About the Author
Reverend Beth Caulfield, author of People Throw Rocks At Things That Shine: A Clergy Whistleblower’s Memoir, lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She tickles the keys of her computer as the mother of three, wife of over thirty years to Tom and pet parent to a Tonkinese kitty and a toy poodle. She recently finished her first action-thriller screenplay, Race H8, and is at work on her next memoir, Conceivable?!, which shares her experiences with God and family as they navigated her “surprise” pregnancy at age forty-three. Her publishing company, People Throw Rocks at Things That Shine, LLC, publishes her works under the Vashti Publishing imprint and also offers publishing and marketing services for internationally-based writers seeking an American audience and presence.
Beth has been blessed by spending more than twenty years in full-time Christian ministry. Her service included serving as a Teaching Director for Community Bible Study International, a parachurch, small groups bible study ministry. She led programs and classes for CBS in Paris, France, in the U.S., and as the founder and director of In Prison CBS ministries in women’s and men’s prisons in New Jersey. It was through these CBS experiences that Beth’s resolve for the importance of Christian small groups for all began.
She also answered the call to be a United Methodist Church clergy for eight years. As such, she served faithfully as pastor for various UMC churches in rural, suburban, multicampus, and cross-cultural settings. She also served with distinction on the bishop of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference’s staff. She is President of the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) and on the WCA’s Global Council.
Before her official ministry days, she enjoyed a satisfying career as a corporate human resources manager and regional EEO Officer for Fortune 50 companies including International Paper, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin. However, looking back, Beth sees clearly that the Lord was fostering her heart for ministry through her work and the people she served at that time. That includes her passion for justice for clergy who work diligently for the Lord.
She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological School and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She and husband Tom enjoy family life and beach time in Ocean Grove where Beth also serves as a Trustee for Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. Exercise, travel, good food, friends and solitude (whenever possible) are a few of her other favorite pursuits.
“… ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty,” Zechariah 4:6, is Beth’s life verse.
About the Book
“This book reveals truth, a frustrating truth about a system needing repair. It should be required reading for ALL Candidates for Ministry.”
REV. DR. ROB NELSON, the United Methodist Church and Chair, Associates in Advocacy
“This is a brave and sadly necessary book. With clarity and honesty, Rev. Caulfield shows that denominational and church structures can be rife with agendas, cronyism, and unfair dealing. And yet, she retains her joy in Christ and in her call to serve him …”
REV. DR. MICHAEL P JENSEN, Rector, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Sydney, Australia
“… Patriarchy, power, and greed leave a stink in our sanctuaries. Rev. Caulfield’s detailed account invites us to look into our own practices, recognize our own failings, and clean our own houses…” KATE MCCORD, Author of Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places
“… Rev. Caulfield challenges the church, its leaders, and institutions … Everyone should read this book.” GRAHAM JOSEPH HILL, Co-author of Healing Our Broken Humanity
MORE THAN A TITHE OF THE PROFITS FROM ALL VERSIONS OF THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO WORLDWIDE DISASTER RELIEF THROUGH UMCOR, (UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF).
Vashti Books is an Imprint of People Throw Rocks At Things That Shine, LLC.
Vashti Books honors the character of the biblical Queen Vashti from the Book of Esther. Hers is a powerful story of saying no to the unreasonable request of her husband, King Ahasuerus. She teaches us about the role of integrity and courage. Integrity takes courage.
Conceivable?! shares Beth’s experiences with God and family as they navigated her “surprise” pregnancy at age forty-three.