About

When She Leads is a podcast for women in ministry hosted by Brenda Leavenworth. With over 30 years of ministry experience and a degree in biblical studies, Brenda is uniquely qualified to train and guide the next generation of women leaders in the church. Co-hosts include Jenn Benham, Jody Ponce, Rosemary Cady, and Kelly Bell, each bringing their collective experiences, research, victories, and failures to consider and discuss a range of topics from a biblical and practical perspective.

Brenda Levenworth

Brenda Leavenworth is an author and speaker based in Temecula, CA. She has written several in-depth Bible studies and has travelled the globe to share God’s Word.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel University, where she now works in the Women’s Department, and is currently working on her master’s degree with an emphasis in Christian Leadership.

She has a heart to see women develop as leaders and is spearheading a CGN (Calvary Global Network) Task Team for Women in Ministry. Married to Ted who ministers as the Senior Pastor of Reliance Church, she currently loves and serves her community as the Director of Women’s Ministry. Together they have three adult children and ten beautiful grandchildren.  

Rosemary Cady

Rosemary lives in Longmont, Colorado, where she serves as the leader of the Women’s Ministry at White Fields Community Church, where her husband, Nick, serves as Lead Pastor. They have four wonderful children; each having a unique testimony of God’s grace in their lives.
Growing up in Oceanside, California, Rosemary is a first-generation American, which made life an adventure and caused her to grow in appreciation for the USA. She came to know the Lord at the end of high school, and started attending Calvary Chapel in Vista, California, where she had the privilege of serving the Lord as a youth group leader. She then spent 14 years serving as a missionary in Hungary, church planting with Calvary Chapel.
Rosemary enjoys hiking, running, cooking, traveling, gardening, teaching the Bible, and most of all: spending time with family.

Kelly Bell

Kelly has been married to Brian, Senior Pastor of Calvary Murrieta, for 37 years.  They have two children, Zach and Mical. Zach is married to a lovely girl named Caitlynn, and has identical 6-year-old twin boys named Harper James and Owen Scott, and a 4 year old named Jude Robert! Their daughter Mical is married to a wonderful young man named Tyler and recently had a baby boy named Julian! Tyler is a paramedic for Mercy Air and Mical is the Assistant Elementary Principal at Calvary Murrieta Christian School. 

Kelly has been the Director of Women’s Ministry at Calvary for over 30 years and loves what she does. She has a passion to see women grow in their faith and become doers of the Word, not hearers only. She is a conference/retreat speaker, as well as a Bible Study teacher. She is the author of a Bible Study series called “Reasons to Rejoice.” (She has a love/hate relationship with writing!)

Concerning Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, she has a passion to advocate for the rights of the oppressed and exploited, and to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Kelly feels compelled to do whatever she can to help “ensure justice for those being crushed.” (Proverbs 31:8-9) Kelly is a regular volunteer for Riverside County’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and oversees the Justice Ministry at our church, working to help people figure out how to use their gifts, talents, and finances in fighting this battle. She also volunteers with various other community organizations, including the local chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters here in the Inland Empire and the Murrieta Food Pantry

As far as hobbies, Kelly loves to run, cycle, hike, and anything else that burns calories! She loves to read, eat, play with her grandkids, travel, go to the beach, and find ways to share Jesus with her world!

Jody Ponce

Jody Ponce leads the women’s ministry at Calvary Cork in Cork Ireland. She has served as a missionary in Albania and Germany, led youth ministry and she is a regular writer for Calvarychapel.com.

Jody attended Calvary Chapel bible College in Germany, She has a Masters in education from University College Dublin, a second masters in sociology from University College Cork and is currently studying for a PhD in Sociology on the topic of Social-Justice and Autonomous-individuality.

She is the mother of three young children, Levi, Gracie and Emmanuel and she is married to Ricky for ten years. Ricky also serves in Calvary Cork.

Jenn Benham

Jenn Benham is passionate about seeing women live Biblically and set apart for Christ. Jenn currently leads Shoreline Church’s Women’s ministry and is the co-host of GoodLion’s “Marriage + Ministry Podcast” alongside her husband Pilgrim, whom she has been married to for twenty-one years. Living in Bradenton, Florida, the Benham’s have two teen children and have planted two vibrant, Gospel-centered churches.