While on your quest to become a woman of God, take a look at the profiles of twenty-five women who are making an impact in the Christian community and the world. They are wives, mothers, preachers, teachers, actresses and artists who have used their personal trials and triumphs to inspire, encourage and exhort others to excellence. We are excited to share our choices for 25 Women of Faith that you should be following.
At just 33 years old, Asian American Immigration Reform Advocate Jenny Yang has become the voice for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. As Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief, she focuses on gaining support from influential pastors, lobbyists and faith-based organizations to help undocumented immigrants gain U.S. citizenship.
Adoption awareness advocate, author, and speaker Mary Beth Chapman is happily married to Grammy and Dove Award winner and singer Steven Curtis Chapman. Although blessed with three children of their own, the Chapmans founded Show Hope, a non-profit organization which provides finances and resources to families hoping to adopt orphans. Mary Beth and Steven adopted 3 girls from China and continue to grow Show Hope and it’s impact around the world.
A wife and mother of five, Jen Pollock Michel is a Christian writer and speaker who offers practical and personal theology for today’s active woman. Her insightful book “Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith,” was chosen as Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year. It is a thought-provoking book that explores the concept of Spirit-led versus carnal desire.
As founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, Kim has worked tirelessly to improve conditions, hourly wages and benefits for the nation’s workforce since 1996. The Center for American Progress named Kim as one of the 14 faith leaders to watch in 2014. Women interested in joining the faith-based fight for improved worker rights should keep their eye on Kim!
A consultant and writer for Today’s Christian Woman, creative director for Propel Women, and chief storyteller for the A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization, Bianca’s life work includes inspiring women to follow their passion, discover their purpose and reach their fullest potential. Bianca stresses the need for Christians to forgive others just as Christ forgave.
Author and speaker Lisa Bevere is half of a dynamic duo teaching believers across the nation how to successfully apply biblical principles to everyday life. Along with her husband, John, Lisa formed Messenger International as an outreach ministry to help build families and restore relationships. Their books, CDs, broadcasts and marriage retreats are instrumental in changing lives and winning souls for Christ.
Popular Christian blogger Nish Weiseth encourages believers of all walks to express themselves in prose, poetry or public outcry to become a catalyst for change. Her latest book, “Speak,” cites Jesus Christ as the ultimate Orator, who fulfilled His earthly mission to introduce man to the attributes of God and convert the world through storytelling.
When raising a family gets too overwhelming, frustrated moms turn to Hannah. Her insanely popular public television show, “Hannah, Help Me!” offers harried housewives tips on coping with life on the home front. Hannah’s career as a behavioral therapist and experience raising seven children provide an abundant source of information, humor, and inspiration for faith-filled women trying to find a balance in today’s fast-paced world.
Inspirational speaker Thelma Walls motivates believers from coast to coast with a familiar refrain: “In Christ, you can BEE your best!” For over 35 years this sassy senior, also known as Mama T, has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, on The 700 Club, and on stage with Zig Ziegler, Kay Arthur and others.
World renown surfer, wife, mother, and speaker Bethany Hamilton overcame tremendous odds after the tragic loss of her left arm in a shark attack. Her courage was not only the inspiration for the movie Soul Surfer but the impetus for her compelling faith. Bethany continues to surf while inspiring women and girls to aggressively pursue their dreams in spite of physical handicaps. Bethany’s positive attitude and faith impact her daily life as she pushes others to find their own inner strength.
These days “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure has her hands full juggling a career as a New York Times bestselling author and speaker with mothering a family of five. While Candace played D.J. Tanner on popular sitcom “Full House,” she is currently filming the Netflix series “Fuller House” which will also star many of the original stars.
Singer/songwriter, author and former co-host of The 700 Club, Sheila has written over seventeen inspirational and self-help books on depression, women’s issues in the church, and their relationship with God. Her most recent work included producing “Gigi: God’s Little Princess” a line of children’s DVDs and books through Thomas Nelson Publishers.
The founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, Nadia Bolz-Weber puts a new face on faith with what some would term “radical rantings” in a blog (www.nadiabolzweber.com) about irrelevant church dogmas. She is a truth seeker who awakens the reader’s quest to find the real Christ in the murky sea that has become Christendom.
Korie may be one of the faces of the A&E reality series Duck Dynasty but before she was a household name, she was a Christian. Growing up in Louisiana and being actively involved in her faith for her entire life, Korie has worked hard to live her life according to her Faith. As a television star, Korie has stood by her convictions, discussing her faith and family openly on the series. Korie and her husband Willie have also contributed to multiple books over the years, always crediting the blessings that have been bestowed on their family as a gift from God.
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Speaker, author and Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer offers Bible studies for believers with a quest to learn more about God and develop their personal gifts and callings. Under the headship of Going Beyond Ministries, Priscilla teaches the uncompromising Word of God through conferences, inspirational books, CDs, and workbooks.
Critically-acclaimed author and Bible teacher, Margaret Feinberg, was named by Christianity today as “one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today.” Cited by CNN, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and other imminent publications, Margaret’s books and companion Bible studies have sold nearly one million copies to the delight of faith-filled believers nationwide.
Christian writer, speaker, and blogger Jen Hatmaker uses practical biblically-based principles to teach women how to successfully nurture interpersonal relationships through love. Her latest book, “For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards,” is a must-read for anyone seeking a better way to resolve conflicts and restore relationships.
Writer, wife, and mother, Micha Boyett has a way with words that engage the soul. In her latest book, “Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer,” Micha reveals the secret to making a mundane life miraculous: keeping our minds on the Creator. For readers seeking to find calm out of chaos and greater intimacy with Christ, Micha’s books and blog are spiritually exhilarating and therapeutic.
It takes faith to infuse humor into a life full of challenges, but Michelle Cushatt does that whether writing or speaking at churches, conferences or women’s groups. Michelle addresses issues from marriage and family to workplace woes and health in her delightfully empowering blog, “Making Peace with an Imperfect Life.”
Founder and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa is a New York Times bestselling author of “The Best Yes, Unglued and Made to Crave.” This devoted wife and mother of five draws on personal experiences to motivate women to pursue their God-given callings to become authors or voices for Christ. Her articles of insight and inspiration have been published in Focus on the Family and CNN online.
Preacher, author, are just several of the many hats worn by this impassioned advocate for racial and ethnic reconciliation. Co-author of “The Heart of Racial Injustice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change,” Dr. McNeil preaches inspirational messages that raise awareness and propose viable solutions to closing the great divide between races and ethnic groups in America.
Author, blogger and mother of seven, Rachel Wojnarowski (aka Rachel Wojo) offers hope, prayer, Bible study and encouragement on her inspirational blog. “Women of the Bible: Beautiful and Brave” is a free downloadable ebook that utilizes Biblical wisdom to help make navigating through life’s ups and downs easier. Rachel has made it her priority to invoke technology into your spiritual growth and development.
Former actress, activist, and lead singer for the 70s soul group, The Staple Singers, Mavis is a gospel and R&B musical icon with a career that spans 65 years. During the Civil Rights era, the group became a melodious but compelling voice demanding social action for America’s minorities. Mavis continues to sing and speak out on social injustice.
Daughter of inspirational radio host and speaker Tony Evans, Chrystal is a devoted wife and mother. She recently co-authored “Kingdom Woman” with her dad, helps her mother Lois with the church women’s ministry, and homeschools her five children. Married to Jessie Hurst, Chrystal offers inspirational insight on her blog: Chrystal’s Chronicles.
Childhood memories of her parents devastating riches-to-rags saga provided the inspiration for a new book and financial management speaking career. Co-authored with her father, Dave Ramsey, Rachel’s latest book, “Smart Money, Smart Kids” offers insightful ideas on practical prosperity in today’s uncertain economy.