Speakers

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Lisa-Jo BakerLisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker is the social media manager for DaySpring, and the community manager for its website, incourage.me, an online home for millions of women the world over. She shares her everyday life lived in between kids and chaos at LisaJoBaker.com, is a contributor to Huffington Post Parents, and her writings on motherhood are syndicated from New Zealand to New York.

Born and raised in South Africa, Lisa-Jo currently lives outside Washington, DC with her husband and their three very loud kids. Her first book, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom releases in April 2014.

 

 

September McCarthySeptember McCarthy

September lives a life of perpetual motion, loving the man that has protected her heart for 23 years, and raising 10 children to be more like their personal Savior.

September has a heart for encouraging women in motherhood, and has been able to share this with discipleships, speaking, and writing. While homeschooling and keeping her home, she has written an e-book to the heart of women, titled Hula Hoop Girl.  Her journey through loss has taught her to be sensitive to the pain in other’s lives.

September writes at One September Day, and is a contributing writer for MODsquadAllume and Mom Heart.   Connect with September on Facebook and twitter @septemberanne.

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Shaun Groves Bio-PicShaun Groves

Shaun Groves is a communicator who’s known by a lot of titles: Singer. Songwriter. Speaker. Blogger. Husband. Daddy. Friend. He feels and thinks deeply and laughs easily. He’s helping Christians discover what they were saved for, and he’s being a voice for children around the world, desperate to be saved from poverty.

When Shaun lovingly talks about his kids, he could just as easily be referring to his young son and daughters as he could the million-plus children sponsored through Compassion. More than 8,000 of them have received the spiritual and physical help they need as a result of his shows, speaking engagements, and trips he leads to developing countries with fellow bloggers to show them Compassion’s work in action.
 
 
 
 
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Faith BogdanFaith Bogdan

Faith Bogdan never planned to have children, but within six years, she had four. Her book, Who Are All These Children and Why Are They Calling Me Mom? (April 2013) is the story of Faith’s journey to fully embrace unexpected motherhood as, little by little, God revealed the heart issues that prevented her from relishing the role He’d called her to fulfill. Through writing and speaking, Faith offers moms real hope for change and concrete guidance to help them navigate the joyful, messy, and sometimes  overwhelming challenges of motherhood. Faith and Dave and their four girls reside in a “little cabin in the big woods” in the rolling hills of northern Pennsylvania. Find Faith on Facebook,  Twitter, and visit her blog, Faith Bogdan, Live Well. Loved By God @ www.faithbogdan.com.
 
 
 

Kelly Gerken bio-photoKelly Gerken

Kelly Gerken is the President and Founder of Sufficient Grace Ministries, serving hundreds of grieving families worldwide since 2004. From her own family’s journey of grief and healing, Kelly has created the Dreams of You Memory Book and other beautiful support materials to help families form a precious memory for their babies who leave this earth too soon. She is the mother of five children, three who dance in heaven, and two who fill her days with boyish antics on this earth. She and her husband, Tim said goodbye to twin daughters, Faith and Grace, born still in 1996 at 26 weeks gestation, due to complications from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. In 1998, they heard the words “incompatible with life” in regards to their son, Thomas, who was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome. They chose to continue the pregnancy, despite the diagnosis, embracing the time they were given with their son. Thomas lived for six hours after his full term birth before going home to heaven.

Kelly is also the originator of Walking With You, an online support outreach. She is a featured speaker at hospitals, churches, women’s groups, and a leader of educational seminars for hospital staff and caregivers. Through SGM, Kelly is working to help build a comprehensive perinatal hospice, birth and bereavement program in Ohio and surrounding areas. She is also a certified SGM/SBD Birth & Bereavement Doula. She has written a book tentatively entitled, Sufficient Grace, which is set to be released October 2014 (published by Comfort Publishing). Kelly and her husband Tim enjoy serving together in praise and worship ministry with their band, One Way.
 

Denise J. HughesDenise J. Hughes

Denise is a teacher at heart. She loves the world of words, where life and literature connect, but she’s most passionate about the Book with living words — the Word of God. Her heart’s desire is to help moms and writers become living testimonies of grace and truth.

Residing in the greater Los Angeles area, Denise enjoys doing life with her husband and three kids. She teaches writing at Azusa Pacific University, and she’s the author of On Becoming a Writer: What Every Blogger Needs to Know. She writes at denisejhughes.com about the life of faith, the gift of motherhood, and the craft of writing. She’s a Community Group Leader at (in)courage and a contributing writer at AllumeHelloMornings, and Missional Women. You can connect with Denise on Facebook and Twitter.
 
 
 

rgt-stephanie bio-picStephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford revels in the daily privilege of being a daughter of the King, sharing life with her husband, raising and homeschooling her four children, and caring for her home. She loves to be an encouraging voice to women who desire to be “keepers of their homes”, maintaining homemaking as a high calling, while teaching on the topics of nutrition, natural homemaking, “greener” lifestyle choices, and frugal, simple living… but from a distinctively Christian worldview, doing her best to infuse these popular topics with the grace, good news and hope of Christ. She has spoken at The Relevant Conference (now Allume) and traveled to the Philippines with Compassion International. This year will, crazily enough, find her stepping on every continent in the world, as she and her husband follow an audacious dream and take their 4 young children globe-trotting. You can currently find her taste-testing the coffee and ice cream in every country she visits (a hard job, but someone has to do it), sputtering in broken Spanish, cramming her family of six into taxis that believe street lanes are a suggestion, and waxing eloquently (or not) about it all on EntreFamily Travels, their family blog.

 
 

Joyce Bio Pic2Joyce Lefever

Joyce is a wife, a mother of three and a grandmother of six (ages 4-23). She lives in Upstate New York with her husband of 45 years. She has a heart to stand in the gap for the needs she sees around her and to see God’s people grow up, get over it, and get on with God’s plan and design for their lives.

She spent eleven years in Central America as a missionary with her husband and three children. She remains actively involved with her family, church, and friends. She also gives direction to an adult social day club in the area.
 
 
 
 

Lisa LeonardLisa Leonard

Lisa’s been making jewelry since high school.  After her boys were born, she turned her hobby into a thriving business by building an online community through social media. She and her husband currently work together at Lisa Leonard Designs. When she not creating jewelry, she can be found snuggling with her two boys {if they’ll let her}, playing at the beach or scouring thrift shops for hidden treasures. Lisa shares her story of finding beauty, even in the midst of pain, on her blog, Facebook and once in a while through speaking engagements around the country. She is a writer for Dayspring and her family is currently in the process of working with a production company on a reality television show.

 

BrookeBrooke McGlothlin

Brooke McGlothlin is a mom of two young boys who leave her desperate for grace, knowing that if God doesn’t show up, nothing happens. She’s the author of the best-selling eBooks Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most, Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, and creator of the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons challenge. In 2010, she co-founded the well-loved online community for mothers of boys, the MOB Society, which has now expanded into three sites under the umbrella of Raising Boys Media – your online home for all things boy.

Brooke makes her home in the mountains of Southwest Virginia with her husband—the man she’s had a crush on since the 3rd grade—and spends her days writing, homeschooling their two sons, and playing with their sweet Labrador Retrievers, Toby and Siri. She enjoys playing hard with her boys, searching for beauty through photography, and leading women to say “yes” to God at her personal blog, Surprised By Life.

 
 

elisa pulliam 1Elisa Pulliam

Elisa Pulliam is a life coach, mentor, speaker, and writer passionate about equipping women to experience authentic life change for the sake of the next generation. She is the founder and president of More to Be, an organization committed to impacting teens and influencing moms with relevant Biblical truth while inspiring Christian women to mentor. She is also the author of “Impact My Life: Biblical Mentoring Simplified,” which is an effective and practical tool that encourages women to follow Christ distinctly as they impact the lives around them.

As a trained and certified Biblical life coach, Elisa equips women to navigate through life, encouraging them to realize their God-given purposes. She considers her first calling as wife to Stephen and mother to her children, both those she’s raised from birth and the ones that have entered her life by God’s creative hand. Her favorite days begin on the porch with the Lord and end on the beach with her family and friends. You can find Elisa online at elisapulliam.com and moretobe.com, as well as a contributing writer at The Better Mom, MODsquad, and the Internet Cafe Devotions.
 
 

Stacey ThackerStacey Thacker

Stacey Thacker is Mike’s wife and the mother of 4 vibrant girls.  She is a believer and writer who loves God’s Word and connecting with women. You can find her blogging at 29 Lincoln Avenue where she seeks to encourage your heart, grow in faith, and talk about the stuff of life. Stacey is also the co-founder of MODsquad Blog (Mother’s of Daughters), a community manager for (in)courage, and the co-author of the ebook Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets you in Your Mess. You can find her on Facebook or on Twitter, where she usually hangs out with a cup of coffee in her hand.