Kathy Stang

Understanding Grief

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We all experience losses in our lives, whether through death, divorce, job loss, life transitions, health diagnosis, loss of a dream, and the list goes on. Through such losses, grieving is also a reality; however, do we know how to do the work that heals grief, or do we live with “ghosts” of our past, and let them haunt every aspect of our lives and relationships? Join Kathy on a journey of understanding the process of identifying grief triggers and working to become unburdened from the losses of past and present.

Kathy Stang is a certified “Grief Companion” for The Wenner Funeral Homes in Cold Spring, MN, and Richmond, MN. She studied the companion method of grief counseling under the nationally and internationally-known Dr. Alan Wolfelt from The Center for Loss out of Fort Collins, CO. She works to “companion” clients through many different types of loss due to death, divorce, children, relationships, illness, life transition issues, and more.In her spare time, she is Owner and CFO of The Great Blue Heron Restaurant, Banquets, and Catering, President of the BKE Ministries Board of Directors, a trained mentor with BKE Ministries, and a trained women’s mentor with The Waters Church. She is also a proud mother of two adult sons and grandmother to four blessings, known as her grandchildren.

Renee Clanton


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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.

Brenda Engelking

Let the Thief Steal No More!

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What is the devil stealing from you? Joy? Peace? Security? Jesus died to ensure that you would have security and a sense of peace and safety in every aspect of your life! If you are in an abusive relationship, it is time to choose hope and life once again.

Brenda is credentialed with the Assemblies of God and is currently the Founder and Executive Director of BKE Ministries. Before becoming a pastor, she devoted 22 years of her life working with victims of domestic violence in such capacities as a Lead Legal Advocate for the Harriet Tubman Center, Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Stearns County Attorney’s Office, and Supervisor of the Women’s program for Anna Marie’s Battered Women’s shelter. She has vast experience in training law enforcement and is certified to administer and score Lethality Assessments. bkeministries.com

Ed Werneke


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Join this insightful training session, addressing the topic of women’s safety within their own homes and on the street. Attendees will each come away with practical knowledge of how to avoid becoming a vice victim.

Ed Werneke served 30 years as a Police Officer, followed by eight years as Special Deputy US Marshall. He is now the Men’s Ministry Director at Maranatha Assembly of God. Part of his police training was in the area of community oriented policing. He has spoken to hundreds of women on personal safety through presenting Women Safety Seminars.

Lois Breit

Kids & God

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Do you desire for your kids to know God but wonder how to encourage them? Join Lois as she shares insight for leading your kids into a relationship with their Heavenly Father, Savior, Lord, and Friend!

Lois is a U.S. Missionary to single moms. She has over 20 years of experience as an ordained minister, pastor, and missionary with the Assemblies of God. She speaks at single mom conferences, women’s events, and church services across the country, as well as having written a devotional book and several articles for single moms. Lois raised five children as a single mother and uses her experience to offer hope and help to today’s single moms. loisbreit.com

Tim Demery

Simple Steps Towards Financial Freedom

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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.

Ashley Darkenwald

Eating Well on Every Budget

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Ashley Darkenwald, MS, CPT, PES, loves pizza! And ice cream with peanut butter, and chocolate chip cookies. Years ago, Ashley realized that she was addicted to sugar and junk food nearly her whole life . . . and has paid the price with weight struggles, allergies, adult acne, and joint pain. Ashley started a journey to discover what it means to live a balanced, abundant life full of colorful nutrition, functional fitness, and deep spirituality. Join Ashley as she shares creative ways to cook and eat healthy meals on a budget.

Ashley is passionate to share her health secrets with everyone! With more than ten years as a certified personal trainer and as an award-winning author, business owner, and homeschool mother of two, Ashley continues her journey of lifelong learning with her newest exciting venture Living Wellness for Growth Groups!

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.

Terri Fedorenko

Out of the Darkness

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Depression is like a thick, dark cloak descending over a life. It sucks the breath out of lungs and the energy out of bodies and souls. Depression causes people to lose hope and direction. Its onset can be like a slow fade or a blow that sends the person into a tail spin; both wash over a person like an aggressive wave, sending them rolling around in a dark swirl and no longer certain of the way up or out.

Perhaps you have experienced depression or you care about someone that has. Join Terri to learn more about the causes of depression, as well as, hope and tools to find the way out of the darkness as Terri shares both with personal experience, as a believer, and as a therapist.

Terri Fedorenko is a licensed Marriage and family therapist working with The Center for Family Counseling with an office in the Waters Church in Sartell.

Jen Spiegel

Writing Your 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, blogging, and how to start sharing your story with others.

Jen Spiegel is passionate about the healing power of storytelling and helping women discover their unique voice through writing. She serves as a leader of Bridging the Gap’s writing team and works as a medical editor by day, freelance editor and blogger by night. When not crafting metaphors and searching for the perfect synonym, she can be found homeschooling her 3 kids, plotting her family’s next great outdoor adventure, or curling up on the couch with a good book and a one-eyed dog named Finn.

Rebecca Kotz

Families At Risk: Preventing Sexual Exploitation

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We live in the most hostile sexual climate in history: widespread sexual violence, early sexualization of children, violent pornography is a click away, and sadistic sexuality is quickly becoming normalized among young people. This session will cover what you need to know as a parent to combat the exploitative and toxic sexual culture in which we live.

Rebecca Kotz is the Trafficking Services Coordinator at the Central MN Sexual Assault Center. She is a victim advocate and counselor who developed the first program for victims of sexual exploitation/trafficking in Central MN. She also developed and facilitates “Not Buying It,” a radical restorative justice educational program for male offenders convicted of solicitation. She trains and educates professionals, churches, and the community on preventing men’s violence. She co-founded an exotic dance club outreach ministry, and blogs for Christians for Biblical Equality International.