Our Board

Kay Daigle

Founder & Executive Director

Kay is a Bible teacher, author, and speaker. After ten years of leading women’s ministries on staffs at Northwest Bible Church and Prestonwood Baptist Church, she wrote From Ordinary Woman to Spiritual Leader: Grow your Influence, which provides practical help for all Christian women to make a difference. Kay is Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Ordinary Women Ministries. She previously served as Vice-Chairman and twice as Chairman of the Association for Women in Ministry Professions. For many years she also served on the Women’s Leadership Team for bible.org.

Kay earned an M.A.C.E. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Effective Ministries to Women where her research involved leadership development for women. Her many Bible studies written specifically for women are available here or at bible.org.

Kay’s family includes her husband of over forty years, Gary, as well as two grown children, a son-in-law, two granddaughters, and two Westies. She loves Tex-Mex, books, movies, travel, and Texas Rangers games, as well as time with good friends. Look for her in the Dallas area driving her sporty little car.

Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas


Sam’s background and training are in accounting and finance. He earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington and was certified as a CPA in 1973. After working for Arthur Andersen & Co, and then for EDS and Dell Computer, he retired and attended Dallas Seminary where he received an M.A.B.S. degree in 2008. He then spent five years with Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas as the Business Manager, retiring again in 2014. Sam served as the Secretary for the boards of Trinity Christian Academy and the Trinity Christian Academy Foundation, as well as the President of the Addison Business Association. Sam’s previous ministry positions include Life Group Leader at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, Youth teacher and Deacon Chairman at Legacy Drive Baptist Church and Treasurer of Park Tower Baptist Church.

Sam’s family includes his wife, Sharon, two grown children, a daughter-in-law, and seven grandchildren. Sam and Sharon now live near their daughter and grandchildren near Mabank, Texas.

Sandy Sparks


Sandy spent thirty-five years in the banking industry plus three years in public relations. In 2002 she began fulltime-volunteer work on the Women’s Ministry Team and Finance Committee at Redeemer Bible Church in Dallas. She is currently a member of Dallas Bible Church, where she serves as a greeter, and participates in a Life Group and Women’s Ministry.

Sandy received her BA from The University of Texas at Arlington. She and John have been married 25 years. Sandy is a passionate watercolor and acrylic painter.

Deborah Herring

Deborah is a retired Texas educator who now spends her time volunteering at her home church, Northwest Bible Church of Dallas, where she served as Chairman or member of their Ministry to Women’s Board for 10 years. That time has allowed her to be an assistant to the Minister to Women, coordinate Bible studies, establish relationships with the refugee women that attend the Swahili service on site, as well as coordinate a women’s mission trip to Kazakhstan. Deborah also serves on the Grand Prairie Public Library Foundation Board and volunteers at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas. (Yes, she makes quilts, but not the kind your grandmothers made.)

After twenty-two years in the classroom as a high-school math and art teacher, she spent thirteen years as an Instructional Technology facilitator for Secondary schools in Grand Prairie. She has lived in Dallas for 28 years, now living in what used to be the first Sears catalog center outside of Chicago built in 1918 in  what is now the Cedars District.

She joined the Beyond Ordinary Women Ministries Board in 2013.

John Sparks

John’s background is in broadcast journalism. He is a seasoned reporter, producer, executive producer and managing editor who has worked in newsrooms at all the network affiliates in Dallas-Fort Worth and at NBC in New York. He earned a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a M.A. in Journalism from the University of North Texas where he was a full-time faculty member for the Mayborn School of Journalism from 2009-2012. He retired in 2012.

John was a member at Reinhardt Bible Church in Dallas and Redeemer Bible Church in Dallas where he served on the Board of Elders. John is currently a member of Dallas Bible Church where he serves as an usher, greeter, and participates in a Life Group and Men’s Ministry.

Evelyn Babcock

Evelyn has a BA in Music & Chemistry, a PhD in chemistry, and has worked as a MRI Physicist for thirty years at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As a (hesitant) leader, Evelyn has served in various roles in Northwest Bible Church’s Women’s Ministry – Bible Study coordinator, small group leader, and audio-visual team leader. The ministry of BOW has personally encouraged and challenged Evelyn, so she feels especially honored to be a member of this board.

When time allows, Evelyn enjoys puzzles of all types: logic, jigsaw, Sudoku, etc.

Gary Daigle

Although he prefers playing golf, Gary has worked as a group health insurance broker and employee benefit specialist for many years. His professional credentials consist of a CEBS, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist; CLU, Certified Life Underwriter; and RHU, Registered Health Underwriter.

Gary’s diverse leadership experience includes board positions with Addison Midday Rotary (President), Bent Tree Country Club, Society of Financial Service Professionals Dallas Chapter, Health Underwriters Association Dallas Chapter, Society of Professional Benefit Administrators, Mass Marketing Insurance Institute, Inter-Company Marketing Association, and Stone Lake Estates Homeowners Association. He served as a deacon at Northwest Bible Church, Prestonwood Baptist Church, and Legacy Drive Baptist Church. His volunteer positions also included years as a Sunday School Director and teacher at both Prestonwood and Legacy Drive Baptist churches.

Besides golf and his classic Corvette, Gary enjoys his family, which includes Kay, son Matt, daughter Lindsay, son-in-law Tyler, and two granddaughters.