Workshop Speakers




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 has worked for a church in the Portland area for the 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. Taylor is a co-founder and co-director of the Verity Fellowship. 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.