For the last two years, I’ve been part of the
editorial staff for The High Calling. If you’re familiar with the THC
site, you know it publishes daily articles on work, books, faith, family and
culture, and includes editorial posts, video posts, and extensions into
Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
We are a far-flung group, mostly from all over the
United States but with one member – our photography editor – living in
Australia. We are all Christians, but we represent a variety of faiths – and
that’s one of the things that makes the staff a strong one.
We have regular online meetings, interspersed with
phone calls and emails. The amount of work that’s required to produce and
maintain a site like The High Calling is large. All of us write for THC, but we
also have specific assignments as well.
Marcus Goodyear, who blogs at Good Word Editing, is our senior editor who seems to know how to do everything, and a
little bit more than everything. He’s a published poet, too, and if you haven’t
read Barbies at Communion, you should.
Deidra Riggs, our managing editor, blogs at Jumping Tandem. She’s a
minister’s wife, and a speaker, and a writer, and still manages to find time to
check up on the staff, keep us on track, handle issues, and solve problems.
We have several content editors – the people who
manage the posts for Work, Faith, Culture, Family, and Books.
Charity Singleton, who blogs at Wide Open Spaces, is also a content editor for Family and related
areas. (Her blog is one of my favorite reads.)
Jim (J.B.) Wood is the content editor for Work, and
the editor I’ve worked with the longest and most often (most of my posts
involve the Work theme). He blogs at Shrinking the Camel and is the author of At Work as It Is in Heaven.
Dan King, our social media guru, rides herd on the
Facebook editors and the rather strange person who’s the Twitter editor (me).
Dan blogs at Bibledude, which is a site unto itself, with regular bloggers
and features. For a long time, I didn’t know Dan’s name, because he always
introduced himself as “#Fistbump, Dude!” Dan is the author of The Unlikely Missionary.
Sandra Sims is the Google+ editor and our search
engine optimization (SEO) guru. She blogs at Guiding Vision.
Reid Echols is one of our newer staffers, and is
responsible for the THC YouTube presence (I’m still surprised at the number of
videos that THC produces). Tim’s THC profile is here.
Tim Miller, our intrepid Australian, is the THC
photography editor and blogs at Spy Journal 3.0. He keeps reminding us that there
are readings outside North American time zones. Working with Tim is Kelly
Sauer, a contributing editor for photography who blogs at Kelly Sauer (and who
takes wonderful photos).
David Rupert is the editor of the THC weekly
newsletter and the guy who usually posts short summaries and links of THC
Network members’ articles. He’s constantly trolling the network looking (and
finding) good stuff. He blogs at Red-Letter Believers.
We have some specialty editors as well. Ann Voskamp,
author of the still bestselling One Thousand Gifts, is a contributing editor for Faith and blogs at A Holy Experience. Christine Scheller, the THC Leadership editor, is
one of the most prolific writers I’ve encountered, writing for numerous print
and online publications. She blogs at Christine Scheller.
Tina Howard is the editor for the
Laity Lodge Family Camp, one of the ministries connected to The High Calling
(they all are a part of the H.E. butt Foundation). Tina blogs at Spaghetti
Gordon Atkinson to the end. Gordon’s official title is “Senior SEO Editor and
Drupal Advisor,” which makes him sound like a geeky type, but like all of the
other editors, Gordon is about so much more. He’s one of the deepest thinkers
I’ve met, and when I met with the THC staff at Laity Lodge two years ago,
Gordon led our devotion times, and I have rarely been as profoundly moved as I
was by his teaching. He writes as the Laity Lodge “Pilgrim” and blogs at Real Live Preacher.
staff I work with at THC. It’s a fine group, and I’m privileged to be part of
the work they do.
Photograph: Laity Lodge, near Kerrville, Texas.