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


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.”


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.

Michelle Linden – Marketing Director

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

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.”

Hanan Palz – Membership Director 

Hanan’s heart’s desire is that every woman know that she is fearfully and wonderfully made by our Living God in His own image and that she has a purpose in life that only she is uniquely created to fulfill.  Hanan is a recent transplant to Arizona but was involved with CASA of DuPage mentoring and encouraging children in foster care and group homes for over 6 years.  She has also ministered to women who have been redeemed by God’s grace to turn away from drugs and alcohol.  She has been a part of BSF Bible Study for over 7 years and has women’s prayer meetings at her home.  Hanan and her husband, Paul have two adult sons and currently attend Calvary Church Arrowhead.  Hanan’s life verse is Matthew 6:33; but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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.”

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.

Stephanie Guess – Prayer Coordinator

Stephanie loves the reminder found in Romans 12:12, “Be faithful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” She believes the way to see God’s transforming power in your life is through prayer and thanksgiving. She and her husband, Jared have two teenage sons. Through the years they have served in various leaderships roles including student ministries and leading small group studies on marriage and financial stewardship. Stephanie currently serves on the Women’s Board and Connect Team at Red Mountain Community Church. Her desire is to encourage women through personal relationships and God’s word.

Pam Lyons — Director Emeritus

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 or website



Kristin Beasley, D.Min.

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.

Sandy Boettger

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.”

Pat Davis

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.

Maggi Garrison

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.

Beth Hancock

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.        


Kerri Willoughby

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.


Bob Johnston

Bob Johnston has over 43 years of experience in the world of finance and financial management.  Prior to his acquisition of Foothills Accounting in 1997, Bob was the Chief Financial Officer for KQED, Inc., the third largest public television in the country.  During Bob’s service with KQED he established a formalized Financial Policy and Procedure Manual; installed a new computer system; initiated, planned and spearheaded a bond issue which resulted in the financing of KQED’s new building; and managed the transfer of KQED’s pension fund assets into a more secure environment.  Bob has a B.S. Degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, and is an enrolled agent with the IRS.  His professionalism and integrity are the hallmarks of his career.

Jody Johnston

Jody Johnston is passionate about the Word of God and the God of the Word.  She is a Bible teacher, retreat speaker, and the published author of the book, “Legacy of a Woman’s Heart.”  In her capacity as Director of Women’s Ministries for a Scottsdale church, Jody developed a women’s ministry program for a congregation of 1800.  Because she believes in supporting and developing women for leadership within ministry, she developed a program called Equipped to Serve, as well as a training manual.  Jody’s ministry experience includes training as a lay counselor, volunteering with Crisis Pregnancy Center, and assistant for Childhelp USA—a national child abuse organization.  She was a speaker with Florence Littauer’s Upper Class program, and trained with CPAE Hall of Fame Member Glenna Salsbury.  Jody and her husband Bob are the proud parents of two married sons, and grandparents of five grandchildren.

Carol Travilla, M.A.

Carol is a certified LifePlan facilitator and Spiritual Director. Her passion is companioning with women helping them discover and clarify their purpose in life. Her personal journey of integrating faith, family, and career brings a wealth of understanding and experience to her speaking and seminar ministry. She has served on a large church staff as the director of Christian education and earned an M.A. in counseling psychology and a B.A. in Christian education. Carol was licensed as a psychologist and marriage and family therapist in Minnesota, where she founded a Christian counseling center and practiced for ten years. She has served alongside her husband Ken for many years as a pastor’s wife. Carol is the author of Caring Without Wearing and co-author of The Intentional Woman. Ken and Carol enjoy their married children and 4 delightful grandsons.

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