Filled Conference 2022 at Ellendale Baptist Church

The Women’s Ministry of Ellendale Baptist Church would like to invite you to a conference on March 11-12th, 2016.  TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

James-9D3DC3-Img426322(Sepia)We will be led by Dana James.  Dana’s heart is to connect women with God’s heart through the teaching of His Word. Her passion is to see women know God and glorify Him through their lives. She has spoken at conferences, retreats and events as far away as Africa and as close as her own home town. She teaches a women’s Sunday school class and Bible studies through her church and led the women’s discipleship ministry, “Klemata”, at Union University for many years. Her teaching is done with authenticity, transparency and much fun and laughter!

After being a stay-at-home mom, Dana taught in colleges in Texas and Tennessee as well as provided training for businesses and industries in a variety of areas such as leadership, team building, communication, time management, customer service, and computer application software.

Currently she works at Pier 1 where she loves to connect with women from all over the world!

Dana gets excited about meaningful, honest conversation, Dr. Pepper, and spending time with her incredible family and friends. She is a pastor’s wife, a pastor’s mother, and a pastor’s mother-in-law…a testament to the grace and mercy of God!

Dana and her husband, Ernie, have ministered in churches in Texas as well as 16 years at FBC Bolivar, TN. They currently live in Greenwood, IN where they serve Calvary Baptist Church.

We will be lead in worship by Bethany Whaley.


A Memphis native, Bethany grew up being active in church but didn’t come to know the Lord personally until age 12. She and her husband have been married for two years and have one fur-baby – a German shepherd named Max. She works as a personal trainer, an administrative assistant, and a little bit of everything in between.






In addition to Dana and Bethany we will have breakout sessions led by:

Melanie Redd-Discipleship On The Run

We live very busy lives!  As much as we may love small group discipliship and 1-on-1 formal mentoring, there are seasons when we just can’t do a group or a study.  However, we still want to make an impact.  This seminar will show you how to form more meaningful spiritual bonds with other women right in the middle of the chaos.  You will discover how to make disciples and/or be discipled as you are going.

Melanie Redd is a blogger, author, speaker, encourager, and teacher.  Her passion is to offer hope!  Married to Randy for 25 years; the couple enjoys travel, eating out, and hanging with their two college-aged children. You can read more from Melanie on her blog at




Renee Shackelford-Family Relationships

Family Relationships can be some of the most difficult.  In this session, we will discuss marriage and how the relationships that are created when two people become one affect that marriage.  This will include all relationships: husband and wife, children, stepchildren, inlaws, etc.

Renee is a retired school teacher.  She has been married for 42 years to Fred.  They have 4 grown children, 4 in-law children, and 10 grandchildren.  Her heart’s desire is that her life will bring glory to the Kingdom of God.


Melody Cain-Lessons Learned On Our Adoption Journey

In this session Melody will be sharing about their families five year adoption journey…the trials and challenges, but also the joys and blessings.  She will also share the spiritual lessons learned and the faithfulness God showed through the process.  If you have a heart for adoption, know someone who has a heart for adoption, or just want to take a closer look at God’s faithfulness then join Melody in her session.

Melody is a pastor’s wife.  She and her husband are serving at Maplewood Baptist Church in Paris, Tennessee, where they have been for the last 10 years. She is also a middle school teacher turned stay-at-home mom.  Corey and Melody have three children:  Caleb (11), Bennett (10), and Emmy (4) who are incredible blessings in their lives.

Edits 0005Elissa Roberts-Break and Pour: A Mother’s Mission

Anyone who has been a mom for more than 3.5 seconds knows the sacrifice required for motherhood–sleepless nights, dirty hair, carpool line–you know how it goes. How do we choose what gets our attention? How do we have time to study our Bible when we can’t even go to the potty in peace? How do we break and pour when we feel empty and weary?

Elissa Roberts is a self-proclaimed hot mess (except more mess than hot) married to a coffee-loving, Scrabble genius and mom to three little girls who fill her life with tutus, glitter, and a lot of dance parties. She has a passion for helping women, wives, and moms live the abundant life they were meant to live. Not the perfect life, not the easy life, not the Pinterest life, but the life that smiles at the crazy and chaotic knowing there is beauty within. She writes about life, love, and learning the hard way at


IMG_0098Joy Taylor-Fit to be Filled


Joy Taylor is the first born child, of six, to the late Pastor Ben and Linnie Young.  She is a graduate of University of Memphis, where she received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Engineering, and is an Administrative Assistant to the ministerial staff at Ellendale Baptist Church.  Joy is an active member of Ardmore Terrace Baptist Church where she serves on the Administrative Team, Choir and Praise Team, and Women’s Ministry.  She is the wife of H. DeWitt Taylor and the mother of one, Jeremy Linn, who now rests in the arms of Jesus after battling cancer for six months.  Her favorite scripture is “… the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10), which has served as her anchor during times of joys and tribulations.


IMG_4697 (2)Amy Sullivan-Trust and Obey:  A journey in following Christ to minister to the least of these

As women, our days can be busy. Have you ever wondered what things you are doing, or could be doing, that count for eternity? As believers, we are gloriously saved by grace alone, not by works. But the Bible is very specific about things we can do that the Father will take notice of when we meet Him in heaven. Jesus had a knack for seeing the ‘down and out’ in a unique way. He excelled at spending time and meeting the needs of the poor, sick, afflicted, outcast, and even those different than Him. In this session, we will identify who the modern-day ‘least of these’ are, and what the Bible has to say about loving them well- even when it may push us out of our beloved comfort zones. There is not greater joy than following our Savior on this adventure of a lifetime!

Amy has been married to her husband, Eric, for 16 years. They have a son, Drew (age 12), and daughter, Taylor (age 9). They attend Faith Baptist Church and are currently teaching 4th grade Sunday School. Amy is a homemaker and small-business owner. Her passion for serving ‘the least of these’ has developed out of a journey with the Lord in recent years. She enjoys serving at an inner-city, low-income apartment complex with Faith’s “Engage Memphis” team. She ad Eric are also passionate about a ministry in Ecuador, Jungle Kids for Christ, that strives to reach the children of the jungle with the gospel.Their family serves as foster parents for Shelby County. They also enjoy helping and serving other foster and adoptive families in Memphis.

Sarah Maddox-You Can Learn To Be Content

In this session, Sarah shares her journey of learning to be content wherever God placed her. Using the Apostle Paul’s example of “learning to be content, whatever the circumstances,” she relates her experiences of dealing with unusual pressures, disruptive moments, and unmet expectations. She prays that the lessons she learned will motivate women to seek contentment, wherever they are.

Sarah O. Maddox is the author of five published books including best-seller, A Mother’s Garden of Prayer, co-authored with Patti Webb. For over forty years she has been a women’s Bible teacher and popular speaker at Christian women’s events. She and her husband Roland Maddox have two adult children, Melanie Redd and Alan Maddox, and five grandchildren. They reside in Collierville, TN.



Susan Young-How To Make A Prayer Journal

Are you struggling in your prayer life?  Can you remember how to pray for family and friends?  Are you always looking for names of Christian books and articles that you want to read?  What about verses you have committed to memory?  Learn how to simplify and organize with a notebook, paper, and pens!

Being married for 45 years, Susan and her husband have two married daughters and five wonderful grandchildren.  As a member of Ellendale Baptist Church, she has the privilege of facilitating Bible studies over the past 8 years–her desire is to walk closer with the Lord and to be intentional in her prayer life.







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