Our

Speakers

 

Dr. Amanda
Goodson

Dr. Amanda H. Goodson is a native of Decatur, Alabama and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona where God has entrusted her to serve as Pastor of Trinity Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She plans and facilitates seminars, workshops, and retreats for the church. She also serves as the chair of the Arizona-New Mexico Region Joint Board of Finance. She enjoys her ministry work in the Ninth Episcopal District.  

 

Dr. Goodson’s contagious energy, interactive methods, and engaging intellect come from an amazing background of more than 25 years of experiences leading and managing people and complex systems before becoming a pastor. She was employed as an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center. Dr. Goodson served as the first African-American woman appointed as Director of Safety & Mission Assurance with over 35 successful launches under her leadership.

 

At her current company, Dr. Goodson is senior leader in Program Management Excellence (PMX). As business operations manager, staff executive, and landed company program lead, she is responsible to drive strategy and to deploy an executable and sustainable business model for her focus areas. Dr. Goodson is the 2018-2019 conference year chair for the Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering Board of Directors representing her company. Also, she is a consultant for organizations on strategy, execution, business development and “Money in Motion” programs.

 

Dr. Goodson is an independent certified John Maxwell speaker, trainer, and coach, and is also author of over 20 books. God has gifted Dr. Goodson to be a Spirit-led preacher, teacher, trainer, and coach for churches and faith-based groups. She gives God glory as He allows her to inspire others to learn more about being a Spirit-led Kingdom Ambassador in the world today. Dr. Goodson’s purpose is to the fill the Earth with the knowledge of God’s glory by serving the Lord boldly through her ministry, bringing others closer to Christ and introducing Him to those who have not accepted Him as their personal Savior. God’s Word is her authority. Dr. Goodson believes that God’s presence and power is almighty and worthy to be praised. Further, she knows that God will make great things happen through His people. 

 

Dr. Goodson has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University, a master’s degree in management from Florida Institute of Technology, and a doctorate of ministry from United Theological Seminary. She is married to Lonnie Goodson, Jr. and has one son. Both are active in her church and the community.

Rev. Donna

Sparks

Donna Sparks is an Assemblies of God evangelist and author of the popular book Beauty from Ashes: My Story of Grace. A sought-after speaker for women’s conferences and retreats, Donna travels extensively to minister in churches and other venues. She also leads a vibrant and fruitful women’s jail ministry, through which she has seen God perform countless miracles in the lives of the ladies to whom she ministers. With an overwhelming desire to see the broken and hopeless find peace and hope, Donna boldly shares the Bible’s unchanging truths helping to equip and encourage others to step forward into the things God has planned for them. She has been married for twenty-one years to the love of her life, Bryan, and they have two lovely daughters whom they are raising to know and experience the reality of God, the fullness of His love, and His power to lead them into ministry and blessing. Donna regularly blogs at story-of-grace.com

 

Dr. Yvette

Rice

Passionate about adding value to others, Dr. Yvette Rice uses her Prophetic Voice nationally to help people in recognizing their God-given gifts and purpose. Rice serves as Co-pastor at the New Genesis Community Church; Tanner, Alabama where her husband, Dr. Sam Rice, serves as Sr. Pastor.

As a Small Business Owner, Rice uses her visionary leadership ability, training expertise, and motivational/inspirational speaking skills to help others realize their true capabilities and maximize their potential. Serving as a leader in the Marketplace, Rice has over thirty (30) years combined experience as an Engineer, Project Leader/Manager and Trainer for the Department of Defense (civilian), the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a government contractor, and multiple Non-Profit Organizations. She has trained both nationally and internationally. As the owner of LLVE, LLC, Rice has helped individuals and organizations raise their level of potential while finding the excellence within; thus, promoting the fulfillment of purpose.

Rice has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and masters and doctoral degrees in Theology from the North Carolina College of Theology Satellite Extension Program; Wilmington, North Carolina. Rice is also an Independent Certified John Maxwell Team (JMT) Trainer, Coach, and Speaker. Rice is a 2018 Strayer University Town Project Scholarship recipient for the Jack Welch Management Institute MBA Program. She is also the published author of inspirational life development book, Mountain Moving Made Easy (ISBN-13: 978-0- 9755217-5-5).

 

Jeannie

Lynch LPC-S, NCC

Jeannie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Decatur, Alabama.  She has walked through some of the most difficult trials of life including a personal history of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, grief, and addiction. After surviving a brutal sexual assault, coupled with family tragedy, Jeannie struggled with her sexuality for over 20 years. She truly believes all of these things were crafted by the enemy and meant to destroy her and her future. But Jesus had a different plan for her life! She is eager to tell her story of healing, of freedom, and of restoration. God has healed her brokenness and blessed her with a life that she loves!

 

Jeannie has over 26 years of experience in the mental health field. Her clinical experience is vast including such roles as Program Director for a dual diagnosis psychiatric unit, Clinical Director of an inpatient unit, Administrative Director of two campuses for adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties, and the Program Director of a mental health campus servicing children, adolescence, adults, and geriatric populations with serious mental illnesses and addiction diagnoses. Jeannie has also trained and provided clinical supervision for many counselors seeking LPC credentials. More impressive than her experience is her passion for helping others improve the quality of their life. She has devoted her work towards steering her clients toward a full life of freedom. 

 

In 2015, Jeannie created a faith based private practice. She has a clear calling in helping her clients break the chains of bondage of addiction, past trauma, anxiety, depression, mental illness, and spiritual warfare. Her education and personal walk with Jesus informs her work.

 

 

In her free time, Jeannie is involved in several leadership positions within her community and her church. She is a mom to four beautiful horses and the ever-famous Bitsy, the therapy dog. 

 

Dr. Jana

Lovelace

Dr. Lovelace is a Jesus-chaser, wife, mom, and Licensed Clinical Psychologist (in that order!). Both Dr. Lovelace and her husband, John, are local to North Alabama. Together they have three beautiful children, ages 21, 6, and 5. She enjoys spending time with family, fitness boot camp, traveling, football, coffee, and design. She believes all things are better with glitter.

 

Clinically, Dr. Lovelace has worked in a variety of settings. The majority of her career has been spent serving our nation’s heroes as a Military Psychologist for the United States Army and the Veterans Administration. She counts this work as one of her life's greatest honors. She now is the owner of a private practice, called ReGroup Psychological Services, LLC, located in Huntsville, Alabama, where she treats a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and both substance and behavioral addictions. Dr. Lovelace has a true drive for helping others as they navigate the really hard parts of life. She truly believes she has "the coolest job in the world" as she takes a front seat to watch others change their lives in amazing ways.

 

In 2017, after suffering two close calls with death, Dr. Lovelace's world was shaken and she decided to live life differently. She vowed from that point forward to live in a way in which she could savor every drop of life. She no longer found value in her over-scheduled, exceedingly professionally driven, long hours working, usually multi-tasking self. Instead, she took measures to change her life in order to be present, settled, and mindful of the life she almost lost.

 

Dr. Lovelace believes her true calling to be helping other women, particularly moms, as they attempt to find the "sweet spots" of motherhood (aka: the hardest God-given job on Earth). She has a true passion for helping women find and live a full life -- a life of contentment, peace of mind, purpose, and fulfillment. She strives to help other women find the best version of themselves and to truly LIVE rather than merely survive.

 

Keri

Aycock

Keri is a licensed hair and makeup stylist with 11 years of experience. She is a devoted Christ follower, wife, and mother to a precious baby girl. Keri serves as a worship leader at Epic Church. She has the heart of a true servant leader. She has passion for teaching other vocalists to find their voice using different vocal techniques. She also walks beside them as she coaches them, not only vocally, but also to lead boldly, increase their confidence, and learn to press into the Holy Spirit.

 

Personally, after walking through a journey of insecurity, infertility, and holding back, she secured her identity in Christ, and learned to be beautifully vulnerable and authentic. Her heart is to help other women find their true identity in Christ as they walk out a life of peace in the busyness of everyday life.

 

Keri desires to live out with confidence who God created her to be unapologetically, while encouraging and leading other women to do the same.

 

Dawn

Mason

Dawn Mason is the wife of evangelist, Michael Mason. Their blended family consists of 2 daughters, 3 sons, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and 3 beautiful granddaughters. It was during her late husband, Arvid Wakefield's battle with ALS that God radically changed her life and ignited a passion and love in her for women's ministry. Her prayer is that other women will come to know and fully trust God to hold the pen in His hand as He writes their story. God has shown her that He will not waste one single thing we walk through and that He will use, even the most difficult seasons of our life to reveal His glory and prove to us that He is enough, Even if...

 

Amy

Farley

Amy is the wife to the late and loved Jay Farley for nearly 25 years. Together they have a son Sam, and a daughter Makenzi. Amy has worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant for 26 years and is extremely involved in her church and community.  She has served in various roles such as the worship team, hospitality team, dance/drama team, events team, and in children's ministries. She is a graduate of JSMI School of World Evangelism (1998) and Epic Church Leadership Institute (2018).

 

Amy experienced heartbreaking loss in 2018 with the unexpected deaths of her husband in August and her daughter in October. What the enemy meant for destruction, Jesus has healed. Although an incredibly difficult journey, and through the mercy and tenderness of Jesus Christ, Amy makes the daily decision to choose joy in the face of tragedy. She truly lives with hope knowing that her best days are ahead of her and that her beloved husband and beautiful daughter are more in her future than her past. She is a living testimony as she demonstrates to others the hope that is found only in Jesus. She chooses joy. She chooses life. She chooses Jesus.

 

Emily

Williams

Emily is a wife, biological, adoptive, and foster mom, and an elementary teacher with her Masters in School Counseling. She lives in Decatur, Alabama and has been married to her husband, Matt, for 12 years. Emily is passionate about helping people live life in freedom. Her story is one of God’s true grace- what the enemy used for years in an attempt to steal, kill, and destroy, God used to bring healing, restoration and freedom.

 

Anna

Hurst

Anna Hurst is a life-loving, goofy, transparent, Tennessee native, who resides in Decatur, Alabama. She is married to her best friend, Zack, and the two of them love to travel together to new places and try new foods. Anna enjoys laughing until she cries, spending time outdoors, being near any body of water, playing piano, desserts, singing in the car with the windows down, dancing, and pedicures. 

 

Anna graduated from the University of North Alabama with a BA in Secondary Education. She spent 4 years teaching middle school English before becoming the Outreach and Missions Director at Epic Church in Decatur, AL. She was recently named, “Hometown Hero” because of her passion for serving her community. She travels each year to Africa for mission work at her church’s Carepoint. 

 

Anna shares the principles of God’s Word through the authentic lens of her own life. With humor and vulnerability, Anna is committed to opening up her whole life (the good, the bad and the ugly) to teach the lessons she’s learned in her pursuit of applying God’s truth.

 

Kourtney

Henderson

Kourtney Henderson is a native of Decatur, Alabama and the daughter of Ms. Janice Henderson and the late Pastor John Gladney (deceased). Kourtney holds a bachelor of arts in Political Science with a minor in history from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

 

She is a member of El Shaddai Church Ministries where she serves as a minister, Worship Leader, Co-Youth Director, and a teacher in the Children’s Church Department. She in involved in various volunteer organizations within her community. Yielding to the voice of the Lord, she has ministered globally, as far as Honduras. 

 

She is the founder of the Influence Conference, geared toward impacting the lives of young adults from the ages of 18-40. Kourtney is also a powerful recording artist, who debuted her first album, titled “Devotion” in 2017. She is excited to release her sophomore album, which is currently in preparation. 

Kourtney is a proud parent to her beautiful daughter, Neleigh Mayes. Kourtney loves spending time with her family and friends and in her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and most of all singing praises to the Lord. 

 

Kristi

Hill

Jesus Follower, Blessed Wife, Transformational Leader, Master of Making You Feel Beautiful, Encourager, People Connector, Joyologist, and Stateswoman.

Kristi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a minor in Marketing from Athens State University and is currently pursuing an MBA in Digital Entrepreneurship from Strayer University. Kristi is a woman of her word who creates meaningful and authentic relationships. Currently in her 8th year teaching skin care and cosmetic artistry as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, she helps women regain skin confidence, empowers and encourages them in their God-given talents. Kristi is in her first term as Decatur's youngest elected female City Council Member. Serving others is at the heart of everything she does. She uses her history of struggles, insecurities, and sin as God's story (his-story) of love, hope, and grace.

 

Tricia

Collins

Tricia Collins received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Alabama.  She is a practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked for Eagle Consulting & Counseling for 9 years.  Her main role is serving on the counseling side and walking with people through all different trials in life.  She also works on the consulting side and serves as the local Decatur 3M Plant Employee Assistance Provider.  She is thankful to be able to say she knows she works in the area God called and created her to be serving in daily.

 

She also serves as the Freedom Director at Epic church where she leads all of the Freedom small groups and plans and directs 2 Freedom Conferences every year.  She has personally experienced God’s grace and redemption so she now has a passion to see everyone she comes in contact with know who and what their true identity in Christ is so they can also walk in Full Freedom!  

She enjoys sitting on her front porch, by a firepit and by any form of water, and quality time with friends and family.

 

Angela

Morgan

Angela Morgan is the oldest of 4 daughters to Bobby and Becky Bonner. Her Dad Bobby Bonner, a professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles walked away from “The Show” at the age of 28 years old and surrendered to go to Zambia, Africa as a missionary. Angela knew what it meant to be in a Christian home. To be drug to church every time the doors were open. But the desire her parents had to pursue God was never there for her personally.

As Angela continued her life, she found herself spiraling deeper and deeper into sin. Condemnation paralyzed her. Years went by and she found herself yet again in another failed marriage. Completely broken in desperation she cried out to God.

 

“Surely this isn’t all life has to offer me?” 

Angela began asking what makes people walk away from fame and fortune and go to the mission field? How do people live with such a joy and passion for Christ, who desire only to please Him even in the midst of pain and suffering?” 

One night in Katy, Texas she pursued these answers in the Bible. 

God quickly showed her John 4:10 “…If thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” 

He spoke to her heart. “Get to know me Angela”, and that night she met Jesus and has never gotten over Him! More importantly He never gets over us! 

Angela was born again August of 2003.

 

Her life verse is:

Philippians 1:20-21, “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death. For to me live is Christ, and to die is gain.” 

 

It has not always been easy for Angela, but if you ask her, she will tell you it is worth KNOWING Jesus!

Every trial. Every pain. Is worth knowing Him! 

 

Angela has a deep desire for others to KNOW Him intimately. 

In her words, “Jesus is my everything!” and she will challenge you to make Him yours.

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

 
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