2016 Conference

March 12, 2016

Church of the Holy Spirit

Host Church


Church of the Holy Spirit

6011 Merriman Road
Roanoke, VA 24018

We appreciate their hospitality and the generous use of their beautiful facilities.

We also thank

Jennifer Rose Studio, Photography
Cambo Films, Videography

for their time, talents, and images.

featured ministry

The Salvation Army – Turning Point Shelter, Roanoke VA

We filled Jamie’s car again!


Thank you for your generous donations! For more info –> 2016 Turning Point Needs

Conference team

Emily White is an Instructional Designer, Leadership Consultant, wife and mother of two who believes in the power of personal stories to convey hope, growth and grace. Her mission is to walk the talk and talk the walk of a life redeemed by Jesus Christ and her motto is “progress, not perfection.”

Emily’s life verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Connect with Emily on Facebook.

NEW — PDF Handout from Emily’s session

LaVerne Norman is both an invigorating proclaimer of God’s word and a Christ connector! She’s thrilled about discovering with you, declaring the good news to you and inciting your potential. Many life encounters contribute to her authentic, relatable character.

LaVerne’s life verse if Nehemiah 8:10, And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

Connect with LaVerne: Email, Facebook, LinkedIn, JLAL.org.

NEW — PDF of LaVerne’s Powerpoint Slides

A Christian speaker and writer, Susan Stilwell is passionate about God’s Word. Her enthusiasm is contagious as she teaches and shares her biblical insights. A Precept leader and voracious scripture memorizer, she inspires her audiences to dig deeper into the Word and hide it in their hearts.

Susan’s life verse is Romans 15:13, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Connect with Susan on Twitter, FacebookInstagram  and SusanStilwell.com

NEW — PDF handout from Susan’s session

MarLane Knuppel is a singer/songwriter and worship leader who is passionate about using the gifts God has given her to draw others into the presence of the Lord.  She has been involved in worship ministry for over a decade leading worship for church services, retreats, and conferences.

MarLane’s life verse is Psalm 28:7, The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Connect with MarLane on Twitter, Facebook and MarLaneKnuppel.com

Called to a life of service, Jamie Starkey has spent her career advocating for positive change in the lives of others. Jamie, a Masters level social worker, manages the service ministries of the Roanoke area Salvation Army, including the Turning Point shelter for victims of sexual and family violence. Jamie shares a message of worthiness and hope in a style that is straight to the point and assuaged with humor.

Jamie’s life verse is Proverbs 3:27 from The Message Paraphrase, Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. 

Connect with Jamie on Facebook or through Turning Point.

Mary Frances Bowley is the Founder of Wellspring Living, an organization fighting childhood sexual abuse and exploitation since 2001. She has been a leader in bringing the fight against child sex-trafficking to Atlanta and is a founding member of the Governor’s Task Force for CSEC Victims. Bowley was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence in 2010-2012. Bowley has also received the Martin Luther King Community Service Award, AKA Humanitarian Award, and partner with PASSION Conferences. She is the author of A League of Dangerous Women and The White Umbrella.

Mary Frances is married to her best friend, Dick, and has 2 sons and 3 grandsons. Dick and Mary Frances currently reside in Peachtree City, GA. Connect with Mary Francis at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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