IGNITE: The Art of Embracing our Sacred Design

Ignite the Art of Embracing Our Sacred Design 


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IGNITE is a Portland/Vancouver citywide women's event bringing excellence in worship, training, and so much more as we exalt Jesus Christ! March 15-2014, we were led into God's throne room by a marvelous citywide worship team and the astounding Joy of Dance.  Our city's very own uniquely gifted women blessed us with encouragement, training, and resources through labs and displays of partnering ministries/organizations.

Don't miss IGNITE next year, spring 2015! Plan to invite your friends--from your church, workplace and community to this inspirational and Spirit-filled day!

Invitation (2014)

A Portland-Vancouver citywide conference for ALL women who long to reflect the original beauty of God's design.

Are you a woman who:

  • wonders about your true identity as a woman of God's design, made in His image?
  • longs to understand what God had in mind when He created you?
  • desires to fully embrace all that God intends for you?
  • seeks to walk with Christ in all aspects and seasons of your life?

Come! Join us for this unforgettable encounter with the living God! Don't come alone - enjoy this day with a carload of girlfriends who want what you're looking for!

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Date: March 15, 2014

Time: 9 am - 4:15 pm

Location: Anthem Center, 3300 NE 172nd, Portland OR  97230-5382 - new location: state-of-the-art worship center: one level, spacious facility with lots of parking!  photos(formerly New Beginnings Christian Center)   Map of rooms


  • $30 registration, $38 late registration (after Mar 5th, 2014)
  • $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 $7.50)  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.)  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 $7.50 at the time you register.  SORRY, no lunch orders after March 5th, 2014. 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


 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, vocalist, 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 - alto and tenor harmonies. 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.



Photo of Sarah Hellems Sarah Hellems - Lead Guitarist: Willamette Church, West Linn, OR.  Sarah is a graphic designer by day and loves spending time with her husband and 3-year-old daughter.



Photo of Ruth LeeRuth Lee - drummer Overlake Christian Church (Redmond, WA.) Ruth lives with her husband Bob and their two kids, along with Ruth's sister, in Bothell, WA.


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



Courtney Spears 2013Courtney Spears - lead acoustic guitar, vocalist, worship leader at Rolling Hills Community Church. She has recorded two CD's.  Tualatin OR. www.courtneyspears.com


Photo of Debbie ThibedeauDebbie Thibodeaux - vocalist Bible Study Leader and Worship Vocalist with Refresh Women's Ministry at Greater Gresham Baptist 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

When Joy of Dance joined us for IGNITE in 2013, God showed up as this uniquely gifted dance team led us into the throne room through Crown Him with Many Crowns.  We are thrilled to have them return in 2014, to once again lead us in worship dance!


Heather Thomas

Heather ThomasHeather Thomas has served as a Pastor of Women's Formation at Imago Dei Community, in Portland, OR, since 2004. In her seven years at Imago Dei, Heather has guided the many expressions of Women’s Formation and pastored the community in prayer.

Heather has spoken at women’s retreats, churches, and universities throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. She enjoys speaking about what it looks like to move toward intimacy with Christ, especially through trusting and resting in his faithful presence and care.

Heather grew up in northern England and has a great love for walking in The Dales (England). In her spare time, she enjoys conversations with friends and having a good laugh.

Lab Sessions

Lab Session I: lab leaders, lab description, biography.

Bethany Allen: A Single Woman's Identity

Lab: A Single Woman's Identity. Today, a quarter of the adult church population is made up of single women. There are more singles in the church today than in any other time in history. So, who are they? What are they thinking? What issues do they face? What are they saying about the Church and their place in it?In this session we will answer these questions and more as we will explore what it means for the Church to acknowledge, empower, engage a generation of woman who often feel misunderstood and marginalized.  

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

Lakecia Gunter: From Ashes to Beauty -- From Holding On to Letting Go!

Lab: From Ashes to Beauty -- From Holding On to Letting Go! What if you learned how to let go of what holds you back from making God your #1 priority? What do you need to release to walk in the fullness of God’s blessings––His Power, His Peace, His Unspeakable Joy and His Purpose for your life? Lakecia's testimony and teaching will challenge you to experience the Power of Release, of letting go of that one thing that could keep God from having full access to the highway of your heart, a release that could change your life forever.  

Lakecia GunterLakecia Gunter is a senior technical leader in Intel Labs, Intel’s world-class, industry leading research organization, responsible for driving Intel's technology pipeline and creating new opportunities. Lakecia earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from University of South Florida. She is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Lakecia has a passion for helping others achieve their God-given purpose and discovering their true identity in Christ. She has served in various capacities in Ministry, as a bible study leader, vacation bible school teacher, Women’s Ministry Leader, Youth Ministry, and as a Praise Dance Team Member.

Karen Howells: Revitalizing Your Sacred Identity in Life's 2nd Half

Lab: Revitalizing Your Sacred Identity in Life's 2nd Half. Living in a "youth centric" culture, we can be unconsciously persuaded  that life is a "downhill slide" once we turn 50! Nothing could be farther from the truth of God's sacred design for women,  actually outlined in scripture. Gain new awareness, inspiration and tools for your journey to step into God's unique calling for you. Examine potential "pitfalls" and "speed bumps"  that can derail you. Join us for a lively discussion on how this second half of life can be your most fulfilling, contributing and authentic season.

Karen HowellsKaren 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 of the preaching team. A current student at Western Seminary, she is studying for her M.A. in leadership and coaching for spiritual formation. www.thehowellsgroup.com

Lynetta Martin: A Woman's Identity in Marriage

Lab:A Woman's Identity in Marriage.  What defines our identity? A marriage license? The status of our children? A business card? A ministry title? Lynetta Martin will help us de-clutter those not so hidden places where our true value is waiting to be discovered. The woman who knows her identity is free to become a Living Example to the praise of God’s Glory. 

Lynetta Martin Lynetta Martin serves as Director of Women’s Ministries and Worship Leader at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. Lynetta is an often sought after speaker and retreat leader. She shares experiences and lessons that beautifully illustrate how God changes lives when we learn to trust in Him, seek His will, and follow His lead no matter what the circumstances. Prayer has sustained Lynetta through twenty-six years of ministry at Mt. Olivet and it has released God’s favor as she assists women in bringing strong Christian values back into the home.

Lynetta is Vice-President of Helps for Life Ministries, Inc., volunteers at Rosa Park School and a local Pregnancy Resource Center. Lynetta is a (senior pastor’s) wife, mother of three, and grandmother of two.

Carolyn Mata: Grace Needed: Owning & Growing from our Brokenness.

Lab: Grace Needed: Owning & Growing from our Brokenness. I can do this. I must do this. Manage my sinful nature to sin less, plus not focus on wrongs done against me, to hopefully achieve my deepest desire—intimacy with God.   If this is part of your spiritual journey, you know failure to thrive is the inevitable outcome. What to do? Pretend that we are fine, give up—or discover authenticity & intimacy with God?
Carolyn Mata Carolyn Mata is part of the pastoral staff at New Hope Community Church. She especially enjoys helping women discover they can personally hear from God through the Word. Carolyn received her M Div from Western Seminary. She is married to Ramon, her husband of 38 years. They have two grandchildren. Flowers and her side estate sale business bring extra variety to her life. 

Marcia Moores: Creativity and God's Redemptive Purpose for Our Emotions

Lab: Creativity and God’s Redemptive Purpose for Our Emotions. The fall of man led to broken relationships–with God, others, and within ourselves. Emotions are the touchstone to our restoration. Connecting our feelings with our faith is a sacred and redemptive process! This session will focus on the biblical basis and creative process of using practical, right-brain, hands-on activities to help us understand our emotions. We'll learn to process emotions as part of God's design to fulfill the call of the Gospel to redeem and restore relationships.

Moores MarciaMarcia Moores holds an M.A. in Ministry and Leadership, Pastoral Care to Women concentration from Western Seminary.  She also 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. She teaches private piano in her music studio.  Marcia has a heart for family ministries and is passionate about using the arts to minister.  

Julie Tadema: Divine Design: Discover Your Identity Through Listening Prayer 

Lab: Divine Design: Discover Your Identity Through Listening Prayer. Each of us has a unique purpose in the identity God created for us. When there is conflict between who we are being, and who we are designed to be, there is pain. Listening prayer resolves our pain as God reveals his truth, freeing us to live out our divine design.

Julie TademaJulie Tadema has been discipling women for over 30 years. Co-directors of Master's Mind Ministry, 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 35 years and are the parents of three adult children. www.mastersmindministry.org

Diane Paddison: Balance . . . Is It Possible?

Lab: Balance . . . Is It Possible?  Diane Paddison shares the ups and downs of her own corporate, personal, and spiritual life in the pursuit of "balance".  Her insight to a changing business climate provides fresh, relevant guidance to the professional Christian woman with practical tips of how to achieve balance. Women launching careers will find wisdom for every life stage in "Work, Love, Pray".

Diane PaddisonDiane Paddison has served, with honors, in the corporate world. She has been on the Global Executive teams of two Fortune 500 companies, been C.O.O. of Trammell Crow Co. and ProLogis. Currently she serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Cassidy Turley, one of the five largest real estate services companies in the US. A published author, Diane also founded a not-for-profit serving Professional Christian Women, 4word. www.4wordwomen.org   

Diane, and husband Chris, have one college graduate and three college-age children. She loves to travel with her kids, run, and ski.

Lab Session II: lab leaders, lab description, biography

Earnestine Cellestine: The Identity of the Caregiver

Lab: The Identity of the Caregiver. Encouraging and supporting fellow caregivers through exploring some of the variables of caregiving, finding the balance between what is needed by the care receiver and the welfare of the caregiver, and being aware of resources available to help find that balance. Whether you are a single mom, the primary or secondary caregiver for the elderly or those suffering from mental confusion,  caring for those in care-giving facilities or hospitals, or offering childcare in your home, please come join as we learn together.

Earnestine CellestineEanestine Cellestine, D.Min. (BAKKE Graduate University), is Vice President of Academic Affairs at North Portland Bible College.  She has a diverse background including: banking, insurance, missions, diploma in Christian Counseling as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Rita’s Place (transitional housing for women), Northeast Community Health Center, North Portland Counseling, and she is currently with Emmanuel Christian Academy. She has also conducted various training workshops. Her passion is studying the Bible from the perspective of the original hearers and applying the biblical truths to daily living in this contemporary society. She is the parent of one adult child, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Karen Howells: Living Out Your Sacred Identity in the Workplace

Lab: Living Out Your Sacred Identity in the Workplace. Navigating the workplace, family, marriage, friendships and church commitments can leave many women feeling split into parts and pieces, instead of being one integrated whole. This session will focus on how strengthening your sacred identity can serve as a powerful tool to integrate  the various hats you find yourself wearing into one.  The session will be highly interactive and will offer take away tools to better define and articulate your identity to help you be more grounded, purposeful and God-confident.

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 of the preaching team. A current student at Western Seminary, she is studying for her M.A. in leadership and coaching for spiritual formation. www.thehowellsgroup.com

Cindy Kirk: Becoming a Part of God's Bigger Story through Gospel Movements

Lab: Becoming a Part of God's Bigger Story through Gospel Movements. The Bible is rich with examples of God’s passion for justice. As His followers, how do we connect to God’s bigger story of justice? What’s the role of biblical justice in sharing the Gospel? Citing stories of impact from Portland, Oregon, this lab focuses on sharing the characteristics of the “Gospel Movement” that is sweeping across the faith, civic, and public sectors. 

 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: Overcoming Ancient Deceptions

Lab: Overcoming Ancient Deceptions. Since behavior and practice flow from our core beliefs, it is important to see what bears fruit and what interrupts our spiritual maturity. There are ancient deceptions that can interfere with the well-being of the Body of Christ. This workshop will encourage ways to recognize and overcome them.  

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: God's Design for Freedom

Lab: Forgiveness: God's Design for Freedom. Walking in forgiveness is the way to live a life that is free from bitterness and a hardness of heart.  It is not an easy process but is worth the battle to live at peace with Christ, ourselves,  and those we need to forgive.  Forgiveness does not always mean reconciliation or re-establishment of trust. Forgiveness is the selfish discipline that God gives us to live freely in a thriving and abiding walk with Christ.

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.  She just sent her last son off to the Marines.

Daisy Santos: Staying Grounded through Life's Transitions ...

Lab: Staying Grounded Through Life's Transitions. A move to a new house, new baby, retirement, or chance to be in ministry or vocation- 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. Learn to stay grounded while moving from the familiar and comfortable to the new and unknown!

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.

Kathleen Sawyer: A Woman's Healthy Sexuality

Lab: A Woman's Healthy Sexuality. Kathy Sawyer has a compassionate heart for women. In her 20 years as a counselor she has seen the woundedness in marriages and the absence of a healthy sexual relationship. She is real and will cover our sexuality by God's design not man's. "It's time we have a healthy, godly dialog about our sexuality."

Sawyer KathyKathleen Sawyer counseled women 10 years in Crisis Pregnancy Centers. After further schooling, she became a registered counselor. The past 12 years she has spent in private practice and speaking at seminars and retreats. Currently, she leads H.E.A.R.T. (Healing & Encouragement for Abortion Related Trauma") groups. She enjoys seeing women develop healthy emotions.

Kathleen is married with two adult sons and six grandchildren. After a number of years in the music industry, Kathleen and another Christian artist created "Music Northwest" in Vancouver WA.  http://kathleensawyer.com/  

Taylor Turkington: Do You See Him Clearly? Finding Your True Identity in a Right View of Jesus

Lab: Do You See Him Clearly? Finding Your True Identity in a Right View of Jesus. Jesus is a name that is used frequently in today's culture.  People often make vague and inconsistent references to who He is and what He taught.  While we may not believe what they say, sometimes we forget the character of our God-in-the-flesh––what He really offered, what He asked of us, and what He did to radically change our identity.  Come behold your God!  Embrace with others the heart, character and mission of Jesus and see for yourself how it changes everything about you!   

Turkington-TaylorTaylor 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 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.

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