Keynote Speakers

Paige Brown

Paige Brown

Paige Brown completed a masters degree at Covenant Theological Seminary after graduating from the University of Mississippi. She served on staff with Reformed University Fellowship at Vanderbilt University for many years, and again at the University of Virginia. In between campuses, she was a teacher on staff at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. After several years in New York City and Washington, DC, Paige and her husband, Reagan, now live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their three children.

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor is an author, Bible teacher, frequent conference and retreat speaker, and periodic blogger. She received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and is the author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story. She currently serves as the coordinator of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition and on the advisory board for Covenant College. Courtney and her husband, Craig, have four adult children and four grandsons.

K.A. Ellis

K.A. Ellis

K.A. Ellis is passionate about theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. She is the director of the Center for the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2006, she has collaborated with the Swiss-based organization, International Christian Response, and travels internationally advocating for global religious freedom. Mrs. Ellis is a PhD candidate in World Christianity and Ethics at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England and is continually astonished by God’s grace.

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie, host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition, teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church—Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee—as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She and her husband, David are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series and host Respite Retreat for couples who have faced the death of a child.

Julius Kim

Julius Kim

Julius Kim is president of The Gospel Coalition. He also serves as associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church and visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California, where he previously served as dean of students. He is the author of Preaching the Whole Counsel of God and holds an MDiv from Westminster Seminary California and a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Julius and his wife, Ji Hee, have two daughters and live in Escondido, California.

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry is a speaker, author, poet, and artist. Her sophomore album, Crescendo, was released in May 2018. She is also the author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I was and What God Has Always Been. At home she is a wife to Preston and mom to Eden and Autumn.

Mary Willson

Mary Willson

Mary Willson serves the saints at Second Presbyterian in Memphis, Tennessee, as the director of women in ministry. Along with being trained in the local-church context, she received formal theological training, most recently at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD, Old Testament). Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the local-church context. A number of rambunctious nieces and nephews make her life all the more enjoyable.

Pre-conference Speakers

Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan is the chancellor and CEO, and professor of systematic and historical theology, at Reformed Theological Seminary. He served as senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, co-founder of Together for the Gospel, and a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He studied at Furman University (BA), Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv, MA), and the University of Edinburgh (PhD). Duncan has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children.

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson is an author and speaker, and loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. She has taught literature, directed women’s Bible studies, served as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition from 2010 to 2017, and holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel helps lead a network of Christian schools and universities. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and six granddaughters.

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. An advocate for Bible literacy, her passion is to see others become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. You can find her at JenWilkin.net.

Breakout Speakers

Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry is a pastor and speaks around the world as a preacher and apologist, and is based at Immanuel Nashville. He is the author of Seven Myths About SinglenessWhy Does God Care Who I Sleep With? and What God Has To Say About Our Bodies.

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne R. Bates is associate dean of students and assistant professor of counseling at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. She also serves as staff counselor at New City Fellowship Church, and for more than a decade has provided care and counsel to individuals, couples, and families. She holds an MA, LPC, and is a PhD candidate (’21). Suzanne has four grown children and two grandchildren.

Hunter Beless

Hunter Beless

Hunter Beless is passionate about seeking after those whom God has awakened to guide them back to their heavenly Father. She exercises this God-given design through her roles as a wife, mama to three littles, in partnership with the local church, and as the founder and host of the Journeywomen podcast.

Wendy Bello

Wendy Bello

Wendy Bello es autora y maestra de la Biblia, nació en Cuba y vive en Miami, Florida. Oradora frecuente en eventos a nivel nacional e internacional, le apasiona enseñar la Palabra a las mujeres para que vivan ancladas en ella. También enseña a través de la Red de Entrenamiento para Mujeres de TGC, y como parte del equipo de LifeWay Mujeres. Wendy y su esposo, Abel, tienen 2 hijos. Puedes encontrar sus escritos en wendybello.com.

Wendy Bello is an author and Bible teacher. She was born in Cuba, but now lives in Miami, Florida. A frequent speaker at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally, she is passionate about teaching women the Word of God so they can live grounded in it. She also teaches through TGC Women’s Training Network (Spanish) and as part of LifeWay Mujeres’ team. Wendy and her husband, Abel, have two children. You can find her writings at wendybello.com.

Mindy Belz

Mindy Belz

Mindy Belz serves as senior editor at WORLD News Group and is the author of They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. For decades, she has covered wars, disasters, and persecution. She lives in North Carolina with her husband—Nat—and has four grown children and one grandson.

Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson is a pastor’s wife and the mother of five children. She serves in ministry alongside her husband in Baltimore, Maryland, where they planted Imprint Community Church in 2017. She enjoys teaching and discipling women in her local church and through writing and public speaking. She is the author of Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturing in Christ. You can find her writing at lindseycarlson.net.

Caroline Cobb

Caroline Cobb

Caroline Cobb is a singer-songwriter who loves using music to tell God’s Story. Her latest album, A Seed, A Sunrise, explores the longing of Advent, and builds on her previous Story-telling projects the Blood + the Breath (2013) and a Home & a Hunger (2017), the latter being named among “The Best Albums of the 2010s” by The Gospel Coalition. Her forthcoming album, A King & His Kindness (fall 2021), focuses on the life of Jesus. Caroline lives in Dallas with her husband, Nick, and three children.

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) serves as coordinator of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She is a Bible teacher and author of Steadfast: A Devotional Bible Study on the Book of James and From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story. Courtney and her husband, Craig, have two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law, and five amazing grandchildren. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Ellen Dykas

Ellen Dykas

Ellen Dykas is the women’s ministry coordinator for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel-centered discipleship and ministry equipping regarding issues of sexuality and gender. She teaches and writes frequently on these topics, including Sexual Sanity for Women, a discipleship workbook for women needing help in their journey of faith and repentance. Ellen received her MA in theological studies at Covenant Theological Seminary and a graduate certificate in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.

K.A. Ellis

K.A. Ellis

K.A. Ellis is passionate about theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. She is the director of the Center for the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2006, she has collaborated with the Swiss-based organization, International Christian Response, and travels internationally advocating for global religious freedom. Mrs. Ellis is a PhD candidate in World Christianity and Ethics at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England and is continually astonished by God’s grace.

EF Gregory

EF Gregory

EF Gregory and her husband are church planting with the PCA. Their church, Bridges Community Church, is located in the San Gabriel Valley, just east of Los Angeles and home to one of the world’s most vibrant Chinese diaspora communities. She currently serves as the Blog Editor for China Partnership.

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie, host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition, teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church—Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee—as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She and her husband, David are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series and host Respite Retreat for couples who have faced the death of a child.

Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition and is the author of several books, including Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. He edited The New City Catechism Devotional, among other books. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School.

Lauren Hansen

Lauren Hansen

Lauren Hansen has more than 10 years of communications and marketing experience in corporations and nonprofit organizations, most recently serving as senior director of enterprise communications for an East Coast grocery chain. She’s a member of Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where she serves as a deacon of women’s discipleship.

Vanessa Hawkins

Vanessa Hawkins

Vanessa Hawkins is the director of women’s ministry at First Presbyterian Church Augusta, Georgia. She holds an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary, where she is pursuing her DMin in cultural apologetics and communication. She also serves as the at-large diversity adviser for the PCA’s Women’s Ministry. She is honored to be the wife of her third-grade friend, Marcus, and together they are the parents of Kyla, Sydney, and Chelsey.

Megan Hill

Megan Hill

Megan Hill is an editor for the Gospel Coalition and the author of three books: A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local Church (2020), Contentment: Seeing God’s Goodness, and Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in Our Homes, Communities, and Churches. A pastor’s wife and pastor’s daughter, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children.

Jasmine Holmes

Jasmine Holmes

Jasmine Holmes is a wife, mom, and writer. She and her husband, Phillip, have two sons, and they are members of Redeemer Church in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of the upcoming book Mother to Son. Learn more at jasminelholmes.com.

Phillip Holmes

Phillip Holmes

Phillip Holmes is director of communications and marketing at Reformed Theological Seminary and the owner of Highest Good Media. Previously he served as co-founder and vice president of Reformed African American Network (RAAN) and content strategist for Desiring God. Phillip and his wife, Jasmine, live in Jackson with their two children. They are members of Redeemer Church (PCA).

Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover is a pastor’s wife, mom of three boys, host of the By Faith podcast, and author of several books, including Messy Beautiful Friendship and With All Your Heart: Living Joyfully Through Allegiance to King Jesus. She’s also contributed to The Gospel Coalition, For The Church, Christianity Today, and Desiring God. Originally from Texas, she and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they planted a church in 2008. Find Christine at her home online, www.GraceCoversMe.com.

Betsy Childs Howard

Betsy Childs Howard

Betsy Childs Howard is an editor for The Gospel Coalition. Betsy and her husband, Bernard, live in Manhattan, where they planted Good Shepherd Anglican Church. She is the author of Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed and Arlo and the Great Big Cover-up (forthcoming, 2020). Originally from Alabama, Betsy worked at Beeson Divinity School and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries prior to joining TGC.

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen is the co-founder of Risen Motherhood, currently serving as the content director and co-host of the weekly podcast. She also co-authored the book Risen Motherhood: Gospel-Hope for Everyday Moments with Laura Wifler. Emily, her husband, and their five young children reside in central Iowa.

Aimee Joseph

Aimee Joseph

Aimee Joseph serves as women’s ministry director at Redeemer Church in Encinitas, California. She also serves alongside her husband, G’Joe, who directs Campus Outreach San Diego, a college ministry reaching three campuses. They have three boys who keep them quite busy. She has contributed articles to The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God and writes regularly at aimeejoseph.blog.

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger serves as director of women’s content for The Gospel Coalition. She’s the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, In All Things: A Nine Week Devotional on Unshakeable Joy, and 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids. Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and they have three children.

Michael Kruger

Michael Kruger

Michael J. Kruger is president and the Samuel C. Patterson professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and also serves part-time as teacher in residence at Christ Covenant Church (PCA). He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and is one of the leading scholars today in the study of the origins of the New Testament, particularly the development of the New Testament canon and the transmission of the New Testament text.

Glenna Marshall

Glenna Marshall

Glenna Marshall is married to her pastor, William, and lives in rural Southeast Missouri where she tries to keep up with her two energetic sons. Glenna is the author of The Promise Is His Presence: Why God Is Always Enough and Everyday Faithfulness: The Beauty of Ordinary Perseverance in a Demanding World. You can connect with her at glennamarshall.com, where she writes about suffering, biblical literacy, and God’s faithfulness.

Mazaré

Mazaré

Mazaré is a spoken-word poet who describes herself as raw honey, “a teaspoon of brutal truth fresh from the comb–bold and thick with sweet.” Her love for God and words are intertwined. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a degree in English and creative writing, Mazaré earned an MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary. Experience her spoken-word album Raw Honey at Mazare.net.

Colleen McFadden

Colleen McFadden

Colleen McFadden trains women Bible teachers with the Charles Simeon Trust. She also serves as the director of women’s ministry at her local church, Trinity Community Church, just outside Philadelphia. Colleen earned an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and she serves on the board of Matthias Media, a ministry dedicated to raising up and resourcing disciple-makers.

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin is co-founder of Vocable Communications, where her mission is to help leaders deliver messages that change minds, and formerly the vice president of content at The Veritas Forum. She holds a PhD in Renaissance literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill Theological College in London. Rebecca is the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion. She and her husband have three children.

Patricia Namnún

Patricia Namnún

Patricia Namnún es coordinadora de iniciativas femeninas de Coalición por el Evangelio y diaconisa en la Iglesia Bautista Internacional, República Dominicana. Es graduada del Instituto Integridad & Sabiduría y tiene un certificado en ministerio del Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, del programa Seminary Wives Institute. Es autora de los libros “Luz en las Tinieblas” y “Completas en Él” y co-anfitriona del podcast De la Biblia a la Vida. Ama enseñar la Palabra a otras mujeres y está felizmente casada con Jairo desde el 2008 y juntos tienen tres hermosos hijos, Ezequiel, Isaac, y María Ester.

Patricia Namnún is coordinator of women’s initiatives for Coalición por el Evangelio and deaconess in the International Baptist Church, Dominican Republic, and she loves to teach the Word to other women. She is a graduate of the Integrity & Wisdom Institute and has a certificate in ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (from the Seminary Wives program). She is the author of Luz en las Tinieblas and Completas en Él, and co-host of the podcast “De la Biblia a la Vida.” She has been happily married to Jairo since 2008, and together they have three beautiful children, Ezequiel, Isaac, and María Ester.

Hannah Nation

Hannah Nation

Hannah Nation is a graduate of Covenant College and received her Master of Arts in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She worked for many years in international student ministry, and is inspired by the new chapter in church history unfolding across China. Nation currently serves as the Communications and Content Director for China Partnership and is a research associate at Gordon-Conwell’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the author of Sacred Endurance: Finding Grace and Strength for a Lasting Faith, If God Is For Us, Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity, and a children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family. You can find her at trillianewbell.com.

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson is an author and speaker, and loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. She has taught literature, directed women’s Bible studies, served as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition from 2010 to 2017, and holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel helps lead a network of Christian schools and universities. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and six granddaughters.

Jen Oshman

Jen Oshman

Jen Oshman is a wife and mom and has served as a missionary for two decades on three continents. She currently resides in Colorado, where she and her husband serve with Pioneers International, and they planted Redemption Parker, an Acts29 church. She writes about faith and biblical worldview at www.jenoshman.com and in her book, Enough About Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self (2020).

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry is a speaker, author, poet, and artist. Her sophomore album, Crescendo, was released in May 2018. She is also the author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I was and What God Has Always Been. At home she is a wife to Preston and mom to Eden and Autumn.

Dennae Pierre

Dennae Pierre

Dennae Pierre leads the Surge Network, a movement of local churches in Phoenix, Arizona, and she serves on the North America Leadership Team for Redeemer City to City. Dennae is the founder of Foster Care Initiatives, a ministry that equips the church to minister to birth families whose children are in the foster-care system. Dennae and her husband, Vermon, minister at Roosevelt Community Church, where he is the lead pastor.

Kori Porter

Kori Porter

Kori Porter is the CEO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. She was born and raised in Oxford, Mississippi. She graduated from the University of Mississippi for undergrad, and completed her M.A. in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Religion and Society from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has been published in His Testimony Our Heritage and the AND Campaign’s A New Narrative on Abortion: Pro-Woman and Pro-Child. She has 13 years of experience in campus ministry, serving most recently on the campus of Princeton University.

Courtney Reissig

Courtney Reissig

Courtney Reissig is a wife to Daniel, mom to four sons, writer, and Bible teacher. She is the author of The Accidental Feminist, Glory in the Ordinary, and a forthcoming book on the Psalms. Her writing has appeared in publications including Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and The Washington Post. Courtney and Daniel are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner is passionate about helping others find hope and joy in the midst of suffering. She is the author of the book The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering and is a regular contributor to Desiring God. She blogs at danceintherain.com, although she doesn’t like rain and has no sense of rhythm. Vaneetha is married to Joel and has two daughters, Katie and Kristi. She and Joel live in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chárbela de Salcedo

Chárbela de Salcedo

Chárbela de Salcedo es diaconisa en su iglesia local la IBI, en Republica Dominicana. En ella es parte tanto del ministerio de mujeres EZER como del cuerpo de consejería. Es co-anfritiona del Podcast “De la Biblia a la Vida”, producido por Coalición. Chárbela posee una maestría en Formación Espiritual y Discipulado del Moody Theological Seminary, de la ciudad de Chicago. Está casada con el pastor Héctor Salcedo con quien ha procreado dos hijos Elías y Daniel.

Chárbela de Salcedo serves as a deacon at her local church, IBI, in the Dominican Republic. She serves as the women’s minister (Ezer), and also as part of the counseling team. She is co-host of the Coalicion’s Podcast “De la Biblia a la Vida.” Charbela has an MA in spiritual formation and discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago. She is married to Pastor Héctor Salcedo and they have two children, Elías and Daniel.

Ruth Chou Simons

Ruth Chou Simons

Ruth Chou Simons is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and speaker. She shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and paintbrush through an online shoppe at GraceLaced.com and her Instagram community. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—their greatest adventure. Ruth is the author of Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship, and GraceLaced, which won a 2018 Christian Book Award.

Irene Sun

Irene Sun

Irene Sun was born in Malaysia and is the author of the picture book God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World. She studied liturgy and literature at Yale University (MAR) and Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (ThM). She now teaches her four boys at home with her preacher husband, Hans. They serve and belong to Pittsburgh Chinese Church.

Mallie Taylor

Mallie Taylor

Mallie Taylor serves as the community life coordinator for Reformed Theological Seminary. She holds an MA in theological studies from Beeson Divinity School, and lives with her husband and daughter in Charlotte, where they love to spend time outside in the Lord’s creation and to gather with neighbors and friends around their dining-room table.

Taylor Turkington

Taylor Turkington

Taylor Turkington cares deeply about training and supporting Bible teachers so they serve even better equipped in the Scriptures. She currently directs BibleEquipping and has previously directed training ministries for The Gospel Coalition and Western Seminary. Her experience includes training women internationally and working in the local church. She has an MA and Doctor of Ministry from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her family. She also loves good chocolate and great tea!

Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is the author of Fight Your Fears: Trusting the Character and Promises of God When You Are Afraid and the award-winning co-author of Hope When It Hurts. She writes regularly for digital publications and enjoys teaching the Bible to women at retreats, events, and conferences. She and her husband, Brad, are members of The Orchard and parents to Joanna. Read Kristen’s writing at kristenwetherell.com.

Laura Wifler

Laura Wifler

Laura Wifler is the co-founder of Risen Motherhood and serves as the executive director and co-host of the podcast. She is the co-author of Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope For Everyday Moments and the forthcoming children’s book, Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer (September 2021). Laura, her husband, and her three children live in central Iowa. You can find her on Instagram, @laurawifler or at www.laurawifler.com.

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. An advocate for Bible literacy, her passion is to see others become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. You can find her at JenWilkin.net.

Mary Willson

Mary Willson

Mary Willson serves the saints at Second Presbyterian in Memphis, Tennessee, as the director of women in ministry. Along with being trained in the local-church context, she received formal theological training, most recently at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD, Old Testament). Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the local-church context. A number of rambunctious nieces and nephews make her life all the more enjoyable.

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra is a senior writer for The Gospel Coalition. She’s spent the past 14 years balancing motherhood and a variety of work – volunteering at church, cleaning the house, cooking meals, homeschooling, teaching at Trinity Christian College, freelancing for a local daily newspaper, and writing for Christianity Today. She lives with her husband and two sons just south of Chicago.

Worship Leaders

Bethany Barnard

Bethany Barnard

Bethany Barnard is a music artist, wife, and mother. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2004, and was the highest selling female solo debut album of the year. In her music, which speaks on suffering, barrenness, vulnerability, romance, and faithfulness, Bethany finds redemption in the midst of pain. Bethany is married to Shane Barnard, and they have four children.

Davy Flowers

Davy Flowers

Davy Flowers is a recording artist, songwriter, and worship leader. She currently resides in Jackson, Mississippi where she serves on the worship staff at Pinelake Church. Originating from Houston, Texas, Davy has been leading worship and writing music since her teenage years when she came to radical and all-encompassing faith in Christ. Davy recently released her debut EP titled “I Belong Here.”

Shane & Shane

Shane & Shane

Shane & Shane are a worship duo made up of Shane Barnard and Shane Everett. They are known for their celebrated guitar work and trademark harmonies. They spent more than a decade touring everywhere from the college circuit to worship arenas to far-flung places, and they released their first album, Psalms, in 2002. Most recently, they created The Worship Initiative, which is an online training platform where musicians, worship leaders, and budding songwriters can grow and flourish in their craft and creativity and devotion to the Lord. Shane Barnard is married to Bethany, and they have four children. Shane Everett is married to Kellie, and they have three children.