Guest Speaker

Welcoming Luann Prater in 2017!!


If you looked up the word "Encourager" in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Luann Prater. Full of wisdom and gifted in communicating the love of God, it's no surprise that God called her to the role of executive director of Encouragement Café Ministries. She is first and foremost a wife, mother and grandmother. Luann and her husband enjoy living a rural life by the lake in Mocksville, North Carolina.

From stained tragedies to the brilliant glow of grace, Luann allows God to use her life struggles and pain to portray a picture of hope and encouragement to others. You can connect with Luann at the Encouragement Café by clicking HERE

Welcoming Micca Campbell in 2016!!


Micca is the author of An Untroubled Heart: Finding A Faith Stronger Than All My Fears and is currently working on her next book. In 2004, Parentlife Magazine named her "Mother of the Year", an honor her children still find humorous to this day. A master storyteller, Micca's convinced God uses her offbeat, crazy life to provide modern day illustrations for His timeless truths that women of all ages can relate to. She would love to connect with you at her website, on Facebook or Twitter

Welcoming Mary DeMuth in 2015!!


Mary DeMuth is an author and speaker who loves to help readers and audiences live uncaged, freedom-infused lives. She states, "I truly believe in the beauty of speaking - where Jesus uncages the enslaved, heals the broken, and sheds light on people's dark stories. I have had the privilege of watching the Holy Spirit utterly, completely transform people. My desire is to see this kind of raucous redemption permeate your amazing event." Mary is author of numerous books, including Thin Places, Everything and her new release, The Day I Met Jesus. You can connect with her on Facebook and her website by clicking HERE

Featuring in 2014:
Teske Drake from Mommies with Hope



Inspired by her own experience through the loss of her newborn daughter in 2006, Teske Drake (Ph.D., Iowa State University) co-founded and serves as President of Mommies with Hope, a biblically-based, non-profit support group ministry for women who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. Teske passionately speaks to women in all stages of life about the redeeming love of Jesus Christ, leading women to live in hope. Teske authored Hope for Today, Promises for Tomorrow: Finding Light Beyond the Shadow of Miscarriage or Infant Loss (Kregel, 2012) and Expecting with Hope: Claiming Joy When Expecting a Baby After Loss (Kregel, Fall 2014) and has been a guest on numerous radio programs, including Focus on the Family.  

To learn more about Teske visit the website - Mommies with Hope, by clicking HERE.


Featuring in 2013:
National Speaker and Author Wendy Blight from Proverbs 31 Ministries

God has blessed Wendy Blight with a passion and giftedness to bring His Word alive. Consequently, the bulk of her messages and lessons share the specific Scriptures and prayers that have transformed her heart and home. They equip women to:

* Apply God’s Word in a way that makes it relevant and applicable to everyday circumstances
* Unpack Scriptures in a way that enables them to write powerful and effective prayers
* Gain victory over trials and struggles through faithfully praying the Scriptures

Wendy has authored a book and several Bible studies. Just days after her college graduation, she was attacked by a masked man hiding in her apartment. While physically she survived, she lived the next decade in a prison of fear, despair, and hopelessness. God and God alone healed her. Her story is now an amazing testimony of God’s strength in weakness, His hope in hopelessness, and His healing in brokenness. Wendy's book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story, recounts her journey of transformation from a prison of fear to freedom in Christ and offers a step-by-step walk through God’s Word to find physical, spiritual, and emotional healing.

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Wendy and her husband, Monty, live in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they raise their two children Lauren and Bo. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, and serves on the staff of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Before moving to Charlotte, she practiced law in Dallas, Texas.

To learn more about Wendy go to her website: www.wendyblight.com

Featuring in 2012 -

Lisa Whittle



Author and speaker, Lisa Whittle, is a natural leader and bold thinker. Her refreshing, bottom line approach appeals to audiences across the nation as she points them to a passionate pursuit of God. She is the author of three books, including her newest release, {W}hole. In addition to speaking, media appearances and writing for Women of Faith, Catalyst, Relevant and various other high profile blogs and publications, Lisa has done master’s work in Marriage and Family, advocates for Compassion International, and is a part of theMOB [Mothers of Boys] Society writing team. Lisa is a wife and mother of three currently residing in North Carolina. You can find her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter [@LisaRWhittle], and visit her ministry community at www.lisawhittle.com

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