2020 Speakers

Our Keynote Speaker: Renée Westphall

Renée currently serves as a faculty member at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin. She teaches counseling courses at the university and maintains an extensive counseling ministry.  Renée has been involved in local church ministry and in Christian Education as a teacher and administrator for over thirty years.  As a gifted communicator, she is a frequent speaker at seminars, educational conventions, retreats, and ladies meetings nationwide.

Angela Morris

You are Who You Are

“Fearfully and wonderfully made.” How does God’s Word guide us in the contemporary cultural issues?

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.

Dana Davis

Obsessive Comparison Disorder: Contentment in a Culture of Comparison

Do you find yourself measuring your own value against the family, appearance, or professional success of friends on social media?  You’re not alone, and it is exhausting!  Practical Biblical strategies for contentment, not comparison.

Mrs. Dana Davis is the Director of Online Instruction at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI.  As an educator, Dana is experienced in several diverse environments, currently teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in MBU’s School of Education.  In addition, Dana has previous experience serving as a junior high public school teacher, a 4th-grade Christian school teacher, and a homeschool mother.  Dana completed a BS in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Education with a concentration in Reading from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Dana is married to Dr. Matt Davis, Executive Vice President at Maranatha Baptist University. They live in Watertown, Wisconsin with their three sons, Tim (18), Mike (16) and Eric (14) and serve together in both children and adult ministries at Calvary Baptist Church.

Carole Vawter

Refreshment in Your Local Church

How can you help your church become a place of spiritual refreshment? Expect to hear Biblical foundation and practical ideas for effectively interacting with others, helping each other grow and change, supporting your pastors, and more.

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 her entire life, serving others in and through the local churches where her husband, Wayne, has pastored. Since 2001, Wayne has served as Mission Director of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches with Carole “riding shotgun.” Carole is thankful to have been given the blessing of serving alongside her pastor-husband as a musician, Bible teacher, mentor and administrator. In addition, she has taught piano lessons for over 30 years, as well as music classes for 12 years at Maranatha Baptist University. Wayne and Carole are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, where they minister faithfully behind the scenes, supporting the pastoral staff and encouraging fellow believers in many ways. The Vawters have 5 married children and 12 grandchildren.

Julaine Appling

A Merry Heart: “Laughter, the Best Medicine”

Join us for a few moments of fun with a purpose, exploring this unique gift God has given us as His image bearers. 

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.

Diane Westphall

A Merry Heart: “Laughter, the Best Medicine”

An educator at heart, Diane Westphall has enjoyed teaching in Christian schools at the upper elementary/jr high level as well as the ladies’ Bible class at her church. Teachers’ “free” summers afforded her varied opportunities which included, among others, working on a kibbutz in Israel, conducting vacation Bible schools on the northern Wisconsin route of Rural Bible Crusade, conducting oral English exams for a university in Mexico, and teaching culture and oral English to professional English teachers in China. Using the China summer experiences to prepare her, God then asked her to teach fulltime in mainland China for 3 years. Diane now works for Wisconsin Family Council/Action as project and events coordinator and misses those “free” summers. 

Sue (Nicewander) Delaney

Communication in Marriage

A focus on the heart of communication challenges in marriage.  Sharing ways to reflect Christ faithfully and use His created language as intended, even when the relationship continues to be difficult. 

Sue Nicewander Delaney, MABC, ACBC, is founder and retired executive director of Biblical Counseling Ministries (BCM) in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. She continues on the BCM board of directors, serving alongside five core churches in Central Wisconsin to offer biblical counseling training and consultation.

   Sue has a BA in biblical counseling from Trinity Bible College in Newburg, IN, and an MABC from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis. An experienced women’s ministry leader for over 30 years and biblical counselor for more than 25 years, Sue now trains/mentors, writes, and speaks about biblical counseling with a special emphasis on small local churches. She is a certified biblical counselor with ACBC and serves on the Council Board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Her articles have been featured in the Journal of Biblical Counseling and The Baptist Bulletin. She is author of Help! I Feel Ashamed (Day One, 2012 and Shepherd Press, 2016), Building a Church Counseling Ministry Without Killing the Pastor (Day One, 2012), and co-author of Treasure in the Ashes: Our Journey Home from the Ruins of Sexual Abuse (Shepherd Press, 2018).

   Sue and her late husband Jim were married for 43 years, during which time God blessed them with two beautiful daughters, two great sons-in-law, and six lively grandchildren. Sue enjoys music, travelling (especially to events featuring her grandchildren), flower gardens, and working out. She and husband Darren were married in 2018 and attend Calvary Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

Vera Smetak

Beautiful at Every Age

From any age, we can start to “grow old graciously and sweetly.”  Happiness in life is not doing what we enjoy, but learning to enjoy what we do!  Personal experience mixed with fun, laughter, song, and a challenge from God’s Word.

Vera Smetak met her husband of 50 years at Pillsbury Bible College. Through the years she’s been blessed to be a pastor’s wife. She has been actively involved with children’s and ladies’ ministries. She has also taught in Christian schools and public schools in reading programs and helping with special needs students.  Recently she had the privilege to teach in a local Pioneer School where she was able to bring in prayer and Bible reading!   Vera & her husband, Larry, have retired from full time Christian ministries to Balsam Lake, WI.  Their 4 children and 11 grandchildren have been a great blessing.  They are presently serving in First Baptist Church at Milltown. They have rest home services most Sunday mornings before our church services and also work with the Golden Heirs ministry. 

   Vera’s favorite ministry through the years has probably been teaching ladies’ Bible studies, particularly on JOY.  She feels that they have been just too blessed to be stressed, through their ministries, and she like to be able to pass on to others what she has learned through the years.  Vera works part time at McDonald’s as a hostess, and enjoys trying to spread some joy with the customers  and co – workers, and share Christ.   The most enjoyable part of her retirement years, is spending time with her grandchildren, and mentoring them.

Amy Herbster

Freedom from Damaging Emotions: Turning Weapons into Tools

How can we harness the God-given power, energy, and beauty of our emotions rather than being overcome by them?  Explore practical ways to do this and find freedom from damaging emotions.

Amy Herbster traveled with her husband Mark in the ministry of evangelism for seventeen years, participating in music and children’s ministries and speaking for various ladies’ events. Their summers were filled with ministry at The Wilds Camp, where Mark assisted at junior camp and Amy was a nurse. Most recently, God has moved their family to Watertown, Wisconsin, for Mark to be the Dean of the Bible Department and Seminary at Maranatha Baptist University. Amy continues to homeschool their girls while enjoying new ministry opportunities with university students.

Ruthie Woodbeck

Ladies’ Choir

If you can sing by ear or read basic music, join us as we prepare a simple song of worship to present at a general session. My greatest joy is to know that my children walk in God’s Truth and to bring His truth to those whom He places in my life. It is one of my greatest privileges to lead people in worship through the ministry of music. I am grateful for this opportunity to lead the ladies’ retreat choir, and I trust that ladies will want to take part in it as an offering of worship to the Lord. I am simply someone who loves the Lord, loves music and loves bringing the two of them together to encourage God’s people and lead them into worshiping Him.

   Ruthie Woodbeck was born the youngest of three girls into a wonderful Christian family.  Her father became a pastor when she was 1 year old, and her mother who loved the Lord with all her heart, soul and mind since childhood, was very instrumental in her father’s life in bringing wholesome and godly music into our home in every aspect; so Ruthie has been blessed to be surrounded by God’s Word and Christ focused music her entire life.  Her family says that she was humming in harmony before she could even talk, so she knows that anything she does with music is a gift from her Heavenly Father.  Although her mother was only 31 when she passed away from cancer, those three years that Ruthie had with her have made an impact on her entire life. Her mother’s godly legacy of being like Christ continues on for generations to come.  

   Ruthie accepted Christ as Savior at 5 years old, committed her life to the Lord for full-time service at 14 years old, attended Prairie Bible College in Alberta Canada, graduating with a Bachelor of Religious Education, and was called to serve as a missionary in Southern Spain for 6 years before marrying Jamie in 1992.  Ruthie and her family lived in IL and then moved to TN for 9 years while her husband served in the US Army.  She home-schooled their two children (Riley & Jamey Rae) through their 13 years of education, and praises the Lord for the strong relationship that they have today as a result of those years of learning together.  Ruthie has been involved in music since childhood, either in playing various instruments, and teaching and/or leading music both at home and abroad.  She has also taught Spanish through Home School Co-ops and been involved in Spanish ministries with her family in various parts of the US.  Currently, Ruthie lives with her husband Jamie of 27 years and their two children (25 & 24) in Two Creeks WI where they attend and are very involved in various ministries at Lakeshore Baptist Church of Kewaunee.  Ruthie also volunteers as a bi-lingual counselor at Assurance Women’s Center in Appleton and as an ESL tutor through the Kewaunee County Literacy Council.  

Debbie Brown

Tone Chimes

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.

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 grade at Bay City Christian School.  She is passionate about working with children and helping them to develop and use their talents to serve the Lord 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, Lieutenant Colonel 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.

Ruth Shore

Craft Workshop: Jewelry

Make your own unique necklace or beaded key chain and have fun doing it! No experience necessary.

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.

Sue Weigand

Craft Workshop: Spa Bath Salts & Scrubs and Painted Rocks

As you refresh your soul, relax and enjoy making salts and scrubs to refresh your body – and a painted rock project! 

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.