A native of Springfield, Missouri, Cindy raised two daughters in Florida after graduating with a BA in foreign languages from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Over the years she has sold real estate, owned a real estate brokerage, and managed her personal investment properties, including restoring and operating a historic Standard Oil gas station built in 1921 that is now on the National Register of Historic Places.


Since 1973 Cindy has been a Bible teacher for youth and for women in home/group and church settings. She served as a leader in Young Life and in Bible Study Fellowship. Her first husband left in 1996 and later divorced in 2000 after twenty-five years of marriage. The following year her older daughter, Lauren, married a Navy officer and entered law school. In 2002 her younger daughter, Lanna, left for college and Cindy was turning 50. Having made 12 trips to Israel as a result of her love for the Bible and the Land of the Bible, she took the opportunity to use her “empty-nest” freedom to pursue a Masters Degree in Historical Geography at Jerusalem University College on Mt. Zion and, while in the States, at Dallas Theological Seminary.


From the ashes of a shattered marriage and the richness of what she was learning in Israel, she developed and wrote a Bible study entitled, Master Design…Decorating by The Book, which she has taught both in the U.S. and in Israel. It is a study that seeks to guide women in discovering how color, detail, purpose, and personal story can combine to reflect God’s design for that place called home.


Since 2002 Cindy has lived on Via Dolorosa in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City where she writes the e-journal, Jerusalem Journal. In 2004 she met and later married Gary Bayer.


Click here if you would like to see Cindy’s archived television interview segment aired November 2009 on Finnish TV 7 for the program Israel Art.

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