Diane Zike has a B. A. in English Literature from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a Master of Arts Degree (Ministry and Culture) from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She received her initial training in pastoral care while assisting in the Tulsa Episcopal Chaplaincy program. Diane completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. Diane brings a variety of life experiences to the writing of meditations. She was the chaplain and director for Interfaith AIDS Ministries in Tulsa for ten years. Diane served on the Diocesan AIDS Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. She also worked in hospice and served on a regional advisory board for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health. Diane has led workshops on hospital visitation, AIDS and death and dying issues and has written brochures and other materials on these topics. Diane is a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Tulsa where she provides lay Eucharistic visitation and leads a Wednesday Compline Service.