Editor & WriterLauren lives in Memphis, Tennessee where she was born and raised. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Kaleb, for three years. They are expecting their first child in early April 2017. She works as the Girls’ Ministry Director at Bellevue Baptist Church where she has served part-time and full-time for five years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Memphis and has completed some Master’s-level classes at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is passionate about girls understanding the call of discipleship for believers and teaching them how to live faithfully by applying God’s Word. She loves outdoors activities, exploring God’s creation, traveling with her husband and family, reading and writing, and all things fall that are warm and cozy. She enjoys making memories by taking lots of pictures and collecting magnets, ornaments, and coffee mugs on all her adventures.
Editor & WriterChelsea was born and raised in the Sunshine State, but left Jacksonville 3 years ago to pursue a Master’s of Christian Education in Memphis. Fully intent on returning to the beach, she instead developed a crush on a classmate named Justin, put a ring on it in October of 2015, and happily settled in for the land-locked life with her husband! She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Business from Jacksonville University and has served on staff in Bellevue Baptist’s College Ministry for 2 years. She has a thing for organizing everything around her and overusing the label maker. She is passionate about teaching others how to correctly study and understand Scripture for the sake of their own spiritual growth, and how to love coffee for the sake of their happiness! Disciple-making will always be an intentional part of her routine thanks to the impact of a discipleship relationship in her own life. She actually really enjoys grocery shopping, typically wears bright colors, and her mom is her bestie! She’s not a baker. But, she thinks its a hobby she’d like to pick up one day! And she’s not a reader either, but let’s be real, probably never will be!
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Carrie is a direct product of her birthplace: Southern California. She stands as the definition of a Cali girl loving all things sunshine, beach, mountains, and sports. She experienced the culture shock of a lifetime when she left the sandy shores to attend Union University in Jackson, TN. After interning at Bellevue Baptist Church following her freshman year of college, she abandoned her work on a nursing degree in order to pursue ministry whole-heartedly. She currently attends Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary where she is finishing her Bachelor’s in Christian Studies. A handsome young man, Dane, just happened to join her on the same church summer staff the following year. While winning students’ hearts for the Lord, he also won hers! They tied the knot joyfully in March. Carrie desires for all girls to understand the importance of God’s Word and personally experience the life-changing power it can have in their lives. When she’s not running a half marathon or getting swoll at the gym, she enjoys reading and doing anything in the great outdoors with the people she loves most. Carrie is trademarked by her competitive spirit, vivacious facial expressions, and trending one-liners.
WriterRenae, though born north of the Mason-Dixon line, claims Tennesee as home. She and her husband live in Jackson, TN. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Biblical Languages at Union University. Both she and her husband have served in the youth ministry at their church, First Baptist Jackson, since their early days in college. She has taught Sunday School for middle school girls since 2011. Her desire is for young females to thirst for the Word of God. In her free time, Renae loves to read, work in the garden, and go on adventures with her husband. She collects all items related to llamas including stuffed animals, socks, and salt & pepper shakers. You can read more by Renae at her blog, Pedestrian God.
Guest WriterClaire Baker lives in Memphis, TN where she was born and raised, and she doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon (forever choosing the 901—GO GRIZZ)! She and her husband, Jason, have been married for almost two years. They are madly in love with their only child, Conley. He has a sweet face, eats everything, drools a lot…and has four legs. He was happy to hear his namesake, Mike Conley, is going to stay in Memphis, too! Claire holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Interior Design from the University of Memphis. She works as the Sr. High Girls Director at Hope Church where she has served part-time and full-time for a combined five years. She is passionate about pursuing biblical discipleship in her own life and ministry, and she deeply desires for high school girls to experience the power of the gospel and to fall in love with Jesus. She is a movie buff, a lover of graphic design, puts ranch dressing on everything, has Dr. Pepper running through her veins, thinks she is an awesome dancer (but really isn’t at all), and loves to cuddle on the couch with Jason and Conley.
WriterIn 2001, Julia Bickley moved from the small North Alabama town of Tuscumbia to serve the Lord in Memphis, TN. While pursuing her Master of Christian Education, she served at Bellevue Baptist Church before coming on staff at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. At Mid-America, she is the Director of Campus Life and teaches as an adjunct professor in the Christian Education department. Her passions include the Gospel, teaching students how to faithfully teach the Scriptures, evangelism, missions, and being a member at Grace Church Memphis. She loves cooking, reading, good coffee, meaningful conversations, traveling, laughing with friends, and walking her dog, Charlie Dickens. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Christian Higher Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
WriterCatherine lives in the best place in the world, where BBQ and soul music keep you walking the streets in your blue suede shoes and Grit and Grind is a way of life: Memphis, TN. In 2014, she graduated from Victory University with a degree in Psychology. She just returned to Amerca, from an eleven-month mission trip to eleven different countries. She is currently the High School Girls’ Intern at Bellevue Baptist Church. She is passionate about biblical literacy and showing females who they are designed to be in Christ! She aspires to minister to other ladies, while cultivating rawness and vulnerability. Some of Catherine’s favorite things are her crazy family, anything outdoors, deep conversations, yummy coffee, hot tea, everything sports, five-minute dance parties, thought-provoking books, and all things domestic.
Guest WriterKimberly grew up in Memphis, TN in Midtown. She received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she met her husband Nathan. Their paths first crossed playing flag football with the BCM. They now live in Memphis as Nathan is pursuing his seminary degree. Kimberly has a passion for working with refugees from Central Asia, but currently teaches 3rd grade in a local school. She especially enjoys finding new recipes and playing sports.
WriterAllison Frazier grew up in Olive Branch, Mississippi where she graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. She now resides in Lakeland, TN where her husband serves as the Next Generation Pastor at Faith Baptist Church Bartlett. They met while she was serving at Collierville First Baptist Church as their Girl’s Ministry Director when Brett was finishing up his Master’s of Divinity at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Although they both are from two totally different places in Missisissippi, the Lord knew they were perfect for each other. Allison and Brett have two children, Graham and Adelyn. Allison is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys making their house a home. Her heart is set on being a Titus 2 woman, and is passionate about helping girls see God’s plan for their lives rather than this world’s. She enjoys making chocolate chip cookies, trying DIY tutorials, and all things shopping!
WriterBethany Golding is from Gardendale, Alabama and moved to Memphis, Tennessee when she was in the 7th grade. She thought her life was ruined when she had to move, but everything turned out great because Memphis is where she met her high school sweetheart, who she fell in love with and married! Bethany has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from Union University, and she teaches sweet first grade babies in inner city Memphis. She loves middle school and high school girls and is currently discipling the sweetest 6th graders on the planet! She enjoys hanging out with her husband, teaching tiny humans, spending time with family and friends, eating Mexican food, singing, reading, and traveling. She firmly believes that mornings should be off limits. In a perfect world, she would sleep until noon everyday.
WriterKinsey is originally from Memphis, TN. After earning her Bachelors of Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University, she married her high school pal-turned-husband, Rex. The Gormans now live in beautiful Seattle, WA where they serve in ministry at The Landing Church Seattle. Kinsey is an elementary teacher by trade, but especially loves to teach children and adults the truth of God’s Word. She enjoys hiking with her husband, having friends in her home, and warming her hands with a great cup of coffee.
WriterBethany is a newlywed woman! She is married to Keenan Hord who is the student pastor at Bellevue Arlington. Bethany was homeschooled all of her school years with her 4 other siblings. She decided to pursue cosmetology right out of high school. She has been a stylist at Gould’s Hair Salon for just over two years. Bethany is an aspiring mom and Aunt to sweet little nephew. She has a deep desire to pour into the lives of those who are willing to listen. She loves spending time with her husband, watching movies, and eating homemade Arabic food. She loves music, enoing, and strawberry cheesecake from Jerry’s Sno Cones. She’d love to get to know you, so feel to reach out to her!
Rachel Liverman was born and raised in Hughesville, Maryland. She currently lives in Lynchburg, Virginia while she attends Liberty University to receive her Bachelors in Youth Ministry. She is currently a senior, but she hopes to stay at Liberty and get her Masters in Discipleship and Church Ministries. Rachel is currently a broke college student, so she is a student worker in the LU Shepherds Office while attending Liberty. She has been involved in student ministry at her home church and her church in Lynchburg for the past 4 years and is obsessed with it! She is passionate about helping people grow in their relationship with Jesus, but she loves girl’s ministry above all else! She loves anything that has to do with students, coffee, traveling, and getting to know people. She loves to paint, read, exercise, and meet new people! Rachel’s biggest obsession and the way to her heart is giraffes!
WriterLauren is from Jacksonville, FL and is newly married to her best friend Gilbert. She is a family girl who loves to make each day special for someone else. A perfect day in the life of Lauren starts with a good run in a matching running outfit, breakfast, time at the beach or shopping, a taco salad dinner, only to end with a good cup of coffee! She is currently teaching second grade in Jacksonville, FL, but has previously served on staff at Chets Creek Church as Preschool Ministry Associate. Her ministry pursuit began after graduation from Florida State University serving college students through the Baptist Collegiate Ministry in Northeast Florida. She is passionate about helping young women discover their identity and freedom in Christ. She loves to share her experiences of success and failure to encourage others along their faith journey.
WriterHannah is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, but has lived in Memphis for the last eight years. She is currently a student at the University of Memphis (Go Tigers!!) pursing a degree in English. She is currently the college MA at Bellevue Baptist Church. She loves building relationships with girls, teaching Biblical truth in an applicable way, and being involved with summer missions projects. She enjoys spontaneous road trips, all things “Choose 901”, game nights with friends, reading new books, and traveling to big cities. She loves collecting hats from all the places she visits.
WriterJenny married her handsome farmer (Chip) four years ago, and they live in Fayette County, TN with their one -year-old baby boy, Titus. Before she wore the boots of a farmers wife and accepted the schedule of a full-time mom, she worked as an intern in girls ministry for two years. Jenny loves finding connections between the spiritual and physical. She is confident that God’s power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3). She sings His praises from the alto section in her church choir and eats her burger with everything on it. She still races on the buggy through the grocery parking lot, and doesn’t chew gum because it makes her jaw pop!
Guest WriterJordan Reid was born in California and raised in the good ole’ south. She absolutely loves fried chicken, sweet tea, chocolate cake, and any kind of southern cooking! She currently lives in Lynchburg, Virginia where she attends school at Liberty University. Studying to be a nurse, Jordan is passionate about helping people both physically and spiritually. Her life has been forever changed by the sacrifice of Jesus and she yearns for others to discover their worth in the Lord and grow daily alongside with her in their relationship with their creator through meditating on the Word, spending time in prayer, and spending time to corporately fellowship and worship with other believers. Jordan has been living the dream the past two summers as an intern at both her home church in Williamsburg, Virginia and Bellevue in Memphis, Tennessee (her favorite job by far.) Some of her favorite things include watching sunrises and sunsets, hiking, eating lactose-free ice cream, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends!
WriterHannah was born in New Orleans, LA, but has grown up in Memphis, TN. She has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Inspired by a brother with Autism and a passion for working with special needs children, Hannah has felt a strong call to be a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. She is passionate about international missions. She has served in Honduras and spent a total of 6 months in China on short-term mission trips. Hannah would love to use the skills she’s learning in OT school to serve special needs kids overseas if the Lord steers her in that direction. But for now, Hannah thoroughly enjoys teaching her 10th grade girls life group, encouraging the girls to find their identity in Christ, not this world. She is an open book and loves getting to know people! She especially enjoys the outdoors, sunshine, fitness, dogs, candles, guacamole, breakfast food, and cupcakes… LOTS of cupcakes.
Guest WriterEllie lives in quaint Jasper, AL with her husband Andrew, whom she met at a Bible study he was teaching in 2010. They are passionately involved in local youth and bible study ministries. Ellie loves to teach, write, and host conferences for girls in Alabama. She launched PURE, a ministry for girls ages 12-19 in 2012 and Abundantly Loved, a ministry for women from all walks of life in 2014. She is a morning person, a hugger, and enjoys a good cup of coffee every now and then.
WriterOriginally from east Tennessee, Casey moved to the Memphis area in August of 2011 to attend Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education. Since graduating seminary she has experienced a lot of exciting life changes. A week after her graduation, she married Mason on May 30, 2015 and moved from the city to the country. That is also around the time she began serving at Bellevue Arlington as their Preschool and Children’s Director. Before coming to Bellevue, Casey served on staff at her home church for over 10 years. She enjoys all things creative—fashion, decorating, crafting, and graphic design to name a few! She loves, loves, LOVES her some Chick-fil-a and would eat there every day if she could. She is passionate about telling other about Jesus. If Casey described herself, she would say she is just a girl who loves Jesus and desires to love and serve Him with all her heart.
WriterSarah was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, but currently lives in Starkville, Mississippi with her high school sweetheart, Ryan. For the past two years, Sarah has worked as a high school science teacher showing students the beauty of God’s creation through the study of Anatomy, Biology, and Forensic Science. She has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from Christian Brothers University in Memphis. She is passionate about showing young women that God has an incredible future in store for their lives if they will faithfully seek His wisdom in all things! One of her favorite verses is Ephesians 2:10 which says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing the piano, reading books, exploring the great outdoors, and gym time with her husband.
Sara is a proud Tennessee native (Go Vols!) and grew up in and around Nashville, her favorite city. Sara attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, where she met her husband Micah. They welcomed a daughter, Nora, in 2014, and son, Wyatt, in November 2016. Sara works in youth ministry in Memphis, TN, where she lives with her family. Sara’s hope is to help girls and young women understand how wide, long, high and deep Christ’s love is. Sara loves Jesus, hates raisins, and is thankful every day for living in Memphis because the food there is so darn good!
WriterGinny Stovall was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and she is currently pursuing a degree in Biblical Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is recently engaged to her high school sweetheart, Jordan Finney (Yes, her name is going to rhyme). She has been actively involved in ministry and worship since middle school, and travels weekly with a worship team from her university. Ginny accepted the call to ministry in the 6th grade, and she desires to teach women about the transformative power of the living and active Word of God. She loves all things fall, the beach, singing, reading, and spending time with family. Some of Ginny’s primary love languages are: organization, laughter, and smoothies. She loves meeting new people, so feel free to introduce yourself!
WriterKatie was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from Union University in December, she moved back to Memphis in order to pursue a masters degree in occupational therapy at UTHSC, and she will graduate in May 2018. Katie served as a high school summer intern at Bellevue Baptist Church the past 3 summers and loved every minute of it. She currently serves as a high school life group leader, is passionate about volunteering in the Memphis community, and enjoys going on international mission trips—especially to Honduras. She loves coffee shops, elephants, Anthropologie candles, and people. You will likely find Katie laughing and smiling on any given day.
WriterHannah was brought up in the small town of Pilot Point, TX. Following high school graduation, she traveled the country with a ministry team based out of Knoxville, TN. She has since served musically in various churches in Texas and Virginia and worked two summers with Lifeway camps. The Lord brought Hannah to Memphis, TN to fulfill her internship at the completion of her Bachelor’s of Music and Worship at Liberty University…and…well, she never really left! She is now serving full-time in the music department at Bellevue Baptist Church. Aside from enjoying music, her spiritual excitement comes from looking for God’s grander purposes in the mundane and witnessing “aha” moments as someone learns a new aspect of the Lord. She enjoys nearly anything that involves working with her hands—crocheting, cooking, coloring (before it was cool for adults), crafting, building, and any handyman work! Though she does not drink coffee, each of her collected tea mugs has a story whether from a trip, family member, friend, or mentor.
WriterElizabeth Paige is a Mississippi girl who moved to Memphis for seminary. A recent graduate from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, she has her Bachelor’s in Christian Studies and is currently working on her Master’s of Divinity in Christian Education. It was at Mid-America where she met her husband Caleb Warren, and they are loving this new stage of life! She is the Missions Coordinator at Bellevue Baptist Church. She loves reading, spending time with those she loves, traveling, and deep conversations… or just talking in general. She is passionate about training and equipping believers to share the gospel and reaching those with a false gospel. She collects Bibles in different languages and translations, actually loves school, and enjoys writing essays.
Guest WriterSarah was born and raised in Memphis and currently lives in Arlington. She’s been married for over 3 years, and is expecting her first child in October! She has worked in ministry for about 7 years, and is currently working at New Hope Christian Church in Bartlett. Even though she has a degree in communications from the ole U of M (University of Memphis), her passion is speaking and seeing student’s choose Jesus in the most difficult of circumstances. In her free time, she enjoys working out, obstacle course racing, push up competitions and snuggling up with her pup.
WriterAshley grew up in a town with a population of cows larger than the population of people. She moved to Memphis to attend the U of M in 2011, and now serves as the Girls Ministry Specialist at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett. She is working on a Masters degree in Biblical Counseling through The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is passionate about making disciples and mobilizing people to follow Jesus to the nations. She is a morning person and enjoys drinking black coffee, trying out new recipes, traveling around the world, hanging out with internationals, and doing anything outdoors. Most evenings, you can catch her running around Midtown Memphis!