Hosted by wife, mother, educator, entrepreneur, and co-pastor of Agape Global Ministries, Ayana Robinson Dixon, the Circle 31 International Women's Ministry Podcast has heart-felt discussions and interviews with women of faith from all walks of life. The Circle 31 Podcast stems from the Circle 31 International Women's Ministry founded in 2017. The purpose of this non profit organization is to create a Christ-centered global network for women around the world. Circle 31 takes its name from Proverbs 31.
Episode 89: Healing Through Humor with Dave and Bobbie Ebert
Dave and Bobbie Ebert are newly appointed US Missions Candidates with the Assemblies of God. For the last 8 years, they have served in children’s ministry together, but are bittersweetly releasing this ministry to pursue full-time ministry as US Missionaries. Their ministry as missionaries will be to serve survivors of trauma, focusing on sex trafficking survivors, using improv comedy. This is a ministry Dave has been doing part-time since 2018, and now Dave and Bobbie will be moving into full-time ministry.
Dave and Bobbie lead Well Versed Comedy, an improv comedy ministry troupe, that has served Chicago-land churches and ministries since 2013. Bobbie is also a leader in Moms in the Making, a faith-based fertility support group for married women seeking to grow their family. Dave and Bobbie have been married since 2015, and are waiting expectantly for their own children.
Episode 88: Unpause Your Dreams with Charlene Ridley
Charlene Ridley loves God more than anything this life could ever give. Her faith and passion for praying serve as her guide in navigating every situation, decision, or endeavor.
Charlene is the founder of Unpause Your Dreams, a dream development agency that empowers women to stop putting off their dreams for “someday” and to take action to dare to live them NOW. Using her MBA & 20+ years corporate leadership and personal development experience, Charlene has coached hundreds to realize their dreams. This work earned her the honor of being recognized by Influence Digest as one of the top coaches in Charlotte, NV for 2023.
Charlene’s expertise in business strategy, leadership development, and mindset transformation has earned her several features and recognitions in national and local publications.
In addition, to these accomplishments, Charlene is a mother of 3 and speaker who openly shares on a wide variety of topics from mindset to her own personal grief journey of losing her 16 year old son in 2023. She is also active in her community—serving as board member, leader of a church small group and prayer team.
Episode 87: Reaching Souls with Mischelle Manis
Believing there is no time to waste when it comes to reaching people for Christ, Reaching Souls International™ is proud to announce they have added the support of women National Missionaries as part of their strategy to spread the Gospel around the world.
For more than 35 years, Reaching Souls has provided evangelism training, ongoing discipleship and other essential support to empower thousands of National Missionaries around the world to reach their own people with the Gospel. For a long time, cultural barriers and denominational stereotypes that exist in some countries hindered the ministry from formally including women as National Missionaries but it has been a goal to do so for many years.
“Everything has its time and recently the idea of women National Missionaries was met with applause by the ministry’s Latin American and African leaders,” said Director of Women’s Ministry for Reaching Souls, Mischelle Manis. “In January of this year at our annual Summit in Africa, the feedback we heard was, ‘We’ve witnessed the women in our communities doing the work of the ministry for many years. We are ready!’ There is universal agreement that this is the right time to come alongside women and support them as they reach their own people for Christ.”
It was during her first trip to Africa in 1990 that God placed a passion for women in Manis’ heart, but the doors were still largely closed for women missionaries at that time. As God has steadily positioned Reaching Souls to be able to offer more support to local women evangelists, it has affirmed her vision and confirmed that His timing is always perfect.
The ministry believes that partnering with indigenous leaders who are relationally and culturally connected to their communities is not only the most effective way to share the Gospel, but also the most efficient. Across the world, Reaching Souls works diligently to identify local evangelists who have a passion and calling to reach their people for Christ.
Reaching Souls has trained women in evangelism for over two decades.
“I’m excited to be able to begin supporting the work of women National Missionaries in this new way,” shared Manis. “I have walked together with thousands of godly women to the streets, villages and countryside with the Gospel. Women are strong, bold, and effective evangelists. Women across the globe understand what it’s like to feel unseen. Especially those in compromised environments. This gives our women National Missionaries a powerful connection to the most vulnerable in their community.”
Reaching Souls recognizes that women are uniquely gifted for the work of the Lord. Often women are the ones ministering to kids in the streets, to those who have been orphaned, and to those who have a mistrust of men. In those situations, women are welcomed.
“Women are seen as nurturers and as mommas,” said Manis. “There are places where women can minister that men simply do not have access. As a ministry, we're missing an opportunity to reach people that we could if we add women.”
Episode 86: The Heart of Christian Education with Drs. Weaver and Karone Blondin
Pastor Blondin is a fun-loving person who loves people and loves doing the work of the Lord. He has a heart for preaching and teaching the Word of God, serving others, and reaching those not yet saved. He is also passionate about young people reaching their spiritual and educational potential by helping them learn more about God’s goodness and the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Pastor Blondin is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in April 1989. He was baptized in August of that same year at Antioch Baptist Church, Fairfax Station, Virginia. He acknowledged and accepted the calling on his life to preach the gospel in September 1998. He was also licensed to preach in November 2000 at Antioch Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Marshal Ausberry. In November 2001, Pastor Blondin accepted God’s call to serve as the full-time Children and Youth Pastor at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Virginia. He loved serving in that ministry along with his other passions, which include evangelism and missions. He has been on many life-changing, spiritually enriching, international mission trips to several African countries, Brazil, and the Virgin Islands evangelizing, preaching, and teaching the gospel. Pastor Blondin was ordained in December 2002 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church under the pastoral guidance of Pastor James L. Graham, Jr. Upon relocation to the Central Florida area, Pastor Blondin was blessed with the privilege of serving as an associate minister at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Arthur Graham, Jr. He has worked in leadership positions within Orange County Community Corrections, as well as The Orange County Village Facility. Pastor Blondin also volunteers as the Executive Director for Hearts For Ministry Foundation, Inc. He has also served as the Director of Operations for Frontline Outreach Ministries. Pastor Blondin was educated in the Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia areas and studied at the University of the District of Columbia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also holds a Master of Science from the American University and a Master of Divinity from Faith Christian University and Bible Seminary.
Pastor Blondin has been happily married to Dr. Karone Blondin, PhD, for 30 years.
Dr. Karone Blondin, Ph.D., is a kindhearted and genuine person who loves people and enjoys seeing them reach their full potential. She is also passionate about shaping young people and building their self-esteem. Since relocating to Florida, she supports, partners, and volunteers with many non-profit organizations.
In the past, she has served as a Sunday School and Bible Study teacher, as well as a children and youth advisor. She has also had the pleasure of serving the children and youth while on the mission field to the Virgin Islands.
Dr. Karone Blondin, Ph.D., is a native of Durham, North Carolina, and has served as a civil servant for over 30 years in the Federal Government including working with the General Services Administration and the Department of the Navy. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the American University, Washington, District of Columbia. Dr. Karone Blondin, Ph.D., has been happily married to Reverend Dr. Weaver Blondin, D.Min, for 30 years.
Episode 85: Shifting Culture Through Discipleship with Pastor Tiffany Bell
With a powerful and dynamic presence, Pastor Tiffany Bell has dedicated over two decades to changing lives through her inspiring story and unwavering compassion. From a tumultuous upbringing to a radical encounter with Jesus Christ, her journey exemplifies the transformative power of faith. Early on, Pastor Tiffany witnessed the Hand of God protecting her amidst the challenges of being raised in the home of a backslidden pastor turned drug dealer. Her resilience and growing connection to an unknown God fueled her inner strength, unbeknownst to her that more incredible plans awaited. At the age of 22, a pivotal moment at an Assembly of God church service led Pastor Tiffany to say "yes" to God, forever altering the course of her life. Embracing a passionate pursuit of souls, she embarked on intensive discipleship training, swiftly stepping into a mentoring role and teaching addiction recovery classes based on the Teen Challenge curriculum. Her dedication soon found expression as a youth pastor and co-pastor of a thriving church plant. Today, Pastor Tiffany Bell and her husband, Apostle Dr. Howard Bell, lead the internationally recognized ministry "Yielded Life." Through their platform spanning social media, television, and live events, they passionately advocate for yielding to God with a posture of love, awakening individual identity, activating purpose, and igniting destiny. Pastor Tiffany Bell's inspiring journey serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the life-transforming power of faith. Her captivating speaking style and unwavering commitment to spreading hope have touched the lives of countless individuals worldwide. In partnering with "Yielded Life," you can join the movement of igniting transformation and empowering individuals to embrace their true destinies.
Episode 84: Love's Divine Assignment with Bishop Darryl and Lady Dionne Brister
Bishop Darryl Sylvester Brister was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 26, 1966. He received his license to preach in 1989 and was ordained on May 1, 1992, under the administration of Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. On January 26, 1996, at the age of 29; he was consecrated to the highest position in the church, the office of a “Bishop”. He is the Apostle/Overseer of Beacon Light International Ministries and since July 1993, has served as the Senior Pastor and Teacher of Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral. He serves as the 2nd Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.
Bishop Brister has authored ten books that have ministered to thousands entitled, Exposing the Enemy, The Monster Within, Recovering From Ruptured Relationships, Don’t Fight the Process, Talk To Me Afterwards, Look To the Hills, Living the Dream, Doing Right In A Wrong World, Against All Odds – “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities” and most recently The 99% Woman. In March of 1999, Bishop Brister and the Beacon Light Mass Choir released their first CD entitled, “It’s All About Him”. He serves as President and Founder of the Darryl S. Brister Bible College and Theological Seminary, which was established in August 1999 and is also the Founder of the Beacon Light Christian Academy, which was established in August 2002. He is the Apostle/Overseer of the Beacon Light Baptist Church of Houma, LA, Beacon Light Baptist Church of Hammond, LA, Beacon Light Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA, Beacon Light of Haiti at New Orleans, Beacon Light of Panama City, FL, and Beacon Light of LaPlace, LA.
Bishop Darryl S. Brister is married to Dionne Flot Brister and is the father of five children. He is a man of vision whose life embraces destiny and purpose. He has a deep hunger to win souls for Christ and is committed to serving God, dedicated to follow wherever God may lead, and excited as God continues to do “A Brand New Thing” within his life and ministry.