meet the team

national network of women ministers team

Crystal Martin

National Director

Crystal Martin serves as the National Director of the Assemblies of God Network of Women Ministers—a professional organization mobilizing women to fulfill their ministry call. She is passionate about advocating for, collaborating with, and training women ministers, and believes the image of God is best reflected and the Church of Jesus Christ is healthiest when both men and women are empowered to fulfill their call at every level of ministerial leadership.


In addition to serving with the Network of Women Ministers, Crystal has served with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A. for over 20 years. Presently, she serves as the director of Chi Alpha Missions, coordinating Chi Alpha’s cross-cultural initiatives including global missions, international student ministry, diversity initiatives, and compassion ministry partnership. Crystal is the co-creator of the World Missions Summit, a partnership between Chi Alpha and Assemblies of God World Missions designed to launch a missions movement in this generation. The phrase coined by Crystal, “Give a year and pray about a lifetime,” gives students a tangible starting place to fulfill their missionary call. Crystal is also part of the pastoral staff team of Central Assembly of God (Springfield, MO) as an associate pastor.


Crystal and her husband, E. Scott Martin, the Senior National Director of Chi Alpha, reside in Springfield, MO and have two sons and a daughter-in-law.

“Our goal is that women are holistically trained in every aspect of ministry to be ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Sarah Aitken

Executive Assistant/Operations Specialist




Sarah Aitken graduated from New Mexico State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders & a double minor in Counseling and Education Psychology and Linguistics. After graduating, she worked with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at NMSU for just under 3 years, where she cultivated leadership skills and the heart for discipleship. Throughout her time at NMSU, her passion was ignited for advocating for women in ministry, and after getting married in 2021 to her husband Daniel, she moved to Springfield, MO where she is excited to grow in her calling as a young woman minister. In addition to her role with the Network, she serves as the Training Team Resource Specialist and the Cross-Cultural Missions Administrative Coordinator at the National Chi Alpha Ministry Center.

Beth Backes

Development Director



Beth is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and served for twelve years in urban church planting in New York, Minneapolis, and Seattle. She holds a Master’s degree in Ministry Leadership from Northwest University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Southeastern University.  Beth works on the leadership team at the Northwest Ministry Network serving 1,400 ministers and 350 churches as the Director of Pastoral Care and Credentialing. She also leads the Network of Women Ministers in the Northwest and hosts conferences and leadership cohorts for over 380 women in ministry.


She enjoys preaching and teaching on leadership development to equip this generation to take the hope of Jesus to the world. Beth lives in Snoqualmie, Washington with her husband and they have two adult children.  In her free time, Beth enjoys traveling, hiking in the Pacific Northwest mountains, and eating chocolate!

Nicky Stade

Communications Specialist



Nicky Stade is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God and serves on the pastoral staff at RefugeOC in Orange, California. Whether speaking at camps, retreats, conferences, or church gatherings, she loves to see transformation in the lives of others through the preaching of God's Word. She believes "pastors are people, too," and serves as the Pastoral Care Rep for her local Region, praying with and serving her fellow ministers in their times of need. Nicky and her husband Jason, have been married over two decades and have two young-adult sons and a teenage daughter. She is currently pursuing a BA in Theology at Vanguard University. 

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Saehee Duran

Training Specialist




Saehee Duran, ordained with the Assemblies of God, is the lead pastor at Life360 Intercultural Campus. Alumna of Central Bible College (2013) and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (2016), she is currently working on the Doctor of Ministry at Southeastern University. Her leadership platform extends to the AG U.S. Missions Board, Evangel University as an adjunct faculty and an alumni board member, Korean-English Fellowship as the vice president, and her city as a police chaplain. Her passion is preaching, training, and opening doors for future generations to be obedient to God's call to ministry. She is a proud mother of three bi-racial children and a blessed wife of Dr. Damon Duran, the founding pastor of her church, her greatest mentor, best friend, and champion!

Michele Thompson

Over the past 25 years Michele has had the opportunity to work with incredible ministries spanning from Illinois to California.  With an assortment of job descriptions and a diversity of age groups, Michele has been strengthened by this experience and training and feels compelled to give that away to others. Her passion for developing leaders is what brought her to Ohio in 2006. 


In November of 2018, Michele began a new season as lead pastor at Rockside Church in Independence, OH. Michele has a vision to see Rockside Church continue to grow and become a culture of disciples that make other disciples.    


Michele is an Ordained Minister in the Assemblies of God and has served in full time ministry since 1999. She is also a certified Leadership Coach with the John Maxwell team and continues to have a passion to teach, train and develop leaders of all ages.  


Michele is married to Charles Thompson and they have twin daughters, Acelynn and Adrianna.

Christina Vincent

Under 40 and AG Universities Facilitator


Christina (Ketchem) Vincent, ordained with the Assemblies of God, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from Central Bible College (2003), served as Pre-Teen Youth Pastor at Mesa First Assembly and as Junior High Youth Pastor at Phoenix First Assembly (now Dream City Church). She recently graduated with a Master of Divinity from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (2017) and is currently the Student Life Coordinator at AGTS. Working with the Network of Women Ministers team, she continues to focus her ministry endeavors on the next generation of leaders as the Under 40 and AG Universities Strategist.