Meet our Video 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.
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.
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 Northwest Bible Church and Prestonwood Baptist Church. 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 a number of free online 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 Westies. She loves Tex-Mex, 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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.