IGNITE: Roots for His Splendor


A Portland-Vancouver citywide conference for ALL women who long to . . .

• to SINK their ROOTS deep into the soil of God’s Word and
• be SATURATED with Christ’s immeasurable LOVE

As a woman, do you ever feel . . .







Yet longing for much more? . . . a “no worries” lifestyle in a year of drought and the promise of unfailing fruit? (Jeremiah 17:7)

Come IGNITE with us in this unforgettably inspiring, worship-filled day as we

• SINK our ROOTS into God’s transforming Word and
• SATURATE ourselves in His unending LOVE
• All for His SPLENDOR!

Don't come alone. Embrace "ROOTS" in both heart and mind with a carload of girlfriends.

Invitation (2015)

Women, you are invited to IGNITE: Roots for His Splendor on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  Invite your friends - from your church, workplace and community - to this inspirational day.

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Date: March 14, 2015

Time: 8:50 am - 4:15 pm

Location: location to be announced


  • $30 registration, $38 late registration (after Mar 5th, 2015)
  • $25 Group Rate (10 or more women. Group Rate ends March 5th.  Please click on Group Rate Information below.)
  • $15 students

Group Rate Information

  • Register your group of 10 or more women and save with our Group Rate! NOTE: Group registration ends March 5th.  Instructions: 1. Gather the names of each group member and their lunch selection (if they choose to order a box lunch)  2. One person may register them self and add the other group members as "Guests" on the registration form. (First/Last Name & lunch option, if purchasing lunch, will be needed.)  3. Select $25 (each) Group Rate on registration form. Add total number of lunches being purchased (for registrant and however many other guest lunches.)  4. Please pay for the total group registration through PayPal or mail a check made out to Western Seminary the day you register. (If problems with online registration or payment, please call 503-517-1931 and we will assist with your registration.)
  • Registration fees are transferable but non-refundable.

  • Box lunches may be pre-ordered at the time you register.  SORRY, no lunch orders after March 5th, 2015. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or visit an area restaurant.

Box Lunch Selections: to be announced.

Invitation: Extended to ALL women. Bring your friends!

REGISTER online or mail-in links will be activated when registration begins in mid-Novemer.  


 8:30 am  Check in and coffee 

 8:50 am  Pre-worship

 9:00 - 11:00 am  PLENARY SESSION ONE (worship, worship dance, keynote...) 

11:00 - 12:00 pm  LAB SESSION #1

12:00 - 1:30  pm  Lunch

1:30-2:20 pm  LAB SESSION #2

2:30 - 4:15 pm  PLENARY SESSION #2 (worship, worship dance, keynote...) 

4:15 Conference concludes 

Citywide Worship Team

Lisa Reiff, our IGNITE Worship Team Leader, is unusually gifted in drawing together a worship team to lead women into Christ's presence -- to be renewed, restored and freshly touched by His great love.

Worship team

Lisa Reiff photo. 2013Lisa Reiff - (IGNITE Worship Team Leader.) Lisa has a deep passion for leading in praise and worship, out of a grateful heart and an overflow of God’s presence in her life. Lake Oswego, OR


Photo: Amy ForstromAmy Forstrom - keyboardist and worship leader at New Heights Church, Vancouver, WA.  Amy is wife, mom of three boys, and a private music teacher.



Gillette-Jennifer.2013Jen Gillette - bass, keyboardist. Rolling Hills Church, Tualatin OR.



 Hailey JoiJoi Hailey - vocalist: Rolling Hills Community Church. Joi and lives in Tualatin, OR with her husband Daniel and two wonderful kids. She loves sharing the word of God through music.



Sheron-Katie.2013Katie Sheron - vocalist and worship leader at New Heights Church in Vancouver, WA



Photo: Tidswell-NatalieNatalie Tidswell - a graduate from Hillsong International Leadership College in Australia. Worship team: Grace Community Church, Gresham, OR



 Photo of Kate WhiteKate White - worship leader, violinist, vocalist: Crossroads Community Church, Vancouver, WA. Founder of Music That Matters, a ministry bringing hope to the hurting. www.katewhitemusic.com



Joy of Dance

We are blessed to have Joy of Dance join us again for IGNITE. This uniquely talented dance team will deepen our worship through dance, their special area of giftedness!


Karen Howells


Karen Howells 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 nor-for-profits for more than 25 years.

Karen has served on a worship team and as Women's Ministry leader. Currently, she serves on the preaching team. Karen earned an M.A. in Ministry and Leadership and coaching for spiritual formation from Western Seminary.


Lab Sessions

(Note: lab titles/descriptions and lab leaders/bios/photos will be posted by mid-September, as they become available.)

Lab Sessions: proposed lab topics and leaders. 

Bethany Allen: Roots of Relevance - truth-filled living in a world of the culturally correct

Lab: Roots of Relevance - truth-filled living in a world of the culturally correct.  

Allen-BethanyBethany Allen is the Director of Women's Ministry at Solid Rock in downtown, Portland. She has a deep passion to see women defined, not by what they do, but by who they were created to be: image bearers of God. Compelled by her deep affection for the scriptures and her genuine desire to be an effective learner in order to be an effective teacher, Bethany works hard counseling and encouraging woman, developing curriculum, and planning alongside Solid Rock's pastoral team. A southern belle by birth, Bethany left the Bible belt for the Pacific Northwest in 2007. She earned a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry with a focus in Pastoral Care to Women from Western Seminary in 2011

Holley Clough: Could Western be your next step in deepening your roots?

Lab: Could Western be your next step in deepening your roots?  Roots are a source of deep sustenance and peace. When we have a good sense of security from roots and sustenance and peace in direction, we are free to explore new vistas and perspectives on the journey of life. Come to this workshop and DREAM about how Western Seminary might be the next step on the journey. See what adventure awaits you, and plan to be motivated to live on purpose.

Holley Clough Holley Clough: is Director of Ministry Relations and Institutional Effectiveness at Western Seminary. She has been an administrator, faculty member, and life coach for over twenty-five years in Christian higher education, non-profit, and business sectors. Her calling is to “Resonate her faith through helping others discern and develop their God given passion and potential.’’  She currently serves on the boards of the Christian Adult Higher Education Association, Mission Connexion, Nehemiah Project, Intl., and World Team, Intl.  Holley serves on the Educational Committee of the Christian Chamber of Commerce, and previously on the staff of her home church.  As an adult learner, she has earned a BA in Management and Organizational Leadership, a MA in Ministry and Leadership, a M.Div. equivalency, and anticipates achieving her Doctorate of Ministry in May, 2015.

Mindy Johnson: Healing Roots II - mentoring those recovering from abortion

Lab: Healing Roots II - mentoring those recovering from abortion.  Abortion. The word and experience are uncomfortable but remains a reality for many women. Perhaps you or someone you know has experienced it. Join us as we explore this topic with a fresh perspective and learn how to be a support. Come and discover ways to encourage women to know that there is hope and life after abortion.
Mindy Johnson Mindy Johnson is the Director of Heart, the post abortion reconciliation ministry of Portland Pregnancy Resource Centers.  Mindy is a California girl at heart, but settled in the Northwest in 1999.  She has served as the Heart Director for 8 years. She co-leads Heart bible study groups, facilitates training seminars, speaks about post-abortion awareness and is excited to launch Portland PRC’s first drop-in support group, After Abortion. Mindy’s own story is a journey through post-abortion grief to God’s redemption and healing. Her story helps fuel her passion to see the women of Portland encounter the grace and forgiveness God offers.

Marlene Ashworth: Rooting our Children, the next generation, in God's Word

Lab: Rooting our Children, the next generation, in God's Word. Rooting our Children, the Next Generation, in God's Word explores what nourishment our children need to grow into spiritually mature and fruit-bearing followers of Christ. As mothers in a world that thrives on the surface level, we will look at what happens when our children our not firmly rooted and how we can help develop roots that sink deep into faith for support and nourishment.

Marlene Ashworth Marlene Ashworth is a woman who pursues life with the desire to serve God, shower others with His abundant love, and laugh with abandon! She spends her time serving her family. Married 13 years to Justin, they have two children - Caden, age 9 and Sadie, age 7. Marlene has been a leader in women's ministries for nine years, currently serving at New Heights in Vancouver, WA. Marlene is a volunteer coordinator with the Clark County Food Bank where she enjoys connecting people to services within their community. In her spare time, Marlene enjoys running, reading, and the beauty of gardening - where the power and necessity of a strong root system is clearly portrayed. 

Speaker to be confirmed: Marriage - rooted and grounded in love

Lab: Marriage - rooted and grounded in love.  

 Speaker to be confirmed

Sandy Snavely: Renewal: The Heart of Creative Genius

Lab: Renewal: The Heart of Creative Genius. Creativity isn’t something we own; it’s a response to something we’ve experienced and that something often comes through pain. It’s in the tears of brokenness that renewal bursts through with creative brilliance, writing words that inspire, painting pictures that bring new dimension to our lives, songs that cause our spirits to soar, all these and more, become artistic responses to the One to whom we owe all things. Do you have an ache in your soul? Healing awaits through the Heart of Creative Genius.

 Sandy SnavelySandy Snavely is a retired radio talk show host who uses her artistic skills to paint pictures with words and turn them into stories that matter. As a speaker, Sandy has shared Christ with women both nationally and internationally. Her latest book, Ellie’s Window, weaves the message of hope through the words of story. She and her husband Bud, have two adult children, two adorable grandchildren and two neurotic cats. Sandy is a lover of God’s Word, and enjoys reading, writing, painting, turning strangers into friends, and creating beautiful food. Follow her blog and visit her website at www.sandysnavely.net

LaSondra Barnes: Healing Roots III - domestic abuse recovery

Lab: Healing Roots III - domestic abuse recovery. Domestic abuse is one of the hardest topics to discuss because it is multifaceted and is surrounded by guilt and shame. If you want a clear understanding of what is domestic violence, God’s view on it, and some tools to help yourself or others overcome the guilt and shame, then this session is for you. It is time to embrace the truth about abuse and receive God’s healing love.
LaSondra BarnesLaSondra Barnes, M.Div., is aYouth Pastor at Life Change Church in Portland, OR. She has a passion and a drive for teaching the Word of God. At the age of 16 she accepted the call of God on her life. Over the last 12 years, she has served in ministry in various capacities for youth and young adults. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Care to Women from Western Seminary. Her desire is to empower women to embrace God’s love and understand their self-worth. Currently, she facilitates a domestic violence recovery support group for Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services (ARMS).  

Julie Tadema: From Fearful to Fearless - rooted and grounded in love

Lab: From Fearful to Fearless - rooted and grounded in love. Is fear controlling you? Or are you using fear to control your life? Fear, anxiety and worry are so common place in our culture that they are accepted as normal. Dig up the root of your fears and learn to be “re – sourced” by love.

 Tadema Julie.F14Julie Tadema is in team ministry with Calvin, her husband of 36 years. Through Master's Mind Ministry they offer individual healing prayer sessions, particularly for overcoming trauma and abuse. The Tademas teach a variety of classes and retreats on the principles of mind renewal and listening prayer. They also offer the workshop "Marriage Rx: Prescription for a Radical Marriage.” The workshop is based on their book of the same title, co-authored in 2012 with Dan & Jody Mayhew. In August 2014 Julie, along with Jody Mayhew released their book, "The Ancient Deceptions,” which focuses on identifying and overcoming lie-based thinking. www.mastersmindministry.org

Bev Hislop: Healing Roots I - shepherding women in pain

Lab: Healing Roots I - shepherding women in pain. Abortion, domestic abuse—the list is long. Yet, no one prepared you for this aspect of ministry to women. A physical wound heals quickly under the care of a physician who has both medical understanding and skill to provide a healing environment. Similarly, an emotional wound is more likely to heal with shepherds who understand the critical aspects of the “injury” and the appropriate insights that foster healing. Join us as we consider, “What does the woman in pain want to know? What does a shepherd and a healing community need to know?”

Photo: Bev HislopBev Hislop, D.Min., Professor of Pastoral Care.  Bev has been ministering to women for over 30 years. She has developed and directed several ministries for women on the east and west coasts of the US and overseas.  She has authored, Shepherding a Woman’s Heart and Shepherding Women in Pain, both published by Moody Publishers.

Helena Wagner: Flourishing Roots – Tending the Garden of Heart and Life from a Master Gardener’s Perspective

Lab: Flourishing Roots – Tending the Garden of Heart and Life from a Master Gardener’s Perspective. People are drawn to a beautiful garden, experiencing the beauty and diversity of God’s handiwork. As we work the garden, we glean spiritual lessons, gain new awareness and acquire tools to tend the garden of our heart. “Like a tree planted by streams of water”, we can flourish and bear much fruit. Yet weeds, storms, pests, and more choke and discourage growth. Learn how we can tend our garden to cultivate the character of Christ and finish well. Join Helena to be inspired as she unfolds His grand design and purpose.

Helena Wagner Helena Wagner  is an OSU Master Gardner and owns a garden design and coaching firm. Helena had worked in the corporate world and family business. Her husband, Dan, was in the pastorate, and she has served as women’s ministry director and various capacities in ministry. Helena has a deep passion for gardening. While cultivating gardens, she experiences undeniable joy and sees the hand of God and His daily miracles of creation, death and rebirth. Through the years of garden making, Helena found her voice in sharing spiritual lessons learned that beautifully illustrates the grand design and purpose of the heavenly Master Gardener. The Wagners have been married for 44 years, have two granddaughters and live in Clackamas.

Joyce Wachsmuth and Paulette Williams: Growing Roots - strong Leadership Development

Lab: Growing Roots - strong Leadership Development

Wachsmuth Joyce.Sp15Joyce Wachsmuth is Associate Pastor at Greater Portland Bible Church. She is married to Doug and they have three married children and eight wonderful grandchildren. Joyce enjoys spending time with her family and serving in her church and community.


Williams PaulettePaulette Williams and her husband, Wayne, have both served actively at Greater Portland Bible Church for well over 20 years. Paulette has been very involved in leadership with women's ministries.

Cindy Kirk: Connecting Roots - for the cause of Christ

Lab: Connecting Roots - for the cause of Christ.

 Kirk CindyCindy Kirk is the director of CityServe, an initiative that helps churches collaborate to serve their city, at the Luis Palau Association. She was the founding executive director for Love INC Beaverton, a non-profit ministry that provides vital assistance to impoverished families and individuals in the Greater Beaverton area. She is passionate about seeing the Church expand the Kingdom by proclaiming and demonstrating the love of Christ to every corner of the community.

Jody Mayhew: Recovering from Identity Theft - returning to our garden design

Lab: Recovering from Identity Theft - returning to our garden design.   

Mayhew Jody2.F13Jody Mayhew has been a director of women’s ministries for over 30 years. As a teacher, she has carried her message of intimacy with God and a passion for His presence to four continents. As women's representative for International Renewal Ministries, Jody facilitates Prayer Summits worldwide and leadership teams in corporate prayer. She is founder of Abide Ministries which calls women to deeper relationship with the Lord and into active ministry. At home in Portland, Oregon Jody teaches Bible studies, serves a traditional congregation, and coaches a community of house churches. The Mayhews have been married 42 years. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. http://abide.prayersummits.net

Robin Mounce: Overcoming the “Root” of Bitterness and Unforgiveness

Lab:Overcoming the "Root' of Bitterness and Unforgiveness.

Robin MounceRobin Mounce has walked with the Lord for over 45 years.  While she does not always enjoy the process of growth and sanctification through difficult times, God has taught her that his healing is what keeps her walking with him intimately.  Robin has mentored and discipled  many women, worked with future pastor’s wives at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston) and Western Seminary (Portland), and taught many Bible studies.  For the last several years, Robin has focused on walking with women and especially pastors’ wives who are going through difficult times, whether it be personal, marital, or professional. Robin has been married for over 30 years and has three adult children plus a new daughter-in-law!

Daisy Santos: Roots that Remain - thriving through transition

Lab: Roots that Remain - thriving through transition. A move to a new house, new baby, retirement, or chance to be in ministry- what’s your transition? The journey of getting from where you are to where you need to be-that time in between-can be one of the greatest challenges in life. Though “uprooted” as you move from the familiar to the unfamiliar there may be some “roots that remain”. In this session we help to identify the emotions you can experience during this time and learn ways to thrive as the Lord moves you through transition.

Daisy SantosDaisy Santos is a human resources consultant and a certified corporate trainer in the management of transitions. Daisy has taught inter-personal communication classes at Portland Community College. As the Director of Instruction for Mt. Olivet Baptist church in Portland, OR. she oversees the administration of the adult educational ministries. Her passion is for women to apply God’s Word with boldness in their families, careers, and community. To prepare for this calling, in addition to a Masters degree in Counseling & Education from the University of Southern California, she completed a Masters degree in Pastoral Care to Women at Western Seminary.

Mary Ann Noack: Rooted in Scripture - nurturing roots of faith

Lab: Rooted in Scripture - nurturing roots of faith.

Mary-Ann Noack Mary Ann Noack is passionate about the Word of God as it is applied to an individual’s life by the power of the Holy Spirit and studied in community with others. This was evidenced in her own life as a student of Bible Study Fellowship for over 20 years. Today Mary Ann serves as the Associate Pastor to women at River West Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She enjoys teaching, training leaders and shepherding women in her church.

Mary Ann and Bob have been married over 30 years. They have two grown sons, Adam and Spencer and three beloved Golden Retrievers. Mary Ann is also working to complete her Masters of Biblical and Theological Study degree at Western Seminary.   

Brianna Woods: Rooted in the rest of God

Lab: Rooted in the rest of God. Our lives may often feel full of activity but simultaneously fragmented and empty of peace. For many of us rest seems illusive. In both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, rest is a theme deeply related to covenant. We will explore this relationship, considering how the Gospel grants rest that shapes the nature of our ongoing redemption and liberation.

WoodsBrianna.Sp15Brianna Woods grew up in a Seattle suburb and moved to South Central Los Angeles after her 21st birthday. The season radically re-shaped her worldview and cultivated a deep awareness of God’s heart for justice. She came to Portland to study Bible & Theology at Multnomah University and went on to earn a graduate degree in Adult Education at Portland State University. Her passion for the Gospel and justice has led her to minister in urban centers across the country and world. Brianna is the Assistant Director of CityServe with the Luis Palau Association. In September of 2013 she married her best friend, Sam, and began the brand new life adventure of marriage! She loves to spend time with people, writing, traveling, laughing, exercising and eating! 

Taylor Turkington: Roots of Confession

Lab: Roots of Confession

Santos-DaisyTaylor Turkington 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 an M.A. 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.

Sandy Wilson: Staying Healthy in a Sexualized Society: an overview of sexual issues women face

Lab: Staying Healthy in a Sexualized Society: an overview of sexual issues women face. How often have you felt inadequate to deal with the issues present in our sex-crazed society: Husbands involved with pornography, infidelity, same sex attraction, dealing with our own temptations and wanting to know how to help our children deal with their developing sexuality, plus a desire for a satisfying sexual relationship in our marriage? Come hear some helpful tips.

Sandy Wilson Sandy Wilson is an author, speaker and former counselor. She holds a doctorate from Denver Seminary and is a retired professor from Western Seminary. She coordinates conferences for women and couples struggling in the area of sexual betrayal. Sandy’s personal experiences and willingness to be vulnerable combined with her training makes her a powerful speaker. Sandy’s latest adventure has been developing free videos on the topic of sexual betrayal. www.tuffstuffministries.com

Sandy and her husband, Earl, have been married 55 years and offer both personal and professional expertise in dealing with issues of pornography and betrayal. The Wilson’s co-direct Tuff Stuff Ministries.

Logistics Coordinators

Sanctuary/Lab Logistics Coordinator

Photo: Cheryl McDonald Cheryl McDonald has served in various ministries at Mountain Park Church including: Children's Ministry Director, Food Pantry coordinator, and evening Bible Study Leadership team.  She works as the Supervisor of a small copy center. 

Lobby/Lunch Room Logistics Coordinator

Photo: Lisa Ryan Lisa Ryan is a student at Western Seminary and works with Pioneers. She has served in East Asia for 5 years planting churches and discipling women while sharing the love of Jesus.


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