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Keynote Speakers

 

Dr. Pamela MacRae

Dr. MacRae has been involved in ministry to women in both church and parachurch settings. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats. She is currently a professor at Moody Bible Institute teaching in the area of Ministry to Women and Ministry to Victims of Sexual Exploitation. Pam and her husband, Bob, who also is a professor at Moody, have two married daughters and five delightful grandchildren.

 

Dr. Lina Abujamra

Dr. Abujamra is a pediatric ER doctor, author, and speaker who loves to tell others about Jesus and the love He has for them. Lina was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and now calls Chicago home. She has written three books: Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended, and Stripped: When God’s Call turns from Yes to Why Me? (both by Moody Publishers), and Resolved: an Invitation to change your world (Baker Books). Lina is single and thriving. She is the host of Today’s Single Christian, a Moody Radio segment where she invites others to experience the freedom and joy of following God’s unique plan for their life. Lina continues to practice medicine while running her non-profit organization Living With Power Ministries, a Bible teaching global ministry with a Middle East focus that helps people get stronger by providing Biblical answers to everyday life.

 

First Lady Jamell Meeks 

Jamell Meeks is the wife of Pastor James T. Meeks and the director of the women’s ministry at the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. Jamell has a passion for entrepreneurship and helping women live a balanced life. For example, she serves as the leader for a national pastor’s wives prayer group and has been featured in several national publications for her work with entrepreneurship, women, and health. She is the mother of four children and proud grandmother of three grandchildren.

 

Hannah R. Anderson

Hannah Anderson has been involved in teaching and discipling women since college and knows first hand the joy of watching women embrace all that God has destined for them to be in Christ. She lives in Roanoke, VA where she spends her days working beside her husband in rural ministry, caring for their three children, and scratching out odd moments to write. In those in-between moments, she contributes to a variety of Christian publications and is the author of Made for More (Moody, 2014), Humble Roots (Moody, 2016) and All That’s Good (Moody, October 2018).

 

Worship Leader

 

Rosie Quintana

Rosie Quintana currently serves as the Worship Leader at Church of the Beloved in Albany Park, Chicago. From a young age, she has been involved in musical worship ministry at various churches and camps in Southern California. She is excited to be graduating from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship, Vocal emphasis, this May. To her, there is no better thing to do than to praise God and to allow the Spirit to lead His people in unifying song.

 

 

WORKSHOP Speakers

 

Judy Dunagan

Judy Dunagan served as a women's ministry leader before joining Moody Publishers as an acquisitions editor, overseeing the women's line of books and discipleship resources. A wonder seeker who chases knowledge of God and His Word, Judy is passionate about discipling women and making God's Word come alive in everyday life. She has loved the power of storytelling as far back as she can remember when she'd pretend to write stories before she knew how to write her name. Judy, and her husband Rick have been married 33 years and love being new grandparents. Visit Judy's blog at judydunagan.com.

 

Tiana Taylor

Tiana Taylor currently serves as the YoungLives coordinator for Toledo City YoungLife and a Teen Services Librarian at the Toledo Public Library. She received her BA in Ministry to Women from Moody Bible Institute in 2016. She has a passion for leadership and disciplining and mentoring women in the inner city.

 

Dr. Gloria Grell

Dr. Gloria Grell, DMin, Director of Ministry to Women with the Great Lakes District of the Evangelical Free Church of America, equips and encourages women for ministry to women. She is a retreat and conference speaker and an adjunct instructor at Moody Bible Institute in the Pastoral Studies Department. Gloria is a wife, mother of five, and grandmother of nine.

 

Kelli Worral

Kelli Worrall is a Professor of Communications at Moody Bible Institute. She is the author of Pierced and Embraced: 7 Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ and the co-author (with husband Peter) of 20 Things We'd Tell Our Twentysomething Selves. More information about 20 Things and free corresponding Bible studies are available at their website (www.peterandkelli.com). Kelli studied Communications at Cedarville University, Religious Education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MRE), and Creative Writing at Roosevelt University (MFA). She enjoys speaking at women's events and retreats. She and Peter also speak together at marriage, college, and young adult events. Connect with Kelli at www.kelliworrall.com.

 

Christy Spader

Christy Spader received her BA from Moody in 2012 and her MA from Wheaton College in 2016. She currently serves as the Missional Team Leader with Cru where she gives direction to and co-leads the movement at Ohio University and Southeast Ohio. Christy is passionate about theology, adventures, Chicago, and seeing movements of disciple-makers raised up to fulfill the Great Commission.

 

Anna Cotto

Anna Cotto serves as Director of Women's Discipleship for Village Church of Oak Park, an EFCA church that she and her husband planted in 2011. She has a BS from the University of Illinois Chicago and an MA from Moody Theological Seminary. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband and three children.

 

Bex Rowlands

Bex Rowlands is the High School and College Pastor at Christ Community Church in St. Charles and is passionate about good biblical teaching and seeing students live out their identity as beloved sons and daughters of God. Bex received her BA in Biblical Exposition & Women's Ministry from Moody Bible Institute in 2013 and her Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2016.

 

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