Jessica spent the first twelve years of her “grown-up life” teaching eighth graders sexy topics such as symbolism and thesis statements. And then in the summer of 2011, she turned around and wasn’t a teacher anymore. She has difficulty explaining what her career is but serving as Editor of SingleRoots is just one of her many roles. A collector of Starbucks city mugs, she still doesn’t know what she’s going to do with them all (35 at last count), but she figures that she can’t possibly stop collecting them now. She has a crush on the Apostle Paul (with the good Doctor Luke coming in a close second) and thinks the best thing about being single is her freedom to travel with some of the most Godly, fun people on the planet. And yes, the red hair is her true hair color, but she defies the fiery stereotype (or tries to anyway). You can follow her on Twitter @jessicabufkin.
For the past four years, Jake has held a secret security job protecting citizens of Fort Worth. Really, it’s just him riding around in his pickup truck with a shotgun. His music preferences range from Waylon Jennings to Clutch to TV on the Radio, and he severely dislikes the Chicago Cubs and whining. When Jake’s patrol stops at the local 7-11 to scout out any troublemakers or hooligans, he always has to get a pack of gum and a strong cup of coffee. Jake also spends time studying economic theory, buying books and guns, and resisting the urge to break dance when he sees cardboard on the ground. You can follow him on Twitter @jakeharvey6.
W. Brandon Howard
Since he has yet to achieve his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut veterinarian, Brandon has worked for the past 2 years as a health insurance agent. He’s a staunch advocate against the Bieberization of America, and sometimes he drives to his parents’ house for the sole reason of taking a nap with the dogs on the couch. He prefers books with lots of pictures, all things Texas Rangers, cream in his Sonic cherry Dr. Pepper, and has a penchant for dancing in his car at stop lights. Once a month, he schedules a “Brandon Date Night,” which usually includes a big meal and a movie all by himself, and he thinks the best thing about being single is that no one challenges him for the remote. You can follow Brandon on Twitter @brandon_howard.
Ryan has been an entrepreneur since age 9 when he sold custom Christmas cards to practically every family in the church. His childhood dream to own his own business was realized at the age of 22, while he was in graduate school. After 30 years of not drinking any kind of soda, Ryan finally partook of the greatness of the Dublin Dr. Pepper and now considers himself a fan. He always has gum in his pocket and isn’t one for conversation until after he’s had his morning coffee. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @zerway, but you probably should know that he never really tweets.
Each month we invite singles to write for SingleRoots. If you are interesting in sharing your thoughts on SingleRoots, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see a list of our guest writers’ posts by clicking on the link above.
Posts that are usually written by committee. It takes a village, you know. There’s no “I” in team. Together Everyone Achieves More. We’re no Lone Ranger Christians over here. (Insert any other teamwork cliche you can think of.)