MOMcon 2013 Speakers and Performers
Beth Moore was raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the fourth child of a retired Army major and a homemaker. Her father managed the local cinema where each of her four siblings had a role to play. Beth’s job was to hand out samples of popcorn and soda. Growing up in the theater had its perks. Sometimes Beth would be allowed to slip into a movie and take with her a pickle bag full of popcorn and a Dixie cup of Coke.
There in a theater chair, wide-eyed and filled to the brim with Coca-Cola, Beth began a lifelong love for stories. She loved to tell them, write them, and be told them. The story that captured her heart and consumed her life, however, was not told in a movie theater. It was the story told in Sunday school of Jesus, a Savior who loved children and who thought she was special. A seed was planted in her young heart that would grow to mark her life with a passionate love for Christ.
Beth founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word. She has written numerous books and Bible studies, including Breaking Free, Believing God, The Patriarchs and most recently, James: Mercy Triumphs.
Beth and Keith praise God for 33 years of marriage. They enjoy traveling, hiking, drinking coffee on the back porch, eating Mexican food, making each other laugh, walking their dogs, and being grandparents. Both of their daughters, Amanda and Melissa, serve with Living Proof.
Lysa is a two time New York Times Bestselling Author of Made to Crave and Unglued who isn't shy about admitting what a mess she can be. But in the midst of the everyday "growth opportunities" she's been learning God's life lessons and sharing them on her blog (www.LysaTerKeurst.com) and in her books. Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, 5 kids, 3 dogs, and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.
Jen Hatmaker and her husband, Brandon, live in Austin, Texas where they lead Austin New Church and raise their brood. They pioneered Restore Austin, connecting churches to local and global non-profits for the spiritual and social renewal of Austin and beyond. Jen speaks at events all around the country. She is the author of nine books and bible studies, including Interrupted and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Jen and Brandon have five children: Gavin – 14, Sydney – 12, and Caleb – 10, and they’ve recently added Ben – 9, and Remy – 7 from Ethiopia. Check out her ministry, schedule and blog at jenhatmaker.com.
Kathi Lipp helps women renovate their lives, their relationships, and their connection to God. She is a national speaker and author who inspires thousands each year to take beneficial action steps in their personal, marital, and spiritual lives. Her wit and wisdom give hope to men and women across the U.S. and Canada to not settle for less than God’s loving plan for their lives.
Kathi is the author of six books with Harvest House Publishers and Revell Publishers including The Husband Project and Praying God’s Word for Your Husband. She’s the author of dozens of magazine articles for such organizations as Focus on the Family, Crosswalk.com, MOPS.org, and Nickelodeon TV’s Parent Connect as well as being a columnist for MOPS MomSense magazine. Kathi is a frequent guest on radio and television programs and was named “Best of Broadcasts” by Focus on the Family. Find out more about Kathi on her website.
Elisa Morgan is one of today’s most sought-after authors, speakers and leaders. For 20 years, Elisa Morgan served as CEO of MOPS International. Under her leadership, MOPS grew from 350 to over 4,000 groups throughout the United States and in 30 other countries, impacting over 100,000 moms every year. Elisa now serves as President Emerita.
Her latest work is She Did What She Could (SDWSC): Five Words of Jesus That Will Change Your Life, and the all-new Mom's Devotional Bible releases in Spring 2013. As the President of Mission: Momentum and the Publisher of FullFill™, a free digital magazine for women of all ages, stages and callings, her current mission is to mobilize women to invest their influence in God’s purposes.
She is married to Evan and has two grown children and one grandchild who live near her in the Denver, Colorado area.
Best-selling author, frequent radio and television guest, and one of the country’s most sought after inspirational and motivational speakers – Ken’s mixture of side-splitting humor and inspiration delights and enriches audiences of all ages. His books have received national critical acclaim, including the Book of the Year award and the Gold Medallion Award.
Ken is a featured speaker for Promise Keepers and a frequent guest on Focus on the Family. Ken has made thousands of personal appearances around the world. As president of Dynamic Communications International, he teaches speaking skills to ministry professionals and corporate executives. Ken’s daily radio show, Lighten Up!, is heard on over 1,500 stations in the United States and around the world.
Ken was born and raised in Minnesota and is a graduate of Oak Hills Christian College. He and his wife, Diane, live in Tennessee and have two daughters and six grandkids. The entire family is involved in Ken’s ministry, bringing much laughter and liberating truth to people around the world.
Jaye Thomas is an Intercessory Missionary/Worship Leader from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri. A veteran worship leader for almost 20 years, Jaye finds pleasure in raising up and training young worship leaders in the Forerunner Music Academy at IHOPU as well as giving leadership within the African American Forerunner Alliance. He has written and recorded many popular songs including "Shekinah" and has recently released his new album called Intimate: LIVE in the Studio, which is available everywhere music is sold. Jaye resides in Kansas City with is wife Nayomi and their two children Mahan and Justice.