The Rev. Charlie Holt is the president of Bible Study Media. Fr. Holt’s passion is to see the worldwide Church reconciled, reformed and renewed for vital Gospel mission to the lost. To that end, he has served as an ordained pastor and priest for over 20 years. He is the author of The Christian Life Trilogy and the Director of the Hearts Alive children’s curriculum project. He currently serves as the Associate Rector of Teaching and Formation at the Church of St. John the Divine in Houston, TX. He and his wife, Brooke, have three children.
Originally from Houston, Cathy’s background is in banking, executive search, and leadership training. She has 30 years experience in non-profits beginning with working for the McNair Foundation in Houston and then President of the Hevrdejs Foundation from 1995-2005. She has also served on many nonprofit boards in California and Texas including Houston Grand Opera, The Heritage Society, The Houston Zoo, UT-Health, ACE Foundation, American Leadership Foundation, The Panetta Institute and others. Cathy is committed to the mission of Bible literacy for children and adults. She is equally passionate about her 4 children and 2 grandchildren!
Joni Tapp is the Executive Assistant at Bible Study Media and the Project Manager for the Hearts Alive Curriculum project. Joni has taught all ages of children’s Sunday School and Children’s Church for more than a decade. She also has worked as a copy editor and contributor for several other popular children’s curricula. Joni is detail-oriented and loves organizing things. She is a world traveler who loves trotting the globe with her husband and son.
Christine is from Athol, Massachusetts, where she resides with her husband, Jeff, and three beautiful children: Jacob and twin daughters, Ryleigh & Kaylee. She currently serves Bible Study Media as our CRM Administrator. Christine brings tremendous experience to the team ranging from administrative support and relationship building to her wealth of knowledge in Children’s and Small Group Ministry. She personally serves in Children’s and Family Ministry at her local church and currently serves as the Northeast Regional Coach for IF:Gathering, a discipleship ministry based out of Dallas, TX. You can usually find her driving kids around to various sporting events, crafting, or curled up with a cup of tea and a book.
Jackie Zurinaga has worked in the fields of marketing, healthcare administration, and teaching. She has an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing as well as an M Ed. in Spanish. She has taught at Kennesaw State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Central Florida. However, one of her favorite groups to teach is Middle School Sunday School. Whether building a model of the Holy of Holies from Dollar Store items or talking about what mercy looks like in 6th grade, she delights in bringing Jesus to children, right where they are. Like teaching, she is passionate about marketing and helping enterprises use social media to get their message out to the world. When she’s not telling a story on social media, she’s telling it on the stage - her other happy place.
Lindsey is a children's minister and is passionate about developing Bible literacy in children and providing spaces where children can connect with the Lord and come to know him deeply, while encouraging and equipping parents to disciple their children.
She loves writing as a means of connecting the truth of the gospel with the beauty of everyday life. She's also the mom to three incredible little girls (with a fourth on the way), an avid reader of books, and an avoider of laundry piles.
Ginny Mooney is the General Editor of the Hearts Alive Curriculum project. Ginny is an Emmy award-winning television producer and writer, focusing on topics of faith and culture. She is a regular contributor to Breakpoint.org and speaks on Christian Apologetics. She authored The Cross Walk Children’s Curriculum, also published by Bible Study Media. Ginny lives in Port St. Lucie, FL, and loves to hike, bike, and kayak with her two favorite people–her two children, Azalea and Asher.
Pam has been involved in Children’s Ministry for over twenty years and has taught numerous Christian ministries, Sunday school, VBS, girls’ retreats, or Bible studies for adults and children and has a heart for children to grow closer to God. She also homeschooled her children for several years. Pam has edited, proofread, or beta-read Christian nonfiction books, devotionals, sermons, Bible studies, homeschool curriculum, children’s books, and Christian fiction. Although Pam works on a variety of projects, her specialties are Christian nonfiction, homeschool curriculum, and children’s materials. She has asked God to use her behind the scenes to bring people closer to Him. She considers it a privilege to be a part of Hearts Alive to touch the hearts of their readers. Pam is a Silver Member of the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network.
Parker Fox works in the legal field and has a passion for working with the underprivileged. During his legal education, he worked in criminal prosecution, public defense, and volunteered at the local homeless shelter that provided free legal services for at-risk individuals. Before pursuing law, Parker graduated with his BA in history from Hillsdale College in Michigan, and taught fifth grade at a Great Hearts school in Phoenix, AZ. A self-declared nerd, Parker enjoys reading philosophy and theology in his spare time when he is not hiking. He loves studying scripture and is ardent about school age Christian catechesis. Parker lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Hannah, a local middle school Spanish teacher.
Dalas L. Davis is a Director/Actor/Producer and creative/story consultant, bringing in-depth experience and expertise in motion picture production. Dalas is the founder and President of Fishers of Men Entertainment Global, the production company that produced the feature film, "A Measure of Faith." Dalas created the story, directed, produced, and was lead actor on the picture. He is working with Bible Study Media on the Undivided film project.
Nancy Beise is a Bible Background writer for the Hearts Alive project. Nancy is an artist and former home educator to three lovely young ladies, now each in college. Nancy is currently teaching English and Art to fourth through sixth grades at a local Christian School. Having lived in South Florida for over twenty years, she is now back home in central Indiana, close to one daughter at Wheaton College and delighted that the youngest is still at home with her while working on her degree. Having grown up a preacher’s kid, Nancy has a deep love for the Word of God and can think of nothing more wonderful than sharing that love with others through exploring that Word in her writing.
Sara Buffington is a Sunday School writer for the Hearts Alive project. She has been a professional writer since 2003, specializing in educational curricula. She has co-authored three books: The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading (Well-Trained Mind Press, 2004) and First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Levels 3 and 4 (Well-Trained Mind Press, 2007 & 2008). She has also worked as a contributor on several series, including all four activity books for The Story of the World series by Susan Wise Bauer (Well-Trained Mind Press, 2004, 2005, 2007 & 2008), the activity books for Years 1 and 2 of Telling God’s Story by Peter Enns (Olive Branch Books, 2011 & 2013), and First Language Lessons Levels 1 and 2 by Jessie Wise (Well-Trained Mind Press, 2001 & 2003).
Fr. Christopher Caudle is a Sunday School writer and Bible Background consultant on the Hearts Alive project. Fr. Christopher is the Associate Rector at the Church of the New Covenant in Winter Springs, FL. He is in charge of Christian Education. He holds a BA in History from the University of North Carolina, and a MA in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theology Seminary. He was ordained as a deacon in 2006, and as a priest in 2009.
Julia Phillips is a Children’s Church writer for the Hearts Alive project. Julia and her family were recently called to move from their beloved mountain home to Florida, where her husband, Tom, now runs the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies. She grew up with a love for writing and fostered it by earning an English degree from the University of Virginia. She went on to work as a Literacy Specialist at a children’s museum, where she developed and implemented an emergent literacy curriculum for young children in a county suffering from a high rate of illiteracy. Julia currently teaches at Twin Rivers Montessori Academy after years of homeschooling her own two young children. She is excited about the opportunity to help create a gospel-centered curriculum that combines her heart for children with her dedication to biblical literacy.
Caryn Rivadeneira is the author of seven books, for children and adults, including her most recent: Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible (Sparkhouse Family, 2017). Caryn is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a founding member of Ink: A Creative Collective. She lives in the near-west suburbs of Chicago with her husband, three kids, and rescued pit bull.
Lisa Salerno has a degree in Elementary Education and has homeschooled her children and taught elementary and middle school at international schools in South America. She also served as a children’s ministry director, worked as a school librarian, and currently teaches Sunday School. Lisa and her husband of 29 years have 4 daughters and 1 son and are blessed with 3 granddaughters.
David Sanford’s speaking engagements have ranged everywhere from The Billy Graham Center at the Cove to the University of California Berkeley. His book and Bible projects have been published by Zondervan, Tyndale House, Thomas Nelson, Doubleday, and Amazon. His professional biography is summarized at www.linkedin.com/in/drsanford. His personal biography features his wife of 35 years, Renée, their five children, and their twelve grandchildren (including one in heaven).
Marci Strickland is a Sunday School writer for the Hearts Alive project. Marci attended East Carolina University in North Carolina where she studied Early Childhood Development and Family Life. She worked in the field for 12 years, teaching young children in the classroom, and served as her school’s Curriculum Resource Teacher for two years supporting and training teachers. She has spoken at teacher conferences about incorporating diverse learning practices in every classroom and successfully balancing core standards while teaching to individual learning styles. Marci was a recipient of Bible stories, memory verses, and Sunday School hugs throughout her entire childhood. This is why she has served in Sunday School as a teacher or administrator since college. She has been blessed as a homeschooling mother of her three beautiful children for the past four years and is celebrating 18 years of marriage.
Jill Turner earned her degree in Communications/Journalism from Cal State Fullerton and has been working as a professional writer and curriculum designer since 2002. She is the designer and writer of a leveled online Bible curriculum for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade covering the entire text of the Bible, as well as a Systematic Theology and Christology for the online curriculum Dew Learning (now owned by Lifeway Christian Resources). She writes and edits books and curriculum with Dr. Kenneth Boa of Reflections Ministries, including their most recent Heart, Head and Hands Discipleship Curriculum Series, and she ideated and wrote for the Orange curriculum (the reThink Group) for many years. Jill is also a mom to three teenagers, an artist, and a lover of all languages who aspires to one day be a missionary.
Michelle Van Loon
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Since coming to faith in Christ at the tail end of the Jesus Movement, Michelle's Jewish heritage, spiritual hunger, and storyteller's sensibilities have shaped her faith journey and informed her writing. She is the author of five books, including If Only: Letting Go of Regret, Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith and most recently Born to Wander: Recovering the Value of Our Pilgrim Identity. Michelle is a regular contributor to Christianity Today's women's blog, In Touch magazine, and is the co-founder of www.ThePerennialGen.com, a website for midlife women and men. She's married to Bill, and is mother of three and grandmother of two. Learn about her writing and speaking ministry by visiting her website, www.michellevanloon.com.
Ellen Ceely lives in Orlando, FL with her husband, Brian. She spent the majority of her formative years as a missionary kid traveling between Mexico and the USA, and speaks fluent Spanish. After graduating high school, she chose to work with Youth With A Mission and traveled to different parts of the world. It was during this time that God placed a hunger for his Word in her heart as she began to read the Bible on her own for the first time. This led her to attend the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies in Lake Lure, NC. It was here that she fell in love with Scripture and understood God's grace for the first time, using the Inductive Bible Study Method. After completing the program she stayed on staff to teach and disciple students for the next 5 years. She currently works for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida and guest teaches at Emmaus twice a semester. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, writing, and sewing. She loves the opportunity to be involved with teaching children a love for and knowledge of the Gospel.