Tapestry Authors

Sara Alexander

Seventeen years ago, Sara's life was transformed from hardened and hopeless to full and free by the baffling and irresistible Jesus of Nazareth. She enjoys in-depth Bible study, snuggling with her newly awake children, and good British television. Sara has a degree in English literature from Dallas Baptist University and should have been born in the nineteenth century. Like one of her heroes, C.S. Lewis, there's not a cup of tea strong enough or a book long enough to suit her. Sara follows Christ in Durango, Colorado, with her pastor-husband, Rob, and their two children, Ani and Jude. She earnestly hopes that Jesus returns today!

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.

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.

Kay Daigle

Dr. Kay Daigle's mission is to teach God's word, train godly leaders, and to give vision and simplicity to ministry so that others are challenged to grow as vessels for God's use in this world. She loves to work with women and desires to help equip them as leaders wherever God places them. She served for ten years on staff at Northwest Bible Church and Prestonwood Baptist Church, both in the Dallas area, leading their women's ministries. Kay earned her M.A. in Christian Education with a focus on Women's Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Effective Ministries to Women. Her family includes her husband of more than thirty years, Gary, as well as their two grown children, Matt and Lindsay, and their son-in-law Tyler. Kay loves books, movies, and travel, as well as time with good friends! You can follow Kay on Twitter @kaydaigle.

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

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.

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.

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.

Jamie Lath

Jamie Lath is a middle child that has no baby picture without her older sister in it. Even with only two siblings, she grew up with family everywhere becuase all her aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and even second-cousins lived in her hometown. With forty people at her birthday parties (all relatives) and her sister in every picture, she knows a little about community, and it's everlastingness. This has brought most of her ministry focus into meeting people where they're at, listening closely (especially to those who feel voiceless and like no one is listening), and helping them find God's voice in the mix. Jamie graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas. Following a year of teaching English in China, she returned to the states to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. She received a Th.M. with a focus on Media Arts. Her background in the arts (ballet, writing, and acting) has given her an understanding of how creative expressions can give people a safe place to begin exploring how to use their voice and how it can touch hearts to hear God’s voice. She also blogs at I just called to say "Olive Juice."

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

Melanie Newton

Melanie Newton is an “everyday” kind of woman who has served her “ever faithful” God in whatever sphere He has placed her—family, church, homeschooling, MOPS. As a Louisiana girl who became Jesus’ disciple in college when introduced to His Word, her ministry passion since is to teach and lead others to an authentic, joyful relationship with Jesus Christ for themselves. Living joyfully is in her blood. As a speaker/writer, she loves to learn from God’s Word for herself then communicate God’s truth to others to make them think, especially concerning their identity in Christ and how to approach life His way. Through her 20-year involvement as a leader in women’s ministry at Crossroads Bible Church, Melanie has written many Bible study guides (available on Bible.org and her website) and presented insightful messages to large groups of women. Melanie’s also recruited, trained, and coached other women to become speakers, small group leaders, and disciplemakers of their own. She loves mentoring mothers of young children as they minister to their peers. Melanie is happily married to Ron, mother to Jennifer, John and Heather, and a connoisseur of boiled crawfish.

Gail Seidel

Gail Seidel, M.A.C.E., is Mentor Advisor for Spiritual Formation in the Department of Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). She received her Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Seminary and is pursuing a D Min in Spiritual Formation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is a contributor to a new textbook, Foundations of Spiritual Formation, Kregel Academic (forthcoming). She served as co-director for Christian Women in Partnership Russia and currently is a training facilitator for Womenʼs ministries with Entrust, an international church leadership training mission. She and her husband Andy have 2 married children and 6 delightful and energizing grandchildren--Kami, Kourtney, Katie, Mallory, Grayson, and Avery.

Laura Singleton

Laura Singleton’s passion is the transformation that happens when women get access to God’s Word and God’s Word gets access to women. She was twenty-five when her life was turned upside down by an encounter with Jesus Christ. With an insatiable thirst for scripture and theology, she soon headed to Dallas Theological Seminary to learn more about Jesus, and left with a Th.M. with an emphasis in Media Arts. She, along with two friends from DTS, travel the nation filming the independent documentary Looking for God in America. She loves speaking and teaching and is the author of Insight for Living Ministry’s Meeting God in Familiar Places and hundreds of ads, which pay the bills. Her big strong hubby Paul is a former combat medic, which is handy since Laura’s almost died twice already. She loves photography, travel and her two pugs.

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.

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 enjoys writing (in English, Spanish and Spanglish), cooking, coffee, education and serving up a feast for her friends and family.

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