We are military women seeking to know Christ and to make Him known.
We are Planting Roots.
Hillary BaggettPrayer Coordinator
Kristin GoodrichExecutive Officer
Ginger HarringtonPublishing Team Coordinator
Dawn HoffmanWorship Team Member
Lynette StewartWorship Admin Assistant
Larissa TraquairSocial Media-Broadcasting Coordinator
Jennifer WakeAdmin Team Leader
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.
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!
Married to her childhood sweetheart, a Marine Corps Officer, Dawn is a full-time mother of 3 and currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Though she has always been passionate about worship, it was only 4 years ago that she picked up the bass for the first time and has been loving it ever since! She is active in the Chapel worship team ministries.
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.
Katye Riselli is a writer and editor for Planting Roots. A known storyteller with a passion for the written word, Katye previously served as speechwriter and deputy communications director for Mrs. Laura Bush. Since leaving politics, Katye uses stories to encourage women to live what they believe by digging deep roots of faith. She writes at www.katyeriselli.com about life in the military, rediscovering faith, and building community. Katye is married to Mark, and they have two daughters. They call Virginia home, but welcome family and friends wherever the Air Force sends them. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her chasing her girls or reading a good book.
Lynette is an Army wife and mother of 2. Currently stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia, Lynette is active in local church ministries with her family and military community. She is Sarah’s right hand gal and her organizational skills help to keep all of us staight and pointed in the right direction.
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.
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.