October 13, 2018

The Salem Centre
7235 Bonneval Road
Jacksonville FL 32256

9am to 3pm

Registration doors open at 8:30am


Meet our amazing speakers!

We at ASCEND Women are delighted to bring you some of today’s most dynamic speakers. Prepare to be inspired and fulfilled with courageous praise! 

Wendy Griffith

Wendy began her television career at NBC affiliate KYEL-TV in Yuma, Ariz., in 1987 after graduating from West Virginia University in 1986 with a B.S. in Journalism. She then went on to work in several television markets across the country as an anchor/reporter, including two stints at ABC affiliate WCHS-TV in Charleston, West Virginia, her hometown. Wendy is a Co-host for The 700 Club and an Anchor and Senior Reporter for the Christian Broadcasting Network based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition to The 700 Club, Wendy co-anchors Christian World News, a weekly show that focuses on the triumphs and challenges of the global church.


April Osteen-Simons

If there’s one word to describe April it is “Encourager.” In a world filled with negativity and hopelessness, she brings an inspiring message of hope and life that helps you deal with the demands and challenges of everyday living. She inspires with entertaining stories combined with heart-warming humor and practical wisdom. Her message will impact your personal, spiritual and professional life. Her passion is to breathe life and encouragement into people everywhere.


Doug Addison

Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast, and blog. Doug’s message of love, hope and having fun reaches people around the world! His powerfully, positively funny style of teaching and coaching helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California, where he is impacting the arts and entertainment and media industries.


Brenda Epperson-Moore

Brenda is no stranger to television. As an actress, she is known by audiences internationally for her portrayal of Ashley Abbott on the CBS daytime drama The Young and The Restless for eight years. She recently released her new single, I Cry Freedom, and she works regularly as a TV on air host, a woman’s speaker, and is a contributing author to the book, Blessedness of Brokenness, on how God looks at our brokenness and sees beauty. After answering a call from God to start a women’s conference five year ago, Brenda spearheaded the birth of the ASCEND conferences. Expanding the mission of educating, inspiring, and igniting, ASCEND works to follow God’s path the people would be saved, set free, and His name glorified.


Ascend through the years

Courageous Praise – 2018

Hope – 2016

Stand – 2015

Forever Free – 2014

Fearless Joy – 2013

Debby Keener

Debby Keener

Board of directors “surgical eye expeditions” the one-hundred million dollar charity “see international” (listed in Forbes magazine top ten credible charities in america) during time of service was the only woman seated on the board (marketing strategist)

Founder of Hilly’s Heroes; received international humanitarian award for  “love without borders, for the sake of the children” bulgaria, ministry work calcutta, india, south america,  israel

Creator of “the mother life” series; recently recognized and listed in the NAPW (National Association of Professional women 2015-2016 inductee)

Fall 2016 completion of Masters degree theology and counseling




“I had no idea that my life would be changed by the women speakers ministering at the conference. I assumed it would be edifying, encouraging and so on. Your speakers really impacted me; I am so grateful to have been able to be a part of the listening audience. Good Job, Ladies! Well Done, Indeed!”

                                                                 -Julianne Gentry

About Us

The Mission of ASCEND Women is to inspire, educate and ignite women to become all that God has purposed them to be. Our goal is that women will be saved, set free, and His name be glorified!

“I will not offer to the Lord my God sacrifices
that have cost me nothing.”

— 2 Samuel 24:24

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