Teaching, music, laughter and more help to discover how to refresh, renew, restore

An article by Karen Kistler/Mooresville Tribune kkistler@mooresvilletribune.com
The Whole Woman Conference is coming to Mooresville.
Open to all women, the conference will be held on March 24 from 7-9 p.m. and March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, downtown Mooresville.
Cost for the two-day event is $60 per person, which includes admission to hear two speakers, two musicians, a comedian, enjoy a dessert bar on Friday night and a light breakfast and lunch on Saturday.The theme of the conference will be “Refresh, Renew, Restore” taken from Psalm 51:10 and 12, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
When speaking about the upcoming event, Jane Lyon, CEO of the Whole Woman Conference, Inc., shared that “many times life happenings defy our expectations and fail to meet our deepest longings, leaving us confused, disillusioned, exhausted! How (where) do we find resources to quiet our mind, still our heart and refresh our spirit? Through facilitated teaching, music, laughter and community using stories in scripture and stories from women in our community, we will discover how to “Refresh, Renew, Restore” our mind heart and spirit!”
Having previously experienced a Whole Woman Conference, Mooresville resident Rachel Martin wanted women in this area to be able to attend this special event as well.
“I have attended the Whole Woman Conference several times in my hometown of Clarksville, Va. I have seen firsthand how Jane’s dynamic and passionate messages as well as her scriptural based teaching have deeply impacted women’s lives and relationships. This led to my desire to bring this powerful ministry to our Lake Norman community,” said Martin.
“In early spring of 2016, I felt the Lord telling me that this was the time to move forward. I recruited friends from several local churches to help me plan and organize the event for our community. We have about 30 ladies working hard planning and praying over this ministry. I am so excited to experience the same fellowship and worship locally this coming March,” Martin shared.
The staff for the upcoming conference will include Jane Lyon, who serves as worship leader; Kristen Tucker, Saturday afternoon speaker; musicians, Anji Dean and Teresa Naylor; and comedian Christy Edwards.
A Durham native, Lyon and husband Michael currently live in Clarksville, Va. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a wide background in business, sales, and marketing. As an ordained clergy, she has worked in parish/church ministries and hospice aftercare. Her website noted that she “shares a deep love for and commitment to God that has developed through years of relationship, personal trials and life experiences.”
Tucker is an author, speaker and minister. Her website, www.kristentucker.com, noted that she grew up in Durham and currently lives in Charlotte. She attended East Carolina University for undergraduate school and in 2006 graduated from Appalachian State University with a Master of college student development degree. Tucker works in the areas of Christian education, writing curriculum and speaking at different conferences and serves as a minister at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte. She also writes a daily devotional entitled “Message in a Post.”
Dean lives in Claremont with her husband and their son, while their daughter and her family, live in Florida. She is the administrator of Catawba UMC and the K5 BLAST Community Outreach Minister at Bethlehem UMC in Claremont. Her passion for music began at a young age and she even minored in it at college. In her spare time, she has been involved in local community theater, singing for church and related ministries, and also around town.
Dean noted on the conference website that “she is honored to be a part of this event and prays your relationship with Christ is strengthened from your participation.”
Naylor is a native of Mooresville and a member of Rocky Mount UMC where she regularly leads music worship. The conference website shared that she has been singing since she was five years old and enjoys sharing her God given talents with others. Her husband is a native of Long Island, N.Y. and they have one son, Riley, who is seven years old. Naylor has been a teacher for 11 years and an advocate for abused children for seven years. She currently teaches eighth grade language arts at Pine Lake Preparatory.
Edwards shared on the website that “with the odds stacked against her, she fell in love with Jesus Christ early in her 20s, and credits this to where she is today and how far she was able to come. “Abuse, infertility, health problems, divorce … none of these defined me; rather, they led me to the well, my well of life.” She dedicated herself to study and love of Christ and the Bible in 2002 which has led her on a journey resulted in singing, teaching, and motivating thousands for the sake of her Savior. Today she is in full-time ministry as the director of children’s ministry at The Cove Church in Statesville. Edwards holds family as the highest value.
Lyon shared that her “passion for Whole Woman Conference, Inc. came from my personal experience. After years of being and serving in church and thinking I had God and life figured out, my life begin to crumble. After losing a 19-year successful career, a pregnancy, and the hope of motherhood, I accompanied a friend (at her last minute invitation) to a Beth Moore Conference in Charlotte. I did not go expecting to ‘encounter’ God – I already (thought I) knew God was “kept in a steeple and bound in a book” (David Crowder, Praise The Lord). But encounter God I did! Though not audible or tangible, God’s pursuit of and communication to me was personal, quiet, simple but unmistakable and relentless! I went to Charlotte as a frustrated, disillusioned and exhausted ‘Christian.’ I left as a refreshed, renewed, restored daughter and friend of God! I believe it was my willingness to “come aside” that enabled me to hear a loving, pursuing Father who desires and is able to supply restoration, renewal, refreshment – LIFE!
The evening I returned home from that conference, my custom built, 9-year old home was completely destroyed by fire.Though shocked and devastated, I knew the fire was NOT God! And I knew God had equipped me with all the resources I needed to “survive the fire without smelling like smoke” (Daniel 3:27)! I was right!
Several months later, I invited a few women into our borrowed cottage to lead a home-based Bible study. Shortly after that, I began to receive invitations from different places to develop material and lead women’s retreats and conferences. Desiring the women in my community to have this same opportunity, I organized and led the first Whole Woman Conference in Clarksville Va. in 2005. This year will be the 12th annual conference in Clarksville.
Since 2005, I have been invited to help women in other communities to plan, organize a Whole Woman Conference for their city/town. This year it is my joy to join Rachael Martin and her gifted team in leading the first Whole Woman Conference, Mooresville/Lake Norman.”
Because organizers want to reach all women, they do not want cost to be a deterrent to those who want to attend; therefore, scholarships will be available. Those interested in making a donation to the scholarship fund to help others attend the event or to receive a scholarship, should contact wholewomanconferencelkn@gmmail.com

To register for the conference, visit http://wholewomanconference.com or call GayLynn Wedge at 704-528-2483.

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