Meet Our Staff

Priority Ministries Staff

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Laurie-Staff Laurie Cole is the founder and President of Priority Ministries. She has been speaking and teaching for over 25 years and has encouraged women in all fifty states and abroad through her Bible studies and videos. Her passion for God’s Word mixes with her gift of teaching to create a refreshing glass of hope that pours into the life of every woman she meets.

Laurie and her husband Bill serve the Lord at Sagemont Church in Houston, Texas, where he is the Associate Pastor of Worship & Praise. They’ve been married for over 35 years and have three adult sons, David, Kevin, and J.J., and three grandchildren, Ezra, Juliette, and Caroline. David’s wife, Stephanie, also serves as Priority’s Administrative Director.

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Emily-Staff Emily Ryan has served as Priority’s Executive Editor since 2010. A writer since age ten, her first book, Who Has Your Heart? The Single Woman’s Pursuit of Godliness, has been studied in Europe, Australia, North and South America and translated into Bulgarian. She uses her passion for reading and writing to manage Priority’s Glo Girl Blog and works closely with Laurie to write and develop new products.

Her husband, Jason, serves as the Music and Communications Director at Sagemont Church. They have been married for over ten years and have four young children, Gideon, Canaan, Adelle, and Solomon.

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Pam-Staff Pam Henderson serves as the Executive Director of Priority Ministries. After beginning her thirty-year career with IBM as a typist, her exemplary administrative skills and dedicated work ethic were the foundation of her advancement to management as well as senior human resources advisor. She has been taking care of Priority’s administrative demands since 2004, and has a passion for helping others.

She and her husband, Joe, have been married for over thirty years and are active members of Sagemont Church. While their adopted miniature schnauzer P.J. keeps their life interesting, they also enjoy spending time with Joe’s adult children, Mark and Julie, and three grandchildren, Walton, Malcolm, and Cameron.

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Shanda-Staff Shanda Stiles serves as Priority’s IT and Events Director. In 2005 she began volunteering in the ministry to oversee Priority’s website and technology needs. In 2010, she left behind years of experience as a computer programmer for IBM to work for Priority, and also began managing all of Priority’s events, working closely with women’s ministry leaders and event coordinators who invite Laurie to speak at their events. Shanda has a heart for leading and mentoring other leaders to start home Bible studies.

Shanda and her husband, Morgan, were 7th grade sweethearts and have been married for over twenty years. They have two teenage children, Levi and Leah.

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Steph-Staff Stephanie Cole first joined the Priority family by default when she married Laurie’s son, David, in 2005. But her passion for prayer and her aptitude for numbers soon led her to serve in more official capacities, first as Prayer Director and now as Administrative Director. A self-described “rule follower,” Stephanie sees the bookkeeping and financial management of Priority as a ministry within the ministry – a behind-the-scenes way of making an impact in the lives of women.

Stephanie and David have three young children, Ezra, Juliette, and Caroline. When she’s not managing numbers or children, she enjoys developing her spiritual gift of baking.

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