IGNITE: Sacred Search...Who am I? Why am I here?

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A Portland-Vancouver citywide conference for ALL women. Bring your girlfriends!

Keynote Speaker

photo:Mary Ann  NoackMary 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 the weekly Bible Study (The River), training leaders and shepherding women in her church. She also values the opportunity to be an integral part of the lead pastoral team.

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

  • Keynote Address I: Sacred Search: Who Am I?
  • Keynote Address II: Sacred Search: Why Am I Here?


Ladies, please join us! Saturday, March 12th for IGNITE as we embark upon a  Sacred Search...

Who Am I?

Why Am I Here?

Invite your friends - from your church, workplace and community - to this inspirational and thought-provoking day. If you are not on our email list, please contact us to request to be added. Include your full name, city/state and email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Date: March 12, 2016

Time: 8:50 am - 4:15 pm

Location: Vancouver Church, 3300 NE 78th St, Vancouver, WA 98665 - very easy to find!  Join us in this excellent facility for IGNITE!


  • $30 early registration; $38 late registration (after Feb 29, 2016)
  • $15 students
  • Registration fees are transferable but non-refundable
  • $25 Group Rate - (Group Rate ends February 29, 2016)
  • Box lunches  - no lunch orders after February 29, 2016. Sorry, we are unable to accommodate special dietary needs. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or visit an area restaurant.
  • Invitation: Extended to ALL women. Bring your friends!

Registration: Registration will open in December.  Online registration closes on Monday, March 7th, 2016.

Late Registration: If you miss the online or mail-in registration, you may register at the door if seating is available. Go to the Late Registration table. You may pay by check, cash or money order. Sorry, NO credit card payments accepted at the door. You will need to bring your own lunch or visit an area restaurant.

NOTE: Conference booklets will be printed for pre-registered guests. However, in order to keep our conference fees as low as possible, we will not be printing extra conference booklets. For those who choose not to pre-register, you will need to download speaker notes and conference information from our website as it will not be available at the door.


 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 and much more) 

4:15 pm 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


 Maggie Armentrout -

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



 Photo: Joi HaileyJoi 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.


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



Photo: Allison TrenaryAllison Trenary- drummer. Intern at summit view church in Vancouver, WA



Joy of Dance

We are very 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!

Lab Sessions

Lab Session I: 

Lauree Austin: Welcome to the Singles Table: a Polite but Provocative Dialogue  (panel discussion)

Panel: Raise your hand if you feel like your heart struggles to understand God's plan for your singleness. Join a panel of dynamic single women in all walks of life as we engage with the provocative questions of "What if I'm meant to be single? Am I 'too much' for a man? Why does it feel like God is torturing me with a deep desire to be married with an extended period of singleness? Does it even matter to keep Christian values in dating and purity, nobody else cares, why should I?  I'm angry about my singleness - so what?!"

Austin Lauree.Sp16Lauree Austin is a people person, if she steps too far away from being able to connect, develop, equip and learn with people she gets strep throat and rashes (true story.)  She has lived in 4 different countries, 2 tour buses, 1 attic, and believes -in faith- the list may grow to include one beachfront villa someday.  She is a Fundraising Strategist and On-Air Host with i58:10 Media where she advocates for those without voice and inspire others to join God’s mission to help the widows and orphans. Her dating profile hasn’t caught her soulmate but has gathered crazy stories for her future book.

Rhonda Birchard: Not alone...but lonely. What? How does that work?

Lab: Lonely in marriage. Lonely in motherhood. Lonely in family. Lonely in work. Lonely in the church. How can this be? Do not despair. You are not alone. Come sit among friends as we learn together why we are so lonely and how God can meet us in our loneliness.

Birchard Rhonda.Sp16Rhonda Birchard: “Really?” is probably Rhonda’s most common question to God. But then she is reminded of God’s faithfulness and continues on in trust what He has called her to do. Rhonda is in love with her husband who has moved her to 12 different homes in eight different states. She is mom to two school-aged munchkins God called them to adopt through the foster system. Through her journey she has felt lonely and alienated leading to a strong desire to connect meaningfully with others. In telling her story, she hopes to help you find meaning in your own story.

Holley Clough: God's Purpose in My Season (panel discussion)

Panel: Come experience a panel discussion of women from every season of life sharing how their purpose(s) have changed or stayed the same from one season to the next.  Questions will be explored in regard to purpose, passion and values, navigating long haul commitments, staying fresh, and discovering identity.  Join us!

Clough Holley.Su15Holley Clough 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 a Doctorate of Ministry.

Carolyn Mata: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Do you Tell the Truth at All?

Lab: What makes a mirror reliable? One that reflects reality - a reflection without distortions. We may not always like what we see, but the image can be trusted. Who have you given permission to reflect back to you who you are? your parents, friends, husband, boss, TV or WEB? Only God's pure Word can let us know who we are in Christ's image.

mata-carolynCarolyn Mata serves as the Women’s Community pastor and coordinates Married Life at New Hope Community Church. “Although being confident of our identity in Christ is a work in progress, it is foundational to having life-giving relationships and being able to fulfill God’s designed mission for our lives.” Carolyn is married to Ramon and has two grandchildren. She has her M.Div. from Western Seminary. Flowers and estate sales fill her extra time.

 Julie Tadema: Voice Recognition: How to Know God's Voice

Lab: Many women struggle to "hear" God's voice. Am I hearing God or my own thoughts? Other voices compete for our attention, how do I distinguish God's? In this session, we will explore the acronym: HALO (Humble Yourself, Ask, Listen, Obey) to increase our discernment and grow in confidence in our ability to hear the voice of the Lord.

Tadema Julie.F14Julie Tadema is in full-time team ministry with her husband Calvin. They offer healing prayer for the spiritual, emotional and physical realms through Master’s Mind Ministry. Individual healing prayer sessions encourage insight and growth, particularly for overcoming trauma and abuse. In addition Julie teaches the principles of mind renewal and listening prayer in classes, workshops and retreats. The Tademas have been married for 37 years, love teaching together, and sharing their enthusiasm for the transforming work of the Lord in people’s lives.www.mastersmindministry.org

Taylor Turkington: Wired for Kingdom Purposes: What Should I be Doing Here?

Lab: You aren’t here to just “make it through life”. You were deliberately designed to find great love from God and then pour it out through your spiritual gifts, laboring for the good of others. So what’s your gift? What’s your assignment? What’s the adventure God has for you? Come talk about the charge God has given YOU for His kingdom.

Santos-DaisyTaylor Turkington has worked for a church in the Portland area for the last six years, teaching, discipling, and training. She loves being involved in the equipping and encouraging of people for the work God has given them, so much so that it keeps her up at night, joyfully brainstorming training sessions! Before her church life, Taylor worked as a missionary in Eastern Europe and graduated from Western Seminary with a M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies.

Joyce Wachsmuth and Paulette Williams: Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Lab: Assess the health of your ministry team. What are the five dysfunctions of a team? How can we change the culture of a team to be healthy in their relationships?

Wachsmuth Joyce.Sp15Joyce Wachsmuth has been Director of Women’s Ministries at Greater Portland Bible Church for over 32 years, on the pastoral staff for over 23 years and Director of Children’s Ministries for 6 years. She also has been a conference and retreat speaker for over 25 years. Joyce and her husband, Doug, have been Marriage Mentors for over 30 years.  We enjoy being with our children and our eight grandchildren.

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.

Brianna Woods: Sacred Pathways

Lab: Based on the book “Sacred Pathways” by Gary Thomas, we will explore nine spiritual temperaments and their traits, strengths, and pitfalls. By stripping away a one-size-fits-all approach to intimacy with Christ, we can better understand how our unique expression is a beautiful reflection of the imago dei. Discovering our pathways brings freedom in our relationship with Christ and clarity to life in Christian community.  

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!

Lab Session II:

Bethany Allen: Discerning the Voice of the Master from the Impostor: My Sheep Hear My Voice

Lab: Sheep may be dumb, but they are not deaf. How many of us could say with boldness that we know how to discern His voice? In a world filled with lies and half-truths, how do you discern God's voice from the rest? Insights from Scripture provide practical steps for discerning the voice of Jesus, and build a framework for overcoming the lies spoken by the Evil One.
Allen-Bethany.Sp16Bethany Allen is the Director of Women's Ministry at Bridgetown Church 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 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 Bridgetown'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.

LaSondra Barnes: Why am I Here? (panel discussion)

Panel: Do you have a passion for preaching or teaching the Word of God to others? Do you feel like you have a "call" on your life? Have you ever wondered, "Why am I here?" If you have answered yes to any of these questions then this lab session is for you. We will have a panel of women evangelists ready to answer questions and share their stories on how they accepted the call of being an evangelist.
LaSondra BarnesLaSondra Barnes, M.Div., is the Founder and CEO of Royal One Enterprise, LLC. She has a passion and drive for teaching the Word of God. Her desire is to empower women to embrace God's love and understand their self-worth. At the age of 16 she accepted the call of God on her life and 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 in Pastoral Care to Women from Western Seminary. She is a Youth Pastor at Life Change Church in Portland, OR, an adjunct professor at North Portland Bible College, and a Life & Spiritual Coach. 

Karen Howells: Living Powerfully From Your True Identity

Lab: Knowing our identity in Christ theologically and actually living from that identity are very different realities. We'll explore how easily we fall into our prevailing culture's model compared to God's true design for us. Practical tools and application you can take away to live in more freedom, confidence and effectiveness will be the focus in our lab.

Howells.Karen crp.315Karen 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 not-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 holds a Masters in Ministry and Leadership and Coaching for Spiritual Formation.  www.thehowellsgroup.com

Cindy Kirk: What is it The City Needs from You?

 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: Navigating the Cultural Storm: Discovering the Narrow Way that Leads to Life.

Lab: Psalm 11:3 asks a question that is immediately appropriate for the hour we live in: "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" How do we respond with love and truth, wisdom and strategic thinking, acting as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves as we experience a cultural climate change?

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 over 43 years. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. http://abide.prayersummits.net

Michelle Watson, PhD, LPC: Who Am I? Let Your Father Tell You

Lab: As daughters we are powerfully shaped by our relationship with our dads, leading us to often internalize their view of us because they serve as a mirror for how we see ourselves. Join me as I share my own story and then together we’ll explore how we relate to God as a Father while inviting Him to bring healing to the wounded places inside.

Michelle Watson, Lab speakerMichelle Watson, is a counselor of 18 years and a never-been-married-single-white-female who loves living life to the fullest while entering into the process of seeing others embrace the healing love that comes from the heart of Abba Father God (a calling that is birthed out of her own trauma and redemption story). She is the founder of The Abba Project, a ministry to dads with daughters in their teens and 20’s, and has recently released her first book titled Dad, Here’s What I Really Need from You: A Guide for Connecting with Your Daughter’s Heart.  http://www.drmichellewatson.com/ 

Tracie Hoffman: What's Lousy about Jealousy?

Lab: What can we do when we find ourselves blinded by jealousy - a word that, by its root, proclaims itself to be, “lousy?” Jealousy robs us of our identity as it brings our Sacred Search, for who we are and why we’re here, to a halt. Come and discover how to find freedom from jealousy and embrace the You God created you to be!

Hoffman-Tracie.Sp16Tracie Hoffman's testimony of God's redemption and restoration has brought hope and encouragement to many after she survived the devastating loss of her first husband to suicide in 2003.  Tracie is passionate about women walking in truth and freedom and living fully in the knowledge and love of Christ. Newly married in 2011, Tracie enjoys the joys and challenges of a blended family with husband Aaron and three beautiful children, Dane, Luke and Mackenzie. An avid runner, Tracie has some of her most meaningful times of worship and prayer with God in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

To be announced:  (panel discussion)



Conference moderators: Phyllis Bennett and Kristin Gorton

Photo: Phyllis BennettPhyllis' ministry focus and great love is women––through retreat speaker, adjunct seminary teaching, and co-leading a women’s Bible study at her own church.  She is presently serving as Director of the Women’s Center for Ministry at Western Seminary that sponsors IGNITE. She is married to Dave. They have 2 adult sons and seven wonderful grandchildren.

Photo: Kristin GortonKristin enjoys ministering through evangelism, mentoring, small group Bible study, cross-cultural missions and teaching. Kristin is finishing a Master of Arts in Counseling degree at Western Seminary. Married to Wes, they enjoy backpacking, cycling, gardening and friends.

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. 

Lobby/Lunch Room Logistics Coordinator

Livingston-Crystal.Sp16Crystal Livingston graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in History. When not working for corporate America, Crystal spends her time serving at Greater Portland Bible Church in various ministries.


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