Candidly Christian is powered by a group of women working together to help you grow in your walk with God. We refer to ourselves as the Candid gals, and each of one us is a real woman, living real life. We aren’t on stage. We won’t put on airs or try to look better than we really are. We share the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to living life as a Christian woman in the real world. Find out more about us below:
Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award-winning author with an unquenchable passion for Jesus. Life with four fun-filled teens doesn’t always provide the quiet atmosphere her introverted personality and chronic migraines crave, but she loves them all like crazy and the gospel is a balm for her soul. Heather’s hope is that, while she is struggling through this thing called life, she is pointing others towards Jesus along the way.
Valerie is a wife, mother, blogger, breast cancer survivor, and the co-director of Candidly Christian (as well as our Prayer Team Liaison). After suffering years of debilitating anxiety, she learned that victory over anxiety comes only through surrender to Jesus. She is also a freelance devotional writer, proofreader, and editor. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and teenage daughter. You can learn more about Valerie at https://www.valerieriese.com.
Jessica is a writer who desires for women to know that they are loved by a beautiful Creator, and in hopes to encourage women in their walks with Christ, she began blogging on her site The Path I Follow. Coffee, chocolate, and pink roses are her love languages, and she will use any excuse possible to make cupcakes. But above all, she has a deep love for Christ, and a desire to follow where He will lead. Jessica currently lives in Norwalk, CT with her husband Mike, and two children, Charlie and Olivia. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, walks at the beach, helping with women’s ministry at her church, and relaxing on her parent’s boat.
Jaime Hampton lives in Southcentral Alaska with her husband and three children. She has been involved with ministry to children and youth for over twenty years. Jaime writes Christian nonfiction and has a passion for studying the Bible. She also enjoys camping with her family, roasting (and drinking!) coffee, and the crazy life that comes with being a hockey mom.
Sarah J Callen
Sarah is an entrepreneur and published author, currently living in Dallas, Texas. Her dreams include founding businesses, giving strategically, and sharing art with the world. And her life motto is: Every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story is worthy of being shared.
Stephanie is an author, Bible teacher, and course creator as well as a mom of two sons. She is a passionate lover of Jesus Christ. She has her Doctorate in Theology and resides in the Atlanta, Georgia area. She is a prayer counselor with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and a women’s life coach. Her purpose in life is to instill discipline, integrity, and uncompromising spirit of character within women.
Laura J. Marshall works a full-time job, runs several small businesses, is an author and has been raising five sons for almost a quarter of a century. She’s tired of where she’s wandered and is coming back to the heart of Jesus.
Sherry Chamblee is an aspiring author of Christian fiction, mom of six, wife to a cool dude, and caregiver to his granny. She is doing her best to let God do His best in her and often failing but trying to get back up again.
Sheila is an author, speaker, blogger and founder of “JesusGlitter.” Jesus Glitter is about looking for Jesus in the everyday moments of life. Each week you can find inspiration at JesusGlitter.com where Sheila encourages others to “Be the Sparkle!” She was a contributing author to Candid Conversations and the author to the soon to be released book, Holy Unrest: Where Conflict Meets Your Calling.
Sheila has been described as deeply passionate, profoundly uplifting and completely authentic. Her passion is to share the message of God’s redeeming love and offer the encouragement, love and hope to those who have been wounded by life. She resides in Maryland with her husband Dave. Together they have formed a blended family of four grown adult children and three grandchildren.
As an atheist transformed by the Word of God, Mariel Davenport knows the power of seeking God through His Word. She is passionate about equipping others to tend their soul by the Word as well. She does this through her TEND method, a simple process of engaging with God through the Scriptures.
She shares her method through online Tend Gatherings, Scripture journals and speaking engagements. Having been featured in places like CBN.com, Proverbs 31 ministries, Not My Story, Brave Woman Series and The Love Offering Series; Mariel has reached ladies of all ages and denominations with the joy of knowing God through His Word for themselves. She co-leads the membership community, Knowing God Through His Word, which encourages others to read through the Bible. She is co-author of Tapestry of Grace and Knowing God through the Word Scripture Journal.
Mariel is a wife to her man of nearly 25 years and a retired homeschool mama turned writer, who enjoys salsa from her garden as she pursues the Gardener who tends her soul. Tend your soul with her bi-monthly newsletter, Tending Tools, and get updates and announcements about upcoming TEND Gatherings by signing up at marieldavenport.com/tending/
Parker J. Cole
Parker J. Cole is an author, radio show host, speaker, and executive of PJC Media Network. She is an on and off recovering Mountain Dew and marshmallow addict with a fanatical obsession with the Lord, Star Trek, K-dramas, anime, romance books, old movies, speculative fiction, and knitting who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind.
Barbara Ford is an author and elementary teacher in southern Iowa. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, and is involved in children’s ministry at Trinity Christian Church. Barbara has two daughters and eight grandchildren.