2011 Amy Writing Awards
1st Place Winner
Featured on CBN's 700 Club &
Christina interviewing Christian comedienne Chonda Pierce, a lady who can make anybody laugh.
Christina Ryan Claypool is a seasoned author and speaker with a miraculous story to tell. A month before her 16th birthday, she supernaturally survived a near fatal suicide attempt, but was then confined to a state mental institution with little hope for the future. After years of continued hospitalization and several more serious suicide attempts, Christina was finally released from psychiatric care. She hid her past, masking the torment with tranquilizers and alcohol. She blamed God for her life of misfortune, and was consumed with hatred for Him and for herself.
In 1986, after obtaining a college degree and a level of worldly success, Christina was still desperately unhappy. Once more she was hospitalized for depression. During this final hospitalization, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior, and her life changed dramatically.
Today, Christina speaks and writes about the pathway of healing for those who have been victimized: victims of sexual, verbal and physical abuse; addiction; mental illness; and post-abortive women and men.
In April 2007, Christina was featured on Joyce Meyer Ministries' Enjoying Everyday Life program. She also appeared in the Emmy nominated documentary, “Before You Say Good-Bye.” The documentary, which focuses on the myths about suicide, has been telecast nationally and internationally into millions of homes. Her book, Forgiven Finding Peace in the Aftermath of Abortion, is a tool to be used to heal post-abortive women and men, and to prevent others from making this tragic choice. Forgiven has been endorsed by Dr. John Willke and includes forewords by former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and Dr. Mark Bubeck.
Her latest book, Seeds of Hope for Survivors subtitled For everyone who has ever been brokenhearted, addicted, or a victim, was released in the spring of 2007. It has been endorsed by Ginger Stache, who is an Emmy-award winning Christian television producer, and by David Voth, an executive director for Crime Victim Services.
With almost two decades of experience in media, including years as a Christian television producer and reporter, she has interviewed many Christian celebrities. Personally, she has had the opportunity to be featured nationally on CBN's 700 Club in 2005 and 2006, along with hosting and producing local TV specials for WTLW, Lima and in Michigan. Frequently, Christina writes inspirational columns for Generations Magazines, and also does an assortment of freelance newspaper columns.
She also became a model by being a winner in Spiegel's 2008 National Reality Modeling Contest, and appearing in their fall 2008 catalog. Spiegel Model
She is a 1982 graduate of Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, and a graduate of the International School of Biblical Counseling in Indianapolis. In 2005 she completed a graduate degree in the Master of Ministry program at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. In 2010, Christina served as an adjunct instructor in the MVNU Communications Department. www.MVNU.edu
She has spoken at churches, prisons, women’s meetings, and in a Haitian revival. She has also hosted TV broadcasts, and emceed at fairs and banquets.
While her professional life was successful, Christina’s personal life consisted solely of being a single parent to her only child, Zach, who is now an adult. But God was not finished blessing her. Following a heartbreaking divorce, Christina spent over a dozen years as a single woman. Then she met Larry James Claypool in October of 2000. Larry, who was 47 at the time, had prayed for a wife for decades, and had never married, trusting God to bring the right woman into his life. The couple has been married for more than a decade. Larry is employed as an Ohio Public Schools Superintendent. As for Zach, he is a grown man who would make any Mama proud!
Wedding Day June 8, 2002
Christina With son Zach ____________________
Larry and Zach