Spiritual Formation

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is an international speaker, mentoring coach, and author of Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship and the Hope for Us: Knowing God through the Nicene Creed Bible study. She is the Visionary Founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. Natasha often refers to herself as a black girl from the small town of Orangeburg, South Carolina. The community rich in black history, culture, and tradition was a critical part of her formative years before leaving home to attend the United States Naval Academy. Upon her 2002 graduation, she was commissioned as an officer in
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Vivian Mabuni

Vivian Mabuni is national speaker and writer with a passion to see women and men influence the college campus, families, churches, communities and the world with hope and life found through intimacy with God. Her first book, “Warrior In Pink: A Story of Cancer, Community and the God Who Comforts” (Discovery House Publishers) released in April 2014. Her next book for WaterBrook Multinomah, (the Christian imprint for Penguin Random House) will release summer of 2019. With 29 years of ministry experience on staff with Cru, Vivian loves teaching about the bible and practical application to ministry and life. Vivian has
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Lesa Engelthaler

Lesa Engelthaler is a Senior Associate for Victory Search Group, assisting nonprofits to recruit executive leaders. Lesa is also a writer for such publications as The Dallas Morning News, Christianity Today, Relevant, and Prism. Lesa is a founding member of Ink and proud to be a part of the Redbud Writers Guild. Her friends would say that Lesa is passionate about empowering women. Lesa serves on the board of Missio Alliance, the Circle of Friends board of New Friends New Life and the Economic Security Grants Review Committee for the Dallas Women’s Foundation.  For the past several years, she has
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Jessica Mesman Griffith

Jessica Mesman Griffith is the author of four books, including Strange Journey (2017) and Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship in Letters, winner of the 2014 Christopher Award for “literature that affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”  Jessica runs a blog and an online community, Sick Pilgrim, and is a regular contributor to US Catholic, America, and other magazines.  Jessica is also a founder of the Trying to Say God: Re-enchanting the Catholic Imagination, a literary festival at the University of Notre Dame. She has appeared as a guest on NPR’s Interfaith Voices, CBC’s Tapestry, and on various shows for Relevant Radio and Sirius/XM The Catholic Channel. Learn
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Keri Wyatt Kent

Writer, speaker, content creator. Author of GodSpace: Embracing the Inconvenient Adventure of Intimacy with God, and ten other books; collaborator or contributor to a dozen more. I work full-time as a freelance writer, collaborative writer, and editor. My books, retreats, and articles guide people as they connect their faith with their daily life. I’m passionate about spiritual formation, living the story that Jesus invites me to live, and helping others to tell their powerful story. Learn more at www.keriwyattkent.com orwww.apowerfulstory.com  
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Anita Lustrea

Anita is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences. She loves to communicate a message of freedom to women whether it's on the air on her talk show, Midday Connection, one on one in a coffee shop, or talking in front of a large audience. Anita is passionate about helping women develop deeper friendships, and often speaks on the theme of relationships and how to develop community. Another theme that is dear to Anita's heart is justice. She has been a voice for the voiceless for years through her radio program. Whether she is talking about women in domestic violence
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Michelle Van Loon

Since coming to faith in Christ at the tail end of the Jesus Movement, Michelle Van Loon’s heritage, spiritual hunger and storyteller’s sensibilities have shaped her faith journey and informed her writing. She is the author of 5 books, including her most recent works, Born To Wander: Recovering the Value of our Pilgrim Identity (Moody Publishers, 2018) and Moments and Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith (NavPress, 2016). She’s been a church communications director, served on staff at Trinity International University, and earned a graduate certificate from Northern Seminary. She’s married to Bill, and is mother to three and grandmother to two. Her writing
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Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn speaks at everything from local church groups and book clubs to intimate retreats and national conventions. Her topics range from motherhood to writing, from lament to finding God in those dark, mysterious places. For a list of potential topics, click here.
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