We've lined up some of the most powerful, influential, trail-blazing women we could find to speak at VITAL 2018!
Co-lead pastor of Road to Life Church along with her husband is a mother of 3. Visionary, church planter, entrepreneur, and a powerful communicator; Vanessa has a passion to see people realize and reach their potential in Christ. Overcoming a child-hood that was marred by substance abuse, divorce, sexual promiscuity, alcoholism in her own life, and financial instability; she is passionate about helping others find their way to freedom.
Julie Signorelli and her husband Michael recently launched New York based V1 Church. Julie uses the reality of past tragedies - miscarriages, a toxic marriage, and ministry failures to reveal the beauty and wonder of God's saving grace. She is an inspiration to working mothers, and woman aspiring to break the glass ceiling. Julie currently resides in New York City with her husband and two daughters, Everly and Bella.
Karla Vereecken was born and raised in Grandville, Michigan. She and her husband John have been missionaries in Mexico for the past 32 years, even though she's not crazy about the word"missionary". She just happens to serve God in another country. John and Karla have 4 kids and 6 grandkids. They are the founders of Vida International Church in Saltillo and Monterrey, Mexico, and the directors of Lidere, a leadership training organization that works with John C. Maxwell in all of Latin America. Karla loves working together with her husband, but finds her greatest joy in taking care of her handicapped son Timmy. In spite of living with a child with severe disabilities, Karla has learned that you can still fulfill your destiny and live a life beyond your wildest dreams.
Joan is the Operations Program Director for the Nonprofit Professional Development Department in the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame. She is passionate about empowering and inspiring women. She has done this as a transformal speaker, author and a coach. She co-authored Life on the Fringe:Testimonies of Women Moving Beyond Desperation to Faith, a book of inspiring stories about women from around the country who have overcome difficult times in their lives through their faith. The book has travelled to several countries including, China, India and several places in the Middle East.
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Diana Eileen was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She’s the second of four children—a miracle child since her mom couldn't conceive after her first son was born. She is a devoted wife to Chad and mother to Dévorah Daniella. Diana is a focused and goal oriented woman whose heart is set on her inheritance, nations (Psalms 28). Dreams drive her every day as she accomplishes her goals through entrepreneurship and the marketplace.
She has strong convictions and speaks to women's hearts to better understand our identities in Christ. She is a pastor's granddaughter, a former leader of over 2000 youths, a board member, an elder at House of Worship! Puerto Rico, and current Federal Reviewer Consultant and COO at Road to Life Church. She has experienced and overcome hostile relationships, faced depression, and risen above because of Christ, counseling and understanding that she was created for a purpose. Diana is founder of Women Talk To Women, and together with her husband are founders of B. One (humanitarian relief organization) and A Better Life! (Wealth Coaches).
Born in Milwaukee, raised in Ohio and grown in Massachusetts, every step has led Valerie to where she is and who she is today. Valerie was raised by a loving, Pastoral family and though she was raised in the ways of the Lord, her journey has had its hills and valleys. Thankfully, we serve a loving God whose hand covers every step of the path. Through God’s grace, she was brought to NWI two years ago during one of the most painful seasons of her life. Through that, God has restored her, renewed her and continues to grow her with each new day. She is blessed to serve Road to Life Church of NWI in the areas of Worship and Outreach through prison ministry and Life Groups. In her professional path she serves the Family Youth and Services Bureau as a Family Support Specialist providing crisis intervention and ongoing in home therapeutic support to high risk families in Porter County. As of August of 2018, she will embark on the next stretch of this journey in preparation for His plans and purposes as a student of Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies where she will pursue a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling.
Born in Michigan , and raised in Indiana . She and her husband Ricky have overcome adversity against cancer, Post traumatic stress disorder , rare pregnancy diagnosis , and enormous loss. Amanda has turned her anxiety and fear into a ministry of encouragement and empowerment . Through her daily motivational videos she speaks life and purpose to her viewers. When she is not encouraging others she works as a cardiac nurse and is a mother of two.
Autumn is 23 years old and has been married for 4 years to Dominic Tomlinson. They have two beautiful kids; Levi Ellis (2) and Veyda Ivy (6 mo). Autumn’s favorite thing to do in her down time is to watch movies & eat mexican food! Autumn has a passion for injustice and has been apart of the ATEAMS for A21 campaign for the last 10 years! A21 campaign strives to bring awareness to Human Trafficking Victims. Autumn loves speaking and empowering young girls to do what they're called to do past their struggles and insecurities. Autumn struggled severely as a child with S.A.D (Separation Anxiety Disorder) - ended up as a drop out, but prevailed through it! Autumn has a powerful testimony she cannot wait to share with the VITAL women of 2018.