Lori Wilhite serves alongside her husband Jud who is the Senior Pastor at Central Church in Las Vegas. They love getting to be part of God changing Sin City into Grace City. She is the founder of Leading and Loving It and is also the co-author of Leading and Loving It: Encouragement for Pastors’ Wives and Women in Leadership. They have two kids, Emma and Ethan. They also have the world’s cutest bulldog, Roxy. She’s slightly Jane Austen obsessed and should buy stock in Starbucks since Chai-tea Lattes are a necessity.
Instagram & Twitter: @loriwilhite
Julie Richard and her husband Mac founded Lake Hills Church in Austin, TX in 1997. Julie’s experience covers a diverse background, which includes: special education, elementary reading, early childhood and student ministry. Through FearlessMom.com, a ministry she founded in 2013, Julie has the opportunity to combine her unique set of experiences and apply all she’s learned to empower moms with skills and tools to actually ENJOY parenting.
With humor and joy, Julie explains the practical, everyday relevance of the Bible. Her passion is marriage and family, believing and teaching that God’s design simply works best! She enjoys teaching with Mac on topics like Marriage & Family at LHC, as well as other churches around the country. She also speaks at women’s events, mother-daughter gatherings, churches and schools. BUT, as much as she loves teaching and serving in the local church, her favorite job is being wife to Mac and a mom to Emily and Joseph.
Instagram & Twitter: @juliesrichard
Kay Warren co-founded Saddleback Church with her husband Rick Warren in Lake Forest, California. She is a passionate Bible teacher and respected advocate for people living with mental illness, orphaned and vulnerable children, as well as for those living with HIV&AIDS. She founded Saddleback’s HIV&AIDS Initiative. Kay is the author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough, Say Yes to God and coauthor of Foundations, the popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide. Her children are Amy and Josh, and Matthew who is in Heaven, and she has five grandchildren.
Instagram & Twitter: @kaywarren75
Irene Rollins is a passionate woman who is energized by endeavoring to be the best wife, mother and pastor that she can be while striving to maintain a healthy life/work balance. Her mission is to live a life that is healthy spirituality, mentally/emotionally and physically. Being born in Zambia and growing up abroad as well as in the USA, her passion for reaching a diverse group of people is as diverse as her upbringing. With an affection for youth sports and health Irene was a co-founder of the first youth track and field club in her city that has since grown into a full fledged sports program that is mentoring hundreds of students ages 6-18 years old and impacting the lives of their families for Jesus Christ.
Serving alongside her husband, Irene has been a vital part of growing a life giving church called i5 City reaching almost 2,000 people weekly. Irene’s life mission was solidified when she successfully climbed and summited Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2013 where God unfolded the 3 values that would guide the way she walks out her purpose in life: Be Brave; Don’t do life alone; And to walk in your purpose and potential, you must take the journey of life “pole pole” meaning “slowly slowly” in Swahili. Irene has a desire to inspire women and other pastors wives to be the best version of themselves that they can be.
If you were to find Irene in her down time you find her reading, exercising or enjoying cooking and clowning around with her husband Jimmy of 17 years and her three children.
Instagram & Twitter: @irenerollins
Mardia Lira, speaker and pastor’s wife, has been influencing women with her life. She challenge and encourage them through “Mujer Real”, a women’s conference she leads in Las Vegas. Her passion is to empower women on what God has made them to be.
She is the founder and leader of “Dirigiendo con Amor”, the Spanish-speaking arm of “Leading and Loving it”, encouraging Spanish speaking pastor’s wife and women in ministry in the Spanish-speaking world.
Mardia Lira is a loving mother and devoted wife who lives in Las Vegas with her husband and her two little daughters. Six years ago they partner with Central Christian Church to start a Spanish Speaking movement of churches with the message of Radical Grace.
Mardia enjoys taking pictures, casual walks with her hubby, and a good cup of coffee.
Instagram & Twitter: @mardialira
Pastor Sara Connor was born in Kingston, Jamaica, into a musical and diverse family. Having personally overcome devastating situations, she helps others discover the strength, faith and hope that comes through God’s Word. A firm believer that adversity is necessary to birthing destiny, Sara is rallying our generation to stay the course, amp up our commitments and serve where we are planted.
Sara is funny, practical, energetic and engaging. She strengthens believers around the world through scriptural principles and compassion. A huge believer in the local church, she oversees several ministries but her heart beats true for outreach and missions. She lives to give and can be found encouraging believers to live selfless lives, giving gifts or involved in serving charitable causes on any given day.
She attended Christ for the Nations and graduated with a Certificate in Biblical Studies and Missions. She earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary and a Masters in Christian Education with an emphasis on Biblical Culture from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. In addition, she is a Certified Christian Counselor with the International Institute for Faith Based Counseling. Sara blogs and is a contributing writer for B3 Caribbean Magazine and will be joining the Australian Magazine MICI in 2015. Sara serves as Assistant Pastor at Word of Truth Family Church in Arlington, Texas alongside her husband, Senior Pastor Eben Conner. Together they have two children, Heaven & Landon and reside in Mansfield, Texas.
Instagram & Twitter: @pastorsara
Karrie Garcia is a speaker, life coach and mother of three who is passionate about proclaiming the freedom that can come from a life surrendered to Christ. Facing drug addiction, the suicide of her mother, and the breakdown of her first marriage, she understands the need for grace, mercy and healing that can only come from Jesus Christ.
Also the founder of Freedom Movement, Karrie is passionate about sharing the truth of Christ and helping other women walk away from a victim mentality and into a life of victory. She is driven to see healing in the lives of fellow women who seek real, authentic relationships. Her goal is to tear down the misconception that we are identified by our mistakes and to replace that concept with the truth the we are made for so much more.
Instagram & Twitter: @karriegarcia1
Annie Downs is an author, blogger, and speaker based in Nashville, TN. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. An author of three books – Let’s All Be Brave, Perfectly Unique, and Speak Love, Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking to young women, college students, and adults. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @anniefdowns.
Instagram & Twitter: @anniefdowns
Linda Seidler serves on The Equip Team for Leading and Loving It. She is also a pastor, speaker and writer and has a drive and passion for building the local church. She and her husband, Tim, founded The Experience Church in Bridgeport, Ohio, where they lead and pastor together.
Linda has a deep love for encouraging people and leverages her voice to inspire others to believe in themselves, to rise up strong and emerge with confidence. From that place of passion, she is committed to being a messenger of daily hope through her online quotes and mini-devos.
Linda and Tim have three daughters and a son-in-law who are all actively involved in ministry. In her spare time, Linda loves to peruse the local thrift and salvage stores and has an affinity for repurposing existing furniture and items for her home.
Instagram & Twitter: @lindaseidler
Noel Yeatts is an active advocate for social justice and humanitarian needs around the world. With over 20 years of experience in humanitarian work, Noel is an author, speaker, and the Vice President of World Help, an international, Christian humanitarian organization serving the physical and spiritual needs of impoverished communities around the world. Noel regularly takes the stage for speaking engagements and advocacy events around the country and has been widely recognized for her groundbreaking book, Awake: Doing a World of Good One Person at a Time. A love for justice runs in the family as Noel’s husband Patrick serves as a Circuit Court Judge in Virginia. They live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their two sons, Riley and Bentley, and one feisty “not so teacup” Chihuahua named Thunder.
Instagram & Twitter: @noelyeatts