My name is Beverly Kae Johnson Biehr. I was born and raised on a farm, grew up with two sisters and a brother, attended college in Iowa; lived and worked in Mexico; then moved to Chicago, it was there that I married my husband Harry and we adopted two boys from Santiago, Chile, named Luis and Juan, and moved to northwest Indiana.
I took an early “retirement” and my husband and I worked it out financially so that I could go to seminary in order to fulfill a calling beginning in my high school years. This M.Div. would be my third masters’ degree. Preparing sermons became an unequaled joy of writing and delivering God’s word and love to folks in northwest Indiana. Before my seven years ended, I took a continuing education course on writing. My husband and I began spending winters in Florida, and I joined the Florida Writers’ Association where I have been learning from professional writers and peers, from trial and error, failure and success.
Harry and I travel and live a snowbird lifestyle with our two dogs and one cat. I write, lead a church women’s group, and work with Hispanic ministry.
This photo was taken in the summer of 1970. I had just recovered from rheumatic fever, as described in Chapter 9 of Casualties of Peacemaking, and was still regaining my strength.
Wisdom for Parents: Key Ideas from Parent Educators. Edited by Robert E. Keim and Arminta L. Jacobson. Witby, Ontario, Canada: de Sitter Publications, 2011. “Teaching Children to be Peacemakers” by Beverly Johnson Biehr, p.28.
Courageous Voices: Voices from Women in Ministry. Compiled by Pamela C. Hawkins, Marion Jackson, and Susan W.N. Ruach. Nashville, Tennessee: The Upper Room, 1996. “Prayer for Peace” by Beverly Johnson Biehr, p.38.
“Prayer for Peace” Alive Now. Nashville, Tennessee: The Upper Room, November 1996.