Kerri Roberts was born into a ministry family, with a childhood immersed in music and dance. While Kerri dreamed of a career in the arts, as Proverbs 16:9 says, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” This scripture would define Kerri’s path as she set out on her lifelong journey of knowing God and walking with Him, wherever He may lead!
While in college, Kerri met and married Brent, her best friend and perfect partner in the journey. Kerri completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Columbia College and her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of South Carolina. During her time in University, Kerri received a number of prestigious awards for vocal excellence and performance, and it was the couple’s plan to pursue her singing career full-time. However, God’s first “holy hijacking” of her life occurred with the birth of their first child, which He used to change the priorities and desires of Kerri’s heart. God began to show her that in His economy, success and fulfillment often look very different than what we may think.
Seven years and two more children later, God’s next “divine deviation” took this very typical American family to live and minister in the southern African country of Zambia. For seven years, God used Zambia and its people to both wreck and rebuild Kerri. Returning to the States in late 2014, this not-so-typical American family, now including five amazing kids, has followed God’s leading down a new fork in the road of life and ministry. Though it is scary and painful at times, they are excited about where He will lead next!
Through this messy, beautiful journey, God has been working into Kerri a passion for communion, community, and commission. She longs to help women learn to grow in intimate communion with God, to find the joy of walking in vulnerable community with others, and to see their integral place in the commission of God.
From early childhood, the Lord Jesus has been drawing Leslie to Himself with steadfast love. Leslie grew up all over the country as part of a military family, but settled in Columbia, SC which was home for 25 years. She now lives in Amory, MS with her husband Chad and children Elizabeth, Graham and Lily. Leslie’s passion is to encourage women to engage God through the study of His Word and connect in safe spiritual community. She is currently a part-time writer/teacher on the CFSAT team and Bible teacher in her local church and community Bible study. Leslie longs to see more women find their fulfillment in Jesus, which overflows into healthy, Christ-centered relationships and a desire to live out the unique calling God has placed on their lives.
Years ago, as a little girl, Carrie dreamed of becoming a wife and mother. A lover of Hallmark movies, she waited and longed for her happily ever after, completely sure that it would be her Cinderella dream that would complete her. Years later, married to her best friend John and up to her eyeballs in motherhood, homeschooling, laundry, cleaning, and a part time job, God began to graciously reveal to her that only He would complete her. By His grace, He showed her His perfect and sovereign plan for her life. That He had written her story and would hold her and guide her through each and every step of her life. Through a series of both difficult and wonderful events, God drew Carrie into a closer and deeper intimacy with Himself, and she is forever grateful. She continues to find that “in His presence there is fullness of joy; at His right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
Carrie graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Elementary Education only to ever teach her own children at home! She has been singing since she was a little girl and God began opening doors in college for her to sing and lead worship around the state. Passionate about worship, Carrie considers it an absolute joy and privilege to be an instrument in leading people to the throne of God. She has a heart for real, authentic worship and community and is so thankful that we can “approach God’s throne with grace and confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Her family attends Columbia Crossroads Church in Columbia, SC where she has served as worship leader for 10+ years. Additionally, Carrie has had the privilege of leading worship at numerous women’s events and conferences. Carrie also teaches at her children’s homeschool academy and leads worship there as well.
Carrie desires to come alongside women as they pursue a deepening intimacy with God and seek healing and wholeness found in Christ and Christ alone.
Even as a child, Julie always wanted to become a teacher. She graduated from Penn State (where she met her husband) with a degree in Elementary Education and has spent the past 14 years teaching children in various educational settings. She had the amazing privilege, during these years, of helping to start a private Christian school and a homeschool academy. Through it all, Julie was primarily busy caring for her 5 children, who are still leaving fingerprints all over the walls and her heart.
Julie loves teaching children, but in 2013 God started pulling her heart to start a blog which would serve as a source of encouragement to women. She began to assemble a group of women to share in writing all that God has done and is doing in their lives; stories of struggle, joy, heartbreak, healing and faith. What the Lord has done since that initial vision is more than she ever imagined. Not only has God united 5 women in a common purpose, with a common vision, but He has knit their hearts together in a bond that she has never before experienced.
This bond and vision have continued to deepen and God has burdened Julie with a passion to see Called for Such a Time grow from a blog to a ministry that will be able to meet more women in the lonely, messy, broken places of their lives. Still very much in process herself, Julie wants women to see that they each have an amazing story of God’s redeeming love and that their unique stories are worth sharing. Her prayer is that women will know how valuable they are and intentionally seek to be vulnerable with God, with themselves, and in relationships. That they would see how God delights in the sacrifice of a broken spirit (Psalm 51:17) and that He draws close to the broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18). Julie is humbled that God would work through this sinful woman and give her the privilege of pointing women to their Savior through writing, speaking, and discipleship.
Julie is currently pursuing her master's degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Lisa’s relationship with God began as a young child as she felt the Holy Spirit calling her to know Jesus personally at the age of 9. Lisa grew up in the church and served in many capacities throughout her childhood and young adulthood. Through all of these service opportunities, Lisa rarely saw herself as someone in need. As an adult, when her own life began to fall apart, she began to embrace humility in a different way: and lean into the sufficiency of Christ.
A painful marriage, five young children, difficult and broken family relationships, financial crisis, and chronic health problems help keep Lisa focused on her faithful Father, the one who heals, Jehovah-rapha. She clings to Psalm 147:3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Lisa’s desire is to minister to women through discipleship and by walking alongside them while pointing them to Christ and His promises. There is a special place in Lisa’s heart for the widows, orphans, the poor, and the abused. She is passionate about being an advocate for those who have been considered “the less of these” or those who think less of themselves.
“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” Psalm 82:3
Some of Lisa’s hobbies include gardening, crafts, and sewing.