workshop leader bios

JANNA BAILEY | FOSTERING A FANATIC, FERVENT FRIENDSHIP

An extrovert most of the time, Janna Bailey realized she could also be quite introverted and keep things to herself. God made it evident that she needed a like-minded, faith-filled friend to help her navigate the waters of parenthood, marriage, and working unto God, not man. And then He sent Jacinta. Through their 15-year friendship, Janna has learned that Christians need to be more transparent to support each other and draw others to Jesus.

 

MARSHA BAKER | BULLET JOURNALING 101

Marsha Baker is a graphic artist whose mission is to draw people closer to Christ with her art. She loves typography and uses graphic elements to help people visually connect with the Word. You can find her art and devotionals on Facebook at Blessinks or on her website at blessinks.com.

 

NANCY BENES | STILL SAYING “I DO”

After 30 years together nurturing two children, being "happily married" to her husband Philip is quite an accomplishment for Nancy Benes. Following 33 years in the field of education, she recently retired to work part-time at a local library. Nancy holds a master's degree in educational leadership, but considers holding the Master's hand throughout life to be of much more value.

 

CHRISTY BOULWARE | BREAKING FREE

Christy Boulware is the president and co-founder of Fearless Women. In 2011, she suffered a severe nervous breakdown and battled many months of intense anxiety and depression. On Mother’s Day 2012, she felt God push her to share her story of overcoming anxiety. Shortly after that, she attended a women’s conference where she was asked, “What do you dare to be?” Her response: “Speaking to women about stress and anxiety." God is now fulfilling this call and purpose on her life!

 

JESSICA CONLEY | COURAGEOUS AND CONFIDENT

As an entrepreneur of two businesses, Jessica Conley's main focus is empowering women to be their most confident and courageous selves. Through her health and fitness coaching, as well as business mentoring for female entrepreneurs, Jessica has helped many women on the path to self-love and success.

 

JENN DEIMUND | USING YOUR STORY FOR GOD’S GLORY

Overcoming a childhood defined by alcoholism, mental and sexual abuse, bulimia, and co-dependency, Jenn Deimund feels called to help others discover they do not have to hide the ugly truth about their past. She shares her gift of song as a worship leader at Warrenton Christian Church and serves on the worship team for Celebrate Recovery at Harvester Christian Church's Troy campus.

 

GINNY DURR | THE JOY OF MENTORING

Ginny Durr has had the privilege of guiding many young women in their walk with Christ. Beginning as a youth leader for high school girls, she has also been invited by several single and married women to come alongside them and offer support. An R.N. before becoming a stay-at-home mother of three, Ginny is now blessed with three granddaughters. For many years Ginny has been a mentor for MOPS and MomsNext, ministries which have her heart.

 

CARISSA FIGGINS | PLANTING OAKS: BUILDING RESILIENT CHILDREN THROUGH FORGIVENESS

As founder of The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home, Carissa Figgins is particularly sensitive to supporting fragile young families. Her mission is to build up young mothers and help them find success through education and, more importantly, faith development. Carissa is an advocate for children who believes in serving her community through strong leadership. She has been married for 25 years and has three children.

 

NIKKI GIBSON | EMBRACING SIMPLICITY

Nikki Gibson is living the glamorous life of a housewife and mom. She has been married to her husband Brett for 26 years and is a mother of three kids: two in college and one at home. Nikki has discovered that sometimes the simple things of life are among her biggest blessings. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, bargain shopping, and connecting with women.

 

TERRY HALL | USING YOUR STORY FOR GOD’S GLORY

Terry Hall is a grateful believer in Jesus Christ who has struggled with alcohol and co-dependency. She grew up in an alcoholic home, struggled through her first marriage, and became an alcoholic, but she has found God's grace in her recovery. Today she feels she has found her calling for God's glory. Terry leads the Celebrate Recovery program at Harvester Christian Church's Troy Campus, working with others who struggle with hurts, habits, and hang-ups in their recovery journey.

 

STEPHANIE HAYNES | LOVE YOUR LIFE

Stephanie Haynes is an author, speaker, schedule management coach, and writing coach. Her mission is to teach women how to build balanced lifestyles so they can love the lives God has blessed them with - no matter how chaotic they may be. Stephanie currently lives in the St. Louis area with her husband of 22 years and their 15-year-old son. They enjoy their two crazy dogs and visiting their daughter at Mizzou.

 

HALEY KLOCKENGA | GOD’S PLAN > MY PLAN (TEEN EXCLUSIVE)

Like most young teen girls, Haley Klockenga's junior high years were full of bullying and feeling inadequate. It wasn't until an older college girl reached out to her and encouraged her to see herself as God does that she started to live her faith more outwardly and openly. Haley now works weekly as a middle school leader and loves to see girls empowered and hearts transformed. Haley is a photographer and marketer who lives in Chesterfield with her husband Hayden.

 

COURTNEY LONGNECKER | DEEPER: 5 WAYS TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH

Courtney Longnecker is a wife, new mom, wedding photographer, and young adult group leader. You can find her sipping coffee that's been re-heated at least five times, wearing a shirt that most likely has spit-up on it, and perusing the local thrift stores. With twelve or so projects typically in the works at once, Courtney finds that life and time have a tendency to get away from her. Through daily support, accountability, and encouragement from her core four sisters, Courtney is learning that even amidst all of her mess, God's grace and love undeservedly abound.

 

PAT MEROLD | GO FISHIN’

Pat Merold is a gifted speaker and author who has shared with hundreds of women over the years in conventions, retreats, seminars, and workshops. Her written lessons and articles have appeared in various periodicals throughout her 50+ years in ministry. Pat has dedicated her life to making God's Word interesting and challenging to women.

 

BARB NELSON | K.I.D.S (KEEP IT DELIBERATELY SIMPLE)

Barb Nelson has been married for 31 years to Keith, a Care Pastor at Harvester Christian Church. Together they parent six children ranging in age from 11-26. She does not claim to be the perfect mother and will be the first to say that parenting is hard and messy. Yet she is thankful to God for the wonderful opportunity. Barb knows that God’s perspective and others’ wisdom have been key to parenting simply and deliberately.

 

KAYCEE PARKER | DEEPER: 5 WAYS TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH

As a wife, mom, women’s group leader, freelance designer, and author, Kaycee Parker is continually trying to find balance (and a hidden stash of chocolate). Keeping God at the forefront through it all was a challenge to her at times – until she discovered the new format she's using with her core four women’s group. It’s been a complete game-changer for Kaycee, and she is eager to share it with anyone who will listen!

 

RACHEL PEREZ | EMBRACING SIMPLICITY

Rachel Perez is continually learning about "keeping it simple" so she can focus on the most important things in life: her relationship with Jesus and her family. She is married to her best friend Nikomas and has three amazing kids. Rachel loves to encourage, hike, and explore new places with her family. She hopes to one day win during family game night!

 

LIZ REYNOLDS | THIS ISN’T EXACTLY WHAT I HAD PLANNED

Liz Reynolds has had more than her fair share of experience caring for loved ones with chronic illnesses. Beginning with her son Ryan's 10-month battle with leukemia and subsequent death, she then watched her beloved father go through and eventually succumb to dementia, and is currently caring for her husband Jerry as he battles colorectal cancer. Yet she always has a smile her face. Liz is a mentor for Harvester's MOPS and MomsNext ministries and loves pointing women to Jesus.

 

SON CHA ROBINSON | PROTECT YOURSELF

Training in martial arts since 2000, Son Cha Robinson currently holds a black belt in Shorin-Ryu, Matsubayashi, and Okinawan karate. She also holds a senior brown belt in Kobudo, Okinawan weapons style. She has been married for 32 years and has lived in St. Charles since 2010. Son Cha is self-employed and enjoys time with her husband, their two dogs, and their cat.

 

KATE SALIN | DEEPER: 5 WAYS TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH

While chasing after God's heart, Kate Salin has found the encouragement and accountability she needed to go deeper in her faith with her core four ladies. As wife to Matt and mom to Isaiah and Maggie, she finds joy in their many adventures near and far. While working part-time, Kate finds purpose in serving at Harvester Christian Church and is always on the lookout for her next 5k race.

 

SARA SMITH | DEEPER: 5 WAYS TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH

Sara Smith is a wife and former teacher turned stay-at-home mom of two. She enjoys working out, gardening, bible journaling, and channeling Joanna Gaines through DIY projects. She has found that balancing it all while still honoring God can be difficult. However, the accountability and encouragement Sara's core four women's group provides has sparked her desire to deepen her relationship with God.

 

KAREN SPAULDING | THIS ISN’T EXACTLY WHAT I HAD PLANNED

Karen Spaulding is a wife, mom, grandmother, and daughter who sometimes finds herself caring for all the generations she loves - at the same time! Her life has taken detours that have taught her to rely on God, especially as she has cared for her daughter with special needs for the past 21 years. These detours have shown Karen that, with God, life's challenges are often the most valuable lessons.

 

JACKIE SPRAGUE | FOOD, FAITH, FITNESS & FUN!

Jackie Sprague has many roles, including wife, mom of two, business owner, and certified holistic health coach. She has a passion for helping others learn to nurture their bodies and minds by using the many gifts God has given them. Jackie teaches classes in and around the community on how to make simple healthy changes through nutrition education, food preparation, and stress management.

 

SUSAN STITCH | UNFAILING LOVE

Susan Stitch wants each woman to truly understand God's love for her. As a mother of five, grandmother, and wife of 35+ years, she has plenty of examples of relying on God when she would've rather gone back to bed. Susan spent 23 years working at a major aerospace corporation in a variety of positions. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Communications, an MBA, and is completing the Merold Institute of Ministry. Susan has been translating what she has learned both at home and in the corporate world into lessons of meaningful growth for Christian women for the past 15 years.

 

CAROL TRACY | THIS ISN’T EXACTLY WHAT I HAD PLANNED

Carol Tracy's life was fairly typical - she grew up in a Christian family, graduated with a degree in education, married her husband of 23 years, began her teaching career, and earned a master's degree - until her first child was born with special needs. Thus began the too-long chapter of her life entitled, “I Don’t Deserve This, God, Because I’ve Been a Good Girl All My Life.” She had two more daughters and was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years before rejoining the education world as a paraprofessional. She also volunteers as Harvester’s special needs ministry coordinator. Carol's journey has taken her down many paths that were dark and barren, but God has faithfully remained her Light through it all.


RACHEL URTON | A SHOPAHOLIC’S JOURNEY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM

A graduate from the University of Tennessee, Rachel Urton is a life-long member of Harvester Christian Church. She currently works on staff with the connections and outreach teams. She is a volunteer leader with Harvester's student ministry and has both a love for people and a heart to help them, no matter the need. Rachel is married to Ryne and recently became a new mom with the birth of their daughter, Blake.

 

JENNIFER WATSON | DOES IT EVEN MATTER? (TEEN EXCLUSIVE)

Jennifer Watson is a stay-at-home mom who is currently homeschooling two of her three children. A member of Harvester Christian Church for nine years, she volunteers as a pianist on the worship team and has recently started writing music. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, baking, and having quiet time.

 

JACINTA WEAVER | FOSTERING A FANATIC, FERVENT FRIENDSHIP

Jacinta Weaver is a flawed follower of Christ, trying her best to fulfill her roles as wife, teacher, and empty nest mother of three daughters, just to name a few. She is thankful that God saw fit to send her trusting friend Janna to pray her through it all. A Daybreak veteran, Jacinta has previously led workshops on both friendship and prayer.

 

RACHEL WOODSON | DEEPER: 5 WAYS TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH

Adventure is Rachel Woodson's favorite word and defines how she views this crazy life God has set before her. A lover of travel and literature, she has learned that God's goodness and faithfulness can be seen in the exciting and beautiful, but also in the challenging and messy. A middle school teacher of 10 years, wife to Jeffrey for nine, and momma to Zane, Rachel has found that her core four group has brought a new form of support, accountability, and vulnerability to her spiritual walk in a time when her faith needed it more than ever.