Writers and Contributors

GodUpdates writers search the web for positive news articles, videos, and uplifting stories that we hope our viewers will find interesting. We especially love inspirational stories where you can see God’s hand at work. We scour the web, from small-town news stations to the depths of YouTube, to bring you the best trending news stories. GodUpdates is also a great source for Bible verses, prayers, and inspirational quotes.


Melissa Johnson

Mel is the senior writer for GodUpdates, finding, writing and sharing Christian, uplifting, and health-related stories from around the world. Mel has a passion for writing and graduated with a degree in English from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. When she's not researching and writing stories, Mel is very active in her church. You can usually find Mel playing board games with her husband and two young girls, giving someone a hug, or hunting down a good cup of coffee!

Stacie Marshall

Stacie is a brand manager for several Christian sites including GodTube and GodUpdates, and she is the sites’ senior editor. She holds a degree in communications from Radford University in Virginia. She’s mom to two grown kids and one cute fur-baby cat Natalee. She’s served on mission trips from Haiti to Vietnam and Tanzania, Africa. Stacie is also a Destination and Virginia Wedding Photographer and when she’s not finding and writing uplifting stories, you’ll likely find her dreaming of traveling the globe or at a Virginia wedding venue photographing weddings.

Laurie Pitts

Laurie is a video content specialist finding and sharing cute, funny, uplifting, music and Christian videos for GodTube and GodUpdates. Laurie graduated with a degree in Communications/PR from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. When she is not watching videos and writing stories, you’ll find her clipping coupons, decorating her dream home with her firefighter husband and keeping up with their two young sons!

Juston Hugue

Juston is a site specialist for GodTube and GodUpdates with Salem Web Network. Juston graduated with a degree in journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University. He assists the writers with getting inspirational and Christian content on the sites, shares the posts on social media, and works to make sure the sites are working properly for our viewers. When he’s not working, Juston likes to listen to live music and watch Ohio State football. He’s also a consistent reader of personal development books in order to add value to those around him on a daily basis!

Alyssa Forsberg

Alyssa has worked as a traveling missionary with her husband in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and Southern Africa. Although she served around the world, she has a heart for the city of Richmond, and she loves investing in the community that she loves and calls home. She holds a degree in Media Arts & Design and Corporate Communications from James Madison University in Virginia. Alyssa is very curious by nature and loves learning people's stories. She recognizes the power in sharing stories of struggle and triumph and how it brings glory to God! In her free time, you can find her being a tourist in her own city, exploring the outdoors, or enjoying a chai tea latte in the company of a friend at a local coffee shop.


Emma Danzey

Emma Danzey's mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. She has the joy of being the host of Her Many Hats podcast where she explores the many roles that women play while serving One God. During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Currently, she is in the editing stages of her first published book on singleness. Emma also had the privilege of being a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India, an organization that has worked to restore shattered lives in India for more than 120 years. You can find her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com and learn more about Her Many Hats podcast on Instagram.

Hally Wells

Hally is a freelance writer, blogger, and mental health advocate. A former school counselor, Hally works part-time for her county's children's services board. She loves to travel, her book club sisters, and iced tea. Missouri is home to Hally and her three young adult kids, two fur babies, and husband. Hally shares resources and wisdom regarding parenting teens, mental health, faith, adoption, and more at https://www.hallyjwells.com/ where she strives to "Dig Deep and Reach High."

Heather Riggleman

Heather is an author, national speaker, former award-winning journalist, and podcast co-host of the Moms Together Podcast. She calls Nebraska home with her three kids and a husband of 21 years. She believes Jazzercise, Jesus, and tacos can fix anything and not necessarily in that order! She is the author of I Call Him By Name Bible Study, the Bold Truths Prayer Journal, Mama Needs a Time Out, and Let's Talk About Prayer and a contributor to several books. Her work has been featured on Proverbs 31 Ministries, MOPS, Today’s Christian Woman, and Focus On the Family. You can find her at www.heatherriggleman.com or on Facebook.

Kellie Kaufman

Kellie writes articles for GodTube and GodUpdates in addition to working as a marketing specialist for other Christian sites. She graduated from Elon University with a degree in strategic communications and hopes to further her education in digital marketing. She adores her beautiful mini Aussie, Kirby, and loves taking her to the dog park. When she isn't spoiling her pup, Kellie enjoys crafting anything and everything and dabbles in playing a handful of musical instruments.

Bailey Sizemore

Bailey writes inspirational stories for GodTube and GodUpdates. She has a heart for children and has worked in Special Education and as a counselor for children with autism for several years. She has also served kids abroad on mission trips including one to an orphanage in Vietnam. In her free time, Bailey enjoys reading true crime stories and listening to live music.

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