When Glenys Nellist and her husband, David, flew 4,000 miles from England to Schoolcraft 16 years ago to pastor the United Methodist Church, little did she know that this small Schoolcraft village church would be instrumental in launching her career as a children’s author.
But it was.
In her role as Christian Education Director at the church, Nellist began writing curriculum to be used in Sunday school. It wasn’t long before she branched out in an effort to write a children’s storybook Bible. Starting in 2008, it would take six long years to finally realize her dream. Love Letters from God was published by Zondervan in 2014. To date, this book has sold over 25,000 copies. Since leaving Schoolcraft she has been serving as Coordinator of Children’s Ministry for the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.
On Saturday November 19, Schoolcraft UMC will welcome its home-grown author back as Nellist comes to talk about and sign her newest title, Christmas Love Letters from God, the third book in a series of five. Also available will be her board books: Little Love Letters from God, Snuggle Time Prayers and Snuggle Time Psalms. Brunch will be offered at 9 a.m., followed by a short author talk and book signing. She will be there until noon. It’s a chance for patrons to get an early start on their Christmas shopping, buy a unique, personalized gift and support a good cause: Whenever Nillist attends book signing events at churches, she always tithes any profit to their Children’s Ministries.
Glenys now lives in Rockford where she continues to write. The couple now serves at Trinity UMC in Grand Rapids. Find out more about Glenys at her website: http://www.glenysnellist.com. For questions, contact SUMC: 679-4845 or Peggy Manrose: 377-9067