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SPEAKER - Peg Forrest

Peg’s passion is for living out her calling to teach and disciple women of all ages, whether through the spoken or written word. Peg leans on her years of “on-the-job-training” as a missionary in Kenya, counselor, bible study teacher, and Dean of Women at Arizona Christian University to share Jesus-relevant stories that draw women into deeper intimacy and a more secure identity in their Savior. Peg considers herself a simple woman with a simple message to which ladies everywhere can relate and be encouraged. Peg and her husband, a former 6′ 10″ NBA center for the Phoenix Suns, began FOCUS Ministries in 1992 on their return from Africa (, and travel worldwide, using their life stories and experiences to share the gospel with a FreshOutlookCentering Upon the Savior. 

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Joy is a worshipper of God and a lover of people. After living overseas and launching four children, Joy started a worship ministry, The Invitation Project, with live worship events and lyric videos for personal and small group worship. As a spiritual director, she encourages others in their spiritual journey by seeing individuals and hosting solitude retreats. Currently living in the Dallas area – she loves being JoJo to six grandchildren and leading chapel at a homeless shelter for women and children. She enjoys songwriting and encouraging flowers to grow in the Texas heat. 

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Kari Berglund - Retreat Manager

Kari lives in Littleton, CO. She has 3 adult children that are all married and 3 grandsons. Kari spent most of her life homeschooling her kids. She really loves to come alongside women in their faith journey through prayer, encouragement, and Bible study. She has many global worker friends and enjoys the challenge of maintaining those friendships and partnering with what God is doing around the world in any way she can. In her free time, she pursues photography and anything crafty. 

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Crystal Boecker

Crystal is a trained Spiritual Director, Counselor, and Pilates instructor and enjoys using every bit of each of these practices to ignite women’s curiosity and love for the Lord! She lives in Denver Colorado with her dapper husband and has 2 delightful daughters. Crystal and her husband were global workers in East Asia for 20 years. 

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Tammy Cozzi (SBC/Grace Point Partnership)

Tammy became fully committed in her relationship with Jesus as the King and Lord of her life in 2017.  She grew up in the Midwest and now calls Scottsdale, Arizona home. This is her first short-term trip and her excitement has overcome her fear of the unknown. She served on the Scottsdale Bible Church’s First Impressions greeting team, volunteers at Reigning Grace Ranch with equine therapy, and she looks forward to co-leading a Bible study in Fall. 

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Tary Dalpini

Tary and her husband, Tom, live in Maryland where they raised their three, now grown, children. She works as a fundraising event coordinator for Metro Maryland Youth for Christ. Having been a Navy wife for 27 years, she enjoys volunteering for the USO and traveling, especially to see her two granddaughters in Texas. Tary loves encouraging women in taking their next step of faith, using her gift of hospitality to make people feel at home, and hearing stories of how God is working all over the world.

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Veronica Gatling (SBC/Grace Point Partnership)

Veronica currently serves as the Minister to Women at the Scottsdale Bible Church. She lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and best friend Timothy for 35 years. They have 3 adult children and 1 precious grand baby girl Zeriah. She retired from a fulfilling career in Christian school education in 2020. She has a master's degrees in education and Christian ministries and an earned doctorate degree in educational leadership. She now uses these skills in full time ministry to teach Bible studies and recruit women to serve in their gifting. She loves the ability to serve hands on and be a small part of what God is doing in the lives of women wherever He places her.  

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Nan Goodenow

Nan has a desire to help others, especially women, to discover a Christ-centered perspective in the midst of life's circumstances. She has learned to fall back into the loving, faithful arms of Jesus after the loss of her 3 ½-year-old son, Zachery, and the loss of her husband and best friend Gary. She has seen how God “restores the years the locust have eaten” and discovered the abundant faithfulness and kindness of Jesus. She is overjoyed by the graciousness of God who blended together a family built on Christ of Yours, Mine, and Someone else's along with Max and Mabel her sweet grandchildren! 

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Beth Kliewer

Beth loves her Savior; spending quality time together is priceless.  She can’t get enough of following Jesus on various adventures from her Bakersfield California home to Ireland, Texas, Hungary, and back again. Through 30 years of marriage, 4 kids, and multiple callings, she has focused on encouraging and loving the least of these. Bringing hope for the hopeless, loving the forgotten, and touching the sick in Jesus' Name is who she is. 

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Dina Krull

Dina has served internationally with Cru for over 25 years in Central Asia and the Turkic world ministering to college students, establishing businesses, and church planting. Presently, she is living in Istanbul giving leadership to teams throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Dina has her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Clinical Mental Health and is a practicing professional clinical counselor. Her heart is to see individuals and families have healthy relationships and thrive as they serve the Lord. Dina is married and has 4 grown children. She loves hospitality, the outdoors, playing tennis, and mountain biking. Dina is the co-author of “Road Scholars,” a devotional based on living in ancient cities of the Silk Road. 

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Kerri Mahoney

Kerri embraces all aspects of life with love, humility, and an eternal faith in God. She is the Co-Founder of Connect Be Well, where she creates and facilitates programs to help strengthen emotional well-being and intelligence for all to feel connected and thrive. Kerri leads students in leadership development at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is a Certified Professional Coach, Mental Health Educator, and writer, but most importantly she has treasured raising three priceless humans who she is in awe of every day.

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Keitha Ruiz (SBC/Grace Point Partnership)

Keitha is the Director of Women's Ministries and Office Manager at GracePoint Church. She is married to Gregg and they just celebrated 30 years of marriage in May. She has one son, Matt, and a beautiful 1-year-old granddaughter, Shepherd.  She is also the founder of a drama ministry (Sprig of Joy). She teaches bible study and speaks at various women's events and churches. Her main mission in life is to share Jesus with women in such a way that they WANT to grab hold of His truths and live in the outrageous, uncontainable Joy of the Lord. In her spare time, she loves to travel, get lost in a book, and spend time with her family and her golden retriever, Jessop. 

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Lisa Sessions (SBC/Grace Point Partnership)

Lisa lives in Mars Hill, North Carolina. After teaching English at an inner-city high school for 29 years, she worked as a liaison for homeless students for 7 years. She and her husband raised 3 children who are now adults and they have one 5-month-old grandson who exudes joy and is the light of their lives. Lisa has a heart for global workers and enjoys serving in various ministries in her community and leading teams to Honduras. In her free time, she enjoys traveling.

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Alberta Wray

Alberta has served as a full-time global worker for the past 23 years, having lived in numerous countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Currently, she is based outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She has an MA in Member Care and that has been her emphasis over the past years providing debriefing with global workers, along with giving emotional and spiritual support along the way. She has served with multiple organizations through her nonprofit Caring For Those Those Who Care and she is also a part of the senior leadership team for OM USA. 

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***Azmera is a registered 501(c)3. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you!***

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