Planting Roots Senior Leadership Team
We are military women seeking to know Christ and to make Him known.
We are Planting Roots.
Hillary BaggettPrayer Team Lead
Claudia DuffEvent Asst. Team Lead, Writer
Kristin GoodrichExecutive Officer, Editor, Writer
Ginger HarringtonPublishing Team Lead
Brenda PaceAdvisor, Writer
Katie PayneEvent Team Lead
Jennifer WakeAdmin Team Lead, Monday Minute Admin
Rachelle WhitfieldMarketing Team Lead
Kori YatesDirector, Writer
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 32 years and 8 months. We have 5 adult Dufflings (God granted us two lovely Dufflings by marriage!) and 3 GrandDufflings (2 we get to snuggle here on earth and 1 who is snuggled into the arms of Jesus). We currently live in Lynchburg, VA and my guy is a Professor at Liberty University after serving 23 years in the USN. You can find me most days reading, writing, crafting, quilting and sewing. I am on staff with Planting Roots as a writer, speaker and assistant Events Coordinator. So, my life is a bit full. But, I am always on the lookout for my next great God adventure!
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!
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.
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
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.