Meet the Team

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Get to know the Wholly Loved Ministry Team below:

Wholly Loved’s Board of Directors

Jennifer Slattery
President, Author, Speaker

Jennifer Slattery's headshotJennifer Slattery is a multi-published author, podcaster, 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 and 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 ibelieve where she writes articles of interest to women, creates video devotions, and functions as one of Croswalk’s featured bloggers. You can find her at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutloud.com.

Victoria Mejias
Secretary, Writer, Spanish Translator

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.

Victoria serves with Wholly Loved Ministries in numerous capacities, including functioning as one of their feature writers, writing articles on behalf of the ministry for iBelieve. She has two children, loves the Lord, reaching the lost, and enjoys travel, arts and culture. Visit Victoria online at www.victoriaelizabeth.com.

Stephen Slattery
Treasurer

Stephen Slattery's headshotStephen J. Slattery has over thirty years of leadership experience in the business arena. With a degree in industrial management and a minor in industrial engineering, he began his career with Union Pacific’s management training program and eventually rose to the position of General Director of Locomotive Facilities. In this capacity, he oversaw locomotive repair shops in Chicago, Denver, North Platte, Kansas City, and South Morrill. He received his certified financial counseling certificate with Crown Financial, has led numerous financial classes and various small groups in the church, and was an active member of a thriving outreach leadership team within the Omaha Metro that mobilized teams of volunteers to serve and better their community. He has a heart for motivating people to excel and grow and loves to serve in his local church wherever needed, whether that means packaging meals for those in developing countries, investing in his fifth-grade Sunday school class, or mowing his church’s lawn. When not serving, he enjoys playing golf, whittling, and spending time with his wife and their adult daughter.

Shellie Arnold
Advisory Board, Social Media Host

Shellie Arnold's headsotShellie 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 homeschooling 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

 

Additional Team Members

 

Aneah Epshteyn
Public Relations/Administration

With a background in clerical and administrative positions, Aneah has an aptitude for organization and creativity while finding options and solutions for challenges presented. Those qualities have been applied to her research into healthy cooking and jewelry design. She is excited to see how the talents and skills the Lord has given her will be of service in ministry. She and her husband reside in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Cathy Akers Baldwin
Social Media Hostess

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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.

Christa Cottam
Ministerial Consultant

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 the 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.

Jennifer Henn
Online Connection Groups Leader

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Years ago, Jennifer asked God, “As the gray hairs come in, make me wise.” Today, her gray hair may be camouflaged, but she has compassion and wisdom to share. She’s mentored women through a variety of leadership roles, small group meetings, and now through Wholly Loved online groups.

Jennifer also serves the homeschool community through conferences and writing. She shares how you can teach your children at home, while enjoying the freedom to explore their individual interests. Her first book, Take the Mystery Out of Homeschooling: A How-To Guide, takes parents incrementally through the basics of homeschooling and offers practical advice so they can make informed decisions.

Jennifer and her husband live in Metro Atlanta where their nest is down to one chick. Besides writing and speaking, she is the secretary for Christian Authors Guild, a member of Word Weavers Intl, and serves on the mission’s assessment team at her local church. Visit Jennifer online at JenniferHenn.com, connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Instagram, and find her book on Amazon HERE.

Jessica Brodie
Author, Editor

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Jessica is an award-winning Christian journalist, author, blogger, and editor. She is the editor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, the oldest newspaper in Methodism, which has won more than 118 journalism awards during her tenure. She is the author of two devotionals, Feed My Sheep (2019) and More Like Jesus (2018), and editor of Stories of Racial Awakening (2018) and Called by God (2020), all from her newspaper’s 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 contributor to Crosswalk, Christianity.com, and the United Methodist News Service, she has a faith blog at JessicaBrodie.comSubscribe to Jessica’s YouTube Channel HERE.

 

 

Joanne Sher
Content Editor, blog

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Joanne Sher was raised in Southern California but now lives in West Michigan with her husband Marc, and their two teenage children. Both Joanne and Marc were raised in the Jewish faith and came to Christ in their early 30s. Find one version of her salvation testimony here, and another (less “facty” – more “pretty”) here.

Joanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and has been editing/proofreading for friends probably since high school (or maybe even junior high). About twelve years ago, however, she started taking on jobs to help supplement her family’s income. She has edited everything from short devotionals to book-length manuscripts to course material, and truly LOVES doing it, and working with people. She volunteers in various children’s ministries at her church and is an avid reader and student of God’s Word.

Jodie Bailey
Writer, Blogger

Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of the story when God is allowed to hold the pen. She spent fifteen years moving and moving and moving around the country with her now-retired Army husband. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses as a Protestant Women of the Chapel study leader, a Family Readiness Group leader, and an Army Family Team Building instructor. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is a multi-published inspirational fiction author who crafts suspense stories infused with the power of God’s love and freedom. If she’s not behind the keyboard, she’s probably teaching high schoolers the power of their personal stories in yearbook class or, better yet, she has her toes buried in the sand and a fishing line in the water on the Outer Banks. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs who are currently locked in an ongoing battle for the attention of their humans. You can stop by and say hi at http://www.jodiebailey.com.

Joy Trachsel
Video Devotions

In March of 2010 Joy’s life became unrecognizable. On a journey that only God could orchestrate, she found herself working in a homeless shelter for women and children. In 2016, the adventure continued as God opened a new door for Joy to be a voice for the unborn. Joy currently serves women as Client Services Manager at Pregnancy Solutions, a pro-life and faith-based pregnancy center in Akron, Ohio. She has been speaking to women for over 15 years both nationally and internationally. Joy can be heard on Moody Radio – Cleveland (WCRF) as part of the Pause For Prayer Team. Joy is on the speaking team for Compassion International and represents the many children that are seeking sponsorship She is the author of The Great Cover-Up and hosts the Running In Flats Podcast. Joy is married to Wally and is the proud mom of Ashley, Ally, Austin, and Alex and Grandma Jo Jo to her precious grandchildren. You can get to know Joy better by visiting her website at http://www.joytrachsel.com.

Karen Greer
Editor, Biblical Vetting

Karen has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an 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.

Kat Lewis
Video Devotions

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Kat Lewis is a self-labeled stiletto heel and gold wearing damsel but she’s rarely in distress. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she has always loved and had a personal relationship with the Lord which moves her to lead active roles in her church, whether as a Vacation Bible School (VBS) volunteer coordinator or Host Team coach and mentor.  She considers her true purpose and calling to help women overcome the toxicity of modern-day feminism and help them engage in heritage reconciliation.

Her two favorite mediums for communicating this are writing and public speaking. Her short stories, Veiled in Ice and Nebulous Affairs, have been featured in Oklahoma Christian Fiction Writers (OCFW) yearly anthologies and she is in the process of finishing her first full-length quirky romantic thriller–think Jason Bourne meets The Proposal–with the underlying theme of heritage reconciliation. She currently serves as the president of Oklahoma Christian Fiction Writers (OCFW). You can find her practicing Krav Maga, flipping swords, and hosting fashion advice classes in Edmond, Oklahoma. Check out her #unapologeticallyfeminine platform on Facebook and Instagram.

Kelly Campbell
Admin, Team Management

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Kelly Campbell survived a massive stroke at 40 and has come through with a passion for prayer and other survivors. She is currently completing her Masters of Divinity in Healthcare Chaplaincy and serves on the board of directors for the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG).

Kelly currently leads the prayer team at her church in Woodstock, GA. She is a single mother of adult sons and has two beautiful daughters-in-law. She leads a number of brain injury support groups around her home state of Georgia and loves to use her testimony to help others.

Kimi Miller
Writer, Speaker, Video Devotions

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Kimi Miller is a California native who grew up in the Midwest. She is a United States Air Force veteran and former pastor of women’s ministry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Theology. She spends most days caring for her home and family, their two high-strung cattle dogs, and working part-time as a secretary at the local police department; although her most favorite pastime is conversing with her friends over coffee. One of her many God-sized dreams is to organize a free city-wide women’s ministry event that spreads the love and hope only found in Jesus. Her laughter is contagious, as is her passion for the Word of God. You can connect with Kimi through her blog www.kimimiller.com.

Kristen Terrette
Writer, Blog Manager

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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.

LaShawn Montoya
Editor, Biblical Accuracy Consultant

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!).

Linda Goldferb
Video Devotions

Linda is a bold communicator who’s frequently quoted by her readers, audiences, and clients, “Stand Strong. Your transparency transforms all those God puts in your path.” She’s an award-winning author, international speaker, certified personality consultant, professional actress, audiobook narrator, podcaster, and board-certified Christian life coach. When Linda’s relaxing, you’ll find her sipping frothed coffee on a comfy couch or photographing God’s creation while she and her hubby, Sam, play golf and hike their way across the USA and beyond.

Lisa Walton
Graphic Design

Lisa has been married to her husband for almost twenty-eight years and has three children–two boys and one girl. She was raised as a Christian and loves the Lord and serving Him in any way she can. She has extensive IT experience, graduated from college with a degree in Computer Graphics, and enjoys the opportunity to use those skills to share truth.

Michael Ehret
Articles Editor

Michael loves to play with words–as an editor and as a writer. His past playgrounds include: newspapers, magazines and e-zines, nonfiction books, corporate editing and writing, marketing and communications, public relations, and a novella, “Big Love,” included in the out-of-print collection, Coming Home. Connect with him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/michael.l.ehret.7/).

Rachel Vaughan
Bible plan Editor; Biblical Accuracy

Rachel is a fiction and inspirational writer with a passionate love of God’s Word.  A graduate of the University of Missouri, her lifelong faith and love of learning led to an insatiable curiosity about the things of God.  Rachel now writes devotions, Bible studies, and general fiction inspired by Scripture.

Rachel lives in Omaha with her husband, Adam, and their four children.  On any given day you will find her exploring one (or more) of her myriad obsessions. And loving every minute of it. Visit her online at www.rachelpvaughn.com.

Robrenna Redl
Breakout Leader, Conference Planning

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Robrenna is a real, raw, no-filters, kind of girl. She went from an army brat to a military veteran. A wife to Troy and mom of two teenagers, she has served in women’s, children’s, and middle school ministries.

Robrenna wrote a Bible study for middle school girls based on Identity in Christ. She is the executive administrative assistant for the anti-sex-trafficking organization I’ve Got A Name. Robrenna is the friend you call to walk alongside you in hard, painful places of life as well as the joyful ones. Her passions include mocha coffee, dark chocolate, time with family and friends, and telling others of God’s love, mercy, and grace.

Shelley Brooks
Writer

Shelley Brooks is the Early Childhood Director at a large church in Omaha, NE. She has been on staff for 10 years, starting out where her passion was, in Elementary. She recently moved from that position to the Early Childhood position, to take on the challenges of kids ages 0-kindergarten. She has been working with her team to set goals in each area of this ministry so we, and parents, will know what we are ‘teaching’ towards in each age level. She is also a Licensed Ministry Worker with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. When not working, she loves to be a Grandma to her 5 grandchildren, caters BBQ from their home, and read.

Sonia Haddad Salfity
Social Media Hostess

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A child of God born in Lebanon and raised in Jordan for the first 16 years of her life, Sonia 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.

Susan Aken
Writer

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An Oklahoma native who has lived in Nebraska since 1987, Susan is a former school librarian and a current substitute teacher who has been involved in public education for over thirty years. She and her husband have one son whose adoption at two days old when she was 39 was a miracle. They now also have a beautiful daughter-in-law. Susan is a contributing writer to Wholly Loved Ministries and has occasionally written devotions for other blogs. Besides writing she has a passion for special needs ministry and prayer ministry. She enjoys time with family, reading, photography, movies, walking anywhere in nature, and sitting down with a cup of tea.

Susan uses her writing to serve Wholly Loved Ministries in numerous capacities, including creating content for our devotional projects and Bible reading plans as well as writing articles for iBelieve on the ministry’s behalf. She looks to Jesus as her constant friend, Savior, and Lord. She believes life is a journey and we’re all in different places. It’s all about grace.

Visit her at susanaken53.wordpress.com or connect  on Facebook

Tanya Eavenson
Blogger, Graphics

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Tanya Eavenson is an internationally 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/.

Tara Rye
Podcast, Writer

Tara’s love for a good story makes her heart sing. She incorporates biblical storying along with inductive Bible study methods in small groups at church, in a homeless shelter, on mission trips, at speaking engagements, and formerly on the radio. Tara has served as the Training Coordinator for Global Friends, a ministry that reaches international students and knows the privilege of being called Momma Rye by students from many nations. She is also an Executive Coach with Cru and the President/Founder of Cultivating Hearts Ministries.

Tara is an author and speaker. She was the former Dean of Women at Grace University and the professor for Orality at Grace and Nebraska Christian College. Feel free to contact her at www.tararye.com.

Virginia Davidson
Social Media Hostess, Public Engagement, Event Emcee

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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.

Yvonne Anderson
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.

Yuki Johnson
Graphics, Prayer Leader, Social Media Host

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 have been her tool for spiritual growth, along with leading worship and mentoring other women.