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?

Original is for women of all ages to gather together to discover how to live purposeful, centered, passionate, true, ORIGINAL.


April 26, 2018
- TO -
April 28, 2018

Conference Schedule


BMO Harris Bank Center
300 Elm St. Rockford, IL, 61101

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Ticket Rates

Super Early-Bird

Expires March 01, 2018 @ 11:59PM

Individual (1 - 9)
Group (10+)


Expires April 12, 2018 @ 11:59PM

Individual (1 - 9)
Group (10+)
Evenings & Saturday
Shuttle Service
Shuttles will run from City First Church to the BMO Harris Bank Center. For more information, visit the FAQs.


Expires April 26, 2018 @ 07:00PM

Individual (1 - 9)
Group (10+)
Evenings & Saturday
Shuttle Service
Shuttles will run from City First Church to the BMO Harris Bank Center. For more information, visit the FAQs.

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OR call our Original Conference Concierge at 815-639-7556.


6:00pmDoors Open
7:00pmSession 1
9:00pmBlock Party
8:30amDoors Open
9:00amSession 2
10:30amSession 3
12:30pmSession 4
1:45pmAfternoon Break / Dinner
6:30pmDoors Open
7:30pmSession 5
8:30amDoors Open
9:30amSession 6
11:00amSession 7


The Original Women’s Conference will be held at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

300 Elm St, Rockford, IL 61101.

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Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD)

2 Airport Cir, Rockford, IL 61109
5.6 Miles

O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

10000 W O’Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666
73.9 Miles

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

5700 S Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60638
98.8 Miles

General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)

5300 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207
91.8 Miles

Dane County Regional Airport (MSN)

4000 International Ln, Madison, WI 53704
75.0 Miles


Rates are based on a 2-night stay • April 26 – April 28.
Courtyard by Marriott

King - $109/night
Double Queen - $119/night

Holiday Inn

Single King - $130/night
Double Queen - $130/night

Baymont Inn & Suites

Single King - $99/night

Quality Inn & Suites

King - $130/night
Double - $130/night

Residence Inn by Marriot

Single King - $149/night
Single Queen - $149/night

Candlewood Suites

Single King - $114/night

Comfort Inn

Single King - $109/night
Double Queens - $109/night

Have A Question?

We want to help make your Original Conference experience as easy as possible! Check out some answers to frequently asked questions to help you plan your trip. And if we still haven’t answered your question, just email our Conference Concierge, and they’ll be happy to help.