Embracing Goodness


Embracing Goodness

Embracing Goodness is brimming with inspirational and relatable narratives and testimonies that draw on personal encounters with God’s goodness. Each contributor’s selected verses and prayers provide truths to biblically demonstrate a sincere and life-giving goodness. Join us in this devotional journey. Take your seat at the table. Taste and see that the Lord is truly good! Ideal for both personal and group study. Over sixty suggested group discussion questions included.

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Randy Cockhead

Randy Cockhead was born and continues to live in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He’s been married for forty-six years to his wife, Diane, and together they have two sons, who make them very proud.

Having served in numerous capacities in the local church and the community, Randy has seen the hand of God work in many miraculous ways throughout his life. After many years in the industrial field, Randy now enjoys a life of retirement as a grandfather to three. Randy has a passion for the Word and prayer, and a great love for Jesus.


Mark & Nicolette Cullen

Mark Cullen was born in Bournemouth, England; Nicolette was born in Cape Town, South Africa. By God’s infinite grace and divine intervention, they met in Burlington, Ontario in 2000.

They are active in their community in various volunteer roles and in their church family at Lakemount Worship Centre, where they’ve served for the past fourteen years. This has included short-term missions, guest services, outreach, and life groups. Nicole has over fifteen years of experience in event planning and floral arranging as owner of Petals and Parties.

This past July 2023, Mark and Nicolette celebrated twenty years of marriage. They reside in Grimsby, Ontario and have been blessed with two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren. They enjoy camping, family time, and travelling.


Amenla Cunningham

Pastor Amenla Cunningham was born in Nagaland, Northeast India. She pastors alongside her husband as Women’s Pastor at First Assemblies of God, Bangalore. She is a prayer warrior; her passion is to raise spiritual mothers for the EKKLESIA and empower women to discover their destiny in God.

She served in the District and in All India Assemblies of God Women’s Ministry for fourteen years. She is a Convenor for Women of Destiny Inter-denominational Prayer Movement Bangalore and Anti-Human Trafficking Network Bangalore.

Amenla also serves as Director for Girls’ Homes for those rescued from high-risk situations. Her passion is to serve Jesus with all her heart and see a mighty REVIVAL across the nations!


Jan Finochio

Jan Finochio serves in both pastoral and administrative roles at Crossroads Life Church in Harriston, Ontario and can always be found busy behind the scenes. Jan comes from a strong musical background and loves to worship. She finds fulfillment in caring for her home and family, sewing, and connecting with people. She’s a great cook, and many people have been touched by her heart-warming gift of hospitality.

Jan has been married to John Finochio since 1979, and they have three grown children: Nathan, Gabriel, and Tiffany. John and Jan Finochio were installed as lead pastors of Crossroads Life Church in January of 2000. Since then, Crossroads has grown from a handful of people to a thriving family church embracing all ages. Jan and John have served with an international network of church leaders through Minister’s Fellowship International (MFI) for over two decades.



Jennifer Hay

Jennifer Hay is a pastor with the PAOC and currently serving as the Centre Director at Teen Challenge’s Ontario Women's Centre. The centre provides a twelve-month in-residence alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation program for adults eighteen and older in the Greater Toronto Area. Jennifer’s heart is to serve those in her sphere of influence and to make an impact on the lives of women seeking healing and empowerment.

With a passion for teaching the Bible, she has led countless Bible studies both in person and online. Whether she’s serving her church or community, Jennifer is a beacon of hope, encouragement, and support.

Jennifer is an avid sports fan who can be found cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays and the Barrie Colts. She lives in Innisfil, Ontario with her husband, Bryan, and their daughter, Abigail.



Cherie Martin

Cherie Martin is a Registered Nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and a private nurse for two beautiful girls in the Niagara Region. She has been married for over twenty years to her amazing husband, Pete, and is a mom of three awesome “kids” (Jodey, Aliah, and Caden) and a new mother-in-law to Wolfe (Jodey’s husband).

Cherie loves Jesus, loves being a nurse, and has enjoyed every phase and stage of being a mom. She’s now learning to parent adult children and to explore a little more freedom, enjoying the outdoors, walking her puppy, gardening, kayaking, volleyball, and photography.


Kerrin Norman

Since Kerrin Norman came to know Jesus at forty, she’s been passionate about the Word of God and serving in her local church. She loves to express worship as she creates through various art forms. Kerrin graduated from a two-year ministry internship, and God has used her passion for Him to encourage others. Sharing what God has done for her and seeing other women walk in

the freedom always brings her great joy. She thrives in organizational areas, hospitality, and prayer ministry. Jesus is at the heart of who Kerrin is.

Kerrin lives with her husband, Ken, and daughter, Avery, in Smithville, Ontario. In her spare time, she loves to read, hike, and get out on her motorcycle.


Jeeva Sam

Jeeva Sam and his wife of forty years, Sulojana, are marriage mentors and co-authors of The Unbreakable Marriage.

Jeeva served as pastor to both Morgan’s Point and Forks Road East United Churches in Wainfleet Township in the Niagara Region prior to his retirement in 2017. At that time, he had completed thirty-five years of pastoral ministry.

Along with the marriage mentorship, Jeeva presently serves as a spiritual, personal, relational, and business mentor to leaders in the marketplace. The Sams are parents of three married children and grandparents of a newborn baby boy. They live in the Niagara Region of Canada.



Wade and Jenny Sanderson

Wade and Jenny Sanderson live in Martensville, Saskatchewan and have been married since 2019. They have a handsome three-year-old son, Maranatha.

Wade and Jenny met through a Bible college program and founded Inspire Fire Ministries in 2021. Through their ministry, they serve as evangelists, bringing the hope, love, and power of Jesus to Indigenous communities and beyond. They’ve travelled across Canada and abroad to preach the gospel and pray for the sick and those trapped in addictions. They’re also involved in

reconciliation efforts between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada, believing that God can heal the wounds of the past and bring unity, healing, and peace.

In their free time, Wade enjoys fishing, and Jenny loves nature and worshipping!



Sherry Stahl

Sherry Stahl is an inspirational Bible teacher, author, speaker, and blogger. As a speaker certified with the John Maxwell Team, you’ll often find Sherry amusing audiences at conferences, women’s events, and business training seminars. She’s the founder of Soul H2O Ministries and lives to help others find the life-giving water in God’s Word that has so often quenched her weary soul.

Sherry loves to travel and view the world from the back of Todd’s Harley. She has authored two amazing devotionals, Water in the Desert and SoulH2O. You can find her online at www.sherrystahl.com


Julie Stautland

Julie Stautland, a first runner-up to Miss Teen Canada 1985, is a co-founder with her husband, Tore, of The News Forum Network and Trillennium Media Group Inc.

She met her husband while performing and travelling with an international Christian theatre ministry. Once they settled in Canada, she spent several years as a youth leader and worship leader in their local church. She also enjoyed time as a motivational speaker in schools, Christian conferences, and events, sharing her testimony. Julie became a stay–at–home mom, homeschooling their two beautiful daughters through high school.

In Julie’s book, TRAUMA QUEEN: A Broken Beauty Discovers God’s Love, she shares her journey and victories through her battles with eating disorders, depression, and sexual abuse.

Julie is currently a guest news anchor for Forum Daily News. In her spare time, she enjoys fencing and paddleboarding. She treasures time at her remote office or prayer closest.



Meghan Vanderkruk

Meghan Vanderkruk is a lover of sports, nutrition, and most of all, Jesus. She uses her degree in kinesiology to train athletes and choreograph competitive dancers. She loves using her skills to encourage the next generation, sharing her story to connect with them on a heart level.

Meghan volunteers on the leadership team at Lakemount Young Adults. She has a burden for her generation and loves serving by designing merchandise for evangelism, building vision for social media, and leading the content team. She often serves as the Young Adults service host.

At World Vision Canada, she works with a committed Christian team that partners to advocate for and deliver aid to people living in dangerous places.



Belma Vardy

Belma Vardy in an inspirational speaker and founder of the Celebration of Dance ministry. Her ministry aims to foster intimacy with God through teaching, encouragement, worship, and movement.

For over thirty years, Belma has traversed the globe, inspiring people of all ages and denominations to discover deeper experiences of the Father’s love. She has appeared as a guest on various Christian TV programs and podcasts. She has also served as the National Coordinator

for the Christian Dance Fellowship of Canada and International Joint-Coordinator for Children’s Dance Ministries, based out of Australia. Her compelling personal journey is recorded in her book Because God Was There: A Journey of Loss, Healing and Overcoming. Her most recent book, Because the Spirit was There: Windows into First Nations Communities, documents stories and experiences of our First Nations communities that deliver hope and healing through the truth of our identity in God.



" ...authentic and captivating. These devotionals are always a joy to unpack in my small group! "
~ Amie Vandevrie, Vice President ADS MEDIA, Hamilton, Ontario
" ...well-written with … character-building truths … incredibly encouraging. "
~ Rev. Noral Woodburn, Associate Pastor, BP Church, Calgary, Alberta
" Embracing Goodness is a heartfelt and inspiring devotional … "
~ Rev Peggy I. Kennedy
" … expect the truths of these daily readings to touch your heart and motivate Holy Spirit change. "
~ Joanne Radke, Chaplaincy & Prayer Centre Ministries, CBA/700Club Canada