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2018-2019 Speakers

September 11, 2018—Faith Johnson

  • Faith JohnsonFaith Johnson is a pioneer. Her recent appointment as the first African-American female to serve as the District Attorney of Dallas County is one of Ms. Johnson's several "firsts." In 2014, Ms. Johnson was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Public Safety Commission, where she was one of five Commissioners to oversee homeland security, border patrol, and terrorism in Texas. She served on the commission until December 2016. Ms. Johnson received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in community counseling from Georgia State University, and a law degree from Texas Southern University. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she is the youngest of 13 children born to Benjamin and Eva Simmons. www.dallascounty.org/department/da/meettheda.php

October 9, 2018—Sandra Crawford Williamson

  • Sandra Crawford Williamson Sandra Crawford Williamson was raised in small-town Louisiana, molded by strict rules and a strong work ethic. Her "scrappiness" propelled her out of her rural, humble beginnings through college into extraordinary success in corporate America. But, in NYC on 9/11, Sandra learned a lesson that would alter the focus and course of her life forever; what, today, she calls her "sin of self-sufficiency". In the following years, God would use the tragedy of 9/11 to mold and shape Sandra. Through painful trials - cancer, miscarriages, infertility, a medical crisis, and other personal loss - Sandra persevered with God. Her life today is one she wouldn't have imagined as that little girl in rural Louisiana, but one only God could have designed. www.sandracrawfordwilliamson.com

November 13, 2018—Dr. Lynnette Gresham Simm

  • Dr. Lynnette Gresham SimmDr. Lynnette Gresham Simm refers to herself as a "dyslexic, obsessive-compulsive, attention-deficit, anxiety filled, abandoned, and abused sinner." She is a wife, mother, author, and Professor. Dr. Lynnette Simm lives in Texas with her husband of 20 years and two daughters. She holds degrees in Psychology (BA), Education (MA), certified in Adult Learning, Training, and Development, and doctoral degree in Education (Ed.D). She has worked in early childhood development, and as a college professor since 2006. She began writing in 2013. Come hear about what Jesus has done in her life www.drlynnettesimm.com.

December 11, 2018—Cokiesha Bailey Robinson

  • Cokiesha Bailey RobinsonCokiesha Bailey Robinson had a tough road filled with loneliness, rejection, spiritual warfare, loss, tests and triumphs, but a necessary path to purpose. In her early years, Cokiesha ventured into mass media and had a passion for radio, magazine and newspaper. You will hear how Cokiesha dealt with the 'fishbowl' lifestyle being the daughter of two well known parents in ministry. She will share how she wrestled with her own theology and church traditions. Today, Cokiesha is the Founder of Cross Spring Ministries and is married to Rev. Timothy Robinson. She enjoys traveling, mentoring, speaking, teaching, and she is also a new contributing writer to Our Daily Bread. www.cokieshabaileyrobinson.com

January 8, 2019—Henri Haber

  • Henri HaberHenri Haber's parents survived the German Nazi occupation of Europe; He was born in Belgium and raised in Israel. After serving in the Israeli military during the 1967 War, Henri, who speaks five languages, moved to the U.S. to study at New York University's American Language Institute. The most significant moment of Henri's life occurred in 1984, when he heard and later connected with Dr. Ravi Zacharias. That encounter triggered Henri's journey from Judaism to accept Jesus as his Messiah and Savior. Today, Henri serves as Vice President of Opportunity International serving 9.6 million hard-working entrepreneurs in 22 countries teaching them financial literacy and offering training and services. Come hear Henri's personal spiritual journey www.Opportunity.org

February 12, 2019—Richard and Erin Kerry

  • Richard and Erin KerryRichard and Erin Kerry have seen firsthand how God can take you where you never want to go to make you who He always wants you to be. Erin grew up as a pastor's daughter but suffered from bipolar disorder during her teen years and early adulthood resulting in an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 22. Richard is a pastor and licensed professional counselor and the result of an unexpected pregnancy himself. Erin is passionate about reducing the stigma of mental illness and perfectionism in the church, and Richard is passionate about individuals finding identity and a place in the Father's family. Together, their stories intertwine to bring redemption and hope. erinbkerry@gmail.com

March 12, 2019—Sabrina Martinez Harrison

  • Sabrina Martinez HarrisonWhether waiting on God in her singleness or praying for a miraculous healing for her mother, Sabrina has a message of hope that will encourage and challenge you. Growing up in a singleparent home, Sabrina developed the perseverance needed to accomplish her goals in education and business. Today, Sabrina and her husband, Dr. Field Harrison, are the founders of Mint Dentistry. Sabrina is a devoted wife, mother of two (4 & 2), and business owner who enjoys balancing her career, ministry and family. She is the Interior Designer for Mint Dentistry and the Founder of Equipped by Faith Ministries. Sabrina is on the Executive Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star. www.Sabrinaharrison.com

April 9, 2019—Dr. Michelle Bengtson

  • Dr. Michelle BengtsonWith a physical deformity, health challenges in her family, and former bouts with depression, Michelle has the professional knowledge and the personal experience to offer sound practical tools to affirm worth, and encourage faith. Author, speaker, and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother, and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as the key to unlock joy and relief, even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own site www.DrMichelleBengtson.com. She believes that as long as we have breath, Hope Prevails!

May 14, 2019—Peggy Wehmeyer

  • Peggy WehmeyerWith the strong support of Peter Jennings, Peggy became the first full-time religion correspondent on a national news network where she served for seven years. 20/20 and Good Morning America also aired her stories. Prior to her job at ABC, she worked at WFAA-TV in Dallas on the station's religion beat. Peggy worked and attended Dallas Theological Seminary where she met her husband, Mark Woods. She and Mark had two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Lauren. In 2008, Peggy suffered a devastating loss when her husband died. She is now a writer living in Dallas with her new husband and has two wonderful granddaughters.