Keeper’s Contributing Writers Bios
Maria Derminio has been married for 41 years, and has 6 grown children and 9 grandchildren. She and her husband are involved in a marriage mentoring program and teach young married couples in their church. She enjoys walks and hikes with her husband, talks with her children, and loving on her grandchildren. She has a passion for God’s Word and enjoys investing in young moms.
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. 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.
Nicole Thompson lives in Wichita, KS with her husband of three years, and three fur-babies. She loves hanging out with family and friends. Nicole has always enjoyed writing what the Lord inspires her to say. She loves traveling and seeing the magnificent work of our Creator's hand. Nicole says that she is always growing, and learning to love and lean on Jesus, my Savior.
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.
Melissa Williams is a wife and mother of four. She is a daughter redeemed and lives to proclaim about the One who raised her dead soul to life. Her home is where her primary ministry lies, but she counts it a gift of grace to also use writing as a way to glorify Christ and point hearts to Him. She delights in God’s Word; uncovering the beauty and goodness of His Truth are treasures to her soul.
Leigh Ann Hudson