MOMcon 2015 Speakers and Performers
As a poet, speaker, journalist, and event host, Amena Brown’s words excite, ignite and inspire. Whether in front of audiences as intimate as 50 or as sprawling as 20,000, she has something to say that matters. Amena’s debut book release, Breaking Old Rhythms: Answering the Call of a Creative God, explores how experiences such as deejaying, learning to dance, having a broken heart, and practicing the rules of improv can teach us about our life’s rhythm and how we can better tune our ears and lives to the rhythm of God. As a part of a generation that is searching for the real and the genuine in an age of constant carbon copy, this nonconformist lends her voice to finding inspiration, truth, and purpose and encourages those she encounters to do the same.
A self-described "hot mess," Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. Her books, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, and Wonderstruck and their corresponding Bible studies, have sold nearly one million copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more. Always up for an adventure, Margaret is known to drive 50 miles to chase down a food truck and snag Groupons for river rafting on a whim. She prefers watching comedies and laughing until her tummy aches over doing sit ups.
Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India and Somalia. Bob is a sought after speaker for leadership, church and university events, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner. Bob has been a practicing attorney for over 25 years. He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School where he teaches Nonprofit Law, and Point Loma Nazarene University, where he teaches Business Law.
Jen Hatmaker is a writer, blogger and the author of seven books and Bible studies. She loves people, and with a heart for the women of her generation, she speaks at retreats and conferences around the country leading them through Scripture, and walking together with them on the path to living life on purpose. Jen and her pastor husband—along with their five growing kids—showcased their re-do skills on HGTV’s “My Big Family Renovation” last year on their place outside of Austin, Texas. Jen loves Jesus—The way he loved outcasts; his genius teachings that are still relevant today. She wants to be a champion of grace and goodness. And her pimento cheese recipe is out-of-this-world!
Sherry Surratt is the CEO of MOPS International, but the real truth is she’s a lover of chocolate and awesome shoes. She lives in Denver with the love of her life Geoff, and has two kids, a beautiful daughter-in-love, two gorgeous granddaughters and a very messy closet. She’s the author of Just Lead! (Leadership for women), Beautiful Mess (a bible study for moms) and Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears. She hides candy in her purse and loves hugs. When you see her ask her for both!
We also have an Incredible lineup of worship leaders and musicans!
Long before JJ Heller and her husband, Dave, welcomed their two beautiful daughters into the world, the couple — full-time independent musicians for 12 years now— were already writing songs for their children. Each of JJ’s six full-length albums includes at least one or two of these quiet and sweet songs. Recently, JJ’s devoted fanbase began asking her to consolidate the songs on one record. As an artist, she’s very in touch with her following. And she chose to honor their wishes with an exquisitely crafted collection of lullabies called I Dream of You.
The front cover of Matt Maher’s latest offering, All The People Said Amen, is a menagerie of old tour posters, handwritten lyrics from songwriting sessions, live and candid shots with fans, even his own wedding photos. No image is random. Each piece was placed purposefully by Maher. Every item has a story behind it and has played a significant role in Maher’s songwriting over the past seven years. “This record is a musical collage. I think most of our lives look like that, this jumble of a bunch of different stuff,” Maher offers. “Hopefully, when you take a step back, you realize something that might seem a little chaotic closeup, farther away, actually is a work of art that God’s slowly creating."
Several years ago, when Matthew West invited people to share their stories to serve as inspiration for an upcoming album, he had no idea it would be the start of an amazing journey that would forever change his music, ministry and life. Armed with more than 10,000 stories from fans all over the world, the floodgates of inspiration opened and West crafted a landmark album, The Story of Your Life. Suddenly people were given a voice and a chance for their stories to be heard. It started a powerful wave that continues with even greater momentum on West’s new album Into the Light.
Hailing from Carson City, Nevada, I AM THEY has roots as a worship team based out of a community of various area churches. The band’s 6-piece sound is propelled by versatile musicianship and anchored by three-part vocal harmonies. The name I Am They is inspired by John 17 - created with the intent to adopt on a personal and individual level. As Jesus prays in this chapter, He consistently refers to His disciples as "they". It is important to each band member to be the “they” that Jesus referred to. Having recently completed their debut album, and working towards an early 2015 album release, I Am They is a band that you won’t want to miss. The first single “From The Day” is available for download on iTunes now.