2016 National Women's Conference

June 16-18, 2016

Talks

Pre-Conference


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.

| Prayer in the Psalms

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.

| A Word From a Mule (Psalm 32:9)

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.

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.

| Q & A on Prayer

Various Speakers

Various Speakers

Various Speakers

| Joining in Prayer

Plenaries


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.

| Born Again to a Living Hope | 1 Pet 1:1-12

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.

| Living Resurrection Life | 1 Pet 1:13-2:3

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.

| Remember Who You Are! | 1 Pet 2:4-10

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.

| Following Jesus Far From Home | 1 Pet 2:11-3:12

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.

| Sharing Christ's Sufferings; Showing His Glory | 1 Pet 3:13-4:19

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

| On the Persecuted Church | Panel Discussion

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.

| A Shepherd and a Lion | 1 Peter 5

Workshops


Round 1

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.

| A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness

How can ordinary people, with no training in history or apologetics or original languages, know that the Bible is the infallible word of God, and have such a well-grounded confidence in it that they do not need to be ashamed of it--or afraid to die for it?

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.


| Arm Yourself With the Same Way of Thinking

During Jesus' ministry he alleviated the suffering of many as he healed the sick, opened blind eyes, and delivered those inhabited by demons. But he didn't eliminate all suffering. And the people he healed still died. If we are to follow Peter's instruction to arm ourselves with Jesus’ way of thinking about suffering, we need to know how Jesus thought about the suffering of this life.

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.

| Deepening Our Walk with Jesus

In the midst of busy lives and pressures that overwhelm, it is often difficult to practice the wisdom of Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” How can we increasingly become women who delight in knowing Jesus? What are the benefits of knowing him in new ways? This session will explore the places we often attempt to find life apart from Christ and seek to encourage a fresh outlook on the importance of an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus.

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.

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.

| Glimpses of God at Work

God is “at work” at work, as he’s “at work” everywhere. This interactive workshop will guide us through a retrospective of how he’s been at work in each person’s life thus far and how he’s shaped us for our current and future work. Our goal is to give us eyes to see more clearly, recognize God’s work all around us, and enter into his promise of the new heaven and the new earth.

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.

| Is God a Misogynist?

It is not uncommon for people to accuse the so-called “God of the Old Testament” of hating women. But is this accusation fair? And if not, how do we answer questions about allegedly “misogynistic” Old Testament texts? In this workshop we will consider Scripture’s redemptive historical context, establish some basic principles for Old Testament ethics, and take a closer look at two particularly challenging passages.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

| Ministry Among Women in a World of Sexual Struggle (Panel)

Our local church congregations are filled with women who struggle with pornography, effects of sexual abuse, complicated sexual decisions, and painful challenges in relationships. How can we cultivate a community in which we all together experience the grace and healing of God? How can we come alongside fellow strugglers, listen compassionately, and offer Word-filled encouragement?

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.

| Navigating 21st Century Dating as a Christian Woman

Dating in the twenty-first century is by no means straightforward. Vocabulary strains to account for the various types of “dating” between single men and women. In this workshop, we’ll talk about biblical wisdom for dating relationships in contemporary contexts, particularly focusing on issues surrounding internet dating. We will aim to help equip single women, those who minister to singles, and those who parent them.

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.

| Raising an Alien Child

So much of parental decision-making can focus on helping our kids “fit in.” But 1 Pet 2:11-12 calls believers to live as aliens and strangers, in such a way that our unmistakably strange lives bring glory to God. As Christian parents, our greatest hope for our children is that they would grow to know, love and serve God with everything they have. But those who grow to know, love and serve God with everything they have don’t blend in. Come examine six key areas in which we can help our children trade the comfort of “fitting in” for the calling of standing out.

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.

| Reviewing (and Delighting in) Biblical Genres

Why do we need to notice that a psalm is a poem, or that the engine of narrative is plot? What is apocalyptic literature, and how does knowing a bit about it help us take in a book like Revelation? We’ll make a quick journey through literary genres—not simply to know more, but to grow as followers of Jesus who delight to know and share his Word.

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.

| Sexual Identity and Christian Faith

This workshop will explore the history behind the category of sexual orientation, and will show how that category introduces a concept of personhood that is foreign to the Bible. The question: What is the relation between sexual identity and Christian faith?

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.

| Special Needs Children in the Family and Church

What are the special needs of the parents and caregivers of special needs children? What do parents need to put into place to provide the best care for their child, the whole family, and themselves? What unspoken spiritual issues plague parents, and how does the gospel address these issues? How can parents trust God during physically, emotionally, and spiritually trying times? How can God bring triumph out of what initially seems to be only tragic? How can a church community help in the different stages of the life of a special needs family, both for their good and for the glory of Christ?

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.

| The Christian and Reproductive Ethics

Modern assisted reproductive technologies offer a whole host of ways to help those struggling to have a family. But do Christians navigate these technologies differently? And if so, how do we evaluate these technologies according to the truths of the Scriptures? This workshop will examine the ethics of assisted reproduction in light of how we understand infertility and the biblical imperative to be fruitful and multiply.

​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.

| ¿Paz en medio de la tormenta? (Spanish Track)

Las tormentas vendrán. Las aflicciones son inevitables. Sin embargo, el Señor nos dio la promesa del Espíritu Santo y un legado de su paz. Como cristianas, sabemos adónde acudir, pero no siempre corremos a Él. ¿Cómo pasar de saber que Jesús es un refugio a experimentar su auxilio en las tribulaciones? ¿Cómo se vuelve “real” en nuestras vidas que el Señor es nuestro amparo y fortaleza? ¿Cómo pasamos de la inquietud a la paz del corazón?P

Round 2

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.

| Blessed are the Forgiven

How much does forgiveness really matter? A God-oriented life is not about the strength of our character but the strength of our forgiveness in Christ. Psalm 32 speaks to the blessed condition of being forgiven, and examines the fruit of repentance and the fate of the wicked. We will consider how the blessing of transgressions forgiven infuses our daily lives with gospel hope.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

| Cross-Shaped Discipleship of Women (Panel)

How can we be ready to minister to all kinds of women in all kinds of contexts with all kinds of needs? How can we equip ourselves and others for cross-shaped discipleship in the company of women “grieved by various trials” (1 Pet 1:6)? As members of Christ’s church, what practices and approaches can help us grow in Word-filled relational ministry?

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.

| Cultivating Gratitude

Writing to a people undergoing all kinds of trials, Peter begins by praising God for the living hope of the gospel! How can we cultivate hearts that resonate with gratitude for what Christ has done for us, whether we are facing joys or sorrows or seemingly ordinary days? How does Word-filled prayer grow gratitude -- and gratitude stimulate prayer and praise? How is a heart of gratitude free to minister and bear witness powerfully to others? This workshop will encourage us to cultivate gratitude, only by God's grace.

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.

| God’s People Singing

What is a hymn, and what makes a good one? What is the role of hymns in worship and in teaching, among God’s people? What older hymns are worth keeping – and why, and how? Why do we need new ones? Come join Keith Getty in an exploration of the music of the church – including some of their new songs.

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.

| How Christians Should Think of Suffering and Evil

If you live long enough, you will suffer. It follows that Christians should prepare for suffering: "In this world, you will have tribulation. . . ." This workshop is devoted to planting six large theological "pillars" on which to hang a mature Christian worldview, to enable us to be prepared when suffering comes. This is not so much an "answer" to the questions raised by suffering and evil, still less a "how to" guide as to what to do. Rather, this is more akin to prophylactic medicine: it is teaching to prepare us to think and react Christianly and faithfully when the inevitable evil day arrives.

​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.

| Learning from the History of Women in Global Missions

Women have played a crucial role in taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations. Learning their stories and hearing their voices helps shape our hearts and minds, as we both serve and pray. This workshop will offer a challenging and inspiring glimpse into the history of women in global missions.

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.

| Loving and Serving the Local Church as a Professional Woman

What is the connection between your life at work and your local church? First Peter makes it clear that every aspect of our lives—including our jobs—is connected to the gospel mission of the church. It’s a mission that brings opposition on every hand. We need the church to navigate the joys, trials, and temptations found in our daily labors—and the church needs us. This seminar will address the ways in which women in the marketplace can strengthen and be strengthened by the body of Christ.

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.

| Mentoring: What and Why and How?

Many a Christian woman has benefitted from a life-on-life discipleship relationship with another woman, following the pattern of Titus 2. How can such a relationship help us grow in the Lord and in the Word? How does it fit into the context of the church, and of Bible study? What should and should we not be after in what we often call a “mentoring” relationship--and what are some of the best methods and benefits, for believing women in various stages of life?

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.

| Sexual Identity and Christian Faith Q & A

This Q&A session is offered as an option only to those who register for Session One of "Sexual Identity and Christian Faith." This session will not be recorded.

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.

| Sojourner Citizens: Why, What and How to Engage in Public Life Together

The apostle Peter reminds us we are “sojourners and exiles” in this world. What are our responsibilities in this place of our sojourn? How should our lives testify to our identity as a “holy nation” (1 Pet 2:9) while we remain citizens of an earthly community (1 Pet 2:13-17)? This workshop will provide a biblically-based framework for engagement in public life for the glory of God and the good of our neighbors.

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.

| Spoken Words

Come join spoken word artist Blair Linne talk about the methods and value of memorizing Scripture—and she’ll not only talk but also show. In a live recitation of the book of 1 Peter, we’ll hear the power and the beauty of God’s Word spoken.

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.

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.

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.

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.

| Teaching Theology to Children (Panel)

Teach theology to children? How? And how much can they understand? This workshop will explore the virtues and methods of passing on the doctrines of the Christian faith to children in the home, church, and beyond, so that they grow up firmly grounded in biblical thinking. Along with the basic disciplines of reading and explaining the Scriptures, how might we clearly aim to teach the beautiful truths of who God is, who we human beings are, how God works his plan of salvation for the world . . . in other words, theology?

​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.

| Viviendo a la luz del Diseño de Dios (Spanish Track)

Dios ha diseñado a los hombres y las mujeres de manera particular, para su gloria y nuestro bien. Sin embargo, en nuestro mundo caído, nos enfrentamos con desafíos mientras tratamos de vivir el buen diseño de Dios. ¿Cómo pueden las mujeres casadas servir al Señor mientras se someten a sus esposos, aun cuando ellos no estén mostrando un amor como Cristo? ¿Cómo puede la mujer soltera deleitarse en el diseño de Dios y modelar el compañerismo hombre-mujer en el ministerio? ¿Qué rol juega la iglesia en todo esto? ¿Cómo moldea el evangelio cada área de nuestras vidas, incluyendo cómo entendemos los propósitos de Dios para las mujeres creadas a su imagen?

Round 3

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.

| Cuando Nuestros Anhelos No Son Satisfechos (Spanish Track)

Cada una de nosotras tiene anhelos insatisfechos. Un esposo que no viene a la fe; una soltería que parece no terminar; una salud que no llega; oportunidades ministeriales que no se materializan; una mejora económica que aparenta nunca llegará; un corazón de madre con las manos vacías. ¿Qué hacemos con esos anhelos de nuestro corazón que Dios parece no responder? ¿Dónde encontramos la perspectiva correcta? ¿Qué podemos aprender de estos tiempos de aparente incertidumbre? ¿Cómo podemos glorificar a Dios cuando la vida no nos sonríe?

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.

| Emotional and Sexual Wholeness: Cultivating Christ’s Love, Displacing Relational Idols

We all desire the security of feeling loved—and we all are tempted to find that security not in God our Creator but in unhealthy relationships with people around us. In what ways do we tend to practice idolatry, with people (and our experiences with them) as the object of our worship? How do messy and enslaving relational patterns form? Most important, in Christ, how can we grow from unholy dependency on people, into women who live out 1 Pet 1:22: having a sincere and deep-hearted love for others that is free and whole?

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.

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.

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.

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.

| Evangelism: Sharing the Reason for Our Hope (Panel)

God commissions us to spread the news of resurrection life in Christ to a world full of lost people. But does God call all Christians to evangelize? And how does God equip us to live out this call with zeal? How do we prepare to “make a defense” gently and respectfully to those who ask about our relationship with Christ, especially if we feel intimidated? What is the role of prayer in evangelism? How can we encourage new believers to mature in Christ within the local church?

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.


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.

| Help Me Teach 1 Peter with John Piper

What better way to use what we learn at TGCW16 than to go back and teach through 1 Peter at our own churches? We’ll ask John Piper to help guide us through the book, pointing out potential errors to avoid, opportunities for application, and key themes to emphasize.

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.

| Living our Theology as We Disciple Others

How do biblical concepts like the image of God, union with Christ, and a two-Adam Christology shape the discipleship process? In this session, K. A. Ellis will explore and apply these principles and help us discover how we can move believers - and ourselves - from foolishness to wisdom.

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.

| Loving The Church When It Hurts

The bride of Christ is glorious and beautiful because of its head -- but it's far from perfect yet. Members can lash out on other members through division, gossip, fallen leadership, manipulative practices, or the like. How are we, as members of Christ's body, to respond to his bride when we have been hurt deeply by her? And how can all of us show compassion to those who have had different, and sometimes harder, experiences than we have? This workshop will help us ask and answer these questions -- and in the process love the church even more wisely and deeply.

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.


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.

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.

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.

​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.

| Respecting Husbands: Challenges and Joys (Panel)

Peter calls for “respectful and pure conduct” from wives (1 Pet 3:2), and Paul clearly teaches: “Let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Eph 5:33). What is meant by this kind of respect, according to the Scriptural context? What does respecting one’s husband look like, day to day—even when respect seems undeserved? What are the challenges—and blessings? How does the response of a wife to this call offer witness to all those around her? How do these words apply to diverse cultures and situations? This workshop panel will offer honest discussion and encouraging words from experienced wives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

| Spiritual Disciplines and Healthy Rhythms in Life and Ministry (Panel)

How do spiritual disciplines relating to the Word, prayer, and the body of Christ shape the rhythms of our lives? How can we grow in our reliance upon God’s Spirit in all our callings? Why is ministry “burn-out” such a hot topic--and why are we so prone to self-reliance? We will address these and other questions relating to spiritual and relational vitality as we serve the Lord Jesus Christ

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.

| Standing Beside the Persecuted Church

Thanks to ISIS, everyone knows the church in the Middle East is suffering, its existence threatened. How can Western churches and other organizations support their persecuted brothers and sisters in this hour of need? This workshop will include on-the-ground reporting from Iraq and elsewhere, insights into the life of the churches that remain, and practical ways to think and act with gospel-centered compassion.

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.

| The Thorns and Thistles of Our Work

How can we be “living stones” (1 Peter 2) in the midst of the thorns and thistles of our work? This workshop will look at the problems with our work that come as a result of God’s curse on Adam’s & Eve’s work in Genesis 2: its fruitlessness, pointlessness, selfishness, and idolatrousness. What difference does the gospel make? And how can we be God’s people in the world through the work we do everyday?

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.

| The Unborn and Christian Faith: A Gospel Perspective on Abortion

How does the gospel transform our thinking about unborn children and our care for these most vulnerable members of society? How can Christians best share this gospel perspective in ongoing discussions? How can the church actively demonstrate the love of Christ toward women who have chosen abortion, and toward women and children in the midst of the battle? Drawing from her own journey as a feminist who once supported abortion rights, Rosaria will address the subject of abortion in light of Christian faith.

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.

| Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed

Everyone is waiting for something. Churches are full of women waiting for relationships, for children, for healing, for a home, for a job, or for a prodigal. Stories of God’s children waiting for these very same things are woven through the Bible. This workshop will investigate how those stories teach us to understand our own waiting in a way that preaches the gospel to ourselves and to the watching world.

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.

| When Women Pray Together

Though we sometimes think of prayer as a purely private discipline, the Scriptures provide us with sweet incentives to pray together with other Christians.When we pray together, the Lord pledges to exalt himself and do good to us. When we pray together, the Lord moves the world. In this workshop we’ll explore the biblical foundation for praying together, savor its promised fruit, and consider how women can pray together in their churches and communities.

Focus Gatherings


Focus Gatherings are informal discussions limited to 25 attendees. The Focus Gathering registration information will be sent out to registered attendees in March 2016.

Thursday Evening Round

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.

| Approaches to Bible Study

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.

| Gospel-Centered Ministry to Women Dealing with Same Sex Attraction

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.

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.

| Husbands and Wives as Co-laborers in the Gospel

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.

| I’m a New Believer—How Do I Grow?

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.

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.

| Reaching Millennials

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.


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.

| Reaching the Nations in Your Neighborhood

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.

| Seeking Joy and Abundance in Infertility

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.

| Trusting Jesus in the Midst of Physical Suffering

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.

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.

| Women and Leadership: A Gracious and Honest Conversation

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.

| “Nothing to See Here, Move Along”: Understanding Domestic Religious Persecution

Friday Evening Round

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.

| Cultivating Gospel-Centered Friendships

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.

| Eating Disorders and Plastic Surgery: How God Restores Soul and Body

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.

| Forgiving Those Who Hurt Us

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.

| From Good to Grace: Learning to Walk in the Gospel of Grace

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.

| Getting Published Without Selling Your Soul: A Discussion for Writers

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.

| Loving Your Muslim Neighbors with the Gospel: A Time of Brainstorming and Encouragement

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.

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.

| Older and Younger Women: Encouraging Life-on-Life Ministry

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.

| Singleness and Stewardship: Pursuing Our Callings, Surrendering Our Expectations

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.


| The God of All Grace in the Midst of Grief

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.

| The Importance of Expositional Bible Teaching for a Healthy Women's Ministry

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.

| Thinking Through Current Events

Saturday Morning Round

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.

| A Conversation About Pre-Engagement Counseling

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.

| Christian Artists and Issues of Identity

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.

| Donor Eggs, Sperm, and Surrogate Wombs: Hard Issues in Biblical Light

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.

| Exploring Fear, Finding Faith

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.

| Feeding a Faithful Imagination: Good Books and the Life of the Mind

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.

| Global Missions, A Risk Worth Taking

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.

| Praying the Lord's Prayer Together

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.

| Reaching Asia by Opening Your Front Door: Evangelistic Hospitality

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.

| Teaching Women the Bible: Building Understanding with Proven Tools

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.

| The Delight of Daily Bible Reading (and Anything Else You Want to Talk About)

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.

| Unashamed: How the Gospel Frees Us of Shame through Redeemed Community