Rev. Barbara Blaisdell was born in Portugal and spent her early life in what is now Zimbabwe. Her father was an agricultural teacher and her mother was an educator, both worked on behalf of the church. Barbara was educated in Indiana, receiving her Masters of Divinity at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She has been a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. She is the author of many published articles and sermons and the co-author of Theology for Preaching. She has served churches in Indiana, California, and Hawaii. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Chuck Blaisdell. They have four adult children and two grandchildren.