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Gather with the Houston's First Women’s Ministry for A Cozy Christmas!
Women from all life stages and campuses — and our guests — are invited to join us for Christmas music and a time of speaking with author Lisa Harper. A reception will follow with refreshments and a fair trade market, too.
Rarely are the terms hilarious storyteller and theological scholar used in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person but then again, Lisa Harper is anything but stereotypical! She’s been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflow with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit.
Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado calls Lisa one of the “best Bible tour guides around,” and author/actress Priscilla Evans Shirer adds, “Her God-given ability to not merely teach the Word but package it in a way that stirs the heart and calls to action is incomparable. When she speaks, ears perk up!”
Her vocational resume includes five years in full-time youth ministry, six years as the director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry where she created the popular Renewing the Heart conferences attended by almost 200,000 women, followed by seven years as the women’s ministry director at a large church in Nashville. Her academic resume includes a Masters of Theological Studies with honors from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Now a sought-after Bible teacher and speaker, she’s been featured on numerous television and radio programs, spoken at hundreds of national and international women’s events, as well as in churches around the world. But she’s also very invested locally and has been leading a weekly neighborhood Bible study for many years and co-teaches a community study in her home church.
And if you can’t find Lisa studying, teaching or riding a 4-wheeler with her daughter, she’s probably typing on a keyboard somewhere because she’s had 13 books published ~ including the recent children’s book, Who’s Your Daddy?, and has written and filmed 5 best-selling Bible study video curriculums, including the just released Job: A Story of Unlikely Joy.
Yet when asked about her credentials, the most noticeable thing about Lisa Harper is her authenticity. During a recent interview she said, “I’m so grateful for the opportunities God’s given me but don’t forget, He often uses donkeys and rocks!” She went on to describe her greatest accomplishment to date as getting to be Missy’s mama. Because in April 2014, after a difficult two-year journey and several adoption losses, she finally got to bring her little girl home from Haiti and she’s been smiling ever since.