Summer Elizabeth Ball

Founder, SheBelieves Co.

Editor-in-chief, SheBelieves Magazine

Director, Ministry Team

Summer’s Bio

Summer is a Bible-believing Christian. In 2021, inspiration came to her from the Lord to begin a Christian ministry and magazine for Christian women to include women from every season of life. As our Founder and Editor-in-chief of SheBelieves Magazine, she desires to be used by our Heavenly Father to serve her sisters in Christ humbly. Summer is a writer skilled in journalistic, content, academic, and creative writing. Summer lives on the island of Oahu in Hawaii with her family and their seven cats, Pongo, Pixie, Puka, Sedona, Sunflower, Sparrow, and Snoopy.

Summer teaches English and Professional Writing courses for Southern New Hampshire University. She is also pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Liberty University. She holds an M.A. in Journalism, a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in History from Regent University.

“I am a proclaimer of the Good News, and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I desire to humbly serve God, follow His will, and bring Him glory and honor as Founder of SheBelieves Co.”

Summer Elizabeth Ball, June 2021

She prays, asking our Lord to use this ministry to touch the lives of countless women who long to know Him and know Him more fully


Mary Beth Barrett

Ministry Team

Assistant Editor

Contributing Writer

Mary Beth’s Bio

Mary Beth Barrett lives in Washington State, which has been her home for 20+ years. She grew up with a love of English and the Lord. While in Kindergarten, at an AWANA club, Mary Beth accepted Jesus. She has been a Christian for over 15 years, attended a Christian college, and led Bible studies for young women for nearly three years. She graduated from Northwest University with an English degree in 2023 and a minor in business administration. She is pursuing a career in the world of literature, hoping to become an editor for juvenile fiction. She loves reading, knitting, rabbits, and spending time with her parents and younger sister.

Her favorite things about Christ are the way He never changes and His unbelievable grace because

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us form the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? […] Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans: 32-35, 37-39 (NKJV).

Jeanine Michaels

Ministry Team

Contributing Writer

Magazine Column, Pastor’s Wife’s Perspective

Jeanine’s Bio

Jeanine Michaels is the wife of Pastor Brian Michaels. She serves as the Director of Wise Woman Ministries at Springs Lighthouse in Colorado Springs, CO. She is the mother of one son and three daughters, who have blessed her with seven grandchildren and counting. Jeanine has been a Christian for 44 years and is passionate about seeing women grow and mature in their faith. She is a gifted and skilled communicator as a teacher and author. She has written for a Focus on the Family publication. Her ministry training was her years as the wife of a US Navy submariner, enduring long separations and pressing into the Lord. She and her husband, Brian, have been married for 39 years and have served in ministry for over 35 years.

Dakota Moore

Ministry Team

Contributing Writer

Dakota’s Bio

The Lord has placed a passion for discipleship in my heart. I want to teach people to know the Word and cultivate their relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the past two years, he’s given me a focus and desire to help women who have been victims of trafficking and sexual abuse. I hope to start work in a human trafficking shelter in 2024 for an internship. I haven’t always loved writing. I had trouble organizing it, but as I got older, I realized its utility and improved my skill with the Lord’s help, growing to enjoy it. Not only do I like to write for SheBelieves Co., but sermons and Bible study lessons in preparation for the ministry the Lord is preparing me for. I am a rising junior at Regent University, majoring in Christian Ministry and minoring in Psychology. I also work in reception in a hotel. I am excited and grateful that I can pour into and connect with you through this publication.

Tess Lopez

Ministry Team

Contributing Writer

Magazine Design Consultant

Tess’s Bio

Since elementary school, Tess has always loved reading and writing, zipping through novels and penning her own stories. Written words are her form of art. Some people can run on a creative tangent when handed clay or a paintbrush; she would do the same with a sturdy No. 2 pencil. 

Having achieved a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida Gulf Coast University and a master’s in journalism from Regent University, it is evident that Tess’s affinity for words simply made a cozy little home in her heart.

Tess is now a freelance writer and editor for various print and digital lifestyle magazines. She also works part-time as the content and marketing manager for Grit and Grace Life, a nonprofit community for women. She lives each day in faith, believing that God is always enveloping us in His perfect grace and love and is working to bring us where we are supposed to be, even if we do not understand it yet.

In her spare time, Tess loves traveling around the U.S., stopping into coffee shops and thrift stores, perusing the shelves at Barnes and Noble for hours, and enjoying family days with her best friend and husband, Ruben, and sweet cat, Molly.

Autumn V. Edwards

Ministry Team

Contributing Writer

Autumn’s Bio

Autumn V. Edwards completed her education concentrated on Creative Writing; a B.A. in English with a minor in Animation from Regent University in 2016 and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2020. With a background in photography, social media, and content creation for 5+ years, Autumn has worked with several community groups, non-profits, and Christian ministries, such as Dress for Success of Hampton Roads, Kingdom Building Equipping School, Al-Anon Family Group, and The Niche.

Influenced by celebrated writers like Shakespeare and Maya Angelou, Autumn has always loved writing.

She said, “Writing for me has always been an extension of myself. How I express the world around me to create new worlds with bold, impactful characters that make readers stop, think, and reflect on their own stories and worldviews”.

In her spare time, Autumn is at home curled up in a blanket with a cup of coffee, working on her blog, watching international films, like K-Dramas, or reading advanced reviewer copy books.

Klaire Smith

Ministry Team

Contributing Writer

Klaire’s Bio

Klaire is passionate about communication studies, primarily the Gospel applications. She has received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s in strategic communication, both from East Texas Baptist University. She currently works in the office of academic success, where she helps guide students as they work toward earning their degrees. She is also an adjunct speech instructor for ETBU. Klaire’s goal is to integrate faith and communication principles in her classroom. Klaire’s favorite part of working on a college campus is the unique and personal mission field it provides. Klaire meets and serves all kinds of students, teaching them communication principles and showing them how the Gospel changes lives. Klaire continues to follow God’s calling, pursuing a Ph.D. in communication studies from Regent University. Through this, she hopes that God will use her to transform the lives of college students for His glory.

Klaire is passionate about college-age students because college was the time in her life when her faith truly came alive for her. Before entering university, she was already a believer for many years. She caught glimpses of God’s perfect grace throughout her life. However, she grew closer to God more and more while at university. She discovered a joy for ministry and missions as He tested her faith and answered her prayers.

Click here to visit Klaire’s blog, {Klaire}ity!

Klaire is a writer and has a blog called {Klaire}ity; the blog’s purpose is to write about tough subjects bringing clarity of mind by the writing of words. We are so excited to welcome Klaire to our ministry team. We know she will provide a fresher and youthful perspective and be a true blessing to the SheBelieves Co. community.

Kaylee O’Brien

Ministry Team

Contributing Writer

Kaylee’s Bio

Kaylee graduated in May 2023 with a B.S. in Psychology from Regent University. She has a special interest in developmental and childhood trauma, specifically relating to foster care and adoption. Since she has personally seen how beneficial trauma-informed care can be, she hopes to either foster or adopt herself or work to serve foster and adoptive children and families. Kaylee currently lives and works in the Hampton Roads area in Virginia but is originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania (and she really misses the food). She has a deep love for writing, especially writing about her Savior. Betsy Childs Howard, Rosaria Butterfield, and Jennie Allen are some of her writing influences. Kaylee enjoys long Sunday drives, making her friends laugh, cozy-smelling candles, and an excellent period drama. She is excited to be a part of SheBelieves Co. and looks forward to seeing how God will use her!

Vanessa Joy Lancellotti

Ministry Team

Contributing Writer

YouTube Content

Vanessa’s Bio

Vanessa is a Board Certified Master Christian Life Coach & Career Coach where she empowers and equips Christ followers to grow in their relationship with the Lord, advance in their chosen ministries, and bear much fruit through discipleship – all for God’s glory. She is also passionate about building creative multimedia that shares a redemptive Gospel message to those who receive it. Vanessa joined the She Believes Ministry Team in the Summer of 2022 and looks forward to seeing how this ministry will continue to strengthen the faith of women all around the country in the years ahead!

Adrianna La Tortue

Ministry Team

Contributing Writer

Adrianna’s Bio

Adrianna is a military kid with a heart of gold. She began writing in elementary school and has never stopped. God has blessed her with a talent for writing. Her fiction works are filled with imagination and creativity for her readers to enter another world. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English concentration in Writing and a double minor in Film and Art from Regent University. In Fall 2023, she plans to start her graduate life at the Academy of Art for Illustration. She currently works as an Insurance Agent and part-time at Burlington.

Adrianna desires to become an author and showrunner. Her dream only grows stronger as God pushes her to write and create more daily. As she works further in her writing, she hopes to reach people both on a mental and emotional level. Adrianna has suffered from depression during her high school life and wants to share her stories to help others. Everyone needs a person to talk to or relate to who will understand them. Through her stories, Adrianna desires to be that person.

In her spare time, Adrianna spends time with her best friend jamming to loud music and getting caught in traffic. If there is one thing she loves to do the most, it is spending her time at Barnes and Nobles, which bugs her best friend daily. Her biggest open secret is that she loves anime and manga.

Adrianna said, “I am not ashamed of who I am. Instead, I am disappointed in those who judge a book by its cover.”

Alea Anderson

Ministry Team

Contributing Writer

Alea’s Bio

Alea grew up in a loving, God-fearing home. This upbringing provided a strong foundation for beginning her relationship with God in 2013. With newfound purpose and faith, she desires God’s glory and will to abound, “On earth as it is in heaven.”

Matt. 6:9-13 says,

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Alea’s prayer is to equip our readers to spread the Gospel and build God’s Kingdom as they become intimate with Him. 

Alea has held positions in retail, healthcare, and the food industry before choosing her career in marketing and sales. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing from Regent University in Virginia Beach. She has experience in various areas including childcare, project management, and leadership. 

Her writing journey began when she was given her first journal at age 9. From poor spelling and incoherent sentences to academic works and now a contributing writer at SheBelieves Co.−she has come a long way! 

She currently resides in Southern Maryland with her family and several plants. You can find her serving in ministry, traveling, or spending time with friends in her free time.

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