Join us in Annapolis, MD – September 28-29, 2018
Annapolis Conference Details
- $25 – Optional Pre-Conference Training
- $75 – Early Registration Fee (register by August 17 for the discounted rate)
- $100 – Regular Registration (registration ends September 14, unless we sell out sooner)
- $40 – Registration for High School and College Students (by August 17); $50 after August 17.
The registration fee does NOT include your lodging. Registration will begin on January 1, 2018.
Register early! (We sold out at several conferences in 2016.)
Registrations are transferable, but not refundable.
If you have registration questions, please contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-825-1132.
Annapolis, MD – September 28-29, 2018
710 Ridgely Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
Friday Afternoon – 1:30-4:30 pm – Optional Pre-Conference Workshops ($25 additional fee)
Friday Evening – 7-9 pm – Main Conference (includes 1 plenary session with Courtney Doctor)
Saturday – 9 am-2:30 pm – Main Conference (includes 2 plenary sessions with Courtney Doctor, 2 workshop sessions, and lunch)
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). Her greatest desire in all of this is to be able to faithfully study, apply, and teach the Word of God.
Courtney served as the Director of Women’s Ministry at the Kirk of the Hills PCA in Saint Louis, MO from 2014-17. She has a love for education, formerly serving on the board of directors for Providence Classical Christian Academy in Saint Louis as well as currently serving 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!
Pre-Conference Trainings – Friday afternoon (1:30-4:30 pm) – Cost is $25
Thinking Biblically and Living Covenantally – Melanie Cogdill
Our Women’s Ministry Training is designed to give all women a framework to think biblically about who God is and who He is calling you to be in the context of the home, church or workplace. Some of the topics covered are covenant, church, womanhood, and kingdom discipleship. You will also discover practical tools and engaging ideas for cultivating ministry among women. This training is open to all women, but we strongly encourage women’s ministry leaders/teams, Bible study leaders and other leadership women to attend.
Leading out of personal health and wholeness: pursuing inner transformation in order to love and lead others more effectively – Megan Erickson
This seminar will be about developing personal health and wholeness by examining the root systems of the inner life in order to strengthen the effectiveness of our outer lives. The seminar is based off of the book, The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero. Some topics we will discuss include how we can love ourselves correctly in order to love others we lead more effectively, how we pursue true Sabbath rest, and how our own story affects how we lead others. Interactive times will include looking deeply at our own spiritual stories and “shadows” and how they frame how we lead those God places around us. I’m excited to add insights about vulnerability as a tool for personal health based on the book, Daring Greatly by Brenne Brown into our discussion as well.
Loving and Discipling our Covenant Children at Home and in the Church – B.A. Snider and Lisa Updike
Part 1 Gospel-centered Children’s Discipleship (B.A. Snider) – This seminar will consider how the gospel shapes everything from parenting (including discipline), to family devotions, to curriculum choice, etc. Essentially, gospel-centered discipleship recognizes parents and teachers are partnering with a sovereignly gracious God to lead them to know, love, and trust him.
Part 2 Parenting in the Covenant Community (Lisa Updike) – This seminar will consider the partnership that exists between parents and the children’s ministry of local churches. It will touch on the relational nature of covenant theology and the importance of a multi-generational view regarding children’s ministry.
Family and Friends Engaging Disability with the Gospel – Ashley Belknap
Family is one of God’s greatest blessings and can be an avenue for support, encouragement, and spiritual growth. The entrance of disability (physical, intellectual, developmental, psychiatric, and learning disabilities) into the family affects the entire family system – parents, siblings, grandparents, and their friends. The entire family, immediate and extended, often faces very ordinary challenges: communication, expectations, relational shifts, and new priorities while working to establish a new normal. Family and friends who love someone who has a disability, join us for this pre-conference seminar as we approach being ONE with your family as you all seek to support and encourage the one you love. We will cover a spectrum of topics, including a Biblical understanding of disability, the effects of disability on the family, transitioning to a new normal, adaptations in parenting and grandparenting, understanding behavior, expectations for church, and tools for teaching, relating, and playing in new ways.
A Gospel Lens for Unity and Community – Maria Garriott and Abby Hutto
Join us to learn practical, tangible tools to help you face the complex and often disorienting world of life and ministry! Parakaleo’s interactive training and tools provide a grid for viewing and living life through the lens of the gospel and are firmly based in theology, informed by educational theory and influenced by ongoing research. Come learn to take truth to your own heart and to the hearts of others regarding our union with Christ and communion with others.
You will choose 2 workshops when registering.
Shattered: Breaking Free of the Image of Good, to Become the Image of God – Elizabeth Garn
A godly woman is kind, generous, a hard worker, well-prepared, well-versed, well… everything. Throw exhausted into the mix and you have a good idea of how so many of us feel! As Christian women it can be so easy to believe that we need to do more and work harder. But the Christian life isn’t about what we do, it’s about who we are and who we are is image-bearers of the Living God. In this workshop we will look what it means to be image-bearers and how we are more loved, more chosen, and more free than we ever imagined.
Body Image and The Gospel – Erin Owens
Our society is obsessed with appearance. This is especially true for women. We have a skewed understanding of what real beauty is. Sadly, most women have a negative view of their body no matter what shape or size they are. This is true for both Christians and non-Christians alike. Many women struggle to be comfortable in their own skin. They believe they somehow don’t measure up. They aren’t good enough. This can lead to depression, anxiety, and even eating disorders. In Body Image & the Gospel, we’ll consider how the power of the gospel actually reshapes our understanding of our body image. In Jesus, we find true freedom, healing, and hope.
Unashamed: Putting Shame In Its Place – Alice Kim
Shame is woven into the fabric of everyday life. Unnamed and unaddressed, it causes us to distance, hide, and isolate. It threatens our connection and unity with the body of Christ and even with God. Based on Genesis 3:1-13, this workshop will address the impact of shame on our relationships, both horizontal and vertical and how we can move toward greater wholeness and healing found in the hope of the gospel.
The Journey to Forgiveness – Maria Garriott and Grayla Reneau
Have you ever struggled with Jesus’ command to “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you”? (Lk. 6) The Cross looms over our relationships; we are saints, sinners, and sufferers. We are called to extend the grace and forgiveness we have received to others. But at times, this is easier said than done. Maria Garriott and Grayla Reneau will present Biblical truth and practical suggestions to help us grapple with Jesus’ call to pursue forgiveness.
A Broken Hallelujah – Sharon Betters
Our son and his friend die in a fatal car accident. A grief tsunami comes out of nowhere and shatters our family. The night of that terrible agony threw everything I believed into the Refiner’s fire. I knew God was sovereign but that truth did not comfort me in those early hours and days of heart ripping sorrow. Thus began my wrestling to reconcile the sovereignty of God with His love. How did these go together and how did that wrestling equip, energize and enable me to walk by faith in this shattered pathway? God held me tightly in His grip as I learned how to “worship in suffering” and experienced the priceless hope of a broken hallelujah. In this workshop we will mine the truth of how oneness with Jesus enables us to offer a broken hallelujah when those troubles, whether in our private or ministry lives, turn our worlds upside down. This is a hard topic but the promise of a coming perfect Hallelujah undergirds our journey with hope and joy.
Flourishing in the Body of Christ – Steph Hubach
How would you finish this sentence? “Life would be great, if only…”What is flourishing in life, from a biblical vantage point? What are the obstacles that we encounter to flourishing in the body of Christ? How does the gospel transform those roadblocks and change everything? Come explore I Corinthians 12 and find out!
Ashley Belknap serves as the Director of Engaging Disability (the Special Needs Ministry of the PCA). A gifted communicator with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, Ashley has the ability to tackle challenging issues with creative and practical ministry applications. She served for four years as Director of Women’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson MS, where she led a wide variety of ministry initiatives. As the mother of a son with autism, Ashley has a personal passion to see families touched by disability reached with the good news of the gospel. Ashley and her husband, John, have three children and reside in Brandon, MS.
Sharon W. Betters is Co-founder of MARKINC Ministries, an organization dedicated to producing resources that offer help and hope to hurting people. Sharon has authored several Bible study books, including Treasures of Encouragement and Treasures in Darkness, A Grieving Mother Shares Her Heart. Sharon’s pilgrimage includes 49 years of marriage to her pastor husband, Chuck, parenting four children and embracing the joy of fourteen grandchildren. You can connect with Sharon on her Treasures of Encouragement blog or subscribe to her online daily devotional at www.markinc.org.
Melanie Cogdill has been a CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer since 2001. She is also managing editor of the Christian Research Journal, a bi-monthly Christian apologetics magazine specializing in in-depth research of religions, New Atheism, origins (design, theistic evolution, naturalism), aberrant Christian movements and teachings, ethical issues, general apologetics, and cultural apologetics (film, television, media, technology, and literature). Its goal is to equip the body of Christ in doctrine, discernment, defense of the Christian faith and discipleship. She lives in Charlotte, NC, and is married with two sons.
Megan Erickson has been married for 23 years and has two daughters who are 19 and 16 years old. She and her husband have been serving Jesus in youth ministry both together and separately for over 27 years. God has called them to serve at churches where her husband was the youth director along with serving in a ministry called Young Life for many years. When her husband left full time ministry as a profession, God slowly opened doors for her to serve as the female youth director, first at Broadneck Evangelical Presbyterian and presently at Annapolis Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Her present position involves a dynamic partnership of both Young Life and AEP church merging together to offer ministry opportunities for teenagers from all walks of life. She is excited and honored to love Jesus and to serve Him throughout her life’s journey.
Elizabeth Garn – Stories are amazing things; they have the power to teach, to heal, and to transform. As a writer and speaker, Elizabeth makes it her goal to bring the very real story of God’s love to life in a way that is honest, inviting, full of grace, and deeply rooted in the truth of Scripture. You can find her writing at The Gospel Coalition and on her website, www.ElizabethGarn.com. She received her MA in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, lives in Northern Virginia with her amazing husband and three goofy kids, and attends King’s Cross PCA.
Maria Garriott – In 1980, Maria married Craig Garriott and moved into urban Baltimore to plant Faith Christian Fellowship, a multiethnic, socio-economically diverse PCA church, where they still serve. Maria worked as a curriculum writer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education for 20 years before joining the staff of Parakaleo, a ministry to church planting spouses, in 2009. She is the author of A Thousand Resurrections, a memoir of urban church planting, and her poetry and articles have been published in numerous magazines. Maria and Craig have five adult children and three grandchildren.
Stephanie Hubach is a Research Fellow in Disability Ministries in affiliation with Covenant Theological Seminary. From 2007-2016 she served as Mission to North America’s Special Needs Ministries Director. She is also a founding member of the Lancaster Christian Council on Disability (LCCD). Steph is the author of Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability (P&R Publishing, September 2006) and All Things Possible: Calling Your Church Leadership to Disability Ministry (Joni and Friends, August 2007). She has been published in ByFaith magazine, Focus on the Family magazine, and Breakpoint online magazine and produced a Christian Education DVD series based on Same Lake, Different Boat. Steph and her husband Fred—who is an engineer with Case New Holland—have been married for 35 years. They have two deeply loved sons: Fred and Tim, the younger of whom has Down syndrome. The Hubachs added a wonderful daughter-in-law to the family in June 2013 when Cecelia Miles and Fred were married.
Abby Hutto is the Director of Women’s Ministry at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in Gahanna, Ohio. She also works for Parakaleo, a ministry that comes alongside women in ministry, as a Network Leader, Gospel Coach and Alongside Trainer. She loves to study and teach God’s Word and delights in helping others experience and know their Heavenly Father better. Abby is married to Ken, and they have two children, Hannah (13) and Harris (12). They live in Westerville, Ohio. Abby’s first book, God For Us, Not Against Us (P&R Publishing), is due to release in the Fall of 2018.
Alice Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. In 2008, she opened Emmaus Counseling and Consulting Services (emmausccs.com) to offer gospel-centered therapy in the DC Metro area. She finds deep fulfillment in engaging people’s stories and bearing witness to the good work of God to redeem and restore. She is married to her husband, a pastor at Christ Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, VA and they raise their two middle school aged daughters. Her past times include treasure hunting at thrift stores and catching up with friends over a cup of coffee.
Erin Owens works part-time as a biblical counselor at EP Church of Newark, Delaware. She holds a Masters in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor in Liberal Arts from Indiana University. After graduating Westminster she served as a counseling intern in 2014-2015 at CCEF (Christian Counseling Educational Foundation) and has served as a Recitation Instructor for CCEF’s Online School of Biblical Counseling. Over the years she has served in various churches, para-church ministries working with children, youth, college students, and women. She and her husband, Nick, have been married for 10 years and have 2 small children. When Erin is not busy being a wife and mom, she enjoys serving alongside her husband who is the RUF campus minister at the University of Delaware.
Grayla Reneau is a member of Faith Christian Fellowship Church in Baltimore, Maryland. She has been married to her husband for 33 years and is the mother of three adult children. She serves on the Women’s Leadership Team at her church and has a M.A. in Pastoral Counseling. Grayla worked as a certified reading instructor in Adult Education for eleven years and was a Literacy Specialist for three of these years. She currently works as an Adult Education Program Manager for the State of Maryland.
B.A. Snider has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in PCA churches ranging in size from 200 to 4,000 but finds her passion is the same no matter how many children she’s serving. Show the children Jesus. Teach the kids all of the Bible so they see that the stories from the Old Testament point to Jesus and that the New Testament shows how Jesus fulfilled God’s promises—yesterday, today, and forever. B.A. began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications (www.gcp.org) in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Director.
Lisa Updike, Director of Children’s Ministries at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, VA, and a member of CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team as well, has loved Jesus since she was a little girl, and knows first-hand that children can have a vibrant relationship with the Lord. She is passionate about sharing the gospel with the next generation and has done so for the last 30 years. Having graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Music Education, and later earning a Special Education Therapist Certificate, she has interacted with children in a variety of educational settings. She and her husband, Kevin, have been blessed with four children, three of whom joined their family through adoption, and have been married for close to 30 years. Together they enjoy spending time with family, hanging out with their dog, and serving their local body.
Some suggested hotels in the area include:
Crowne Plaza, 173 Jennifer Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-266-3131
You are welcome to find other hotels in the area.
Are children allowed to attend? Is childcare available?
We are asking that no children (excluding infants) attend the sessions. There will not be childcare at the church.
I can only attend on Saturday. Is there a reduced rate available?
No, we are sorry, but we do not have a reduced rate available for Saturday only.
I would like to attend one of the Pre-Conference Trainings on Friday, but I cannot attend the main Conference. Is that possible?
Yes! You are welcome to attend one of the Pre-Conference Training sessions without registering for the Conference. There is a place online to register for them as well. Men and women are welcome to attend.
How do I register for the Pre-Conference Training?
When you register for the conference, there will be an option to register for the pre-conference as well.
What is the refund policy?
Registrations are transferable without penalty, but they are not refundable.
Can I transfer my registration?
Yes! You are able to transfer your registration. Transfers are the responsibility of the two parties involved. CDM is not responsible to arrange payment for transferred registration. Please email Kathy Wargo with updated information.
How do I change my workshop selections?
Once you choose your workshop, you will not be able to make changes to your registration. However, at the conference, you may attend the workshop of your choice, but we ask that you allow others who registered for that workshop to take their seats first.
When should I make my hotel reservations?
We have contracts with hotels, but our cut-off dates are well in advance of the conference so that CDM will not be responsible for any unreserved rooms. Be sure to make your reservations early for group rates.
May I stay at a location other than the recommended hotel?
Because the ONE Conferences are being held at local churches, we are not committed to filling a certain number of hotel rooms with our contract. You are welcome to stay at someone’s home or at a different hotel. The rates we have contracted with the hotel are lower than typical rates.
I’m flying to the ONE Conference. How do I get from the airport to my hotel and to the church?
It would be best to rent a car if flying because there is no mass transportation to the hotel or church.
If a Conference is filled, is there a waiting list?
Yes, if we fill a conference, you may contact Kathy Wargo to put your name on a waiting list.
What if my question hasn’t been answered?
You may contact Kathy Wargo with additional questions.
It does not take much to divide us as women. Age, opinions, race, preferences, comfort, conflict or any indwelling sin can find us quickly separated from God and one another. And yet fundamentally we are more alike than different. Last words can be both precious and profound. Jesus uttered some of His last words to us on His way to the cross in His high priestly prayer, “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21ESV). You see, our unity with Him and one another is not only imperative to Christ, it is ultimately a matter of life or death…will our unity compel the world to believe in Him? Our oneness will either validate or negate the claims of the gospel. We pray you will join us at a ONE conference in 2018 where we will challenge women to think biblically rather than emotively about oneness from the truths found in John 17.
Women of all ages are invited to join us as we study God’s Word together.