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Workshop Descriptions & Leader Bios

We are excited about the quantity and quality of our workshop offerings for WOW 2017.  Here is the information regarding our workshop offerings, including workshop descriptions and bios of the presenters.

 

All In for Christ in Our Daily Struggles (Two-Part study of 1 Peter) - Ann Hegler

Ann Hegler will be leading a study in the book of 1 Peter, which focuses on being “All In” for Christ through our daily struggles. 

Ann and her husband, Ed, along with their three daughters, spent almost 20 years as missionaries in Africa.  Returning to the USA in 2001, they settled in a rural community in Upstate New York where they have dedicated a small farm to the Lord and use it as a place for people to meet face to face with Him.

 

Families and Technology - Jamie Neuenschwander

Wonder what your kids are doing with technology and how to protect them? Want to learn ways to connect with your grandkids? Ever wish there was a better way to keep track of the online traffic in your home and away from home? Let’s break down the stats, trends, strategies, and tools to more effectively guide you, your family, and students to healthy boundaries for technology.

Jamie Neuenschwander is passionate about helping families thrive. She has volunteered in youth ministry for fourteen years and has adapted as technology trends have shifted. Jamie and Walter have been married 12 years and have three tech-savvy children. She graduated from Great Lakes Christian College and Lincoln Christian University and is working as a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor at Community Mental Health.

 

Gospel Girls:  Show Me How You Follow Christ – Shelly Larson

Women with a heart for God crave authentic examples to show them how to follow Christ in our culture. Together, let's eliminate the excuses that keep us from inviting someone to "follow me as I follow Christ." Let's discover the joy of life-on-life discipling!

Shelly Larson has a passion to help others discover the treasure of God's Word. This passion has taken many forms through the years, from starting children's ministries in new churches, to teaching women through Bible studies, retreats, and conferences, to one-on-one and small group discipleship. Currently, Shelly helps women to connect and grow through coaching relationships at 2/42 Community Church in Okemos, Michigan. She also tutors dyslexic students and often travels with her husband, Steve, in his work with The Solomon Foundation.

 

Intentional Marriage and Family - Kathy Long

Randy Carlson of Intentional Living says, "Whoever or whatever is most intentional in your life wins."  Chris and Kathy Long have been on a journey together to be (imperfectly) intentional in their marriage and family by learning to seek God and make deliberate decisions to grow their marriage and family.  Through the story God is writing in their marriage and family, Kathy will share how they are learning to be intentional in areas such as preparation, protection, priorities, communication, encouragement, appreciating differences, love and respect.  With God, we can win in the areas of marriage and family!

Kathy Long and her husband, Chris, have had the blessing of being married for 22 years.  They live in Haslett, MI with their 3 teenage sons and are active in ministry at South Lansing Christian Church.  Kathy is a math teacher who presently uses her skills to tutor students and proofread Braille textbooks with her friend Joy.  She loves to sing, bake, read, craft, spend time with family and teach her preschoolers at SLCC.

 

Joy Every Day - Betsy Carter

Do joyful people annoy you?  Does joy sometimes feel fake?  What does the Bible mean when it says that "the joy of the LORD is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10)?  This workshop will help you discover real ways to take joy from being a bubbly expression to a powerful weapon in your everyday life.

Betsy Carter is a daughter of God, wife of Brian, and mom of Gwen, Jack and Caleb (9 year old triplets).  She formerly served as Dean of Students at Great Lakes Christian College, Director of Biblical Guidance at Mount Hope Church, and currently works as Patient Care Coordinator at Gilead Healing Center. She avidly believes that, "loved people, love people" and is determined to help people discover the love of God in their lives.  

 

Medicine Cabinet Make-over - Becky Livingson

What is in your medicine cabinet?  Did you know there are natural alternatives to your everyday products that will provide the same, if not better results?  These natural alternatives can help boost your immune system and contribute to better overall health.  In this class, you will be provided information to re-vamp your own medicine cabinet and begin incorporating a more natural way of living.  We will also be making our own lip balm.

Becky is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Jon, and they have three wonderful children. She enjoys reading, cooking, sewing, crafting and spending time with her family. She also loves homeschooling her children, being active in her church and educating people about the benefits of using Doterra essential oils. Becky first discovered Doterra essential oils in 2014 and has been amazed by them ever since. They are simple to use and they incorporate easily into busy lifestyles. They also allow people to have all natural options for more things than you could imagine.

 

Natural Solutions with Essential Oils - Becky Livingston

Learn how to incorporate essential oils into your home, school, and workplace, replacing harmful chemicals and their not-so-welcome side effects and odors.  You will get to make an aroma bracelet with your choice of uplifting oil.

Becky is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Jon, and they have three wonderful children. She enjoys reading, cooking, sewing, crafting and spending time with her family. She also loves homeschooling her children, being active in her church and educating people about the benefits of using Doterra essential oils. Becky first discovered Doterra essential oils in 2014 and has been amazed by them ever since. They are simple to use and they incorporate easily into busy lifestyles. They also allow people to have all natural options for more things than you could imagine.

 

Sabbath:  Trusting the Story - Sarah Johnson

In a culture where busyness is glorified, we often forget we were created for a sacred rhythm that includes both work and rest.  We embrace the Ten Commandments, but we are not quite sure what to do with “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”  Sabbath is an invitation to trust God’s story and a necessary act of obedience. 

Sarah Johnson is a graduate of Bethel College and has continued her professional development through programs at Fuller Theological Seminary and Hope International University.  Sarah’s ministry adventures include camp ministry, student ministry, campus ministry across the country, and located church ministry.  Sarah also has spent time in the classroom teaching music in both private and public schools.  Currently, Sarah and her husband, Jeremiah, are serving at the Bangor Church of Christ in Bangor, Michigan.  Sarah serves as the Discipleship Minister and Jeremiah as the Preaching Minister.  You can learn more about their ministry at www.skoutz.blogspot.com.

 

Slowing Down a Hurried Lifestyle - Dean Trune

Dean will be sharing Biblical truths concerning the use of the time the Lord has given each of us.  He will help us recognize the symptoms of a hurried lifestyle and offer steps to make the best choices to honor God with our time. 

Dean grew up in a Christian Church near Lapeer, Michigan. He and his family are currently members of the South Lansing Christian Church.  Dean claims that outside of salvation, God’s greatest blessing to him has been his wife, Bonnie.  They moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2015.  They have two adult children and three grandsons.  In 1995, God uniquely opened a door for Dean to begin leading prayer seminars.  To date, Dean has led seminars in about forty states, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Thailand, Hungary and China.  God has also given him the opportunity to have a “front row seat” at several revivals on Christian campuses and university campuses. Dean is also an author and has had five books published. Dean’s interests include dating his wife, spending time with his kids, jogging, reading, teaching, and people.

 

The Church's Response to Homosexuality - Dr. Matthew Allison

We will be doing a round table discussion on homosexuality:  How the Church handles this issue and engages the LGBTQ community.

Dr. Matthew W. Allison has been on the GLCC faculty since 2011, serving as the Professor of Psychology/Counseling. He oversees the Psychology & Counseling and the Family Life Education Majors.  He has been married to his wife, Jessie, for 14 years, and they have four lovely daughters, Caroline (8), Cecilia (6), Magdalene (4), and the most recent edition, Eleanor (8 months).  Matt is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage & family therapist. He provides individual as well as marriage therapy in his ministry with Jessie, who is also a licensed professional counselor.  He is passionate about helping build healthy marriages, especially among ministers and their families.

 

To Worship is to CHANGE! - Rhonda McNerney

Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience.  If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship.  To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change!  (Foster, R. 1978)  In this workshop, we will discover how the discipline of true worship can transform and move us into the adventurous life God has always intended for us to live. 

Rhonda McNerney has been leading and organizing worship for the past 21 years.  She has been married for 32 years to her best friend, Tom McNerney, and together they have three grown children.  Tom and Rhonda have been in the located ministry, Church of Christ, here in Michigan for 27 years.  For the past nine years they have been ministering in Vestaburg.  In February, they moved to Mt. Pleasant to work at the First Church of Christ. Rhonda grew up in a singing evangelistic family, The Melton Family Singers, traveling throughout the United States.  She is so excited to be here and thrilled for this opportunity to get to share her love for the Lord with you.  Her prayer is that together we can encourage and lift one another up in such a way that we want to live our lives every day to please our awesome Creator, Father God.

 

Using Every Opportunity to Share Your Faith - Brenda Masarik

Are you sharing your faith when opportunities arise?  Do you hear God's nudging to introduce yourself to a new person or come along side of someone through troubled times?  We will share techniques of introducing yourself to strangers, discovering how the Spirit speaks to you when you see a need, and hearing personal results of those invitations.

Brenda lives in St. Johns, MI with her husband, Mark.  She has served at the Duplain Church of Christ for most of her life, working with children, teenagers, as well as leading the Women's Ministry for the past 11 years.  She enjoys her grandchildren, quilting, gardening and cooking.  Her heart is to see women grow in the Lord.