a religion professor in the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Trevecca Nazarene University. Together, he and his wife, Shawna Songer Gaines, have written Kings and Presidents: Politics and the Kingdom of God, a book designed to equip Christians with a political vision for politically contentious times. A free, downloadable small group guide to discussing the book is also available from NPH.
Charissa is a twenty-something social worker who grew up in the Kansas City area. She has done ministry in the Philippines, been active in Cru campus ministries with international students, and is currently engaged in ministry to women who are being exploited in the sex industry. While she pursues her master’s in social work at Missouri State University, Charissa works as a case manager for impoverished families in the poorest neighborhoods of Springfield, Missouri, as part of community restoration and development.
Elizabeth Graham is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene who answered the call to full-time pastoral ministry after serving as a primary school teacher for six years. She holds her call to teach in tandem with her call to pastor in the form of ministry to entire families. Elizabeth and her husband, Jaron, co-pastor Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Hamilton, New Zealand. They have one energetic son who is being formed daily by the body of believers. Together, they love to travel the globe, bike along the river path, eat homemade popcorn during family movie nights, and go on adventures. They blog at adventuregraham.com.
Melanie holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. Her fiction has appeared in “Family Circle” magazine and numerous literary journals. She currently lives in New Hampshire, where she is a photographer, writer, wife, and homeschooling mother of four children. Melanie writes about her life adventures at thefrozenmoon.com and has two books, The Simplest of Acts and This Perfect Mess. Her photography can be found at simplymella.com
Brooklyn is the global justice advocate for Nazarene Youth International and the founder of The Justice Movement. She builds bridges that empower churches and young people to do compassionate work together. Her priority is to inspire and resource others to break cycles of poverty by putting their faith in action. Brooklyn has served in full-time youth ministry for almost twenty years, she has authored numerous books, she contributes to and communicates for Orange Leaders, and she speaks at camps and conferences. She and her husband, Coy, planted Somos Church in Lakeland, Florida, in July 2016. They live in Lakeland with their daughters, Kirra and Mya, and their dog, Marley. Find Brooklyn and The Justice Movement on Twitter at @brooklynlindsey and @thejustmove, or visit their websites at brooklynlindsey.com and justicemovement.com
Matt and his wife, Ginny, founded 99 Balloons, an organization working alongside persons with disabilities locally and globally. Many know Matt through the story of his son, Eliot, whose ninety-nine days on this earth were commemorated with ninety-nine balloons. Matt is the author of A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot, available at nph.com Matt and Ginny live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where they busy themselves raising Eliot’s siblings, Hazel, Anders, and Lena. Find more from the Mooneys at theatypicallife.com
Michael R. Palmer
Michael R. Palmer is a husband, father, ordained elder, and writer who serves as pastor (along with his wife, Elizabeth) of Living Vine Church of the Nazarene in Napa, California. He is an avid Cardinals fan, lover of blues and jazz, conversational instigator, and deeply passionate about issues of justice and spiritual formation. You can follow him on Twitter at @michaelrpalmer and Facebook at @mryanpalmer85.
Jeren Rowell serves as district superintendent of the Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene and has pastored more than 25 years. Dr. Rowell has served as editor of Preacher’s Magazine and contributed to numerous books. He is the author of What’s a Pastor to Do?: The Good and Difficult Work of Ministry and Thinking, Listening, Being: A Wesleyan Pastoral Theology, and These Forty Days.
Shawn Smucker is the co-author of over 20 nonfiction books including Dying Out Loud and Refuse to Drown. His first novel, The Day the Angels Fell, is about a young boy’s obsession with finding the Tree of Life and bringing back his mother from the dead (Revell, 2017). He lives in the city of Lancaster, PA, with his wife and six children. You can see more writing from Shawn at shawnsmucker.com.
An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Kyle spent the last decade as a pastor to kids and families. In 2016, he accepted a position overseeing curriculum and children’s ministry training for Nazarene Publishing House. Kyle has a wife and two super-cool daughters. He loves to play music and sports, watch movies and sports, listen to podcasts, and read lots of books. He loves to preach, teach, sing, write, tell stories, and make people laugh. He also loves Jesus. A lot.