Sisterhood Leadership, Minnesota Female Leadership, Leadership Retreat, Minnesota Assembly of God
Join us for a powerful getaway with Training, Connecting, Workshops, Idea-Sharing, Prayer, Coffee, and Lots of Fun!

The Bridging the Gap Leadership Conference (formerly known as the Sisterhood Leadership Retreat) is for every woman–spanning generations, life stages, and leadership experience. We believe every woman is a potential leader, and we have designed this event for you!

You will gain fresh perspectives, resources, and connections with sister leaders from across Minnesota. Come individually or with your team!

2024 Bridging the Gap Leadership Conference

  • February 9-10
  • Lake Geneva Christian Center (Alexandria, MN)
  • Featuring Portia Allen, River of Life Worship, and Lindsay May & Kylie DeBoef (emcees)
  • Plus Multiple Workshops, the Lund Leadership Award Presentation, Leadership Storytime with Pam Steinle, The Leadership Exchange, The Breakfast Buzz, Networking, Coffee, and More
  • SUB Project Collection for the Single Moms Retreat
  • Add-On Options: Sweatshirt, Thurs and/or Sat Night Lodging, Professional Headshots
  • Cozy “Up North” Outdoor Activities Available
    • Guided Moonlit Walk, Ice Skating (bring your own skates), Bonfire & S’mores, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides to The Bridge Shop
    • Indoor swimming pool & outdoor hot tub
    • Bingo




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  • 4:30 pm – Registration (Dining Hall)
  • 5:00-6:30 pm – Dinner On-site (Optional Add-on Ticket) + Shopping
  • 5:30-6:30 pm – Headshot Photos (Add-on option)
  • 7:00 pm – Lund Leadership Award Announcement + Main Session 1 with Portia Allen
  • 9:00-9:30 pm – Registration
  • 9:00-11:00 pm – After-Party
    • Indoor: Bingo, Gourmet Snacks, Networking, Shopping, Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor: Cozy “Up North” Activities (Weather Permitting): Lakeside Bonfire + S’mores, Guided Moonlit Walk, + Ice Skating (Bring Your Own Skates), Outdoor Hot Tub


  • 6:45 am – Coffee Available (Dining Hall)
  • 7:00 am – Breakfast + Exhibitor Shopping + Lakeside Bonfire Devotion (With Coffee + Hot Cocoa)
  • 7:30 am – Saturday Registration
  • 7:45-8:15 am – Breakfast Buzz
  • 8:30-9:30 am – Workshops 1
  • 9:45-10:45 am – Workshops 2
  • 11:00-12:30 pm – Main Session 2: Leadership Storytime with Pam + The Leadership Exchange
  • 12:30 pm – Lunch + Exhibitor Shopping + Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides to Shop at The Bridge Shop
  • 1:00-2:00 pm – Headshot Photos (Add-on option)
  • 2:00 pm – BTG Missions Offering + Main Session 3 with Portia Allen

2024 Featured Guests

Alli Worthington

Portia Allen – Speaker

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Portia Allen is a speaker, pastor, consultant, and writer. She is married to Clinton, and they have 3 energetic boys. Having worked in public education and now being in full time ministry, Portia is a bridge builder of people and is passionate about seeing the Body of Christ minister to all people.

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Angie Goetz - BTG Director

Angie Goetz – BTG Director

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Angie Goetz is the Director of Bridging the Gap, the women’s ministry of the MN District of the Assemblies of God. She is an ordained minister and works toward the long-held traditions of BTG by Encouraging, Equipping, and Empowering women in their faith journey with Jesus.

Angie has been married for 27 years and has 2 sons ages 21 and 20 and a daughter who is 16. She lives in Austin, MN, and has a professional background of 25 years in low-income property management and various areas of community involvement including serving 11 years on her local school board. She prefers to start her day with a diet coke instead of coffee, loves meeting new friends, spending time with old ones, and a good brainstorming session. She sometimes snorts when she laughs and relaxes by watching sunsets from her front porch in pajama pants as often as she can.

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River of Life Worship - 2021 SLR Worship Team

River of Life Worship

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River of Life Worship is the worship ministry for River of Life Church in Cold Spring, MN. Worship Pastor Derrick Benoit and his wife, Ashley, are passionate about training up the next generation of worship leaders and developing creative individuals to glorify God. Both studied music and graduated from North Central University and had a desire from a young age to serve in full-time ministry. The heart of the team is to seek to find unique creative ways to express their worship within their congregation, and they desire to see the next generation of believers find their gifting in the creative area.

See more @riveroflifemn on social media.

Melissa Oler

Lindsay May – Emcee

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Lindsay May is the founder of The Truly Co., host of The Truly Co Podcast, and publisher of Truly magazine, a Christian print publication grounded in gospel truth, pairing stories of hope and encouragement with custom art and design. She is passionate about spirit-filled creativity, contextual biblical teaching, and leadership. Lindsay’s mission is to encourage others to step boldly into the kingdom assignments and dreams God has given them. She has a Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership and is also working towards a Master of Divinity from Pillar Seminary, where she is being trained in ancient Near East contexts, both for the Old and New Testament. Lindsay lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, and enjoys the little moments of life with her two kids, husband, and dogs. She loves speaking, photography, and finding adventure wherever she goes.

Myndee Anderson

Kylie DeBoef – Emcee

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Kylie DeBoef is a down-to-earth 24-year-old who finds her greatest joy in her faith, freelance graphic design work, and savoring a slice of key lime pie. Currently, she calls Minneapolis her home and thoroughly enjoys the winter weather as it is perfect for snowboarding.

Kylie is heavily involved in a variety of roles at Cedar Valley Church, such as youth leading, young adult ministry, photography, and on occasion, she offers her support to the University of Minnesota’s Chinese Chi-Alpha, NiHao Minnesota, in collaboration with local missionaries where she is trying her best to learn the Mandarin language.

When she’s not dedicating her time to these pursuits, you’ll find Kylie in the company of her friends, working out, dancing, or putting her graphic design skills to use at General Mills. She is passionate about business as mission (BAM) and hopes to one day travel the world and equip women to grow their own businesses.

Follow @kylie.deboef on Instagram.

Pam Steinle

Pamela Steinle – Special Feature Speaker

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Pamela Steinle has been employed as a licensed attorney since 2011. In 2020, she opened Steinle Law PLLC, an estate planning and settlement law firm. Today, she balances her law life with a calling to encouraging others to live an authentic life that is broken for Jesus. Steinle Grace was started in 2023 to house Pam’s speaking organization, with the name coming from a fun application of Romans 6:14 (you are not under law but under grace). She and her husband, Justin, run a household of girls (ages 5, 9, and an adult relative with Down syndrome), are amateur foodies, and enjoy domestic travel. 

Follow @steinlegrace on Instagram.

2024 Workshops

Launching a Mentorship Program

What does mentoring look like for a church? How can it be intentional and organic? We will be sharing about a pilot project that is currently underway, as well as new, soon-to-be released material on “How to Mentor!”

Carol Lund is a Christian visionary, leader, and mentor but also a wife, mother, and grandmother. As the former Director of Bridging the Gap for 25 years, she has been a catalyst for ministry to women across Minnesota, as well as an inspiration and mentor to women’s ministry leaders outside of this state. She walks out what she has learned: that God’s Word will mix with life’s experience to create the wisdom needed for living.

Cheryl and Denny Curran are lead pastors of River of Life (ROL) Church in Coldspring, MN. Cheryl’s leadership with women’s ministry touches hundreds of women within their church and community, especially during the annual River of Life “White Christmas” event every December. Cheryl loves being a mom, grandma, and cheering on her grandkids in their extracurricular activities.

Abby Olson is a wife of 26 years, a mother of four girls, and has served in ministry for 24 years with her husband, Jeff. They are currently on staff at The Waters Church in central MN. Abby oversees a mentoring connection for women called Becoming Her, and she’s passionate about women’s faith growing as they intentionally do life together.

Pamela Steinle: 75 Solid

You may have heard about 75 HARD, a “transformative mental toughness program” that “can permanently change your life” if you follow five rules for 75 days straight. The idea of committing to spiritual health in a sustainable way intrigued Pamela Steinle, so she began experimenting with a transformative spiritual health program, 75 SOLID, based on Matthew 7:24.

This session will go beyond superficial and temporary motivation. Instead, it will facilitate group discussion around practical strategies busy leaders can implement in their lives to experience spiritual transformation. In this program, there’s plenty of grace for imperfect progress!

Through a variety of life experiences, including delivering announcements at CenterPoint Church in south-central Minnesota, presenting at professional and leadership conferences, and attaining a law degree and Master’s of Education, Pamela Steinle is equipped to speak, teach, and encourage. Passion areas include integration of Truth in our daily lives; living an intentional life; growing families through adoption; and being our authentic, broken selves.

Learn more about Pam on social media @steinlegrace.

Tabatha Perry: Obstacle Overdrive - Conquer Challenges in a Power Hour

Dive into a faith-infused, high-energy, solution-oriented hour, focusing on a personal obstacle exploration and swift action planning for instant results. Identify what holds you back and come up with a plan to overcome. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a list of obstacles that have been holding you back and an action plan for overcoming them.

• Fast-paced individualized obstacle exploration to uncover immediate challenges.
• Quick-fire self-reflection on key areas to identify impactful obstacles.
• Creation of a streamlined action plan for instant obstacle resolution.
• Engaging Q&A session for rapid insights and personalized takeaways.

With a Master’s degree in Social Work, Tabatha Perry is a highly regarded Life Coach, leveraging 15+ years of expertise in coaching, mentoring, consulting, and counseling. Originally from Alaska and with a background working in the Justice system, she brings distinctive and unique viewpoints to guide individuals and organizations in overcoming challenges, reaching their goals, to cultivate a more gratifying life, all while prioritizing burnout prevention and honoring God.

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Melissa Coleman: Become An Unoffendable Leader

Do you carry burdens you would like to leave behind? Do you ever wonder why you can’t get completely free from the hard emotions and painful memories of past events, even when you’ve done your best to forgive the offenders in your life? Do you find yourself carrying baggage from past wounds into new situations, or do you have triggers that set you off?

Jesus paid a high price for us to experience complete freedom from oppression and live unburdened lives. Come learn how to live an unoffendable life–without having to grow thicker skin–and to utilize God’s powerful currency of Mercy to transact business in the heavenly courts. You will learn how to live at a level of freedom and authentic peace that most people only dream they could enjoy!

Melissa Coleman has been practicing law for 26 years, and currently serves as the Senior Principal and CEO of Coleman Law & Consulting, a Twin Cities based firm specializing in serving churches, faith-based organizations and small to mid-sized businesses. Coleman is recognized for her extensive work in advancing human rights in both domestic and international arenas, as well as for advocating for the rights of citizens to freely exercise their religious beliefs in their public and professional lives. Coleman and a small team of lawyers launched a nonprofit network of faith-based attorneys in her state, and she has served and continues to serve on numerous boards and advocacy teams. Coleman and her husband of 26 years have three adult and two teen kids. What Coleman loves most in life is helping people get free and stay free!

Dr. Edna Geddes: Keys to Improve Your Mood and Mental Health

Science confirms your quality of life depends on your mood. Our thoughts—real or imagined—influence feelings and shape behaviors. This session will provide practical keys to identify and break unhealthy mindsets by utilizing cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual strategies based upon biblical principles. There are things you can do improve your mood and quality life.

Dr. Edna is a wife, mother, grandmother, pastor’s wife, and is currently employed full-time at Nystrom & Associates, Ltd. as a mental health practitioner. She provides mental health services to diverse populations from various social economic statuses.

Panel: How to Give Feedback/Crucial Conversations

No matter your workplace or serving roles–whether in ministry, marketplace, or various volunteer settings, there are going to be hard conversations or feedback that we as leaders need to provide. Those conversations might come naturally for some but be challenging for others. Tune in to an honest and helpful discussion where Carol Lund, Kristie Kerr, Dolores Smith, and Mykelti Blum share wisdom and strategies to gain confidence in having crucial conversations.

There will also be a Q&A opportunity to have some of YOUR scenarios discussed and questions answered!

Tabatha Perry: Embrace the Shift - Navigating Life's New Seasons with Confidence
Join us for a dynamic workshop that empowers you to navigate life’s changing seasons with confidence and clarity. Learn to recognize when a season is coming to an end, discover the art of saying no with grace, and explore the compelling reasons why changing seasons is crucial for personal growth and fulfillment.
– Recognize the signs it’s time to transition seasons.
– Understand the faith-based significance of saying no.
– Develop effective communication strategies to gracefully decline opportunities that no longer align with your current season.
– Learn practical strategies for transitioning from one season to the next.


With a Master’s degree in Social Work, Tabatha Perry is a highly regarded Life Coach, leveraging 15+ years of expertise in coaching, mentoring, consulting, and counseling. Originally from Alaska and with a background working in the Justice system, she brings distinctive and unique viewpoints to guide individuals and organizations in overcoming challenges, reaching their goals, to cultivate a more gratifying life, all while prioritizing burnout prevention and honoring God.

Learn more at

Melissa Oler: Leading Well - It Starts with You!

We all desire to lead effectively, so let’s explore how Christ focused self-leadership creates the foundation for leading others well. In this session we will discuss the importance of emotional health, soul care, and spiritual growth, and consider how these things impact our leadership.

Melissa is a wife and also a mom to five amazing kids. She is a pastor and works with a local non-profit to help equip local believers in extending welcome. She enjoys learning new things, reading, and taking walks by the ocean.

Kristie Kerr: Faith In Culture - Lessons from Daniel

All of us want to stand up for our faith in a culture that is at best indifferent to our beliefs and at worst hostile to our faith. But HOW do we do that? Do we remove ourselves from culture? Do we view culture as the enemy and take a combative position? Or do we try to blend in and not rock the boat.

By looking at the story of Daniel in Babylon, we will see that he did not do any of these things. Through wisdom, discretion, courage, and love, Daniel engaged with the culture in a way that both promoted him to positions of influence and did not compromise his convictions. Join us for this workshop to gain practical tools to navigate cultural conversations in a complicated world.

Kristie Kerr is an author, speaker, worship leader, church planter, and mother of four. She has written several women’s books and Bible Studies, in addition to a series of gender specific devotionals and curriculum for children called “Polka Dot Girls” and “Bazooka Boys.” In 2015, she and her husband, Jeff launched Homestead Community Church in Farmington, MN. You can also hear them on their podcast, “A Little Kerrspective.”

Dolores Smith: Know Who You Are & Lead With Confidence

Identifying and understanding your leadership style is crucial for achieving success as a leader. In a world that constantly dictates who we should be, how to be, and what to be, it’s essential to ask ourselves: “Do we truly know who we are?” This workshop is designed to guide you through introspective conversations and exercises, helping you uncover your identity, values, and leadership principles.

By the end of the workshop, you will have a clear outline of your identity, values, and foundational leadership principles. Armed with this self-awareness, you’ll be well-equipped to elevate yourself to the next level as a leader or aspiring leader. Whether you’re an experienced leader or just starting out, this workshop is tailored to assist you in building or refining your personal leadership foundation.

Dolores Smith understands that life’s challenges can overwhelm each one of us even on our best day. Her “glass half-full optimism” spills over into her service as a Bridging the Gap advisor and in her career as a Learning and Development manager. Dolores’ motivating passion is to bring people together to discover and embrace all the joy life has to give.

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