Meet the Leaders
All of our table leaders eager to be involved in the discipleship of our student’s wives to encourage them as their husbands study in seminary. These women while devoted to the Lord and their families also enjoy many other ministries and interests:
"B" Mayhue has been married to her husband, Dick, for 47 years; they reside in Newhall, California, where Dr. Mayhue is the Senior Vice President and Dean of The Master's Seminary. They have been a part of TMS since 1989. God has blessed them with two children, a daughter and a son, and their families which include two grandsons. At this time the Lord has both of those families living nearby in southern California.
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Being a help-meet to Dick, co-leading the Seminary Wives Discipleship and teaching/discipling women are “B”’s primary occupations. She also enjoys “grandmothering,” singing, reading, collecting airships, decorating and dreaming up remodeling projects (which seldom take place). “B”’s life verse is Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
From the beginning of The Master’s Seminary, the Busenitz have been here, Irv as a founding faculty member and Karen as a leader of the Semwives Fellowship. Dr. Busenitz is now the V.P. for Academic Administration as well as a Professor of Old Testament. Karen continues in a leadership role, including being a prayer warrior for the women, as well as being a group leader, because of the desire the Lord has given her for this ministry and the opportunity to pursue it. She is also actively involved in ministering to her husband and family, the Seminary and its families, and serving in their Sunday School class with her husband. Dr. Busenitz is an Elder, primarily involved with the Missions Council that gives both of them opportunities to minister to the missionaries of GCC. Most of those are also TMS grads, and their wives are former Semwives.
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The Busenitzes have been married for 44 years and have two grown sons and their families, including six grandchildren. Making their home now in Santa Clarita, they originally came from the Mid-West, Irv from Kansas and Karen from Oklahoma. They enjoy snow skiing together though it doesn’t happen very often. Karen loves spending time with their family including the grandchildren and also enjoys having people in their home. She occasionally speaks to women’s groups. One of her current favorite verses is Psalm 44:8, ”In God we have boasted all day long, and we will give thanks to Your name forever.”
Barbara is the wife of Dr. Bill Barrick, Professor of Old Testament and Director of Th.D. studies at TMS, who is now in his 17th year. The Barricks came to TMS after 16 years of missionary service in Bangladesh where Bill was a Bible translator and Barb was a teacher of MKs and also English to Bangladeshis. Barb remembers her own busy days as a seminary wife with small children and desires to be an encouragement to other women as they grow spiritually during their husband's years in seminary. She has been a TMS Semwives table leader for fifteen years, as well as working with The Distaff newsletter and the website. In their local church she enjoys managing the church's library.
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The Barricks, who make their home in Santa Clarita, have been married 47 years, have four adult married children and fourteen grandchildren that they enjoy as often as possible, though none are in California. Barbara has many hobbies including tea parties, reading, Facebook, Pinterest, politics, and enjoys traveling with her husband. Her recent reading has included many recommended biblical counseling books. Having moved 39 times in her life, Proverbs 3:5-6 is a constant promise: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”
Louise is the wife of Dr. Keith Essex, Professor of Bible Exposition at TMS, now in his 20th year. He is also the Assistant Director for the Doctor of Ministry degree program. They both frequently enjoy having students into their home. As Louise serves as a table leader in SemWives she enjoys helping and encouraging the ladies with accountability in spiritual things as well as helping them become accustomed to Southern California. She and Keith serve on the missions committee at their local church. Having a deep love for children, she has previously served in leadership in both AWANA and Good News Clubs.
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Keith, an immigrant from England, but raised in Southern California since age ten, and Louise, a native Californian, have been married for 44 years and make their home in Canyon Country. They have six children and Louise was blessed to be a home school mom for 16 years. The Essexes also have 11 grandchildren. Louise enjoys spending time with grandkids (which involves some travel), taking photos and making photo books. She particularly loves neighborhood evangelism, challenging others to memorize Scripture and mentoring. She and Keith enjoy traveling regularly within the United States and overseas. A favorite passage is Psalm 5:1-3: "Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice you shall hear in the morning I will direct it to You and I will look up."
Betsy Harris is the wife of Dr. Greg Harris, Professor of Bible Exposition. They are originally from North Carolina, have been at TMS since 2006 and now reside in Canyon Country. Betsy has a BA in English Literature along with early childhood and reading certifications. The Harrises were married in 1982 and have two children, a married daughter and a son who just graduated from TMC. Betsy has been involved in SemWives since 2006 and enjoys praying for and encouraging the ladies as they prepare to be ministry wives.
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Greg has been a professor and pastor at several places, including currently serving as Teaching Pastor at Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic. Betsy enjoys being involved with the women’s ministry as well as teaching the four to six year olds in Sunday school each week. Her other interests include reading, gardening, baking and having people in their home. This past year Proverbs 3:5-6 have been favorite verses: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” A favorite book she has read and highly recommends is “Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II” by Darlene Deibler Rose.
Heather is the wife of Brad Klassen, Professor of Bible Exposition, in his first year on the faculty of The Master's Seminary. The Klassens came to TMS after serving twelve years as missionaries in Russia, where Brad served as the director of a training center for expository preachers. Heather served by helping lead a group for the wives of the students while also homeschooling their four children.
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Brad graduated from the The Master's Seminary in 1999 (MDiv) and 2001 (ThM).They were married one month before Brad started attending TMS and have now been married 17 years. Heather attended Seminary Wives for the five years that they were in California and is excited about returning and again helping in this very important ministry.
In their free time the Klassen family love to go on walks/hikes together and love to travel and see new places, and they love to have people over to their home. Heather also loves to cook, bake and read in her free time.
A favorite passage of Heather's is: Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths."
Missy, and her husband Ray Mehringer, who is the Vice President of Admissions and Placement for the seminary have been at TMS for 15 years and Missy’s been a small group leader for eleven years in Semwives. She loves the women and the opportunity to mentor young wives in their relationships to their husband and family and in their preparation for being a ministry wife. Dear to Missy's heart is the Alumni Prayer Program that she leads for SemWives where last year's graduates are prayed for during their first year of ministry. At Grace Church they are involved in Children's Ministry where Ray supervises 2nd hour Sunday School program, assisted by Missy who also serves in the resource room. Prior to TMS, while serving 18 years in the Air Force, Ray and Missy also worked with young adults doing engagement counseling and ministering to young marrieds.
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The Mehringers, married in 1979 and reside in Canyon Country. They have four children, two sons, two daughters all now married. Their seventh grandchild is expected in December 2013 and she loves any time with the grandchildren. Missy homeschooled their children for 21 years and she likes to encourage young moms in that area. She enjoys walking, reading, math tutoring, college football, and camping including a seminary camp out they lead each Spring. Watch for the announcements if you'd like to join that outing.
Missy enjoys speaking/teaching women’s groups and retreats and is involved in personal discipleship. She's recently been encouraged by Colossians 3:13 "Bear with each other and forgive one another. If any of you has a grievance against someone, forgive as the Lord forgave you."
Although she's a native Californian, Janice and her husband, Kelly, spent 19 years in Michigan, where Kelly taught at a private college and served as an elder in their church while Janice taught 5th grade. The Osbornes are in their seventh year at TMS where Dr. Osborne teaches New Testament Greek and Janice is part of the library and administrative staff. As a couple, the Osbornes have enjoyed a ministry of hospitality and friendship among college students, as well as coming alongside elderly believers. After re-locating to Southern California, the Lord graciously provided a home in Simi Valley where the Osbornes continue to welcome family, friends and church family.
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Janice enjoys reading, gardening, baking and having tea with friends. She can explain (or would that be rationalize?) the nutritional benefit of almost any dessert, especially those that contain chocolate! This summer two of her favorite reads were: C.S. Lewis: A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis by Devin Brown and Beyond Amazing Grace: The Forgotten Hymns of John Newton edited by J. Todd Murray. John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Jim Berg’s Changed Into His Image, and the C.S. Lewis Narnia series are titles she reads again and again. Janice has been privileged to be involved with SemWives for the past seven years; first as an Assistant Leader and as a Table Leader more recently. She also partnered with faculty wife Barbara Barrick and student wives in editing and publishing the Distaff, our SemWives newsletter (http://www.tms.edu/semwivesweb/distaff.asp ).
Psalm 34:3, “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together,” has been a special verse to Janice and Kelly throughout their 32 years of marriage. This continues to be the desire of their hearts.
In 1980 Bill and Donna Shannon moved to LA from NY as unbelievers. By God's gracious providence He saw fit to save them and bring them to Grace Community Church in 1982. Bill became a part of the first class at TMS in 1986 and Donna began attending SemWives. It ministered to her so much that after Bill graduated in 1990, (and again in 2011) she wanted to continue as a Group Leader desiring to encourage others similarly. She loves discipleship and enjoys ministering to women whether it be on an individual basis or in a group setting such as the ladies' study, Women Walking Wisely in the Shannon's fellowship group. In addition to these church based ministires, Donna also does women's retreats and has opportunity to speak in a variety of women's groups in the United States and abroad.
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Bill is pastor over Discipleship Counseling at GCC, pastors the adult fellowship group, FaithBuilders, oversees a variety of areas at GCC including Men's and Women's Ministries, Pre-Marital, and the Logos Discipleship/Counseling class. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Master's College. Bill and she were married in 1976. Their two grown daughters have blessed them with four granddaughters and one more on the way in October of this year. The Shannon's make their home in North Hills. In a formal setting or just over a cup of tea her favorite activities are studying and discussing the Word, hiking, a variety of outdoor activities, journaling, writing devotionals and helping others with needs. Donna holds a Associates Degree in Science and is currently enrolled in the Women's Ministry Certificate Program at the Master's College.
Her special verses are; Psalm 73:23-28 " Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works."
Andrea is the wife of Jeremy Smith, an adjunct faculty member and a doctoral student since the fall of 2012. Jeremy and Andrea were married in 1995 and Jeremy studied at TMS during their first few years of marriage. In 2001 they had the privilege to be sent as GMI missionaries to India where they served for 11 years doing leadership training and church planting. Andrea remembers her time as a seminary wife fondly and desires to come alongside and encourage other ladies as they help their husbands navigate through the various challenges seminary brings. The Smiths are actively involved in their Sunday School class at Grace Community Church. Jeremy co-leads and teaches in a Bible study and Andrea serves and minsters to the ladies of the group.
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The Smiths make their home in Castaic, although they are originally from Washington state. They enjoy spending time with their three children, whom they have always homeschooled. Jeremy and Andrea love serving people in their home, cheering for the Seattle Seahawks, and drinking coffee! In her spare time, Andrea likes to try new recipes and tackle home-improvement projects. Her favorite passage is Job 42:2-6: “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ “Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” ‘Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.’ “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You. Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.”
Mary is happy to be back as a small group leader at Sem Wives this year as she has a passion to encourage wives of men in ministry! Her husband is Dr. Bob Somerville who teaches counseling at The Master’s College. Mary herself has a Master’s in counseling and has the privilege of teaching two discipleship classes at the college, discipling individual women, and advising women regarding their master’s theses in Biblical Counseling. When the opportunity arose to join with the wives of TMS students who will be entering the ministry alongside their husbands came up, she jumped at the chance
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It was Mary’s joy to be a pastor’s wife in two churches for 35 years. She wants to encourage every wife of a man called to vocational ministry to be one with him in every respect with all of her heart. Hence the title of her very useful book One with a Shepherd—The Tears and Triumphs of a Ministry Marriage. Her ministry includes frequent travel and speaking to women’s groups and retreats.
The Somervilles, who make their home in Valencia, have two married children and many grandchildren
Jeanette is the wife of Dr. Dennis Swanson, Vice President for Library and Educational Assessment. Dennis is in his twentieth year at The Master’s Seminary while Jeanette is in her twentieth year on staff at The Master's College. She is the supervisor in the Campus Mail Center. Early in their marriage, Dennis and Jeanette were very active in their church and Jeanette served in just about every area of church ministry, even starting the women’s ministries. She organized the group and taught for many years until Dennis began as a student at TMS. Jeanette became a seminary wife while he attended and then she stayed on as a leader for a few years after that. Upon Dennis’ graduation they took a church position in Long Beach for three years before he was called back to the seminary to head up the library. Dennis now enjoys a unique church consulting business in his spare time, helping many churches through difficult times and also helping churches with the pastoral search process.
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Married for 36 years, the Swansons make their home in Santa Clarita. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, Jeanette teaches sewing through her business, Stitch Club.com, and she has a desire to help pass along the life-skill of sewing to the next generation. To that end she is very active in the non-profit organization, American Sewing Guild and serves on their national board of directors. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
Jeanette’s desire is to use gifts that God has blessed her with to bless others and build up the body of Christ. Special verses have been Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength;” and Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Sylvia is the wife of Steve Swartz, the Director of Development for the Master’s Seminary. Steve graduated from TMS in 2013. Steve also serves as pastor of Grace Bible Church of Bakersfield. Sylvia earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of North Texas, where she and Steve met. They married in 1988 and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June of this year. They currently live in Santa Clarita and commute to Bakersfield on the weekends. They have four children, Daniel (20), Michael (17), Joel (14), and Julia (8). They adopted Julia from South Korea in 2005. Sylvia has homeschooled all the children from kindergarten, with Daniel having graduated in 2012.
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This is Sylvia’s first year as a SemWives leader. Sylvia has been a pastor’s wife for 16 years, first in a church in central Texas where Steve served as senior pastor, and now here in California. She was the Children’s Church Director for 12 years, an AWANA leader for 10 years, and has served in the area of music worship for all the years of their ministry. Currently, Sylvia serves as the Director of Pre-School Sunday School in their church. She is a ladies’ group leader in their church’s Bible Training Institute and will be speaking at this year’s Grace Bible Church Ladies’ Retreat. As rewarding as these ministry opportunities have been, she still considers her top priorities as serving and praying for her husband and family. She enjoys cooking, reading, singing, having people into their home, giving teas, and traveling when possible. Her favorite Bible passage is Psalm 103, and her most recent favorite book is Choosing Gratitude, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She speaks with Steve for TMS Placement Seminars and also speaks at women’s functions in their church. One of her favorite verses is, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Amy White is serving as a co-leader for the first time this year after years of being a SemWife herself. Her husband Matt is working on his MDiv at the present time and also serves as Children’s Pastor at Grace Community Church. The Whites married in 1995 and have three children and Amy is now in the seventh year of homeschooling. She holds a Master’s degree in education and has taught in that field and loves everything teaching related.
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She is also happy to be back in SemWives, this time as a co-leader. She says , “I love SemWives and all that it means to wives of husbands who are preparing for ministry. I have found that for myself it is a time centered around the truth of God’s Word whether through the small group/table time or through the corporate speaker, and it has been encouraging and convicting at times and spurs me on in my own walk with the Lord. And of course, the friendships are priceless!”
Amy has served in church playing the piano, and also now helps her husband as needed in the busy Children’s ministry at GCC. They have also been involved in pre-marital counseling. Her main ministry, though, is her home—her husband and children. She enjoys cooking and baking and all things related; enjoys reading and playing the piano, musicals, and road trips.
A verse she’s meditated on over the past year is “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” (Ps. 37:4) emphasizing the first phrase in her meditations and focusing on delighting in the Lord.