DWELL DEVOTIONAL WRITERS
For a long time now, I've had a dream in my heart for young girls to have a powerful devotional tool that led them straight to Jesus. And for so long, it was just that - a dream! Today, Dwell: A Modern Girl's Guide to Devotion and Prayer exists as a fulfillment of that dream. I couldn't be more grateful!
When the idea finally started to come together, it was because these amazing women from all over the United States linked arms with us to share their wisdom and personal stories of faith. Because of them, this dream for G.L.A.M. Camp for Girls has become a reality for young women across the world! It's been absolutely incredible to watch the Lord make this happen, and I can't begin to express how grateful I am for each woman who contributed to this devotional project. Their words are full of wisdom and encouragement, truth and love. We'd love for you to meet each of our writers and connect with them further. So start scrolling and get to know them below, then go visit them in their own online spaces to say hi and thank them for their part in creating Dwell.
To our writers, we have so much love for you and can't thank you enough for all you've done to make this dream come true! Thank you!!
Founder, G.L.A.M. Camp for Girls
MEET THE WRITERS
DAVIDA L. ANDERSON
DaVida L. Anderson loves God, motivating others and creating constructive change. She is a motivational speaker, Founder/Executive Director of Strong Sister, Silly Sister, Inc. and educator. Connect with her at www.davidalanderson.com.
Jessica Galan spends her days teaching Social Studies to an amazing group of resilient and diverse high school students. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut and is a proud Latina, wife and mother of three young ladies of her own. She blogs about being "Malleable" at www.malleableheart.com. Follow her on Twitter @MalleableHeart or find her on Instagram @recasttoday.
Kristel Acevedo is a wife, mother, and writer living in Miami, FL. She is passionate about helping women realize the freedom they have in Christ. She also loves good food, warm weather, and spending time with loved ones. It helps if there’s a good chai latte involved. Find her online at www.KristelAcevedo.com and on Instagram: @KristelAce.
Brooke is an introverted Starbucks addict, M&M fiend, wife to her college sweetheart, mother of three (plus two furry, four-legged feline boys), work-from- homer, MidWestern girl at heart living in SoCal, and pursuer of Christ. She is the founder and editor of Belong Magazine. She loves reading, taking naps and watching TV (Hulu, Netflix... whatever!). Connect with her at www.belong- mag.com.
Amy Demos is a speaker, business owner, educator and internationally- published wedding photographer with her high school sweetheart, Jordan. They are a husband and wife team based in Scottsdale, Arizona and have a heart for encouraging and strengthening marriages together through their business. Amy and Jordan share about their own life and adventures daily on www.amyandjordanblog.com, and you can connect with Amy on Instagram at @amy_demos.
Kristin Ungerecht is a believer in living well and being kind; in warm hugs and wide smiles. She writes from a heart for Jesus and gentle encouragement, and works as a virtual assistant for creatives. She loves hot tea, fresh flowers, bright lipstick and a good road trip. Connect with her at andsoweareblog.com and kristinungerecht.com, on Instagram @andsoweare, or Twitter @kktoday.
Michelle McKinney is the Founder of Dreams Unleashed, a company committed to helping women discover, define, and boldly live out their God-given dreams. Michelle and her husband, Tony, reside in Maryland and have been married for 17 years. They have 4 children - 3 boys (Anthony, Caleb, and Mekhi) and one little girl (Selah). Her family and her ambitions keep her on her toes but if you ask Michelle, she'd have it no other way. Connect with her at www.becomingmichelle.com or on Instagram: @michelle.mckinney.
Rebecca Pierce is a 30-something creative dreamer who gets to be a photographer, teacher, writer and podcaster. Her favorite things include Jesus, her husband and kids, fountain Coke and gooey brownies. She also gets passionate about helping women chase down the things God has for them in the middle of the mundane. If you would like to connect with Rebecca, visit ShesBuildingHerHouse.com or find her on Instagram: @ShesBuildingHerHouse.
Rachel Britz is a compassionate friend, storyteller, and advocate for those in seasons of grief, loss, and transition. She is a faith and inspiration blogger, World Vision ambassador, and cookie baker. She is the author of “Good-Bye, Lover” a Christian historical novel based in Ireland. Rachel is passionate about helping Christians live life with freedom and purpose. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three kids. Connect with her at www.rachelbritz.com.
BETH ANN PLATT
Beth Ann Platt is an artist, dreamer, coffee lover, D-I-Y-er, and writer. She's lived in quite a few places but now calls Florida home. She loves nothing more than making Jesus known through her art. She also is a part of Thryve Magazine, known for inspiring and equipping women to live fully alive in Christ. Connect with her at elleizahbeth.com and thryvemag.com or on Instagram: @elleizahbeth.
Jess Connolly is a gal who wants to leave the world more in awe of God than she found it. She’s a passionate entrepreneur, author and speaker and loves talking to women about Jesus on the internet or over coffee. She and her husband Nick have recently planted Gospel Community Church in Charleston, SC. Jess is the cofounder of The Influence Network and the lead designer + owner of Naptime Diaries Shop. Her first book, Wild and Free, co-written with Hayley Morgan, was published in Spring 2016 with Zondervan. She blogs at jessconnolly.com and you can also connect with her on Instagram @jessaconnolly.
Anna Filly is a wedding and portrait photographer in the sweet, deep South. She loves hosting dinner parties, sparkling water, and telling love stories through the art of photography. When she's not traveling with her camera or trying a new recipe, Anna enjoys empowering young women and captivating their hearts through the promises and truth found in the Gospel story of Jesus Christ. Connect with her at annafillyblog.com or on Instagram: @AnnaFilly.
MEREDITH MCDANIEL, MA, LPCA
Meredith McDaniel is a daughter of our Creator, wife to Ben, on Young Life Staff in North Carolina, mother of three little ones, and a licensed professional counselor associate helping others taste of the land of milk and honey both locally and beyond. Connect with her at milkandhoneycounseling.com or on Instagram and Twitter: @milkandhoneylkn.
ALISHA L. GORDON, M.Div.
Alisha L. Gordon is a well sought-after writer, teacher, scholar activist, and public theologian. Smothered and covered in Southern charm, Alisha has utilized the many intersections of her life to have a global reach to share the stories of the marginalized as a prophetic voice in the world. A lover of coffee, Chuck Taylor sneakers, and music, Alisha's greatest joy is raising her beautiful 11-year-old daughter in the Atlanta area. Connect with her at alishagordon.com or on Instagram and Twitter: @dstarwriter59.
Kathleen Clipper is a photographer and blogger based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She loves sipping hot tea at quirky coffee shops, practicing hand lettering in the way too many stacks of cute journals she accumulates, and hunting for steals on mid-century furniture at antique malls. Connect with her at thenewgirlinnashville.com or on Instagram: @thenewgirlinnashville.
Jenifer Fair is a 23 year old woman who loves to write and serve the Lord in everything she does. She is pursuing her master's degree to become a young ladies' counselor because she loves to encourage and motivate women. She is excited to see where the Lord leads her and to see lives change. Connect with her at jeniferfair.com, shoutoutradiance.com, on Twitter: @jeniferfair or Instagram: @jenfair.
Texas born and bred. Mizzou educated. Brie loves helping girls discover their God given purpose so much so that she wrote a book about it called The Black Girl's Guide to Living on Purpose. In her free time you can find Brie reading, eating something tasty or spending time with friends and her husband "G". To read more from Brie or to purchase The Black Girl's Guide to Living on Purpose visit blackgirlswithpurpose.org. You can also connect with her on Instagram at @brie_dee_.
Dinah Marshall, who is a minister at her Local assembly, Fullness of Joy Ministries in Jonesboro AR., is 33 years old and enjoys serving others. She has worked with children/youth/and young adults for over 15 years. She loves God with her entire heart and will do all she can to help others with their walk with God! Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter: @DivahMarie.
Sara Simmons is a writer with 20 years of creative communications experience. She chose to transform personal loss into a mission of positive change. Sara dedicates her voice to awakening the world to the inspiring presence and power of hope, through grief work and mentorship. Connect with her at theworldneedshope.com or on Instagram: @worldneedshope.
Apriel Biggs is a lover of life and the magic it brings. When she's not rolling out new technologies, she inspiring women to be the Shero of their own life. Resident UNO champion and pizza connoisseur, Apriel believes we are each blessed to be a blessing in another person's life. Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter: @aprielbiggs.
Meredith Banks is a Southern girl who - like Jesus - is known to speak in parables and analogies. In her own humorously honest way, she writes about personal trials and triumphs in an effort to encourage and show God’s love to anyone willing to listen. She’s a self-proclaimed Jane-of-all-trades; passionate about all things Jesus, family, music, creativity and food (in that order). When she isn’t trying to save the world, she can be found doting on her nieces.
Born and raised in foggy Northern California, Arielle Estoria Leda Wilburn is a Spoken Word Artist, Blogger, Speaker and Creative Curator. The heartbeat behind her work is a diligent pursuit of instilling and reminding people of their worth through words. Arielle has spoken at universities such as Azusa Pacific University, Cal State Fullerton and UCLA as well as conferences in the California area and beyond. Her first collaboration book of poetry, Vagabonds and Zealots is available on Amazon.com. Connect with her at arielleestoria.com or on Instagram: @arielleestoria.
Susie Gaskins lives in Sacramento, California. She is currently serving as the Junior High Director at The Life Center church. She loves working with Junior High Students and High School Students. Her heart burns for house of God and for missions. She prays for revival to break out among young and old women. Jesus is coming back, and she wants to be ready plus get people ready. Connect with her on Instagram @Susiegaskins_.
Shantay Carter is a LIBRA, NURSE, MENTOR, CEO, and an AKA! She is the Founder of Women Of Integrity Inc. She loves her family. She believes that helping others, is one of the greatest rewards in life. Through her non-profit organization Women Of Integrity Inc., she gives back to her community every day. #givingisgood Connect with her at womenofintegrityinc.org, on Instagram: @Lidiva and @WOIINC or Twitter: @woiinc2011 and @lidiva78.
DR. SHANTA WHITAKER
Dr. Shanta Whitaker is passionate about serving her community through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, incorporated and the Junior league of Northern VA. She holds a B.S. In Biology from Virginia Union University, a PhD in Microbiology from Yale University and a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Whitaker is currently a health policy consultant in the DC metro area working to improve healthy outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower and knows that all things work together for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).
Fabiola Baylon is a transformation coach. She successfully transitioned from treatment and therapy, and learned how to apply what she was taught to her daily life. Now she's passionate about working with women who need additional support - to take what they're leaning and bring it into the real world, so they too can honor their unique essence and embrace and their lives. Connect with her at fabiolabaylon.com or on Instagram: @fabiola_baylon or Twitter: @Fabiolab222.
Zuri Johnson is a 29 year old woman who loves serving an out-of-the-box God. She is a fashion and runway model and coach on the weekends and a recruiter/speaker during her week. She loves working with women in areas of empowerment and professional / interpersonal development. And she is excited by the fact that God impacts lives through every facet of her life. Connect with her at zurijohnson.squarespace.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @ZuriAshanti.