May 9-11, 2019
Conference Host, Author & Lead Pastor // City First ChurchJen 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).
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 an Executive Pastor at a church in Melbourne for nearly 20 years. Having relocated with her family to Nashville in 2012, Alex and her husband Henry, began to open their home on Tuesday nights. Their heart was for people to worship, encounter God and build genuine community in a city where people's personal and spiritual lives often succumb to the transient nature of 'life on the road'. By February 2014, their basement was filled to capacity and as a result The Belonging Co. church was born. The vision of the Belonging Co. is for people to experience Jesus in an authentic way that affects every area of their life. Encounter over entertainment, intimacy over industry and presence over presentation continues to be the mandate for the church. As Senior Pastors of the Belonging Co., Alex and Henry call Nashville home where they live with their two children, Holly and Taylor.
Author & SpeakerBianca is a writer and teacher in love with two men: Jesus and her husband, Matt. Bianca has been in ministry for fifteen years and wholeheartedly believes that everything we do—whether we walk, talk, preach, or teach, we do it all in the name of LOVE. Bianca didn’t learn how to read until she was eleven, but now she can’t put down books. She believes in a faithful God, even when she’s faithless. She loves God and is committed to speaking truth when it hurts, loving when it’s hard, and living life out loud. She has her masters in Humanities, and over the last five years has spent her days advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves as the Chief Storyteller for The A21 Campaign, and resourcing women with leadership tools all over the globe as the Creative Director for Propel Women. She is also a step-mom who loves to have dance parties with Parker, Ryen, and Ricci [aka The Cutest Dog In The World]. Whether discussing topics from justice to pop culture, she is passionate about God’s word and teaches around the globe about life, love, and the pursuit of Jesus. She has spent the last ten years building the Church and mobilizing God’s people to action alongside, Matt, the Executive Director and Pastor for Project Europe. She is excited about the publication of her first book, Play With Fire, which released on August 30th, 2016!
Author & SpeakerMo Isom is a New York Times Best Selling author, a nationally sought after speaker, and a faith-based blogger who is widely recognized as a powerful female voice rising up for her generation. Her unique personal story, athletic endeavors, and anointed communication skills have provided her with a platform to challenge, encourage, and equip others to live boldly, despite their circumstances. Having faced great personal tragedy—including battling an eating disorder, overcoming the suicide of her father, and surviving a horrific car accident—Mo is passionate about speaking on a wide variety of topics and is able to connect with men and women of all ages and demographics. An All-American goalkeeper, Mo competed for the LSU Women’s Soccer team from 2008 to 2011. In her time as a Tiger, she led her team to three SEC West Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. She is the LSU All-Time Goalkeeper Record Holder (43 wins, 30 shutouts, 0.86 goals against average), as well as the #3 SEC All-Time Shutout Record Holder. Throughout her career, she trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team, was honored as National Player of the Week, honored three times as SEC Defensive Player of the Week, appeared on ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Plays after famously scoring a 90-yard goal, and was featured in Sports Illustrated “Faces In the Crowd”, amongst many other honors. The Broadcast Journalism major was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in ‘08, ‘10 and ‘11. In 2011 she was also named LSU Living Female Athlete of the Year, a Glamour Magazine Top10 College Women Nominee, a LOWES Senior C.L.A.S.S Award Finalist, and was the first ever athlete to be crowned LSU’s Homecoming Queen. The following year she was featured on the cover of 225 Magazine and named, amongst political leaders, social activists, and influential businessmen, as a “Person To Watch” in 2012. Mo is also the first female to ever tryout for an SEC, Division I football team. From January of 2011 to August of 2012, Mo trained with the LSU men’s football team as a place kicker. While the athletic endeavor garnered national attention—including an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ESPN, CBS, and countless other television, radio, and digital platforms—Isom’s focus and passion were derived from her desire to live boldly and pursue the stirrings of her heart, no matter the odds. While the athletic and personal accolades have been humbling acknowledgements of Mo’s driven work ethic, the highs and lows she has faced in her young life have, most importantly, shaped her into a woman of character, strength and purpose. Mo was the recipient of LSU’s Eye of the Tiger Award, as well as nationally recognized as The Wilma Rudolph Student Athlete Achievement Award. It is her heart to inspire hope in those who feel hopeless, encourage strength in those who feel bound by life’s circumstances, and empower this generation to live life with integrity, character, and passion. Mo’s currently speaks to audiences across the country, as well as internationally. Her honest, captivating and thought-provoking speaking style serves to both challenge and motivate listeners. To date, she has spoken to over 300 different corporations, non-profit organizations, churches, teams and schools. Her videos and writings on her personal website (moisom.com) garner millions of viewers. Mo’s first book, Wreck My Life: Journeying from Broken to Bold released in August 2016 and quickly debuted as the #11 New York Times Best Seller in the Sports category. Her second book, “Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot” released in March 2018. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Jeremiah Aiken, and their two daughters, Auden and Asher.
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.
May 09, 2019
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May 11, 2019
City First Church
5950 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, IL 61114
Expires May 08, 2019 @ 11:59PM
Evenings & Saturday
At The Door
Expires May 11, 2019 @ 12:00PM