MEET the MOMS

Founder of The MOM Initiative / MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Hi y’all! I’m so glad you’re here! You’ve been the object of my prayers for years and I wish we were hanging out over a cup of coffee (you can drink tea if you’d like, but I’m a coffee girl to the core… and chocolate… did I mention chocolate?)

Here’s where you’re supposed to read all that stuff about what I do, but I’d like to share with you a bit about who I am instead – because it is who I am that drives me to do what I do.

I’m a daughter of the King, a born again child of God, a girl who gets what it means to be broken but who also understands that, because I am complete in Christ, I am broken no more.

I’m passionate about knowing Christ and making Him known and I love the way He loves me! He WOWed me when He saved me in 1987 and He still wows me today!

I became a Christian when I was 24 years old and I quickly discovered that Jesus changes everything.

I was the girl with a bad past and a bleak future. A decade of abuse had put scars on my heart I didn’t even realize existed. I made a lot of foolish choices in my younger years, becoming a teen mom, a single mom, and a married mom without Christ and without a clue. My life was a train-wreck. BUT GOD wooed this weary heart of mine to Himself and He delivered me from the pit.

I founded The MOM Initiative with a passion and the purpose to minister to moms who know Christ and to reach those who don’t. I have a deep conviction that if we can reach the moms of this generation, we can reach the heart of the next generation.

The MOM Team consists of some amazing authors and speakers from around the country.

Scroll down and get to know the women who passionately partner with The MOM Initiative to serve you.

Through a daily dose of online mom tips and encouragement, and through our BETTER TOGETHER Conferences, personal consultation, training, and support, we are here for you… the mom, the ministry leader, and the mentor.

I believe “if the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world – then the church that mentors those hands will win it.”

The MOM Initiative is not about a book. It’s not about a website. It’s about a REVOLUTION!

So, I hope you’ll join the revolution, sweet friend! Now let’s go change the world!


MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Lindsey Bell is the author of the parenting devotional, Searching for Sanity, and of the upcoming Bible study and devotional, Unbeaten. She’s also a speaker for women’s events and mom groups. Lindsey is passionate about her two silly boys and her husband, Keith. She’s an avid reader and a lover of all things chocolate.

Her desire is to inspire and encourage women through honest dialogue about faith. As a woman who has lost four babies to miscarriage, Lindsey loves helping women find God in the midst of heartache. Lindsey writes weekly at www.lindseymbell.com about faith, family, and learning to love the life she’s been given.

Connect with Lindsey online:
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lindseymbell01/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLindseyBell
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LindseyMBell
Her Website: http://www.lindseymbell.com

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Beth Bergren is a captivating Christian communicator, authentic blogger, cookbook author, homemaking mentor and founder of AT MOMS TABLE. Her platform is Practical Living – Homemaking Skills and Intentional Life – Biblical Womanhood workshops.

Sharing from life experiences and passionate love of God’s Word, Beth gently draws you into a fresh encounter with the One who longs to know you better. Her passion is mentoring women to balance priorities and grow spiritually in their roles as a wife, mother, godly woman and friend.

Beth resides in Dickson, Tennessee. She is mother to two grown daughters and Grandmother to three grandsons – – who live in Minnesota.

Connect with Beth online:
Website: http://www.bethbergren.com
Personal Blog: http://bethbergren.blogspot.com
Email: beth@bethbergren.com
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/bethbergren

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Shelly Brown’s ministry to women was birthed out of her personal journey of deep change and healing that can only be explained by the power of the Holy Spirit and the application of God’s Word into her life.

The reality is that life just plain hurts sometimes. The ache deep in our soul can be physically felt, yet it’s not like a physical wound that can be tended to with ointment and a bandage. It’s an untouchable pain that can only be tended to by the tender, loving hands of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 61 says that Jesus was sent in part to turn our ashes into beauty. In order to have “ashes” there first must be a fire and the fire is excruciatingly painful. It’s only by the power of the Holy Spirit that ashes can be turned into such beauty. And that is the story of Shelly’s life, and ultimately could be the story of every woman of God.

Forever Changed!
Website: www.ShellyBrownMinistries.co
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shelly.brown
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/shellymbrown/

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Alicia Bruxvoort is a writer, speaker, and abundant life seeker. She lives with her husband and five children in western Michigan where laundry piles high and laughter rings loud.

A member of the Proverbs 31 writing team, Alicia is passionate about helping women experience the life Jesus promised when he declared, “I’ve come so that you might have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

When she’s not managing mini-van mayhem or scaling mountains of laundry, Alicia may be found inspiring women through  monthly online devotions at “Encouragement for Today” or sharing messages of hope in real life at moms’ groups, women’s retreats, and ministry events.  You can learn more about Alicia at The Overflow: Where Faith is Spilled and Souls are Filled

Managing Editor / MOM Team Writer

Allison Dillaberry is a former high school and middle school English teacher who now edits a blog website about all things MOM. She is a devoted wife, mother and caregiver to her elderly mother.

She loves to write, garden, eat cake and then walk it off with her excitable Wheaten Terrier, Kallie.

She believes that God always has a plan and trusts faithfully in her Lord. She and her husband, JD, work diligently to serve the Lord in all things, and they believe that God saved them from great sin to be a testimony of His healing power.

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Tara Dovenbarger lives in Maryville, Tennessee with her husband of 20 years and four children. Her deepest longing is to lead women to never give up their faith when life pours forth hardship. Her writing and speaking testify of her personal knowledge of God’s faithfulness through her own loss of a child, near loss of another, and painful years of marriage restored.

Tara’s goal in speaking is to encourage women to tightly grip their faith in Christ during life’s painful circumstances and to equip spiritually those who will face future trials. She would love to speak for your next women’s event!

Connect with Tara online at:
Her website: www.taradovenbarger.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tara.dovenbarger
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/taradovenbarger/

MOM Team Writer

Marcie Gribbin is a Family Therapist, and lives in Pennsylvania, with her husband Fred and their three precious children. For many years, Marcie has served women in crisis pregnancy situations and with other emotional, spiritual, psychological, and relational struggles. Experienced in counseling women, children, and families toward growth and change in a holistic way, Marcie’s prayer is to continue helping wounded souls find healing and hope in Jesus, as she knows Who is the only one who can bind up the brokenhearted.

One of her favorite Scripture passages is found in Psalm 103: 2-4, which says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion.”

MOM Team Writer

Tamika Guillebeaux is a perfectly imperfect wife, mom, writer, and postpartum doula. She doesn’t always get things right, but embraces the grace of the God who does. She thrives in the supportive role of helping women learn to depend on the Lord through the good, the bad, and the ugly of motherhood . Tamika realized just how important that support is when she had her first baby as a single mother over 10 years ago, and was inspired to serve others in the same way. She is passionate about walking alongside moms so that they can learn together and from each other.

Tamika lives and works from her home in East Tennessee with her husband and their four children. Connect with Tamika on her Facebook and Pinterest pages.

MOM Group Coordinator / MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Genny Heikka is fueled by a passion to encourage other women. Before becoming a mom, she was a manager at a global computer company, busy climbing the corporate ladder. But having kids changed all that. After quitting her job to be a stay-at-home mom, she rediscovered her love of writing and began pursuing her dream of becoming an author.

Today, she lives in Idaho with her husband and two kids, where she balances writing with motherhood, and loves both. She’s the author of Finding Mommy Bliss and seven children’s books, writes regularly for a variety of magazines and websites, and her work has been published in several anthologies.

Speaking topics and endorsements: http://gennyheikka.com/speaking
Media and videos: http://gennyheikka.com/media
FB: http://www.facebook.com/GennyHeikkaAuthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/GennyHeikka

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Kathy Howard calls herself a “confused southerner.” Raised in Louisiana, she has moved with her engineer husband around the U.S. and Canada. She says “pop” instead of “Coke” and “you guys” as often as “ya’ll.” But she’s still a southern girl at heart!

Kathy encourages women to live an unshakeable faith for life by standing firm on our rock-solid God no matter the circumstances. The author of six books, Kathy also has a Masters in Christian Education. She has taught the Bible for over 25 years and speaks regularly at women’s events.

Kathy and her husband live in the Houston area. They have three children, two sons-in-law, and one grandson. Find out more and get discipleship tools and leader helps at her website: www.kathyhoward.org.

Connect with Kathy online:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KathyHowardUnshakeableFaith
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathyHHoward
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kathyhhoward/

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Joanne Kraft is a mom of four and the author of  The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids and Just Too Busy—Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical. She’s been a guest on Focus on the Family, Family Life Today and CBN. Joanne and her husband, Paul, recently moved their family from California to Tennessee and happily traded soy milk and arugula for sweet tea and biscuits.

Join Joanne over coffee every Saturday morningsign up, grab your pretty mug and do motherhood together.

Connect with Joanne online:
Website: http://JoanneKraft.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joanne-Kraft-187019984668483
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoanneKraft
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/momluvs2pin/

 

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Becky Kopitzke is a writer, speaker, singer, dreamer, lunch packer, snowman builder and recovering perfectionist. She lives with her handsome husband and their two young daughters in northeast Wisconsin, where a pink indoor trampoline fills half the once formal living room.

Becky believes parenting is one of God’s greatest tools for building our faith, character, and strength—and it’s not always pretty. On her blog, Time Out with Becky Kopitzke, she offers weekly encouragement for fellow imperfect moms, pointing our weaknesses, blessings, and victories to God. Becky’s first book, The SuperMom Myth: Conquering the Dirty Villains of Motherhood, releases December 1, 2015 with Shiloh Run Press and is currently available for pre-order.

Connect with Becky on Facebook,  Pinterest and Instagram!
Website: http://www.beckykopitzke.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeckyKopitzkeTimeOut
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/beckykopitzke/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/beckykopitzke/

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Angela Mackey is a stumbling wife and mother who longs to make much of her Savior.

She encourages others to rethink their thinking in light of God’s Word so they may live transformed lives.

Visit her at her blog Rethinking My Thinking or on Facebook.

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Melissa Mashburn is a woman passionately pursing God by taking her everyday, ordinary life and placing it as her offering to Him (Romans 12:1-2).

With authenticity and a ministry about “Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith,” Melissa shows women their uniqueness and special calling. An author, speaker, Pastor’s Wife, and Women’s ministry leader. Mom to two adult sons and married to Matt for 22 years where they serve the local church in South Florida.

Melissa has co-authored a devotional book and is currently writing a Bible study for women.

You can find Melissa online at…
Website: MelissaMashburn.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Mels-World-with-Melissa-Mashburn
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mels_World

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Melinda Means is mother to a strapping teenage son and a beautiful and entertaining college-aged daughter.

She had been a freelance writer for a variety of companies until after five years ago, when her writing took a decidedly maternal turn. Her children were simply giving her too much humbling and hilarious material to let it go to waste.

Melinda is co-author of Mothering From Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family (Bethany House, 2015), available on Amazon and bookstores nationwide.

You can visit her blog, Mothering from Scratch or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. She is also the leader of a thriving Facebook mentoring group for moms called Moms Together.

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Pinterest Director

Lynn Mosher loves to dig into God’s Word and treasure hunts for His golden nuggets along the road Home. She lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied now of three kidlets and embracing two giggly grand-chicklets. 

Lynn writes devotionals and inspirational stories. She has one book waiting to be published and is working on a second one. Her greatest passion is to fulfill God’s call on her life to encourage others and glorify the Lord with her writing. She currently writes for several sites and writes bi-weekly on her site, Heading Home.

Connect with Lynn online:
Website: http://lynnmosher.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LynnMosherhttps://www.facebook.com/lynnhmosher
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnmoshe
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lynnmosher/

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Laura Polk is a Writer, Speaker, and Textile Designer. Like most single moms, she never intended to parent alone. In fact, growing up in a family of divorce, Laura saw firsthand how it affects the children in the family. Because of this dual perspective, she has a real passion for single moms to choose a different path than what the world often encourages them to take, so they can build a new version of their family, including a positive relationship with their ex.

She’s written for Focus on the Family Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman, Kyria.com, Christian Parenting Today, and Crosswalk.com among others. She speaks throughout the southeast to women of all ages and life situations about helping them find the one person who can understand them the best: Jesus.

She loves connecting with other moms online!
Website: (www.laurapolk.org)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thechristiansinglemom)
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/laurapolk/

MOM Group Coordinator / MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Christen Price is a creative mess. With her gentle yet passionate voice, Christen encourages you to celebrate each day through pictures, podcasts, and printables.

Her heart is for creating community and she invites you to visit her website and shop at christenprice.com.

She and her husband, Raleigh, are the parents of three and live in the countryside of lower Alabama.

For life between the posts, connect with her on…
Website: www.theuncontainabletruth.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chris10price
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Uncontainable-Truth
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/chris10/
Etsy Shop: www.nothing2something.etsy.com

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Heather Riggleman is an over caffeinated mom to three kids and is blazing a new trail for moms in the midwest.

Her goal is to connect women with the love God has for them in a real way. She shares her real life experiences including being a mom to a child with Aspergers

She is a new author of the book Mama Needs A Time Out, coffee lover, and social media addict. With a background in speaking to Moms groups all over Nebraska for the last six years, she shares her mothering perspective with grace, a congenial been-there approach, and done-that attitude that women love and connect with. Heather is featured monthly on Nebraska’s TV News program, Good Morning Nebraska, as “The Mom Expert.”

She is a columnist for several mothering sites and magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman. To find out more about Heather, visit her website at www.heatherriggleman.com.

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Julie Sanders and her husband just relocated from the land of sweet tea to the Inland Northwest. The mom of two college students, Julie loves mentoring women around the world, bringing justice to the vulnerable, and teaching God’s truths for life.

Julie was blessed when seasoned moms walked the marriage and motherhood journey with her and is grateful “grace abounded much more” (Rom. 5:20) than her failures. She is passionate about fighting human trafficking and is the author of Expectant: 40 Devotions for New and Expectant Moms.

Join Julie at Come Have a Peace, on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterestand don’t miss Marriage Mondays. She invites you to contact her about speaking at your women’s event or mommy meeting. www.juliesanders.org.

MOM Team Writer

Amy Schaffner is a happy West Texas homemaker. Her idea of a great day is taking care of her home and her people, with a hot cup of coffee in hand, of course.

Her life is divided into many pieces: Jesus-lover, wife, mother, minister, writer, friend, and the occasional attempt at artist. She likes to share her journey through the hard stuff of life like her anxiety and panic disorder so that she can encourage other fellow strugglers out there.

Life is a mess, but there is joy in that mess and she’s digging to find it! Come walk the journey with her at Pieces of Amy.

Connect with Amy online at:
www.piecesofamy.net
www.facebook.com/PiecesOfAmy
www.twitter.com/piecesofamy

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Sandra Sheridan is a constantly-growing mother of five working hard to keep up with the demands and pleasures of being a wife, mother, and friend in her busy world. Growing up in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City, Sandy realized her dreams of being a country girl after meeting and marrying Bart, her husband of over twenty-five years.

Sandy loves her adopted Midwest country home where she has raised chickens, goats, cattle, hogs, and a host of other critters, all while maintaining a strong commitment to the family’s church and community. She and Bart work in the family’s real estate and auction business where she serves as office administrator, auction clerk, and Realtor®. She loves to read, take walks in the country, and share God’s Word with others.

Sandy writes a daily letter to her five early teen to early twenties children at www.VersesFromMama.blogspot.com, and invites you to listen in regularly.

MOM Team Writer / Speaker

Holly Smith loves her job as wife to Chris and mom to Noah, Kylie, Tabor and Sydney. God has gifted Holly with a love of all things creative ~ from painting and wall-papering to scrapbooking and design work.

She loves to write at her website Crown Laid Down, where she is sharing about her sabbatical from social media. Also she designs and develops websites at Crown Laid Down Designs . Holly and her family make their home within site of year ’round snow-capped mountains in Colorado. She lives to tell, “In Every Season, God IS Faithful!”

 

 

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Award winning Christian author and speaker,  Janet Thompson, is the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His WorkMinistries, also known as AHW Ministries. Janet’s passion and life focus is one generation teaching and training life lessons from God to the next generation. It’s God’s plan for the continuation of the church. “One generation will commend your works to another” (Psalm 145:4)

Janet is the author of nine books including :

  • Woman to Woman Mentoring How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Mentoring Ministry DVD Leader Kit
  • The Team That Jesus Built: How to Develop, Equip, and Commission a Women’s Ministry Team
  • Face-to-Face Bible Study Series

Connect with Janet online:
Website: http://womantowomanmentoring.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Janetthompson.authorspeaker
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AHWministries

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Lori Wildenberg is passionate about coming alongside moms to encourage, support, and empower them to be the parents they want to be. She meets parents where they are with her warmth, transparency, humor, and straight-forward faith-filled approach.

Lori, co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, is a licensed parent-family educator, certified teacher, speaker, and co-author of 3 parenting books including: Raising Little Kids with BIG Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love. She is a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and a mentor mom with The MOM Initiative and Moms Together. Lori also writes curriculum for the Professional Learning Board.

She is available for speaking and parent coaching/consulting. The Wildenbergs’ home is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. A perfect day in Lori’s world is a hike with her hubby, four kids, and labradoodle!

Contact Lori online at:
Websites: www.loriwildenberg.com or www.1Corinthians13Parenting.com
Personal blog: www.loriwildenberg.blogspot.com
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/loriwildenberg
Twitter: www.twitter.com/loriwildenberg

MOM Team Writer / MOM Team Speaker

Debbie Taylor Williams, known for her passion for Christ, humor, and practical take-aways, is a national Christian speaker and author of over 7 books. Her best selling Prayers of My Heart, endorsed by Beth Moore, encourages focused prayer.

Debbie’s P.R.A.Y. with Passion Across the Nations Conference, held in over 30 states and internationally simulcasted; inspires moms to P.R.A.Y. more purposefully. Her book, The Plan A MOM in a Plan B World: How to Raise Faithful Children, is popular for Bible studies and conferences.

In addition to her books and speaking, Debbie has been a guest on Life Today with James Robison, DayStar, Atlanta Live, and Babbie’s House.

She and her college sweetheart have been married 40 years and are blessed with two children and four grandchildren.

Connect with Debbie online:
Website: http://debbietaylorwilliams.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebbieTaylorWilliamsAuthor.Speaker
Twitter: https://twitter.com/debbietwilliams
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dtwpintrest/

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