Chester Weaver, born and raised in Pennsylvania, but moved to Texas in 1987, has spent 36 years doing full-time teaching at five separate schools, usually teaching the upper level grades. One of those schools involved an eight-year stint in Indiana, where he was privileged to interact with both the Old Order Amish community as well as historians related to the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen. He has spent almost his entire life in education by teaching, preaching, and writing. He has specialized in history, especially Anabaptist history and theology. In 2020 he published The Things Which Become Sound Doctrine, a biography of Aaron Shank, who was instrumental in his move to Texas. Three of his eight children live in California, two in Texas, two in Virginia, and one in Ireland, while he and his wife Barbara live south of Ft. Worth in the village of Itasca. He eagerly welcomes the opportunity to “pay his debt” to the oncoming generations.
Deana Swanson holds a Bachelor in Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington and completed an additional two-year secondary English education certification program at Valdosta State University. She has taught in Christian schools for twelve years, and homeschooled her own children for eleven years before returning to the classroom. She also instructed high school music programs for twenty-five years, is a former member of the Oasis Chorale, teaches at Shenandoah Christian Music Camps, and is on the planning committee of the Anabaptist Orchestra. She lives in Terre Hill, Pennsylvania, with her husband Jeff and four of her children, writes about education-related topics, enjoys playing board games, and takes walks with her family and four of her five cats.
Ryan Kimberlin, a native Texan, lives in Covington, TX, and is a member of Osceola Christian Fellowship. He is actively involved in the local church as a song-leader, church treasurer, and also serves on the board for Shenandoah Christian Music Camp. In the past, he has sung with Oasis Chorale, and has sung masterworks such as Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’s Requiem in local choirs. He completed his Bachelor of Music (vocal/conducting major) in 2020. Ryan currently teaches choir, piano, music history, math, and history for Junior High and High School at Osceola Christian School. He is happily married to the love of his life, Joyce, and is blessed with four wonderful children. He enjoys reading, coffee, composing and arranging music, and practical jokes.