Refresh is a Christian conference designed for foster and adoptive parents, kinship providers, grandparents, and others who care for God’s orphaned and vulnerable children. We understand firsthand that this journey can be difficult and lonely. The Refresh Conference is a time for you to escape from the distractions and chaos of life and be refreshed, equipped, and inspired.
Training credits and CEU’s are available for foster parents and professionals. Participants will be able to obtain a certificate of completion for submission to licensors.
“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!”
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.
Vice president of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family where she oversees the Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative and the Sanctity of Human Life department. Adoptive mom of four children, speaker, and author of Wait No More.
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.
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 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 has been the worship pastor at Overlake Christian Church since March of 2011.
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.
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 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 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.
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, 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.
A dad of 3 (his youngest adopted from South Africa) and the lead pastor at Overlake Christian Church. Also authored Glorious Mess and Miles To Cross.
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.
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.
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.
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Gifted with the ability to bring joy to your heart and a smile to your face, Dr. Greg & Erin Smalley combine insightful, practical and passionate teaching that has great application to marriages, families and other relationships as well as to individual growth.
The Smalleys have a passion to help couples enjoy a lifetime together. Greg and Erin are well equipped to provide you with the necessary tools for enriching marriage and family relationships.
As adoptive parents themselves, the Smalleys know first hand the challenges that come with caring for children from hard places.
Take I-405 to Exit 20 (124th Street, Totem Lake), and take a left toward Redmond. Follow 124th Street 1.5 miles to Willows Road NE (7th stoplight). Turn right (south) onto Willows Road, and follow it past the Willows Run Golf Course. Take the first church entrance on the left.
Take Exit 18 (Kirkland-Redmond exit) east to Redmond. This exit puts you on NE 85th Street. Take NE 85th Street to 148th Avenue NE (the 7th traffic light). Turn left (north) onto 148th Avenue NE, and follow it to Willows Road NE. Turn left (north) onto Willows Road, and follow it for 0.5 miles. The church entrance is on the right.
You can take either SR-520 or I-90 from the west to the east, and head north on I-405. Take Exit 18 (Kirkland-Redmond exit) east to Redmond. This exit puts you on NE 85th Street. Take NE 85th Street to 148th Avenue NE (the 7th traffic light). Turn left (north) onto 148th Avenue NE, and follow it to Willows Road NE. Turn left (north) onto Willows Road, and follow it for 0.5 miles. The church entrance is on the right.
On Redmond Way, head west toward Kirkland. Turn right onto Willows Road NE, and follow it for 1 mile. The church entrance is on the right.
Please mention Overlake Christian Church REFRESH Conference room block
1 (800) 331-3131
$99 USD per night
Start date: 2/26/15 End date: 3/1/15 Last day to book by: 2/5/15
Please mention Overlake REFRESH Room Block
$109 + tax (Includes overnight self-parking and internet)
Start date: 2/26/15 End date: 3/1/15 Last day to book by: 2/5/15