In 2012 Lina started a ministry called Living With Power. She started this because she loves Jesus. Lina makes a living taking care of children as a Pediatric ER doctor, but her main passion in life is telling others about Jesus and the love He has for each of them. She was born in Lebanon, but moved to the Midwest when she was 15 and now calls Chicago home.
Lina has written two books: Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended and Stripped: When God’s Call Turns from Yes to Why Me? She started a blog ministry that has now grown to a non profit organization. In this organization they produce English and Arabic podcasts. This year, they have turned their focus to the Middle East so they can spread the message of hope to the Syrian refugees and many who long to find the answers to their questions about life.
Jen is a wife, mom to four, and an advocate for women to love God with their minds through the faithful study of His Word. She is a speaker, writer, and Bible teacher. Jen lives in Flower Mound, Texas, and her family calls The Village Church home.
Jen’s newest study is 1 Peter. She is also the author of Women in the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds and Sermon on the Mount Bible study.
Annie is an author and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. She uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. Annie weaves together personal stories, humor, and Scripture to invite those reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply.
Annie is the author of Let’s All Be Brave, a book for men and women about the power we each have to make a difference. She also has two books for teens: Perfectly Unique, a spiritual growth book for high school and college girls, and Speak Love, a challenge to women on how to use their words to make a difference in the world.
Annie is a huge fan of bands with banjos, glitter, her community of friends, boiled peanuts, and football games.
The MetCollective is a traveling band that has come out of the worship team at a local church in Houston Texas. The MetCollective gets the opportunity to take what God is doing in their local community and share it around the Country. This team helps lead out at Youth Camps, Conferences, and Disciple Shift’s (DS1) training events. With a large team, the MetCollective is a unique group that can contextualize themselves for any event. Whether it is a Youth event or a Mens or Women’s Only conference, the band will use only those band members that would best serve the event.
It’s been an idea for years between founding members Steven Patterson and Matt Roberson. Both having successful careers for nearly a decade, they sacrificed those careers to come together and do life and ministry together. The MetCollective derives the name from two specific principles the group was founded on. First, it is ministry birthed out of the local church and secondly it is a non-inclusive collective of musicians and artists. It simply isn’t based on a person, but a collection of people collaborating and creating with the God who called us into marvelous light.