Heart2Heart Leaders

Sandra Bivens Smith is an author, small group leader, blogger and speaker.  She has authored several bible studies, numerous devotions, articles, and works of poetry.     Sandra is co-founder and President of “Heart2Heart”Ministry.

Sandra is originally from Lexington, North Carolina but now makes her home in Charlotte with her husband Avon.  Together they have five children, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mikki Halbach has been ministering to women, in various capacities, for over 20 years.  She is a speaker, writer, and small group leader.  Mikki is co-founder and treasurer of Heart2Heart Ministry.  In 2006 Mikki established a chapter of Heart2Heart in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin. Through her ministry there she was able to share God’s word with women in this predominately Catholic area.  Through her teaching of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit’s leading, she saw the women grow in understanding and knowledge of what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Mikki is currently pursuing a degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Ministry and Leadership.  Mikki enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family.

In 2011, Mikki and husband Fred, returned to Mikki’s home of  Lexington, NC.  She and Fred have been married for 27 years and are blessed with three sons, Wyatt, Elliot, and Lucas and daughter Alex and Alex’s husband Jake, and one granddaughter, Haven Rae.

Amy Jo McCranie is active in her church where she is director of Embrace Women’s Ministry, teaches Sunday School and serves on several committees.  Amy Jo is a co-founder and Secretary of Heart2Heart Ministry. Over the years she has led dozens of bible studies.  Amy Jo’s ministry life extends beyond her church and Heart2Heart.  She has a passion for her work as a cosmetologist and fitness instructor; both of which she uses as opportunity to minister to women.  In her “spare time” Amy Jo enjoys making memories with family and friends, traveling, and listening to ALL types of music.

She and her husband Trent have been married for 24 years.  They make their home in Iron Station, North Carolina and have two children; daughter Emma and son Coll.

Diane Manor is originally from Huntersville, North Carolina and now lives in Mt. Holly, North Carolina. She is retired from Carolinas Health Care after 30 years as Director of Materials Manager.  Diane served in children’s and youth ministry for more than 30 years and for the past three years has led small group bible studies for women.

Diane has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Ricky since 1968. They have two children; Tetra and Jamie, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  She enjoys camping, canoeing, and family gatherings around the table.

Kathy Dempsey is originally from Nebraska and moved to Charlotte, NC in 2016. Kathy lived in Olathe, KS during her sons school years and moved to her home state of Nebraska in 2005. In Nebraska, Kathy worked for the Cass County Veterans Office, helping military veterans and their families receive the benefits they deserved.

In 2006 Kathy was baptized in her childhood church, Murray Christian Church. While at Murray Christian she served Vacation Bible School, on the Worship Committee, and she led many fundraisers for the church.  

After moving to NC, Kathy joined Faith Baptist Church in Iron Station, NC where she currently serves on the Women’s Embrace leadership team, as President of the Senior Citizens group and numerous other committees.

Kathy has been married to her husband, Bill, for 42 years.  They have a son, William Dempsey II, and two grandchildren, Liam and Everly.  Kathy has a love for dogs and she is active in canine rescue as well as dog training and care.