Alicia’s passion for writing was born from her burden for women to stop hiding behind perfectly constructed lives, and instead be transparent with one another. She uses her unique life experiences and love of women’s ministry to encourage and equip women to share their individual stories of trial and triumph. She is a proud wife to Daniel, a loving mother of four, and most importantly, a seeker of God’s own heart. Alicia and her husband are currently in the process of forming a non-profit organization to aid the homeless in their community. Alicia serves in women’s ministry, regularly teaches adult bible studies, and blogs on her website: aliciajones.com. You can also connect with her online as “Blogger_Jones” on Twitter and Instagram.
Kelly lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband, Shawn, and their 4 children. She is a self-taught guitarist who has felt the call to lead worship since she picked up her first guitar at age fourteen! Her parents gave her the name Kelly Christina, which fittingly means “Warrior, Christ Follower.” Little did they know how much that name would shape and define Kelly’s passion for ministry. Kelly has led worship for all ages, and currently is a worship leader at her church. Kelly, also, enjoys writing about worship leading, Bible topics, and motherhood. She encourages others through her blog www.kellysundsvold.com
Jessica lives in a small town nestled in the beautiful Appalachian mountains in Tennessee. She’s been in love with Jesus for a long time but it wasn’t until she got to college that she really started to develop a relationship with Him. She enjoys serving alongside her husband Ben in young adult ministry, working with her parents on various youth group projects, and leading a children’s choir with her sister. She has a masters degree in social work but became a stay at home mom in October 2015 after spending 6 years working in child welfare. Now she blogs, bakes, budgets, and runs races around the kitchen island with their kids, Chloe and Maks. You can find her blog here at smalltownbrowns.com
Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Selah Awards and the Hoosier State Press Association. Author of over 70 books and a regular blogger for Guideposts, Michelle feels called to encourage others through her writing and speaking ministry. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two college-aged daughters, Abby and Allyson. When not writing, Michelle enjoys leading fitness classes at Priority Fitness, as well as bass fishing with her husband. Follow her online at www.michellemedlockadams.com and as “INwritergirl” on Twitter and Instagram.
Allison Allen has had the thrill of ministering with Women of Faith for three years, and of walking the Broadway boards for two years in the show “Grease”. But there is no greater honor than playing a small role in helping God’s daughters come more fully to life in Jesus. She is still the joyful 5’12” wife to Pastor Jonathan Allen, and the proud (and slightly exhausted) mom to Levi, 12 and Luke, 3. www.AllisonAllen.net or www.facebook.com/AllisonAllenspeaks
Sue A. Allen resides in Austin, Texas along with her husband and four overly active children ranging in age from four to nineteen (the youngest who was recently adopted from Haiti). She loves encouraging women to “Go live your story for God’s glory—you will certainly enjoy the ride!”
Her newly released women’s Bible study, “I Didn’t Want to be That Girl! A Look into the Life of Eve” is now available for sale through Westbow Press. Sue, along with her husband Coby, founded Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach, which provides much needed medical care and training to underserved populations around the world. She also serves on the board of MyLifeSpeaks, a missions organization located in rural Haiti which is focused on serving the “least of these.” To find out more, please visit Sue’s blog at www.sueaallen.com or feel free to stalk her on Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Tumblr, or your favorite social media site. It is an honor to study God’s Word with you!
Sarah is newly married lives and works in Washington D.C. with her husband Josh. Professionally, she works as a Communications Director for a Member of Congress where she runs the members press shop and all public communication. Prior to that she worked five years as a reporter. In her personal life she loves doing anything outdoors, making DIY projects, and aspiring to be the next Martha Stewart. More importantly, though, she hopes to spread the hope and truth of Jesus Christ to young women through her writing. Sarah blogs at www.prettysimpleideas.com and can be found on https://www.facebook.com/prettysimpleideas and https://twitter.com/prettysimplesar.
A completely imperfect, self-proclaimed continual work in progress, LeRyiah is a proud wife to Russell and Mom to a very spunky, encouraging, strong- willed seven year old, Ruby. LeRyiah has a heart and passion for meeting others in the depths of their suffering, especially through the trials and tribulations of brain cancer. Two and a half years ago, LeRyiah’s family found themselves in the unchartered waters of a brain cancer diagnosis. LeRyiah’s 57 year old Mom was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma brain tumor. In the middle of the mess and misery, the Lord began to write a beautiful message on her heart. LeRyiah’s heart’s desire is to walk alongside others and use her writing to encourage, inspire, heal and infuse the HOPE that can only be found in Christ Jesus.
Since her mom’s cancer diagnosis in 2014, LeRyiah and her family have fallen in love with everything bicycles, and live with by the mantra of “Pray and Pedal On” inspired by Proverbs 3:5-6. LeRyiah and her husband serve as leaders of their small group as well as marriage mentors in their church community.
Susan M. Baganz chases after three Hobbits and is a native of Wisconsin. She is an Acquisitions Editor with Prism Book Group specializing in bringing great romance novels and novellas to publication. Susan writes adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical world-view. She has been published in Splickety Magazine and in the I Choose You anthology with OakTara Press. Pesto and Potholes is her first contemporary romance novel in the Orchard Hill Series, Salsa and Speedbumps and Feta and Freeways will be coming soon. Susan speaks, teaches and encourages others to follow God in being all He has created them to be. With her seminary degree in counseling psychology, a background in the field of mental health, and years serving in church ministry, she understands the complexities and pain of life as well as its craziness. You can learn more by following her blog www.susanbaganz.com, her twitter feed @susanbaganz or her fan page, www.facebook.com/susanmbaganz
Todd Benkert serves as pastor of discipleship and missions at Eastlake Baptist Church in Northwest Indiana where he lives with his wife and five children. He is actively involved in the orphan care movement and is an adoptive and foster parent. He also works toward racial unity and multi-ethnic ministry in Northwest Indiana. He is an advocate for North American church planting and for local church participation in global missions. Todd blogs at www.behiswitnesses.com or on twitter @toddbenkert
Keith Boggs is Founder of REAL MOMENTUM Ministries (realmomentum.org) where he combines a professional background in marketing and development with more than a decade of pastoral ministry experience. Burdened for a movement of men that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth, Keith leads REAL MOMENTUM with a regional mission strategy to help men win through men’s ministry coaching, conferences, and content in the Midwest (Omaha), Southeast (N Atlanta) and Dominican Republic. He is also a contributor to The Men’s Bible and recently launched the REAL MOMENTUM for Men App. Keith and his wife, Nichole, have been married for 17 years and have nine children.
Carol Boley, writer and speaker, loves Jesus, loves people, and loves helping connect the two. She has been involved in women’s ministry for more than 35 years and understands the needs, fears and joys of a woman’s heart.
Carol, a journalism graduate of the University of Arizona with a Master’s in Communications from Wheaton College (IL), is a former newspaper reporter and feature writer and has worked as a hospital community relations specialist and a museum educator at the Arizona Capitol Museum.
Her first book, But I’m Not a Wicked Stepmother! with co-author Kathi Lipp, released in March, 2015. In addition, Carol has years of experience writing for such publications as Guideposts, Focus on the Family, Better Family Living, Thriving Family, Moody Monthly, Navy Times and Arizona Magazine. She contributed the chapter, “When You’re Mom No.2,” to Focus on the Family’s Guide to Growing a Healthy Home.
Carol blogs with members of her professional writers’ group, Tuesday’s Children, at www.weredoinglifetogether.wordpress.com
Carol can be reached at email@example.com or visit her website at www.carolboley.com
My name is Maria. I’m a wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend, and excessive hair twirler. I’ve known the depths of grief and the height of God’s love and some time in there fell in love with Him, and I love to talk about it. You can read more from me at www.awomannamedfree.com. I hope you stop by!
Jenny Reese Clark is a living testimony of what true faith in Jesus Christ can bring. As a multiple felon of serious drug charges, Jenny is no stranger to breaking the rules or suffering their consequences. Although once bound by her addiction and PTS, close attention to the Word of God while in prison provided her with excellent training for a new life of service today. While guilt and shame played an extremely significant role in Jenny’s past, she now uses her losses to reach out and help others overcome. Encouraged by her husband, who is a Chaplain in the US Army, and supported by family, Jenny is the author of the Christian fiction novel Field of Influence and founder of the military ministry known as The Spencer Project. Jenny is also a Certified Peer Support Specialist through the AL Department of Mental Health and was officially pardoned by the State of Alabama on December 1st, 2015. Today, Jenny continues to travel and testify of the goodness and mercy found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. To learn more about Jenny’s testimony, life mission, or blog, visit jennyreeseclark.com. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Amazon.
My name is Jeremy Crawford and I am currently serving as Minister of Families/Discipleship at Kernan Blvd. Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. I have been on staff here just over two years. I was born and raised in church and was gloriously saved at the age of seven. Thankfully I was raised and influenced by many that were prayer warriors and taught me that the most important aspect of life is to do all that we can to bring honor and glory to God. My ministry journey began what I would consider “late in life” but we all know that God’s timing is perfect. While there have been many mountain top and valley experiences throughout my short time in ministry I know that I am in the center of God’s will for my life. I consider Acts 20:24 to be my theme verse for life, “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Branon Dempsey is the CEO/Founder and Training Director of Worship Team Training® a ministry providing live workshops and online resources for local worship ministries including worship leaders, pastors, musicians and singers. Branon holds an M.Div in Worship and BM in Music Composition/Performance and is an instructor with Christian Musician Summit, a columnist for Worship Musician Magazine, and Contributor for LiftUpYourDay.com, YouVersion Bible, Creator Leadership, Mark Condon, ChurchProduction Magazine, Technologies For Worship, Shure Microphones Notes as well as other worship publications. Branon and is a Training Partner with Yamaha Corporation of America | Worship Resources, and the Expert Panel for Shure Microphones; Contributor for Creator Leadership Network, Christian Musician / Worship Musician Magazine / Christian Musician Summit and a partner with Compassion International. Artist/Teacher Endorsee through Line 6, D’Addario, Proclaim Church Presentation Software, iSing Worship, Promark Drumsticks and Jim Hewett Guitars. To learn more of how Branon can help your worship ministry and for more articles, please visit: www.WorshipTeamTraining.com
Matthew (or Matt) Elliott has served in some type of ministry since the age of 14. His experiences have focused around Missional Outreach, Children’s and Family Ministries and Worship. He holds a BS in Biblical studies from OkWU that emphasizes in Christian Education and Pastoral Care. Matt has self-published two books and has a few more coming out in 2016. He and his wife Traci, presently have two children who bring great joy into their lives. Together they desire to build a Ministry that they hope will encourage ministers and also to one day own and operate their own pastoral retreat center. Their prayer is that God will use their passions to minister to believers in love, equip them for better service in God’s Glory, and to build the body of Christ through the love God has shown them. “Times of Refreshing come from the Lord,” (Acts 3:19 NKJV).
Visit Matthew at www.lovethesaintsministries.
Laura Harris is a Christ follower, writer, financial coach, and mom of two tiny cherubs. Her passions lie in scribbling stories about personal finance, marriage, parenting, and discovering joy in the everyday moments. She’s also an avid fan of Star Wars and grew up climbing trees and playing football with her three big brothers. To follow her family’s journey toward financial freedom, check out her blog, Piggy Bank Dreams, or follow her on Facebook.
Hometown: Laurinburg, NC Junior at Liberty University studying Christian Leadership and Church Ministries with a cognate in Women’s Leadership. Received Christ as my Lord and Savior at age six, rededicated at age ten, and was baptized at age 17. My desire is to know Him and make Him known by denying myself, taking up my cross daily and following hard after a God. Visit Nikki @ hogannikki.wordpress.com
Ashley L. Jones received her M.A. in Biblical Studies so she could learn how to dig deeper into God’s Word. She uses her blog, BigSisterKnows.com, to encourage others to see God as alive and relevant by showing how the Bible applies to their everyday lives. She brings this same passion to her other projects, including her current focus, Girls with Gusto, a Christian living book for young women on how to navigate the eight major steps of the spiritual journey. If Ashley isn’t working or writing, she’s outside taking pictures with her husband Robby, and their cat Sue.
Recent empty nesters, Mary Kane lives in a small town in Michigan with her husband Paul. Together they enjoy canoeing, kayaking, biking, cross-country skiing, and visiting their two sons. Mary loves snow and winter is her favorite season. In her spare time, Mary also dabbles in watercolors.She received her bachelo’rs degree from Western Michigan University and teaches full time at Granger Christian School, in Indiana. Studying and teaching God’s Word are Mary’s passion. Mary writes Bible studies and blogs, co-hosts onlybyprayer.com with her sister, Jane VanOsdol, and speaks at women’s events and conferences. She has also had her testimony published in Beth Jones’ book The Hands of a Woman, and has published another short work in Marion Amberg’s Penny Prayers. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 is Mary’s life verse.
As a television journalist who left the news field for a mission field, telling stories and finding Truth is how Trisha makes sense of her faith and translates the gospel into practical application. When she’s not writing, Trisha is consuming medium roast coffee and great stories from friends, family and a wealth of books. In her spare time, Trisha is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. Catch more of Trisha’s writing at trishakeehn.com
Tami Lowman and her husband, Kenny, moved to Long Island, New York in the summer of 2015 to work with Crossroads Church of Long Island. Kenny and Tami grew up in Arkansas and served in churches in Arkansas and Texas for 30 years before moving to New York. They are the parents of six children, four of whom have flown from the nest. Tami currently serves as the Church Planting Center Coordinator for the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association. She finds her greatest joys in life come from her relationship with Christ and connecting with people. Tami desires to share her journey, with all its scrapes and bruises, in a way that encourages others in their walk with Christ.
You can read more about the Lowman’s ministry and life experiences on their blog, Lowmans on Long Island, at ktlowman.wordpress.com.
Jann W. Martin—author, teacher, speaker and blogger— Her dream is to capture the hearts of children, by writing stories that teach them of the Bible through the eyes of a child.
She has a B.A. in Early Elementary Education from Michigan State University (1972) and a retired Commissioned, Associate in Ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary (1999). She served as Youth Leader/Evangelism leader at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for 5 years and as the Director of Family Ministry at Faith Community Presbyterian church for 4 years. Jann wrote curriculum for children and adults on several different topics
Her first published book, in 2007 is, “This Babe So Small,” the nativity told through the eyes of the innkeeper’s daughter and has sold over 2,000 copies. Just released, by Elk Lake Publishing, “Bible Characters Through the Ages, Book One Adam in the Garden and Meeting Eve.”
You can join her at www.jannwmartin.com, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+
Andrea Merrell is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC). She is also a professional freelance editor and has been a faculty member at various writers’ conferences, including: Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, The Asheville Christian Writers Conference (Writers Boot Camp), the CLASS Christian Writers Conference, and Write2Ignite. Andrea has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues. She is a graduate of Christian Communicators and a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard, Praying for the Prodigal, and The Gift. Andrea has a passion to help writers sharpen their skills and polish their prose. To learn more, visit www.AndreaMerrell.com or www.TheWriteEditing.com.
Author Cathy Messecar speaks at local and national women’s retreats, social clubs, and writing guilds. Her inspirational columns ran in Houston Community Newspapers (11 years, 600 columns). She wrote A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment (2011) and other gift books. Her newest book debuts January 2016: Winning Every Woman’s War–Overcoming Temptation. www.cathymessecar.com www.LeafwoodPublishers.com
Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied now of three kidlets and embracing three giggly grand-chicklets. Her greatest passion is to share her devotionals and inspirational stories, fulfilling God’s call on her life to encourage others and glorify the Lord. Lynn writes monthly for several sites and bi-weekly at her online residence, Heading Home. http://lynnmosher.com
Martha Jane Orlando pens a bi-weekly devotional blog, Meditations of My Heart, and is the author of The Glade Series and Adventures in The Glade, which is a continuation of the original series. Martha Jane will be the first to tell you that her passion for writing runs second only to her passionate love for the Lord. She is blessed to help her husband, Danny, lead contemporary worship each Sunday at their church, Kennesaw United Methodist, in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she resides.
Sue Davis Potts is a freelance writer from Huntingdon, Tennessee. She is the mother to her beautiful daughter, Jessa, who will be a college freshman in the fall. She enjoys writing for both children and adults. She worked for years as a preschool teacher but feels most at home these days with other writers who speak her language. She has been published in local magazines, anthologies, Focus on the Family’s children’s magazines Clubhouse and Clubhouse, Jr. and authored a children’s library book. Her weekly blog, Potts Pages, can be found on her website, www.suedavispotts.com.
Carol Round is a self-syndicated Christian columnist, author and inspirational speaker. Her writing has appeared in local, state and national publications and anthologies. She also pens a 515-word column, “A Matter of Faith,” which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers, several national publications and one online Christian publication. Several international publications also occasionally run her column. She is the author of eight books: “A Matter of Faith,” “Faith Matters,” “by FAITH alone,” “Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God,” and the companion workbook, “The 40-Day Challenge.” She has also written three children’s books, a series called “Nana’s 3 Jars.” Check out her website at www.carolaround.com
Mary Harwell Sayler is a lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church. As a freelance and assignment writer for Christian and educational markets for many years, she has 27 traditionally published books in all genres, 3 Kindle e-books for poets and writers, and about 1500 poems, articles, devotionals, or children’s stories. Mary blogs on Bible topics, the Christian writing life, and poetry and provides a number of writing resources on her website http://www.marysayler.com.
Susan Walley Schlesman ministers with her husband Shane at West End Assembly of God in Richmond, VA, where Shane is lead pastor. Sue regularly teaches Bible studies and classes, speaks at conferences (local and foreign), and blogs. She has taught middle and high school English for many years and is the mother of 3 sons, ages 22, 20, and 15. She graduated from Bob Jones University with a BA in Creative Writing.
Susan published her first children’s novel in 1989 and since then has written widely for church and school settings, as well as various online and print publications. She is passionate to share God’s love and inspire believers to impact their world for Christ. You can find her at www.susanwalleyschlesman.com and www.7prayersthatwork.com.
Shellynne is married to the love of her life and is blessed with two young adult daughters and a son-in-law. Her varied professional background includes working as an archivist, homeschooler, coordinator for Operation Christmas Child and leader in Women’s Ministry. She is passionate for our great God and His Word and longs to share the wonder of God’s Word with others. Shellynne regularly writes and teaches Bible Studies, as well as retreat talks and devotions for a monthly newsletter. She has written Christian drama and for a season had a regular column in the Good News Journal. As a Christian writer, speaker, songwriter, actress and Bible Study teacher, she is thankful God created women to be multi-taskers! Her testimony is a story of heartache and joys, brokenness and healing, conviction and forgiveness. It is a story still being written, confident that “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” Shellynne blogs “Embracing Life” light4mysteps.wordpress.com you can also follow her on Twitter.
Gwen Thielges resides in North Dakota where she is a worship leader, preschool assistant, Kindermusik educator, and blogger at writewhereheleads.wordpress.com. She and her husband, Darren, have been blessed above and beyond what they could have ever imagined with their three sons and one daughter. In her spare time, which she has trouble finding, she enjoys photography and writing music. She has recorded two CDs containing her original songs, and her music can be followed at Facebook.com/GwenThielgesMusic. Her heartfelt desire is that God will use her to spread the message that we are indescribably loved by Him and that He has a unique plan for each of our lives. Her inspiration comes from the Word of God, strong coffee, and the love of her amazing family.
Bill is a graduate of Valdosta State University (BA/Ed), Luther Rice Seminary (MA/Ministry), and Andersonville Theological Seminary(D/Min).He has served as senior pastor of Cedar Bay Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL for over 22 years (16+ bi-vocational). Pastor Tyler had a highly successful managerial career, of over 31 years, with the United States Postal Service. He and his wife, Robin, have three grown children and four wonderful grandchildren. He is a blessed man.
Author of fourteen children’s books in “The Roscoe Possum Series” and three teen / young adult / adult books. She spends her spare time as a motivational speaker, writing, comedian and enjoys riding her big tractor every chance she gets. Dr. Toporoff is currently retired after working in the mental health field for over 44 years as a nurse. Dr. Toporoff received a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s in health services administration from Central Michigan University, a Master’s in theology as well as a Doctorate in Ministry from the Life School of Theology. She currently resides in Beech Island, South Carolina. Dr. Debi has written two articles for the Kids Ark Magazine and was a runner up for the Selah award for “Who Parked the Ark in 2013. Other Books by author: Roscoe Goes to the Gym, Roscoe Meets Gramps the Catfish, Roscoe’s Deep Sea Adventure, Boogie, Roscoe Meets Nurse Quacker, Sniffles Hunts For Bad Boy, Yammi meets a friend, Here Fishy Fishy, Lay me beside Jesus please, Katherine, Roscoe Gets a haircut, Herbie the Dung Beetle, Little David and the Big One, Who Parked the Ark, OOPS! Wrong Family, When God Came Down and UH! OH God Coming Through. Visit Debi @ visionaryministries.org
I am a church planter’s wife, mother to 4 little boys ages four and under, a college professor of counseling, and children’s ministry director at our church. I completed my Master of Arts degree in Human Services from Liberty University and I am in my 6th year teaching for LU Online. I have been married since December of 2007 and we have 3 boys with a 4th due in October 2015. We moved to Bozeman, Montana in October 2013 to start Bedrock Church. We relocated here from Raleigh, NC because the Lord has made this a very clear call on our lives and we are following Him, despite the distance from family and all that we know. My husband is now the Lead Pastor of Bedrock Church here in Montana. I am also the Kids Rock Director with Bedrock Church. Before beginning my career as a professor, I served as the director of a teenage girls mentoring program. My greatest passions in life are the Lord, my family, my ministry to teenage girls, church, teaching, the fine arts, and public speaking. Within our church, I also serve as a lay counselor. Looking forward to growing with you!