Ms. Suzanne Halstead, MA
Suzanne Halstead, a person of faith brought up in the Reformed Church of America, is now a member of the United Church of Christ. Singing, drawing, dancing and playing out in nature either in the woods up a tree or at the shore in the sand and surf were, and are, her favorite pastimes. Her interest and training in art began at an early age. She grew up holding crayons and colored pencils more than dolls.
Suzanne received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and Art Education from Syracuse University, New York. She met her husband in the chapel choir on campus. They have a daughter and son who are also very creative.
Suzanne has taught art in schools, camps, studios, galleries and museums for more than 35 years. Her classes, lectures, and workshops focus on the arts, creativity, play and spirituality for children, youth and adults. Leading and participating in retreats and workshops on these topics while communing with God, others and nature are her inspiration.
Having earned a Masters of Arts degree in Education from Concordia University, Illinois, with special emphasis on the development of creativity, play, and informal learning environments, Suzanne has worked extensively in many cultural, academic and religious institutions as an educator, arts director, and program and exhibit developer.
Suzanne contributes to the New Earth, an ecumenical publication, as a curriculum writer in the 2005, 2007 and 2011 Camp Resource manuals. She has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter on the theme of spirituality and the arts at churches, camps and conference centers across the country.
In her home studio, Suzanne creates her artwork for her own enjoyment as a response to her Loving Creator. Many of her pieces are in the private collections of family, friends and people of faith.
To view Suzanne's work, please click here.
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Rev. Wanda Schwandt, MDiv
From her earliest memories, the Reverend Wanda Schwandt has always sensed the companionship of a Loving God traveling with her. She was blessed to be born into a family who loved and worshiped God and made God a part of every family celebration. She grew up with the members of Trinity United Church of Christ, Telford, PA as her extended family. When Wanda felt led to create Lenten Quiet Prayer booklets, the members of Trinity encouraged and supported her efforts.
Wanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics: Clothing Design and Textile Science. She then married her high school sweetheart, and together they parent a son and daughter. All four enjoy creative endeavors.
From an early age, Wanda has enjoyed writing. She started journaling in second grade and still has every one. In elementary school, she experimented with writing plays, poems and mystery stories for her friends. When her children were young, she wrote small freelance articles and devotions published in The Secret Place, Pray!, Today’s Christian Woman, DevoZine, RevWriter, and several online publications. While freelancing,
A graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Wanda is a trained Spiritual Companion (Director). She was ordained by the United Church of Christ, and is currently Stated Supply Pastor of Zion's Red Church (UCC/ELCA), Orwigsburg, PA. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the Spiritual Life Mission Team of the PA Southeast Conference, UCC.
Wanda has been a teacher and leader for more than 30 years. By leading contemplative prayer groups and retreats, Wanda invites participants into quiet practices, sacred surprises and meaningful worship that encourage intimacy with the Lover of our souls. In ministry, she loves to find creative ways to engage worshipers within liturgical tradition.