The Tapestry team is made up of leading Christian writers, teachers and thinkers who have come together to engage the media and culture from a biblical perspective.
The Tapestry Team:
Kelly Arabie currently lives in the world of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Diapers, Pacifiers, and Other Holy Things (Lorraine Pintus, Chariot Victor Books). She received her M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and has served on the board of the Association of Women’s Ministry Professionals (AWMP). Her journey of following God has included leading women’s ministry in her local church and counseling women through the Pastoral Ministries department at Insight for Living.
Lael 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. At 9:00 on Sundays Lael co-hosts a talk radio program, The Things That Matter Most, on AM700 KSEV Houston and 1160 AM KVCE 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. She has authored four books, including A Faith and Culture Devotional (Zondervan 2008), 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, make their home among the azaleas and dogwoods of the northwest Houston area and are delighted when their grown son, Zach, drops in for a visit.
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, president of Probe Ministries, and they have two grown sons.
Brittany Burnette, a Georgia Peach, became a believer at the age of seven. As an army brat, she lived in Seoul, Korea for two years, where she picked up her black belt in Tae Kwon Do. During her travels, she fell in love with the Korean people and culture. After returning the States, Brittany pursued her B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale then felt called to Dallas Seminary, where she got a Masters of Theology in New Testament Studies and Systematic Theology. Maybe … just maybe … she’ll get that Ph.D. one day. She’s an avid student of the Scriptures and has an unusual affinity for orthodoxy and apologetics. It is her passion to pursue truth so that she can be a part of sharpening and building up the body of Christ. She’s also a fan of other super spiritual activities like hanging out with friends, family and watching Battlestar Galactica.
Education is in Jody Capehart’s blood. She started and administered several private Christian schools in the Dallas area over the past 35 years including Grace Academy, Prestonwood Christian Academy, and Legacy Christian Academy. She served as a minister to children for 8 years, including 6 years at Grace Bible Church. Jody is the author or co-author of 15 books/video series on education and parenting. She serves as the Director of the Hope Biblical Counseling Training program for Hope for the Heart, as the Founder and Ambassador for Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, and the host of the Education Channel for the webtv4women. Jody’s wisdom, experience in education, warmth, humor and wealth of practical ideas make her a much-in-demand speaker for conferences for schools, churches, MOPS, and women’s organizations. Jody’s true passion is her family. She is married to Paul Capehart, who toots his own (French) horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Their personal lives revolve around their ministries at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco and three grown children and four beautiful grandchildren.
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, ThM, is adjunct professor of Christian Education and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), having served for more than a decade as a women's Bible study teacher and ministry director. She is the editor of DTS's award-winning magazine, Kindred Spirit and is the author of the Coffee Cup Bible Series (AMG) for women, based on the NET Bible. She is also 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. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas, in addition to being the wife of one husband and the mother of one child.
Heather A. Goodman graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M) where she studied cultural anthropology and story structure. She's a writer and speaker on Christianity and the Arts, living creatively, and the adventure of the Christian life. Her passion is to incarnate Christ's love to the hurting through story, through art, and as the Church. She enjoys tea every afternoon, tortures herself with Pilates, and has a penchant for breaking out into song and dance. She loves wiggling her toes in sand. And she's addicted to books. You can sign up for your free subscription to her ezine, Glimpses: Christianity in Art and Life, on her website, www.heatheragoodman.com.
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.
Amanda is passionate about women, worship, and the Word. She loves to tell others of the God who redeems the broken pieces of our lives. So in her spare time, she enjoys writing, speaking, and leads worship at women’s shelters and conferences. A native Texan, Amanda likes it so much here, she never left. She completed her bachelor’s at Dallas Baptist University and holds an M.A. in media and communication from Dallas Theological Seminary. Her newest adventure is navigating life as an Associate Minister of Young Singles at a Dallas area church. Yet another opportunity for her to enjoy friends, good books, and lots of coffee.
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 (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
Pursuing her life passion to teach the Word of God, train leaders and connect people in community, Dianne Miller has dedicated years as a teaching leader in Bible Study Fellowship as well as directing Women’s Ministries at the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia and Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas. Most recently, she was the Minister of Community at Northwest. She earned a Master in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dianne celebrates 39 years of marriage to her husband Brad. They have three children: Carrie who is married to Michael, Matt, and Brent who is married to Shea. Her greatest joy is her five grandchildren, Olivia, Hammer, Raleigh Madeleine and Morgan.
Terri Moore is working on her doctorate in New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (note the form of the verb being one of continuous effort, not denoting any foreseeable endpoint). She is married to Darren and they have two children, Jacob and Stella. In her studies Terri especially enjoys topics involving the theology and message of the Gospel of Mark, Roman history and culture, narrative analysis, and the early oral traditions about the life and ministry of Jesus. She loves all things Russian (especially her children!), summertime, sleeping late (when allowed by the aforementioned studies and children), and throwing parties.
Laura B Murray
Laura Murray was born and raised in Houston and now lives in Dallas with her husband, Craig, and their chocolate lab, Kempis. She went to college at Texas Tech and received her ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2005. She currently serves as the Director of Young Adult Ministry at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. She loves to be outside, spend time with her husband, read, write, think, bake, sew (her latest interest), have good conversations with just about anyone, go on mission trips and take others along with her. On just about any day she can be found either drinking iced tea or eating chocolate, or quite possibly both. She's excited about the opportunities she has to love and encourage others to live like Christ so that the world around them will notice and know God.
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’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.
Sharifa Stevens is a Manhattan-born, Bronx-raised child of the King, born to Jamaican immigrants, and currently living in Dallas. She currently serves as an Admissions Counselor at Dallas Theological Seminary. Sharifa's been singing since she was born. Her passion is to serve God's kingdom by leading His people in worship through music, speaking and writing, and relationships with people. Her heart is also unity, inspired by John. Sharifa hates exercise but likes Chipotle, bagels with a schmeer and lox, salmon sushi, chicken tikka, curried goat (yeah, it's good) with rice and peas, and chocolate lava cakes. She's been happily married to Jonathan since 2006...and he buys her Chipotle.