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September 6: Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe
The Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe is Professor in the Endowed Chair of Hebrew Bible at Oklahoma City University, and also teaches for Saint Paul School of Theology at OCU. She received her Ph.D. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University in 2003, her M.Div. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH in 1996, and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2000. Lisa has a Bible Study DVD series, “Uppity Women of the Bible: Ruth, Song of Songs, Esther, and Judith.” The companion book to that series was released in 2011. Lisa lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Fred and their two children.
October 4: Patty Gasso
Patty Gasso has completed her 23rd season as the University of Oklahoma Hall of Fame head coach for women’s softball. Since she was last a guest at “Esther Women” she has led her team to two additional national championships . . . making it a total of four. OU is one of just three programs in NCAA history to win more than two national titles. Many believe Patty is the best coach in the history of Oklahoma softball. However, what she gives to her players is far more than trophies and titles. The inside story of growth and grace is life changing for everyone involved.
November 1: Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.
Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., is one of our nation’s most loved and respected relationship experts, renowned for her scholarly work on the psychology of women and family dynamics. Harriet served as a staff psychologist at the Menninger Clinic for several decades and continues in private practice today. A distinguished lecturer, consultant, and psychotherapist, she is the author of 12 books published in 35 languages. These include The New York Times bestseller The Dance of Anger and her new book, Why Won’t You Apologize?
December 6: Jill Donovan
Jill Donovan is the creator of the highly successful bracelet company, “Rustic Cuff.” Known for her big heart and generous spirit, Jill’s favorite thing is to inspire these traits in others. Born in Baltimore, raised in Pensacola and graduated from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Jill went on to get her law degree at the University of Tulsa. She was a practicing attorney and adjunct law professor at TU when Rustic Cuff was born. Jill is married to Terry and has two daughters. Her story is one of inspiration and joy . . . the joy of giving to others.
January 10: Charlotte Lankard (second Wednesday)
Charlotte Lankard is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Private practice. She is also a weekly columnist for The Oklahoman and author of “It’s Called Life.” Charlotte helped establish the James Hall Center for Mind, Body and Spirit at INTEGRIS and served as Director for eight years. She founded Calm Waters, a non-profit organization that offers grief and divorce support groups for children. Charlotte has been honored with many awards and is an inspiring speaker who is in great demand.
February 7: Robert E. Hayes, Jr.
Robert E. Hayes, Jr. spent 12 years overseeing 615 churches as Bishop of the Oklahoma area. Today he serves as Bishop-in-Residence for The Woodlands United Methodist Church in Houston and also serves as Bishop-in-Residence at Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. Bob is the third generation of Methodist ministers in his family and he will be coming to “Esther Women” as a powerful preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He does that with a force that crosses all lines and includes all people. His wife, Dee, has been a part of Esther Women for years.
March 7: Natalie Shirley
Natalie Shirley serves as Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development. She recently served as President of OSU-OKC. She was the first female president in the OSU system. Previously, Natalie served under Governor Brad Henry as Cabinet Secretary of Commerce and Tourism. Formerly, she was president of ICI Mutual in Washington, D.C. Natalie graduated from OSU and earned a law degree from OU. She is active on many boards in our community and in St. Luke’s Methodist Church. She and her husband, Russ Harrison, have six children.
April 4: Auntie Anne Beiler
Auntie Anne Beiler has a story you’ll never forget. Born into an Old Order Amish family in Pennsylvania, she grew up in a family of eight children. She was the baker and bread maker among them. In 1987, Beiler started making hand-rolled pretzels at a market stand in Maryland. She had no previous business experience and only a ninth grade education but Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels store officially began in a mall a year later. Anne’s amazing success story is rooted in terrific pain and sadness in her personal life. Her passion today is fueled by the truth of God’s word and sharing the power of His healing.
May 2: Hometown Heroes
Hometown Heroes: We can all make a difference in the lives of our communities. Whether your calling is your job, or to be a prayer warrior, perhaps you have a gift of hospitality and taking care of folks in your neighborhood, or you lead a nonprofit, or serve as a volunteer . . . God calls all of us to play a part in building His Kingdom. Hear first hand from some local heroes who would never answer to that title . . . men and women who are doing glorious work in making OKC a better place. This isn’t about their organizations or their causes; it’s about personal stories and how God calls everyone to follow Him in big and small ways.
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