workshop leader bios

RACHEL BEAUDOIN | REAL TALK: TEEN EDITION | TEEN EXCLUSIVE

Rachel Beaudoin has attended Christian school her entire life, but that hasn't kept her from facing bullying and rejection from so-called friends - even those in her church life group. Desperate to fit in, she kept the bullying a secret, silently suffering throughout middle and high school. Now she's learning to get her value from Jesus, especially on the hard days. Rachel is a senior at Missouri Baptist University, majoring in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.


LAUREN BIERNBAUM | REAL TALK: TEEN EDITION | TEEN EXCLUSIVE

Lauren Biernbaum graduated from high school in 2015 after being homeschooled her whole life. At the age of 18, she began to suffer from depression and anxiety, which she still battles. In the past couple of years, she has been in a few relationships that have changed her life...for better or worse. Lauren knows she serves a God who is fighting her battles for her and is anxious to share what she’s learned through it all.


ALMA BOSS | DINNER’S READY

Alma Boss is the CFO (Chief Food Officer) for her family of six. As a wife and mother of four growing and hungry kiddos, she values being able to connect with her family around the dinner table. Alma makes family meals a priority despite a very full calendar and hopes to inspire you to do the same.


TABITHA EICHELBERGER | NO MORE LONELY PROM QUEENS

Tabitha Eichelberger is the author of Diary of a Lonely Prom Queen: Reflections on Parenting Teenage Girls from a Teenage Survivor. A former prom and homecoming queen, cheerleader, and expert bathroom stall crier, Tabitha appeared to have the perfect high school experience. Yet appearances can be deceiving. Tabitha has shared her story of surviving the teen years on several podcasts, radio stations, and television shows. To learn more about Tabitha, visit diaryofalonelypromqueen.com.


SHARON FLETCHER | PEACEFUL PARENTING

Sharon Fletcher is a Texas-born woman of God who believes you can walk in God's peace in every area of your life. She and her husband Greg oversee Powerful Word Ministries and have co-authored several books, including Powerful Peace, Tools for Living, and, coming soon, Revealing Jesus. Sharon is a mother of four and considers motherhood her finest calling. Visit her website at gods-best.com to learn more.


STACEY HALL | SNAZZY SUCCULENTS

Stacey Hall is an energetic gal who loves making people laugh and crafting all kinds of cute things. She and her husband own Happy Camper Clothing & Co. on Main Street in St. Charles and fill their store with unique gifts and clothing they design and make themselves. Stacey is a chronic crafter who enjoys decorating and creating items that make both her store and home welcoming gathering places.


AMY HUNT | REDEEMING SEX

The daughter of a preacher and a nurse, Amy Hunt grew up with a unique perspective of both spiritual and medical issues that caused her to be a challenger of thought. Starting as a volunteer at a pregnancy resource center, Amy then taught sexual health to adolescents in area schools and found fulfillment in empowering teens to make wise choices. Comfortable to address this sensitive topic in front of a crowd, Amy loves to encourage married women to enjoy the gift and freedom God designed for sex.


BARB NELSON | PRAYING ON PURPOSE

Barb Nelson knows the importance of prayer and has seen its fruit throughout her life. Twenty five years ago she began to make prayer a priority, and she has never looked back. She desires to see women of all ages press in to Jesus through the awesome resource of prayer. Barb and her husband Keith have six children, one daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.


MELISSA NICHOLS & TAMMIE STONE | HEALTHY PRODUCTS FOR A HEALTHY HOME

What started as a quest to begin cutting down on chemical exposure for their families quickly turned into a passion for sisters Melissa Nichols and Tammie Stone. Through their research and the process of creating all-natural, homemade products to cut down on toxins in their own homes, 2 Simple Sisters was born. Their business has grown steadily over the past three years, giving Melissa and Tammie the opportunity to educate people on the benefits of living a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.


DUREEN NORRIS | BE STILL

A peacemaker who has a hard time saying no, Dureen Norris is constantly on the go. Learning to be still has been life changing for her! Dureen is a wife, mom, mother-in-law, and engagement pastor at Harvester Christian Church. She loves connecting with people, hearing their stories, and helping them find their place in the church.

 

TERRY NORRIS | FEELINGS, NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS

Terry Norris currently serves as a care pastor at Harvester Christian Church, working in the areas of spiritual formations, Enneagram assessment, and personality and spirituality. He holds an undergraduate degree in psychology, a Master of Arts in Counseling, and certification from the Merold Institute of Ministry. Terry has worked as a professional counselor for eighteen years in both private practices and hospital settings.


HAILEY NORWINE | REAL TALK: TEEN EDITION | TEEN EXCLUSIVE

As a standout athlete, stellar student, and homecoming queen, Hailey Norwine worked hard to make it look like she had it all together during high school and college. But she was living a life far from Christ, drinking, partying, and making bad decisions until she re-dedicated her life to Him during her senior year in college. Hailey recently married her husband Jordan and is excited to encourage the next generation of women to fulfill their potential in Christ.


LETHIA OWENS | HE SEES YOU

Lethia Owens travels the world sharing God’s unfailing love for His children and helping women grow their faith as well as their businesses. She is a Bible teacher, branding expert, and transformational keynote speaker who is known for her unparalleled ability to educate and inspire people from every walk of life. A best-selling author who is currently pursuing her PhD in Christian Entrepreneurship, Lethia is also the founder of Audacious Faith, a Christ-centered business community for women.


KRISTEN OXLER | MORE THAN SKIN DEEP | TEEN EXCLUSIVE

Kristen Oxler is a wife and mom to three little ones. Before birthing her own full-time students, she was a middle school teacher in Florida and New York City. After ten years in St. Louis, she happily considers herself a local. Kristen is passionate about connecting with young people, particularly teen girls, and is never shy about sharing her testimony to encourage others.


JEAN ROTH | JUST BETWEEN US | A FORUM FOR LEAD PASTORS' WIVES

Jean Roth's kind demeanor and gift of encouragement are evident to all who meet her. She is the wife of Doyle Roth, Lead Pastor of Harvester Christian Church, which gives her a unique perspective and opportunity to share with other wives of lead pastors. Jean has a bachelor's degree from St. Louis Christian College and over the years has served in missions, children's ministry, worship, and Bible studies. Jean especially enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.


MARIA ROTH | CONFESSIONS OF A BIBLE READER

Maria Roth is a wife, mom, and engaged Bible reader who is currently working her way through God's Word for the twelfth time. Using different versions and a variety of reading plans, she begins each year with a fresh approach. Maria loves discovering something new each time she reads the Bible and has experienced firsthand how the Word is living and active.


DON SANDERS | ASK ANYTHING!

Don Sanders has been on staff at Harvester Christian Church for the past 21 years, currently serving as Staff Development Pastor and Director of the Merold Institute of Ministry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Preaching from St. Louis Christian College, a Master of Arts in Old Testament from Lincoln Christian Seminary, and a Master of Religious Education from Lincoln Christian University. He is currently completing a Doctor of Education degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Don has served as an adjunct instructor at St. Louis Christian College and Central Christian College of the Bible.


KACIE SANDERS | PRO TIPS FOR THE AT-HOME BARISTA

Kacie Sanders has been a barista at Starbucks for a year and a half and also works at the coffee shop at St. Louis Christian College, where she’s currently attending. An avid coffee lover, she graduated from St. Charles Community College in May with her Associate of Fine Arts in Music and is currently pursuing Worship Ministry at SLCC.


KATHRYN SHIPLEY | OUR STORIES: THE ADOPTION JOURNEYS OF TWO FRIENDS

Kathryn Shipley is an award-winning singer/songwriter as well as a committed volunteer for multiple organizations, including the Juan Encarnacion Foundation, Luke 923 Ministry, and Harvester Christian Church. As a way to honor her birth mother, she has established the Kathryn Washington Shipley/Ella Ruth Brown scholarship offered through the Raintree Arts Council in her hometown of Louisiana, MO. Kathryn has three children, one of whom was adopted when she was one and a half.


BILL SONTAG | IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU

Bill Sontag has a passion for sharing his faith with everyone he meets. He is the Local Engagement Pastor at Harvester Christian Church and will quickly tell you that the power of Jesus has changed everything in him. Prior to his work in ministry, Bill had a long-term career as director of a 911 dispatch center. He and his wife Sharon have three children and have been married for 20 years.


HEATHER SPARKS | MODERN SLAVERY: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Fighting sex trafficking is a passion of Heather Sparks. She has organized fund raisers, driven victims to church, given educational presentations to high school students, and gained connections and insights from local non-profit organizations. Heather is focused on tackling the issue through legislation, and has been an instrument of change at the state level. She is currently attending Saint Louis University School of Law to gain more opportunities to help trafficked victims and fight for change.


KAREN SPAULDING | YOU’RE THE DESIGNER | HAND-CRAFTED EARRINGS

Karen Spaulding can't remember a time she didn't love making things. Whether gifts for others, sewing for her home, or copying the latest trend in fashion or decor, Karen enjoys not only the creative process but teaching that process to others. Karen and her family have attended Harvester Christian Church for 17 years.


ANDREW THOMPSON | OUR STORIES: THE ADOPTION JOURNEYS OF TWO FRIENDS

Andrew Thompson is a world history teacher, baseball coach, worship leader, and youth director in his hometown of Columbia, IL. A devoted St. Louis Blues fan, you will find him cheering on his favorite team with his dad as often as possible. The story of Andrew's amazing reunion with his birth mother has been featured in local news and magazines in the Nashville, TN area.


RACHEL URTON | BE STILL

Rachel Urton is a busy wife, mom, full-time ministry assistant, and co-founder of Still Ministry. And while she will be happy to talk to you about any of those things, she would much rather tell you about the many ways God is constantly changing her heart to be more like Him. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a life-long member of Harvester Christian Church.


CATHERINE WILLIAMS | ARE YOU FOR US OR FOR OUR ENEMIES?

Catherine Williams loves learning and sharing the details of her studies with others. Whether teaching a group of preschoolers or advanced placement high schoolers, she challenges her students to process past and current events through a biblical worldview and to make Jesus the Lord of all aspects of their lives. Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington University and has worked in ministry along with her husband Scott for over 40 years.


STEPHANIE WINSLOW | 10 STEPS TO HOPE

Author of Ascent to Hope: The Rugged Climb from Fear to Faith, Stephanie Winslow aims to equip and encourage families struggling with addiction to let go of fear and find peace through Christ. Stephanie is an organizational change agent, the founder of and principal consultant at Blind Spot Consulting, and a certified faith and health ambassador. She holds a master’s degree in higher education and a bachelor's degree in Spanish. Stephanie and her husband Marshall have two daughters.