This past year has taken its toll. We have had to shift our focus and pivot our plans. We became tech experts and kitchen-table-teachers. We've gone without vacations and holiday gatherings. Some of us have lost loved ones. And while these challenges have felt insurmountable at times, they have also reminded us that we are stronger than we thought! God, in His loving and wise design, created us with the capacity to grow when we are challenged and to stretch when it's required. Truth be told, we were built for resilience!
If you are ready to nurture that resilience, join us for this free event on Saturday, March 20 from 9:00am–11:00 am where we will look closely at what the Bible teaches us about how to live fully no matter what we are facing.
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Andrea Coli has been described as “having the ability to transform a room into a fun atmosphere while tempering it with the truth of God’s word.” She uses her background in improv comedy and her biblical knowledge to inspire others to discover God’s unique call for their lives. Having earned her master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, her scriptural insights are both grounded and enlightening. After relocating to Las Vegas she had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the cast of an all-improvised show. She wrote about it in her book Scriptless: What I Learned about God on the Las Vegas Strip. Andrea is a teaching pastor at CrossWinds Church and partners in ministry with her husband, Chris, who is the senior pastor. She also leads in the Creative Arts Ministry. Chris and Andrea live in Livermore with their two daughters. Connect with her at www.andreacolispeaks.com.
Christine currently serves as Regional Director, East Bay for Foster the Bay. Her mission is to inspire and embolden you to live radically and joyfully for Jesus. She is passionate about social justice and about followers of Jesus living out His mission in their every day lives.
Christine loves to teach the Bible in ways that challenge people to not simply gather more information but to enter into transformation by the power of the Spirit. Christine was privileged to do her undergraduate work at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, later earning her MA from Western Seminary. Christine has been in pastoral ministry for many years. She has also been a part of Mount Hermon Conference Center, shaping, hosting and teaching at their women's conferences for over 10 years and more recently has served as Pastor in Residence for Family Camp. Christine travels around the Bay Area and beyond speaking to men and women of all life stages. She is wife to Doug, mama to Grace, 19, Kayla Joy, 11 and Isaac, 1.
Laurie Short is a speaker, author, and part of the teaching team of two churches in CA. She has spoken to over 500,000 people at conferences, colleges, and churches around the country, and she is the co-founder of SheGrowsConference—a cross generational women’s conference to equip and promote mentoring relationships.
Laurie is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, and the has recently authored three books: “40 verses to Ignite your Faith: Surprising insights on Unexpected Passages” (April 2019), “When Changing Nothing Changes Everything” (May 2017) and "Finding Faith in the Dark” (August 2014), as well as fourteen books for youth and youth workers.
Laurie has been featured on Focus on the Family, PBS, and World Magazine. She has been in ministry for thirty years and has served on staff at four churches. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Jere, and stepson Jordan.
Sarah is a Worship Leader in the East Bay of California. She has a deep passion for worshipping the Lord through music and and has been doing so for the last 13 years in a variety of venues nationwide. She and her husband have two children, Jude and Stella, and they currently reside in Livermore, Ca where they enjoy serving in ministry together.
Elizabeth Hunnicutt Summers is a worship leader and singer-songwriter based out of Santa Cruz, CA. She is a new mother and loves spending time with her husband, Andrew and her baby girl, Ruth. Her music ministry spans 15 years and includes 7 albums. Living in Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota, and California have all served as influences in her music and her way of life. She loves meeting new people and building relationships and she hopes to do that very thing even through her music. She can regularly be found performing or leading worship at churches, colleges, retreats, events, and house concerts. Her heart is to see people awakened to God’s love and inspired to run after Him with their lives.
Spring 2020 Speaker
Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace. Nicole holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She and her husband Dave have three children.
Spring 2020 Worship Leader
With a message that touches the heart and a singing voice that inspires, Chaya tells of the greatness of God’s mercy and grace. She has experienced His love, forgiveness, and healing in a most powerful way, and longs for everyone she comes in contact with to have that same experience. Chaya has been privileged to lead worship at many churches, and is often asked to return multiple times. Having written much of the music that she performs, she is able to reach from her heart directly into the hearts of her listeners.
She is in demand as a speaker/singer for women’s events, conferences, retreats, Christmas Programs, and church services. She has opened for the popular duo, Shane and Shane, has led worship multiple times at the California Women's Retreat, and has appeared on Canadian's TV show, 100 Huntley Street. She has released four albums, with the latest album, 'Mood for Love', produced by Ralph Stover, who has worked with many professional artists!
Whether Chaya is ministering to a small group, or to thousands, there is an astounding feeling of intimacy. Since giving her life to Jesus Christ, she knows that whatever the setting, it’s where the Lord has placed her. People seem drawn to tell her that the words she spoke or sang cut directly to their heart. She says that this is what makes her ministry worthwhile.
Chaya's husband, Rick, is currently a worship and sports pastor at their church in Chico CA. They have been married 17 years and have four beautiful children.