Experts on "Women in Ministry"

Elizabeth Inrig

  • Adjunct Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

Elizabeth served as the first National Director of Women’s Ministries for the Evangelical Free Churches of America for ten years (‘97-07). She is currently Pastor of Women’s Ministries at Trinity Church in Redlands CA where she is responsible for the Bible study program and leadership development.

Dr. Inrig is the author of Release Your Potential (Moody Press, 2001), Women’s Ministry Handbook, leadership materials and many Bible studies. Her book describes how to achieve a strong ministry among women. It casts a vision for women to embrace God’s plan for growing godly women so that a spiritual legacy is left for the next generation.

Elizabeth has been involved in teaching and leading women through Bible studies, retreats and seminars in Canada, the US and overseas. She writes inductive Bible studies and writes and performs dramatic monologues. A battle with breast cancer in 1991 enabled her to learn first-hand of the comfort of God.

For over forty years, Elizabeth and her husband, Gary, have served in ministry together. Gary has served as Senior Pastor in churches in Calgary, Dallas, and since 1992 at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands, CA. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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Marty Russell

  • Adjunct Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

In 1978 Marty was one of the first female graduates with a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.  She was a pastor’s wife for 11 years and along with her husband, Walt Russell, planted two churches on the east coast.  Marty served as an Assistant to the Director of Women’s Ministries at the First Evangelical Church of Fullerton, CA for six years where she was responsible for directing all of the major women’s events.

In 1999 Marty became an adjunct professor at Biola University and for five years taught Authentic Womanhood, a Bible-integration elective to undergraduate women.  In 2005 the dean of Talbot asked Marty to develop the first core-course to equip women in the area of ministry to women.  Foundations of Women’s Ministry teaches students how to equip women based on a biblical philosophy of ministry and reach multiple generations in a changing culture. She loves to mentor Talbot women and pastors’ wives.

Marty is a regular speaker at retreats and conferences in the U.S and recently in Asia.  Her teaching brings together a robust intellectual grasp of the faith that engages both heart and mind to challenge women of every age to live with spiritual passion and a kingdom focus.  Her husband is a Professor of Bible Exposition at Talbot School of Theology.  She and Walt live in Yorba Linda, CA. They have two grown children.

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Nell Sunukjian

  • Adjunct Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

Nell is the former Director of Women’s Ministries at the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton where she served for over 10 years. Prior to that, she played a formative role in establishing Women’s Ministries at Scottsdale Bible Church (1972-1979) and Austin Ridge Bible Church (1986-1995) while her husband was senior pastor at the churches. She continues to mentor several Directors of women’s ministries at both Anglo and ethnic churches, and maintains an active speaking schedule at retreats and conferences. Her husband, Don Sunukjian, is currently professor of Preaching at Talbot School of Theology. They have five grown children and eighteen grandchildren.

Personal blog site: oybthree65.blogspot.com

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