Planting Roots Staff
We are military women seeking to know Christ and to make Him known.
We are Planting Roots.
Hillary BaggettPrayer Coordinator
Claudia DuffEvents Assistant Team Lead
Kristin GoodrichExecutive Officer
Ginger HarringtonPublishing Team Coordinator
Shellie KellyFinance Manager
Katie PayneEvent Team Coordinator
Lisa RedfordHuman Resource Manager
Larissa TraquairSocial Media-Broadcasting Coordinator
Jennifer WakeAdmin/HR Team Leader
Lisa WaltersBlog Editor
Rachelle WhitfieldMarketing Channels Lead
Courtney WoodruffWeb Manager
Hillary Baggett loves learning, outdoor adventures, embracing new challenges, and discovering unique solutions to everyday tasks. She is an energetic introvert and intensely focused, service-oriented extrovert, rolled into one. With a heart for prayer, passion for helping others, and love for connecting with and encouraging other women who have survived and thrived the military life, she is determined to be obedient to God’s will.
Married for over 20 years to a retired United States Marine, Hillary is also the proud mom of a daughter, son, and the cutest puppy in the world. As an Occupational Therapist and provider of CranioSacral Therapy, she utilizes her problem-solving skills to help people of all ages achieve independence in their daily lives as well as balance in body, mind, and spirit.
When she is not plugging through the endless to-do list that comes with a busy family and living overseas for ten of the last eleven years, she enjoys bouldering, traveling the world, listening to TED talks, cooking awesome meals, and chilling with the dog—and usually finds herself trying very hard to remember where she left the latest to-do list.
Hi! I am Claudia Duff. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 28 years. We have 3 adult children and 1 daughter-in-love. Jonathan(25) lives in Spokane with his sweet wife Gretchen, Josiah is a senior at UCM and lives in MO, and Bethany is a junior at Meredith College in NC. My husband retired from the Navy and is now on faculty at Oak Ridge Military Academy as a music instructor and band master. We live in NC. I am a retired homeschool mom after 16 years of schooling! Now, I am taking the time to enjoy some old hobbies and learning a few new ones. My newest hobby is Bible Journaling. I am not very artistic, but I love to worship!
I am desperately in love with God, His Word and women’s ministry. I have been honored to serve at the local, regional and international levels of PWOC. I love writing, speaking, teaching and spending meaningful time in worship among women. God has granted me numerous opportunities to lead women in ministry.
I am nearing the close of a very unique season of my life. I have never experienced it before and I don’t want to ever see it again, lol! It has been a season of “wait and don’t ask why.” Yep, not my favorite! But, God has spoken in whispers to my faint heart again and again, “I got this. Don’t fret. Trust Me. I know the plan and you don’t.” God has been teaching me how to wait in faith. I am pretty good about walking in faith not so good in waiting in faith. It seems lazy and minimal. I crave movement and action, but God requires obedience. So, I am waiting…
And I think the wait is coming to a halt – enter Planting Roots! What a divine opportunity to bring women together to encourage one another to grow in our faith and bring new women to faith in Christ. This blessed journey is never about ourselves and always about our Lord. I am excited about what God has next for this grand adventure. So, strap yourself in, take a firm grip and enjoy the ride. Because it’s gonna be something else!
Thirty years ago, I took the Oath of Office and was issued my first military ID card. I have spent my entire adulthood carrying some version of that military ID card. At first, my ID card was active-duty green (yes, I’m dating myself here). Changes in rank were followed by changes in weight and hair color. Later, my green ID card was exchanged for a brown one of “dependent spouse”. Then again, the status of my husband changed from active-duty to retired, and now I wonder if my height is shrinking!
During these changes within the military community, one thing has remained the same. I have a desperate need to be in relationship with God. I have grown in my faith because I have needed to dig deeply into the Bible during struggles familiar to military women. I have been supported during the stormy weather by friendships with other military women. And I have been able to raise my hands high with shouts of praise to the heavens as I have been blessed by this community of Christian military women! I am looking forward to planting roots with you!
Ginger Harrington, publishing coordinator for Planting Roots, is casting a vision for women in the military community to encourage one another to grow closer to God by sharing their stories. Author of the book, Holy in the Moment, Ginger’s work has been featured at MGM Lightworkers. A popular speaker, she has also written military-themed posts for Guideposts Military Blog and (in)courage. Ginger and her retired Marine husband have enjoyed twenty-four years of military life and are parents to three young adults. Read more from Ginger at GingerHarrington.com. In San Diego, Ginger will be talking about the “Barriers to being ALL IN.” You won’t want to miss it!
Sarah McKinney has been leading worship and performing vocally for over 25 years. In 2009, she released her first cd, “Immeasurably More,” and has led worship for numerous retreats and conferences, including sharing the stage with Laura Story in leading worship at the last International PWOC Conference in Nashville in 2012. Sarah’s love for the Lord and bringing military women to the Throne is the passion of her heart and the calling upon her life. In her words, “worshipping with my sisters in Christ, witnessing the work of the Holy Spirit come aflame in each of their hearts, is like catching a glimpse of what Heaven will be like one day…it is all at once indescribably beautiful and profoundly humbling. I just love that I get to be a part of it!”
Sarah has been married to her beloved husband and best friend, Chaplain Jeff McKinney, for 20 years. She is also a fully-engaged homeschool mom of three “full throttle” kiddos: Joshua (13), Hannah (12), and Mary (10). She and her husband are currently stationed in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. If you are interested in learning more about Sarah or purchasing one of her cd’s, please visit her website.
Brenda Pace is an author and speaker with a passion for bringing encouragement and hope to women. She frequently shares her message in both local church and military chapel settings. She has been the keynote speaker for retreats in Korea, Japan, Turkey, Germany, Italy, and numerous locations across the United States.
Brenda is dedicated to mentor and train women to be godly leaders. She gained practical experience serving at every level of leadership in the military women’s organization, Protestant Women of the Chapel, from president of a local chapter to national leadership as the president of Protestant Women of the Chapel-USA. Her personal experience along with specialized training and education in leadership, has equipped her to encourage and mentor women to develop their full potential for Christ.
Because of her desire to encourage military spouses, Brenda coauthored the devotional book Medals above My Heart, with her friend and fellow military spouse Carol McGlothlin (Broadman and Holman). Brenda and Carol also wrote The One Year Yellow Ribbon Devotional, Taking a Stand in Prayer for Our Nation and Those Who Serve (Tyndale House). She is a contributing author to Stories of Faith and Courage from the Homefront, Stories Around the Table, and the seminary textbook Women in Ministry and Leadership. Brenda is the author of a soon to be released devotional and bible study series The Journey of a Military Wife: God’s Truth for Every Step. The American Bible Society will launch the series in early 2015.
Brenda holds a BA in education from Lee University, a MEd from Columbus State University, and a MA in Christian Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary. She is currently a Doctorate of Ministry candidate at the Assembly of God Theological Seminary.
Brenda lives in Tennessee, the place of her birth with her husband Richard. A retired US Army Chaplain with 28 years of service, Richard serves as the Chaplain Endorser and Coordinator for Vocational Chaplains at the Church of God Chaplains Commission. The Pace’s are the parents of two married sons and the proud grandparents of five terrific grandkids.
Katie Payne has been married to her favorite guy and Army soldier for 24 years. Brian and Katie began their military adventure at Fort Drum. NY. They have four adventurous and fun-loving daughters, ages 19, 17, 15 and 13. Yes, that’s four teenagers! Life is full and Brian and Katie are enjoying their house full of girls.
Katie grew up in a ministry-filled home with parents who served as missionaries. She observed men and women meeting together for Bible study, prayer and discipleship on a regular basis. It was a natural next step for her to join a women’s bible study as a young military bride at Fort Drum. She developed a passion for women’s ministry as she experienced the joy, peace and growth that comes from studying the Word of God with other women.
Hebrews 10:24-26, one of Katie’s favorite verses, says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” God created us for fellowship. Fellowship with Him and fellowship with others. It’s these moments of fellowship that have helped Katie navigate the joys and challenges of military life.
Katie also finds joy in browsing through antique shops, cheering on her favorite football team and drinking a good cup of Earl Grey tea. As she plans events for Planting Roots she is most excited about bringing women together to connect them to our Lord and to each other. It’s an exciting time and she hopes to meet YOU at our next live event.
Prior to meeting her husband, Lisa Redford neither had any knowledge or interest in a military lifestyle nor did she ever plan to be a military spouse. She attended college at Moorhead State University and the University of Kentucky, graduating from the latter with degree in Special Education. However, quite comfortable with a teaching career in Lexington, Kentucky God had a different journey planned for her life; once she acknowledged God’s plan was far better than her own, she began to thrive, not just survive, the military life.
“For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” -Jeremiah 29 11-13
Lisa loves encouraging others and serving families in the communities God plants her. She believes that small acts can reveal great love and strives to live by the belief: Jesus first, others second, and self last. Lisa desires military women to fully grasp God’s love and plan for them in their own military journey. She strongly advocates that once you understand God’s love, you can give it and once you accept His plans for you, you can be a part of them, which is awesome!
Lisa has been married to the love of her life, Craig, for 15 years. They have five joy-filled children, Caden, Kenadie, Ashlyn, Elijah, and Elizabeth. Lisa is a proud stay-at-home-mom who currently home schools her children, another plan that was not hers. She loves being involved in the children’s extracurricular activities.
Lisa enjoys jogging, being outdoors, volunteering, and gatherings with family and friends. Lisa has been involved with Protestant Women of the Chapel for several years. Lisa was involved with establishing a Battle Buddy Resource Center, which has been serving Soldiers’ families through food pantry services for just over a year. Above all, she loves being a military spouse and believes this journey has provided many opportunities for growth in many areas, especially spiritual. It’s her strongest desire to learn and grow deeper in God’s word every day and be proof of Jesus’ love, every moment.
My name is Larissa Traquair and I am a Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, God-fearing woman who is a recovering perfectionist and is passionate about glorifying God in all I do. I am a scrap booker, card maker, paper planner who knitted for a little while and survived running for 6 months. I am a great friend who loves to do lunch. My motto is: “Everyone has to eat so why not eat together.” I am also a foodie and a very picky eater. I love dark chocolate and hate almost ALL vegetables. I will always prefer eating out over cooking at home.
I am married to a Marine and we are retired in the great state of Texas. We parent a pair of adopted bulldogs (Hope & Chip) who keep us both entertained and humble. God has been known to refine us through our everyday interactions with this, the most stubborn of breads. As a military spouse, I have lived overseas twice; traveled to Thailand & Hong Kong; and even lived in Hawaii for three years.
God has blessed me with many adventures that have allowed me to write for a local blog on the island of Okinawa; host my own craft show; and serve behind bars at the only all-women’s Correctional Center on Oahu. I have served on several P.W.O.C. (Protestant Women of the Chapel) boards and I have had the pleasure of speaking at two local P.W.O.C. events.
My passion is to help other women realize that adopting an attitude of gratitude will make a world of difference in their lives and the lives of those around them. God has given us a sphere of influence, aka a community to do life with, and we get to choose whether we influence this community in a positive or a negative way. To accomplish this purpose I believe God called me to start broadcasting live on Periscope back in 2015. This is where I, the GR8TFUL Chick, Chief Inspirational Officer (CIO) of the GR8TFUL Tribe, get to share an encouraging word daily with the amazing Tribe that God has given me. By equipping me in this manner He gave me this opportunity to introduce our Planting Roots team to this fabulous way of reaching out to military women all over the world. You can find one of our PR Team members broadcasting most weekdays at www.periscope.tv/PlantingRoots1 and you can find the GR8TFUL Tribe at Gr8tfulChick.com. Join us on social media where we are making a difference in the world, one broadcast at a time. We love doing community with other #WorldChangers. Join us and discover that you can change the atmosphere wherever you show up!!!
Bible study assistant editor at Planting Roots, Jennifer Wake enjoys teaching and writing. She currently lives in MD. She has an active duty husband and 3 great kids. You can find her spending time teaching and learning and preparing taxes.
Rachelle is the Marketing Team Lead for Planting Roots. She is an Army veteran, Army wife and mom of four boys, two with four paws. She has been a financial counselor in the military community for over ten years, a residential planner for nearly 20 years, a speaker and aspiring writer. She is passionate about helping military women create a lifestyle full of “ABUNDANCE.” Connect with her on Instagram @rachellesamone.
Rachelle loves adventure and travel. She currently resides in South Korea with her husband Chris and their four pawed boys, Pokey and Jack. They have been traveling Asia for the last three year but still have many more places to go. She loves football and is a Cowboy and Missouri Tiger fan until the end. MIZ…
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4
Courtney Woodruff is a military spouse, mom of two boys, writer and web content strategist currently living in the Pacific Northwest. She has a heart for our troops and their families and strives to draw from her own experience to help fellow spouses navigate the challenges of military life. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Kori Yates loves adventure – and life is full of them. As a popular speaker and writer, Kori desires to challenge and encourage women to follow Christ wholeheartedly, knowing the Christian walk is the greatest adventure of all. Being a military wife has added to this adventure in ways she could never have imagined. Her first book, Olive Drab Pom-Poms, encourages military wives to find the calling God has for them in what can seem a crazy, unstable life. This life is no surprise to God.
Distracted, quirky, independent, and mostly capable, Kori is just an ordinary military wife seeking to follow Jesus. Married to her Soldier-husband, Kyle, for eleven years, she also homeschools their two kids, ages ten and seven. It is certainly an adventure.
Kori loves to run, read, sew, bake, and eat chocolate, which is exactly why she runs. She attempts to be creative on occasion, and is at times successful. Longing to be more like Christ tomorrow than she is today, she has become a huge fan of grace. To learn more about Kori, check out her blog, or grab a copy of her book, visit her website. The book is also available on Amazon, and other bookstores online. You can also connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.