The Gagnon family is an atypical, hodgepodge mix of humanity. The entire family enjoyed writing this book, with each one contributing their own input. Every child in the family has their own special story, and every one faces their own unique challenges.
Elaine grew up on a farm in a quiet, rural area that has now become a busy tourist destination—Ohio’s Amish Country. In previous seasons of life, she has been a teacher and has also worked in the offices of a large building-supply company. She is now a freelance writer and editor who enjoys walks at dawn, laughs with good friends, Spirit connections, the blessings and miracle of grandchildren, good books, and the beauty and people of downeast Maine, a place that nourishes her spirit.
Marcus A. Yoder is the Executive Director of the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center and the Ohio Amish Library, and is active in preaching, teaching, and writing in the Mennonite Church. In 2010, Marcus graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Ohio State University and, in 2015, acquired a Master’s Degree in the History of Christianity from Yale University. Marcus lives with his wife, Norita, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country; he enjoys reading, writing, painting, and collecting books for his already extensive library.
John Schmid is the founder of Common Ground Ministries (staff of one) and travels extensively, singing and preaching in more than fifty prisons a year. John has produced twenty-four albums and attended Asbury Theological Seminary, earning a MDIV. John resides with his wife, Lydia, in Benton, Ohio, and they are the proud parents of one son, Adam, and two daughters, Amy and Katy.
Phil Barkman is the editor for Just Plain Values magazine. His mom introduced him to the world of books at an early age, and he discovered a love of writing while pursuing his culinary interests in Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys cooking, the great outdoors, and World War II history.
Delilah Byler is an Amish wife and mother who lives back a long lane at the edge of the woods. She is “Mom” to four boys and four girls and loves being a grandmother of two. With eight children, she needed a way to keep them occupied while she was preparing dinner. The idea for a search and find book was born out of both creativity and necessity. She enjoys cooking, baking cakes, and finding ways to express her artistic nature.
Frank Yoder is from the small town of Kalona, IA. He and his wife, Ada, were the owners of Old Homestead Photos for thirty years and were involved in prison ministry for nearly thirty years. While enjoying a rewarding career in photography, Frank steadily honed his skill as a wordsmith. In his retirement, Frank enjoys writing, flowers, and time with his family and friends.