Ruth Naylor, teacher, poet, pastor, and spiritual director, graduated from Olney Friends School (Barnesville, OH), Bluffton College/University (B.A.), and Bowling Green State University (M.A.). After a mid-life career change, she studied at two seminaries and completed a two-year course with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Guidance. Her poetry has appeared in many periodicals and has won a number of awards.