— A COMMUNITY OF WORKING WOMEN —
Focused On Work. Life. Faith.
We believe it all matters.
Working women are great at handling whatever the day holds. Hard deadlines, dropped calls, changing dinner plans — well, that’s just what you worked on before lunch.
If you need a break in your day, enjoy making new friends and value spiritual discussion, we invite you to join us twice a week at Common Ground, a community of Fort Worth working women. No matter our stage in life or profession, we believe we have much in common and much to share with each other.
When we meet:
Mondays & Wednesdays at noon all-year round; we also offer additional discipleship small groups each fall and spring
What we do:
Host 45-minute gatherings in the form of an interactive lunch-and-learn
What we discuss:
Spiritual, cultural, personal and professional topics
Where we are:
Off Throckmorton Street in Sundance Square
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Who you’ll meet:
Women committed to good ideas, helpful discussion and biblical truth. All women are welcome.
What it costs:
A $6 suggested donation for lunch is appreciated.
How to RSVP:
Sign up for our emails (at the bottom-left of this page); RSVPs help us prepare lunch orders but are not required.
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Philippians and the Joy of Faithful Living
Have you ever heard of the Apostle Paul? In good times and trials, he knew how to find joy and contentment in his circumstances. Have you wanted to learn how to do that? Do you think it is truly possible to have joy and remain faithful to your beliefs? Let’s take a look at the book of Philippians for five weeks this fall.
How do we walk with Jesus every day in our complicated, fast-paced world? What does loving God and loving others really mean? How can we know the truth? Is it even possible to enjoy life? John, the disciple of Jesus, gives us real answers to these questions. Join us this fall as we study 1,2 and 3 John and experience God and His lavish love revealed through Jesus. There is a rich and vibrant relationship awaiting you!
Speaking The Truth in Love
Can our words make a difference? What happens when both truth and love empower our speech? How can we gather the courage and wisdom to speak with intentional grace? Melissa Schroeder, Chair of Communication Studies and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at TCU gives us wisdom into ways our words can change the culture of our workplaces, friend groups, and more. You will leave challenged, equipped and encouraged to speak with justice, mercy and humility.
Work. Life. Faith.
2019–2020 Board of Directors
Each woman serving Common Ground understands the personal, professional and spiritual challenges that face today’s professionals. They are committed to providing resources for women — particularly the women of Fort Worth — that will be helpful in life and work.
Kathy Harrelson is an associate minister to women at Christ Chapel Bible Church’s Fort Worth Campus and a member of the Common Ground leadership team. Originally from South Carolina, she has worked in various ministry and state government jobs since graduating from the University of South Carolina more than a decade ago. Kathy also holds a Master of Arts (MA) in church and community ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She loves her nieces and nephews, learning new things and chocolate — in that order.
Kacey Williamson is a technical communication specialist at Jacobs Engineering. For Kacey, every day looks a little different—whether it’s editing a report, creating presentations for clients or learning something new. She graduated from Texas Christian University in May 2017 as an English and Writing double major, and is a proud Horned Frog. Kacey attends Christ Chapel Bible Church. Kacey also volunteers with Alliance for Children. When she isn’t working, you can find her poolside or spending time with friends.
Lanie Duke is an administrative assistant for the Sid Richardson Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting nonprofits in Texas. She is a native Texan who graduated from Dallas Baptist University and, truth be told, loves chips and queso as much as the rest of the state. Lanie is the second oldest of five kids, and proud to count her siblings among her best friends. She loves to travel, read and cook – all things that joyfully fill up her spare time and are in line with her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management.
Mae Ferguson is the president and CEO of Fort Worth Sister Cities International, overseeing the City of Fort Worth’s nine international partners from Nagaoka, Japan to Toluca, Mexico. She orchestrates internationally-recognized inbound and outbound exchange programs, provides essential instruction for protocol and conducts exchanges to foster economic development, among other projects. Mae is happily married to Matt Graves, with whom she shares four children and three granddaughters. In her spare time, Mae enjoys trap and skeet shooting, anything to do with horses and, of course, spoiling her grandchildren when possible.
Karen Wiseman currently serves as the vice president of Cash Operations for First American Payment Systems. She is a member of Christ Chapel Bible Church, loves cheering on Texas Christian University’s football and baseball teams, and enjoys time with the women of Common Ground. She is a double graduate of TCU, having completed both her bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA as a Horned Frog. Karen is happily married to Richard, who also works downtown.
Keilah Grosze is a Fort Worth-based CPA, with a Master of Accounting and bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Texas Christian University (TCU). An accomplished collegiate swimmer, she still enjoys the water – and still bleeds purple. Keilah can be often found in the outdoors, as well as traveling with her husband, Eric, and son, Jace, whenever she gets the chance. Together the family serves at Trinity Chapel Bible Church, where they are ministry partners and volunteer with the children’s ministry and the audio/visual teams.
Tracy Van Y
Tracy Van Y
Tracy Van Y is a geological technician at Range Resources. She is a 1996 Texas Christian University graduate, where she studied environmental earth resources and art history. Tracy teaches Sunday School for second graders at Christ Chapel Bible Church, is learning to paint and enjoys reading non-fiction. She even spent a few years playing in a band with her husband, Matt, before the birth of their daughter (a fellow redhead). The Van Y’s also have a black lab and three cats.
Wilynn Arnold is operations manager for Bass Investments, located in downtown Fort Worth. A licensed CPA, Wilynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M and a second bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a voracious reader–often completing several books a week–and a mentor to young women in her community. Wilynn is married to her college sweetheart, has two children and one grandson. She attends Lake Arlington Baptist Church.
Amira Cook is an accounting supervisor for a private entity in downtown Fort Worth. She graduated from the University of North Texas, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and later completed her CPA. Amira loves serving alongside her husband Chris and their 4 children in their local church, First Baptist Church Azle. You can also find them at the local youth ball fields where their boys play baseball. Amira loves connecting with and learning from whoever is willing to share their story . She loves speaking life into others, a good laugh, sunshine, and Texas summers.