CONTRIBUTORS

Ruth McDonald

Writer, Co-founder

Wife to my husband, Dan, and mom to two of my favorite humans. I love shoes, the beach, shopping, baking, traveling, date nights and most of all—Jesus. I enjoy down time with family and friends; it’s a gift I am so thankful for. I began writing as a form of self-therapy and am amazed at how God uses the thoughts of others to deeply touch us and challenge us to be more like Him.

Writer

I absolutely love the Lord Jesus, my wife, and my three daughters. But I’m also a huge fan of music (Delirious? rules, may they RIP), food (Korean BBQ cures all that ails you), and football (Carolina Panthers, Cotchery caught it). And finally, I love to laugh and make others laugh with me (or at me).

Daniel Petterson

Writer, Design

I am 25, and saved by the grace of Christ. I work in marketing and graphic design for a stationery company. I love music, painting, the ocean, and spending time with my friends and family. I’m excited to work for Vine to Branches and I hope my words lift hearts and challenge minds. 

Writer

Mom to four and wife to one. Expert at answering endless questions, cooking food that four out of six people enjoy, and never having empty laundry baskets. Lover of coffee.

Jill McCandless
Jeff Berquist

Writer

God blessed me with a beautiful wife and three wonderful boys. I was saved by God’s grace at eight years of age and it’s a decision I’ve never regretted. To have some fun, I love watching Ohio State Football and playing golf. 

Writer, Social Media

I’m 22, a redeemed Christian, and I love Jesus, my Savior. You can usually find me laughing with friends, reading a good book, or trying a new restaurant. I work at a financial planning company as a trading analyst. I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing, and I’m so excited to be a part of the Vine to Branches family!
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Josh Smith

Writer

Josh has been a high school counselor for the past 15 years. He’s also a private practice counselor at a local agency in Michigan with an LPC. Josh was recently selected to assist the state of Michigan as a mental health expert, with the intention of helping school districts return to school safely during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Writer

I’m 23, married to my absolute best friend, and, most importantly, a believer in Christ. I enjoy things like spending time with the people I love, cooking, coffee, fitness, and spoiling my sweet puppy. I’m so happy to be a part of Vine to Branches and pray God uses it for His glory.

Cara McMichael

Becky MacLeod

Co-editor

I enjoy traveling with my husband, reading, boot camp (yes, some people actually like exercise!), and water sports. My work includes editing, event planning (except in 2020!), and creating beauty in my semi-tropical garden. I continue to grow in my love for the Lord Jesus. And I am a grandmother to an adorable baby girl!

Social Media

I’m a 20-year-old university student, majoring in Elementary Education. My past-times include painting, hand-lettering, and plenty of reading. The Lord Jesus is my dearest friend, without whom I would not enjoy the life I have today.

Katie Petterson
Jonathan Draper

Writer

I love the Lord, my wife, and my daughter. I am a tax accountant by trade, but when I am not reviewing tax returns, I love playing and watching sports. I’ll try any food at least once. 

Writer

A redeemed child of GOD and lover of His created beauty (inspiring way too much amateur photography!), I am married to David, mom to Emily and Ben, a writer and blogger, and author of “Held and Beloved.”  As much as any “official” role, I simply love great conversation!  I crave meaningful moments connecting with others, learning from their stories, and digging into ways the LORD’s truth steadies us during life’s challenges.  I am honored to serve as one of the contributors for Vine to Branches!

Wendy Colaiuta
Ashley Waliczek

Writer

My name is Ashley Waliczek and I am a stay-at-home mom to two handsome little boys. When I’m not spending time with my husband and kids at our home in southwestern Ontario, you are likely to find me songwriting at my piano, reading a classic British novel, or watching a courtroom drama. More than anything, I am thankful to know Jesus as my Savior and I love to read and write about all that He has done!