About the Author
June McManus Gardner grew up in the Colonial Heights community of Columbia, South Carolina from age four. In her junior year of high school she met Norman Gardner who had moved into the community. During their teen years, Norman surrendered to the ministry. In 1954 they married, and the following year they left Colonial Heights to attend college in Greenville, South Carolina. For the next four years, they returned on weekends to serve in missions sponsored by Colonial Heights Baptist Church. In 1958 June and Norman moved to Fort Worth, Texas to attend seminary and never returned to Colonial Heights except for short visits to family.
June's writing career began by submitting free-lance articles to religious periodicals. This led to writing curriculum for teachers of preschoolers and a Vacation Bible School book for preschool teachers.
A desire to write family history books evolved after becoming interested in learning about her family background in 1999. After much research, June wrote her first family history book about her grandmother's family in 2012 and for the next six years she wrote a book every year, completing her goal of completing the series ”Faith of Our Fathers.” Written as a gift of love for their two sons, The books include all of their ancestors and are designed to be passed down to future generations.
June also wrote a book about her childhood experiences, entitled Growing Up In Colonial Heights in 2016.
After spending sixty-three years in the ministry and serving ten churches in five states, Norman retired in 2014. They reside in the upstate of South Carolina, in the community of New Prospect, the home of Norman’s ancestors.
In 2018 June began writing the history of New Prospect Baptist Church, schools, and community to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the church. Entitled The Gold at New Prospect, this project was completed in June of 2020 along with two supplements that include the church membership.
June loves growing flowers and blueberries. In time, she envisions writing books in a different genre.