Join the conversations of a collaborative community of women from the Southern Baptist Convention family who long to connect, engage, and encourage one another as they serve and lead in diverse ways to impact the Kingdom of God.
At The Table With Ruth Ripken
Challenging. Convicting. Inspiring. Our conversation with mission veteran Ruth Ripken will leave you more passionate about the Gospel & encouraged that even in our hardest seasons Jesus is absolutely worth it.
Ruth and her husband, Nik are mission veterans of 35 years with the
International Mission Board, SBC, having served in Malawi, South Africa,
Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia and the Middle East. Currently they are
directing and serving with Nik Ripken Ministries (NRM).
Ruth has a BA and Masters in Education and she taught school while Nik
pastored before they went overseas.
Along with her husband, they have done extensive research among believers
living in the midst of persecution in over 70 countries. This research has
been shared in numerous articles and three books, The Insanity of God: A
True Story of Faith Resurrected and The Insanity of Obedience: Walking
With Jesus in Tough Places. They spend their time sharing the truths they
have learned from these believers in persecution with churches, schools, and
One of Ruth’s greatest joys is spending time with Muslim women, listening
to their story and seeing how God can break into their lives. Another
blessing is helping women across the US connect and fall in love with the
nations in their midst.
Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons, two wonderful daughter-in-loves
and an amazing grandson.
Find out more about the Ripkens at www.nikripken.com
At The Table With Brenda Croston
Women's Minsitry leader, Brenda Croston joins us to talk about how hard seasons & losses in our stories can be the springboard and key moments God uses in our ministry. We also celebrate the culture of the African American church and how they uniquely reflect the image of God to our world.
Brenda M. Croston is privileged to enjoy life with Mark. Together they have four adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Her passion is writing, speaking, and sharing with women. You can find her doing that on Instagram @brendacroston. You can also visit simpletruthpublishing.weebly.com to get and stay connected.
At The Table With Sarah Rainer
Clinical Psychologist and leader Sarah Rainer joins us on the show today to talk about the increased presence of mental health issues in this pandemic season.
Sarah shares practical indicators and steps on how to deal with issues like anxiety and depression as well as when to seek professional help. She also shares how to come alongside children in this season and how to guide and lead them through their own struggles of anxiety.
Sarah Rainer earned both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology. In her years of practice, she specialized in child and adolescent psychology. In 2018, Sarah left the field of psychology in order to pursue ministry opportunities. Consulting and providing education to the church about mental health issues are still passions for her. Sarah currently serves on the women's discipleship leadership team at her church, and is pursuing a theological certificate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sarah and her husband, Art, have been married for 14 years, and have three fun and rambunctious boys.
At The Table With Melinda Cruz Pacheco
Listen in on the story of a church planters wife from NY as she shares her story of how they have served and taken the Gospel to their community in the midst of Covid. She also shares how to engage and invest in women before they even enter your church building.
You can connect with Melinda on Twitter @Mpacheco217.
Melinda Pacheco is the wife of Edwin and mother to Isabella (14yrs old) and Heather (9yrs old). Alongside her husband, she has helped plant Redemption Church in the heart of one of NYC's most challenging communities called Red Hook. It is home to the second largest low-income housing development in the city. Since moving into the community, Melinda has made it her mission to connect with women who are in need of Life-on-Life discipleship. Many of these women are single moms with multiple children and in poverty. Yet, this reality has given her a passion to see their lives changed Holistically. Her goal is to disciple women to experience the fullness of God's goodness, not knowing Him only as Savior, but also as Father, Friend, Provider, Comforter and Defender.
At The Table With Cyndi Logsdon
Today Cyndi Logsdon joins us on the show to share about how women are impacting the globe through the International Mission Board. She shares stories of our members on the field who are finding creative ways to minister in the midst of the pandemic and encourages listeners to engage the mission field in front of them no matter where they are.
Cyndi works in Global Engagement for the International Mission Board and helps lead the IMB’s Global Cities Network and Global Women’s Network. She & her family previously spent 12 years living and working in Central Asia. Her husband, Scott, is the missions pastor at Mclean Bible Church where they are excited to serve through various capacities as they seek to spend their lives mobilizing the church to take the gospel to the nations.
You can learned more about what God has done and is doing through women in missions at imb.org/175 that launches May 1.
At The Table With Julie Woodruff
Julie Woodruff, Women's Minister at Long Hollow Baptist Church, joins us today to talk about leading teams. Practical tips on how many times to meet, how to on and off ramp members, and most importantly how important it is to have others to seek out for wisdom and experience.
Julie Woodruff realized God’s call to ministry as a college sophomore. Over the years that calling has taken the shape of youth ministry, pastors wife, women’s ministry, writing, teaching, and conference leadership. She has written Bible study curriculum and contributed numerous articles to ministry leadership magazines through the years.
Julie is a graduate of Louisiana College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently she serves as Women's Minister at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville,Tn where she has been for 14 years.
Julie’s passion for women’s ministry at Long Hollow is to help women find forgiveness and freedom in Christ, to be forged into the likeness of Christ and to become a force for Christ in the world.
She and her husband Sid have been married for 36 years. They have two married children and six grandchildren.
You can connect with Julie on Twitter @juliejwoodruff