Sisters in Faith Ministries was co-founded by Laura Acuña and Donna Bowles in 2001 as a ministry to women within a local church. Sisters in Faith Ministries has grown to include Sisters in Faith, a day retreat of the same name and The Manorwood Café, a weekly Bible study. Both draw women from across all denominational lines that live in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. In 2014, Laura and Donna launched Step Up Coaching for Women in Ministry, which is providing them both an opportunity to share with others what they have learned over 17 years of serving together.

Sisters in Faith: A Day Retreat for Women

Sisters in Faith began in January 2001 as a small day retreat for 75 women. Over the past 17 years the event has grown and expanded to include 400 women from as many as 150 or more churches, along with their family and friends. Sisters in Faith exists to help draw Christian women together from across every denomination for relationship with each other and to grow closer to the heart of God.

This is not simply a Christian women’s event, but an intentional ministry to women. It is our prayer that each guest will be able to remove themselves from their day-to-day activities, and experience freshness from God’s Word. We are excited that so many women attend our event, but more than that, we are energized to join with girlfriends, under one roof for one day, worshiping and sharing the faith together.

Visit our website: or find us on Facebook: Sisters In Faith

The Manorwood Café

The Manorwood Café Bible Study began in the Fall of 2009 as a small group meeting in the home of a sweet friend, but as God has expanded our territory and we have grown, The Manorwood Café is now meeting weekly at Montgomery United Methodist Church in Damascus, Maryland. We have room for you! Our group is a safe place where women are encouraged to be who they really are. There are no masks allowed… come just as you are. Within the circles of Manorwood women, you will find acceptance, authenticity, affirmation, and accountability. We are a group of Christ-followers who are committed to applying God’s Word to our lives in order to experience growth and change. We would love for you to join in! Email us at


StepUp Coaching for Women in Ministry

Do you dream of a having a relevant women’s ministry that really impacts the lives of the women in your church and beyond? Are you ready to be challenged to look at ministry with fresh eyes and a unique perspective? StepUp coaching can help you. Laura Acuña and Donna Bowles have been women’s ministry leaders together for over 17 years in both the church and in the community. Their desire is to pass on lessons learned to other women in ministry—both the hits and the misses! From team building to retreat planning, starting a ministry from scratch or taking an already successful ministry to the next level, their deepest belief is that women need women. SO… is it time to STEP UP? Contact Laura and Donna at