Tuesday, January 1, 2008
MEDIA BIO (SHORT):
Rebecca Ingram Powell is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mother of three, and a nationally known author and speaker. She is the author of several books including her newest release, Season of Change: Parenting Your Middle Schooler with Passion and Purpose. Since 2003, Rebecca has been a monthly columnist for ParentLife magazine, writing the popular feature, "A Mom's Life." Her articles have appeared in HomeLife, BabyLife, The P31 Woman, and other Christian publications as well as on numerous websites including Pastors.com and Crosswalk.com. As the Parenting Contributor for Nashville's local morning news show, Fox 17's "Tennessee Mornings," Rebecca is a frequent guest, dishing out parenting advice and commentary with show hosts Kelly Sutton and Shane Tallant.
Rebecca and her husband Rich were college sweethearts and today live in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, with their three children, Danya, David, and Derek. The Powells are members of First Baptist Church, Madison, where Rich serves bi-vocationally as Minister of Missions.
FULL BIO (LONG)
Rebecca Ingram Powell is a nationally known author and speaker and a popular monthly columnist for ParentLife magazine (LifeWay Christian Resources). For over a decade, she has inspired and equipped moms in every season of parenting. In recent years, Rebecca’s ministry has expanded to include Bible studies and conference events for girls.
In her latest book, Season of Change: Parenting Your Middle Schooler with Passion and Purpose, Rebecca tackles the daunting years of middle school. Sharing candidly from her experiences as both a middler and a mom, she invites parents to dive deeply into these years with their kids, challenging them in their choices and focusing them on their faith. “Middle school was horrible for me,” she admits. “When my children hit those years, I noticed the only thing that had changed was the technology! The awkwardness, the insecurities, and the impact of peer influence were all the same.”
It was, however, in middle school when Rebecca first heard the whisper of God’s call on her life to be a writer and a speaker. Attending a large denominational girls’ conference when she was in eighth grade, Rebecca was enthralled by the keynote speaker who talked about living an adventurous life with God. “There was a stirring in my heart—a knowing—that one day, I would be a writer and speaker just like she was!”
Unfortunately, she admits that a typical teen lifestyle distracted her from holding on to that vision. Once in college, however, it began to resurface as she chose to major in English with a minor in Speech & Theater. She married her college sweetheart, Rich Powell, in 1988. Upon graduating in 1989, she found writing jobs were few. She accepted a job at a legal firm and worked on writing in the evenings. When children came along (Danya, 1992; David, 1994; and Derek, 1997), she knew they were her top priority. “If I can’t ‘write’ these books,” she says, referring to parenting her kids, “then who cares what I have to say?”
Rebecca’s writing career began when she self-published Baby Boot Camp: Basic Training for the First Six Weeks of Motherhood in 2000. It was picked up and re-issued by New Hope Publishers (Birmingham) in 2004, and is now in its fourth printing. Three Bible studies for teens followed. She has served as a columnist and features writer for ParentLife magazine since 2003, and has published hundreds of articles in venues such as HomeLife, Baptist Press, Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, The P31 Woman, Focus on the Family, and Crosswalk.com. Rebecca has been a guest on several radio and TV talk shows, including LeSEA Ministries’ Harvest Show, Dennis Rainey's FamilyLife Today, and Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. As the Parenting Contributor for Nashville's local morning news show, Fox 17's "Tennessee Mornings," Rebecca is a frequent guest, dishing out parenting advice and commentary with show hosts Kelly Sutton and Shane Tallant.
Rebecca and her family live near Nashville, TN. They are members of First Baptist Church of Madison, where Rich serves bi-vocationally as the Minister of Missions.
To learn more about Rebecca, read My Testimony