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 Rate extended until September 16!

Early Registration (by September 16): $50 USD each
Early Registration for High School and College Students (by September 16): $40 USD

Regular Registration (September 17-October 7): $75 USD each
Registration for High School and College Students (September 17-October 7): $50 USD

Pre-Conference Trainings: $25 USD each

Registration includes lunch on Saturday.

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

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

Keynote Speaker: Courtney Doctor

Courtney and her husband Craig have four wonderful children and two amazing daughter-in-laws. Courtney received her Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Women’s Ministry and Assimilation for the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. She is a Bible teacher, a conference and retreat speaker, and the author of From Garden to Glory; a Bible Study on the Bible’s Story (CDM 2016). She serves as the vice-chairman of the board of directors for Providence Classical Christian Academy in St. Louis as well as serving on the advisory board for Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Courtney is an avid horse-woman, a wanna-be barista, and an enthusiastic “foodie.”

Additional Speakers

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Amanda Geleynse grew up in Burlington, Ontario, but now resides in East Hamilton with her husband Ryan. Life took Amanda to many different corners of the world: from South Africa for a discipleship program, to studying in Winnipeg, to India for an internship, and most recently to Thailand for a year working with children in sexual slavery. The pains and joys of each experience have played a role in the Holy Spirit’s transformative work in her life. Today, Ryan and Amanda live in a community where they seek to be intentional with our neighbors and meet with other Christians to pray for their neighborhood. Amanda believes God has shaped her heart to love the marginalized and vulnerable, and He continues to shape her as she aims to live in communion with Him.

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Lisa Hellier has served the PCA in her local church, First Presbyterian Church in Macon, GA, as a Bible study teacher and small group leader. For the past sixteen years, her desire to teach, train, and lead women to know, love, and serve God with all of their lives has also allowed her to teach and train women through 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.


Sue MacDonald spent her growing up years overseas with her missionary parents. Having lived in India and the Philippines, she moved to the Portland, Oregon for her university. Soon after completing her Business Administration Degree, she met and married Dan MacDonald. She joined staff with Campus Crusade For Christ Canada (Power To Change) where she served on the Campus Ministry National Team as the Associate Regional Director for Western Canada. In 2000, she and Dan moved to Orlando, Florida, where she worked as a Marketing and Sales Manager for a start-up company. In 2005, she and Dan moved to Toronto to plant Grace Toronto Church. She has been and is actively involved in various capacities of the church. More recently she, along with a good friend, started a business in Toronto called Farm To Table Meals, Inc.  She continues to disciple and mentor women at Grace Toronto and church-planting wives. She has a passion to see people come to know and experience the joy of Christ.   Sue and Dan have been married for over 20 years and have a 8 year-old daughter, Shaila, who they believe is truly a gift of His amazing grace towards them.


Kate Quadrizius is a wife, mother, and homemaker. Originally from the midwestern United States, she received her Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, where she met and married her husband James. In 2011 the Quadrizius family moved to James’ birthplace of St. Catharines, Ontario, where James is pastor of Providence Community Church (PCA). Kate and James live in St. Catharines with their four energetic children and a ridiculous number of mismatched socks.


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 in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Director.


Wendy Stringer lives in Toronto with her husband, Kiernan, their seven kids and a very big dog. She loves growing food, drinking strong coffee and waking up while the house is still quiet. She serves with her husband at Grace Toronto Church, shaping, leading, and teaching in discipleship ministry.

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Cassandra Vandenhaak attends New City Church and serves there as the Head Nursery Coordinator. She is an aspiring minimalist and small business owner who enjoys living simply in downtown Hamilton, Ontario in a 600 square foot custom apartment with her husband, Ryan, and young daughter.


Evelyn Roberts grew up in Canada and first attended Grace Toronto Church as a single woman 23 years ago.  A few years later, at church, she met her husband Dave and they recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. Her business career began as a store clerk, then grew into retail management, and eventually she became a self-employed Manufactures Rep. A few years ago, she parlayed her sales skills and became a Real Estate Salesperson.  In this capacity she enjoys helping clients find their dream home and negotiating a win for them.  Another large part of her life is leading a team of volunteers to build homes for the poorest of the poor with The Samaritan Foundation. Her desire is to help others see God’s hand of provision and His love in their own lives as their serve others less fortunate than themselves.  Drawing nearer to God brings the greatest joy to her heart whether it’s while working, serving others at home or abroad, or curling up with a good book.



A Life of Prayer – Kate Quadrizius

What could be more central to the Christian life than prayer? And yet many Christians find prayer a continual challenge. How can a 21st-century woman cultivate a vibrant prayer life in what one writer has called “an age of distraction”? This workshop will explore reasons to prioritize prayer, overcoming common hindrances to prayer, and practical helps to pursuing a life lived in the presence of God.


Human Trafficking – Amanda Geleynse

For a number of years God has been awakening me to my passion for justice, much of which has come from learning about the massive issue of Human Trafficking. This is what eventually led me to northern Thailand where I worked as a Case Worker with young girls who had been sexually exploited and abused. There I experienced the Father’s heart for the broken, and the power His love has to transform lives. My hope is to help increase your awareness about the hugeness of the sex-trade not simply abroad, but here in Canada. Even more so, my prayer is that you too will become increasingly awakened to our call for justice and mercy, and encouraged that although this issue is overwhelmingly big the love of Christ is greater.


Finding Christ in the Old Testament – Wendy Stringer

How do we read the more difficult stories of the Old Testament? Should we read them, or can we just avoid them? In Luke 24 we read that Jesus, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” And this is the best news. Because if Jesus is in the hard, dark places of the Old Testament, he is in our hard, dark places too. Bring your Bibles and notebooks for this interactive workshop.


The Power of Less – Cassandra Vandenhaak

The author of the Book of Hebrews (See Hebrews 12:1) talks about throwing off everything that holds us back from living life with our eyes forward. Do you know what area of your life suffers the most when you’re surrounded by clutter? Relationships. Excessive amounts of stuff rob us of time with God and others by demanding that we work harder to pay for the stuff that fills our homes that we rarely hang out in. It means distractions of constant reorganization and ‘purges’ and desperate attempts not to let the piles take over. What would happen if you eliminated those piles? How would changing your relationship with stuff change you?


The Heart of My Calling: How the Gospel Changes You and your Marriage – Sue MacDonald

Scripture says that our marriages are intended to show the world a picture of the gospel and it exhorts wives to be suitable helpmates to their husbands. But what does that look like when you have your own dreams, desires, and destination in mind? How do you preserve intimacy through the ups and downs of life including career choices, moving, children, and the various trials we face? How do you work through the deep wounds that husbands and wives inflict on each other in a way that honours the gospel and brings you closer together? (Open and suitable for both married and single women).


Women in the Workplace – Evelyn Roberts

As Christians, how will we respond to the many pressures of being women in the workplace? How do we do our jobs in the hectic whirlwind of business pressures and yet keep the eyes of our heart looking for Jesus throughout our day? Are we striving for excellence in all we do for His Glory sake or is it all about our personal comfort?

Hamilton, Ontario

New City Church

28 Rebecca Street



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. 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.

Staybridge Suites
20 Caroline Street South
Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Rate: $145 (CAN $) for King Suite with free breakfast and wifi. Parking is $9.


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 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?

Look for restaurants 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 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.tourismhamilton.com or www.seetorontonow.com for things to do in the area.


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

New City Church has worship services at 10 am on Sunday mornings.

What if my question hasn’t been answered?

You may contact Kathy Wargo with additional questions.

Main Conference Schedule

Saturday, October 22: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

(with 2 workshop sessions; includes lunch)

Keynote Speaker: Courtney Doctor

Session 1: Transformed by the Glory of God (Romans 11:33-36)

Session 2: Transformed by the Mercies of God (Romans 12:1)

Session 3: Transformed by the Will of God (Romans 12:2)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Pre-Conference Optional Training


7-9 pm

Women’s Ministry Training – Karen Hodge, Lisa Hellier

“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)

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