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.


Registration deadline is April 8. However, space is limited; please register early.


Registration (March 12-April 8): $75 each

Registration for High School and College Students (March 12-April 8): $50

Pre-Conference Trainings: $25 each


(Registration includes Saturday lunch)

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 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).


Cathy Chang is a former middle school teacher and church education director. She received her M.Div in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where she also met her husband, Will (the current pastor of New Life Mission Church’s English-speaking congregation).  She is enjoying life as a pastor’s wife and is blessed to be able to stay home with her two daughters, Rylie and Reese.  She has a passion for women’s and children’s ministries, as well as a great desire to see biblical counseling grow in the local church.

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Dr. Lauren Choi emigrated from Korea at the age of 17 and is now a full time pediatrician. She has been a Sunday school teacher for more than 20 years, teaching different age groups from toddlers to young adults. Throughout her life she led women’s Bible studies and discipleship groups for Korean American Campus Mission and at local churches including her home church, New Life Mission Church Fullerton. She is a blessed mother of 3 teenagers and lives in Brea, California, with her husband Paul. “

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Melanie Cogdill has been a CDM Women’s Ministry Trainer since 2001. Previously she served as South Coast Presbytery Women’s Ministry President. For the past 24 years she has worked as the Managing Editor for the Christian Research Journal, a bi-monthly magazine that specializes in in-depth research of cults and new religions, the occult (including the New Age movement), aberrant Christian movements and teachings, and general apologetics. Its goal is to equip the body of Christ in doctrine, discernment, defense of the Christian faith and discipleship. She lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, Dwayne, and two sons.

Fullerton, California

New Life Mission Church


1430 E. Orangethorpe Ave.

To make reservations, call the phone numbers listed above and mention Presbyterian Church in America Conference 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.

Fullerton Marriott at Cal-State University
2710 Nutwood Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831

Rate: $135/night (plus taxes) for double/double room; includes complimentary WiFi and self-parking.

Rooms must be booked by April 1. Use the PCA code to receive the conference rate.

Hotel Fullerton

1500 S. Raymond Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831

You can call the hotel directly at 714.635.9000 and mention that you are looking to book under the group block named “Presbyterian Church In America”. The code for the block is also “PCA” should they wish to mention that instead.

To book with the special rate during the conference time block, click here. You have the option to book a day before and a day after the blocked dates at the same rate.

The cut-off date for the group is March 25, 2016, after which the unused portion of the room block will be released and made available for general sale. Reservation requests will then be confirmed depending on availability.



Saturday, April 23: 9 am to 3 pm

Keynote Speaker – Nancy Guthrie


Message 1: I Need a Change in What Fascinates 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, April 22, 2016


7-9 pm: Pre-Conference Optional Workshops

Taste of Parakaleo

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: http://www.parakaleo.us/workshops.

Women’s Ministry Training – Melanie Cogdill

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)



Sexual Sanity for Women: A Biblical Apologetic for Sexuality in a LGBT, Tinder and Online Dating World – Melanie Cogdill

The church is not always comfortable talking about sexuality in a culture saturated with sexuality. In this seminar you will learn to be equipped with understanding what God intended for sexuality and learn to have a clear apologetic for biblical sexuality that goes beyond the “Just don’t do it” mentality for single women. In addition, rapid fire answers to cover questions about SSA (same-sex attraction), LGBTQ issues, sexting and more.

Speaking Truth in Love: Biblical Counseling in Everyday Life – Cathy Chang

When we consider our everyday conversations, what comes to mind?  Perhaps it is talk of jobs, children, or social media. Perhaps it is something weightier or more personal.  But in those conversations, how does the Gospel impact what we say and how we relate to and counsel one another?  Too often in the church our words are superficial, selfishly motivated, or a reflection of popular culture rather than a thoughtful sharing of biblical wisdom.   Join us as we discuss the source and impact of our words and how biblically spoken truth can dramatically change our relationships.

Gospel Friendships and Titus 2 – Teri Anderson

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What! You, too? I thought I was the only one.” (CS Lewis) When we consider Biblical examples of friendship, David & Jonathan pop into our heads—or Ruth & Naomi.  How about “Job’s friends”? They DID make “an appointment together to come show him sympathy and comfort him. Is this what makes a good friend?  “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But, woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) Is this what makes a good friend? As CS Lewis also noted, “Friendship must be about something, even if it were only an enthusiasm for dominoes or white mice.” But what makes a friendship Gospel-centric?  This workshop will explore both the “why” and the “how” of the “something” that elevates a friendship to one which fulfills what we label the Titus 2 call to discipleship. Bring both your questions and your ideas to share during out time together!

How to Wait and Pray for My Adam – Lauren Choi

Since I was in high school I formed the list of prayers for my future husband. Obviously the list got shorter as I was getting older and I became increasingly impatient with God’s timing. At times, I questioned myself if I was praying “right”. During that time of impatient waiting and confusion, God revealed His answer through Genesis 24. My seminar will be a walking through the journey of Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, searching for his young master, Isaac’s wife. Hopefully this study will help with the what’s and how’s of praying for a future husband for our single sisters.


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.

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.

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.

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 dining options near Cal State Fullerton, which is about 10 minutes East from our church.  They have Panera, Pieology (make your own pizza), Chipotle, and various other restaurants near these restaurants.  Also, downtown Fullerton is about 10 minutes West and North, which has various restaurants: Roman Cucina, Kentro Greek Kitchen, and Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana, which are some favorites.  There is also Korean BBQ, if people are interested in trying something Asian.

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.

What airport is best?

There are several available, approximately the same distance.  I would recommend John Wayne Airport-in Santa Ana, LAX- in Los Angeles, or Long Beach Airport, which Jet Blue flies out of.

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?

Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Medieval Times (show and dinner), Bower’s Museum, etc.  You have to travel about 30-40 minutes for other attractions.

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

New Life Mission Church has a worship service at 10 am on Sunday morning, and Dr. Stephen Estock will be preaching.

What if my question hasn’t been answered?

You may contact Kathy Wargo with additional questions.

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