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Kelly Arabie

Kelly Arabie 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.

She is a founding member of the Association for Women in Ministry Professions and served two terms on the AWMP board.

Kelly has enjoyed classical education with her two children. She and Tre also look forward to crawfish boils and whenever possible, beignets with café-au-lait.

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Lael Arrington

Lael writes and speaks about faith and culture and how God renews our vision and desire for Him and his Kingdom. She earned a master's degree (MAT) in the history of ideas from the University of Texas at Dallas, and has taught Western culture and apologetics at secular and Christian schools and colleges. Her long-term experience with rheumatoid arthritis and being a pastor’s wife has deepened her desire to minister to the whole person—mind, heart, soul and spirit. Lael has co-hosted a talk radio program, The Things That Matter Most, on secular stations in Houston and Dallas about what we believe and why we believe it with guests as diverse as Dr. Deepak Chopra, atheist Sam Harris and VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer. (Programs are archived on the website.) Lael has authored four books, including a March 2011 soft paper edition of A Faith and Culture Devotional (now titled Faith and Culture: A Guide to a Culture Shaped by Faith), Godsight, and Worldproofing Your Kids. Lael’s writing has also been featured in Focus on the Family and World magazines, and she has appeared on many national radio and television programs. Lael and her husband, Jack, now make their home in South Carolina.

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Beth Barron

Beth Barron and her husband have worked cross-culturally for 32 years, first in the Middle East and now in the U.S. She teaches English to refugees and has written and edited extensively for her cross-cultural agency. Beth enjoys writing, biking, vegetable gardening and connecting heart to heart with other women. She is involved in her church's women's ministry. She and her husband have three adult children.

Beth graduated from Rice University in Houston and is committed to life-long learning. She is currently enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary.

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PJ Beets

PJ Beets is passionate about encouraging women through the Scriptures and life to see the compassionate God who redeems the rejected by acceptance, the silenced by expression, the labored by grace, and the lonely by love in order to set them free to serve in His ordained place and way for them individually and corporately. She has served the Lord through Bible Study Fellowship and her home church in various capacities with women. Upon turning fifty, she sought the Lord on how He would have her finish well which began her journey at Dallas Seminary. She has a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Seminary and is a Doctor of Educational Ministry in Spiritual Formation student at Dallas Seminary. PJ is married to Tom, has three children, and one grandchild.

Sue Bohlin

Sue Bohlin is a speaker/writer and webmistress for Probe Ministries, a Christian organization that helps people to think biblically. She loves teaching women and laughing, and if those two can be combined, all the better. She also loves speaking for MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) and Stonecroft Ministries (Christian Women's Clubs) on the topic How to Handle the Things You Hate But Can't Change, based on her lifelong experience as a polio survivor.

She has a freelance calligraphy business in her home studio; hand lettering was her "Proverbs 31 job" while her children were young. Sue also serves on the board of Living Hope Ministries, a Christ-centered organization that helps people struggling with unwanted homosexuality and the family members of those with same-sex attractions.

Sue never met a cruise ship she didn't like, especially now that God has provided a travel scooter for getting around any ship! She is happily married to Dr. Ray Bohlin, writer and speaker on faith and science with Probe Ministries, and they have two grown sons. You can follow Sue on Twitter @suebohlin.

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Kay Daigle

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, , purposed to maximize the influence of women by providing resources to inspire and equip them to make a difference for Christ.

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.

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Amanda DeWitt  

Amanda is passionate about women, worship, and the Word. She loves sharing God’s story of redemption with others through writing, speaking, and leading worship at women’s shelters and conferences around the area. A native Texan, Amanda likes it so much here, she’s never left. She completed her bachelor’s at Dallas Baptist University and holds a M.A. in media and communication from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is currently working on her first book project and spends her Friday nights in the fall watching her husband coach high school football.

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Carol Dowsett

Carol Dowsett is a career missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators and a professional communications consultant, having worked for nearly 25 years in global communication leadership roles. She has served with agencies such as Wycliffe International, SIL International, Forum of Bible Agencies International, Bible League International, Christar, and the Well Community. She is a frequent teacher of Reflective Bible Studies and has been a lay leader of women's discipleship and prayer ministries in various churches. Her career has included conducting communications training in Asia, Africa, and Europe. An advocate to the Church for mental health awareness, she is a trained teacher for the Family-to-Family course, which is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and a support group leader with Mental Health Grace Alliance. With her family, she lived in Nairobi, Kenya for three years and now makes her home near Dallas, Texas. Married for nearly 40 years, she and Jim have four adult children and two grandchildren.

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Sue Edwards

Dr. Edwards is Assistant Professor of Christian Education (Specialization: Women's Studies) at Dallas Theological Seminary and holds degrees from Trinity University, DTS, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is the author of New Doors in Ministry to Women, A Fresh Model for Transforming Your Church, Campus, or Mission Field and Women's Retreats, A Creative Planning Guide. She has 30 years experience in Bible teaching, directing women's ministry, retreat and conference speaking, training teams and teachers, and writing curriculum. Married to David for 34 years, she especially enjoys extended family gatherings and romping with her four grandchildren.

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Sandra Glahn

Sandra Glahn, who holds a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and a PhD in The Humanities—Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas/Dallas, is an adjunct professor in Media & Worship and Pastoral Ministries DTS. She is also the editor of the school’s award-winning magazine, Kindred Spirit and is the author of the Coffee Cup Bible Series (AMG) for women, based on the NET Bible. Additionally, she is the author of Informed Consent, a medical suspense novel that explores bioethical issues. And she has co-authored seven other non-fiction and fiction works—including the CBA bestselling novel Lethal Harvest—relating to reproductive ethics. Having served for more than a decade as a women's Bible study teacher and ministry director, she currently teaches women’s Bible study at Centerpoint Church in Mesquite, Texas. You can follow this wife of one husband and mother of one child on Twitter @sandraglahn or on Facebook at Aspire2.

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Ann Golding

Ann Golding is a graduate of Baylor University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Ann has a passion for coming alongside others in times of grief and crisis and has written a curriculum titled “The Ministry of Presence” which she has been teaching since 2003. Ann has Clinical Pastoral Education training from Methodist Hospital System, Dallas; Victim Relief Chaplain’s Association Certification; Dallas Police Department Volunteer Chaplaincy training and has worked as a volunteer chaplain at DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplain’s Office. Ann also enjoyed several years in Bible Study Fellowship in various capacities. She has recently worked for RREACH ministries as a program developer and Global Proclamation Academy coordinator. Currently she is enjoying serving as the chair for Association of Women in Ministry Professions, and employing her passion at UTSW Clements Hospital as a volunteer chaplain.

Ann loves spending time with her family: husband Steve, son Garrett and wife Elizabeth, daughter Mallory and her husband Brian, and especially her first grandchild Quinn Rebecca.

Salma Gundi

American-born Salma Gundi (MBTS student, Dallas Theological Seminary), grew up in California miles from the Pacific Beaches.

She led a women's Bible Study for five years, and now leads a group for women who grew up in dysfunctional homes. Salma enjoys speaking at women's events, and is known by the catchphrase, "Stop faking the funk—start keeping it real." She hopes to continue ministering to women through writing, speaking, and teaching.

Salma came to saving faith in 1991 after a Creation vs Evolution debate. The (unofficial) black sheep of her family, she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Feather Ruffling. Her consanguineous relatives consume a strict vegetarian diet, and were it not for lobster with lemon butter sauce, she would do the same. Salma's husband is a marriage counselor, and DTS graduate.

In high school Salma was known as the Trigonometry-Geek-Varsity-Cheerleader. Thirty years later, Salma is known for prodding women towards authenticity by “keeping it real.”

The loves of her life include Jesus, her husband, and shea butter.

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Kelsey Hency

Kelsey Hency holds a Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. Between caring for her two small daughters, she schemes up ways to write and teach about the Bible and Christianity in culture. She happens to have strong affections for the places she and her family have called home–Arkansas, Texas, and London. So watch out for sentences that contain the words "cheeky" and "y'all.” Before attending seminary, Kelsey worked as an account planner at a Dallas-based advertising agency where she learned the art of story and the value of a great practical joke. She hopes to continue to spur others on to inextinguishable curiosity in Jesus.

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Christen Jacobs

Christen Jacobs

Christen Jacobs is a wife and mother of 2. She earned her Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2014. She has served as the youth coordinator at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas. She now serves as the Women’s Coordinator for Small groups and she is member of the leadership team for the Life on Life Women’s Bible Study.

She has a passion for exegetical teaching and has had the pleasure of speaking at various conferences as well as teaching Bible classes.

Christen’s ministry passion is empowering women to be curious readers of the word of God. She also has a strong emphasis in engaging generational and cultural differences, as she has a background in missions traveling extensively in Asia, and Latin America. She enjoys writing her blog, cooking, dancing and cuddling up with her family and Netflix.

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Gwynne Johnson

Gwynne Johnson currently serves on the Board of Entrust, Inc., an international education and training mission where she authored the Entrust curriculum, Developing a Discerning Heart. She recently served as Co-Chair of the training project, Christian Women in Partnership, Russia and as Senior Director of Women's Ministry at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. Gwynne has a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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Kelley Mathews

Kelley Mathews (Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is a former women’s ministry leader who currently stays home with her three young children. In her “spare” time, she works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dallas Seminary, writes articles, and edits for a variety of ministry publications and web sites. She has partnered with Sue Edwards to coauthor Mixed Ministry, Women’s Retreats, and New Doors in Ministry to Women.

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Melanie Newton

Melanie Newton specializes in training women for Lifestyle Disciplemaking. Melanie has already equipped several hundred women representing more than 30 churches with the tools for disciplemaking in their everyday lives. Disciplemaking is a lifestyle, not a program. She likes to tell women to "Share the Spark." Melanie writes Joyful Walk Bible Studies for women that are consistently downloaded worldwide from her own website — melanienewton.com — as well as from bible.org. Her latest works are Graceful Beginnings Bible Studies for New-to-the-Bible Christians. When she’s not training women for disciplemaking, Melanie likes to write new disciplemaking resources, disciple new Christians and create science lessons for children that illustrate biblical truth. Melanie is married to Ron, loves to be outside in her garden, and enjoys her yearly fix of boiled crawfish.

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Gail Seidel

Gail Seidel served as Mentor Advisor for Spiritual Formation in the Department of Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and currently is an Adjunct Professor in the D Min in Spiritual Formation in the D Min Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has a BA in English from the University of Texas, a Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Seminary and a D Min in Spiritual Formation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is a contributor to the textbook, Foundations of Spiritual Formation, Kregel Academic. She served as co-director for Christian Women in Partnership Russia with Entrust, an international church leadership-training mission. She and her husband Andy live in Fredericksburg, Texas. They have 2 married children and 6 delightful and energizing grandchildren--Kami, Kourtney, Katie, Mallory, Grayson, and Avery.

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Tiffany Stein

Tiffany is the Women's Ministry Coordinator at Irving Bible Church, and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. A proud, native Texan, she and her husband, Jason, live in Grapevine, Texas. She is passionate about advancing the God-given value of women and helping women to embrace their unique identity in Christ. She serves as a board member for the Association for Women in Ministry Professionals (AWMP) and served for the past 3 years on the leadership team for Polish Ministries, a ministry dedicated to helping young professional women connect their faith with their career.

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Raquel Wroten

Raquel Wroten (MAMC, Dallas Theological Seminary) was born in McAllen, Texas but has lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area most of her life. Raised by a single mother, Raquel grew up knowing the meaning of diversity, creativity, and chaos through her four brothers and three sisters. The greatest gift she ever received came from her mother who taught her that living as a believer doesn’t mean perfection, it means grace.

Raquel met her husband Rick at a church retreat in Oklahoma on a cold November weekend. They dated for a year and got married in June 1992. A couple of years later, Rick graduated with his ThM, and they welcomed Joshua. . .then Abby. . .and surprise, it’s Anna! Intermixing their cultures, the Wrotens have established a variety of traditions along with interesting combinations of food. Raquel believes that ministry begins at home so she finds new ways of serving those she calls her own. Raquel serves as editor of DTS Magazine and enjoys writing (in English, Spanish and Spanglish), cooking, coffee, education and serving up a feast for her friends and family.

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Karla Zazueta

Karla D. Zazueta is an architect-turned-discipleship-leader serving at Stonebriar Community Church (Spanish Ministries) in Frisco, Texas. She loves all things Guatemalan—coffee, cookies, and especially engagement rings. God used her itch for international travel to turn her surrendered single life into one of marriage and ministry. She sums up her and her husband’s love story in this way: “I got engaged in Guatemala to a Mexican I met in Israel.” Many countries visited and several years later, she is now a Spanish language student, Hispanic pastor’s wife, natural wellness teacher, writer, and mother to two furry felines.

Karla has a M.A. in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University. She is the author of Discipleship for Hispanic Introverts and was a featured contributor in the Fall 2015 Issue of DTS Magazine with the article, “From the Garden to the Garden: Tracing Our Sobremesa through the Bible.”

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