About

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.

We are filled! When we opened registration in February 2016, we had no idea that we would have to close registrations before the deadline…but the women of the Northeast have responded and we’re so glad for the 600+ who are registered to attend. You may still register for a Pre-Conference training (Women’s Ministry Training, Children’s Ministry Training or Parakaleo), which will be held on Friday afternoon. 

If you would like to be added to the waiting list in case someone wants to transfer her registration, please email Kathy Wargo, kwargo@pcanet.org, and she will maintain a list and give your name to anyone who contacts her about wanting to Transfer a registration. 

Regular Registration: $100 each
Regular Registration for High School and College Students: $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 any questions, please contact Kathy at kwargo@pcanet.org or 678-825-1132.

Keynote Speaker: Melissa Kruger 

Melissa Kruger serves on staff as Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the author of The Envy of Eve:  Finding Contentment in a Covetous World (Christian Focus, 2012) and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood (WaterBrook/Multnomah, 2015).   Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary and they have three children. She blogs for The Gospel Coalition at Wit’s End and you can follow her on Twitter.

Additional Speakers

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Ruth Ann Batstone has counseled and mentored women through Serge’s (formerly World Harvest Mission) year-long Sonship discipleship curriculum since 1990. She is a therapist in private practice and also teaches at seminars, conferences, and women’s retreats. She is writing a book on forgiveness.  With her husband Stu, Ruth Ann has ministered overseas in Europe, Russia, Japan, Africa and South America as well as in the United States, Canada and Mexico. They have been married for fifty years, have four married children and twelve amazing grandchildren who regularly teach them all kinds of exciting new things. They love to travel, snorkel, and ride bikes.

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Sharon W. Betters is Executive Director of MARKINC Ministries, an organization dedicated to producing resources that offer help and hope to hurting people. Sharon has authored several Bible study books, including Treasures of Encouragement and Treasures in Darkness, A Grieving Mother Shares Her Heart.  Sharon’s life journey includes 47 years of marriage to her pastor husband, Chuck, parenting four children and embracing the joy of fourteen grandchildren. Sharon and Chuck are learning how to live with purpose in the afternoon of life as they transition into part time retirement.

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Ellen Dykas received her MA in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1999 and serves as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel-centered discipleship and teaching regarding sexuality. Ellen loves ministry to women and is most passionate about mentoring, teaching God’s Word and spiritually nurturing others to walk deeply with Jesus. New Life Presbyterian in Dresher, PA, is her home church. www.harvestusa.org

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Penny Freeman discovered early that survival in a volatile family required her to think about the “background story.” As a young adult she worked for YoungLife, reaching kids with hard stories. Her mentors encouraged her to pursue a graduate degree in counseling while her husband was in seminary (John Freeman of HarvestUSA). She’s raised three children (including twins), taught graduate counseling for 25 years, completed a doctorate, and directed a church counseling ministry. But most importantly, she has learned to lay down the desire to use counseling as a method of ensuring her identity.  She joins Parakaleo staff because she has repeatedly helped pastors and their wives address marriage and family issues to better effectively reflect gospel realities.

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Stephanie Hubach serves as Mission to North America’s Special Needs Ministries Director. She also currently serves on the Lancaster Christian Council on Disability (LCCD). Steph is the author of Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability (P&R Publishing, September 2006) and All Things Possible: Calling Your Church Leadership to Disability Ministry (Joni and Friends, August 2007). She has been published in ByFaith magazine, Focus on the Family magazine, and Breakpoint online magazine and produced a Christian Education DVD series based on Same Lake, Different Boat.  Steph and her husband Fred—who is an engineer with Case New Holland—have been married for 32 years. They have two deeply loved sons: Fred and Tim, the younger of whom has Down syndrome.

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Julie Lowe is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over fifteen years of counseling experience. She holds an M.A. in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She has extensive experience with women’s issues, body image issues, parenting, conflict resolution, and child maltreatment issues and regularly speaks at events regarding these issues. She is completing training as a registered play therapist and has developed a play therapy office at CCEF to better serve families, teens, and children. She is a trained facilitator for Stewards of Children, a nonprofit organization that provides trainings on child sexual abuse. Julie and her husband, Greg, have five children and serve as foster and adoptive parents.

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Callie Miller (Callie.Miller@ruf.org) was called to campus ministry after 10 years preparing for a career in science. She is in her fourth year serving with Reformed University Fellowship. While earning her MS in molecular neuropharmacology at Pitt, God drew her to Himself and changed her life and calling. After two years serving with RUF at Penn State, Callie married James, and Callie served at Sweet Briar Women’s College, until the college announced its closing in 2015. She is currently serving as RUF campus staff at the University of Pittsburgh (www.pitt.ruf.org).

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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.

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Paula Miles is wife to Kevin, a ruling elder at Clemson Presbyterian, and mother of Wimberly, Janie, Clary, and Judy. She grew up in Anderson, SC and graduated from Clemson University. Paula has experienced the joy of being both a full time homemaker and a public school teacher. Paula accepted the call as women’s ministry coordinator in June of 2014. Studying and teaching God’s Word is her passion, as well as coming alongside women to encourage them to understand their unique design and fulfill their individual callings. In addition to being on staff at Clemson Presbyterian, she is a conference speaker and, also, serves on the national women’s ministry team for the PCA as a women’s ministry trainer.

Workshops

Flourishing: How the Gospel Changes Everything – Steph Hubach

How would you finish this sentence? “Life would be great, if only…” What is flourishing in life, from a biblical vantage point? What are the obstacles that we encounter to flourishing? How does the gospel transform those roadblocks and change everything? Come explore I Corinthians 12 and find out!

How to Think Biblically about My Body – Ellen Dykas

Dumpy, sexy, mine, ‘I hate it!’, ‘Get some work done girl’, ‘Who cares?!’ There are a variety of loud voices preaching and persuading girls and women how to think about their bodies. The Bible’s message is both encouraging and challenging: we belong to Jesus and so do our bodies! This workshop will give you a foundation about a) what a biblical view of the body is, and b) how the gospel gives us guidance in living out faith and freedom as ‘embodied souls’.

How Do I Get Enough? – Callie Miller

Time, Money, Energy. Security and Significance. Love, Empathy. Happiness, Peace, and Hope. How do we find the physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual resources to meet all our and others’ needs? The feeling of scarcity, of constant and continual deficiency, can come to dominate our lives. How can we live in a way that grasps and clings to the truth that Christ gives us all things when so much of life highlights our lack? In this seminar, we will explore and discuss how Christ meets us in our scarcity.

Living With Purpose on Purpose in the Afternoon of Life – Sharon Betters

Better with age. 60 is the new 40 (does that mean 40 is the new 20?). Live fast, Run Hard, Dream Big. Gone are the days when grandmothers could put on a big flowered tent dress, sport a pin curl perm, clunky shoes, support hose rolled down below her knees and rock her way into the twilight zone. Inspiring statements but how do we live life through this grid when with each season of life, we discover that no matter how we live, run or dream, much of life requires letting go: letting go of dreams, physical health, relationships, children, church families, and sometimes spouses. That rocking chair looks pretty good when each “letting go” leaves a ragged hole that can make or break us. Join us to talk about how to live with purpose, on purpose, in the afternoon of life.

Talking to Kids about Tough Topics – Julie Lowe

As parents and friends of children living in the 21st century, we’re called to address tough issues surrounding technology, sexuality, adoption and fostering, death, and the ever-present problem of evil – all matters that require tremendous wisdom and care when communicating with children. Many parents feel at a loss to know how to engage their children on such issues. It is all too clear why we would avoid these conversations, hoping that our children will not be exposed to the problems and suffering that are so prevalent in the world. The question is not if our children will be exposed to these difficult issues, but when, and how. Children need to be equipped to know how to make sense of them, and it is guaranteed that those who speak the earliest, loudest, or most often, will win their respect. All too often culture, peers, or media have the loudest voices in a child’s life. But there is a different way. Learn how to proactively pursue conversation with your children and foster a biblical understanding of life and their experience of tough topics.

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Proclamation Presbyterian Church
278 South Bryn Mawr Ave.

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 numerous options in the King of Prussia area. Thanks for understanding!

 

Call 1-800-TRY-VFPA and ask for the CDM Transformed Group rate OR click on the link below for online reservations. Book by August 30.

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 Philadelphia – Valley Forge
610-337-1200
301 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Rates:

  • $119 for King
  • $129 for Queen/Queen – Triple
  • $139 for Queen/Queen – Quad

August 30th is the cutoff date for making hotel reservations (unless our block is filled before that date). There is also a room option for two queen beds with two people in the room, which is the same price as the king option ($119). Those with the CDM group will get coupons for a full hot breakfast at the hotel for $10 (rather than paying $15 for breakfast).

FAQ

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.

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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 King of Prussia mall area (near the hotel). If you will be attending the Pre-Conference Training, there are several restaurants on Lancaster Avenue near the church, such as Panera Bread, Iron Hill Restaurant, and Chipotle.

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 by August 31 at the Doubletree to get the group rate.

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 and from 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?

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?

There are many things to do in the Philadelphia area, such as Independence Hall, Constitution Center, Valley Forge, King of Prussia Mall, Longwood Gardens, and Winterthur (just to name a few).

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

Proclamation Presbyterian Church has worship services at 11 am on Sunday mornings. Tenth Presbyterian Church has morning worship services at 9 am and 11 am. There are a number of other PCA Churches in the Philadelphia and Delaware area.

What if my question hasn’t been answered?

You may contact Kathy Wargo with additional questions.

Main Conference Schedule

Friday, September 30: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 1: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

(includes 2 workshop sessions and lunch)

 

Keynote Speaker – Melissa Kruger

Session 1: A Transformed Understanding of God: He’s More Than You Imagined (Romans 11:33-36, 12:1)

Session 2: A Transformed Understanding of Ourselves: It’s Worse (and Better) Than You Thought (Romans 1:1-7, 12:1)

Session 3: A Transformed Life (Romans 12:1-2)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016 – Pre-Conference Optional Trainings

12-2 pm

Taste of Parakaleo – Ruth Ann Batstone, Penny Freeman

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

Women’s Ministry Training – Paula Miles

“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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