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2006 Contributors
Penned From the Heart, vol. xii

Contributors for volume xii:

Connie A. Ansong, RN, began with a professional understanding of human behaviors, which encouraged her to seek a closer relationship with God. Now she wants to share all she’s learning. Writing is another step in her exciting, spiritual journey. [3/1, 4/9, 12/29]

Ruth Baldwin’s Christian parents were 40 and 52 years of age when she was born. Their teachings have been called old-fashioned, but the Lord's Words are everlasting and never-changing. That's what she proclaims! Always! [1/16, 3/9, 4/23]

Marcie Banks, freelance writer, worked as reporter and church page editor for New Kensington PA Daily Dispatch, did heavy editing for Whitaker House, wrote Aglow Bible Study #9, The Call of Jesus. She lives in New Wilmington, PA. [11/12]

Judy Barron is retired from Edinboro University of PA. She attends Trinity Lutheran Church in McKean, PA where she is a communion assistant, lector, altar care attendant, and Worship Committee member. Her prayer journal is central to her devotions. [2/20, 4/8, 8/25, 11/15, 12/11]

Florence Biros saw a longtime dream reached this year when her novel, Dog Jack, became a movie. [12/13]

Joy C. Bradford received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Texas. She and her husband have retired to McKinney, TX to be closer to their family. Joy writes for several magazines and has contributed to anthologies. [3/21, 4/27, 5/11, 6/18, 8/29, 9/21, 10/6]

Connie Bretz has sold over 3000 articles, meditations, poetry, interviews, columns. In 2005 she produced a documentary movie called The Original Dancing Band. She is an avid bicyclist and bookworm. Her great ambition is to publish more and more and more. [3/3, 4/2, 5/13, 6/10, 10/20]

Helene Burgess lives in Passaic, NJ where she, her 92-year-old mom, and her whole family are enjoying her retirement. She desires to unclutter her home, read more, and take early morning walks in the park. [4/16, 9/28]

Annettee Buzdban is an author, freelance writer, and religion columnist. Her column Inspirations is featured each week in the Daily Herald and Zion-Benton News in Lake County, Illinois. She has been published in various e-zines and magazines. [1/10, 2/1, 7/2, 8/20, 11/5]

Jana Carman (Salem, NJ) is a pastor's wife, musician, teacher, and writer. She writes in many genres, including a book of performance poetry and monologues, People of Faith, Lillenas Drama. [1/19, 2/9, 3/6, 4/15, 5/15, 7/21, 9/16, 11/22, 12/23, 12/26]

Kay Clark, retired English teacher from Ball State University, a high school, and Anderson University currently supervises student teachers. Widowed from a Disciple of Christ pastor, she is the mother of four, grandmother of eight, and soon-to-be great-grandmother of two. [10/22]

Joan Clayton is a retired educator. Joan's passion is writing. She is presently Religion Columnist for her local newspaper and is also working on her next book. She has been published in many anthologies and in five Chicken Soup series. [1/29, 2/2, 3/2, 4/12, 5/5, 6/20, 7/3, 8/9, 8/19, 9/27, 10/18, 11/30, 12/5]

Carol Cleal from Cortland, OH is a Manager of a Mental Health Unit. She serves on her church's praise and worship team and attends a small group Bible study. She is married with two sons and three grandchildren. [5/19, 8/11, 11/20]

Gloria Clover, editor of ten volumes of Penned From the Heart, also writes Christian romance. She works in Youth and Cell Ministries through her home church of Emmanuel Christian. [2/19]

Pat Collins, mother of three, grandmother of seven, and great-grandmother, writes children's stories and poems. Her poems have been adapted to music, appear in church bulletins, and have been published by International Library of Poetry. [2/3, 4/20, 5/16, 6/15, 7/28, 8/2, 9/7, 10/2, 11/13, 12/10]

Barbara Croce is a personal trainer, physical therapy assistant and a freelance writer whose work appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Signs of the Times, and other publications. Check her web site out at [12/6]

Flavia Crowner, a former Art teacher, is now spinning stories for Jesus. Her first novel Pie Pantry, in her Sunny Farnum series with a wheelchair bound character was published. She lives in Fennville, MI with Jenna her black lab service dog. [3/13, 4/30]

Thomas Dallio lives in upstate New York where he is deepening his relationship with Jesus. [2/27]

Penny Deary lives in Irvine California with her husband, Kevin, along with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a horse. Blessed by the Lord, she enjoys quilting, writing, walking with her dogs and riding her horse. [3/23, 9/26]

Leigh DeLozier, a freelance writer, editor and Christian speaker, lives in McDonough, GA, with her husband and two children. Her first devotional book, Work-from-Home Moms’ Devotions to Go, will be published in Spring 2006. Visit her online at [6/9, 7/22, 9/1, 10/19, 11/17]

Angie Dilmore enjoys writing for children and inspirational devotions. She is currently working on a year-long devotional for kids. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and twin sons. [3/25, 8/3, 9/12]

Marie DisBrow's articles, poetry, and devotions have appeared in numerous Christian publications, including In Touch, The Lutheran Journal, The Secret Place, and Women Alive! Marie says, "My desire is that my writing would encourage people and please God." [1/17, 3/15]

Lorena Estep lives near Bellwood, PA with her husband, Charles. She enjoys writing, reading, gardening, and travel. She has been published in Writers’ Journal, On the Line, The Secret Place, Mature Living, and Purpose. She also writes a ten-page bimonthly newsletter for her home church. [1/5, 2/15, 3/17, 4/3, 5/23, 6/11, 7/7, 8/8, 9/6, 10/7, 11/8, 12/1]

Anita Estes wears many hats as a wife, mother of three, teacher: Who's Who Among American Teachers, artist, and writer—published in Upper Room, online, and elsewhere. She is also a worship dancer and aspiring novelist. [5/27, 9/17]

Dave Evans is the estimator for a commercial electrical contractor. As a freelance writer, he has had poems and articles published. He and Matt, his therapy dog, visit, cheer, and encourage patients in nursing homes and a retirement center. [1/6, 4/14, 5/26, 6/4, 7/27, 8/24, 9/11, 10/28, 12/18, 12/31]

Marjorie K. Evans is a freelance writer with many published articles. She enjoys her family, church, writing, reading, and needlework. She lives in Stanton, CA. [3/26, 6/3, 9/10, 11/9]

Judy Ferrell is a former elementary school teacher and high school guidance counselor. She’s active in her church. She and her husband are blessed with two daughters, two sons-in-law named Dave, and two granddaughters. [9/19, 10/14, 12/20]

Dolores Fruth resides in a faith-based retirement community where she has opportunities to further her love of writing poetry about her personal experiences, family, and devotion to God. Her poems are published monthly and have been adapted to music. [2/8, 6/28]

Viola Ruelke Gommer, RN, MSN, is the mother of two, grandmother of six, and wife of a retired United Methodist pastor. Vi has been involved in mission work in the US, Bolivia, Haiti, Guyana, Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic, Russia, and Cuba. [12/4]

Marion E. Gorman and her husband live in Manns Choice, PA. Retired, they have six married children and 18 grandchildren. She enjoys sharing God's love through her writing, gardening, and scrapbooking. Her new project is a church newsletter. [1/13, 4/7, 5/17, 6/12, 8/16, 11/16]

Charles Harrel lives with his family in Portland, OR where he directs HisPlaceOutreach. He served as a senior pastor for thirty years before pursuing a writing ministry. Charles enjoys writing, teaching, and family camping trips. [1/22, 2/13, 3/7, 5/21, 8/10]

Janice May Harris is a teacher, illustrator/writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of Oregon Christian Writers. [5/30]

Tom Harshbarger, born in Youngstown, OH in 1924, has written poetry all of his life while living: marrying, working in railroad, lumber, and car sales, and retiring. [2/22]

Delores Hartman, artist, photographer, lyricist, retired teacher; past worker and director of the Help Center of SW Blair County is published in A Tribute for Mothers, The Path, The Sentinel, The Standard, Byline, Guideposts, and fourteen books desk-top published. [11/19]

Cindy Hawkins makes her home in Irmo, South Carolina, with her husband Tim, a minister. They have three children: Nathan (11), Rachel (6), and Benjamin (1). Cindy has been a freelance writer for four years. [5/8, 7/1, 10/31, 11/6]

Audrey Kletscher Helbling is a freelance writer living in Faribault, Minnesota. She has been published in God Answers Prayers Military Edition, The Lutheran Digest, Minnesota Moments magazine, regional poetry anthologies, greeting cards and more. Audrey is married with three children. [2/23, 8/30]

Mary Herron is the wife of a United Methodist minister. They have three grown children and five granddaughters. She does Home Health part time, writes, and works among her flower beds as a hobby. [10/21]

Betty Jane Hewitt, journalist and newspaper columnist for over thirty years, has had daily devotionals published in The Quiet Hour, These Days, and numerous other Christian publications. [2/5, 6/14]

Lisa Hill resides in Elmira, NY with her husband, Terry, daughter, Victoria, and her sons, Jesse and Beau. Please feel free to contact her at [3/4]

CJ Hitz is a speaker with True Lies, a ministry that challenges people of all ages in the area of media and what we take into our minds. Get to know CJ better by going to [2/21, 3/22, 7/17, 7/29]

Rhonda Hodge has been married to a wonderful man named Ken for twelve years. They live in the country with their two shih tzu and cat. She enjoys reading and gardening. [6/26, 12/2]

Joseph M. Hopkins is a musician, missionary, teacher, and Presbyterian minister who has spent his life promoting the Gospel. [1/1, 3/27, 4/13, 5/29, 7/13, 8/12, 10/15, 11/23]

Annette M. Irby is a wife and mother who lives in Washington state and enjoys writing songs, articles, and novels. Her articles have appeared in Northwest Christian Author, The Christian Journal and the devotional The Secret Place. [12/28]

Elizabeth Irby is a freelancer who writes about spiritual issues for a variety of publications. She and her husband, Houston, recently adopted their first child, Johnny Mac, from South Korea. They reside in Hillsboro, Oregon. [12/22]

Ida Jancso, widow, mother of two, grandmother of two, lives in West Middlesex, PA. She enjoys art, gardening, and church activities. [6/25, 8/22]

Kathy Johnson lives in Minnesota with her husband and six children. Publishing credits include Christmas in the Country, Lutheran Woman's Quarterly, and devotions in Portals of Prayer for adults and My Devotions for children. A freelance writer, editor, and speaker. [6/5, 7/11, 8/18, 9/2, 12/16]

Helen Kammerdiener of New Bethlehem, PA, a retired teacher, church association co-coordinator, food pantry site manager, community choir narrator, lay speaker, Sunday School and Bible study teacher, and children’s Bible club helper, finds life hectic. She says writing is relaxing. [1/31, 2/6, 3/29, 4/21, 6/6, 7/31, 12/8]

Jennifer Kanode is an English-as-a-Second Language teacher and an announcer on a Christian radio station. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and has been writing short stories since she was in elementary school. [1/27, 7/14, 10/27]

Jon Kattenhorn wanted to be a missionary, but because of his Cerebral Palsy, he was unable to serve the Lord in this fashion. He writes for magazines and Sunday school papers, works in Youth ministry, and lives in Shafter, CA. [8/31]

Lanette Kissel, wife, mother, and writer lives in Evansville IN. She enjoys writing short stories, novels, and traditional rhyming Christian poetry. This is her first attempt at devotional writing. [1/12, 3/10, 11/7]

Mary A. Koepke is a freelance writer/illustrator. She lives with her husband of 55 years at the Passavant Retirement Center in Zelienople. She is active in the Arts Program which includes painting, sculpting, journaling, poetry, and literary workshops. [1/11, 4/17, 6/27, 7/12, 9/30, 10/11, 12/21]

Carole Lang is a widow who lives in New Wilmington and works for the Lord through various church groups. [10/30, 12/15]

Joe LoBello was born again in 1976. He is married with six daughters and five grandchildren. His life is dedicated to serving the Lord and spreading the Good News of His love through writing. What a blessing and privilege! [4/18, 6/2, 7/10, 8/28, 9/4, 11/10]

Bonnie J. Manion began writing poetry seven years ago after her six children were grown, has attended SDC writing conferences and placed in various poetry contests, and has published over 100 poems in two dozen journals. [1/18, 4/26, 5/14]

Christi McMath lives in Sharpsville, PA and attends Westside Baptist Church. She is the church prayer coordinator. She leads a weekly home Bible study. She’s previously published poems in Pathway. She’s married with two children and one grandson. [2/25, 5/7]

Karen Delp Miller is studying for a degree in nursing while working at a nursing home and raising four children. They are her best subjects. Karen follows in the steps of her mother who won many awards at the SDCWC. [12/17]

Evelyn Minshull, author of 26 published books, has taught creative writing workshops to all ages. She and Fred have been married for 54 happy years. While they were at home, their three daughters were her "first readers"—her "on-target" critics. [2/28, 4/5, 6/22, 7/16, 9/18, 11/25]

Barbara Myler, a homemaker, and her husband, Jim, live in Mars, PA. Besides her writing, she enjoys creative pursuits: gardening, sewing, crafts, and decorating. With 3 grown children in the area and church involvement—life is full. [3/12, 5/1]

Dan Nicksich is the Senior Minister of First Christian Church in Somerset, PA. He has been a free-lance writer for 17 years with over 200 publishing credits. He also writes for his church's drama ministry. [1/21, 11/11]

Caitlin O’Conner, a 14-year-old homeschool student, looks to make writing her career. Second-born of five children, she enjoys writing, reading, playing guitar, and studying. She resides in Yulee/Fernandina Beach, Florida with her parents, younger siblings and dog. [6/21, 10/24]

Sharon Parrett lives in Florida. Beaver Village Adventures is her first published book in a series of beaver village books in which her sister is co-author. She enjoys writing short stories. She is active in church. She loves working with children. [10/3]

Rev. Dr. Donald L. Patterson is senior minister at The United Methodist Church in Laurel, Mississippi. His congregation and community were devastated during the Katrina hurricane. Much of his time since the hurricane has been in working with the victims. [1/2]

Rev. J. Douglas Patterson is the senior minister of the large Smithfield United Church in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Married to Ramona and father of three children, he is a popular motivational speaker and prominent clergyman. [5/6]

Peter Paulson is a freelance writer living in Bremerton, WA. A retired pastor, he and his wife enjoy visiting their friends, grown children, and two grandchildren. They met when he asked to borrow a dictionary from her. [2/26, 6/17, 8/27, 10/26, 12/27]

Mary Rose Pearson, Mercer, PA, is author of 29 books and 600+ short pieces. She is the wife of Rev. M. N. Pearson. She taught classes in churches he pastored and held children's crusades in their 35 years of evangelism. [2/4, 6/24, 10/5]

Barbara Peer [6/1, 7/26, 10/17]

Glenda Joy Race enjoys teaching, writing, and singing. She teaches writing skills and GED preparation through Luzerne County Community College. She is involved in children's and music ministries. She enjoys sharing her singing and writing talents with others. [1/30, 3/5, 5/22, 7/18, 9/14, 11/14]

Della L. Ray, at the age of seventeen, gave her life to Jesus. Since then He has taken her on quite a journey that has included teaching, acting, traveling, and now writing. She is blessed to be used by Him. [2/18, 5/9, 10/23]

Betty Redmon, a former resident of New York, employed in millinery design, now lives in Stanton, California. She enjoys friends, writing, and finds life to be an exciting adventure. [1/23, 5/28, 9/20, 10/16, 12/3]

Fara Lynn Reed, a graduate of Northwest Christian College, is currently a mother of three, pastor's wife and a church secretary. A freelance writer and speaker, she enjoys writing devotions and inspirational articles. [5/31, 6/16]

Debbie Rempel is active in her local church in Dallas, Oregon, and volunteers at the school affiliated with it. She is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and was interviewed in her town’s weekly newspaper about her poetry. [1/25, 4/6, 6/8, 8/7, 9/25, 12/9]

Linda Richardson is Assistant Director of Victory in the Valley, Inc. Diagnosed in 1980 with metastatic malignant melanoma, she completed treatment in 1981 and remains in remission. From this experience, Linda writes and shares poems about the journey through cancer. [1/28, 3/11, 4/4, 5/12, 6/13, 7/4, 8/4, 9/23, 10/1, 11/4]

Pat Rivet [12/14]

Micki Roberts and her husband live in Wellborn, FL and have two grown children. Micki's writing includes novels, poetry, and Praise & Worship lyrics. She is a member of RWA and ACFW. [2/11, 4/25, 5/3, 6/7, 7/25, 8/26, 9/22, 10/9, 11/18, 12/7]

Martha Rogers, a retired English teacher and free-lance author of Bible studies, articles, and devotionals, also writes the Verse of the Week for ACFW. Martha and her husband live in Houston, Texas and are active in the ministries of Houston's First Baptist Church. [1/20, 3/30, 4/29, 5/20, 7/8, 10/10, 11/3, 12/19]

Jan Sady, Mayport, PA, President, Writers Fellowship; Editor, The Path; Author, God's Lessons from Nature. Published in Small Town Life, Upper Case, Cross & Quill. Articles accepted in Ideals and The Writer Magazine. Certified lay speaker for UMC. [1/8, 2/7, 3/19, 4/9, 5/18, 6/19, 7/6, 8/14, 9/15, 10/25]

Tiffany M. Schlichter is 17 and lives with her parents and 4 siblings in Montgomery, TX. She publishes the monthly magazine, Virtuous Daughters, and has authored and published two books, Encouragement to the Home School Student and Noble Girlhood. [1/9, 3/16, 5/4, 7/9, 9/15, 11/2]

Anne Siegrist is a volunteer for Faith in Action and Compeer, and her writings have been published in a variety of church publications. Her special interest is in children's literature. She lives in rural upstate New York. [3/24, 9/13]

Audrey Stallsmith is the author of the Thyme Will Tell mystery series from WaterBrook Press. She also writes articles on "Historical Plants" and "Christian Thought: Lewis, Chesterton, et al" for her web site, [1/24, 2/17]

Margaret Steinacker, current worship leader for The Writing Academy, is in her 28th year of teaching GED classes. She is the Organist/Keyboardist for the Traditional and Contemporary worship at the United Methodist Church, Delphi, IN where her husband leads worship. [1/15, 3/8, 4/28, 7/23, 9/9]

Shirley S. Stevens leads a Christian Writers Group, The First Word, in Sewickley, PA. She serves as teacher in residence and mentor for The Writing Academy. Currently secretary of The St. Davids Christian Writers Conference, she enjoys receiving e-mail: [1/4, 1/26, 2/24, 2/29, 3/28, 4/24, 5/10, 6/30, 7/5, 7/30, 8/5, 8/21, 9/24, 10/29, 11/21, 11/24, 11/29]

Jennifer M. Stevenson is a published poet, wife, mother, and Christian dedicated to sharing the Lord through the writing talents He gave her. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where she is currently working on a children’s story. [9/8]

Tiffany Stuart is married with two children. She is a freelance writer with a passion for sharing the hope of God to others. Visit her blogsite at [8/1]

Louise Sutherland a feelance writer, license minister at Kingdom Life Church in Baltimore, MD, Preschool Director, consultant and a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who writes children stories and up lifting words to encourage people to trust in the Lord. [4/22]

Catherine Szymanski works as a rehabilitation aid in a nursing home where she derives some of her material. [4/10]

Gloria Hall Troup is currently publishing a book with Author House titled, Jesus Does Heal Today which contains poetry, prose, and original art. [2/16, 3/18, 9/29, 12/24]

Elizabeth M. Van Hook, a Retirement Specialist in Pittsburgh, is a photographer fascinated with butterflies and flowers. She collects and dresses teddy bears for her Teddy Bear Ministry. When she retires, she plans to chase more butterflies and give away more bears! [2/14, 6/29, 7/19, 8/13, 11/27, 11/28]

Mary Donavan Vish, retired RN, mother of six, member of First Word Writer's group, enjoys writing poetry and prose. She writes often of family and God's gracious guidance. [10/12]

Charles A. Waugaman, poet, was an art director, college art teacher, conference and workshop leader, editor, and served churches in ME, CT, and PA. Retired in Vermont, he delights in long morning devotions where many of his writings begin. [1/3, 2/10, 3/20, 4/11, 5/25, 6/23, 7/15, 8/6, 8/17, 9/3, 10/4, 11/1, 11/26, 12/25]

Martha Kauffman Weaver, taught in Christian Schools 36 years, teaches adult women in Sunday school, is a board member and past president of St. Davids Christian Writers' Association. She lives with her husband at Atglen, PA. [3/31]

Gertrude Wilson is a freelance writer living in Baltimore, MD. She is the mother of three and grandmother of five. Gertrude enjoys writing poetry and praise and worship lyrics. She is a member of PSA and ACWA. [12/12]

Theresa V. Wilson is a minister at Kingdom Life Church, Baltimore, MD. Her freelance work has appeared in Godly Business Woman and Proverbs 31 Magazines. She is president of the Baltimore Area American Christian Writers Association. Visit her at [3/14, 7/20, 8/15, 10/8]

Kathleen Wolford, wife, mother of 5 daughters, homemaker, currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO. She enjoys writing poetry and devotionals. [1/14, 10/13]

Cheryl Wyatt, RN turned SAHM, joyful chaos rules her home, and she delights in the stealth moments God gives her to write. She stays active in her church and in her laundry room. [2/12, 4/1, 5/2, 5/24]

Barbara Ann Yonnotti, RN, enjoys reading, writing poetry, and serving as outreach chairman of Wickliffe Christian Church. She graduated from Austintown Fitch and joined the USN. She has one daughter and lives in Youngstown, OH. [1/7, 7/24, 8/23, 12/30]