Malaika Randolph grew up as a military child who traveled the world with her parents, Melvin and Susan Randolph. She earned a BA in Mass Communications/Journalism at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton TX, this summer (2021). Her passions include writing, art, sports, photography, and music. She has served congregations in Kitzingen, Germany, Dodge City Kansas, Killeen, TX, Belton, TX, and San Angelo, TX. Prior to graduation, she contracted music, art, and dance classes to local Central Texas daycares and has played in nursing homes around the state.
Carol Lefferts Saddington was raised in the Philadelphia suburb of Glenside, PA, the fourth of eight siblings, and started piano lessons at age 5 ($2/lesson in the 50's!), completing 9 years. Through her love of reading, she picked up "mad skills" in spelling and editing, supplemented by the intense curriculum of a junior college in NJ. Her corporate secretarial career included years with Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries in PA and NJ, followed by years of working with (and playing the piano for) pastors of churches in Princeton, NJ; Jacksonville, FL; Tokyo, Japan*; Austin, TX; and volunteer editing of school, church, and family newsletters along the way. (*While in Tokyo, Carol found herself accompanying a worship service for a Mormon neighbor!)
She and Jeff dated for 7 years while they completed their educations, then married in '74 and raised 5 amazing children who now live in Honolulu, Norcross (GA), Burke (VA), Austin, and Dallas, along with 4 spouses, a significant other, and 7 grandchildren. Carol's hobbies include cross-stitch, word games, jigsaw puzzles, making chocolate chip cookies, laughing with Jeff, and of course, playing the piano daily!