Writers' Block

This is a new feature in the "TRANSFORMED!" and on this website. It is designed to give exposure to Christian authors related to the RCFN whose work sometimes goes virtually unknown. Inclusion in this column is in no way an endorsement of the viewpoints or opinions expressed by the authors.



     Beth Reddish Wright is the director of Camp Alkulana. She came to the directorship on February 16, 2008, so she is coming up on a 10th anniversary. As a part of the 100th Camp Alkulana Anniversary celebration she authored a book called “Come Along, Join Our Song” that is full of pictures, historical narrative and testimonies of the camp which began in 1915.  Camp Alkulana is the oldest surviving summer camp in Virginia and one of the oldest camps on the eastern seaboard, probably only predated by the first summer camps founded in New England in the 1880’s. 

     Beth has captured the rich history of our camp in a very beautiful way.  In many respects, the history of Camp Alkulana is also the history of Richmond Woman’s Missionary Union for the two have been inextricably intertwined throughout these more than ten decades.  No one can be more highly credited as having faithfully supported Camp Alkulana  than RBA WMU through the churches of the River City Faith Network of the RBA! 

     As Fred Anderson wrote in the foreward, Beth invited campers and leaders to share their remembrances of the camp’s past that “captures the spirit of Camp Alkulana, holding up its magical presence for the thousands of “Bright Eyes” who have played on its grounds, splashed in its stream, etc.”

     To receive a copy of “Come Along, Join Our Song” plan to attend the 3rd RCFN Annual Meeting on October 22nd where Beth will be part of our Book Signing and her book will be available for purchase. It is a delightfully interesting and inspiring read!


            Previously Featured Books             (In alphbetical order by author's name)

Roberta Damon  holds a doctorate in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Her career includes missionary service in  South Brazil, thirty years of counseling at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, and a time of serving on staff at the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.  She is a part of RCFN and her latest book is featured below!

Dear Mrs. Noah:

Letters to Unnamed Women of the Bible

There are so many women in the Bible whose stories we know, but whose names are not mentioned. Often, we know unnamed women by some event: "the woman at the well," "the widow’s mite," or "the women who followed Jesus from Galilee."

In Dear Mrs. Noah, Roberta Damon has written letters to thirty four heretofore unnamed women in Scripture. After each letter, the women receive a suitable name. Each name has a meaning which is appropriate for the individual woman. Following the letter and the naming of each woman, there is a section called "Reflecting." This section brings issues for individual pondering or group discussion to contemporary readers. Looking at scripture from a different point of view provides food for thought.

To know more about how to receive your copy or to schedule a book signing go to www.robertadamon.me.


Dr. William Powell “Bill” Tuck served the RCFN most recently as the Interim Pastor of Chamberlayne Baptist Church prior to and in preparation for the arrival her current pastor, David Peppler!  Bill, author of twenty-nine other books, is most recently the author of “Star Thrower, A Pastor’s Handbook.”                                                                   Julie Pennington-Russell, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. says of the book, “So much more than a “how to” manual — it’s a compassionate and guiding hand on the shoulder of men and women serving in pastoral “trenches” everywhere.” 

John Killinger, pastor and author as well as a former professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School calls the book “the most valuable compendium of information for ministers I have ever seen.  If I had possessed it when I was starting my ministry, I would have been twice as effective as I was without it  — no, three or four times” more effective.                                       Drawing on his pastoral experience of over fifty years, Willian Powell Tuck shares in his latest book his perspective of striving to be an effective pastor.  He shares insights on how to prepare sermons, engage in pastoral care, manage church administration; conduct funerals, weddings, communion, and baptismal services; deal with church conflict; work with laity and church staff; while nurturing one’s own spiritual life and family time.

             William Powell Tuck has served as both a parish pastor and a seminary professor. Bill, a native of Virginia, is a graduate of Bluefield College and the University of Richmond, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Th.D. degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served Baptist congregations as Pastor and Interim Pastor in Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky, and North Carolina, including Harrisonburg Baptist, First Baptist, Bristol and St. Matthews Baptist in Louisville, KY and was an adjunct professor at Virginia Intermont College, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA. He was also Professor of Preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Bill was awarded the Parish Pastor of the Year award by the Academy of Parish Clergy in 1997, and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of Richmond in 1977. He received the Wayne Oates Award from the Oates Institute in 2016.

You can acquire Bill’s latest book or other selections still in print through www.Amazon.com or Smyth & Helwys at www.helwys.com. Other materials produced by Bill can be see at his website: www.friarsfragment.com.



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