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Keynote Speakers


Jill Briscoe

Jill Briscoe, born in Liverpool, England and educated at Cambridge, works as the executive editor of Just Between Us, a magazine for women. She taught school for a number of years before marrying her husband, Stuart, and raising their three children. Jill shared Stuart’s ministry with Torchbearers and in the church he pastored for 30 years. She has written more than 40 books, traveled on every continent teaching and encouraging, and served on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief. Jill can be heard regularly on Telling the Truth, the worldwide media ministry. She is proud to be called Nana by 13 grandchildren. 

Pamela MacRae

Pamela MacRae has been involved in ministry to women in both church and parachurch settings for over 20 years. She frequently speaks at conferences and retreats and currently teaches at Moody Bible Institute, where she is the program head for Ministry to Women and Minstry to Victims of Sexual Exploitation. Pam earned her MAMin from Moody Theological Seminary, and her DMin from Bethel Seminary. Pam and her husband, Bob, who is also a professor at Moody, have two married daughters and six grandchildren.



Lina AbuJamra

Lina AbuJamra works as a pediatric ER doctor, and an author and speaker who loves to tell others about Jesus and His love for them. She also runs Living with Power, a non-profit Bible teaching global ministry. It focuses on the Middle East and provides Biblical answers to everyday questions to help people grow. Lina was born in Beiruit, Lebanon and now calls Chicago home. She hosts Today's Single Christian, a Moody Radio segment where she invites others to experience the freedom and joy of following God's unique plan. Lina wrote Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended (Moody Publishers), Stripped: When God's Call Turns from Yes to Why Me? (Moody Publishers), and Resolved: an Invitation to Change Your World

Holly Bosier

Holly Bosier has taught as an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute over the past 15 years working with students in Human Services and Pre-counseling, Youth Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and Ministry to Victims of Sexual Exploitation. A licensed clinical professional counselor with a focus as a spiritual director, Holly is passionate about serving as a companion for those who have experienced trauma, loss, and emotional pain. She finds her greatest fulfillment in guiding others in their spiritual formation so that they can experience deeper intimacy with Jesus.

Katherine Clark

 Katherine Clark speaker and the author of Where I End (Moody Publishers), is also wife to a gifted theologian and a mom to two kids. With a background in psychology, she has spent much of the last twenty years working and writing for a nationwide Christian radio and counseling ministry. Kate studied at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Dallas Theological Seminary. When she's not writing, Kate enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking new recipes, and immersing herself in books. 

Anna Cotto

Anna Cotto serves as the 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 at Chicago and an MA from Moody Theological Seminary. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband and three children.

Rosalie De Rosset

Rosalie de Rosset has been speaking at churches, seminars, and conferences for over 38 years. She serves as a professor of literature, English, and homiletics at Moody Bible Institute, and often appears on Moody Radio programs as a guest and co-host. She wrote Unseduced and Unshaken: The Place of Dignity in Women's Choices (Moody Publishers), and her articles and book reviews have been published in various Christian publications. Rosalie holds an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The daughter of missionaries, Rosalie was born and raised in Peru. She resides on the north side of Chicago and enjoys biking, books, and yard sales.  

Gloria Grell

Gloria Grell serves as the director of ministry to women with the Great Lakes District of the Evangelical Free Church of America. The ministry helps equip and encourage women for ministry to women. Gloria speaks at retreats and conferences and teaches as an adjunct instructor at Moody Bible Institute in the Pastoral Studies department. Gloria is a wife, mother of five, and grandmother of nine.

Deborah Gorton

Dr. Deb Gorton has worked as a change agent for individuals, organizations, and emerging leaders, for more than 14 years, helping them refine, embrace, and thrive in their purpose. Built on the foundation of relationship, Dr. Gorton’s core philosophy is that collaboration in community produces radical transformation. Through partnership, she inspires others to build bridges between the head and the heart and ignites the courage necessary to make the journey across. Dr. Gorton earned both her MA in Psychology and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. Additionally, she holds an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Presently, she serves as the Director of Moody Theological Seminary’s Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program as well as Moody's Counseling Center. She is also the founding president of Siv Consultation. Dr. Gorton currently resides in Chicago, loves the Cubs, the city’s architecture, and, believe it or not, public transportation. If she’s not home in the city or traveling for work, you’re likely to find her with family in Colorado, Oregon, or Oklahoma.

Mary Hendrickson

Mary Hendrickson teaches as an assistant professor in the Human Services and Pre-Counseling program at Moody Bible Institute. She also works as an adjunct professor in the counseling psychology program at North Park University. Mary previously served as a pastoral counselor and marriage and family therapist in Southern California, and Brooklyn, New York. She completed her doctoral work in pastoral community counseling and explored the effects of colorism and social pressure on African American female co-ed’s. Mary has been married to Craig since 2000, and together they have a 13-year-old daughter named Amaya.

Kristin Jacobsen

Kristin Jacobsen serves as the interim women's ministry director at Bethel Church in Crown Point, Indiana. She earned her BA in Ministry to Women from Moody Bible Institute in 2009. Her passion is to teach and disciple women as they grow in their knowledge of God, love him more deeply, and serve him more faithfully. Kristin and her husband, Dan, have three children. 

Roslyn Jordan

Roslyn Jordan serves as a counselor at the MTS Counseling Center and adjunct professor at Trinity International University. Roslyn's mission is to encourage others to experience healing and wholeness through the use of prayer, counseling, education, and the arts. She holds her MA from Trinity International University, and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary. 

Peggy Leyden

Peggy Leyden has spent nearly 30 years consulting, coaching, and training professionals nationwide. She is passionate about people in business and draws from her experience working in senior level positions for RR Donnelley, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, the Northern Trust Company, and her background facilitating FranklinCovey programs. In addition to her work at Leyden Consulting Associates, Inc., Peggy serves on the Illinois Business Consulting Advisory Board. Peggy earned a BS from Ball State University and an MS from Illinois Benedictine University. She lives in Naperville, Illinois, with her husband and three children. 

Christy Spader

Christy Spader serves as the team leader for CRU at Ohio University and Southeast Ohio, where she gives direction and co-leads the movement for 16 staff and over 400 students. She received her BA from Moody and her MA from Wheaton College. Christy is passionate about seeing women empowered for ministry, and disciple-makers raised up to fulfill the Great Commission.

Kelli Worrall

Kelli Worrall serves as a professor of Communications at Moody Bible Institute. She wrote Pierced and Embraced (Moody Publishers) and co-authored 20 Things We'd Tell Our Twentysomething Selves (Moody Publishers) with her husband, Peter. Kelli holds an MRE from studied Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and her MFA from Roosevelt University. She speaks alone at women's events and retreats, and together with Peter at marriage, college, and young adult events.



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. Rosie believes there is nothing better than praising God and allowing the Spirit to lead His people in unifying song.


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