Al Robertson is the oldest son of the Duck Commander, Phil Robertson and his wife, Miss Kay and Lisa Robertson calls herself “the original Robertson daughter-in-law”. They appear on the family’s hit television show, Duck Dynasty on A&E, with the rest of the family and Al is known as the beardless brother. Robertson pastored for 22+ years at White’s Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, LA, before returning to the family business, Duck Commander, to appear on the TV show and speak around the country. They write and speak together about marriage and their amazing story of brokenness, hope, and forgiveness.
Al wrote and compiled The Duck Commander Devotional that released in 2013 and The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible, with his dad, Phil that released in 2014. Lisa co-authored The Women of Duck Commander that released in April 2014. Their latest book, A New Season, about their life and marriage released last year and they just completed The Duck Commander Devotional for Couples, which released in February. Alan and Lisa have been married for over 31 years, have two married daughters, three granddaughters, one grandson, and another grandson due in May.
**EXCITING NEWS**: The Thursday night October 27 session will be OPEN to the public and couples are encouraged to attend together! Al and Lisa will share a powerful testimony about their own marriage and encourage couples with their personal story of hope.
Lorna Reeves, editor of TeaTime Magazine, was introduced to the pleasures of afternoon tea at the venerable Williamsburg Inn during a needlearts seminar years ago, and it wasn’t long before tea drinking became an essential part her daily routine.
Lorna graduated with honors from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and is fluent in Spanish, having spent her formative years in South America, where her parents served as Southern Baptist missionaries.
She began her career at Hoffman Media in 1991. Her needlework skills and love for the art served her well during her tenure as editor of both Just CrossStitch and Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly magazines. Next, Lorna, an accomplished home cook, guided another Hoffman publication, Taste of the South, through its first five years before trading spatulas for teacups in her move to TeaTime in late 2009. Of her many responsibilities as editor, she especially enjoys planning the tea menus and tablescapes pictured in the pages of the magazine, which received the award for Best Tea Publication at the 2014 and 2015 World Tea Awards. She is currently pursuing Specialty Tea Institute Level 3 certification.
Lorna and her husband, Brent, are parents of two college-age children and reside in Hoover, Alabama.
Rhonda Harrington Kelley is the President’s Wife at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rhonda was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and was raised in New Orleans. She is married to Dr. Chuck Kelley of Beaumont, Texas, who became President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996. She received two college degrees from Baylor University and her doctorate in Special Education/Speech Pathology from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana. Rhonda served as Director of Speech Pathology at Ochsner Medical Institutions in New Orleans for 15 years. She is now in full-time ministry–writing, speaking, and teaching.
Rhonda Kelley currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Women’s Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Associate Director of Innovative Evangelism. She serves in the women’s ministry at her church, First Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA. She is the author of several books including The Devotional for Women, Talking Is a Gift, Life Lessons from Women in the Bible, A Woman’s Guide Bible study series, Divine Discipline, and Raising Moms: Daughters Loving Their Mothers in the Later Years. She was the managing editor for The Study Bible for Women as well as the Old Testament and New Testament Commentaries for Women published by Broadman-Holman. She has been called to minister to women through the local church.
Candi Finch serves as Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies and holds the Dorothy Kelley Patterson Chair of Women’s Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Candi teaches courses such as Biblical Theology of Womanhood, Feminist Theology, Intro to Women’s Studies, Text Driven Communication for Women, Women in Church History, and Girls’ Ministry. She graduated with her B.A. in Communication from the University of South Florida and with her MDiv in Women’s Studies and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Candi comes from a great family with three brothers and two sisters, one of whom is her twin. Her life with God has been an adventure. She has been on over 20 mission trips, worked on a church staff in girls ministry, spent several summers working with teenagers both in the US and overseas, and even led a traveling drama group in college to raise money for missions. Candi has contributed to several books for women and youth, including the Women’s Evangelical Commentary series with both Old and New Testament volumes, The Study Bible for Women and Impact: The Student Leadership Bible. She provided research assistance for Mary Kassian’s book The Feminist Mistake and Diane Strack’s book Quiet Influence. Most recently, she contributed a chapter on the wives of Adoniram Judson to the book Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary and contributed a chapter on the impact of feminism on the home and family to the book The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook. Candi’s greatest passion is to see teenagers and women come to know the Lord and become mature disciples of Christ. Several women invested in her life when she was a new believer in high school, and the impact they had on her reminds her daily of the positive influence we can have on others for Christ.
Monica Patrick has loved Jesus for as long as she can remember. She is a stay-at-home wife and mother. She and her husband Charles recently celebrated 10 years of marriage and have four children, Susanna, 9, Josiah, 7, Nathaniel, 5, and Seth, 3. She homeschools their children and together she and Charles serve as the 4th grade Sunday School teachers at their church. She is a gatherer and enjoys bringing women together to talk about Jesus and His faithfulness in marriage, parenting, and friendship, as well as talking about politics, church, crock-pot meals, her favorite podcasts, her dreams of one day traveling the country with her family in a motor home, why in the world one can never get caught up on laundry, the funny things her kids say and do, etc.
In August 2013 Monica was diagnosed with breast cancer which had metastasized to the bones of her pelvis and spine, as well as her chest wall and other internal organs, thus defining it as stage IV, incurable, terminal cancer. The 5-year survival rate of stage IV breast cancer is 22%. Since December 2013, Monica’s scans have read “no evidence of disease” and she continues to receive treatment. As Monica shared with her oncologist early on in her journey, she knows that Jesus, not cancer, numbers her days.
Dorothy Kelley Patterson serves as First Lady and Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The wife of President Paige Patterson, the mother of Armour and Carmen, and the doting grandmother of Abigail and Rebekah, she finds her duties as the First Lady of Southwestern to be challenging and fulfilling. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hardin-Simmons University, a Masters of Theology (Th.M.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Luther Rice Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology (D.Theol.) from the University of South Africa. Dr. Patterson has authored a number of books and articles, including: Touched by Greatness: Women in the Life of Moses, The Handbook for Ministers’ Wives, The Family: Unchanging Principles for Changing Times, BeAttitudes for Women, and A Woman Seeking God: Discover God in the Places of Your Life. She has also co-edited the Women’s Evangelical Commentary series with both Old and New Testament volumes, The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook, and The Woman’s Study Bible. Dr. Patterson was a member of the founding group of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and served as president of the SBC Ministers’ Wives Luncheon in 2006. For over four decades, she has focused her teaching ministry on the practical question, “What is God saying to me as a woman?” Despite a demanding teaching and administrative schedule, Mrs. Patterson finds great joy in hospitality ministries. She loves serving people in special ways and opening her home to guests. She also loves to cook and is known for her family’s famous “Kelley biscuits.” Dorothy Patterson hopes she will be remembered most as, “a faithful wife who helped her husband, a mother who nurtured her children and grandchildren, and a homemaker who has taken special joy in ministering through her home.” For more information on Dorothy Kelley Patterson, visit dorothypatterson.com.
JOINING US AS OUR WORSHIP LEADER: Jaye Biles!!
A word from our Worship Leader for the weekend, Jaye Biles: “God has allowed me the honor to serve in many rolls throughout my life: child of the King, pastor’s daughter, student, gymnastics coach, teacher, wife, daughter-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, homemaker, church staff member, SWBTS faculty wife, and choir member. My newest roll is “Nana” to my precious two-year old granddaughter, Kate!
God placed a song in my heart from birth. My parents have told me that I was singing before I could speak. Music has always been the constant, fulfilling passion undergirding everything God has led me through.
It is a delight and an honor to worship with you this weekend. My prayer for you as you attend the Art of Homemaking Conference is to celebrate the music of your life and hear the melody of His grace and experience true joy in worship as you serve in the many rolls to which God has called you.”