I have three types of presenters. One is the kind that no matter what will always say yes. Two is the kind that wants to say yes, but has a conflict. Three is the kind that is a shot in the dark, but sometimes they say yes. From the very beginning, Wanted Campference has determined to give guests a variety of speakers with a taste of each testimony as it pertains to the Bible study. It is so interesting to see who God brings together each year. Here is this years lineup.
Janet Newberry is an educational consultant and an unshakeable believer in the transforming power of love. Janet is the founder and curator of John 15 Academy, a 501c3 not-for-profit answer to the call of redeeming childhood and revolutionizing education. After serving almost 30 years in public and private education, Janet has spent the past fifteen years studying educational philosophy, adolescence, neurology - specifically how the brain responds to fear and love, and theology - specifically the power of grace. She is a self-proclaimed love researcher. Her experiences with families and children continue to offer evidence that our current education system is upside down. Performance-obsessed cultures can never promote healing. She helps people live loved instead of afraid. Janet is also a “Bookie” — currently writing a new book with her agent, Cynthia Ruchti at Books and Such Literary Agency. Janet and Doug share the practical hope of brave love on their LOVE IS FEARLESS podcast. Learn more by visiting these websites.
Singer/songwriter Katie Drake is a wife of a cowboy, mom to three amazing kids and a knitter extraordinaire! She is passionate about helping lead women into the presence of the Almighty God through worship and music. Katie’s days are filled with homeschooling those amazing kids, working as a family photographer, leading worship at her local church and connecting with as many friends during the week as possible. Katie loves to create, whether it’s a new pair of earrings, writing a song or thinking up the best use of space in their small two bedroom house, she is most happy when her days include some kind of creative venture. Katie also loves Wanted Campference. Katie led worship at the second Wanted Campference and hasn’t missed a year since! Katie is excited to have the opportunity once again to lead the women of Wanted Campference in worship, and can’t wait to meet each and every one of you!
Child of God, Redeemed Hippy Chick, Creative Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Thankful for my girls Amanda, Shelby, and Ashley, retired homeschool mom, Enneagram 7 with a strong 8 Wing. I love rooftop views, France, beautiful design, smiles, strong convictions, adventures and chasing big ideas. Favorite books of the Bible-Isaiah and the Gospel of Luke. Life verse: Colossians 3:23 Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.
Wife, Mother, Garden Digger, Speaker, Writer, Heart Cultivator, & Faith Founded. Keri Wilt is all these and more. She is a sunshine blower so if you ever need a little of her sunshine she will gladly blow some your way. A creative spirit working alongside her husband cultivating an established business and generating more opportunity with Well Tended Life Properties. She is also the great great granddaughter to Frances Hodgson Burnett author of Secret Garden. She is a delight and always brings an element of surprise when she speaks.
Paige is Barbara Collins' sister and best friend. She is a mom of five and grandmother to sixteen and one of the best teachers of the Word ever. She is an author, worship leader, and homemaker extraordinaire. She is AMI certified in teaching and training teachers in Good Shepherd and Montessori Education. Paige brings a wealth of knowledge and years of experience to camp. She is passionate about her work especially when it comes to teaching women and kids.
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A Kerrville, Texas native, Kathleen joins her passion for the Lord and compassion for those in need. Her career as a business owner and educator, eventually led to her calling as an executive director of a nonprofit helping women in need, and later helping young adults establish positive lifestyles. She also served as a development officer of a global nonprofit. She is a speaker, writer and regular columnist for several Texas newspapers and reaches people around the world with her blog and podcast. She is also an author of Thriving Through Seasons of Grief (How to overcome disappointments, loss and change). Kathleen enjoys speaking and is passionate about helping people discover their value and worth. She shares transparently her life challenges, bringing hope, and joy and how to walk each day with God in our lives. She leads a community Bible study in Kerrville, TX, bringing people from various churches together called, The Gathering-Bringing God into Everyday Life. She has spoken internationally, as well as at conferences, churches, and community events, sharing who God is, in a practical way. She also speaks on the topic of grief, and how it has been her best teacher, sharing her personal journey of losses in her life, losing her late husband, and parents, and finding new life again. She and her husband Stephen, have five adult children together, and eight adorable grandchildren. Since their marriage in 2012, they enjoy spending time with family, traveling, dancing, hunting, fishing, entertaining, and the outdoors.
Barbara is a child of God, wife of 40+ years, mother of six daughters and grandmom. She loves Jesus, art, music, writing, singing, dancing, horseback riding, the outdoors, being surrounded by family and having dinner parties with interesting people. She love camp. She hopes you will enjoy your time together. Wanted Campference vision is for women to retreat in a camp setting. The hope is that everyone who comes and experiences camp leaves knowing they are wanted by God. Today and always.
Kathy is a mom of six children and now grandma . She is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a Personal Pool Trainer Specialist with Aquatic Exercise Association. Kathy also carries a Special Populations Certifications with Coopers Institute that allows her to work with folks who have auto-immune diseases. Kathy is also licensed in Life Style Weight Management, Kickboxing, TRX Suspension Training, and International Fitness Leaders of America in Cycling and facilitates Fitness Boot Camps in Ingram, Texas!
Arts & Crafts
Holly Wood, lifelong crafter, enjoys greater appreciation of our Father’s World through painting natural objects like rocks, gourds, tree bark and walking sticks. Wife and mother of three, BBA from Texas A&M, has been a Texaco oil and gas accountant, church pre-school teacher, Sunday school teacher, PTO past president, Girl and Boy Scout leader, UM ARMY volunteer, lifelong Methodist, Garden Club member, and Junior League volunteer. She enjoys ranching, traveling, ancestry, and playing the piano, ukulele, banjo, harmonica and accordion now that she has retired. She has resided in Houston, Anchorage, Midland, Spring, Liberty Leakey, and Harper, Tx. Holly also sponsors most and all the craft projects from a generous heart.
Holly is a blessing to Wanted Campference and to so many. A natural teacher, mentor and encourager, delegator and problem solver, Holly’s got your back and she does it all with a smile on her face and a song in her heart. Married to the love of her life, Rick, they reside in Tuscola, TX. Recently retired from teaching Holly would like to go into full time ministry working with and helping others reach their potential however God leads her to help. When Campference was birthed there was only one person to call to help organize, lead and minister.