Angela Thomas-Pharr believes that ordinary women become extraordinary in the arms of God. She knows. She is an ordinary woman. As a best-selling author, sought-after speaker and gifted storyteller, Angela transparently shares real-life experiences that help women of all ages and from all walks of life develop a deeper passion for knowing God. After attending Dallas Theological Seminary, Angela served as a part-time youth director in a Methodist church where she discovered her true calling as a speaker and teacher. After living 14 years as wife and mother of four, Angela's marriage ended. Through the wounds of divorce and the unchartered territory of life as a single mom, Angela learned how to rely on God for strength, hope and comfort. During that season, she wrote, My Single Mom Life, a book of lessons and encouragement for all the women who walk a similar path. She has also written several Bible studies, including Redeemed and Brave. A popular speaker, Angela regularly engages, inspires, and encourages over 70,000 people each year through her speaking engagements at national conferences, workshops, and other arenas. Angela graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Angela calls Greensboro, N.C., home and enjoys making her husband Scott and their children her main priorities.
Feleceia Benton is an accomplished award-winning singer and performer. Feleceia has performed on almost every professional theater stage in Dallas/Ft. Worth and has been featured in publications like the Dallas Morning News, Culture Map Dallas, and most recently on the cover of Thrive Magazine with her little girl, Zoe. As a single mother of a daughter with special needs, Feleceia is passionate about her story with other single mothers and understands the stress that can come along with raising a child on your own. Author of "Lessons from Five Fingers: 21 Life lessons from the book of Zoe" released in 2016, shares her own personal stories as a mother and lessons she learned along the way from little Zoe! Ms. Benton holds two degrees from Texas Christian University, a graduate of the Leadership Southwest program, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Leadership at UNT-Dallas. She also sits on a number of non-profit boards in Southern Dallas County. Feleceia is ultimately passionate about spreading her inspirational message of creativity, spirituality and empowerment through faith, hope and action.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Worship at Bayou City Fellowship is an expression of our commitment to lifting high the name of Jesus by singing God’s praises through authentic and biblical songs. Rather than one voice singled out over others, we strive to be living sacrifices, joining as one unified voice of praise to our Lord and King Jesus. We believe in full diversity of modern songs and traditional hymns that magnify all the characteristics of God for His glory. Our prayer is that you would experience God’s presence with us in worship as a family as we all fix our focus and intent on Jesus.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Tayler Gilbert is a wife, creator, and worship leader from Houston, Texas. As a young girl she developed a deep love for Christ and worshiping Him through song. At the age of 15 she felt the Lord tugging on her heart calling her into ministry. After that she spent many years leading, traveling, and singing at several different churches. When it came time for college she headed to Dallas Baptist University where she studied and graduated with a degree in Music Ministry. Upon graduating she has had the opportunity to work with several different ministries which eventually led to her moving to Houston, Texas and becoming a member of Bayou City Fellowship.
From her personal testimony and story of redemption from abuse and an eating disorder, Tayler has a huge heart for women’s ministry and speaking truth, love, and freedom into each and every woman’s life. She believes that the Lord has a purpose for every single woman, no matter the story or where they have come from. Desiring to inspire and encourage them to live the most beautiful life through Jesus Christ.
Over the years, God has provided many opportunities for Natalie to share her personal story and a life changing message of how God can turn a great mess into greatness! Having suffered abuse, the guilt and shame of an abortion, the loss of a child, failed relationships, homelessness, as well as dealing with the daily struggles of life, Natalie discovered freedom in Christ by unlocking the most painful parts of her life story.
Natalie is indeed an overcomer, and she is passionate about sharing real-life experiences, which do not always come in a pretty package. You will always get her loving, funny, honest self, along with the relevant and practical things she is learning from God. As single mom, Natalie has loved and guided her sweet, talented daughter, Jada to her college years. With a courageous authenticity that is brave and inspiring, Natalie uses her gift of words to bless and help us see more clearly how God deeply loves us. Natalie loves beauty, color, laughter, friends and a nice big slice of pound cake!
Natalie has a passion to minister, mentor, and shepherd people who are walking through painful circumstances of life which has led her to co-found Soulwell Ministries. Natalie has survived tragedies in her own life, as well as overcoming some difficult childhood circumstances. Through it all, Jesus lovingly and patiently led her to the foot of the cross and has taught her to seek His will for her life first and foremost. Her calling and her passion is to help people who have been emotionally wounded find their voice and their worth in the Kingdom and to point them towards Jesus. Natalie and her two sons, Will and Jack, love traveling together and are loyal season ticket holders for TCU football. At the 2018 Life of Single Mom National Conference, Natalie was named the Single Mom of the Year!
Rolanda Williams was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas, and from a young age desired to teach others the Word of God. As a result, the Lord birthed a children’s church program through her as a senior in high school, volunteered as the Children’s Director while studying at the University of Houston. Later, as a single woman, junior in college, and working full time, Rolanda birthed her beautiful daughter. With Makaylah by her side, she graduated from the University of Houston in 2007 with a B.S. in Education. For over 15 years, she has taught in public and private schools, homeschooled, women and children’s bible studies and an online tutoring to students in Beijing, China. Her fondest memories of teaching are from the four years the Lord provided for her to homeschool Makaylah, while attending Dallas Theological Seminary to begin her Masters in Theology. During her time as the Community Outreach Coordinator at a large Baptist church, she developed a passion for international missions and has lead street evangelisms, worship and prayer teams, served in refugee camps and red light districts, on five different continents. In 2016, Rolanda and her daughter relocated to Cypress, Texas, where and she is currently the Athletic Director and teacher at The Connection School of Houston. Rolanda is delighted at how the Lord is now allowing her to now work alongside Makaylah during her next four years of High School.