Proverbs 31 Ministries
Lynn Cowell is a Proverbs31 Ministries speaker, and author of several books written for women of all ages. Her newest Bible study is Make Your Move: Finding Unshakable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures. Lynn calls North Carolina home, where she and her husband Greg and the occasional backyard deer are adjusting to life as empty nesters. Along with their three adult children, the Cowells love hiking, rafting and anything combining chocolate and peanut butter.
Writer Author Teacher Coach
Valerie Zehl is an award-winning writer based in Upstate New York, now retired from newspaper journalism as a columnist for USA Today. Having spent nearly 15 years writing human interest pieces for the local Gannett paper, the Press & Sun Bulletin, she has celebrated and continues to celebrate the best in people. Valerie offers her writing, editing, teaching, and publishing skills on valeriezehl.com. Her favorite projects are those that come directly from the heart, as a follower of Christ, such as devotional writing for people dealing with serious illness.
Retired NYS University Police Officer
Bonnie Underwood is a retired New York State University Police Officer currently teaching Criminal Justice at BOCES. Bonnie also serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Good Council Church in Endicott, NY. She has taught RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) classes for decades, empowering women to overcome fear. Bonnie speaks freely and often about how her faith in Christ has sustained her, and how faith in God allows her to serve others each and every day.
Outreach Coordinator, First Pres JC
Diane Olmstead is the Outreach Coordinator for First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City, NY. Diane retired from a thirty-year career in human services to follow her Lord’s calling to be with people, no matter where they were in their lives, and love them without judgement or agenda. Her favorite ministry is preparing welcoming opportunities to feed the physically and spiritually hungry.
A Joe Jencks concert is definitely not a visit to the inner world of some guy with a guitar who wants you to sit still and listen politely. It’s an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy… He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs.