2019 Speakers

Our Keynote Speaker: Debi Pryde

Debi is an author, speaker and Biblical counselor who is recognized for her work in training and motivating Christian women to apply the Bible to their everyday life. Her greatest burden is the problems Christian families face today, and her greatest love is ministering to women who have a heart for their family and children. Debi’s most recent Bible study book is published by Regular Baptist Press and is entitled, “Faces of Friendship.” She has several other books available including many that deal with a variety of common counseling problems.  

Debi is presently serving as a Ladies’ Sunday School teacher and staff counselor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in La Verne, California, and travels extensively, speaking for ladies’ groups and teaching Women Counseling Women classes in various locations around the country. When not traveling, entertaining guests, or spoiling her grandchildren, Debi enjoys tending her large rose garden and taking walks with her German Shepherd, Hugo.

After being married for 47 years to her childhood sweetheart, Debi recently lost her husband to CNS Lymphoma after he had survived a lung transplant and many complications. She and Tom actively served the Lord together in various ministries throughout their married life. They raised two children who are now grown, married, and active in ministry together with their families. They have eight grandchildren. Tom retired after a successful career as an executive engineer with Raytheon, and was a committed deacon and Bible teacher who enthusiastically supported and encouraged Debi’s ministry activities. He will be missed as she begins a new chapter in her life. 

Angela Morris

“Bless Your Heart”

Angela is married to Dwayne who serves as the associate pastor of youth and family ministries at Calvary Baptist in Watertown. Angela also ministers in the ESL program at her church and enjoys singing in the choir. They have 3 adult children – Alysha (Todd) Howard, Judson (Megan) Morris, and Victoria Morris. Angela has been privileged to teach Speech Communications and English at Maranatha Baptist University for 29 years. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking and Skyping her children who reside in New York and Guam.

“Bless Your Heart”: Do you want to be an encourager to your friends and family and co-workers?  Great!  But just remember that what goes in will eventually come out.  You can have an effective James 3 ministry of encouragement when you first have a Philippians 4:8 focus.

Carole Vawter

Bless This Mess

Born in the 1950s in Casper, Wyoming, Carole accepted Christ as her Savior at Camp Grace in Wheatland at the age of 6. Carole has been blessed to serve the Lord by serving others in various roles: Friend, Wife, Mother (in-law, too), Daughter (in-law, too!), Pastor’s wife, Educator, Administrative Assistant (formerly known as plain old “secretary!”), Public Servant, Postal worker, Musician. Underneath all these “hats,” Carole has had to learn to maintain a household, cooking and cleaning with and for her husband and 5 children, as well as many visitors to the parsonage over the years. It didn’t come naturally! As a child, Carole’s mother encouraged her to practice the piano while her siblings did the dishes! As a newlywed, she knew very little about cooking or cleaning. But she has learned a lot over the years, and will share with humor and practicality many lessons about keeping up with housework so your home can be a haven.

Carole is thankful to have been given the blessing of serving alongside her pastor-husband as a church musician and Bible teacher. In addition, she has taught piano lessons for over 30 years, as well as music classes for 12 years at Maranatha Baptist University. Since 2001, Wayne and Carole have traversed Wisconsin for his ministry as Mission Director of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches.

The Vawters have 5 married children and 12 grandchildren.

Whether you live in one room, a small apartment, or a large house, you know that living spaces require maintenance.  Carole will share her personal story.  From Pig Pen to Neat Nest!  Filled with humor and practical tips, her workshop will highlight Biblical reasons for organization, cleanliness and beauty.  You can become more effective in “blessing” your home, making it a place where friends and family are relaxed…and so are YOU!

Charis Holloway

Ladies’ Choir

Charis has been a pastor’s wife for 26 years. In this time, she has led children’s choirs, ladies’ ensembles, ladies’ Bible studies, and has served as church pianist. She is the mom of 5, and spending time with her family is her favorite thing.

Do you enjoy singing in a group and using your voice to praise the Lord?  Then you are invited to join us as we blend our voices in beautiful harmony and prepare a song to present in worship to Him.

Julaine Appling

Make Me a Blessing

With a heart for education, Julaine is a sought-out speaker who you may have heard in the media from Christian radio to Wisconsin Public Radio. She works on and speaks on a variety of topics, all in an effort to strengthen, preserve and promote God’s plan for marriage and family, the sanctity of human life and religious freedom in Wisconsin. As president of Wisconsin Family Council, she has both a strong platform and a strong voice on issues impacting Wisconsin families as well as for encouraging Christian citizens to be informed and involved so they can make a positive difference in their communities. Julaine has served on several boards of various organizations and currently serves on the Baptists for Life board of directors. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, where she serves on the school board.

Pregnancy Resource Centers are the ground-troops of the pro-life movement, and our Baptists for Life Pregnancy Centers are doing fabulous work!  You can be a blessing to those who serve in these ministries and to those they serve.  Join us for a panel discussion featuring the directors of all 4 of the Baptist for Life Pregnancy Resource Centers.  Our focus will be on the mission of these centers, their activities and services, their clientele and how we can best help them save unborn babies, assist moms and dads – and, most importantly, share the Gospel.

Julie Landowski

Abiding in His Blessing

Julie Landowski and her husband Brian live in Wisconsin Rapids, and have been blessed with three children and three grandchildren. She likes working with behind-the-scenes details and organization, and learning new skills. Just as Julie is currently enjoying the deconstruction/renovation process as she remodels four houses, she delights in breaking down and bringing together the nuts and bolts of God’s Word as she studies and teaches.

Blessed is the woman whose delight is in the law of the Lord.  Is your devotion time a delight or has it become a duty?  Or has it been crowded out by other things?  We all struggle along the way, and can be encouraged in this workshop as we learn what it means to seek after God, and discuss practical ways to make God’s Word our delight.

Maya Anderson

Little Blessings, BIG Responsibilities

Maya Anderson is the pastor’s wife at Liberty Baptist Church in Antigo, Wisconsin.  She taught kindergarten and elementary classes at a Christian school in South Carolina for eleven years before marrying her husband Brad.  Now that she has been transplanted into the cold Northwoods of Wisconsin, Maya enjoys helping her husband in the ministry of the church and being a homeschool mom of their two daughters.

Children are a blessing from the Lord.  In the godless society in which we live, our spiritual interaction in children’s lives is vital.  We want to introduce our children to God and lead them to a personal relationship with Him.  What a big responsibility!  In this workshop, we will examine both practical and creative ways to accomplish this purpose.

Sue Weigand

Craft Workshop: “Blessed” Wood Signs

Wife, mom, grandma, crazy crafter and servant of God!  Susan was saved at the age of 11 shortly after her family started attending a gospel preaching church.  She and her husband Dan are faithful members of Faith Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Her desire is to use the talents that the Lord has given her to serve Him.

Stamp, spray, stencil or use vinyl stickers.  Something available for every ability level.  Although we will have different styles, sizes and fonts to choose from every wood sign will read “blessed.” Make sure to wear clothes you can get messy, as this is not a “neat” project!

Debbie Brown

Tone Chimes

Debbie Brown was born on an Army Base in Fort Riley, Kansas.  Her family moved to several bases, including The U.S. Army Garrison in Baumholder, Germany, before finally settling down in Terre Haute, Indiana.  After graduating from Bob Jones University she began teaching music. She now teaches 5th and 6th grade at Bay City Christian School.  She is passionate about working with children and helping them to develop and use their talents to serve in their local churches.

Debbie is married to Paul Brown who has been the Senior Pastor of Bay City Baptist Church in Green Bay since June of 2009.  

Their son, Major Brandon David Brown, his lovely wife, Sarah, and their two beautiful children, Colby and Garrison, live in Sneed’s Ferry, NC, where he serves as a United States Marine Helicopter Pilot.

This is a fun, hands-on workshop which provides everyone an opportunity for music involvement. Ability to read music is NOT necessary. ANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE! During our workshop we will practice various songs and then play one of them as special music during a General Session. Learning to play tone chimes is not difficult, so join us as we praise the Lord together through music.

Pat Habegger

“You’re Such a Blessing”

Pat Habegger grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma as the oldest of four children. She met Keith Habegger at Bob Jones University in 1965, and they were married in 1967. Since then, Keith has pastored four churches, including Holmen Baptist Church, for the past twenty-two years. The Habeggers have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Pat’s favorite part of the ministry is teaching and discipling women. She has taught small group Bible studies and ladies’ Sunday School classes. She has done “team counseling” with her husband, and individual counseling as well.

As Christian women, we have the awesome privilege to mentor younger Christian women.  In this workshop, we will discuss the process of mentoring, including Biblical goals, how to get connected, how to get started, how to continue, and how to transition to a new mentoring relationship.  We will also discuss how to help younger women discern Biblical priorities based on the example of Christ.  During the workshop, we will show you how to use “personal retreats” as a tool for accomplishing all the Ephesians 2:10 good works God has planned for you.

Layna Steuerwald

“Where is the Blessing in This?”

Layna Steuerwald was a Pastor’s wife for over 40 years! She is now the Director of Guest Relations at MBU. Layna has 4 children and 11 grandchildren and lives in Watertown, WI.

Where is the blessing in a difficult or traumatic past? How do you embark on this journey toward forgiveness, healing, peace, and joy? Your past does not have to define or control you. You can be paralyzed by your past or empowered by your God in the present – it is your choice!

Ruth Shore

Craft Workshop: Jewelry

Ruth Shore grew up in a small Wisconsin church and attended a Christian School run by the same church.  She attended Maranatha Baptist University and graduated in the spring of ’01 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ruth is now the mother of four daughters, and is a full-time volunteer at her daughters’ school. She and her husband are active members of Holmen Baptist Church in Holmen, WI, where she leads the music for the Wednesday night children’s program, sings in the choir, plays violin in the orchestra, and helps plan for special events.  Ruth took up jewelry making as a hobby over 10 years ago, and has enjoyed teaching others the same skill.

Come & make a custom beaded necklace to take home with you!