Keeper’s Contributing Writers Bios
Carla and her husband Clyde have been married more than 27 years and have seven children. She enjoys Bible study, tennis, reading and spending time with family. Carla is a former Keepers Team member and currently serves as a Bible Study Fellowship group leader and in marriage ministry. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Davaughn lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with her husband, John and two young daughters, Ava and Jane. Her heart’s desire is to be more like Jesus today than she was yesterday. She loves all things outdoors including camping, hiking and just walking around in the sunshine (or the rain) with her family. Her favorite verse is Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Lori Merrill married her college sweetheart, Steve, and they have been married for over 32 years. They both graduated from Oklahoma State University, and all three of their children have graduated from there as well. Lori’s passion is teaching the truths of God’s Word, how to live according to them, and how this results in a life of freedom and fulfillment. Because of this passion, she launched Keeper’s Ministry in 2001, and since that time has written two Bible studies: Jesus, Our Perfect Example and Called to be a Keeper. Lori’s love for God is evident through her passion for studying His Word and her heart to share that knowledge with others. Lori desires to continue to grow in knowledge and application of God’s Word and enjoys spending time ministering to women either one-on-one or through teaching Bible studies, at seminars or retreats.
Stephanie is currently a homemaker and has been married to her husband, Les, for 38 years. She serves alongside Les, who is an elder at their church. They have 3 married children and 4 grandsons. Stephanie is passionate about studying God's word and the ministry of prayer and is an avid journalist who loves to encourage others through her writing. She is passionate about her family, is a mentor, a ladies Bible study facilitator and a women's conference team speaker for the Uganda mission team sponsored by her church. Stephanie recognized her need for Jesus to be her Savior and received Him as her Lord as a young girl in 1964. Spending childhood years on the mission field with her parents has given Stephanie a global worldview and heart for missions. She comes from a long line of strong, faithful, believing women and is grateful for this godly legacy in her life.
Marcia Newkirk has been blessed to be married to her best friend (Pastor Dennis Newkirk) for over 46 years. They have 3 grown sons each with a precious wife and 6 perfect grandchildren. She loves to study God’s Word and encourage women to be strong in the Lord. She has a passion to see hurting people be blessed and encouraged. She loves her church family and thanks God for the privilege of serving 23 years in the same church. She is an RN who seeks to use her gifts and passion to encourage and bless her church family. Marcia teaches the spiritual growth session in the updated Keeper DVDs.
Paige and her husband Jason have been married for over 16 years. They have two boys and reside in Edmond, OK. Paige is a registered nurse and serves at a medical clinic for the uninsured. She also likes cooking, running, and reading.
Stephanie Whitley and her husband Ben have been married for over 17 years. They have four boys ranging in ages from 7 to 14 and live in AZ. She enjoys reading, doing creative projects, and playing with her boys. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling and has facilitated Keepers in two different states. She is currently on the Keepers Team and is helping with some of the social media needs.
Leigh Ann Hudson