Women's Leadership Conference

Are you ready to influence your world now?


All about Influence: A Women’s Leadership Conference is designed to equip you to reach, lead, and impact those in your sphere of influence— be it at home, in your church, at your workplace, or in a parachurch ministry. If you’re ready to invest in the lives of others, find encouragement in your spiritual walk, and be challenged to make a difference, this conference is for you.


Mary Jo Sharp
Keynote Speaker

Mary Jo Sharp is a former atheist from the Pacific Northwest who thought religion was for the weak-minded. She now holds a Masters in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and is the first woman to become a Certified Apologetics Instructor through the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Mary Jo is an Assistant Professor at Houston Baptist University, on faculty with Summit Ministries, an author with Kregel Publications and B&H Publications, author of the top-selling Bible study, "Why Do You Believe That?" and has recently produced a new DVD Bible Study with LifeWay Resources.

A clear communicator with a heart for people, she finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Savior. She administrates the website, Confident Christianity, and has engaged in two formal, public debates with Muslims.


Registration Fee

  • $75/person (until 8/5)
  • $85/person (until 9/26)
  • $95/person (after 9/26)
  • $75/person for groups of 5 or more (until 9/19)

Discounted Fee

  • $68/person for DTS alumni
  • $30/person for all employees and spouses
  • $30/person for students
  • Special volunteer rate available. Contact Heather Zimmerman to apply

Date & Location

Monday, October 3, 2016
Dallas Theological Seminary | Dallas, TX
Lamb Auditorium




  • 7:45AM - Registration Opens
  • 8:30AM - Session 1 with Mary Jo Sharp
  • 10:15AM - Workshop 1
  • 10:30AM - Lunch
  • 12:45PM - Workshop 2
  • 2:15PM - Session 2 with Mary Jo Sharp
  • 3:30PM - Conference Concludes

Who should come?

Professional and lay women church leaders, volunteers, and anyone passionate about living out the Gospel in word and deed.

Where is it?

The conference will occur on the campus of Dallas Theological Seminary. We will be meeting in Lamb Auditorium for the keynote sessions. Breakout Sessions and lunch will take place throughout the Campbell building.


Dallas Theological Seminary does not have any special agreements or price discounts at area hotels.


You will be able to attend two workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. You choose your workshops at registration, so be sure to read through all your options!

Digging Deeper Track

Because of Mary Jo Sharp’s emphasis on Biblical and Theological literacy for women, we want to offer you an opportunity to really dig into some ancient truth. To make your whole day filled with hearing about incorporating these specific truths into your life and ministry, be sure to select Brittany and Nika’s workshops. You do not have to select both, but we wanted to provide a track for women who resonated with Mary Jo’s exhortations.

The Place of Theology
In Your Life and Ministry

Brittany Burnette
Associate Professor of Christian Education and the Associate Dean of Distance Education for Faculty & Curriculum Development at the College of Biblical Studies - Houston

The Power of Teaching

Nika Spaulding
Director of Women’s Equipping and Curriculum at Watermark Community Church

Practical Ministries Workshops

Walking with Those
Who Have Walked Away

Rebecca Carrell
90.0 KCBI Morning Show Co-host

Casting Visions in
Your Ministry

Amy Cedrone
Pastor of Young Adults and Women's Gatherings, Bent Tree Bible Church

Recovering and Moving on
from Disappointments

Stephanie Giddens
Founder and president for Vickery Trading Company

Ministering to the Women
in the Workplace

Elaine Kung
Director at AT&T and Founder of Called to Work


Barbara Neumann
Adjunct Professor in Educational Ministries and Leadership at DTS

Counseling Essentials for the
Non-Professional Counselor

Andi Thacker
Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at DTS

Folding Single Adults Into
Your Ministry and Congregation

Elizabeth Woodson
Singles Coordinator at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship


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