Register for LT 2019

Women’s Ministry Leadership
Training Conference

February 21-23, 2019 – Atlanta Airport Marriott

Leadership always holds within it the potential to be life-taking or life-giving. Jesus is our reference point for a different kind of leadership. His servant leadership brought life to His followers, and our leadership should too. Our aim is to equip women to think biblically about leadership and then give them practical tools to lead covenantally in a complementarian context.

Who Should Come?  Women’s Ministry Leaders, Bible Study Teachers, Presbytery Women’s Leaders, Directors of Women’s Ministry…really any women who encourage and equip other women.

All attendees will receive a copy of Life-giving Leadership by Karen Hodge and Susan Hunt.

Register today!

Early Registration Deadline: January 15, 2019 (or when conference is full) – Cost is $285 (does not include hotel cost)

Registration Deadline: February 5, 2019 (or when conference is full) – Cost is $305 (does not include hotel cost)

Optional First Timer’s Luncheon on Thursday at 11:45 am – Cost is $15 – This is a great opportunity to have lunch prior to the beginning of Leadership Training as you find out what to expect at Leadership Training and hear tips for getting the most from your LT experience. Enjoy an informative (what DO all those acronyms mean?), high-energy, and personal introduction to LT, complete with give-aways! Plus, it’s a great place to meet people! Last year, it was exciting to see women interact as if they’d known each other for years, but they had just met the day before at the luncheon.

Before beginning the registration process, you will need the following information:

  • Are you attending for the first time?
  • Are you attending the luncheon for first timers? (If so, be sure to check pricing option that includes cost of the lunch.)
  • Large Group Sessions (choose 2 of the 3 different choices)
  • Workshop Choices (choose 2 different workshops)
  • Medically-necessary Dietary Restrictions
  • Will you be attending the gathering for Writers on Friday evening?

Be sure to register for the hotel separately using the link. Hotel rooms must be reserved no later than February 5 (our room block ends that day and you will not receive the discounted room rate).

Do you have questions about Registration? Email Kathy Wargo at kwargo@pcanet.org or call 678-825-1132.

Atlanta Airport Marriott – 4711 Best Road, Atlanta, GA 30337 – 404-766-7900

Hotel rooms are $129/night. All rooms have refrigerators.

Below you will find the reservation link your guests may use to make online reservations or call reservations at (1)-800-228-9290 until the cut-off date of February 5, 2019.

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Schedule:

Thursday, February 21:

10 am – Noon – Registration and Bookstore Open

12:00 noon-1:00 pm – Welcome Lunch for First Timers (limited to first 140 registrants)

1:30-2:45 pm – General Session – The CONFIDENCE of a Life-giving Leader – Susan Hunt

3:00-4:15 pm – Regional Gatherings #1

4:45-6:00 pm – Large Group #1 (Choice of 3 sessions)

6:15-8:30 pm – Dinner and General Session – The CALLING of a Life-giving Leader – Chris and Karen Hodge

Friday, February 22:

Breakfast on your own

9:00-10:00 am – General Session – The CLARITY of a Life-giving Leader – Courtney Doctor

10:30-11:45 am – Workshop Session #1 (Choice of 6 workshops)

12:00-1:15 pm – Lunch and Love Gift Presentation

1:45-3:00 pm – Workshop Session #2 (Choice of 6 workshops)

3:00-4:00 pm – Break – Time to network and fellowship

4:00-5:30 pm – Regional Gatherings #2

6:00-8:00 pm – Dinner, Leadership Portraits, and Dessert Buffet

8:00 pm – Gathering of Writer’s Group

Saturday, February 23:

Breakfast on your own

8:30-9:30 am – Large Group #2 (Choice of 3 sessions)

9:45-11:30 am – General Session – The CHARACTER of a Life-giving Leader – Ellen Dykas

Plenary Sessions and Keynote Speakers:

The CONFIDENCE of a Life-giving Leader (Susan Hunt)

As a leader we can be easily tempted to look inward and place our confidence in our skill sets or gifts. Or perhaps we look externally and rely on people or plans. The fundamental difference between life-taking and life-giving leadership is the object of our confidence. Confidence is fully entrusting ourselves to Christ. And when we do we can confidently rely on His Word, His Covenant faithfulness and the life-giving hope of the Gospel.

Susan Hunt is the wife of Gene Hunt, a retired PCA pastor, and they have 3 adult children and 12 grandchildren. She is the former PCA Coordinator for Women’s Ministry and served as a consultant to CDM. Susan is the author and co-author of several books for women’s ministries as well as TRUE, the CDM discipleship curriculum series on biblical womanhood for teen girls, and Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership. She has also authored several books for children, including Sammy and His Shepherd and My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms.

The CALLING of a Life-giving Leader (Chris and Karen Hodge)

Servant leadership is not a popular leadership methodology, but rather a glorious calling to become more like Jesus. Life-giving leadership is not just an invitation to serve but at the most fundamental level, it is an invitation to die. We have to die to live and we have to die to lead.  Death is painful and scary, but it is also necessary and glorious for His life to be formed in us. Life-giving leadership is a selfless and sacrificial calling that yields the harvest of gospel fruit—follow me as I follow Christ.

Driven by a passion to share the joy giving good news of Jesus Christ, Pastor Chris Hodge has been active in Christian ministry since his conversion at twenty-one years of age. He has served in churches small and large in five states over his twenty plus years of service. He has been the Senior Pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church since 2006. Chris leads out of a deep awareness of his own brokenness and need for God’s grace and help. He knows that all people desperately need to be perpetually made new through the work of the Holy Spirit. Towards that end, he pours himself into the preaching and teaching of the Bible in its entirety because he knows that is where God has perfectly revealed Himself and His plan for this world. He loves people and encourages the church to live out her faith through selfless relationships. He creatively pursues new ideas and opportunities for meeting and serving others because he wants everyone to experience the thrill of living with deep pleasure in the purpose God has for them in Jesus Christ. He wants to see, share, and spread the glory of God! Joining Chris in his passions are his wonderfully gifted wife, Karen, and their two children, Anna Grace and Haddon.

Karen Hodge serves as the Coordinator for PCA Women’s Ministry, where she seeks to connect women and churches to one another and to sound resources. She is also having the time of her life serving alongside her husband Chris, Senior Pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, IL. Chris and Karen have two children Anna Grace Botka and Haddon Hodge that round out “Team Hodge”. It is from the perspective of a wife, mother, leader and fellow pilgrim that she hopes to offer insights from God’s Word concerning how she and they can most effectively learn to enjoy and extend God’s glory. Karen, along with Susan Hunt, authored Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership.

The CLARITY of a Life-Giving Leader (Courtney Doctor)

We all want clarity. But sometimes the view gets cloudy—we get so busy with what we’re doing that we forget why we are doing it. In this session, we will pull back and look at the grand narrative of Scripture to remind ourselves not only what God is doing in the world, but why he is doing it. And we will seek to understand what it means to anchor our decisions in the bigger story of God’s redemption.

Courtney Doctor is an author, Bible teacher, frequent conference and retreat speaker, and periodic blogger. She received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013 and is the author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story (2016). She currently serves on the advisory board for Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. God has blessed Courtney and her husband, Craig, with four wonderful children (Austin, Bradon, Shelby, and Rebecca) as well as two amazing daughters-in-law (Ruth and Jordan) — and their first grandson, Bo!

The CHARACTER of a Life-giving Leader (Ellen Dykas)

Serving as a leader for God’s people can be deeply encouraging and profoundly challenging. A world of hurting people, messy situations and antagonistic voices can intimidate and tempt leaders to give up. Paul faced all of these things and finished his race of faith well! How? His ministry always flowed out of his identity in Christ and a humble heart. What are we aiming for as women who desire to cultivate a legacy of godly character? Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians will teach us how to be humble, compassionate and bold leaders who serve as a signpost to our True Leader, Jesus.

Ellen Dykas received her MA in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1999 and serves as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel-centered discipleship and teaching regarding sexuality. Ellen loves ministry to women and is most passionate about mentoring, teaching God’s Word and spiritually nurturing others to walk deeply with Jesus. Her home church is New Life Dresher, PCA in Dresher, PA.

Large-Group Sessions (Choose 2 of the 3 sessions offered):

Life-giving Partnership: Men and Women Serving Together in the Church (Chris & Karen Hodge) – Let’s face it, this topic will either induce fear or invite freedom. It all depends on your approach. We will explore the life-giving and God-glorifying partnership that God has ordained for men and women to work together in the context of the church in a complementary fashion. We invite you to bring your questions, concerns and curiosity as we explore this topic in a refreshingly real fashion.

Life-giving Longevity in Ministry (Courtney Doctor and Stephanie Formenti) – A life of ministry is not so much a sprint, but a marathon. We all want to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1), but the race can be filled with long, uphill stretches that can make us want to quit at times. Join us as we look at how to be prepared and sustained for the long-haul. We will hear from wise women who are running the race well and we will, ultimately, look to God’s Word for the hope that energizes our souls.

Life-giving Teams: Unity in the Diversity (Vanessa Hawkins) – Christ tore down the wall of hostility and has made us one (Ephesians 2:14). Not many of us would argue with that truth, yet there remain so many walls that divide us. Being able to cultivate groups with diverse ages, life stages, ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses within our ministries is often an elusive pursuit. How can we turn the corner from just thinking diversity is a good idea to having an intentional pursuit of unity through authentic, gospel-centered diversity? In our time together, we will identify barriers to unity and discuss practical ways we can continue to tear down the walls that separate us.

Writer’s Gathering:

Do you love to write? Would you like to fellowship with other writers? Would you like to learn more about the writing, publishing, and editing process? Then register to join Christina Fox (editor of enCourage) and Kristi James (with P&R Publishing) to discuss all things writing. This gathering will meet on Friday night during the dessert buffet at 8:00 pm.

Workshop Session #1 (Choose 1 of the 6 choices offered for Session 1):

Legacy of Life-giving Leadership: Raising the Next Generation of Leaders (Marcie Tuten) – As you reflect on your role as a leader, have you considered how you can help other women follow in your footsteps? In this workshop we will discuss how the leadership of other women has shaped our lives and how we can pass on these lessons to others. We will look at how discipleship is the key to helping younger women grow into the leaders the Lord has called them to be and how we can encourage and strengthen their gifts for the good of the church and the glory of God.

Leadership Styles: Life-giving or Life-taking (Kathy Stair and Connie Miller) – “HELP!  As the women’s ministry leader for my church, I want a ministry that is life-giving, but I’m overwhelmed with finding leaders, floundering ministries, meeting all the women’s diverse needs, and I’m running ragged keeping up with all the church’s women’s ministry programs!” Let’s take a breath together and remind ourselves what scripture teaches us about life-giving discipleship. As we apply these scriptural truths to our role as women’s ministry leadership, we may discover that our personal good intentioned leadership style may contribute to our overwhelming responsibilities and distract us. Scripture will direct us to life giving ministry for God’s glory!

Small Groups: A Tool for Transforming Grace? (Teri Anderson) – Small groups are commonly used in a multitude of work environments, social settings, and Christian ministries. Are we implementing small groups out of pop psychology and logic (common grace) and/or out of solid Biblical theology (special grace)? Or both? This workshop will tackle key areas of small group leadership skills, melding teaching time and group participation, as well modeling some small group techniques as a learning tool. We will also examine the leader’s and participant’s purpose, motivation and techniques.

Context – Context – Context (Chandra Oliver) – If you love the truths of Biblical Womanhood, but struggle to apply these truths to your local women’s ministry – then come and join a discussion on this very topic. We will hear from women serving in a variety of “contexts” – large churches, small churches, church plants, inner-city, military, RUF, etc. Together we will consider how to take the same foundational truths and apply them to our unique ministry contexts. How Women’s Ministry looks is as unique and different as the women who participate. There is not “one” right way or one cookie-cutter approach, rather, there are a variety of beautiful and creative “cookie-cutters” in Women’s Ministry, each using the same life-giving “dough” of Scripture to serve Christ’s Church.

Team Building Ain’t for Sissies (or Control-Freaks) (Susan Tyner) – Team building is team giving. Unfortunately, many leaders end up alone on a power trip instead of creating a healthy team. Let’s discuss ways to be life-givers whether we are officially chairing a team or just finding ourselves organically leading ladies in a small church context.

Life-giving Leadership: Humble, Compassionate and True (CB Campano) – In a word, Christlike leadership in the church is self-sacrificial. It requires that we consider others more significant than ourselves, and that we look out for the interests of others over and against our personal agendas and to do lists. It is rooted in the Word and seasoned with compassion, always acknowledging we are all simultaneously sufferers and sinners. This type of leadership flows out of an ever deepening understanding of our own desperate need for mercy and an ever growing amazement of and dependence on God’s grace. Only when this perspective dominates our thinking can our leadership be humble, compassionate, truthful…life giving! Join us as we develop these thoughts further and learn from each other what it means to lead following Christ.

Workshop Session #2 (Choose 1 of the 6 choices offered for Session 2):

“And let us not grow weary in doing good”…A Mantra for Leadership in a Cross-Cultural Context (Ronjanett Taylor) – At what point have we talked enough about diversity? When would it seem as though things have been worked out (or better yet, worked in us) enough to be satisfied with our efforts? Join me for a conversation on the wonder and weariness of leading in cross-cultural ministry; and how we find courage to lead discussions in the family of God about diversity. I’m excited to share about the faithfulness of God across the past few years that the At Large Advisor for Diversity role has existed. Through the encouragement of Galatians 6:9-10, we can take confidence in Christ and not grow weary in doing good as we continue onward.

Leading in Difficult Situations (Ellen Dykas) – Ministry can be so fun when leaders are leading wisely, everyone is getting along and on the same page and walking faithfully with Jesus. But what happens when these things aren’t happening? Everyone in ministry is a sanctification ‘work in progress’ and thus: difficult situations WILL arise! This workshop will honestly address the challenges of ministry that leaders face, and how Christ gives us an example to follow that is infused with loving wisdom and life-giving courage.

Yes, No, Maybe So? (Susan Tyner) – Decisions. Decisions. Some days it’s hard just choosing between a salad and a burger for lunch, but what about making big decisions in the context of women’s ministry? Add a group of different personalities and opinions to that decision making process and you’ve got a challenge on your hands! Let’s look at practical ways we can lead a group to a biblical decision while not losing sight of our local church’s mission and goals.

Biblical Truths About Life-Giving Communication (Melanie Cogdill) – Due to social media and technology (email, texting, comment posting), it’s easier than ever to communicate with others both one-to-one and on public platforms. As a ministry leader with technology tools, we can quickly throw together a slick marketing campaign for our latest event or Bible study series. However, what does the content of our communication (written and verbal) and how we communicate reflect about our ministries, our ministry team, ourselves, and our hearts? What is the core of biblical communication? Rather than a prescriptive how-to seminar, this workshop helps us consider biblical truth about communication that is affirming and life-giving.

Life-giving Collaboration in Your Church, City, Region, and Beyond (Lisa Tarplee and Jane Anne Wilson) – Working together brings its own unique challenges and strengths. Come be encouraged as we explore what God’s Word says about partnering together in the Gospel. This workshop will provide a Biblical framework and practical application for life-giving partnerships. We will share stories that have worked, as well as those that haven’t, as we discuss what it means to work alongside others in our church, our communities, our presbyteries and regions, our nation and beyond.

Leading with the Life-giving Word (Paula Miles) – Sound doctrine yields sound leadership. As Joshua was called to lead God’s people to inherit the land, he was exhorted to talk about, meditate on, and practice God’s Word. As ministry leaders, we too have been called to walk alongside and encourage God’s people as they journey home. Why is it necessary for the Word to guard and guide our leadership? How do we nourish our own souls for the work He has called us to do, understanding that we cannot give what we do not possess? How vital is it to practice what we teach? “These are not just idle words for you, they are your life.” Deuteronomy 32:47

Speakers:

Teri Anderson and her husband, Mark, are members of Spring Meadows PCA in Las Vegas, NV. They have two adult “kids,” a son-in-law, and enjoy their 2 year old grand daughter, Haven, as often as possible! Teri’s early work history includes managing a community pool and swimming program. She taught high school for a number of years in the arenas of English, Computer Technology, and Gifted Education before beginning her motherhood role and a resulting home-based Mary Kay Cosmetics business, becoming a “mompreneur “before it was trendy! Currently, as an Independent Sales Director, she provides training and mentoring for women of all ages across the USA. In the volunteer world, she served several terms as a Women’s Advisor to the Board of Covenant College, and as an Alpha Omicron Pi VP and International Board member. In her local church women’s ministry, Teri has served on the Women’s Ministry Team, a Sunday School teacher, and as a Bible Study leader. She has served as a PCA Women’s Ministry Trainer and retreat speaker since 2001. Teri describes herself as a tomboy who once did not like girls much, so she rejoices in the irony of God’s transforming power to not only prepare a career working primarily with women, but making teaching redeemed women her God-given passion, passing on what it means to fulfill our design as women both in the home and in the church.

CB Campano lives in Lakeland, Florida with husband, Frank, who serves as a ruling elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Their daughter, Elizabeth, is a freshman at Covenant College. CB has been on staff at Covenant Presbyterian Church for 12 years as the Congregational Care Coordinator. Her responsibilities include Biblical counseling, mercy/care ministry coordination alongside pastors, elders and deacons, and women’s teaching and discipleship. CB holds a Biblical Counseling Certificate issued by Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). She currently serves on the PCA Women’s Ministry National Team as the Florida Regional Advisor.

Melanie Cogdill serves as a PCA Women’s Ministry Trainer. She is also the managing editor of the Christian Research Journal (equip.org) and hosts its weekly podcast Postmodern Realities. She is the general editor of a book of essays, Women’s Ministry for the 21st Century (PCA CDM, 2019).

Courtney Doctor is an author, Bible teacher, frequent conference and retreat speaker, and periodic blogger. She received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013 and is the author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story (2016). She currently serves on the advisory board for Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. God has blessed Courtney and her husband, Craig, with four wonderful children (Austin, Bradon, Shelby, and Rebecca) as well as two amazing daughters-in-law (Ruth and Jordan) — and their first grandson, Bo!

Ellen Dykas received her MA in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1999 and serves as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel-centered discipleship and teaching regarding sexuality. Ellen loves ministry to women and is most passionate about mentoring, teaching God’s Word and spiritually nurturing others to walk deeply with Jesus. Her home church is New Life Dresher, PCA in Dresher, PA.

Stephanie Formenti is the Chapel Associate for Discipleship at Covenant College. She earned a Masters in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary where she met her husband, Gustavo. Together they served in Cape Town, South Africa as missionaries with MTW and are coming to Covenant after living in Brazil for three years. Stephanie is passionate about Word-based discipleship and is thrilled to be serving and walking alongside the students at Covenant. She and her husband have three young children, Gabriella, Lucas and Jonathan, and live in Lookout Mt., GA.

Vanessa K. Hawkins is the Director of Women’s Ministry at First Presbyterian Church – Augusta. In 2017, she received her Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Her lay counseling work, student advocacy and parent mentoring in the public schools of St. Louis and Brooklyn, IL helped prompt her current pursuit of a Masters in Counseling. She is honored to be the wife of her third grade friend Marcus, and together they are the parents of Kayla, Sydney, Chelsey and a rambunctious boxer named Caspian. She enjoys a moderate hike, good conversation and a hot cup of tea.

Chris Hodge – Driven by a passion to share the joy giving good news of Jesus Christ, Pastor Chris Hodge has been active in Christian ministry since his conversion at twenty-one years of age. He has served in churches small and large in five states over his twenty plus years of service. He has been the Senior Pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church since 2006. Chris leads out of a deep awareness of his own brokenness and need for God’s grace and help. He knows that all people desperately need to be perpetually made new through the work of the Holy Spirit. Towards that end, he pours himself into the preaching and teaching of the Bible in its entirety because he knows that is where God has perfectly revealed Himself and His plan for this world. He loves people and encourages the church to live out her faith through selfless relationships. He creatively pursues new ideas and opportunities for meeting and serving others because he wants everyone to experience the thrill of living with deep pleasure in the purpose God has for them in Jesus Christ. He wants to see, share, and spread the glory of God! Joining Chris in his passions are his wonderfully gifted wife, Karen, and their two children, Anna Grace and Haddon.

Karen Hodge serves as the Coordinator for PCA Women’s Ministry, where she seeks to connect women and churches to one another and to sound resources. She is also having the time of her life serving alongside her husband Chris, Senior Pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, IL. Chris and Karen have two children Anna Grace Botka and Haddon Hodge that round out “Team Hodge”. It is from the perspective of a wife, mother, leader and fellow pilgrim that she hopes to offer insights from God’s Word concerning how she and they can most effectively learn to enjoy and extend God’s glory. Karen, along with Susan Hunt, authored Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership.

Susan Hunt is the wife of Gene Hunt, a retired PCA pastor, and they have 3 adult children and 12 grandchildren. She is the former PCA Coordinator for Women’s Ministry and served as a consultant to CDM. Susan is the author and co-author of several books for women’s ministries as well as TRUE, the CDM discipleship curriculum series on biblical womanhood for teen girls, and Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership. She has also authored several books for children, including Sammy and His Shepherd and My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms.

Paula Miles is wife to Kevin, a ruling elder at Clemson Presbyterian, and mother of Wimberly (and Charlie), Janie, Clary, and Judy. She grew up in Anderson, SC and graduated from Clemson University. Paula has experienced the joy of being both a full-time homemaker and a public-school teacher. Studying and teaching God’s Word is her passion, as well as coming alongside women to encourage them to understand their unique design and fulfill their individual callings. Paula is on staff at Clemson Presbyterian as women’s ministry coordinator since 2014, is a conference speaker, and serves on the national women’s ministry team for the PCA as a women’s ministry trainer. She enjoys regular exercise, watching sporting events, and investing in the lives of her family.

Connie Miller has been married to Mike for 35 years and has three children. She was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 12 years at USC. Then, she served alongside her husband while church planting in Jupiter, FL. Connie now serves with her husband at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC where she is involved with Titus II Ministries and Women’s Bible Studies. She is serving as a CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer and as an Advisor for Women’s International Ministry.

Married to a PCA Army Chaplain, Chandra Oliver travels the globe following her soldier husband. This past summer they moved from South Carolina to Washington – driving through 14 states is a long drive, but the opportunity to visit friends all along the way was a beautiful reminder of one of the “gifts” of military life. Loving a good challenge, Chandra enjoys studying the unique context of each military assignment to see where or how the Life-Giving truths of Biblical Womanhood can be shared in an ever-changing community. Prior to the military, Chandra served in women’s ministry in local church plants and PresWIC in the North Texas Presbytery. Currently, Chandra volunteers on the PCA Women’s Ministry Team as an Advisor-At-Large for Chaplain and Military Wives.

Margaret Sprow has been involved in church music all of her life and began serving as a church pianist in high school. For the past 21 years she has served as the Music Director of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland, MS. Along with regularly directing the Sanctuary Choir and a children’s choir, Margaret is also a pianist and vocal soloist and writes music for worship. Her favorite thing is to hear the body of Christ singing in worship and her goal is to encourage the largest choir at her church, the congregation, to give themselves away with joy in the worship of our Great God. Margaret is married to Greg and they have four sons. Her music is available at musicfromtheorchard.com.

Kathy Stair is a PCA CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer. She is wife to Randy, ruling elder and President of the PCA Foundation. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Work” while being a mom, has been as a volunteer for Young Life, Crisis Pregnancy and PCA local church women’s ministries. She also has been employed part time for Young Life and full time and part time for the PCA’s Discipleship Ministries as assistant to the Women’s Ministry Coordinator. She loves creating with flowers, especially for weddings, bringing to the wedding a picture of all of creation rejoicing at the wedding supper of the Lamb. Kathy has served in local PCA women’s ministries in a variety of church models in different regions of the country.

Lisa Tarplee graduated from Belhaven College where she met the Lord in 1999. Her ministry path began as a leader on campus in college and then led her to work in inner-city ministry with Desire Street Ministries for several years. She now resides in TX with here husband and two sons where she continues to teach and disciple women to love Jesus and live in His Word. Lisa serves as the Regional Advisor for the West.

Ronjanett Taylor is the wife of ruling elder Bryant, mother of three, and GiGi to two little granddaughters. She has been a member of Redeemer Church PCA in Jackson, MS since its inception in 2004 and coordinates the Sister Cooks ministry. She currently serves as the At Large Advisor for Diversity on the PCA Women’s Ministry team. The common thread running through all her ministry involvement is serving and connecting God’s people of many ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds, with joy through the Gospel. She works full time as state director for the America Reads – Mississippi AmeriCorps Program.


Marcie Tuten
is a wife to Chris and a mom to three little ladies.  She lives in Atlanta, GA where she likes to drink coffee, read, and spend time with her family. Marcie is a PCA CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer.

Susan Tyner recently moved to Fort Worth from Oxford, MS, where she worked as the Coordinator of Women’s Ministry at Christ Presbyterian Church and enjoyed her role as Mid-South Regional Advisor.  She continues to serve as an Advisor to the RUF Permanent Committee.  Although this is a year of transition for Susan, she already enjoys Texas and looks forward to what God has planned for her family there. Her husband Lee and she have five children and an almost empty nest.  Between unpacking boxes, you can find Susan cooking, dancing in a gym class, or doing (less) laundry.

Jane Anne Wilson, wife to David and mother of four adult children, earned her nursing degree from University of Delaware and worked in pediatrics. She grew up in the PCA and has served in a variety of ministry roles. She presently serves on the women’s ministry leadership team at her church, and is the CDM Northeast Regional Advisor. She enjoys her grandbabies, long walks with her husband, and family reunions.

Lunch for First Timers:

On Thursday at 12:00 noon, we are offering lunch (additional $15) for first-timers!  Find out what to expect at Leadership Training and hear tips for getting the most from your LT experience. Enjoy an informative (what DO all those acronyms mean?), high-energy, and personal introduction to LT, complete with give-aways! Plus, it’s a great place to meet people. Last year, it was exciting to see women interact as if they’d known each other for years, but they had just met the day before at the luncheon. We have space for 140 to attend the first timer’s lunch.

FAQs to Print:

Here is some information that will be very helpful for you to print ahead of time so that you have this information for traveling!

Hotel: 

Directions: Traffic in Atlanta is heavy…allow plenty of time!

How much is parking? Parking is $8/day with unlimited in/out privileges.` There are NO coupons for reduced parking. (In past years, those who have come commuted from home were able to receive a special rate; however, that is NOT available from this hotel.) We recommend carpooling.

Do I need to rent a car if I’m flying? No! There is a hotel shuttle.

Are there refrigerators in the rooms? Yes, there are refrigerators in each room (no microwaves).

Is breakfast included at the hotel? No, breakfast is NOT included. There is a restaurant and a Starbucks.

Where should I eat lunch on Thursday? If you are not attending the lunch for first timers, there are several places to eat within the hotel. There will also be a food truck available with a lunch menu.

Can I fly in to Atlanta on Thursday morning? Yes, if your flight arrives by 11:30, you should be able to arrive at the hotel in time for the first session.

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