Sandra Peoples (M. Div, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is one of the leading voices in the special-needs community. She is the author of three books, including her most recent release, Unexpected Blessings: The Joys and Possibilities of Life in a Special-Needs Family (Bethany House, 2018). Sandra also hosts the popular podcast, Self-Care and Soul Care for the Caregiver where she provides weekly encouragement to special-needs moms and other caregivers.
Sandra and her husband Lee have two sons—David and James. James has level 3 autism. They live outside of Houston, TX where Lee is a pastor and Sandra serves as their church’s special-needs ministry director. Sandra also has a sister with Down syndrome which gives her a life-long perspective on being in a special-needs family.
She serves the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention as their special-needs ministry specialist, helping churches around the state start and strengthen their disability ministries. Sandra enjoys traveling around the country to encourage special-needs parents and support disability ministry leaders at conferences where she has spoken including Wonderfully Made in Kansas City, Inclusion Fusion Live in Cleveland, Ohio, and All Access, a conference she co-hosts in the Houston area.
Sandra’s writing has been featured by the following sites and publications:
- The ERLC (the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the SBC)
- The Gospel Coalition
- Christianity Today
- Everyday Faith Magazine from DaySpring
- Outreach Magazine
- Key Ministry, where she was the former editor and many of her articles about special-needs ministry can be found
- Million Praying Moms
Sandra also teaches a ladies’ Bible study at her church and serves her state convention with regional women’s ministry support. She enjoys reading (and talking about books with her book club friends), gardening (especially growing cucumbers and making pickles), cooking (her family’s favorite meal right now is Greek chicken pitas with tzatziki sauce), and watching her son David in his theatre performances.