The Brave Collective



Merritt has been serving in full-time ministry since college when she co-founded a ministry for young women called SAGE Ministries. She has served on staff at several churches, including four years as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Lake Pointe Church. In addition to her ministry within the local church and non-profit sector, Merritt has also served for seven years as a hospital chaplain and as the owner of a small business that partners with ministries to develop effective communication strategies. She is also an education junkie who has been in some form of school most of her life, the latest being the pursuit of a Master of Divinity from Grace School of Theology. Merritt and her husband, Jeremy, make their home in Brenham, TX, where they are currently raising three rambunctious children (Josiah, Silas, and Jubilee) and two renegade dachshunds.

The 4-1-1: Diehard Cowboys Fan, Font Critic, and Egg McMuffin Enthusiast

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Kristi is a wife (to James) and mommygirl (to Kayci and Noble).  They live in a small house with a big yard and more animals than make sense.  Kristi is a recovering neat freak and a full-time seeker of all things happy.  She’s been a teacher and an educational consultant, but currently finds joy with words (others’ and her own).  

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i'm tara royer steele.  i live in brenham, texas, but at times i feel i live in round top, texas.  i love our heavenly father and fall in love with him more and more everyday.  he amazes me with his love, mercy, kindness and grace.  he pours out abundantly.   i'm married to rick steele, he's my best friend, my business partner in everything and he leads so well.  we have two boys, brayden and bentley!  they are joy.  joy.  joy.  they are straight up boys.  dirt, baseballs, dirt, footballs, video games and full of snuggle for their momma.

i grew up in our family business, royers round top cafe & am the cafe's catering director.  together rick and i have royers pie haven & two sparrows roasting company (with our friends, barbara and jacob loyd) in round top, texas.  they are businesses built around a place to rest, great food, drink & relationships.  we also have, the brave gathering, our favorite.  we hold yearly camps for men and women to gather, rest, to strip back the layers added by the earthly world and get back to who they were originally created to be.