Melissa Lipsett is the Chief Operations Officer of Bible Society Group, which includes Bible Society Australia, Centre for Public Christianity, Eternity News, and Koorong Christian book shops. Ordained in the Uniting Church in Australia, Melissa is a passionate advocate for the local church being the hope of the world, and convinced that all those who call themselves followers of Jesus are called to partner in mission with God; for his glory and the growth of his kingdom.
Melissa is a gifted speaker and preacher – combining a very grounded and ‘real’ understanding of life’s joys and struggles along with a very real belief in the power of God to transform lives.
Karen is the National Director for Baptist Women Australia, a Pastor and an itinerant speaker. Having authored a book The Inside Story she is often sought after to speak on living authentically and she is passionate about seeing people thrive in every part of their lives. Karen was the founder of Fresh and has built a culture of generosity, leadership and mobilisation over the past eleven years. She brings passion and experience together in a way that always encourages people to live boldly and courageously.
Karen is an advocate for the poor and always motivates her listeners to step up to the mark and engage in mission. She is often found to be quoting Proverbs 31: 8,9: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
Amanda has published five books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired.
A FRESH Conference favourite, Amanda is vibrant, passionate, fun and energetic. She will close out our day, leaving you feeling empowered and encouraged.
Kelley is a speaker, author, radio presenter and international development leader. The founder and Executive Director of the Foxglove Project, an Australian charity supporting sustainable women and girl projects in the developing world, Kelley finds her sweet spot investing into the capacity of others, and particularly women. Whether it be women in the Developing World, suburban Australia or online across the world, Kelley believes women have an enormous amount to contribute.
Kelley is a natural story teller with an enormous wit. You will laugh out loud and be inspired by what she has to say.
Zoe is a midwifery leader, author, researcher and academic based in Perth. Her passion is to empower women to realise their capacity and fulfil their potential in all areas of life. Specialising in a woman-centred profession she has a unique perspective to bring on the beauty, courage and strength that is inherent in all women.
Director of Next Generations Ministries
Riverton Baptist Community Church
With wisdom and leadership capabilities beyond her years, Sarah French often has people asking, “are you certain she’s only 24?” Sarah has a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Harvest West Bible College and is the Director of Next Generations Ministries at Riverton Baptist Community Church where she oversees the team of children, youth and young adult staff and volunteers. A gifted communicator and musician, passionate about Jesus and His church, you’ll be telling your friends, “I heard Sarah French back before she was famous…"
panelists and other guests...
ALLY CAWTHORN Senior Pastor, Urban Church www.urbanchurch.com.au
BRISITA ROJAS Principal, Youth Alive Academy www.youthaliveacademy.com
CHRISTIE BLAIKIE Senior Pastor, Oasis Church www.oasischurchperth.com
FIONA BEERMIER CEO, Ngala www.ngala.com.a
JADE LEWIS Chief Executive Officer, Jade Lewis & Friends | Senior Pastor, Eternity Church
KAREN SIGGINS Senior Pastor, Lesmurdie Baptist Church | Council Chair, Baptist Churches Western Australia www.facebook.com/lesmurdiebaptistchurch
MONICA O'NEIL Vose Leadership | Senior Minister, Living Grace Dianella www.vose.edu.au
MISH POPE Life Coach www.mishpope.com
STEPHANIE DOBBIN National Partnerships Leader, Baptist World Aid www.baptistworldaid.org.au