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.
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.
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. From their website: Christopher is someone I hasten to describe as one in whom there is no guile. While he has an authentic sense of humor, loving bad jokes as well good ones, he’ll not be heard using it inappropriately. He is for sure, a man after our Lord’s own heart. He has an acute sense of propriety as well, what needs to be done and when and how, most of the time anyway. Anyone who has sat at his feet knows him to be a learned student and studied teacher. Most folks into books as he is, are not so much into people, not so with Fr. Christopher, he has a pastor’s heart. While doing and being all of this he somehow manages to keep his family as a keen priority. And well he should as precious as they are. He keeps things in very good order with his Lord, his family, and his ministry. Of course one look into his inner sanctum and his sins are right before your eyes, his addiction to Coke and books are there for all to see. Nothing is hidden, as I said, one without guile. Education: BA in History from the University of North Carolina MA in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theology Seminary Ordination: Deacon in 2006 Priest in 2009.
– Nicole Evans is a Children’s Church writer for the Hearts Alive project. Nicole was the Director Christian Education at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. She writes: I have a strong passion for children’s ministry. I want children to intimately know our amazing God. As a child, I only knew “of Him,” per se. He seemed so distant, so far away. This definitely didn’t help when my parents’ marriage went south and church had simply become a distant memory. My house was built upon the proverbial sand, not upon the rocks. When the storms raged, my house couldn’t withstand the winds and rain. It simply crumbled into a million pieces. It took many years to rebuild. My goal is for as many kids as possible to be in a personal relationship with Jesus. Unlike myself at a young age, I want them to be equipped with the full armor of God when things get tough. Theory vs application – they must know how to apply His Word to their daily lives. My contribution to this project will truly be my greatest accomplishment yet.
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.
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 home schooling 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.
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 for the past four years of her three beautiful children 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.
Lonnie’s design career began in 1998, and it has spanned from Las Vegas to South Carolina, from airlines to casinos to churches. In January 2015, he started his own company, Lonnie G. Creative, where he designs for churches around the country. He’s also a trained chef who teaches cooking classes in Downtown Greenville, SC.
Tommy is the *go-to guy* for a lot of companies. He has over 20 years industry experience in print design, web design/development, video production, mobile application creation and internet marketing. He is also a consultant and problem solver for companies (big or small) that are in need of general creative & technical consulting.