Posted August 2nd
Current Women's Studies
Join MISSION Women as we venture into the Book of Ruth every Thursday night in June. 4 speakers will speak from 4 chapters over the course of 4 weeks. Every week will include worship and communion as we dig into this beautifully redemptive story. The diversity and experience of our own MISSION Women's speaking team will help you discover that there is something for every woman in the Book of Ruth. This is an excellent way to meet new women and take another step in your faith journey.
This series has concluded. Please scroll down to find the Audio Recordings for Summer Speaking Series.
Ruth Chapter 1
Candace Gaeta is a wife, mother, Nana, and women's counselor/mentor. She also enjoys speaking at women's retreats when she can find the time to get away. She has served in the ministry for the last 40 years and now that she is 'retired' will continue to serve where ever she is needed. Her heart is with her grandchildren as she is now living the dream of every grandparent only steps from 6 of them, and across the park from two more granddaughters. Candace desires to live as a light in darkness and will share with anyone who asks about her story of God's redemptive love.
Ruth Chapter 2
Gini Larsen has been the director of Biblical Hope Counseling in Gilbert, AZ since 2008. She has been counseling women with God’s truth for more than eighteen years. In addition to her biblical counseling certification, she attended Phoenix Seminary and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from ASU. Gini has been a staff chapel speaker for Remuda Ranch Behavioral Health Center for twelve years and currently works as an Adoption Specialist for Christian Family Care Agency (CFCA). She has also been a frequent speaker at churches and organizations in Arizona since 1998. Gini is a regular speaker for Stonecroft Ministries and teaches Woman’s Bible studies at Mission. Gini is married to Larry, a C.P.A. who specializes in non-profit corporations. The Larsen’s just celebrated their thirty-year wedding anniversary. They have been blessed with five children ages 20 -26 years old; the youngest of whom was adopted from South Korea.
Ruth Chapter 3
Maria is just an ordinary woman that is madly in love with God and truly tries to live each day with purpose. She began her involvement with Women's Ministry at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA in 2007. There she learned biblical truths from her Pastor, Rick Warren. Maria has spoken on many different subjects including parenting, marriage and being a strong Christian woman in todays world, but her passion is empowering women to find their full potential and using it for the glory of God. Maria lives in Queen Creek, AZ with her husband Kevin of 17 years and their 5 children.
Ruth Chapter 4
Christina is a Christ-follower whose passions include writing, teaching, chasing miracles, and justice advocacy. She is always ready and willing to say yes to God's next assignment as long as it involves caffeine and deep conversations.
Christina graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in teaching and soon realized that she would much rather teach a room full of women who don’t have to raise their hand to go potty. Though not opposed to kids (she homeschooled for a few years and served as a children’s pastor) she is much more comfortable in front of their mamas these days.
Christina lives a life of radical obedience in Phoenix, Arizona along with her husband Brandon (15 years and counting) and their 6 little world-changers (4 biological and 2 adopted from foster care). Nestled in an urban farm (called an agri-hood), her parents live directly behind them, and her brother and his family are steps away (plus several cousins and extended family within a few miles). She believes that authentic life in community is the healthiest exposure for her children, and together with her husband they host a small group and very loud family gatherings as often as possible.
In her “spare” time, she is a freelance writer who relishes traveling out of the country on assignment to experience firsthand profound life-change in vulnerable women and their families. These rich experiences have forever shaped her worldview as she navigates following Christ in the culture she was placed into. Serving on the Women’s Lead team at her church is a passion of hers as she values the opportunity to walk alongside women who desire honest relationships with each other and their Savior.