Deborah R. Houston believes in her purpose of the universal empowerment of every woman and has devoted her life to providing resources through the avenues of authoring and lecturing that will enable them to do so. It is this platform of empowering the whole woman that has catapulted her as a sought after inspirational and motivational speaker. She travels across the world encouraging women to embrace the totality of the women that they were created and destined to become. Debb's personal story of a life raised in the ghetto of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania reminds her audience of the power that lies within and our ability to achieve excellence, to live an abundant life and to serve others. She believes that when we embrace our individual passion, power and purpose, we become a collective force that will have a positive impact on our world, affecting generations to follow
Carole Hamilton is a native of Dallas, Texas. She is the daughter of Harold and Willie Eva Burnett, and has a twin brother, Daryl, as well as three other siblings. Carole graduated from H. Grady Spruce High School in 1993 and went on to pursue her higher education at Southwestern Christian College where she received her Associates Degree. While at Southwestern, Carole met and later married J.K. Hamilton in July of 1996. To their union they have three daughters, Jayla, Jordan, and Janyece. She attends the Mountain View Church of Christ where her husband serves as the Ministering Evangelist. She is a very active member of the congregation, as she serves as one of the choral directors of the Mountain View Acapella Chorus, the coordinator of the Women’s Ministry and is also a bible class teacher. One of her passions in life is music. She was privileged to sing with the Dallas Opera in the 2008 production of Porgy and Bess. She is also very passionate about teaching and speaking to women.
Katrina Denise Brown is a young woman of God whose excited about serving The Lord. She’s an active member of the Woodland Park Church of Christ. Katrina is the daughter of Sister Sara Brown and the late Brother Julius Brown. She spends her free time teaching and ministering to young girls and women from all over the country. Sister Brown, started a weekly Tuesday Night Ladies Bible Study via conference call. The ministry celebrated its sixth year on Oct 24th. Katrina does not consider herself a speaker, but an evolving woman of God who has a profound love for women’s discipleship. Katrina enjoys steering other believers toward a more intimate relationship with God. Professionally, Katrina is the supervising staff attorney for a Birmingham Nonprofit. Of all the titles that she has acquired over the years, Katrina believes the greatest title she could ever wear is servant of the most High God.
Terrie Miller is the oldest of 10 children and brings greetings from the Glass City church of Christ in Toledo, OH under the guidance of Dr. Robert G. Birt, Jr., who serves as the minister, and first lady Winda Birt. She has been married to Ted for 50 years, and they have two children and 5 of the most beautiful grandchildren in the universe: 4 girls and 1 boy ages 13 to 5. Terrie retired from Chrysler (Jeep) Corporation in 2001 and now wonders how she ever had time to work. She loves the Lord, she loves to worship, and she loves to serve in any capacity possible when it comes to the Lord’s work. She was the coordinator of the Ohio State Ladies’ Retreat throughout its existence of 14 years (hosted every other year) and is the Coordinator of the Midwest Women’s Conference of the churches of Christ (MWCCC) now in its 8th year. She is a Sunday school teacher of middle school aged children, a choral directress of the United Acappella Chorus, and has spoken and led songs at various ladies inspiration days and retreats. She does volunteer work for the public school system for their guided reading program for 5th graders as well as working the voting polls during elections. The Learning to Lean prison ministry support group is personal to her because their son is currently serving a 25 year sentence. It’s time for us to realize that it is possible to be imprisoned in peace when you have a loved one in prison and understand the positive benefits that can come out of what is a negative situation. Grace is greater!!! Let’s discover how grace shows up and brings peace in the midst of a troubled environment. This Scripture carries Terrie, 2 Thess. 3:16, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself, give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.”
Dr. Dorthy Dye
Robert G. Birt, Jr. ‘Rob’ was born and reared in Jacksonville, FL. He and his beautiful wife Winda have one daughter, Octavia (Keith) Wright and three grandchildren Zephan, Zamaria and Kendrale. Rob has one brother, and three sisters. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Birt, Sr. (Gloria).
Currently, Rob ministers in Toledo, OH at the Glass City congregation of the churches of Christ where he has served since 1998. He was Pulpit Minister at the Louisa Street Church of Christ in New Orleans, LA for eight years prior to relocating to Toledo.
Robert graduated from Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, TX in 1984. In the years 1985, 1987 and 1988 he received the Outstanding Young Man of America Award. He received his Masters of Divinity in 2010 from Winebrenner Theological Seminary. In 2013, Robert received his Doctorate in Theology from United Theological Seminary.
Dr. Birt believes in ministry and the development of spiritual gifts in the young and older members of the Lord’s body. One of his favorite scriptures is Romans 12:1-2. The words that he lives by are: “Never look down on a man unless you’re looking down to lift him up!”
Dr. Robert Birt
Sis. Dorothy M. Dye is a Christian Clinical Counselor and lives in Valdosta, GA. She is the widow of Bro. Leon G. Dye, who was a Gospel Minister. Sis. Dye provides Christian counseling service in Valdosta both privately and through contracts with area churches. She is the mother of 2, grandmother of 5 and great-grandmother of 2 precious girls. Sis. Dye is employed with Valdosta State University as the Executive Director of the Learning Service Center through the Department of Social Work. This program operates a daycare facility for seniors who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, and also provides educational services for caregivers to help them to care for themselves as they care for their loved ones. She provides contract services for Pathway to Hope Counseling Services, Inc., to help families resolve issues that would threaten to destroy the sanctity of their family life. Sis. Dye is a certified domestic violence facilitator, and counsels with clients who are in need of anger management and/or substance abuse intervention, and also works with the victims of abuse to help them to come out of the shadow of their past and bring a sense of peace and stability to their lives. She is active at the Newsome St. Congregation of the Lord’s Church in Hahira, GA where Bro. Gene Godfrey is the minister and Bro. Herman Godfrey, Bro. Freddie Gregory and Bro. Joe Rawls are the Elders. Sis. Dye loves the Lord and His people, and desires to see her sisters living the abundant life of which our Lord speaks in St. John 10:10. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Sister Ira Booker is a native of Maury County and she lives in Columbia, TN with her husband and friend, Brother Anthony Booker. Brother Booker is the pulpit minister at Bird Street Church of Christ in Shelbyville, TN. She serves and fellowships with the saints at Bird Street Church of Christ in Shelbyville, TN. She is humbled by the fact that God has allowed her to be an ambassador and stand on His behalf. She has taught Bible class for all ages, she speaks at ladies’ days, retreats, lectureships, and symposiums across the state of Tennessee and beyond. She was humbled and blessed to do a Ladies’ Retreat in the Country of Trinidad & Tobago. She and her husband host and facilitates couple marriage retreats, the goal to teach each wife and husband how to love each other like God. (Ephesians 5:1) She feels as Paul in I Corinthians 15:10, “but by the grace of God I am what I am and his grace to me was not without effect…. But the grace of God with me.” She has three goals in life: to develop a more intimate relationship with Jehovah God, to continue to lift up Jesus so he can draw all men and women unto him, and to continue to submit to God the Holy Spirit so he can continue to guide and teach her. She plans to do as David says in Psalm 104:33- “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. She asks that you join her in magnifying the Lord!”
Winda “Wendy” Birt, FLE, is a Family Life Educator who is committed to enhancing the lives of families in the community by promoting health education and prevention. Winda is dedicated to the success of youth and families within the community. Winda is a graduate of Spring Arbor University in Lambertville, MI, where she received her Master of Art in Family Education. Winda has over twenty six years of experience working with children/families. She has taught in the inner city of New Orleans, LA, as a coordinator of the Pickett Learning Center, and has worked as a School Support Specialist for Toledo Public Schools at Connecting Point. She has provided support, education and training to numerous families and children. Currently, Winda is the director of the Healthy Connections Department at the YWCA of Northwest Ohio, working to empower women with the importance of early breast cancer detection and a client advocate for thousands of women. Winda has been married to Dr. Robert Birt, Jr. for 31 years, and has one daughter, a son in law and three grandchildren. Together, she and her husband conduct marriage seminars across the United States. Winda also provides a variety of motivational workshops across the country, which areev designed to provide spiritual and personal empowerment to women. Winda is a member of the Breast Health Coalition, Minority Health Coalition, Community Network Coalition, Tobacco Coalition and Toledo Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Winda’s favorite hobbies are cooking, reading and spending quality time with her family. Winda lives by the words, “it is not about me, it is all about God!” Her favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:30-31.
Octavia "Tay" Wright is a Licensed Practical Nurse currently working in an Outpatient Addiction Maintenance Treatment Clinic. Octavia has worked in the mental health field and in women’s health for numerous years. Octavia is a member at Glass City church of Christ where she teaches and assist with various ministries. She has a passion for working with young ladies in particular, because she realizes that it takes a lot of courage to grow up and be who you really are and most importantly who God has called you to be. Octavia has been married 9 years to Keith and they have 3 children Zephan 10, Zamarya 8, and Kendrale 6. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and of course shopping. Octavia lives by the quote "life is not about waiting for the storm to past, it's about learning to dance in the rain" and her favorite scripture is Phil 4:6-7.
Margaret Robertson is married to Marvin L. Robertson Sr., Minister for the Churches of Christ, for 31years. She is the mother of three sons, (Marvin Jr., Marcus, Marquell) and one daughter, (Marjorie). She attended Harding University, in Searcy, Arkansas, Arkansas College of Technology, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia. She is licensed by the Board of Professional Counselors for Marriage and Family Therapists. She is certified as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She is a member of a foundation, designed to prevent teenage pregnancies. She is also certified as a Crisis Intervention Instructor. She and her husband provide clinical services to others. She also assists her husband in family and individual counseling. She also teaches Ladies` Bible Class and is the Director of the “WOW” (Women of Worth, Wisdom and Works) Ministries, a Ladies Resource Ministry. She is also a member of the “BOWSER” association of women at SWCC. Sister Robertson has lectured on Ladies` Retreats, and Seminars throughout the Sisterhood.