The Story of Our Community

Our Desire

Modern HomeMakers offers a unique opportunity to regularly meet, and be encouraged by other mothers in the community in a non-denominational Christian setting. Although each mother is different from the next, what ties them together is their desire to be godly women following the biblical mandates for mothers. The desire of Modern HomeMakers is that every woman will be renewed, challenged and equipped for the demanding role as wife and mother.

Three Fold Purpose

  1. To grow in one’s walk with God through Bible Study, prayer, fellowship and worship.
  2. To be a support and encouragement to other moms raising children in today’s society.
  3. To provide relationship-building activities for moms and children.


We believe the Bible to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, the only infallible, authoritative word of God in all matters of faith and conduct.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit; perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love.

We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

We believe that Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of God, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in the resurrection of His crucified body, in His ascension into Heaven, in His continuous intercession for His people, and His personal return in power and glory.

We believe in God, the Holy Spirit, the Helper and Comforter, in His daily guidance and revelation of truth, in His conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment, and in His indwelling presence at the moment of salvation, enabling believers to live godly lives.

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with sinful nature and are in need of salvation.

We believe that through repentance of our sin and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and thereby become a child of God, and will be saved unto the resurrection of eternal life.

We have each made a conscious decision to ask Jesus Christ into our lives to be our personal Savior.

Our Heritage

Homemakers was founded in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1987 by nationally known author, mentor and speaker, Donna Otto. What began as a small group of mothers supporting each other in their desire to be at home raising their children, has become a large group of women who meet weekly for worship, teaching and small group time. HomeMakers is a great place to make new friends, hear practical teaching and find support, refreshment and encouragement among like-minded women.

Donna Otto
HomeMakers primary teacher and advisor, Donna Otto, is a nationally known author and speaker. Donna's enthusiastic heart for Godly women and homes is evident in her inspirational teaching at HomeMakers. Donna challenges women to understand what the Bible says about how to live their lives as women, wives and mothers. She does this by helping her audience understand what God intended by multiple Bible references to the topic being discussed. Donna's teaching blends humor, current-day concerns and Biblical truths into a memorable teaching that challenges women to live ``counterculture`` lives for the benefit of their families and spiritual health.
Amy Cavness
Amy accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in second grade at a Christian School. She has been married 14 years and has 3 children. She quit working as a social worker when her first child was born. She became involved in Homemakers By Choice in 1999 and loved it from the first moment. Amy has served as President of the Scottsdale Study Group and has also frequently taught there. She loves the mission and message of HBC and desires to help other women understand their calling as a stay-at-home mom. Amy loves to play tennis and spend time with her family and friends.

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For more than 25 years Donna Otto, home and life management expert, has shared inspiration and practical wisdom. She is an Author and founder of Modern Homemakers, formerly Homemakers By Choice, a national organization which offers weekly teaching for a new generation of “counter culture” women who are making a home in the 21st century. To hundreds of young homemakers, Donna has been the wise, fun, Godly Aunt every young woman wishes she had. Each teaching session encourages women in their role as a woman, wife, mother, and keeper of the home. She is also the founder of Mentors for the Next Generation, a program facilitating mentoring relationships between older and younger women.

Donna and her husband, David, have been married for more than 30 years and live in Arizona. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.


Donna is a unique combination of talent and energy. Her background explains some of that. She was born in Chicago in 1946 to Esther and Michael Centanne. Her dad is of strong Italian background, while her mom’s people came from Persia, now known as Iran. So… Donna is a dark-haired, dark-eyed woman with wonderfully expressive gestures and a passion for ideas and people. She is the energetic firstborn of a vibrant family that claimed Chicago as home until moving to Phoenix in 1979. Donna is a graduate of Amundson High School and attended Moody Bible Institute. She is currently working on her Masters degree in Divinity.


Donna is married to David, a Scottsdale tax attorney. They have one daughter, Anissa, who graduated from Westmont College and is in the master’s program at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Faith / Church

Donna committed herself to Christ in 1962, an event which changed the course of her life. She has ministered to women as a speaker and author since 1982. David and Donna are members of Scottsdale Bible Church where they are active in church ministries including women’s ministry (Donna), church elder (David), mission work, church planting, new membership classes, Sunday school teachers, and intern programs. At one time, they were even members of the choir. They think serving is an action verb!


Donna often says she is “just a homemaker” because she knows what a big and valuable job that is. But Donna also has found time to write 10 books and speak to literally thousands of women over the years, primarily on organizational and mentoring subjects. Donna served on the executive committee of the Luis Palau Evangelistic Crusade and is a member of the board of the Phoenix Seminary. David is also president of the Greater Arizona Christian Community Foundation.


Donna has a strong commitment to the many people God brings into her life. She leads a bi-monthly Bible study with a group of young mothers who call themselves Lilies. She is also 17 years into a lifelong covenant to meet regularly with a group of sisters in Christ, called her Chaber Sisters.


Donna is a community person, giving her time and resources to Christian and community work. She is an avid Diamondbacks baseball fan and works to improve her neighborhood in small and large ways.

Donna Otto