ABIDE: Revive the Passion
Keynote Bible Expositor:
Kari Patterson

Kari Patterson is wife to Pastor Jeff and mom to Dutch, Heidi and Justice. They lead Renew Church, a community of Christ-followers in Oregon City. She holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and has had the honor of speaking to thousands of women over the past ten years at women’s retreats and conferences. She has five ebooks, and her new paperback book Sacred Mundane: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy is available today. 100% of her proceeds go to women and children in need through World Vision. More information at karipatterson.com


ABIDE: Revive the Passion Breakout Sessions:

Jesus confirmed the value of abiding in unity throughout his earthly partnerships, and scripture offers numerous examples of partnerships and teamwork to advance the gospel. As ministry leaders today, we experience both the power and frustration of working with others. This session offers powerful principles and tips to select, grow and lead teams to make effective decisions, solve problem creatively and serve in true unity.

Karen Howells is passionate about helping leaders, teams and organizations flourish. As the president and founder of the Howells Group, a growing organizational development consulting practice, Karen has worked as an executive coach as well as a leadership, teamwork, and organization development specialist for all sizes and types of companies for 29 years. She holds a Masters in Ministry and Leadership and Coaching for Spiritual Formation from Western Seminary and a degree from Lewis & Clark College in Organizational Development. Karen loves spending time with her married daughter, Rachael Price and her son-in-law, Luke.

If you are in the position of leadership at any level, sooner or later you will be faced with tough questions, have to face hard conversations and walk the line of truth, even when it is hair-pulling-level uncomfortable. How do we stay tethered to Christ’s model, being tender like Him, while we lead others in the rocky parts of life? Come as we discuss how to navigate through the tough conversations.

Carolyn Mata has had the wonderful opportunity to use her Western Seminary Master of Divinity degree as the Women’s Community Director and one of the staff pastors at New Hope Church. Her passion is to give women the experience of hearing from the Holy Spirit through study of the Scripture in community with other women. Carolyn is married to Ramon, a pastoral counselor, who is her long time love and partner in ministry. They have a daughter & son-in-law and two grandchildren.  Just recently they have had Carolyn’s 90-year young mom move in with them.

Jen Usselman is an interior designer by vocation, but her true passion is teaching God’s Word and leading women to a closer relationship with Christ.  Her calling is to draw women to Christ so that their families will be transformed by Him – into more love-centered homes.  She has been a table leader at her church Women’s Bible Study for the past eight years and is now in a co-facilitating and part-time teaching role along with the main women’s pastor.  She is in love with Christ and wants others to be as well.  She is also in love with her two children, ages 13 and 11 and Mike, her husband of over twenty years.

Jesus designed us for leadership, we’ve settled for the illusion of control.  We will address heart addictions, patterns of fear, default identities and the way back to our original design.

Jody Mayhew: has been a director of women’s ministries for over 30 years. As a teacher, she has carried her message of intimacy with God and a passion for His presence to four continents. As women’s representative for International Renewal Ministries, Jody facilitates Prayer Summits worldwide. She is founder of Abide Ministries which calls women to deeper relationship with the Lord and into active ministry. At home in Portland, Oregon, Jody teaches Bible studies, serves a traditional congregation, and coaches a community of house churches. The Mayhews have been married for 46 years and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Julie Tadema has been in full-time team ministry with her husband Calvin since 2007. They offer healing prayer for the spiritual, emotional and physical realms through Master’s Mind Ministry. Individual healing prayer sessions encourage insight and growth, particularly for overcoming trauma and abuse.  In addition, Julie teaches the principles of mind renewal and listening prayer in classes, workshops and retreats.  The Tademas have been married for 40 years, love teaching together, and sharing their enthusiasm for the transforming work of the Lord in people’s lives.

They say it’s lonely at the top. How do ministry leaders navigate friendship in the midst of so many relational contexts? What is the difference between a church acquaintance, a sister in Christ and a trusted friend? Who do you choose to go deep with for the duration of life and ministry?

These are some of the perplexing questions that leaders in ministry often face. Come and explore the complexities and joys of abiding in friendship in this interactive workshop.

Mary Ann Noack is passionate about the Word of God as applied to an individual’s life by the power of the Holy Spirit and studied in community with others. Mary Ann graduated from Western Seminary with her Master’s in Biblical and Theological Studies. She is the Pastor to Women at River West Church where she enjoys shepherding women, teaching a weekly Bible study, training leaders, and leading on the pastoral team. Mary Ann will begin teaching a Women in Leadership class at Western Seminary in 2017. She has been married to Bob for 30 years; they have two grown sons and three beloved golden retrievers.

Jami York was in Corporate Leadership Development for ten years managing teams and also implementing and facilitating wide scale management solutions.  After several years focused on raising up little ones, God opened doors for her current role as Director of Women’s Ministry at River West Church in Lake Oswego.  In this position, Jami loves coming alongside women as they pursue Christ and His Word and step out to lead others in the community.  She is on the teaching team for the River West Women’s Bible Study and also directs the Sprouts ministry, a gathering of moms with littles

Do you wonder at times what happened to your spiritual passion, excitement at serving God, and enthusiasm for ministry?  Spiritual Apathy happens—and there are reasons why.  This empathetic and inter-active workshop will explore some common causes and cures for the burnout many experience. Discover how to spot the symptoms and learn ways to restore your passion for God and ministry.

Poppy Smith is a former Bible Study Fellowship Teacher, has a Masters in Spiritual Formation and Direction, and loves to teach the Word. Her passion is helping women thrive spiritually, emotionally, and personally through her ministry of speaking wherever God leads, writing spiritually motivating books, and spending time supporting women as a spiritual director. She currently writes a twice-monthly blog, THRIVE, that is regularly read by 1,000 women across the globe. Her website can be found at: www.poppysmith.com

Come and discover what one church in the Portland area is doing to minister to the aging community (55 and above) in their church.  The process and outcomes will be shared so you can implement a ministry in your church.  This ministry is called, Premier.  This team will describe how they got started and give practical resources for other churches to use.  The purpose for the ministry is not just for fellowship but to encourage community and service to the kingdom.  If you are leading a ministry for the aging community in your church, please come so we can network and learn from each other.  Joyce Wachsmuth will be leading and involving some of her team members of the ministry. 

Joyce Wachsmuth has been on the pastoral staff at Greater Portland Bible Church for 38 years.  She retired as women’s minister director after 30 years and is now overseeing a ministry to the aging community (55 and above). She is a speaker at retreats and conferences.  She has been married to Doug for 51 years and she and her husband are marriage mentors.  They have three married children and eight grandchildren.