Meet our Video/Podcast Contributors

Kelly Arabie

Kelly Arabie currently serves on staff with Grafted Life Ministries, inviting believers into deeper relationship with God through intentional engagement with him and the Body of Christ. Kelly has served in pastoral ministry in the local church and parachurch ministry for more than two decades. She graduated with an MA in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry to women.

Kelly enjoys writing, care for the soul, honest heart conversations and a hot cup of tea. You can connect with her at kelly@graftedlife.org.

Kat Armstrong

Kat Armstrong was born in Houston, Texas, where the humidity ruins her Mexi-German curls. She is a powerful voice in our generation as a sought-after Bible teacher and innovative ministry leader. She holds a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the author of No More Holding Back and The In-Between Place.

In 2008, Kat cofounded the Polished Network to gather working women in person and online to navigate career and explore faith in authentic community. As the host of The Polished Podcast, she interviews working women at the crossroads of faith and work.

Kat is pursuing a doctorate of ministry in New Testament context at Northern Seminary and is a board member of Pillar Seminary. She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for nineteen years and live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb, and attend Dallas Bible Church, where Aaron serves as the lead pastor.

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Joye Baker

Dr. Joye Baker earned her Master of Christian Education and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary with an emphasis in ministry with women. As Adjunct Professor and Women’s Adviser in the Educational Ministries and Leadership Department, she advises and mentors women students, teaches Christian Education courses, serves on the staff of the DTS Spiritual Formation Small Group Program and team-teaches the DMin/DEdMin Women in Ministry cohort.

She has traveled to Russia fourteen times training Russian women in ministry to women as well as spoken at various women’s events. She attends Northwest Bible Church where she is active in the NBC Women’s Ministry. She provides leader training and teaches and leads a small group in their weekly Bible study.

Joye has been a widow for thirty-three years and has a daughter and two sons and a daughter-in-law. She enjoys being Mimi to her three grandsons, Trevan, Caden and Dylan.

You can contact Joye at jbaker@dts.edu.

Oletha Barnett

Oletha Barnett is the Director of the Conflict Resolution/Mediation Ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, which assists members to resolve conflict biblically. Her book, Diversity of a Different Kind: A Fresh Approach to Resolving Conflict, helps all believers deal well with conflict.

She is also responsible for teaching conflict resolution in the church’s 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 include her private Christian mediations for biblical resolution of conflict.

Oletha holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science (mathematics) and Juris Doctor (law) and an MA in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She resides in Desoto, TX.

Rebecca Carrell

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 Daigle

Dr. Kay Daigle loves to teach the Bible and develop women as servant-leaders. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Ordinary Women Ministries, purposed to prepare Christian women for leadership by providing resources to inspire and equip them to influence others, from one person to an entire ministry.

Kay spent ten years leading women’s ministries on church staffs, most recently at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, Texas. 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 Bible studies for women. Kay earned a MACE from Dallas Theological Seminary and a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Effective Ministries to Women.

Kay’s family includes her husband Gary, two grown children and their spouses, two granddaughters and an entertaining Goldendoodle. She loves Tex-Mex, seafood, books, movies, travel, the Texas Rangers, and especially time with family and good friends. Look for her in the Dallas area driving her sporty little car.

Natalie Eastman

Natalie Eastman (MDiv ‘02, DMin. ’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, Ohio, with her husband and three young children. Links to her blogs and her speaking may be found at natalieeastman.com.

Sue Edwards

Dr. Sue Edwards, Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary, has taught at DTS for 20 years. She has a doctorate from Gordon-Conwell seminary in Boston, a masters in Bible from DTS, and bachelors degree in journalism from Trinity University She also has over 40 years experience as a Bible teacher, overseer of ministries to women, and author. 

Sue is the co-author of six leadership books: Leading Women Who Wound; Mixed Ministry, Working Together as Brothers and Sisters in an Oversexed SocietyOrganic Ministry to Women; Organic Mentoring, A Mentor’s Guide to Relationships with Next Generation WomenInvitation to Educational Ministry and 40 Questions About Women in Ministry (to be released in October 2022).

 Author of the Discover Together Bible Study Series featuring 17 books of the Bible (DiscoverTogetherSeries.com), Sue’s newest studies are:

  • 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Discovering Hope in a Promised Future
  • Isaiah, Discovering Assurance Through Prophecies About Your Mighty King

Married for 50 years, she and David are members of Northwest Bible Church and are the 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. She loves chocolate, strong coffee and taking walks with their westies, Quigley and Emma Jane. 

Angela Everett

Angela Everett holds a Masters degree in Archaeology & Biblical History, and is currently pursuing a PhD in the same field. She annually (when not in a pandemic!) digs at an archaeological site in Jordan that she believes after 16 years of excavation to be the infamous city of Sodom.

Angela has recently begun public speaking on Biblical Archaeology and other faith building topics. Her greatest desire is to confirm the historicity and veracity of the biblical text, and show others that they can trust the Bible, and in turn trust the God of the Bible.

Angela is a crawfish eating, beach loving Cajun girl that has a passion for Biblical Archaeology. When she’s not home schooling the last of her six kids, being Mia to her five grandkids, or dating her husband Zach of almost 30 years, she spends her time “Digging Up Some Faith” for others. Angela can be contacted at angela_everett_archaeologist on instagram.

Sandra Glahn

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

Susie Hawkins earned an MA 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 Women’s Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.

Susie and her husband O.S. have two daughters and six grandchildren, keeping her life full of craziness and joy.

Cheri Hudspith

Cheri Hudspeth 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, Massachusetts.

Cheri lives with her husband Dave in Highland Village, Texas. They have entered the empty nest stage and enjoy every opportunity they have to share life with their son, Matt, and his family.

Crickett Keeth

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), On Bended Knee and her newly released study from Moody, Before the Throne.

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.

Lynn Etta Manning

Dr. Lynn Etta Manning has been in ministry with women for over 30 years. She retired from her role at Dallas Theological Seminary at the end of 2020 where she was on faculty and served as the Assistant Dean of Students and Advisor for Women for 16 years, having the privilege of being the Faculty Advisor for Arise, the campus women students’ group, developing student leaders and overseeing the many extra-curricular events provided for women students. She received both her MACE and DMin degrees at DTS. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on mentoring and women’s issues. Lynn Etta loves to minister to women in any culture or situation, teaching, mentoring, and encouraging, helping them to see and become all God intends for them to be.

Lynn Etta became a widow after Mike, her husband of 37 years, went home to be with the Lord in 2009. Their family includes a son and daughter, their spouses, and her six delightful grandchildren.

Lynn Etta enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, entertaining people in her home, cooking, health coaching, golfing, remodeling and being by the pool, or more specifically on the beach!

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Kelley Mathews

Kelley Mathews has ministered to the church through writing and editing for over 25 years. Co-author of eight books, including 40 Questions about Women in Ministry (2022), she also serves on the publishing team at RightNow Media.

A former women’s ministry director and Bible study teacher, she has been married to John, a local school administrator, for 25 years. They are parents to four active, mostly grown children.

Kelley earned her Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2000 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Women, Theology, and Leadership from Northern Seminary.

Claudia McGuire

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.

Claudia is a native Texan who loves spending time with her two daughters, sons-in-law and five wonderful grandchildren.

Jodie Niznik

Jodie Niznik has served in pastoral ministry for over twelve years. Her calling and passion is to equip people to create space for God in their lives and take another step in their journey with Jesus. She does this through writing, teaching, and podcasting. 

Jodie has an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in Christian education with an emphasis in women’s ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is the author of Choose: A Study of Moses for a Life That Matters, Crossroads: A Study of Esther and Jonah for Boldly Responding to Your Call, Trust: A Study of Joseph for Persevering Through Life’s Challenges, Journey: A Study of Peter for Stumbling Toward Jesus’s Extravagant Grace and the coauthor of Galatians: Discovering Freedom in Christ Through Daily Practice with Sue Edwards. 

Jodie is married to Tim. They have two young adult daughters and a very poorly trained Yorkie-poo. You can connect with Jodie and find her Scripture meditation podcast at JodieNiznik.com.

Michelle Pokorny

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 Pool

Kristen Pool has the honor of serving as the Women’s Minister at Dallas Bible Church. Originally from the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, she has called Texas home for the last fifteen years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cedarville University and her Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. She enjoys writing and speaking, and you can follow her at kristenzionpool.com.

Kristen is married to Andrew, a high school teacher and instructional coach, and they have two beautiful boys, Auburn and Macallan.

Jackie Roese

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 of Christian Education and a DMin in Preaching. Jackie spent eight years serving in a megachurch as 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 TeachLime 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 time of #metoo 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.

Susan Seay

Susan Seay

Through the “Mentor 4 Moms” Podcast and the relatable style found in Susan Seay’s book The Intentional Parent: Parenting On Purpose When Life Gets Busy, you can get a sense of Susan her heart to provide encouragement to moms combined with helpful practical tools.

As a wife and mom to seven, she truly understands the challenges of trying to be an intentional parent. Susan has been a mentor to women locally in Austin, Texas, and internationally for over a decade. To find out more, visit her website, SusanSeay.com

Gail Seidel

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 is a trained Spiritual Director.

Gail served as Women’s Director of Spiritual Formation in the Department of Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Dallas Seminary for seven years as an Adjunct Professor in the DMin studies’ Spiritual Formation track and as the Co-Director of Christian Women in Partnership-Russia, a ten-year training program.

Gail is a contributor to the book Foundations of Spiritual Formation and to the Engage Women’s Collective, a blog site of Bible.org. 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. They now live in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Donna Skell

With a heart for God, people and business, Donna Skell 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, 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 as spokesperson with the American Tract Society. 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

Nika Spaulding

Nika Spaulding is a proud graduate of both the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology. God has given her the privilege of planting a church in Oak Cliff called St Jude Oak Cliff, and she loves her 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

Kari Stainback

Kari Stainback graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of 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.

Sharifa

Sharifa Stevens

Sharifa Stevens is a conglomeration of intersections: Bronx wisdom and prep-school code-switching; smoke shop Now-and-Laters and church peppermints; hip-hop and hymns. She graduated from Columbia University in New York with a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies before earning a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Sharifa is a writer and editor. She contributed to the books Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, & Marginalized Women of the Bible and Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice.

Sharifa is married to a Renaissance man, and mother to two lively boys.

Debbie Stuart

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.

Debbie is presently the Women’s Minister at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. In all, she has 27 years of experience in women’s ministry and has served as Women’s Ministry Consultant/Trainer for LifeWay Christian Resources since 1991. She graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in the women’s ministry certificate program. Debbie is also an AACC certified life and ministry coach. 

She and her husband John Mark live in Texas and have two grown children, Jarrad and Haley, a son-in-law Chris, and four grandchildren.

Arnita Taylor

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, Texas.

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 YouTube.

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, Texas.

You can contact Arnita at www.arnitawillistaylor.com.

Jill Williams

Jill Williams

Jill Williams is currently the Founder and President of 2Step Executive Coaching, LLC, her third career. Her first was technology and training focused, initially serving as an IT professional. In time she began to serve IT professionals and those they served with a training company focused on establishing respectful and prosperous working relationships.

After that Jill moved into her next career, which she continues to this day, serving her family.  Her children are now in high school and college.

God gave Jill a natural coaching mindset that has only deepened over the years through Bible study, Bible teaching, being discipled, learning to be a friend and allowing others to be a friend to her. Cross-country moves have also taught her much about the value of relationships and her need for the grace and power of Jesus.

Jill is married to Phillip and together they are the grateful parents of Mitchell, Grant and Suzanna.

You can reach out to Jill at Jill@2StepExec.com

Elizabeth Woodson

Elizabeth Woodson is a Bible teacher and author who is passionate about equipping believers to understand the rich theological truths of Scripture. She loves helping people internalize their faith and connect it practically to everyday life.

She is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a masters in Christian education. She is also a contributing author for World on Fire and the author of the book Embrace Your Life: How to Find Joy When the Life You Have Is Not the Life You Hoped For.