Meet Emily and Juile



Emily Dempster

Curriculum Development/Writer

Emily is a biblical counselor at Salem Heights Church in Salem, Oregon. She has a deep passion to see women defined not by their circumstances but by who they were created to be. Compelled by her passion for God’s Word and discipleship in the local church she works hard at counseling and encouraging women, and developing curriculum to be used in the discipleship process. Emily has written and co-edited several Bible studies as part of the Experiencing Growth Series for Women, available on She has earned her Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University Theological Seminary. Married to Ryan, they have two busy children. Emily enjoys exercise, reading, watching soccer and traveling with her family.




Julie Bernard

Ministry Mentor/Writer/Speaker

Julie has been involved in women’s ministry for almost thirty years and has been the Women’s Ministry Director at Salem Heights Church for the past fifteen. She has developed a ministry that is discipleship focused and purposefully reaches out beyond the doors of the church. She believes in the team approach to ministry and is passionate about developing Women’s Ministry leaders. Along with co-writing six discipleship focused women’s Bible studies and a daily devotional.

She enjoys drinking coffee with friends, snuggling with her four grandkids and golfing with her husband.