Our Team


Lori Merrill

Lori and her husband, Steve, met in college and have been married for more than 33 years. They have three children of their own and have added three more to their family through marriage. Lori became a Christian at the age of 7 while attending Vacation Bible School. However, it wasn’t until after her first son was born that the Lord distinctly called Lori to teach His Word. Since that time, the Lord has taught Lori the importance of submission and obedience to fulfill the plans He has for her life.

Lori’s passion is teaching others the truths of God’s Word, how to live according to it, and how this results in a life of freedom and fulfillment. This passion led her to write the Called to be a Keeper Jesus, Our Perfect Example Bible studies and Little Keepers: Curriculum for Girls and their Moms, all of which are available in our Keepers Shop

Lori loves to teach women about priorities according to God’s Word, walking in obedience to God, the power of prayer and many other topics. Lori is available to speak at retreats, conferences, and more. If you would like to contact Keepers Ministry about Lori speaking at your next event, please submit this form.

Stephanie Whitley

Stephanie attended Oklahoma State University and then earned a Masters in Counseling at Southern Nazarene University. She met her husband Ben while at OSU and they have been married 23 years. They have four boys, ages 12-19, and currently reside in Texas. She enjoys spending time with her family, grabbing coffee with friends, and writing for Keepers.

As a young mom, she took the Called to be a Keeper Bible study and has gone on to facilitate studies in Owasso, OK and Cave Creek, AZ. Steph also enjoys speaking on topics such as keeping godly priorities, protecting our schedules, cultivating contentment, parenting tools, taking time to recharge, and marriage. 

If you would like to contact Keepers Ministry about Stephanie speaking at your next event, please submit this form.  


Keepers Team

This is our Ministry Team. They are wonderful and godly women that I have the joy and privilege of serving alongside in this ministry. I want you to meet them right now, but I can’t wait for you to get to know them as you browse our website, seeing and reading, some of their work.

Lori Merrill: Ministry Director/Author/Speaker

McKenzie Gudgel: Administrative Assistant & Office Support

Nicole Thompson: Event Planning & oversees Pinterest

Stephanie Whitley: Graphics for Social Media & Author

Prayer Team: Robin Brooks, Jeanie Griffin, Ann Nelson, Susie Rajeev, and Kelly Weir (Leader) 

Board Members:  Brett Currie, Misty Hall, Mark Hitchcock, Lori Merrill, Steve Merrill, and Kathy Moser

You can learn more about each of these positions and/or the positions applicable to your church in our ministry manual which, is available to order in our Keepers Shop.

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  • P.O. Box 6123
  • Edmond, OK 73083
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