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Aspire Speakers & Artists
Author & Speaker
Lisa Whelchel was born on May 29 in Littlefield, Texas. At age 13, her first professional acting experience was as a Mouseketeer for Walt Disney’s “The New Mickey Mouse Club.” Ms. Whelchel is perhaps best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on NBC’s “The Facts of Life” for nine years.
Her first book, “Creative Correction” released October 2000 and has sold over 200,000 copies. She went on to write over a dozen more books including, “The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me,” “The ADVENTure of Christmas,” “The Busy Mom’s Guide” Series, and her most recent, “Friendship For Grownups.”
Ms. Whelchel is also an international speaker and has toured with “Women of Faith,” “Extraordinary Women” and “Women of Joy.” Lisa participated in Season 25 of CBS’s “Survivor: Philippines.” She tied for second place and won the Sprint “Player of the Season” as awarded by the fans of the show.
She made her return to feature films in Tyler Perry’s “ A Madea Christmas.” and, on the smaller screen, in Hallmark Channel’s Original Movie, “For Better or For Worse.” She is slated to begin filming another original movie, “The Mommy Bloggers” for Hallmark Channel in 2015.
Teacher & Speaker
From the moment we could sit still in our mother’s arms, we have loved stories. Stories around the supper table are some of the best moments in life and are the times we best come to know these people we call family. Much of our heritage is learned through the passing down of stories. This is exactly how the Bible was passed down for generations yet today people seem to believe that the Bible is a list of do’s and don’ts instead of a beautiful story of love, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption.
Shannon uses her divine knowledge of Scripture to put the story back together again. Many people have several pieces of the puzzle, yet they have no idea how it all fits together in the greatest love story ever told. This is what Shannon does! She has an amazing way of connecting the pieces while sharing some of the funniest yet applicable personal stories you have ever heard.
One minute you are laughing and the next minute you realize that the Holy Spirit just spoke and you have an “aha” moment that will stay with you forever.
Kay Dodd has spent the better part of the last 25 years making people laugh as a professional comedian. Whether she is performing for women’s groups, conferences, and recovery groups or emceeing events, producing shows or raising funds for worthy causes, Kay Dodd will deliver the laughs that can lift spirits, open hearts, and leave your audience inspired.
In July, 2016, the National Livin’ on Laughter Gospel Comedy Association awarded Kay Dodd their “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Having previously been a club comedian who was regularly booked to host and emcee shows for A-List headliners such as Jeff Foxworthy, Shirley Hemphill, Brian Regan, Henry Cho, and more, Kay brings clean comedy wherever she goes. You may have seen Kay Dodd on the Dove Channel or on tour with Chonda Pierce. Kay is excited to share some laughs with you and hopes to see you
Kendall Payne was sighed to Capitol Records when she was 17 years old. Since then she has been traveling the world sharing her music and message of hope. Winning a prestigious Dove Award for her debut album “Jordan’s Sister” and having music featured in film and television shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Payne’s honest and meaningful songs have found their way into many hearts. She has toured with many talented artists including the Lilith Fair Festival and the band Third Day, just to name a few. She has released 5 independent albums and has established herself as a classic singer-songwriter for all ages & stages. She will no doubt make you laugh a little, cry a little and make you feel like you are best friends by the end of the night!
Kendall resides in California, where she is raising her two beautiful daughters, Elliot & Ashton. Motherhood has been the greatest (and most challenging) experience of her life. As it often happens with young children, there is very little time for pursing your own creative endeavors. Now that here kids are older, the stirring and excitement to create again has sparked her heart. She can’t wait to share her gift’s and talents with you at Aspire!
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