Stephanie Husk (Keynote speaker)
Stephanie Husk is a licensed professional counselor and Recovery Director at Salem Alliance Church, located in Salem, Ore. She has a background in mental health and social work, serving children, adolescents and adults. She is currently the director of LifePath, a biblically-based restoration/recover program that focuses on emotional growth and healing. Stephanie is also an adjunct instructor for Corban University. She is passionate about renewing the mind and loves to encourage people to learn new strategies for embracing the redemption that God offers us. Stephanie is happily married to Kevin, her husband of 27 years, and they have three grown children of whom they are very proud - Tyson, Taylor and Tia.
Keynote Speaker Sessions:
- Our Brains are Amazing (I think!?)
- What we believe matters. Our thoughts significantly impact our emotional, physical and spiritual health. While we often get frustrated with our thought life, we can be encouraged that God has a plan for the restoration of our brains! Let us rediscover the exciting truths about God’s redemption and love for us.
- Practice Makes Perfect (and other myths that drive us crazy)
- We try, we strive, we work hard….yet it never feels like enough. How do we tell the difference between healthy striving and oppressive perfectionism? Finding peace in the midst of a culture that lies to us about our worth is challenging but not impossible. We will explore the power of compassion and community as we dig deeply into this topic.
- "Think on These Things" (...easier said that done)
- How do relationships impact our ability to follow the instructions of Paul to “think on these things”? Conflict, comparison and vulnerability are all factors that play into our interactions with others. Every relationship that we have has the power to heal or to destroy. Let us learn how to connect with one another in ways that bring healing and power into our lives for the sake of the Kingdom.
Angela Allen has been married to her high school sweethear for 23 years. They have four awesome kids and one grandson. God called her to be a sign language interpreter once their children were in school. God placed a burden on her heart to start the ministry, "The Unveiled Heart ~ Living Face to Face with Jesus."
Angela has put on retreats around the country for women of all ages, both deaf and hearing, and 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 His word because she has been set free by knowing, believing and living out the Word of God.
Angela was not raised in the church; in fact, she was raised by a single mom who struggled with addictions and a father who abandoned her. When she shares her story, people are amazed at who she has become today. She gives the glory to God! "He saved me, sanctified me and called me to be His servant. I am His, and He is mine," she proclaims.
The Lord has taught her that the Christian life is WORK, and takes action on our part. Angela said, "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 once was in the lies 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)."
- Identity - Free Your Mind
- This session will be based on Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.” We are urged by Paul to “free our minds” by the word of God. As woman, we often base our decisions on how we feel at the moment but God gave us His truths so that we can KNOW who we are and live our lives based on truth. God’s truths will forever be, therefore, we must learn how to stand firm on His word no matter how we feel or what the world tells us.
We will uncover lies from the enemy that are deeply embedded in our minds and replace them with God’s truth. It takes a passionate pursuing of God and His word in order to free our minds so that we are truly living the life God intended. What life is that? Knowing His good, pleasing and perfect will. We defeat our enemy every time with God’s truth just as Jesus did in the wilderness and before he was led to the cross in the cross. On the other hand, if we don’t know the Word of God, when our enemy attacks we are have defeated ourselves.
I will share practical ways to study God’s word and hide it in your heart so that when you feel unworthy, unloved, unwanted and unsure you’ll have His truth to stand on. When the enemy whispers lies that once held your mind in bondage, you will be able to defeat him with God’s truth, just as Christ did.
All of us have an active role to play in our calling as Christians. God did not create us to be sideline cheerleaders in God’s army! 1 Peter 1:13, “Therefore, get your minds ready for action, being self-disciplined…” We are called to “demolish strong holds and take captive every thought in obedience to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). My hope and prayer is that each woman in attendance will learn to trust God at His word and walk with a new confidence knowing you are a daughter of the KING, which makes you a MIGHTY PRINCESS WARRIOR!
Pamela grew up in beautiful southeast Missouri at a small Christian camp her parents started when she was four years old. She currently lives there now with her "dreamy husband and two ridiculously cute and fun children." They enjoy rabbit watching and wagon rides as a family. Pamela attended Southwest Baptist University and received degrees in Intercultural Studies and Sociology.
Pamela said, "The journey Christ has brought me on since I committed my life to His kingdom has been anything but boring." One week after getting married, she and her husband moved to Brooklyn, NY. She has done social work with the kids from the streets of NYC and in desperate situations inside hospital rooms. Pamela also served on residence life staff at SBU for four years and worked in the Center for Global Connections office.
"Right now my children get my full intensity, and I am exhausted and ecstatic about developing my very own people. I have never been so humbled."
- Who is telling us how to do relationships? Feig? Mom? Hozier? Boyfriend? Heaven? Swift? Apostle John? Sheeran? Who is informing them? Why do we even need Christ? Why is it so dang confusing?! We will take a look at who owns the real estate in our minds when it comes to our relationships. We will practice the gorgeous model of relationship modeled to us by Christ.
Diana Gallamore resides in Bolivar, Mo., and serves at Southwest Baptist University as the Director of the Center for Global Connections. Her role is to enlist, train and mobilize short-term mission teams of student missionaries. During her 15 year tenure at SBU, God has allowed Diana to participate in and lead mission teams both domestically and internationally. She has traveled on mission to a variety of locations around the world, with a particular interest in Southeast Asia.
Diana established the ministry, To Be Chosen, in 2010 and serves as a speaker for retreats, conferences, seminars and Bible studies. To Be Chosen was established for the specific purpose of serving as a resource for churches, ministries and individuals who desire to grow deeper in the study of God's Word. This step was the culmination of a lifelong journey and passion for God's Word and a desire for others to deepen their awareness of God's design for their lives.
During these past three and a half years, God has proven His faithfulness over and over again to see her through the most challenging of times - the passing of her husband in 2011. She has two adult children: Amanda, who lives in Bolivar, Mo., and Lance, who lives with his wife, Hope, in Springfield, Mo., and is expecting her first grandchild in early February.
- Depression: "Where is this God of Yours?" (Psalm 42:3)
- We won’t find the term “depression” in the scripture, (except in the New Living Transition). But the Bible does use words such as downcast, discouraged, downhearted, troubled, despair, and brokenhearted. God’s Word shows us that many godly men and women suffered from deep dark troubling thoughts.
In the Old Testament, we find that King David cried out to the Lord, “Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” In the midst of the struggles you have faced in life, you’ve probably asked the same question “Where are you, God?” Have you had times in your life where you could relate to these words? Have you experienced the feelings of living within the depth of depression? Do you feel like the day-to-day challenge of life is slowly sucking the life out of you? Do you battle feelings of hopelessness and lack motivation and strength to step forward to meet the demands of life?
One of the best things we can do is face the lies that are told to us while we are depressed. This breakout session will help you to use the Word of God to be able to fight against the lies of the enemy. While we may “know” the power of Christ provides deliverance, we may not believe it. We let our feelings become more of a reality than the Truth. Claiming truths found in God’s Word can change your outlook, build your faith, and remind you that God is our hope in the midst of depression. Join us as we claim the promises of God and recognize He has not abandoned us, He is our Hope, and He has given us the weapons to fight the battles that come our way!
Lynette homeschools all five of their beautiful (yet very much in need of Jesus) children. She also enjoys crafting handmade items and selling them as "The Work of Her Hand." She started a love/hate relationship with running in January 2013, completing dozens of races including her first half marathon last year. Running has been a gracious gift of God, paralleling much of her life. She has listened to many sermons, prayed many prayers, and had many thoughts while on her runs. She's blogging those thoughts on thehirschgang.blogspot.com.
Psalm 16 has been her life passage, reflecting the desire for Christ to be her deepest treasure and greatest joy. She desires nothing more than to make Jesus' worth seen in her little piece of life, and finds great joy in sharing the truth of who He is with whoever will listen and in whatever opportunity He presents.
- Sexuality: "Let's talk about sex, baby..."
- Join me as we talk transparently about an often avoided topic in the Christian culture.
Sex & our sexuality isn’t something to hide, run from, or live in regret over. There is a greater purpose and design for it- God’s glory, and our deepest joy in Him!
Let’s have an open, candid, Gospel-centered look at the purpose of sex, and how we can glorify God in any season of our sexuality.
Sex is a gift- to be treasured, but not idolized!
Sarah is currently living a life she never thought she would. As a newlywed she thought she would be a youth pastors 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 Lords ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts. Instead of being in youth ministry forever, her husband and her are almost a full year into planting a church in Edwardsville, Illinois. And instead of teaching in a public school, God has called her to homeschool her two 10 year old boys and 7 year old daughter. Choosing to follow Jesus is quite an adventure...and not without struggles. Anxiety has been an issue Sarah has dealt with since her parents divorce and mother's debilitating illness in 2007. With the help of the Holy Spirit and some medical professionals this has become an area of victory in her life. She is thrilled to be able to share how you can have victory over this is your life too-and how you can help someone you love as they walk this terrifying journey.
- Jesus commands us to take every thought captive. But what if there are so many thoughts swirling around in your head that you can't even grab ahold of one, let alone take it captive? I've been there. I've found myself pacing the halls at midnight, in an ER feeling like I can't breathe, and in a doctor’s office trying to figure out if I needed some medication or some more faith. In this session we will explore the confusing world of anxiety. If your "worrier" is working overtime (or you love someone who deals with this) then take heart...there is hope. And we will explore that hope together.
Author, speaker, and humorist Kandy Persall and her husband, Mark, spent twenty years living as foreigners in Asia.
An avid writer, Kandy has written for several magazines as well as contributed to both volumes of Beth Moore's books "Voices of the Faithful." Kandy's first book, "Hungry for More: Feasting Through the Word," is a compilation of her quiet time notes while living overseas. In 2015 she and her husband will be publishing their first book together, "Hungry for More: Marital Intimacy." Kandy continues to share her journal twice a week through her own website, hungryformore.org, as well as through guest postings around the web.
Kandy has a bachelor's degree in communication from Texas Tech University and a Mandarin language certificate from the Jin Shin Huei Language Institute of Taipei, Taiwan. She now speaks throughout the United States to help individuals find what they are truly hungry for.
Kandy and Mark make their home in Lubbock, Texas. They are parents of two married daughters, who are both vitally involved in their ministry. Their oldest daughter, Hannah, produces the graphic design for her writings and website. Hilary, their youngest, leads worship at many of Kandy's conferences.
- Spiritual Warfare
- Unlocking the secrets of our spiritual defense through practical videos and time-tested techniques.
Deanna Robertson works at Southwest Baptist University in the Center for Global Connections. In her words, "I am 48 years old and beyond blessed and amazed to be alive. I celebrate each and every year, day by day. I was born and raised in Springfield, Mo. My mid-teens were spent partying which resulted in addiction that lasted into my late 20s. Jesus Christ redeemed me at age 29 and I have been on a life journey with him since then. My husband loves me on the good and bad days. I am gifted with 'WOO' and I am giddy over 'Baby Moos,' otherwise known by others as calves."
- What do you see when you look in the mirror? What are your first thoughts?...The ones you hold on to and are your favorites to say to yourself, that you would never say to anyone else! Are those the thoughts God would whisper in your ear? We are going to spend time together looking at the differences and start practicing looking through God’s unlimited eyesight instead of through our short-sighted eyes.
Tori Draper (Musician)
Hi! I'm Tori, I'm from Northern California, specifically the East Bay Area 45 minutes outside of San Francisco. I'm the oldest of 3 girls - I absolutely love my role as the big sister! Music has always had a special place in my life as I grew up singing in choirs at church and in school. I can still vividly remember the days when our home would be filled with musical praise as my mom would sit down and the piano and freely worship. She instilled in me, simply through her love for it, a love for praise and worship that has continued to grow and carry me into my life today. I began serving on the student leadership team and leading worship in 2009 for my college (University of California, Davis) fellowship group, Athletes in Action, where I developed a heart for ministry to college women. I continued leading worship and being a member of worship teams after graduation at churches near my hometown for Sunday services, corporate worship nights, and intercessory prayer gatherings, as well as on mission trips to Haiti.
Upon obeying the call of the Lord to move to Bolivar for grad school, my journey took an unexpected turn as He opened my eyes (when I was removed from all my comforts) to the reality of how I had lived the past 23 years. Day after day, God brought forth to light identities that I continued to live out that took the place of my one true identity: His. Over the journey of the last year, the Lord has stirred in me a deep passion for the Church, specifically for women in the Church, to come to know and believe in our true, unchangeable identity as the Beloved One of God. For me, worship is the space where my walls come down and I engage most intimately with the One who knows both the inner workings of my heart and my wretched sinfulness, but still loves me just as He loves His Son. It is my prayer that through our time of worship together, we would enter into the secret place with the Lover of our souls and allow Him to speak and move with love and life into the masked spaces in our hearts.
Last year I led worship at The Alteration and I am excited to return! My musical inspirations include my mom, worship leaders Lisa Green and Elizabeth Hunnicutt, Rita Springer, Kim Walker-Smith, Kristene DiMarco, Laura Hackett, Misty Edwards, Bethel Music, The United Pursuit Band, Christy Nockels, Phil Wickham, Shane & Shane, and Adele (That girl sings with so much soul!). I am so blessed and excited to worship with you all!