Contributors

{Re}Fresh is proud to host several talented writers and share their voices with the world.  We certainly love each of them, quirky as they are.  To learn more about our contributors and their quirks, scroll down.

dawn-aldrich2Dawn Aldrich is the author of two children’s books,  Auntie’s House (2009, Halo Publishing) and Invisible Jenny May, (2015, Halo Publishing), and a contributing author for the Steven Bell anthology, Jesus Talked to Me Today, (2016, Bethany House). She is also a devotional blogger at Dawn’s New Day . She regularly contributes articles for Encouragement Cafe , Christian Children’s Authors blog and {Re}Fresh . Dawn began her writing journey while recuperating from a serious work accident in 2007. She holds an AS degree in Communications from Endicott College and a BS degree in Christian Education from Houghton College. Besides encouraging others through writing, she treasures time spent with her family, gardening, planned and impromptu road trips and dark chocolate. You may connect with Dawn through her blog, her website, or social media.

Kerrie Butterfield

Kerrie Butterfield recently moved back to Connecticut after living and  co-pastoring at Yarra Valley Vineyard Church in Melbourne, Australia alongside her husband Kevin. In the spring of 2015, Kevin joined the Wellspring staff.  Together they have two teenage children, Noah and Hanna ,who are amazing human beings.  Kerrie believes with all of her heart that we all get to hear the “voice of God’, and what she writes flows from her relationship with her Papa God and their conversations. She loves creativity, beauty, her family, coffee,and hanging out with God. A perfect day for Kerrie would be to go to an Art Museum or a flea market.

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Juste Buzas is the author and illustrator of Mandie Notices, an interactive children’s storybook series for Apple iPad. She is a teacher, a worshipper and a daughter of God. She began writing as soon as she learned her ABC’s and hasn’t stopped since. She enjoys writing prose, poetry and everything in between. Juste holds a BA degree in Secondary English Education and a BA degree in Theatrical Arts from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Before joining the Wellspring family, Juste was the Creative Arts Director at her former church for nineteen Kingdom-filled years. As the Arts Director, Juste wrote and directed main-stage productions, sketches, and choreography pieces which focused on the creative and compassionate heart of God. Her personal passion is to live her life as light; to be a reflection of her Father and His love. She enjoys journaling with Jesus, baking with her daughters, reading with her son, and walking this life hand-in-hand with her husband, Jim.

Wendy CoyWendy Coy is a worship leader, intercessor, prayer minister, teacher and writer — but primarily a lover of Jesus.  For over 25 years, her passion has been to teach people to hear the voice of God, pray effectively, and minister the love and healing of Jesus.  She has authored two books:  Tough Stuff, an interactive healing discipleship
curriculum for youth groups and Learning to Pray Like Jesus. Wendy and her husband Phil, direct innerACTS, a ministry that equips leaders to minister effectively in prayer, worship and small groups.  At home in the woods of New England, Wendy composes improvisational keyboard pieces for dance classes; loves cooking, crafts, needlework, contra-dance, Celtic music, walking with Phil, and creating community wherever she goes.

Rob Dunne, a fervent believer in the Lord’s commandment to care for children, has taken numerous overseas trips to share the love of Jesus with orphans.  In fact, he was abundantly blessed to be a part of the first team from Wellspring to travel to Kampala Children’s Center in Uganda.  His passion is to subtly teach Kingdom principles to parents and children through a series of books centered around the adventures of a nine year old with a joyful disposition.  He also enjoys teaching the Word of God and encouraging others with the treasures that lie within it.  Rob lives with his wife Kellie and their mischevious Shih Tzu named Bailey.

mindykikerii_33Mindy Kiker is a committed Floridian and enjoys a quiet life with her husband and four boisterous boys. Born in Tucson, Arizona, Mindy’s magical childhood included a four-year hiatus on the big Island of Hawaii where she learned the hula and how to cast net and sail the Gulf of Mexico. She called South Africa home for twenty years (until 2012) where she earned her Masters degree in Leadership and Organizational Systems at the U. of Kwa Zulu-Natal and taught basic adult ed and job creation.

Now a little bit older and wiser, Mindy encourages women within and without her Vineyard church family along life’s journey. Visit her at Flourish for more encouragement. Her motivating verse is Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Mike McKinniss grew up as a part of  the Wellspring community and poured back into this church as the Director of Education and Pastoral Assistant until his move to Santa Barbara, CA, in 2015 to be with his bride. He earned his B.A. in Christian ministries from Messiah College and his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  Mike enjoys digging through the Scriptures, finding the living truth within it, and showing those discoveries to others.  He is always on the lookout for new educational opportunities to bring to others.  You may find Mike blogging at At Last We Have Seen a Man, watching or reading about the Cincinnati Reds or the Ohio State Buckeyes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarol Nicholls has been part of Wellspring for many years. She has a generous love for the Lord, lives by faith and lives large! An adventurer at heart, she spends her summers traveling across country in her RV van visiting new places and reconnecting with old friends and family and enjoying listening for God’s still small voice. In her spare time she is a realtor, women’s ministry leader and enjoys handcrafts like knitting, crocheting, and stamping.