Marie Shepherd (right) served as a GroupLife pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago suburbs, with direct pastoral responsibility for single adults and single parent ministries. She has over 22 years experience teaching and developing curriculum for singles on topics ranging from Christian living and spiritual formation to dating, conflict resolution and single parenting. She counsels and celebrates singles throughout their journeys and has unwavering confidence in the value of every stage of life.
Diane Rivers (left) is an author, blogger, poet – and a retired FBI agent. She was a senior volunteer and lay leader at Willow Creek for many years and did a stint as a volunteer writer with the Willow Creek Association while single-parenting her now-grown daughter. Her passion for singles and single parents still burns white-hot. She is currently self-employed as a corporate security consultant. In addition to “SingleMatters”, she blogs about “Life As A Workaround” at http://www.dianerivers.me. You can follow her on Twitter: @dsrevir.
In their personal time, Marie and Diane are co-authoring a book with real stories and practical tips to help singles experience the full value of the life God has given them now. For now they are calling it “Keepers: Seeing Singles As God Does” They also post regular short devotionals and other singles-related content on Twitter at: @singlematters.
Marie and Diane collaborated on writing and producing “Finding Hope After Your Loss”, a booklet created to answer difficult questions asked by the grieving. It can now be found on the Willow Creek website.