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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.
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.
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.
Dr. Sue Edwards has over 40 years experience as a Bible teacher, overseer of several megachurch ministries, and author. Now, as Associate Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership, she teaches full-time at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has trained women leaders in Russia, Africa, and Germany.
Sue is the author of the Discover Together Series Bible study series and co-author of five leadership books including:
- Organic Mentoring, A Mentor’s Guide to Relationships with Next Generation Women
- Leading Women Who Wound
- Mixed Ministry, Working Together as Brothers and Sisters in an Oversexed Society
- New Doors in Ministry to Women
Married for 45 years, she and David are proud parents of two married daughters and the grandparents of five. David is a retired computer engineer who serves the Lord as a lay prison chaplain and is now taking courses at DTS.
Dr. Sandra Glahn earned her ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and her PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in Humanities—Aesthetic Studies. A professor in the Media Arts and Worship department at DTS (and also on loan to Pastoral Ministries), she teaches courses in writing, medieval art and spirituality, gender, and sexual ethics. She is the author of more than twenty books, including the Coffee Cup Bible Study series. Her latest book is Vindicating the Vixens. Her areas of expertise are in Bible books, first-century backgrounds, women’s issues, the history of ideas about gender, and writing for publication.
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.
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 Theological Seminary) has a not-so-secret love affair with books: She primarily writes non-fiction, including her latest, Leading Women Who Wound (with Sue Edwards), and articles for Bible Study Magazine. But she indulges her love of fiction by reviewing Christian novels for Publishers Weekly and serving as a Christy Award judge.
A former women’s ministry director and Bible study teacher, she has been married to her husband, a local school district administrator, for twenty years. She spends most days following or chauffeuring their four loquacious children from one event to another. Find her books and blog at kelleymathews.com.
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.
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.
Dr. Michelle Pokorny developed a passion for women’s ministry while serving as a counselor at Pine Cove Christian Camps. Her desire to see women thrive in their gifting led her to Dallas Theological Seminary to gain a solid biblical and theological foundation. After receiving her MACE in Women’s Ministry, Dr. Pokorny began working with East-West Ministries, International, where she served in Human Resources and on the Women’s Ministries Training Team. She presently serves as the Associate Director of Spiritual Formation at DTS, where her primary role is to help women on campus facilitate authentic community and cultivate their spiritual lives. She also teaches doctoral classes in the Spiritual Formation cohort.
Michelle is married to Mark and their favorite hobbies include: traveling, exercising, and enjoying food and laughter with friends and family.
Kristen is the Women’s Minister at Dallas Bible Church. She has the honor of engaging, equipping, and unleashing women to be on mission for Jesus! Originally from the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, she has called Texas home for the last eleven years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cedarville University and her Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Kristen is married to Andrew, a high school history teacher, and they have a baby boy, Auburn. Kristen and Andrew enjoy exploring Dallas, traveling, cooking, hosting friends and family, and living life with their joyful baby and hyper Beagle puppy.
Dr. Gail Seidel is a native of Texas, a graduate of the University of Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. She received her Doctor of Ministry Degree in Spiritual Formation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
She served as Women’s Director of Spiritual Formation in the Department of Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Dallas Seminary for 7 years and as the Co-Director of “Christian Women in Partnership-Russia”, a ten year training program.
She is a contributor to the book Foundations of Spiritual Formation and to the Engage Women’s Collective, a blog site of Bible.org. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in D.Min. Studies at DTS in the Spiritual Formation track and is a trained Spiritual Director. One of her greatest pleasures is accompanying and encouraging others to become all God intended them to be.
Gail is married to Dr. Andy Seidel, also a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. They have two married children and six grandchildren…four of whom will be at Teas A&M next fall. They now live in Fredericksburg, Texas
Kari Stainback graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Counseling. She serves as Director of Women’s Ministries at Park Cities Presbyterian church in Dallas, Texas where she oversees seven women’s Bible studies and co-teaches a study reaching young professional women.
A New York native, Sharifa earned a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University before moving to Dallas, Texas, where she received a master of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. She currently serves as a writer for a DFW-area ministry, and contributed to the book Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, & Marginalized Women of the Bible.
Sharifa is passionate about worship through music and the intersection of faith and culture.
She is wife to a Renaissance man and mother to two lively boys.
Through ongoing study and collaboration with others as a certified professional coach, Jill hopes to continue to personally grow and to encourage, equip and be useful for others to grow in their understanding of and concern for relationship, with one another and with God. And she hopes that this growth transforms our understanding of performance, productivity and peace, ultimately setting us free to offer ourselves in the freedom of Christ, instead of being captured by the need to serve ourselves.
Jill is grateful for the opportunity to have earned a degree in Management Information Systems at Southern Methodist University and to have received a credential as a certified professional coach from the International Coach Federation.
She is grateful for having had opportunity to work in business and technology, with women’s ministries, with a wives of men in ministry conference and with a dear friend on a non-profit, Bookbridges, International, www.bookbridgesintl.org.
She is especially grateful to share this life journey with her husband Phillip and their tree children: high schoolers Mitchell and Grant and middle schooler Suzanna.