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Shirley D. Andrews

Shirley is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and has a master’s degree from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. She taught elementary public-school music for 31 years. Most of those years were in Scotia-Glenville School District. She also taught music education classes at Schenectady County Community College. She loved her career in teaching and Music ministry. She has two children and two grandchildren.

After retirement and the death of her husband, Shirley pursued a career as a Certified Lay Minister in the Upper New York Annual Conference, Adirondack District of the United Methodist Church. She has held leadership positions at Porter Corners UMC, Ballston Spa UMC, and led worship at Woodlawn Commons in the Wesley Community. Having recently moved to a new community, she is now a member of the Amsterdam United Methodist Church in Amsterdam, NY. She continues to be passionate about devotional writing for God lovers, God seekers, nature lovers and the family altar. A future project might be “FAITH FOR AN UPSIDE-DOWN WORLD” – Resurrection to Pentecost: A Devotional Inspired by Nature: Volume 5.


J. Michael Fuller

Mike holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Albany State University in Albany, NY. He spent 28 years as a 5th and 6th grade teacher, specializing in science. Many students in the Scotia-Glenville School District in Scotia, NY benefitted from Mike’s expertise in teaching about the world around us, above us and beyond. He passed on to his students a love for learning, a respect for each other and a respect for God’s creation. Mike and his wife also taught Sunday school for many years before she passed away several years ago.

In retirement, Mike continues his life-long passion for photography. He has been published on “Ranger Rick” and “Audubon” covers, Sierra Club and Audubon Society calendars, and published in “International Wildlife” and other publications. He travels extensively in pursuit of new close up shots of God’s magnificent creatures. He lives in Duanesburg, NY on his 42 acres with ponds, woods and hills to climb. His woods are full of songbirds, maybe because he has delicious bird feeders scattered strategically around his quiet property.

Mike continues to use his photography ministry to bless others, including those who read “DIVINE LOVE” – Lent – Holy Week- Easter, a Devotional Inspired by Nature: Volume 4. He also volunteers in Youth Ministry when not on the road or in an airplane with his camera.