Authors

Meet the Moms who write for MomLife Today! We also invite you to learn more about us, contact us or submit a guest post.

Arlene Pellicane
Arlene Pellicane

Mom since 2004 ~ blessed mom to 3 school age children

Author: Parents Rising, Growing Up Social, 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom* (part of a series of 31 Days books)

Before becoming speaker and author, was a features reporter for The 700 Club & Associate Director for Turning Point Television with David Jeremiah

Arlene Pellicane

Arlene Pellicane is a prolific author and sought after speaker who shares about marriage, parenting, health, or personal growth, with the goal not only to inspire, but also to provide practical steps on exactly what to do next. She has provided expertise as a guest for The Today Show, Focus on the Family, Fox & Friends, Family Life Today, The 700 Club, The Better Show, The Hour of Power, Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, Home Made Simple on TLC and numerous radio programs. Arlene and her husband James have been married since 1999.

Debbie Taylor Williams
Debbie Taylor Williams

Mom since 1978 ~ blessed mom to 2 married children and 5 adorable grandchildren

Author: The Plan A Woman in a Plan B World: What to Do When Life Doesn't Go According to Plan, Plan A Mom in a Plan B World: How to Raise Faithful Kids in a Flawed World, If God is in Control Why Am I a Basket Case? If God is In Control, Why Do I Have a Headache? Pray With Purpose, Live With Passion, Prayers of My Heart Prayer Journal, Discovering His Passion

Founder: P.R.A.Y. with Passion Across the Nation Conference, being held in every state

Debbie Taylor Williams

Debbie Taylor Williams is passionate about Jesus and helping others know Him. A sought after national Bible teacher and conference speaker, Debbie is known for her ability to communicate Biblical truth with joy; giving audiences spiritual “take-aways.” Her P.R.A.Y. with Passion Across the Nation Conference, based on her books Pray with Purpose and Prayers of My Heart, is being held in every state, and her 365 DAYS of PRAISE blog leads thousands each day in praise of God. She has authored nine books. When Debbie isn’t writing, speaking, or playing with grandkids, you’ll find her at a kickboxing class or enjoying time with her hubby cooking, hiking, golfing, or fishing. Debbie and her college sweetheart, Keith, who she married in 1975, have two married children and five adorable grandchildren who are being raised to love and follow Christ.

 

 

Jennifer Degler, Ph.D.
Jennifer Degler, Ph.D.

Mom since 1993 ~ blessed mom of 2 adult children

Author: No More Christian Nice Girl, Deck of Dares, Creating the Life You Love

Psychologist and Certified Life Coach

Jennifer Degler, Ph.D.

Psychologist, life coach, author, speaker, wife, and mom, Dr. Jennifer Degler is passionate about helping people create healthy, successful relationships. She has traveled extensively sharing her “tips and quips” to strengthen the health of relationships in professional organizations and individual lives. Jennifer’s heart for strengthening marriages, combined with her interest in female sexuality, led her in 2010 to found CWIVES, a ministry to help Christian wives make their sex lives sizzle with unique, fun products, such as the Dare of the Month newsletter. She and her high school sweet heart husband Jeff, have been married since 1987.

Jennifer Dyer
Jennifer Dyer

Mom since 2002 ~ blessed mom to 2, one child with special needs, one a teenager

Author: Award Winning short story and hundreds of online articles

M.S. in Communications Disorders, speech language pathologist

Jennifer Dyer

Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Never did she imagine that her education and career were God’s way of preparing her to be a mom to her own daughter with autism. Today, she enjoys reaching out to other families who face similar diagnoses. As a cancer survivor, carpet-cleaning veteran, and originator of the “Messy House Ministry,” Jennifer feels blessed to share joy, peace, and humor with others facing life’s challenges. She and her IT genius husband Brandon have been married since 1998.

Kela Nellums
Kela Nellums

Mom since 1994 ~ blessed mom to 6 & grandmother to 3

Author: Writer for several mom and marriage websites & ebook articles

Entrepreneur extraordinaire

Kela Nellums

Kela Nellums has been writing to women about faith, relationships, marriage, and motherhood on her blog, Pursuing What Is Excellent, for over 10 years.  She’s written for popular motherhood and marriage websites and has had numerous eBook articles published. More than that she has spoken into hearts of family, friends and community with her kind, compassionate, wisdom infused guidance and supportive prayer. Kela is the mom of six children, mother-in-law, and grandmother of three and thrives on sharing her tenacious faith, a cup of coffee, and her contagious smile. Kela enjoys the entrepreneurial lifestyle with her husband, Brian and they have been married since 1994.

Kelcie Huffstickler
Kelcie Huffstickler

Mom since 2008 ~ blessed mom to 2 school age children and a baby

Author: Writer for a number of family publications and websites

B.S. in Journalism, part time educator

Following God's prompting, Kelcie shut down her personal blog a few years ago

Kelcie Huffstickler

Since 2010 Kelcie Huffstickler has worked in sexual risk avoidance (abstinence) education for teens and finds joy in helping shape young people’s views about relationships, purity, self-control and building families at the right time, in the right way. Despite feeling overwhelmed by this stage of life, Kelcie is committed to intentional parenting and passing a heritage of faith to her three children. She and her fire fighter husband have been married since 2005.

Laura Petherbridge
Laura Petherbridge

Mom of Step Children since 1986 ~ blessed mom to 2 married adult children, grandmother to 2

Author: The Smart Stepmom, 101 Tips for Stepmoms, Quiet Moments for the Stepmoms Soul, When I Do Become I Don't

International speaker & TV and Radio guest, featured expert on DivorceCare DVD series serving 14,000 churches worldwide

Laura Petherbridge

Laura Petherbridge, known as “The Smart StepMom” serves couples and single adults with topics on spiritual growth, relationships, stepfamilies, co-parenting, single parenting, divorce prevention, and divorce recovery. She travels extensively to speak into he lives of others and writes for many online and print publications including the Billy Graham Training Center, LifeWay, Moody Broadcasting, Today’s Christian Woman, Crosswalk, to name a few. Her heart of compassion and ability to offer practical wisdom and heartfelt comfort has allowed her life serving others to remain a focus of her praying heart. Laura and her husband Steve, have been married since 1986.

Shaunti Feldhahn
Shaunti Feldhahn

Mom since 2000 ~ blessed mom to 2 teen kids

Author: For Women Only, The Male Factor, The Kindness Challenge (to name a few)

Authority on relationships featured on The Today Show, Fox News, KLOVE, former Wall Street Analyst

Shaunti Feldhahn

Shaunti Feldhahn is a best selling author and nationally renowned speaker, who has been featured on The Today Show, Fox News, KLOVE radio and many other media outlets.  She has authored several books, but is best known for her breakout book, For Women Only that led to a series of other related titles. Shaunti’s innovative, research-based work with leaders, individuals and groups, is eye opening and life changing. She identifies little changes that make a big difference for everyone. Shaunti places her family as a priority while remaining a sought after thought leader who equips others to find balance in their lives by making smart choices. She and her attorney husband, Jeff, have been married since 1994.

Shellie Tomlinson
Shellie Tomlinson

Mom since 1990 ~ blessed mom to 2 adult children, grandmother to 5

Author: Heart Wide Open, Hungry Is A Mighty Fine Sauce, Suck You Stomach In & Put Some Color On, Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat She Just Weighs Heavy, Devotions for The Hungry Soul

a/k/a The Bell Of All Things Southern - radio host

Shellie Tomlinson

Shellie Tomlinson, or The Belle of All Things Southern as she is known in entertainment and speaking circles, enjoys encouraging a wide range of audiences, sharing her humorous slant on growing up southern.  Her talks, and conversations, are always full of laughs, motivation and deep truth. Her books are laugh out loud funny, and hit you in the gut deep. Well knowns like Jeff Foxworthy, The Robertson women, Kathie Lee and Hodah enjoy her banter, but Shellie is partial to regular folk. She loves Jesus and is passionate about sharing lessons learned in her decades long walk with the Lord.  Shellie and her farmer husband, Phil, have been married since 1985.

Sue Birdseye
Sue Birdseye

Mom since 1995 ~ blessed single mom to 5, school age to teens

Author - When Happily Ever After Shatters: Seeing God in Midst of Divorce & Single Parenting

Teacher of elementary students

Sue Birdseye

Sue Birdseye is an author and communicator about an “unplanned” life that she has embraced for God’s purposes in her, and her children’s lives. She went from the typical “picket fence life” to being a single mom of 5 and subsequently became completely dependent upon the Lord. Her change of life circumstance has led to a passionate desire to encourage and bless other single moms with the peace and joy she has found – in the midst of her crazy blessed life. She has been active in her community as a foster/adoptive mom and within her church’s discipleship, women’s and children’s ministries.

Tracey Eyster
Tracey Eyster

Mom since 1993 ~ blessed mom of 2, now married, young adults

Author: Be The Mom, LifeWay's Beautiful Mess Bible Study & 100's online/print articles

Creator & Director MomLife Today and Pine Cove's Mom Camp weekend event

Tracey Eyster

Tracey Eyster is the Founder of MomLife Today & Mom Camp and is passionate about speaking into the lives of others one on one, or through live events.  Becoming a mom later in life ignited a passion in her on the importance of building a Christ centered legacy in the home. She has logged hours in corporate America, consulting, community volunteering, Christian ministry, interview journalism, mentoring, speaking and writing — while keeping homelife and serving family her priority. “Be intentional. Be relational. Be selfless.” — in a nutshell, that’s her life and message. Hiking, kayaking and hosting others in her home are her funtime pursuits, now that she, and husband Bill, are living the “just us” life again. She and Bill have been married since 1986.

Wynter Pitts
Wynter Pitts

Mom Since 2003 ~ blessed mom to 4 school age girls, 1 a teenager

Author: For Girls Like You, You're God's Girl Devotional, She Is Yours

Founder: Girls Like You magazine, Co-Author Hello Stars with her actress daughter Alena (War Room, Kendrick Brothers)

Wynter Pitts

Wynter Evans Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You Magazine, a ministry to tween and teen girls, and their parents, that includes print and web resources. She has a passion and drive to introduce young girls to Christian values in a way that they are able to digest, so they can walk passionately and boldly in who God has created them to be.  Her husband and four girls are actively involved in the ministry and the girls are becoming leaders of their generation. Wynter fully understands and relates to the daily joys and challenges in marriage and family and devotes much of her time to encouraging others in their family journey! She and husband Jonathan have been married since 2000.

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Barbara Rainey
Barbara Rainey

Barbara Rainey

Barbara Rainey is the Co-Founder of FamilyLife, the Founder of Ever Thine Home, mother of six and a grandmother to over 20 – she is also a mentor and friend to countless women in the United States and abroad. She is a gifted communicator – and artist – who has created, and continues to create, resources that help parents and children connect and impress on their hearts the truth of God’s word.

Dannah Gresh
Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh is a best-selling author and the creator of Secret Keeper Girl and Pure Freedom ministries. Best-known for And the Bride Wore White and Lies Young Women Believe (co-written with Nancy Leigh DeMoss), Dannah is a gifted communicator whose ministry focus is coaching moms to be great connectors to their tween and teen children. She and her husband Bob are left to run a menagerie of animals on a hobby farm since her three young adult children have flown the coop. Her happiest times are when all the chicks are back in the nest.

Darcy Kimmel
Darcy Kimmel

Darcy Kimmel

Darcy Kimmel has been speaking into the lives of women and couples for decades. She and her husband founded the ministry of Family Matters and their “Grace Based” parenting and marriage materials have strengthened countless family legacies. Her “Love Darcy” series on their website is a mom favorite!

Gina Smith
Gina Smith

Mom since 1991 ~ blessed mom of 2 adult children

Author: Grace Gifts-Celebrating Your Children Every Day & 100's of online articles

Former Dean of Women at a Christian College

Gina Smith

Gina Smith served alongside her husband at a small Christian college right outside of Washington, DC for almost 20 years, where she caught a passion for speaking into the lives of young adults. Those same young adults are now parents, and they are still listening – and bringing friends! She previously dedicated her days to serving her family, but now that her children are grown she fully enjoys her calling of entering into mentoring relationships with women of all ages in person and on-line. Gina has articles published on several on-line communities and currently serves as Tribe Manager for The MOB Society, an online ministry to parents of boys. Gina has been married to college professor Brian since 1987.

Heather Hawkins
Heather Hawkins

Heather Hawkins

Heather Hawkins is a homeschool mom, dedicated to her family, which includes “trying” to filter the family stories her husband, comedian Tim Hawkins chooses to share with the laughing world. Her kindness and “always help others” attitude is contagious, clearly she is star of the family, shining bright in the universe!

Janel Breitenstein
Janel Breitenstein

Janel Breitenstein

Janel Breitenstein graduated summa cum laude from John Brown University and began her career with NavPress, where she worked on The Message Bible. She is a mother of four and she and her family served as missionaries to Uganda for five years.  Janel has continued using her gift of writing by serving as a writer and editor and you can read more from her at A Generous Grace.

Jenae
Jenae

Jenae

Jenae is a former elementary school teacher who dedicated herself to her children and home life once she became a mom. As the creator of I Can Teach My Child, her heart is to help moms be their child’s first teacher. Her online community serves well the needs of moms who want activities for their children and resources for their parenting and homelife.

Julia DesCarpentrie
Julia DesCarpentrie

Mom Since 2000

Director of Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime

Married since 1998

Julia DesCarpentrie

Julia DesCarpentrie is passionate about orphan care, adoption and fostering. She has been blessed to live out God’s call on her life in those areas through her work with The CALL (Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime), a foster care church initiative encouraging more Christian families to foster children in need. Julia has been an advocate for the fatherless for 10 years, as both a volunteer and also serving with Hope for Orphans before her work with The CALL. She is also an active volunteer in the community and has served on several community boards. She continues to minister to other mothers and foster/adoptive families through writing and speaking with MomLife Today. Julia is the mom of five children entrusted to her care through birth, adoption and fostering. She and Branden have been married for 16 years.

Karen Loritts
Karen Loritts

Karen Loritts

Karen Loritts has served alongside her pastor husband in ministry for over three decades as a teacher, mentor and international speaker. She served as the keynote speaker for the True Woman conferences held by Revive Our Hearts. Karen is a mom to four and a grandmother of 8 who continues to host Grandparent Camp each summer in her home. She is a Founding member of a community outreach program that gives away thousands of dollars each year to those in need who are working towards a better future.

Kay Arthur
Kay Arthur

Kay Arthur

Kay Arthur has long been known as “the” Precept Bible teacher and her Precept Inductive Bible study method is used by women the world over, in some 180 countries. She is also the author of over 100 books. Kay continues to travel the world sharing Biblical truth and the importance of personal study of God’s word. Especially exciting for moms to know is that her ministry, Precept International Ministries, teaches Bible study methods to children as well.

Kennisha Hill
Kennisha Hill

Kennisha Hill

Kennisha Hill has shared her gift of writing and publishing with countless soon-to-be authors and helped many publish their first books.  Her quiet countenance and humble wisdom serves as an encouragement to those she has served, including her adorable, and spunky, four little ones.

Lisa Williams
Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is dedicated to her family, her listeners and her Father. You may recognize the name, because for nearly three decades she has been on Christian radio somewhere, in many different states, and nationally on K-LOVE. For a few years she left full-time radio to focus her heart on raising Jon David and Jesse, but recently launched the very successful podcast and syndicated radio show Life With Lisa Williams.

Mary Beth Chapman
Mary Beth Chapman

Mary Beth Chapman

Mary Beth Chapman is a mother of six, an award winning author and the President of Show Hope, a ministry dedicated to being a voice for the orphan. She is also the wife of award winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. Mary Beth has an amazing gift of putting others at ease, encouraging others to love well and be intentional in their daily lives. To learn more about her heart for the orphan visit Show Hope.

Dr. Meg Meeker
Dr. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a tell it like it is physician, whose wisdom and practicality make her bedside manner with parents and kids a lifeline in todays parenting journey. As an intentional mom herself, she has an amazing way of bringing together the best of her medical profession and her life’s journey as a parent and a physician to countless. Best selling author of six books, go to voice on programs such as The Today Show, Dave Ramsey, Fox & Friends, Oprah, NPR, Psychology Today and more. Dr. Meeker is considered the leading authority on parenting, teens and children’s health–for moms, she’s the down to earth friend you’d like to meet for coffee.

Priscilla Shirer
Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer is the mom of three boys, being intentionally trained to be Godly young men by two amazing parents. As a Bible teacher and encourager to countless women she empowers others to walk humbly and boldly as a  fervent, awakened, woman who hears the voice of God. You can learn more about her many books, Bible studies or her personal ministry at Going Beyond Ministries.

Robyn McKelvy
Robyn McKelvy

Robyn McKelvy

Robyn McKelvy has devoted her life to the care and building up of others. In her home, through the church her husband pastors and through years of one on one mentoring and speaking events. Robyn was recently the keynote speaker at the Revive Our Hearts, True Women event. Robyn is the mom of sixteen children, seven in heaven and nine amazing souls here on earth who have received her full attention from the time they were born or grafted into her family.

Sally Lloyd Jones
Sally Lloyd Jones

Sally Lloyd Jones

Sally Lloyd Jones is as delightful to speak with as her words are to read. Her beautiful Jesus Story Book Bible has been read repeatedly by children, teens and adults becoming a favorite of many–with well over one million sold. Her heart in writing the Jesus Story Book Bible was to share with children the adventure, wonder and story of the Bible. Clearly, God is using her heartfelt interpretation for His glory and revelation to those of every age group. Sally has many other beautiful stories you will want to consider for your children, go to Sally Lloyd Jones to learn more about her and her works.

Susan Yates
Susan Yates

Susan Yates

Susan Yates has written thirteen books and has spoken nationally and internationally on the subject of marriage, parenting and women’s issues for many years. For 11 years she was a regular columnist on parenting for Today’s Christian Woman magazine. Susan is the mother of five and has 21 grandchildren, including a set of quads. She is devoted to sharing her wisdom and experience with moms and wives on her website, Susan Yates, and is selflessly available to those in need.

Tricia Goyer
Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer has made a career out of writing and using that gift to uplift others. With over 40 books published she enjoys using real life stories to inspire through fiction and non-fiction. Tricia is the mom of six, three grown children and three adopted little ones – that’ll end up being forty years of parenting know how! As a former teen mom she is now dedicated to reaching out to other teen moms. She is a favored speaker at writing events around the country and on her website Tricia Goyer she shares the inspiration behind her prolific writing career.