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Keynote Speakers


Juli Slattery

Dr. Juli Slattery is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and president/co-founder of Authentic Intimacy. Juli earned her college degree at Wheaton College, an MA in psychology from Biola University, and an MS and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.

From 2008-2012, Dr. Slattery served at Focus on the Family writing, teaching, and co-hosting the Focus on the Family Broadcast. In 2012, she left Focus on the Family to start Authentic Intimacy, a ministry devoted to reclaiming God’s design for sexuality.

Juli is the author of ten books and host of the weekly podcast “Java with Juli.” Juli and her husband Mike are the parents of 3 sons; they live in Akron, Ohio.

Pamela MacRae

Dr. Pam 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 Ministry 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.



Sylvia Amador

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Sylvia Amador came to Chicago to study at the Moody Bible Institute where she received a BA in theology and where she also met her husband, Paco, from Mexico. Although she was expecting to go back to Spain to serve God there, the Lord led them to move to Little Village, a Mexican immigrant neighborhood in Chicago, where they became involved in church planting, and in leading Bible studies and small groups. Sylvia also worked as a GED and ESL teacher before things got busy raising their 8 children. For the last 17 years, they have been pastoring New Life Community Church in Little Village.

Sylvia Amador nacio en Madrid, Espana y vino a Chicago a los 19 años para estudiar en el instituto bíblico Moody, graduandose con una licenciatura en teología. Fue allí donde conoció a su marido Paco, de Mexico. Sus planes eran regresar a España para servir a Dios allí pero el Señor los dirigió a mudarse al barrio mexicano de La Villita en Chicago donde se involucraron en la plantación de una iglesia, dirigiendo grupos pequeños y enseñando estudios Bíblicos. Tambien trabajó como educadora de adultos, enseñando GED, Inglés y clases para padres. Sylvia y Paco tiene 8 hijos y han sido pastores por 17 años en la Iglesia de Nueva Vida en La Villita.

Hannah Bloomquist

Hannah Bloomquist was raised in Gilbert, Arizona, and completed her B.A. at Moody Bible Institute in Women’s Ministry and Theology, and earned her M.A. in Christian Formation and Higher Education at Wheaton College. She has ministered to college students through college residence life programs at Moody, Wheaton, and Covenant College. For the past five years, she has worked as a Resident Director at Covenant College in Lookout Mt. in Georgia, where she seeks to develop students through providing mentoring and discipleship, overseeing campus-wide educational programming for men and women regarding topics of sexuality and mental health, and serving as an assistant professor for a Theology and Psychology of Human Sexuality course. She is passionate about students growing in their relationship with God and others and learning how to connect their theology with the practical.

holly_bosier.jpgHolly 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.

Rosalie de Rosset

Rosalie de Rosset, professor of Literature, English, and Homiletics at Moody Bible Institute, has been speaking at churches, seminars, and conferences, for over 38 years. She has also spoken in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Russia.

Prior to becoming a teacher, she was a scriptwriter for WMBI AM and FM. Over the years, she has also appeared on Moody Radio programs as a guest and co-host and has had articles and book reviews published in various Christian publications. Her first book, Unseduced and Unshaken: The Place of Dignity in Women’s Choices, was published in 2012.

Dr. de Rosset has her B.A. in English from Bryan College, her M.A. in English from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The daughter of career missionaries, Rosalie was born and raised in Peru, South America. She resides on the north side of Chicago and enjoys biking, books, and yard sales.

Gloria Grell

Dr. Gloria Grell, 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 eleven.

Deborah Gorton

For more than 14 years, Dr. Deb Gorton has worked as a change agent for individuals, organizations, and emerging leaders, helping them refine, embrace, and thrive in their purpose. Built on the foundation of relationship, Dr. Gorton’s core philosophy is that collaboration in a community produces radical transformation. Through the 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

Dr. Mary Hendrickson currently serves as the Assistant Professor in the Human Services and Pre-Counseling program at Moody Bible Institute. She also serves as an adjunct professor in both the graduate and undergraduate Counseling Psychology program at North Park. Mary brings five years’ experience as a pastoral counselor and marriage and family therapist in Southern California and Brooklyn, New York. She recently completed her doctoral work in Pastoral Community Counseling where she explored the effects of colorism and social pressure on African American female co-eds. Dr. Hendrickson’s passion is for providing quality mental health services to underserved urban populations and has a research interest in race psychology, and neuro-counseling.

Nancy Holec

Nancy Holec, born and raised on the south side of Chicago and an alumnus of Moody Bible Institute, serves with her husband, who is a pastor at New Life Community Church in Chicago. She enjoys digging deep into the Word and helping other women do the same. She has four wild munchkins and one weird dog. Her hope in life is to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God while eating a lot of tacos along the way.

Kristin Jacobsen

Kristin Jacobsen serves as the 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. She is wife to Dan and mother to three beautiful (and busy) children.

Roslyn Jordan

Roslyn Jordan, M.A., NCC, LPC, serves as a licensed professional counselor at the MTS Counseling Center and a former adjunct professor at Trinity International University. Her 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 is passionate about the people side of business. Peggy has spent nearly 30 years consulting, coaching, and training professionals nationwide. She draws on her experience working in senior-level positions for RR Donnelley, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, and The Northern Trust Company. In addition to her work at Leyden Consulting Associates, Inc., Peggy serves on the Illinois Business Consulting Advisory Board. Peggy earned an M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior from Illinois Benedictine University and a B.S. in Journalism – Public Relations from Ball State University. She lives in Naperville, Illinois with her husband and three children.

Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell serves as part of the leadership team of Boca Raton Community Church in South Florida and travels as a faculty member of WorldLead, a partnership with Christian non-profits in over 30 countries worldwide. As an author, speaker, and blogger (, Elizabeth is dedicated to encouraging men and women to overcome challenges, deepen their passion for Christ, and live out the powerful truths found in his Word. Together with her husband, Bill, Elizabeth finds delight in spending time with their five children and three grandchildren.

Laurie Norris

Dr. Laurie Norris serves as an associate professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute. Laurie holds a PhD in Biblical Theology—specifically New Testament Studies—from Wheaton College, and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching, speaking, and writing, Laurie serves as a fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians, an organization that seeks to bridge theology and the local church. She is passionate about discipleship and mentoring, especially among college students. Laurie and her husband Bob live in the western suburbs of Chicago with their four dogs and one cat.

Krista Ophus

Krista Ophus was born in the heart of the Andes mountains in La Paz, Bolivia. Krista eventually moved to the United States, where she met and married her high school sweetheart. Krista and her husband worked in missions in Queretaro, Mexico. They have lived for the past 14 years in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago and have had the privilege of being a part of multiple church plants. Currently, Krista and her husband lead the New Life Little Village Karlov campus of New Life Community Church. Krista has worked for over 17 years as a Chicago Public School teacher. She loves spending her time investing in the children in her community as well as helping women grow in their walk with Christ.

Krista Ophus nació en el corazón de Los Andes en La Paz, Bolivia. Krista eventualmente se mudó a los Estados Unidos dónde conoció a su mejor amigo (a los 15 años) y eventualmente se casaron. Krista y su esposo trabajaron en misiones en Querétaro, México. Han estado viviendo y trabajando en la comunidad de La Villita por los últimos 14 años. Han tenido el privilegio de ayudar a sembrar varias iglesias en este tiempo. Krista y su esposo dirigen la congregación de Nueva Vida La Villita Karlov. Krista ha trabajado como maestra en las escuelas públicas de Chicago por 17 años. Le encanta pasar su tiempo invertiendo en las vidas de los niños de su comunidad y ayudando a mujeres crecer en su caminar con Cristo.

Cathie Ostapchuk

Cathie Ostapchuk, MA, is a speaker, leadership development consultant and coach, and author of Brave Women, Bold Moves: Choosing Courage in a Culture of Conformity. Her collaborations with global non-profits have taken her across Canada, Africa, and Australia. Cathie is Founder and Lead Catalyst of Gather Women ( She co-hosts the “HerInfluence Podcast”, calling women to rise in purpose and influence with a real voice, bold words, and whole hearts. Cathie is committed to raising the profile and presence of Canadian Christian women by gathering, equipping, and mobilizing them to be a catalytic influence in our churches and culture.

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Olivia Ruhl

Olivia Ruhl lives in rural New Hampshire where her days are spent serving alongside her husband, Ben Ruhl, in church ministry, and caring for their daughter, Davie. She is also involved in Small Town Summits, an organization whose purpose is to provide training, encouragement, and connection for those ministering in the small places of New England. Prior to New Hampshire, Olivia received her B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and her M.A. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Olivia loves teaching the Word and is passionate about women being equipped to study the Scriptures for the building up of the church and the spreading of the gospel.

Ashley Schmutzer

Ashley Schmutzer has taught as an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute for seven years in the pastoral ministries department. She graduated with her Masters degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College. She currently owns her own private practice in Geneva, IL called Hope Counseling Services. She particularly specializes in trauma and abuse. She was a contributor in the recently published book, Marriage: It’s Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World. Ashley also enjoys traveling and speaking with her husband, who is an Old Testament theologian in the Bible department at Moody. She loves time with her family and being a mother to the three greatest adult children: Jonathan, Sarah, and Rachel.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith, MA, LCPC, is MBI’s Program Head for Children and Family Ministry. Also Founder of Teachable Moments with Elizabeth Smith ( and author of, “God Never Changes But My Family Always Does”, Elizabeth has loved training churches and families to reach the next generation for Christ in theologically grounded and developmentally innovative ways for over 30 years. Elizabeth is married to Pastor Brian Smith and loves doing ministry alongside him. She is the proud mother of 3 adult children and 2 children-in-love.

Christy Spader

Christy Spader serves as the Team Leader with Cru at Ohio University and Southeast Ohio, where she gives direction to and co-leads the movement for 16 staff and over 400 students. She received her B.A. from Moody and her M.A. from Wheaton College. Christy is passionate about seeing women empowered for ministry, and movements of disciple-makers raised up to fulfill the Great Commission.

Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson works as the Worship Director at Grace for Life Bible Church, and continues to lead corporate worship for local churches, ministries, conferences, and events. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute in May 2019 after completing a degree in Biblical Studies and Music Composition. She has a deep passion for encouraging and equipping the Bride of Christ to love and serve him wholeheartedly, and a heart to exhort the Church towards truly surrendered lives - specifically through music and discipleship ministries. Hannah is also the current Director of Young Adults & Internships Ministries for OneWay Ministries in Aurora, IL.

Valencia Wiggins

Dr. Valencia Wiggins, PhD, L.P.C. is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Training Director at Moody Theological Seminary for the Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in Chicago, IL. She is a clinical psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Walden University and MA in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton Graduate School. In addition, Dr. Wiggins works in private practice and works with individuals and families. Her clinical work includes sexual abuse, trauma, eating disorders, family issues, depression, adolescents, and women’s issues. Dr. Wiggins enjoys helping individuals reach their emotional health potential. In addition, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and seeking out new adventures in life.


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