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Crystal Lavallee is often described as one who overflows with joy! She’s the founder and national director of I Am Compelled, which uses media and theatre to communicate a message of hope to students across Canada. She also works alongside First Nation organizations multi-provincially to launch initiatives that combat suicide among youth. Crystal is the host and executive producer of Across the Land as well as host and producer of First Peoples’ Voices, TV segments highlighting the redemptive faith stories of Indigenous people on YES TV and 100 Huntley Street.
Rev. Lena Nicholson was born in Trinidad & Tobago. She served as international outreach director for Aglow in the Caribbean and as a member of the board of directors of Aglow International. She moved to Canada with her husband, Alvin, and together they give pastoral leadership to Agape Ministries in Toronto, Ontario and apostolic leadership to Uplift International, a short-term missions movement. She is engaged in ministering to women both locally and internationally.
Mary Audrey Raycroft
Mary Audrey Raycroft has been on the Catch the Fire team since 1993, sharing her exhorting, mentoring, and teaching gifts in seminars, retreats, and conferences both locally and internationally. Her call is to awaken, equip, and release believers into their destiny. Some of her favourite teaching topics include Finding Your Place in the Body of Christ, The Gifts of the Spirit, Biblical Equality for Women, and The Mystery and Challenges of Marriage. She has authored numerous teaching manuals and two books, Releasers of Life: Discover the River Within, and most recently, Once Upon a Revival, an engaging synopsis of the “Toronto Blessing” that’s had global impact since 1994.
Lisa Tapley is a wife, mother, pastor, and fierce lover of Jesus. She carries a heart for the local church and champions those looking to discover their God-given destiny. She pastors alongside her husband, Rev. Matt Tapley, at Lakemount Worship Centre in Grimsby, ON where she gives leadership to the internship program and Sisterhood Women’s Ministry. Lisa speaks and teaches at various women's events throughout Canada, sharing a powerful message of hope and encouragement. Being family is a huge priority to her, and she ministers from a place of deep love for the body of Christ.
Nicole Warden was born in Quebec, and after some time in Northern Ontario, she moved to St Catharines, where she met and married Bob, her husband of forty-five years. Her career path has embodied various areas of accounting and personnel management. She has served locally and regionally in altar prayer ministry, women’s prayer initiatives, women’s ministry, and youth conferences intercessory teams. She delights in seeing the Holy Spirit bring healing and freedom to individuals through the power of prayer. Nicole presently serves on staff as prayer pastor at her local church.
" Effective, vulnerable, diverse and applicable! Pursuing Patience is an engaging collection with moments from Scripture and everyday life. You will love how Ruth, alongside a company of women, strategically walks with her readers on a patience journey that is heartfelt and relevant, spanning time, culture, age, and circumstance. "
" I want to develop patience and I want it NOW!! Is that you? Using Biblical characters and women today who, through difficulties and trials, have grown in patience, Pursuing Patience will challenge you to assess you own patience level. Try it! I dare you! "
" This Pursuing Patience devotional will encourage, challenge and call you higher in the under appreciated, spiritual fruit of patience. Expect to be changed, as you discover how to grow patience through the many adversities of life. "
" Pursuing Patience has been a timely read in this season of ‘pause’, meeting me right where I am at! The Bible characters come to life in a tangible way with each reading revealing another aspect of this journey of patience. My passion to persevere and grow in grace has been stirred and I have been encouraged to trust God’s provision, purpose and timing. "