There are 37 strategy sessions to choose from! Please scroll through these to see where God may be leading you to go for the weekend. You will choose two: one for Friday night and one for Saturday morning.
Please also note: There are several sessions that are only available either Friday or Saturday and some are both.
Mind and Emotions
1. Walk by FAITH not by FEELINGS with Leslie Evans
Class info: Do you find yourself: frazzled, frustrated, fretting, fixing, or even fearful at times? Do you allow your family, failures, finances, or ever other people to rob you of your joy and the life God intended for you to live? Let’s dive in to God’s Word and learn how we can have victory by walking in faith and not be overcome by the vicious cycle of following our feelings.
About Me: I am originally from Glencoe, Alabama but now reside in Hokes Bluff. I am married to Jonathan “John” Evans, the mother to Haley and Hannah, mother-in law to Brandon, and Granna to Case and Lainey Kate. I am a member of First Baptist Church of Hokes Bluff. I love to study God’s Word and read! I have spent many years believing the lies from Satan, not even realizing they were lies. I was driven by my feelings and never fully believed that God’s Promises were for me which caused me to try to control every aspect of my life. It was only through surrendering completely to Christ did I find true Victory over my feelings.
2. Identity Theft with Becky Coffelt (Friday only)
Class Info: Protecting against and recovering from a stolen identity. In today’s technology driven world we take great measures to protect our personal and financial identity. We purchase protection plan. We download fraudulent activity apps on our phones and constantly check our free credit score monitoring. Yet we rarely protect our spiritual identity leaving ourselves exposed to a spiritual identity crisis. Brokenness can lead us to a place where we no longer recognize ourselves. We begin to believe WHAT the identity theft says we are instead of WHO the word of God declares we are. In this session we will begin to learn to protect ourselves against the identity theft by knowing who we are in Christ.
About me: I am a wife of almost 35 years, mom to our grown children, Hannah and Dakota, the “perfect” mother-in-law to Eddy, and Beck Beck to our two entertaining grandsons Deason and Cruz Samuel. I am a local artist and own Becky Lynn Art and Home. I use my art to share the stories of my life and my journey with Christ.
3. Our Identity in Christ with Heather Hannah (Saturday only)
Class info: When the question, “What is YOUR identity in Christ?” was asked it led to taking a good look in the mirror and diving in to God’s Word to find the answer. In this session, we will look at what God’s Word says about identity in Christ.
About Me: I am the wife to an endearing husband and a mother to a curious and funny son. I am a Christian who is God loving and fearing, a reader, dreamer, life-long learner, artist, librarian, and educator. I am an ordinary everyday girl being made extraordinary in Christ.
4. Life Questions: Why, Why Not? with Cathy King
Class info: In my life there have been many tears shed and much laughter. God has proven time after time just how faithful he is. I’ve walked through times of job loss, death of parents and in-laws, close friends, and my best friend’s son at the age of 17. There is not a question I have not asked God. There were times when I felt so alone and broken, but every time I would ask God Why? In my spirit I would hear him say “WHY NOT?” I believe this time together will be a time of encouragement, laughter, and maybe some tears. Be encouraged, you are not alone. Every promise in the Word of God is yours!
About Me: I attend North Glencoe and I teach the Faith-Walkers Bible Study Class. I live in Hokes Bluff with my husband, Roger King, the pecan man. We have one son, a grandson, and granddaughter. My life’s desire has been to please God and be the woman, wife, mom, grandmother, and friend that He has called me to be.
5. Discover Your Personality Type with Martha Evans
Class Info: I invite you to study with me to find out what makes you so special? Find out just how wonderfully God has created you by studying the Personality Types. You will discover what your personality strengths are. You will also learn how to best use these God-given unique assets to bring harmony into all your relationships. When we know who we are and why we act the way we do, we can begin to understand our inner selves. We will begin to improve our personalities and learn to get along with others. Once you understand how to bring out your best, you will find that others look better too. When we give into our personality weaknesses we walk in the flesh, but when we yield to our God given personality strengths we walk in the Spirit.
About Me: I am the wife of the late Pastor Quinn Evans.Together the Lord blessed us by letting us serve Him at several Baptist churches in Alabama and Georgia. We have had the privilege of winning people to the Lord, teaching converts to walk by faith, and helping the saints discover their spiritual gifts so that they could help build up the body of Christ. In 1985 a friend and I did a study of Personality Types. It was so much fun learning about what made us tick! This study became one of the greatest assets for me in understanding people and being able to minister to them.It has also helped me to understand the personalities of my husband and children to the point that it reduced conflict in our home and made me treasure the way God designed each of us.
6. The Forgiving Heart with Martha McArthur
Class Info: Discover what might be hidden or stuffed way down in your heart. Are you truly free, which will allow you to love GOD and others with your whole heart? Ephesians 6:6b Satan trips us up with heart issues. As I work with women I’ve discovered that women allow years to go by with unresolved conflicts in their heart. That’s not HIS plan for us!
About Me: I have been Married 32 years to a special man! He still melts my heart! We have one daughter, son-n-law and two precious grands! I love studying the WORD and sharing solutions from HIM applying them in my own life and sharing with others. I have been a Bible teacher and facilitator over the past few years. I attend North Glencoe Baptist Church. I believe that as a servant of Christ we should be doing HIS will from the heart!
7. Psalm 23 Through the Eyes of the Shepherd with Joanne Brown
Class Info: “The psalmist rejoiced to say, ‘The LORD is my Shepherd,’ and in so doing he proudly implied, ‘I am His sheep.’ ” (Max Lucado, Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms: Hope and Encouragement from Psalm 23). David knew what it meant to be a shepherd. Before he led the nation Israel, he led sheep. Through the prophet Nathan, God called David to kingship, saying, “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel” (2 Samuel 7:8). The relationship between the shepherd and his sheep is one of affection, diligent care, and tireless provision. As we look through fresh eyes at this favorite psalm, we will see the faithful hand of the shepherd in every verse. The writings of Phillip Keller (A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23) and Max Lucado (Traveling Light and Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms) will guide our study. But our goal is to see our Loving Shepherd for all that He is, and ourselves has His adoring, obedient, well-provided-for, and well-protected sheep.
About Me: I am a member of Southside Baptist Church (1996 to present) and a teacher in Sunday School and Discipleship Training (1998 to present). Also a facilitator of the Ladies’ Bible Studies (2012 to present). I taught elementary school from 1969-1983 and was a Registered Nurse from 1984 until I retired in 2007. I am the mother of 2 sons and 2 daughters-in-law (Marc, Steve, Stacey and Amy) and I am the grandmother of 6 (“Gram” to John David, Autumn, Hannah, Nathan, Tyler, and Chloe). I have been blessed to have visited Israel twice.
8. Fellowship with God with Lynn Watson
Class Info: A look at what might be going on when doubt and fear creeps into your head.
About Me: I am a member at Union #3 Baptist Church where I am a Celebrate Recovery Leader. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ that has been healed from addiction, anxiety, and fear.
9. Combatting Comparison with Laura Turner (Saturday only)
Class Info: Insecurities get the best of us and sometimes, they’re difficult to combat. If we are honest our comparison struggle began as a child. Comparison rears its ugly head in many ways, favoritism within the family can take root early in life. A scroll through social media, workplaces, gyms, our children, and our Christianity can prompt comparison. We easily dig a pit for ourselves. The more we compare the deeper we fall. In this session, we will take our struggles through scripture. We will focus on verses that help us combat comparison and help keep comparison from compromising who God created you to be!
Ephesians 6:6b Satan trips us up with heart issues.
Psalm 139:14- I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well.
About Me: I am a wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, and teacher. I attend First Baptist Church of Hokes Bluff. My husband and I have been married for 16 years but happily-ever-after did not come without struggles. I have had 2 previous marriages that failed and left me broken and feeling unworthy. I felt less than, never quite measuring up. I was always seeking the wrong things. And who I chasing? What was I chasing? Comparison convinces us that we are failures and our failures leave us in a place of constant comparison.
10. Family Matters: Raising Children with Angie Gooch
Class Info: In Family Matters we will look at five principles from Scripture on raising children to love the Lord with their whole heart. These five ideas which will help us to better disciple our children are simple to understand, and yet take a lifetime to implement. Come join us as we encourage one another to apply practical ways in fulfilling the Scriptures’ call to raise confident, God-loving followers of Christ
About Me: I am the wife of Reverend Eddie Gooch, pastor of Hokes Bluff First United Methodist Church. We have been married for 30 years while serving in local churches for the past 28 years. We have been blessed with four wonderful children ranging in ages from 11 to 25. Before moving to the Hokes Bluff area, I served the Lord as a middle and high school principal for fourteen years in Christian education after having taught middle and high school math for eight years. I am excited to spend a weekend sharing my passion for leading children to be confident, God-loving individuals with my sisters in Christ.
11. Parenting: The Struggle is Real with Anne Harrison (Friday only)
Class Info: Moms, we are broken by sin and so are our kids. We’re not going to be perfect, but we need to let the mommy guilt go. We’ll talk about our struggles, our hopes for our families, and some practical tools to help us along the way!
About me: I am a mom of 5 kids ages 10-20 years old and wife to Thom who is the pastor at North Glencoe Baptist Church. I spent 4 years serving in Asia with the IMB and find joy in teaching women God’s Word.
12. Caring in the Chaos with Wendy Griffith
Class Info: Managing, maintaining, and moving forward with ministry, marriage, and motherhood during different phases of life.
About Me: I live in Hokes Bluff and spend my time herding kids, cats, and cows. I am married to Matt Griffith, pastor of Midway Baptist Church. I have served alongside my husband through 18 years of marriage, 17 years of ministry, and 16 years of child rearing. Chaos and busyness seem to be constant in my life with 1 husband, 4 children, 1 foster child, and a bus load of church kids that need love (and Jesus!). I would love to share some real-life examples and practical ways to ‘Care in the Chaos’, and how we can’t let busyness keep us from serving and keeping ‘first things first.’
13. Divorce: From Defeat to Victory with Susan Brown (Friday only)
Class Info: In this session, we will discuss the stages of grief in divorce, single parenting, finances, and forgiveness. Please come and let’s encourage each other in this stage of life and claim HIS victory!
About Me: On April 14, 2000 I found myself divorced with 2 small children ages 8 and 3. It was a place that I never thought I would be. I felt lonely, isolate, and fearful, but I can stand today and say that there is Victory in Jesus!
14. Soul Mates (Marriage) with Donna Huff (Saturday only)
Class Info: We all want to star in our own rom-com with perfect lighting, hair and make-up, and background music while we kiss the guy of our dreams! But what happens in real life when the kids are cranky, the blow dryer hasn’t been out of the cabinet in days, and we just don’t want one more person to need us? Marriage is truly beautiful but sometimes it’s hard to see. Let’s check out together how God walks women through marriage to the ordinary and how our soul truly finds its mate.
About Me: Donna has been married to Ben for 24 years and still occasionally likes to introduce him as her first husband. Ben refers to her as his Shorty (the name he used before it was popular in hip/hop songs.) They have three boys who have all managed to outgrow their mother by middle school. Noah, Eli, and Luke are all saddled with Biblical names by their parents in the expectation that it might somehow curb their sinful hearts. Experiment is in progress, results to be announced in a few years. Donna is the Children’s Minister at North Glencoe Baptist Church and works with the best team of people ever. She has been privileged for the last five years to serve God and teach children about a Savior who lovingly pursues His children. She loves Jesus, His Word, and the chance to tell others about Him. Donna grew up in the Pleasant Valley community and has a BA in Communications from Jacksonville State University.
15. Broken to Mended (Marriage) with Tana Estes (Friday only)
Class Info: I am a child of divorce and the turmoil that came from that also carried over into my own marriage. We endured many trials and the act of giving up. I brought in many generational sins and secrets. God was the only one who could take my broken marriage and completely restore it. I will talk about how now, my husband and I, are mending, trusting, and loving after brokenness. If you are having trouble in your marriage and it seems like a lost cause, I can tell you Jesus can bring restoration like nothing else will. There is HOPE in a broken marriage!
About Me: I am originally from the Rainbow City/Southside area, but now reside in Hokes Bluff with my husband, Eric, and two girls, Channing (5) and Raelyn (3). I am a member of First Baptist Church Hokes Bluff. I have been a nurse for 10 years and love that every day is a new day to rejoice in what the Lord has before me. I teach middle school girls Sunday school and serve on the women’s ministry leadership team at FBCHB.
16. Dating and Marriage God’s Way with Leslie Wells *COLLEGE* (Saturday only)
Class Info: In this session, I will briefly share my testimony and teach from Ephesians and 1 Corinthians. You can be in the session whether you are married or not yet married. We will look at how to communicate with your spouse/future spouse, pray for your spouse/ future spouse, and trusting God and his Word rather than our feelings.
About Me: I am a member and serve at Union #3 Baptist Church. I teach 9th and 10th grade girls Sunday School. I am currently a student at JSU and will graduate with my social work bachelor’s degree in December 2018. I got married to my first husband in 2000. I was saved when I was 10 years old, but I never got discipled so while I always wanted to please God I never really learned how. After a few months of marriage, I realized I had made a huge mistake but kept trying to change him and hid the fact that he was abusive. We were married 12 years and had 2 sons together. In 2012, I finally left with the kids and filed for divorce. I started going to U3B and found healing, began to be discipled, and learned what it was to have a true relationship with God. When I left my husband I was completely broken, depressed, and suicidal. I have learned so much from my mistakes and everything God has done for me that I want to share with others, so they do not make the same mistakes. I never thought I would get married again, but I have been married to my current husband since May 2015. I have done it the wrong way, been completely broken, and God picked me up and put me back together.
Grief and Loss
17. The JOY of RESTORATION with Carolyn Spurgeon
Class info: What have you lost during your lifetime or are on the verge of losing? A loved one? Your marriage? A close relationship? Family? Friends? Career? Health? Spiritual productiveness? Peace? Hope? Faith?
Our loving, extravagant God made a seemingly impossible promise to His people, Israel, if they would obey & believe in Him: “I will restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten…and you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the LORD, your God…and my people shall never be ashamed.” Joel 2:25-26
Join us as we embrace the promises in God’s Word that He can, and desires to, restore the losses of the devourer in our lives.
About Me: I am a mother of 7, grandmother of 16, and great grandmother of 5– from a combined family. I made a profession of faith at 8 years of age and committed my life at 19. I “grew up” in service to the LORD teaching in VBS, children’s ministry, adult Sunday School Classes, leading the youth group & prayer groups, and speaking on different occasions. I am a member of North Glencoe Baptist Church. I am a registered nurse with MAeD. I love the LORD!!
18. Grief Share with Mary Whorton (Saturday only)
Class info: There will be a DVD and personal presentation about the journey of grief and the support and tools available to help navigate and heal. Each participant will receive a brochure from Grief Share and information regarding Grief Share support groups in the area.
About Me: I am a 1967 graduate of Glencoe High School and a 1970 graduate of nursing school. was employed as a critical care R.N. for 18 years in two states. I am an avid dog fancier and handler, a sport my husband of 48 years shares. We adopted our only child, a son, in 1988 and lost him 2005. I work with children at Church where I am also a Ministry Assistant. I facilitate a Grief Share support group weekly there where I help the survivors find hope in Jesus Christ. My joy is seeing anyone accept and follow Christ. I love sharing the Gospel of Christ and hearing other’s stories and praying.
19. Grace for the Unexpected Journey (caregiving) with Cecilia Smith (Friday only)
Class info: This class hopes to be an encouragement and help to those who are experiencing caregiving.
About me: I attend First Baptist Church of Hokes Bluff. I have been a caregiver for 13 years first to my mother-in-law and now to my husband and mother. I want to share how God has sustained me during these years.
20. Sam’s Story | Our Journey of Infertility with Ashley Sargent (Friday only)
Class info: When your faith is tested, and your patience ran thin, hope is all you have. In our four-year struggle, my heart was unbearable… but God’s plan is always bigger and better than our own.
About Me: I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 10 years, I am a local photographer, and I believe God allowed me to go through the pain of infertility so that I can use my voice to speak hope to others. I am a preacher’s daughter, born and raised in church. But, when the deepest desires of my heart were broken, I felt alone and began to question everything. I was forced to give up what was out of my control and let God take over. What I thought was my plan ended up being Sam’s Story.
Addiction (Personal and Family)
21. How is Your Money Life? with Brenda Boyd (Saturday only)
Class info: Debt, excessive spending, and living paycheck-to-paycheck may seem life the real issues in your financial life. But do you know the root cause of your money problems? Get to the heart of the matter and turn financial bondage into true freedom. Learn to live your life and handle your money God’s way.
About Me: I am a follower of Jesus Christ with a deep belief that every word of the Bible is God-breathed. My husband and I attend Southside Baptist Church. God ahs given me a ministry of helping individuals and families manage their money according to his principles. He used my profession, my education, and my gifting, but most of all, He used my personal experience with financial and spiritual brokenness to draw me to Him.
22. Drug Addiction: A mother’s heart with Esther Langley, Donna Sandlin & Melinda White
Class Info: When our children battle addiction, we hurt deeply because we are powerless to help them. It is only through finally surrendering our loved ones to God’s care that we can find peace. In this session, we will encourage one another, pray for one another, and look at the promises of God that we know to be true.
About Me: Melinda White- Addiction is a debilitating disease. The journey toward recovery is difficult. I struggled with “Why” the Lord would allow such suffering, pain, and hardship on my family. My instinct was to keep it a secret. Only after I was honest and transparent, could I begin the journey of healing from years of guilt, shame, and feelings of being a failure as a Mother. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
23. Celebrate Recovery with Jessica Haney *Court Card stamps provided
Class Info: This will be an open share group dealing with hurts, habits, and hang-ups.
About Me: I am a member at Union #3 Baptist Church where I am a Celebrate Recovery and Step Study Leader. I have been set free from the bondage of addiction and have a passion to see others find FREEDOM!
24. Brokenness of Addiction and the Walk Thereafter with Toni Wolfe
Class info: Do you have an addiction? Do you know someone close to you that suffers from addiction? In this session, we will look at scripture and Toni will share her own personal testimony of addiction. We celebrate sobriety, but we often don’t think about the future storms that will come. Staying sober can be a challenge. We will encourage one another and focus on the Lord and how is the only one who can carry us through!
About Me: I am the wife of Adam and mother to Gavin and Alyssa. I am a member at Union #3 Baptist Church. Since being sober, I have suffered several trials in my life that could have easily caused me to venture back to my old habits. It is only because of God that I was able to get through those storms without drinking or drugs. Praise the Lord!
Struggles of Brokenness
25. Broken by Thorns: Blessings of Suffering with Tiffany Smith
Class Info: We all have thorns that we long for God to perform a little divine surgery and remove. If you have been saying, “If God would just…” to your thorn, whether its illness, a relationship, a job, etc. then come find how brokenness by your thorn leads to blessings
About Me: I am the wife of Randy Smith, youth pastor at First Baptist Church Hokes Bluff. We have two daughters, Rebekah and Abigail. I am a Bible Study teacher, musician, coffee lover, and someone who uses my testimony, which includes a chronic illness, to lead other women to find sufficiency in God’s grace and love.
26. A Broken Hallelujah is Still a Hallelujah with Erin Young
Class info: In this session, come hear Erin’s story of repeated perseverance through life’s obstacles of chronic illness, loss of her 38-week-old son, and cancer.” I choose to sing Praises to the Lord through these storms. In my brokenness, God is my constant who gives me peace, hope, and comfort.”
About me: I am 38 years old. I am from Centre, AL and attend Centre First United Methodist Church
27. Surviving Life’s Storms with Monica Belyeu (Saturday only)
Class Info: How to Survive the Storms of Life without losing hope and remaining in a place of peace when your life feels like you are surrounded by a hurricane of problems, hurt, and pain.
About Me: I am a member at Church of the Highlands. I believe we serve a God of restoration and redemption for all. Having dealt with addiction in our family I have seen HIS redeeming love restore and heal more than ever imaginable.
28. Persevering through Brokenness with Marti Potter
Class info: Are you going through a trial and can’t see your way out? “Some people think that once they accept Jesus, their lives will be easy and crisis-free. But that isn’t true. There will still be problems. However, they need to persevere—fight through the problems by staying close to Jesus and letting Him help them stay true and trusting His will for their lives.” We need to trust the Lord when we are broken and going through trials. We will look at scripture, share, and discuss how we need to trust God and persevere through our brokenness and problems.
About Me: Born and raised in Glencoe, Alabama. I have a husband, Jimmy, and 3 children—Madison (16), Cole (12), and Caleb (9). I went to Mobile College with a degree in Public Relations and have a Seminary degree from Southwestern in Fort Worth, Texas in Religious Education. I’ve been a stay at home mom for 16 years and currently am seeking a job and praying about going back to work. We are members at North Glencoe Baptist Church where I teach 7-8th grade girls small group, sing in the choir and praise team and volunteer in the nursery.
Being Used in and through your Brokenness
29. A Broken Spirit with Susie Weems (Saturday only)
Class info- What is a broken spirit? What is a contrite heart? We will look at examples from the life of David and Jacob and discover what exactly it means. LORD BREAK ME, CHANGE ME, USE ME… Psalm 51:17
About me: I am now a widow, who was married to Steve Weems for over 43 years. We have two daughters Terri and Jennifer. Terri married to Buddy Mitchell; they have two children Jordan and Austin. Jordan is married to Blake Lipscomb and Austin is in dental school at UAB. Jenifer is married to Taylor Powers; they have two daughters, Sydney and Lily. Jennifer taught school in Georgia for 15 years and currently is a realtor with Susie Weems Real Estate. I was saved in 1977 at North Glencoe Baptist Church and have been a member there since that time. I have a heart for missions and women’s ministry and have served in both capacities at North Glencoe.
30. Picking up the Pieces with Pam Freitag Weyant (Saturday only)
Class Info: You may not have asked for it, but life events have left you in pieces. You don’t know how you will put everything back in place and carry on. There is too much work to be done and too many obstacles to overcome, but you desperately desire to live again as a whole, complete person.
In Jeremiah 17:14 (MSG) we hear him exclaim, “God, pick up the pieces. Put me back together again. You are my praise!”
Join me as we discuss the model of Joshua and Caleb in possessing the promised-land life God wants you to enjoy. Discover how you can be taken from broken to beautiful!
About Me: A Midwestern girl at heart, Pam Weyant uprooted herself in 2016 and headed for warmer weather, finding it in Birmingham, Alabama, where she now resides. For nearly 20 years, Pam has been involved in leading small groups which have focused on recovery from codependency. She enjoys reading, lifting weights, yoga, and writing as a contributor to the blog site Breathonpaperblog.com
31. Chosen and Called with Tameah Harrelson
Class info: Based on the verse 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of HIM who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” In a world where comparison, shame, and guilt can leave you feeling broken and unusable, God has called us to walk in HIS light, declare His praises and live in the fullness of HIM… “for we are to God the aroma of Christ.”
About Me: I am a follower of Jesus and a member of Union #3 Baptist Church. Although I was raised in church, I lived 35 years wanting to be free to do as I pleased. This led me to a life of bondage instead of a life of freedom. After coming to know Christ in 2005, I began to understand that I was CHOSEN and CALLED to declare HIS praises and that my past could be used for HIS glory. Although I was forgiven, I had to learn to work through the consequences of my sins with the Holy Spirit as my guide… No longer walking in darkness, but in his glorious light. My sins no longer define who I am. My identity is found in who I am IN Christ. So, I will declare his praises!
I have been married for 26 years, a mother of a teenage son, and an elementary school librarian.
32. From a Shattered Spirit to Redemption (through Love) with Amanda Buchanan
Class info: Forgiveness is a precious gift. Unconditional love is also precious. In this session, you will hear a heartfelt testimony of forgiveness and the acceptance of unconditional love. The desire to be a mom and have family of her own. A true story of a woman who got to a point of washing Jesus’s feet with her tears and now has tears of joy from that experience. God’s grace is sufficient for me and YOU!
“Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:47
“Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant:” Psalms 35:27
About me: I am a Gadsden native, but currently live in Cullman with my husband and my two youngest children, Jeffry (4) and Ruby (1). My family and I are active members with Crosshaven Church in Hanceville, Alabama. I have been married to Barry for 15 years. I am a social worker employed as Program Supervisor with Cullman County DHR. Due to being adopted myself, I have a passion for children to have permanency. Barry and I adopted Jeffry and Ruby this past year. Barry also has two older sons that we are extremely proud of, Nicholas, who is a Sheriffs Deputy in Cullman, and Will, who is a fireman in Memphis, Tennessee.
33. Well Water Woman Walking out of Brokenness into FREEDOM with Cheryl Conklin (Friday only)
Class info: Jesus finds you just as you are, wherever you are in your brokenness, and offers you HOPE and FREEDOM no matter your PAST! John 4, Acts 11, Jeremiah 29:11
About Me: I am the Woman at the Well. I am an active member of Union #3 Baptist Church where I am also the church secretary. I have 3 grown sons and 5 grandchildren (3 boys and 2 girls). I love my family! For the past 15 years, I have hosted a Bible Study on Monday nights at my home. It is women from all over ranging in ages from 16 to 85. We learn from God’s Word and each other. I love ministering to women and helping them grow in God’s Word. God brought me out of brokenness into freedom and I want to help others do the same.
34. Broken Crayons Still Color with Pam Kangelos (Saturday only)
Class info: We will learn to recognize even when we feel broken, we are still God’s handiwork and he wants us to continue to show our “color”. Only through God’s Love can we begin to recognize that we are still valuable even in our broken state! Broken Crayons color just as beautifully as when they were “brand new.”
About Me: I am a member of First Baptist Church of Hokes Bluff. I am a wife, daughter, mother, and Yaya to two grandchildren. I teach Science at Hokes Bluff High School
35. How to Prevent Yourself from Feeling Broken with Hannah Cornelius *COLLEGE* (Friday only)
Class Info: A wonderful part of being a believer is we can be going through a problem and still have peace in our lives. We can still enjoy our lives. He tells us in His Word, He gives us His peace. Sometimes being broken is when we spiritually need to surrender to Christ, so that He can build and equip us into who He wants us to be! When we allow Him to do that, our broken times are times when we are in His presence the deepest. In James 1:2 He tells us to, “Count it all joy when you meet trials, for we know that testing of our faith produces steadfastness.” In this session, we will be talking about how to prevent ourselves from being broken by the enemy and launching ourselves into favor from God for His plan for your life.
About Me: I am wife and mother of two rambunctious, life loving boys living in Altoona, Alabama.
36. Broken Made Beautiful with Marsha Young
Class info: This is a Bible Journey session. Bible Journaling is an expression of private devotion, an act of worship, and/or a creative outlet that can be shared. No matter what your purpose for Bible journaling, the beauty of it is this: it doesn’t require a skilled artist. All that matters is your willingness to experience God and his Word in a creative way.
About Me: I am married to Jeff Young, a Hokes Bluff native. We have two children: Sean, who is a junior at Piedmont High School and Aspen, who is an 8th grader at Piedmont Middle School. I am the owner of Southside Trophy. My family and I serve at Union #3 Baptist Church.
37. Broken to be Reused with Connie Kellett (Friday only)
Class Info: In this session, we are going to use broken dishes and glass to make a mosaic candle holder.
About Me: I am the youngest of 4 children born to Calvin and Nancy Rollins in Gadsden, Alabama. I was raised in East Gadsden Baptist Church. I was saved by grace at the age of 15. I am married to Johnny Kellett and we live in Hokes Bluff, Alabama. We have 3 grown sons. Two of our sons are married. We have 2 grandchildren, and one on the way. Johnny and I are members of Union #3 Baptist Church. We serve together in the kitchen on Wednesday nights for Celebrate Recovery. We also serve in the youth department with middle and high school.