Regular Blog Contributors

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, Resources Strategist and Coordinator at Verity Fellowship has been a disciple of Jesus for 16 years and is a member of Trinity Church of Portland. She has a M.A. in Ministry and Leadership with a concentration in Pastoral Care to Women from Western Seminary. She is passionate about the discipleship of women, prayer, and evangelism. In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys reading, writing, being outdoors, drinking Kenyan chai, and doing anything and everything with her wonderful friends.


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.


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 at Duke University. She later earned her M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Since then, she has spoken at conferences and retreats, discipled women, and taught Sunday school. She currently serves on the women's Bible study teaching and writing team at her local church, Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR. Adrienne enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and exploring new restaurants with her husband and children.


MeeHee Kirby

MeeHee Kirby has served in building evangelistic and discipleship movements with Cru for the past 10+ years in both local and international contexts. MeeHee and her husband Matt live in Bozeman Montana, with their three daughters. MeeHee loves people and is gifted in Gospel conversations, able to draw out others and awaken curiosity for the Gospel. She has a legacy of disciples who are continuing to walk with Jesus all over the world.


Lily Rees 

Lily Rees is passionate about loving Muslim women, and has been known to get quite fiery in their defense. She and her husband have been working with Muslims for 16 years and with Middle Eastern refugees for seven. She spends most of her time with refugee women, drinking tea and eating delicious homemade treats. She is also the director of an English as a Second Language program serving refugees in the Portland-Beaverton area. In her spare time, she is a voracious and omnivorous reader.