Amber Olafsson – Founder and Publisher
Amber is a wife, mother, and author who has a passion to see people connect with God and watch them step into their destiny as their world collides with His. She and her husband co-founded United House Ministries and are the owners of Allegiance Coffee. They live with their three energetic kiddos in the Charlotte, NC area. When she is not relaxing on the back patio with a good book and a hot cup of coffee, she enjoys writing, helping others tell their stories, making memories with her family, and spending time with Jesus. Check out her latest book: THE AWESOME ONE, and to learn more about her day-to-day life follow her on Instagram @amberolafsson
Jessica Russell – General Manager
Jessica is a wife of 16 years, homeschooling mom to 4 boys, part-time bookkeeper for Marketing Image and other clients. As the General Manager for UHP, she gets to spend her days doing some of her favorite things… reading and helping others share the love of Jesus. When she’s not doing endless laundry, helping solve algebra problems, or enjoying her boys’ soccer games, you can probably find her taking a nap or reading a book.
Dominique Johnson – Administrative Assistant
Dominique is a wife to her high school sweetheart and mother to their beautiful daughter. She is from Concord, NC, and currently lives in the Lake Norman area with her family. She loves using her gifts and talents to serve wherever God leads her, leaving an impact wherever she goes. Dominique enjoys spending time with her family and friends. When alone, she loves watching and singing along with musicals, reading, collecting journals, notebooks, and coffee cups. She believes in being a lighthouse for those who are lost in the darkness and can’t find their way. You can always find her being a cheerleader and an encourager for all!
Caitlyn Spencer – Content Editing Director
Caitlyn is a wife, mother to her fur-babies, avid reader, and outdoor enthusiast. She earned a B.A. in Student Ministry from Ozark Christian College, where she spent four years editing papers for her dorm mates. Originally from Albuquerque, NM, she relocated to Michigan with her husband in 2016. On sunny days you will find her outside with her dog, and on rainy days inside with a book. She serves on the worship team at City Light Church where she finds no greater joy than leading God’s people into an encounter with Him.
Corrine Watson – Content Editor
Corrine is a moderately crazy cat lady, writer, and editor based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Queens University where she developed a love for editing and literary theory and analysis. In her spare time, Corrine is an avid reader of weird fiction, and enjoys learning new art skills. Corrine also serves on the production team at Elevation Church as a lighting technician, where she is able to shine a light on the work God is doing through others.
Loren Burris – Content Editor
Loren is a wife of 15 years to Josh. Mom to two, Jael & Jonathan. Founder of the Hive Collective, specializing in creating spaces and experiences to be human again. Loves to lead teams, build processes and systems, get lost in the woods, swim in waterfalls, and love people where they are.
Elizabeth Hughes – Author Coach
Elizabeth loves Jesus and her family. She is a graduate of Grace Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership & Ministry. She is working as an Administrative Assistant at a small church in her hometown in Michigan. She is thrilled to volunteer with youth ministries within her community and playing volleyball among friends. You can always find her curled up in a comfy chair with a cup of strong coffee writing and blogging about connecting with Jesus. She has a spiritual fire to speak encouragement and is excited to help women break free from insecurity to live free. Learn more about Liz on her blog at Illuminated & Lit Up.
Chris Williams – Author Coach
Chris is a friend to all and a gatherer of people. He resides in Charlotte, NC by way of New York City. Chris loves music, sports, Jeeps, food, and all things Star Wars, Marvel, and Avengers. While serving in many different volunteer roles in the Church over the last decade his favorite is being a small group leader. This roll has allowed him to witness to others and encourage them as they become the version of themselves, all while also find place where they belong.
Ashley Ferris – Author Coach
Ashley Ferris is a wife and mom to three kids in the thick of growing up. She is living a life obsessed with learning to embrace the wild process of becoming holy. She is the co-founder of Move into More Ministries and is passionate about leading women to their truest identity in Christ. You can find more about the adventures God has invited her into, both challenging and encouraging, on her blog: facebook.com/embracingthewild IG: @embracingthewild ashleyferris.com.
Taylor Phillips – Author Coach
Taylor Phillips is a Jesus lover, wife, stay-at-home dog mom, and writer. She is wildly passionate about helping people restructure their life, whether that be in business, ministry, or in their personal lives. She loves helping people discover who they are in Christ and living in the fullness of that identity with boldness and excellence. When she’s not writing, she pretends she’s a gourmet chef by living vicariously through competitors on Chopped.
Michael Steward – Author Coach
Michael is an ordained pastor and him and his wife Kirstin have been married for 28 years and have four children, Kaleigh, Jakob, Alec, and Benjamin. Both Michael and Kirstin started their stories just outside of the Windy City of Chicago, but grew up and met in the sunshine state of Florida. Following in the footsteps of Dr. Billy Graham, Michael attended Trinity Bible College in Florida and went on to continue his studies at Liberty University. It was during an internship while at Trinity that the Lord pressed upon Michael’s heart a sincere passion for reaching children and their families for Christ. A few simple weeks volunteering in the children’s ministry and he was hooked! Michael has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years now, serving in churches in Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia. In his spare time, Michael enjoys watching cars make continuous left-hand turns in the NASCAR series, and catching flicks at the theater. He is also an avid reader and loves to do so while munching on brownies.
Matt Russell – Interior & Exterior Book Designer
Erin Shaw – Editor in Chief
Erin is a mother of two and English Language Arts teacher in Clarkston, Michigan. She is a cheerleader in life for the over 3,000 students she has taught so far in her teaching career. She loves to hear their goals and passions and watch them chase them. She has a B.A. in English and History from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Counseling from Oakland University. She has extensive training in teaching analytical & creative writing for students in Advanced Placement and Pre-International Baccalaureate high school programs and has worked on curriculum development teams for the State of Michigan, which is where she nurtured a love for helping students find their voice in writing and speaking. When she’s not working, she is a busy youth football mom, soccer mom, and choir mom. On a perfect day, you can also find her hiding under a blanket, reading a book with slippers on her feet and tea in her hand.
Maria Sivils – United House Kids director
Maria is a wife, writer, and all-things-British enthusiast. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she studied Literature in Mississippi before moving to Greenville, South Carolina with her husband. Now very happily employed at a local independent book store, Maria spends her free time writing, running, practicing yoga, finding new recipes to try, and watching Downton Abbey reruns. Maria is passionate about the ways words are written. She believes in creating with the Creator, mirroring His process, and showing the world that the best stories start with the original Author. You can read her writing and learn more at www.masivils.com.
Susan Parker – Contributing editor
Susan is a Concord, NC, native and lifelong “PK” (Preacher’s Kid). She attended Appalachian State, UNC-Greensboro, and Liberty University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English and Education. She has had gratifying careers as both a high school English teacher and coach and a collegiate and professional volleyball coach. As if her life weren’t full enough, she married in her late 30’s and now has 3 beautiful children, ages 9, 6, and 4. She’s found that enveloping her family in a happy, godly atmosphere is her veritable life’s passion and calling. Her love for the Lord and the written word make Susan excited to join the UNH team and to contribute to the pursuit of its mission.
Kristin Zalaquett – Electronic book Formatter
Kristin is a wife to Max and mom to Coconut… her cat. She is originally from a small town in Ohio but God called her to move to Charlotte several years ago to be a part of Elevation Church. She and her husband coordinate the 1st through 5th grade ministry and get to teach kids every week about Jesus and what it looks like to live that out. She loves to organize and workout, reading, and anything pumpkin flavored.