2016 Conference 2017-02-16T00:40:55+02:00

2016 Conference

Michele Cushatt

Author, blogger & speaker


She never expected a devastating divorce and single motherhood. Or a second marriage marred by the challenges of a blended family. Undaunted, Michele worked hard to put her upside-down life back in order. Until, at the age of thirty-nine, she received a cancer diagnosis. And eight months later, she opened her near empty-nest home to three little ones in crisis. The resulting chaos proved far more than she could contain.

If you’ve ever known what it’s like to have a dream unravel, a hope or desire remain unfulfilled, regardless of how long and hard you’ve wished and prayed otherwise, then Michele’s story is your story. And, believe it or not, undone is beautiful. Having experienced both the best and worst of life, she’s unafraid to disclose her imperfect spaces, so that you know you’re not alone in yours.

Pulling from her unique life experiences, Michele’s memoir is Undone: A Story of Making Peace With An Unexpected Life. She also writes feature articles, blog posts, stories and devotional meditations for numerous publications including MOPS International, Today’s Christian WomanInCourageFullFill Magazine, Hearts-at-Home, Upper Room, David C. Cook’s Quiet Hour, Standard Publishing’s Devotions, and multiple compilation books including five titles in the Chicken Soup series.

Michele has spoken for Compassion International, Women of Faith, Focus on the Family, Proverbs 31 She Speaks and Hearts-at-Home. In 2014, she joined Michael Hyatt as the co-host on his popular This is Your Life podcast. In addition, she and Michael produced Get Published, a 21-session audio program for aspiring writers. In 2013, Michele joined the Compassion International team as one of their spotlighted speakers and advocates for child sponsorship.

Michele and the love of her life, Troy, live in Colorado with their six children, ages 7 to 22. She enjoys a good novel, a long run, sleeping in the sun, and a kitchen table filled with people.

Tricia Goyer

Author, blogger & speaker


Tricia knows first-hand the pain of a difficult childhood, abortion, being an unwed mother at 17, and the challenges and joys of adopting seven children. Somewhere in the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope.

A bestselling author, Tricia has published more than 56 books to date and has written more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts, Thriving FamilyProverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine. Her books have won awards from the American Christian Fiction Writers and Mt. Hermon Writers’ Conference. She is a 2x Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award nominee.

Tricia has authored several books on family and parenting, as well as co-written with Max Lucado and Robin Jones Gunn. She collaborated with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges for Lead Your Family Like Jesus.

Tricia has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS International Convention, Hearts at Home, and Allume conferences. She speaks to groups around the country about families, writing, research, and the world of publishing and hosts a weekly internet radio show, Living Inspired.

Motivated by her own experience of being a teen mom, Tricia has a heart for mentoring teen moms and their families. Tricia co-founded Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Montana. She currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in inner-city Little Rock.

In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com and other home-schooling and Christian sites.

Tricia and the love of her life, John, are the parents of ten and grandparents of two. There is always fun and adventure at the Goyer home, and Tricia’s grandma, who lives with them, is right in the middle of it.


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