Mentor Connect is a program Women of Vision Leadership uses to help women of all ages who might feel a call into ministry connect with other women who can help provide encouragement, accountability, and support. This program is dedicated to helping women leaders find their place within leadership and ministry. It is designed specifically for women on the leadership track, and those who may seek their ministerial license in the future. The program is also designed for women who have received their minister’s license, but need additional support and community.
Many women feel a call to ministry and leadership, but do not know how to get involved. Other women are involved in leadership, but do not feel supported or encouraged. We need to change this! We need to nurture and support every gift God has given to the Church. In addition, locally we may not see other women in leadership and ministry, but there are many women around the world who are serving and doing the work of the Kingdom.
Mentor Connect is a group of licensed UPCI female ministers and female leaders with many years of experience, who take the time to care for, train, and help mentor other women who want to be involved in the Kingdom of God.
Every month, leaders in Mentor Connect send an email of encouragement, write a handwritten note of care, and provide a phone call of support. Mentors are encouraged to pray daily for their partner in ministry, and help provide spiritual support for their partner in ministry. Mentors are also available in crisis moments to help support their partner in ministry.
If you are interested in finding a mentor who can help support you in your calling and leadership, please email Crystal at email@example.com.
WOVL Founder, Preacher, Chaplain, WriterCrystal Schmalz is the founder of Women of Vision Leadership blog, is a graduate of Urshan Graduate School of Theology and Michigan State University, is a licensed minister with the UPCI, and currently serves as a hospital chaplain and ACPE Supervisory Candidate in Saint Louis, MO. She and her husband Luke are called to pastoral ministry, teaching, and equipping leaders. Crystal has a passion and burden to help women find their calling, and help them get started in ministry and leadership. She currently has over 300 ministry articles available for women on WOVL blog, has a program called MentorConnect, and updates Facebook daily with encouraging quotes and leadership tips. Crystal has lived abroad in Mexico and Japan, has ministered as a staff leader in Yellowstone National Park, and has spoken and organized several events for women in leadership and ministry. Crystal has preached and taught at churches and retreats, has been involved in Children's Revivals, Youth Sessions at Holiday Youth Conventions, and helps local churches and districts start women in leadership programs and groups. Crystal is currently writing a book on Pentecostal Women in Leadership, and has a great collection of resource materials and books. Crystal's hobbies include: spending time with her English Bulldog Lily, vintage thrifting and antique collection, writing, talking, and learning!
Rev. Rosalynn Austin
Preacher, Minister of the GospelRosalynn Austin is a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI). She is a veteran of the United States Navy and holds a BS in Health Care Management. For over 13 years she has been a leader and trainer in the field of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. She and her husband, Cedric, also a licensed minister with the UPCI and the Hyphen Director of TLC, are the blessed parents of two children. They attend, serve in and minister out of The Life Church of Kansas City, MO under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Stan & Marlene Gleason. More about Rosalynn Austin can be found at www.everyday-hope.com
Rev. Karen Peyton
Preacher, Financial Advisor for UrshanRev. Karen L. Peyton is a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church International. Her ministry has included missionary work, both home and Alaskan native missions, evangelizing, pastoring, and women’s ministries. She and her husband have jointly taught children’s ministry and marriage seminars. She currently resides in Hazelwood, MO, with her husband and her two youngest children, and is employed at Urshan Graduate School of Theology. She has been blessed with five children and twelve grandchildren. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Jo McConnell
Adult Sunday School Teacher and Church LeaderMary Jo McConnell attends New Life Center in Bridgeton, MO where she serves as an adult Sunday School teacher and as the Singles Ministry Pastor. She has two beautiful daughters and loves the Lord with all her heart, mind, soul, and strength. Mary Jo is a leader in worship, prayer, and spends her life helping others.
Rev. Jessica Marquez
Pastor, Preacher, EvangelistRev. Jessica M. Marquez is a pastor, preacher, evangelist, writer, and conference speaker. Jessica is a graduate of Texas Bible College. She is married to Antonio Marquez, and they pastor in Miami, Florida where they are planting two churches. She is the proud mother of Antonio Jr. and Lexy. She has ministered internationally, and is an active mentor for pastor’s wives and young ministers around the world. She has a radical passion for souls. She desires to mentor women through discipleship, teaching and preaching. Jessica has had the privilege of ministering in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Australia and Europe. She has been a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, musician, missionary to Mexico-Costa Rica-and the Dominican Republic, pastor, and evangelist. She has served as the Michoacán District Ladies President and personal Secretary of the National Ladies President for the country of Mexico and also the national coordinator for the World Network of Prayer in Costa Rica. She has been involved in Bible College ministry, and is involved in Purpose Institute. Jessica is currently publishing her first book It’s All About the Glory. Jessica is the director and founder of Women Ministering to Women, an International Ladies Conference. This year they have held WMW in the countries of Mexico, Argentina, and Nicaragua, with attendance exceeding over 5000 in both of the conferences in Nicaragua and Argentina. Since January 2014, over 1200 people have received the HG in the different conferences and services she has ministered at.
Nancy Norris, MA
Adjunct Professor Urshan CollegeNancy Norris was born and raised in a pastors home and grew up in home missions settings. She decided to give God a chance at her life and went to Bible college. After graduation, she decided to study for a BA in Elementary Education, married a minister, evangelized, and helped start a home missions church in West Bend, Wisconsin. For 30 years now, she has worked in Bible Colleges, teaching education courses, child evangelism, storytelling, and puppetry. She has co-authored a book with her husband, Dave, called "Sweet Pain" about their son who had Cri DuChat syndrome and lived 13yrs.
Teacher, Preacher, Minister, MentorClaudette Walker grew up in Tupelo, MS, the daughter of Brother and Sister Raymond Kloepper, who at that time was the superintendent of the Tupelo Children’s Mansion. A graduate of Apostolic Bible Institute (ABI), she assisted in home missions works in both Laramie, WY and Ottawa, IL before her marriage to Marvin Walker.
Together, they have worked as husband-wife ministry team in pastoral work first in Odessa, TX, then for 23 years in Cincinnati, OH. After leaving Cincinnati, Brother Walker was president of the Tupelo Children’s Mansion Ministries for two years where they also pastored Abundant Life Tabernacle. Since 2001, they have been in a pastorate at Faith Apostolic Church of Troy, MI. Sister Walker also assisted Brother Walker in over 20 years of service as North American Quiz Master for the General Youth Division.
Sister Walker has taught extensively with her husband in marriage and family life seminars around the country and overseas. She has also taught extensively in many Ladies’ Ministry conferences both at home and abroad.