Mary Kassian is an award-winning author, popular speaker, and distinguished professor of women’s studies at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: Girls Gone Wise, In My Father’s House, The Feminist Mistake and True Woman 101 (with Nancy Leigh DeMoss).
Mary graduated from the faculty of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta, Canada and has since studied theology at the doctoral level. She has taught courses at seminaries across North America and is also a popular conference speaker who has ministered to women’s groups around the world. Mary has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, and Marriage Uncensored.
Mary was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She and her husband, Brent, have three adult sons and one daughter-in-law. Mary has mastered the art of cheering after spending countless hours in rinks, arenas, and gyms: her husband is chaplain for a professional football team, her two older sons play ice hockey, and her youngest, volleyball. The Kassians enjoy biking, hiking, snorkeling (when they can find some warm water!), music, board games, mountains, campfires, and their family pets: Miss Kitty and black lab, General Beau. You can learn more about Mary at her website www.girlsgonewise.com.
Linda Baartse is Executive Director of the Pregnancy Care Centre, a Christian non-profit organization that exists so that no woman in Toronto needs to feel that abortion is her only alternative. Linda and team extend emotional, material and spiritual support to those who struggle with hard decisions in a crisis pregnancy. She is encouraged to be part of "The First Response Network", a new outreach program to train life-affirming volunteers, and to provide more places in Toronto for pregnant women to get help.
Previous to moving to Toronto, Linda spent over a decade in Guatemala working with Mam-speaking community groups, sharing the Gospel in both word and deed. Linda's husband James worked with a Bible translation team and Linda worked with community leaders on projects that included installing running water, managing revolving loans and a starting a school literacy program.
In 2009 the Lord called James to his eternal home and the Lord is giving grace to Linda to adjust to life as a single adult again. She enjoys her family, church friends, exploring Toronto parks, delving in to good books and is a much-loved member of Grace Fellowship Church.