Author & Lead Pastor // City First ChurchJen DeWeerdt serves with her husband, Jeremy, in the leadership of City First Church. She is honored to play a key role in the very church she grew up in. Jen leads Original Women, the women’s ministry of City First Church, which presents the Original Women’s Conference every April. Thousands of women have discovered their destiny and design through these powerful conferences. Jen and Jeremy found a social sector organization called Earthbeat, Inc. Earthbeat is a non-profit organization which mobilizes youth and young adults to give back to their communities through volunteerism, especially related to environmental service projects. Today, one of her passions is to teach, encourage, and empower women to step into their God-given callings, regardless of their profession. Jen and Jeremy have been married since 1995 and have three sons: Caden, Connor, and Paxton.
Author & President // Proverbs 31 MinistriesLysa 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 www.LysaTerKeurst.com or on social media @LysaTerKeurst.
SpeakerRobert is passionately in love with Jesus. For 10 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 baby Everly Adair Madu. Robert presents the gospel in such a unique and dynamic way, that you’re leaning in, holding on to 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 3. He is a fashion fanatic, cheers loud for America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys, and enjoys watching movies in his man-cave!
Lead Pastor // The Belonging Co. NashvilleAlex 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).
The Original Women’s Conference will be held at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
300 Elm St, Rockford, IL 61101.
Hilton Garden Inn815-229-3322
King - $129/night
Fairfield Inn & Suites815-398-7400
King - $119/night
King - $139/night
Baymont Inn & Suites815-229-8200
King / 2 Queens - $99.95/night
Holiday Inn Express815-654-4100
King - $109.95/night
Queen - $119.95/night
King - $109.95/night
Queen - $119.95/night
King / Queen - $129.95/night
King - $104/night
2 Queens - $119/night
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