Meet the Staff
I have been editing and writing for The Branches since 2004, right back to the first “sample” issue. I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a B.A., majoring in English, minoring in Education. Since graduating and since the advent of The Branches, I have been blessed to be involved in various book projects, from editing to illustrating to writing and publishing.
I married Philip in 2002—being his wife is the most enriching road I’ll travel. The family has been growing happily ever since. In the meantime, and despite near-constant roller-coaster-like conditions, The Branches has continued to grow also under God's continued grace.
My hobbies and interests are odd and varied: hobby farming, soap making, herbs, gardening, homeschooling, writing, editing, and more. My list of “someday” hobbies must be twice as long.
Thanks to Tina; without her the subscription list would be a mess. Thanks to all of the CLC pastors and laymen who helped to get and keep this going. Thanks to all of the talented women (and a few men!) who have contributed writing for us to share. And thank you to each and every subscriber...we hope we continue to serve you well.
Tina, Business Manager
As Business Manager, I have enjoyed supporting and promoting The Branches since its beginning
in 2004. My roles are to “get the word out,” look for people we
haven’t asked to sign up yet, manage subscriptions and take care of
the finances—and that’s what I try to do! This is a fun and
rewarding personal outlet for the publishing experience I’ve been
blessed with in my “outside the home” work life since roughly
1997. While I’m a speech-language pathologist by training, I moved
away from clinical work to the publishing and business side of the field
and found a nice fit with the gifts I’ve been given.
Wayne Eichstadt and I were married in 2003 and I am now a full-time
mom, with some home-based work on the side. We are blessed with a wonderful
son and a baby on the way. While I was born and raised in the Twin Cities,
I have lived both in the
and now in
. Wayne and I both attended
and I attended UW-Eau Claire
for undergraduate and graduate school.
enjoy many things and many people. I have found a new creative outlet in
recent years in some amateur interior decorating and gardening. I also love
to read and travel. Of course, I enjoy publishing and business
development—it’s nice when hobbies and vocations can align!
pray that the Lord will continue to bless the efforts of The
Branches. Bringing sisters in Christ together across the
miles creates a closer family of believers and allows the sharing of joys
and sorrows. It also provides a means for using the writing gifts God has
given so many women. To God alone be the Glory!
Philip, Theological Reviewer
True to his “reviewer” status, Philip is having me,
Abby, write this for him to review. Philip was raised attending parochial
schools, went on from
then to Conordia St. Paul, and on to
for pastoral training. He then was pastor of St. Peter’s
for nearly a decade. Philip has been guest-preaching across
in his “spare” time. He still whittles in some time every issue
to thoroughly read and adjust my mistakes accordingly, something I
appreciate very much!
in Minnesota, Philip wishes he could do more hunting,
fishing, and four-wheeling, but at least he gets in some time driving
tractor—something he didn’t get much of in Michigan! Perhaps
when the children are a bit older he will have more excuse to get out on