Terri Kraus, President
Terri has authored/co-authored thirteen novels—historical and contemporary—adding her award-winning interior designer’s eye to her world of fiction. She makes her home in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband, Jim son, Elliot, miniature schnauzer, Rufus, and Siberian cat, Petey. Terri has traveled extensively internationally, and relishes visiting countless historical building sites and churches everywhere she goes. She taught Interior Design at the college level for eight years, and directed women’s ministries at her church for six years. Fueled by her heart to abolish modern day slavery, Terri co-founded the West Chicagoland Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Terri leads a neighborhood Bible study, and enjoys all things Italian and British. Her book club is in its eighteenth year of meeting monthly. www.terrikraus.com
Shayne Moore, Founder & Vice President
Shayne is the Founder of Redbud Writers Guild and Editor-in-Chief at The Redbud Post. As an author and writer, her book, Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern Day Slavery (IVP), received Resource of the Year, (Outreach, 2014). Her first book, Global Soccer Mom; Changing the World is Easier Than You Think (Zondervan), chronicles her work with the HIV/AIDS pandemic, receiving an endorsement from rock singer Bono. With an MA in Theology and varied interests, Shayne is a freelance writer for nonprofit organizations and is currently in the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Lara Krupicka, Treasurer
Lara Krupicka is an internationally published parenting journalist and speaker who encourages parents to create lives full of family adventures. A family bucket list advocate, Lara is best known for her Bucket List Life Manifesto and her books Family Bucket Lists and Bucket List Living For Moms. Lara’s work has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The LA Times, San Diego Family, Family Australia Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman, and Proverbs 31 Woman. Lara speaks regularly to mom’s groups, women’s retreats, and Bible studies, reaching hundreds of people over the past six years. Lara and her husband, Mike, are raising their three daughters in the suburbs of Chicago. Lara blogs at www.larakrupicka.com.
Shelly Wildman, Secretary
Shelly is a wife, mom, writer, speaker, and retired college writing professor. She’s passionate about encouraging women to seek God in the everyday adventures of life and writes about this on her blog. She speaks to women’s groups about trusting God, even when it’s hard, and about how God has used deep loss and motherhood to draw her closer to Him. She holds an M.A. in English Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When Shelly was a little girl she dreamed of being a travel agent, and while that is not the career path God had for her, she still enjoys planning trips. Travel is one of her great passions. If she’s not on the road, Shelly is probably using her gift of hospitality, cooking up something delicious for family and friends, because she believes that there’s nothing better than having people she loves around her table. Shelly is a regular contributor to the Mothers of Daughters blog. Learn more about her at www.shellywildman.net.
Jenny Rae Armstrong
Jenny Rae Armstrong is an award-winning writer and teaching pastor at Darrow Road Wesleyan Church in Superior, WI, she tackles sticky topics with girl-next-door humor and grace. Jenny’s work has appeared in dozens of publications including RELEVANT, Her.Meneutics, Mutuality and Red Letter Christians. Her articles on gender justice and empowering women and girls have won three of the Evangelical Press Association’s Higher Goals awards, and two of the Associated Church Press’s Best of the Christian Press awards. She is the author of Christians for Biblical Equality’s youth curriculum Called Out! Kingdom Living for Missional Teens, which is being used from church basements in rural America to public high schools across Eastern Africa. Her next book, Don’t Hide Your Light Under a Laundry Basket: 101 Bright Ideas for Wannabe World-Changers, will be released in the fall of 2016. Jenny has a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of Northwestern, and is pursuing an M.Div at North Park Theological Seminary. The January/February 2015 issue of The Covenant Companion recognized her one of the Evangelical Covenant Church’s “40 under 40: Young Covenanters making a significant impact locally and around the world.” www.jennyraearmstrong.com.
Sharon R Hoover writes devotional and inspirational works for all who are exploring and growing in the journey of faith. Her passions for education and global issues led her from being a high school teacher to a Middle East analyst and then to serving in the church. Through writing and speaking, she encourages women as they seek God in life, in play, in family, and in work. Sharon’s first book, Soul Motive to Pray, is a personal retreat workbook to encourage deeper conversations with the Lord. She enjoys connecting with local and global outreach partners in her position as Director of Missions at Centreville Presbyterian Church. She lives with her husband, occasionally-visiting college son, and soon-to-be-college-student daughter in the suburbs of northern Virginia. Connect with Sharon through her blog at www.sharonrhoover.com or at her discipleship site, www.soulmotive.net.
JoHannah Reardon, Senior Editor
JoHannah Reardon is a regular contributor to and editor for GiftedForLeadership.com, a division of Christianity Today. She also managed Christianity Today’s Bible study site for eight years. Besides writing numerous novels, a family devotional guide, and an adult meditation, she has written content for the Couples’ Devotional Bible and the Everyday Matters Bible.Although she loves her work, her favorite roles are being mom and grandma. For fun, she likes to read and write (and take long walks)! She also loves teasing her husband, annoying her children, and playing with her grandkids. She is married to Brad, who was a pastor for 27 years. He now trains pastors in third-world countries and is her hero.
Aleah Marsden, Social Media Director
Aleah is the Social Media Director for Redbud Writers Guild. Her writing can be found in publications like The Banner and Books & Culture, as well as a handful of devotionals in the new NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World (Zondervan, 2015). She is a popular speaker at women’s events, moms’ groups, and retreats. Aleah is grateful for the opportunities the Lord has provided for her to share the gifts He’s given her. She blogs about life, faith, and her global travels with Living Bread Ministries at www.AleahMarsden.com.
Margaret Philbrick is an author, gardener and teacher who desires to plant seeds in hearts. Margaret has a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity University in San Antonio TX and a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University. She teaches writing and literature to children and teens at The Greenhouse School and H.S.U., both of which provide supplemental classical education to the home-school community. She is actively involved in the fulfillment of God’s vision at Church of the Resurrection where she serves on the board.Her first book, Back to the Manger, is a holiday gift book she created with her mother, an oil painter. Her debut novel, A Minor, released to critical acclaim in 2014. You can find Margaret in her garden digging in the dirt or writing poetry and you can connect with her on-line via her website at: www.margaretphilbrick.com.