Meet the Breakout Speakers
Training our Children to be Leaders
Culture is actively disciplining our kids. The question is, are we? In a world that is full of noise and filled with influencers looking for their followers. How do we raise up the next generation of leaders? Our children were made for such a time as this, so let’s parent them with courage.
Abby Conger is married to her phenomenal husband Guy and has two sons, Malachi 8 and Forest 7. She has been working in ministry for 10 years in various roles; she worked in youth ministry for 8 years and is currently the kids and families pastor and now Women’s Pastor at Vancouver Church. She is passionate about equipping parents to lead their families intentionally, on mission and disciple their children with courage.
Trish Bussey Jeter
Embracing and Respecting Boundaries: Balancing Truth and Grace in Relationships
As leaders, it can be challenging to learn how to say no. How do we set limits and build healthy relationships? What does it look like to respect the boundaries of others? Join us as we explore a biblical view of boundaries, and what it takes to embrace and respect limits with love, truth and grace.
Trish Bussey Jeter is passionate about teaching, coaching, and supporting women in ministry, encouraging them to flourish and live abundant joyful lives in Him! Trish is a graduate of Western Seminary with a Master’s in Ministry and Leadership, and holds an MBA from Baruch College in NYC. She is the Associate Director of the Center for Pastoral Flourishing at Western Seminary and enjoys teaching as a member of the seminary’s Women’s Transformational Leadership team. Prior to this role she served as Pastor, Spiritual Transformation at Vancouver Church. Trish is happily married to her husband Pete, and they love traveling together, admiring the beauty of God’s creation.
Building a Team with Truth and Grace
Being a leader is about more than achieving great goals - it's about building a great TEAM!
Because - "TogtherEveryoneAcheivesMore!" So, let's do that! Let's build great teams the way Jesus did. Join us for an interactive and inspiring breakout designed to change how we prepare for and accomplish great and life-changing ministry.
Bio: Sandy Snavely shares her love for Jesus by using her artistic skills to paint pictures with words and turn them into messages that matter. As a speaker, writer, minister to women, and former radio talk show host, she has developed a deep sense of the universal needs of the human heart; to be seen, known, loved and forgiven. Sandy lives in Gresham Oregon. She has two adult children, two incredible grandchildren and one playful fur-child. Her books include, “Ellie's Window” & “Called to Rebellion” (available on Amazon.com). For information regarding Sandy’s Biblically based painting parties.
visit her at https://www.comeawayandpaint.com
Firm Center, Soft Edges: Balancing Truth and Grace in Ministry within the Church
Does it feel like the world has gotten meaner? And do you feel like even our own church family and ministries are beginning to follow suit? How do we best model Christ’s example of being firm in truth, yet soft and gentle in heart towards others? Together we will learn to walk the tightrope and discover how God asks us to edify, exhort, and encourage others while keeping both truth and love in beautiful balance!
Jennifer Usselman is a woman passionate about introducing others to Christ, the One who changed her from the inside out. She is a Bible teacher, speaker and author, Co-founder of LovingPeopleFully and Hope's Garden Maternity Home, but most importantly, a redeemed daughter of God. She enjoys facilitating and teaching women’s Bible studies and groups. She is a devoted wife, mom, friend, and daughter who enjoys spending time with loved ones and reading great books and hanging out with amazing people. She wrote a book: Choosing to Choose Better; How Living More Like Jesus Changes Everything. Found on Amazon.
Link to her ministry: www.lovingpeoplefully.org
Leadership the Jesus Way
Is influence not a position.
Focuses on the inner life, not the external.
Has a self-awareness, not lack of insight.
Is God-centered not self-centered.
Focuses on transformation, not information.
Is about loving, not producing.
Is dependent on the Holy Spirit, not dependent. on self.
Is relational, not task focused.
Is discipling and equipping, not lone ranger or bully.
Come and discover tools and resources to equip you to better lead in your home, work, & ministry.
Paulette Williams has served her church in a variety of roles over the last 30 years. She has been married to Pastor Wayne Williams for over 50 years and they have raised four sons. Her favorite role right now is being grandma to 14+ grandchildren. Her greatest passion is and has always been, to see women grow in their walk with God, discover who they are in Him, and understand how they fit in His Body, the church. She is a leader who has discipled and mentored women of all ages for more than 50 years. As a leader she has equipped women in her church for life and ministry leadership. She enjoys reading mystery books, crossword puzzles, lunch with friends, and traveling to warm places.
Leading with a Limp
What if your greatest weakness is actually your greatest strength? Many times as leaders we believe we must overcome and leave behind our weaknesses to become mature in our leadership, but Scripture reveals over and over that if we will partner with God’s strength in the midst of our weakness, he will forge a character inside of us that makes us a leader unlike any other. A leader with a “limp” is someone God can use to do something amazing! Rachel Plyler has a powerful story of confession and weakness that will encourage you to believe God can use anyone to lead! If you’re ready to stop running from greater levels of leadership, embrace weakness and see how it changes you, your teams, and your ministries, join us for this session!
Bio: Rachel Plyler is a speaker, designer, all-around tech-junkie, and author of the book, Coming Out: A Christian Girl’s Story of Coming Out of Same-Sex Relationships. Even though she grew up loving Jesus, she found herself in a same-sex relationship and later addicted to pornography while simultaneously attending Bible college and pastoring youth. By the grace of God and the bravery of confession, Rachel found total freedom in Jesus in 2017 and now has a calling to see many more be met by the tangible love of God and come out of lifestyles of sexual confusion and addictions. As a part of the ministry Her Voice Movement, Rachel has had the honor of traveling the nation to tell her raw testimony and seeing many women experience the freedom that is only found in Jesus!