About Loretta

Loretta Gjeltema

Loretta is a teacher who hopes to encourage women to thrive as they engage with God’s word. She does this by writing devotionals, leading the Tuesday Ladies, and mentoring younger women. She blogs and writes regularly as a member of the team at the Balanced and Beautiful In Christ Facebook group. 

Through her ministry, Loretta hopes to encourage women to thrive as they engage with God’s word. Loretta understands that when you prepare to grab spare moments, time to ponder scripture can be squeezed into even the busiest schedule.

She is currently refining a Christmas devotional book and working on another devotional for women with the desire to bring Scripture to life through the retelling of Biblical stories. 

Loretta loves name tags. Her memory for Bible verses and faces far exceeds her memory for names. She has shared many laughs with lifelong friends whom she’s called by the wrong name. She has spoken to groups of many sizes and has been an invited speaker at women’s events and workshops as well as hosting a weekly study for women, known as the Tuesday Ladies, in her home.

She’s married to John and has three bonus daughters. She is grandma to 7 grandchildren whom she adores! Loretta enjoys chocolate, the darker the better, and meeting friends for tea or coffee. She accepts teasing from friends about being a “cat lady” and can be found regularly reading for both pleasure and research. 

Before retiring, Loretta spent a professional career at as a scientist and a trainer for scientists around the world. Currently, she writes, volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center and sews dresses for girls in El Salvador. 

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“If you want to stay strong when you get into hot water, you need to be steeped in the word!”