2016 Author/Speaker was Carol Kent
Carol is an award winning author and a gifted speaker. Her vibrant personality and relevant messages make her one of the top Christian communicators today. She is regularly featured on a wide variety of radio and television programs. . Carol is hilariously funny, biblically sound & culturally relevant. Past venues include keynoting at Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy arena events. She has been featured with Point of Grace, Sandi Patty, Nicole C. Mullen, Charles Billingsly, Mandisa, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Kathy Troccoli, and Nicole Nordeman. Carol’s love for the Lord and her passion for equipping, encouraging, and empowering people to live for things that matter shines through. Her readers are irresistibly drawn to see God’s astonishing “grace places” in the middle of their roadblocks
Carol's message to us in 2016 "Divine Surprises", was about how her life was turned upside-down when her only child, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, was arrested for murder. Life hands most of us unexpected challenges that mean life as we once thought it would be, turns out differently from the "normal life" we anticipated. The weekend was filled with encouraging reminders that in every difficult experience we encounter, if we are looking for Divine Surprises, we’ll find them, and when we embrace those challenges in the tight spots of life, we will discover an adventurous journey that produces unexpected joy, unanticipated favor, strengthened faith, and meaningful adventure. We laugh out loud and wiped a few tears away as we discovered how to lean into "the grace place." Carol's message lifted our hearts to a place of renewed hope and new courage.