Ignite 2020 Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

“Lord, I am not very good with words!” Sound familiar?  Maybe you’ve said it yourself.  Would you be surprised to know those were the words of Moses? Even he was uncertain of how God could use him. He knew his limitations and he was scared. Sound familiar?  All of us have moments when we are called to speak and we struggle to find our voice. But, like Moses, our limitations and fears are not bigger than God’s strength and purpose. Remember what God told Moses, “Who made your mouth? I did.” In our time together, we will look at the steps you can take get out of the way and allow God to reveal and refine the unique voice He has given you. And then, we’ll provide questions to help you consider where God may be calling you to speak for the sake of His kingdom.

Sandy Burgess currently serves as the Minister to Women at Harvest Community Church in Hillsboro. She and her husband, Dave, have been married for 32 years and have 3 adult children. Brought to faith as a child, Sandy has been involved in several areas of ministry including worship, children, women, and short term missionary work in Asia. As a speaker/teacher, Sandy uses her humor and passion for God to invite women to laugh and cry along with her as she openly shares her own real scars and points to the hope we can only find in Jesus.

Have you ever been hesitant about sharing your faith? Well, guess what? Everybody loves a good story, and God wants you to share yours to help Him transform lives! What’s your story? How do you tell it in a way that reflects God’s Story? Join us as we learn to use our stories to share the greatest story ever told.

Trish Bussey Jeter is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and discipling others to help them discover who they are in Christ, and thrive in their relationship with God. Her desire is to see people grow spiritually, and live abundant joyful lives in Him!  Trish is a graduate of Western Seminary with a Master’s in Ministry and Leadership, and has an MBA from Baruch College in NYC. Trish serves as Community Pastor for the 11 am gathering at Vancouver Church.  She enjoys teaching as a member of the Women’s Transformational Leadership team at Western Seminary. Trish has been happily married to Pete for six years, and they love to travel, admiring the beauty of God’s creation.

Insecurity is perhaps one of the most emphasized topics for women today. Our shelves are littered with books looking to help us rid ourselves of that perpetual self-conscious voice and yet…. insecurity continues to plague our lives, inhibit growth and steal joy. In the game of insecurity, no one wins. So what do we do about it? Together, let’s put away the books for an hour and open the word of God. What does the Bible have to offer us on this topic?

Hannah Cosper is the pastor of women at Door of Hope Church in Portland, Oregon. She has a passion to see women establishing their worth and identity in Christ and His completed work so she is thoroughly excited about opportunities to help women know God and engage with Scripture. Hannah has a B.A. in Bible and in Women’s Ministries from Moody Bible Institute and did her M.A. studies through Wheaton College in Christian Formation and Ministry.

Disciples are those who follow Jesus, trusting in his salvation and obeying his commands. Discipling is when a follower of Jesus helps another follow Jesus. More than a program or a curriculum, discipleship is the normal way we live together as Christians.

Far too often we treat discipleship as a commodity, something we get, complete or have done to us. As a result, women retreat from this privilege and responsibility because they have not received or been given “it” – that discipleship thing. Is this what Jesus wanted us to learn from his commission? Come reconsider what Jesus said about discipling.


Mary-Alice DeBoer has been in ministry for much of her adult life as a youth worker, MOPS coordinator and for the past 17 years, Director of Women’s Ministry at Hinson Baptist Church in SE Portland. She delights in seeing the unyielding love and power of Christ change women’s lives, bringing freedom, joy and hope in a complex and shifting world.  Mary-Alice has been blessed to be married to Mike for 40 years and has 2 terrific young adult kids.

Learning to practice pausing in the midst of real life schedules to focus on listening to God.  Strategies for pausing to confess love for God, rehearsing truth that strengthens faith and following where Christ’s Spirit leads.

Judy L. Glanz, PhD  is a former youth, children’s, and college ministry director and leader in women’s ministry.  Currently she is a conference speaker, teacher and serves as a spiritual director for silence and solitude retreats, youth staff coach at her church and Director of the Women’s Youth Network.  Married 30 years to Randy, both native Oregonians, who have one grown daughter and a two year old German Shepherd rescue puppy named Winston.

Is that wrong?  It’s a question we should be asking ourselves more often these days. Our response to this question should not be determined by our culture, politics, personal preference, or human reasoning, but instead, grounded in conviction of the truths found in God’s word.

Connie’s love for Jesus and her faithful ministry to women makes her an attractive servant in God’s family of followers. She uses her passion for the Word of God and the gifts He’s given her, to bring joy, fun, and a sincere welcoming presence to audiences as a speaker, leader, and emcee for countless events. Connie has served women for over 30 years as a pastor’s wife, a leader in women’s ministries,  and for a variety of organizations including the NW Southern Baptist Women’s Summit, IGNITE – Western Seminary’s Conference for Women, and Apple of His Eye Charity. Connie and her husband Jim have been married for 42 years; they have two children and six grandchildren.

We were made to be freedom fighters, which is why we are so fascinated with fairy tales and superheroes, longing for light to triumph over darkness. What if our hearts are discerning our true calling?

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.

While opposition to the faithful application of a biblical worldview is increasing, all too often confidence in engaging culture with the Gospel is in decline.  We’ll talk about how to participate wisely in the public square, how to engage and shape culture in a positive and constructive way, and how to bring our best when the world is at its worst.

Georgene Rice has been a talk show host with KPDQ radio for more than 28 years and has traveled internationally as a station correspondent.  In 2004 Georgene served as chief spokesperson and debater for the Defense of Marriage Coalition which amended Oregon’s Constitution.  She has lectured on University campuses and is a frequent speaker and worship leader at Christian conferences and retreats.  Georgene has served on several Boards and regularly volunteers.  A musician, Georgene and husband Dan have traveled the world teaching and performing Gospel music.

What are the practical stages that every marriage encounter? How can you and your spouse encourage each other as you go through these stages?  These two questions are key to having a marriage that lasts a lifetime.  It is normal for every marriage to struggle and have problems.  Come to be encouraged in your marriage.  There is hope for every marriage!

Joyce Wachsmuth, with her husband, Doug, have been mentoring marriages for 35 years.  Doug and Joyce have been married 52 years.  Joyce will be sharing from their experiences as well as resources they use in mentoring marriages.  Joyce is on the pastoral staff at Greater Portland Bible Church and is a retreat and conference speaker.

God has designed and hardwired us for relationships, yet our some of our greatest wounds come from people. We live in a cultural moment where isolation and loneliness are an epidemic in our city and across the nation. In this session we will explore what God’s word has to say about aloneness and His plan for reconciliation.

Julie and Mary are friends, sisters in Christ, and co-labor together for the Kingdom as part of Joy of It. As a team they lead conversations and regularly speak at conferences, retreats, and leadership events.

Julie is a coffee drinker, mom, music lover, and recovering control freak. She has a heart for authentic, genuine and real friendships. Julie is willing to spend hours wrestling through the good, bad, and ugly parts of life with other women. Out of this passion for real friendships, she co-founded JOI Friendzy, a SEL friendship program for K-8th grade students.  She believes when kids learn friendship, they learn it for life.  And this goes for us as women too!

Mary is a Pastor at Northeast Community Fellowship Church in Portland. She and her husband, Pastor George, planted the Church in 1991, after serving on the Pastoral staff at the Portland Foursquare Church. They have two young adult children, George, Jr. and Ashley Nicole along with a two-year old granddaughter, Mya. Pastors George and Mary have been married for 30 years. They thrive to be Real, Relevant and Relational in service to God and ministry people. Mary is also a certified Life-Coach and founder of Life By Design, LLC whose mission is to encourage, empower and inspire living life by design.