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Brooke Bartz

Founder, Author, Speaker

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Brooke Bartz is the founder of the “Open Hearts in a Closed World” online Women’s conference bringing together biblically based solid women teachers to encourage and exhort women to live Christ honoring lives from the scripture. She is a published author. Her book “Chronic Love: Trusting God while suffering with a Chronic Illness” is available nationwide in stores and online.

Brooke is a stay-at-home wife and mom. She is a conference speaker, and loves to disciple women. She has been married to the love of her life and her best friend, Brad for 19 years. They have a precious daughter who is home-schooled. Brooke has a Christian teen fiction book that will be published in late 2021- early 2022. 


Arlenys Buckelew

Technical Director

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Arlenys Buckelew is the host of Ordinary People with Extraordinary Lives Podcast. She’s currently the Social Media Marketing & Creator for Grace Curriculum and Grace Productions at Grace Community Church.


In 2006 Arlenys moved to New York from the Dominican Republic. It was in New York that the Lord saved her after attending a church with her uncle in Queens New York.


In 2014, Arlenys moved to Los Angeles California to pursue film school, graduating in 2017 from Columbia College Hollywood with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film/TV Directing. 


In 2016, she began a new journey teaching Spanish at Kallpachay Spanish Immersion. In 2020 Arlenys transitioned from her teaching position to her new position at Kallpchay as their Social Media Manager and Coordinator. 


As of January 2021 Arlenys started her new position as the Social Media Marketing & Creator at Grace Community Church.


Arlenys and her husband Richard live in Southern California and are active members at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley California.


Lauren Hereford

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Born and raised in Dallas, Tx, and graciously saved by God in 2015. I continue in sanctification and repentance, learning and becoming Reformed in my theology. In July of 2019, I was convicted to use more of my time for God’s glory, so I started and host a podcast called Tulips & Honey. After a couple of months, I realized I could bless others who wanted a podcast but didn’t know where to start so I invited others to podcast with me. I began others and eventually became the Tulips & Honey Hub. That brings me to today, where I’m still a homeschooling mom and deeply in love with my husband, blogging on, podcasting, and attempting to the best of my ability to live for the glory of God.


Jess Owinyo

Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Born in the midwest, grown in the PNW, and saved by the incredible grace of God at a young age. Jess owns a small creative business where she wears many hats and loves the versatility of her profession. She met her husband, Jos, at college in S. California at the Master’s University. They married and lived on the road from their vintage airstream for over 2 years as Jos completed his graduate program. They recently settled in the PNW. One of her greatest joys and privileges is being mom to her now 1 year old. They gratefully serve and are immensely blessed by the body of Christ. Jess creates products, services, and teaches online courses from her home studio. Her desire is to use her God-given gifts for His glory and proclaim the name of Christ!

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