Discipleship is a joy, but it’s not without its challenges.

Jesus gave a command in Matthew 28:19-20 to “make disciples.” However, we find that many people aren’t doing that. The reasons most given are: (1) I don’t know what that means, (2) I don’t know how, or (3) I feel inadequate – either because of my past, or because I’ve never been discipled.

I understand.

I became a Christian early in life, but floundered in my faith the first two years of college. The Lord brought a Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) leader into my life who helped me see how I’d lost my way and then lovingly discipled me. Bonnie showed me what it looked like to passionately pursue Jesus, and I’ve never been the same.

That divine appointment taught me the importance of investing in the lives of others. I can see how the Lord has used others to encourage me, and He stirred a desire in my heart to disciple others. I’m amazed and humbled at the opportunities He’s given me, especially to attend Dallas Theological Seminary where I studied Christian Education with a focus on Women’s Ministry. I now serve at First Evangelical Church in Memphis as the Women’s Ministry director.

I’ve authored several books,

and my passion is to strengthen women in their faith so they can strengthen and build into others. Building Your Spiritual Toolbox gives believers a solid foundation in their own walk with the Lord, and also gives them the skills and tools they need to disciple others.

I have developed many discipleship resources that I make available for my subscribers. Join my mailing list and receive access to my extensive library of FREE PDF downloads.

Now that you’ve heard a little of my story, you’re probably wondering if Crickett is my real name.

No, I was born Janene Keeth and later was given the nickname Crickett when I was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). My fellow staffers said I reminded them of Jiminy Cricket because I was little and bouncy. They dubbed me “Crickett” and it has followed me wherever I go. And I’ve gone a lot of places!

I’ve traveled the world with wonderful friends.

I’ve been sky-diving and climbed two 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado. Someday I’d love to climb Mount Everest but I’ll probably have to settle for just seeing it up close and personal this past November!

I’ve rubbed elbows with some amazing women in ministry.

I’m a sister to Jimmy and John (whom I affectionately call Big Bubby and Little Bubby), and an aunt to their adorable children and grandchildren. I also share my home with two precious cats, Hobson and Hannah.

I have an extensive network of friends and we enjoy planning themed dinners and hanging out for game nights.

Four fun facts about me:

I love football, particularly SEC college football and especially my alma mater, LSU. I’m also a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan.

I’ve lived most of my adult life in major cities, but I’m a small-town girl at heart. I grew up in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, a town of 1,000 residents about 30 miles north of Shreveport.

I was a perfusionist for 18 years. That’s the person who runs the heart-lung machine during open heart surgery. I learned a lot during those years that equipped me for what I’m doing now in ministry.

My favorite foods are seafood, steak, Mexican food and chocolate. Being a good southerner, of course I wash it all down with an ice-cold glass of sweet tea!

I’d love the chance to connect with you and encourage you in your walk with the Lord. I hope you’ll join my mailing list and receive my free resources. Feel free to contact me via email, but if you’re ever in the Memphis area, be sure to stop by First Evangelical Church and say hi!

“Make an impact of eternal significance with your life
by investing it in someone else’s life.”

Howard G. Hendricks, Dallas Theological Seminary

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