In the Spotlight


In the Spotlight showcases the stories of some of our exceptional students, faculty members, staff, and alumni.

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Stephen Bair: Bridging Distances in Education
Serving as Senior Distance Education Admissions Counselor in the Admissions Department, Stephen Bair is a familiar voice to those inquiring about online distance education opportunities at BBC.

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Ben Baker: Teaching, Leading, and Learning
Ben Baker balances a pretty busy schedule. The Endicott, NY, resident works in full-time ministry, teaching Bible at Ross Corners Christian Academy.


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Asa Bartos: Getting Involved
Asa Bartos, a senior Pre-Seminary major, likes to be involved. His varied interests have led him to pursue a range of leadership and ministry opportunities on and off campus.


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Cynthia Beeman: Light in the World
As program director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Cynthia is using her love and compassion for people to help children facing adversity. She works to match kids with adults for mentoring and encouragement.

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April Bennett: Widening the Circle
April Bennett is spreading the gospel to many tribes, tongues, and nations without ever leaving the country April coordinates and teaches English as a Second Language at Daniels Road Baptist Church in Ft. Myers, FL.

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Ashleigh Bennett: Traveling with RiSE
Ashleigh Bennett has been singing since she could talk. When she was 10, she started writing songs. As a young woman, her passion for music and her talent have grown.


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Robert Bolds: Following a Calling
Youth ministry might not have been where Robert Bolds thought he would be when he graduated from Ohio State University almost 30 years ago.


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Calvin O'Boyle: Ministry as Lifestyle
Calvin O'Boyle was brought up in a missions-minded family, one that moved from the U.S. to China and then Canada. A sophomore Secondary Education English major, Calvin aims to use his skills teaching, with a focus on young adults transitioning from the school setting to the "real world."

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Elaine Brown: On the Move
As a Professor of Health and Physical Education at BBC, Dr. Elaine Brown is always on the move. In fact, she has a real passion for the importance of movement. Dr. Brown realized at an early age the importance of physical education.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightDena Cambra: Students and Sports
Dena Cambra has been serving at BBC&S for almost 20 years. She is currently Director of Marketing Integration in the Communications & Marketing Department...

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Jeremy Carpenter: Teaching the Next Generation
Although he grew up a "pastor's kid," Jeremy Carpenter felt no desire to continue in a life of ministry as an adult. He pulled away from many of the things taught to him by his parents.


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Nicholas Charlton: Covering New Ground
The rolling, green hills, and ever-changing weather of Northeastern Pennsylvania are a long way from the white sand beaches and subtropical climate where Nicholas Charlton grew up.


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Ron Chastain: Building Opportunities
Ron Chastain can be seen wearing a lot of different hats around campus. Athletic Trainer, Resident Director, and Teacher are some of his official titles.


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Aaron Clark: Joy in Teaching
Many students are eager to dive into their careers. For senior Aaron Clark, the work has already started through time as a physical education teacher at Abington Christian Academy near campus.


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Scott Cleveland: A Ministry of Media
As a high school student, Scott Cleveland was drawn to film and television. His future plans included going to New York University to pursue those interests.


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Dr. Tom Cragoe: Investing for a Lifetime
There are teachers who leave lasting impressions on their students. They are the ones who invest in more than just their subject matter and how they teach it.


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Dennis D'Augostine: Loving the Church and the City
Dennis D'Augostine has a passion for evangelism and a deep love for his church, Steamtown Church, in Scranton, PA.


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Ken Davis: Planting Churches
As a "missionary kid" serving with his family in Guyana, South America, Ken Davis had a sense God was calling him to full-time ministry. While working alongside is father on the mission field, he developed a heart for serving God and leading others.

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Andrew Dawes: Worshiping and Learning through Music
A gifted musician and teacher, Andrew Dawes enjoys using his abilities to serve the Lord. After graduating from BBC, he hopes to continue his education in music or seminary.


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Fred Defendorf: Leading with Students
Fred Defendorf wants to make the life of BBC students more fun. That's one of his many goals as the new Coordinator of Student Life.


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Marty Dittmar: Center Court in Student Ministries
Long past his days playing basketball for BBC, Marty Dittmar still plays an important role in the lives of students whose lives focus on a court.


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Dr. Samson Divakar: Ministering to India
With a heart for evangelizing, Dr. Samson Divakar founded Beacon Baptist Ministries to extend the reach of the gospel and have greater impact for Christ in India.


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Allen Dreyer: A burden for ministry
Allen Dreyer came to BBC from Kent City, MI. He graduated from the college in 1993 and from Baptist Bible Seminary in 2006.


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Delana Durough: Teaching Business
From Northeastern Pennsylvania to the Middle East, to Hong Kong, China and back again, Delana Durough has found a place to call home at BBC.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightJoanna Ferbrache: Taking the Stage
Joanna Ferbrache uses acting to put God in the spotlight. A Communications major with an emphasis in Theatre, Joanna plans pursue a career in missions, using her skills in secular theatres.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightJoel Gardoski: Getting a Headstart
Joel Gardoski is getting a running start on his freshman year of college. As a High School Dual Enrollment student at BBC, he has already completed 19 credits - more than a full semester - before even moving into the dorm.

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Emily Gehman: Leading, Writing, and Counseling
Emily Gehman serves in a number of roles at BBC&S - from barista in the Underground Cafe to writer for the Communications & Marketing Department.

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Paul Golden: Of Ice and Men
Sometimes, you warm up to new ministry opportunities.

Other times...

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Mike Guingo: Lending a Hand
Mike was introduced to Vounteers Week four years ago while attending BBC's Men's Conference with others from his church.

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Roddy Hannah: Helping Others Succeed
Roddy Hannah is well known across the BBC&S campus. This is thanks, in part, to his lighthearted demeanor, famous sense of humor, and his heavy involvement in the lives of students.

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Brian Hanson: Influencing Influencers
For more than two decades, alumni Brian and Mandi Hanson have been doing what they love: youth ministry

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Jered Heater: Military Missions
Army ROTC Cadet Jered Heater is preparing to use his degree in Counseling for a career of service to his country. With a heart for the Bible and helping people live through it, Jered is a BBC student aiming to make a real difference.

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Bill Higley: Serving through Leadership
Bill Higley (82) has served others through leadership for more than 13 years at BBC. He has followed God's direction to lead among the team of faculty and staff, and he's also worked to train the next generation of Christian leaders.

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Jay Hollinshead: Student and Pastor
Jay is pursuing his Ph.D. at BBS and is 32 credit-hours into the 60-credit program. As a student, he has been able to use much of what he has learned to enrich his ministry ...

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Sherrie Holloway: Living in the Overflow
Sherrie Holloway is a fixture at BBC and a treasured member of the Health and Physical Education faculty. For 20 years, she was Head Coach of the Lady Defenders basketball team. Her passion for God and His Word is evident in her teaching and speaking ministry, as well as in her interactions with the students in and out of the classroom.
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Amber Jacobs: Home Court Advantage
Coach Amber Jacobs is making a fast break as she returns home to Clarks Summit as the Lady Defender's new Head Women's Basketball Coach and BBC's new Assistant Athletic Director.


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Ben Johnson: Leading Summer Crew
Ben Johnson spent the months before his senior year not far from his last set of classes - serving on the BBC&S campus as leader of the Summer Crew.


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Frank Judson: Ministering and Preparing
If you know Frank Judson (04) serves as Resident Director of Ketcham Hall and he works on the BBC&S maintenance team, then you only know a part of the story.


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Summer Kinder: Loving Students of All Ages
Summer Kinder (09) has a special ministry to students on campus. Her desk in the Office for Student Development is the hub for student life at BBC


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Carol King: Writing from the Heart
Carol King's love for writing developed early. It quickly became an important part of her life.



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Lisa Konzelman: Paying it Forward
Lisa Konzelman has a passion for community involvement and a great love for BBC&S. She also recognizes the powerful impact each can have on the other.


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Taurina Latimore: A Love for People
Taurina Latimore truly loves ministering to and serving others. As a member of the Student Leadership Council executive team for the 2013-2014 year, she looks forward to working with team members and making a difference in the lives of students.

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Hang Lian: Melody in the Ministry
Hang Lian has embraced the challenge of pursuing an education roughly 8,000 miles away from home. Along with the distance from his home in Myanmar, the difference in culture also presents barriers.

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Nate Ledbetter: Neighbor and Leader
A self-described explorer, storyteller, and urban minister, Nate Ledbetter (99) has made a difference in a range of ministries. His desire to serve in the city began with the game of basketball.


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Eric Lehner: Leading in Education
Eric Lehner first felt led to ministry as a teenager. Directed by his conviction, he pursued a biblical education and followed a path of service that took him across to globe, teaching Bible and theology in Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Southeast Asia.

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Diane Lytle: Teaching and Mentoring Online
Always with a heart for people and a love of the Word, Diane Lytle uses her gifts of administration and organization to make her courses clear and effective.


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Jon Marshall: Mentoring Men
After graduation, students move off the BBC campus, leaving the community of learning behind for service and leadership in the next phase of life. For BBC graduate Jon Marshall, the next phase of life is bringing him back to campus as a Resident Director.

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Doug and Sharon Martin: A Passion for Worldwide Ministry
From Pennsylvania to Japan to Brazil to Russia and back again, the Martins have seen a great deal over more than 25 years in full-time ministry.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightDave Mayner: A Heartbeat for Students
Dave Mayner, a 1993 BBC graduate, has actively applied his college and seminary experience to his current ministry at Binghamton University.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightSeth McDonald: A Life Changed to Save Lives
Seth McDonald met two life-changing people as a student at BBC. One was his wife, Bethany. The other was Hal Cross, Vice President for Business & Finance at BBC&S.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightJeremy McGinniss: Ministering through Service
Jeremy McGinniss brings a passion to serve people to his work in BBC&S's Murphy Memorial Library. As Associate Librarian, Jeremy provides students with quality resources, superior help, and a comfortable environment to study and learn.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightDarryl Meekins: Growing Cross-Culturally
Darryl Meekins is not only new to BBC, he is also new to the culture of the United States. Born into a British family in Zimbabwe, Darryl grew up in South Africa.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightLandon Morey: Living and Learning
A few years ago, Landon Morey faced the same decision as many high school seniors--what college to attend. One option was to attend Cornell University, tuition-free. As a resident of Ithaca, NY, Landon had the opportunity to stay home for college. He instead chose to attend BBC.

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Ken Morris: Ministering to the BBC&S Campus
Ken Morris is the Director of Safety and Security at Baptist Bible College & Seminary. He previously worked in the Crime Prevention Unit of the Gloucester Township Police Department in Blackwood, NJ.

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Josh Mowers: Leading and Learning
Having grown up on the mission field in Cape Town, South Africa, Josh Mowers brings a unique background and experience to the BBC campus.


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Dan Occhiogrosso: Dribble the World
Dan Occhiogrosso has combined a love for basketball with a passion for reaching others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, creating a unique ministry that focuses on raising funds and awareness for African orphans.

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Steve Olsen: Building a Local Church Ministry
Pastor Steve Olsen (74, 78 M.Div.) was blessed to move into a ministry soon after completing his Master of Divinity and to remain there ever since - teaching, leading, and loving the people of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Smithville, OH.

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Ron Paull: A Dream Finished
As the owner and main advisor of Keystone Retirement Services, Ron Paull helps people impact their families, churches, and communities. He recently finished part of his own legacy through BBC's Degree Completion program.

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Juan Pena: A Heart for Diversity
Pastoring a church in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in all of Colorado was an opportunity Juan Pena couldn't turn down.


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Ken Pyne: Guiding Leaders
After 27 years of pastoring, the BBC&S alumnus is back - not as a student but on staff. Ken (80, BSM; 86, Th.M.) will be contributing his passion and experience as Seminary Chaplain and Director of Internships.

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Nicole Reeder: Helping Children

Soon after they were married, BBC&S alumni Nicole (2006) and Carl Reeder (2005), realized their mutual love for children was drawing them into a unique ministry.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - In the SpotlightKen Rudolph: A Voice that Resonates
Ken Rudolph's deep, powerful voice is unmistakable. Throughout his years of ministry, God has used that voice over and over again to resonate His truth in the ears and lives of people around the world.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - In the SpotlightKris Schill: Bringing Details Together
Kris Schill's bright smile and laughter is a fixture at BBC&S campus. As the Campus Visitor Coordinator, she assists and welcomes prospective students and parents.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - In the SpotlightRobert Seyler: Teaching Students to "GO"
Robert Seyler is doing the last thing he ever wanted to do as a college freshman: Teach. But if you ask him now, he would say he doesn't want to do anything else.

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There is more to Coach Mike Show than intense basketball practices. BBC's Athletic Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach believes coaching is synonymous with discipling.


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Charity Smith: Learning to Teach Others

A senior Elementary Education major from Lake Ariel, PA, Charity Smith became interested in BBC through its connections with the Word of Life Bible Institute.


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Dr. Bruce Steffes: Leadership in Medical Missions

BBC alumnus Dr. Bruce Steffes is making a difference worldwide for Christ. Since early 1998, he has spent the majority of each year as a volunteer physician and general surgeon in Haiti, Belize, Guatemala, Brazil, Kenya, Uganda, Togo, Benin, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan.
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Jonathan Strayer: A Passion for Drama Ministries

Jonathan Strayer is Director of Student Activities and Resident Director of Ridley Hall at Baptist Bible College. Since graduating from BBC in 2003 he has been involved in a variety of different roles in the Communications Ministries-Drama program, as well as the Teen Leadership and Growing Leaders Conferences.
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Wayne Stevens: Creating and Leading

Wayne Stevens has a love for building and creating. He also enjoys teaching and leading others. As BBC&S' Director of Facilities and leader of the maintenance team on campus, he is now able to pursue all of those interests

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Cynthia Taylor: Back to the Beginning

It started in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where Dave and Barb Taylor were serving as missionaries and where their daughter, Cynthia, was born.


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Renee Thompson: Connecting with a New World

Renee Thompson is experiencing college in a new culture. Growing up in Durban, South Africa, Renee not only climbed the highest indoor rock wall in the world; she developed a passion to serve God

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Traci Thompson: A Ministry of Music and Theatre

Passionate about acting and singing, Traci Thompson has long dreamed of pursuing ministry through communications and theatre.

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Erica Vail: Going the Distance

If you are a student who has taken an online class or a faculty member teaching one, Erica Vail has made your life at BBC&S easier in untold ways.

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Dr. Gerlin Valencia: A Heart for the Hurting

From a law student in Ecuador to a professor in BBC's graduate Counseling Ministries program, Dr. Gerlin Valencia has experienced much in several different settings.

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Clint Wandell: A Picture of Learning

Whether it's helping peers through challenges as a Resident Assistant or designing brochures as an intern in the Communications & Marketing Department, Clint Wandell is always serving and learning at BBC.

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Stephanie Welsh: Loving, Leading, and Counseling

After her graduation from BBC in 2009, Stephanie Welsh's path led her back home to Blackwood, NJ. She is now working for Women of Hope Resource Center doing what she was built to do - counsel.

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David Whiting: Making Footprints

Originally from Des Moines, IA, David Whiting came to BBC&S to follow in the footsteps of his brother. He left with more than just a family tradition.


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Dennis Wilhite: A Ministry in the Wilderness
Growing up a son of missionaries in the Philippines, Dennis Wilhite learned a lot about making connections and his faith. Relating to American youuth was a bit more difficult.


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Abigail Wiebe: Dreaming Big
Abigail Wiebe is seeing a dream become a reality this fall. Just having finished her sophomore year in the Business Administration program, Abigail will be working with TheDisney College Progrm. She will take classes and work at Walt Disney World, gaining on-the-job training.

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Dawn Wilson: Making Good Choices
Encouraged and inspired by her experience as a student at BBC, Dawn Wilson ('71) has been able to use what she gained to minister to women through a variety of outlets.


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Valerie Wilson: Missionary Through Words
As a teacher and a writer, Valerie Wilson (64) has been reaching people of all ages with the truth of Scripture for more than 40 years.


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Jeremy Yeckley: Connecting Students
Jeremy Yeckley has traveled all over the world. Now, his journey has brought him to BBC, where he believes God has led him to help motivate students in using their degree to impact their world.


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Ashley Zinda: God's Directed Adventure
As a teacher and a writer, Valerie Wilson (64) has been reaching people of all ages with the truth of Scripture for more than 40 years.


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