February 23-24, 2024
Key Note Speaker
Cheri Strange is living proof of God’s ability to transform a plain and ordinary wallflower into something completely unexpected. She did not set out to become a writer or a speaker, nor did she dream of getting a Ph.D. and becoming the mother to eight children. She simply fell in love with a God who met her where she lived—in the shadows. When she began to hear His call to move beyond the sidelines and away from the wall, she responded.
Today, Cheri communicates truths of the Gospel plainly for others to know as well. Her writing and speaking ministry is all about encouraging women to know their purpose on this planet and grow to desire more of God in their everyday lives. Dr. Strange holds a Ph.D. from Baylor University in Educational Psychology, and two degrees from Hardin Simmons University. She is the founder of She Yearns Ministries, an award-winning author, and You Version Partner. Her devotional content on the You Version app (Bible.com) has reached 750,000 users in four different languages. Cheri is the author of the Bible study, Life Principles for Living Out the Greatest Commandment, and the award-winning book, Can You See Me, Now? Cheri is the founder of The Stirring Faith Company, where she creates discipleship tools and Gospel-centered resources for stirring more desire for God into everyday life.
In addition to ministry responsibilities, Cheri and her husband are raising eight children, two of whom are biological, and six are adopted internationally. Believing that God never calls us to half-hearted pursuit or sets us up for failure, Cheri strives to use Scripture to lead, remind, and encourage others to seek His Kingdom, only for His glory. And if you are ever in the Houston area, she would love to meet you for chips and salsa.
Carrie grew up in Southeast Texas and attended college at Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Carrie has been working as the Business Assistant at the Jefferson Central Appraisal District since 2016. Before that she worked at MCT Credit Union as a teller then loan officer. In 2017, Carrie married husband Zach Belknap in 2018 they had their first daughter Nora. Together they served in ministry at Cove Baptist Church in Orange until 2019, when they moved to Lumberton to serve at First Baptist Church Loeb. Zach serves at FBC Loeb as the music/youth minister. Carrie works alongside him by playing piano and singing on the worship team as well as being involved with the youth.
After not having played piano since middle school, marrying Zach reignited a passion to serve the Lord with her gifts of singing and playing. From 2019 to 2023, Zach and Carrie experienced 5 pregnancy losses. During this time music was a place where I could express my emotions to God. Using songs filled with the truths of God's word helped her through by giving words to emotions like praise, lamentation, sadness, and joy. In November of 2023 the Lord saw fit to bless our family with another daughter, Samantha (God has heard).
Her greatest joy in life is to spend time with her family and enjoys hobbies such as crafting, crocheting, sports, and true crime podcasts!
Sherrie grew up in Southeast Texas and attended University at Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Missionary Health, which provided a degree in Bible and Nursing. Sherrie then moved to New Orleans and attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where she obtained her Master's Degree. While in New Orleans, she worked as a bedside registered nurse at Ochsner and Tulane Hospitals in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. At Tulane, she functioned as transport RN, ECMO pump tech, and head nurse, which led to her becoming the Outcomes/Research Coordinator. While in New Orleans, Sherrie was involved in leading Women’s Ministry Bible Studies, mentoring women, and a team member who led Women’s Conferences.
In 2002, God reaffirmed that He wanted Sherrie to do ministry overseas. Sherrie left for Africa in 2003 with the International Mission Board. She has had the privilege of ministering in three different countries in Africa; Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The Lord has enabled Sherrie to establish Bethany World Ministries, Inc. in Zambia, which is involved in discipleship ministry, church planting, building a rural area clinic, and establishing an orphanage.
-- Kathy Mott
Contentment: the state of being satisfied with one’s current situation! Do you want that to be you? It is possible no matter where you stand! Come and learn the secret of being truly contented even in an upside down, sideways world.
-- Amanda Jordan
A unique experience of directed prayer. Learn about women of the Bible and circumstances of their lives. Learn how these circumstances relate to women in your circle today. Take time to pray and lift up women who need encouragement through scripture.
-- Sherilyn Goodman
Where can we find hope and “good news” in the middle of a continual stream of bad news? Promises from God’s Word we can hang onto that deepen our faith to stand on them.
-- Kasey Boughan
God orchestrates good things in the worst of times. Naomi’s story reveals our reason to persevere is found in God and not within ourselves.
-- Lori Moody
As the size of an anchor is proportionate to the size of a ship so Christ has anchored our soul in proportion to our need. Together we will explore how know your soul is grounded in Christ through the storms of life.
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