Thebarge is a speaker and author
who grew up as a pastor's kid
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She
earned a masters degree in Medical
Science from Yale School of Medicine
and was studying Journalism at
Columbia University when she was
diagnosed with breast cancer at
Sarah's memoir, The Invisible
Girls, which weaves her story
together with the story of a
Somali refugee family she met
on the train in Portland, is
scheduled to be released by
Jericho Books in 2013. The majority
of the book's proceeds are going
towards a college fund for the
Sarah has spoken at Donald
Miller's Storyline conference
as well as other venues. Her
writing has appeared in Christianity
Relevant, TheOoze.com, Raysd,
and Just Between Us. Her writing
for Christianity Today's This
Is Our City project won first
prize from the National Evangelical
Press Association. You can visit
her blog at www.mytropicofcancer.wordpress.com.
She currently lives in Portland,
Your Teams Towards Creativity-in
the Workplace and in the Church
in the Second Half of Life (5o
is President and Founder of The
Howells Group, Inc., a growing
and innovative US-based organizational
development consulting practice.
Karen has worked as an executive
coach as well as a leadership,
teamwork and organization development
specialist for Fortune 500 companies,
as well as smaller organizations,
government and not for profits
for more than 25 years.
Karen is a member at Pearl Church
in Portland, where she has served
as Women’s Ministry leader,
on worship team and currently
serves on the preaching team.
She has been married to Rob Howells
for 35 years and has a son, Nathan,
26 and a daughter, Rachael, 24.
She is also currently a student
at Western Seminary studying for
her MA in leadership and coaching
for spiritual formation.
Birthed from Rest and Sacred Rhythms
Allen, a graduate of Western Seminary,
longs to see women become a catalyst
for change. Passionate about life-change
and influencing culture, Bethany's
heart is to see women become Gospel-centric
and biblically sound. Her hope
is to see generations of women
participate in life together in
such a way that they will forever
impact the Kingdom of God.
in the City Streets
grew up in Seattle and moved to
South Central Los Angeles at age
21. She became a minority and
lived among the urban poor. This
season radically re-shaped her
worldview and cultivated a deep
passion for others to experience
similar transformation through
engagement in the city. This passion
has taken her back to Los Angeles,
to Washington D.C., and to New
Orleans. She is now a bridge-builder
at the Union Gospel Mission in
Portland. Brianna studied Bible
& Theology at Multnomah University
and then Adult Education at Portland
State. Brianna says, "I am
blown away by how the Lord has
opened a door at UGM that utilizes
such a beautiful blend of the
education and experiences He’s
given me. Amazing!"
in Marriage – Marriage Rx
Mayhew has taught and counseled
women for over twenty-five years.
She has served as a women's ministry
director, a counselor with Exodus
International, and facilitator
for prayer summits for women with
International Renewal Ministries.
Jody teaches at retreats and conferences,
and helps local churches develop
and strengthen their women’s
ministries. Jody often teaches
about developing intimacy with
Jesus, and about God’s call
upon women to maturity in Christ.
She is particularly interested
in the woman’s role in the
in Marriage – Marriage Rx
|Julie Tadema has
been providing spiritual direction
to women for over 30 years. Co-directors
of Master's Mind Ministry, (mastersmindministry.org)
Julie and her husband Calvin provide
discipleship, coaching and healing
prayer ministry, as well as classes
designed to encourage spiritual
insight, growth and development.
The Tademas have been married for
34 years and are the parents of
three adult children.
in sharing the Gospel
works for Southwest Bible Church
in Beaverton where she helps lead
women’s and student ministries.
She is passionate about teaching
women how to study the Bible, share
their faith, and disciple others.
Her favorite part of her job is
meeting new ladies one on one to
tell them about hope in Jesus. Prior
to joining Southwest, she served
with Cru in eastern Europe helping
to launch a new campus ministry.
She has a MA in Biblical and Theological
Studies from Western Seminary and
resides in Portland with her husband
Matt and cat Charlie where she enjoys
tending her vegetable garden, reading
theology, and watching Star Trek.
of the Evangelistic Mom
|Shanda Harris set
her own course for years, checking
off the requirements for entering
medical school without noticing
her incessant need for control was
keeping God at a "safe"
distance. Like the "suddenlies"
of the Bible, God invaded her seemingly
picture-perfect world, started giving
her a voice and began removing the
framework of the life she was accustom
to: shame, lies, and hypocrisy.
Shanda soon found herself surrendering
to the will of God on a course much
different than she had planned.
Now, as a wife, mother, church-planter
and business owner, Shanda uses
every opportunity to share God's
in Worship and the Arts |Hannah Glavor is
the Worship and Arts Assistant at
Imago Dei Community where she has
been leading, arranging and writing
music there since 2010. She has
a degree in Bible and Theology as
well as Intercultural Studies from
Multnomah University and has a passion
for walking with people towards
life and restoration.
Hannah is also an accomplished
musician and recording artist
and recently released her debut
EP “O MY WANDERING HEART”
in February 2012. She can be regularly
found sharing her folky tunes
in venues throughout the West
|Domani Pothen was
born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu,
in southern India. She received
her bachelor's degree in Zoology
from the Mahatma Gandhi University,
Kerala in 1990, and her master's
degree in English Literature from
the University of Pune, Maharashtra,
in 1993. She earned her D.A. from
Idaho State University. Domani teaches
English at Multnomah University.
||Marcia Moores holds
a Masters in Church Music from Southern
Seminary, is certified in elementary
and music education, and has taught
music in the public schools for
over ten years. In April, she will
graduate from Western Seminary with
an M.A. in Ministry and Leadership,
Pastoral Care to Women concentration.
She teaches private piano in her
music studio. Marcia has a heart
for family ministries and is passionate
about using the arts to minister
to the hearts of women and girls.
Believer Discipleship |Paulette Williams
is on the women’s ministry
leadership team of her church, of
which her husband is the lead pastor.
She has been married to Wayne for
45 years and they have raised four
sons. Her favorite role right now
is being grandma to 12 grandchildren
(number 13 is on the way!) Her greatest
passion is and has always been,
to see women grow in their walk
with God, discover who they are
in Him, and understand how they
fit in His Body, the church. She
is a seasoned discipler of women
and has been discipling and mentoring
women of all ages for 45 years.
She and her husband are developing
a discipleship process: first, establishing
believers in the faith; next, moving
them to explore and discover who
they are in Christ and how they
fit in His body and the world; and
finally, developing leaders in their
ability and gifting.
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