Janice Langholz is a retired Fairfax County Public Schools educator, who was called to a second career as a Biblical storyteller. She earned a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) in 2011 from Wesley Theological Seminary, combining her passions for historical research and the Bible, Janice is a founding member of Living the Story. She has taught Bible literacy classes to adults, teenagers and children at her local church, Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington. Janice has told Biblical stories as part of worship, stewardship and educational activities at churches in DC, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
Barbara Turpyn has been involved in ministry most of her life. She has taught Bible classes for more than 30 years and has served in numerous church leadership positions. In 2006, she felt called to join the staff of her United Methodist Church where she had a wide variety of responsibilities as a lay minister to the congregation. In 2007, she entered Wesley Theological Seminary to enhance her gifts for ministry, graduating in 2011 with a Master of Theological Studies (MTS). Barbara has used Biblical story as a teacher and a worship leader and is now persuing an independent ministry to share God's message of hope and grace to an increasingly hurting world.
Paige Powell is a recording artist and singer/songwriter, writing songs for many genres, including Contemporary Christian (see paigepowellmusic.com). She is also a Board member for the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW). Since 1995, Paige has been a member, Bible Study group leader, and for several years, was part of the worship band at New Hope Church in Lorton, Virginia. She is also a speaker/performer for “Turn Up the Volume,” a Christian ministry. Paige's profession as a graphic artist (ArtByPaige.com) and videographer has enabled her to help Living the Story with graphics for flyers, brochures, handouts, videos and this Web site. As a performing singer/songwriter, she adds humor to her message for boosting our personal relationship with God. Her passion is to influence people to grow in the direction of making Jesus their personal manager and become more like Christ.
Jackie Johnson is an biblical storyteller, educator, inspirational speaker, and a facilitator for retreats and workshops with her own ministry, Stories of Glory. She has a passionate desire to teach the Living Word and to be part of a discipleship ministry that encourages and mentors others through the transforming process of spiritual formation. Jackie embraces life as a journey and truly believes that God teaches us how to maneuver through the valleys and climb the mountains with Him through His Holy Word. Biblical Storytelling helps people connect their personal story with God’s ultimate story. She has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and a Master of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jackie is also a member and an adult Bible teacher at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick, MD. In all things, to God be the glory!
Vera DeWeese attended Wesley Theological Seminary, and is a candidate for licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church. Reclaiming ancient oral traditions is her passion, especially since the world is becoming more dependent on print and technology. She is especially interested in the intersection between spiritual imagery and spiritual truth. It is in bringing Jesus Christ and the Bible to life that she believes we find life. She and her husband live in Manassas VA, in a little yellow house in the woods.
Leslianne Adkins Braunstein is a second-career Presbyterian Minister specializing in Interim Ministry working with congregations during a transition time after one pastor leaves and before a new pastor is called. Before entering seminary she was a law office administrator. Leslianne received her MDiv. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where she took courses in biblical storytelling and bibliodrama. She was introduced to biblical storytelling when she took a course with Dennis Dewey, an internationally acclaimed master biblical storyteller. "The discipline of biblical storytelling has enriched my understanding of our sacred texts and helps me engage our sacred stories from a variety of perspectives. I primarily use biblical storytelling as an aid to worship.”