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Author & Speaker
Discovering her beautiful identity in Christ transformed Barb from a young woman desperately searching for self-worth and acceptance into a confident woman in Christ who still makes mistakes but embraces the captivating power of grace.
She is the author of the book, Enough Already: Winning Your Ugly Struggle with Beauty and a six-week DVD Bible study titled, Beautiful Already: Reclaiming God’s Perspective on Beauty. Barb has been speaking at conferences, churches and women’s ministry events since 2005.
Prior to transitioning to full-time ministry as a speaker and author, Barb served on staff at CedarCreek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio for almost 14 years, most recently as the Executive Director of Ministry. She co-led CedarCreek’s annual Fabulous Women’s Conference that reached over 10,000 women during the event’s five years. Barb lives in NW Ohio with her husband, Matt and they are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters, Kate, Sami and Abbie.
Comedian & Speaker
Amberly Neese is a national comedian, speaker, and author with a passion for “GRINspiring” others. She has won hearts (and funny bones) of people all over the country and loves sharing the joy of Christ with others. She also serves as the Chief Experience Officer at UCYC (Christian camp in Arizona)) and an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University. Amberly received her Master’s degree from Biola University.
Amberly has been married to Scott Neese since 1992. They have two teenagers, Judah and Josiah. They live in beautiful Prescott, AZ and love the Food Network and all things Star Wars.
Warm. Real. Funny. Intelligent. Engaging. These are some of the words people use to describe Jennifer Shaw. But her favorite? “Christ-follower, absolutely,” she says. With a love for people and a heart to serve God, Jennifer wants nothing more than to point people toward the One who has changed everything in her own life.
Both a special needs and adoptive mom, Shaw is also a Telly Award-winning speaker, author, singer, songwriter, and five-time Billboard Top 40 artist who never thought she’d be doing what she’s doing now.
This foundation on the truth of God’s faithfulness has made Jennifer brave and passionate about sharing Christ with others in many ways. She now speaks around the country and around the world, and always shares the Gospel wherever she goes. “It is the most important thing you will ever hear on this earth, and I don’t want anyone to miss the true life that comes with knowing Christ!”
Jennifer and her family have also become very passionate about the welfare of children. She works with Compassion International to fight poverty and sponsor children in need, and her newest CD entitled Someday features the theme song she wrote for Remember NHU, a non-profit organization which fights child sex trafficking. Another song on the album called “Your Child” is Jennifer’s heart-felt anthem for all special needs’ parents. The music video of the song debuted on Focus on the Family’s “I Am Pro-Life” Facebook page to over 500,000 followers and has also been used by Joni Eareckson Tada’s organization, Joni and Friends, a worldwide organization which serves people with disabilities. Jennifer’s songs have become powerful reflections of the faith walk she has learned can be both treacherous and sweet. “He’s never left me or forsaken me, and He’s made me braver each day. I want everyone to know this Jesus who changed everything in my life.”
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