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We had a great time at The Alteration 2016! Thanks for all who attended or helped with the event. Check back here next winter for information about The Alteration 2017!

"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." — Ephesians 2:1-7

We have a fundamental misunderstanding of GRACE. We find ourselves working to achieve things that grace has already accomplished on our behalf. We want to re-introduce grace to those who have heard it, and introduce it to those who have not. We want to provide a weekend where women can experience the freedom of grace.

Conference information

Christie Love, Keynote SpeakerThe 2016 Alteration Conference Keynote Speaker is Christie Love, founder and executive director of LeadHer, an international women's ministry founded in 2011. LeadHer strives to challenge women to grow in their faith, leadership and relationships through local LeadHer chapters. There are currently more than 30 chapters across the U.S.

In addition to LeadHer, Christie also serves on staff at NorthBridge Church in Springfield, Mo., as the leadership development director and teaching team member.

Christie is a wife, mother, teacher and leader who is passionate about helping people grow into the leaders God desires them to be. She and her husband, Bob, live in Springfield and combined they have four children under the age of 13.

You can learn more about LeadHer, or contact Christie, at

Redemption in Relationships

How we give to others and how we receive from others; forgiveness, confession, conflict and resolution (Led by Abbey Kimberling)


Where is God's grace when we are in pain and sorrow? Dealing with disappointment and unmet expectations. (Led by Phaedra Tate)

Identity and Worth

God's grace gives us a new identity and eternal worth, rather than finding our identity and worth in temporary roles, things, and situations (Led by Angie Allen)

immeasurable grace brings abundant joy

If Jesus promised us joy, why do so many Christians walk around with big 'ol scowls on their faces? If the fruit of the Spirit is joy, why do I feel so heavy and grumpy? Too many of us lack abundant joy because we have not fully understood the grace of God. We have allowed ourselves to be bound up by the "goodness gospel." We say we believe that God's grace is enough....and yet, we keep on sliding our resume across the table in hopes of impressing Jesus. In this session we will talk about grace as the key to unlocking more joy that you could possibly imagine. If you are hoping for even just a smidgen more joy than you are already experiencing, you should join us! (Led by Sarah Hollis)

Grace for God's Glory

Learning that because of God's grace we have been given strengths for His glory. We are called to use our strengths for His Kingdom and to boast in His Glory. (Led by TBA)

Everyday Grace

Do you find it difficult to remember the benefits of your salvation in the monotonous tasks of everyday life? In Psalm 103:1-2, David says, "Praise the Lord, O my soul; and all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits." THe benefits that he lists are those of salvation — the forgiveness, reception of grace, and the infinite and unconditional love of God. David takes these truths and drives them into his own heart until it is changed by them. In this session, we will look at practical ways to remind ourselves of these benefits daily. By the power of the Holy Spirit, you will have more passion for growing in holiness, loving and obeying God, and more able to walk away from sin in moments of temptation. (Led by Michele Welch)

God's Grace in Perfection and Control

We are constantly trying to be perfect and controlling everything around us to do so. God's grace frees us from needing to be perfect as we release control to Him, who is perfect and who is in control. (Led by Erika Opperman)

Learn more about our Breakout Session speakers in the Speaker Bios section below.

Friday, February 12

5:00 p.m. Check-in (McClelland Dining Facility)
5:15 p.m. The Alteration begins with Dinner (McClelland Dining Facility)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Worship and Keynote Session (Davis-Newport Theater)
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Small Groups
9:30 - 10:30 p.m. Coffee and FREE Dessert at The Bean

 Saturday, February 13

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast (Davis-Newport Theater)
Check-in to receive breakout session selections
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Worship and Keynote Session #2
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session #1
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Small Group / Lunch (Davis-Newport Theater)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Breakout Session #2
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break (snacks provided)
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Breakout Session #3
3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Small Groups
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Worship and Final Session

Dress casually and come prepared to learn and grow!

Speaker Bios

Angela AllenAngela Allen has been married to her high school sweetheart for 23 years and they have four awesome kids one grandson. God called her to be a sign language interpreter once their children were in school and placed a burder on her heart to start a ministry, "The Unveiled Heart - Living Face-to-Face with Jesus." Angela puts on retreats around the country for women of all ages, deaf and hearing, and for interpreters for the deaf. She loves to be used by the Lord Jesus to speak truth to anyone seeking truth.

Angela is a lover of God's Word because she has been set free by knowing, believing and living out the Word of God. She was not raised in the church but rather was abandoned by her father and raised by a single mom who struggled with addictions. When she shares her story, people are amazed at who she has become. "I give all glory to my God! He saved me, sanctified me and called me to be His servant. I am His and He is mine," says Angela. "My Lord has taught me that the Christian life is work and takes action on our part. He didn't save us and then say just sit down and take it easy! We are up against the "prince of this world" and he is doing all he can to keep us from living in the freedom that the Prince of Peace has called us to. Satan wants us to live our lives based on how we feel but God wants us to live our lives based on His Word! I'm living proof of what Jesus can do with a shattered, broken, willing vessel. My identity was once in the lies that I was told by the world, but now my identity is in Christ Jesus. We are called to be living sacrifices and live transformed lives by renewing our minds (Romans 12:1-2). We are to get our minds ready for action by self-discipline and setting our minds on Christ Jesus (1 Peter 1:13-16)."

Amber DlugoshAmber Dlugosh is a Southwest Baptist University graduate currently working at Bolivar High School as an English teacher. Amber attends Alliance Christian Fellowship in Bolivar, where she is a part of the worship team.

Miranda FoxMiranda Fox is a resident of Bolivar, Missouri, and a member of Alliance Christian Fellowship. She graduated SBU in 2006; upon graduating, she pursued a career in social services. She worked with various populations ranging from children and youth to the elderly and disabled. From 2011-2013 she served as Resident Director for SBU, after which time she united in marriage to Levi Fox and returned to the field of social services as a victim advocate for Polk County House of Hope. There she served victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. In August of 2014, Levi and Miranda welcomed their first child, Luella Mae Fox, into the world. A year later, Miranda decided to stay home full-time to focus on raising her daughter. Miranda currently enjoys her time as wife, mother and homemaker.

Sarah HollisSarah is currently living a life she never thought she would. As a newlywed she thought she would be a youth pastor's wife for the long haul and send her babies off to public school while she taught right down the hall. It's no secret, though, that our ways are not the Lord's ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts. Instead of being in youth ministry forever, she and her husband are now involved with planting a church in Edwardsville, Ill. Choosing to follow Jesus is quite an adventure... and not without struggles.

Abbey KimberlingAbbey Kimberling is an academic advisor and instructor of university studies at SBU. She also has the privilege of living closely with the SBU community as her husband, Christopher, is the Resident Director of Meyer Hall.

Abbey grew up in what most would consider a "stable environment" where she was taught about the Lord and experienced positive family dynamics, mainly through her parents' and grandparents' strong marriages. Though she experienced grief and imperfections like any family member, she experienced very little "trauma." However, from a young age, she began to recognize this stability is not the norm and for many years she has loved to get to know others, hear their stories, and offer the support, hope and encouragement that comes through knowing and obeying Jesus Christ.

The Lord has been faithful to provide many opportunities to help her grow and meet others. Some of the most "formal" opportunities include a teaching career, short-term missions, volunteering with NightLight Branson, and being a part of a local church.

Erika OppermanErika loves Jesus. She is a speaker and teacher who is passionate about seeing people embrace, flourish, and rise up to live out their revelation of their value in Jesus.

Her husband of 10 years is the best human she knows. She adores her two sons, Axel (3 years) and Max (5 months). She has been known to laugh too loud, talk too much, and drink copious amounts of coffee. She has an affection for words. Erika lives life out loud. And the Oppermans absolutely love serving in their local church where her husband serves on staff.

You can find Erika on all things social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and keep up with all things "OPP" by visiting her blog, "We are the OPP's: Motherhood, Ministry and Other Random Ramblings," at

Phaedra TatePhaedra Tate is an expert at learning lessons the hard way. She has spent the past forty-seven years at this task. Her training ground for the past twenty-six years has been developing wife skills; add to that, fifteen years of homeschooling her three children (Preston, Celina and Jonathan) and you get a great need for grace! It is a good thing that we serve a God who gives grace freely and often.

Michele WelchMichele Welch is wife to Chris and mother to three children, Madalyn (10), Lauren (8) and Gavin (6). They reside in Shawnee, Kan. Michele graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Baker University, where she also played volleyball and softball. She is a Registered Nurse and currently works full-time managing their home.

Michele received the free gift of salvation at the age of 10. Through her adolescence and young adulthood God placed faithful followers of the Lord in her life. However, it wasn't until her early thirties that she came to have a deeper, personal understanding of God's word and the gospel. Inductive Bible study and the Holy Spirit were means of this understanding. She now has freedom from the burden of trying to maintain her salvation and remain in God's good graces.

Excited to share this freedom with other women, Michele completed her leadership training for Precept Upon Precept Bible studies. She co-leads a women's Bible study at Mill Creek Community Church. Michele also co-leads senior high youth group, mentors high school girls and disciples her own children.

"It is my greatest desire to 'adorn the Gospel of God our Savior in ever respect'." - Titus 2:10