“…as iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend.”
Here at Girlfriends Coffee Hour, we enjoy laughing together, sharing, studying the Word, and praying for each other. We try to find a topic that is related to Women, Marriage, Family, etc. It just seems to fit better for this ministry! So pour yourself a cup of hot coffee, or an awesome cup of herbal tea; pull up a chair, and let’s get to know one another.
Meet Our Online Bible Study Team!
Christi Wilson – Founder
Meet Christi Wilson. She lives in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
Christi is the wife to her wonderful husband Gary, mom/step-mom to her four amazing kids, and grandmother to ten gorgeous Grandchildren.
Christi has been coordinating Online Bible Studies / Prayer Groups on Facebook since 2011. The Lord led her into starting her own online Bible study ministry in January of 2012, and the rest is history!
After a few years of being empty-nesters, Christi and her husband became host parents for children in crisis through the Safe Families For Children organization (www.safe-families.org) Although host parenting can be quite challenging, the rewards are far more numerous! This was truly a God-thing!
Christi has had a heart for Women’s Ministry for many years. Coming from a background of physical and emotional abuse, she can relate to the hurts that many women go through in their life!
Coleen has served as the Prayer Ministry Leader of Girlfriends Coffee Hour. On 10/2/13, she assumed the leader / ownership role in this ministry.
Coleen and her husband Robert, live in Scotia New York. Together they have one daughter and son-in-law, and three precious grandchildren.
Coleen is an amazing woman of God, who truly has a heart for Jesus! Her dedication, loyalty, faithfulness, and love for this ministry has shown in so many beautiful ways. She is always ready to offer a word of encouragement through the word of God. She is a true Intercessor and loves to pray for those in need.
Coleen is not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside, as she is on the outside!
Megan Smidt, CLC – Ministry Advisor - Blog Contributor
Megan is a Certified Christian Life Coach specializing in Relationship Coaching and more specifically, Blended Family Relationships. She also works part-time as Personal Assistant to Christian Musician Yancy.
She and her husband Craig have been married 8 years. She is the adoptive full-time mother of Craig’s five children from a previous marriage, all ranging in age from 21 years old to 14. Megan is from sunny Southern California, but has lived in Middle Tennessee since 2007.
Megan is very active in her church and in ministering to women. She leads a family small group in her home every week along with her husband and she works with teenagers at church on Thursday nights. Megan also regularly does speaking engagements on various topics concerning Christian Women and is a Certified Christian Life Coach with clients all over the world.
Megan loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. She enjoys reading, music, movies, photography, paper crafting, sewing and roller skating. She is silly, fun, and loves making new friends!
You can read Megan’s weekly blog, Glorious Living w/ Coach Megan, right here on GCH, each Friday.
Meet Our Ministry Leaders
Coleen Hayden - Blog Contributor - Prayer Ministry Leader
Coleen enjoys the privilege of being a housewife. She and Robert have been married for 18 years and currently lives in the Capital District area of New York state. They have one beautiful daughter, Kassia, who is married to Matt, and their marriage has produced 3 sweet grandchildren—Elijah, Kaylie Joy, and Levi. They thankfully live close to these sweethearts, and spend much joyful time together. Coleen’s hobbies include sewing, cooking, and playing the piano…. and if you need someone to pray with, she would love to do so!
Laurie Ellis - Women’s Ministry Group Leader
Laurie was raised in Southern Illinois. She is the youngest of four children. Currently, she is a single mom of two sons, Elijah (21) and Dalton (11). They are the joys of her life. Along with her boys, her brother Roger lives with them. Laurie has spent over 25 years working in the healthcare field with youth, developmentally disabled and most recently in the Geriatric population. For the past two years, Laurie spent time in Celebrate Recovery on the ministry T.E.A.M and Exchange (an ex-gay ministry) – leading several women’s groups. She is grateful to be used by God to minister to women searching for recovery from various issues.
Cynda Cottrill – Women’s Ministry Group Leader Assistant
Cynda Cottrill is from Colorado, where she lives with her husband of 31 years, Scott. Together, they have 2 beautiful daughters, and two son-in-laws. She has one handsome grandson and another grandchild on the way!
Cynda loves the outdoors, especially hiking and/or camping in the mountains. She enjoys working out at the gym, reading, crocheting, knitting, chatting over coffee with a friend and hanging out with her hubby!
Cynda has been a member of Girlfriends Coffee Hour for over a year. She also enjoys encouraging other women in their marriages.
Meet Our Writing Team!
Kim Spring – Blog Contributor
Kim lives in Pensacola Beach, Florida with her husband of 22 years and four children ages 20 to 8 years old. She’s been a Cheer Coach, a Personal Trainer, and a full-time mom and wife. She has a heart for spreading the hope that’s in Jesus Christ! Her message to others is that no matter what, there’s nothing impossible when God is your driver. Kim loves writing , exercising, loving on her family, and loving Jesus.
Robin Caddell – Blog Contributor
Robin Caddell lives in Murfreesboro, TN with her husband Berry and two dogs, Wyatt and Dyson. In fact, she credits her relationship with her dogs with helping her further understand how God relates to us, as his children!
Robin firmly believes that all of us are capable of being ministers in our own way, with the talents and gifts God gave us, in our own spheres of influence. Passionate about encouraging others, she strives to remind all of the amazing love God has for mankind, and that freedom, abundance and power are available to all of us when we lead a life directed by Christ and the Holy Spirit. Active members of her church with her husband, Robin sings in the adult choir, is a member of the coffee team and teaches two small groups throughout the year – one of which in her home – just for ladies!
In addition to her dogs, Robin loves reading, watching Tennessee Titans football, and is crazy about crafting, cooking and entertaining. She owns a business on Etsy named Little Black Dog Boutique, where she sells handmade dog accessories, all natural treats and fun things for their people! She and her husband are also in the process of building their first home in middle Tennessee.
Tonya Ellison – Blog Contributor
Tonya comes to us from Rio Rancho, New Mexico where she lives with her four favorite people, three kids ages 4, 6, and 9, and her husband of seven years, Jamel. Growing up in church Tonya has always known who God was but in her early twenties she truly began working on a relationship with Him, realizing that it is not only about building relationships with others but first learning and embracing who she was in Christ. Two years ago Tonya earned her BS in Human Services/Management and strives to let God’s love show through her work as a Bereavement Counselor. Her hobbies include writing and reading, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
Clella Fox – Blog Contributor
Clella lives in Ohio with Steve, her husband of almost 44 years. She has been a follower of Christ most of her life. She is the mother of two married daughters, and the happy nana of six grands. She also has a very active 10 month old Havanese pup, Muffin. Over the years she has done many ministries in the church. She has been involved in numerous short-term foreign mission trips, as well.
She and Steve have a passion and calling for Royal Family KIDS, a ministry to foster children who have been taken out of abusive situations. It provides lots of positive experiences and memories for these children through summer camp, and club and mentoring during the school year. They founded The Starfish Alliance Inc. (501c3) to help administrate this outreach.
Clella loves God’s nature, reading, crafts, and travel. She especially loves studying God’s Word and learning along with other believers. She joined Girlfriends Coffee Hour about a year ago and loves the fellowship!
Dana Kim – Blog Contributor
Dana share Ethnic recipes in our Friday “At Home w/ GCH” blog. Dana comes to us from Anaheim, California, where she lives with her husband and two children. California is where she inherited her parents’ culinary open-mindedness! She loves trying all different kinds of recipes and is happy to share those recipes here!!
Amy Boyd – Blog Contributor
Amy shares her area of expertise on our “At Home w/ GCH” blog on Wednesdays. She lives in Owensboro, KY, with her two sons, Tristan (age 10) and Asher (age 10 months). Amy loves being a Stay-At-Home-Mom.
Amy has a BA in Psychology from the University of Louisville, KY. She enjoys reading, writing, painting, crafts, cooking, and gardening.
Crystal Bush Breaux — Blog Contributor
Married for 17 years to her wonderful husband Tim, Crystal has two children, Hannah 9 and Zach 5. She and Tim serve in their church as small group leaders and in marriage ministry. Crystal loves spending time with her family and friends, running, teaching and coaching her daughter’s softball team.
As a Wellness Coach and Fitness Designer, Crystal work’s with busy women to design an exercise and eating plan to fit their personal schedule and lifestyle. With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Crystal has worked in commercial fitness as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, an educator in corporate wellness, and in an executive leadership position in a hospital wellness center. She has a passion for teaching and encouraging women to have balance in their life physically, mentally and spiritually.
Ann Mwafulirwa — Devotions Team
Ann is from Malawi, Africa, and lives in Lilongwe City. She is the mother of 2 children ages 15 and 14. She loves music and is a Praise Team member at her church. She also enjoys reading the Bible and other spiritual books, and writing.
Cheris Gaston – Devotions Team
Cheris was born in Louisiana, and currently lives near Huntsville, Alabama. She is married to her wonderful Danny for almost 24 years, and together they have 2 children: Hannah (21) and Seth (18). She likes reading, writing, Bible studies, encouraging others, mountain scenes, college football, candles, coffee, and apple cake.
Laura Pattillo – Devotions Team
Laura currently resides in Beauregard (Opelika), Alabama. She grew up on Sand Mountain in North Alabama in Jackson County. She and her husband Michael have two children, a daughter, Natalee (2), and a son Thomas (5). Her hobbies include writing, reading, spending time with my family, continually playing catch-up, and camping.
Ahmee Bronaugh – Devotions Team
Ahmee is from Indianapolis, Indiana, but currently lives in Hermitage, Tennessee. She currently studies at World Changers Bible Institute. She likes crocheting, writing, reading, watching kids, occasionally spending time with people, and playing video games.
Our Prayer Team:
The women in this group are responsible for showering women in our Facebook groups with prayer, as well as praying for our ministry as a whole. We are very excited to see how this team has grown, and truly blessed by each woman who has the heart for Intercession!
Our Administrative Support Team:
The women in this group are an amazing team who help with the administrative side of our ministry; from social media to celebrating birthday’s and anniversaries, to researching Bible studies to creating our very first GCH Cookbook, and we can’t forget our amazing webmaster who maintains our website and keeps it looking amazing! We are so amazed at how God has put this team together, and we are truly blessed with how they support our ministry on a daily basis!!