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Kelly most enjoys heart-level conversation and guiding women in soul care. Her desire to study God’s Word and help women apply it to their lives led her and husband Tre to Dallas from their home in Louisiana. She earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and served on staff as both Women’s Ministry Director for Coppell Bible Fellowship and Women’s Ministry Counselor at Insight for Living. Kelly’s experiences of shepherding by godly women have given her a deep desire to see women cared for in the Body of Christ worldwide, especially in cross-generational relationships.
Kay Daigle is a follower of Jesus who is also a wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, learner, speaker, writer, student, Bible teacher, and leader. She helps Christian women grow their spiritual influence through her book, Bible studies, ministry, and blogs. She is the founder of Beyond Ordinary Women Ministries and the author of the book, Beyond Ordinary Women: Grow your Influence, as well as many Bible studies. Kay worked on two church staffs for a total of ten years leading women’s ministries. She is a native Texan living in the Dallas area where she enjoys eating out and spending time with family and friends.
Brenda is a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves to study God’s Word and equip others to serve the body of Christ. She went to Dallas Theological Seminary as an empty-nester and graduated with a degree of MA in Biblical Studies in 2006. Since then she has been the director of Women’s Ministry at Waxahachie Bible Church for the past eleven years. She loves to play games, exercise, watch live plays and musicals, and see God work in the lives of her family members and the women she serves.
Virginia Grounds is a teacher, speaker and author with a passion for helping women grow in their faith through study of the Bible. She loves the Lord Jesus, her husband, her children, grandchildren and her church. She is the Founder of Majestic Inspirations, which is her personal ministry of speaking and writing. She is the author of Facing Fears, Quenching Flames, a devotional guide to freedom from fear and anger that was written for the clients of Victim Relief Ministries where she served alongside her husband for 13 years. Virginia taught women’s Bible Studies in her church for 20 years and is now heard on her radio program that airs on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am out of WEBO, Owego, New York. In her free time, Virginia enjoys reading and laughing with girlfriends.
Claudia McGuire is the Leadership Development Pastor at Chase Oaks Church in Plano, Texas. Since joining the staff in 1997, she has served in several roles: Women’s Ministry Pastor, Connections Pastor, First Impressions Pastor and Venue Pastor. She is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. Claudia is a Certified Life Purpose Coach and speaks at numerous workshops, leadership seminars, retreats and conferences. She is a native Texan, married to a wonderful husband, Jim. They love spending time with family including daughters Kristin and Ashley, her husband Adam and graddaughter, Adley. The beach is a favorite get-away.
Natalie Eastman (M.Div. ‘02, D.Min. ’05–Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is a freelance writer, editor, and member of the Redbud Writers Guild. She has served as a full-time youth minister to girls and women; Bible study teacher; worship leader and team developer; missionary to east Asia; and retreat and event teacher/speaker. She lives in Delaware, OH, with her husband and three young children. Links to her blogs may be found at natalieeastman.com, and her training and coaching at biblicalbreakthrough.com.
Dr. Sandra Glahn is a professor in the Media Arts and Worship department at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). She holds a Master of Theology degree from DTS and a Ph.D. in the Humanities-Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. The author or coauthor of more than 20 books, including the Coffee Cup Bible Study series, Dr. Glahn is a frequent retreat speaker. Her areas of expertise are in Bible books, first-century backgrounds, women’s issues, the history of ideas about gender, and writing for publication.
Sheryl Graves is the Women’s Ministry Director at Coppell Bible Fellowship where she has been on staff for 3 years, after serving 4 years as a volunteer in the area of spiritual and leadership development for women. Sheryl provides insight into leadership in a small church setting.
Susie Hawkins earned an M.A. in Christian Leadership and Theology at Criswell College and is the author of From One Ministry Wife to Another: Conversations about Ministry Connections (Moody, 2009). Previously, she served as the Director of the Women’s Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX. Susie and her husband O.S. have 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren, keeping her life full of craziness and joy.
Cheri is engaged in training the Life with God Leaders for Grafted Life Ministries. She is excited and grateful that her current role allows her to invest in the lives of church leaders.
In 2003, the Lord led Cheri to step away from her first career as a Certified Public Accountant and enter seminary. She completed a Master of Arts in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008, there discovering the art of listening to the Lord and to others through prayer. She received additional training after Fuller, including becoming a Recommended Facilitator for Listen To My Life and completing spiritual direction training from Selah, a ministry of Leadership Transformations near Boston, MA.
Cheri lives with her husband Dave in Highland Village, TX. They have entered the “empty nest” stage and enjoy every opportunity they have to share life with their son, Matt.
Gwynne Johnson currently serves on the Board of Entrust, Inc. where she authored the Entrust curriculum, Developing a Discerning Heart. She previously served as Senior Director of Women’s Ministry at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. Gwynne has a M.A. in Biblical Studies from D.T.S. and presently teaches Joy of Living studies in Huntsville, Texas where she is active in mentoring women with University Heights Baptist Church. She also serves on the leadership team for the women’s page of bible.org. Gwynne loves to read and browse antique stores.
Crickett Keeth is the Women’s Ministry Director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis. She was formerly on staff with Cru and at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas as the Associate Minister to Single Women. After graduating from D. T. S., she took the position of Women’s Ministry Director in Memphis. She offers free resources for discipleship and encourages others in their own walk with God at www.crickettkeeth.com.
Kelley Mathews, (Th.M., Dallas Seminary) serves as Managing Editor of ChristianParenting.org, a ministry of the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture. She also serves part-time as a GTA for Dallas Seminary’s online courses. Mother of four school-aged children and wife of a public school district administrator, she has written and edited for the Christian market for 20 years, co-authoring six non-fiction books. A lifelong fiction lover, she enjoys reviewing books for Publishers Weekly, proving to her mother that, yes, she can get paid to read books.
Pursuing her life passion to teach the Word of God, train leaders, and connect people in community, Dianne Miller has dedicated years as a teaching leader in Bible Study Fellowship as well as directing women’s ministries at the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta and Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, where she also served as Minister of Community. Dianne earned a Master in Biblical Studies from D.T.S. Dianne celebrates 45 years of marriage to Brad, and they have three children. Her greatest joy is her six grandchildren.
Kari Stainback graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Counseling. She has served in her current role as Director of Women’s Ministries at Park Cities Presbyterian church in Dallas, Texas for 15 years where she oversees seven women’s Bible studies and co-teaches a study reaching young professional women.