Special Guests

Special guests range from well-known speakers and authors to missionaries serving internationally and in North America. All of our cutting-edge leaders will encourage you to live out your faith in today’s culture.

2017 Special Guests

Trilla Newbell
TRILLIA NEWBELL, www.trillianewbell.com
Trillia is the author of Fear and Faith:Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity.  Her writings on issues of faith, family and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, True Woman, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and more.

She currently is the director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Newbell was the lead editor of Karis, the women’s channel for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (2013-2015). In November 2011, she launched a Christian women’s blog-style e-zine, Women of God Magazine, where she was the managing editor.

SHELLY E. JOHNSON, shellyejohnson.com
Worship music is not a career choice, it’s a calling, and it’s one that LifeWay Worship artist Shelly E. Johnson has embraced with joyful surrender. Most well-known for writing the powerful worship anthem “Power of the Cross”, which has been recorded by Natalie Grant, Steve Green and is being used in churches worldwide, Shelly has served as worship leader alongside Beth Moore, Tony Nolan, Andy Stanley, and toured North America with renown Irish Hymn-writers Keith & Kristyn Getty. On September 23, 2014, Shelly released her label debut worship album Your Kingdom Come, in partnership with LifeWay Worship and Elevate Entertainment. As LifeWay Worship’s 2012 Songwriter of the Year, Shelly tours the country leading worship and striving to build the Kingdom of God and serve His Church through her music. Shelly also serves on staff as worship leader at First Baptist Woodstock, a multi-campus, mega-church in the Atlanta area. Visit www.shellyejohnson.com to learn more.

Sandy Wisdom-Martin, Executive Director/Treasurer of Woman’s Missionary Union
Sandy Wisdom-Martin serves as executive director-treasurer for national WMU in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to this post, she led WMU of Texas as executive director from 2010-2016. She also served as women’s missions and missions and ministries director for the Illinois Baptist State Association from 2001-2010; and served in the area of WMU and Church and Community Ministries with Arkansas Baptist State Convention from 1991-2001.

Born and raised in southern Illinois, Sandy is married to Frank Martin. They have one daughter, Hannah.