Activated Authors

Below you’ll find a list of some of Activated magazine’s regular contributors; by clicking on an author’s name you’ll be able to view all the articles published in Activated by that individual.

Andrew Mateyak

Andrew Mateyak

Andrew Mateyak, born of missionary parents, is a fulltime volunteer missionary in Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines. He is a member of the Family International. Together with his wife Melody, he teaches Sunday school classes and is involved with various charity and social projects. To learn more about some of the latest projects they’ve been involved in, check out “Activated CDO” on Facebook.

Chris Mizrany

Chris Mizrany

Chris Mizrany is a full time missionary, photographer, and web designer with Helping Hand in Cape Town, South Africa.

Curtis Peter van Gorder

Curtis Peter van Gorder

Curtis Peter van Gorder is a writer and pantomime artist and facilitator, living in Germany. See Elixir Mime website.

David Bolick

David Bolick

David Bolick was born in the US and since 1974 has been living in a variety of Latin American countries, working as a volunteer missionary, as well as a translator, English professor, and freelance writer. An amateur runner since 1991, with several marathons and trail races under his belt, he finds inspiration in the endurance sport. He has three daughters, four grandchildren, and presently resides in Guadalajara, Mexico, with his Portuguese wife Aldina. 

Derek and Michelle Brookes

Derek and Michelle Brookes

Derek and Michelle Brookes are professional educators and writers, who have been happily married and working together for 39 years. After several years as successful teachers, they have spent the last three decades as Christian educators and educational consultants. Their lifelong ambition to provide quality care and education to all children has taken them to four continents, and brought practical help and encouragement to many who face the great responsibility of caring for and educating children.

Dina Ellens

Dina Ellens

Born in the Netherlands, Dina Ellens has experienced a variety of cross cultural settings ranging from the USA, where she was educated, to Asia. She taught school in Southeast Asia for more than 25 years and is now retired. Dina remains active in volunteer work as well as pursuing her interests in early childhood education and writing.

Evelyn Sichrovsky

Evelyn Sichrovsky

Evelyn Sichrovsky is a content creator for children's English educational books and materials. She lives in southern Taiwan.

Gabriel García Valdivieso

Gabriel García Valdivieso

Gabriel García Valdivieso (also credited as Gabriel Sarmiento) is the editor of Conéctate, the Spanish edition of Activated. He is a translator, interpreter, writer and poet, and has lived on three continents as a volunteer missionary with the Family International.

Ingibjörg Torfadóttir

Ingibjörg Torfadóttir

Ingibjörg Torfadóttir is a member of TFI in Reykjavík, Iceland. 

Iris Richard

Iris Richard

Iris Richard is a mother of seven children and grandmother of six. She and her husband live in Kenya where they have been involved in missionary work and humanitarian aid projects for the last 21 years. Iris is a nurse and counselor. 

Janet Barnes

Janet Barnes

Janet Barcelo (with articles also published under the pen name Janet Barnes), has been a volunteer educator and mission worker for the past 25 years in countries as diverse as Japan, Argentina, India and Romania. She currently lives in the U.S., where she is raising the youngest of her nine children and regularly participates in charity and social work.

Jewel Roque

Jewel Roque

Jewel Roque lived in India for 12 years where she was involved in social work and Christian counseling. She returned to California in 2010 with her husband, Solomon, and three young children. She is now studying and working as a freelance writer and editor.

Joe Johnston

Joe Johnston

Joe Johnston is an author and ghostwriter, living in Mexico.

Jorge Solá

Jorge Solá

Jorge Solá, originally from Barcelona, Spain, is a father of nine and a translator. He works on the Spanish edition of Activated magazine and collaborates with the international publishing house Aurora Production. He lives in Cartagena, Colombia, where he is on the board of Arriba las Manos, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education in coastal communities and promoting personal development programs for disadvantaged children that explore fundamental Christian values through interactive workshops.

Joyce Suttin

Joyce Suttin

Joyce Suttin is a retired teacher, writer, and frequent contributor to Activated magazine. She lives in San Antonio Texas with her husband and has an on-line ministry excerpting, editing, and writing inspirational material. Check out her blog.

Keith Phillips

Keith Phillips

Keith Philips was Activated’s editor-in-chief for 14 years from 1999 to 2013. He and his wife Caryn now work with the homeless in the U.S.

Koos Stenger

Koos Stenger

Koos Stenger is a freelance writer in the Netherlands.

Maria Fontaine

Maria Fontaine

Maria Fontaine is the spiritual and administrative co-director (along with her husband, Peter Amsterdam) of the Family International, a Christian community of faith dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. She is the author of numerous articles on the Christian faith life. (Articles by Maria Fontaine used in Activated are adapted.)

Marie Boisjoly

Marie Boisjoly

Marie Boisjoly is French Canadian and has been involved in Christian community services for 34 years. She is currently living in Mexico with her husband. She is a laughter therapist and director of “Coloreando el Mundo” (Coloring the World), an interactive clown and puppet show. She is also a distributor of educational and motivational products.

Marie Story

Marie Story

Marie Story (also credited as Marie Péloquin) lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she works as a freelance illustrator and volunteers as a counselor at a local homeless shelter.

Natalia Nazarova

Natalia Nazarova

Natalia Nazarova (also credited as Natalia Prokhatska) is an English teacher from Ukraine. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and homeschools her seven children together with her Polish husband, Adam. Natalia is also a professional translator and tour guide for TravelMark tourist agency.

Nyx Martinez

Nyx Martinez

Born in Manila in 1981, Nikki “Nyx” Martinez is a multimedia artist and writer. Follow her work and journeys on www.nyxmartinez.com.

Peter Amsterdam

Peter Amsterdam

Peter Amsterdam has been active in Christian service since 1971. In 1995 he became co-director (together with his wife, Maria Fontaine) of the Christian community of faith known as the Family International. He has authored a variety of articles on Christian faith and theology. (Articles by Peter Amsterdam used in Activated are adapted.)

Phillip Lynch

Phillip Lynch

Phillip Lynch is an expat New Zealand writer living in Atlantic Canada. He has also authored books and articles under the pen name Scott MacGregor.

Rosane Pereira

Rosane Pereira

Rosane Pereira is Brazilian and has been a career missionary together with her late husband, Carlos Cordoba, since 1975. She has eight children and five grandchildren. Rosane is an English and Spanish teacher, translator, and writer. She is also a partner in a small business called Interconnect, that links translating and language learning with tourism and ecotourism in the Rio de Janeiro area.

Samuel Keating

Samuel Keating

Samuel Keating (also credited as Ronan Keane) is the executive editor of the Activated magazine. 

Sukanya Kumar-Sinha

Sukanya Kumar-Sinha

Sukanya Kumar-Sinha is an Activated reader from India. She lives in Gurgaon, and works as Deputy Director in a diplomatic mission in New Delhi. 

Uday Paul

Uday Paul

Uday Paul is a freelance writer, volunteer, and teacher based in India.

Victoria Olivetta

Victoria Olivetta

Victoria Olivetta is from Argentina. She is a mother of three and has three grandchildren. As a member of the Family International, she has spent over 30 years devoted to serving others. She is a counselor for the terminally ill and those suffering depression. When time allows, Victoria also enjoys writing and translating.

Virginia Brandt Berg

Virginia Brandt Berg

Virginia Brandt Berg (1886-1968) was a well-known American evangelist, and one of the first radio evangelists in America. She authored “The Hem of His Garment” and “Streams That Never Run Dry” and a series of inspirational radio programs titled “Meditation Moments.” (Articles by Virginia Brandt Berg used in Activated are adapted.)

Abi May

Abi May (also credited as Chris Hunt) is a former contributor to Activated from Great Britain.

Akio Matsuoka

Akio Matsuoka has been a missionary and volunteer worker for the past 35 years, both in his native Japan and abroad. He lives in Tokyo.

Anna Perlini

Anna Perlini is a co-founder of Per un Mondo Migliore, a humanitarian organization active in the former Yugoslavia since 1995.

Anna Ranta

Anna Ranta has been a Christian missionary for 45 years and is the author of Living an Extraordinary Life, available at The Book Patch.

Ariana Andreassen

Ariana Andreassen (also credited as Ariana Keating) is a teacher and mother of three in Thailand.

Caryn Phillips

Caryn Phillips does volunteer work with the homeless and others on the margins of society in the U.S.

Chalsey Dooley

Chalsey Dooley is a writer of inspirational material for children and caregivers and is a full-time edu-mom living in Australia. Check out her website at www.nurture-inspire-teach.com.

Christina Andreassen

Christina Andreassen (also credited as Tianna Andreassen) is a Norwegian humanitarian professional working in Asia and the Middle East. 

David Brandt Berg

David Brandt Berg (1919-1994) was the son of well-known American evangelist Virginia Brandt Berg. In 1968, David and his wife and teenage children pioneered a ministry to the counterculture youth of Huntington Beach, California. This ministry grew into an international Christian missionary movement known today as the Family International (TFI). (Articles by David Brandt Berg used in Activated are adapted.)

Elsa Sichrovsky

Elsa Sichrovsky is a freelance writer. She lives with her family in southern Taiwan.

Jessie Richards

Jessie Richards had a role in the production of Activated from 2001 to 2012, and has written a number of articles as an Activated staff writer. She has also written and edited material for other Christian publications and websites.

Josie Clark

Josie Clark is a blogger, mother and grandmother who is a frequent contributor to Activated.

Julie Vasquez

Julie Vasquez is a freelance writer living in Austin, USA.

Lilia Potters

Lilia Potters is a writer and editor who lives in the U.S. She has 6 grown children and 14 grandchildren, one a 10-year old grandson with high-functioning autism, for whom she cared full-time until he was 6 years old. She is still involved in his care, and her experience with autism has made her passionate about spreading awareness, and helping families with children on the autism spectrum.

Marie Alvero

Marie Alvero is a former missionary to Africa and Mexico. She currently lives a happy, busy life with her husband and children in Central Texas, USA. 

Mila Nataliya A. Govorukha

Mila Nataliya A. Govorukha does missionary and volunteer work via an NGO in Kharkov, Ukraine.

Misty Kay

Misty Kay has authored numerous articles and several books. As both a cancer and fibromyalgia survivor, her writings bring encouragement and hope to others facing many of life’s challenges. Together with her husband and four children, Misty has been actively involved in volunteer work across Asia.

Olivia Bauer

Olivia Bauer works with a not-for-profit community organization in Winnipeg, Canada.

Richard Johnston

Richard Johnston is a writer and researcher with several articles featured in Activated.

Roald Watterson

Roald Watterson is an editor and content developer. 

Sally García

Sally Garcia is an educator, missionary, and member of the Family International in Chile.

Scott Montrose

Scott Montrose is a Scottish writer in his late fifties, who has articles published in several magazines. He has also written three books and several short stories. He is presently residing in the Mideast where he works with a local charitable society that he helped found.

Steve Hearts

Steve Hearts has been blind since birth. He is a writer, musician, and member of the Family International in North America. 

Tina Kapp

Tina Kapp is a dancer, presenter, and freelance writer in South Africa. She runs an entertainment company that helps raise funds for charity and missionary projects.

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