Welcoming New Writers, Celebrating All {VIDEO}

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We’re welcoming eleven new writers to our team, and celebrating the writers that have been with us all along. Thank you for being a faithful reader. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Get excited for new things coming in January.

Meet our writers below. Check out their blogs, follow them on Twitter, and give them a shout. We think you’ll like them as much as we do.

Danielle L. Vermeer

Danielle L. Vermeer is a social impact consultant by day and blogger on the intersections of marriage, faith, and feminism by night. She and her husband and baby-dog live in the suburbs of Chicago. From the first time we met her we were struck by her brains and ambition. We think you should check out Danielle where she blogs at From Two to One.

Dean P. Simmer

Dean is a native Michigander, an Anglican deacon, a husband to an opera singer, a high school teacher, a high school IT manager, and a Detroiter. “It’s a lot to unpack” according to Dean but we’re so excited to have him on our team. For more about Dean, visit him at his blog.

Diana Trautwein

Diana R.G. Trautwein is a retired pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is married to Richard Trautwein — 47 years next month! — and has three grown children, three stupendous children-in-law, and eight grandchildren, ranging in age from 2 to 21. She also acts as a spiritual director and writes twice weekly at her blog called Just Wondering. We love the wisdom and experience she brings to the table.

Elizabeth Hudson

Elizabeth is a staff writer at National Geographic Magazine and the author of three best-selling books, including Stuck in a Moment: A Year on Tour with U2. Elizabeth divides her time between Charleston, South Carolina and Dublin, Ireland with her wildly attractive musician husband and bloodhound [and since none of that is true in real life (yet) you can visit her real website: Story Wrought]. Elizabeth was the only person brave enough to include her “dream bio” in her application. We like her guts.

Grace Biskie

Grace is a biracial woman who has lived through abuse, racism, poverty, postpartum depression, parenting, marriage & ministry. She speaks in Churches & on campuses as often as she possibly can and is half-way through a Masters of Divinity at Western Theological Seminary. She’s fun and honest, and she blogs over at Gabbing with Grace. Welcome her to our team!

John Crist

John Crist is funny. Seriously. If you don’t believe us, check him out for yourself.

J.R. Forasteros

J.R. is a teaching pastor in Dayton, OH. He loves stories of all kinds, both telling them and hearing them. We were impressed with his heart and his passion. Want to tell him a story? You can visit him at his blog.

Leigh Kramer

Leigh Kramer is on a quest to live life on purpose. She left life in the Midwest for Nashville, Tennessee with only fried pickles as her comfort, quit her steady job as a social worker and now shares her journey through words of transparency, heart, and just a dash of pluck at HopfulLeigh. We love who she is and we’re sure you will too!

Michelle DeRusha

Michelle is a wife and mom of two boys currently living in Nebraska, where she discovered the Great Plains, grasshoppers the size of Cornish hens, and God. Her first book, “50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Inspiration from Heroines of the Faith,” will be released by Baker Books in 2014. She is also the author of a blog called Graceful. Her very first Skype call of all time was with us. We feel so special!

Ruthie Dean

Ruthie Dean is a book marketer at Harper Collins Christian by day and a writer by night. She and her husband Michael call Nashville home. Their first book, Real Men Don’t Text, will be in bookstores in 2013 and Ruthie writes a relationship blog for women at www.ruthiedean.com. We’re so excited to invite her to be part of what we’re doing!

Stephanie May

Stephanie May is a world-traveling journalist who is in love with Jesus, life and all things beautiful. In July 2012, she returned from the World Race, an 11-month mission trip to 11 countries around the world. Currently, she is working for Adventures in Missions as a Storyteller. She is also the author of The Lipstick Gospel. She is a lovely, passionate addition to the community.

Sundi Jo Graham

Sundi Jo is a writer, speaker, and small business owner, making her home in Branson, Missouri. She is the author of Liar Liar, a manifesto to help you believe the truth about your identity. You can find her engulfed in the social media world, spending time with friends and family, hanging out in a pair of jeans and flip-flops, or writing. She blogs over at SundiJo.com. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team!


And a tribute to the writers who have been with us already…


Ben Skoda

Ben Skoda helps people communicate God’s story of justice with Venture Expeditions. Ben and his wife, Sarah, live in Chicago and are in constant search of a good brunch and Jesus’ redemption with their church family, MissioDei. Ben is the king of outreach, the first to help when he sees an opportunity. We’re thankful to have him in our corner.

Bethany Suckrow

Full-time writer by day, artist and blogger by night, Bethany Suckrow authors the blog She Writes and Rights, where she shares both prose and poetry related to life, faith, storytelling and creativity. Her greatest passions are Grace, words, and a good cup of coffee. She and her musician husband Matt live in the Chicago suburbs. Bethany has a sweet and honest spirit and adds so much as a writer and person.

Christy Mcferren

Christy is a blogger, designer and speaker covering the topics of Church and Culture. She lives in Austin, TX, with her husband Dan. They are passionate about humbly bringing change and inviting people to ask the questions Jesus came to answer. In addition to writing, she is responsible for everything good about the Prodigal website. We think you should read her book, First Steps Out, at FirstStepsOut.com.

Curt Devine

Curt Devine is a freelance writer, tutor and travel-addict currently living in Washington, DC. After returning from an 11-month, 11-country missions trip in 2011, he plans to continue giving a voice to the voiceless by documenting social injustice around the world. Curt’s passion is contagious and we never get tired of hearing from him. Read more about him at his blog.

Duane Scott

Duane writes about life and what it means to live fully aware of God in every moment, what it means to live loved, and to love in return. He lives in Iowa with a beautiful Southern Gal, a pesky dog named Mr. Watson, and a goldfish named Ralph. He currently writes on his personal blog Scribing the Journey. We’re happy to say that Duane has become a friend.

Emily Maynard

Emily Maynard is an outgoing introvert from Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about questioning, exploring, and growing alongside great friends. She’s learning to speak up and loves watching people find their voices. FYI she is not the Emily Maynard from The Bachelorette, but to us, she’s even better. Connect with the best Emily Maynard on Twitter.

Emily Wierenga

Emily Wierenga is the author of Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder (Ampelon, September 2012). She is wife to Trenton, mother to Aiden Grey and Kasher Jude, foster mom to Joey and Jin, a freelance journalist, and a commissioned artist. We think she has a beautiful heart. You can read more about her at www.emilywierenga.com.

Jeremy Statton

Jeremy Statton is an Orthopedic surgeon and a writer. When not ridding the world of pain, he encourages others to Live Better Stories at jeremystatton.com, where you can download a free copy of his eBook Grace Is. Jeremy has a huge heart and we’re thankful to know him.

Krisi Johnson

Krisi is a middle class twenty-something who graduated with a dream of flying to Europe and never looking back. Her plane forget to stop and has been circling land impatiently awaiting a decision on where to plant her. Now she gets special recognition for following us to our headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lindsey Nobles

Lindsey is the Director of Speakers and Strategic Partnerships at Food For the Hungry. She has a widening heart for orphan care and has been doing what she can to mobilize friends and followers to see children in the same light that she does.

Matt Appling

Matt Appling has been writing his blog, The Church of No People, since 2008. His writing has been featured and syndicated on numerous culture, leadership and spirituality sites. Matt has worked in ministry for ten years, and is a pastor and a teacher in the Midwest. Matt never ceases to amaze us with his wit and intellect. You should read his book, Life After Art, due to release with Moody in March of 2013.

Michael Perkins

Michael Perkins believes everyone is created unique and with a purpose. Michael blogs at DripJesus.com and is the pastor of LightWay: A Church of the Nazarene. His passion for the Gospel is captivating.

Sammy Adebiyi

Young Adult Pastor, Crazy Nigerian, Husband, Father and Blogger hoping to play a small role in the grand story of God. He also wants to know: How much does God weigh? We love Sammy, even though we still don’t know how to pronounce his last name.

Shawn Smucker

Shawn’s most recent book, Building a Life Out of Words, is the tale of how he lost his business, house, and community but then realized he had gained everything. Shawn is on a blogging sabbatical for an undetermined amount of time, so we’re lucky to have him contributing here.

Sonny Lemmons

(Yes, this is his real name.) He fancies himself a writer of stuff, a receiver of grace, and a drinker of coffee. He and his wife Ashley have one manic ball of energy (Malakai, age 3). A stay at home dad for three years now, Sonny can usually be found Tweeting, blogging or doing laundry while his son is sleeping. We say: Sonny is as much a joy to know as his name implies.

Steve Spotts

Steve Spotts is the Founder and Clinical Director of Third Strand Marriage Retreats, as well as a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience. He is also a husband and father to three grown children. He lives in Hillsboro, Oregon. He almost died of a heart attack this year, so it is literally a miracle to have him on our team.

Tony Alicea

Tony is a writer and blogger who is passionate about the topics of identity and destiny. He blogs at Expect The Exceptional and is the Communications Director for The Harbour Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tony and his wife Katie are close friends of ours, inside and outside of blogging.

  • http://www.beckycastlemiller.com/ Becky Castle Miller

    Awesome! I love the diversity you’ve collected. I look forward to hearing from their varied perspectives.

  • http://www.fromtwotoone.com/ Danielle | from two to one

    Thanks for compiling this, Darrell! I am so excited to be part of the Prodigal team and get to know these fantastic writers.

  • http://www.gabbingwithgrace.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

    Excited & appropriately nervous to be a part of what the Lord is doing in this space. =)

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    Excited to be part of the team!

  • http://bibledude.net/ Dan King

    Awesome! What a GREAT group of talent! #fistbump

  • http://www.gettingdownwithjesus.com/ dukeslee

    Woot! Awesome list. Well done, Prodigal.

  • http://sayable.net/ Lore Ferguson

    Well done! A great lineup of great writers =)

  • http://dsimmer.com/ Dean P. Simmer | dsimmer.com

    Excited and perhaps a bit overwhelmed to be part of the narratives happening here.

  • http://KatieAxelson.com/ Katie Axelson

    Welcome to the Prodigal team, y’all!

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