Writers

Eileen Drake

I grew up in Austin, TX and have only known this city. Love my city! I work for the University of Texas as a Sr. Administrative Associate. I love to two-step, enjoy discipleship and am always up for ziplining. I LOVE chocolate espresso torte (nods to Chez Zee and Sao Paulo Restaurant) and have a fascination with birds after taking a birdwatching class at UT. I pray that I am able to do full-time ministry sometime in the future using my administrative skills but also working “in the field.” My life inspiration is to disciple ladies to follow Christ and teach them to make more disciples of Christ. Praying you get some encouragement from this blog!

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Jenny McCarty

Hi there, my name is Jenny. This past year, I moved to Austin, TX without knowing a soul for a job that was very different than what I had been doing before. Some would say that I am risk-taker; I’d say that I am going wherever God opens the door. Writing is one of my secret (well not so secret anymore) passions but in my spare time, you will most likely find me outside riding horses, practicing the guitar, or exploring this new city that I have come to love.

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Jinsl Jung

Hello Everyone! My name is Jinsl Jung but feel free to call me Jin as in Gin and tonic. I am a 21 year-old, 3rd year Accounting student at the University of Texas in the city of Austin, Texas. I am your gal when it comes to shopping and picking a place to eat. I love to spend my free time watching Criminal Minds, hanging with friends, going for a swim, or binging on a tub of Blue Bell. I hope to grow with all my fellow bloggers and readers in my passion for Christ and some day be courageous enough to go on a medical mission.

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Katie Chapman

Hi friends! My name is Katie and I currently live in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Seven months ago, I moved here from Grand Rapids with my new husband, Chris, and we’ve been trying to figure out “adult life” and marriage ever since.  I’m a nurse, so I’ve learned to love early mornings, ponytails, and lots and lots of coffee. I love both sunshine and rain, sundresses and sweaters, crazy outdoor adventures as well as staying home with a good book. Music is my outlet, and if you ask me what I’m thinking at any given moment, I’ll probably tell you I’ve got a song stuck in my head. Puppies and people excite me, and my favorite memories revolve around strong friendships, deep conversations, and good food. My journey with Jesus has been just that–a journey. All sorts of beautiful, messy, abundant, challenging and freeing. I’m excited to share this journey with you all!

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Kelli Morin

Kelli’s bio and blogs coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Kelly Psotka

I was born and raised in the great lakes state of Michigan. I grew up and currently reside in Macomb, MI which is a northern suburb of Detroit (which really isn’t as bad or as unsafe as everyone says it is!). I’m a WMU alum (Go Broncos!) and current graduate student at OU, where I am pursuing my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. I have a huge passion for working with adolescents and young adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. One day I would like to continue on to get my PhD in Clinical Psychology and eventually open up my own private practice (Lord willing). I’m a member at Woodside Bible Church, where I currently serve in the Young Adult Ministry as a small group leader. I’m a bit of a social butterfly, but that’s just because I love people so stinkin’ much! I’ve been told my laugh can be heard from a mile away. I enjoy music, reading (especially historical fiction—specifically WWII), crafting (scrapbooking, hand lettering, painting), cooking, writing, trying new things and going new places, nature, giving hugs, and conversations about Jesus.

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Kelsey Nichols

On an ideal day, you’d find me hiking in some beautiful, unexplored area, either alone or with my new hubbs, Andy. I’d be dressed in some adorable workout clothes that can also double as a super-fashionable outfit, and I’d spend all day under the sun, reflecting on my creator and how blessed I am to be living this life. Where you’re more likely to find me is working in the hospital, wearing scrubs, not working out, and eating way too many grilled cheese sandwiches. Have I had those ideal days? Of course! Are they the norm? Unfortunately not. Way more often than not, I dress in what is comfortable, I eat what tastes good, and I am tired and cranky when I should be grace-filled. I am a newly-wed and a recent grad, wading through the daily tasks that include burning dinner most nights, learning about love, and growing in forgiveness. In my spare time, I lead a bible study for women who want to learn how to deepen their relationship with God. I have a passion and a desire to help other’s think about why it is they believe what they believe and to take their next steps with God, with the goal of living on mission for Him!

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Katie Bajorek

Hi! I’m Katie. I am 24 years old and the oldest of three kids; I have a brother and sister. I grew up and still live in Rochester Hills, Michigan. My full time career is being a registered nurse, currently in a progressive care unit (which is basically a step down ICU). The job comes with its challenges but I love that I get to express God’s love and grace in this stressful environment to both my co-workers, patients and their families. I have experienced God in some of the richest, sweetest ways while working day to day on the unit. During my free time my passions include reading, arts and crafts, camping, music, Detroit sports – especially Tigers baseball, and animals, but specifically dogs. I am a marvel nerd, especially over anything having to do with Captain America.

Last summer my sister and I were driving to a sister’s weekend getaway together and things got deep on the way. My sister is not a believer in Jesus and the media’s version of the mainstream church frustrates her. But that day God put on my sister’s heart questions about what I believe. I got to have a conversation with her about love, rather than the hate that our news and culture show. It was refreshing for me to have this conversation with her and I’m STILL learning from it, almost a year later.

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Kathryn Pesyna

updated bio coming soon!

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Lisa Olian

During the past 8+ years of “adulting” my identity has been found in a variety of titles. College tennis player. High school English teacher. Tennis coach. Young Life Leader. Graphic Designer. However, during my journey with Christ, the most beautiful identity I have come to rejoice in is “Daughter of Christ.” The super-awesome, too-good-to-be-true (but it is true) news is that He wants YOU to know this as your identity too! My prayer is that through this blog you too would know that you are deeply loved and fully cherished by your heavenly father.

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Melanie Badyna

Hey I’m Melanie. I am a 16 year old trapped in a 23 year old body. I love laughing, being outside, and relationships. I am passionate about people, because God is passionate about people. Some would say I am a culturally competent person, though I would say I am a person who experiences a lot of grace on the regular. I work for Bethany Christian Services and currently have around 20 refugee teenage brothers who make my life crazy but teach me a lot about myself and God. My cat is my best friend and my boyfriend. We do everything together. God is doing a lot of cool things in my life and in the lives of those around me. I am excited to share my passion and love for God with you through posting my personal experiences. I am an open book and firmly believe in being honest and upfront with everyone. I promise to always tell you the truth and sugarcoat nothing. I’ll start with this, God is real, God is faithful, and God is changing lives right now! I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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Natalie Mayo

Hey, I’m Natalie! I’m originally from Houston, TX but I moved to Austin ten years ago to attend The University of Texas (Hook ‘em)! Four years ago my husband, Tory, and I planted a church in central east Austin called The Well and it’s been one of the coolest experiences of my life with some of my favorite people watching our amazing God do incredible things. We have two beautiful little girls – Michaiah (2) and Kyria (9 months). My likes include Jesus, truth, discipleship, days spent with my family, being in water, laughing, and coffee (of course). My dislikes include slow drivers in the left lane, bugs, and when my toddler throws the most outrageous fits.

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 Nikki Huitsing

I’m Nikki– born and raised in West Michigan. In 2014 I transferred to Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver pursuing my education in Graphic Design.  Since my move God has taught me so much about my passions, talents and dreams. I’m a lover of music, singing, flowers and anything outdoors. My hobbies include hiking, camping, and photography. I live with 8 amazing girls. That’s right…8! It’s always a good time at our house. I also do several online classes and I nanny in the beautiful mountains for twin baby girls. I’m most likely found with a messy top-knot, yoga pants, and coffee breath. I am a bold adventurer, a passionate pursuer of life, and a sometimes way too stubborn for my own good. I am altogether a very imperfect human serving a perfect God.

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Rachel Mills

Hey, I’m Rachel! I just moved back across the country from Austin, TX to Grand Rapids, MI. Before that, I lived in the Netherlands as a missionary, and before that, I called my alma mater’s city, Kalamazoo, MI, “home”. I fundraise for a nonprofit who has shipped over 2.1 million free theological resources to Third World pastors in training who otherwise wouldn’t have access. My husband Brad and I dream of international church planting where Christ is not yet known and are chasing that by attending seminary together where he’s finishing his MDiv and I’m starting an MA in counseling. When I’m not working or studying or blogging I’m probably running, catching up with friends over an Americano, or exploring West Michigan with Brad. Following Jesus since I was 19-years-old has taken me on some ugly-beautiful adventures – which is the heart of what I blog about.

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Shelby Kieffer

Over the past year, I moved to Saint Louis, got a husband, a new name and went back to school; I am a woman in transition. Originally from Detroit, I studied French Linguistics, English Language & Literature and Applied Linguistics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After undergrad, I spent two years in the Netherlands hanging out with college students and zoning in on Jesus. While Western Europe has totally stolen my heart, I’m happy as long as I’m in a city – and Saint Louis has not disappointed! I’m working on an MA in Religion and Cultures at Covenant Theological Seminary alongside my new hubby as he pursues an MDiv and MA in Counseling. We’re both linguists at heart and love to worship through the passions and gifts God has given us in this area whether by tutoring, writing poems, studying ancient languages, engaging in intercultural ministry or simply writing a blog post every once in a while.

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TaKasha Smith

Hey!  My name is TaKasha.  After graduating from college, 10 years of ministry in the Midwest, and more wretched winters than my heart could stand, I’ve landed in Austin, Texas as a Master’s student in Global Policy and International Law.  I am passionate about healing, advocacy, and justice for those who are forgotten in this world.  I am a writer, a teacher, a friend, and an undeserving daughter of the King.

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 Bailey Urban

On any given day you will find me collaborating to create avenues to better business education, raving about one word that makes all the difference in a verse of scripture, or on the phone catching up with a friend.
I am borderline-obsessed with Myers Briggs, and most of my conversations at some point include the phrase, “That’s so SJ/NTP/SF of you.” I love reading nonfiction, cooking, hiking, and telling stories.

I write and toil for All the More to share our collective fervent desire to increase our zeal for knowing and understanding our perfect Creator.

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