Writing Team

Patrick Schwenk
grew up going to church wearing clip-on ties,uncomfortable shirts, pants that were too short, and shoes that were too tight (at least that is how he remembers feeling). He was born, raised, and then born again within a conservative evangelical home (and church) in the Midwest. Today, he still loves the church and is thankful to both serve and lead others toward Jesus. He is a father, husband, pastor, and creator of The Dig for Kids. Patrick and his wife Ruth met while attending the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. They have been married for fourteen years and currently have four children ages three to ten. They love serving in ministry, spending time together as a family, reading, drinking lots of coffee, and resting in God’s grace.


Todd Wilson, author of Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe, Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom, and The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly e-mail for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents. Todd, and his wife Debbie, homeschool their eight children in northern Indiana and travel around America in the Familyman Mobile. You can visit Familyman Ministries at www.familymanweb.com


John Goyer is a husband, father of four and an IT Senior manager for FamilyLife in Little Rock, Arkansas. John is passionate about children’s ministry and supporting marriage and family ministry.












Clay Clarkson is the Director of Whole Heart Ministries, a non-profit family ministry he founded with Sally in 1994 to encourage and equip Christian parents. He is the author of numerous Christian home and parenting books and resources, including Educating the WholeHearted Child, Our 24 Family Ways, and Heartfelt Discipline. He writes online at WholeHeart.org, Disciplinology.com, and PiecesofClay.com, and for others. Clay earned an M.Div. degree from Denver Seminary, and has ministered full-time since college. He is also a Christian songwriter and worship leader. Clay and Sally live in Monument, Colorado and have homeschooled their four children from the beginning.


Cliff Graham is an author, speaker, and owner of Five Stones Media, an entertainment company dedicated to creating content that appeals to and inspires men. He attended Black Hills State University and did his graduate studies at Liberty Theological Seminary. He served in the Army for thirteen years as an enlisted soldier, officer, and eventually in the Chaplain Corps. His novel series LION OF WAR, about the battles of King David, is currently in production as a major motion picture trilogy from director David L. Cunningham (Path to 9/11) and producer Grant Curtis (the Spider-Man films). Cliff lives in the mountains of Utah with his wife Cassandra, and their children.



Scott McLucas did not grow up in church, study psychology, or attend any parenting conferences, but has found himself the father of seven children—four biological and three that he and his wife Carolyn are fostering to adopt. The two oldest boys are 21 and 19 and away at college, the girls are 17 and 15 and in public high school, and the three youngest boys are 3½, 2½ and 1½. While he has not been a perfect father by any means, God has taught him some valuable lessons over the years and entrusted him with some nuggets of wisdom that may be of value to others.



Knowing that a well written word can come alive and bring about change in the life of the reader, Nate dedicates a lot of his time to studying language and linguistics.  He’s the kind of grammar nerd that walks around editing the world around him with his handy dandy punctuation repair kit in tow!  As a drummer, Nate’s second language is rhythm and he loves playing and writing songs with his wife and fellow blogger, Alle.  Nate is passionate about raising boys who realize that masculinity and loving Jesus go hand in hand.  While he is only a few miles into the journey of fatherhood, his boys, Augustine and Caedmon are teaching him the perfect blend of love, sacrifice, and patience.  You can find him blogging alongside his wife at Finding Eden, where they document their creative journey + processes as they help build brands, design blogs, + craft stories to help bloggers, ministries, + creativeprenuers amplify their voice in the online conversation.


Chad Smith Born, bred, and presently residing in North Carolina, I’ve moved our family 13 times in 17 years of marriage…and I’m not in the military. Based on titles, experience, and responsibilities I’d identify myself as a Husband, Father, Pastor, Teacher, Business Owner, and Dreamer. I’m proudly married to the popular blogger The Nester and we both enjoy a vivacious life with our 3 boys and Jack, our chocolate lab. I’m passionate about family, friends, and the Grace of God. I rarely go a day without praying, hugging, coffee, chocolate, listening to music, and reading. I keep light-hearted by enjoying golf, camping, duck hunting, Goodwills, and watching movies. I’m most at peace when at home but will jump at any opportunity to travel. I enjoy sports and thanks to my boys, I have a strange affinity to hockey…I love watching it and watching them play it. I believe the world would function much better if we all used Apple products. I consider myself loyal, animated, hopeful, and daring.