With Alley and Amanda
Special Guest #105- Nikki Leonti
Nikki Leonti-Edgar is a singer-songwriter from Corona,California. Prior to her work in urban R&B and electronic dance music, Leonti recorded contemporary Christian music albums. She lent her vocals to over 250 songs during 4 seasons of the musical comedy-drama television series Glee.
Nikki is married to singer-songwriter Ryan Edgar. She has 3 children, daughter Jaslyn (23) , son Jordan (19) & daughter Frankie ( 8 ) She loves time with her family including her puppy, Rocky!
Special Guest #104- Amanda May
Amanda spent the first part of her professional career as a college football sideline reporter. She was a face on camera, a voice on radio and writer for many feature articles on athletes. At the height of her reporting career, she was 1 of 3 female reporters to ever be a member of a collegiate radio network team. She currently works for Varsity Spirit, helping teams prepare for their own gameday experience. As the Women’s Ministry Coordinator at her local church, God has uniquely prepared her to use passion, life experience and ministry to lead people to God’s word, which is the The Ultimate Playbook. In 2007, Amanda was crowned Miss Louisiana, which allowed her to speak to over 100,000 people during her year of service. Her husband, Brent, also serves as the Minister of Worship for their home church and is principal of a local middle school. They live in Louisiana raising their small but mighty team of 3 beautiful children to love Jesus and of course cheer on the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints.
Questions we discuss during our chat:
Describe 2 defining moments in your faith.
Tell us how God fulfilled a dream that actually never came true.
What is your side ministry project entitled “Play for the King”?
Favorite passage of scripture
What free resource do you have our listeners?
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Living Out Loud LIVE 2023 with Special Guest #103- Erin Crawford
Erin Crawford is from West Monroe, Louisiana. She has been married to Tyler Crawford for 11 yrs. They have 2 daughters and 1 son. Erin has been a hair stylist for yrs. Last December her life tragically changed when her 9 yr old son, Hayes unexpectedly stepped into heaven. Along with raising her daughters , Erin now spends her time, sharing her son’s story, volunteering for Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency & God’s faithfulness through the most devastating time in her life.
Special Guest #102- Kelly Bell
Empowering Women, Embracing Change
Kelly grew up in Northern California. After completing her high school education, she answered the call of duty and enlisted in the Air Force, marking a life defined by dedication and purpose. While her spiritual upbringing didn’t center around a particular faith, Kelly held a steadfast belief in the existence of God. This belief, however, evolved into a deeply personal connection with Jesus during her time stationed in Altus, OK. It was a coworker’s unwavering love and support, coupled with the warmth of their family, that facilitated this life-altering encounter.In the midst of her military service, fate introduced Kelly to her future husband, and their union marked the beginning of a new chapter. Over the course of four years, Kelly thrived in various roles, with her favorite being the role of protocol for the Base Commander, a testament to her impeccable organizational skills and creative flair.Transitioning from her military career to motherhood, Kelly embraced the role of a devoted homeschooler, dedicating a remarkable 19 years (and counting) to nurturing and guiding her three children. The joy multiplied with the arrival of two grandchildren
Kelly’s spiritual awakening ignited a fierce passion within her – a passion to empower women to rewrite their stories of defeat into victory and an understanding of their identity in Christ. She actively engaged in women’s leadership initiatives, extended a compassionate hand to those affected by sex trafficking in Texas, and since 2018, has been an integral part of the Pregnancy Center of Oxford.In a divine twist of fate, June of this year ushered in a new chapter as Kelly assumed the role of Executive Director at the center. This dream role perfectly blends her calling and fervor, allowing her to awaken each day with a renewed purpose: to shower women with love, compassion, and unwavering support right where they are. At the heart of Kelly’s mission is the belief that every person who enters the center’s doors is a divine appointment, “we want them to know they are seen, loved and valued.” Her guiding principle – that saving a life begins with nurturing the mother – echoes through her dedicated work.Beyond her pivotal role, Kelly is an enthusiastic community volunteer, relishing opportunities to connect with new faces, meeting a friend for coffee, reading a new book, or planning an event.As Kelly, her husband Jeff and two children proudly establish their roots in the welcoming embrace of Oxford, they eagerly anticipate the boundless opportunities that lie ahead. A reflection of their unyielding spirit and commitment to the community.
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Questions we discuss during our chat:
1. If you had access to a pregnancy center during your crisis pregnancies would that have made an impact? Would it have changed your story?
2. How is the center engaging the community to let women know you are there for them without judgment?
3. Tell me about the center and the services you provide (staff and volunteers)
4. Walk through an abortion vulnerable client, what does that look like?
5. What is the center/world like post Roe.Vs. Wade?
6. What kind of post abortion ministries do you provide?
Special Guest #101- Jessica Stovall
Jessica Stovall was born in Memphis, TN and grew up in Brandon, MS. She attended Belhaven University and earned her Bachelor’s degree and later attended Louisiana State University Shreveport where she earned her Master’s in Business Administration. Jessica has been married to her husband Mark for 12+ years and they have four children, Andrew (10), Annalyce (7), Ady Rae (4) and Anthony (2). Jessica has one bonus son, Jon Mark and a daughter in law, Sally who recently had their first baby and made Jessica a young granny! Jessica works full-time for a large healthcare organization as a Credentialing Coordinator, but her heart and her passion belongs to ministry. Jessica experienced the battle of drug and alcohol addiction at a young age and by the grace of God, a little jail time, 1 judge, 5 treatment centers and the love of a co-dependent momma, got clean 02/23/2007! Being a member of the long-term recovery community, Jessica lives to serve and to help others find freedom. Jessica established a branch of The Net ministry, which is a one on one mentoring program that services the female inmates in the Lafayette County jail in February 2022. Jessica also services as the team cheerleader and prayer warrior on the Story Tellers Live-Oxford Podcast team. Jessica is an extrovert and an enneagram 7 so people are her jam! Her hobbies include serving in her local church, going on annual vacations with her family, going on rare dates with her husband and Burn Boot Camp.
Questions we discuss during our chat:
-How did you find yourself wrapped up in addiction at such an early age?-How did you come to know the Lord and be known by Him?
(John 10: 4)-When did you start to feel like you were being lead into ministry?-What is one thing you want people to know when a person is caught in the trap of addiction?-How can the church do a better job at loving on the unhealthy people? (Luke 5:31)
Special Guest #100- Jen Gregory
Meet author J.B. Gregory. Call her Jen, though. She is a mom, wife, teacher, and writer. Not shockingly, her hobbies are reading and writing. Her husband Sean is an associate pastor at First Bossier; she has Jack, a junior in college preparing for law school, and Charlie, a freshman in high school. They’ve been married for 25 years this year. She loves time with family, serving her church, and hanging out with her students. She is here to share her testimony from a recent health crisis that led to her publishing her first children’s book on battling fear. Through that journey emerges a sweet and encouraging story of the goodness and faithfulness of God.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Check out her book here.
Questions we discuss in our chat:
Was it hard to write a book about fear in the middle of facing some of your worst fears?
What ultimately was needed in order for you to get healthy again?
What were the risk and concerns?
Why was this process so complicated and surprising given you knew you had a valve issue?
What did God show you through the process?
How did God specifically minister to you through the process, especially in the hospital?
What was recovery like?
What did God teach you in that process?
How did God reveal a bigger truth to you during your recovery?
How has your perspective on life and your faith shifted since your surgery?
Lord showed Dawn Gilbreath loss of her child, was his testimony. His birth was all for my God