LIMITED SPACE CAPACITY
Limited number of seats are available. Registrations will be cut off when capacity is reached. A wait list will then be available.
Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain will host the 2024 Deep South Women’s Gathering, March 21-23. We’ll start earlier this year so we can dismiss before lunch on Saturday. The conference will begin Thursday at 7:30 PM, run throughout Friday, and end at noon on Saturday.
This year’s theme is “LOVE MATTERS,” 1 Peter 4:8 – “Above all, have fervent love for one another.” We’ll focus on passages that teach us how God defines love, and how we need to grow in our love for others. As women we have a deep capacity to love, but that comes with a vulnerability to hurt and emotional scars. We need to reorient our thinking and hearts to distinguish real love, that is God’s love; from what the world calls love.
Friday night’s focus will be embracing or “Comprehending God’s Love For Us.” It is through His love that we can pour out love to others. Our teaching time will deal with “The Conflicts,” “The Contents,” and “The Consequences” of love. It is my heart’s desire that the ladies who attend will leave equipped to love God and others with the best love, with a love that matters to God.
And I am particularly excited with our speakers. They represent a mix of youthful enthusiasm and battle-tested wisdom. This year we have seven different ladies from our own regional churches. Check out their biographies below.
What's new this year?
- “Workshops” will allow you to tailor the teaching times to your own personal needs.
- “A Night of Worship” – Friday night we will have special music and an expanded time of worship to express our love to God.
Thursday, March 21st
6:30 pm – Doors open
7:30 pm – First session begins
Friday, March 22nd
9:00 am – Full day
Saturday, March 23rd
9:00 am – Morning sessions
Conference will conclude by noon.
Cost: $80 through Sunday, March 3rd
____ $90 starting Monday, March 4th
Includes lunch and dinner on Friday.
*Price increases to $90 on Monday, March 4th. No refunds after March 3rd, but registrations may be transferred to someone else’s name.
- Make sure you secure your own accommodations as soon as possible.
- Space for the conference dates is limited, please register early
- Lunch and dinner on Friday will be provided.
- Due to the sensitive and mature sharing the conference is limited to High School age girls and older.
- For mothers with nursing babies a room will be available for your convenience.
Hotels with Group Rates:
- Hampton Inn & Suites: 678-344-9090
- Holiday Inn Express: 770-465-8847
- Country Inn & Suites: 770-465-6515
Other Hotels Nearby:
- La Quinta Inn: 770-736-4723
- Stone Mountain Inn: 770-469-3311
- Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort: 888-313-1100
Meet Our Speakers & Worship Leaders
Melissa Rea serves as Women’s Ministry Director at Calvary Chapel Dothan (Alabama), where with her husband Anthony is the pastor. She works to create fellowship, Bible study, and discipleship opportunities for women, encouraging them to follow Jesus and live freely. Their family is blessed with two children, Emmy and Theo, and she enjoys traveling and reading.
Julie West, after an extended stay in the pigpen, was unexpectedly invited to serve God in unfathomable ways (2003). Although she was unqualified & unequipped, she said “Yes”, & He did the rest. Today, she is the author of 20+ Bible studies, a teacher, conference speaker, the leader of multiple ministries (www.coffeetalk.org), a senior pastor’s wife (Calvary Chapel Alpharetta), & the mother of 3 Jesus-loving young adults. On the side, Julie is a modern painter of parables, a weightlifter, Pug-mom, chicken-lady, gardener, DeWalt-handler, amateur designer, & shoe-lover. But her greatest pleasure comes from seeing women profess great faith in Jesus & His Word.
Ashley Aschleman is married to Pastor Brennan Aschleman of Calvary Northeast in Columbia SC. Ashley and Brennan have three teenage children and they have served together in ministry for over 20 years. Ashley oversees both the Children’s and Women’s ministries at their church and has a desire for people in their body to form deep and meaningful relationships so they can encourage and strengthen each other as they follow after the Lord.
Brianne Sternad and her husband Mike have been in ministry for over 15 years. And in 2017, they moved from Los Angeles to Mobile, Alabama to church plant. They have seen and tasted the goodness of God an His faithfulness to the work of Calvary Chapel Mobile. Brianne currently serves as the Worship Leader at CC Mobile, as well as lead the Women’s Ministry. The Sternads have opened their hearts and home to the people of Mobile, and the Lord is doing a great work through their small church. Brianne is also a homeschool mama to their daughters Hannah (11) and Lily (9).
Tracy Kirk is the wife of Pastor Mark Kirk of Calvary Knoxville in Tennessee, and has four beautiful adult daughters. She has been serving in ministry since her rededication to the Lord in 1986. Tracy leads the women’s ministry at Calvary Knoxville, and as a former interior designer she enjoys helping with any design projects that the church may have. It is also her special joy to help women see their giftings and how they can use those giftings to better serve our Lord Jesus.
Melanie Carroll served on the worship Team, along with her husband Vic, for 14 years at CC Green Valley in Las Vegas. In 2014 God called Vic and Melanie and their children across the country to plant a Calvary Chapel in Summerville, SC. Melanie now serves as the worship leader and the director of women’s ministry at CCS, where her greatest joy is worshiping God, being a pastor’s wife, ministering to her children and encouraging women to dig deep into the Word of God through daily devotions and Bible Study. Melanie and Vic have been married 24 years and have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Kathy Adams was “called” into ministry as a teenager; raised in a Christian home, her salvation came early in her life. She prepared for ministry as a missionary nurse (she is now a retired RN), but falling in love with a Southerner she found her role as a pastor’s wife – God’s ultimate blessing of service and calling. Kathy has now spent the last 43 years of ministry as a helpmate, mother of 4 children and now 11 grandchildren. She helps coordinate the Women’s ministry at CC Stone Mountain where her husband, Sandy, pastors. Her ministry goals have been to create a hunger for the study and understanding of God’s Word in the lives of other women, and teaching them how to study and discover God’s timeless message.
Caitlynn Baldwin, Madison Sanchez, and Alli Taylor serve on the worship team at Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain. Not only are they three close friends who enjoy singing songs of praise together, but they also have a heart to see other women being lead to the adoration of our King Jesus.
Workshop & Leaders
Loving through Disappointments and Failures - Missy Holaday
Has anyone ever hurt, disappointed, and failed you? Do you find it hard to forgive and love that person? Do you want tools to free you from the pain? Come and learn how to love through the disappointments and failures that we face in this life.
Missy has been married for 27 years to Pastor Jon who serves at Calvary Gulf Coast. They have two children, their son Jordan (25) and daughter Hannah (22). In June of 2005, responding to the call to move from Missouri to the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Biloxi), they started a Calvary Chapel in their living room. For the last 19 years, she has served in the women’s ministry and plays her cajon percussion. Besides serving her church and family, she also is behind the chair at a hair salon ministering to those who sit in her chair to get their hair done.
Loving the Unlovable - Keneshia Vancleave
Love my enemies? Bless those who curse me? Do good to them and pray for them? During this session, we will explore the perfect example of Jesus loving the unlovable and seeking by faith to build our lives on the firm foundation of His love.
Keneshia has been married 24 years to Pastor Deshawn who serves in Valdosta, Ga. They have four children: Shanna (23), Tim (20), Aaron (18), Justus (14). Even though she has been in church all of her life, it was not until October of 1999 that she was born again. In 2014, they left their home church in Maryland to plant Calvary Chapel Valdosta in Georgia. She loves playing the guitar, singing, and teaching Justus how to play the Cajon. Her desire is come alongside her husband to fulfill the vision that the Lord gave him in “having compassion on and going after sheep without a shepherd” ~ Mark 6:34
Personal Time with God in His Word - How to study the Bible & Devotional Help - Heidi Hoppe
Prayer is our way of communicating to God. The Word is God’s way of communicating with us. In our relationship with God it is essential that we have both of these as a consistent daily part of our lives. God’s Word feeds us, sustains us and helps us grow, it is our living Bread. (Matthew 4:4) During this workshop we will be sharing some practical tools to help you become steadfast in learning God’s Word and how it can be woven into your heart and applied to your daily life.
Heidi has been married 37 years to Pastor John, of Calvary Chapel Lexington, SC. She has four married children and has four grandchildren. Together they have planted three churches and have served at CC Lexington for 27 years. In this season of life Heidi is overseeing the women’s ministry, helping women to grow in their relationship with Christ and with each other through discipling them and teaching them God’s Word. She also serves part time in the church office helping with administrative tasks and she spends as much time with her grandkids as she can!
Finding Joy in the Transitional Seasons of Life - Margaret King
Life has abundance of joy; yet with many transitions, pitfalls and trials. We will explore how the Bible instructs us to handle these transitions. We will be exhorted to be willing to seek Him, as He can overcome anything that you are going through. Seeing that His vision for our lives is much more than we can ever imagine.
Margaret King, married in 1984 to Pastor John of Elizabeth City NC. She has 2 grown children and is a grandmother of three girls. Early in her marriage she moved a lot with John who served as a Coast Guardsman in Kodiak, Al; Sacramento, Ca.; Barbers Point, Hiwaii. Finally returning to the east coast in 1997. She started attending CC in Elizabeth City in 2007. In 2018 John became the lead Pastor. For many years she was an ACE certified aerobics instructor and personal trainer. Now she leads women’s Bible studies in the women’s ministry. “Dealing with life’s struggles, Jesus showed me who He is – a very present help in times of trouble!”
Loving Others Through Prayer - Karen Irwin
We should pray because we love God and want to be in communion with Him. Making prayer a priority and developing an active prayer life can take discipline. We will explore different methods and patterns created for praying that can help you develop a stronger, more consistent prayer life. Praying for others is the way you can love others!
Karen Irwin, has been married 42 years to her highschool sweetheart Pastor Eric, in Dickson, Tn. She has 3 married children Andy, Ali, and Aimee, 7 grandchildren and another one this summer. Called to leave Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in 2000 to plant a Calvary in a rural area of Tennessee. Currently she teaches at a Christian school. She also loves hiking, reading, coffee, and Facetiming with her family. She leads the women’s ministry which allows her to encourage women to fall in love with Jesus by studying the Word.
Balancing your Priorities - Kathy Hill
Do you feel pulled in every direction? Do you often ask yourself, “what am I to do, what’s next, what do I cut out”? How do we decide what our priorities should be in our life? Have you ever considered the role love plays in these decisions? Together we will explore how we can allow God’s love to direct our priorities.
Kathy, has been 43 years married to Pastor Greg, in Greenville SC. She has 5 adult children and five grandchildren. After attending Calvary Chapel Bible College and School of Ministry in Costa Mesa in 1980s they then moved to Charleston SC in 1995, to plant a Calvary. In 2006, they moved to Greenville to plant another Calvary. She has been involved in church ministries for 42 years, including worship, children’s ministry, women’s ministries as well as organizing 12 mission trips to Central America and feeding the homeless. Her home is open for furloughed missionaries, church events and friends from around the world. Between their construction business and her life-long gardening, quilting and being a grandma her life is filled with great purpose and fun.
Letting Go of Adult Children - Keli Lucero
As parents, accepting the fact that our Heavenly Father has “loaned” our children to us for a season is one of the hardest pills to swallow. Being a mother is one of the greatest privileges a woman can have. Knowing that as our children grow up, we must learn to release our grip on them, little by little is a hard feat. We need to learn to trust the Lord to guide and protect them where we cannot. Remembering He is faithful is key!
Keli is married to Pastor Randy in Greer SC. She is mother to two married daughters and 6 grandchildren. Together they have served in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. In 2006 the Lord called them to move from Albuquerque, NM to Greer to plant Calvary Chapel. She leads the women’s ministry, the Women of the Word (WOW). Her desire is to help women grow in their relationships with Jesus through His Word as well as form deep connections with other sisters in Christ. Keli also has a passion for writing & directing evangelistic dramas for both foreign missions & children’s ministry.
Loving through Serving - Donna Chapman
The last night Jesus was on this earth, how did Jesus display His love for the disciples? He washed the disciples' feet. Teaching us the importance of serving each other. We will explore this act of service as well as others and be reminded of what Paul told us “to serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13), and Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His workmanship, created In Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Donna has been married 43 years to James who has served as an Assistant Pastor at CC Stone Mountain for 33 years. She has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. As part of the founding members of CCSM, she has served in ministry with infants, children, and adults through the years. She recently retired from teaching 24 years at Calvary Chapel Christian School. She hosts and leads Bible Studies in her home for many years. She has served on mission trips in the US as well as overseas.
How to Love Your Husband - Jessica Adams
No matter how many years you’ve been married, we all need to continue to grow in how to love our husbands. Recently God took my family on a journey filled with love, growth, heavy trials and beautiful chaos. Drawing from my experience from the past few years of marriage I will share how God has given me a fresh perspective on how to love my husband. We will also explore God’s instructions on how we are to love our husband. I am excited to see what the Lord has to say and have been challenged in the process.
Jessica has been married for nearly 17 years to Pastor Zach at Calvary 316 in Winder, Ga for 11 years. Her trio of joy includes Quincy (12), Theodore (9), and the delightful Mabel (5), She oversees both the Children and Women’s Ministry. Where she finds it a privilege to share the Gospel and love on the younger generation while walking alongside a supportive community with the women in the church. As a dedicated stay-at-home mom, she finds an immense blessing in shaping the minds and hearts of her children, who keeps her busy at the ballpark, basketball gym and ballet studio.
Single and Serving - Stacy Chapman
“[She] who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord- how [she] may please the Lord…. And this I say for your own profit... that you may serve the Lord without distraction.” Of course, Satan tries to find many ways to distract us, even as unmarried women. How do we embrace the season of singleness and serve the Lord wholehearted without distraction? How do we draw healthy boundaries? Let’s have a conversation about singleness in the church.
After five years teaching in the public education, Stacy came on staff at CC Stone Mountain as the Children’s Ministry Director, and she has served here for the past ten years. While children’s ministry is her main job, she loves to dabble in women’s ministry, missions, and anything else that people will let her be a part. Her heart is to help people find their place to serve within the Church.