Leoma G Gilley

Leoma was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, as an only child. Her father was a gifted storyteller, and she inherited that gift and continues to develop it. She obtained her B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee and worked for several years as a speech therapist. She then studied for her M.A. in the same field and worked in a speech and hearing clinic in Macon, GA. In 1988, she earned a PhD in Linguistics from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.
Linguistics fascinated Leoma, and in 1979 she felt called to join Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International. This affiliation led her to more adventure than she had expected and she lived most of her adult life in Africa, about 20 years of that in the Sudan. She has traveled widely and enjoyed discovering the languages and cultures of the places she visited. After 37 years, she retired and settled in Knoxville, TN.
Retirement looks different for different people. Leoma’s retirement includes continuing to work on the Shilluk dictionary, writing linguistic papers, teaching in college courses in East Africa, and becoming an author. She has written and published one devotional book, three books of prayers. She is currently working a memoir series about her time in Africa that chronicles her global travels and cultural experiences. 
Leoma loves to tell stories and is available to speak on a variety of topics.
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Recent Appearances/Events

Date Venue Address
Date: April 1, 2024
6:30pm -
Venue: FAB-YOU-LOUS 40s, 50s, 60s Address: Facebook Live
Date: March 23, 2024
8:30am - 1:30pm
Venue: Shangri-la Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) Address: 11800 Highway 11E
Lenoir City, TN
Date: March 20, 2024
12:00am -
Venue: Seeking our Spirit Podcast Address:
Notes: In this episode of Seeking our Spirit, I talk with Brett Backus about how God has communicated with me over the years.
Date: March 19, 2024
5:00pm -
Venue: You are a Philanthropist Podcast Address:
Notes: In this podcast, I share how the Sudanese worked so faithfully for their community. They are the real Philanthropists!
Date: February 24, 2024
9:00am - 3:00pm
Venue: Rose Glen Literary Festival Address: Sevierville Convention Center 202 Gists Creek Road
Sevierville, Tennessee 37876
Date: January 17, 2024
10:00am - 11:00am
Venue: Where did you see God? podcast Address:
Notes: This podcast was a conversation about prayer and its purpose with Paul Granger.
Date: November 10, 2023
2:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Christmas Fair Address: Knoxville Expo Center 5611 N Broadway
Knoxville, TN
Date: October 28, 2023
10:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Mountain Makins Festival Address: 442 W 2nd North St.
Morristown, Tennessee 37814 USA
Date: October 7, 2023
7:30am - 2:00pm
Venue: Local Voices Address:
Maryville, TN
Date: September 9, 2023
11:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Cedar Springs Christian Store Address: 504 N Peters Road
Knoxville, TN
Notes: Book signing
Date: September 7, 2023
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Venue: Authors Guild of TN Address:
Knoxville, TN
Notes: Meet the Author
Date: September 6, 2023
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Read My Lips Podcast Address: Tellico Village
Loudon, TN
Notes: Cool Conversations with Creatives with Radio Red along with Arlene Anderson.