Leading and Loving It is a ministry dedicated to equipping, connecting, and impacting pastors’ wives and women in ministry. We hope to encourage healthy women and therefore healthy marriages, healthy families, and healthy ministries.
LORI WILHITE, FOUNDER
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.
Lori co-leads the daily ins and outs of Leading and Loving It. If you have any questions concerning LALI, life, or leadership, connect with Lori at email@example.com.
BRANDI WILSON, CO-FOUNDER
Brandi Wilson is married to Pete who’s the Senior Pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Cross Point was planted in the fall of 2002 and is a multi-site church.She is also the co-author of Leading and Loving It: Encouragement for Pastors’ Wives and Women in Leadership.
Pete and Brandi have three boys: Jett, Gage, and Brewer. When Brandi isn’t wrangling boys, she enjoys reading, hiking, social-networking, and spending time with friends. Brandi co-leads the daily ins and outs of Leading and Loving It.
MARDIA LIRA, FOUNDER OF DIRIGIENDO CON AMOR
Mardia Lira was born in Durango, Mexico. She traveled around Latin America alongside her husband, Edgar, bringing hope and the message of the cross through music. Mardia and her family moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2010 to partner with Central Church starting Link Central.tv, a relevant Spanish speaking church.
Mardia is the founder of Dirigiendo Con Amor, the Spanish arm of Leading and Loving It. Together Edgar and Mardia have two beautiful girls, Demi and Miley.
Mardia loves casual walks with her hubby, and a good cup of coffee.
KAYLEE ZENTAI, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Kaylee is a Liberty University graduate, a Las Vegas native, and is a part of Central Church. Kaylee has been on the Leading and Loving It team since 2011 and helps lead the communications strategy as well as marketing, graphic design, and whatever else needs to be done.
CINDY BEALL, DIRECTOR OF EQUIP
Cindy Beall is a writer, speaker and mentor to leaders. She enjoys watching college football, eating Mexican food, hanging out with her sons, and sitting on her back porch with her husband, Chris. The Bealls have been married since 1993 and have spent most of their marriage in full-time ministry. They have three sons between them which means there is very little pink in their home but a plethora of airsoft guns and camouflage.
Cindy’s husband, Chris, serves as the Oklahoma City Campus Pastor at Life.Church and also oversees half of the OKC metro Life.Church campuses. Cindy is also two-time author. Her first book, Healing Your Marriage When Trust Is Broken, released in 2011, and her second book, Rebuilding a Marriage Better Than New, will release on August 1, 2016.
LIZ SARNO, DIRECTOR OF CONNECTLOCAL
Chris and Liz Sarno founded Relevant Church in 2004 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Liz serves as the ministry administrator (which really means she does a little bit of everything!) overseeing operations for the church, Chris Sarno Ministries and The International Bible Training Center.
Three beautiful children, Lauren, Luca and Giana and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Samson round out the Sarno household. When Liz isn’t working at the church, she enjoys reading, writing, songwriting, shopping, and going to the beach. She is passionate about helping people realize their potential in Christ and helping equip them to fulfill their God-given purpose.
STEPHANIE SHOUSE, DIRECTOR OF CONNECTLIVE
Stephanie is married to Jeff, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ramsey, Illinois. Since they met in Bible college in 1997, God has led them to pastor small churches in New Orleans, the Appalachian mountains, Kentucky, and Illinois.
They have two teenage daughters who have grown up serving in the church and still love Jesus. Stephanie loves helping people connect: helping women find authentic connections with one another, connecting the truth of the Bible to our everyday lives, and connecting people with our Savior and the Source of all Life. She spends her free time roadtripping with Jeff in their Jeep with the top down, dancing around the kitchen to whatever music her teenagers are listening to, and sipping coffee with a good book on her front porch.
LISA HUGHES, DIRECTOR OF IMPACT
David and Lisa Hughes have been at Church by the Glades in South Florida, where David serves as Senior Pastor, since 1998.
Lisa has three kids Charlie, Victoria and Zane. She loves South Florida, coffee, social networking and connecting with other Pastors’ Wives. Lisa oversees our partnerships with sponsors, churches, bloggers and other non-profit organizations through our Impact team.
HEATHER PALACIOS, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Heather Palacios is married to Raul and together, they are raising two little world-changers, DJ and Andy. Raul and Heather are honored to be part of the Church by the Glades team in Coral, Springs, Florida under the awesome leadership of David and Lisa Hughes.
Heather is also founder of “WondHerful” an online venue dedicated to helping people be encouraged and laugh a little more. Heather is a prodigal daughter, who still can’t believe the Father took her back, after the wayward life she led. Ever since her return, she wakes up grateful He loves her and ready to make Him smile!
LINDA SEIDLER, EQUIP TEAM
Linda Seidler has a deep love for encouraging people and is compelled to be a messenger of hope. She leverages her voice and her writing to inspire others to believe in themselves, rise up strong and emerge in confidence. From that place of passion, she stays driven to help others find hope and purpose and encouraging them to believe that they truly matter and have a greater purpose.
Linda is a writer, speaker, leader and pastor and has a strong passion for building the local church. She and her husband, Tim, co-founded The Experience Church in Bridgeport, Ohio where they lead and pastor together. They have three beautiful daughters…one married, Betsy, and two at-home, Larissa and Katyn. 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.
EMILY CUMMINS, EQUIP TEAM
Emily Cummins is University of Florida and College of Central Florida alumnus who is passionate about storytelling, connecting people, and making a good cup of coffee! Emily is the founder of becomingme.tv, a resource and community designed to partner with women of all ages as they become who God made them to be. When she’s not writing, you can find her driving in her convertible jamming to T. Swift’s latest album!
TRISHA DAVIS, IMPACT TEAM, VIDEO STORY COLLECTOR
Trisha Davis loves people, seeing people thrive, and seeing others win. It is that love that compels her to speak with honesty and transparency and call others to an extraordinary life. Trisha is an author, speaker, blogger and co-founder of RefineUs Ministries and Hope City Church. Sharing her own story of ministry, family, marriage, loss and redemption, she longs to ignite a movement to build healthy marriages, families and churches.
She is the co-author of Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough, published by Tyndale House Publishers. Trisha and her husband Justin make their home in Indianapolis, IN with their three boys, Micah, Elijah and Isaiah.
JENNI CLAYVILLE, IMPACT TEAM, PHOTO STORY COLLECTOR
Jenni Clayville serves as the Worship & Creative Arts Pastor at Paseo Christian Church in El Paso, Texas. In 2006, Jenni chose to step into an affair that lasted over 2 years. But with a lot of prayer and hard work, Brian & Jenni, against all odds, not only survived, but are now thriving in their marriage, walking in redemption and restoration.
EVELYN KAY, SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM, FACEBOOK
Evelyn serves at First Baptist Church of North Brentwood, Maryland alongside her husband, Duane. She recently left her career as an elementary school teacher to be a stay at home mom to four amazing gifts from God – Micah, Elijah, Leah, and Moriah.
KIMBERLY SCOTT, SOCIA MEDIA TEAM, INSTAGRAM
Kimberly serves as Women’s Care Pastor alongside her husband Tim (lead pastor) at Grace Church San Diego. She was raised in a minister’s home, helped plant several churches and experienced the highs and lows of transitioning Grace Church from traditional to contemporary ministry.
Kimberly finds her GREATEST joy in parenting with Tim their blended family of 7 children and has a powerful story of God’s ability to heal and restore from past betrayal and divorce. She is fueled by creativity, makes a killer PB&J sandwich and is kind of a big deal on Pinterest (or so she tells her kids).
TAMMY SABOURIN, SOCIA MEDIA TEAM, TWITTER & PINTEREST
Tammy Sabourin and her husband Jason are senior pastors at The Salvation Army Hope Community Church located just east of Toronto, ON in Canada. Together, they have served in pastoral and non-profit leadership roles for 10 years. They have two children, Bria & Blaise. Tammy is a community activist, passionate about social justice issues and encouraging women in leadership. She appreciates a good thrift shop and DIY project. Tammy also enjoys connecting with others through social media and oversees the Pinterest and Twitter accounts for Leading and Loving It.