Meet The WEW Crew
I have a passion for encouraging women to seek the Lord above all else amidst our busy lives and the chaos of raising children. I love to see women choose to be obedient and to glorify God with their lives.
WEW is an amazing privilege that God has allowed me to be a part of and it encourages me greatly. Discipleship was something I desperately needed for years and did not have. Now that I have it, I want to provide that for other women seeking to know and pursue a relationship with Christ. It is so exciting to witness the transformation and spiritual growth in women's lives and see them equipped to disciple their children and others in obedience to God's command.
I am so humbled and amazed that God has allowed me to be involved with Women Equipping Women (WEW)—a class that seeks to make disciples who make more disciples.
I became a believer when I was twelve. At that time, I did not have anyone to show me “how” to grow and mature as a Christian. I knew a believer should be reading the Bible and sharing the gospel, along with other things, but I certainly was not equipped. I surely did not know how to disciple another woman. Women Equipping Women has shown and taught me these crucial disciplines, which by the way are so easily reproducible!
As I have implemented the spiritual disciplines into my life, God has grown my faith and understanding of who He is and how He is moving His plan of redemption forward. For the first time in years I understand my role and responsibilities in His great plan.
I am eager to walk together with other women who desire to grow and mature in Christ. I have been equipped to make disciples and still continue to be discipled. It is my privilege to partner with the incredible WEW Crew in equipping other women who in turn will disciple others.
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Small Group Leaders
Julia Siegwart, Small Group Leader
Karen Keyes Small Group Leader
I have been married to my dear husband, Tom, for eleven years. We have a blended family with eight children and nine grandchildren. The only one at home is our little eight
I have been a Christian for fourteen years now. Since coming to Richland Creek I have had the opportunity to join the WEW leadership team and it has given me the privilege of learning while leading as we explore God's Word. I enjoy being a WEW leader because I share in the challenges and successes of everyone in the WEW family as we grow in obedience to His will (1 Corinthians 12:7). The excitement of encouraging other women in the disciplines of the faith while I grow myself is truly an "iron sharpens iron" relationship. (Proverbs 27:17). WEW has been the means by which so many women have had the unique opportunity to learn the importance of making time to experience God in our daily lives.
Dawn Jones, Small Group Leader
My story is one of redemption. While growing up with a single mom who married multiple times, attending church was a constant in my life. My grandparents were allowed to take me to church and to be a continual witness to me of Christ and His love. They showed by example how to daily read the Bible. Because I did not want to disappoint my grandparents or my mom and dad, I tried my best to be good. In fact, I thought I was good enough for God, too. However, through repetitive exposure to the gospel, the Lord graciously revealed to me that I was a sinner in need of a Savior. I received the gift of salvation as a young teen.
After salvation, I grew very little in my faith. I found no one interested in holding me accountable to read my Bible and to grow as a follower of Christ. However, once I began college the Lord gently grew inside me an insatiable desire to know Him more. Today I stand fixed in an unwavering commitment to the disciplines of a true disciple.
Psalm 119: 4-6 says, “You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently.Oh, that my ways were directed to keep your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed when I look into all your commandments.”
This verse describes how I feel when I think about all I have learned in taking the WEW class. I am not fearful that I might not share the gospel correctly; WEW gave me the tools necessary to share. I am not fearful that I might not be serving enough; WEW corrected my faulty beliefs.
WEW strengthened my faith and gave me an outlet to share and grow with other women. The desire for other women to experience genuine delight in knowing Christ and His Word drives me to be a WEW leader. I am eager to begin a journey with other ladies at all stages of life who desire to know God deeper and to daily live out the disciplines of a growing disciple.
I have been married to my husband Dave for twenty years. We are blessed to have five precious children: Johnathan, Laura, Alison, Madeline, and Kimberly
Cynthia Jernigan, Small Group Leader
I have been married for 29 years and have two teenage boys. From early childhood I have grown up knowing God. Yet, even though I accepted Christ at an early age, I continued to go forward at altar calls, especially when they included re-dedications or those seeking a deeper walk with Jesus. Although I understood that I was saved by grace and not works, I think for years I was afraid to be someone who earned my way to heaven through good works. I read my bible, joined in bible studies and participated in all the right church activities to gain head knowledge of God. But by doing this, I was just hearing more about God and not cultivating a deep and growing relationship with God.
Once I began the WEW classes, I realized what I had been missing. When I started developing the spiritual disciplines of bible study, prayer, worship, service, evangelism and giving - I developed a deeper relationship with God instead of just learning about God. This has prompted me to seek out ways to evangelize and be the hands and feet of Jesus.
I look forward to encouraging other women at the Creek to know God in a deeper and meaningful way.
Sandy Hayes, Small Group Leader
I grew up in an unstable non-Christian home but at the age of 4, my parents allowed a family friend to take me to church every Sunday. Over the years, I realized I was a sinner and that Jesus died for me. By God's grace, at the age of 10, I accepted Jesus as my Savior. Over the years, I attended church but was not spending quality time in the Word and growing as I should.
WEW has been a blessing to me by challenging me to grow in the spiritual disciplines. Before attending WEW, my spiritual life looked much like when I was first saved—occasionally reading a chapter or two in the Bible and saying a quick prayer before bed. I was not aware of how the other disciplines should look in my life. I knew I was not growing in Christ and truthfully, I was starving spiritually.
WEW has taught me what an obedient life to Christ looks like. I have learned what my responsibilities are as a believer, and equally important, WEW has given me accountability with other growing Christian women. Without accountability, I find it is too easy to put the things of life ahead of God. Through accountability I am able to prioritize my time wisely and worship God through my everyday choices.
I am excited to be a small group leader! I pray we glorify God together as we meet and encourage each other to grow in the disciplines.
My husband and I have been married for 27 years and we have two young adult sons and one teenage daughter.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Amy Penner, Small Group Leader
As a young child I was raised Catholic and continued to attend church through adulthood, although I had no relationship with Christ. I met my husband in Phoenix and we have been married five years. In 2012, with a baby on the way, we moved to Raleigh to be closer to family. Since that time, we have been blessed with two boys, ages 4 and 2.
Prior to WEW, I was unaware that being a Christian meant practicing spiritual disciplines or even that knowing Christ meant being like Christ. I was what the world would call a “good person.” I prayed, went to church and did all the things Christians did. Yet, I don’t know if I really understood what it meant that Jesus died for my sins.
It was only after coming to the Creek and partnering with several ladies in my small group that I had the opportunity to be disciple and learn about my faith more deeply. I first opened the Bible two years ago in 2014 and fought my busy “new mom” life for time in the Word. It wasn’t until I learned the disciplines in WEW, that I studied my bible, prayed intentionally, learned about worship, served and shared the gospel with others.
Accountability has helped me spend time in the word—time I thought did not exist. After a year of WEW, my to-do list shortened and commitment to the disciplines grew. Reading the bible daily became a priority. Moreover, it was something I wanted to do rather than something I had to do.
My relationship with Christ is fairly new and I am honored to be a WEW leader. I look forward to leading other women in their relationship with the Lord. Life is filled with good days and difficult days but I hope I can encourage and challenge you in both. Having been (and continue to be) in the throes of work, marriage, and parenting, I understand how demanding life can be
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
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