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Women's Ministry Track


REACH has a unique Women's Ministry Track this year. See below for breakout titles and speaker information.


11:00 am - REACH Women’s Track
Women in God’s Mission Featuring: Sandy Wisdom Martin

11:50 am - Lunch

12:20 pm - Panel Discussion
Featuring: Sandy Wisdom Martin, Ruth Ripken, Elizabeth Ayers, & Others (Liz Encinia, panel facilitator)

12:50 pm - Break

1:00 pm - REACH Women’s Tract: Hospitality as a Mission
Featuring: Ruth Ripken

1:50 pm - Mission Challenge
Featuring: Liz Encinia

2:00 pm - Dismiss

Breakout Options:

  • Hospitality as a Mission - Ruth Ripken
  • Women in God’s Mission - Sandy Wisdom-Martin

Speaker Bios:

Sandy Wisdom-Martin

Sandy Wisdom-Martin serves as executive director-treasurer for National WMU® in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to this post, she led WMU of Texas as executive director. She also served as women’s missions and ministries director for the Illinois Baptist State Association and served in the areas of WMU and church and community ministries with Arkansas Baptist State Convention. Born and raised in southern Illinois, Sandy is married to Frank Martin, and they have one daughter.

Ruth Ripken

Ruth and her husband, Nik are mission veterans of 35 years with the International Mission Board, SBC, having served in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Somalia, Germany, Ethiopia and the Middle East. Currently they are directing and serving with Nik Ripken Ministries (NRM).

Ruth has a BA and Masters in Education and she taught school while Nik pastored before they went overseas.

Along with her husband, they have done extensive research among believers living in the midst of persecution in over 70 countries.  This research has been shared in numerous articles and three books, The Insanity of God:  A True Story of Faith Resurrected and The Insanity of Obedience:  Walking With Jesus in Tough Places. They spend their time sharing the truths they have learned from these believers in persecution with churches, schools, and mission organizations.  

One of Ruth’s greatest joys is spending time with Muslim women, listening to their story and seeing how God can break into their lives.  Another blessing is helping women across the US connect and fall in love with the nations in their midst.

Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons, two wonderful daughter-in-loves and an amazing grandson.

Liz Encinia

Dr. Liz Encinia is the Executive Director-Treasurer of Kentucky WMU. Liz is an equipper and strategist who helps missions leaders create an environment that encourages all people to have a holistic view of missions that compels them to live out their calling. She has a Masters of Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University and a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University.  Liz is a grown-up Pastor's kid and a life-long "GA" with a love for discipleship and missions.