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SPEAKER - Peg Forrest

Peg Forrest’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 global worker in Kenya, as a biblical counselor and Dean of Women at Arizona Christian University, as well as, her experiences in leading women’s bible studies, and her love of sharing Jesus-relevant-stories, to 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 relate and are 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. Together they have written and/or co-authored six books.

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Debi has been involved in short-term ministry work around the world for several years and has a deep desire to "serve the servant" abroad.  She loves to be involved in women's ministry conferences; teaching, speaking, encouraging, listening, praying for, and of course, leading women into God's courts with praise, where we can find contentment and God's great joy! 
Debi and her husband live in Canon City, Colorado and own an excavation and wildland firefighting company. They are co-founders of Pearls of Education Foundation, a charity that provides education and restoration to Liberian students. Debi is the co-author of the children's book "A Girl Like Me." 

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Ali and her husband Gary have joyfully partnered in ministry as sending and hospitality teams for over two decades, supporting global workers in Kazakhstan, Mexico, Ecuador, China, Mozambique, and England. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Ali was raised in Albuquerque, NM, where she served in the hospitality industry, as a Christian school teacher, and as a microfinance nonprofit administrator for nearly 35 years. Parents of two wonderful young men, Ali and Gary especially enjoy traveling and hiking. They have recently moved to Denver, CO, to continue serving in the Lord’s work during their retirement.

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Ali Hughes - Retreat Manager

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Judy Armstrong

Judy loves to sit, listen, pray and provide space for women as they seek a relationship of intimacy with God. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in Spiritual Direction. Her home is in Oregon where she spends time hiking and enjoying God’s beautiful creation.

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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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Heather Fowler

Heather Fowler is the Co-Founder of Gracious Ministries along with her husband, Alan, of 32 years. Heather is a retired teacher and now devotes much of her time to social media ministry. Heather and Alan have been in Marriage Ministry for 33 years and Heather has authored several books and Bible studies while teaching and speaking to women and men across the country and around the world. Some of her most precious ministry opportunities have been spent encouraging women in their marriages and through difficult trials. Heather is the proud mother of McKenzie, 27, and Collin, 24

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Dawn Freeland

Dawn Freeland is a multimedia artist living in Dallas, TX. She grew up in East Tennessee surrounded by music, art, and storytelling. Dawn has had the opportunity to live and minister in the Far East and Eastern Europe. She believes God is the ultimate Creator and she is but an artist reflecting Him through art, hospitality and the encouragement of others.Although her formal education was in Nursing, she studied art in Japan, Virginia and at the Maryland Institute of Art. She had the opportunity to study Art and Trauma Healing at Dallas International University and is honored to be able to use art to encourage women in ministry and in their relationship with Jesus.

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Shonna Ingram

Shonna Ingram, BCMMHC is the founder and creator of Renewed Hope Approach a program that provides a step-by-step approach to Post Trauma Care. She is a Board Certified Master Mental Health Coach specializing in crisis and trauma care, and a Master Facilitator with the Trauma Healing Institute where she has trained hundreds of people in over 30 countries on how to integrate mental health into a biblical framework. She started her ministry journey 20 years ago as a pastor’s wife, then as a missionary to Africa, and now serves those in life transitions. She particularly enjoys serving those serving overseas. She is working on her second series Your Next Fit which is geared towards returning missionaries as they figure out their next season.

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Angie Helms

Angie recently retired to Alabama from her career as a registered nurse. Her last job was working in Hospice/Palliative care. She continues to support her 3 biological children, 2 adopted children, and 8 grandkids. Angie loves to travel and talk to people. She serves at her home church in the Homeless Ministry named In as Much.

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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, 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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Patti Weber

Patti is a Registered Nurse and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Corvallis Oregon. She has been on many Azmera Haven retreats so she is excited to be able to support and encourage the women who will come for this time of refreshment.  Patti loves working with the youth at her church and spending time with her family and friends, as well as outdoors in God's amazing creation.

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Priscilla Young

Priscilla is an adult “third culture kid” – born in Panama, raised in Ethiopia, and served for a number of years in Eastern Europe. She and her husband have partnered in ministry for more than 40 years, encouraging men and women around the world to fully engage in the mission of God. She recently completed chaplaincy training and uses the term “relational chaplain” to describe her ministry of coming alongside and providing pastoral care and encouragement to whomever God places in her path. Her home in Littleton, CO is a place of vibrant hospitality, and her great joy is traveling to visit her three children and seven (and counting) grandchildren. 

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

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