Revive 2018 Keynote Bible Expositor: Bethany Allen

Bethany Allen is the Pastor of Women at Bridgetown Church in downtown Portland. She has a deep passion to see women defined by who they were created to be: image- bearers of God. Compelled by her affection for the scriptures and her desire to be an effective learner in order to be an effective teacher, Bethany works hard counseling women, developing curriculum, and planning alongside Bridgetown’s pastoral team. A southern belle by birth, Bethany moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2007. She earned a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry with a focus in Pastoral Care to Women from Western Seminary in 2011.

As Revive’s Bible Expositor, Bethany will be teaching on 1 Peter 2:22-25:

“22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”


Revive 2018 Breakout Sessions:

The idolatry of self is an epidemic that is running rampant through our culture. We have taken a posture of pride and arrogance, intentionally or even unintentionally declaring freedom from our God. Self-consciousness, self-absorption; they’re plaguing our world. What would it look like, in this age of narcissism, to reclaim God as the one who sits on the throne of our hearts and lives? Join me as we rediscover the character of God in an age of narcissism and gospel treason.

Molly Rae Inman is first and foremost, an apprentice to Jesus. She is currently pursuing her M.Div at Western Seminary, and has a bachelor’s in Bible and Theology from Biola University. She feels called to full time pastoral  ministry, specifically in the fields of women and Spiritual Formation. She and her husband, Jake, live in Portland, OR with their pup Bear. Jake is one of the youth pastors at Westside, A Jesus Church, where they spend most of their free time hanging with young people and teaching them to live, learn, and love the way of Jesus.

We have an invitation from the Lord to ‘come to know and believe’ the love He has for us.  This invitation is relational, purposeful, and progressive. The Lord designed, in His wisdom, our means of being restored to our original design. He wants to commune with His creation, and invites us to learn to listen to Him.  Come be inspired, as well as equipped, to take advantage of this wondrous gift.

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.

Endings happen.  They are inevitable. Many endings bring tears, fears, and overwhelming pain, while others bring gratitude, relief, and rejoicing. Whatever your response, God desires to use endings as tools to develop your trust in Him, deepen your love, and direct you into His path and purposes. How is God speaking to you about a loss, a needed change, a necessary ending?  This Breakout will explore the ways God grows us through life’s inevitable endings—and new beginnings.

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:

As leaders we may find ourselves caught up in a driven, performance-based life-style.  Understanding and operating in our identity, rather than focusing on our roles, is a key to unlocking a fulfilling, satisfying approach to our life’s calling. This breakout session will explore how to work from rest rather than for rest.

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.

Being the leader of a team, or a team participant, can lead to frustration and unhealthy patterns of leadership. What does a healthy team look like and what are the factors that contribute to an unhealthy team? How can you, as a leader, influence and keep your team motivated with excellence for God’s glory? What are the elements that build strong teams and what are some resources for teambuilding?  Come and learn from Joyce’s 43 years of ministry with 30 years of experience on the pastoral church as well as a leader and participant of many church leadership teams locally and in our community.

Joyce Wachsmuth has retired after 32 years as Director of Women’s Ministries at Greater Portland Bible Church. She continues to serve as an associate pastor and a conference and retreat speaker, as she has for 25 years. Joyce and her husband, Doug, have been married for 50 years and have been Marriage Mentors for over 30 years. They enjoy being with their children and their eight grandchildren.

Evangelism can feel hard. And scary. What if someone asks a question we don’t know or rejects us because of our faith? What if we “mess up” sharing the best news in the world? This interactive breakout session is designed to help you overcome those obstacles and rediscover the wonder of sharing the gospel. It will give you practical tools and takeaways to effectively start redemptive conversations and build evangelistic relationships. 

Whitney Woollard is a writer, speaker, and Bible teacher in Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Neal are members of Hinson Baptist Church. She holds her M.A. in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and loves sharing her passion for the Bible and theology with others. You can check out her work at