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Published Date: September 18, 2019

Published Date: September 18, 2019

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Announcing the 2019 CBE Writing Contest Winners!

In August, CBE International held its third annual writing contest! We received many quality, insightful submissions, making our job of picking just fifteen winners very difficult.

We’d like to thank all the gifted writers who participated. Thank you for being brave, vulnerable, and gutsy with your stories and insights. Thank you for speaking hard truths in a world where easy answers and comfort are often preferred. Thank you for being way-criers for peace, healing, justice, equality, and freedom. We honor your gifts, stories, and courage.

You’ll see the contest winners published on our website in the coming months along with other amazing entries!

Congratulations to our top fifteen winners (in no particular order):

1. Mikaela Bell

Mikaela Bell was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She studied linguistics and anthropology at the University of Arizona. Two years ago, she got married and relocated to Grenoble, France, where she’s teaching English and pursuing a master’s degree.

The Consequences of Soft Complementarianism

2. Lindsey Boulais-Duong

Lindsey Boulais-Duong writes about life’s joys and challenges, and how faith intersects with them. When not writing, she’s usually snuggled up with a good book, cooking a meal for friends, or walking around her town of Portland. Find more of her writing at and follow her @lindsey_boulais.

The Power of a Pronoun: How What We Call God Affects Everything

3. Holly Fletcher

Holly Fletcher grew up in New Mexico. She graduated with a BA in English from York College in York, NE then an MLA from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, TX. She currently lives on a hobby farm in Colorado with her husband, Aaron, and her two daughters, Maddy and Kelsay.

Who Decides? Transitioning Churches as an Egalitarian Couple

4. Sarah Garay

Sarah and Roberto Garay live on a ranch in Texas they’ve named “Rosarita Ranch,” (Roberto + Sarita) in celebration of the wonderful freedom they experience living in mutuality. Sarah works as a psychotherapist with the Fort Bend Women’s Center and is also the CBE Houston Chapter Coordinator.

A Tale of Two Sisters: Finding Our Place at the Table

5. Mary Stromer Hanson

Mary Stromer Hanson is a 2012 MA biblical studies graduate of Denver Seminary. She is the author of The New Perspective on Mary and Martha and Bold Girls Speak both published by Wipf & Stock 2013. Her German grammar textbook Deutsche Theologie Lesen is available on Amazon. See more poetry and essays at her website

When a Marriage Doesn’t Have a Happily-Ever-After Ending

6. Graham Joseph Hill

Graham Joseph Hill is research coordinator at Stirling Theological College (University of Divinity) in Melbourne, Australia. Graham is the author or co-author of six books including “Holding Up Half the Sky: A Biblical Case for Women Leading and Teaching in the Church” (Cascade, forthcoming 2019). Graham also directs

Let’s Stop Talking about Masculinity and Start Talking about Discipleship

7. Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson has a doctorate of ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a master’s in counseling psychology from Trinity International University. She is a licensed mental health counselor, writer, speaker, and consultant. She and her husband, George, live in Florida and co-founded Living in Freedom and Empowerment, a nonprofit that ministers to churches and individuals.

The Imprisonment of Spiritual Abuse

8. Jenn Smith Chen

Jenn Smith Chen has worked with students in church and school settings for fourteen years; she earned an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Currently, she is an instructor at California Coast Bible College. Jenn and her husband, Eric, stay busy with their daughter, Junia. Follow Jenn’s blog at

Playground Theologians

9. Carli King

Carli King is studying online for her bachelor of theology through Ridley Theological College, Melbourne. She lives in Australind, Western Australia, with her husband and two school age children. Carli has a passion for her academic studies but is happiest when she is teaching what she has learnt to others.

Need Role Model, Will Travel

10. Josiane Ngongang

Josiane Ngongang is a Parisian Jesus-lover and slightly nerdy lady. Josiane loves writing, talking and tasting any new vanilla milkshake. She probably spends too much time on her phone and should sleep more!

3 Ways to Foster Healthy Sexuality in the Church

11. Constance Phelps

Constance Phelps lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her two children.

Transcending Abuse: A Woman’s Use of the Belt, Breastplate, and Sword

12. Jill Richardson

Jill is a writer, speaker, and pastor in the Chicago area. She loves her three daughters and husband, fish tacos, LOTR, Earl Grey, traveling, grace, and Jesus. She is currently finishing her doctorate thesis in preaching and church leadership. You can contact her at:

The Subtle Hazing of Women in Ministry

13. Kara Triboulet

Originally from Southern California, Kara Triboulet serves as a youth pastor in Oregon. Kara received her bachelor’s degrees in both Christian studies and journalism from California Baptist University and is currently a district licensed minister in the Church of the Nazarene and working toward her ordination. She enjoys playing card games with her husband and cuddling her furry son, Oliver.

Sister, You Can Be Anything God Desires You to Be

14. Leanne Weber

Leanne has worked in children’s ministry, both unofficially and as a staff pastor. She currently runs a nonprofit dedicated to using the arts to serve and engage the community. She is a wife and mom to two busy three-year-old boys and is an ISTP/J (depends on her mood), grammar and theology nerd, and coffee enthusiast.

Moving Beyond the Billy Graham Rule

15. Cory Driver

Cory earned his PhD in Jewish Religious Cultures from Emory University. His writing and teaching explore intersections of ethnicity, gender, and religious identification in Scripture and the modern world. Driver is an ordained deacon in the ELCA. He is the director of the Transformational Leadership Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Imitating the God Who Carries Us 

Congratulations to our 2019 CBE Writing Contest winners!