The Balancing Act of an Organized Home: Amber Austin
Life as a single mom can be a lot like spinning plates in the air, always adding responsibilities and continually trying to keep things from crashing down. GOOD NEWS! God has not called you to be a circus act! Amber will equip you with many, quick, budget friendly ideas that you can start right away. This session will empower you to simplify your life so you can spend time doing things that are most important, instead of scrubbing floors and sorting laundry.
Amber Austin’s business was born out of a love for serving others and having a home that is based on Isaiah 32:18 "My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest." She loves encouraging other women by sharing what she has learned over the years as a mom and professional organizer. She has been featured on KFOR, in the Daily Oklahoman, and has spoken to many local groups on the importance and benefits of having a home that is functional and organized. Amber lives in Edmond with her family and is active at the Lifechurch.tv OKC campus.
Safety Inspection - The Drip Stops Here: Ben Cox
Baffled beyond the change of a light bulb? Have no fear. In this basic session, Ben will dispel the mysteries of quick household maintenance and repair including: what basic tools every woman needs, fixing leaks and squeaks, and some easy energy efficient things you can do to your home. No experience needed!
Safety Inspection - A Whole New Light: Ben Cox
Got an eye on a new light fixture or faucet but don’t know where to start? Help is here. In this advanced home repair session, Ben teaches you how to change out those old fixtures to give your home some new life. He’ll also throw in some easy energy efficient tips. Some basic experience preferred.
Ben Cox is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and still resides in Norman with his wife Liz and their boys (6 and 1). Ben holds a very special place in his heart for single mothers in that he married one. When not at work, you can generally find Ben and his family camping at the lake with friends and family. “I believe it is the easiest place to find God!” is his quick answer to why. Loving Sooner football, fishing and hunting round out his free time.
Educational Opportunities Along the Midway: Megan Hagar, Bob Delano, Laura Case & Leigha Stevenson
Would you like to go back to school but don’t know where to start? Returning to school can be intimidating, and navigating the admissions process at any university can be tough and overwhelming. Join us for tips on admission procedures, financial aid, scholarships, and other advice on continuing your education. Don’t miss the chance to take advantage of what’s available in pursuing what you’d most like to do.
Megan Hagar has been with the University of Central Oklahoma for 6 years, first as student and now as staff. She received her degree in Public Relations from UCO and recently graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration. Megan has spent the past 2 years as a Recruiter and Admissions Counselor for the University. Her love for UCO runs deep, but she understands that the most important part of her job is to be an advocate for education.
Dr. Bob Delano serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Adult Education and Safety Science at the University of Central Oklahoma. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University. Bob earned all these degrees while working full time with a family.
Laura Case has been Admissions Advisor/ Recruiter at Oklahoma City Community College for the past 4 years. She has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. Laura serves a diverse student population and she is passionate about the educational opportunities that OCCC has for students of all ages and backgrounds.
Leigha Stevenson a native Texan, graduated from OSU-Stillwater in 2009, with a degree in Agricultural Communications. She’s passionate about encouraging others to attend college, even when they are faced with challenges. Happy to be a part of the OSU-OKC campus, Leigha enjoys sharing information with potential students about all OSU-OKC has to offer. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Braxton, and their four canine children.
Pier Passion - I CHOOSE! The Power of Choice for Single Moms: Nicole Gates
Single Moms are women of possibilities, purpose and power! We are abundantly blessed to be our own brands and capable of living life in full expression. The power of choice for single moms encourages women to take charge of their lives, take steps towards building their legacy and embracing the power to exercise choice to obtain their wildest dreams. Participants will learn the anatomy of a habit, discovering and developing their passion and how to make choices that will take their lives to the next level. REAL CHANGE is an INSIDE JOB!
Nicole Gates is the proud single mother (after 16 years of marriage) of Yolanda, Savanna, and twins Brooklyn & Bheanna. Nicole is described as a supermom…driven, enthusiastic, humble and active in making her mark on her community. Nicole is the author of Success Over Statistics…I CHOOSE! The Executive Director of Successful Single Moms Memphis, CEO of The Epiphany Firm - a Marketing Firm that trains single moms, and is employed as Public Affairs Assistant for the Shelby County Mayor. She is an award-winning community activist having been honored by BET’s Black Girls Rock, Dress for Success Worldwide, MPACT Memphis, 50 Women of Excellence, and Best in Black..
The Tilt-A-Whirl of Parenting Teens: Amber Given
Sooner or later it happens! Our children grow up and the time approaches when they will soon be leaving home. Parents must learn to let go and accept their teenagers growing independence, while still providing guidance and support. Teens must learn self-discipline, responsibility and the skills they will need to live in the adult world. This breakout session will focus on why teenagers break rules and fail to carry out responsibilities as well as what tools parents can use to increase appropriate choices.
Amber Given has worked in the social services field since 1996 when she graduated from Kansas State University. In June of 1999, she earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling. While she has worked with a variety of populations, her heart has always led her to advocate for children in the foster care system. In 2009 she and her husband became foster parents to three teenage boys and eventually adopted an 11 year old. Amber currently works as the Program Director for the Infant Parent Intervention Center.
The Tower of Terror: Denise Guttenberger
The Tower of Terror at Disney World is one scary ride. The floor beneath you seems to give way and you begin to just drop, in the dark, waiting to reach bottom and afraid of what comes next. Unfortunately life can feel that way sometimes. A phone call, an email, a chance encounter and it seems as though there is no sure footing and things just keep going down and down. What about my plans? What about God’s plan for me? Is it all over? Can I find my way back? Do I still have a destiny or is it all lost at the bottom of the Tower of Terror?
Denise Guttenberger, born in Mobile and raised in New Orleans, has had three passions in her life… laughter, family, and God’s Word. She has been leading Bible studies for the last 19 years, combining humor, biblical insight and joy. Her infectious personality combined with the spiritual gift of teaching allows her to take even the most difficult theological principle and communicate it so all can understand and apply it to their lives. Denise has been a keynote speaker for women’s conferences across the United States. Now living in Edmond, she and her husband Rick have three children, 21-year-old triplets completing their senior year of college.
How to Get off the Merry-Go-Round of Hurt and Rejection: Cynthia Huffmyer
Are you hurting so much that you feel it’s impossible to be completely whole on the inside? Do you find yourself being defined by what others have said or done to you? Is something keeping you from embracing your potential? Come and learn how to stop the endless cycle of a hurting heart and walk the pathway to complete freedom from rejection, hurt, and fear.
Cynthia Huffmyer, an ordained pastor, has ministered the Word of God in the Oklahoma area for over 35 years and was honored in 2002 by the Edmond Women’s Club as “Spiritual Woman of the Year.” She teaches at Mable Bassett, a maximum security prison for women. She is Founder and President of Revive, a nonprofit that connects the Body of Christ to the needs of the poor in OKC. Cynthia is married and has two sons and five grandchildren.
The Trapeze of Forgiveness: Christy Johnson
Everyone knows we’re supposed to forgive, but who teaches us how? How can you deal with the challenges of raising children alone or forget the mangled mess of a nasty divorce? How do you handle unpaid child support, custody battles or the “other woman” without blowing your top? Most often our propensity to bitterness is due to false beliefs we hold about adversity and forgiveness. This session will uncover keys to overlooking an offense that will help you swing gracefully on the trapeze of forgiveness and live high above the issues of life.
Christy Johnson brings the Word alive with her unique blend of humor and transparency. God restored her from the grasp of relationship addiction and helped her forgive her ex-husband for the death of their youngest child. Christy has developed a passion for teaching women how to find personal freedom from the bondage of bitterness. Her journey through tragedy and forgiveness will inspire you to ditch your own drama and embrace joy. Visit her at www.christyjohnson.org.
Get Off the Financial Bumper Boat: Jenny Jones
Let's admit it. Managing finances can be as hard as staying dry on the bumper boats ride. The challenging financial aspects of single parenting can really rock the boat of even the most optimistic soul. Are you up for the challenge to move to a more stable financial boat? ANYONE at ANY INCOME LEVEL can prevent sinking financially. The best strategy is to control your finances instead of letting them control you. Join us to examine practical biblical finance principles and list some achievable steps toward a healthy financial balance, even on a single household income.
Jenny Jones is deeply in love with serving the Lord and His people. She directs the CARE & Counseling Ministry at Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, striving to help meet the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people in the church family and community. Jenny and her husband, David, are blessed to have three daughters ages sixteen, twelve and three, plus a steady stream of exchange students from South Korea. The Jones' are huge fans of our Thunder basketball team, camping out, and of being involved in making positive impacts for community and individuals, one daily step at a time.
Hitting the Target with Social Media Opportunities & Challenges: Beth Kahlich
Powerful tools like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are perfect ways to get support in your journey as a working single parent, but with great power comes great responsibility. Beth will share some valuable tips on how to best use social media tools and also some important pitfalls to avoid. Whether you are a big user of social media, or just getting started, you'll leave feeling more comfortable about how best to incorporate this new technology into your daily life and your walk with the Lord.
Beth Kahlich has owned and operated her own internet marketing/social media consulting company since 2008. An early adopter of technology, Beth has been working in technology and marketing for over 20 years. She created her first commercial website in 1993 and was an early user of YouTube. As an independent contractor, she has created a variety of web sites, e-commerce projects, and marketing collateral for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Beth holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in both Marketing and Management from the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University.
Finding the Real Me in the House of Distorted Mirrors: Machael Loghry
Does life sometimes feel as if you are in a never ending maze of mirrors? Have you ever felt as if you are 2 people - the one others see and the real you on the inside? In your many reflections as mom, daughter, coworker, or friend, do you wonder, “Who am I?” Come peer into God’s mirror and see who the One who created you says you are. His map will lead you out of the maze and into the purpose He has designed for you.
Machael (Michelle) Loghry found herself a single mother twice in life experiencing divorce/remarriage/divorce from the same man. Her life radically changed when she learned who she was in Christ, which also created a passion to help women discover what it means to be God’s daughter and to encourage them to be all that God has created them to be. A gifted teacher, she has brought revelation of God’s Word through leading Bible studies, Sunday school, Connect groups, and mentoring young women. She currently teaches math at Jenks High School and is the mother of 4 grown children and first time grandmother of a 3 month old.
Flags on the Field: Chiquita Miller Nolan
You’ve found yourself single and in a relationship. You're excited because you feel wanted and appreciated; yet, you have real questions that keep nagging at you. Is this THE one, the relationship you've always wanted? Or have you noticed there are some Flags on the Field and you’re unsure what to do? In this real-talk session, Chiquita walks you through how to recognize the pitfalls of getting trapped in a relationship that's not benefitting you or your children. You will learn to not only recognize those flags, but what to do with them, ensuring you’re lining up with what God wants for you as His daughter.
Chiquita Miller (Nolan), also known as God's Girl, is a single mom of three anointed and talented children. Licensed to ministry at the age of 17, she was later ordained and has served the Body of Christ in various capacities. She is the owner of Royal Touch Salon Plus, a full service salon located in Edmond/OKC. God uses her in diverse areas of ministry including: revivalist, conference and workshop speaker, comedy, play writing, singing and songwriting. This Minister/Psalmist is a sold out vessel for God and admits that God is not just her Father but her ALL and without HIM she can do nothing. www.godsgirlministries.com
Just Say NO! – Setting Boundaries to Live Your Best Life: Julie Reising
Do you find yourself saying "yes" to commitments and people when you really want to say "no"? Are you over-scheduled and overwhelmed? Together we’ll learn how to "just say no", to stop the juggling act and discover God’s plan for identifying and saying "yes" to living our most-important priorities.
Julie A. Reising is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Certified Traumatologist working in Midwest City. Julie lives out her personal vision of "recognizing the belovedness of others" by providing insight and support to hurting people through her church’s small groups and community workshops, and through her work as a therapist. Julie helps her clients see the possibilities their lives offer beyond their "issues" of depression, anxiety and traumatic experiences. Julie lives with her family in Harrah where she practices her "no" daily.
In the Ticket Line - There's a Blessing in the Wait: Alice Richardson
Parenting is a wonderful blessing, but it’s also one of life's greatest challenges. It requires strength, courage, and a healthy dose of patience. Many parents feel like they are in a spiritual tug of war for the hearts and minds of their children. Truth is . . . they are. What is a parent to do when you’ve done all you can and still feel like you’re losing the fight? Are you struggling with a wayward child? Blaming yourself for their behavior? Ready to give up? Don't! This session will teach you that there is a blessing in your wait for their deliverance!
Alice Richardson, a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University and Trinity Biblical College and serves as the Assistant to the Pastor at Prospect Church. She was raised by a phenomenal single mother who convinced her three rambunctious girls that they were beautiful and full of potential. Through her volunteer service to help house, feed, and educate underprivileged youth, Alice has a passion for supporting single moms and their children. She travels nationally and internationally encouraging women to be transformed in their thinking and to live in the promises of God by faith.
The Big Top Tent Protection of Prayer: Kendra Rock
Do you wish you knew ways to powerfully pray for your children using scripture? Come and learn verses of promise to utilize for your child’s particular situation, methods to incorporate prayers for your children during your daily Bible readings, and techniques to pray for your child’s future spouse. Discover how to join with other moms in prayer for your children. We will examine the prayer of Hannah as she demonstrates the blessing of being a praying mom!
Kendra Rock is passionate about prayer. One of her favorite verses that guides her daily is Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” She is honored to serve as the Oklahoma State Coordinator of Moms In Prayer International. Kendra lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and together they have two sons.
The Living Water Park: Lyn Smith
Does your life sometimes seem dry and dull? Do you feel lonely? Do you ever wonder if you are missing the best things? Learn to live in the splash zone of life, where you are energized and refreshed every day. God wants to drench you with His living water through a dynamic, intimate relationship with Him. Join us on the wet and wild ride of knowing God in ways that will transform your life.
Lyn Smith, passionate about all things God, has been in the trenches and lived to tell. A truth teller, motivator, author and Bible teacher, she brings the reality and power of God into daily living. After twenty years of leading and teaching in Bible Study Fellowship International, God led her into her own ministry of speaking and writing. Lyn's second book is being released this year and she is busy writing the third one. You can catch her every Friday on Christian Discipleship TV. She lives in Piedmont with her husband and three children.
Kidz Time - Tightrope Devotions to Keep Your Kids Close to Jesus: Debbie Taylor Williams
Are you concerned about the tightrope on which your kids will walk through life? Do you ever wonder if they will fall to peer pressure as they grow from tot to teen? Kidz Time’s fun, easy to use devotions and memory verse activities will have your kids begging for more. Come see a demo. Take home tools to hide God’s truths in their hearts. Rub A Dub Bible Poems for the Tub, Kidz Time 1 Bible Verses A-Z, Kidz Time 2 Knowing God A-Z, Focus Through the Bible.
Debbie Taylor Williams, author of The Plan A MOM in a Plan B World: How to Raise Faithful Kids, and six other books, is a national keynote Bible teacher. Whether you know Debbie from her P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conference held in 27 states, her Bible study, If God’s In Control, Why Am I a Basket Case?, have seen her on Life Today, Daystar, Fox News Daytime, or receive her 365 Days of Praise blog, you know her to be an authentic servant of Christ. Debbie and her husband live in Texas, where they enjoy their 2 married children and 3 grandchildren. Find her at www.debbietaylorwilliams.com
Juggling a Relationship with the Other Woman: Amy Urbach
Being a single mom has many challenges for you and your children. One of the most difficult challenges could be another “mother figure” in your children’s lives, whether it be your ex’s mom, girlfriend or new wife. Amy will discuss how to manage the uncertainties, challenges, blessings and emotions that go along with having another woman in you and your children’s lives. Learn how to use the God-given power you have as your children’s mother.
Amy Urbach was a single mom with 2 kids for 5 years. Amy and Eric married and became a blended family in 2006, becoming a family of 7. Amy founded Blended & Bonded in 2011, an organization that provides resources and support for blended families.
Painting the Truth about The Daddy Gap: Dawn Walker
Are you feeling the distress of not having a man around to lead your home? Is it breaking your heart to watch your kids miss out on all the things a Dad is supposed to provide? There is hope! Find out what God promises to the fatherless and how he wants to fill that gap. Hear some inspiring stories of fatherless children who have grown up into world-changing leaders and take home some great action steps on how to position yourselves and your kids around the best Father possible.
Dawn Walker is a warrior for the “widows and fatherless” of this generation. In 2012 she founded Single Parent Missions, a non-profit organization dedicated to reach and raise-up single parents and at-risk kids through the transforming love of Christ. Officially a single mom for nearly 4 years, she feels like she has been a single parent for much longer due to the chaos of abuse and addiction she experienced in her former marriage. She has been raising her son Ethan with minimal contribution from his dad, but has found that God has been the ultimate leader,
protector and provider for her family.