CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Cindee Snider Re

Cindee Snider Re

Author and Co-Founder at Chronic Joy®

Cindee is a wife of 28 years to the man she loves most in this world, mama of five world-shaking creatives (18-27), photographer, craver of quiet, lover of cotton, denim, Jesus and tea, and co-founder of Chronic Joy®. Cindee and four of her five kids have Ehlers-Danlos, dysautonomia, intractable migraine, and myriad co-existing conditions, through which they’re learning the deeper the valley, the greater their capacity for joy.

Author of:
Discovering Hope
Finding Purpose
Embracing Worth
I Take You in Sickness and in Health

 

Barbara Coleman

Barbara Coleman

Artist and Writer

Barbara lives in Maryland and has been in ministry with her husband, Mike, for almost 50 years. In the past she has led Bible Studies and spoken at Women's Retreats. She has three grown sons and 10 grandchildren. She is a retired floral designer and now spends her time painting. Most importantly she has a devoted husband who supports her and always encourages her to remember the wisdom of her precious Lord.

Shelly Esser

Shelly Esser

Editor of Just Between Us magazine

Shelly has been the editor of Just Between Us for 30 years. She and her husband have four adult daughters and two sons-in-law, and live in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. 

Karin Fendick

Karin Fendick

Chronic Joy® Poetry Coordinator and Writer

Karin is a handmaiden of the Lord; saved by grace; a worshiper; a poet; a broken heart; a lover of words; hungry for truth; amazed by love; on the Potter's wheel His work in progress. After five years in Africa, Karin and her beloved husband of twenty years, Rick, are back in rural Canada where chronic pain drives her to the feet of Jesus. She is powered by prayer, love, and many cups of strong coffee. Author of From Ashes to Glory (A Psalm a Day).

Bettie Gilbert

Bettie Gilbert

Board Member and Prayer Coordinator

You can find Bettie blogging from her home in a small town in southeast Wisconsin - at bettiegraseasons.com, walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that calls to Bettie, as do her family and nine young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together. 

Adriana Hayes

Adriana Hayes

Professor, Writer, and Speaker

Adriana is a freelance illustrator, professor, writer, and speaker who finds joy in helping others discover how God can bring “chronic hope” into their lives. She lives in Milwaukee, Wis., with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Promise.

Visit my sites! Chronichopeblog.wordpress.com or madebyadri.com.

Photo courtesy of Robyn Vining Photography.

Becky Hill

Becky Hill

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Becky lives in Leicester, UK and is a wife to Matt, mum to two girls, and a pursuer of Christ. Becky and Matt love the local church and have been involved in pastoral ministry for many years. In January, 2015, Becky fell from a step ladder causing a debilitating cerebrospinal fluid leak, which means she has to spend much of her day lying flat. Becky loves words and writes to connect, encourage, share her journey, and inspire others facing suffering, chronic illness and pain.

Joy Lenton

Joy Lenton

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer and Poet

Joy is a wife, mother, grandma to one beautiful boy, M.E and chronic illness sufferer who spends many days in her PJs penning poetry and prose. Joy is also a work in progress by God’s grace. She is the author of Seeking Solace: Discovering Grace in Life’s Hard Places, and a contributor to Mosaic of Grace: God’s Beautiful Reshaping of Our Broken Lives by James Prescott. Joy has also contributed to Taking off The Mask: Daring to Be The Person God Created You to Be by Claire Musters, and Finding Purpose: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness by Cindee Snider Re. Her latest book is called Embracing Hope: Soul Food to Help Chase Away the Blues. You can find her sharing her regular insights and poetry at poetryjoy.com.

Emily J. Maurits

Emily J. Maurits

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

After working for several years in the public health sector, Emily is now studying theology. She believes we are all called to love suffering people, because that's what Jesus did. She is passionate about equipping and encouraging others to do just that, and founded www.calledtowatch.com for the family and friends of those with chronic illnesses. As well as uncovering God's presence in the chaos of life, she enjoys reading, running and writing, with her memoir coming out next year.

Heather MacLaren Johnson

Heather MacLaren Johnson

Psy.D. and Author

Heather and her husband, Todd, are parents of three adult children adopted from Russia with multiple, invisible, permanent special needs. They live on 44 beautiful, rural acres in Wisconsin. Heather's greatest desire is to help other chronic emotional sufferers understand that no matter how wounded, we are passionately loved by God, invited to walk and work with Him to help others know of His love, salvation and constant provision, for He works best through those who know their brokenness and emptiness, through those who let Him in. Heather blogs at True Life with God and is the author of Grace, Truth & Time: Facilitating Small Groups that Thrive.

Pamela Piquette

Pamela Piquette

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chronic Joy®

Pamela is a leader and a visionary following God's call to inspire those affected by chronic illness to discover hope, find purpose, embrace worth and encounter joy. She believes that every precious life affected by chronic illness is both vital and purposed.

Pamela is the mom of three married children, grandma of two sweet granddaughters and one baby grandson, and a wife of more than 30 years. She is diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, chronic migraines and a host of other chronic conditions.

Pamela enjoys hot tea, reading -- almost always more than one book at a time -- and walking her teddy bear dog, Cocoa.

Dr. Terry Powell

Dr. Terry Powell

Author and Professor

Terry is Faculty Emeritus at Columbia International University, in South Carolina, where he is now an Adjunct Professor in Church Ministries. Terry has a bride of 49 years, two grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and  9-year old grandson. He writes a blog on faith and depression: penetratingthedarkness.com. His latest book is Oh God, I’m Dying! How God Redeems Pain for Our Good and for His Glory. The book tells the story of Dr. Mark Smith (co-author), an effective Christian university president despite suffering daily pain from a near-fatal car accident in 1996. The book illustrates the means of God’s grace that have sustained Mark and his wife Debbie.

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Author

Vaneetha writes and speaks about meeting God in suffering. She is the author of the book, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering, and an upcoming memoir entitled: Walking Through Fire. You can find her writing at Desiring God and her personal blog, Vaneetha.com. Vaneetha lives in North Carolina and is married to Joel. She has two daughters, Katie and Kristi.

Watch Choosing Joy in Suffering from Diamonds 2019.

Esther Smith

Esther Smith

Author and Licensed Counselor

Esther is a licensed and biblical counselor. In 2014, she began writing about her personal experience with chronic pain, and continues to use her website, Life in Slow Motion, to encourage people facing physical and mental illness challenges.

Her book Chronic Illness: Walking by Faith, released in May of 2020. She also self-published two short books But God, Wouldn’t I Be More Useful to You If I Were Healthy? and When Chronic Pain and Illness Take Everything Away that explore how people with chronic illness can approach the topics of grief and loss.

Esther lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, Ian, and their dogs, Bella and Bug.

Megan Willome

Megan Willome

Chronic Joy® Poetry Coordinator

Megan is a contributing writer for Wacoan magazine in Waco, Texas, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, and Magnolia Journal. She is also an editor at T.S. Poetry Press and the author of The Joy of PoetryShe lives in the Texas Hill Country, where she writes and edits from home. Links to her work can be found at her website, meganwillome.com and Twitter. Megan's day is incomplete without poetry and tea.

S.G. Willoughby

S.G. Willoughby

Author and Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Sara is the author of He’s Making Diamonds: A Teen's Thoughts On Faith Through Chronic Illness and the host of the annual Diamonds Conference for chronically ill Christians. She loves to write and have adventures - be it a new board game with her family, trying a weird food, or diving into a fantasy book. Sara is a TCK, a Lymie, and a Young Life Leader. She is also a Chronic Joy Contributing Writer and a #PenToPaper Ambassador.

 

Gayl Wright

Gayl Wright

Chronic Joy® Content Coordinator, Editor & Writer

Gayl Wright lives in a log home partly surrounded by woods in upstate South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Married 46 years, mother of 7, grandmother of 14, a seeker of truth who looks for beauty in ordinary things. You may find her walking in the woods, sitting on the hillside or relaxing in the porch swing. She loves to explore new areas of creativity as she writes for her blog, composes poems,dabbles in her art journal or captures images with photography.

Writing from her heart about all of life, she seeks to encourage others and glorify God. Two sons and three grandsons were diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy (MD), so she is well acquainted with chronic illness. Having lost both parents and one of her sons, she is also familiar with grief. She is a contributing writer to the book Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat, which can be found on Amazon. You can read more of her writing at her blog, Words, Photos and Art.

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