Alita Reynolds is the Foundational Voice with Women of Faith, Certified Life Coach, Writer and Speaker. She and her husband, GJ, are the Visionaries of the Women of Faith ministry whose mission is to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus. Alita’s life purpose is as simple as her upbringing was on a Nebraska farm, and she works passionately to inspire others to find Jesus. Alita has learned through lots of ups and downs (more downs than one would like to admit!) that there is more to life than what you may currently be experiencing. She fiercely defends and lifts up the hope and grace we can receive in Jesus Christ. She has a love for family, friends, leading, church, mentoring, fitness, summer days, starting new projects, philanthropy, writing, and walking with Jesus, not necessarily in that order! Alita also loves to talk with and interview believers to share their amazing stories of how God’s grace and mercy works in their lives. Alita chooses to create opportunities to encourage everyone to find their God-given purpose, live a life of excellence, elevate all areas of their lives to bring others to Christ, and lock arms together to Be the Light! Alita is real and authentic, with a deep desire to create movements that will radically change the world. The truth is this all starts at home in Lincoln, Nebraska; and there is no place she would rather be than spending time with her husband, GJ, and three children, Logan-21, Rees-20 and Lexi-14.
A living “Energizer Bunny,” Jill has a zest for life that is contagious! With humor and honesty, she shares her personal struggles and how God showed up in the midst of them. Through her songwriting, speaking and writing, she is simply a friend telling her story, hoping it will touch your heart, encourage you in your struggles, and inspire you to keep reaching for your full potential. Her spiritual insights are relatable, insightful, and can be practically applied to your life.
Jill is a Nashville recording artist and recently released her 6th CD entitled “Twelve, the Freedom Soundtrack.” She has opened for the legendary Loretta Lynn and Brian Littrell (of the Backstreet Boys), performed a duet with NewSong, and sang the national anthem for President Bush and 11,000 people when he was in Sioux City. Jill has also performed at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville.
Jill realized a dream when she was named one of the new Voices with Women of Faith and serves the ministry by leading worship, teaching, speaking, and writing. Jill is also a certified speaker, coach and teacher with the John Maxwell Team and has written the first ever theme song for the John Maxwell Team.
Jill also writes a weekly blog and has written her first book, “Grace Finds Wings – A Journey in Song.” In her book, Jill shares the stories behind the songs on her CD, “Grace Finds Wings,” and finds ways to touch your heart and help you discover grace in things like infertility, adoption, divorce, financial struggles, marital infidelity and loss.
Jill and her husband, John, have four grown sons and live in the cornfields of Iowa with their two male rescue dogs. Jill is anxiously waiting for some daughters-in-law and grandbabies so she can get a little estrogen in her family!
Laura Pedersen is a Voice with Women of Faith and assists with the Women of Faith Ambassador program. She is also a John Maxwell certified speaker and coach who has worked over 25 years in the field of human resources, organizational, and leadership training and development. Laura is also an interior decorator and owns a window covering business called Gotcha Covered of Siouxland.
After losing her youngest sister, Sara, Laura and her family were blessed with the release of Sara’s book, Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts. The book is a compilation of Sara’s God inspired message of Choose Joy. Laura is the president of the Choose Joy Foundation, which was established in Sara’s memory.
As a speaker, Laura shares Sara’s legacy along with sharing her own life journey through divorce, loss, and breast cancer. Laura’s message focuses on how the choices we make can transform our life.
Laura lives in Sioux City, IA with her husband Jeff. They have 3 married children and are blessed with 6 grandchildren. In their spare time they love to travel to North Carolina and Texas to visit family.
Carrie Erikson is the co-pastor of Mercy City Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, alongside her husband Matt. Matt and Carrie planted Mercy City through ARC on February 8, 2015 and have seen radical growth in the church over the last three years, launching a second location in Lincoln at the beginning of 2018. Before moving to Lincoln to plant Mercy City, she lived in Macon, GA, and Rockford, IL, where she and Matt served as campus pastors and youth pastors for nearly 14 years. Matt and Carrie have been married since 2001 and have four children, Cooper (16), Elijah and Emery (14), and Lilah Jane (8).
Carrie is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Counseling. She has worked in the Special Education Department at public schools in both Georgia and Nebraska, and has recently felt the call to go into full time ministry as Mercy City continues to grow. She has been blogging since 2012, was recently named a new Voice for Women of Faith, and is currently working on her first book.
Carrie’s heart is to see people find hope in Christ, no matter what their circumstance or situation. It is her greatest hope that people can find freedom in God’s faithfulness. She has traveled all over the US and internationally in 7 other countries bringing a message of hope. It is truly her heart’s desire to see every knee bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.
Joanie Higley has always had a heart for prayer and hearing God’s voice and direction, not only for herself, but also for others through prophetic intercession. Prayer and prophetic ministry for both individuals and with groups keep her busy. As she has grown in the knowledge of God and His word, her desire is to encourage others to go deeper into the place of intimacy with Him and for them to know the Holy Spirit living inside. For nine years Joanie helped lead and teach a School of Prophetic ministry where students would learn biblical keys to how God speaks to us through His Word, dreams, visions, prophets, and multiple other ways.
Joanie has contributed as a co-author to two books on Healing & Intimacy. She is currently working on a book about her travels as the Holy Spirit led her to eight states in the U.S. through prayer and spiritual warfare over our nation, including the four corners and borders of our country and the heart of our nation.
Joanie has been in Christian television ministry for the last 39 years. After serving 27 years at TBN, she is presently producing programs and handling donor relations with Upliftv, a faith-based network on Directv and many other outlets. She believes media, through every platform, is the fastest way to reach the masses around the world with the Gospel before Jesus returns.
She serves with several ministries, Women of Faith, Operation Care International, Christian Women in Media, Hollywood Prayer Network, Streams Ministries International, Destiny Generation Ministries, and others. Joanie and her husband, Bob, reside in Dallas, Texas and have been married for 42 years. They have three children and 5 grandchildren.
With a heart for God, people, and business, Donna stays active in the Christian community. She has been involved with Roaring Lambs since its inception and came on staff in 2008. Donna oversees all Roaring Lambs events and Bible studies, helps Christians learn how to effectively share their faith story, and she co-hosts an international radio show called, “A Time to Dream” heard worldwide on several various radio venues. This program features powerful faith stories. Prior to Roaring Lambs, Donna served with the American Tract Society as spokesperson, encouraging personal evangelism. Along with her husband, Anton, Donna owned and operated a successful chain of ladies fitness clubs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Donna especially enjoys speaking to ladies groups, churches, and retreats. Her rich Jewish heritage and her study of God's Word enhance her insight into the issues involved in Christian faith and living. In addition to her work with Roaring Lambs, Donna also serves as an Advisor to both the Fellowship of Professional Women and the Christian Women in Media Association. She has helped author and produce 4 Books in the Stories of Roaring Faith Series.