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Tara applied her law degree and MBA as the first female senior staff member at Peacemaker Ministries, and then was (happily!) surprised to be home, later in life, serving her husband, Fred, and their two daughters. When her children were young, Tara published her first video series, “Living the Gospel in Relationships,” and coauthored two books: Peacemaking Women and Redeeming Church Conflicts. Currently, Tara travels extensively to serve at events on topics related to anxiety, disordered affections, teaching logic to children, writing, and relationships. In addition to mediation and publication duties, Tara is also currently enrolled in Reformed Theological Seminary where she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion.

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Melanie has been a CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer since 2001. Previously she served as South Coast Presbytery Women’s Ministry President. For the past 24 years she has worked as the Managing Editor for the Christian Research Journal, a bi-monthly magazine that specializes in in-depth research of cults and new religions, the occult (including the New Age movement), aberrant Christian movements and teachings, and general apologetics. Its goal is to equip the body of Christ in doctrine, discernment, defense of the Christian faith and discipleship. She lives in Charlotte, NC, is married to Dwayne and has two sons.

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Courtney received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Women’s Ministry at the Kirk of the Hills in St. Louis, MO. Her desire is to study, teach, and apply well the word of God. She is a Bible teacher, a conference and retreat speaker, and the author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story (2016). Courtney has a love for education and is on the board of directors for Providence Classical Christian Academy in St. Louis as well as the advisory board for Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Her husband, Craig, is also on staff at the Kirk of the Hills as the Pastor of Men’s Ministry and Administration. After making it through seminary together, it is their joy to now work and serve together! They have four children—Austin, Bradon, Shelby, and Rebecca—and two amazing daughter-in-laws—Ruth and Jordan. You can find her on Twitter , Facebook , or on her website.

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Ellen received her MA in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1999 and serves as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel-centered discipleship and teaching regarding sexuality. Ellen loves ministry to women and is most passionate about mentoring, teaching God’s Word and spiritually nurturing others to walk deeply with Jesus. New Life Presbyterian in Dresher, PA, is her home church.


Christina received her undergraduate degree from Covenant College and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She writes for a number of Christian ministries and publications including Ligonier Ministries, Revive Our Hearts, Desiring God, and The Gospel Coalition. She is the content editor for enCourage and the author of A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope Through the Psalms of Lament. Christina serves on the advisory board at Covenant College and serves in women’s ministry at her church. She prefers her coffee black and from a French press, enjoys antiquing, hiking, traveling, and reading. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two boys. You can find her at www.christinafox.com, @christinarfox and on Facebook.

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Kristen resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her pastor husband and their three teenagers. Through leading a small group teen Bible study, she discovered her passion for teaching and writing about God’s grace. Her first book, Get Your Story Straight: A Teen Devotional, was recently released by New Growth Press. When Kristen is not writing, wearing her mom hat or in her pastor’s wife role, she loves to exercise, cook, host parties of all sizes, hunt for antiques and flea market finds and travel. To learn more visit www.kristenhatton.com.


Maryanne  was born in Toronto, Canada. She moved to Georgia in 1998 to attend Covenant College, and ended up settling in the South after meeting her husband, Pat. They settled in Atlanta, Georgia and are now parents to 4 children. Maryanne loves to teach Bible studies, finding joy in seeing God’s Word take root in the hearts of women. She writes for True Woman on occasion, but agrees wholeheartedly with Sally Clarkson that “my children are the best book I have ever written.”


Karen serves as the Coordinator for PCA Women’s Ministry, where she seeks to connect women and churches to one another and to sound resources. She is also having the time of her life serving alongside her husband Chris, Senior Pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, IL. Chris and Karen have two children, Anna Grace (23) and Haddon (20) that round out “Team Hodge.”  It is from the perspective of a wife, mother, leader, and fellow pilgrim that she hopes to offer insight from God’s Word to women concerning how she and they can most effectively learn to enjoy and extend God’s Glory.


Steph served as Director of Mission to North America’s (MNA) Special Needs Ministries from 2007 to 2016. She continues to work for MNA Special Needs Ministries as a Consultant and also serves on the Lancaster  Christian  Council  on  Disability  (LCCD). Steph is the author of Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by  Disability  and  All  Things  Possible:  Calling  Your  Church  Leadership to Disability Ministry. She has been published in  ByFaith  magazine,  Focus  on  the  Family  magazine,  and  Breakpoint  online  magazine  and  has produced a Christian Education DVD series based on Same Lake, Different Boat.  Steph and her  husband, Fred, have been married for 33 years.  They have two deeply loved adult sons: Fred and Tim, the younger of whom has Down syndrome.

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Susan is the wife of Gene Hunt, a retired PCA pastor, and they have 3 adult children and 12 grandchildren. She is the former PCA Coordinator for Women’s Ministry and served as a consultant to CDM. Susan is the author and co-author of several books for women’s ministries, including Spiritual Mothering and Titus 2 Tools (CDM 2016), as well as TRUE, the CDM discipleship curriculum series on biblical womanhood for teen girls. She has also authored several books for children.


Melissa serves on staff as Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the author of The Envy of Eve:  Finding Contentment in a Covetous World (Christian Focus, 2012) and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood (WaterBrook/Multnomah, 2015).   Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary and they have three children.

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Holly Mackle writes and gardens in Birmingham, Alabama. She is wife to David and mama of two flower-sneaking bitties. She is the editor of engagingmotherhood.com, an author of the collaborative study for new moms, Engaging Motherhood: Heart Preparation for a Holy Calling (2016), and author of the family advent devotional, Little Hearts, Prepare Him Room (2016). Holly blogs life and tomatoes and diggingsuburbia and is the humorist for joegardener.com.


Heather (M.A., Westminster Theological Seminary) loves coffee, reading, front porch conversations, the beach, date night with her husband, and story time with her daughters. She is married to a PCA pastor in southeastern Virginia, and when she’s not corralling their quite energetic 5-year-old twins, she enjoys writing and connecting with women through counseling and retreat speaking. Her favorite topics are hope amidst the broken places of life, God’s gracious rescue of her as a “good girl who got it all wrong,” and how to live unashamed through the hope of Jesus. She blogs at Hidden Glory and is the author of Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame (2016).


Shari was born and raised in the Caribbean into a church planting culture. The granddaughter, daughter, and wife of a church planter, she is not quite sure whether she has a love for the church or just can’t escape it. But she’s throwing her lot in with the church because Jesus does! In addition to founding and directing Parakaleo, she writes, speaks, and trains ministry leaders. After being involved in church plants in three countries, she and her husband, John, currently call Manhattan home, where John is the Global Director of Training for Redeemer’s City to City. Among her many loves is spending time with her three adult children, sharing stories, and dreaming of that great day on the other side where we will gather to hear the finished narratives of our lives.