The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

– John 1:5

It is with great excitement that I write this invitation to you for Original 2018 – Let There Be Light! I would love to have you as our guest for this unforgettable weekend. For months an amazing team has been planning, preparing, and praying for this year’s conference, and our hearts are so expectant for what our Heavenly Father has in store for us this coming April! It won’t be the same without you.

Jen DeWeerdt
Conference Host

Dear Beautiful Friend,

It is with great excitement that I write this invitation to you for Original 2018 –
Let There Be Light! I would love to have you as our guest for this unforgettable weekend. For months an amazing team has been planning, preparing, and praying for this year’s conference, and our hearts are so expectant for what our Heavenly Father has in store for us this coming April! It won’t be the same without you.

Psalm 119:130 profoundly says…

“The unfolding of Your words gives light…”

These words paint a beautiful picture of why we gather each year! We lean in with open hearts, asking for God’s words to unfold and light our way. It is this light that will provide understanding, grant wisdom, impart strength, and reveal purpose. And, oh, how we need the light of God’s words for our everyday journeys – the highs and the lows, the good and the bad, the celebrations and the challenges. We are praying and believing that our faithful God will knit together a beautifully personal experience for all who enter the doors of conference this year.

There is something powerful that takes place when a sisterhood of women come together for the profound purpose of LOOKING UP and LOOKING OUT. We look up, connecting with God in a real and genuine way. We look out, asking Him to help us see where and how we can individually and collectively make a difference in our world. In Matthew 5:14 Jesus says to His followers, “YOU are the light of the world.” He calls US light! We are light when we look outside of ourselves by loving others and being part of the solution.

As I anticipate this year’s conference, I can’t help but think back to all God did last year! We sponsored hundreds of children worldwide through Compassion International, we were challenged to stand tall with God-confidence, we laughed until our sides hurt, we were poured into from the greatest of Bible teachers, we saw dozens of women make Jesus the leader and forgiver of their lives – on and on I could go! Although last year was one for the books, we are praying and believing for an even greater move of God as we gather together this coming April!

So do whatever it takes to make it to Original this year! We honestly believe it won’t be the same without you. Don’t keep Original to yourself, and be sure to bring your friends! I hope to see you this April 26-28!

Much Love,

Jen DeWeerdt
Conference Host


Jen DeWeerdt

Conference Host, Author & Lead Pastor // City First Church

Jen DeWeerdt serves with her husband, Jeremy, as the Senior Leaders of City First Church, a growing, multi-generational, multi-cultural church in Rockford, IL. She is honored to play a key role in the very church she grew up in. As pastor, communicator, author, and founder of the Original Women's Conference, Jen is passionate about encouraging and empowering women to step into their God-given callings, regardless of their profession. Thousands of women have discovered their destiny and design through these powerful conferences. Jen and Jeremy have been married since 1995 and have three sons: Caden, Connor, and Paxton. When she is not cheering on her boys, you will find her enthusiastically rooting for her Chicago sports teams (White Sox not included).

Lysa Terkeurst

Author & President // Proverbs 31 Ministries

Lysa TerKeurst is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited as well as 19 other books. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her staff are passionate about teaching the Word of God in ways that get people excited to live the Bible out loud. With their First 5 app and Encouragement for Today devotions, millions of people are studying God's Word every day with Lysa and her team. Lysa writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at or on social media @LysaTerKeurst.

Robert Madu


Robert is passionately in love with Jesus. For thirteen years he has crisscrossed the globe, preaching the gospel and taking 
every opportunity to tell people about the love of Jesus Christ. He is a family man, husband to Taylor Madu, and father to Everly Adair Madu, Robert Nnaji Madu III, and Remington Elaine Madu. Robert presents the gospel in such a unique way that you’re leaning in, holding onto every word that is spoken, as he paints 
the beauty of the transforming, powerful, life giving Word of God. Robert is compelled to make aware to every individual that God is for them and that He has a specific plan and purpose for every life. In addition to his itinerate ministry he serves on the teaching team at Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, TX, a church that he has called home since the age of three.

Alex Seeley

Lead Pastor // The Belonging Co. Nashville

Alex Seeley is a passionate communicator and teacher of the Word. Possessing a unique ability to reveal how the Word of God is applicable to our everyday lives, Alex shares openly about how the power of God has proven real in her own life. Known for her boldness and tenacity, you’ll love the way Jesus shines through her. Born and raised in Australia, Alex served as one of the Executive Pastors of Planetshakers Ministries for 17 years. In 2012, Alex, along with her husband and two children, moved to Nashville TN where they began ministering to local musicians and artists in their home. Within 12 months, their basement was packed to capacity every Tuesday night with people hungering for an encounter with God. It was out of these nights that their church, The Belonging Co, was birthed in February 2014. Alex and her husband Henry are passionate about seeing people have a genuine encounter with Jesus, raising a generation that will share the love and hope of Jesus to this world. Alex and Henry have been married 19 years, and together they have two children, Holly (14) and Taylor (10).

Michelle Williams


The beautiful and talented star has evolved many times in her life and she is nowhere near done. She’s added Broadway actress, entrepreneur, designer, television host, and inspirational speaker to her already robust resume, and as she enters the second act of her already prolific career, there is so much more to come. Since her days of making hit after hit as a member of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling female groups of all time, and then as a solo artist with four critically acclaimed albums (Heart to Yours, Do Your Know, Unexpected, and Journey to Freedom), Williams has grown professionally and personally. Yes, the Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter has enjoyed the success that her singing career has brought, but she is now focusing on the projects and ventures that she feels she was really put on Earth to do with her faith at the center. You can follow her on Instagram at @michellewilliams.

Brenton Miles

Worship Leader & Recording Artist

Brenton is a recording artist, producer, radio host, and worship leader based out of Nashville, TN. He considers it an honor to travel around the nation helping to create environments for worship.

Sharon Irving

Worship Leader & Recording Artist

As a Chicago native, worship leader, semi-finalist on NBC's Season Ten of "America's Got Talent," and solo artist, Sharon is passionate about leading others to encounter Jesus.


Who Is Original Conference For?

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April 26, 2018
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April 28, 2018

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