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Meet the Leaders

All of our table leaders eager to be involved in the discipleship of our student’s wives to encourage them as their husbands study in seminary. These women while devoted to the Lord and their families also enjoy many other ministries and interests: 'B' Mayhue, Karen Busenitz, Barbara Barrick, Louise Essex, Delphine Bates, Beth Busenitz, Joanna Hargrove, Betsy Harris, Missy Mehringer, Janice Osborne, Donna Shannon, Mary Somerville, Jeanette Swanson, Amy White,

'B' Mayhue

"B" Mayhue has been married to her husband, Dick, for 48 years; they reside in Newhall, California, where Dr. Mayhue is the Senior Vice President and Dean of The Master's Seminary. They have been a part of TMS since 1989. God has blessed them with two children, a daughter and a son, and their families which include two grandsons. At this time the Lord has both of those families living nearby in southern California.

Being a help-meet to Dick, co-leading the Seminary Wives Discipleship and teaching/discipling women are “B”’s primary occupations. She also enjoys “grandmothering,” singing, reading, collecting airships, decorating and dreaming up remodeling projects (which seldom take place). “B”’s life verse is Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

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Karen Busenitz

From the beginning of The Master’s Seminary, the Busenitz have been here, Irv as a founding faculty member and Karen as a leader of the Semwives Fellowship. Dr. Busenitz is now the V.P. for Academic Administration as well as a Professor of Old Testament. Karen continues in a leadership role, including being a prayer warrior for the women, as well as being a group leader, because of the desire the Lord has given her for this ministry and the opportunity to pursue it. She is also actively involved in ministering to her husband and family, the Seminary and its families, and serving in their Sunday School class with her husband. Dr. Busenitz is an Elder, primarily involved with the Missions Council that gives both of them opportunities to minister to the missionaries of GCC. Most of those are also TMS grads, and their wives are former Semwives.

The Busenitzes have been married for 44 years and have two grown sons and their families, including six grandchildren. Making their home now in Santa Clarita, they originally came from the Mid-West, Irv from Kansas and Karen from Oklahoma. They enjoy snow skiing together though it doesn’t happen very often. Karen loves spending time with their family including the grandchildren and also enjoys having people in their home. She occasionally speaks to women’s groups. One of her current favorite verses is Psalm 44:8, ”In God we have boasted all day long, and we will give thanks to Your name forever.”

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Barbara Barrick

Barbara is the wife of Dr. Bill Barrick, Professor of Old Testament and Director of Th.D. studies at TMS, who is now in his 18th year. The Barricks came to TMS after 16 years of missionary service in Bangladesh where Bill was a Bible translator and Barb was a teacher of MKs and also English to Bangladeshis. Barb remembers her own busy days as a seminary wife with small children and desires to be an encouragement to other women as they grow spiritually during their husband's years in seminary. She has been a TMS Semwives table leader for seventeen years, as well as working with The Distaff newsletter and the website. In their local church she enjoys managing the church's library and mentoring women.

The Barricks, who make their home in Santa Clarita, have been married 48 years, have four adult married children and fourteen grandchildren that they enjoy as often as possible, though none are in California. Barbara has many hobbies including tea parties, reading, Facebook, Pinterest, politics, and enjoys traveling with her husband. Her recent reading has included many recommended biblical counseling books. Having moved 39 times in her life, Proverbs 3:5-6 is a constant promise: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”

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Louise Essex

Louise is the wife of Dr. Keith Essex, Professor of Bible Exposition at TMS, now in his 20th year. He is also the Assistant Director for the Doctor of Ministry degree program. They both frequently enjoy having students into their home. As Louise serves as a table leader in SemWives she enjoys helping and encouraging the ladies with accountability in spiritual things as well as helping them become accustomed to Southern California. She and Keith serve on the missions committee at their local church. Having a deep love for children, she has previously served in leadership in both AWANA and Good News Clubs.

Keith, an immigrant from England, but raised in Southern California since age ten, and Louise, a native Californian, have been married for 44 years and make their home in Canyon Country. They have six children and Louise was blessed to be a home school mom for 16 years. The Essexes also have 11 grandchildren. Louise enjoys spending time with grandkids (which involves some travel), taking photos and making photo books. She particularly loves neighborhood evangelism, challenging others to memorize Scripture and mentoring. She and Keith enjoy traveling regularly within the United States and overseas. A favorite passage is Psalm 5:1-3: "Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice you shall hear in the morning I will direct it to You and I will look up."

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Delphine Bates

Delphine and her husband, John, have been members of Grace Community Church since 1969. John serves on the Board of Elders. Over the years they have served in many areas including Junior High, Young Marrieds, EWG, Elementary Sunday School, FOF and Crossroads. Delphine has been a Semwives table leader since 2004.

Married in 1962, the Bateses have been blessed with four children. The Lord called one of their children home, a 21 year old son, in 1990. After they raised their children in Glendale, California, in 1991 they moved to the Santa Clarita Valley, where they and their three married children now reside. Reflecting on Psalm 128, they have lived to enjoy their grandchildren, all 14 of them.

A very special verse to Delphine is 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”.

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Beth Busenitz

Though she grew up in the state of Washington, Beth met her husband Nathan here at The Master's College. They married in 2001 and have four children, two girls and two boys. Nathan teaches in the theology department at TMS (with a focus on church history), and also serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Community Church. Before joining the seminary as a full-time instructor, Nathan worked as the personal assistant to John MacArthur. He is an elder at Grace, and both he and Beth are part of the Cornerstone Fellowship group.

Beth was a music major in college, and she still enjoys piano performance and pedagogy, though her primary focus now is on her home and family. As a mom herself, Beth loves to fellowship with other wives and moms--encouraging them to love their husbands and their children in a way that honors the Lord. Two verses that have been particularly meaningful to her are Galatians 6:9-10: "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith."

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Joanna Hargrove

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Betsy Harris

Betsy Harris is the wife of Dr. Greg Harris, Professor of Bible Exposition. They are originally from North Carolina, have been at TMS since 2006 and now reside in Canyon Country. Betsy has a BA in English Literature along with early childhood and reading certifications. The Harrises were married in 1982 and have two children, a married daughter and a son who just graduated from TMC. Betsy has been involved in SemWives since 2006 and enjoys praying for and encouraging the ladies as they prepare to be ministry wives.

Greg has been a professor and pastor at several places, including currently serving as Teaching Pastor at Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic. Betsy enjoys being involved with the women’s ministry as well as teaching the four to six year olds in Sunday school each week. Her other interests include reading, gardening, baking and having people in their home. This past year Proverbs 3:5-6 have been favorite verses: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” A favorite book she has read and highly recommends is “Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II” by Darlene Deibler Rose.

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Missy Mehringer

Missy, and her husband Ray Mehringer, who is the Vice President of Admissions and Placement for the seminary have been at TMS for 17 years and Missy’s been a small group leader for thirteen years in Semwives. She loves the women and the opportunity to mentor young wives in their relationships to their husband and family and in their preparation for being a ministry wife. Dear to Missy's heart is the Alumni Prayer Program that she leads for SemWives where last year's graduates are prayed for during their first year of ministry. At Grace Church they are involved in Children's Ministry where Ray supervises 2nd hour Sunday School program, assisted by Missy who also serves in the resource room. Prior to TMS, while serving 18 years in the Air Force, Ray and Missy also worked with young adults doing engagement counseling and ministering to young marrieds.

The Mehringers, married in 1979 and reside in Canyon Country. They have four children, two sons, two daughters all now married. They now have eight grandchildren, she loves any time with them. Missy homeschooled their children for 21 years and she likes to encourage young moms in that area. She enjoys walking, reading, math tutoring, college football, and camping including a seminary camp out they lead each Spring. Watch for the announcements if you'd like to join that outing.

Missy enjoys speaking/teaching women’s groups and retreats and is involved in personal discipleship. She's recently been encouraged by Colossians 3:13 "Bear with each other and forgive one another. If any of you has a grievance against someone, forgive as the Lord forgave you."

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Janice Osborne

Although she's a native Californian, Janice and her husband, Kelly, spent 19 years in Michigan, where Kelly taught at a private college and served as an elder in their church while Janice taught 5th grade. The Osbornes are in their seventh year at TMS where Dr. Osborne teaches New Testament Greek and Janice is part of the library and administrative staff. As a couple, the Osbornes have enjoyed a ministry of hospitality and friendship among college students, as well as coming alongside elderly believers. After re-locating to Southern California, the Lord graciously provided a home in Simi Valley where the Osbornes continue to welcome family, friends and church family.

Janice enjoys reading, gardening, baking and having tea with friends. She can explain (or would that be rationalize?) the nutritional benefit of almost any dessert, especially those that contain chocolate! This summer two of her favorite reads were: C.S. Lewis: A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis by Devin Brown and Beyond Amazing Grace: The Forgotten Hymns of John Newton edited by J. Todd Murray. John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Jim Berg’s Changed Into His Image, and the C.S. Lewis Narnia series are titles she reads again and again. Janice has been privileged to be involved with SemWives for the past seven years; first as an Assistant Leader and as a Table Leader more recently. She also partnered with faculty wife Barbara Barrick and student wives in editing and publishing the Distaff, our SemWives newsletter ( ).

Psalm 34:3, “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together,” has been a special verse to Janice and Kelly throughout their 32 years of marriage. This continues to be the desire of their hearts.

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Donna Shannon

In 1980 Bill and Donna Shannon moved to LA from NY as unbelievers. By God's gracious providence He saw fit to save them and bring them to Grace Community Church in 1982. Bill became a part of the first class at TMS in 1986 and Donna began attending SemWives. It ministered to her so much that after Bill graduated in 1990, (and again in 2011) she wanted to continue as a Group Leader desiring to encourage others similarly. She loves discipleship and enjoys ministering to women whether it be on an individual basis or in a group setting such as the ladies' study, Women Walking Wisely in the Shannon's fellowship group. In addition to these church based ministires, Donna also does women's retreats and has opportunity to speak in a variety of women's groups in the United States and abroad.

Bill is pastor over Discipleship Counseling at GCC, pastors the adult fellowship group, FaithBuilders, oversees a variety of areas at GCC including Men's and Women's Ministries, Pre-Marital, and the Logos Discipleship/Counseling class. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Master's College. Bill and she were married in 1976. Their two grown daughters have blessed them with four granddaughters and one more on the way in October of this year. The Shannon's make their home in North Hills. In a formal setting or just over a cup of tea her favorite activities are studying and discussing the Word, hiking, a variety of outdoor activities, journaling, writing devotionals and helping others with needs. Donna holds a Associates Degree in Science and is currently enrolled in the Women's Ministry Certificate Program at the Master's College.

Her special verses are; Psalm 73:23-28 " Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works."

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Mary Somerville

Mary is happy to be back as a small group leader at Sem Wives this year as she has a passion to encourage wives of men in ministry! Her husband is Dr. Bob Somerville who teaches counseling at The Master’s College. Mary herself has a Master’s in counseling and has the privilege of teaching two discipleship classes at the college, discipling individual women, and advising women regarding their master’s theses in Biblical Counseling. When the opportunity arose to join with the wives of TMS students who will be entering the ministry alongside their husbands came up, she jumped at the chance

It was Mary’s joy to be a pastor’s wife in two churches for 35 years. She wants to encourage every wife of a man called to vocational ministry to be one with him in every respect with all of her heart. Hence the title of her very useful book One with a Shepherd—The Tears and Triumphs of a Ministry Marriage. Her ministry includes frequent travel and speaking to women’s groups and retreats.

The Somervilles, who make their home in Valencia, have two married children and many grandchildren

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Jeanette Swanson

Jeanette is the wife of Dr. Dennis Swanson, Vice President for Library and Educational Assessment. Dennis is in his twentieth year at The Master’s Seminary while Jeanette is in her twentieth year on staff at The Master's College. She is the supervisor in the Campus Mail Center. Early in their marriage, Dennis and Jeanette were very active in their church and Jeanette served in just about every area of church ministry, even starting the women’s ministries. She organized the group and taught for many years until Dennis began as a student at TMS. Jeanette became a seminary wife while he attended and then she stayed on as a leader for a few years after that. Upon Dennis’ graduation they took a church position in Long Beach for three years before he was called back to the seminary to head up the library. Dennis now enjoys a unique church consulting business in his spare time, helping many churches through difficult times and also helping churches with the pastoral search process.

Married for 36 years, the Swansons make their home in Santa Clarita. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, Jeanette teaches sewing through her business, Stitch, and she has a desire to help pass along the life-skill of sewing to the next generation. To that end she is very active in the non-profit organization, American Sewing Guild and serves on their national board of directors. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Jeanette’s desire is to use gifts that God has blessed her with to bless others and build up the body of Christ. Special verses have been Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength;” and Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

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Amy White

Amy White is serving as a co-leader for the first time this year after years of being a SemWife herself. Her husband Matt is working on his MDiv at the present time and also serves as Children’s Pastor at Grace Community Church. The Whites married in 1995 and have three children and Amy is now in the seventh year of homeschooling. She holds a Master’s degree in education and has taught in that field and loves everything teaching related.

She is also happy to be back in SemWives, this time as a co-leader. She says , “I love SemWives and all that it means to wives of husbands who are preparing for ministry. I have found that for myself it is a time centered around the truth of God’s Word whether through the small group/table time or through the corporate speaker, and it has been encouraging and convicting at times and spurs me on in my own walk with the Lord. And of course, the friendships are priceless!”

Amy has served in church playing the piano, and also now helps her husband as needed in the busy Children’s ministry at GCC. They have also been involved in pre-marital counseling. Her main ministry, though, is her home—her husband and children. She enjoys cooking and baking and all things related; enjoys reading and playing the piano, musicals, and road trips.

A verse she’s meditated on over the past year is “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” (Ps. 37:4) emphasizing the first phrase in her meditations and focusing on delighting in the Lord.

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