Sandy McKeown

My Story

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Are you interested in writing about your life experiences but aren’t sure where to start? This hands-on workshop will provide encouragement and tools to begin brainstorming and writing your story, along with tips on journaling and how to start sharing your story with others.

Sandy and her husband raised five children, three with extra challenges. One child with Attention Deficit Disorder and a Mood Disorder; one with Epilepsy, a Reading Disability, Depression and Oppositional Defiance; and one with Autism. She has been published in several anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover’s Soul, One Year Life Verse Devotional, and Laundry Tales to Lighten Your Load. Sandy is a public speaker and mentors several women, helping them discover raising challenging children and keeping their marriages strong simultaneously is possible. Sandy lives in the Greater Minneapolis Area, near three of her six grandchildren, with her husband, in their newly empty nest.

Renee Clanton

Parenting in the Trenches

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Renee Clanton is a positive, energetic communicator who loves to share about the faithfulness of our amazing God! Renee, an ordained Assemblies of God missionary, currently works with Project Rescue, a ministry that rescues and restores victims of sexually slavery through the love and power of Jesus Christ. Renee graduated from North Central University, served as a missionary to Muslims both overseas and in the United States, coordinated single moms retreats in Southern California and loves ministering to women. Renee raised two daughters as a divorced, single mom for 8 years. Having remarried in 2013, Renee and her husband, Flynn, now serve together as Assemblies of God world missionaries and love their blended family of five kids.

Faith Fitzgerald

Reinventing Your Career

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Jim Otremba

Stress Management

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As a LICSW, Jim has specialized in treating anxiety and stress for the last 20 years. Come and join Jim as he shares proven techniques that have helped many single moms. There will be tips and truths that can lower your stress today!

Jim Otremba has been married since 1995 and has been a part-time stay-at-home dad since 1999. He holds a Master of Divinity from St. John’s, a Master of Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University, and is currently finishing his Doctorate in Psychology. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota and owns a state licensed mental health clinic in St. Cloud: www.healinginchrist.com.

Jim and his wife, Maureen, bring their professional teachings to thousands of Christians each year throughout the U.S. through workshops, workbooks, and retreats. He is a dynamic speaker who uses high energy and humor.

Tim Demery

A Financial Plan That Works

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Does the thought of budgeting, saving, and debt planning make your stomach turn? Tim will discuss simple ways that you can save money today and easy steps to help gain more control over your finances.

Tim has spent the last 20 years in the financial services industry. He works with financial advisors, helping their clients maintain dignity and independence in retirement, and has frequently led personal finance classes at his church. Raised by a single mother, he has experienced firsthand the challenges that come with single parenting. Tim and his wife Kristin have been married for nine years and have three beautiful daughters.

Sandy McKeown

Parenting a Child With Special Needs

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Sandy and her husband raised five children, three with extra challenges. One child with Attention Deficit Disorder and a Mood Disorder; one with Epilepsy, a Reading Disability, Depression and Oppositional Defiance; and one with Autism. She has been published in several anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover’s Soul, One Year Life Verse Devotional, and Laundry Tales to Lighten Your Load. Sandy is a public speaker and mentors several women, helping them discover raising challenging children and keeping their marriages strong simultaneously is possible. Sandy lives in the Greater Minneapolis Area, near three of her six grandchildren, with her husband, in their newly empty nest.

Melinda Nelson

Trash to Treasure

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Melinda is a girl who loves junk and decorating with it!

Join Melinda as she takes literal junk and turns it into something beautiful–all while sharing of God’s redemptive nature to turn our stories–no matter what–into something masterful, beautiful, and hope-filled!

Visit Melinda at Restored Facets Facebook page.

Terri Fedorenko

What is Normal?

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Terri Fedorenko holds a Master of Science degree from St. Cloud State University and is a Licensed Marriage and family therapist. She is a wife and a mother of 5 children ranging from age 24 to 12. She has experienced pain and loss, as well as joy and success.

She understands that sometimes life gets hard and people get lost, and it is her desire that no one is alone during those times. It is her belief that therapy is not a magical healing but rather, as Mary Pipher wrote, “Therapy gives clients a safe relationship in which to explore their inner world and to consider taking risks in their external one.”

Terri’s experience includes successful work with couples therapy, parenting issues, blended families, women’s issues, mood disorders, child development, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, grief and loss, abuse, and trauma.

Traci & Emily

Healing from Hurts

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You are loved, but do you really believe it?

Oftentimes, we live as if nothing is wrong, stuffing our hurts and pains down deep and trying to think them away. The reality is that unhealed pain becomes the way we identify ourselves and also tempt others to treat us. Learn from Emily and Tracie as they discuss how through exposing lies, we are empowered to exchange lies for a new understanding of God’s heart for us. It is then that we find the freedom, love, and identity we were created for, resulting in true healing from hurts.

Emily is the Senior Pastor of The Redeemed Church, founder of He Cares Ministry, and speaker for Intimacy Unashamed Conferences. Emily has been married to Brian since 1997, and together they are blessed with three amazing teenagers whom they homeschool. Emily enjoys a good book, hot mug of chai tea, and caring for her farm animals. 

Tracie is a happily married mother of four. She is a prayer minister with The Redeemed Church, a public speaker, and certified Elijah House School of Ministry facilitator. Tracie also works with Light of Life Ministries as a conference speaker. She has a passion to co-labor with God, share truth, and lead the hurting to the healing.

Julie, Beth, Tami, & Janeen

Panel Breakout: Friendships

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Join Julie, Beth, Tami, and Janeen as they share about the value of friendships. Each of these women experienced a redemptive story as God brought together and used each other’s friendship to share support, encouragement, and hope through the devastation of divorce. The four have now become lifelong friends and look forward to sharing the importance of finding good, Godly friends who will love you where you are at.

You will have opportunity to submit questions, too!

Dwayne & Paul

Car Care Mini Breakout

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How do you check your fluids, tire pressure, change a tire, and know the necessities for keeping your vehicle maintained, cost-effective, and safe to drive? Come learn or refresh your car care knowledge with Dwayne and Paul!

Dwayne is a husband, dad, and grandpa, and Paul is a husband, dad, and grandpa whose life experiences have allowed them to work on many vehicles and farm equipment throughout the years.

These brothers-in-law are honored to share their knowledge and help with any questions you might have!

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