Kelly has seven years experience in the nonprofit world and is passionate about freeing those who are oppressed and launching ideas that move an organization or person to the next level. In the corporate world, Kelly worked for a Fortune 500 in sales and marketing, governmental affairs as a lobbyist, and in human resources helping others secure their dream job. Kelly earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. She loves travel, chocolate, thought-provoking conversation, and spending time with friends and family.

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Krista had the privilege to partner with Jackie in the dream and launch of The Marcella Project. Prior to TMP, Krista worked with other nonprofits and church ministries to bring awareness to the struggle of girls and women in the US. As a foster parent Krista has discovered firsthand the brokenness of the foster care system and how many girls and young women in the system are exploited and forced into trafficking and prostitution as a means of survival. This knowledge has inspired Krista's passion to work in these spaces to affect change in the system while loving those currently in it.




After graduating Calvin College and Dallas Theological Seminary, Ray gave his life to fulfilling a pastoral calling. He and his wife found a home in the VineyardUSA—a community of churches—and planted the Vineyard North congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today they serve as regional leaders, overseeing some 25 pastoral teams and congregations. Ray is currently making a professional transition from full-time pastoral work to develop High Point Training & Coaching, where he works with business and non-profit leadership teams to offer experiential training and executive coaching.  He brings a lifetime of experience in strategic planning, leadership development, conflict resolution, Biblical exegesis, and theological reflection. 



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Debbie is the Associate Director of Spiritual Development at Austin Ridge Bible Church. She has helped her church launch a ministry to Austin’s homeless population and led discussions on how theology intersects with culture. She currently trains church staff and volunteers to write Bible studies. Debbie has served in a number of non-profit positions. She graduated from the University of Texas and has a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Debbie has been married to Buddy for 29 years, and she and Buddy have three grown children.

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Lisa has earned both a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Baylor University and her Certified Public Accountancy Certification. After 17 years with Interstate Batteries where she served in several financial positions including the CFO role, Lisa now provides her financial expertise to faith based organizations focused on empowering women. She currently holds the CFO position for IF: Gathering, a ministry existing to gather, equip and unleash women to reach a generation for Christ. Lisa serves as a Board Member for The Marcella Project, and as a Board Chairperson for Polished, an organization focused on helping young professional women navigate career and explore faith together. In addition, she serves as both Treasurer and Board Member for Seed Effect, a micro lending and savings ministry that serves the people of South Sudan and for YWAM West Virginia. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys traveling and her dog, Annie. To date, she has visited more than 30 countries including Nepal, Mongolia and China.



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Nancy graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English Literature and a concentration in Women's Studies; she then earned a J.D. from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law and practiced as a Trusts & Estates attorney in Dallas and Austin. She currently lives in Austin with her husband Mark and runs a small business from home while raising her 2, 3, and 4 year old sons, Clark, Adam, and Simon, and three large rescue dogs, Monkey and Gus. Nancy has experience serving on a variety of non-profit boards. 




Dr. Peter Wells received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine, completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and a Fellowship in Cardiology and Electrophysiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he then served on the faculty. He spent the next 15 years as the Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at Baylor University Medical Center. Over 30-plus years of work Peter has done teaching, research and writing as an expert in cardiac electrophysiology. He has been interested in the roles of men in the church and the family and has co-led seminars and men’s retreats. He and his wife, Linda, have done extensive research on leadership roles in the Church and coauthored a position paper on women as elders. Linda and Peter have two grown children, Derek (31) and Camille (24). No grandchildren, but two grand-dogs.  (And Peter loves to fly fish!)