Speaker Resource

Please note – if you, or someone you can highly recommend, would like to be included on this speakers list, please contact any member of the BGCC National Women’s Ministries Team. Every effort has been made to provide you with names of speakers of integrity and their correct contact information. All speakers have agreed to their profiles appearing on this page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know.

 

Kim Blackaby

Langley, BC

Contact:
21010 – 45th Ave., Langley, BC V3A 8Z4
604 534 5347
Email: kimblackaby@gmail.com
Website: www.kimblackaby.com

Kim Blackaby, Christ-follower, pastor’s wife, mom to three great kids and student of God’s Word has served in churches both in Canada and Norway. Her experience leading women’s ministries during those years instilled in her a passion to teach women how to draw the life-giving water necessary to lead God-centered, Spirit-filled spiritually and emotionally healthy lives. Her motto is “Meet me at the River”.

Kim Blackaby came to know the Lord through the ministry of Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God, who is now her father-in-law. Henry’s teaching and the principles of Experiencing God have been foundational to her journey with Christ and traveling and speaking with Blackaby Ministries International  introduced her to the exciting ways that God is at work in our world.

Kim continues to lead women’s ministries and teach Bible studies in her church in Langley, BC and speaks at various women’s events, both in Canada and internationally.

Home Church: Brookswood Baptist Church, Langley, BC
Retreats, Workshops, Special Events: Please see website for suggested topics. Kim enjoys writing new material and is willing to work with your chosen themes and areas of focus.
Cost: Travel expenses plus honorarium agreed upon by speaker and church leadership

 

Linda Ozirney

Stonewall, MB

Contact:
P.O. Box 22
Stonewall, Manitoba ROC 2Z0
(204) 467-8491
E-mail: liozirney@mts.net

Linda was the National Director of Women’s Ministries for the Baptist General Conference of Canada and dean of the BGC School of Women’s Ministries for 14 years before retiring in 2014. She is still passionate about encouraging women toward growing strong in Jesus.  She and her husband, Henry, have ministered in Stonewall for more than 40 years, and is the mother of 4 adult children and the grandmother of 9. Linda is a frequent speaker at retreats, workshops and events for women across Canada. Her integrity, warmth and sincerity, combined with a wealth of experience ministering to women, make her an effective communicator to women of all ages.

Home Church: New Life Church (BGCC)
Retreats, Workshops, Special events: Linda will be glad to speak at your event. Contact her directly for topics.
Cost: Travel expenses should be covered. Honorarium is up to the individual group to determine in consultation with speaker.

Carmen Kampman

Saskatoon, SK

Contact:
c/o Horizon College & Seminary
1303 Jackson Ave., Saskatoon, SK S7H 2M9
306-281-2782
Email: cdkampman@gmail.com
Website: www.carmenkampman.com

Carmen is an energetic, passionate, and inspiring speaker and leader. Carmen is a licenced minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, the Executive Director of Advancement at Horizon College and Seminary (HCS), and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Driven by a disciplined devotion to God's Word and God's People, Carmen seeks to unpack the truths of Scripture in ways that help others encounter Christ, develop their God-given gifts, grow their leadership skills, and develop their confidence in knowing God's voice and keeping in step with the Spirit.

Carmen has been married for over 25 years to the love of her life, Albert. Together with their six children they operate a dairy farm in rural Saskatchewan.

Home Church: Ebenezer Baptist, Saskatoon, SK
Education: Diploma in Christian Studies, HCS. MA in Leadership & Management (in progress), Briercrest Seminary.
Conferences, Keynotes, Seminars, Retreats, Workshops, Special Events: Carmen is comfortable speaking in various contexts from intimate retreat settings to conferences.
Cost: Travel expenses plus mutually agreed upon honorarium.

Teresa Rilling

Sylvan Lake, Alberta

Contact:
403.864.2503
403.896.0319
teresarilling@hotmail.com
www.teresarilling.ca

Teresa and her husband Jim live in Sylvan Lake, AB. They have 3 married children and 11 incredible grandchildren. Teresa’s passion is to see women become all God created them to be whether in full time ministry, the marketplace, or at home. Her own personal healing and growth have been her greatest assets in ministering to women throughout Canada and beyond. Teresa, a trauma survivor loves to share a message of hope, healing and humor. She loves to share her life experiences and God’s Word to bring truth to women.

Home Church: Sylvan Lake Alliance Church
Retreats, Workshops, Special events: See Website…Teresa is willing to approach any subject that you may wish to have for a theme for your retreat or outreach event. You may also contact her for a list of available topics.
Cost: Please contact Teresa directly for information

Sandy Semenyna

Edmonton, Alberta

Contact:
5113 – 213A St. NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6M 0K7
(780) 443-0909
Cell (780) 222-3855
E-Mail: sandyseme@msn.com
Website: http://sandyseme.wordpress.com

Sandy Semenyna is a lay leader with a passion to challenge women to know Jesus, follow Him and be shaped by the Word of God.  Sandy has been actively involved in a variety of teaching and leadership ministries in the local church, community and across Canada.   While serving for 18 years in youth ministry, Sandy led weekly teen Bible studies as well as the Youth Worship Team.   Along with her husband, Bill, they have also organized or participated in several international missions trips and lead small group studies and workshops for couples called “Marriage By Design”.

Sandy spent many years as the Women’s Ministries director in her home church and also served on the National Women’s Ministries Committee for the Baptist General Conference of Canada.  She has been a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats and an instructor at the School of Women in Ministry (BGC Canada Women’s Ministries).  

Sandy recently retired from a long and rewarding teaching career where, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, she was the school's special needs coordinator, counselor and  musical production manager!  The Semenynas live in Edmonton and have two young adult children, a delightful son-in-law and an adorable grandson.  Please visit her website for topics and additional information.

Home Church: West Edmonton Christian Assembly (POAC)
Retreats, Workshops, Special events: see Sandy’s website for a listing of topics
Cost: Travel expenses should be covered. Honorarium is up to the individual group to determine in consultation with speaker.

Betsy Wieser

Surrey, BC

Contact:
#11 - 16920-80th Ave.
Surrey, BC V4N 5A1
(604) 576-4721 (home)
(604) 897-0733 (cell)
Email: bwieser9@gmail.com

Betsy a relational and inspirational speaker/ teacher to women’s groups. She has been mentoring facilitator and women’s director in her church.

Her passion is for women to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God through the Word and His plan and purpose for them. This includes taking on the role of encouraging younger women. You will enjoy her heart for nurturing women, her sense of humour, wisdom and genuine love for her Lord and Saviour.

As a pastor’s wife for over 22 years, she and her husband Wally have served in Alberta, Saskatchewan and 16 years in British Columbia as a District Minister. Betsy is the mother of two adult children, Jon and Carmell, one favorite son-in-law and two granddaughters.

Home Church: Cedar Grove Baptist (BCBC)
Retreats, Workshops, Special Events: Contact Betsy for a complete list of available topics
Cost: Travel expenses plus honorarium according to the number of sessions taught or length of seminar.

Marcy Harrison

Stonewall, MB

Contact:
PO Box 4552
Stonewall, MB. R0C 2Z0
204 467 7786
Email: harrisonmarcy@shaw.ca or marcynlc@mts.net

Marcy Harrison is the proud mother of 3 kids and wife to Rev. John Harrison, who is the Pastor of Administration and Leadership, at New Life Church in Stonewall, MB. She is the Kid’s Ministries Director at New Life Church. The home base business, Marcy and Me Custom Sewing Design fills her “down time”.

Marcy grew up in a Christian home and asked Jesus into her heart at summer camp as a child. She received a certificate in Religious studies from Aldersgate College in Moose Jaw Sk, and then followed her dream to become a Fashion Designer and received her diploma in Fashion Merchandising and Design from Olds College in AB.

Marcy, like all women, has had her share of storms in life and dreams realized and shattered. She chooses to look to God for strength, courage, and wisdom through life. She has a passion to tell people that she is not perfect but, God is and everyone can find hope in Him.

Home Church: New Life Church (BGCC)
Retreats, Workshops: contact Marcy directly for list of available topics.
Cost: Travel expenses and honorarium to be discussed with speaker.

Cynthina Cavanaugh

Contact:
www.cynthiacavanaugh.com
Email: cynthia@cynthiacavanaugh.com
Cell: 425.949.2930

Through her transparency, humor, and faithful commitment to God’s word, author and speaker Cynthia Cavanaugh has inspired women across North America. Although Cynthia came to follow Christ as a young teenager and hasn’t looked back, she confesses that she has experienced depression, struggles within ministry and performance issues. It is from her brokenness that she has a passion to lead others to experience the power of God’s word so they may live intentionally with freedom and purpose. More than anything, she longs for women to embrace their individual giftedness and believes God is calling his daughters out at this time in history to champion truth, justice, and strength.

She is the founder and director of Women Emerge, a ministry whose mandate is to help women have a global influence and be equipped to fulfill their God-given mission. In addition to her ministry, writing, and speaking, Cynthia is a certified Life Coach with Life Purpose Coaching Centers International® and holds a Masters Degree in Leadership from Trinity Western University. Cynthia and her husband Kevin have three married sons, Jeremy and Emily, Jordan and Julie, Jason, and Brittany. They are entering a joyful new season of being grandparents to four grandchildren. Cynthia loves to read, cook gourmet meals for friends and connect with other women over tea and coffee.

She is the author of Unlocked: 5 Myths Holding Your Influence Captive, New Hope Publishers and several bible studies, Mask or Mirror: Living an Unveiled Life, Designed for Life: Living Beyond the Ordinary, and Intentional Legacy: Living to Finish Well.

Wilna VanBeek

Contact:
Website: www.wilnavanbeek.com
Email: wilnavb@sasktel.net

Wilna has not only been redeemed from living a gay lifestyle, but through God’s power He helped her to overcome the tremendous fear of sharing her story with others. Wilna believes, "To know Jesus Christ intimately and personally is the foundation of all happiness." This is KEY to “live life in abundance till it overflows” according to John 10:10.

She says: "No psychiatrists, self help books or desire to fix myself could do for me what the Holy Spirit has done. He convinced me it was the presence of God I needed, and that Jesus would meet all my needs!"

It is through abiding in the Vine (Jesus Christ) daily, that she discovered the secret of overcoming Satan and living a victorious life! The Holy Spirit empowers and gives her the ability to share what Jesus has done in her life.(Acts 1:8)

Wilna not only shares her testimony of redemption from living a gay lifestyle, but God has called her to educate, equip and enlighten the body of Christ on a difficult but relevant topic! Homosexuality is one of the most controversial and complex topics in our society today. In her seminar “When Gay Comes home”, Wilna provides a thought-provoking and challenging presentation on this topic incorporating her personal testimony of freedom, redemption, and restoration through Jesus Christ after having lived a gay lifestyle for many years. This seminar imparts insight and practical tools to help pastors, ministry leaders, the general public, and people working with persons facing questions about sexual orientation and homosexuality. This seminar will help to better understand how to support a friend or family member who experiences same sex attraction.

Wilna desires to:

·  Help parents, family and friends who journey with a gay loved one. She loves to share her personal testimony in order to bring hope, comfort, and encouragement to individuals & families. She takes her calling to

·  Educate, Equip and Enlighten  the Body of Christ in regards to the topic of homosexuality very seriously. She loves to share many other topics with groups for example: Abiding in the Vine, Getting dressed for success, Who is Your Master?, Holy Sexuality, etc.

Some Helpful Tips On Women’s Ministries Speakers

How to find a speaker

  • Ask for the speaker’s name and number at an event you attend
  • Search the internet for “Christian Women Speakers’
  • Get a referral from a trusted source

We would recommend that you always hear a speaker before you invite her to speak.  Be sure that the person really does have a gift for speaking to a group – they may be a wonderful person with an interesting background, but could have difficulty communicating to a group, following the allotted time or staying on the topic requested. You do not want to learn this lesson the hard way, especially when you have a room full of women anticipating a good message.  You can request an information packet from potential speakers and many of them have a tape of one of their messages.

Contacting the speaker

Call, e-mail or write your potential speaker and find out when they are available and let them know what dates you are interested in booking them for. This is the best time to find out if they have a speaking fee or if they will come on an honorarium or love offering basis. You should always expect to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and meals as well as the registration fee (eg. at a retreat).  Communicate clearly with the speaker at this point about financial matters to avoid embarrassment or miscommunication.  If you are on a very restricted budget, say so up front, then the speaker can either politely decline your invitation or agree to come for a minimal cost.

Sending a Confirmation

After making the initial contact, it’s a good idea to send out a confirmation letter that outlines the dates, location, time and theme of the event, the number of women expected, re-numeration, and any other important items.  You will also need to ask about special equipment she might need (projector, laptop, etc.), if she needs handouts copied, dietary needs and any requests/information regarding accommodations (ie. private room, hotel, billet, bringing her own bedding).   If your event is aimed at a particular group of women (eg. single moms, not-yet believers) or the culture of your church might be noteworthy (eg. very traditional, mostly professional women) please let your speaker know this in advance. You may wish to request a photo and biography to include in your advertising for the event

A month before the event, touch base with the speaker again to see if there are any concerns or information she needs and to make sure everything is on track with the event and the arrangements.  Sometimes a speaker would like a particular song used in the worship time or would like a book table set up.  Confirm again any details regarding costs, times, handouts or items that the speaker requested previously.  Ask her how you can be praying for her as she prepares.

About a week to 10 days before the event, contact her again to be sure you haven’t overlooked anything and to make sure everything is set to go.

If you have followed the above recommendations regarding contacting the speaker and sending a confirmation letter, your speaker should have a pretty good idea of what you are expecting and visa versa.  You may need to be in touch with her more frequently than suggested, but to avoid unpleasant surprises – stay in contact at least this often.  Frequent contact will also give you a chance to develop some rapport with her prior to your event.

What about the Topic?

Some speakers have specific topics that they speak on.  Ask for a copy of their profile and you may want to plan your event around one of their topics. Sometimes you may have already chosen a theme and most speakers are usually willing to work with you in this area. Prayerfully consider what God wants to say to your particular group of women and watch Him bring your speaker’s message in line with what the women in your group need!

Money matters

As previously stated, communicate openly and find out up front about the costs. As the host of the event you are expected to pay for the speakers travel, accommodations, handouts, and their speaker fee. Some speakers will come on an honorarium or love offering basis, but never assume this.

If your speaker is flying in, try to arrange to pay for her ticket in advance or offer to book the flight for her.  Let her know who will be picking her up at the airport and how to recognize her.

If your speaker is driving in, ask if she wants to be paid standard business mileage rate or gas only.  You many want to send a cheque in advance to cover gas costs.

Try to have the cheque ready in advance so you can give it to the speaker with a thank you card at the close of the event. If the speaker has agreed to come on a love offering basis, arrange with your church to have a cheque prepared as soon as possible after the event. Don’t keep your speaker waiting for the cheque to arrive in the mail long after the event is over.

Other Matters

It’s always a good idea for you or your committee to meet with the speaker at least an hour before the event to spend some time talking with her and praying for her and the event.  When the women arrive, she should already have had time to meet with you and be settled so she is free to greet the women.

Introducing a Speaker     

It’s not as easy at it may seem, but doing a good job of introducing your speaker will help your audience connect with your speaker.  Because you are probably known and respected by the women in the audience, your opinion of the speaker matters and your introduction will shape how they receive her.  Here are some simple things to include in an introduction…

First time introductions

  • If you have heard the speaker before, share how her message touched you when you heard her speak
  • Include a brief biography of her family
  • Tell what she does… is she in full time ministry?  A professional or business person? A lay leader?
  • Draw attention to the reason you are at the event and how the speaker will contribute to it. eg: “We are all here tonight to focus our thoughts on the true meaning of Christmas  and _(first name, last name)_____, our speaker has come to share what God has put on her heart from the Word of God.  Please help me to welcome ____(first name)______.” Shake her hand or hug her as she comes to the platform and then go to your seat.

If your speaker is there for more than one session or a weekend retreat –

  • Repeat the speakers name each time you introduce her
  • Highlight something she said from an earlier message

Follow up

Follow up an event with a thank you letter and pass along any feedback or evaluation comments from the women who attended the event.