“She is so transparent,” many have said of Elaine Creasman’s writing and speaking. “I sense her pain, and I’ve been helped in mine,” others have communicated in regard to Elaine’s openly sharing her personal experiences and God’s interventions. After one of her talks on marriage, a woman told Elaine, “I learned more from you today about marriage than I have in my 31 years of being married.”
Elaine Creasman was born in Chicago, Illinois. When she was one year old she and her family moved to the suburbs where she grew up with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. She married Stephen in 1975, and they moved to Florida in 1977. She worked six years as an LPN — 5 years in medical hospitals and one year in a psychiatric hospital–until her first child was born. That’s when she decided to be a stay-at-home mom and to seriously pursue writing.
Since then her writing has been published in over 30 Christian publications as well as in her local and weekly newspapers. She has been a contributing author for numerous gift books. Elaine writes mostly personal experience articles and poems and has written her way through her struggles as a wife, mother, and Christian. Elaine also does public speaking for women’s groups and retreats, as well as at writers conferences.
The theme verse for her writing and speaking life is this: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8 NIV). This goes along with her passion to let go of the world and its ways and to cling to Christ and His ways, while helping others do the same.
One of Elaine’s greatest desires is to encourage women to give God glory by staying married and continuing to love their husbands through every difficulty marriage can bring. This has resulted in over 20 published articles about marriage and a continued love for her husband despite the many difficulties they have faced. The verse that Elaine has embraced concerning her marriage is Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (NIV)
Elaine became a Christian in 1977 in the midst of the first of many crises in her marriage. Receiving Jesus Christ as her Savior was the first step in her being set free from wrong thinking she had accumulated in her childhood. One outcome of her childhood was being filled with fear. Therefore she chose Isaiah 41:10 as her life verse: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (NIV) She has seen God faithfully keep His promises from this verse over the years.
Ministries Elaine has been involved in to help others be set free include working as a middle school/high school substitute teacher, Hospice volunteer, Bible study leader, and Sunday School teacher for teens in a low-income ethnic neighborhood. Elaine served for eight years on the Board of Directors of Growth in Faith, an Inter-Denominational Women’s Ministry. Elaine has also been active in the intercessory prayer ministry at her church. She has served as a prayer group leader for Moms in Touch as well as for a workshop titled, “Learning to Recognize God’s Voice.” For over 14 years Elaine has been working part-time as a mental health tech on a psychiatric ward at a local hospital. Along with her other duties, she is free to talk to patients about their walk with the Lord and has the opportunity to play the guitar and sing songs as well as share what she has written to help bring hope and healing. She has led the Suncoast Christian Writers Group since 1986. There she gives practical help and encouragement to aspiring writers.
Elaine and Stephen have been married for over 42 years. They have two grown daughters — Tamara and Melinda — and one granddaughter, Destiny. They live in Largo, Florida.