Speaker Line Up
Pam Kanaly - In the midst of a staggering blow of divorce, Pam Kanaly clearly sensed the Lord revealing to her a future single mothers ministry. Today as co-founder of Arise, Pam is one of America’s leading advocates for single moms. She knows the challenges of single motherhood and invites them to rise up and place Christ as the head of their household. Pam was named as one of three National Mothers of Achievement in Washington, DC, and chosen as one of the Top 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma in 2016. Pam and Rich have been married for 28 years, and together they have nine grandchildren. Ask anyone, “Pam loves life and it loves her right back.”
Kim Heinecke wants to live in a world where children listen to the advice of their mothers without question. She is a former single mother using her personal testimony of God's provision, healing and restoration to encourage others who have encountered bumpy roads in life. Kim writes and speaks for Arise Ministries where she is on staff as the Director of Operations. She and her husband are raising four adventurous sons to be Christ followers. You can follow Kim at www.themomexperiment.com.
Shelley Pulliam loves friends, travel, and genealogy. A former teacher of hormone-filled eighth graders, she’s passionate about impacting the lives of our next generation, and her innovative teaching methods resulted in being named teacher of the year and outstanding national Holocaust educator. Shelley is a voracious reader and can frequently be found at the theater enjoying movie marathons where her record stands at six in one day. As a single, never married, she serves as Executive Director of Arise Ministries, a nonprofit ministry with the mission of empowering single moms.
Alice Richardson is an enthusiastic woman of God, raised by a phenomenal single mother. Her life testifies of the faithfulness and empowering grace that God extends to mothers who are the sole architects of their children’s futures. Alice has degrees from Oklahoma Christian University and Trinity Seminary. She served as Assistant to the Pastor at Prospect Church and is also a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Air Force. She passed on her mom’s life lessons to her children who are successfully navigating their own lives. Her daughter, Alexandria, is an extraordinary single mother and entrepreneur, and son, Joshua, is a professional athlete with the Miami Heat. Her message, “You too have power to be a single mother who leaves an amazing legacy.”
Lina Abujamra is the founder of Living with Power Ministries. She is a pediatric emergency room doctor by profession—and is engaged in providing medical care for Syrian refugees in the Middle East—but regardless of what she’s doing, she is passionate about empowering people with biblical truth. She’s a popular Bible teacher, blogger, and conference speaker and is the author of several books. She reaches listeners through her weekly “Hope” podcast and a daily “Morning Minutes” devotional. You can also hear Lina on Moody Radio hosting “Today’s Single Christian” and find her boosting your faith all over social media. Lina is single and calls Chicago home.
Lisa Leininger and her husband, Kris, are worship leaders in Edmond. Growing up a small-town pastor’s kid, Lisa has been leading worship since she was a young girl. Her contagious joy in worship is born out of the love for the Father, with one goal—making much of His name. Lisa is also a mom to four small children who help her see Jesus in the wild and the wonderful.
Ain't No Wifey
Dating as a single mom is a special kind of challenge! You may feel like you’re in the circus or the desert. How do you keep from falling off the balance beam of preparing for a future marriage and praying for a spiritual leader, while being the independent and only family leader your children have? Your identity drives your dating and dictates who, what, when, how, and why. Let’s clarify some ways to pursue peace in waiting, purposeful dating, and navigating healthy boundaries in relationships with wisdom from the Word.
Stacey Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor at her private practice, The Purple Couch; founder of Single_Space, a community for single women; and host of “The Girly Bliss Show,” a podcast for women. She seeks to encourage, equip, and empower women with truth bombs and practical tools. She will challenge you to own your true identity, embrace mindful living, and celebrate who you are right where you are! She aspires to awaken and encourage freedom in girls and women to bravely be themselves, as well as pursue wholeness in mental, emotional, and relational peace.
A Battle Plan Worth Fighting For
Fighting the good fight as a single mom is possible and can even be fun! What does it look like to fight for them? Like building not only a strong foundation for your children but also building a strong army around them. We will journey through a short story in the Old Testament and discover a new way to fight for our children. Are you surviving alone or building an army? Let’s talk through practical ways not just to win the fight but win the war!
Melissa Hiett, High School Pastor at Crossings Community Church, lives to equip students to become independently dependent on Christ while also working to walk alongside and equip parents to find Jesus in the middle of parenting. As a former single mom, she understands the perspective of raising children alone and is thankful for how God shaped her during that season. Melissa and her husband live in Edmond with their five children, Fletcher—their dog, and a currently missing guinea pig.
Being Joyful and Single: Is that Possible?
We will navigate through the unexpected joys of being a single parent while having real conversations about knowing we aren’t always so joyful in this season. Come prepared to let your guard down, get a little vulnerable, and have some real talk in order to completely live a joyful life in your single season.
Janelle Reed married her high school sweetheart, but after 12 years of marriage she faced divorce and being a full-time single mom of two daughters. Throughout this life change and the many struggles she faced, God laid on her heart the need for encouragement and support for other single moms and founded SingleMomzRock. Janelle currently resides in Springfield, Mo., with her two daughters, ages twelve and fifteen, where she is the outreach and special events manager at Victory Mission + Ministry. Janelle was the recipient of the Springfield’s Gift of Time award in 2015, and was nominated for the Most Influential Women award from Springfield Business Journal in 2015 and 2016. She attends New Life Church, is active in her community, and volunteers with several different area non-profits.
Free Looks Good on You
Rejection, betrayal, abuse, and addiction. Love isn’t supposed to hurt, but it often does. Maybe you’ve carried the pain for years because you don't know how to let it go. If romantic betrayal has destroyed your confidence or made you feel crazy, trying harder to forget the past won’t remove the pain. Instead, when you learn eight freedom essentials, you can slam the door on misery, find your confidence again, and live a life that’s fully you.
Christy Johnson is proof that God allows U-turns. A domestic abuse survivor turned relationship expert and soul-health coach, Christy is a champion of forgiveness. She’s the author of Love Junkies, 7 Steps for Breaking the Toxic Relationship Cycle and speaks nationally to empower women to find freedom from their past and strength for their future. Her video teaching series Love Junkies is used in small discipleship groups nationwide. You can also find her Bible plan on YouVersion, or visit her at www.ChristyJohnson.org.
Give Me a Break Right NOW!
As mothers, we’re everything to everyone else but lose ourselves in the process. We become a shell of the whole person and unable to fulfill God’s purpose for us. The most selfless thing a mother can do is take time for herself. Learn the art of creating a self-care plan and the seven components for nurturing your whole self.
Tia Murry is a single mother of three who experienced anger, a series ofbaddecisions,andregret following a divorce from her college sweetheart. Tia found her power after having an epiphany about the importance of setting aside time to connect with herself and God. She is an Amazon best-selling author whose passion for families led to 15 years of service in advocating for families and the creation of the FLI (Family Life Innovation) Success Program. Her greatest purpose, by far, is helping moms find their purpose in God.
Parenting Strategies: The Balance of Nurture and Structure
Raising littles, middles, and bigs can be extremely challenging! Parents often ask how to raise healthy, happy, connected children in this fast-paced, stressed-out, technologically driven world. If you find yourself worn out as a parent due to “non-compliance” or “disrespect” in your home, this breakout is for you! Come learn strategic ways to decrease conflict and increase joyfulness in your home!
Amber Given is a therapist in private practice and is also the Clinical Director for the HALO Project in Oklahoma City, OK. She grew up in a single parent home until her mother remarried. Out of those early relationships, God gave her a desire to help others know truth about who God made them to be and their worth in Him. Amber believes God has purposed her life to help hurting children and families in the community find healing through safe, healthy, and connected relationships.
Taking Control of Your Finances
Do your finances continue to challenge you? Are you looking for tips and tricks to make it from paycheck to paycheck? Then this session is a perfect fit for you. Gary’s expert advice with help you reduce your financial stress by offering how-to’s for budgeting. Plus he’ll show you ten tips for cutting expenses. It’s time for you to manage your finances instead of letting them control you.
Gary Olson has spent 44 years in the finance industry in numerous capacities. He is a retired financial advisor but currently serves as a financial coach, mentor, and Preferred Ramsey Coach. Gary and his wife are the founders of Wings, a community for adults with developmental disabilities. His book Home on the Range: Life Lessons in the Osage can be found on Amazon. He has three children, two foster grandchildren, one grandchild and another grandchild on the way. Gary loves gardening, and his large backyard is a site to behold. You can connect with Gary at thepioneerman.blogspot.com.
Sometimes life comes at us in ways that we could never imagine. It’s important that we prepare and are able to defend ourselves out in the world. Confidence is a big advantage out there! Our own families can benefit from our active mindset and training at home. This session is light, informative, and fun. You’ll learn practical movements to keep safe, such as blocking and striking moves and how to protect yourself against an armed assailant and from being pinned on the floor.
Jason Scarbrough, a fourth-degree black belt, is owner and operator of Mana Martial Arts Oklahoma. He opened his first self-defense academy in 2008 and trained in Hawaii for over ten years before moving back to Oklahoma in 2015. Jason teaches practical self-defense to all ages and is engaged in his community. He is one of the friendliest instructors you’ll ever meet and makes learning fun.
Worn Slick—a Map for Facing Challenge
By your very attendance at this conference, you are telling me two things: 1) you have been or are still in the midst of challenges, and 2) you are seeking strength and direction. There’s good news for you! Paul reached out to Timothy with a message that rings true. In this session we’ll look at the three components he brings that seem mysteriously juxtaposed to each other, yet are meant to weave together in a masterful way. As a woman, you are uniquely gifted to make that a reality. Come be enlightened, inspired and encouraged!
Beth Brown retired in 2018 as president of one of the nation’s largest Christian foundations. While leading this organization, she oversaw grants totaling more than $18 million, authored a scripturally based curriculum for Christian non-profits, orchestrated a national task force, and worked with state legislators to modify laws governing medical care. She has served countless organizations as a trainer, strategist, mentor, and coach. With wisdom and encouragement, this former single mom shares a transparent story of strength that will motivate listeners to develop their unique God-given gifts. Beth is completing her first book, slated for release this fall. She lives in Norman, Okla., with her husband of 12 years. They enjoy three grown sons and two grandsons. As time allows, she loves to sew, quilt, and garden.