We are military women seeking to know Christ and to make Him known.
We are Planting Roots.
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.
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.
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!
Hello! I’m Salena Duffy and it is such an amazing opportunity to be a part of a God centered and life changing ministry like “Planting Roots”. It has been designed for all of us to learn, grow and be strengthen, so we can thrive in our personal lives and in our military community.
I became a soldier in 1992, I never desired to marry one, well, God had a different plan. After I hung up my I.D.tags, combat boots and put on my stilettos, here comes the man! Don’t ever limit God! Sheldon and I have been married for eleven years. I have enjoyed this season of my life and would not trade it for anything, but retirement is on the horizon. We look forward to another great adventure! We have three sons, Christopher (24), Samuel (10) and Daniel (8). Through it all we maintain that family is a priority. It has been rough at times, but it has also been a blessing.
My heart beats for God and His precious daughters. I have had many wonderful opportunities to lead, teach and mentor the hearts of women, through local, national and international ministries. My passion is to live an authentic and transparent life for Christ! I enjoy when the empowering and encouraging Word of God takes root, the lives of women are transformed, and Jesus is glorified.
We share a journey that many will never understand, but God has called us to this honorable mission to serve our spouses, family, community and country. He desires for us to know that He is right there walking and at times carrying us on this road that seems so difficult at times. We have a unique and rewarding sisterhood as a military spouse/active duty and daughter of the King; remember, you are NEVER alone.
I pray that we will dive further into an intimate and deeper relationship with God through His Word, our testimonies of His faithfulness, and fellowship with one another. I am so ready to see all that Father has in store for us!
Hold on…Press in…Enjoy the journey!
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 upcoming 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.
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!
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 https://www.periscope.tv/PlantingRoots1 and you can find the GR8TFUL Tribe at www.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!!!
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 eleven years. They have three joy-filled children, Caden (11), Kenadie (7), Ashlyn (4), Elijah (1). 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.
Over the 25 plus years of being a military wife I have learned a lot! Perhaps one of the most important things I have learned is that we are not in control (oh, how that lesson has been learned) and we are not strong enough to tackle life on our own! This can be a very hard lesson to both learn and remember. God has shown me time and time again that if I can focus on living a life that will honor him, great things will come!
Married to an amazing man who has spent time in both the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve, I have spent many years helping Families navigate both full and part time military service. We have two sons, ages 14 and 21, and are currently planted in Colorado. My word and scripture for this season? TRUST! Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
My hope and prayer for Planting Roots is that God can use this ministry to help military women learn that they are not alone – He is here with us – that His strength, and the knowledge we gain from studying His Word will give us all hope, joy and direction to thrive in this amazing life.
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.
I am wife to an Airman and mom to three rambunctious little boys. With excitement on a daily basis and grace around every corner, I believe we are meant to live this life in community with others and with the mercy to mess up and try again….and again. Being a mom is hard, but it is also one of the greatest callings we can have in this life. My heart’s passion is that we learn to glorify our Creator in our parenting, our marriage, and in our everyday lives. When I am not writing, I can often be found grabbing a cup of much-needed coffee, at the ball field with my boys, or singing way too loud to K-Love radio.
I am blog at www.amommasjoy.com and am the author of the soon-to-release mommy devotional A Gospel Christmas. Through my writing and speaking I strive to help today’s mom discover the joy found in stepping forward into the calling God has for them as a mother. I want to come alongside women just like myself, and help them put down the vacuum to be fully present in the daily moments with their children.
I grew up a pastor’s kid and ministry has always been a big part of my life. I began sensing God’s call to women’s ministry several years ago. God is constantly shaping and molding me. Some lessons come easy, and some He has to knock me over my thick skull to get me to pay attention. One thing I know, I am lavishly loved my the most beautiful God. I am bless far beyond what I could ever deserve. And I am truly honored to be used by my King.
Andrea Plotner is wife to Todd, and mother to three hungry boys (four if you count their Korean exchange student). A former Army spouse, Andrea has been involved in military women’s ministry for 22 years where the rubber meets the road in the form of frequent moves, deployments, and raw difficulties yet where the hope of Christ is real and ready, as it is for all in need (and we’re all needy when it comes to God’s grace!).
Meeting Christ first at a Billy Graham crusade and then through the ministry of Young Life, Andrea has had an insatiable thirst for God’s Word since age 16. This thirst prompted studies at Point Loma Nazarene University (BA) and then American University (MA), both of which led to extensive work with churches, parachurches, and non-profit organizations. Andrea is the most recent past-president of PWOC International, and is in her sweet spot when teaching and developing curriculum.
Andrea and her family are grateful to live in Moscow, ID (home of the University of Idaho), where Andrea coordinates Women’s Ministries for her local church, as well doing a hodge-podge of other things to include teaching water aerobics and most recently launching a food-walking-tour business!
Author of Outrageous Olives and Discipleship 101 (www.thehubpwoc.org) Andrea is thrilled to be spearheading PRs new Online Bible Study Community “Rooted” with the goal of helping women become grounded in God’s Word – our truest source of hope, identity, and strength.
I’m Leanne Hunley. Everything I have I give it up to the Lord above. Second to putting God first in my life, it would be my husband and two awesome kiddo’s, Raelynn and James. Family is extremely important to me. I am a stay at home mom but run a full time business as a wedding photographer!
I love: Sunshine. Eyeliner. Netflix. Music of All Kinds. NAPS (if I can get one). The Beach. Crushed Ice. Anything 50’s. Being Barefoot. Driving. and Chocolate. and I am a sucker for brownies.
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.
A Tennessee native, Missy is married to an Army Chaplain and is currently stationed at Ford Hood, Texas. She is a homeschool mother of 2 and is active in her community encouraging and building up other homeschool moms and military wives. Missy is passionate about worship, both vocally and as a pianist, and continues to serve in this capacity wherever the Lord plants her.
Mary Beth Gunther
Mary Beth is a Retired Army Bandsmen and an Army Chaplain wife. Currently stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Mary Beth is a gifted singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who is active in leading worship in various ministries. Recently, Mary Beth discovered her love for percussion instruments.
As a Retired Army Reserve Officer, Suzanne is particularly passionate about serving and building up military women and spouses. Currently stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and married to an Active Duty Army Officer, she is actively involved in various Chapel ministries and faithfully brings her passion for worship (with multiple instruments and harmony vocals) to the Throne.
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.
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.
Christine encourages others to live passionately for Jesus Christ. She helps women of faith inspiring them to: move into God’s presence with a yielded heart, walk in faith and not by sight, seeking opportunities to know God by name, and to come confidently before the throne of God.
Christine, also known as Chris, has been married for over forty years and she has two grown children. She is a retired Army officer and a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God.
She adores her dogs, walking and writing. She is passionate about motivating others in a deeper level of faith. One of her life verses is Philippians’s 4:5b-7: The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
A Word from Christine:
In my darkest moments, I looked up and the Lord found me there. Deep in the recesses of my heart Jesus touched my trembling heart and transformed me. This kind of relationship is possible for everyone, even those who feel they’ve lost their way, facing problems they cannot solve, a wall they cannot scale or a situation they cannot handle.
The Lord is Sovereign and reveal Himself faithful to the faithful. Those who trust in Him will not be ashamed: Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 10:9 NIV)
I’m not much, in and of myself, but because I lean on the Living God there is not turning back – nothing is impossible in Him. There’s a deeper purpose in life, and it’s not about me. God is at work. Those who find Him will never be the same again.
Adrienne Terrebonne and her husband Peter have been married for seventeen years. They are currently stationed in South Georgia where they are raising their three children. Adrienne is an author and blogger. You can find her at www.blessedbeyondexhaustion.com where she encourages moms to find Christ in the chaos of daily life.