"Pursuing the Presence of God"

October 11-13

"A weekend of renewing your spirit, recommitting your life to Christ and making new and lasting friendships. Simply Amazing!"

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Darlene Allen-Nichols

Dr. Allen-Nichols has had a global ministry, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. She can be seen hosting her show Vision to Victory on Chicago land local television. 

Dr. Nichols founded DAN Ministries Inc. in 1999, a ministry to build self-esteem, increase self-worth and promote personal productivity. She currently serves at New Life Covenant Church Southeast under the leadership of Pastor John F. Hannah. 

Dr. Nichols earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Management, both from DePaul University; and a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Management from Capella University. She also earned a Master’s and Doctorate of Divinity from the Grace Theological Seminary.

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Dr. Lydena Franklin

Dr. Franklin serves in the ministry as a Christian Education Instructor, Intercessor and Marriage and Women's Ministry Director.


She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Psychology from Governor's State University. She also received her Master's Degree of Health and Sciences. She was bestowed a Doctorate of Divinity from the Pentecostal Bible College of Tuskegee University; and is currently employed as a certified Clinician.


Breakout Speakers & Sessions

Christine Bierma

"Open heart, closed eyes"

Have you ever fervently prayed that God would show you His will but then were afraid to see His answer? Has God put something on your heart but you can't seem to move? Maybe you are wrestling with God for control? How do we freely align ourselves with God's design and live a life of trusting him? 

Christine has been a speaker at women's conferences and MOPS groups for 15 years.

She enjoys blogging  at www.christinebierma.com 

She also serves on the board of directors for Daughters of Grace. 

Erika Staples


We have to come to God from a pure place in our hearts. This is how God can meet us where we are. In this sincere place, we can access the promises of God. 

Erika began speaking and teaching the Word of God at a young age. She is currently a member of "Bread of Live COGIC" and President of Local 6 UAW.

Vanessa Scarbrough

"Whose Strategy?"

Whose strategy are you following as you pursue God? Are you relying on the Holy Spirit's wisdom or your own? Learn how to hear from God as he reaches out to you. 

Mother and grandmother, Vanessa's calling is and has been to help move women toward righteousness and salvation. 

Suzi Murphy

“Leaving your past and pursuing God’s plan”

Hear Suzi's story of feeling and seeing God begin to show up in her life in a powerful and humorous way. She shares her biblical coping skills to handle her day to day struggles and the craziness of finding his glorious walking path.  

Suzi serves as a Stephens minister at Parkview in Orland Park. Suzi and her husband live in Mokena and have two children Michael and Sophie;

Where to stay

Special Conference Rates Available​ Until 9/22/19

Embassy Suites Hotel

1445 Lake Cook Road 

Deerfield, Illinois,60015, USA

Phone: +1-847-945-4500

Fax: +1-847-945-8189

2   Double Beds                    $140