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Crys Zinkiewicz has worked in publishing, primarily focusing on curriculum and editorial, for over thirty years. Her education and experience is grounded in biblical and theological knowledge; educational soundness and age-level appropriateness; and print, video, and web-based media. Crys holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tennessee.


Joshua Ashton Hill is chaplain at The Episcopal School of Knoxville, Tennessee. A priest in the Episcopal Church, Josh is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal Seminary at Yale. He is currently enrolled as participant in the Youth and Theology Certificate program at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2007, Hill was a National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Fellow, having devoted a year of graduate study to environmental theology. He has worked variously in youth ministries for thirteen years, including five years at Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend, Tennessee. Josh wrote the Biblical and Theological Backgrounds.

Lara Blackwood Pickrel is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves Hillside Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, as their associate minister for youth and young adults. Writing and other creative practices are an essential part of her ministry, along with summer camps, social media, and anything else that helps her keep up with children, tweens, teens, and young adults. You can find some of Lara’s work at Chalice Press, “The Thoughtful Christian Blog,” and her blog, “Serendipity Soiree.” Or you can check out how she and her youth ministry colleagues are taking risks for the sake of the church by visiting Lara wrote both the Daily Guides for Young Children and the Daily Guides for Older Children.

Katie Barrett Todd is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Union Presbyterian Seminary. Katie has served churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky in youth and young adult ministry. Growing up she attended Camp Fellowship in Laurens, South Carolina, and has many years’ experience as a conferee and group leader at Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina. Katie holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education and is married to a Presbyterian minister, with a son and a daughter on the way. She enjoys swimming, traveling, writing, teaching, and family time. Katie wrote the Daily Guides for Younger Youth.

Whendi Cook Broderick has worked for many years with the Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ both as its Youth Consultant and as a program leader at Silver Lake Conference Center. A graduate of Hartford Seminary’s ecumenical Building Effective Youth Ministries program, she has a passion for co-creating transformational experiences with people of all ages. Whendi holds a Ph.D. in Emancipatory Learning and works widely in popular education, creative arts, outdoor adventure, and service learning. She is a graduate professor in the field of Oral Traditions, a musician, and an interdisciplinary teaching artist. Whendi wrote the Daily Guides for Older Youth.

Sandy Safford has served as a Christian educator for twenty years in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is also a partner for FAITHSENSE Consultants and currently responsible for multigenerational ministries in a UCC church. Sandy’s degree is actually in environmental education, and after more than ten years in that field moved into Christian education. Combining both passions, she has volunteered as camp director for thirteen summers at Highlands Presbyterian Camp in Colorado. She spends at least a week each year at summer camp with fifth and sixth graders, and has led more than six summers of grandparent/grandchild camp, one of her favorite camps. Sandy wrote the Daily Guides for Intergenerational and Family Camps.

Tracey Brown serves as director for Potosi Pines camp, a United Methodist camp in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tracey served in youth ministry for sixteen years, during which she was in leadership for Riverside District Camps. She grew up in church camping and says that her formative faith milestones were a result of Christian camping. Tracey also worked for the YMCA and Girl Scouts in their camping programs. She wrote for the national church newsletter Insight. Tracey wrote the Extra Resources for this year’s curriculum.