Meet the Writers
Clara K. Welch is an ordained deacon in the North Georgia Conference. She earned degrees from Lebanon Valley College, Scarritt College, and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She has served United Methodist churches in Maryland, South Carolina,
and Georgia. Currently, Clara serves her local church in the areas of pastoral care and Christian education.
Clara and her husband, Brian, have one daughter, Rebecca Jo. As they adjust to life as emptynesters, Clara and Brian enjoy gardening, trying new recipes, hiking, and listening to their daughter's stories about the life of a veterinarian.
Stan Purdum has written and published a wide variety of religious and secular material. He holds an education degree from Youngstown State University, a master of divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a doctorate in ministry from Drew
He served as a full-time parish minister in Ohio for a number of years and retired after serving part-time as a pastor. He also
works as a freelance writer and editor.
Stan and his wife, Jeanine, live in South Bound Brook, New Jersey. They have three grown children.