Workshop Speakers and Details




Katherine Roberts


Katie Roberts has taught women's Bible studies for the past twelve years and has led women's ministry at her church in Eugene for the past six. She is passionate about teaching the Bible to women, especially in the light of how all of the Scripture points to Jesus. Katie is currently a student at Western Seminary; having finished her MA in Biblical and Theological Studies, she is working towards her D.Min. Katie is a co-founder and co-director of the Verity Fellowship. You can find Katie on Twitter as @ktlynnrob and on Instagram as @katherinelynnroberts



Taylor Turkington

Taylor Turkington worked for a church in the Portland area for last six years, teaching, discipling, and training. She loves being involved in the equipping and encouraging of people for the work God has given them. Before her church life, Taylor worked as a missionary in Eastern Europe and graduated from Western Seminary with a M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. Currently, Taylor is a student at Western in the D.Min. program and is supposed to be writing her dissertation, but she'd rather be drinking tea in a coffee shop with you or digging in her garden. You can find Taylor on Twitter and Instagram as @tayturkington



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. 



Kelli Templeton

Kelli Templeton has been following Jesus since 1989 when she was introduced to Jesus by a high-school friend. She learned how to walk with Jesus through other women who taught her to read the Bible, pray, give, be a wife, be a mother, and serve the local church. Today, she is learning to be thankful in all circumstances. She's been married to Bill (her HS sweetheart) for 25 years and has four children: Hannah (19), AJ (16), Silas (14), and Jonathan (11).  Two of her children were adopted from Ethiopia in 2011.  She's a WSU graduate – (Go Cougs!)  and holds a MA in Theology from Western Seminary. She currently serves as the Director of Adult Ministries at Bethel Church in Richland, WA.



Katy Shaw

Katy Shaw is originally from Miami, FL, but has lived in Portland for five years. She enjoys knitting, sewing, and spending time with friends. She also loves studying the Bible, especially with other women. Katy has a B.A. in Art History from the University of Florida and an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary. She is a member of Trinity Church of Portland. 



Cas Monaco

Cas serves as Cru's Executive Director for Leadership Development, and is currently working on her PhD in North American Missiology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband Bob have been married for 34 adventure-filled years serving on the mission field and in the pastorate. 



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.



Wendy Chen

Wendy edited.jpg

Wendy comes from an ethnically Chinese family, but born and raised in South Korea, and immigrated to the United States when she was 8 years old. She, together with her husband, serves as the director of the Cru City team in Portland, Oregon, helping recent college graduates live fuller, richer lives. She has been on staff for 11 years, 4 of those in Austin, Texas with the Epic Movement. She longs to see a generation of young women who will reject shame and know their true identity as image bearers of God. She does this by sharing her life, her struggles, and the lies she often finds herself believing, and the courage and faith it takes to put her trust in who God says she is. She loves nothing more than a table full of people she deeply loves, filled with good food and laughter. She is a wife, a mother, a photographer, and she is learning to be brave.



Cynthia Mathai


Cynthia Mathai, Books Coordinator 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



Workshop Levels

Do you ever wonder which workshops to attend at a Verity Conference event? Sometimes it would be helpful to know for what level the content is designed. Since the level of Bible experience can differ between us at a Verity event, we thought labeling workshops would give you some more information.

Level 1 is not just for beginners, but it means that this workshop is designed for anyone coming in. You may have experience in ministry or you may not, but this is a place that will be ready to explain to people at all levels. If you’re interested in a level 1 class and know your Bible “inside-out” (ok, none of us would actually claim that, but still), don’t let the level stop you. It just means there’s a mix of people in the workshop.

Level 2 workshops will cover teaching that may move quickly through some concepts. It expects that the people in the audience have read their Bible before and are ready to dive into some ways to use it to teach it to others. All are welcome to jump in here, and this workshop is designed to push some of us to new things.

Level 3 is designed for people who are a little nerdy about their Bibles. They like to think theology. Maybe they’ve taken Bible college or seminary classes, or they just like to read about the Scriptures. These workshops will take steps to explore together new topics or next steps in ministry.