Who are the team behind SPAG Magazine?
There is a very small but dedicated team behind the publication:
Editor, Journalist, Layout Planner and Graphic Designer: Vicki Nunn
Vicki puts in many hours to SPAG Magazine. She researches and writes various articles; sources other items and articles; finds and creates images; and then finally puts all of the magazine together and makes it available online. Vicki also maintains the website and the Facebook page, and presently pays the costs to keep the magazine going, with some support from generous donors (thank you.)
Vicki was involved in a number of different ministries over the years, including Kid’s Club, Sunday School and Youth Group. She was a volunteer radio presenter on Fresh FM 91.9 in Gladstone for over eleven years, and contributed a couple of regular connected weekly newspaper columns (see images on left.)
In 1998, she began a social friendship ministry for single Christian adults which she co-ordinated for fifteen years.
In 2005, Vicki gained a “dishonourable mention” in the annual international Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. The aim for contestants is to write a deliberately bad introduction to a novel. Vicki’s award was for her entry in the children’s literature section, an achievement of which she is understandably proud (see image on left.)
Vicki also began foster care in 2008, and during her six years as a foster carer, around 28 children were placed in her care, several for longer-time placements, including one child for almost five years.
Having lived away from her place of birth for more than 20 years, Vicki returned to Central Queensland in 2016 and is enjoying the opportunity of reconnecting with family and friends.
In her spare time, Vicki loves sci-fi movies, playing with her pets, and writing, and is currently beginning work on the third book in a series of Christian novels set in the early 1900s in England. She’s hoping to have the first two books ready for publication either in 2017 or 2018.
Vicki’s also creates graphic designs and particularly enjoys creating quirky images. These are available on a range of products available through four different personal stores. Here’s the link to her webpage which includes links to the four stores: www.missterrywoman.com
Our Counsellors are not named to protect their identity – I guess you could call them our super-heroes. They write responses to letters from people who seek counselling advice in our ‘Letters to Lou’ segment. If you have a personal problem, please write to ‘Lou’ at:
Our Counsellors may even occasionally share an article in the magazine.
You can read earlier letters and Lou’s responses on our website.
Kristie provides the delicious recipes for our recipe page in the magazine and is delighted to be on-board and sharing her love of low-carb cooking in ‘Kristie’s Kitchen.’
A young mum, Kristie also works as a chef and lives and works in Central Queensland, Australia.
Journalist: Joseph Kolapudi
Joseph Kolapudi is a journalist with Christian Today (Australia), and through the International missions’ agency, Interserve has returned to India, where he is working with Olive Technology in the role of a Business Analyst. While also reviewing project proposals for Christian ministries all over India, Joseph has agreed to be a volunteer writer for SPAG Magazine. Welcome on board Joseph.
Born in Australia to Indian parents, Joseph has been a lover of books and writing for as long as he can remember. From a young age he enjoyed biographical stories of people who influenced the world which inspired him to turn to writing. When he became an author at 17, he realised that his ability encouraged the passion of others, and was a gift that couldn’t be ignored.
His first job as a journalist for an online publication opened his eyes to the influence that he could have on a wider audience. This eventually led to an interest in writing internationally for the academic world. Desiring to combine his experience in academic writing as well as an interest in sharing people’s stories and connecting with them, he pursued a theological degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Southern California.It was here that he realised that writing was more than a pastime and was also an art-form that could have a global influence on the way people perceived themselves, their society, and the culture around them.
He completed his master’s in International Development and Urban Studies, and began to look into combining his skills and writing experiences which led him to the US, Center for World Mission where he could help developing relationships between international organisations, missions’ agencies, social enterprises, the US government, and local initiatives.
You can read more of Joseph’s writing at Christian Today.
Journalist: Lori Yanez
Lori Yanez claims she found God the hard way – it took losing everything, to find that God was her shining beacon of light that gave her back a new life.
At 50, she returned to school to complete her college degree in business and it was during those academic years she discovered a passion for writing. It is her belief that she would never had pursued this avenue had God not limited her physical abilities.
Lori believes that Jesus led the way through the darkness of pain and loss to find salvation, hope and purpose. She lives in a small town in the dessert plains of America, and is the author of two separate blogs: one is an inspirational daily living blog; and the second is a humorous account of her pet’s fictional diaries.
With the support of her son and church family, she hopes to expand her writing abilities to include God’s message of hope and redemption.
We have various writers from across the world who are happy to contribute their time and talent and share their insights.
One of our regular sources for writers is Christian Today, who provide an online Christian newspaper covering relevant and up-to-date articles.