Patricia Holbrook: Keynote Speaker
Patricia Holbrook is the president of Soaring with Him Ministries, a faith columnist, national speaker and the author of Twelve Inches – Bridging the Gap Between What Your Know About God and How You Feel.
Her passion for challenging her audience’s faith and walk with God has quickly made her ministry’s website a popular place for people from over 20 countries. Her weekly devotionals are now translated into Spanish and Portuguese as well. Patricia is a faith columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the largest newspaper in the South, reaching 500,000 readers weekly in Georgia, Alabama and north of Florida. She is a guest writer for Christian magazines and blogs, and a content contributor for iDisciple, the popular app developed by nationwide retailer Family Christian stores, engaging more than 160,000 subscribers daily around the globe. Patricia’s sense of humor and practical, biblically-sound teaching has also made her a sought-after speaker at women’s events nationwide.
Patricia is originally from Brazil and has lived in the United States since 1999. She writes in between car lines, homeschool lessons, tears and laughter. She lives in Georgia with her husband Steve, their two daughters and their miniature Schnauzer Jingle Bells.
Yvonne Conte: Guest Speaker
Yvonne Conte is an everyday, average, Italian America woman with a lifetime of experience of how God has moved in her life, changed her and continues to push her to grow in her faith. We connect with Yvonne because she is real, down to earth, relatable and believable. Yvonne is your sister, mom, best friend, cousin & neighbor. She keeps women laughing really hard while they learn to walk closer to Jesus. She is a keynote speaker and author who has attracted clients such as Merck and Medeva Pharmaceutical, Xerox, Time Warner, G E Global, Continental Tire, Lucent Technology, and over 3,000 other leading organizations. Her energy, style and passion on the platform earn her standing ovations and rave reviews. However, it is her personal relationship with Jesus she is most excited about. Yvonne combines laughter with a message that entertains, inspires and encourages offering strength, courage and hope to hurting women everywhere. Her lectures are a unique blend of inspiration and joy about life experiences and God’s never ending love. Yvonne is Creator and Director of Day of JOY Conference in New York and Florida and Nonni to a sweet young girl and three handsome boys.
Ask anyone to describe the music of Alison Everill and you will hear a variety of adjectives like, beautiful, passionate, worshipful, and engaging. But the title of her new recording project, Breathless and Amazed, says it best. Alison will be the first to tell you that the music featured on her sophomore is not at all about her but about her passionate relationship with Jesus Christ. Her faith and her love for music sings of a lifelong relationship with Jesus that clearly defines her priorities as a dedicated wife, loving mother and consummate singer, songwriter and worship leader. As a speaker, Alison’s passion is to teach about living a life centered in complete surrender and worship – the very essence of a loving and fulfilling relationship with God.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Alison began her music ministry as a childhood church musician. From then until now, she has chronicled her faith journey through her beautiful music and powerful, Christ-centered messages, drawing listeners to hear the passion in her voice and sense her devotion to the Lord.
Alison’s home church for many years was First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL where she ministered in song at their annual Pastor’s Conference. She was the worship musician at the churches where her husband pastored, and has traveled to many places over the years to serve the body of Christ in song. She has written and sung with Dove Award winning artist Babbie Mason, and has had several songs signed with Gaither Publishing Company.
Alison is married to Scott. They are the parents of 3 growing boys and they make their home in North Georgia where she is currently the worship leader at First Baptist Church of Holly Springs.
What do the Miss America pageant, Murder She Wrote, and two worldwide Christian ministries have in common? Lisa Ryan.
Lisa has enjoyed over 30 years in media and ministry. After winning the Miss California 1985 title, she appeared in a variety of popular television shows and commercials. In 1997, she began co-hosting and producing feature stories for The 700 Club and was a regular guest-host on Living the Life. In 2005, she joined InTouch Ministries, with Dr. Charles Stanley, in its daily radio and weekly television broadcasts. In 2008, Everyday with Marcus & Lisa became the national daily “live” flagship show on FamilyNet. The show highlighted relevant stories of the day, lifestyle segments, author and music guest interviews, and family friendly content seasoned with the insightful and often witty perspective of the married hosts drawn from their daily lives. She continues to work at InTouch Ministries in the Broadcast Department with InTouch Radio and Special Events.
Lisa also served as Director of Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Atlanta, serving the over 6000 women that attend this mega-church regularly with weekly and seasonal events and activities.
Lisa has written two books, For Such a Time as This: Your Identity, Purpose and Passion and Generation Esther: Young Women Raised Up For Such A Time As This. Drawing on the biblical example of Esther, Lisa delivers lessons on purity, beauty, destiny, courage and more, to help modern-day Esthers pursue Christian lives.
Laced with humor and conviction, Lisa loves speaking at girls and women’s conferences and brings a message that inspires generation to generation.
Lisa and her husband Marcus live in Atlanta and have three young adult daughters.
First and foremost Stephanie is a wife of 29 years to her husband Joe and mother to her adult child, Nathan, who is 20, and her teenage daughter, Natalie, who is 16. Stephanie has lived in three countries including Singapore, and in five different states. Over the last 22 years she has served in different capacities, within the church, teaching children, teens and women; leading women’s programs, and singing. For the last nine years, she has been a member of First Baptist Atlanta. Her heart is for women and seeing them grow through discipleship.
In 2013, Stephanie started No More Bandaids, which is a health and wellness ministry of education, teaching, and encouragement to those who suffer with Chronic physical or stress-related illness. She was inspired to begin this ministry by her son who lives with Celiac Disease and her mother, Nancy, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. In her blog, she shares a wealth of information about alternative medicine, nutrition and stress relief through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Stephanie is a certified Health Ambassador with Faith and Health Connections and is certified to teach a discipleship Bible Study called Pathway to Wholeness, which deals with health and wellness as it relates to whole-person health through Jesus Christ. She teaches these studies and several others across the suburbs of Atlanta.
Sandra Onal is a passionate voice in the body of Christ who brings her desire to share the love of God through music. Born in Puno, Peru into a musical family while her parents were in the mission field, her love for singing was instilled at an early age. As life situations and circumstances come and go, Sandra has learned that the only way to fulfill her heart is in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sandra’s heart desire is to tell others about the love of Jesus Christ by sharing the miraculous way that God has changed her life and how He continues to refine her. It is a matter of the heart. Psalms 68:1 says, “Let God arise and all His enemies scatter.” It is with this intent that Sandra will sing lifting the name of God and allow His Holy Spirit and presence to move in the hearts of all who listen.
Sandra has performed nationally and internationally with various musical groups as well as independently. She has been featured on the “In Touch Ministry” program, which is seen and heard domestically and internationally on more than 2,400 radio and television outlets in more than 50 languages. She has also been a featured soloist in several music and media productions: “2010 & 2011 Bible Conference”, “2009-2010 Song of a Lifetime”, “2009-2011 First Family Christmas.” She was honored to be a soloist in the recording of First Baptists’ Atlanta Worship Choir album, “Moments.”
Sandra is married to the love of her life, Erol Onal, and is overjoyed to have the title of “Mom” to their daughter, Eliana Sophia. They reside in Atlanta, GA.