Free eBook: Five Markers of Healthy Planting Wives

A tree puts down roots and bears fruit. The process of growth and life becomes observable to those around it. Five Markers of Healthy Planting Wives explores five keys for church planting wives to live and flourish:

  1. Spiritual Formation
  2. Authentically Connected
  3. Growing Emotional Health
  4. Engages Lostness
  5. Gracefully Resilient

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About Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover is a pastor’s wife, mom of three boys, Bible teacher, and author of six books, including The Church Planting Wife, Messy Beautiful Friendship, and How to Thrive as a Pastor’s Wife, as well as a Bible study, Seek First the Kingdom. Her work has been featured on The Gospel Coalition, For The Church, and Christianity Today. Originally from Texas, she and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they planted a church in 2008. Find Christine at her home online,

About Elicia Horton

Elicia Horton serves as Assistant Director of Women’s Ministries at The Grove Community Church in Riverside, California. She has been serving alongside her husband, D.A. Horton, for the past 12 years in ministry. They have been married 17 years and have known each other since they were kids. She is a mother of three, a former home school mom, author, basketball coach, Bible teacher, conference speaker and writer. She has received graduate degrees in both Religious studies and Organizational Development from Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary. She co-authored her first book with her husband titled Enter the Ring released in 2018. She and D.A. serve as marriage coaches for LifeWay’s Woo Marriage series and Elicia, along with many Christian women of color, contributed to an expositional book on Psalms 119 titled His Testimonies, My Heritage that was released September 2019. 49

About Jennifer Huntley

Jennifer Huntley is a church planting spouse in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Jennifer makes a living freelancing in graphic design, video editing and photography. After eight years of summer camp ministry, she married her husband, Jared, and together they planted a church outside of Toronto. They spent four years on the field as North American Mission Board planters in Canada before moving back to the U.S. to pursue adoption and to help plant a church in Washington, D.C.

About Kathy Litton

Kathy Litton lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her husband Dr. Ed Litton, who is pastor of Redemption Church. Both had their lives take unexpected journeys as they lost their former spouses in car accidents. Kathy knows the sting of death, the journey of losses all against a backdrop of a loving Savior and Lord who proved to be faithful, good and ever present. Ed and Kathy share six grown children and ten grandchildren. She is the Director of Planter Spouse Development at the North American Mission Board.

About Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson is a church planting wife and the mother of five children. She serves in ministry alongside her husband in Baltimore, Maryland, where they planted Imprint Community Church in 2017. She enjoys teaching and discipling women in her local church and through writing and public speaking. She is the author of Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturing in Christ (Crossway, 2019). You can find more of her writing at