Friday & Saturday - Workshop C
Jesus said, "Blessed are the Peacemakers , for they will be called children of God" (MT 5:9)
Yet, the process of making peace - working to achieve genuine peace - can be intimidating! Still, every conflict is an opportunity - an invitation - to grow spiritually. The outcome will nurture healing in our lives, our families, our broader communities - even the world. This workshop will explore barriers and ways forward in learning to navigate conflict with both courage and kindness.
Nina Barnes, the Vice President for Student Life and Human Resources, began serving at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul in December 2000. Nina has a wide-ranging vocational background, having worked within a variety of industries and organizational settings.
As a certified spiritual director, Nina considers it an honor and a sacred trust to help people navigate life while discovering purpose and meaning; work through challenges; develop as leaders; and experience transformation on the journey. Her work within Student Life and Human Resources allows direct participation in advancing Northwestern’s mission to equip students and radio listeners to grow spiritually, deepen in wisdom, and to live a God-honoring life.
Nina holds a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership, along with numerous certifications including – Human Resources Management, Conflict Coaching & Mediation, and Christian Spiritual Direction.
Outside of Northwestern, Nina has a private spiritual direction and coaching practice, in addition to serving as a speaker for conferences and retreats. Nina has extensive board experience and currently serves on the board of directors for Transform Minnesota. However, her most cherished roles are mother to an adult son and “daughter-in-love”, along with her newest title of “Gramma Nina” to her sweet granddaughter.
Friday & Saturday - Workshop A
God’s Great Commission for your home, work, friends and world
You are an Ambassador of Christ, commissioned to make disciples as you go, everywhere you go, all the time. So how do you DO that? We will work through the Great Commission and discover how to practically walk out our faith with our families, co-workers, neighbors, friends and more! Life is a mission and we’re on it for Jesus. Come discover how God is calling, equipping and sending you to advance His Kingdom in your everyday life.
Carmen LaBerge is a writer, speaker and host of Mornings with Carmen LaBerge heard live on the Faith Radio Network. Carmen’s passion is helping people reconnect the eternal with the everyday by equipping Christians to engage the culture in ways that honor Jesus. She is the author of Speak the Truth: Bring God back into the Conversation and has written for ChristianityToday.com, the Christian Post, and other outlets. Recognizing the value of many voices lifting up a common message, Carmen uses her influence to bring together other church and ministry leaders to stand together for the cause of Christ in the culture. Carmen is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She lives outside of Nashville, TN with her husband Jim and family.
Visit Carmen's website at reconnectwithcarmen.com.
Dr. Troy Spurrill
Friday & Saturday - Workshop D
If you've ever wondered, Why don't I have the energy I used to? Why can't I sleep at night? Why can't I lose weight? The truth is, our health challenges are as unique as we are, but there are some common factors involved with so many of the health challenges women face. Join radio host and author Susie Larson for an entertaining and equipping time as she interviews Dr. Troy Spurrill on many of the prevailing health questions of our day. We'll take audience questions and offer practical next steps for your health journey.
Dr. Troy Spurrill is the founder and CEO of Synapse Center for Health and Healing. He started Synapse over 26 years ago with a vision to bring an integrative approach to healthcare through functional medicine, making Synapse an internationally known center for true health.
He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Manitoba, and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University. He has extensive training in Functional Neurology, Nutrition, and Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Troy is an author and international lecturer on wellness and brain based healing.
Dr. Troy and his wife Christine have 10 children together. When he’s not at the clinic, Dr. Troy enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and attending sporting events.
Visit Dr. Troy's website at officialsynapse.com