For more than 25 years, Leaders in Fellowship Together (LIFT) has been pouring into the hearts of women leaders that are, in turn, pouring into the hearts and lives of others. It is a gift to be called by God to serve and minister to His people. We at LIFT are committed to helping leaders answer that call.
Our desire is to encourage you in your walk with Christ, provide fellowship and help equip you to better serve the ministries you have been asked to steward. At a LIFT conference you will have opportunities to network with your peers, learn from the experience and expertise of various speakers, and collect tools that will help take your ministry to the next level.
Allow LIFT to help maintain, refresh, and invigorate your love for serving and leading others in Christ. Please consider joining us in this exciting community of women leaders by becoming a member of LIFT.
In love and stewardship,
Kelly Bettendorf — Director
Kelly is passionate about walking alongside women who are seeking a deeper relationship with God and a greater understanding of Him through His word. She has been serving in women’s ministry at Red Mountain Community Church for 15 years, in various capacities (Bible study teacher, events, speaker, women’s board and women’s staff member). In addition to adult women, Kelly along with her husband Larry are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve 13 years in youth ministry; leading, teaching and discipling high school and college age students. Always the student herself, Kelly is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Ministry at Phoenix Seminary. One of Kelly’s life verses is Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Cari Apostol – Treasurer
Cari has served in Women’s ministries for more than 40 years as a teacher, mentor, leader, speaker, worship leader and curriculum writer. Cari particularly enjoys coming alongside women to encourage and strengthen them in becoming all God created them to be. Her other admitted passion is numbers. She is fascinated by the precision of numbers and likens them to the simple truths of God: 2+2 still equal 4 today as they did in the beginning just as God is still the same God today as He was in the Beginning. His truths never change. Cari was married 47 years to her Sweetheart, Ted, before he changed his address to Heaven; they have 3 kiddos, 3 kiddos-in-love and 8 amazing grands. Cari’s life verse is: Here am I, Lord. Send me (Isaiah 6:8). Cari is very grateful that God provided the opportunity to serve on the LIFT team at just the right time in her life.
Barb Brokaw — Networking Coordinator
Barb has served in women’s ministries for almost twenty years, much of that time being equipped and encouraged by the ministry of LIFT. As an event speaker, small group facilitator, and writer, her focus is the freedom we are given in our walk with Christ. She is currently active in Bible Study and Women’s Ministries leadership at Open Door Fellowship Church. Along with JT, her husband of thirty-four years, Barb also helps to co-ordinate premarital classes. They have two grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. Music and prayer are vital to Barb’s life. She is passionate about God’s Word and its transforming power.
Alicia and her husband Daniel have been married for 24 years and are blessed with 4 children. She is an Arizona native and currently serves as Hospitality Leader at Grace Walk Church. Her hearts desire is to be a blessing by encouraging and serving others. Alicia has lead mission teams, served in children’s ministry and has lead a women’s bible study. Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.”
Michelle Linden – Community Liaison
Michelle stands boldly in her faith and loves sharing the message of Jesus’ saving grace. She has a passion for prayer and is involved in missions and evangelism. It is her joy to serve God while serving others. Michelle has volunteered in the educational system serving on various boards and committees. Her desire is to reach women by working together with the local church and other like-minded leaders. She equips, encourages, and supports women to fully trust Jesus in all areas of their lives. Currently Michelle serves in women’s ministries, hospitality, congregational care, and as prayer team coordinator for her church. ”Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Mary T. Rodriguez is one of the founders and director of the Unique Women of Grace Ministry. In 1974, Mary found the love of Christ. Serving God and helping others to further God’s kingdom have become Mary’s main passion in life. God’s word has awakened her spirit to the urgency for all women to find the love of Christ. Mary has a distinguished career in education. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and earned her Masters of Education at Northern Arizona University. Mary has also lead groups of educators in analyzing teaching styles and addressing different modalities of learning. Her interests include writing short stories, Zumba, reading, worshipping, and most of all, serving in ministries. Mary states, “In my journey I will never stop learning about God’s love and His plan for me. I will do whatever God has planned for me’–I just need to listen!”
Carol Smith – Administrative Assistant
Carol loves to worship God and music is a passion for her. In addition to serving on the worship team, Carol is currently leading and walking alongside the women at her home church, The Church At Arrowhead. She believes is it critical that we raise up the next generations to know, love and serve God through a growing knowledge and a personal relationship with Jesus. Carol is also a retired nurse with experience in management at the hospital level and clinical informatics at the corporate office. She has been happily married to husband Kurt since 1976 and raised 2 exceptional children. Her favorite verse is I Corinthians 10:13 “ No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
Jennifer Sorcinelli – Church Liason
Jennifer believes in looking to see where God is already at work and joining in. She is thankful to be a part of LIFT where God is clearly equipping and encouraging women for His kingdom cause. Jennifer has been married to her wonderful husband Lee for 25 years and they have one adult son. Her desire is to be used by God to lead women to a saving knowledge of Himself and to encourage them in the freedom He provides. She has been involved with ministries for women at The Church At Arrowhead for many years and also finds great joy and is humbled to get to serve regularly at a women’s group home in downtown Phoenix. Jennifer’s life verse is Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” email@example.com
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Kristin is the founder of International Leadership Ministries (formerly Greater Reach Ministries). Prior to ILM, she was the Dean of Women at Phoenix Seminary, and is now an adjunct faculty member. In addition to developing the women’s studies program, she also founded the seminary’s Women with Vision Conference. She was the women’s ministry director at Scottsdale Bible Church, where her husband, Fred, is a Pastor of World Outreach. Dr. Beasley’s “can do” enthusiasm is to equip and empower women for life and ministry. Her extensive knowledge of the issues and concerns of women make her a sought-after speaker. She is the author of the book, “Who Do You Think You Are? Good News About Your Identity”, which can be ordered by contacting Dr. Beasley. Kristin@live4impact.com
Sandy praises God for including her in His work when He wrote I Cor. 1:26, “Not many… wise are chosen.” It is not out of low self-esteem, but from recognition that without Him she can do nothing. Since accepting Jesus as her Savior at the age of seven, every calling on her life has been a step of faith, including her position on the LIFT Team. Five years ago, after several years as a volunteer leader at Trinity Bible Church, Phoenix, she joined the staff as Director of Women’s Ministry. Aside from her personal roles as wife, mother of two, and grandmother of six, ministry to women has been the most rewarding adventure. She says, “I am humbled that God would call me, trust me, and choose to use me in blessing others. It is with great excitement that I choose to cooperate with God in helping ‘encourage and equip’ other women’s ministry leaders.” BoettgerSandy@cs.com
Pat’s passion for Women’s Ministries was developed at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, Arizona where she served as Chairman of Women’s Ministries for three years. After moving to Orange County, California in 1984 she became involved in NEWIM (Network of Evangelical Women in Ministry). Moving back to Scottsdale in 1990, Pat served as Director of Women’s Ministries at Scottsdale Bible Church for three years. During that time she became one of the founders of LIFT (Leaders in Fellowship Together) to encourage and equip leaders in Women’s Ministry. Pat served as Director of LIFT for fourteen years, retiring in June 2008. Pat was one of the contributing authors of a Focus on the Family book, Leading Women to the Heart of God, published by Moody Press. Pat and Tom Davis have four grown children and 11 grandchildren. firstname.lastname@example.org
Margi is currently the Director of the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) program at Scottsdale Bible Church, and until very recently she served on the executive team as the Minister of Spiritual Life there at SBC. In that role she oversaw several teams responsible for connection, discipleship, evangelism, local outreach, women’s ministry, counseling, congregational care, safety and security. Prior to taking on that role, Margi served as Minister of Connection and Minister to Women at Scottsdale Bible for 10 years. It was during that time, she established the (WILD) program. This program has trained up a multitude of women leaders since its inception.
Prior to coming to Phoenix, Margi and her husband Dale founded New Hope Community Church in Portland, Oregon. There she served as Director of Women’s Ministries for 23 years and Minister of Music. Additionally, she had the opportunity to serve as the Director of Spouse and Family Ministries at Asbury Seminary.
Margi and Dale have been married 42 years and have four adult children and five grandchildren. Margi is passionate about connecting people through small groups, discipleship, service, as well as building leaders who will impact others for God’s kingdom. People who have worked alongside Margi in ministry describe her as a friend, leader, teacher, woman of faith, and giver of love who has a passion for serving Jesus.
Maggi is the Women’s Ministry Director and the Missions Coordinator at Palmcroft Baptist Church. She has served at the church for 9 years. It is her desire to see the Lord glorified through the obedience of the body of Christ to the Great Commission. Maggi has been married to Brent, the president of Southwestern College in Phoenix, AZ, for 33 years and has four children. email@example.com
Beth loves to see women come to an understanding of the Gospel and fall in love with the Word of God! She had the privilege of serving as Director of Women’s Ministries for 11 years at East Valley Bible (Redemption) Church in Gilbert. She also served for 10 years on Phoenix Seminary’s Women with Vision Conference committee, and for 15 years as a board member and program coordinator for Christian Business Women’s Association. She is a graduate of Center for Biblical Training, Mesa, AZ and has been a sporadic enrichment student at Phoenix Seminary. She is currently pursuing her National Association of Nouthetic Counseling certification through the Biblical Counseling Training Center of AZ.
In addition to people, Beth loves books, films, music, and is a foodie.
Beth’s husband, John, is her favorite theologian and partner in culinary crime! They have been married for 27 years and reside in Gilbert with one sassy Maine Coon cat named Savannah, AKA – Her Hairy Highness. firstname.lastname@example.org
Being born in the heart of the Rocky Mountains to a father with wanderlust set the tone of travel and adventure for Kerri’s life. Graduating from high school in Arizona and college in Louisiana, and through 9 years of travel with Women of Faith, she has been blessed to be with God’s people and experience firsthand every state (save 2) in this great Nation, and 3 Canadian Provinces. Kerri stands in awe of the Lord’s amazing Creation, His lands, His many animals, and His great care, especially for the hearts of women. Blessed with two amazing daughters and her Mother who lives with them, they manage Providence Farm north of Dallas, Texas, a place where people and animals of all kinds are rehabilitated and refreshed. Kerri is excited to be a long time member of LIFT and serve on the Board of Directors.
Vicki served as Director of Women’s Ministry for 15 years at NPHX Baptist Church. Graduating from ASU with a degree in Education, she taught elementary school for 25 years along with teaching workshops and providing ongoing teacher training for her school district. Being a lifelong learner and training is something she values. That’s why she has loved being a part of LIFT for the past 15 years; seeking to continually grow and learn as she leads in different ministries. She and her husband of 48 years taught and mentored young married couples and now lead a Bible study for Empty Nesters. She is also a MOPS Mentor and loves to practice hospitality as she opens her home to many different groups. Spending time with her three married adult children and six grandchildren, all of whom live in the same neighborhood, brings her great joy. She is passionate about serving the Lord and encouraging women of all ages and stages of life. Her desire is to 10 “Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. “ (TLB)
Pam has served in Women’s ministries for over nine years. Her leadership roles have been at Shiloh Community Church, in Reaching Out, Missions, and Women’s Bible Studies. Pam is also a gifted Bible teacher and retreat speaker. Her heart’s desire is to partner with women as they grow into a deeper relationship with Christ. She can be reached by email email@example.com or website www.pamlyons.com