Armed with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit, Chonda Pierce has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast. An in-demand standup comic, television hostess, and author, Chonda has parlayed her gift for storytelling into a multi-faceted career. She has authored six books and released numerous DVDs. Her DVDs are consistently strong sellers both on tour and in retail, with six titles being certified gold, signifying sales of more than 50,000 units, and three titles certified platinum, signifying sales of more than 100,000 units. Chonda is a frequent guest on the famed Grand Ole Opry and has served as host of the Inspirational Country Music Awards and Christian Music Hall of Fame Awards. For more information, check out her website at www.chonda.org.
Karen Kingsbuy, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than 25 million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped national bestseller lists and many of her novels have been featured in television movies and major motion pictures, with others in early production. Her popular Baxter Family books will be featured in an upcoming TV series called “The Baxters,” produced by Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, and MGM Studios. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001, she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today, the couple has joined the ranks of empty nesters, living in Tennessee near four of their adult children. For more information or to follow Karen on social media, visit KarenKingsbury.com.
Angela Thomas Pharr is a best-selling author and Bible teacher with more than 16 published titles, including Do You Think I’m Beautiful?, My Single Mom Life, 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom, and her most recent LifeWay DVD study, Redeemed. She is both an engaging storyteller and powerful Bible teacher who speaks to thousands of women around the world each year. Angela is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Dallas Theological Seminary, the happy wife of Scott, the grateful mom of Taylor, Grayson, William, AnnaGrace, and their South African “son,” Storm, and the proud grandmother of her new grandson, Elijah Gray. She and most of her family live in North Carolina where they attend Westover Church and regularly try to feed as many college students as possible. www.angelathomaspharr.com
Julie Clinton is the President of Extraordinary Women Ministries, has spoken to hundreds of thousands of women as host of Extraordinary Women conferences all across America, and has authored five books with Harvest House. A woman of deep faith, she cares passionately about seeing women live out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. Julie and her husband, Tim, live in Virginia and have two children, Megan and Zach.
Margaret Feinberg, host of the popular podcast, The Joycast, is an well-liked Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences. Her books, including Fight Back With Joy and Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers and Fresh Food Makers, and their corresponding Bible studies have sold more than one million copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more. She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the Church today by Christianity Today. www.margaretfeinberg.com
Shelene Bryan is a former Hollywood Producer who left her job to start Skip1.org, a charity that builds kitchens and provides food and clean water to children and families in need. Her dream is to get everyone on the planet to skip one thing once in their lives for the sake of someone else. Shelene has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show, Home & Family, and Oprah’s Own show. She is an accomplished speaker, the creator of @thesplashpodcast, and is a best-selling author of Love, Skip, Jump: Start Living the Adventure of Yes and Ridiculous Faith: Experience the Power of an Absurdly, Unbelievably Good God. Shelene is a wife and mother of two and resides in Southern California with her husband of 30 years, Brice. www.shelenebryan.com
Daniel Jay Gokey is an American singer and former church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third-place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. After his placing on the show, Gokey signed 19 Recordings with RCA Nashville at the beginning of a career in country music, releasing the single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.” His debut album, My Best Days, was released in March 2010. In November 2011, he gravitated his music toward an adult pop/contemporary Christian sound and subsequently made a record/publishing deal with BMG in 2013. His latest project, Haven’t Seen it Yet, was released in June 2019.
Michael O’Brien was the lead singer of the Christian band,
NewSong, for seven years. Sensing that God was placing a strong call on his life to step
out and minister as a solo artist, he resigned his position with the band and has now
been serving in the music ministry on his own for some 20 years. Michael has built a
reputation as an incredibly gifted singer/songwriter with a heart for ministering to the
body of Christ.
Friday, March 5th
5:30pm: Gold Doors
6:00pm: All Doors Open
7:00pm: Conference Begins
10:00pm: Conference Ends
Saturday, March 6th
7:00am: Gold Doors
7:30am: All Doors Open
8:30am: Conference Begins
11:45am-12:45pm: Lunch Break
4:00pm: Conference Ends
*Schedule subject to change