Jul 16

Meet the OBS Team~

It’s hard to believe that in January, 2011, I wanted to host a little online Bible study on my blog. I invited a few friends to join me in studying Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. I thought maybe 25-50 would join me. Maybe. Much to my surprise, 2,500 people joined me for that “little” study.

Back then it was just me. Just me on my blog. If someone would have told what was ahead, I would NEVER have believed them. Fast forward to today~

Today I don’t just lead a study, I’m the director of a world-wide community. And no longer is it just on my  blog, but we are also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. 88,000 ladies from over 106 countries have joined our little OBS in the past couple years. We have 59 Facebook small groups with leaders.  We have 10 team leaders. We have a prayer team. We have a teaching team, social media team, core team, and even an executive assistant (who we could NOT live without!) And we are getting ready to move locations. In a little over a week, my little online Bible study will have a new home on the Proverbs 31 Ministries website! Now you know that could only be done with God!

Only with God. He has paved the way and brought amazing ladies to this OBS. It is not me, it is all Him. He brought ladies who would say “yes” to God, step out in faith, and agree to ride this crazy OBS train with me. He did immeasurably more than I would have ever asked or imagined. (Ephesians 3:20)

Our entire OBS team is made up of almost 100 ladies from all across the United States. Each one serves a vital role in making Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies a vibrant, healthy, and growing community of ladies seeking to know God better. These are the most wonderful, honorable, and amazing ladies that I know and I love them so much!!! I don’t know what I’d do without them!

Meet Our OBS Team

melissaMelissa Taylor, Director of Online Bible Studies

Melissa began online Bible studies on her blog in 2011 because she wanted to provide a venue of study for women who weren’t in a Bible study group. In a little over two years, more than 88,000 have participated from more than 105 countries. This is now her full time job with Proverbs 31 Ministries. Melissa lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Jeff; four children, Blake, Hayden, Dylan, and Hayley Grace; and her sweet dogs Princess and Maggie.

 

ginnyblakenshipGinny Blankenship, Director of Social Media, Prayer Devotions

Ginny began studying with Melissa Taylor in January of 2012 with Made to Crave. In March of 2012 she became one of the Online Bible Study small group leaders. Currently she writes our Prayer and Praises posts and coordinates our social media team. Ginny resides in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia with her husband, Scott; and three children, Jason, Hayli and Ayden.

StephanieClaytonStephanie Clayton, P31 OBS Core Team, Study Leader, Social Media Team

Stephanie is a counselor with a passion for integrating Bible teaching with professional counseling. She has been part of the Online Bible Study Team since 2011 providing counseling advisory as well as guidance and teaching to help women find freedom from their past and hope for their future.  Stephanie lives in Amarillo, TX with her husband Kevin; her children Ryan and Lauren; and her puppies, Buzz and Bella.

 

AngiecombsAngie Combs, P31 OBS Core Team, P31 OBS Executive Assistant

Angie is the Executive Assistant with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study and is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as Project Assistant. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband, Brent of 27 years and her dogs Cassie and Yogi. She is the mother of Laura and MIL of Michael.

 

VeronicaHerzingVeronica Herzing, P31 OBS Director of the C. A. R. E. Ministry (Christ’s Assistants Reaching & Encouraging)

Veronica is a loving wife and mother who trusts in the Lord and follows His calling for her life. She enjoys writing and pursuing it to see where it leads. A devoted friend who loves unconditionally, Veronica tries to always walk in the footsteps of God. She lives in Missouri with her husband, Larry; two children Matthew and Megan.

ChristaChrista Hutchins, Real Life In The Gap Study Leader

Christa joined Online Bible Studies in 2012 as a study participant and then a Facebook small group leader. The Real Life in The Gap Study was started to provide Facebook small group participants with meaningful and flexible Bible study during the breaks between OBS studies. When she is not hanging out with her husband, son, daughter and son-in-law, you will usually find Christa with her nose in a historical fiction book!

nickiNicki Koziarz, P31 OBS Core Team, Study Leader

Nicki is a speaker, writer and on staff at Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is passionate about reaching people far from God and being a voice of Truth in her generation. Nicki lives in the cozy town of Matthews, NC {just outside of Charlotte, NC} with her amazingly handy husband Kris and their 3 beautiful girls; Taylor, Hope and Kennedy.

 

lisakrampLisa Kramp, P31 OBS Core Team, Director of Facebook Small Group Ministry

Lisa began Online Bible Studies as a participant in 2011. She was a part of the very first OBS small group and today she is the director of the small group ministry, which currently has 59 groups! Lisa lives in Indiana with her husband of 27 years, Dave and they have three grown sons.

lindakuharLinda Kuhar, P31 OBS Core Team, Teaching Team

Linda became a Women’s Christian Life Coach in 2010 after her miraculous healing from cancer and coma in 2009.  She now coaches women around the globe in spiritual growth, accountability and vision for their lives. Her greatest joy is empowering women to be who God designed them to be. Linda lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Todd and daughter Megan.

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Linda Leighton, P31 OBS Senior Blog Editor

Linda began participating in Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Studies in January of 2011. Since that first study, Linda has participated in eight online Bible studies, and will soon take on her fifth study as a small OBS Facebook group leader. She is actively serving in her church as the assistant to the Guest Services Manager and is in charge of scheduling and training of 50+ guest services workers. Linda lives in Oak Creek, WI, and is a “Mom” to two fur-babies; a 17-year-old cat, Reggie and a 3-year-old black lab/beagle mix, Disney.

JenniferNewsomJennifer Newsom, P31 OBS Core Team, Teaching Team

Jennifer has been involved with leading Online Bible Studies since 2011. She was honored to join P31 OBS in 2012 where her passion for walking alongside, and bringing the love of Jesus to women grew. Jennifer and her husband Billy homeschool their 4 children: Bryce, Logan, Emily and Ava.

 

JamyWhitakerJamy Whitaker, P31 OBS Core Team, Prayer Director and Teaching Team

Jamy began Online Bible Studies as a participant in the first study back in 2011 because it was such an answer to prayer. Two years later, she is now a part of the team that is reaching out and encouraging women around the world. Jamy lives in rural Indiana, with her husband, Mitch and five children, Taylor, Devin, Ethan, Quintin and Madilynn.

Social Media, Facebook Small Group, C.A.R.E.,  and Prayer Ministries

Kim Goldstein, Kyndra Kemp, Missy Pettigrew, Anna Walker, Barbara Prince, Sue Molitor, Tricia Davis, Charlotte Oliver, Teresa Wood, Nancy Miksad, Billie Schuttpelz, Robin Packer, Abby Nardi, Cheryl May, Beth Wright, Kendra Keller, Christa Fowler, Nichole Wolland, Jenny Armstrong, Bethany Wheeler, Donna Balsavich, Brittany Jacobson, Tristine Barry, Hope Aylor, Donna Harris, Emily Montjoy, Kelly Hamerle, Debbie Williams, Karri Hollingsworth, Kristy Aiken, Lauren Bates, Kris Danko, Denise Collins, Vashti Makupson, Melissa Sherlin, Lori Annette Blackwell, Carla Pollard, Breanna Davenport, Sandi Brewer, Lori Krance, Courtney Turner, Tina Kadolph, Marcie Anderson, Stacey Mendro, Erin Peters, Mary Bankert, Dottie McLelland, Pat Ewing, Heather Wade, Melanie Shannon, LaToshia Jarmon, Stephanie Solberg, Marlene Mosley, Anita Greenland, Trish Cordell, Jodi Bailey, Sherri H. Chatman, Katrina Wylie, Jean Marie Brown, Marilyn Vaters, Amanda Gibson, Amber Oatman, Beth Anderson, Jennifer Newsom, Kara Simpkins, Kelley Murphy, Lauren Beach, Shelly Faust, Stephanie Raquel, Tammy Burgess, Veronica Brown, Heather Bleier, Jen Sandbulte, Kelley Worley, Wendy Franke, Denise Kamppi, Amy Wall, Kristen Barkdull, Linnea Nelson, Jeanie Kelley, Janet Florine, Kandace Poindexter, Paige Ward, Kristi Seat

 

These ladies make up the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team. Each one makes a huge impact and a profound difference in the lives of the women they serve. We would not be where we are today without all of them.  It’s these ladies who make it possible for you to have such a wonderful experience in OBS.

Could I ask you a big favor? Would you join me in praying for your OBS leaders?  Say a prayer for them by name or write a prayer in the comment section? We are about to embark on a journey together and we would absolutely treasure your prayers. Ministry isn’t easy and I know this team of ladies would appreciate prayer more than anything else you could offer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

***Our winner of the Lysa TerKeurst 3 book give away is, Dionne, email beginning Dionnecspeaks. Dionne, email Angie@Proverbs31.org with your mailing information and we will send you your books. 
Thank you to the very generous ladies who donated books so that ladies who can not afford to purchase can have one. You are such a blessing and your generosity is very appreciated. Thank you so much!
Melissa
Jul 15

So What Will Happen…

When All of Us Women Say Yes to God?  All 17,000 of us. All of us from more than 106 different countries. What do you think will happen?

What Will Happen? Yes 2 God Future

Share your dreams of what saying yes to God will look like in the comment section. Just click the word “Comments” at the bottom of this post.

Each person who shares will be entered to win a Lysa TerKeurst Book Pack including the books, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, and Am I Messing Up My Kids?  

****Our winner from our Social Media Post is: Deb, email beginning walkerranch1.  Email Angie@Proverbs31.org with your mailing address and phone number. We will send your book in the mail and schedule a time so we can have a chat! I can’t wait to talk to you Deb!!!!
 

I’m counting down the days until our study begins! (Just 13 short days!)

Melissa
Jul 12

Facebook it, Pin it, Instagram it, Tweet it Up!

If you love social media like we do, then we invite you to interact with us in the great big world of cyber space!  P31OBS can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and most recently Instagram. You can view all of these on your computer or smart phone. There is a free app on your phone for all of them as well.

Ginny Blankenship is our awesome Social Media Coordinator. She and her team work hard to make sure you can have the best experience possible on our Online Bible Studies social media sites.

Facebook @MelissaTaylorsOnlineBibleStudies

OBS Facebook page 1OBS Facebook Page 2

Our Facebook home page                                                                                                                                    Sample of Facebook posts

On our OBS Facebook page you will find loads of inspiration, encouragement, pictures, verses, and fun that you can join in the conversation or share on your own personal Facebook page. Our community on Facebook is almost 25,000! The P31 OBS team and I are often found chatting it up on our Facebook page and would love for you to join us! We even have a few Facebook Parties during each study where you get the opportunity to “meet up” at a certain time and date and we spend an hour together sharing life! It’s sooooo fun!  Our Real Life Connections Group (Conference Call Gals) also meet up here during each call to share insight and thoughts as the call takes place. View our Facebook page here. Join community and “Like” us today!

Twitter @P31OBS, @MelissaRTaylor

OBS Twitter page

 

Our Twitter home page

At P31OBS, we LOVE Twitter and many of the ladies on our team have Twitter accounts. Twitter is not like Facebook. Where Facebook gives you the opportunity to post and share at length, Twitter is short and sweet. Each “tweet” (post) is only allowed to be 140 characters long. On Twitter, I connect with my friends at Proverbs 31 Ministries, OBS, my pastor and my church, my kids, and my interests such as news, sports, entertainment, and Christian teachers and speakers from around the world. (You know like Beth Moore, Lysa TerKeurst, and Andy Stanley.) View our Twitter profile page here. Follow us on Twitter today! You can also view my personal tweets in the left column of this blog in the Live Twitter Feed.

 

 

Pinterest @Proverbs31OBS, @melissartaylor

OBS Pinterest Page Our Pinterest home page

 

Pinterest is a one stop shop for ideas on EVERYTHING! And yes, I do mean everything. On our Pinterest page, we share beautifully designed scriptures from the study, quotes from the books we are studying, recipes, activities, and more. And we love it when you view our pins and  “pin it” to your own Pinterest page or share it on FB, Twitter, or Instagram. Visit our Pinterest page here. Follow us on Pinterest and begin pinning OBS today!

 

Instagram @P31OBS, @melissartaylor

OBS Instagram

Our Instagram home page

Instagram is all about pictures. Supposedly a picture speaks a thousand words. If so, Instagram is filled with stories of real hope for real life. I’ll be honest. When I first joined Instagram it was because of my kids. My kids are 20, 18, 16, and 12. They love Instagram and share snapshots of their lives there. Of course I joined, I didn’t want to be left out of family fun! Seriously though, Instagram is the “in thing” right now and if it’s important to you to stay current, then get an Instagram. For me it is important. I want to be able to connect with all generations. View our Instagram here. Follow us on Instagram today!

Thank you for the follow :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed our little social media tour today. If you happen to follow or like us on any of these, please let us know! Mention it in the comment section below and Facebook us, tweet us, pin us, or instagram us! If you do, you will be entered to win a What Happens When Women Say Yes to God book and a personal phone call from your OBS leaders for this study, me and Nicki Koziarz! Wow, we can connect off-line!

I know social media can be overwhelming for some, but if you have a healthy balance and love for connecting in other places, I hope you’ll join us! It’s the way us folks who don’t live in the same communities can bump into each other somewhere besides our home base. (Kind of like running into a co-worker at the grocery store! Which I’ve done and found very exciting! We hugged like we never see each other~haha!) Let us know

If you’d like to share your social media handles with us, feel free. (You don’t have to, but if you want some awesome OBS followers, then please share!

Post all comments in the comment section of my blog. Just click the word “comments” at the bottom of the post. If you receive this via email, do not reply to this to leave a comment.

*****Out of respect, please don’t follow my kids on any social media site. I wish I didn’t have to say this, but I’ve found it’s necessary. They don’t want all “mom’s friends” following and commenting on their stuff. Thanks!  <3

Winners from yesterday’s post are:

Laina, email beginning screwsk

Malinda, email beginning Pappys.girl

Johnijane Peckinpaugh, email beginning Johnijane

Amy, thespringsindiana

Lindsay, email beginning lfirzlaff

Y’all email Angie, Angie@proverbs31.org with your mailing address and we will get your prize in the mail! Congrats!

 

Melissa