Founder & Executive Director, Contributor
Erin Bishop is the founder and president of the Whatever Girls Ministry. The Whatever Girls mission is “intentional moms and intentional daughters”. They strive to empower teen girls to choose God’s best for their lives by exemplifying the pillars of Philippians 4:8. Erin lives in Washington State with her husband and their two children.
Ginger Ciminello may sound like an Italian dessert, but she’s actually a speaker, author and blogger from Phoenix, Arizona. She has spent the last decade encouraging young people to live up to their God-given potential and unique design. Her first book, “Forget the Corsage,” was just released through Westbow Press. When she’s not embarrassing herself by telling stories of her years in middle school, she can be found rollerblading, making grilled cheese, and hanging out with her daughter and husband. Learn more at gingerciminello.com.
Joneal Kirby, Ph.D
Joneal Kirby, Ph.D., is founding director of Heartfelt Ministry, a women’s mentoring program and conference. She is the author of three books, Heartfelt, A Woman’s Guide to Creating Meaningful Friendships, Heart of a Family for Mom: Common Sense Parenting with Wisdom from the Word and Hope for YOUR Family: Six Keys to Connecting with Your Teen, in addition to more than fifty Bible studies. Dr. Kirby earned a PhD in marriage and family therapy and has taught about marriage and parenting for more than thirty years in churches, hosted the Legacy Network’s talk show Girlfriends, is a popular conference speaker, and is the host of Heartfelt Radio. She and her husband have three children, a daughter-in-love and a son-in-love and four grandsons. She and her husband have been married 40 years and live in West Monroe, LA. A fun fact about her family: her niece is Korie Robertson, wife of Willie, of A & E’s Duck Dynasty reality show. Which means, Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty and Dancing with the Stars, is her great-niece. And of course, her favorite.
Joanna Teigen and her husband, Rob, are the co-authors of 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates, A Dad’s Prayers for His Daughter, and A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son. She enjoys homeschooling, marriage mentoring, and life and laughter with their five children. She makes her home in West Michigan.
Blythe Thimsen: Editor, Contributor
Blythe Thimsen is a writer and editor from Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, California, with a B.A. in Communication Studies, before returning to the Northwest to pursue her writing career. For 12 years, she was the Editor-in-Chief ofSpokane Coeur d’Alene Living, the premier glossy regional lifestyle magazine for Spokane, Washington and the surrounding areas. She is also the author of Spokane’s Stories: 28 Stories of the People, Places and Events That Have Shaped Spokane (released November 2014). You can learn more about Blythe and her writing at blythethimsen.com
Lynn is an author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She has been married to Greg for over 25 years; they have three children. She has written two books “His Revolutionary Love” and “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year”. Her favorite things include the mountains, well-worn sweatshirts and anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter. You can view Lynn’s products here. Visit Lynn’s web site for her posts and wonderful resources, here.
A powerful voice for hope, international speaker and activist Susan Norris helps teens and women find freedom from strongholds. When she learned of girls as young as nine years old being trafficked for sex in her own city (Atlanta), Susan set out on a quest to free and protect them.
Known to many as Miss Susan, this woman of boldness has spent countless hours listening to, comforting, and helping survivors, their families, detectives, and even a former pimp. She is a voice for victims and a catalyst for action among her peers. Her book, Rescuing Hope, provides a realistic portrayal of how a child becomes a victim of sex trafficking and serves as a source of hope and insight to those who read it.
A CLASS certified speaker, Susan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master’s of Education. She taught in public and private schools and served as a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes before being called to full time ministry. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children and considers them to be her highest calling.
She has spoken at over a dozen events, including at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Atlanta’s “Dolls in the City” event. She has been featured in electronic and traditional media, including the “Marietta Daily Journal” and Cornerstone Media Television. Learn more about Susan and the movement at http://susannorris.org.
Rob Teigen is the author of the bestselling Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, part of the popular Laugh-Out-Loud series of kids’ joke books and doodle books. He and his wife, Joanna, co-authored 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates, A Dad’s Prayers for His Daughter, and A Mom’s Prayers for Her Son. He has been a publishing professional for more than fifteen years. Rob lives in West Michigan, where in his spare time he enjoys laughing out loud with his wife and five children.
Grace is a senior in high school. She loves to cook, make coffee, drink tea, spend time outdoors, watching sunsets, and spend time with good friends talking about God. After graduation, she plans to travel this summer, hopefully to Italy and Israel. Instead of college she plans to go through a Christian leadership school at our home church.
Shannon Ethridge (MA, Counseling and Human Relations) is a million-copy bestselling author, speaker, lay counselor, and advocate for healthy sexuality. She has spoken to youth, college students, and adults since 1989 on topics including: embracing a life of sexual integrity, sexual and emotional fulfillment in marriage, and equipping parents to instill sexual values in their children.
Shannon’s passion for healthy sexuality began in an unlikely location: Mortuary College. Her first career choice led Ethridge to the embalming room, where many of the deceased had died of AIDS or committed suicide as a result of an HIV positive diagnosis. Because of her own promiscuous teenage years, she believed is was a miracle she was standing over the embalming table rather than lying on top of it. She began speaking boldly and bluntly to teen, college-age, and adult audiences about the benefits of sexual integrity.
The author of 19 books, including the best-selling Every Woman’s Battle series, the 5-book Completely His series, and The Sexually Confident Wife, Shannon Ethridge has become a “go-to” expert for media seeking commentary on sexuality and spirituality. Her next book is a response to the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon and is entitled The Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts (Thomas Nelson, October 2012). Shannon had contemplated writing about sexual fantasy for three years, but the E.L. James trilogy drove her to tackle the topic now.
Shannon has been featured on The Today Show, appeared on the cover of Today’s Christian Woman Magazine, and is a frequent guest on international radio & television shows such as The 700 Club, Life Today television, Family Life Today radio, and New Life Live! radio. She will speak for the first time at select Women of Faith events during late 2012.
Although grateful for her roles as writer and speaker, Shannon is most passionate about her roles as wife and best friend to her husband of 22 years and as a mother and cheerleader to their two children.
Angie has been described as the “fun sister next door.” And like a real sister, she will make you laugh as well as challenge you to drink deeper from the well of God’s grace. She has written an e-book to the heart of women, titled Clutter Free Simplicity. Her book encourages women to clear the clutter in their hearts and homes by focusing on what is really important – their daily walk with Jesus.
Although she loves connecting with women and writing on her blog at Finding Joy in Everyday MOMents, one of Angie’s most important ministries is being a wife to her childhood sweetheart and mama to one princess and three princes. They enjoy camping, swimming, and acting out the TV show Chopped. Their house may be chaotic at times, but it is full of love.
Brenda Yoder, MA
Brenda L. Yoder has Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a B.A. in Education and received the Touchstone Award for Teachers in 2003 & 2004. She’s a speaker and freelance writer on faith, life and parenting and is a parenting columnist for 10 to 20 Parenting, Not Alone Mom and Choose Now Ministries. Brenda Yoder’s ministry, Life Beyond the Picket Fence, reaches women who are struggling with difficult issues in life, faith, and parenting. A former stay-at-home mom and teacher, she’s currently is a school counselor and has a small private counseling practice. From personal and professional experiences, Brenda’s passion at Whatever Girls is encouraging moms and daughters who are struggling with hard subjects, difficult relationships and unspoken pain. Brenda is wife, mom of four, and lives on a farm in Indiana. You can connect with her at brendayoder.com
Kim is a member of City Life Church Leadership team with a degree in Sociology (crime & corrections). A wife of 23 years and mother of two, Kim is currently enrolled in Portland Bible College (never stop learning and growing). Her passion is helping women of all ages really understand how much God loves them. Kim was honored to be a speaker in a media seminar at the 2013 Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA)National conference in Texas.
She is blog writer at Heartfelt Ramblings of a Midlife Domestic Goddess and a monthly contributor for Living Better 50 Magazine. Kim just finished her first book and is waiting on God’s timing to take the next step with it. Kim, AKA “Momma Chaffy” also has a heart for youth. She is not surprised to get texts at all hours of the day or night or to open her door to find a youth in need of prayer.
Rick founded Better Dads, a fathering skills program, based on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities. Rick’s books have expanded his ministry to include influencing the whole family, with life-changing insights for men and women on parenting, marriage, and personal growth. Inspiring and equipping through innovative multimedia presentations and seminars, Rick’s resources, methods and personal approach have been transforming the lives of men, women, and their families for over 12 years.
Rick and his wife Suzanne have two (nearly) adult children and live in Gresham, Oregon.
Executive Director of Global Groups, Contributor
Tracy is proudly married to Chad, a pilot in the United States Air Force. Whenever they are not being relocated, she loves to drink green tea and watch re-runs of LOST. She also enjoys chasing their two children, Jackson (4) and Katherine (2), throughout their toy-infested home. Tracy graduated from Phoenix Seminary in 2005, and served as the Director of Student Women at Scottsdale Bible Church from 2005-2007. She is also the author of Images of His Beauty, a newly released Bible Study, for young women who struggle with self-image issues and eating disorders. You can find out more information about the study and follow her blog, One Degree Ministries.