Niki is a Brit in the USA, a cancer survivor, pastor’s wife, fresh air junkie, and tea drinker. Her candid, humorous storytelling brings humor and grace to the darkest places and shows us how to laugh and trust God, when all we want to do is scream. When she’s not speaking, writing, or running trails with her two mad Doodles, you can find her trying to figure out which of the three remote controls works the TV.
DENISE J. HUGHES
Denise J. Hughes is a teacher at heart. She connects with women through stories and biblically-based messages that meet women right where they’re at in everyday life. She’s the author of Deeper Waters and the Bible study series Word Writers, and she’s currently pursuing an M.Div. at Gateway Seminary. With an M.A. in English, Denise has taught composition at Azusa Pacific University and she currently writes for the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries and for (in)courage by DaySpring. Denise lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids, and she always finds time for peach tea, old books, and a good football game. You can connect with her at denisejhughes.com and on Instagram: @DeniseJHughes.
Kim is a speaker, author of An Imperfect Woman: Letting Go of the Need to Have It All Together, and the founder & host of Winsome. She also speaks at national retreats and conferences, where she encourages women by sharing her imperfect path and God's perfect plans. Originally from the DC metro area, she now lives with her family on a mountain overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Connect with Kim at WinsomeLiving.com.
Amy Breitmann is a writer, speaker and ministry founder. Her name means be•loved: dearly loved: dear to the heart. A transplanted northern girl, Amy grew up in the Midwest but now calls Augusta, Georgia home and shares life with her husband Troy and their two almost grown children.
A diagnosis of ovarian cancer refocused Amy’s faith when she was in her twenties and her cancer journey eventually led to her becoming the Co-Founder of The Lydia Project, where God wove her story of cancer into a ministry. Hundreds of Lydia volunteers now serve thousands of women and their families each year, providing spiritual, emotional, and financial support.
Amy has written for The High Calling, (In)Courage, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and in her local community as a guest columnist with The Columbia County News Times. She was also a Co-Visionary and Contributing Writer at Outside the City Gate online community.
She is the coauthor of the newly released book A God Of All Seasons with T.H. Meyer.
Amy currently works as a public relations director for Vi Bella Jewelry. This Christian job creation ministry is based in Northwest Iowa, with artisan centers in both Haiti and Mexico. The jewelry and accessories that are handmade by their artisans are marketed in the United States, providing a path out of poverty for their employees and families and impacting entire communities.
Connect with Amy on her blog www.belovedinbluejeans.com.
Tammy left Indiana & moved to her family's Texas farm in 2008 where she opened a blog in 2009 as an outlet to the challenges and struggles she faced in transition. She now spends more time writing books. Inviting her readers on a journey of self-discovery, Tammy weaves personal stories with meaningful application for spiritual development. In her own quest for clarity and courage in overcoming personal obstacles regarding God’s call on her life, she hopes to encourage her readers to the same.
She’s authored A Life of Creative Purpose: Embrace Uniqueness, Explore Boldness, Encourage Faith and Social Media Strategies: Discovering Powerful Tools of the Trade without Losing Your Soul for Christian entrepreneurs maneuvering the daunting and soul-sucking world of online marketing.
She is also the co-author of A God Of All Seasons with Amy Breitmann.
Join her at her blog The Art of Fear Not: An Adventurous Life of Faith.
Doran Richards. Wife, mother, midwife, yoga instructor, artist.
Doran has been married for 25 years and has 6 children. She lives and serves in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia as a midwife, Master's Holy Yoga Instructor, founder of Blessing God's Way (a ministry for women of all ages), and as an artist. Blessing God's Way ministry exists to celebrate, educate and encourage women through all their life cycles of maidenhood, maternity and menopause. Doran has been a speaker at many conferences including her own over the past 10 years. She is a Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer survivor for over 2 years.
Emily Dean is a wife and mother of two enjoying life as a speaker, writer, life coach, and founder of Verity Vareé. She has had many opportunities to delight in her passions and is continuing a career in acting, modeling, and singing/songwriting in Emy&Ethan, a duo act with her husband. With a full plate and full heart, Emily strives to do everything to the glory of God and use every trial in her life to texture and color her story and ministry. Often found outdoors, or hosting a gathering in her home, Emily's greatest joy is to hear others and create a place for them to share.
Rachel did her first stretching on the soccer field and track. After years of hard-impact sports, she found yoga and discovered the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits from slowing down her body and mind on the mat. She still likes a good run, but cannot do it without yoga! Rachel loves guiding students as they befriend their bodies and find balance, grace and healing on their mat. Rachel completed a 225-hour yoga training through Holy Yoga in 2012 and has been teaching a Vinyassa-Hatha style since then.
Rachel also guides students in mindfulness off the mat through health coaching and spiritual direction. She believes that we all have the inner wisdom to know what our body needs; we are just often disconnected from it. She teaches women to restore this connection to create confidence, peace, and freedom so they can feel at home in their body. This process is not about deprivation or struggle, but about listening to your body, paying attention to your unique needs, and making sustainable lifestyle and nutritional changes. She is trained by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (2014) and Sustainable Faith (2017).
When not teaching or coaching, you can find Rachel on a trail in the Appalachian foothills with her husband and goldendoodle.
ELISE DALY PARKER
Elise Daly Parker, LBC, is a Certified Life Coach, Mentor Mom, Speaker, Writer, and Editor. She co-hosts the podcast Slices of Life from Circles of Faith where intentional living and imperfection meet. And is excited to be launching a new podcast, The Mom Mentor. Elise believes the stories we live out are our greatest teachers and sharing these stories has the power to reform, inform, and transform our lives. She loves to come alongside others to encourage and empower them as they fulfill their unique purpose on the journey of life.
Elise has shared a wild ride with her beloved Chris for 33 years of marriage and has four grown daughters who have brought her unimaginable joy, kept her on her toes…and her knees. She also has two beautiful fun grandchildren and two wonderful son-in-loves. Her faith is the thread that holds together her wonderful beautiful messy thing called life.
Elise writes and speaks regularly on marriage, parenting, becoming all of you, living a life that reflects your values. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cecil Murphey’s Heavenly Company - Entertaining Angels Unaware, Healthcare Marketer’s Exchange, and more. She is a regular contributor at God-Sized Dreams.
Rachel Britz delivers cookies and good news wherever she goes. She is a speaker, cookie artist and the author of Good-Bye, Lover, an Irish historical novel. Rachel is passionate about encouraging Christians to live with freedom and purpose.
Connect with Rachel at her website rachelbritz.com
Stephanie is a wife, mom of nine, grandma, counselor, teacher, holistic health coach and athlete. Through her journey of marriage struggles, insecurities as a mom, stress & panic issues and the craziness of life, God has prepared her to encourage women in a way that helps them discover hope and courage. Prayer has become a huge part of her life, not because she's super spiritual, but because she's learned to be desperate and has fallen so many times. Comforting others with the comfort she's been given is a driving passion. Community has also been an important part of how God has helped her see the wonderful adventure that life is. Stephanie's in awe of the amazing community Winsome has become and prays that every woman who attends will find those connections she desperately needs.