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THE REFRESH CONFERENCE

February 27 & 28, 2015


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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Overlake Christian Church | February 27 & 28, 2015

TESTIMONIALS

From Refresh 2014 Attendees

“The worship was AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing the worship list, as I’m feeling like I’m back at Refresh but instead I’m in my kitchen.”

“The Refresh conference is a whirlwind of inspiration! Thank you for the best refreshment in town! I will be back and I’m bringing friends and family!”

“Just what I needed!!! I felt so well taken care of and encouraged. I ditched any guilt about taking care of myself so I can take care of my family!”

“What an amazing conference. I have been so impressed with this weekend. I have loved hearing the different points of views from families and the speakers.”

“Thank you to all who did so much so that we could be refreshed and learn! We loved it! God met us here and he touched our hearts. Thank you for facilitating that.”

“THANK YOU for every single very well thought out detail of Refresh! Both my husband and I loved it, got so much out of it, and left feeling refreshed.”

“For the last year, I have been operating under a dark cloud, just feeling hopeless. But the Son is shining today and my hope in the Lord has been renewed.”

“We came here completely burned out and questioning if we could even adopt our foster kids. You gave us a space where God could do a 180 in our hearts.”

“What a great and amazing weekend! It exceeded all my expectations, provided information we so desperately needed and sent us home renewed and hopeful!”

“It was awesome to attend the conference with my spouse, we never get to do things together. Thank you!”

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SPEAKERS & ARTISTS

Mike & Kristin Berry

Mike & Kristin Berry

Mike and Kristin Berry have been married for 16 years. They have 8 children, all of whom are adopted. They also served as foster parents for 8 years. Since 2012 they have written openly and honestly about the trials of parenting at www.confessionsofaparent.com.

IRENE & DOMINGO GARCIA

IRENE & DOMINGO GARCIA

Irene and Domingo Garcia were ready to escape their marriage but God was not willing to abandon them. Their story is of healing, forgiveness, loss, resurrection, and what it means to find home. "Yes, we are simple people, but we know one thing: God resurrects the broken things, the things that were dead--a heart, a marriage, a family. Trouble and difficulty often surround us. We are tired and worn out. We fall on our knees in a dark closet and plead with God for wisdom, for help in caring for so many broken children. God’s gifts don’t always come in ways we expect. But saying yes and accepting his gifts are the only ways for God to be the hero of the story."

MARY OSTYN

MARY OSTYN

Mary Ostyn is the mother of 10 children, including 6 who arrived via adoption, from South Korea and Ethiopia. She has authored several books, including 'Family Feasts for $75 a Week' and 'Forever Mom: What to Expect When You're Adopting.' She blogs at owlhaven.net.

JODIE HOWERTON

JODIE HOWERTON

A mom to three incredible kids, her youngest adopted from South Africa. She's a writer, speaker, and passionate advocate for those living with HIV and AIDS.

PAM PARISH

PAM PARISH

Pam Parish is the founder of Connections Homes an Atlanta-based organization impacting the lives of young adults who are aging out of foster care, homeless or without family. She and her husband, Steve, are the parents of seven young adult daughters. One of their daughters came to them through the gift of birth and six through the gift of foster care and adoption. They are also Pops and Nana to three adorable grandchildren. Pam blogs about foster care, adoption and family at pamparish.com.

LISA QUALLS

LISA QUALLS

Lisa writes and speaks for Empowered to Connect and writes the blog, One Thankful Mom . She is mom to 11 kids, four of whom are adopted.

TARA BRADFORD

TARA BRADFORD

A transracial adult adoptee and the mom of 5 children, 2 by birth and 3 by adoption from Ethiopia. Married 20 years, resides in Montana, and is the Director of Encompass Orphan Care.

DR. JULIA BLEDSOE

DR. JULIA BLEDSOE

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, and is one of two staff pediatricians at the UW Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network in Seattle. She founded the Center for Adoption and is mom to two children who were adopted from Korea.

CLAUDIA FLETCHER

CLAUDIA FLETCHER

Claudia and her husband Bart are parents of 12 children, ten adopted domestically and two adopted internationally. Currently the Executive Director of Bethany Christian Services Minnesota, Claudia also trains and speaks nationally to both parents and professionals.

JOHN STEARNS

JOHN STEARNS

John Stearns has been the worship pastor at Overlake Christian Church since March of 2011.

SHELLY RADIC

SHELLY RADIC

President of Project 1:27, author, speaker, and a mother of four adult children, two adopted, two biological. Shelly previously served at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International as Director of Ministry Life, Chief of Staff and most recently Interim CEO.

JENNIE ALLEN

JENNIE ALLEN

Author of “Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul” and “Restless: Because You Were Made for More. Jennie is also the founder of the If Gathering, a uniquely practical Christian conference which gathers, equips and unleashes women to live out their purpose.

DAN & TERRI COLEY

DAN & TERRI COLEY

Dan and Terri Coley are Show Hope founding board members who live in Franklin, Tennessee. Dan also serves on staff at Show Hope as the Senior Director of Programs and Growth Strategies. They have served as foster parents for more than 40 infants and birthmothers, and have adopted children domestically and internationally. Their family is multi-racial and includes children with special needs. Dan and Terri are committed to help educate and prepare families for the adoption journey and empower them with the tools to help children heal while maintaining healthy families.

STEPHANIE FAST

STEPHANIE FAST

Stephanie was orphaned at a young age in Korea, survived horrific conditions, and was adopted at the age of 9 by an American couple. She has been a national speaker for over 30 years and recently authored her first book; She Is Mine. Stephanie is a passionate advocate for orphans, believing there is an orphan in each person without Jesus. Stephanie and her husband reside in Portland, Oregon surrounded by their children and grandchildren.

DR. SHAREN FORD

DR. SHAREN FORD

Sharen Ford, Ph.D., is a nationally-recognized child welfare consultant and the retired Manager for Permanency Services for the Colorado Department of Human Services in the Division of Child Welfare Services. Currently serving as the Program Director for Adoption and Orphan Care at Focus on the Family, Dr. Ford is committed to raising awareness regarding the need for every child to have a permanent family. She is married to Roy, is a mom to Jennifer, and a grandmother to Ezran.

DEBORAH GRAY

DEBORAH GRAY

Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA, specializes in the attachment, grief, and trauma issues of children in her practice, Nurturing Attachments. She is also a nationally renowned speaker and author.

MIKE HOWERTON

MIKE HOWERTON

A dad of 3 (his youngest adopted from South Africa) and the lead pastor at Overlake Christian Church. Also authored Glorious Mess, Miles to Cross, Wonder and The Ride of Your Life.

MICHAEL & AMY MONROE

MICHAEL & AMY MONROE

Michael and Amy Monroe are the proud parents of four children, each of whom were adopted. Together they lead Tapestry, the adoption and foster care ministry at Irving Bible Church. They are also active leaders in the growing movement among Christian churches in America committed to serving orphans through adoption, foster care and global orphan care ministry. In 2010, they co-authored with Dr. Purvis Created To Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child, a study guide companion to The Connected Child.

DR. GREG & ERIN SMALLEY

DR. GREG & ERIN SMALLEY

The Smalleys reside in Colorado with their four children (one adopted internationally). Dr. Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Family Ministries at Focus on the Family. Prior to joining Focus, Smalley worked for the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University and as President of the National Institute of Marriage. He is the author of eleven books including The DNA of Relationships, The DNA of Parent and Teen Relationships and The Wholehearted Marriage. Erin holds a master's degree in clinical psychology, has coauthored books with Greg, and has published numerous marriage and parenting articles. Married since 1992, Greg and Erin lead intensive marriage seminars around the world and train pastors, professionals and lay leaders how to effectively work with married and engaged couples.

DR. RANDY STINSON

DR. RANDY STINSON

Senior Vice President for Academic Administration & Provost at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He also serves as the Senior Fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and speaks on the topics of parenting, marriage, men’s leadership, and adoption throughout the country.

MORE SPEAKERS TO COME!

MORE SPEAKERS TO COME!

PRE-CONFERENCE INTENSIVES

Additional classes you can add a la carte! THURSDAY, February 26, 2015

AGENDA

Early bird registration is $49

GETTING THERE

TRAVEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Overlake Christian Church has worked a few local hotels to offer you a Refresh Conference group rate.

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