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Women & Work: Stepping into Kingdom Productivity

English, Religion, 1 seasons, 61 episodes, 2 days 4 hours 24 minutes
Find inspiration for your work through the podcast of Women & Work where Courtney Moore and Missie Branch hear from women in various professions about how their work makes an eternal difference in the kingdom of God.
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Krystal Wilson, Former Police Officer

Krystal has been blessed to live a life full of experiences. She's a former D1 softball player, saved at age 23, a former police officer, mother of 2 on earth, 1 in heaven and 1 in the womb. She's worked in finances, been an event planner for a Southern Baptist seminary, and is currently a project manager for a pro-life, whole life Christian ministry.   In this episode, Krystal shares mostly about her time as a police officer. She discusses: What led her to desire this profession What police academy was like, especially as a woman What a typical day looks like as an officer How she viewed her work as a police officer through the lens of the kingdom of God How she responds to critiques that women should not serve in this role What the average citizen should know about this work Thank you for listening. If this content is helpful to you as you seek to live out your God-given calling to His glory, purc
29/11/202342 minutes 27 seconds
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Whitney Pipkin, Journalist & Author

Whitney K. Pipkin is a journalist and writer living with her husband and three kids in Northern Virginia where they are members of Grace Bible Church. She serves as the written content coordinator for the ministry Women & Work and the author of We Shall All Be Changed: How Facing Death with Loved Ones Transforms Us, releasing February 2024 from Moody Publishing. Find her @WhitneyKPipkin on Instagram and Twitter, and read more of her work at In this episode, host Missie Branch and Courtney Moore interview journalist and writer Whitney Pipkin. They discuss the importance of curiosity and hard work in journalism, the ro
25/10/202354 minutes 29 seconds
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Caroline Cobb, Singer-Songwriter

Caroline Cobb is a singer-songwriter who before her 30th birthday, set a goal to write a song for every book of the Bible in one year. That year set a new calling into motion: to tell God's Story through music, helping you rehearse it and respond to it as you go about your everyday.    Her latest album, Psalms, released in May of 2023. Before that, A King & His Kindness (2021), zoomed in on Jesus and built on Caroline’s previous Story-telling projects: A Seed, A Sunrise (2019), The Blood + the Breath (2013), and A Home & a Hunger (2017).    Caroline has been featured by Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, and many more, with a Home & a Hunger being named among “The Best Albums of the 2010s Decade” by The Gospel Coalition. Caroline and her husband live in Dallas, TX with their three children Ellie, Harrison, and Libby. Listen to Caroline’s music on Spotify, Apple Music, and all o
18/10/202338 minutes 22 seconds
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Erica P., Missionary & Widow

Erica P.  is a graduate of Auburn University where she pursued a degree in electrical engineering. During that time, the Lord gave her a passion for Himself and a burden for the nations. He specifically called her to serve amongst East Asia.  She married her husband David in 2002 and joined the International Mission Board in 2004 with plans to serve an unreached people group in East Asia. David and Erica, along with their three children, served this people group for 16 years before being forced to leave due to security issues in March of 2020. Little did they know that the Lord would use this to prepare Erica for the loss of David suddenly and unexpectedly in October 2020.    Since then, the Lord has also continued to place the call of international missions on Erica’s heart and reminded her that though her circumstances had drastically changed, her God and her calling had not. Erica and her children will serve overseas later this year. You will love hearing fr
27/09/20231 hour 4 minutes 14 seconds
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Ask Anything with Courtney Moore & Missie Branch, Fall Season Launch

On this episode of the Women & Work podcast, Courtney Moore and Missie Branch kick off the fall 2023 podcast season answering some questions the Women & Work community asked over the summer. On this episode we discuss:  The importance of balancing work and family responsibilities. The challenges and rewards of being a stay-at-home parent. Navigating societal expectations and cultural perceptions of women's roles. The value of friendships and community in supporting and encouraging one another. Finding purpose and contentment in one's current season of life. And so much more. We can't wait for this season of the Women & Work podcast. Learn more about the mission of Women & Work at    Want to support our tea
20/09/202359 minutes 52 seconds
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Justin Whitmel Earley, The Common Rule Book Disucssion

In 2021, Justin Earley joined the Women & Work team for a live disucssion about his book The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction. Justin Earley provides concrete, doable practices, such as a daily hour of phoneless presence or a weekly conversation with a friend. These habits are “common” not only because they are ordinary, but also because they can be practiced in community. They have been lived out by people across all walks of life―businesspeople, professionals, parents, students, retirees―who have discovered new hope and purpose. In this Q&A, Courtney Moore, founder and president of Women & Work, and Courtney Powell, Ministry Content Director covered topics with Justin such as: His transition from full-time missionary to lawyer Habits as Formation A Theology of Work How our Daily Habits Redeem Our Work and
30/08/202348 minutes 51 seconds
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Dr. Jim Hamilton, Work and Our Labor in the Lord Book Discussion

We are nearing the end of this Summer Podcast season - we hope you have enjoyed these book club discussions.   Work has been a part of God's good creation since before the fall―created to reflect His image and glory to the world. What are we to make of this when work today is all too often characterized by unwanted toil, pain, and futility? Dr. Jim Hamilton, Professor of Biblical Theology at @southernseminary and senior pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church, joined the Women & Work team to talk about his book Work and Our Labor in the Lord.
23/08/202350 minutes 22 seconds
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Dr. Joanne Jung and Dr. Richard Langer, The Call to Follow Book Discussion

Dr. Joanne Jung and Dr. Richard Langer wrote "The Call to Follow: Hearing Jesus in a Culture Obsessed with Leadership" and we interviewed them in the fall of 2022.   How often have you thought about or been trained in how to be a better follower? We hear so much about leadership and its importance but almost nothing about being a better follower.   Of course, as Christians, we know our main identity is marked by "followership" and we seek to follow Jesus. Some of the topics discussed in this fascinating episode:   -Followers are not failed leaders, as culture tends to think -The best followers thrive under mission-centered organizations instead of leader-centered environments -Jesus Himself repeatedly chose to live as a follower. -How the Holy Spirit enables us to be good followers and live with an awareness of God's presence in our work, making the most mundane tasks, divine. -The soul rhythms that help us become
16/08/202359 minutes 16 seconds
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Hannah Anderson, Made for More Book Discussion

Hannah Anderson is an author and Bible teacher who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband, Nathan, and three children. Her books include All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment and Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit. She also cohosts the Persuasion podcast, which addresses cultural, theological, and more mundane issues from a Christian perspective. Hannah’s goal is to encourage believers to think deeply and broadly about how the gospel transforms every area of life. In this episode, Hannah discusses: What image-bearing has to do with work Why non-income-producing work is just as important as paid work The purpose of learning and knowledge How we can love our neighbor through our work How the providence of God works hand in hand with the sovereignty of God and why that matters regarding our work To purchase a copy of Made for More <a href='https://www.ama
09/08/20231 hour 11 minutes 14 seconds
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J.D. Greear, What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? Book Discussion

J.D. Greear is lead pastor of The Summit Church, a multi-site congregation in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He holds an M.Div. in International Church Planting and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Greear also lived and worked among Muslims in Southeast Asia for two years and wrote Breaking the Islam Code. He and his wife have four children.  In this episode, JD discusses: Callings/assignments and how we can leverage our gifts to be significant in God's kingdom Women's gifting's and how those can be used inside and outside the home How the Great Commission can inform where you work and what you do Radical Obedience to Christ is costly Beth Moore and the Southern Baptist Convention How the church can help promote giftings of women   Purchase a copy of What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? here.    <
02/08/202356 minutes
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#51 J.T. English, Pastor of Storyline Church

J. T. English, PhD, is an author and teacher, and currently serves as the lead pastor of Storyline Church in Arvada, CO. Previously, J.T. served as a pastor at The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX, where he founded and directed The Village Church Institute, which is committed to theological education in the local church. He received his ThM in Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and PhD in Systematic Theology from Southern Seminary. He is married to Macy English, and they have two children, Thomas and Bailey. J.T. Also co-hosts the Knowing Faith Podcast with Jen Wilkin and Kyle Worley.  In this episode, J.T. joins Courtney Moore and Missie Branch to discuss:  The importance of men and women working together as allies Insecurity and leadership Highest calling as Christians Complementarianism and the role of
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#50 Amy Whitfield, Summit Church Executive Director of Communications, Contributing Author, Women & Work

Amy Whitfield is Executive Director of Communications at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham. Prior to that, she served in various roles within the Southern Baptist Convention for twenty years. She co-authored the book SBC FAQs: A Ready Reference and is the co-host of the podcast SBC This Week. In 2019, she helped launch the SBC Women’s Leadership Network, and she serves as chairwoman of the board of directors of Women & Work. Amy and her husband Keith have two children and live in Wake Forest, North Carolina.   In this episode, Amy discusses with Courtney the chapter she authored in Women & Work. Chapter 10 is entitled, “Developing and Growing Your Gifts.” Here she shares: – Why she is passionate about the topic of growth and development in Christian women – How personal development is part of our design as image bearers – The objections and hesitations many women feel toward growing in leadership – Her encouragement to reluctant woman to m
24/05/20231 hour 3 minutes 6 seconds
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#49 Joanna Meyer, Contributing Author to Women & Work

Joanna serves as Denver Institute’s Director of Public Engagement and oversees the Women & Vocation Initiative. Prior to coming to the Institute, she worked in global telecom, nonprofit consulting, and campus ministry with Cru. She served as associate faculty at Denver Seminary and as a sewing instructor at Fancy Tiger Crafts. She has an MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder.   Joanna wrote chapter 8 in Women & Work, entitled, “The Grief and Grace of an Unexpected Career.” In this episode, she and Courtney discuss: Effects of the Pandemic What is the Faith and Work movement? Women's Role in the Kingdom of God The Grief of an Unexpected Career Caring for Women without Children   Thank you for listening. If this content is helpful to you as you seek to live out your God-given calling to His glory, purchase <a h
17/05/202344 minutes 12 seconds
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# 48 Courtney Reissig, Author, Bible Teacher, Contributing Author to the Women & Work book

Courtney is a writer and Bible teacher living in Little Rock, AR. She is the author of numerous books and bible studies, including Teach Me to Feel: Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life and a forthcoming bible study on the covenants. Courtney and her husband are the proud parents of four sons and together they serve at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR where she is also the Discipleship Content Director.    Thank you for listening. If this content is helpful to you as you seek to live out your God-given calling to His glory, purchase Women & Work: Bearing God’s Image and Joining in His Mission through our Work, or donate today to help us continue to produce more inspiring content!   RESOURCES MENTIONED Women & Work: Bearing God’s Image and Joining in His Mission through our Work Promises
10/05/202348 minutes 28 seconds
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#47 Portia Collins, Bible Teacher, Writer, Podcaster, Non-Profit Leader

Portia Collins is a Christian Bible teacher, writer, and podcaster with a passion for sharing God’s Word. Portia is also the founder of She Shall Be Called, a nonprofit women’s ministry focused on Bible literacy. You can also catch her hosting two weekly podcasts: Grounded—a podcast/videocast from Revive Our Hearts—and Sweet Tea with Jasmine & Portia.    Portia and her husband, Mikhail, have a daughter and currently make their home in the Mississippi Delta.   Portia wrote chapter 6 in Women & Work, entitled, “Don’t Waste Your Gifts.” In this episode, she and Courtney discuss: How the Bible defines stewardship H
03/05/202358 minutes 45 seconds
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#46 Hannah Anderson, Writer, Bible Teacher, Contributing Author to Women & Work

Hannah Anderson is an author and Bible teacher who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband, Nathan, and three children. Her books include Made for More, Humble Roots, All That’s Good, and Heaven and Nature Sing Her latest children's book, The World God Made, releases in May 2023. Hannah’s goal is to encourage believers to think deeply and broadly about how the gospel transforms every area of life.   In this episode, Courtney continues to chat with another contributing author to our forthcoming book, Women & Work: Bearing God’s Image and Joining in His Mission through our Work. Hannah wrote chapter 5 entitled, “Bodies of Work.”   Courtney and Hannah discuss: – The fact that our current workspaces are systemically masculine and the challenges women face when we show up in those spaces in our female bodies – Her answer to those who would assert that because workspaces aren’t made for women’s bodies, then women should only
26/04/202356 minutes 19 seconds
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#45 Jen Oshman, Author, Speaker & Podcaster

Jen Oshman has been in women’s ministry for over two decades on three continents. She’s the author of Enough about Me and Cultural Counterfeits, and her most recent book, Welcome: Loving Your Church by Making Space for Everyone. She hosts a weekly podcast about cultural events and trends called All Things, and she is the mother of four daughters. Jen's family currently resides in Colorado, where they planted Redemption Parker.   Jen is also a contributing author to Women & Work: Bearing God’s Image and Joining in His Mission through our Work.   In this episode, Jen shares about chapter 4 of Women & Work, which she authored, entitled, “You Are What You Do. Or Are You?” Courtney and Jen discuss: H
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#44 Courtney Powell, Director of Ministry Content and Contributing Author to Women & Work

Courtney Powell holds a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Christian studies from Union University and a MA in church ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to being an Operations Consultant for a non-profit, she also serves as the Director of Ministry Content for Women & Work, where she helps to create and promote content that encourages and inspires women to use their gifts for the advancement of the kingdom. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Arvada, Colorado where her husband serves on staff with Storyline Church.   Courtney is also the author of chapter 3 in Women & Work, entitled, “Am I Called?” In this episode, she discusses:  The importance of community in the believer’s life to help form us and discern God’s call on our lives How she makes sense of her own vocational journey, which could appear disjointed  How
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#43 Missie Branch, Contributing Author to Women & Work

Missie Branch serves as Asst. Dean of Students to Women and Director of Graduate Life at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in NC. She is also currently a student there completing her graduate degree in Ethics, Theology, and Culture. Missie is married to Duce Branch and together they have four children. She is passionate about women seeing themselves as theologians and disciples first. Missie is a contributing author to The Whole Woman: Ministering to Her Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength and the co-host of the Women & Work Podcast. Currently, Missie is serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lifeway Christian Resources.   In this episode, Courtney interviews her co-host, Missie Branch, as Missie discusses the chapter she authored of Women & Work. Chapter 2 is entitled, “Image-Bearing and Your Good Works.” Missie shares: Her own work at S
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#42 Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author, Bible Teacher, Counselor

Elyse Fitzpatrick has an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 25 books on daily living and the Christian life. Elyse loves to proclaim the good news of the gospel: That Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, perfectly obeyed all the Law in our place, suffered in isolation and agony as punishment for our sin, died, and then rose again, all for our justification. A frequent speaker at national conferences, she has been married for nearly 50 years and has three adult children and six really adorable grandchildren. Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse attends Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California.   Elyse wrote chapter 1 in Women & Work, entitled, “The Creation Mandate, Great Commission, and Your Work.” In this episode, Elyse and Courtney discuss the following:   How she began teaching the Bible, counseling, and writing <li style="fon
29/03/202359 minutes 40 seconds
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#41 Mary Wiley, Publishing Editor for Women & Work

Mary Wiley is the author of the Bible study, Everyday Theology, and serves as the associate publisher for B&H Publishing Group. She holds a BA in Christian studies and English from the University of Mobile and an MA in theological studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, John, have three children and live in the Nashville area. Through B&H Pubishing Group, Mary acted as the publishing editor for our book, Women & Work: Bearing God’s Image and Joining in His Mission through our Work. In this episode, Mary discusses with Missie and Courtney: The small hometown connection she and Courtney share Her own call to ministry and how she fulfills that in her work now as a publisher How she began her career at Lifeway, which led to her current role <li style
22/03/202353 minutes 54 seconds
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#40 Dee Ann Turner, Retired VP of Talent at Chick-fil-A

Dee Ann is a 33-year veteran of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Prior to retirement, she was Vice President, Talent and Vice President, Sustainability for Chick-fil-A, Inc. Selected as the company’s first female officer in 2001, she was instrumental in building and growing Chick-fil-A’s well-known culture and talent systems.    During her long career, she worked closely with Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and other key leaders as an architect of their organizational culture. Turner was responsible for thousands of selections of Chick-fil-A Franchisees and corporate staff members. Additionally, she led Talent Management, Staff Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Culture and Engagement. Prior to her retirement, she launched and led Chick-fil-A’s Sustainability and Social Responsibility function.   Today, she leads her own organization, Dee Ann Turner & Associates, LLC, writing books, speaking to over 50
15/12/202252 minutes 4 seconds
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#39 Dr. Jen Bennett, Professor, Podcast Host, Author & Speaker

Dr. Jen Bennett is a driven visionary communicator who has a unique way of connecting with her audience. She enjoys teaching, leading, and building and is committed to helping others be successful. As a Strategic Communication Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, Jen equips college students to discover their voice, develop their expertise, and lead with influence to impact culture for Christ. Jen provides students with real-world opportunities that help launch them into the careers and professions that they are called to. Jen has consulted various entrepreneurs, small business owners, ministries, organizations, and college students in social media, personal branding, marketing, and public relations. Jen was named as one of  65 Women in Digital You Should Be Following. In 2019 she was chosen as one of 55 social media influencers (out of 700 applicants) to attend #NASASocial for the Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch. She is also the author of the
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#38 Jane Creswell, Master Certified Coach

Jane Creswell is an innovator and leader in the field of corporate coaching. She leveraged 17 years of product development and management experience at IBM to invent the role of “Organization Coach” and become the founder of IBM Coaches Network. At IBM, she focused her organization on achieving extraordinary results by individual coaching of the leaders at all levels of the organization.     Currently, Ms. Creswell is utilizing those experiences to help corporations worldwide wanting to establish a long-term, self-sustaining system of internal coaching and reap the benefits of a coaching culture. Her focus is on helping leaders make the high-impact transition from merely influencing others to developing excellent leaders who develop excellent leaders. Her work can be characterized as maximizing the strengths and knowledge of individuals for the benefit of both the person and the organization.    Jane has authored 3 books, including <a href='https://amzn.t
16/11/202245 minutes 17 seconds
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#37 Carolyn McCulley, Author, Speaker & Filmmaker

We trust you will enjoy this episode with Carolyn McCulley, but we did want to let you know that we cover some heavy topics that might be triggering to some listeners. Carolyn is a filmmaker, and in this episode, she discusses her work in covering gun violence and sexual assault. We wanted you to be aware in case that type of content was not what you were expecting to hear. As always, we love learning from women who take these hard subjects and seek to redeem them to the glory of God through their work. We hope you enjoy this episode.   Carolyn McCulley is a storyteller in multiple formats. She is a filmmaker, podcast producer and host, and author of several books. She has run her own production company, Citygate Films, since 2009, which has been a great way of experiencing God's faithfulness in many ways.   Carolyn has
10/11/202259 minutes 37 seconds
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#36 Dr. Tabitha Harder, Women’s Health Physical Therapist & Orthopedic Specialist

Dr. Tabitha Harder is a Women's Health Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Specialist in Brentwood, Tennessee.  She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from The University of Tennessee in 2004.  She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with the American Physical Therapy Association and is trained in Obstetrics and Postpartum Physical Therapy.  She is an advocate for Women's Health and has a private practice in Brentwood, Tennessee where she provides prenatal and postpartum care for women.     Tabitha is also a pastor's wife and mother of four. She is married to Mike Harder, a pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church. They have four children: Abigail, Violet, Georgia, and Josiah.  Tabitha is active in her local church and serves in various roles. As an adoptive mom, Tabitha values community and support for other foster and adoptive families.  She is honored to support women, families, and vulnerable children in the Middle Tennessee area as a member
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#35 Vaneetha Risner, Author, Speaker & Sufferer

Vaneetha writes and speaks about finding hope in suffering. Her memoir, Walking Through Fire as well as her devotional, The Scars That Have Shaped Me both encourage readers to turn to Christ in their pain. Some of her greatest joys are being a wife to Joel and a mother to Katie and Kristi, and you can find her embarrassing them in Raleigh, NC, or online at Vaneetha writes regularly for Desiring God and has been featured on Family Life Today, Joni & Friends, and Christianity Today.   She also has an upcoming Bible study with Lifeway Christian Resources that releases in May of 2023 entitled Desperate for Hope: The Questions We Ask God in Suffering, Loss, and Longing.    In this episode, Vaneetha shares her life story which includes: Her polio diagnosis at 3 months old Her
26/10/202247 minutes 19 seconds
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#34 Kelly Minter, Author & Bible Teacher

Kelly Minter is an author, Bible teacher, and podcaster. Her most recent Bible study from Lifeway publishers is called Encountering God - Bible Study Book: Cultivating Habits of Faith Through the Spiritual Disciplines. Kelly speaks around the country and also works closely with Justice & Mercy International in the Amazon jungles of Brazil as well as the Eastern European country of Moldova.   Kelly is deeply passionate about teaching the Bible and believes it permeates all of life. Her love for the Word of God led her to create her Cultivate Event, an event centered around Scripture, worship, prayer, and mission. She is also the host of the Cultivate podcast, a weekly podcast where she walks through Scripture with her listeners.   When she’s not writing, traveling, or speaking, she enjoys tim
19/10/202254 minutes 53 seconds
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#33 Nikki Lawrence, President of BLACK+DECKER

Nikki Lawrence is a connector by nature. Her warm personality leaves little room for anyone to be a stranger for too long. This trait has fueled her pastime and helped Nikki charm audiences as a Mistress of Ceremony at conferences, fundraisers, and events all across the country. By day, she is a Corporate Executive for a Fortune 500 Company with a global team and multi-billion dollar portfolio. She has been with her company for 19 years and held a plethora of leadership roles for almost two decades. Among her passions is the desire to see women from every walk of life walk boldly into whatever God has called them into. When she can combine her love for hospitality and/or developing people with helping women on their leadership journey, she is in her happy place. Nikki lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and in her free time, she is daydreaming about home décor projects, road-tripping with friends, or p
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#32 Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, Research Professor of English and Christianity & Culture

This episode of the Women & Work podcast features an interview with Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, a Research Professor of English and Christianity & Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.    She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press, 2012), Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Brazos 2018). She is co-editor of Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Zondervan 2019) and has contributed to numerous other books.    She is host of the popular podcast Jane and Jesus. She has a monthly column for Religion News Service. Her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Think Christ
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#31 Ask Anything with Missie Branch & Courtney Moore

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#30 Courtney Moore, Founder + President of Women & Work

Courtney Moore is the Founder and President of Women & Work, as well as co-host of the Women & Work Podcast. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Mobile and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Courtney is passionate about seeing Jesus Christ honored by women as they steward their gifts and leverage their unique potential for His glory. She has been married to Brent for 15 years. They have 3 great kids and live in El Paso, TX where Brent pastors LIFEchurch. In this next get-to-know-your-host episode, Missie interviews our beloved founder, Courtney Moore. Courtney is passionate about seeing Jesus Christ honored by women as they steward their gifts and leverage their unique potential for His glory. Her and her family live in El Paso, Tx where they serve in church ministry.   In this episode, you get to learn more about Courtney’s story, including:    The Story of Women & Work</l
20/07/20221 hour 7 minutes 22 seconds
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#29 Missie Branch, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Missie Branch currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Graduate Life at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Deuce and they have 4 children. Missie is passionate about women seeing themselves as disciples and theologians. She’s a published author, chairwoman of the trustees at Lifeway Christian Resources, and of course, one of our beloved podcast hosts!   In this episode, Missie discusses: ✨Her journey from owning a successful cake business to becoming the Associate Dean of Students at SEBTS.  ✨Women and leadership and some of the messaging women hear  ✨Women leaders in the black church and the positive influence that has had on her. ✨Being in predominantly white spaces and what she has learned about being in a culture that is different than her own. ✨A kingdom-minded vision of all peoples living reconciled.    And so much more. Mis
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#28 Dr. Sarah Rainer, Children & Families Psychologist

Dr. Sarah Rainer has her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology. She specializes in child and adolescent mental health and development. Sarah is also the co-host of the Parenting & Pennies podcast on the Christian Parenting podcast network. Sarah serves in leadership at her church for women’s discipleship and enjoys discipling other women. She enjoys being a guest writer, speaker, and podcaster for different organizations.   In this episode, Sarah shares about her career as a Clinical Psychologist, caring for parents and caregivers, navigating a demanding career and family, and viewing all work as ministry.
06/07/202254 minutes 40 seconds
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#27 Melissa Kruger, LIVE at Cultivate Conference

On this episode of the Women & Work podcast Courtney Moore and Missie Branch interview Melissa Kruger, Director of Women's Content at The Gospel Coalition. This episode was recorded live at Cultivate Conference in March of 2022 at The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.   Besides serving at The Gospel Coalition, Melissa is also an author and podcast co-host. Her books include The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood. She serves alongside Jackie Hill Perry and Jasmine Holmes as co-hosts of the Let’s Talk podcast, produced by TGC. Melissa is married to Mike, the president of Reformed Theological Seminary, and they have three children.   I
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#26 Jess Barefield, Interior Designer and Business Owner

Jess Barefield is an interior designer and business owner, wife and mom of 3. She has a love for beautiful and practical spaces that comes from years of executing her own interior design dreams. Jess grew up in Pittsburgh and made stops in Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and Atlanta before settling in Dallas. Living in so many different houses helped her to appreciate the impact a well-designed home can have on family life. After doing it so many times for herself, Jess wants to help other families create a home that reflects who they are and beckons them home after a long day.    Jess is married to Christian hip-hop artist Trip Lee and mother of three. Jessica understands the importance of balancing style with functionality. She firmly believes that our homes should not only be beautiful but also serve our needs. And even with kids, it is possible to have both. Ultimately, Jess wants to help you love where you live.   In this episode, Jess discusses: 
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#25 Ashley Gorman, Associate Publisher at B&H Publishing

Ashley Marivittori Gorman serves as an associate publisher at B&H Publishing Group, an imprint of Lifeway Christian Resources. She holds an MDiv from Southeastern Theological Seminary and has been trained under The Charles Simeon Trust. Her passions are biblical literacy, women’s discipleship, foster care, theology, books, the local church, and teaching the Bible. Ashley and her husband, Cole, live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their daughter, Charlie. You can find her writing in various Lifeway Women Bible studies, books like World on Fire, and on digital venues like The Gospel Coalition, Lifeway Voices, ERLC, Relevant, Lifeway Women, and Christ and Culture.   In this episode, Ashley discusses:  Her experience working in publishing  Helpful questions to ask yourself before taking on a new job  <li style="font-
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#24 Sheila West, Businesswoman & Entrepreneur

Sheila is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and communicator with thirty-plus years of experience. She was President/CEO of a multi-million dollar company that twice made the INC 500 list of America’s fastest-growing companies which has brought her national recognition and various awards. Sheila served as President of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce after serving on the executive committee for seven years. She was the first woman to serve on the Archery Merchants and Manufacturers Organization Board of Directors, serving three years as Secretary-Treasurer.    Sheila has experience as a platform, seminar, and panel speaker nationwide, both within the business and Christian community. She is the author of Beyond Chaos: Stress Relief for the Working Woman published by NavPress and founder of Real Living Ministries.    In this episode, Sheila discusses:  Her personal story of growing up with a single mom  <li style
04/05/202259 minutes 15 seconds
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#23 Joanna Meyer, Director of Public Engagement at Devener Institute

Joanna serves as Denver Institute’s Director of Public Engagement and oversees the Women & Vocation Initiative. Prior to coming to the Institute, she worked in global telecom, nonprofit consulting, and campus ministry with Cru. She served as associate faculty at Denver Seminary and as a sewing instructor at Fancy Tiger Crafts. She has an MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
27/04/202251 minutes 52 seconds
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#22 Tara Dew, Founder and Director of THRIVE at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Tara has loved Jesus for as long as she can remember. She was saved as a child at a Billy Graham crusade, and then surrendered to the ministry as a teenager. A few years later, she married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Jamie Dew, who is now the President of  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College.    Together, they have 2 sets of twins: Natalie & Nathan (14 years old) and Samuel & Samantha (12 years old). Tara loves spending time with her family, trying out new restaurants in New Orleans, and teaching women to know and love the Word of God. She is the Director of Thrive: A Ministry Wives Certificate Program as well as an Adjunct Professor of Ministry to Women at NOBTS. Tara is also a contributing author to the book: The Whole Woman: Ministering to Her Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength published by B&H Publishing.  Resources Mentioned:   The Whole Woman<
20/04/202257 minutes 39 seconds
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#21 Rachel Brock, Founder of Ministry Desk

Rachel is the Founder of Ministry Desk, a remote executive & administrative assistant agency for Christian leaders of churches, nonprofits, and businesses. Rachel has been serving in administrative roles for over ten years and currently serves as the executive assistant to the President of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries. Prior to this, she served as the assistant to Dr. Albert Mohler at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for several years.  Rachel graduated from Texas A&M University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development and a minor in Business Administration. Rachel and her husband, Nathan, live in Louisville, Kentucky and have four children.   In this episode, Rachel discusses: Her story of how she came up with the idea of Ministry Desk and launched her own business The important role of administration in the church and workplace  <li
13/04/202244 minutes 31 seconds
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#20 Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher, Part 2

In part 2 of this episode, Elyse and Eric discuss:  How to place our confidence in the Lord when we fall into the lies of pride and self-loathing. Responding to people who fear that discussing the value of women is a slippery slope to egalitarianism. Women in the new covenant are not to be quantified based on their relationship status but recognized for their partnership in the gospel. How fearing women leads to dehumanizing and objectifying women which leads to pornography and abuse. The meaning of having a “gentle and quiet spirit” in 1 Peter 3:4 and how it does not mean women are to be quiet and not have an opinion. Encouragement for single women and affirmation of their value and work in the kingdom of God   Resources mentioned:    Worthy: C
06/04/202249 minutes 16 seconds
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#19 Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher, Part 1

Elyse Fitzpatrick is a nationally sought-after speaker and author of 25 books on daily living and the Christian life including Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women that she co-authored with Eric. Eric Schumacher is a pastor, songwriter, and author. He earned a Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.    He and Elyse co-host the Worthy Podcast together, which we wholeheartedly recommend to our listeners.   In this episode, Elyse and Eric discuss:  Their different work backgrounds and what led them to writing their book, Worthy.  The lies that have caused harm to women in the church. The importance of looking at gender and gender relationships in light of the Gospel. The value and importance of the role of women throughout redemptive history. 
30/03/202242 minutes 14 seconds
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#18 Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler, Risen Motherhood

Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler are the cofounders of the Risen Motherhood ministry and cohosts of the Risen Motherhood Podcast.. They are also in the trenches of motherhood, right alongside their listeners.    Together, they have authored the book: "Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope For Everyday Moments.”   Laura and Emily are sisters-in-law and live with their families in central Iowa.   In this episode, Laura and Emily discuss: God’s vision for motherhood as a calling for women. How all women are called to spiritual mothering and mentoring other women. The reality of experiencing pride and guilt as a mother and how the Gospel frees us from both.  How motherhood reflects the image and character of God. Encouragement and advice for
23/03/202259 minutes 12 seconds
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#17 Macy English, Owner & Principal Consultant of English Media

Macy English is the Owner & Principal Consultant of English Media, where she helps businesses with all things sales & marketing. She is a lover of people, culture, marketing, and health, and she strives for all that matters in life. Macy and her husband, JT, live in Arvada, CO, with their two kids and love to travel.    In this episode, Macy discusses: How she balances being a pastor’s wife, mom, and business owner How she discovered her natural gifts and the path that led her to start her own business The importance of honing your strengths and not trying to do everything  Her favorite aspects of her job and how she helps businesses thrive  Seeking the Lord first when trying to make decisions about careers and jobs  The im
16/03/202247 minutes 25 seconds
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#16 Chelsea Sobolik, Director of Public Policy at the ERLC

Chelsea Patterson Sobolik serves as the Director of Public Policy with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in the Washington, D.C. office. Previously, she worked on Capitol Hill on pro-life policies, domestic and international religious freedom, adoption, and foster care issues.    Chelsea has been published at the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, and others. She is the author of Longing for Motherhood – Holding onto Hope in the Midst of Childlessness, and a forthcoming book on the topic of women and work.    She has a B.A. in International Relations from Liberty University and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Michael.   In this episode, Chelsea discusses: – Her experience working on Capitol Hill and the path that led her to working for the ERLC  – Trusting and seeking the Lord when pursuing career opportunities – How all of
17/11/20211 hour 1 minute 34 seconds
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#15 Blair Linne, Author, Poet & Speaker

Blair Linne is an author, speaker, actress, and Christian spoken word artist. She has appeared in numerous theater productions, commercials, and television shows including Days of Our Lives, Alias, Malcolm in the Middle, Boston Public, The Parkers and American Dreams, as well as her own Saturday morning show, SK8 (Skate) on NBC.   Blair has toured globally and is known as one of the originators of the Christian Spoken Word genre. At 13, she was one of the youngest contributors at The World Stage Anansi writer’s workshop. Since then, she has written poetry for Sprite, Neutrogena, NBC, and the Gospel Coalition. She has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, 102.3 KJLH, Revive Our Hearts, the Los Angeles Times, and several Christian Hip Hop albums. Proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through spoken word is her passion.   She lives with her husband Shai and their three children in Philadelphia. Blair serves in discipling women at <a href=''
10/11/202158 minutes 22 seconds
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#14 Trillia Newbell, Author & Speaker

Trillia Newbell is an author and speaker, and currently works as an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers. This comes after serving for 7 years as the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention.    She is passionate about issues of faith, family, and diversity, and her writings on this topic have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, True Woman, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and more.   Her most recently published book is a children’s book called: Creative God, Colorful Us and she’s also written God’s Very Good Idea for children as well.   In this episode, Trillia discusses:  How to transition to a new job or role and knowing when it’s time to make a transition Tips for being productive while working from home  Her passion
03/11/20211 hour 52 seconds
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#13 Amy Whitfield, Exec Dir. of Communications at The Summit Church

Amy Whitfield works as Executive Director of Communications at The Summit Church in Durham, NC. She came into this role after serving as the Associate Vice President for Convention Communications for the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Amy co-authored the book, SBC FAQs: A Ready Reference, with Keith Harper, and alongside Johnathan Howe, she hosts the SBC This Week podcast. She is on the steering team of the SBC Women’s Leadership Network and serves on the board of directors of Women & Work. Amy lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, with her husband, Keith, and her 2 children, Mary and Drew.   In this episode, Amy discusses: – How women can use their gifts on the “front lines" of ministry  – The importance of showing up and taking opportunities – How she keeps the gospel at the center of her work in communications  – The importance of developing people skills and pursuing humility when growing as a lead
27/10/202159 minutes 34 seconds
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#12 Ruth Chou Simons, Artist, Author & Entrepreneur

Ruth Chou Simons is a bestselling and award-winning author of several books —including GraceLaced, Beholding and Becoming, and Foundations. This month, she released her newest book When Strivings Cease. She is an artist, entrepreneur, and speaker, using each of these platforms to spiritually sow the Word of God into people’s hearts. Through her online shop at and her social media community, Simons shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and art. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys–their greatest adventure.   In this episode, Ruth discusses:   What it was like immigrating to the United States as a young child and how God used these circumstances to bring her family to faith  How God has used her gift of creativity and the arts in different seasons of her life  <li st
20/10/202153 minutes 9 seconds
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#11 Lauren McAfee, Ministry Investment Coordinator Hobby Lobby

In this episode, we speak to Lauren Green McAfee, a speaker, writer, Ministry Investment Coordinator for Hobby Lobby. She is the author of Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need and Only One Life: How a Woman’s Every Day Shapes an Eternal Legacy. Her grandfather founded Hobby Lobby and currently she works for their corporate office. Lauren and her husband Michael live in Oklahoma City and are the proud adoptive parents of their daughter Zion and soon-to-be-adopted son, known right now as E.   In this episode Lauren discusses: Her experience working for Hobby Lobby corporate The legacy of generosity passed down from her grandfather and how that shapes the vision of Hobby Lobby today How her family came up with the idea and founded the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC The Supreme Cou
13/10/202147 minutes 41 seconds
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#10 Michelle Stratton, Attorney

This week’s episode features Michelle Stratton, an attorney in Houston, TX whose practice focuses on complex civil, commercial, and white-collar criminal litigation and appeals.  Before entering private practice, Michelle served as law clerk to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Edith Jones on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Michelle is married to Brandon, has 3 kids whom she homeschools part-time, and is a member at Christ Community Church in Houston.  In this episode, Michelle discusses:  – The path that led her to become a lawyer and how she images God through her work – Her God-given gifts and aptitudes that prepared her for the work God has given her as a lawyer – The value and importance of having wise mentors and people affirming gifts when choosing a career path  – Her experience working f
06/10/20211 hour 44 seconds
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#9 Jen Wilkin, Author & Bible Teacher

This week’s episode features author and Bible teacher Jen Wilkin. Jen has organized and led studies for women in the home, church, and parachurch contexts. An advocate for Bible literacy, her passion is to see others become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. She also serves at The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX. Here she discusses with Courtney and Missie: – How she became passionate about biblical literacy and what led her to begin teaching and writing, even when she had 4 children, ages 4 and under. – The dual callings God places in women’s lives and how to balance and be faithful in all of the areas of work and responsibility God has given us – The complex and negotiable factors involved in the view that all women should be stay-at-home-moms if and when they become mothers – A biblical vision f
29/09/202149 minutes 14 seconds
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#8 Kristin Schmucker, CEO Daily Grace Co

Episode 8 features the founder and CEO of Daily Grace Co, Kristin Schmucker. The Daily Grace Co exists to equip disciples to know and love God and His word by creating beautiful, theologically rich, and accessible resources so that God may be glorified and the Gospel made known.   In this episode, Kristin discusses: -The tragedy that led her to start writing devotionals -How the Lord grew her business from a small apartment to a warehouse and over 50 team members!  -Organization tips on how to manage a busy schedule and be intentional with how you block out your day -Adopting from overseas and what led her family to do this -How to keep perspective that your work is for God’s glory ...and more   Learn more about The Daily Grace Co. on their website, or follow them on instagram.    For
22/09/202148 minutes 13 seconds
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#7 Jessica Hotz, Founder of Elevate

In episode 7, Courtney Moore and Missie Branch chat with Jessica Hotz, founder of Elevate, a non-profit that believes in creating sustainable job solutions globally that improve lives and transform communities.   In this episode, Jessica discusses: – Life in Nebraska, her upbringing, and faith  – What led her and her husband to start the non-profit Elevate – Elevate's mission and partnership with artisans around the world   Check out some of Jessica’s favorite Elevate products:  Dimarco bag  Travelers Tote  Utility Bag    Jess also mentions Personalysis in the show, a personality assessment she
15/09/202158 minutes 45 seconds
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#6 Sara Beth Fentress, 127 Worldwide

This month’s episode features Sara Beth Fentress, founder of 127 Worldwide, an organization that focuses on orphan prevention and caring for vulnerable communities around the world. In this episode, Sara Beth discusses: – How she began 127 Worldwide and some of the challenges with starting a non-profit – Singleness and the joys and griefs that can accompany it – What orphan prevention is and how 127 is meeting that need by connecting people with skills and giftings to communities around the world. Check out their website here. And if you have questions or want to connect with Sara Beth and 127 Worldwide, she graciously offered her email address. You can reach her at [email protected]
20/07/202142 minutes 24 seconds
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#5 Jaelene Daniels, Professional Soccer Player

In this episode, we hear from professional soccer player, Jaelene Daniels. She is a celebrated women’s soccer player who played for the North Carolina Courage and the Women’s National Team. In this episode she discusses: Discipline of your mind and body  Importance of Christian friends and community Standing firm in your faith in the midst of cultural pressure to do otherwise  Mentorship and why it is so vital    Jaelene is a part of a mentorship program for female athletes. For more information, check them out at A Seat at the Table.    Press releases about Jaelene Daniels: Career Stats and Accomplishments  <a href='http
18/05/202147 minutes 23 seconds
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#3 Michele Coats, Founder & Principal of El Paso Christian School

In this episode, founder and principal of El Paso Christian School, Michele Coats, discusses with us what led her to start a classical private school and how God paved the way to bring it to life. She also talks about her physical and mental journey along the way.   She discusses: God calling her when she least expected it- to do something that seemed unlikely and even impossible. God closing and opening doors in His timing and all of the ways He placed people in her path to help her in her weaknesses. The beautiful diversity on display in her school because of its location. Her physical health journey and why it was important for her to begin taking care of her temple to be able to accomplish all God has called her to.    Check out her school: El Paso Christian S
15/03/202136 minutes 7 seconds