Although she has pursued an active ministry of her own through teaching, speaking, and writing, Jo Ann Paris Leavell conducted family life conferences with her late husband while lecturing at retreats, luncheons, and conventions around the country. She once served as the president of the Ministers' Wives of the Southern Baptist Convention and twice acted as chairman of Lord, Change Me, an interdenominational conference for today's women. Leavell is the recipient of the Mrs. J. M. Dawson Award for distinguished ministers' wives. Also the author of Pelican's Joy in the Journey and Baptist Dishes Worth Blessing, she lives in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Rhonda Harrington Kelley, who serves as associate director of Innovative Evangelism, Inc. in New Orleans, authored Don't Miss the Blessing Study Guide, also published by Pelican. She has written articles for Louisiana Baptist Message and Baptist Youth. Her husband, Dr. Chuck Kelley, is the president of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.