Alta Ruth Calkins
Alta Ruth was born and raised in Wyoming and has called Bellingham her home since 1965. She holds a degree in Christian Education, and worked for many years as both a piano teacher and a wedding coordinator. She was married for 59 years, has 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She has seen many changes in the world throughout her ninety-nine years!
Luci is Writer in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Author of over forty books of poetry and creative non-fiction, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. In 2013 she received the annual Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. Her most recent poetry collection, Angels Everywhere, was just released in 2022 by Paraclete Press. Her book for children, “The O in Hope,” was published by InterVarsity Press in September 2021.
Dee Dee Davis
Dee Dee Davis was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She and her family moved to Blaine, Washington in 1992. She is the proud mother of five adult children, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is a member of the Bellingham Unity Committee. She has volunteered with the overflow shelter for the Lighthouse Mission and Outreach at Northwest Youth Services. She is a former board member of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force. Her hope is that there can be racial reconciliation in the church.
Emily Higginbotham is from Georgia, has been married to her husband Ron for 58 years, has a son and a daughter and six precious grandchildren. They were missionaries in Canada for 30 years before retiring to Bellingham in 1999. They have been involved with Western Washington University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams for 20+ years. Her hobby is gardening.
Gini is an artist, illustrator, mother and grandmother. She has outlived poodle skirts, panty hose and rotary telephones… and on the journey she has acquired a lifetime of great memories. She was a wife and is now a widow. She is also a consummate lover of cats, chocolate and family gatherings.
Heidi is a mother, wife and a recent puppy owner! She is a high school teacher and Lynden Christian and has preached at Mosaic in Bellingham. She makes quilts, occasionally gardens, reads as often as possible, and enjoys road trips. Her daily goal, other than finding God in the details, is to fight the influence of our world’s ethos in eroding all that is beautiful: our bodies, our beauty, our obligations, our responsibilities, our influence, and our identity.
Jackie was raised on a farm in Florida, she attended Florida State University as a music major (piano). Later she got degrees in psychology and became a marriage and family therapist. She has been married for 55 years to Ralph Rittenhouse. They have been in Christian youth and church ministry together- 14 years with Campus Crusade for Christ and in pastoral ministry at a southern California church for 32 years. They have two children and six grown grandchildren. As of their “retirement,” they work with Global Discipleship Initiative, and their focus (and pleasure) is on making disciples who will make disciples.
Patricia has known Jesus for over 46 years and plans to continue with God’s direction to help others in any way she can. She loves people, animals and feeding both. After retiring, she has been spending time joining the Lynden Senior Center. She also loves doing crafts and has accumulated more craft supplies than she can use in a lifetime and jokes that she is seriously ONE box away from that hoarding show.