Meet our Video/Podcast Contributors
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-generation relationships.
Kat was born in Houston, TX where the humidity ruins her curls. She is a powerful voice in our generation as an innovative ministry leader and sought-after communicator. Encouraging women to love God and others with their all, Kat teaches the Bible with humor and heart. She engages disconnected women exploring God with the relevance of the scripture, commissions rooted Christians to flourish in their God-inspired assignment, and refocuses the Church to outreach.
As the co-founder and Executive Director of Polished Ministries, an outreach that gathers young professional women to navigate career and explore faith together, she is invested in the lives of women eager to learn about how the scriptures are relevant to their everyday lives.
Kat graduated from Texas A&M before obtaining a masters in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Kat and her husband Aaron have been married for fifteen years, live in Dallas, TX with their son Caleb and attend Dallas Bible Church where Aaron serves as the lead pastor.
Oletha is the Director of the Conflict Resolution/Mediation Ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, which assists members to resolve conflict biblically. She is also responsible for teaching conflict resolution in the church Bible Institute, a prerequisite class to become a leader at Oak Cliff. She became a Certified Christian Conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries and formerly coached others to become certified by supervising a portion of their cases on behalf of Peacemaker Ministries. She continues to serve on the Peacemaker Ministries Board of Directors.
Though Oletha is an attorney and mediator, her primary focus is ministry, mostly related to conflict resolution. Her conflict resolution services includes her private Christian mediations for biblical resolution of conflict.
Oletha holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science (mathematics) and Juris Doctor (law) and an M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She resides in Desoto, TX.
Rebecca Carrell is, in order of importance, a joyful Jesus follower, wife to Mike, mother to Caitlyn and Nick, morning show co-host in Dallas/Fort Worth on 90.9 KCBI, conference speaker, and author of Holy Jellybeans: Finding God through Everyday Things, and Holy Hiking Boots: When God Makes the Ordinary Extraordinary. She also hosts the Honest Conversations: Looking at Tough Topics through a Biblical Lens podcast.
Rebecca began her broadcasting career in country music in 1998. In 2011, she moved to Christian radio station 90.9 KCBI, and in 2016 founded HeartStrong Faith, the women’s ministry events branch of KCBI. Rebecca is also working toward her Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Kay is a life-long Texan who loves to teach the Bible and develop women as servant-leaders. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Ordinary Women Ministries.
Kay spent ten years leading women’s ministries on staff at two churches, serving seven-and-a-half of those years at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas. Kay is the author of From Ordinary Woman to Spiritual Leader: Grow your Influence, a practical and simple guide to help all Christian women apply foundational leadership skills in every area of their lives, and many Bible studies for women. 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.
Kay’s family includes her husband Gary, as well as two grown children, a son-in-law, two granddaughters, and two dogs. She loves Tex-Mex, seafood, books, movies, travel, the Texas Rangers, and especially time with good friends. Look for her in the Dallas area driving her sporty little car.
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.
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 co-author of a number of leadership books: 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; and New Doors in Ministry to Women. She’s also the author of the Discover Together Series of Bible studies.
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.
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 two daughters and six 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.
Crickett Keeth is the Women’s Ministry Director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where she writes and teaches the women’s Bible studies. She is the author of The Gift of Rest, Sumatra with the Seven Churches (co-authored with Sandra Glahn), and her newly released study from Moody, On Bended Knee.
Crickett was on staff with Cru for ten years and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching regularly at her own church, she also speaks at women’s conferences and retreats. Learn more at 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 built a ministry career at Chase Oaks Church in Plano, Texas, beginning in 1997 and served in several roles including Women’s Ministry Pastor, Connections Pastor, First Impressions Pastor and Venue Pastor. She retired as Leadership Development Pastor in 2014. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Claudia is also a Certified Life Purpose Coach, enjoying coaching others in their various life stages, teaching Bible Studies and speaking at workshops, trainings, seminars, and retreats.
She is a native Texan, married to a wonderful husband, Jim. They love spending time with family including two fabulous daughters, two fantastic sons-in-law and three almost perfect granddaughters!
Jodie Niznik is the Adult Ministries Pastor at Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas. She has served in various roles on the pastoral team at the church over the last ten years, including Pastor to Women. Her calling and passion is to equip people to take the next step in their journey with Jesus. She loves to write about and teach scriptural truths in practical and easy to understand ways.
Jodie has a master’s degree in Christian education with an emphasis in women’s ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. Her Bible studies include Choose: A Study of Moses for a Life that Matters and Galatians: Discovering Freedom in Christ Through Practice, both from Kregel.
Jodie and husband Tim have two young adult daughters, Taylor and Billie. Jodie and Tim miss their daughters but love their quiet Saturdays. Jodie believes gummy bears and coffee are sweet gifts from the Lord that provide fuel as she writes Bible studies and prepares biblical teachings.
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. Jackie Roese is the Founder and president of The Marcella Project, a ministry committed to ennobling women through Scripture – focused teaching, training, and dialogue. She has a Master in Christian Education and a DMin in Preaching. Jackie spent eight years serving in a megachurch as a Teaching Pastor to Women as well as serving on the Sunday morning preaching team.
She has taught women’s bible studies for over twenty years. She has written more than fifteen bible studies and authored three books: She Can Teach, Lime Green: Reshaping Our View of Women in the Church, and I’m Enough: Living Confidently in Your Own Skin. She and Dr. Sue Russell co-authored Relationshift: Changing the Conversation About Men and Women in the Church. She’s taught at women’s conferences in Africa and at home in the U.S., and trained women here and abroad to preach through her She Can Teach course. Her online masterclass I’m Enough is proving to be a powerful source for good in our #metoo times to help women learn to live confidently in their own skin. More about Jackie Roese and the I’m Enough Masterclass can be found at www.JackieRoese.com and www.TheMarcellaProject.com and on @TheMarcellaProject Facebook page.
Through the “Mentor 4 Moms” Podcast and the relatable style found in her book The Intentional Parent: Parenting On Purpose When Life Gets Busy you can get a sense of Susan’s heart to provide encouragement to moms combined with helpful practical tools.
As a wife and mom to 7, she truly understands the challenges of trying to be an Intentional parent. Susan has been a mentor to women locally in Austin, TX and Internationally for over a decade. To find out more, visit her website – SusanSeay.com
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
With a heart for God, people, and business, Donna stays active in the Christian community. She has been involved with Roaring Lambs Ministries since its inception and came on staff in 2008. As Executive Director, Donna oversees all Roaring Lambs Conferences, Luncheons, Chapters, Events and Bible studies. She co-hosts an international radio show called, “A Time to Dream” on multiple networks, featuring powerful faith stories. Donna is also co-editor and compiler of the award-winning Stories of Roaring Faith series.
Prior to that, Donna served with the American Tract Society as spokesperson. Along with her husband, Anton, Donna owned and operated a successful chain of ladies fitness clubs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, called Cosmopolitan Lady. Donna especially enjoys speaking to ladies groups, churches, and retreats.
Her rich Jewish heritage and her study of God’s Word enhance her insight into the issues involved in Christian faith and living. In addition to her work with Roaring Lambs, Donna also serves in an Advisory position with the Fellowship of Professional Women and the Christian Women in Media Association.
Nika Spaulding is a proud graduate of both the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s in Zoology and Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Theology. God has given her the privilege of planting a church in Oak Cliff called St Jude Oak Cliff, and she loves her new role as the Resident Theologian.
When she’s not cheering on her Sooners, playing with her cat Clive, or enjoying a good meal with her friends, she’s probably sneaking off to Oklahoma to snuggle with her favorite humans: her nieces and nephew.
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.
Debbie Stuart has a passion for Biblical literacy, practical application of Biblical principles and effective ministry to women, including those incarcerated. Her utmost desire is to motivate women toward a deeper and more meaningful relationship with the One who loves them most. She is devoted to equipping women for leadership under the guidelines of God’s Word.
Having served for 25 years leading women’s ministries, Debbie is the Director of Ministry Initiatives for Hope for the Heart in Plano, Texas, and serves as Women’s Ministry Consultant/Trainer for Lifeway Christian Resources. She often speaks at conferences and retreats and has written two books: 20 Minutes a Day for the Rest of Your Life and 20 Lessons Learned.
She and her husband John Mark live in Texas and have two grown children, Jarrad and Haley, a son-in-law Chris, and a two-year-old grandson Clark.
Arnita Willis Taylor is the founder and owner of Eight Leadership Development Group, a leadership development company that provides customized learning opportunities like consulting, seminars, coaching, and small group intensive interactions.
A natural leader, Arnita more than 25 years of ministry experience and is an expert in small group ministry training and development. Prior to starting Eight Leadership Development Group, she served as an associate pastor of small groups at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a master’s degree in leadership with a focus on leader development from Walden University. She was awarded by Walden University a distinguished alumni award for her work in community leadership development.
She is the co-author of A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation. Creating safe environments for conversations about race, politics, sexuality, and religion. She frequently facilitates conversations centered around race in relationships. In addition, A Language of Healing Live is on You-Tube.
Arnita has served in local nonprofits, churches, chambers, schools, and prison settings. She is a passionate insightful communicator for conferences, workshops, retreats, and other events to enrich and empower people!
Personally, Arnita’s hobbies are reading, entertaining, floral designing, collecting African art and artifacts, sending out Evites and enjoying PEOPLE! She is the wife of 33 years to Michael and the proud and grateful mother of two sons, Evan and Nolan. She is based out of Keller, TX.
You can contact Arnita at www.arnitawillistaylor.com.
Jill aims to encourage and equip driven leaders to grow in their understanding of and concern for relationship, with one another and with God. As an achiever and Jesus-follower, she is particularly focused on growth that rightly orients our specific God-given achievement-driven design with our knowledge of him. While our process-driven focus may seem to miss people, when we choose to see them as God does, with a BOLD Mindset, more gets set in motion. Because that’s what we’re designed for, setting things in motion.
She is the founder of BOLD Waves Coaching, a company that hosts 12-week BOLD Waves Leadership Mastermind Experiences for leaders to share successes, failures and accountability with one another and to discover practical solutions for their specific struggles ranging from professional leadership challenges to challenges at home.
Jill is married to Phillip and together they are the grateful parents of two high schoolers, Mitchell and Grant and one middle-schooler, Suzanna.
Elizabeth is a passionate bible teacher whose deepest desire is to know Christ and to make Him known! Engaging both the heart and mind, she loves to teach the truth of Scripture, empowering believers to experience abundant life with Jesus. Whether it’s over a cup of coffee or a few scoops of ice cream, she also loves to disciple women. She believes in keepin’ it real as she strives to encourage them to be mighty women of God!
On most days you can find her hanging out at The Village Church, where she has the joy to work as an Associate Minister in their Institute.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Christian Education, and formerly served as the Single Life Ministry Coordinator at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Dr. Tony Evans.