Brooke Bartz

Founder of Open Heart’s in a Closed World Conference and author of "Chronic Love: Trusting God while suffering with a chronic illness." Co-Host, with her husband, of the “LIT” (Lead in Truth) Podcast.

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Susan Heck

Susan is a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors ( since 2003.  She is also the author of With the Master Bible study series for ladies as well as numerous other books.

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Martha Peace

Martha is a gifted teacher and exhorter. She worked for eight years as a biblical counselor (ACBC) at the Atlanta Biblical Counseling Center on Old National Highway, College Park, Georgia, where she counseled women, children, and teenagers. For the past several years she has presented workshops on various biblical counseling issues for women at the national conference for NANC


Kimberly Cummings

Kimberly finds great delight ministering alongside her husband as a pastor’s wife at Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic, CA. The Lord has also given Kimberly a deep desire to proclaim Christ and His Word to women through discipleship. She has had the privilege over the past 25 years of being involved in various women’s ministries through teaching Bible studies, leading mission trip teams, as well as teaching women worldwide. She has also been a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) since 2009.

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Dr. Shelbi L. Cullen

Shelbi Cullen currently teaches as an Assistant Professor for the School of Biblical Studies Department at The Master’s University. She completed her biblical counseling training from the Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship, the Master’s University, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has also been a member of The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) since 2005. She currently serves at Grace Community Church in Sunland, CA where she has the privilege of teaching women in Women’s Ministries, and serving as part of the Biblical Counseling Ministry team.


Lauren Hereford

Podcast Host of Tulips and Honey Podcast, and Technical director of Open Hearts in a Closed World. "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."


Jess Owinyo

Creative design and Illustration of Open Hearts in a Closed World. Owner of small creative business "Genuinely Ginger" where she wears the many hats of graphic designer, illustrator, artist, and shop owner.

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