Religion/Spirituality

Alexander, A.F.

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

The author was born in Colorado Spring and has lived here all her life.

Education/Training: 
BSBA, BA Sacred Theology
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Yes, on the Religious Right in current events and politics.

Bergren, Lisa T.

Pseudonym: 
Lisa Tawn Bergren
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer and Editor
Biography: 

I came to Colorado Springs as an editor on the team that founded WaterBrook Press/Random House. After four years with the company, I decided to go freelance but we had fallen in love with Colorado--it's home now.

Speaker Availability: 
No

Clewley, Carol

Clewley, Carol
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1940
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Guffey, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired Federal Employee
Biography: 

The descendant of Colorado pioneers, I was born into a family of eight when my father owned the Pine Valley Dairy, now part of the U.S. Air Force Academy. After surviving bulbar polio (90% deadly), I managed to grow up in 1950s Colorado Springs, an innocent, fun time of my life. I went to work for HQ NORAD at age 17, married the love of my life when I was 21, and lived happily ever after until I was 40. Then my world crashed and burned.

My life descended into hell and, had I not been made of the tough, inner core of my ancestors, I'd have given up. Drawing upon the strength of lessons learned from my roots, my divorced parents, and the dogs in my life, an unexpected but lonely blessing occurred when I was 58 years old. It all began in 7th grade at East Junior High School on Union Boulevard.

Awards/Honors: 
2004 Heart Award - YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
Education/Training: 
CSHS Class of 1958 - The School of Hard Knocks
Organizations: 
Member of the Colorado Natives Club - Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Teller County Animal Shelter - First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs - Fourmile Community Church of Guffey, CO
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
1950s Life in Colorado Springs - Early HQ NORAD From a Peon's Perspective - The Heartbreak of Divorce - Living Life Without Greed (pretty much today's No. 1 cause of evil)
Local Authors Genres: 

Williams, Gaylyn

Williams, Gaylyn
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1956
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
President of Relationship Resources, a writer and a speaker
Biography: 

Gaylyn Williams is the director of Relationship Resources, Inc., a nonprofit corporation; a published author of twenty-four published books; a magazine writer with numerous published articles in various magazines; and an international speaker and seminar trainer for communication and people skills.

Gaylyn inspires people to be all they can be spiritually, personally and relationally. She is a transparent and engaging author and speaker who creates an intimate rapport with her audience. Her insights are poignant and powerful as she encourages people in every area of their lives.

Gaylyn has spoken to hundreds of organizations nationally and internationally, and has been featured on dozens of radio and television programs. A former missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Navigators, she is now the CEO of Relationship Resources, a non-profit organization equipping people to apply biblical principles to their relationships.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Gaylyn focuses her books, teachings, and workshops on providing people with simple, yet powerful tools to enhance and deepen their relationship with God. She empowers her audience to develop dynamic and healthy relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Workshops include topics on practical, biblical skills to manage stress, discover and maintain joy, enhance communication and problem solving skills, transform relationship with God, and deal with anger, fear, depression, and loss. Having experienced heartbreaking losses as a child on the mission field and later as a woman and mother, Gaylyn’s stories and illustrations beautifully reflect the power of God’s sustaining grace. Today she is passionate about equipping and encouraging people toward rediscovering joy, experiencing God’s love, de-stressing their lives, building strong relationships, turning conflict into intimacy, and embracing new perspectives for a transformed life. Gaylyn offers practical, biblical insights that make a difference in lives and relationships.

Johnson, Jackie M.

Johnson, Jackie M.
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1961
Birth City: 
Milwaukee
Birth State: 
WI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author and Freelance Writer
Biography: 

Jackie M. Johnson is an author and freelance writer in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also a book publishing consultant who helps writers with book proposals and getting published. Originally from suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jackie moved to Colorado in 2000.

Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Communications, Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois)
Organizations: 
AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) - CAN (Christian Authors Network)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
How to Get Your Nonfiction Book Published: The Basics - Getting Over a Dating Relationship Breakup - Restoring Confidence and Self Esteem after a Breakup or Divorce - Finding Hope When You Need It Most - Surviving Hard Times: Help, Hope, and Encouragement - Dealing with Changes and Transitions in Life - Single at Christmas? Getting Through the Holidays with Joy

Alliman, Roger

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1937
Birth City: 
Washington
Birth State: 
IA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Counselor
Biography: 

My wife and I have been counselors for many years. We lived in Texas for 17 years and returned to Colorado in 1997. I was instrumental in the formation of Rapha, an organization that placed mental health treatment programs in hospitals around the country. I also operated psychiatric/counseling clinics in Houston and San Antonio.

Education/Training: 
I grew up in the Denver area, graduating from East High School in 1955. I attended the University of Denver, Pasadena Playhouse, and the University of Iowa with studies in Speech and Dramatic Arts. In later life I returned to school and received a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies and a Master's Degree in Counseling, both from a seminary in Atlanta. Additional information on my experience and work history can be gained at our website, www.theallimans.com.
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Biblical view of identity and self-worth
Local Authors Genres: 

Hyde, M.R.

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1960
Birth City: 
Pasadena
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author and Academic Advisor
Biography: 

With one foot firmly planted on the American west coast and the other in the Rocky Mountains, M.R. Hyde celebrates and explores the known and spiritual world through writing on themes of mercy, justice, humility and joy. Her religious writing has been praised for its accessibility and her fiction for its absorbing, unusual, original, and humorous nature. M.R. Hyde has written for religious purposes for over three decades and writes fiction for the sheer joy of words.

M.R. Hyde has lived in Colorado since 2006 and Colorado Springs since 2008. She was an active participant and featured reader of the Colorado Springs Writers Reading Series.

Fiction Blog: http://hydewords.blogspot.com
Bible Study Blog: http://thewordwwtw.blogspot.com

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Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary - Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Point Loma Nazarene University
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Local Authors Genres: 

Irwin-Vickers, Mary

Irwin-Vickers, Mary
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Homemaker
Biography: 

Mary Irwin is an expert on the topic of Noah’s Ark and has conducted more than 25 years of research on the subject. She traveled the world with her late husband, astronaut James Irwin, who served on the historic Apollo 15 flight. The pair climbed Mount Ararat numerous times looking for the ark and searched for biblical antiquities throughout the Middle East. In 1972, they founded the nonprofit Christian organization High Flight Foundation. Irwin has published four books on her life experiences.

Education/Training: 
Two years of college education
Speaker Availability: 
No

Stella, Tom

Stella, Tom
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1944
Birth City: 
Detroit
Birth State: 
MI
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Hospice Chaplain - Workplace Chaplain at Centura Health - visiting Associate Professor at Colorado College - Director of Soul Link, Inc.
Biography: 

Native of Detroit, MI - former Roman Catholic priest - resident of Colorado Springs for 21 years

Education/Training: 
STM (spirituality) Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley - MA (counseling) University of Michigan - MDiv (theology) University of Notre Dame - BA (philosophy) University of Notre Dame
Organizations: 
National Certified Counselor
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
CPR for the Soul - Living in the "I" of the Hurricane - A Community of Mystics: A New/Old Way of Being Church - Spirituality in the Workplace - Thomas Merton: Guide for a Seekers Soul
Local Authors Genres: 

Murray, Patrick

Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

I was a DOD civilian field historian for 36 years with assignments stateside and overseas. In 2007 I moved to Colorado Springs to work at Headquarters USNORTHCOM and NORAD.

Awards/Honors: 
Thirteen annual awards for excellence in history.
Education/Training: 
Post-Masters studies in Theology, Scripture Studies, Canon Law - Master of Arts Degree in History, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Primarily topics from my book, "Bible Appreciation for Catholics." Secondarily, topics from serving 36 years as a USAF Field Historian.
Local Authors Genres: 

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