Writers and Contributors

GodUpdates writers search the web for videos and stories that we hope our viewers will find interesting. We especially love uplifting and 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 spent the past year 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.

Freelance Authors

Aaron Brown

Writer, dancer, and visual artist, Aaron Brown believes that art is his way to communicate God’s love to others. Since childhood, he has found the opportunity to showcase his artistry first in school and now in his professional life. He resides in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, where he expresses his faith as a freelance writer for Salem Web Network, connecting human experiences to verses in Scripture.

Heather Riggleman

Heather Riggleman 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.

Bailey Sizemore

Bailey Sizemore 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.

Emilio Truitt

When Emilio isn’t writing inspirational content, you can likely find him relaxing while he plays video games. He also enjoys acting in independent films and learning about how movies are filmed. He dreams of one day working at Disney World!

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