Women Worth Following – Inspiring Women You’ll Want to Get to Know
I’m proud to announce this month’s group of Women Worth Following – inspiring women you’ll want to get to know! Every month I feature nine awesome women who are changing the world. I can’t wait for you to check out these amazing women, and don’t forget to follow them too!
Lauren Alexander is a funny and relatable Bible nerd who communicates the timeless truths of God’s Word to form 21st Century disciples. Lauren is a conference and event speaker specializing in making connections with women from every walk of life and leading them toward greater maturity in Christ. She has been serving groups of women at retreats and events for nearly 15 years.
Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies in 2008, and she serves the body of Christ with her husband Seth, who is the pastor at First Baptist Church in Bicknell, Indiana. They both have a sweet spot for the local church, especially rural areas that are under-resourced.
Seth and Lauren have four hilarious and “spirited” children: Tabbi, Heather, Ty, and Elijah Burke. They also serve as grateful foster parents to a toddler and a baby. Lauren is a dedicated foster care advocate who runs a non-profit to support children in foster care as well as leading recruitment efforts in her community.
Kate Battistelli is the author of the bestseller, The God Dare: Will You Choose to Believe the Impossible and Growing Great Kids: Partner with God to Cultivate His Purpose in Your Child’s Life. She’s mom to GRAMMY award-winning artist Francesca Battistelli and Mimi to her 6 children. As a young actress in New York City, Kate had a life-changing experience, going from understudy to starring as Anna in the Broadway National Tour of The King and I opposite Yul Brynner for more than 1,000 performances. Kate and her husband laid down their careers in the Broadway theatre in answer to their first “God Dare”, moving out of New York City and into a life of homeschooling and home business. She’s been married to her husband Mike for 39 years, and blogs about food and faith on her website. Kate is one-third of the popular Mom to Mom Podcast, bridging the generation gap with a biblical example of mentoring in every season of motherhood.
Like many of us, Angela Belford didn’t start out on a straight and narrow journey to success. By the time she graduated high school, Angela had lived with four families, made countless address changes, and attended over a dozen schools. She even experienced a season of homelessness and the death of her adopted mother. Yet over time, Angela changed her trajectory in life by making a handful of key attitudinal changes. Angela lays the foundation for leadership success, helping others to Be Freaking Awesome!
Angela Belford is the co-owner of The Belford Group, a Fayetteville, AR-based content marketing company. She’s a wife, mother of three adult children, Gigi to Henry. Angela is most passionate about being a coach, speaker, and author of Be Freaking Awesome.
Becky Beresford lives in Chicago and is happily outnumbered by her husband and three wild boys. She is a writer, speaker and coach with a Master’s Certificate in Discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary. Becky loves encouraging God’s Daughters to embrace Christ-centered empowerment through gospel truth. Her first book with Moody Publishers is scheduled for release in early 2024.
She would love to connect with you online at BeckyBeresford.com, where she hosts the weekly Brave Women Series, featuring different women and their journeys toward courage with Jesus. Sign up to receive these inspiring stories in your inbox, and you’ll also get a copy of the Brave Woman Manifesto: Five Things to Tell Yourself When Life Gets Hard for FREE.
Dr. Una Chukwu
Dr. Una Chukwu is the founder of Ivy League Pediatrics, a multi-site pediatric practice in Georgia. In 8 years, it has become very successful and has been voted ‘Best of Gwinnett’ four years in a row and has been rated 5 stars by more than 200 parents in Georgia. While building this, Una developed a love for entrepreneurship and have since built other thriving businesses as well.
Una started off scared, ignorant and feeling like an imposter because she is a doctor, not a businesswomen. Over the years, she learned that the two do not have to be mutually exclusive and she embraced the business world. Now she is a better doctor and has a greater impact on the healthcare industry because she is an entrepreneur. She is also now able to practice medicine on her own terms, develop her other interests and best of all, not miss time with her family.
Una uses her depth of experience and wealth of knowledge to help other physicians. She does this through speaking, coaching and writing. Over the past 4 years, she has helped physicians all over the world build businesses and develop multiple streams of income so they can love their careers and position themselves to leave a legacy.
Meredith Noel Collier
Meredith is a writer and actress living in Los Angeles with her husband, Clay. She originally started her blog as a way for her family and friends to keep up with her west coast adventures of pursuing a career in acting. She got to be a part of some pretty cool projects. And then she began writing some of her own. She got to be a part of an amazing team that created a short film, Riva, in just one week, and then God broadened her love for writing even further to write a book! In the midst of motherhood, this assignment is taking longer than she’d anticipated. However, she believes in God’s perfect timing and can’t wait to see how this story within His Story unfolds. You’ll find snippets of her journey – of struggles and triumphs, of physical pain and healing, of doubt and of hope, of singleness and marriage, and everything in between. She shares it all–the messy parts, the beautiful parts, all of it–because as John Piper says, “When people are involved in each other’s lives, more thanksgiving rises to God when any of them is blessed.” Meredith welcomes you to join her in all that God is so graciously teaching her along the way that she shares on her blog.
Avery Forrest is a wife to her husband of 15 years and mother of two wild boys. She and her husband are the founding pastors of Anchor Point Church in Foley, AL founded in 2009. Avery spent the last two years coaching Christian female entrepreneurs for their mission in the marketplace through her podcast, mentorship program, and retreats. In August she stepped out of coaching into a full time position on the teaching and leadership team of their church. Her heart is for women to live in a transformational relationship with God daily. She does this through preaching, teaching, and mentoring the people God has placed in her life.
Mi’esha Gabriella is the CEO and Founder of Spiritually Bold Enterprises, LLC – a brand committed to teaching women to start where they are to prioritize their faith and mental health to live a more bold, purposeful life. With a vision to inspire women all over the world to boldly live out their faith and prioritize all aspects of their mental health, she is on a mission to reach 1,000 women through digital resources, a monthly membership – the boldfriends family, and networking events, workshops, and conferences.
Josefina Sanders is a wellness advocate, writer, and artist hailing from Tampa, Florida. Josefina is the founder of Love Offering, a collection of poetry and art designed to aid others in processing the emotions that come with all of life’s ups and downs. She is the author The Mourning Sister: A Journey of Grief and Joy and replenish: a 180 day self-care planner. With a deep love for art, wellness, and community Josefina specializes in the beauty of art and healing. As a Black Latina who struggles with depression and anxiety, Josefina strives to encourage others to share their stories and own their truth. Her life’s work is to encourage people to live intentionally, love others, and serve well through her powerful words and meaningful visuals.