Meet Women of Faith

Women of Faith was found in 1996, by Stephen Arterburn, a national daily radio show host and founder of New Life Clinics, a major provider of Christian mental health care in the U.S. This organization, now run by Thomas Nelson Publishers, is a faith-based women’s organization whose purpose it is to encourage “women of all ages and stages in life to grow in faith and spiritual maturity through a relationship with Jesus Christ and an understanding of God’s love and grace.” The Women of Faith website says, “Our Message: Beyond a shadow of a doubt, God loves you – regardless of where you are in life. Our Approach: Humor and honesty – real women sharing how God helps them deal with real issues. Our objective: To see women set free to a lifestyle of God’s grace by offering conferences, books, resources, and publications.”

Almost 4 million women have attended one of nearly 300 events held since 1996. And more than 267,000 women profess to have come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior at a Women of Faith conference.

Patsy Clairmont is a petite but profound speaker who incorporates playful humor and in-depth knowledge of the bible in her powerful speeches. She is also the author of 14 best-selling books, including God Uses Cracked Pots, Sportin’ a ‘Tude, I Love Being a Woman, and more. She has also shown her writing talents in fiction and children’s books.

Luci Swindoll is a woman of many talents. She has worked as a corporate executive at Mobil Oil, sang with the Dallas Opera, served as VP of Public Relations at her brother’s Insight for Living. She is also one of the original Women of Faith speakers. She and Marilyn Meberg co-authored Free Inside and Out.

Sheila Walsh is well-known for her contagious personality and Scottish accent. She has dabbled in many professions, including a musician, author, evangelist, and talk-show host. In 1987, she joined Pat Robertson as a co-host of the television talk-show, The 700 Club. She went on to write her first book—about her struggles with depression and faith—entitled Honestly. She has now written over 17 books.

Marilyn Meberg has never been one to avoid the hard questions of life. Each year, she shares with over 350,000 women the knowledge she has earned from two master’s degrees, a private counseling practice, and the experiences of her very own life. Marilyn is the author of many books, including Since You Asked, GOD At Your Wits End, and Love Me Never Leave Me.

Nicole Johnson has been an actor, author, television host, and producer during the past 20 years. She even worked with Dr. Neil Clark Warren on the launch of, an popular online dating service. She has written and produced for both Women of Faith and The Revolve Tour and has written six books – her latest is Dramatic Encounters with God.

Last updated July 2008.

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