Local Speakers Walk Away from Modeling to Encourage Girls


Teen girls won’t want to miss the opportunity to have their questions about love and romance answered by local Christian authors and speakers Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird at this weekend’s third annual Girl Defined Conference.  The authors of books Girl Defined and the newly released Love Defined will enlighten hundreds of teen girls and their mothers Friday evening, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, at Shearer Hills Baptist Church, 12615 San Pedro Ave. 78216. The sisters will share insights gleaned from thousands of emails and messages from girls who follow them.  


“The girls were sharing all the issues and struggles in the areas of romance, love and God’s design.  Every time we’d write a blog on one of those topics, the open rate would skyrocket.”  The sisters are each able to bring a different perspective, as Kristen has been married for six years, and Bethany was single. She is putting their advice into action now, as she was recently engaged and planning an October wedding.   


“It is wisdom based,” she said, “and it really works.” 


Discussions will cover true love, purposeful relationships and boundaries to help girls discover a radically better and refreshingly biblical approach to navigating life and romance.  


The event includes an ice cream social, live worship by Crossway Bible Church’s musical team, a concert by Willow City Band, breakout sessions and fun with likeminded friends.  


“The reason we think this year’s conference message of love and romance is so important is who you end up with – who you marry – will change the course of your life,” Bethany said.  “Hollywood’s version of love is all about the sparks and the chemistry.  In reality, God’s design is nothing like that. We want to encourage girls to be intentional with the dating and relationship process. –because who you date will be who you will marry.” 


The sisters have written three books in just a little more than four years.  Girl Defined was their flagship title, in which the appealing young-adult, blonde sisters, share their story of how they walked away from careers in the modeling industry to find a greater purpose honoring God with their lives and work.  In 2014, they began their Girl Defined ministry to inspire the next generation to embrace God’s design for their lives.  


For those who miss the conference but are interested in GirlDefined’s ministry or message, content can be found at GirlDefined.com or follow Kristen and Bethany on social media platforms @GirlDefined.  


The sisters have spoken locally at Concordia Lutheran and Geneva Schools as well as appearing with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth of Revive Our Hearts and on Family Life Today.  They intend to “bloom where they are planted,” in San Antonio, continuing to encourage girls through local youth groups, churches and schools.


By Amy Morgan