Since 1989, the PCA has organized conferences specifically for women. Since 2006, CDM has coordinated several international women’s conferences. This year, however, the conference may be closer to home. Rather than one, larger gathering, 2016 Transformed Conference will be held by seven different churches across the country, and in Canada. CDM anticipates hosting 2,500 PCA women across the locations.

The purpose of the regional Transformed conferences is to provide an accessible (geographically, spiritually, financially, generationally, and ethnically) opportunity to encourage and equip all the women of the PCA. CDM’s goal is to utilize and build up women’s ministry leadership at the local and regional level.

Women of all ages are invited to join us as we seek to be Transformed through studying Romans 11:33-12:2 together.

What you need to know!


Map:  Click here for a map of the parking lot and entrances.


Area Restaurants: Click here for a list of area restaurants.


Disaster Relief Hygiene Kits: Click here for instructions for helping with Disaster Relief Hygiene Kits.

Arrive Early:  We will begin each session on time, and you won’t want to miss anything!



12:00-2:00 pm – Parkaleo

2:00-5:00 pm – Women’s Ministry Training

2:00-5:00 pm – Children’s Ministry Training

2:00-5:00 pm – Special Needs Training

Main Conference:

7:00-9:00 pm – Main Conference, Session 1


9:00 am-2:30 pm – Main Conference, Sessions 2 & 3 and Workshops 1 & 2



Regular Registration: $100.00 each
Regular Registration for High School and College Students: $50 each
Pre-Conference Trainings: $25 each

All registrations include Saturday lunch.

When registering, you will be able to choose 2 workshops to attend on Saturday.

If you have questions about registration, please contact Kathy at kwargo@pcanet.org or 678-825-1132.

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She is currently doing graduate studies through Reformed Theological Seminary Global. Nancy offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats that she and her husband, David, host for couples who have faced the death of a child, through the GriefShare video series, and through books such as Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow.

Additional Speakers


Kelly Buck is a wife and mom and grandmother.  She and her husband, Billy, live in Birmingham and are members of Briarwood.  She is a teacher of God’s Word.  Sounds very ordinary, but it’s not.  The spaces in between those titles contain loss and struggle and learning to trust God when things don’t turn out like you thought they would. The life that God has given has become the platform for her teaching and a place designed by God to reveal himself and his glory.


Lorrie Deringer – Long ago, when letters were handwritten, Lorrie Deringer closed hers with, “In His adventure.” She had no idea. God, with his wild sense of humor, has taken her from garbage collecting in college to church planting in Paris; from youth group to pastor’s wife, from a pulmonary lab to the principal’s office. Lorrie and her husband Brian were married in 1980 and have spent their life together in ministry, with their four kids, in Young Life, in churches in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina, Charlotte Mason schools, and Mission to the World. They are still surprised by the new people and places Jesus keeps springing on them and are especially enamored with the grandchildren he is placing in their family.


Heather Hagins is a counselor at Covenant Counseling and Education Center in Birmingham.  She enjoys walking alongside others in seasons of pain and disappointment with the belief that God can provide redemption, healing and hope through Christ in the difficulties and struggles of life. Heather is a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church (Birmingham) and is involved in the member care process and facilitating small groups for women. She also works for the Rest Initiative, providing care for RUF interns and others serving in overseas ministry.

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Lisa Hellier serves the PCA as a Bible study teacher and small group leader. For the past sixteen years, she has led, taught, and trained women to know, love, and serve God with all of their lives in her church, community Bible studies, retreats, and conferences. She joined the CDM Women’s Ministry Team as a Trainer in 2015. Lisa is married to Jim and mom to three teenage sons, Nate, Matthew, and Samuel. They recently moved to Jackson, MS.


Martie Kwasny received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education-Severe to Profound from Louisiana State University in 1987. She later received a Master of Arts in Counseling from Regent University in 1991. Martie has taught various Special Education classes in Texas, Virginia, and Louisiana. Currently, she is Director of Sonbeams, the special needs ministry at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (PCA) where her husband, John, is Director of Christian Education and Children’s Ministry. Martie is also a Ministry Facilitator with MNA Special Needs Ministries and Director of Joni and Friends Jackson. Martie and John are blessed with eight children.


Sherry Lanier and her husband Steve reside in Jackson, MS where they helped start Redeemer Church PCA, an intentionally multi-cultural church. She has been involved in the development of women’s ministries at several PCA churches, served as Regional Advisor for the Mid-South for PCA Women’s Ministry, and serves as an advisor to the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries. After volunteering in disaster response following Hurricane Katrina, she accepted a staff position with PCA/Mission to North America Disaster Response Ministry. Her greatest joy is ministering alongside her husband and being ‘Momsie’ to her grandchildren.


Melody Lovvorn is part of the women’s ministry at OMPC in Birmingham, AL where she has led a weekly women’s group since 2009.  Melody helped co-found Undone Redone, a ministry where she and her husband work with families in crisis, equip and shepherd churches with Gospel-centric resources in the area of sexual brokenness, and help establish Christ-centered recovery groups. She developed an online course that helps women find hope and healing after betrayal called Life Beyond Betrayal.  She and her husband have four children ages 21, 19, 17, & 15.


B.A. Snider has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in PCA churches ranging in size from 200 to 4,000 but finds her passion is the same no matter how many children she’s serving: show the children Jesus. B. A. began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications (www.gcp.org) in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Director.


Julie Sparkman has been in private practice counseling for the past 15 years. She served on staff at Daymark Pastoral Counseling, Birmingham prior to opening Restore Counseling Ministries in 2012. In addition to teaching and consulting with churches, Julie counsels individuals and couples facing a variety of issues including verbal and physical abuse, infidelity, parenting through adulthood, finding and maintaining your identity through the various seasons of life. Julie and her husband Wes have been married over 25 years and have three children.


Kathy Stair came to Christ at 7 years old during a Vacation Bible School. Her grandmother was the first Christian in their family and God used her life in drawing Kathy to Him. She went to high school in Arizona, and college in South Carolina (BS in Business). Kathy’s husband, Randy, is the President of the PCA Foundation and they have two children and three grandchildren. Most of her “work” while being a mom was as a volunteer for Young Life, Crisis Pregnancy, and PCA local church women’s ministries.  Kathy is a CDM Women’s Ministry trainer and an advisor to the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries. She has a wedding and event floral business.

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Ronjanett Taylor is the wife of ruling elder Bryant, mother of three, and GiGi to two little granddaughters. She has been a member of Redeemer Church PCA in Jackson, MS since its inception in 2004. She currently serves as the At Large Advisor for Diversity on the PCA Women’s Ministry team.  The common thread running through all her ministry involvement is serving and connecting God’s people of many ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds, with joy through the Gospel. She works full time as state director for the America Reads – Mississippi AmeriCorps program.

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Marcie Tuten is wife to Chris and mother to two spunky girls: Marianne (5) and Vera (3).  She lives in Atlanta, GA with her family where she attends ChristChurch Presbyterian.  Before becoming a mother, Marcie taught school for 8 years.  Now she spends her time serving her family, volunteering at her daughters’ schools, and using her gifts at ChristChurch.  Marcie especially finds joy in helping shepherd a small group that meets in their home and teaching children to know and love the Lord on Sunday mornings.  Marcie loves great coffee, good books, and spending time outdoors.


No Fear! – Kelly Buck

Science tells us that we are born with two fears:  fear of falling and loud noises. Fear can literally choke the life out of us. Fear can be momentary or persistent.  Identifying our fears is not enough. Is there any hope for being free from the terror of fear? Yes! II Corinthians 10:5 says “we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” How on earth do I do that? Come see!

Picking Up the Pieces of Sexual Brokenness – Melody Lovvorn

Is there life after your worst day? Sharing from her personal experience, Melody gives valuable perspective to the woman who is facing the devastation of betrayal. Join her as she provides hope from her story that God meets us in crisis and that He is good, in spite of our circumstances. Melody will share stories of God’s redeeming grace in the midst of pain and offer solutions for hope and healing.

Walking Alongside Others in Difficult Seasons of Life – Heather Hagins

How do we lovingly walk alongside others who are hurting or dealing with difficult seasons in life?  When is it helpful to “just” listen and how do we provide real encouragement with conversations that are significant and really matter?  What should we do when we feel overwhelmed, inadequate, exhausted, or at a loss for how to help?  Please join us as we discuss God’s call for us to care for others who are hurting and consider together the goal “What does love look like?”

I’m Not Bossy, It’s Leadership Skills, I Tell You—Leadership! – Lisa Hellier

Strong women who are gifted to teach, lead, and instruct wonder about where they fit, how they may serve, and even if ministry in the complementarian context of the PCA will be satisfying. Have these skills been mistakenly given to a population with no place to use them? Come and see how God’s wisdom in creation has its expression for your service through the lens of the covenant. Scripture clearly speaks to God’s good plan for a woman’s fruitful ministry. Come and be encouraged as to how your God given talents can be rightly used for His glory without fear or frustration.

Redefining Southern Comfort – Ronjanett Taylor and Sherry Lanier

Diversity is a wondrous facet of God’s Kingdom design. But the reality is that it is very challenging to our comfort to move beyond ourselves and engage with those who are from a differing age/stage of life, or a different ethnic, cultural, economic, or geographic background. Examining what the Bible has to say about comfort and remembering that we all naturally desire it over difficulty or pain, we will ‘flesh out’ how comfort can sometimes push away community, and in essence, obedience.  We will discuss how to move beyond our comfort zones to a place of unity, forgiveness, and edification as we focus on our sisterhood in Christ.

Finding Rest In A World You Can’t Control – Julie Sparkman

You had a picture in your mind of how your life would look. You’ve spent years working toward it only to realize that you’ve hitched your hopes to people and circumstances you can’t control: the child who won’t get with the program, the job that got downsized, the storybook marriage that has included chapters you never expected. You’re hitched to the Crazy Train, and you want to get off. Explore how to answer the invitation of our Redeemer to come and rest.

Birmingham, Alabama

Briarwood Presbyterian Church

2200 Briarwood Way



Please note: As a courtesy, we have contracted a block of rooms at hotels for the Transformed Conferences. However, because PCA/CDM could not enter into contracts with hotels and be financially responsible if all of the rooms were not reserved, we may not have enough rooms for all who need them and our cut-off date for releasing the rooms is 4-6 weeks prior to the Conference. Therefore, if the hotel rooms below are booked, please feel free to make reservations at other hotels in the area. There are many hotels from which to choose that are near Briarwood. Thanks for understanding!


To make reservations, call the phone number listed below and mention Presbyterian Church in America Conference, PCA rate or CDM 2016 Transformed Conference for the discounted rate.when making your reservation for the discounted rate.

Please note that hotel reservations should be made as soon as possible since our room blocks will be released 4-6 weeks prior to the Conference and the rates will not be available after that time.

Springhill Suites Birmingham

Springhill Suites
3850 Colonnade Parkway
Birmingham Colonnade, AL 35243

Rate: $109/night (plus taxes) for Double/Double Room.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-205-969-8099 and need to be made by August 26 (or until sold out) in order to receive the group discount.


Courtyard Birmingham Homewood
500 Shades Creek Parkway
Homewood, AL 35209

Rate: $99/night (plus taxes) for Double/Double Room. Complimentary wireless internet and self-parking

Reservations can be made by either calling toll-free to the reservations line at 1-800- 393-7928 and asking for the PCA Birmingham Transformed Conference group block at the Courtyard Homewood, or, guests can go online via the reservation link. Reservations can be made up to the scheduled cut-off date of August 26th in order to receive the group discount.


Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park
8 Perimeter Park South
Birmingham, AL 35243

Rate: $99/night (plus taxes) for Double/Double Room. Complimentary wifi and self parking.

$129/night for Executive King Room. Complimentary wifi and self parking.

FYI…20 more rooms were added to our room block on July 14. Be sure to reserve rooms early!


AirBNB Option:  Our family served as MTW missionaries and now live on the southside of Birmingham in Chelsea. We list a cabin on our property through Airbnb, called “Meadow Lake Cabin,” and would like to offer a 10% discount to anyone coming to the Transformed Birmingham Conference. When you inquire about the cabin you’ll need to mention the conference so we’ll know to extend the discount.  The link follows:


David & Chris Marshall


Are children allowed to attend? Is there childcare available?

We are asking that no children (excluding infants) attend the sessions. There will not be childcare at the church.

I can only attend on Saturday. Is there a reduced rate available?

No, we are sorry, but we do not have a reduced rate available for Saturday only.


I would like to attend one of the training sessions on Friday, but I’m not able to attend the Conference. Is that possible?

Yes! You are welcome to attend one of the Training sessions without registering for the Conference. There is a place online to register for them as well. Men and women are welcome to attend.

How do I register for the pre-conference?

When you register for the conference, there will be the option to register for the pre-conference as well.

What is the refund policy for the Transformed Conferences?

All registrations are transferable without penalty, but they are not refundable.

Can I transfer my registration?

Yes! You are able to transfer your registration. Transfers are the responsibility of the two parties involved. CDM is not responsible to arrange payment for transferred registration. Please email Kathy Wargo with updated information.

How do I change my workshop selections?

Once you choose your workshop, you will not be able to make changes to your registration. However, at the conference, you may attend the workshop of your choice, but we ask that you allow others who registered for that workshop to take their seats first.

What options are available for dining?

There are many different dining options in the area, like La Catrina Mexican Cantina Vestavia, The Ridge Eat & Drink, Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza, and a Cajun Seafood House, among others.



When should I make my hotel reservations?

We have contracts with each hotel, but our cut-off dates are well in advance of the conference so that CDM will not be responsible for any unreserved rooms. Be sure to make your reservations early in order to get the contracted rates.

May I stay at a location other than the recommended hotel?

Because the Transformed Conference is being held at a local church, we are not committed to filling a certain number of hotel rooms with our contract. You are welcome to stay at someone’s home or at a different hotel. The rates we have contracted with the hotel are lower than typical rates.

How do I get from the airport to my hotel or the hotel to the church?

It would be best to rent a car if flying because there is no mass transportation to the hotel or church.

Is there an official social media hashtag?

Yes! Please tag any social media posts related to the conference (i.e. photos, quotes, updates, etc.) with #PCAtransformed. Be sure to check out the Facebook page and follow the event on twitter.

Are there things to do in the area?

Visit www.birminghamal.org for things to do in the area.

I would like to stay in the area for worship on Sunday. What time does worship begin?

Worship at Briarwood Presbyterian Church begins at 8 am and 10:55 am on Sunday, with Sunday School at 9:30 am.

Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church has worship services at 8:15 am and 10:45 am, with Sunday School at 9:30 am. Their website is avpc.org.

What if my question hasn’t been answered?

You may contact Kathy Wargo with additional questions.

Main Conference Schedule

Friday, September 9: 7:00 to 9:00 pm, followed by Food Trucks & Fellowship


Saturday, September 10: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

(includes the choice of 2 workshops and lunch)

Keynote Speaker – Nancy Guthrie

Message 1: I Need a Change in What Captivates Me (Romans 11:33-36)

I need the plan of God to fill me with a fresh sense of wonder.

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’

‘Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”


Message 2: I Need a Change in What Motivates Me (Romans 12:1)

I need the mercy of God to move me toward an acceptable kind of worship.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”


Message 3: I Need a Change in What Shapes Me (Romans 12:2)

I need the word of God to renew me through a new way of thinking.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Friday, September 9, 2016

12-2 pm

Taste of Parakaleo – Lorrie Deringer and Emily Hartman

Come learn practical, visual tools to enhance your “gospel lens” and help you creatively take the truth to your own heart and to the hearts of others. Parakaleo trains, supports and encourages all women in ministry, especially those in church planting. Parakaleo creates relational space for women to engage a robust gospel and see their own stories and stresses in light of God’s bigger story of redemption. Registration for this event can be found at: www.parakaleo.us/transformed-conference


2-5 pm – Pre-Conference Optional Workshops


Women’s Ministry Training – Kathy Stair, Marcie Tuten
“Thinking Biblically and Living Covenantally”

Our Women’s Ministry Training is designed to give you a framework to think biblically about who God is and who He is calling you as a woman to be in the context of the home, church or workplace. Some of the topics covered are covenant, church, womanhood, and kingdom discipleship. You will also discover practical tools and engaging ideas for cultivating ministry among women. This training is open to all women, but we strongly encourage women’s ministry leaders/teams, Bible study leaders and other leadership women to attend. (Cost for materials and training – $25)

Children’s Ministry Training – B.A. Snider
“Can You Really Teach Kids Deep Biblical Truths?”

From the littlest preschoolers to your elementary students, discover how to help kids grasp God’s amazing story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. Learn how God wired our children to grasp spiritual truth as they grow physically and mentally. Get practical tips to partner with parents in helping to raise their children to know Jesus. (Cost for materials and training – $25)

Special Needs Training – Martie Kwasny
“Bringing the Light of Christ into the Darkness of a Suffering World”

We know that Jesus Christ came to bring light to this world and to fill us with that light to give to others. But what does it practically mean to be a light in the darkness?  How do we give more than simply our money, our talents and our time to people who are living in a world of suffering?  How do we give our HEARTS as a light to others? These pre-conference workshops will start with preparing our hearts for a world of suffering, then move to the pragmatics behind this ministry and end with a Q&A session on what this looks like in your own life and church. (Cost for materials and training – $25)

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When the Friday program wraps up at 9:00, the Heavenly Donut Co. food truck and the Steel City Pops cart will be on site with their yummy treats for sale (ranging from $2 – 4). Fellowship Hall will be open so you can sit and visit with friends. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the bookstore, talk with exhibitors, gather with old friends or make new friends as we process what God is doing in our midst.