Women in Discipleship


Women In Discipleship is the teaching ministry of Dr. Elaine Bednar and Dr. Bectoria Stafford

This introductory video podcast explains the turn of events that motivated the founding of this ministry. We hope you’ll subscribe to this YouTube channel, or seek us out on iTunes or Google Play

About the Co-founders:
Dr. Elaine Bednar DMIN, LPCC-S, LCDC III is also the founder of Dr. Bednar Counseling, LLC. Her education includes Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. MA in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, and BA from The Ohio State University, with distinction in Psychology. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed chemical dependency counselor.

Dr. Bectoria Stafford MSW is also the founder of Dr. Bectoria Stafford, LLC. Her education includes Doctor of Ministry degree from South University, MSW: Eastern Washington University School of Social Work, and a BA: University of Washington, with distinction in Psychology. She is a licensed social worker.

About the process:
We are getting asked “what do you do?” Great question! We engage in discipleship through learning, fellowship, and applying scripture to contemporary issues. Each of us do this a bit differently.
Dr. Bednar focuses on discipleship and mentoring—discipling and mentoring those who are raising, leading, training, and mentoring others. Her guiding scripture is 1 Peter 5:1-5.
Dr. Bednar chose this scripture because Peter is giving instruction on how to remain committed to Christianity despite their neighbor’s attempt to cajole them back into unchristian behaviors. Peter also instructs on how to respond to insults and abuse, and Peter redefines what should be the primary focus and agenda for Christians.
Dr. Bednar is a professor, has been the director of a Doctor of Ministry Program—training those who are going into ministry—a counselor, a chaplain, and administrator, and has held multiple positions in business.
Dr. Stafford focuses on teaching— teaching others as they traverse their personal spiritual journey in becoming like Christ. Her guiding scripture is 2 Timothy 3:16.
Dr. Stafford chose this teaching of the Apostle Paul as he continued to encourage the ministry of Timothy even when Paul himself was facing persecution to the point of death for the purpose of teaching and guiding souls for God’s kingdom. This passage provides the guidance that Scripture is the source to be used for teaching which is reflected throughout Dr. Stafford’s ministry.
Dr. Stafford is an author and has written various published works. She is an international and domestic social work practitioner.
You have met us, seen what we do, and now we would like to share how it is done. Drs. Bednar and Stafford partner with you for an event at your venue. Venue can mean church, conference center, lecture hall, etc. Drs. Bednar and Stafford are contracted to provide the content for the event.

The host provides the venue, worship team, refreshments, and technology. The host is welcome to provide lunch or other amenities as they so desire. The host does the advertising and sells tickets.

Drs. Bednar and Stafford will also advertise the event on the Women in Discipleship website and social media. All monies collected above the contracted amount belongs to the host and it is suggested that it is used for the host’s women ministries.

For more information, contact Drs. Bednar and Stafford via info@womenindiscipleship.com or through the webpage womenindiscipleship.com.



    Women in Discipleship is the teaching ministry of Dr. Elaine Bednar and Dr. Bectoria Stafford. Regular podcast episodes will be released on this website and can also be found on Apple iOS and on Blubrry.com.

    Please subscribe using the newsletter sign-up box above to be notified of our latest blog posts and podcast episodes.

    Learn more by downloading our 1 page “talk sheet” brochure (PDF)