Schedule and Topics:
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Noon – Welcome Lunch (for those who pre-register)
2:00 pm – General Session #1
General Session #1 – Better Together: CALLING – Chris Hodge & Karen Hodge
Our calling to be a life-giving leader requires humility and teachability, especially when we are called to lead stiff-necked people. The cry of leading a team like this is, “show me Your glory!” This session will focus on the life and leadership of Moses as he serves alongside his brother and sister.
3:45 pm – Regional Gatherings
5:45 pm – Dinner and General Session #2
General Session #2 – Better Together: CHARACTER – Chris and Karen Hodge and Meaghan May
As leaders our words and deeds hold within them both the potential to be either life-taking or life-giving. Both postures are contagious and have profound implications to church health. This session will focus on the life and leadership of Moses as he serves alongside his brother and sister. It will also include a Q & A session about men and women working in a complementary way in the church.
Friday, February 24, 2023
9:00 am – General Sessions #3 and #4
General Session #3 – Better Together: COLLABORATION – Lessons from the Life and Leadership of Paul – Jamie Voss and Marcie Tuten
God has called us all as His beloved children to know Him and make Him known, but He never meant for us to do it alone. From the beginning with Adam, He named it was not good for man to be alone, so He sent Eve, and as Jesus called and sent out His disciples on mission, He sent them two by two. In this session, we will spend time looking at the Apostle Paul—who despite all his training and gifting— showed over and over that he saw the value of collaboration and ministry alongside others. In our time together, we will learn not only the value of collaboration but the benefits for us and those we are called to serve.
General Session #4 – Better Together: COMMUNICATION – Lessons from the Life and Leadership of Paul – Susan Tyner and Paula Miles
Paul did not mince words about, well, words. In his letters to the church, Paul gives the what to do and not to do in this new place called “church. His straightforward teaching applies to how we use our words in leadership, in collaboration, and in serving others. For such a tiny body part, our tongues hold a lot of power, for good or for harm. Many a women’s ministry team has been wrecked by words used in harmful ways. Let’s look at how our words can build a team instead of tearing it down.
12:15 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – Workshops
- Better Together: CORE VALUES (Women’s Ministry 101), Susan Hunt and Melanie Cogdill
- Better Together: CULTIVATING LEADERS (Leadership Development), Cheryl Mullis and Teri Anderson
- Better Together: CREATING COMMUNITY, Shea Patrick and Courtney Denton
4:00 pm – Regional Gathering
5:45 pm – Dinner and General Session #5
General Session #5 – Better Together: STEWARDSHIP & CELEBRATION
Stewardship Inventory: Chandra Oliver
Each one of us has been uniquely formed and created by our Heavenly Father. Part of our ‘forming’ included talents and abilities. Together we will learn, discuss, and consider how our specific talents and abilities are part of God’s life-giving plan for His church. Come prepared to spend time in personal reflection and in group interaction as we continue to cultivate an appreciation for our place in the Body of Christ.
Celebration: Leadership Journey – Tatiana Anderson
Becoming a life-giving leader is a life-long journey that is profoundly shaped by God’s people and His Providence. We invite you to reflect on the shaping influences in your life and how that overflows into the team and community you are called to serve.
Saturday, February 25, 2023
9:00-10:30 am – General Session #6
General Session #6 – Better Together: CRUCIFORM CALLING – Lessons from the Life and Leadership of Jesus – Vanessa Hawkins and Carrie Mills
As imitators of Christ, we are commanded to be diligent in prayer, yet prayer is a discipline that often eludes us. In practice, we can relegate prayer to just a preliminary formality or to the extreme of a desperate, troubled cry. How can we consistently think rightly about prayer? How can we cultivate a regular, consistent prayer life and day-to-day dependence on the Lord despite the pressures and pace of ministry? In this session, we’ll take a look at the prayer life of Jesus and consider how to cultivate a cruciform prayer life.
Speakers and Team Members
Tatiana Anderson, originally from Ukraine, has been in the PCA for over 20 years and has served in various ministries in her local church, including women’s ministry team, youth and children’s ministries, and small group discipleship. She has taught women’s Bible studies, facilitated women’s ministry small groups, and worked alongside different teams of women within the context of her church’s women’s ministry. Tatiana loves serving her church and sharing the love of Christ with people in her life.
Tatiana has been married to Jonathan for almost 20 years and together they have three children: Elle (14), Evan (12), and Nadia (10). Tatiana and Jonathan are recent transplants from the Chicagoland area to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they are members of Village Seven Presbyterian Church. Together they lead a small group and Tatiana is involved in the church’s women’s ministry. Tatiana will serve on the National Women’s Ministry Team as Regional Advisor for the West. As a family, they enjoy hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and exploring their beautiful new home state. Tatiana loves having people over to share meals and has enjoyed meeting new people and inviting them into her life. Tatiana’s life is filled with family activities, meaningful conversations with friends, discipling her kids, repenting to her kids, good food, two dogs, one bearded dragon, and lots of genuine curiosity about the people God brings into her life.
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 6-year-old granddaughter and one-year-old grandson as often as possible! Teri taught high school 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. Locally, Teri has served on the Women’s Ministry Team, and taught Sunday School and Bible Study. She has served as a PCA Women’s Ministry Trainer and retreat speaker since 2001.
Megan Arnold grew up in Texas and began learning piano at age six. Her first job at sixteen was church pianist at her piano teacher’s church. She loves accompanying singers, choirs and congregations. She joined her first PCA church in college after attending RUF and continues to serve in music ministry as needed. Her husband Bo is an Army officer and they have four children: Dutch (21), Coby (19), Ellie (16) and John Wyatt (15).
Melanie Cogdill is the general editor of Beyond the Roles: A Biblical Foundation for Women and Ministry (CDM, 2019). She is on the PCA’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry team as a trainer and serves as an advisor to CDM’s Permanent Committee. In addition, she is the managing editor of the award-winning Christian Research Journal and the host of its podcast Postmodern Realities (available on Apple podcasts). Melanie is married to Dwayne and they have two adult sons (25 and 18). She is a member of Christ Covenant Church in North Carolina. She is also a big fan of modern board games and is a foodie.
Courtney Denton is married to Alex and has two young children, Blakely and Banks. She serves as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC. and is the founder of The Life House Women’s Shelter, desiring to provide help and hope to women in need. Courtney’s heart for serving the needs of others is an outpouring of the mercy, grace and love she has been shown by God.Courtney’s desire is to equip and encourage women with the understanding of their God-given design and to live a life transformed by the Gospel. She is the author of KICKSTAND Devotionals. Courtney loves time with her family, Mexican food, shopping, and traveling.
Christina Fox received her Master’s in Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Her passion is to help women see how the gospel intersects with their daily lives, bringing light and life to the darkness of life in a fallen world. She is a retreat speaker, writer, and author of multiple books, including A Holy Fear: Trading Lesser Fears for the Fear of the Lord, Tell God How You Feel: Helping Kids with Hard Emotions, and the forthcoming Like Our Father: How God Parents Us and Why That Matters for our Parenting. She serves on the national team as Regional Advisor to the Southeast and is the editor of the enCourage blog. She and her husband have two teenage sons and attend East Cobb PCA in Marietta, GA where she helps coordinate women’s ministries and is at work developing a counseling ministry to women in crisis. You can find her at www.christinafox.com.
Vanessa Hawkins (Mdiv and DMin in Cultural Apologetics and Communication, Covenant Theological Seminary) is the Director of Community Life at Redeemer Lincoln Square in New York City. She is a Bible teacher and conference speaker. She serves as Diversity Advisor for the PCA’s Women’s Ministry and is the former co-host of a podcast called Something To Talk About where she and a few Bible teacher friends talk gospel application for current issues. She is honored to be the wife of her third grade friend Marcus, and together they are the parents of three daughters. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter and wherever you enjoy podcasts.
Chris Hodge is a joyful receiver of God’s grace. He serves as the senior pastor at Village Seven Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He is married to Karen, an amazing wife, woman, mother, leader, teacher, and friend. He has two grown children – Anna Grace, who is married to Kevin and Haddon, who is married to Susie. Chris grew up in South Carolina but has spent his life serving Christ by loving and leading His church all over the United States. He gets excited about sharing God’s Word and investing in relationships that help others know, love, and enjoy God more through Christ.
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, pastor and best friend Chris, as they serve at Village Seven Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, CO. Chris and Karen have two adult children, Anna Grace Botka and Haddon Hodge. She is the host of the enCourage podcast and authored Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver, Life-giving Leadership (along with Susan Hunt), and Breathe: The Life-giving Oxygen of the Lord’s Prayer.
Susan Hunt is the widow of retired PCA pastor Gene Hunt. Susan lives in Marietta, GA surrounded by their three children and their families. She is the former Coordinator of Women’s Ministries and the author of several books for women and children.
Janet LaRocque is a member of Naperville Presbyterian Church in the Chicagoland suburbs and serves on the PCA’s National Women’s team as advisor for the Mid-America Region. She has been involved in Women’s Ministry since a friend invited her to her first ever Bible study in 2007. She has been part of the equipping team, various event teams, a co-leader of the Women’s Servant Team, and now a co-leader of the Titus 2 Discipleship team. She has also loved volunteering in the children’s area and in the church’s ESL program as a conversation partner for many years. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping women to know, love, and display Jesus better every day. In 2015, after over 25 years in public and corporate accounting, Janet joined the staff of NPC as the Director of Finance and Operations. Janet has been married to Lee since 1989. They have three adult children and as well as a 6-year old…chocolate lab. She enjoys meeting new people, reading, and traveling.
Meaghan May is grateful for the gospel and loves inviting women to live in light of the good news of the steadfast love of God in their current season. She is the PCA Elders’ Wives Liaison with PCA’s Discipleship Ministries (CDM). She has lived in many regions of the country and knows the goodness of God’s presence and work in each location. Over the past two decades, she has served alongside her husband in church planting, in women’s ministry, children’s ministry, special needs ministry, conference planning, retreat speaking, coaching, and youth ministry. She loves the church and is thankful to equip and encourage His people, especially those serving as Elder’s wives. Meaghan has been on the PCA Women’s Ministry National Team as a Regional Advisor and currently serves as a trainer with Parakaleo. Meaghan is thankful to invest in the lives of women as the Women’s Ministry Director for Covenant Presbyterian Church of Naples. She prays that women will grow in their love for God, His word, and one another, that together they will magnify the Lord and exalt His Name (Psalm 34:3). Meaghan loves to hike, laugh, read, experiment with new recipes, and cram into the minivan to explore new places on road trips with their five beautiful children.
Paula Miles is wife to Kevin, a ruling elder at Clemson Presbyterian, mother of Wimberly Johnson (married to Charlie), Janie Gotfredson (married to Duncan), Clary, and Judy (married to Evan Livingston), and grandmother to Miles and Kevin Johnson and Samuel Gotfredson. She grew up in Anderson, SC and graduated from Clemson University. Paula has experienced the joy of being both a full-time homemaker and 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 PCA’s Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry Team as a trainer. She enjoys regular exercise, a good cup of coffee, watching sporting events, and investing in the lives of her family and friends.
Connie Miller celebrated 43 years of marriage to her college sweetheart, Mike, who is the Global Missions Pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Mathews, North Carolina. Serving alongside her husband with his various roles has been a real joy as she has worn several ministry hats as a church planter’s wife, hospitality coordinator, worship leader, Children’s Sunday School and women’s Bible study teacher. They have 3 adult children, two daughters, Mary Sha and Cate and one son, Mike who is married to Megan. She and Mike love being “Nonnie and Pops” to their adorable grandchildren, Bo, Grisham, and Mary Caitlin. Connie serves as a National trainer for the PCA Women’s ministry and The International Women’s Ministry Advisor. She has a passion for discipling women and equipping them to think biblically and live covenantally. She and Mike enjoy traveling, hiking, biking and kayaking.
Carrie Mills has been married to PCA Pastor Brad Mills for the past 22 years. After graduating seminary, her family moved back to their hometown where they planted Grace Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California. Here they have been serving these past nine years. She is the mother of four beautiful children ranging in ages 18-11 years old. This summer the family took a trip to the East coast to drop off her oldest at Grove City College. She is actively homeschooling the three others children, as well as directs the Challenge 2 class for Classical Conversations. Carrie serves as CDM’s West Coast Regional Advisor.
Cheryl Mullis is the Director of Small Groups and Women’s Ministry at Evangelical Presbyterian in Annapolis, MD and serves as the Northeast Regional Advisor. Cheryl loves to study and teach God’s Word and has helped shaped the small group ministry at her church by writing curriculum, building teams, mentoring and training leaders, and leading groups. Her passion is for others to be transformed by Jesus and to live each day dependent on Him, grateful for His faithfulness and love, and eager to tell others about His amazing grace.
Cheryl and her husband Don live in Annapolis, Maryland. Together they have raised five children and are blessed with nine grandchildren. Life together has been full of joys and surprises and through it all, God remains faithful. In addition to spending time with her family, Cheryl loves to travel, play her cello on the worship band, write curriculum, and read a good book at the beach.
Chandra Oliver serves on the PCA’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry Team as a Trainer and Advisor-At-Large for Chaplain and Military Wives. Chandra lives in North Carolina with her husband Matt, who is a TE in the PCA and is an Army Chaplain. In the past nine years, the Olivers have lived in six different states. With each move they are encouraged and reminded that, although the Army sends them to new locations, “God never gets the address wrong.” Whether leading a Bible study, serving on a volunteer committee, or participating in a military event, Chandra enjoys finding new ways to breathe life into her fellow military spouses.
Shea Patrick is a former Alabama lawyer, now SAHM living in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She and her pastor-husband currently have five children, including two adopted from foster care. Shea serves on the National Women’s team for the PCA as the Regional Advisor for the Mid-Atlantic. She loves her church, Trinity Presbyterian, and serves with the kids, music, missions, and women’s ministry. She was a contributor to “Hinged: Vitally Connected to Christ and His Church” (CDM, January 2020). She enjoys being a contributor to the enCourage blog and being a member of the writing team at Rooted Ministry.
Vanessa Royer was born and raised in Minnesota–where she still brings her family to the lake in the summer! She attended Waldorf and Luther Colleges in Iowa with a major in K-12 choral music education. Her work experience includes directing both contemporary worship teams and children and adult choirs for the past 20 years.
Vanessa grew up in a church-going family where she learned a lot about Jesus, but the real heart change occurred when she was 16 through the witness of a high school friend. Since then, it has been an amazing journey with her sovereign loving Savior–especially through difficult experiences: a broken engagement, the loss of a job and housing, disillusionment in corporate America, serving Him as a tentmaking missionary in Japan, experiencing deployment after less than a year of marriage while living overseas, and growing her family through biological children and foster care!
She met her husband Phil while she was in Japan (through his matchmaking grandparents!) and they were married in September 2006. He is a physical therapist in the Army currently serving at Ft. Bragg. They have four lovely daughters.
Originally from Memphis, TN, Robin Stevens has called Bay St. Louis, MS home for the last 15 years. One of her favorite things about living on the coast is driving along the beach. Robin and her Ruling Elder husband Mark met at Mississippi State University and have been married since 2002. Robin taught elementary school before she and Mark added their 5 children (2 boys, 3 girls, ages 7-17) to the family. When she isn’t homeschooling the younger 2, watching the older 3 play sports, folding laundry, cooking dinner, breaking up fights, nursing boo-boos, or driving to soccer/ballet/swim/piano/art lessons, Robin likes to run, sew, read, and sing 80’s songs at the top of her lungs. She is currently serving as CDM’s Regional Advisor to Women’s Ministry in the Mid South Region. In Robin’s eyes, the glass is always half full.
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 serves on the PCA’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM) National Women’s Ministry Team as a Trainer.
Susan Tyner serves as Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas. She is author of What’s SHE Doing Here? and a regular contributor for the enCourage blog and podcast, as well as one of the contributing authors of the Hinged Bible study. Susan enjoys speaking at conferences and retreats, but also enjoys a lazy Saturday cooking a big pot of gumbo. Susan and her husband, Lee, have five children, and an almost empty nest.
Jamie Voss has been serving as the Women’s Ministry Director at Perimeter Church since 2010 and is the Southeast Regional Advisor. She has been in the PCA for thirty years and has a Masters in Educational Ministries from Covenant Seminary. Jamie became a Christian in college and was on staff with a campus ministry for 17 years, 7 of which she was a missionary overseas in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jamie has been married to Judson for 8 years and they have a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy.
Jamie Williams currently serves on the PCA’s National Women’s Ministry team as the women’s Regional Advisor to Florida. Jamie has served on Spruce Creek Presbyterian’s (PCA) Women’s Ministry Team and was their Director of Women’s Ministry for 5 years. In addition, she served as Coordinator to Central Florida Presbytery’s Women’s Ministry (PWM) for 3 years.
Jamie’s passion is to help women know the deep and abiding love of Christ through His Word by teaching them to think Biblically and live Covenantally.
Jamie lives in Port Orange, FL with love of her life, her husband Gabriel who she has been married to for 20 years. They are members of Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church, PCA where Gabriel serves as a Ruling Elder. Together they have four children (Brandon, Kimmy, Courtney, and Elijah) and are Gigi and Grandpa to two grandchildren (Evan and Nora). In her spare time, you will find Jamie relaxing on the beach or poolside with a good book, spoiling her Golden Retriever, Scout, or connecting with family and friends over a meal and conversation.