WHO ARE OUR WRITERS AND EDITORS?
The Children’s Resource Team at Cokesbury seeks to write and develop curriculum and other resources that will introduce the Christian faith to children, and encourage them to grow in their faith journeys.
As part of The United Methodist Publishing House, our mission includes “Reaching more people in more places with quality services and resources that help them come to know and deepen their knowledge of God through Jesus Christ, learn to love God, and choose to serve God and neighbor.”
The Children’s team of well-qualified individuals includes a variety of experiences including educational and church-related professionals. The passion each person possesses for her or his age level is remarkable. In order to get to know us better, we are sharing our qualifications, experiences, and educational backgrounds with you.
Laura Allison, the editor of One Room Sunday School, received a B.A. in Biblical Education and Christian Education with a minor in Theology. She taught English and Math in a Christian school for eighteen years, first on the older-elementary level then the middle-school level. Laura served four years on a local church children’s ministry staff and one year as children’s ministry coordinator. She began teaching Sunday school at age fourteen and has served as a children’s ministry volunteer for more than thirty-five years specializing in Sunday school, Bible studies, children’s church, children’s choir, and vacation Bible school. She also has seven years experience at a publishing house as an editor.
Jones Armstrong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Before coming to the United Methodist Publishing House, Jones served as a Christian educator and minister to children, youth and adults in various congregations. She is the writer and editor of Deep Blue Middle Elementary and editor of Deep Blue Rotation Stations. Jones enjoys witnessing the gift of children’s spirituality through teaching Sunday School and leading Children’s Worship. She also loves biking around Nashville, knitting sweaters, and hiking with her dog Luna.
Kerry Blackwood holds a M.A. in Early Childhood Education and a B.S. in English and Business from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Kerry has had a variety of experiences working for The United Methodist Publishing House and for Christian Educators Fellowship. Kerry is also a Certified Director of Christian Education in the United Methodist Church. Kerry has been a schoolteacher and taught children in kindergarten, third grade, and fourth grade. Kerry is the editor of Babies and Woddlers and Toddlers and Twos. Currently, Kerry is the writer and editor of Deep Blue Early Elementary. As an active member of Franklin First United Methodist Church, Kerry maintains her relationship with teaching and learning by serving as a Sunday school teacher to kindergarteners. Without a doubt, the joy of Kerry’s life is her family, which includes her husband of thirty-nine years, Frank, their three children, and their five grandchildren.
Emily Delikat holds a M.A. in Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Christian Education from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and a B. A. in Music from Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama. Emily has more than 10 years of experience in early childhood classrooms, and has worked as Director of Music, Director of Children’s Ministry, and Director of Spiritual Formation in United Methodist churches before joining The United Methodist Publishing House as a Development Editor. Emily is the editor and writer of Deep Blue Early Elementary. She is passionate about helping children and families fully participate in the life of the church through worship, education and service. She lives in Franklin, TN with her family and attends Franklin First United Methodist Church. Emily loves to spend time with her husband, Andy, and her daughter, Maggie and their guinea pig, Bucket. She enjoys reading, taking walks with her family, and watching way too much television.
Daphna Flegal holds a M.A. in Christian Education with an emphasis in Children’s Ministry from Scarritt College, Nashville, Tennessee, and a B. A. in Christian Education from Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, North Carolina. She is a diaconal minister in the United Methodist Church. Daphna has worked as Director of Children’s Ministry, Director of Christian Education, and Director of Program in United Methodist churches for sixteen years before joining The United Methodist Publishing House as Lead Development Editor. Daphna is the editor and writer of Deep Blue Preschool and editor of Deep Blue Rotation Stations. She has been a Sunday school teacher for two-year-olds, three-year-olds, and four-year-olds, as well as elementary children in her own local church, Connell Memorial United Methodist. She presently teaches the Deep Blue Large Group/Small Group elementary class. Daphna also serves on Children’s Council, presents Children’s Worship Moments once a month, and is a storyteller for vacation Bible school each summer. Daphna readily admits she has a favorite student at the church—her granddaughter, Ginny!
Erin Floyd holds a B.A. in Religious Education from Oklahoma City University, and is pursuing an M.A. of Christian Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Before coming to The United Methodist Publishing House, Erin worked for eight years in the local church, serving as the Director of Children’s Ministries and as the Director of Educational Ministries in Norman, Oklahoma. Erin is now the writer and editor of the Deep Blue Middle Elementary resources. Erin is passionate about child and faith development, and is excited to be a part of an amazing team at The United Methodist Publishing House. In her free time, she enjoys journaling, taking walks, volunteering, and trying new coffee shops.
Rev. Dr. Leigh Meekins holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Education from Birmingham-Southern College, a Master of Religious Education from Duke Divinity School, a Master of Education in Adult Education from Troy University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. Leigh has served local United Methodist congregations, Blue Lake Assembly Grounds, the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference, and now The United Methodist Publishing House. Leigh is the writer and editor of Deep Blue Older Elementary. Leigh is active at Belle Meade United Methodist Church. Her passion is facilitating “Created by God” experiences for fifth- and sixth-graders. Leigh loves to spend time with family and friends.
Brittany Sky holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Oklahoma City University, and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Before coming to The United Methodist Publishing House, Brittany worked as a minister with children and their families in local UM congregations, and taught children’s ministry workshops for the Oklahoma Annual Conference. She is the Senior Editor of Children’s Resources. Brittany is also the editor of Deep Blue Large Group/Small Group and Deep Blue Rotation Stations, the writer/editor of All Hands on Deck, Deep Blue Basics, Deep Blue Family Devotional, and the Deep Blue Bible Storybook. Brittany attends West End UMC and continues to explore approaches to Christian Education that create relevant, vibrant experiences with God for kids. Brittany loves reading, chocolate, and her terriers—Charlie and Lily.