2016 National Women's Conference

June 16-18, 2016

49 Speakers


  • Alsdorf-Katherine

    Katherine Leary Alsdorf

    Katherine Leary Alsdorf

    Katherine Leary Alsdorf founded the Center for Faith & Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church and served as its executive director. Now she is a catalyst for faith and work ministry with Redeemer City to City and consults with organizations on leadership and ministry development. Prior to these ministry roles, Katherine spent 20 years in corporate leadership roles. She also assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor. She and her husband serve on the board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and with the Laity Leadership Initiative.

  • Anyabwile-Kristie

    Kristie Anyabwile

    Kristie Anyabwile

    Kristie Anyabwile is a pastor's wife and the mother of Afiya, Eden, and Titus. She joyfully supports her husband of 24 years, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Southeast Washington, D.C. Kristie enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and discipling women, as well as speaking and writing about marriage, motherhood, and ministry. You can find her at www.iamconvinced.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter at @kanyabwile.

  • Belz-Mindy

    Mindy Belz

    Mindy Belz

    Mindy Belz is the editor of WORLD Magazine. Writing for the publication since 1986, she has covered war in the Balkans, Sudan, Iraq, and Afghanistan—and has reported also from Nigeria, Syria, and elsewhere. She is the author of a book about Iraq’s Christians, They Say We Are Infidels (Tyndale, 2016). She is the wife of Nat Belz and the mother of four grown children.

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    Rosaria Butterfield

    Rosaria Butterfield

    Rosaria Champagne Butterfield is a pastor’s wife, full-time homeschool mom, writer, and speaker. She taught English and women’s studies at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002. After her conversion to Christ in 1999, she taught and ministered at Geneva College (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) and served on their board of trustees. Rosaria has written two books, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey to Christian Faith and Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ.

  • Carson-Don

    Don Carson

    Don Carson

    Don Carson is a New Testament scholar and research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is co-founder and president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois, and have two children.

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    Ellen Dykas

    Ellen Dykas

    Ellen Mary Dykas serves as the women’s ministry coordinator for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on discipling sexual strugglers and equipping the body of Christ to minister the gospel to sexually broken people. Ellen has written several articles on relational and sexual wholeness, and helped write Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing from Sexual and Relational Brokenness and Sex and the Single Girl: Smart Ways to Care for Your Heart.

  • Ellis-Karen

    K. A. Ellis

    K. A. Ellis

    K. A. Ellis explores the zones where identity, theology, and life intersect. As two "later-marrieds” in life, she and her husband travel and teach together around the globe. When at home, they enjoy learning from the young people who constantly stream through their doors. She holds master’s degrees from Yale University and Westminster Theological Seminary, and is a PhD candidate at Oxford Center for Mission Studies in Oxford, England.

  • Farahani-Nastaran

    Nastaran Farahani

    Nastaran Farahani

    Nastaran Farahani was born in Iran and became a Christian when she was 16 years old. Nastaran and her husband, Yuna Sabet, have served the Lord in many closed countries including Iran, Turkey, Dubai, Syria, and Lebanon. They are now serving among Farsi speakers from Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan through church planting. Nastaran and Yuna have two daughters and live in California.

  • Furman-Gloria

    Gloria Furman

    Gloria Furman

    Gloria Furman is the author of Glimpses of Grace, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, The Pastor’s Wife, and Missional Motherhood (Crossway 2016). She lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with her husband, Dave, a pastor, and their four children. Gloria is a member of Redeemer Church of Dubai and blogs at gloriafurman.com.


  • Getty-Keith

    Keith Getty

    Keith Getty

    Keith Getty has enjoyed sharing with Christian leaders around the world his vision for hymns, worship, and the importance of strengthening the church with a body of songs that can be sung for life. Getty has co-written many well-known modern hymns, including “In Christ Alone” and “The Power of the Cross.” He and his wife, Kristyn, live between Northern Ireland and Nashville with their two daughters.

  • Guthrie-Nancy

    Nancy Guthrie

    Nancy Guthrie

    Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences nationally and internationally, and through books and DVDs such as the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series. She offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of child, through the GriefShare video series, and through books such as Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow.


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    Lauren Hansen

    Lauren Hansen

    Lauren Hansen has more than 10 years of communications and marketing experience in corporations and non-profit organizations, most recently serving as senior director of enterprise communications for an East Coast grocery chain. She is a member of Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where she volunteers in women's ministry. Her husband, Collin, is editorial director for The Gospel Coalition.

  • Hill-Megan

    Megan Hill

    Megan Hill

    Megan Hill is the author of Praying Together (Crossway, 2016). She is a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition and Her.menuetics, and she has also written for a variety of publications, including Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, Reformation21, and byFaith. A pastor’s wife and a pastor’s daughter, Megan counts it her great privilege to serve the church of Christ. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three children.

  • Hill-Jackie

    Jackie Hill-Perry

    Jackie Hill-Perry

    Jackie Hill-Perry is a writer and artist whose work has been featured with The Washington Times, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and other online publications. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexual sin, Jackie has been compelled to share the light of gospel truth through poems, and she released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014. Jackie serves at Grip Outreach for Youth, which is a non-profit organization loving Chicago's fatherless teens. She and her husband, Preston, have one daughter.

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    Christine Hoover

    Christine Hoover

    Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom, speaker, and the author of From Good to Grace and The Church Planting Wife. She has written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and For The Church. Blogging at GraceCoversMe.com, she enjoys encouraging ministry wives and helping women apply the gift of God's grace to their daily lives. She lives in Virginia.

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    Elicia Horton

    Elicia Horton

    Elicia Horton serves as a church planter/pastor’s wife, mother, and speaker. She is married to D. A. Horton and serves as his road manager, while also homeschooling their children. Elicia attended Calvary Bible College, where she played two seasons of basketball for the Lady Warriors. She earned an MS in religious studies as well as an MS in organizational development from Calvary Theological Seminary. Elicia desires to see people liberated from their broken pasts and then used as models to be put on display for the glory of God.

  • Howard-Betsy

    Betsy Childs Howard

    Betsy Childs Howard

    Betsy Childs Howard is an editor for The Gospel Coalition. She previously worked at Beeson Divinity School and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Her first book is Seasons of Waiting: Walking By Faith When Dreams Are Delayed (Crossway, 2016). She and her husband, Bernard, live in Manhattan.

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    Bethany Jenkins

    Bethany Jenkins

    Bethany L. Jenkins is the director of The Gospel Coalition's Every Square Inch and the director of vocational & career development at The King's College in Manhattan. She previously worked on Wall Street, at the State Department, and on Capitol Hill. She received her JD from Columbia Law School and attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church, where she is a current CFW Fellow and a former Gotham Fellow through the Center for Faith & Work.

  • Keller-Tim

    Tim Keller

    Tim Keller

    Tim Keller is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. He was educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. In 1989, Keller started Redeemer Presbyterian Church with his wife, Kathy. Redeemer started a church-planting center, which has helped start more than 300 churches around the world. He is co-founder and vice president of The Gospel Coalition and has also authored many books, including The Reason for God and Preaching. Tim and Kathy have three sons.

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    Kathy Keller

    Kathy Keller

    Kathy Keller serves on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, where her husband, Tim, is senior pastor. She holds an MA in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and has worked as an editor for Great Commission Publications. In Redeemer’s early years, Tim preached and Kathy was the entire staff; now she serves as assistant director of communications. Kathy and Tim have three grown sons, three wonderful daughters-in-law, and four amazing grandchildren.

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    Melissa Kruger

    Melissa Kruger

    Melissa Kruger serves on staff as women's ministry coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World (Christian Focus, 2012) and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood (WaterBrook/Multnomah, 2015). Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina and they have three children. She blogs for The Gospel Coalition, and you can follow her on Twitter @melissabkruger.

  • Lahl-Jennifer

    Jennifer Lahl

    Jennifer Lahl

    Jennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. She couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl writes for many publications, is routinely interviewed on radio and television, and has been part of directing, producing, and writing documentaries. She is also called upon to speak to alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community.

  • Linne-Blaire

    Blair Linne

    Blair Linne

    Blair Linne is a wife, mother, actress, and Christian spoken word artist. She has appeared on numerous commercials and television shows, but her true passion is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through spoken word. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Shai, and their three children, Sage, Maya, and Ezra. They have a heart for urban ministry and are members of a new church plant, Risen Christ Fellowship, where Shai is one of the elders.

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    ​Liliana Llambés

    ​Liliana Llambés

    Liliana Llambés is a biblical counselor, international speaker, and writer. She is the co-author of Living The Great Commission: His Grace Is More than Sufficient. She has served as an IMB missionary since 2005, and she and her husband are currently serving in Mexico City where she founded the Acts 5:42 Institute for Women. She also co-produces a radio program, Women for the Glory of God, and is pursuing her Master in Divinity at SBTS. Liliana and her husband, Carlos, have three adult children.

  • Love-Jamie

    Jamie Love

    Jamie Love

    Jamie Love serves as the director of women and children’s ministries at New Life Fellowship Church in Vernon Hills, Illinois. She is the co-founder and instructor of the “Ivy” League Bible Study Fellowship, a weekly telephone Bible study and outreach to women across the United States. Jamie is also an instructor for a home-school based program. Jamie has been married to Pastor Louis C. Love Jr. for 37 years, and they have three adult children and ten grandchildren.

  • Marshall-Jennifer

    Jennifer Marshall

    Jennifer Marshall

    Jennifer Marshall is vice president for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation and senior research fellow at the Institute of Theology and Public Life at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She earned an MA from Reformed Theological Seminary and is also the author of Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the 21st Century.

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    Carolyn McCulley

    Carolyn McCulley

    Carolyn McCulley is a filmmaker, conference speaker, and author of three books, numerous articles, and contributor to the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible. Her latest book, The Measure of Success, explores love, labor, and productivity for women. Carolyn is an award-winning producer/director/editor at Citygate Films, a nonfiction film company she founded in 2009, which has offices in Washington, D.C, and New York City. She is the proud aunt of six nieces and nephews and is a member of Redeemer Church of Arlington, Virginia.

  • Mcfadden-Colleen

    Colleen McFadden

    Colleen McFadden

    Colleen McFadden has worked since 2007 for the Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping the next generation of Bible expositors. Colleen earned a BS in marketing from the University of Illinois and an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She also serves on the board of Matthias Media, an evangelical publisher of gospel-centered resources. Colleen and her husband live in the Philadelphia area where they are members at Seven Mile Road Church.

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    Mary Mohler

    Mary Mohler

    Mary K. Mohler serves as the president’s wife at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and as the founder and director of Seminary Wives Institute. She holds a BS in biology from Samford University, and has contributed to several books, including The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook. Mary enjoys teaching and mentoring student wives as they prepare for ministry. She and her husband, Albert, are the proud parents of two grown children and a son-in-law.

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    Patricia Namnún

    Patricia Namnún

    Patricia de Namnún is the coordinator for women’s initiatives at Coalición por el Evangelio, TGC’s Spanish efforts. She also serves as a volunteer with Aviva Nuestros Corazones, the Spanish-speaking ministry of Revive Our Hearts. She has been married to Jairo since 2008 and is currently studying at the Seminary Wives Institute of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Nelson-Heather

    Heather Nelson

    Heather Nelson

    Heather Davis Nelson is a writer, counselor, and speaker who blogs regularly at Hidden Glory about faith, creativity, shame, hope and grace. She also has an MA from Westminster Theological Seminary and works part-time as a biblical counselor. Her first book is Unashamed: Healing our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame. (Crossway, 2016). She is married to Seth, an associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Norfolk, Virginia), and they are parents of 5-year-old twin daughters.

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    Trillia Newbell

    Trillia Newbell

    Trillia Newbell is the director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity. She will be pursuing her MA in biblical counseling from SBTS. For fun, she enjoys group fitness, cycling, and listening to a variety of music. Trillia and her husband, Thern, have two children and reside near Nashville. You can find her at trillianewbell.com and follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell.

  • Nielson-Kathleen

    Kathleen Nielson

    Kathleen Nielson

    Kathleen Nielson is director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She has taught in the English departments at various collegiate institutions, directed and taught Bible studies at several churches, speaks and writes extensively, and holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. Recent publications include Rebuild: A Study in Nehemiah (with D. A. Carson, editor) and Word-Filled Women's Ministry (edited with Gloria Furman). Kathleen and her husband, Niel, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four granddaughters.

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    John Piper

    John Piper

    John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For more than 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s the author of more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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    ​Noël Piper

    ​Noël Piper

    Noël Piper is a writer, speaker, and the author of several books, including Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God, a collection of five biographies. She is drawn to ministry and issues related to missions, disability and to orphan care, but her main calling is to her family. She and her husband, John, served at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis for 33 years until 2013 when they moved into a new chapter of life and ministry. They have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

  • Porter-Kori

    Kori Porter

    Kori Porter

    Kori Porter serves on staff at University Reformed Church as the associate director of campus ministry. She is currently pursuing an M.A. at Reformed Theology Seminary. Her joy is found in discipling college-aged women in Scripture, evangelizing, and being discipled by older women in the body of Christ.

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    Laura Powell

    Laura Powell

    Laura Powell has worked with D. James Kennedy in Washington, D.C., and served in women’s ministry at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. She has also counseled, served in college ministry, and led women’s Bible studies. She has journeyed with her husband during his MDiv studies, PhD writings, as well as his time as a pastor and business CEO. Her passion has been to encourage women through the Word, and her topics of interest include comparisons, forgiveness, and fear. Laura lives in Texas with her husband and their three children.

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    Vaneetha Rendall

    Vaneetha Rendall

    Vaneetha Rendall is passionate about helping others find hope and joy in the midst of suffering. Her story includes contracting polio as a child, losing an infant son unexpectedly, developing post-polio syndrome, and going through an unwanted divorce, all of which have forced her to deal with issues of loss. Vaneetha is a regular contributor to Desiring God and Today’s Christian Woman and she blogs at danceintherain.com. She and her husband Joel live in North Carolina and have four daughters between them.

  • Saladin-Patricia

    ​Patricia Saladin

    ​Patricia Saladin

    Patricia de Saladin has a passion to teach the Word of God to women. She lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and serves as women’s ministry leader in her local church, Iglesia Bíblica del Señor Jesucristo (IBSJ). Patricia loves her work at Aviva Nuestros Corazones, the Spanish outreach of Revive Our Hearts, where she serves as Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s voice in the daily radio program. She is married to Eduardo and has three adult children and five grandchildren.

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    Danielle Sallade

    Danielle Sallade

    Danielle Sallade and her husband, Chris, are partnered in ministry on the staff of the PEF (Princeton Evangelical Fellowship). Danielle has been working with students since graduating from Princeton in 1994. She and Chris attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity together and graduated in 2002 (MDiv). Danielle is the mother of three children (ages 13, 11, and 8), and she is active in women’s ministry at Stone Hill Church of Princeton.

  • Salt-Jenny

    Jenny Salt

    Jenny Salt

    Jenny Salt hails from Sydney, Australia, where she serves as the dean of students at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. She received an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has a passion for expository Bible teaching as well as equipping other women to do the same. Jenny has contributed to a number of books, including Here Is our God and the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible. While she enjoys traveling to other places, Jenny is a proud “Sydney-sider” and loves spending time with her family and friends in her hometown.

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    Carrie Sandom

    Carrie Sandom

    Carrie Sandom has been involved in women’s ministry for more than 20 years, working at churches in Cambridge and London before moving to St John’s, Tunbridge Wells, where she ministers to women of all ages and stages of life. She is also the director of women's ministry for the Proclamation Trust, which involves training women for Bible teaching ministry at the Cornhill Training Course in London and running Bible handling workshops for women in ministry across the UK.

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    Leeann Stiles

    Leeann Stiles

    Leeann Stiles has been active in a variety of ministries over the last 30 years from directing short term mission trips to writing and leading Bible studies for women. She and her husband, Mack, have spent the last 14 years in the United Arab Emirates, where they’ve spearheaded a ministry to university students and helped plant a church. She’s the coauthor of a book entitled Mack and Leeann’s Guide to Short Term Missions. Mack and Leeann have three grown sons.

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    Irene Sun

    Irene Sun

    Irene Sun was born in Malaysia to missionary parents. She is married to Hans, a preacher in the greater Chicago area. Her feats of endurance include mountain climbing and giving birth to her sons Emeth (8), Yohanan (6), and Khesed (3). She studied world literature at Yale University and the Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She loves to cook, but she is hopeless at following recipes.

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    Mallie Taylor

    Mallie Taylor

    Mallie Taylor serves as the coordinator for women's initiatives at The Gospel Coalition. She earned her master’s degree in theological studies from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Mallie and her husband, Gifford, live in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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    Beth Urton

    Beth Urton

    Beth Urton and her husband serve with ReachGlobal, working among immigrants and refugees from the 10-40 window in the Chicagoland area. A key aspect of their ministry of evangelism and discipleship is hospitality. Beth has an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and previously worked on staff with the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship discipling college women and World Relief teaching ESL to adult refugees. One of Beth’s passions is teaching the Bible to their three children and at their church’s homeschool co-op.

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    Jen Wilkin

    Jen Wilkin

    Jen Wilkin is a speaker, author, and teacher of women’s Bible studies in Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Her passion is to see women become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. You can find her at jenwilkin.net.

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    Mary Willson

    Mary Willson

    Mary Willson serves as the associate director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. Mary is presently engaged in doctoral studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Old Testament. She also holds an MDiv and ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Alongside her academic work, Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the context of the local church. She has ten nieces and nephews who make life all the more wonderful and rambunctious.

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    Mi Xue

    Mi Xue

    Mi Xue is an international Bible teacher and speaker. She is an American-born Chinese who has worked as a stay-at-home mom, teacher, counselor, development director, and educational entrepreneur. Mi Xue is her pen name for A Pearl Necklace, a best-selling memoir. Mi graduated from Stanford (philosophy) and Columbia (teaching). She and her husband of 45 years have three adult children (the oldest is autistic) and four grandchildren and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they have an active outreach to Chinese scholars.