The Poetry Team
Who We Are
Poet/Mental Health Counselor
Amirah David is a mental health therapist and writes poetry as a way to connect with God, make meaning of the human experiences, and process the challenges of life. She is also a mother to two young children who provide plenty of inspiration and humbling. She has written two books of poetry and facilitates a quarterly poetry/artists night at The Story church called Poiema, where local poets and songwriters get to share their work for the public. Amirah is a trained facilitator who has facilitated experiences ranging from postpartum mental health classes, to college community building, to teen risk prevention, to various support groups and creative seminars. She is excited to be a part of launching this new branch of the Ascend experience! (Note: Amirah provided Ascend with this bio, but it in NO way reveals the TRULY remarkable nature of this woman!!!)
Jessie Pannell has been writing and editing for over 15 years. Her writing journey was born out of a love for reading and studying God's Word. She has written everything from a children's art and Bible study curriculum to a very engaging employee handbook. She published her first collection of poetry, Forever Built of Days, in 2016 as a way to find her creative voice through grief. Jessie has been in writing workshops learning under the Amherst Writers and Artists method for almost ten years, and will complete her AWA Training as a writing facilitator this summer.
Deana Chadwell, M.A.
Department Chair/ General Studies
M.A. – Education, Southern OR University; B.S. – English, University of Nebraska
Deana spent 28 years teaching English and writing curriculum at South Medford High School (retired). Dee Chadwell is a published and prize-winning poet. She was an active member of the Oregon Poetry Association for many years and has taught poetry workshops for the Oregon Writer’s Guild.
She is currently head of the liberal arts department at Pacific Bible College where she teaches two levels of non-fiction writing, a course in rhetoric and logic, two courses in literature, and an introductory poetry course. She often publishes in America Thinker, a social-commentary website, and is working at rebuilding her own website. She also serves as editor for the Pacific Bible literary and arts magazine entitled LogGraphia.
Deana has spent more than 40 years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics.
She has designed literature and writing curriculum around a Biblical Worldview. Check out her Christ in 20th Century literature course curriculum! She writes at American Thinker www.americanthinker.com, and www.muckrack.com.