When Pam was a little girl, all she wanted to be was a hula dancer, but God had other plans.

After an unwanted divorce, God spoke to her in an undeniable way: Pam, one day I will raise you up to speak to thousands of women about what my grace and power can do. And today, Pam is one of America’s leading advocates for single mothers raising children, having spoken to select members of Congress at the nation’s capital, been featured in Guideposts, and appeared on the 700 Club and radio programs in their behalf.

She is the co-founder of Arise Ministries, a global outreach that has encouraged single moms from every state in the U.S. and over 141 countries. With a passion to equip single mothers with biblical tools for handling everyday life, Pam co-founded the Survive ‘N’ Thrive conferences over thirteen years ago. Renamed the Thrive Gathering in 2018, hundreds of mothers and children from all over the country continue discovering the secrets of flourishing in a single-parent family through this conference.

Pam was recently nominated by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and subsequently awarded National Mother of Achievement in Washington, DC.  She was also selected as one of the Top 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma by The Journal Record, and voted Woman of the Year by the Edmond, Oklahoma, Chamber of Commerce.

Pam’s latest book—The Single Mom and Her Rollercoaster Emotions, which was endorsed by Focus on the Family—leads single moms through the loop-de-loops of finding emotional wellness and full-powered joy. As a former Bible teacher and national television talk-show cohost, Pam thrives in empowering and equipping women to live life with intentional purpose in what truly matters.

For over twenty-five years Pam has been married to her second husband Rich. They love the outdoors and share four children; yet, her favorite title remains “Grammy Pammy” to nine grandchildren.

Pam loves life and it loves her right back. Ask anyone. They all enthusiastically agree that Pam’s life motto fits her well: LET – IT – SHINE.



Looking for a speaker that brings fresh faith and enthusiasm to your group? These topics are a few of Pam’s proven favorites over the years. Let her craft a presentation to fit your event. Suggested categories:

Speaking Topics

  • Keeping in Step with Jesus

    Pam knows firsthand the struggles of life: an unwanted divorce, aging parents with Alzheimer’s, and seasons when children made poor choices. She’s discovered that we enjoy God on the mountaintops, but we get to know Him in the valleys. Pam shares topics related to living above our circumstances, journaling, and making progressive relationship with God an exhilarating hobby. For women interested in taking three steps forward in their walk with Christ, let Pam energize your journey to the throne. You won’t leave her sessions the same way you entered.

  • Making a Difference

    Life lessons in influencing others began early for Pam having been elected president of her junior high student body. Today, Pam loves to share how to be a positive influence, not because of our past but because God’s Holy Spirit wills that outcome through us. Learn from Pam what it means to let your light shine. Be vulnerable by asking yourself, “How do I become the example I personally want to see in myself? What does it look like to leave a legacy that extends to a Kingdom impact?” YOU MATTER. Let God do the unexpected!

  • Thriving in the Single-Parent Life

    Some say single motherhood is difficult. That is both true and false. Without Jesus leading the way, it’s encumbered with drawbacks. With Jesus leading the way, it’s packed with advantages. Pam knows the heart of a single mother: “Will my kids turn out ok? How can I let go of the past and redefine my present? What does a godly role model look like? How can I step out of this chaos that’s driving me insane and live with emotional and spiritual purpose? Will my kids EVER leave?” Now that Pam’s adult married children not only survived her divorce but left her blessed with numerous grandchildren, she stands as the perfect expert in sharing the “how’s, what’s and why’s” single mothers face.


  • Pam Kanaly, a gifted communicator who combines a sense of humor, biblical principles, and practical applications, I highly recommend this lady!

    Carol Kent
    Speaker, Author - Unquenchable, President, Speak Up Speaker Services
  • Pam Kanaly has a passion for women, especially single moms like none other! The Lord has called her to champion their faith on their unique journey. Her messages are Biblical, practical, interactive, funny and spiritually beneficial to women of all ages and stages of life.

    Debbie Stuart
    Former Church Leadership and Development Director - Women of Faith; Director of Ministry Initiatives - Hope for the Heart with June Hunt
  • When Pam teaches, lives are changed. She’s a speaker you'll want to have back again and again.

    Marge Lenow
    Women’s Ministry Director, Bellevue Baptist Memphis, Tennessee