Regular Blog Contributors

Katherine Roberts

Katherine (Katie) Roberts, co-director of The Verity Fellowship, participates in the women’s ministry team at her church where she also leads Bible studies twice per week. She loves watching women grow in their understanding of the Scriptures as they point their hearts to Christ. Katie has a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary. Katie and her husband Richard have been married for 17 years and have three children, two teenage girls and a 12-year-old boy. In her spare time, Katie enjoys drinking tea, hiking, cooking and reading. She is passionate about the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and deepening her friendships. You can find Katie on Twitter as @ktlynnrob and on Instagram as @katherinelynnroberts, and you can contact her about speaking events at


Taylor Turkington


Taylor Turkington, co-director of The Verity Fellowship, has served in formal teaching and discipleship positions for the past 10 years, in both local and international contexts. Taylor and her husband Matt live in SW Portland, where she enjoys gardening in her back yard. Fun fact about Taylor: she knows more about tea (and drinks tea) than most people you know. She also loves kale, something which confounds friends. Taylor has a Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary, where she presently labors to complete her Doctorate of Ministry. When she finds rare pockets of spare time, Taylor spends her minutes writing, speaking at various engagements/conferences, and escaping to a back room in her house to read a theology book with her cat Charlie in tow. You can find Taylor on Twitter and Instagram as @tayturkington. You can contact her at

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Cynthia Mathai

Cynthia Mathai, Administrator at The Verity Fellowship, is a member of Trinity Church of Portland where she serves in several areas such as a greeter, in the nursery and in the women’s ministry. As an alumna of Western Seminary, with a Masters in Ministry and Leadership, Cynthia is passionate about the theological training of women (regardless of vocational pursuit), and loves how Verity Fellowship trains women to use the Scriptures well. Cynthia has years of experience in the discipleship of college students. She is an avid reader, loves hiking, running, bouldering and cycling. She is Kenyan and drinks Kenyan chai religiously. She is the Associate Director of Finance at Warner Pacific College’s Adult Degree Program. You can find Cynthia on Twitter @cnmathai and on Instagram as @cynthia_mathai


Mary Liebert

It is Mary's deep desire to equip women to love the Word of God and to study it faithfully. She has had the joy of being part of the women's Bible study at Hinson Church in SE Portland for nearly a decade, as participant, facilitator and teacher. The majority of her time is spent being wife to Jeff, to whom she's married nearly 11 years, and mom to Zachary, Eli and Addie. She and her family love spending time outdoors - playing, biking, hiking, camping and swimming. Always ready for adventure!


Arianne Benedetto

Arianne Benedetto is a writer who lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Anthony, and their four kids. She teaches children’s Sunday School at Trinity Church of Portland and works at Portland Rescue Mission. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and running competitively and reading great books. She loves seeing how the Bible consistently displays the beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and she’s passionate about sharing this life-giving truth with others.


Julia Mayo

Julia grew up in the Portland area and currently attends Christ Church Sellwood with her husband, Ryan. She holds a Master’s degree in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary, where she formed the friendships that led to her involvement with Verity Fellowship. Her a passion for studying the Bible and applying it’s teachings daily in a Christ-centered way. She works part-time at Eternal Perspective Ministries, with Christian author Randy Alcorn, where she is a research and editing assistant. She also works full-time as an executive assistant in the Academics department of Western Seminary.

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Amelie Stoyer

Amelie Stoyer, Editor at The Verity Fellowship, is a sports enthusiast who enjoys anything that keeps her active. She particularly enjoys swimming and playing soccer and also instructs Zumba. Amelie’s desire to lead women’s Bible study groups drew her to a Verity Fellowship event. Amelie and her husband also enjoy hosting various ministries in their home in Corvallis. Few things delight her more than seeing women grow in their understanding of and love for Jesus. She is involved in the women’s ministry at Suburban Christian Church and works as an Office Specialist at Oregon State University’s English department.  


Jennell Marks

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Jennell Marks, Events Director at The Verity Fellowship, actively teaches and disciples women at Northeast Baptist Church. She also writes the curriculum for the children’s ministry for the church. Jennell and her husband Nick have been married for 11 years and have four wonderful children, ranging in age from two-years-old to 10-years-old, one of whom she homeschools. Jennell was drawn to Verity Fellowship’s mission of equipping women to use the Scriptures well by offering various training opportunities at an affordable cost. When this wonder-woman wishes to destress, she prefers running and baking – but not at the same time. She is quick to point out that her baking does not follow recipes as she finds great joy in experimenting. Her experiments, for those who are wondering, turn out delicious. You can find Jennell on Instagram as @jennellmarks

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Keri Seavey 

Keri Seavey has ministered alongside her pastor/husband, Jeff, for over 20 years. She has served as a women's Bible study leader and teacher, Biblical counselor, speaker, and writer. She has four children, Tyler, Cristian, Daniel, and Anna. She loves spending time with family and friends, studying theology, and spreading a passion for the gospel for all of life. 


Whitney Woollard

Whitney Woollard earned her M.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) from Western Seminary, where she's currently pursuing further theological training and working part-time. She is most passionate about equipping others to read and study God's Word well so that they might grow in affection for Jesus and His glorious gospel message. She is a regular contributor to "Gospel-Centered Discipleship" and writes for various guest blogs. She and her husband Neal live in Portland, Oregon, where she ministers to women at Hinson Baptist Church. Find out more about Whitney on her website.

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Adrienne Lawrence 

Adrienne Lawrence has been involved in ministry since she started leading Bible studies for her Inter-Varsity college group several decades ago. She earned her M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Since then, she has spoken at retreats, discipled women, and continued to lead Bible studies. Her current project is working with a group of women at her church to write a Bible study on the book of Mark. She finds this work incredibly invigorating as well as challenging. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband, Michael (lead pastor Hinson Baptist Church) and five children.