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Stay tuned for information about The Alteration 2018! In the meantime, check out information from the most recent conference to get an idea of what you can expect.

The Alteration 2017

Contentment is about peace and happiness. But for the Christian, it is not a superficial happiness or peace. Rather, contentment is an overflow of gratitude and understanding of the Lord's providence and goodness. This allows a young woman to acknowledge her circumstances, her desires, and her longings while admitting the Lord is working through those to grow and shape the believer. There are natural periods of waiting, challenge, happiness, and even suffering, yet in all of these contentment is a mindful choice which empowers us to rest in Christ.

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philippians 4:12

Conference information

Keynote Speaker: Erika Opperman

Erika OppermanErika loves Jesus.  She is a dynamic speaker and empowering Bible teacher who is passionate about seeing women embrace, flourish, and rise up to live out the revelation of their value in Christ.  Her hubs, of 11 years, is the BEST human she knows. She adores her {two} sons; Axel (5 yrs) + Max (18 months). Erika + “the hubs” (Brian) are raising their little loves just outside St. Louis.  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 OUTLOUD.  And the Opp’s absolutely LOVE serving in their local church where the hubs serves on staff as the Worship Pastor.  

You can catch Erika in real time on ALL things social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc), and to keep up with all things “OPP” visit her blog, “We are the OPP’s: Motherhood, Ministry and Other Random Ramblings” (

Worship Leader: Amy Frazier

Amy Frazier, Alteration Worship LeaderAt a young age, Amy Frazier knew God had given her a beautiful singing voice. As a child, Amy would sing many solos at church where her dad was a preacher and at many school events.  After high school, Amy spent some time in Nashville recording demos. She later became a Christian and she realized God was going to use her talents for His glory and purposes. In college, Amy led worship at numerous events and venues in the Oklahoma City area. She continued her gifts by learning how to play the guitar and write her own songs. Amy also used her talents to lead worship at various churches in the OKC area. After college, Amy recorded demos of her own original music and ventured into music ministry when she met the man of her dreams.  In 2008, she married a military officer and moved shortly after the wedding to various states including Alaska, Florida and Kansas. Her husband's career brought them back to Oklahoma City where God was stirring her heart to begin worship ministry again. She is now finishing her first solo album and starting to pursue her God-given call to ministry through music. Amy has been married to Jared for eight years and has a dog named George. She loves to run marathons and spend time with her nieces and nephews.


Friday, March 10
4:30 p.m. Small Group Leader Arrival (McClelland Dining Facility)
5-6:30 p.m. Dinner (McClelland Dining Facility)
7-8:30 p.m. Worship and Keynote Session (Davis-Newport Theater)
8:30-9:30 p.m. Small Group Time
9:30-10:30 p.m. Fellowship at The Bean 3:16
Saturday, March 11
8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast (Davis-Newport Theater)
*Pick up your breakout session schedule
9-10:30 a.m. Worship and Keynote Session (Davis-Newport Theater)
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 a.m. Breakout Session #1
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Small Group Time / Lunch (Davis-Newport Theater and Jester Center)
1-2 p.m. Breakout Session #2
2-2:15 p.m. Break (snacks provided)
2:15-3:15 p.m. Breakout Session #3
3:15-4 p.m. Small Group Time
4-5 p.m. Worship and Final Session

*Dr. Walker will have 15-minute sessions available throughout the day on Saturday*

Breakout Sessions

No matter what phase of life you may be in or what your circumstances look like, you will always be faced with these questions: "What if..." and "If not..."

For example: "What if I don't meet a spouse in college? "If not...will I be okay with the Lord's timing?"

I'll be discussing two specific times in my life when these questions plagued me and how the Lord related to me through them. Trusting the Lord in the unknown is a skill that every believer needs to learn and be improving and one about which Scripture is very clear. I hope you'll join me in looking at hardship, disappointment, fear, and a benevolent and faithful Father who sees us through those times.

Contentment. It's something we all know we should have, but most of us (admittedly, me) struggle really hard to live in the reality of it. So what is the secret to contentment? What if by being honest you would admit that your circumstances are more of the "in need," "hungry," "in want" kind that Paul talks about in Philippians 4? Or maybe you are in a pleasant set of situations but you're waiting for the bottom to fall out. Let's spend a little time digging into the spiritual formation found in contentment.
The Gospel was always supposed to be worked out and walked through in the context of community. But, if we're honest, most of us would agree that community is exactly as challenging as it is beautiful. It's messy and complex, a lot of sharp edges with which to wound and be wounded. This session explores God's dream for our life together as a Body, why a faith community is necessary for spiritual abundance, where to get the grace to serve and be served, how to cultivate contentment in Jesus when you're disappointed by His people, and why none of this is possible separate from Christ.

We all want true contentment in our lives. Many times we find ourselves looking for it in all the wrong people, places and things (and food!). Where can we turn for this contentment? Who can truly satisfy this longing in our hearts? When we choose Jesus and take delight in Him, He becomes our heart's desire. Then, and only then, we will be content. Let's get back to simply loving Jesus. Jesus + Nothing = Everything!

"Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart's desires." — Psalm 37:4 (HCSB)

I will be sharing about how God redeemed a former head-strong control freak and invited me to surrender completely into the loving arms of Jesus. I continue to learn how exceedingly and abundantly better His plan is for my life. I am learning to lean into Him, not just for the big things but for every daily activity.

Sex is everywhere you look and most of what you see doesn't feel quite right. But, as believers we have a great ally in the Lord to teach us what sex is meant to be — after all, He thought up the whole thing! And despite what we may have picked up in Sunday School as a kid, there is nothing shameful about our bodies or our sex drive. In fact, it's an awesome gift and source of lots of fun and pleasure. However, that doesn't mean that our ideas about sex aren't skewed by our culture or even our own emotions and thoughts on the subject.

I'm going to speak about how sex was distorted and derailed for me as a college student and young wife. From falling into the trap of believing that sex is shameful and bad, to dealing with sexual sin in our marriage and all the shame that came with that, to the wonderful story of redemption and healing that the Lord is writing now. We will deal with the topics of why sexual integrity is important, what God has to do with it, pornography, sex in marriage and outside marriage and what's the difference, how to cope with the sexual tension in dating and engagement, and more. Bring your questions and an open mind!

“You do you!” is a catchy phrase I find surfacing when someone is stepping “out there,” potentially away from the norm, or when someone is making a statement of his or her individuality. In our society it seems that “anything goes” as long as you are confident that your behavior is deeply ingrained in your identity. The trouble comes, however, in those quiet, perplexing moments when we wonder who we really are and if we even like ourselves! This can be a discouraging, lonely place.  
In this session we will explore the beauty of God’s design for your identity as we look at what He says about His beloved daughters and how His son Jesus can provide a deep satisfaction, surpassing any accolades one could gain on one’s own.  

Speaker Bios

Angela AllenAngela Allen has been married to her high school sweetheart for 24 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)."

Brenda BauerI am a wife of 14 years to Michael, mom to Madeleine (10) and Gracie (9). We attend First & Calvary Presbyterian Church where I participate in Bible study, small group, worship leader, and committee member. My hobbies are living healthy, singing, dancing, yoga, and summer fun at the lake.

My business helps servant-hearted and goal-oriented men and women to make a real impact in their communities instead of just working to make a living.

I partner with people who see we need a healthy living revolution, that the status quo is just not okay, and change doesn't have to be complicated or judgmental. We are on a mission to take healthy back so you can:

  • Do more of what you want with the people you love
  • Be more available to your family and friends
  • Feel less guilt about experiences you're missing while you're building someone else's future
  • Have more money to spend doing the things you want

I help people design their FUTURE...not just dream about someday.

Nikki GentryI am from the great state of Georgia and am so excited to spend a little time with y'all in Bolivar, Missouri! I have been speaking for about five years now and drinking Coca-Cola for much, much longer. I believe that following the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit and grace of Jesus Christ is THE most adventurous, abundant way to live. I also believe that God has so much more in store for us to learn about Him than we could ever imagine. When I'm not speaking, writing and working for Impact 360 Institute, you can find me throwing a party for just about any reason and spending all my free time with friends.

Kristy HarlessKristy is an SBU alum living in Bolivar. She works as an RN part-time, is a student part-time, homeschools a kid or two, and is a full-time mom and wife. She has been married to Aaron for nearly 14 hard-fought years and is mom to Rebekah (11), Sam (9), Clara (7), Hazel (5), and Calvin (3). The Harlesses love loud dance parties, making messes, and ethnic food. Their home is anything but boring or quiet. One look through their kitchen window would reveal that they certainly don't have it all figured out! However, God has taught Kristy some really great lessons about how He has her best interests in mind in the middle of it all--even the painful pieces.

Audra HibbsAudra Hibbs is a university admissions counselor, as well as a writer and musician. She lives in Bolivar with her husband Joshua; together they’re raising a sweet little furball named Bailey, who fully believes she is a human. Her great loves include music, coffee, breakfast food, and creating spaces for people to be fully known and fully loved.

Audra’s heart belongs to the achy people. From teaching in the inner city to mentoring through Exodus Ministries, which helps women re-integrate from prison back into society, God has provided one opportunity after the other for her to see Him in the face of the broken. She has a particular fondness for people who are a little bit lost; her hope for the future is to continuously establish safe places to land for the wanderers, as well as to equip other believers to do the same. She believes that the Gospel is good news for each of us, and that the world is desperately in need of more tables where all are welcome to come and experience the love and abundance of Jesus.

Abbey KimberlingAbbey Kimberling is an academic advisor and instructor of university studies at SBU. 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.

Ashley ShrimptonAshley Shrimpton is a graduate of SBU and has spent time working for the University as an Admissions Counselor, working for Creator Designs and owning her own interior design and staging company. She met her husband of 9 years their freshman year at an SBU football game and they have one daughter, Selah, the joy of their life and are looking forward to adding a boy to the family in May. Ashley has a deep passion for the Lord and pouring into women's lives. She wants to encourage others by sharing her experiences.