Keynote Bible Expositor:

Whitney Woollard

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

Whitney’s biblical exposition for the REVIVE theme will be taken from Ruth 1-4. The following is an excerpt from Whitney’s message:

“Naomi’s story begins with a complete emptying of everything central to her identity – her homeland, her covenant community, her husband, her children, and any hope for her future – and gradually migrates to the full restitution of this once destitute widow through the kindness and generosity of Ruth and Boaz. The whole story is a movement from emptiness to fullness, reminding you that there’s always hope for new life when we return to God’s presence and God’s people.”

REVIVE Breakout Sessions:

Has this past year left you feeling a bit disconnected from God?  Maybe you feel connected, but perhaps your connection with Him simply needs a jump start?  Establishing habits of grace in our daily lives gives us access to God’s ongoing grace and refreshes our souls.  Join us as we learn to rekindle habits of grace that help us know and enjoy Jesus more!

Trish Bussey Jeter is passionate about teaching, coaching, and discipling women 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 holds an MBA from Baruch College in NYC. Trish serves as Pastor, Spiritual Transformation at Vancouver Church. She is a Certified Christian Leadership Coach, and enjoys teaching as a member of the Women’s Transformational Leadership team at Western Seminary. Trish is happily married to her husband Pete, and they love traveling together, admiring the beauty of God’s creation.

Lament is the strange intersection of disappointment and hope.  When you find yourself at the crossroads of the life you wanted and the reality of your circumstances, lament serves as a release valve for the heart. Come find fresh hope as we look at how to Biblically lament life’s difficulties, genuinely expressing our disappointment while fixing our hope firmly on Jesus.

Marie Dezellem delights in studying and teaching the Bible and training others to do the same. She holds a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary where she serves as an adjunct instructor for Women in Pain II. Marie teaches women’s Bible studies at Yamhill Christian Church and works as an ER nurse. In the past, she has been a program director at a Christian camp and a youth pastor. She enjoys speaking, reading, hiking, gardening, giggling with her daughter Junia, traveling with her husband James, and living small town life in Carlton, Oregon.

Living in today’s 21st century culture of “more, bigger, better” can easily skew our perspective, making contentment feel like an impossible dream! But godly contentment – defined as “an inward trust in God’s sovereignty and goodness which produces the fruits of joy, peace and thanksgiving regardless of life seasons or circumstances”-  is possible. But, just like a garden; true contentment must be cultivated.We’ll explore what true contentment looks like for you, focus on scriptural truths and practical tips that will help you to develop a mindset and practice of godly contentment. Come ready to embrace the contentment God intends us all to have as his children!

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.

The pandemic had a harsh impact our faith communities. The prolonged season of social isolation, coupled with a variety of cultural and environmental catastrophes, instigated a landslide of fear, mistrust and disunity among people in the church. Now, as we regather in a post-pandemic world, how do we disciple our people back into Christ-centered community?  And how do we rebuild healthy relationships in the ministries we lead and serve?

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 a pastor at River West Church where she enjoys shepherding women, teaching a weekly Bible study, training leaders, and participating on the preaching team. Mary Ann regularly teaches a Women in Leadership class at Western Seminary. She is also finishing up a DMin program in Spiritual Formation at Gordon Conwell. She has been married to Bob for 38 years; they have two grown sons and three beloved golden retrievers.

As Christians we are called to be hospitable.  What does it mean?  What it is and what it is not?  What does it look like in our post pandemic world?  What does it look like in our personal life, in our neighborhood, in our church life and beyond.   1Peter 4:8-10 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Joyce Wachsmuth has been on the staff at Greater Portland Bible Church for over 30 years. She is currently associate pastor and have ministered in Children’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry and currently oversees Assimilation and Premier, 55 plus community. She loves people and enjoys speaking at conferences, and retreats. She and her husband have been married for 54 years and are involved in mentoring marriages. They enjoy being with their three married children and their eight grandchildren. Joyce has a heart that as followers of Jesus we remain resilient in walking with him and growing more in love with him every day. 

If you were a mom when the pandemic hit, your lifestyle changed radically –– overnight – your routines, your time alone, your goals, your dreams, the way you serve and connect with others. Now that life is returning to “normal,” what will be your “keepers” from your pandemic lifestyle? Come join a panel of moms as they, with gut-level honesty, share their cherished family-takeaways as they reach for their “new normal” by letting go to move forward. 

Amira Onuoha is an author, founder, and rising prophetic voice in the Pacific Northwest. Born into a family of Ministers, Amira has spent the last 13 years leading worship and speaking at various conferences, television programs and events. She has written articles in national magazines and has newly released two devotionals; Seeking Truth & Seeking Joy.

With a heart set after leading people in encountering Jesus, Amira has travelled internationally ministering to leaders, young adults and women in various nations. 

Between running her non-profit organization, leading worship, speaking and writing; Amira can be found spending time with her husband and children.

The truest thing about Jenna Gilchrist is that she is His and He is hers. She is also a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Jenna met Jesus in college, along with her favorite adventurer and husband of 15 years, Jess. They have three littles – ages 4,8 & 9 – and they live in West Linn. Jenna loosely says that she homeschools her children…for now. ; ) And she has the great joy of serving women through River West Church as the Women’s Coordinator.

Lauren Franco is wife to Andy and mother to three wonderful kids who are 6, 9, and 11.  She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and loves it! Hiking and drinking coffee are two of her favorite hobbies. While she has volunteered and been on staff in church most of her life, she finds herself in a season of ministry that looks very different. Two years ago she felt the Lord lead her into a time of ministering to her family. Lauren has loved continuing to lead worship at Crossroads community church as well as volunteering in Women’s ministry. 

Brita De Angelo has a passion for serving others. Her greatest joy is serving her family. Brita is married to her best friend and teammate in life, Bryan. She is a mama to three beautiful girls ages 6, 3, and 1. Brita loves serving the church community. The Lord has opened up many doors for Brita and her family when they started attending New Heights 2 years ago. Brita and her husband serve as community group leaders. She also volunteers at Women’s Bible Study and she spends most of the time supporting new moms. She strives to strengthen the mom community by seeking God’s wisdom.