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.



Early Registration (by September 30): $75 each

Early Registration for High School and College Students (by September 30): $40

Registration (October 1-28): $100 each

Registration for High School and College Students (October 1-28): $50
Pre-Conference Trainings: $25 each

Registration includes lunch on Saturday.

When registering, you will choose two workshops to attend on Saturday.

If you have registration questions, 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

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Teri Anderson serves in the PCA as a CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer and works full-time as an independent Mary Kay Sales Director, enriching the lives of women. She and her husband, Mark, serve at Spring Meadows PCA in a variety of roles. They enjoy living in Las Vegas near their adult children and spouses. Teri counts it a blessing to be called into this variety of arenas because she “belongs to another—in order that we may bear fruit for God.” (Romans 7:4)


Brenda Bogart is a professional artist and has been a member of Park Cities Presbyterian Church for 20 years. God gave her a heart for marriage ministry following a broken 22-year marriage and continues to transform her through a 10-year second marriage. Her ministry work includes Bible Study Fellowship as a sub teaching leader, DivorceCare, newly married small groups, and marriage classes including re|engage. Her husband Bill, serves as director of PCPC’s marriage ministry.

Ken Cathy Campbell

Ken and Cathy Campbell are living out their dream of taking successful careers and making their “second half” significant!  Ken worked for IBM from 1961 to 1994 as a business management consultant. Since ordination to the gospel ministry in 1995, Ken has pastored churches in Wilton, CT and Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and he now serves a PCA church in Austin, TX. Ken identified several Best Practices in Disability Ministry while conducting research for his book, That My House May Be Filled: Implementing a Church Ministry With People Impacted by Disability. Cathy is a retired RN and received a Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Due to a bicycle accident in 2006, Cathy is paralyzed with a T5/6 SCI. Cathy ministers to young mothers in their church and is developing a neighborhood friendship ministry with women. Ken and Cathy both serve as Ministry Facilitators with MNA Special Needs Ministries.

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Maria Garriott – In 1981, Maria and her husband Craig thought getting married, moving to urban Baltimore, buying and renovating a decrepit apartment house, starting a church, and having a baby all within a year sounded like a good idea. Thankfully, Jesus showed up and everyone survived. As a pastor’s wife, she’s been involved in the poop (nursery), scoop (hospitality), group (women and small) and troupe (worship music). And she also likes to play with words.  She wrote curriculum for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education for two decades and authored a memoir, A Thousand Resurrections. She still loves Jesus, her husband, five adult children, two grandchildren, and her church. She can be bribed with—inquiring minds want to know—dark chocolate.


Shannon Geiger, M. Div., is a Christian counselor and writer. She has four children under the age of 14, none of whom are fully doing their own laundry. (Aren’t you glad she’s not leading the parenting seminar?) She’s married to Josh, a PCA pastor, and they currently live in Los Angeles, where he is on staff at Pacific Crossroads Church. Prior to moving to L.A. in 2015, the Geigers helped plant Cristo Rey Presbyterian, a bilingual, Hispanic church plant in Dallas and served there for 13 years. Before seminary, Shannon worked as a newspaper reporter and wildlife magazine editor, and almost starved to death on the salary. She blogs at shannongeiger.wordpress.com.

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Kristen Hatton resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her pastor husband and their three teenagers. Through leading a small group teen Bible study, she discovered her passion for teaching and writing about grace and growth in the gospel. Her first book Get Your Story Straight, a teen devotional, was recently released by New Growth Press with a second book in the works. To learn more visit  www.kristenhatton.com.


Elizabeth Robinson and her husband, Charlie have been married for 36 years and they have three children, two of whom are married and one grandchild. She has a passion for God’s Word and for prayer. One of her greatest joys is in praying with and for others.


Ellen Schuster lives in Houston, TX where she and her husband Leo recently started a new church, City Church. She grew up in Austin, graduated with a degree in Interior Design from Baylor University and has three adult daughters. She has been married to Leo for 28 years and has loved partnering with Leo in ministry in Dallas, Houston, and New York City. Ellen’s most recent passion is in painting where her love for beauty and freedom intersect.


Andrea Stimson is currently serving with the Redemption Groups ministry at PCPC.  She has an MA in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.  Andrea spends most of her time playing with her lively 3-year-old, Stella, and working as a modern calligrapher in the Dallas area.  She and her husband, Danny, enjoy Frozen sing-alongs with Stella and are enthusiastic “foodies.”



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 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Director.

Lynelle Zandstra

Lynelle Zandstra believes in the transforming power of God’s Word. She is passionate about taking God’s Word and practically applying it in a way that is life changing. Speaking with candor and humor, she addresses key issues regarding marriage and parenting. Lynelle speaks nationally for FamilyLife, at church retreats, and at conferences. She is the proud mother of 7 children ranging from high school to adult age and the incredibly proud “Fluffy” to an increasingly expanding number of tiny humans.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of SMU, Lynelle is a certified member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.


Transforming Marriage: A Journey of Personal Growth – Brenda Bogart

Marriage is messy work. But in the middle of that mess is where God does some of his most transforming work. When Brenda couldn’t blame her 1st husband for the problems in her 2nd marriage, she realized that “she” was the common denominator.  Brenda shares her story of how God transformed her through the brokenness of divorce, the wisdom He continues to teach her through a second marriage, and how he uses marriage to transform us into the person He created us to be.


Speaking of Sex – Shannon Geiger

In a time where all sorts of sexual lifestyles are defended on legal grounds, heroically portrayed in TV and film narratives, receiving corporate benefits and the blessing of many Christian churches, how do we speak about scriptural truth without sounding shrill? So often we pay attention to the issues played out on a national stage, but we rarely have influence on that level. How can we influence spheres of our lives that are much more realistic to where we live? We’ll talk about the “Three R’s of hope: Rebuke, Repentance and Redemption” and three spheres of where and how these conversations can take place: in the mirror, in your family, and with your friends, Christian and non-Christian.


Redemptive Rhythms of Life: An Invitation to Sabbath – Andrea Stimson

By what do you order your life? Living in a culture that values busyness and success, even the church is not immune to our world’s destructive patterns of living. Amidst all the working, serving, ministering, chauffeuring, cleaning, and feeding, are we finding true rest and care for our souls? During this session we will discuss these questions together and consider God’s invitation to Sabbath joy, delight, and peace.


Beauty in Brokenness – Ellen Schuster

If I am honest, most of my life I have tried hiding my brokenness. Admitting my brokenness felt like weakness or failure. Yet, where do I see that in scripture? Jesus came to set trapped people free. On the cross, Jesus was broken so that I could be made whole. That is breathtaking, liberating beauty in brokenness!


Finding Fresh Intimacy with God in Prayer – Elizabeth Robinson

God wants us to move beyond the petition stage in our prayer lives to be in communion with Him.  The Psalmist writes, “My heart has heard You say, ‘Come talk with Me’ and my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming’” (Ps. 27:8, NLT). He wants us to come to Him to be in His presence, to seek His face, and to listen to His voice.  Join us as we seek to experience the joy of knowing Christ more intimately through prayer.


Show me how to get your Story Straight: Discipling Teen Women – Kristen Hatton

Today’s selfie culture fuels ongoing confusion about identity and purpose for our teens. Even for those in the church there is a gospel disconnect in understanding how the life-giving truths of the gospel apply to daily life. Therefore, we must help our teens see the one story of the Bible – the One whom it is all about – as the means to getting their story straight. But how? Why discipleship matters and what that looks like.

Raising Kids Who Turn Out Right – Lynelle Zandstra

Our culture, including many believers around us, aim for “happy” as the goal for their children. The result? A generation of increasingly self-absorbed children and narcissistic teens. Happy is never the goal; it is, instead, the result of appropriate goals. As it applies to raising children, what are the essentials? What do we need to focus on in order to raise kids who are a blessing to their families, their communities and their church? What must we do, from toddlerhood on, to raise kids who actually turn out right?

Dallas, Texas

Park Cities Presbyterian Church
4124 Oak Lawn Avenue

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 the church. Thanks for understanding!


To make reservations, call the phone numbers listed above and mention Presbyterian Church in America Conference when making your reservation for the discounted rate.  Or click on the link for online reservations.

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas-Campbell Centre
8250 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206

Rate: $115/night for double/double room, including complimentary wifi and self parking.


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 numerous restaurants in the area. Look at options near the church here.

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.

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

You can go to www.visitdallas.com for things to do in the area. Waco, TX is 1-1/2 hours away if you want to visit Magnolia Market (for those who are HGTV fans!).

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

Worship at Park Cities Presbyterian Church begins at 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am on Sunday.

What if my question hasn’t been answered?

You may contact Kathy Wargo with additional questions.

Main Conference Schedule

Friday, November 11: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Saturday, November 12: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

(includes your choice of 2 workshop sessions 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, November 11, 2016

12-2 pm

Taste of Parakaleo – Maria Garriott

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 – Teri Anderson

“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)


Special Needs Training – Ken & Cathy Campbell

“My Church: Intentionally Accessible”

Two 1.25 hour workshops will be presented at this pre-conference:

  1. Ken will share the results of his research identifying 47 specific practices which, when effectively implemented in local church ministries, would significantly reduce architectural and attitudinal barriers to participation by people impacted by disabilities. Acknowledging, however, that no “program” will yield a successful disability ministry, Ken and Cathy will stress the importance of establishing relationships within the local church where the gospel can be shared.
  2. Ken and Cathy will cover several issues related to starting a disability ministry. Topics included are:
  • Why disability ministry is so important and how the church benefits
  • Some practical and creative ways to minister to persons affected by disability
  • How to assess the needs of and reach out to your community

They will also provide a forum for Q&A and discussion for church leaders at any stage of development of a Special Needs Ministry. (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 of materials and training – $25)

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