Past Keynote Speakers

2021 Keynote Speaker

Anna Lee Ward provides Biblical discipleship and mentoring to encourage individuals to grow to maturity in Christ, while also equipping them to more effectively reach and genuinely love others. Currently on home mission assignment with Commission To Every Nation (CTEN), Anna Lee previously served as missionary in Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago where she labored to establish discipleship programs and to train others to disciple new believers. She has since served as a Biblical counselor preparing missionaries-in-training for their upcoming assignments around the world.   In her work with marriage and families in crisis, Anna Lee draws from her years of married life since 1986. She also shares from many years of intensive parenting experience gained while providing therapeutic foster care to more than thirty children placed with her from families in crisis.   Anna Lee’s preparation for marriage and family ministry includes completed training in various counseling methods including  SACC (Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling), NACC National Association of Christian Counselors) and, ADT ( Advanced Discipleship Training ). Anna Lee is a certified marriage facilitator, and has counseled and mentored numerous individuals, married couples and families through critical issues over twenty years.   Anna Lee and her husband are birth parents to one daughter, Rebecca, who lives in Michigan.   In her free time she enjoy cooking, hiking and watercolor painting.   To learn more about Anna Lee and her ministry see her ministry website at

2020 Keynote Speaker

Mandy Litizke is the Founder/Executive Director of Safe Harbor Orphan Care Ministries,  an International Speaker, wife & mom to 17. Born into the tragedy and hopelessness of addiction and abuse, hear her story of rescue and redemption; experiencing God’s healing grace & transforming what could become bitterness into blessings. Called to an unimaginable journey of faith and obedience to live out loud. Mandy and her family reside in Columbus, OH.

2019 Keynote Speaker

Loryn Smith, founder of Finally Home Christian Adoption Services, is the mother of 20 children, a social worker, family coach and sought after speaker for her personal as well as professional experience. Loryn and her husband Thad have fostered over a hundred children over nearly 25 years.  Loryn is also a TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner and trained directly under Dr. Karyn Purvis at Texas Christian University. Loryn delivers passion, energy, encouragement and support with practical ways to reduce stress in your home and find healthy and effective methods in working with children from hard places.