ABOUT

Saturday, 19th August, 2017

 

About the Magazine

PURSUE is an online magazine that encourages and inspires girls to make the most of their youth by pursuing God, tapping into who He has created them to be, embracing their uniqueness, and learning to how to sustain health. It is a general interest and Christian-based magazine that covers topics in life, encouragement & motivation, inspiration, arts & creativity, and beauty & fashion.

 

 

Mission Statement

PURSUE is an online magazine that encourages and inspires girls to make the most of their youth by pursuing God, tapping into who He has created them to be, embracing their uniqueness, and learning to how to sustain health.

 


 

Editorial Staff


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Tessa Emily Hall – Founder & Editor-in-Chief 

Tessa Emily Hall spent her teen years writing about an imaginary girl whose life was far more interesting than her own. This resulted in PURPLE MOON (LPC), a 2014 Selah finalist. Her second novel, UNWRITTEN MELODY, will be published by Clean Reads November 2016. She enjoys making homemade lattes, cuddling with her Teacup Shih-Tzu, and acting in Christian films. Tessa’s passionate about writing inspirational yet authentic YA fiction and encouraging teens to pursue their dreams.
You can find her on her website, blog, InstagramTwitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.


 

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Natalie Macek – Managing Editor
Natalie Macek is a college student who studies Elementary Education Integrated Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, with the goal of becoming an elementary or middle school teacher. She currently works as the editor for Refined, an e-magazine for Christian teen girls and their moms.  She loves drinking warm cups of tea and trying to capture life on paper . Natalie is passionate about her faith in God and about reminding girls of their identity and value in Him, especially as they navigate the struggles of middle and high school.

rayleigh Rayleigh Gray – Web Manager & Editor Intern

Rayleigh is a graduate from Home-School anxious to begin her exciting journey through life. Pursuing a career in Literary Agency and Editorial related jobs, she is an English buff always on the lookout for ways to point her writing back to her Creator. Join her on her journey by reading her blog (AccelerateTheJesusMovement.WordPress.com) or following the books she reviews on her website (LiteratureApproved.Wordpress.com).

Erika Hickey – Graphic Designer

Erika Hickey is a 21-year-old self proclaimed renaissance woman/couch potato, currently residing in Lynchburg, VA. After being diagnosed with severe wanderlust she can almost always be found in an airport or on a road trip. When Erika is not traveling she is finishing up her music degree at Liberty University. She is also known by her peers as a professional Netflix binger, outdoor enthusiast, and blogger of all things life. Her dream is to be the drummer in an all-girl punk rock band but until then, you can catch her here designing Pursue.

Rachelle Rea Cobb – Magazine Proofreader

Rachelle Rea Cobb has history with words. She penned her first short story in middle school, her first novel right out of high school, and signed a three-book publishing contract right after college. Her Steadfast Love series is an inspirational romance series set in 1566, and Write Well is her first foray into nonfiction. She enjoys mentoring writers in the art of wordcrafting as a freelance editor.

Contributing Writers


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Tessa Emily Hall – Column: Pursue the Impossible, Pursue Spotlight

Tessa Emily Hall spent her teen years writing about an imaginary girl whose life was far more interesting than her own. This resulted in PURPLE MOON (LPC), a 2014 Selah finalist. Her work has been published in various magazines, including Devozine, Guide Magazine, and Temperance Magazine. She also enjoys making homemade lattes, cuddling with her Teacup Shih-Tzu, and acting in Christian films. Tessa’s passionate about writing inspirational yet authentic YA fiction and encouraging teens to pursue their dreams. You can find her on her website, blog, InstagramTwitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.


caroline2Caroline George – Column: Music

Caroline George published her debut series, The Prime Way Program, at age fifteen. Since publishing, she has been nominated twice for the Georgia Author of the Year Award, gained readership worldwide, and has spoken at various libraries, schools, tradeshows, and coffeehouses. Caroline grew up in Georgia but now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She spends most of her time writing, eating too much sushi, playing guitar, and spreading her passion for young authors throughout her community.


Naomi Downing – Column: Book Reviews

Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at www.homeschoolingteen.com, and blogs somewhat sporadically at www.naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.


Savannah Grace Perran – Column: Book Reviews

Savannah Grace is dreamer, a believer, and a creator of imaginary worlds – among other things. She’s also a teenage Christian writer living in Nebraska. Writing is her passion, and getting lost in a story is something that comes naturally to her – which means that reading half the day away is something she is good at. Savannah spends a lot of her time with her nose in a book or thinking up the next adventure for her insane story characters. You can connect with her on her blog, Scattered Scribblings.


FullSizeRender (3)Brittney Johnson – Department: Encouragement & Motivation

Brittney Johnson is an ordinary girl serving her extraordinary Saviour. She lives in a small town in the beautiful state of Kentucky where she reads, writes, and stays busy being involved in her church. She is a missionary’s daughter and loves traveling the world. She’s a very social person, who loves meeting new people, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 


 

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Rachel Alison – Column: Creative Writing 

Rachel Alison is a sixteen-year-old content creator with a passion for all the arts, although writing is her main skill. When she’s not doing homework or jamming out to hip-hop, she’s blogging at SilverMess.com, making videos for her YouTube channel, or developing her creative philosophy. She hopes to encourage others to pursue creativity as how God meant for people to pursue it, despite the restraints that sin has placed on humanity. To see more of her work, join the creative community at Silver Mess, follow her on Instagram, and subscribe to her YouTube channel!


 

joyedwards Joy Edwards – Column: College & Career

Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.


 

 

IMG_6146 Natalie Macek – Column: Maintaining a Positive Self-Image

Natalie Macek is a college student who studies Elementary Education Integrated Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, with the goal of becoming an elementary or middle school teacher. She currently works as the editor for Refined, an e-magazine for Christian teen girls and their moms.  She loves drinking warm cups of tea and trying to capture life on paper . Natalie is passionate about her faith in God and about reminding girls of their identity and value in Him, especially as they navigate the struggles of middle and high school.

 

 

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Adrianna Maria – Column: Faith

Adrianna Pena is an 18-year-old senior in high school. She’s a girl who has a passion for writing and a love for her Savior. In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging, and playing piano. She’s also a major coffee addict!

 

 


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Sarah Tinning – Column: Living With a Positive Mindset 

Sarah is a 18-year-old, living in Australia. She loves God, her family, singing, writing songs and novels, and playing guitar. She enjoys meeting up with friends, and just putting a smile on people’s faces; even better, making them laugh! She blogs about books, movies, music, and life at www.foreveraspiringwriter.wordpress.com

 


DSC06001Shannon H. Sullivan – Column: Staying Healthy 

Shannon Sullivan is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, creator of Your Balanced Lifestyle, web TV host, and producer of weekly videos that inspire healthy eating and living. She encourages women to eat more whole foods and create a healthy, positive mindset to find balance in their everyday lives. More info on her website: www.shannonhsullivan.com.

 


tarabroseTara Michelle Brose – Column: Fashion

Tara Brose is a 26-year-old who grew up in a small town in South Carolina, then moved to NYC after high school to pursue a modeling career. She signed with MSA Models and studied fashion merchandising with a specialization in product development at Fashion Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, Tara began work as a fit model, which has now become her full time job. She and her husband volunteer on the creative team at their church, Hillsong NYC, and they live in Brooklyn, NY. She blogs about fashion, travel, and life at www.taramichellebrose.com.


rayleigh Rayleigh Gray – Column: Tap into Your Potential

Rayleigh is a graduate from Home-School anxious to begin her exciting journey through life. Pursuing a career in Literary Agency and Editorial related jobs, she is an English buff always on the lookout for ways to point her writing back to her Creator. Join her on her journey by reading her blog (AccelerateTheJesusMovement.WordPress.com) or following the books she reviews on her website (LiteratureApproved.Wordpress.com).

IMG_1339Brooke Faulkner – Column: Embrace Your Uniqueness

Brooke Faulkner is a life loving sixteen year old. She lives in the majestic mountains and spends her time reading, writing, learning, teasing friends, and trying to enjoy her beautiful life. She believes giving glory to God and enjoying Him forever is the most wonderful purpose on earth and hopes to do that through her writing and acting. A fun-loving ENFP she can’t wait to get to know new people. You can now find her at ravensandwriting.blogspot.com with some of her other writing friends.


IMG_1543Allie Chambers – Column: Relationships

Allie Chambers is a nineteen-year-old English and French Double Major living in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently writes for her school’s section of The Odyssey and also was recognized on state-wide level for her poetry and short fiction. On a day by day basis, Allie is just a normal redheaded girl that loves people, books, the Lord, and the world that surrounds her. She loves getting to know others and trying to find the best way to serve them. She feels that words and conversation are the best way to get to know someone. She hopes to use her words to spread God’s love for his children.


                                    Tammy Hall – Column: DIY & Crafts

                                           Bio soon to come.


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Madeline Elyse – Column: Encouragement & Motivation 

Madeline Elyse is an eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate. As a member of a former missionary family, she has witnessed many miracles first hand and has a firm trust in God’s plans. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” is her favorite Bible verse, because it reminds her that without God, she can do nothing, but with Him can do all things. Madeline spends her free time reading (mostly children’s books and classics), writing (mainly poetry and short stories), singing (popular Christian music and Broadway), knitting (items for babies and for friends), and blogging (at God’s Little Pencil, where she hopes to see you). She believes that following God’s Will and acting on His inspiration are the two greatest things that one can do in life. She hopes you will use your talents to spread Christ’s light to others.

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Sarah Bennett – Column: Film Reviews

Wife and mom, daughter and sister, aunt and Sunday School teacher, Sarah adores the roles God has given her in Northern California. She has published magazine articles in Enjoy and Assets, and enjoys writing fan fiction. A bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek and self-proclaimed dork, there isn’t much she won’t try at least once…unless it involves mayonnaise, because that stuff is just gross.

 


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Deanna Fugett – Advice Columnist

While Deanna Fugett isn’t writing or connecting with others via social media, she can be found cleaning up after playing with her four kids or cooking dinner rubbing her husband’s shoulders, because she’s nice like that. She secretly enjoys writing more than reading *gasp*. Deanna has an endless TBR list and has numerous books she’s started reading lying around the house, none of which she can find time to finish. Occasionally, she plays Narnia with her eleven year old son, pretending to be Susan at the archery range, while enjoying quality time with her boy, bows and arrows. Deanna is off-the-wall excited about her debut novel coming out with Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing this year, a YA Dystopian called Ending Fear. It is the first novel in the Gliding Lands series, and she really hopes you read and enjoy every second of it.


DSC_0099Alyssa Fischer – Advice Columnist, From a Teen’s Perspective

Alyssa is an eighteen year old college student who hopes to pursue counseling, where she can make her dream of encouraging others and making a difference in the world a reality. Other than helping others, she enjoys writing and blogging, volunteering at the animal shelter, and attending Christian music concerts. Most of all, she is passionate about her faith in Jesus and seeks to glorify Him in all that she does. You can find her writing to inspire at www.establishedinfaith.blogspot.com.


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Amy Kathleen – Making a Difference

Amy Kathleen is a seventeen-year-old homeschool, high school student who loves to read, write, sing, and play piano. She has a passion for the Lord and for all things writing, coffee, and worship. She recently moved from Minnesota to Arizona. Check out her blog at whengivenapen.blogspot.com

 


Kayla Johansen – Road Less Traveled

Kayla Johansen is an eighteen-year-old college student saved by Jesus Christ. Ever the word-lover, she spends her time reading and writing everything from fanfiction to young adult novels. When not reading or writing, you might catch her watching Netflix (she has a particular soft spot for NCIS) or playing with one of her four dogs. Her ultimate goal is to find a way to honor Jesus not only in her (eventual) career but also in all her day-to-day decisions.

 Katy Kauffman – Quiet Time Tips: Delighting in God and His Word

Katy Kauffman believes that spending time with God makes all the difference in our Christian lives. She spent her teen years pursuing her dream—to be a Bible study teacher. Today, she is the co-founder of a Bible study ministry, an award-winning author, and an editor and a designer of Refresh Bible Study Magazine. Connect with her more at her blog, Life with God.

Teen Advisory Board

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Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson is an ordinary girl serving her extraordinary Saviour. She lives in a small town in the beautiful state of Kentucky where she reads, writes, and stays busy being involved in her church. She is a missionary’s daughter and loves traveling the world. She’s a very social person, who loves meeting new people, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Naomi Downing

Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at www.homeschoolingteen.com, and blogs somewhat sporadically at www.naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.


Savannah Grace Perran

Savannah Grace is dreamer, a believer, and a creator of imaginary worlds – among other things. She’s also a teenage Christian writer living in Nebraska. Writing is her passion, and getting lost in a story is something that comes naturally to her – which means that reading half the day away is something she is good at. Savannah spends a lot of her time with her nose in a book or thinking up the next adventure for her insane story characters. You can connect with her on her blog, Scattered Scribblings.


 


Micaiah Saldaña

Micaiah Saldaña is, first and foremost, a daughter of the one true King. When she isn’t lost in the stories she writes, you can find her reading just about anything YA Christian fiction, listening to her favorite music artists, and drinking lots and lots of salted caramel hot chocolate. You might be able to catch her rambling on her blog, Notebooks and Novels, if she hasn’t made her way to Narnia. Yet.