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Meet Our Speakers

Roberta Balsom

Nashville, TN

Roberta Balsom is a midwest girl.  She was raised in the city during the school months and spent a lot of time on a farm in the summer. 

Elena Carrillo


Elena Carillo had a childhood deeply rooted in the church. As the daughter of a preacher, she found herself immersed in a community centered around faith, prayer, and service.

Reem El Khoury

Beirut, Lebanon

Reem El Khoury has a background in public relations and advertising, and she worked in this field for 10 years.

BJ Foster

Reno, Nevada

BJ Foster is a transformational coach inspiring women to confront the chains that bind us and to rise above trauma to purpose.

Rita Ghareeb


Rita Ghareeb, Education Specialist. Rita works for the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education as the educational programs’ coordinator of public schools across the country.

Debbie Kirkpatrick


Debbie Kirkpatrick is a devoted Christian disciple who has faithfully followed her spiritual path since 1990.

Jennifer Konzen


Dr. Konzen is the director for the Center for Sexuality in San Diego, CA. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist...

Cherise Montgomery

Chicago, IL

Cherise Montgomery was baptized into Christ in 1990 and has two wonderful adult sons who are thriving disciples...

McEmsara Quesada

New Jersey

McEmsara (pronounced “Mumsara”) was born and raised in New Jersey. She became a disciple in 2007 at MSU.

Michelle Santa

North Carolina

Michelle Santa is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, a passion that sprung forth due to an unforeseen chronic illness.

Michelle Talle


Michelle Talle has been a Christian for 25 years.   She has been with the same church body her entire Christian walk, but has recently been splitting her time...

Robin Weidner


Robin Weidner is a Certified Trauma Professional and Life Coach who specializes in trauma recovery, betrayal recovery and creative recovery.

Vicky Bergem


Vicky Bergem was baptized 29 years ago in Westchester, New York, and her journey led her to San Diego, where she met her husband, Steven Bergem.

Vera Chimbanda


Dr. Vera has been a disciple for 31 years, and she worked for ten years in a full-time Ministry. She has lived and worked in many countries, including Brazil...

Alejandra Estrada


Alejandra Estrada, was born and was baptized in the Church of Christ in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in 1999. There she served...

Gigi Galloway


Gisselle Galloway is a devoted Christian and a compassionate addiction recovery coach who has transformed her own life and now inspires and empowers others.

Yung Gore


Born in Vietnam with 13 siblings,  Yung was baptized at the University of San Diego in 1997 while studying International Relations.

Candi Kizer

United States

Candi Kizer, LMFT has worked with a vast array of populations and is passionate about using a strengths-based, person-centered approach to caring for and treating her clients.

Claudette Lusan

Huntsville, AL

Claudette Lusan became a disciple in Jamaica, West Indies. She has always had a desire to travel on mission trips, which led her and her husband to lead Huntsville, Alabama in 2017.

Karen Nicholson


Karen Nicholson, MD, M.P.H., received her medical degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City.  She served in the United States Air Force as a physician for just over 7 years.

Glorimar Rivera

New Jersey

Glori Rivera is a Women’s Ministry Leader and serves as an Elder’s wife for the Central Jersey Church of Christ.

Fatimah Saunders

New Jersey

Fatimahtene has been a Christian since 1999. She and her husband, Jason, have three adult children, all of who are Christians.

Jessy Tohme


Jessy Tohme was born in 1971 and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1999, she was baptized as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Jolly Busingye

Nairobi, Kenya

Jolly Busingye is an accredited counselor with the Kenya Counselling and Psychological Association (KCPA), pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling...

Theresa Clark

New Jersey

Theresa J. Clark, along with Kathy Rosario, is working the behind the scenes administration for the Beloved and Dignified conference.

Tammy Fleming

London, UK

Tammy Fleming served over 30 years in full-time ministry as an ordained Women’s Ministry Leader in the International churches of Christ.

Alexochitl Garcia

Mexico City/Mexico

Alexochitl Garcia, was born and was baptized in the Church of Christ in Mexico City in 1999.

Lindy Jurado

Toronto, Ontario

Lindy Jurado is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). She obtained her Master's of Divinity in Clinical Counselling with a Marriage and Family Therapy major from...

Nadia Kola


Nadia Kola has been a disciple since 2005, she was baptized in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Bonnie Mattson


Bonnie Mattson has been a disciple since 1988.  She is a special education teacher and has taught off and on for 20 years...

Kim Pullen

Sylva, North Carolina

Kim Pullen is a coach, writer, and speaker who shares her story of multiple betrayals, hope, and healing with other spouses who feel..

Lisa Roberson


Lisa was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and currently resides in the south suburbs.

Grace Scheffler


Grace (Gap) Scheffler was baptized in 1991 in Seoul, Korea. She has been married for over 26 years and has two adults sons and 4 grandchildren.

Cynthia Villanueva


Cynthia was baptized in the Philippines in 1990. Two years later, she met and married her husband Robert (a member of the Phillippines mission team).

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