Contributors

Claire Raabe

My name is Claire Raabe, and I currently abide in home sweet College Station, TX. I spend most days working with business students at Texas A&M, playing trivia with my coworkers, and dreaming about the next adventure Jesus will send me on. I love Aggie football, national parks, Louisa May Alcott, and sunsets as best seen from my hometown of Poth, TX (pop. 1,800). I think words and stories are a powerful way to create beauty, and I hope writing for All the More will be an outlet to do just that. Being known by Christ is what gives me joy and hope each morning, and my greatest desire is to see other people experience abundant life with Him!


TaKasha Smith

Hey!  My name is TaKasha.  After graduating from college, 10 years of ministry in the Midwest, and more wretched winters than my heart could stand, I’ve landed in Austin, Texas as a Master’s student in Global Policy and International Law.  I am passionate about healing, advocacy, and justice for those who are forgotten in this world.  I am a writer, a teacher, a friend, and an undeserving daughter of the King.


Eileen Drake

I grew up in Austin, TX and have only known this city. Love my city! I work for the University of Texas as a Sr. Administrative Associate. I love to two-step, enjoy discipleship and am always up for ziplining. I LOVE chocolate espresso torte (nods to Chez Zee and Sao Paulo Restaurant) and have a fascination with birds after taking a birdwatching class at UT. I pray that I am able to do full-time ministry sometime in the future using my administrative skills but also working “in the field.” My life inspiration is to disciple ladies to follow Christ and teach them to make more disciples of Christ. Praying you get some encouragement from this blog!


Rachel Guerrero

Rachel Guerrero

Hey y’all, I’m Rachel! After growing up in Houston, I moved to San Marcos in 2008 to attend Texas State University and study Education. While there, I came to know and follow Christ after a girl in my math class shared the gospel with me for the first time!
After college, I moved to Austin and married my husband, Josh. On our first date, he told me he wanted to plant a church and my response was “That sounds fun!” Fast forward seven years, to today, and we are planting Refuge Community Church in Southeast Austin. Additionally, after six years of teaching elementary school, I’ve decided to stay home and disciple my own littles, Lia (2) and Jude (6 mo). An enjoyable day for me would include my family and closest friends, coffee, a picnic near water, a scenic hike, laughter, reading and napping! My desire is to seek Jesus, finding and helping others find the confidence and joy that knowing Christ brings.


Brittney Elizabeth

Well, hello there. My name is Brittney Elizabeth, and I was born and raised in Chicago. I’m happy to be back in the city that shaped me after living in Asia, where I used my background in curriculum development. Although I’ll always be an educator at heart, I’m also an extroverted introvert who’s serious about community and the importance of storytelling. I find joy in connecting with women and aim to validate and dignify their stories by sharing my own. When I’m not engaging with you all, you might find me curled up in a chair reading a memoir or unashamedly reenacting Beyonce’s Homecoming performance.

I have been in a relationship with the Lord for 12 years and continue to discover who I am because of who He is as I empower women to be unashamedly themselves as full image-bearers. I look forward to sharing this space with you as we seek God together.


Bailey Lenzen

On any given day you will find me collaborating to create avenues to better business education, raving about one word that makes all the difference in a verse of scripture, and on the phone catching up with a friend. I am borderline-obsessed with Myers Briggs, and most of my conversations at some point include the phrase, “That’s so SJ/NTP/SF of you.” I love reading nonfiction, cooking, hiking, and telling stories. I grew up in a small town near Fort Worth and went to Texas A&M for my management degree, stayed for a year to work at the university, left for two years to get my M.Ed. at A&M’s rival institution, The University of Texas at Austin, and am now back in my former stomping grounds at A&M with my dear husband, Matt. I write and toil for All the More to share our collective fervent desire for knowing our perfect Creator.


Natalie Mayo

Hey, I’m Natalie! I’m originally from Houston, Texas but I moved to Austin in 2006 to attend The University of Texas (Hook ‘em)! In 2012, my husband, Tory, and I planted a church in central east Austin called The Well and it’s been one of the coolest experiences of my life with some of my favorite people watching our amazing God do incredible things. I have my dream job staying home with our four beautiful little girls – Michaiah, Kyria, Jada, and Eliyah. I love Jesus, am passionate about truth and discipleship, and my love language is chips and guacamole.


Rachel Marissa

Hey, I’m Rachel! If I’m not working, I’m probably running, catching up with friends over an Americano, writing, or exploring the beauty of West Michigan with my husband. Following Jesus since I was 19-years-old has taken me on some beautiful, at times painful adventures – which is the heart of what I write about. I pray our testimonies on All the More encourage you in your own faith adventure!


Jenny McCarty

Hi there, my name is Jenny. This past year, I moved to Austin, TX without knowing a soul for a job that was very different than what I had been doing before. Some would say that I am risk-taker; I’d say that I am going wherever God opens the door. Writing is one of my secret (well not so secret anymore) passions but in my spare time, you will most likely find me outside riding horses, practicing the guitar, or exploring this new city that I have come to love.


Lisa Olian

During the past 8+ years of “adulting” my identity has been found in a variety of titles. College tennis player. High school English teacher. Tennis coach. Young Life Leader. Graphic Designer. However, during my journey with Christ, the most beautiful identity I have come to rejoice in is “Daughter of Christ.” The super-awesome, too-good-to-be-true (but it is true) news is that He wants YOU to know this as your identity too! My prayer is that through this blog you too would know that you are deeply loved and fully cherished by your heavenly father.

P.S. Lisa designed our logos!


Kathryn Pesyna

I am a born and raised Midwesterner from Indiana, but I found a new home in California by way of Austin, Texas. I married my high school sweetheart who helps me raise our three kiddos. I am a self-diagnosed anglophile with a degree in English Language & Literature from Purdue University. I am an Enneagram One who struggles with perfection in the eyes of God but loves to rest in His goodness and justice. I love all things Harry Potter, crosswords, Tex-Mex, bullet journals, and Beethoven.


 M.J. Villatoro

Hey, I’m  M. J. I’ve been married to my husband, Adán, for 14 years, and have the honor of being a stay at home mom to our four kids Lorenzo, Márquez, Joaquín, and Graciana. 
Originally from Long Island, I’m a New Yorker at heart, but I have lived in my husband’s native country, El Salvador, for over ten years. We are a multicultural family and speak fluent Spanglish in our home. 
I love writing in general, but I am most passionate when I write about my faith in God, and the things He has done in my life. It’s my desire that God would use my words and the experiences to touch the hearts of others. 
When I’m not writing, you can find me in the kitchen trying to make healthy food taste as unhealthy as possible or sneaking spoonfuls of Nutella.