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Get to know the Wholly Loved Ministry Team below:
Author, Speaker, Founder
Jennifer Slattery is a multi-published author and a local and national speaker who’s spoken to women’s groups, churches, at conferences, and to Bible study and youth groups across the nation. Named the Arise Daily Writer for 2019 by the Advanced Speakers and Writers Association, she’s used her gift of writing to serve Christ in numerous capacities, from novel writing, freelance writing, to creating curriculum and Bible studies. She developed pilot programs for Christ to the World Ministries, serving under former Lifeway editor, Dr. Art Crisco. In this capacity, she developed writer’s guidelines, performed editing duties, and wrote Bible studies, Bible leaflets, radio dramas, and scripted in-studio broadcasts. She’s a regular contributor to Crosswalk where she writes articles of interest to women and functions as one of their featured bloggers. She writes for iBelieve as well and maintains a popular devotional site at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutloud.com.
Social Media Hostess, Worship Leader
Christa Cottam is a spunky woman with a fire in her belly to tell others about Jesus—how He brought her from being held down by a past filled with shame, guilt and unforgiveness to embrace God’s love and ultimately find freedom to be the person He created her to be. She is passionate about encouraging women to go deeper in their relationship with God. Christa also uses her gifts in the arts and leadership to make kingdom impact at her church, contributing as a vocalist and pianist on the worship team and volunteering as a leader in women’s ministry.
Social Media Hostess
Ginny is an overcomer, brain tumor survivor, wife, and mother boldly declaring God’s hope and peace. After completing her M.A. in Education from Grand Canyon University, she speaks so others can experience freedom from anxiety and life change. Whether it’s a conversation over a steaming cup of chai on her couch or sharing with a group at a retreat or Bible study, Ginny is compelled to share the message of the peace-filled life to a world of women plagued by fear. In the evenings she can be found outside with her husband and kids, attending dance parties around the record player in the living room, or highlighting a great book.
Tanya Eavenson is an international bestselling and award-winning inspirational romance author. She and her husband have been in the ministry for twenty-four years teaching youth and adults. Although she doesn’t consider herself a speaker and prefers to be behind a computer screen, she’s been blessed with opportunities to share her testimony, faith, writing, and the love of Christ with churches and women’s groups.
Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, making graphics, and reading a good book. You can connect with her at http://www.tanyaeavenson.com/.
Writer, Blog Manager
Kristen went back to school to obtain her Master’s degree in Theological Studies as she felt God’s tug towards ministry, but she didn’t know then what God had in mind. After five years on staff at her church, she followed God’s leading to a different kind of ministry- one with words, love, pain, and real-life characters. She now stays home during the day while the house is quiet writing stories she hopes will bring readers to a stronger understanding of how God works and His love for sinners like us. Visit her online: KristenTerrette.com.
Jessica is an award-winning journalist and author with thousands of articles to her name. She is the editor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, the oldest newspaper in Methodism, which has won 104 journalism awards during her tenure. She is author of More Like Jesus: A Devotional Journey (2018) and editor of Stories of Racial Awakening: Narratives on Changed Hearts and Lives of South Carolina United Methodists (2018), both from her newspaper’s the Advocate Press. She also writes fiction, represented by Bob Hostetler of The Steve Laube Agency, and her novel The Memory Garden won the 2018 Genesis contest for unpublished contemporary fiction from the American Christian Fiction Writers. A speaker and frequent contributor to Response magazine and the United Methodist News Service, among many other publications, she has a faith blog at JessicaBrodie.com.
LaShawn Montoya holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of CA, Davis, and as you’d expect with a degree like that, reads voraciously and loves to help edit all types of copy, from advertisements to novels and everything in between.
She has over 20 years of vocational ministry experience and her husband is currently on staff at a large church in Nebraska. LaShawn especially enjoys working with school- aged children (and has 3 grown children of her own and cannot wait to become a grandmother someday!).
Social Media Host
Shellie Arnold is an inspirational writer and speaker. She has published articles, written weekly devotional curriculum for an 8000 member church, taught at writers conferences, spoken at home schooling events, and conducted classes, seminars, and retreats for various church groups. She tells others she’s living proof God can redeem, heal, and restore anything. A home school mom of over twenty years, she knows the unique challenges stay-at-home moms face. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands the long-term effects trauma can have, even for believers.
Shellie truly believes if a couple listens to God, any marriage can be healed and thrive. She longs to share every truth God teaches her. She has three published novels: The Spindle Chair, Sticks and Stones, and Abide With Me, all of which depict the “perfect storms” in marriage—what happens when our weaknesses hit head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged.
She is committed to preparing and equipping future generations to be godly, terrific spouses, and build Christ-centered families.
Visit her at www.shelliearnold.com
Sonia Haddad Salfity
Social Media Hostess
A child of God born in Lebanon and raised in Jordan for the first 16 years of her life. She graduated with a BA degree in Mathematics-Computer Science from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She’s been married for 26 years and is a mother of 3 children. Sonia works part time at her husband’s Cardiology office in Omaha. She serves as a Stephen Minister at her local church and teaches Arabic and English Women’s Bible Studies twice a week. She also writes two monthly columns one of which is in Christian Divine Perspectives for a family magazine in Jordan. Her favorite Bible Verse is: “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 Because she always needs that reminder that the Lord’s presence is with her and that is where she rests.
Cathy Akers Baldwin
Social Media Hostess
Cathy grew in Iowa but now makes her home in Georgia where she serves her church as Admin & Ministry Assistant, sings in the choir, and volunteers in Children’s ministry. She has been blissfully married for over 30 years and is mother to a beautiful, talented daughter and two precious puppies. Her short fiction, poetry, essays, and devotions have been published in numerous on-line and print venues.
Senior Editor of Biblical Studies
Yvonne is a proud wife, mom and grandma, who has been following Jesus for more than forty years now and growing in her love for Him each day. She has written several Christian sci-fi novels and has also been employed as a legal assistant, virtual assistant and church secretary. While subsequent years have honed her writing skills, Yvonne prefers editing to drafting. She especially enjoys helping other writers discover their voice and sharpen their focus on the gospel that saves. She blogs occasionally at YsWords.com.
Editor, Biblical Vetting
Karen has a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MS in Aerospace Administration and Logistics. She’s been married for over thirty-one years to her husband and they have an adult daughter. In upstate New York, Karen was raised as a Christian and loves the Lord. She recently retired from the US Air Force, where she worked as an active duty officer, defense contractor, and Air Force civilian, including a seven-year stint as a stay-at-home mother. Karen uses her musical talents in her church orchestra as a clarinet player, and has previously played handbells. Karen’s skills include problem solving and attention to detail, which she will use when vetting content of Wholly Loved devotionals. She looks forward to what the Lord has planned for this next phase of her life.
Victoria Mejias is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Omaha and attended the University of Nebraska College of Law prior to making a leap into public service. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the private, public, legal and non-profit sectors. She has previously served as the Missions and Small Groups Pastor at StoneBridge Christian Church and the Development Director for Open Door Mission / Lydia House. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Heartland United for Puerto Rico and her past service includes a variety of other boards.
Victoria received her Certification in Urban Ministries from the Dallas Theological Seminary’s Urban Ministry Institute in 2012. She has spoken at a variety of venues on matters of leadership, diversity, spirituality and faith– locally, nationally and internationally as far out as Damoh, India at the World Leaders Evangelical Conference. Recently Victoria was the recipient of two Congressional awards for her service by Puerto Rican Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón and Nebraska’s Congressman Don Bacon during a floor speech at the US House of Representatives. She has two children, loves the Lord, reaching the lost and enjoys travel, arts and culture. Visit Victoria online at www.victoriaelizabeth.com.
Yuki Johnson loves serving in ministry in whatever capacity the Lord calls her. In the past she’s been instrumental in starting a community youth ministry called Plugged into Jesus, a purity ministry called Sanctify Ministries which operated as a non-profit for several years until being adopted by the Christian university she was employed with as an organization that has been in existence for 15 years. She likens her heart for women to have matured experientially since it started with children and progressed through teens, college women, and eventually to women’s ministries and her current status as co-founder of Prairie Women’s Ministries of rural North Dakota. Writing devotionals and online Bible studies has been her tool for spiritual growth, along with leading worship and mentoring other women.