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 lunch for $7.95)  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 for $7.95 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 (includes seasonal fruit salad,  potato chips, and cookies): A. Chicken Salad Croissant or B. Roast Turkey and Cheddar Sandwich or C. Winter Northwest Salad (mixed greens, crisp apples, dried cranberry, feta cheese & candied walnuts.)

Invitation: Extended to ALL women. Bring your friends!

REGISTER online or mail-in links will be activated when registration begins later this fall.  


 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?

Holley Clough:

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 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

Marlene Ashworth  

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

Lab: Marriage - rooted and grounded in love.  

 Speaker to be confirmed

Sandy Snavely: Nurturing your Artistic Roots

Lab: Nurturing your Artistic Roots. 
Sandy Snavely 

LaSondra Barnes: Healing Roots III - domestic abuse recovery

Lab: Healing Roots III - domestic abuse recovery.

LaSondra Barnes   

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

Lab: From Fearful to Fearless - rooted and grounded in 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.



Bev Hislop: Healing Roots I - shepherding women in pain

Lab: Healing Roots I - shepherding women in pain.

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 - from a Master Gardener

Lab: Flourishing Roots - from a Master Gardener. 

Helena Wagner

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

Lab: Growing Roots - strong Leadership Development

Joyce Wachsmuth 

Paulette Williams 

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: Forgiveness - Overcoming bitterness and unforgiveness

Lab: Forgiveness - overcoming 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

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    

Brianna Woods: Rooted in the rest of God

Lab: Rooted in the rest of God

Brianna Woods

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

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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