Lara Blackwood Pickrel is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She currently serves Hillside Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri as their Associate Minister for Youth and Young Adults. She is passionate about finding/creating/reclaiming new and old ways of engaging young people in the Church - and strongly believes that this process must involve space for youth and young adults to tell their stories (and have them heard). This passion led her to become a part of the WTF? (Where's the Faith?) team at Chalice Press.

Lara is married to Chuck Pickrel. Their time is filled with laughter, all the zany escapades that come with a two-youth-minister family, and the antics of two cats (Hanna & Shalom) and one West Highland White Terrier (Shelby) who happens to believe she is a cat.