Tara Barthel (www.TaraBarthel.com) formerly worked as an attorney and director at Peacemaker Ministries. Currently, she serves her family as a homemaker while regularly speaking at conferences and women’s retreats. Tara is the author of The Peacemaking Church Women’s Video Series and co-author of two books (Peacemaking Women and Redeeming Church Conflicts). New ministry areas for her include Ordering Our Disordered Affections (related to all enslaving, ruling lusts—but especially food because she recently gained then lost one hundred pounds); Loving Mentally Ill Addicts (an especially poignant topic for her due to the recent loss of her beloved mother); Titus 2 in a 21st Century World (based on her Christian education class and her relationships with young adults who are striving to be biblical women in the complexities of this modern age); and Fear Not! (dealing with anxiety, stress and worry). Tara and her husband, Fred, have two young daughters (one of whom is serving on the worship team at this event) and they are members of Rocky Mountain Community Church (PCA) in Billings, Montana. You can see videos of Tara teaching here and listen to her audio recordings here.
Donna Dobbs, a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary with her Masters Degree in Christian Education, has served for over 30 years as a Director of Christian Education, and has served for the last 25 years at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. In those capacities she has developed educational ministries for every age and stage of life (from nursery to sr. adults), and has equipped church members to teach and lead in those areas. Now working primarily in adult education, her main focus is developing the educational curricula for the church, and identifying, recruiting, and equipping teachers and other leadership for the educational ministry of the church. Donna has also served as an adjunct professor of Christian Education at Belhaven College in Jackson, MS; Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO; and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS.
Ellen Dykas serves at Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Harvest USA, (www.harvestusa.org), a national ministry focused on partnering with and equipping the Church to minister the gospel of grace into the lives of those impacted by sexual sin and brokenness. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and has been involved in vocational ministry since 1992. She came to understand the message of grace and salvation as a college student through the ministry of CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). After missionary service in Romania, she spent 6 years on staff at her home church as Missionary Care & Equipping Coordinator. She received her MA in Biblical Studies at Covenant Theological Seminary (1999) and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling (2006) through the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation. Ellen delights to teach God’s Word in a variety of settings, and to disciple women. She has written articles for The Journal of Biblical Counseling and The Christian Research Journal and co-authored a small group resource for women, Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing from Relational and Sexual Brokenness.
Stephen Estock began serving as Christian Education and Publication’s Provisional Coordinator in January 2013 and was elected Coordinator by the 41st General Assembly in June 2013. A graduate of Rhodes College, Stephen served five years in the Air Force before pursuing an MDiv degree at Covenant Theological Seminary. After ordination in 1995, he was Assistant, Associate, and Senior Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, AL. In 2002, he was called to be Associate Pastor at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Saint Louis, MO. Stephen’s love for education led him to earn a PhD in Education from Capella University. His desire is for the members of the PCA to see CEP as a vital resource for those who serve in the local church. Stephen and his wife Susan have been married for 23 yrs. God has blessed them with three children: Nathan (16 yrs) and Morgan (12 yrs) live with them in Atlanta. Brandon (18 yrs) lives in St. Louis where he works as a computer programmer for Oasis Digital.
Susan Hunt is the wife of Gene Hunt, a retired PCA pastor, the mother of 3 adult children and 12 grandchildren. She is the former Director of Women in the Church Ministry for the PCA and has served as a CEP consultant. Susan is the author and co-author of several books for women’s ministries as well as TRUE, the CEP discipleship curriculum series on biblical womanhood for teen girls. She has also authored several books for children.
Sarah Ivill (Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary) has been leading, teaching or writing women’s Bible studies since she was eighteen. She has served in leadership positions in Bible Study Fellowship and in the local church, including serving as Director of Women’s Ministry. Sarah is the author of Hebrews: His Hope, An Anchor for Our Souls; Revelation: Let the One Who Is Thirsty Come; and Judges & Ruth: There Is a Redeemer (upcoming). Presently a stay-at-home mom, she continues writing and teaching Reformed Bible studies for women. A member of Christ Covenant Church (PCA), Sarah lives with her husband and children in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cathy Wilson is a former Women’s Ministry Regional Advisor for Mid America, a Trainer and Coordinator of Women’s Ministries (Kirk of the Hills PCA in St Louis, MO). She has served in her local churches on Women’s Ministry teams, most recently responsible for Christian Education at Christ Church, Normal, IL where their team is in the process of developing a multi-year discipleship program for their women. Cathy is married to Bill, a ruling elder and has 2 grown children, Alexandra and Strother. She currently works as an assistant manager for Talbots.
At First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, Shirley Windham has been involved in teaching the Bible for 16 years, the last 13 specifically to young mothers. She and her husband Mark, an elder at FPC, share a particular love and burden for young families. Shirley is Mom to three adult married daughters and their husbands, as well as a grandmother to eight young grandchildren.