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Meet Brenda Yoder

Brenda Yoder is an award-winning teacher, national speaker, author, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and life coach whose passion is encouraging others when life doesn’t fit the storybook image. She started blogging at Life Beyond the Picket Fence to reach women, like herself, whose lives don’t fit the storybook image. She needed a safe space to share her struggles as a woman, mom, and Christian without judgment. Her writing resonated with many. She knew she wasn’t alone as a Christian whose life wasn’t perfect. Since then, her blog on faith, life, and parenting reaches people from diverse age groups and walks of life.

Brenda’s now a national speaker, author, advocate, and influencer in areas of parenting, mental health, faith, and authentic living. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a B.A. in Education. She’s a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, life coach, former high school teacher, elementary school counselor, and stay at home mom.

She’s been a service provider for foster care, women and children affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, at risk youth, special needs children, and teens. Brenda’s professional training and experiences enhances her God-given ability to teach life-changing principles in practical and applicable ways, and equips her to connect with people from all walks of life, socio-economic levels, ages, and faith backgrounds.

Brenda’s new book, “Fledge: Launching Kids without Losing Your Mind” is endorsed by Jim Daly of Focus on the Family and released in 2018 by Herald Press and was Amazon’s #1 new release in Motherhood. She is published in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s “Reboot Your Life” and “Confident and Curvy,” is a frequent contributor to The Purpose Magazine, Arise Daily Devotionals, and has a monthly mental health column in The Hometown Treasurer. Her first book, Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All released in 2015. Her advocacy work for public education was featured in the Washington Post. She has written for For Every Mom, GEMS magazine, 10 to 20 Parenting, and Whatever Girls, and writes weekly coaching articles.

Whether it’s a young mom, teenager, young adult, or seasoned Christian, Brenda personally connects with others whether she’s speaking to an individual, a group, or large audience. Brenda speaks for church groups, women’s retreats, youth events, MOPS groups, keynotes, business and community agencies, and conferences. She provides seminars on topicsof parenting, healthy lifestyles, family dynamics, writing, mental health, boundaries, child abuse prevention, education, social media and teens, and professional development.

Brenda is on the staff of Carol Kent’s Speak Up Conference, the Maranatha Christian Writer’s Conference, and the Breathe Writer’s Conference. She is on the Speaker’s Bureau for Dove’s Nest, Stonecroft Ministries, and is a certified trainer on healthy boundaries by the Faith Trust Institute.


Off The Record

Brenda is a wife of twenty-nine years, a mom to four children, ages teens to adults.

Before teaching, counseling, and writing, Brenda was a stay-at-home-mom, Bible teacher, and leader for Bible Study Fellowship. She and her husband were active on the family dairy farm for the first eighteen years of their marriage. The daughter of a first-generation Italian American, Brenda cites her marriage similar to that of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” where two different religious and cultural upbringings collide. She and her husband, Ron, are active leaders in their community and church.

When Brenda’s not speaking, writing, counseling, or attending a sporting event, she loves gardening, playing with her dog, visiting historical sites, taking road trips, listening to people’s stories, and visiting antique shops. A former History teacher, Brenda loves anything related to vintage homemaking, old fashioned farming, and simpler times.

Brenda is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Advanced Writers and Speaker’s Association, and is a board member of Menno Clinic India. 

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The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Brenda’s employer or of positions she holds as a mental health counselor or of Still Waters Christian Services LLC. This blog is not a therapeutic tool is not intended on being used for mental health diagnosis or treatment. Brenda makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries or damages from its use. Full terms of use of this site are here.

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