Breakout Session information & topics will be available when we get closer to the 2020 Refresh Women’s Conference. Be sure to check back later!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Session 1     1:30pm- 2:15pm

Session 2     2:45pm- 3:30pm

Session 3     4:00pm- 4:45pm

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Trusting God to Turn a Hopeless Ending into Endless Hope– Wendy Owens

Romans 8:28 states “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. Join us as we unpack how God has never lost control.  We will discuss how we can be certain about the ultimate when we are uncertain about the immediate by trusting God with our hopeless endings because we KNOW He is a God of endless hope.

Wendy Owens grew up in beautiful East Texas. In 2014, after moving “home” to Tyler, she married Dusty, who she first met while attending Bullard High School. They have an older son, Evan, a daughter, KeyLee, a younger son, Michael, and a very active puppy named Petra. Wendy, Dusty, and family have attended Rose Heights since early 2014. Wendy has taken a break from 25 years in the oil and gas industry, and is currently teaching at Arp High School. Wendy loves traveling, reading a good book, quiet time, and Jesus.


The Real You- Julie Townsend

Have you ever wondered what people would think if they knew the “REAL YOU”?  Do you find that you compare yourself to others and never feel like you measure up?  Join us as we discuss this age- old issue and learn how to walk confidently in Christ.

Julie Townsend was raised in Tyler, Texas and after graduating college moved to Hilo, Hawaii to work in a church. While there, she met and married her husband, Allen. They have been blessed with 2 beautiful daughters. After almost 14 years of ministry in Hawaii, she and her family returned home and joined the pastoral staff at Rose Heights. She is excited about what God has in store for the Refresh 2019 weekend.


It Is Well With My Soul- Jan Hart

Our world today is filled with record level stress.  Do you fell it?  We all go through storms during our life that seem to be dark and difficult.  How can we walk in peace through loss, disappointments, trials, struggles or the stress of everyday life?  Jan will share her testimony of the storm she’s been walking through and God’s lesson of how to experience God’s peace regardless of the circumstance.

Jan Hart runs her own business and enjoys teaching women how to create a new wardrobe with accessories.  However, what Jan enjoys more is sharing God’s word with the many women she encounters.  Jan is passionate about sharing her experience of transformation, freedom, and her discovery of the power of the Holy Spirit.  Jan is married to Kent and they have 4 grown sons.


Through Her Father’s Eyes: a Compelling Testimony of Love and Redemption- Angie McHann

Do you find it difficult to love, forgive and extend grace for those that have hurt you?  Have you prayed for loved ones to come to Christ but are growing weary and losing hope? Join us to hear a powerful story of God’s redeeming love and mercy, and learn how to have your Father’s eyes to love others as He loves us. 1 John 4:19 “We love, because He first loved us.”

Angie McHann serves with her husband as the Children’s Pastors at Rose Heights. They have been in full time children’s ministry for 22 years.  She is an RN, a business owner and volunteers helping women learn job skills at a local organization. She is passionate about helping women find who they are in Christ so they can reach their God-given potential.


Intercessory Prayer: Are You Interceding For Your Family, Friends, and Others?- Noelle Bonnett

Is there someone in your life who desperately needs an encounter with Jesus?  Do you understand what is means to intercede for them in prayer?  Join us in this breakout session to learn what the Bible says about intercession and how one can intercede for another.

Noelle Bonnette has been attending Rose Heights since 2013. Noelle is passionate about seeing others connect as the body of Christ. She serves as the greeter coordinator, leads a small group, and this year will begin to teach the Bible study, Believe, which she has written. Noelle is married to Ben Bonnette and has three boys; Hunter, Tanner, Zayin, and a Great Dane named Loretta.  Noelle homeschools her youngest son and cares for her elderly mother-in-law. Noelle loves to read in her free time.

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God, I Can’t Hear You!- Denise Smith

Are you talking to God, but it seems He’s not talking to you?  We sometimes expect a loud voice with trumpets and a burst of sunlight, but God doesn’t work that way. In this session we will dive into what scripture says about how God communicates with us and how we can recognize Him.

Denise Smith, a native Houstonian, retired to Tyler 3-years ago after living in the Boston area for over 20 years. Denise is a wife, mother and proud grandmother of three.  Denise has been attending Rose Heights for over two years.  Denise’s faith is the driving force in her life, but has not always been – while she identified as a Christian during her adult life, her faith and true relationship with The Lord has deepened profoundly over the last several years.


Overcoming Insecurities for a More Authentic Relationship with Christ- Susan Anderson

Often insecurities are a byproduct of comments, indirect messages and experiences from the past.  If we are not careful, they can get in the way of us being able to truly accept who we are in Christ.  Through testimony and scripture, this session will explore the root of these common insecurities and ways to overcome them for a more authentic relationship with Him.

Susan Anderson was born in Vietnam and moved to Australia when she was three months old. Susan was raised in a Buddhist, traditional Vietnamese family. Despite this, the Lord pursued her in a very personal way, and she accepted Him in her life when she was 16 years old. Her life is a testimony of God’s relentless love, forgiveness and faithfulness.

Susan is the proud wife of Reece, a native Texan who she met in Australia. They were married in 2008 and moved to Texas a year later. They have two beautiful children, Sydney and Lachlan.

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A Heart for Hagar- Melody Nichols

As a long- time missionary to Muslims women, Melody will share in this session what it means to have a heart for Hagar and how we can uphold scripture while respecting the cultural beliefs of others.

Melody Nichols and her husband Fred Nichols are the founders and directors of Ishmael’s Blessing International, a ministry that focuses on engaging the Muslim world. From their local church in Dearborn, Reach International, they have developed the ministry models and techniques used to train workers and effectively share the message of Christ with their Muslim neighbors. It is Melody’s conviction that the integrity of the Scriptures can be upheld while respecting the cultural beliefs of others.


Creating Radiant Health in Body, Soul, and Spirit- Beje’ Jones

Do you feel like you’re missing out on the healthy life that Jesus provided for you?  Maybe you just need a little guidance to take that next step? In this session, you will be encouraged as you learn key principles on how to take your body, soul, and spirit to that next level of radiant health. III John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.”

Along with Bejé being a committed Jesus follower, she is a happy wife, blessed mother & Gigi. She is passionate about all aspects of health in body, soul and spirit. Bejé is a Certified Nutrition Coach who believes God created each of us to live longer and healthier lives.  She uses her knowledge and expertise to educate and inform those who desire to thrive rather than just barely survive. Bejé is actively involved in her church and loves leading “The Daniel Plan Bible Study” for women who are hungry to learn ways they can bring honor God in their body.

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“Prayer Power”  

Praying Shameless, Persistent Prayers- Heather Allen

What does your prayer life look like?  How would you rate your relationship and intimacy with the Lord?  Do you have faith to believe “With God, everything is possible?” If you are weak in prayer and faith and you desire a greater intimacy with your Creator, join us for this session on praying shameless persistent prayers.  Luke 11:8b “If you keep on knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.”

Heather Allen is a wife and mother who loves to serve and share Jesus. Heather believes in the power of prayer and the benefits of an intimate relationship, through prayer with the Father.


The Two Sides of Discipleship, Seek and Share- Miranda Gregory

The story of Jesus in the house of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42) is a good example of the two sides of discipleship. Join Miranda as she shares her personal testimony and lessons she has learned from seeking out the gift of discipleship; as well as, the importance of sharing the love of neighbor and God.

Miranda Gregory is a recent graduate of University of Texas at Tyler.  She is a first year teacher at Bell Elementary where she teaches 5th grade Science.  Miranda has been attending Rose Heights since 2016, and joyfully serves as Worship Leader for the College and Career group and is also a member of the Praise and Worship team.  Miranda has a servant’s heart and enjoys going on mission trips; as well as, any opportunity to worship and share the word of God.

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Hydration for the Soul- Janet Burns

Do you know the dangers of  allowing dehydration to go untreated? Join us as we discuss how God is always wanting to refresh and revive your soul with His love and grace. In Him there are  streams of life-giving water. All you have to do is show up and drink and you will thirst no more.

Janet Burns has been married for 42 years and have raised two children and are blessed with five grandchildren.  Janet and her husband Mike have pastored a church in Canton, Texas for 27 years.  She serves on the board of Hope Pregnancy Center, a pro-life organization with biblical principles for women.  Janet’s true passion is to see women find their identity in Christ and walk in the fullness of their unique giftings.

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Journaling with Jesus: Listening For God In Your Own Words- Jammie Black

Come learn to quiet down and hear God speak, refresh yourself in His presence, and turn your journaling practice from a one-sided experience to a private conversation with the lover of your soul.

Jammie Black is a Christian Journaling Blogger who is  passionate, slightly goofy but always “real”.  She is a fun-loving friend and journal teacher.  Jammie says she is obsessed with having a good pen, coffee, and great talks.  Jammie’s greatest quest in life is to inspire others to have a more fulfilling life through their connection with Jesus.  Jammie lives in Plano, Texas.


The Battle For Your Mind- Amanda Fishback

There is a constant battle going on around us.  It can be intense and unrelenting.  Electronics, music, people, and social media are all vying for a hold within our thought life.  Your thoughts control your everyday life and your future.  Join us as learn to guard, strengthen and renew our minds, since that is where the battle for sin begins.

Amanda has been married to her college sweetheart, Jerrod, for 15 years and is a mom to 4 amazing children Victoria, Ella, Benjamen, and Sophia.  She has served in multiple ministries and non-profits over the last 20 years and has served with rose Heights Church in the Missions and Outreach Ministry; as well as, College Ministry alongside her husband for the last 7 years. God sought Amanda out, saved her, and set her free from many years of dysfunction, abuse, and pain. One of her greatest joys is witnessing others receive this same freedom.