A student of the classics and an avid reader of the British romantic poets since childhood, Samantha thought she hated modern literature. But then she discovered ee cummings, T.S. Eliot, and Langston Hughes, so never mind. College taught her that she’s not as smart as she thinks she is. She reads Greek and Latin, but thinks Latin is irritating. (Why do they need the ablative anyway?) (Sometimes she abuses parentheses.)

Samantha is stubborn, so God uses a firm hand to teach her hard things. He’s been revealing the fragility of her trust in Him and the tenacity with which she seeks out broken cisterns (Jeremiah 2:13). She’s learning to “feast on the abundance of [His] house” and “draw water from the wells of salvation.”

She loves to teach history, English, and theology, and hopes to find a context in which she can do all three, preferably while ministering to children. She’s a passionate cook who eats a healthy, near-vegetarian diet, but will not refuse good mac and cheese or a perfectly cooked steak.

She’s married to a delightful man who is remarkably patient with her cooking whims. (“I MUST bake an apple cake TODAY!”) He has a beautiful heart for prayer and the Word, and encourages and challenges her daily. Plus he’s pretty cute.

She believes that good food does not necessitate high-priced ingredients, but she will indulge in expensive chocolate and fancy cheese. She’ll make you tea, melt that fancy chocolate into some cookies, and spend the afternoon discussing Greek tragic theater, redemptive analogies, hospitality, and food.


Influences: C.S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, Noel Piper, Terry Pratchett, JRR Tolkien, Deb Perelman

Currently Reading: The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler


  1. […] of Wonderland. Emily Chase managed art direction and costume design, and our amazing foodie friend, Samantha, baked a gorgeous cake, cake pops, raspberry mini muffins, a strawberry pie, and other delicacies […]

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