ABIDE Guests

Ann White, well known author, speaker and Bible teacher and founder of the global ministry Courage for Life. Ann has recently published the Courage For Life Bible which includes Bible studies and stories of women of faith. Anne’s authenticity and openness about her spiritual journey and God’s restoration to her life and marriage will bless you. Her passion to empower individuals with God’s Word and help them live lives of courage and abundance will inspire you.

Laura Story, Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. Among her many credits, Laura received a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song in 2012 for “Blessings,” and penned a 30-day devotional on this best-selling song, in addition to three other books about her life and faith and what she’s learned. She is also known for hit songs including “Indescribable” and “Awake My Soul (1000 Tongues)”.

Sheena Marquis

Sheena Marquis is a survivor, speaker, and songwriting worship leader. Sheena is the product of the holistic ministry of The Salvation Army, from shelter resident as a child to a full participant in work and worship as an adult and leader in the local corps. God has transformed Sheena’s testimony into a calling to serve others as a former Salvation Army officer, now practicing social worker and counselor. Sheena leads worship, assists with Singing Company, and serves the young adult ministry at her home corps in Lewisville, TX. Sheena currently resides in Flower Mound, TX with her husband Jeff, son Caedmon, Goldendoodle Cortado and American white shepherd Payton.

Robin Smith

Robin Smith is the owner of RS Focus Consulting, a company that invests in individuals with a focus on women who lead non-profit organizations. With over 37 years of experience in non-profit leadership, Robin provides one-on-one coaching for personal, spiritual, and professional development, staff and board development, and online leadership cohorts.

Robin is also a gifted speaker at women’s conferences and part of the teaching and speaking team of Ignite Life, a non-profit organization that focuses on equipping, empowering, and mobilizing women throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Throughout her career, Robin has held various positions such as Executive Director, Program Director, Director of Retention, and Pastor. In each position, she has always prioritized helping others realize their potential and overcome obstacles.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Development and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University in Michigan.

Robin resides in Henderson, NV, with her husband and enjoys exploring God’s creation through hiking, walking, and sitting in the sun with a good book.

Sharon Irving, a singer/songwriter, worship leader, spoken word artist, actress. You will remember Sharon from our 2018 Arise & Shine Conference. Sharon’s great talent came to the attention of the nation on Season 10 of “America’s Got Talent” where she earned the rare Golden Buzzer. She’s known for her strong, soulful voice that makes an impact. She’s currently on staff and a worship leader at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, IL.

Selah, the well-loved award-winning Christian vocal trio, featuring Allan Hall, Amy Perry and Todd Smith. Their music is powerful and has wide-ranging appeal, crossing generations. Selah has won 11 Dove Awards, sold more than 4 million albums and had more than a half-billion streams of their songs. You will recognize their hits including “You Raise Me Up”, “Bless the Broken Road”, and “Wonderful, Merciful Savior”.

Becky Thompson

Becky Thompson is the co-Author of “Midnight Mom Devotional” – a best-selling devotional series including 365 daily prayers for moms.

She is also the author of the books Hope Unfolding and Love Unending and speaks frequently to the issues of balancing life as a wife, mother, and daughter of God. She is known to millions as the author of BeckyThompson.com (formerly Scissortail SILK), a blog that reaches a global audience of readers in need of hope, healing, and the Father’s love. A recent transplant to Los Angeles, she lives there with her husband, Jared, and their three young children.

Jessica Sanders

Jessica Sanders is a passionate lover of Jesus with an amazing testimony of freedom in her own life. She serves in full time ministry as ConnectUp Team Director. Her focus is bringing healing to the broken hearted, missions, and equipping the body of Christ.

Jessica will be teaching a workshop on Saturday called “Freedom From Negative Thoughts”.

Major Beth Desplancke

Major Beth Desplancke is the Territorial Women’s Ministries Program Secretary for the Western Territory. Major Beth will be teaching a workshop entitled “Looking for Treasure – Digging Deep into God’s Word.” This workshop will discuss the importance and benefits of treasuring God’s Word, the challenges that get in our way, and present a Bible study method to help you dig deeper into God’s Word.

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