ASCEND 2019 – Fulfilled
We at ASCEND Women are delighted to bring you some of today’s most dynamic speakers, and amazing musical guest! Prepare to be inspired and fulfilled with a spirit of restoration, inspiration, and praise! Get fulfilled with our speakers, including: Wendy Griffith, April Osteen Simons, Doug Addison, Debby Keener, and our very own co-host, Brenda Epperson-Moore, and a special word from Kristen Dalton Wolf. Breakout speakers include: Lisa Ryan, Amy Pendergraft, Danise Jurado, and Debby Keener. We know it is going to be a fun-filled day with laughter, joy, and God’s love!
Fulfilled Keynote Speakers
Wendy Griffith 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.
If there’s one word to describe April Osteen-Simons 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 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 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. Brenda signed with Sony Tri/Star music and was the opening act for Lionel Richie in Europe. She’s working on releasing her fifth solo album, and is currently on the show, The Rich and the Ruthless.
Brenda is a Deacon at her church, works regularly as a TV on air host, a woman’s speaker, and is a contributing author to the book Blessedness in Brokeness. Brenda is releasing her first book 2019.
After answering a call from God to start a women’s conference six years ago, Brenda spearheaded the birth of the ASCEND Women conferences. Expanding the mission of educating, inspiring, and igniting, ASCEND WOMEN works to follow God’s heart as he whispered in her ear, “The people would be saved, set free, and His name glorified.”
Special Musicial Guest – Lincoln Brewster
With dynamic hits including “There is Power,” “No One Like Our God,” and “Today is the Day,” Lincoln Brewster has been rocking the music industry for years with his powerful lyrics and strong guitar sound that have rocked the foundations of Christian music. Lincoln will be performing some of your classic favorite songs off his albums that are sure to get you up out of your seat and moving your feet!
ASCEND Women is thrilled to announce Lincoln Brewster as our special musical guest this year!
Breakout Session Speakers
Debby Keener is an inspirational speaker, author, Grammy nominated composer, and recording artist. She is the mother of three daughters: Christina, Hilly, and Alexandra.
Debby earned a Master’s Degree in Theology/Christian Counseling from the Kaleo Institute in 2017.
As an inspirational speaker, Debby compels her audience to find the path to inner peace. She does this by sharing her own captivating personal story of emotional wounds and past traumas, a journey that is completely riveting from the sacred halls of Oral Roberts University, to life in the Playboy Mansion. Her powerful story draws you into a fascinating world of incredible highs and devastating lows.
Her tales of life in Hollywood and Beverly Hills will astound you, but what will draw you in is her genuine heart and love for her Lord. Her book, DON’T PANIC, encourages people to discover the secret of true rest.
Lisa Ryan shares her own life’s journey from the mountain-tops to the valley, from highs to heartache. In over 35 years of public life, she has been Miss California 1985, Co-Host of the 700 Club, Everyday with Marcus & Lisa and InTouch with Dr. Charles Stanley, Director of Women’s Ministry, Author and speaker. Through 31 years of marriage (yes, to the same man) and raising 3 daughters, she has much to share about the Seasons of a Woman’s life. Pull up a chair and join her at the Big Girl’s table with food for the soul. Seize the Day or just Have the Day You Have…Becoming Happy, Content and Fulfilled.
Kristen Dalton Wolfe is a former Miss USA, wife and mother in Los Angeles. She is the the founder of SheisMore.com, a faith inspiration blog for women, the best selling author of The Sparkle Effect: Step Into The Radiance of Your True Identity and founder of the women’s ministry, She Gathers. She will be sharing on what it takes to release a radiance beyond beauty in the midst of life’s suffering, pain and trials.
Amy Pendergraft is a woman who passionately loves Jesus: at home as a momma of 3 kids, as a wife to a handsome, beard-wearing professor, and in the community as the Director of Women and Family Ministries at Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades. She loves to teach the Word and wants everyone she meets to know His power to transform lives and make all things new.
Danise Jurado has served as a pastoral counselor at Angelus Temple and The Dream Center in Los Angeles, California, under the leadership of Pastors Matthew and Caroline Barnett since 2001. She is also the director of The Dream Center Transitions Program. Danise is a gift speaker and teacher, sharing at churches, speaking at conferences, and faithfully teaching a weekly women’s Bible study at The Dream Center. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping people to reach their most fulfilled life in Christ.