Meet the Tribe
Abby Rike Rockenbaugh, Speaker . Teacher . Author
Abby Rike Rockenbaugh, a loyal, hard working, lover of life, faced an unfathomable tragedy in October 2006 when her beloved husband, 5 ½ year old daughter, and 2 ½ week old son were killed in a fatal car crash. With God’s grace, she chose to forge ahead in her new life.
Following the wreck, Abby graduated with a Master’s of Education degree maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Deciding there was more living to do in this life, in May of 2009, God led Abby on a very public journey of healing and wellness when she went on NBC’s hit reality series “The Biggest Loser.” Abby began her journey on the show weighing in at 247 pounds; and at the December finale, she lost 100 pounds, weighing in at 147 pounds.
In the years following, Abby has had the privilege of sharing the many lessons she learned along the way with hundreds of corporations, hospitals, churches, grief groups, universities, and schools. Abby feels blessed to have had the opportunity to realize God’s grace full circle and feels compelled to share with others what she experienced firsthand. The Biggest Loser served as the catalyst to jumpstart her back in to living, and Abby feels like the best has just begun. She continues her healthy lifestyle and vigor for life and is a living example that even in your darkest hour, there is always hope.
Abby remarried in 2011. She and her husband, TJ, call Rockenbaugh Mountain in Nashville home, along with their gaggle of four-legged friends including dogs, chickens, and fainting goats. They are active members at their home church, First Baptist Joelton. If you're in the area, they'll save you a seat!
Abby published her first book, Working It Out in 2011. She has appeared on the Ellen Show, Jay Leno, The Today Show, Kathie Lee and Hoda, Better TV, The 700 Club, Praise the Lord, and numerous others. She also has been featured on the cover of Life & Style Magazine, Woman’s Day, and was featured in People magazine.
Summer Lacy, Bible Teacher
Summer is wife to Chris and Mama to their 3 wild boys. A teacher at heart, Summer readily traded her role as a professor of Communication Studies for an amazing gig as stay-at-home mom when boy #2 made his debut. She earned her Master's Degree at the University of Texas, is a part of the Tribe here at Rock This, and is a Bible teacher and writer.
Her first book, His Word Alone: A call to put down your Bible studies and pick up your Bible, was recently released. Thoroughly convinced of God's ability to use His Word to meet us each individually, Summer has a passion for sharing the endless beauty of Scripture with women in all phases of life. Summer and her family live outside of Houston in Spring, Texas and call Church Project home. You can find Summer’s blog at www.earlymorningmama.com or connect with her on Facebook.
Brenna Peyton, One Organized Girl
Brenna is a professional organizer in Nashville, TN, who gets IT. She gets how important your home and family are. She knows from deep down in her soul that your family and your home are the very heart of who you are, and that with every fiber of your being, you want more time, space, and energy to enjoy both of those things. She also knows that some days you’d rather set your house on fire than deal with the chaos that awaits you there. She gets that life is hard. Even the good things in life. ESPECIALLY the good things in life. Brenna is ALL about figuring out practical, simple solutions, so you can live with less chaos, resentment, anxiety and panic. In short, so you can live a life without the C.R.A.P. (Chaos, Resentment, Anxiety, and Panic)
You can find Brenna's website, including her blog, at www.OneOrganizedGirl.com.
Billie Day, Children's Book Author
Billie is a wife of 48 years, a mother, and a grandmother – roles that have defined her – by choice. She is passionate about her love for Jesus and desires to encourage others to experience that same love. She and Ron, her steady beau of 55 years, live all of life together, including teaching a couple’s class at First Baptist Church, Mabank, TX. At 71 years young, Billie decided to try her hand at writing children’s books, hoping to foster within young hearts a love for Jesus, to promote family time together reading and singing, and to trigger within young minds a desire to know more. Billie’s greatest fulfillment has always come from watching those she loves shine.
Billie writes, “Abby encourages not only friends, Facebook friends, and many she’s never met to step out of their comfort zone – to try that which is beyond their own ability – but even her own mom! It’s not a step of faith, but a leap! You’re never too old…”
Amy Garza, MD/ Wellness Coach
Amy loves Jesus madly and loves talking to everyone about the only One who will never let her down. Her earthly joys are abundant and they start with four of the coolest kids on the planet: Jake (14), Allie (13), Josh (12) and Ainslee (10). Amy spent years criss-crossing the country in pursuit of her medical career, but now lives in Texas where she was born and raised. Her passion for health, nutrition, and fitness is deep-rooted in personal identity and weight struggles from which the Lord continues to graciously free her. A physician by training but a teacher at heart, Amy has an overwhelming desire to teach others what scripture truly says about who we are in Christ and what a healthy physical, mental, and spiritual life entails. Amy believes God gives each of us the power of choice in circumstance and His power in times of weakness.
She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Denver Seminary. In her free time, Amy enjoys lifting heavy weights, playing golf, reading, and spending time with the best friends and family a girl could ask for.
Neely Beattie, Bible Journaler
Neely is a wife, stay-at-home mom, and photographer in Southwest Missouri. She loves Jesus, laughing, sarcasm, flannel shirts, a hot cup of coffee, and a good book. Neely is drawn to the quirky, weird, and random things in life and can find something funny in almost any situation. With a bachelors degree in graphic design, she has found another way to funnel her love for creating: using bible journaling to share God's message. What began as a personal commitment to soak up God's word by using art has now become a way to encourage and uplift others. When Neely isn't doing any of the above things, she can usually be found binge watching shows on Netflix or texting her sister-in-law funny pictures she found on the Internet.
Sherrie Wilkerson, Bible Teacher and Comedic Relief
Sherrie hails from Nashville, TN, and assures us that she was here long before it was cool. She is the wife of Paul and dog mom to Murphy. She has taught Sunday School to 3 year-olds for fourteen years and is an active member of First Baptist Joelton, serving on the Board of Directors, the Make a Difference - Helping Hands steering committee, and co-teaching a discipleship class.
Sherrie enjoys painting, decorating with antiques, and keeping those around her amused. Most importantly, God has been grooming Sherrie for t.His ministry for the past several years. She waits with confident anticipation of what God has in store.
On her tombstone it will say, "She made Jesus smile.”
Samantha Spittle, Connector
Samantha is a work in progress. She is the wife of Jeremy and mom to daughter Riley (5) and son Conner (4). She has a heart to connect inwardly and outwardly with the women God puts in her path, encouraging women in the trenches, mothers, daughters, fighters, believers, and more. She has been described as a strong dose of humor and love, trying her best to walk the walk while talking the talk (keeping it real) daily! Her methods often include telling stories that provide too much information (at her own expense) in hopes that it not only brings out a laugh but also helps those listening know they aren't alone.
Over the years, God has, and continues to, place special women in her path that have allowed her to grow and learn, and she wants other women to experience those same meaningful relationships. Like many of you, she is simply living her life and waiting to hear where God calls her to go next (while trying not to overthink it in the meantime!).
After growing up as an Army brat and moving every few years, she has planted roots outside of Washington, DC, in her husband's hometown of Nokesville, VA. Samantha and her family attend Greenwich Presbyterian Church, where she is an active leader in the women's ministry, planning and helping lead events and retreats.
Jennie McChargue, Encourager
Jennie is the master teacher at a high school in South Louisiana where she coaches, supports, and promotes effective classroom practices. Her greatest joy is parenting her son Jacob, a junior and starting center-fielder for the Braves. Jennie's deepest desire is for others to experience the joy, freedom, and redemption that only comes from Jesus Christ.
She proudly sports her "Jesus cape" and wants others to have one as well! She is a warrior, encourager, and victor in Christ. Jennie and Jacob live in Houma, Louisiana.
Lindsey Maholland, Music
Lindsey is a wife to John and mother to Stella Beth and Braxton Jude. She's in her sixth year of being a music teacher and loves sharing the joy of music with her work babies. Lindsey has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel around the U.S. and lead worship for different events and camps for children, youth, and adults. Her passion and true gift is to lead the church in praising His great Name. Lindsey was created to share music, her giant faith, and His great Name with the world!
Julie Teague, Overcomer
Julie taught early elementary for several years before God removed her from the classroom. In 2010, she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, a chronic pain condition that affects the facial nerves. With limited treatment options, her daily existence demands her constant dependence on and trust in God. She is striving to fight the good fight of faith as she seeks the Lord in the midst of interrupted plans and dreams of a life she envisioned for herself prior to her health complexities. She is a daughter, a sister, and a fiercely loyal friend. She is a listener, an encourager, a warrior, and dreamer.
Julie desires that other women would fully believe that God can use pain and suffering for our good if we allow Him to - drawing beauty out of ashes. Even in the midst of constant pain, God is near and brings joy in the morning.
Stephanie McGee, Prayer Warrior
Stephanie grew up in the Nashville, TN, area. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Administration, where she received her private pilots certificate with an instrument rating. She married Brandon McGee in March of 2000, and together they have three small children: Skylar, Laken, and Blaze. She works presently as the Chief Executive Officer of Domestic Engineering at home. She was saved at the age of 8 in Vacation Bible School. She enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family, spontaneous adventures, and being a wife and mom.
Amy Buehler, Evangelizer
Amy Buehler is a disciple of Jesus first and foremost, followed by her other roles as wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, and employee. She has had diverse experiences while raising her three kids, Grayson (13), Ava (11), and Sophia (7), including being a stay at home mom for 9 years, homeschooling for two years, teaching women's bible studies, and now works full time while keeping her family as her primary ministry. She and her husband of 15 years live in Houston and have a heart for orphans, widows, and teaching and mentoring single adults.
Sheila Spickler, Truth Teller
Sheila has been married to Frank for 49 years. They have lived all their married life in and around Nashville, TN, and have two children and three grandchildren. Their son, Josh, is married to Ginger and they have Walt, 11, and Patrick, 6. Their daughter, Ginger, has Macy who is also 6. They both presently reside in Memphis, TN.
Sheila was saved at 9 years old, but truly surrendered her life to the God in 1978. From her earliest childhood memories her greatest dream was always to be a wife and mother. She says, “God just chose to give me ‘exceedingly, abundantly more’ than I asked by allowing me to be Nana to Walt, Patrick, and Macy.”
As the mom of young children, Sheila stayed home and never regretted a day of it. When the kids went to school, she worked as the receptionist, secretary, and bookkeeper at the Christian school they attended. When Josh and Ginger went away to college, she changed professions becoming a medical transcriptionist and worked the next 16 years from home. She has been retired since 2011, and Frank retired in 2012. They have enjoyed traveling (mostly to Memphis) and are looking forward to more travel in the coming years, the Lord willing!
Frank and Sheila have led a young married couples Bible study group on Sunday mornings at First Baptist Church Joelton since 2004. This has undoubtedly been one of their greatest privileges in serving, and as long as God grants them the health and strength, they plan to walk with these couples and share with them God’s Word and how He has so faithfully brought them through all their life experiences.
Sheila's wisdom, discernment and gift of listening well have made her an indispensable gift to our Tribe and we know she is going to bless you, too.