Meet Our Writers

 

For example, the body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with Christ. By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.Whether we are Jewish or Greek, slave or free, God gave all of us one Spirit to drink (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). 

(click each photo, and learn more about each writer)  

  • Mrs. Cassandra Gay
    Mrs. Cassandra Gay
    Founder/Community Manager
  • Ryn Tomlinson
    Ryn Tomlinson
    Creative Manager
  • Mrs. Reba Land
    Mrs. Reba Land
    Social Media Coordinator
  • Camille Fontenot
    Camille Fontenot
    Community Assistant
  • Yesenia Alferez
    Yesenia Alferez
    Creative Assistant
  • Bailey Walton
    Bailey Walton
    Editorial Coordinator
  • Chelsea Gamble
    Chelsea Gamble
    Assistant
  • Heather Baxter
    Heather Baxter
  • Megan Bottom
    Megan Bottom
  • Trisha Burky
    Trisha Burky
  • Ms. Andrea Castillo
    Ms. Andrea Castillo
  • Mrs. Lauren Joy Clark
    Mrs. Lauren Joy Clark
  • Tracy Cooper
    Tracy Cooper
  • Ami Coote
    Ami Coote
  • Ms. Jennifer Dutton
    Ms. Jennifer Dutton
  • Mrs. Amber Elliot
    Mrs. Amber Elliot
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Even
    Mrs. Elizabeth Even
  • Anicka Edwards
    Anicka Edwards
  • Meghan Griffiths
    Meghan Griffiths
  • Ashley Hallman
    Ashley Hallman
  • Ms. April Hargrove
    Ms. April Hargrove
  • Heather Hoerst
    Heather Hoerst
  • Brooke Johnson
    Brooke Johnson
  • Angie Kutzer
    Angie Kutzer
  • Brittanie Latorilla
    Brittanie Latorilla
  • Mrs. Emily Littleton
    Mrs. Emily Littleton
  • Mrs. Amanda Martinsen
    Mrs. Amanda Martinsen
  • Julianna Mathers
    Julianna Mathers
  • Mrs. Jennifer McAndrews
    Mrs. Jennifer McAndrews
  • Mrs. Resealia McKinney
    Mrs. Resealia McKinney
  • Mrs. Stephanie Miller
    Mrs. Stephanie Miller
  • Sue Moore
    Sue Moore
  • Karen Peeler
    Karen Peeler
  • Mrs. Erin Olson
    Mrs. Erin Olson
  • A.Rae Nye
    A.Rae Nye
  • Victoria Riollano
    Victoria Riollano
  • Miss Brianna Rogers
    Miss Brianna Rogers
  • Ms. Mary Roth
    Ms. Mary Roth
  • Katie Sanders
    Katie Sanders
  • Crystal Scott
    Crystal Scott
  • Mrs. Tamar Sloane
    Mrs. Tamar Sloane
  • Annie Thomson
    Annie Thomson
  • Laurie Thomas
    Laurie Thomas
  • Leila Tualla
    Leila Tualla
  • Beth Walker
    Beth Walker
  • Mrs. Hannah Whitaker
    Mrs. Hannah Whitaker
  • Janie Winsell
    Janie Winsell
  • Mrs. J Young
    Mrs. J Young
Mrs. Cassandra Gay
Founder/Community Manager

Cassandra was born and raised in Iowa, but currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband of 7 years, James, and their son and two daughters.

Ministry Service

Cassandra is a member of Journey Church.tv in Norman Oklahoma. She has served as a Women’s Table Bible Study Leader, Writer, Speaker, and by following her God-given dream of seeing a community of women gather in Jesus’ name. She is the Founder of the “Daughters Of The Deep” blogging community where she serves as the Community Manager.

Ryn Tomlinson
Creative Manager
Hi! My name is Ryn Tomlinson and the longer I talk the more you’ll hear my
Alabama roots come flying forth. 🙂 I’m a former pageant girl with five younger
sisters, an Auburn fan who grew up in enemy territory, and a mama of a dingo that
sings on command. 🙂 I have a deep love of all things interior design. I’m a dreamer, a
writer, and a fierce champion of my people.
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Having grown up in the church it came as quite a surprise that my faith & identity
fell out from under me as soon as I walked onto my college campus. I grew up in a
family of divorced parents but what that really meant for me was just extra holiday
parties & extra love. They loved me enough to ensure that I was always involved in
the things I wanted to be involved in & that I was always involved in church.
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When I walked onto campus, almost simultaneously my mom & step-dad of 13 years
decided on a divorce that would take quite a while to settle. Almost all of my friends
had left to go to schools far from my hometown & the ones that hadn’t were in
serious relationships with the men that would become their forever loves. While I
couldn’t have been happier for them, it was hard navigating this big new world of
higher academia while my normal was being obliterated. My normal had changed
completely & the foundation on which it was built was the only thing I had left & that
was Jesus.
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I’ll never forget the day I misplaced Him. I was standing on my Grandmother’s porch
under the weight of a familial separation that would eventually end in divorce and,
as I looked into a beautiful blue sky I felt my heart say, “What if it’s all just fake?
What if God isn’t really real?” For two years or more I completely lost myself
because I had completely lost the One in whom I had placed my faith. All of my
teachers were atheists & there was so much that I questioned. The dark night of my
soul lasted for what seemed like forever & the darkness got so intense that I
remember talking to people & thinking, “You’re just a bunch of atoms put together &
I’m just imagining this conversation.” I remember being so numb that I thought to
myself, “I can’t wait until winter, maybe I’ll feel something again.” Moral relativity
settled into the chambers of my heart and suddenly nothing mattered anymore. I
began finding my worth in those I dated & eventually dated a guy for three years that
was secretly dating another girl the whole time. The Lord has captured his heart
since & he actually ended up being a significant influence on my pursuit of Jesus.
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By the grace of God, I was lifted out of that deep, dark pit & reminded of His love &
for the past several years He’s been walking me into truth & freedom. I went from
not thinking anything mattered to realizing the full truth of how much I mattered to
the God who created me & realizing the relationship that He wanted with me. Jesus
is my freedom & because of what He’s done in my life, people in my family are
realizing their worth. In the past year, three of my five sisters were baptized & the
best part is that Jesus isn’t done yet! Life from death, beauty from ashes, purpose
lifted out of the pit. The resurrected King has resurrected me and life has never
been better.

 

Mrs. Reba Land
Social Media Coordinator

I am a Florida girl…born and raised. Which makes no sense because I actually hate hot weather!!! I would totally rather be farther north getting cooler weather and actual seasons! I know, I know…very strange!!

I currently live in High Springs, a little town outside of Gainesville. But I was raised in Lake City. My dad was an associate pastor during my later teenage years. My heritage runs very deep in the church, my family is full of pastors and worship leaders and church goers. And for all of that I am very grateful!!

I got married in 1993, right after high school and I have one son, 15 years old. I’m a stay at home mom, but I have my B.S. degree from the University of Florida in advertising. I also went back to school and have my teaching certificate, grades K-6. But, my life right now revolves around sports and beginning the college hunt!! And I love every minute of it!

I love my church, Destiny Community Church in Newberry. I’m very active in our women’s ministry and sing on our praise team. I help plan women’s events and have led a couple of Bible studies. My desire is to see women grow in confidence in the calling God has on their life. No calling is insignificant.

Camille Fontenot
Community Assistant

Camille is a member of several bible studies and is in the process of beginning to lead a study. She was raised as a Catholic Christian believer and has mentored a couple Confirmation candidates. She has just begun to dig much deeper into the Word and loves sharing her passion for Christ with other women.

Though she is degreed in Organizational Communications and Marketing, Camille is currently servicing agents in an insurance community in Baton Rouge. Additionally, she is expanding her career options through current dental assisting schooling. Although she is highly educated and still finding her way, she loves her creative abilities that the Lord provided in arts and writing. She also enjoys travelling and seeing God’s beautiful creations as well as relaxing in a book or biking or running in nature. She is currently a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denham Springs, LA.

Yesenia Alferez
Creative Assistant

Yesenia Alferez is originally from Mexico. She currently resides in Anaheim, California with her husband Martin.

Education

She has some college that she completed in the first year. 

Ministry Service

Yesenia Alferez has ministry experience in; Children’s Ministry Lead, Teen Ministry Leader, Worship (supportive vocalist), Bible study leader, and Volunteered for VBS.

 

Bailey Walton
Editorial Coordinator

Bailey Walton currently resides in Alabama.

Education

She is currently studying social work at Troy University,

Ministry Service

Bailey Walton attends Destiny Community Center. She is also a writer.

 

Chelsea Gamble
Assistant

Hi everyone! My name is Chelsea Gamble. I am originally from Tupelo, MS, but the good Lord took me to Nashville, TN where I moved to be with my husband. We have been married for two years, and although we do not have children yet, our yorkshire terrier makes us feel like we do! 🙂

I grew up dealing with severe anxiety, and it had come to the point to where it had made me physically ill. It wasn’t until my childhood friend took me to church on Wednesday nights and I let God into heart. From there my entire life changed.

With a passion to write, I became a life-blogger five years ago, and became the founder of A Whole Lot of Jesus last May. Growing AWLOJ has built an amazing and even stronger relationship with our Lord, and I couldn’t be happier.

During the past year, God has called me out of my comfort zone, and I started speaking with small groups and family in Church devotionals. I have also been blessed with the opportunity of doing LIVE videos and teaching the Word of God on social media.

Heather Baxter

Heather became ordained on August 2012 as a Womens teaching Pastor. Her ordination has been her marked moment in life to keep pressing toward the high calling in this life. After a decade of leading women’s studies, mentorship and more in her home and local churches. God nudged her to move her calling forward and outward. HB MINISTIRES was launched in 2012. A ministry that travels and partners with other ministries and ministry events to inspire women in all seasons of life while building the faith.

She is a rising young author and speaker. She wrote and published her first Womens study in 2015 called RUN: Believe, Behold & Become all God has purposed for you. She currently continues to lead mini studies that she writes in her home church Northridge and many local churches. Her growing You Tube channel is also a great tool for communities to come together and do her mini studies or listen to an inspirational devotion!

Heather is currently writing and working on her second book called ALLURE. The study will help others realize that God is drawing them daily into His will for their life. She is excited to partner with Zondervan publishing with this project. Heathers speaking topics are relevant and real. She is convinced that God uses every detail in her season to provide illustrations for His timeless truths for all women. Heather resides in Livonia, Michigan with Her three children Benjamin 20, Brittani 17 and Alivia 15. She has been married for 21 years to her love and ministry partner, Daniel.

Heather’s personal desire and passion is to see other women experience freedom from their bondage of guilt, shame and fear. She wants to INVIGORATE every lady to breath in the vision God has for them in every season of life so they can RUN TO WIN. For more of how her story and calling unfolded grab a copy of her RUN book. Her marriage crisis, shame from abortion and low self worth in her days before she collided with faith will encourage all to see that what the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good in order to bring about this present result!

 

Megan Bottom
Trisha Burky

Meet Trisha Burky. She doesn’t have life figured out, and she’s not afraid to admit it. Trisha is married to Dennis, and together they have 4 amazing children. They are church planters, and Trisha is also a writer and speaker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is a licensed independent social worker, specializing in the areas of foster care and adoption. Due to her life experiences, Trisha is passionate about helping those who have experienced trauma also experience healing, particularly in the areas of mental health, divorce, grief and loss, blended families, racial injustice, marriage and parenting. She knows through firsthand experience, healing can begin when we start to hold authentic conversations about some of life’s biggest struggles. Trisha is passionate about living life authentically, and inspiring others to do the same.  She recently published her first book, 40 Days, a devotional, where she writes with raw authenticity about some of her darkest life moments, but also of the insurmountable hope that can be found in Jesus.

Ms. Andrea Castillo

Andrea is originally from Guatemala but currently resides in Boston, Ma since 2006.

 

Education

She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Global Studies, and Minor in Human Resources from Salem State University.

 

Ministry Service

Andrea currently attends Congregation Lion of Judah. She served in the Royal Rangers Ministry and Sunday Bible School through high school and college. She currently hosts a women’s bible study, teaches Sunday School (1st and 2nd grade), and she serves with the young adults leadership team.

Mrs. Lauren Joy Clark

My name is Lauren Clark and I live in Dallas, TX with my hot hubby, 6 dogs and 1 horse. Like so many little girls, I had an infatuation with these majestic big animals – horses.  I started riding when I was 5 years old and was hooked immediately. Having a horse of my own was always a dream.  That dream became a reality when at 28, I was given my first horse. My horse is a buckskin paint, Quarter horse and is 10 years old.  His name is Bert and “NO” we are not getting another horse and naming him “Ernie”. God uses adventures with my horse to reveal His “Unbridled” love for each of us and I am following His leading by writing these adventures!

Tracy Cooper

From former teen mom to teen mentor and former couch potato to half marathoner, Tracy Cooper knows firsthand how God makes all things new. By His grace, she earned a BA in English from Temple University and later a MEd from Grand Canyon University. She is currently working as a high school English teacher. Unexpectedly, devastating back condition diagnosed in 2016 ended her running career. This left her questioning God and feeling defeated. Out of the physical and emotional pain of that injury, her passion for writing was stirred anew after many years of being overshadowed by the demands of work, school and family. She launched her blog Earl Grey and Yellow in April of 2016 and has yet again found that the pain of life becomes beauty for ashes when placed in God’s hands. Happily married since 1995 to her husband Ken, she is the blessed mom of two daughters and a son, aged 25, 11 and 6. She loves Earl Grey tea, camping, hiking, gardening, reading while on the porch swing and dreaming of what God has next for her.

Ami Coote

Ami Coote is the mother of a boy who is passionate about animals and building things. The wife to one video-game playing husband, she spends her days trying to survive the numbers that surround her at work. By night she’s a homework checking, Bible-reading, blog-writing woman with a passion for encouraging others to dig into the word of God.

Ami invites her readers to run their own race of faith – no matter what it looks like. God created unique individuals who serve Him in various ways.

You can read more from Ami at www.Hebrews12Endurance.com . You may also connect with her on Twitter , Facebook and Pinterest.

Ms. Jennifer Dutton

Jennifer is head over heels in love with Jesus! She was born and raised in Chino, California but has spent the last 2 years living on the plains in Auburn, Alabama. She currently resides in Frisco, Texas.

Education

She received her BS in Kinesiology from California Baptist University and her MED in Exercise Science from Auburn University. (War Eagle!)

 

Ministry Service

Jennifer first experienced a relationship with Jesus at Church of the Highlands, but has since moved to Texas and is attending Hope Fellowship. She is a small group leader, student ministries leader, and a prayer warrior!

Mrs. Amber Elliot

My name is Amber Elliott. I am a mother of two girls, I have my Full Specialist License and am a business owner, a student studying aquaculture and wildlife biology. My husband and I have also completed our marriage mentorship program. I love encouraging younger couples (even older) that transparency is key!
I strive to lead a life of a Proverbs 31 woman, but honestly, I fail sometimes. But I never give up. I want to influence my readers to keep faith and know that we are all fighting the good fight. You are NOT alone. When I write I pray it inspires and sparks authenticity.

 

Mrs. Elizabeth Even
My name is Elizabeth Even and I became a believer when I was 8 years old. I grew up going
to church and loved it. As a teenager, I loved my youth group and was very involved. When I
went away to university, my faith became even stronger. I was no longer relying on my
parents or my friends. My reliance came from Jesus and the relationship I had with him.
Right now, my family are missionaries in South Africa. We work for an organization called J-
Life. My husband, David and I have been married 20 years. We have 3 children and one
children-in- law. Andrew and Elizabeth live in Arkansas and are expecting their first baby in
August. It’s our first grandchild and we are super excited. Matthew, 18, and Grace,16, live
with us in South Africa. Since becoming a missionary in 2008 (I was a pharmacist before), my
faith has grown. There have been times when I questioned what God was doing in my life
and in the life of my family, but never did my faith waver. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior
which means to me that I have a relationship with Him and my sins are forgiven and I live in
grace.

Anicka Edwards
Meghan Griffiths
Ashley Hallman

Ashley Hallman lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; with her husband Tim and their daughter Sofia.

Education

She has an Associates degree in healthcare administration

Ministry Service

Ashley Hallman attends Life Church in NW OKC. She is a writer and she is a Creative Assistant with Daughters of the Deep. 

 

Ms. April Hargrove

I am from
     the charming south where people smile as you pass by and strangers become friends

I am from
    a military town, different faces…people always coming and going, to and from different places


I am from
  small country towns, grandma’s homemade potato salad, Smithfield’s BBQ, biscuits with lots of butter, and the smell of bacon that wakes you up in the morning


I am from
  small baptist churches from down the street….from ‘can’t nobody do me like Jesus’ gospel music


I am from
   diversity…from guitars and come as you are….from unity and jean Sunday, every Sunday
where whiteblackasianafrican are 1 race and worship as such


I am from
  ‘put her in dance because she’s so hyper’, tutus and first dance recitals
from pirouettes and love of Alvin Ailey, from dreams of being a Prima Ballerina in Paris
from a little girl twirling in the twilight of her living room….dreaming


I am from Africa;
   slavery and struggle
I am from Europeans and  Native Americans…a merging of cultures


I am from
a German man who picked up and left his home for a new start

I am from lost stories, and records; a sea of unknown roots
I am from a God who knows the beginning of me, and the end of me.


I am from
abuse, but also redemption


I am from lost courage that regained its strength and thrives in me

Heather Hoerst
Heather Hoerst is the founder of Real Life Moms, a ministry devoted to equipping Moms with confidence in who Christ created them to be.  Her dream for this ministry started several years ago when God placed on her heart the need to be “Real.”  As God worked in her life after years of Bible Study, she realized there were many others experiencing the same difficulties. She leaped out of her comfort zone and started Real Life Moms.  Her message originated from her mess, and sparked the passion to lead Moms on a journey of being real. 

She loves teaching God’s Word and the amazing freedom that can be experienced when security is rooted in Christ.  She is a blogger, writer, and speaker who desires to see Moms live real, confident and faithful lives.  She is a contributing writer to Lifeway’s Journey Magazine and enjoys speaking at Mom/Women’s events.

Heather resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two boys.  Her family loves sports and one of her favorite things to do is cheer her much-loved players on.    When she has a spare moment a good run or a good book fills the silence. 

For more information on Real Life Moms, check out Heather’s website at www.RealLifeMoms.org

Brooke Johnson

I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. The wide open spaces motivate me to breathe deeper and run farther than I think possible. One of my greatest joys is loving on my niece and two nephews. They remind me how great it is to be a kid again.

I earned my B.A. Secondary Education English degree from Wichita State University & my M.L.A. Literature degree from Baker University. I teach high school English Language Arts and ESL students in an urban district. My job allows me to support students as they each continually learn, try new skills, fall in love with reading and write in new ways they once thought impossible.

I have experience in leading high school, college age, and women’s bible studies, small groups, and discipleship relationships. I am also encouraged each time I teach and speak at retreats focused on teenage girls. I am a contributor of a chapter in the book Valiant Men Valued Women: A Small Book of Truths for Every Man & Every Woman by Ryan McCoskey. Using story and scripture to write and teach simultaneously excites me and humbles me.  

Angie Kutzer

“Inspire” is the single most important action that Angie Kutzer strives to live out every day.   Her passion is to inspire others in ways that will enhance their enjoyment of life.   Angie has a deep desire to help people make positive life choices, learn to persevere through life’s inevitable challenges, and to know the deep and personal, life-changing, power of true forgiveness.

Angie started FromMyLifeToYourHeart ministries in 2015, in order to share her faith and life with others.  She has a Blog about Christianity and Motherhood, is an Author, Freelance Writer, and Public Speaker.

Living in rural North Dakota with her husband, two sons, farm cat, and many deer, wild turkeys, and pheasant; and finds her inspiration from being in God’s beautiful creation!   Angie sings in her church’s worship band and teaches women’s group Bible studies often.  Her favorite times of day are any time spent snuggling with her boys, and those 2 a.m. conversations with God that lead her to get up, sit down at her desk, and write feverishly until dawn.

Brittanie Latorilla

Brittanie Latorilla – Miscarriage and rejection survivor  – 3 John 2 “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

Mrs. Emily Littleton

Emily Littleton was born and raised in her favorite city, St. Louis, Missouri. She sees life as an adventure as she navigates parenting two boys with her husband.

Emily attends The Crossing in St. Louis.  While her husband helps to pastor the Church, she gets to be the ultimate volunteer.  Her heart is with her youth girls but she can also be found serving on the worship team and writing curriculum and teaching every now and then in various places around the church.

Emily started writing just to remember the milestones in her boys’ lives but found that God teaches her through her writing as she processes through everyday life as a mom, wife, and neighbor in this ever changing world.

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Child of God. Follower of Jesus. Wife to Brian. Mama to Brooke and Georgia. Writer. Speaker. Ministry leader. Encourager. Lover of all tote bags. Ice cream enthusiast. Dream chaser. Mentor.

These are just a few of the labels Amanda wears in her daily life.  Amanda makes her home in North Carolina and loves that she can get to the beach and the mountains all within a few hours. She is on fire for the Lord and loves speaking and ministering to teens and women.  Amanda is a women’s ministry leader, Bible study teacher, and Acteens leader. She enjoys speaking to women’s groups and is passionate about women discovering their God-given gifts and calling. She also writes and has a blog called Give Her Grace, where she encourages women in their faith walk.   

When she’s not wearing the hat of ministry leader or writer, Amanda finds solace and a lot of laughter in her sweet husband Brian.  They have two amazing little girls, Brooke (4), and Georgia (2). Life is busy and full, but there is nothing Amanda enjoys more than meeting with women and talking to them about Jesus. You can read Amanda’s blog, Give Her Grace at http://givehergrace.blogspot.com

Julianna Mathers

Julianna Mathers is a speaker, writer, and ladies Bible study teacher who is passionate about encouraging women.  She has instructed little girls, teens, and adult women for the past 20 years through discipleship, Sunday school, and in-depth ladies Bible study. Along with her husband, she has co-taught couples and hosted a life group in her home for five years. She’s had the privilege of sharing her miracle adoption and mothering stories with hundreds of women through speaking events. 

With her relatable, poignant and funny style, she loves to challenge, dream with and draw women into a deeper knowledge of scripture and a more intimate relationship with the Lord.   

Julianna graduated from the University of Virginia and spent 11 years working in corporate America before becoming a wife and mom.  She is married to Dwight Mathers, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain and is the mother of two wonderful adopted children.  In her free time she loves decorating and re-decorating her home, cooking big messy meals, writing about God’s lavish grace, and exploring blogging.  Julianna and her family have recently relocated to Dallas, TX where she is a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church.  She is also active in Bible study with Riverstone Ministries, a ministry centered around her neighborhood. 

Mrs. Jennifer McAndrews

Mrs. Jennifer McAndrews is from Indianapolis. She currently resides in Westfield, Indiana,  with her husband Patrick with their children Maggie, Mairin, and Molly Kate.

Education

She has her Master’s in Elementary Ed/Reading Inst.- Ball State U. undergrad- Elementary and Special Ed- Butler University.  

Ministry Service

Mrs. Jennifer McAndrews attends Grace Community Church. She is a Bible Study Leader, Sunday School teacher, and a writer.   

Mrs. Resealia McKinney

Hey girlfriends, I’m Resealia.  I think I’m the only one you’ll ever meet. I’m often asked if my name has any meaning.  It doesn’t.  My dad creatively named me using partly his name and his mother’s name.

I am a happy wife to my husband of almost fourteen years.  I am Mama to Reese Madison.  Although I may never lay eyes on her sweet face again here on earth; I’m confident I will see my sweet angel again.  I am a soon-to-be mama in whatever way God chooses to fulfill this desire of my heart. 

As a counselor by profession, I have a special interest in Marriage and Family Therapy.   I enjoy learning, teaching, speaking, writing and encouraging through my work and ministry opportunities.  My favorite ministry opportunities are to minister hope and healing to women and marriages.

I love all things feminine and great authentic conversation (no pretenses).  Discussions with real down-to-earth women refresh me.  I especially enjoy women who aren’t afraid to live life out loud and open themselves to community.  Transparency, in my opinion is a gift to any relationship.

I cherish Sunday naps after an awesome meal.  Italian and Southern cuisine rank high on my list of food preferences.   I am trying to watch my carb intake and I’m slowly learning what all the ‘clean eating’ craziness is all about!  I’m not a coffee girl, but I love tea!  That hug in a cup speaks my love language.

I can go on and on about my likes/dislikes, etc.  But at the end of the day, it’s not what really matters. What matters most is the honor I’ve been given to be a part of His story (the Gospel of Jesus Christ).  You won’t find me in the Bible, but He has made my story relevant; just as real.  A living epistle of sorts for those in my sphere of influence to read.  A story that teaches me hard lessons and can teach others.  To strengthen, to hope, to live life for Him. 

I love the opportunity to write monthly for this awesome community of women, Daughters of the Deep.  I can’t wait to see all God is going to do through this ministry!

I also blog at my personal blog, The Heart Spa, www.theheartspa.blogspot.com.

Mrs. Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller is a personal and spiritual growth coach, also known as a Christian life coach. Her coaching ministry, Butterfly Beginnings partners with women who are ready to transform into the person God has called them to be! Learn more about her ministry and blog  at http://www.butterflybeginnings.net. The aim of her writing is to encourage women and challenge them to grow closer to God and in community with each other. Her heart’s desire is Hebrews 10:24, And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Stephanie is the mother to two adorable golden doodle pups, the wife of a busy army dentist, and an uprooted Buckeye transplanted in the “deep south”.

She serves at her local church as a pastoral caregiver, small group leader, and discipleship coach. When she is not chasing her dogs around or writing or reading, she enjoys coffee or lunch with friends, being active outdoors and baking.

The verse that changed her life is Jeremiah 29:11, unsure of what her purpose was after moving away from family and starting a new life, this verse gave her hope and promise that God has kept to her by empowering her to boldly step out of her comfort zone to encourage others through her writing and coaching. You can also follow her on https://www.facebook.com/stephaniemillercoach.

Sue Moore
Sue Moore resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband of 29 years, Michael. They have been blessed with four sons. Joseph is 25, Terrence, 23, Eric, 21 and Jack, 13. The Moore family is rounded out with their 4 dogs and a cat. 
Sue attended Canisius College and the State University of NY at Buffalo. Family is a priority for Sue and she devotes a great deal of time to being a mom and wife. 
As a child Sue loved being by her fathers side volunteering at church fish frys, barbecues, grounds clean up days and attending Sunday School and serving as an acolyte. Those endearing memories paved the way for her love and passion for community in church; particularly with children, the elderly and neighbors in need. Sue is a 12 year member of Assurance UMC and has been a long time Children’s Ministry servant, VBS Leader, Glue Glitter and God Art Camp Leader as well as Room In the Inn volunteer. Sue spends her holidays volunteering for Salvation Army Angel Tree and enjoys helping bring the joy and miracle of the season to those who need it most. 
Aside from spending time with family and church activities, Sue enjoys writing, photography, painting, cooking gardening and her newest adventure-sewing. 
Karen Peeler

Karen Peeler is from Jasper, Alabama. She currently resides in Sherwood, Arkansas with her husband Calvin.

Education

She has her Bachelors in Psychology and a Minor in Christian Counseling.

Ministry Service

Karen Peeler attends New Life Church. She is Co-founder of WOVEN. She is a writer, speaker, and intercessor.

 

Mrs. Erin Olson

Erin Olson’s primary job as a homemaker consists of serving her husband, Scott, her three children, and three Havanese pups. She volunteers in the women’s and children’s ministries, teaches Bible study, and is the Director of the Pastors’ Class Bible Fellowship class at her church, Prestonwood Baptist Church. She also leads a women’s Bible study in her neighborhood. She is a conference and luncheon speaker for groups ranging from students to senior adults. There are many ministries, missionaries, and children in the United States and around the world that have a piece of her heart and support.

Erin launched her blog, Sandalfeet Ministries, January 2012 (sandalfeet.org). She is also a contributing writer on several Christian blogs. Erin is the author of two books: a 10-week Bible study, Forgiveness – Unforgiveness: Revealed Through Your Fruits and a devotional, Sit at His Feet: Choose What is Better. She has several more books in the works. In addition to her writing, Erin has a ministry podcast available on iTunes (Sandalfeet Ministries).

Before staying at home with her children, Erin worked as a corporate/intellectual property paralegal for large firms and corporations for close to a decade.

Erin has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University (Denver, CO) and a master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (Lynchburg, VA). She is also an Ordained Minister. Erin and her family reside in Dallas, TX.

A.Rae Nye
Hello, nice to meet ya! I am A.Rae Nye. I have a huge heart for Jesus. I am a wearer of many hats and a follower of the Holy Spirit! Where He leads I go. I am in this life to serve Him and I enjoy the journey and adventures He takes me on.
My family will all tell you I’m a bit on the weird side. My husband Daniel is the love of my life! We met in preschool and got engaged in high school. I am blessed to be the mamma of three exuberant boys: Digger, Monkey, and BamBam. Everyday they show me how to love and live deeper.
I am involved in many ministries but my heart is for hurting women. I am also training with Actors Models and Talent for Christ to be a performer and to serve in the media industry as a missionary shining a light in a dark place.
My motto for 2017 is to live life big because my God is bigger. Start right where you are and see where he takes you!
Victoria Riollano

My name is Victoria Riollano. However, I love to call myself Victory! I am a mother of five beautiful children and a proud military spouse! Go Coast Guard! Although I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia I currently reside in the Washington, DC area. 

          As a preacher’s granddaughter,  I grew up as no stranger to basic Christian ideas. However, I truly spent many years confused about who God was and what it meant for me. At the age of 19, I accepted Christ and was baptized at Church of The Harvest International. Since then, I have served as assistant youth minister, middle school coordinator, MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) assistant coordinator, and more! My most rewarding ministry  experiences have been serving alongside my husband, Joseph as a youth minister and helping to start a brand new church called Relentless! I currently serve as an office administrator and worship leader at Relentless DC.

       In addition to my work in ministry, I have made education a priority in my life. I have attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Developmental Psychology and a Master’s in Child and Adolescent Psychology. I love learning about personality and behavior and recognizing how God created us all so intricately unique. This love has helped to become a Psychology professor at Toccoa Falls College. In addition, I have found a true love for speaking to local mom’s groups, and ministering to churches in the DC area through worship.

        My true passion is that every person I encounter experiences the love of Christ. I believe that God’s desire is that every person become one who can walk in true victory. The defeated life that is lonely, confused, and lackluster is not for those who know who they are in Christ. My hope is that each moment of inspiration that the Lord gives me for this page will be to help YOU realize that you are victorious. And when you begin to walk in victory in your life, you can’t help but tell the world! He has delivered me from being depression, suicidal thoughts, fear, and so much more…His  love for me makes it impossible to keep quiet! This is why I have a passion for writing. This is the Lord’s unique way of allowing me to tell the world of His great love! 

Miss Brianna Rogers

My name is Brianna Rogers, I go by Brianna Nicole (briannanicollle) on all of my social medias. I am 21 years old and I enjoy hiking, listening to music, writing, and hanging out with friends. I am a YouTuber, blogger, and of course I am so in love with my savior.

My favorite book of the Bible is probably John, or Colossians, Or Nehemiah, or all three. But, Nehemiah is my favorite person in the Bible. I have two life verses, and the first one is Colossians 3:3, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” The second one is, John 11:4, “When He heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that the Son may be glorified through it.””   

I have been a Christian my whole life, but it didn’t become real until last year. I have struggled with anxiety and depression my whole life, in high school I struggled with a self harm and starving myself addictions. I am two years clean, and fully loving Christ. I am learning that people aren’t perfect and they will hurt you, but all that hurt will bring me closer to the One who will never hurt me.

Self love, seeing yourself the way that God sees you is such an important thing to me. Which is why I created PlayOnInfinity, my blog. (www.playoninfinity.com) I am using it to reach girls who don’t feel loved and who don’t see them as the beautiful creations they are.

I love writing and I really hope to write a few books in my life if it’s in God’s plan.

Ms. Mary Roth

Mary leads a busy life with an active 8-year old son, two grand-kids, Windsor, 18 months, and Charlotte, four months, and four older children who now call their own houses “home”. She is a PK (preacher’s kid) and doesn’t remember a time when her family’s door wasn’t open to all who needed encouragement, a meal, a bed, or someone to love on them. Mary strives to emulate her precious parents’ example and will move mountains to help the “least of these” and to follow Jesus’ model of servant hood.

Throughout her journey with Christ, she has had several roles of leadership in her church. Teaching is her passion and she has led studies for the women’s’ ministry and written curriculum for youth Bible studies. Mary plays keyboards and sings for her church’s worship team and is blessed to encourage the body through song.

Along with working in her church, Mary has a heart for adoption. As she was adopted at age 2, God continues to lay on her heart the mandate to care for His children. Her 8 year-old, Micah, is adopted from Ethiopia, Africa, and joined her family at age 8 months. She has spoken at adoption events and hosted Compassion International fairs to speak for the orphaned and weak. Her heart for Africa has taken her there twice where she led Bible studies at a children’s camp with hundreds of kids in a rural village. She had the opportunity to train local village women in how to teach, use local resources, and develop children’s ministries.

Mary teaches 6th grade at a local public school and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education and curriculum. She’s currently working on her first book, detailing her struggles and triumphs with depression and mental illness. She attends Heart of Life church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Katie Sanders

Katie and her husband are active members of Word of Truth Fellowship church, established in 2017. Katie is the founder of Mess and Mercy Ministries, an online blog and small group study website. Katie also works collaboratively with her pastor to be as involved as possible with her local church. Katie leads an online small group study on her ministry page on Tuesdays, and small group study in their home every other Thursday night. Katie graduated high school early at 17 years old and immediately went to nursing school, graduating with an Associate’s Degree in nursing in 2011, and has worked as an ER/ICU nurse since. Katie has always had a passion for nursing until she re-dedicated her life to Christ. Not having grown up with a strong biblical background, Katie come to find her faith through trials.  After coming to know Jesus in such an intimate way, she felt she was called to ministry to spread the Word of God to everyone she could possible reach by way of writing, speaking, and building friendships. She has a heart for people and all things Jesus, and wants nothing more than people to know the love and forgiveness of God. Katie is a lover of puppies, pizza, and all things coffee. When she is not working as an RN, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five children. While Katie still works as a RN currently, she cannot wait for the perfect timing of God’s “send” to His calling over her life so she can work full time in ministry! Until then, Katie patient awaits God’s will over her life in a small town in Mississippi.  

Crystal Scott
Crystal is an inspiring Christian writer and speaker, who loves serving God by helping others learn to trust and rely on God. Crystal states, “I love being able to encourage women to trust God and to truly listen for His voice in their own lives, but I know I cannot do that on my own that is why I let God lead me and give me the strength to be able to carry out His will for my life.” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Philippians 4:13, is Crystal‘s life verse and she lives by that verse. Without the strength that God provides her on a daily basis, she would not be able to accomplish what God has called her to do.
Crystal is a stay at home mom who enjoys homeschooling her three daughters, Marissa, Rebekah, and Chelsey and she has three stepsons, Aaron and daughter-in-love Brea, Eric and daughter-in-love Cheyenne, and Daniel, . She has been married for 19 years to Tim, and they enjoy raising their family in a loving, Christ-centered home. They enjoy family game nights, movie nights, and all other family activities and they enjoy monthly date nights, that allow them the time to focus on keeping the marriage alive. Crystal is a Lay Pastor and leads a group of volunteers at her church.
Mrs. Tamar Sloane

Tamar and her husband host a weekly life group on Friday that has been hosting most members for 7 plus years.  Additionally, she leads a women’s study, a Self-Confrontation group and writes the devotional social media posts for the Church.  Throughout her time as a follower of Jesus, Tamar has been active on Worship Teams and in Children’s Ministries.  She began writing women’s studies in 2013 (while part of a church plant group), launched her ministry (TSM) in 2015 and taught her first retreat (RELEVANT-Park City, UT) in 2016.  In 2017, Tamar will teach the WHEN Retreat series and a multi-lingual Spanish retreat (CONSIDER—Salt Lake City, UT).  Ultimately, Tamar’s ministry focus is first and foremost Christ, and her passion is to present and unadulterated Bible focused message.   In the public arena, Tamar published her first full-length narrative/expository teaching and a ten-day Advent Devotional in 2016.  2017 marks the year of publication for two additional Bible-based narratives/expositions.  

Though she is a licensed school administrator in the state of Utah, Tamar is an educator serving children in a Title I institution on the west side of SLC.  Her resume speaks of degrees in vocal music, education, and ample post graduate education.  She is an avid reader of more than 50 books a year on average (including the Bible from beginning to end). Along with her family, Tamar is an active member of a non-denominational Christian Church in Salt Lake City, UT.

Annie Thomson
Laurie Thomas

I am a Jesus follower.  i am a wife, mother, homemaker, and event planner.   My name is Laurie and I have always loved words; written words, spoken words, single words and words strung together… word pictures.  Words have the power to encourage and words about Jesus speak life.  I write to share my faith, my personal walk with Jesus – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

My husband (Dan) and I have been married nearly 20 years.  We battled infertility for 10 years and anyone who’s been in that battle knows how many ways it can go.  All the questions, struggles, tests, and doctors’ visits. The casualties – all that must be endured, not to mention the finances, the losses, the emotional toll, and scheduled “relations” which can only impact a relationship, a heart, an individual.  In all that I realized it’s not “the” story but part of “THE” story.

Our boy/girl twins are 10.  They love Jesus.  He loves football, Tim Tebow and has a heart for missions.  She loves dancing, singing, and art.  She serves her little heart out and loves quiet time with God. They are also challenging and stretch us every single day.   We are doing our best to raise them to know God, hopefully building them a solid foundation – and only God knows who they will become – as before, that is not “the” story but part of “THE” story.

I just turned 38 this year and feel as though I have lived many lifetimes in these short years.  I have so many words to share and I know there will be much more to come… More of “the” story to write – Part of “THE” story, “HIS” story.  My hope is that I draw women closer to Him and encourage women to find their very best selves.

Leila Tualla

Leila Tualla is a Filipino American writer, poet, and Christian author. She is a 2 time Preeclampsia Survivor and Advocate, and blogs about “Life after Preeclampsia,” at www.tuallaleila.blogspot.com. After her second baby, Leila had postpartum depression. She is thankful that her family and those who supported her, stood with her and helped pull her out of her darkness. Her faith in Christ was, and continues to be, her daily lifeline. Leila is humbled and grateful for God’s saving Grace.

When she’s not writing about her Preeclampsia or postpartum journey, or chasing after her tiny miracle bosses, she can also be found buried in books. Leila reads various novels throughout the year and her book reviews can be found at www.leilatualla.com.

Beth Walker
Mrs. Hannah Whitaker

Hannah Whittaker is married to Daniel of 11 fantastic years. She is the mother to their 3 boys, 1 girl, and another on the way.

Education

Hannah has a BA in Early Childhood Education.

Ministry Service

She attends Connection Pointe Christian Church. She also is a meal maker and fill the gap-per. She also writes for www.ournourishedlife.com

Janie Winsell

Janie Winsell is a Christian author who lives in Tanner, Alabama with her spunky cat, Angelous. She’s been making up stories since she first learned to speak. Her free time is spent writing Contemporary Inspirational fiction, Romance, and Romantic Suspense. In 2014 she received her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. She is a member of ACFW and active in the critique main loop. She enjoys writing about real Christians who, like her, are not perfect, but through God’s love and discipline, they learn the lessons needed to grow in their relationship with their Heavenly Father as well as with each other.

Mrs. J Young

Mrs. J Young currently resides in Greenwood, IN with her husband, Jason.

Education

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University, and works as a Digital Marketing Strategist for a technology firm.

Ministry Service

Mrs. J Young is a children’s book author and inspirational Christian writer. She has written columns, articles and papers for various publications for the past 17 years.
She,also, writes for the “Blingspiration” blog where she encourages tweens to fight for purity, identity, and wholesome romance.

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