There is power in our words. The power to destroy or build up. The power to give life or take it away. - Michelle Borquez Thornton, President, God Crazy Freedom.
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God Crazy Keynote Speakers:
Michelle Borquez Thornton: In 1999 Michelle founded "Shine", a general interest women's publication highlighting articles on fashion, travel and health. As Editor-in-Chief she interviewed well known leaders, such as First Lady Laura Bush, Anne Graham Lotz, Michael W. Smith, Kurt Warner, Chuck and Gena Norris, Beth Moore, and more. Shine published 9 years with over 40,000 subscribers. In 2005 Michelle Hosted and Co-Produced I-Life Television's "SHINE with Michelle Borquez" on INSP that aired internationally for two years.
Michelle is also Creator, Producer, and Host of the 8 week DVD series for women," Live Again" Wholeness After Divorce, available at liveagaindvd.com, host for Beth Moore's "Loving Well" Television Special/DVD series and is the national spokesperson for "GLO" Bible. She has authored, "Live Laugh Love Again," "God Crazy" "Overcoming the Seven Deadly Emotions" "Forever God Crazy," "God Crazy Freedom", and the "God Crazy Freedom Series" and is also creator and host of the women's conference, "God Crazy Freedom Experience".
Michelle hosted and has been a featured guest on hundreds of television and radio programs, including; NBC's Midday Connection, The 700 Club, Life Today with James and Betty Robinson, Postively Texas, TBN, to name a few and has been a leading business consultant in marketing, social media, and leadership development for; Author, George Barna of Barna Research Institute, Motivational speaker; John Maxwell's, INJOY, Bee Alive, American Association of Christian Counseling, Zolo's Italian Restaurant, Bar Louie Restaurants, and was formerly the white house liaison for Gods Green America, green initiative.
Michelle is also a business owner and partner of Mama's Texican Kitchen featuring Tex Mex fare, and Bella Style; a fashion wholesaler to spas and salons.
Her greatest joy is pouring into the lives of her almost grown four children, Joshua, Aaron, Madison and Jacob and being a wife and ministry partner to her husband, Michael, Author of "The Landry Legacy" and President of the Landry Leadership Institute.
Lisa Collins: Growing up, Lisa's greatest dream was to be a wife and a mother. She married the man of her dreams, and today, 25 years later she is more passionately in love with her husband, Steve than ever before. Steve and Lisa had a vision and a dream to plant a worshipping church that would reach the next generation and their families. They stepped out in faith with no people, no location and no financial support, and 20 years later; The Harvest in Allen Texas is a thriving, spirited church, reaching over 1000 people with 6 services weekly!
Throughout the last 20 years, Lisa has served in more roles than one can list as a Pastor's wife. Notably, she was the leader of their women's ministry for over 10 years, has spoken at numerous women's conferences and events and has regularly shared the pulpit with Steve. In addition to being the wife of a pastor, Lisa has been very busy serving as a homemaker and mother, raising her three children: Stephen-20, Hannah-18, and Sarah-14.
After 20 years, Lisa and Steve sensed the leading of the Holy Spirit to take another huge step of faith. They lead their church in a transition in which they would change roles from being the Senior Pastors to the Founding Pastors as they installed a powerful and special couple to take the Lead Pastor role of the church.
Lisa and Steve have a passion to strategically serve Christian leaders, their marriages and families. They have created a marriage conference that is inspirational and experiential and are in the process of co-authoring a sex and marriage book, entitled The Bed and . . . Marriage Beyond Your Wildest Dreams!
Lisa was not a stranger to pain and rejection growing up, thus she has compassion for the lonely and broken-hearted and loves to see their lives transform through hope and healing. With her transparent style and gift of encouragement, God has anointed her ministry to see ladies tap into their divine destiny. She loves mentoring young mothers and ladies as the Lord initiates relationships. Lisa has been a guest on Gary and Drenda Keesee's, Fixing the Money Thing television program and has been featured in the Faith Life Now magazine.
Having a Bachelors of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from Ouachita Baptist University and a Masters of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from Baylor University, Lisa worked with the pediatric population in home health and had a private Speech and Language practice for over 5 years before stepping away to raise a family.
One of the things that Lisa is the most proud of in her life is the vibrant and growing relationship she has with her husband and seeing their children serve the Lord! She resides in Plano, Texas.
Paige Henderson: Paige and her husband, Richard, founded Fellowship of the Sword Ministries, providing men [Quest] and women [HeartQuest] an unparalleled experience - six days - in the presence of the Lord, allowing Him to uncover and unleash their hearts' passions. Paige is a former background vocalist, high school English teacher, and executive producer in a PSA video production company. A sought-after speaker nationally and internationally, Paige's "sugar stick" is unlocking the passion in the hearts of women.
Paige has had extensive training in learning/working/motivational styles and has had years of applying these styles to environments as varied as classrooms, board rooms and churches! Unlocking personal passion and giving people the tools to enjoy and celebrate themselves, others and the God who made them all is the crux of what Paige teaches.
Rebecca Carrell: In order of importance, Rebecca Ashbrook Carrell is a Christ follower, a wife to Mike, mother to Caitlyn and Nick, and a morning show co-host on Christian station 90.9 KCBI in Dallas/Fort Worth. Rebecca started her radio career in country music in 1998. In 2009, after a long bout with depression and anxiety, Rebecca redirected her life and answered God's call to ministry. One day, while asking God what He wanted her to do with her life, He gave her three words: Love, Serve, Shine!
The words quickly became her life's mission: to love others the way Christ loves us, to serve others as Christ did when He washed the disciples' feet, and to shine His light for the world to see. She founded LSS (Love, Serve, Shine!) Ministries, and speaks and teaches at churches and conferences region-wide. Today, her passion is to see women fall in love with Jesus and step into the abundant life He promises. Find out more about LSS Ministries at LoveServeShine.com.
Robin Bertram: Robin is a native of Virginia, with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology, an ordained minister, a Christian speaker, an author, and executive producer and host of the national and international television show "Freedom Today." Robin has appeared as a guest on numerous television
shows, such as TCT's "Rejoice", "The Mike Simon Show" of Promiseland Network, "How to Beat the Odds", LeSEA's "The Harvest Show", CTN's "Bridges" and "The Herman and Sharron Show", WATC TV 57's "Atlanta Live" and "Friends and Family", and Dove's "Niteline." Robin's television show, "Freedom Today" is presently being aired by NRB on Direct TV throughout the USA, Parables Network, Legacy Network, and Isaac TV throughout the continent of Asia.
Robin is the Regional Director for Christian Women in Media, Southeast/Nashville regions. Christian Women in Media is an organization dedicated to connecting women who are active in Christian media, to bring spiritual and professional enrichment. She serves on the National Advisory Board and was honored with the 2010 Exceptional Service Award and the 2012 National Advisory Board Service Award. Robin hosts CWIMA events in Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX.
Robin is the Founder and President of Robin Bertram Ministries. She hosts "Transformed" and "Freedom Today" conferences in cities across the US. She is also keynote speaker for Bella Women's Network and Igniting Women Conferences.
Robin resides in South Carolina with her husband Ken, and has a son, Logan, and daughter, Taylor.
Punky Tolson: Punky Leonard Tolsons deepest desire is to help others come into a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus, to love Gods Word, and to walk in victory by daily living out His powerful Truth in their lives.
A former TV and film actress, and single until age 43, Punky pursued love and satisfaction down many roads that only left her empty. But it was through personal trials, wrong choices and heartbreaks that she finally found the love of Jesus Christ and grew into a personal, intimate, deeply satisfying and loving relationship with Him that transformed her life and set her heart free.
Punky was married in 2001 to Dr. John Tolson, and together they founded High Impact LifeÃ¢"Â¢ in 2004, a ministry devoted to equipping men and women to become true disciples of Jesus Christ and to mentor others in authentic life-on-life discipling relationships. She is also a breast cancer conqueror, and the founder of Women at the Well, an interdenominational Bible Study in Dallas, Texas. Punky speaks to womens groups throughout the country, encouraging women with her love for Jesus and the transforming difference He has made in her life.
Rebecca Contreras: Rebecca is currently President & CEO of AvantGarde, a management and IT consulting firm she founded based in Washington D.C. She and her husband of 24 yrs, David, also have a faith based nonprofit LaunchPad in Austin serving hundreds of inner city youth and their families every week in the Austin Public school district. Rebecca is also serving on the governing Board for the American Bible Society in New York City.
Rebecca formerly served on President George W. Bush's team. She was a Commissioned Officer on his White House staff overseeing appointments to over 1,200 board and commission positions. She also served as the Chief of Human Capital at the U.S. Treasury, as corporate head of HR, a workforce of approximately 128,000 employees. She was also on the Board of the United States Military
Rebecca and her husband David currently live in the Austin. Rebecca also travels the County sharing her awe inspiring faith story and challenging people from all walks of life to walk in their full God. Given Potential and Destiny.
Madison Sarah: Madison grew up with a heart for reaching out to community. She has always been passionate about serving the needs of others and is a mission minded individual, who grew up in an environment that enabled her to be surrounded by powerful Christian women who began pouring into her life in her early teens. Due to her mom's passion for media and community, Madison at a young age, modeled for magazines, acted in commercials, sat on television sets, and conversed frequently about world issues with people twice her age, some of them even famously known. She had the wonderful privilege of being mentored by many of these incredible women, including Nicole C Mullen who she toured with at thirteen after being selected out of many young girls for a travel dance team, performing in front of 20,000 women at arena events nationwide.
Madison has lived everywhere from urban Dallas to uptown Franklin. Her extremely diverse background is what gives Madison the passion to share her story with young girls, helping them to know their identity does not come from what the world communicates through it's many messages in media, but what God word says.
Currently Chanda is a member of Restoration Foursquare Church in Madison, AL where she stewards the Senior Adult Ministry (Caleb's Crusaders) and Drama Department. As the Founding Director of American Senior Assistance Programs, Inc. (a geriatric care management firm) and Publisher of the All American Senior, a consumer resource guide; Chanda has a passion for working with elderly and disabled adults and has done so for over 20 years.
Ms. Crutcher holds a B.S. degree from The Judson College for Women; a private Southern Baptist institution located in Marion, Alabama. She received her Masters in Strategic Leadership from Life Pacific University in Spring 2013.
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Chanda currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband Darrell, and four children Caleb(9), Cevyn(7), Caylani(6), and Ckingston(2). After years of just going through the motions; a near fatal accident with her then 4month son left her with a new passion for Christ! Chanda is a daughter of the King, wife, mother, leader, and business owner that has decided to Live Life on Purpose!
Tracey Mitchell: As one of the nation's leading conference speakers, Tracey travels 40+ weeks a year, sharing Biblical principles and wisdom with diverse audiences throughout America. Tracey's real life experiences - though painful and challenging have enabled her to identify with the hurting, lonely, and rejected. Whether speaking to men, women corporate CEO's or the homeless, Tracey's love and passion for re-writing the lives of the brokenhearted make her messages relevant and empowering.
As a life coach and mentorship founder of "The Winning Woman", Tracey's heart is to see lives changed, hearts healed, and dreams fulfilled. Her heart is transparent, her message simple: "Your Life Can Change ~ You Can Change!"
Passionate about reaching the masses with the gospel message, Tracey is a frequent guest on national television programs, and is the television host of "Today with Tracey", which reaches millions via satellite, cable television, and the internet. She is an advocate of those who have experienced rejection, poverty or emotional abuse. Having conquered great pain by applying biblical principles she ministers the message of truth to those searching for wholeness and redemption.
Tracey's latest book release is Downside Up, through Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Wendie Pett: Wendie Pett, a nationally recognized name in the fitness industry, is passionate about motivating and encouraging people to make fitness and nutrition part of their daily routine. She enthusiastically teaches the care of mind, body and spirit, assisting others to learn the importance of reaching their full God-given potential through her Visibly Fitâ"¢ program ~ a total wellness and body weight resistance exercise program. Wendie has helped countless numbers of people reach their fitness goals without ever compromising their joint health, tendons, or ligaments by teaching simple and easy to do exercises that use your body as your gym (the natural gym that God provided).
Wendie has a nationally syndicated television program called Visibly Fit that airs weekly on the NRB Network, Sky Angel, Parables, and several other networks. She is the Midwest Regional Director and an Advisory Board Member for Christian Women in Media. Wendie speaks to large groups regularly about her Visibly Fitâ"¢ health and fitness philosophies, including corporations, churches, and schools. She has a Doctor of Naturopathy and works as a fitness/wellness coach with individuals and groups across the country. Author of several books and creator of the Visibly Fitâ"¢ exercise program, Wendie offers DVDs and coaching for those that are seeking a natural way to shed fat and replace with muscle, gain strength and assist in diminishing chronic pain as well as gain mental and spiritual growth. She's an expert and contributor for Total Wellness Newsletter, Best Ever You, Diet.com, iBelieve online magazine, YourExcellency online magazine and Living Better at 50.
It was after a major injury to her shoulder over a decade ago that Wendie resorted to body weight resistance exercises for strength and healing, and hasn't turned back to any other form of training since.
Wendie's mission is to help get children and adults of all ages practicing and living the results and benefits of her Visibly Fitâ"¢ total wellness and fitness program. She attributes her success to the balance she's achieved in her life by putting God first, her family second and her business third.
She is the founder of Grace-n-Action, a non-profit assisting single moms and children in need and is also an Ambassador for Gospel for Asia.
Since graduating Cum Laude from Florida State University with her BA in Business Communications, she has consistently impacted those around her, organizations and governments as well as individuals, in a persistently positive way.
In 1991, as a founding member and pastor of what was soon to become one of the fastest growing churches in the US, Jennifer led, developed, labored, built and grew the ministry from 50 people to well over 10,000 strong. Her passion for the undeserved inspired her vision for Operation Explosion (OE) outreach ministry. OE has reached over half a million children, teens, and parents, teaching moral responsibility and behavior modification techniques.
Jennifer has served in many different leadership roles, including but not limited to: Special Events Coordinator, Executive Chief of Staff, Official Spokesperson, and Director of Public Relations and Media for a global evangelical outreach ministry, as well as the local church. Jennifers passion and drive for the forgotten and those requiring restoration compel her to address needs on an individual basis as well as at the organizational or corporate level.
In February 2008, along with her husband, Rob Mallan, Jennifer was ordained and sent forth to found and co-pastor Christian Family Church (CFC) in Tampa, under Pastors Theo and Beverly Wolmarans of CFC International. She is most proud of being a mother of five boys; two birthed from her heart and three from her womb, a wife to a very ambitious and futuristic dreamer, and a grandmother to two active grandsons. She is a certified life coach and group fitness instructor.
Bonnie Keen: Bonnie Keen is a 5 time Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning recording artist (First Call), author and speaker. Her studio credits include recording for Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, Barry Manilow and Steve Winwood. She is also a local actor in Nashville Tennesse, her hometown appearing in various productions most recently as a founding member of Studio Tenn. Currently Bonnie will appear in the new musical, Punchinello based on Max Lucado's book series and in Pride's Crossing at Lipscomb University. Hitting on many creative cylinders she is honored to be touring a co-authored original musical Women Who Dare To Believe with Nan Gurley. Her solo recordings and books, based on her journey with God and a passion to speak hope to others are available at www.bonniekeen.com.
Alison Stevens: Honest, healing...anointed. These are the words used to describe the music and message of worship leader Alison Stevens. For twenty years, Alison has been bringing a message of hope and healing through worship to the broken. In addition to embracing brokenness and a life of worship, Alison is passionate about motherhood. She serves as Managing Director of Moms That Matter, and has her own blog called "Toddlers, Teenagers and Twenty Somethings".
Alison currently resides in Nashville, TN with her husband (and producer), Rich Stevens, and their three children.
Additiional Workshop Leaders:
Michelle Moore: With nearly 40 sales awards, Michelle Moore has proven she is talented and knowledgeable in real estate and sales techniques. But regardless of the success, accolades, money, and material possessions, she couldn't find what had been missing since being abandoned as a child by both of her parents. It wasn't until she learned about the unwavering love of Jesus that she began to experience feelings of value in her life. In her new book, currently being written, she candidly shares the power of how finding forgiveness and having hope led to enjoying the daily blessings the Lord provides.
Michelle has enjoyed coaching, motivating, and inspiring men and women looking to achieve the highest level of success in their careers and by teaching The 360 Leader Class at her Church, Oasis Worship Centre, in Nashville, Tennessee. As a current member of the Solomon's Porch Society, Michelle speaks words of truth, love, and empowerment into the lives of women.
Michelle lives with her husband, Jeff, and two beautiful sons, in Lebanon, Tennessee. She enjoys a life full of family and friends that seems so far away from the childhood she experienced. She shares her testimony regularly to give hope to the hopeless. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11 NKJV).
Natalie Gillespie: Natalie Gillespie is the mom, stepmom and adoptive mom of nine kids, as well as a best-selling author and editor. She has written more than 1,500 articles for many newspapers, magazines and websites in the last 15 years, including Focus on the Family, Christian Retailing, Charisma, CCM, and the Tampa Bay Times. Some of her books include Successful Adoption, Five-Star Living on a Two-Star-Budget, Stepfamily Success, and the award-winning You Were Made to Make a Difference with Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop. Natalie speaks nationwide on the topics of adoption, stepfamilies, and homeschooling and is thrilled to be part of the God Crazy Team. Natalie lives with her awesome family in Weeki Wachee, Florida, home of the mermaids.
Lisa Ostrowski: It has been an adventure and an education that only the Lord could have orchestrated to prepare Lisa to share the revelation He has for His beloved. Born into a Catholic and Messianic Jewish family, and carried through Medical School by the God's grace, Lisa has had amazing opportunity to speak to both Medical and Spiritual audiences in an effort to unite the two. Her message expresses the understanding God has prepared us for "Something More" and He is more than able to do all things when we allow Him to! From President of the Arlington Chapter of Aglow International for 10 years, to now current Founder and President of Connected People, Lisa moves in His Grace to prepare women to a higher calling and connect them to His provision and on another.
Dena Dyer: Dena is an engaging, motivating and inspiring leader who points audiences toward healing by sharing bridge-building humor, compelling stories, and scriptural truth. She loves speaking to women's groups-it's about the only "girl time" she gets! Dena is thankful for her creative life, which is varied and full. In between helping her two sons with homework and shuttling kids to school and music lessons, she writes, teaches creative writing classes to K-12 students, and participates in the music and women's ministries at Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury, Texas, where her husband serves as the Minister of Worship and Music.
Dena's publishing credits include the books Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Help When Life Hurts, Let the Crows' Feet and Laugh Lines Come, Mothers of the Bible, The Groovy Chicks' Road Trip series and Grace for the Race: Meditations for Busy Moms. Her articles have appeared in Writer's Digest, Woman's World, Home Life and many other magazines, and her tips have been published in Working Mother, Thriving Family, Redbook, Family Circle, Parenting, Nick Jr. and Scholastic Parent. She currently serves as contributing editor with The High Calling (www.highcalling.org) and contributing writer to the humor site, www.EatLoveRead.me. Visit her website/blog (www.denadyer.com) or connect with her on Facebook (denadyerauthor) or Twitter (motherinferior2).
Christal M.N.Jenkins: Professionally, Christal has spent over a decade working within the Corporate Sector in Marketing and Product Management for both domestic and international Fortune 500 companies. In addition to her corporate career, she has served on many national professional boards and international public service organizations, including Faith and Culture Writers Advisory Board, the YWCA Board of Directors for Snohomish, East and King county, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Christal is also an author of Discovering the True Love Within (2009) LIVE! Speaking Life to Your Dry Bones (2012), and GET UP! (coming 2015).
She has a B.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering, Masters of Arts in Theology with an emphasis on Business and Applied Theology(MAT-BAT) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Her life experiences, family, friends, and most importantly, God, have fostered her charismatic personality and passion to serve. Her life truly embodies God given purpose and determination.