2022 Fall Conferences

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Women's Conference

Sept. 16-18 | Donna Jones

Donna Jones has been in full time ministry for over 20 years. A sought-after national speaker, she has encouraged and equipped women throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Africa and has been a guest on television shows such as Good Day Dallas and At Home Live!, as well as numerous radio shows including HomeWord and Janet Parshall's America. She is the cofounder of Confidence & Courtesies, an etiquette course for kids, and has been a teacher of manners for many years. Donna and her husband JP have been married for over 20 years and reside in southern California with their three children.

 

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Men's Conference

Sept. 23-25 | Gary Gaddini

Gary Gaddini serves as Lead Pastor of Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA, a position he has held since 2003. Before transitioning into this role, he worked for twenty-one years in student and family ministries. He earned his master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, in 1997. Gary’s ability to captivate the listener with incredible stories and illustrations helps bring the truth of Scripture to life.

 

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Women's Conference

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 | Susie Shellenberger

Susie Shellenberger is a master at blending Scripture, creativity, depth and humor when speaking. She challenges audiences to move far beyond casual Christianity and guides them into establishing true intimacy with Christ. Susie hits a homerun with audiences because she refuses to give fluff. Fun, yes. Fluff, no.

 

She is an ordained minister through the Church of the Nazarene, an international speaker, and an author of more than 40 books that have sold over 1.5 million copies combined. She has traveled to every continent in the world (yes, even Antarctica).

An incredible, powerful speaker, Susie delivers non-compromising messages that audiences remember for years. She’s committed to making holiness come alive and challenges her listeners to live in radical obedience to the Lordship of Christ.

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Retirees’ Conference

Oct. 3-6 | Jerry Benjamin

Dr. Jerry Benjamin travels extensively as an “Itinerant Bible Teacher,” proclaiming the simple singular message of the living and indwelling Lord Jesus. Jerry’s Jewish upbringing adds rich insights while interweaving themes and practical applications, all concentrating on the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. His purpose is to introduce sinners to their Savior, and to refresh and strengthen the spirits of the saints. The teaching is a clear, simple, devotional, yet challenging Biblical exposition of the Scriptures, focusing on the Person of Christ.

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Women’s Conference

Oct. 14-16 | Bo Stern

Bo Stern is a sought-after speaker, a writer, and a teaching pastor at Westside Church in Bend, OR. She is the author of Beautiful Battlefields, in which she showed readers what God can do with them through battles. She is also passionately involved in raising awareness and funding to research ALS.

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Couples’ Conference

Nov. 4-6 | Gary Thomas

Dr. Gary Thomas is a bestselling author and international speaker. He unites the study of Scripture, church history, and the Christian classics to foster spiritual growth and deeper relationships within the Christian community. Gary’s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and won numerous awards. His writings have established him as a thought-leader in the areas of marriage, parenting, and spiritual formation.

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Thanksgiving Conf.

Nov. 24-27 | Ed Underwood

Ed Underwood is Executive Officer and Lead Counselor of Recentered Group, and every year helps dozens of churches become healthy and thrive by loving one another in ways that build a high trust leadership culture and by equipping leaders to cultivate a disciple making community.

 

Ed brings over forty years of experience as a lead pastor in a traditional denominational church in the Midwest, a church plant that grew into the largest church in the county in the Northwest, and his last 21 years as lead pastor of the historic Church of the Open Door in Southern California.

Ed has authored three books: When God Breaks your Heart, Reborn to Be Wild, and The Trail.

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Christmas Conf.

Dec. 9-11 | Dr. Ray Pritchard

Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as the president of Keep Believing Ministries. Ministering extensively overseas, speaking at conferences, and appearing on Christian radio and television talk shows, Ray focuses on evangelism and encouragement to spread the hope of Jesus Christ through the world.

 

For 27 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago, and most recently served at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Il.  Dr. Pritchard is the author of twenty-seven books. Ray and his wife, Marlene, have three sons.